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Fascinating society talk at dementia cafe

Tom Grimes of Spalding Gentlemans Society.
Tom Grimes of Spalding Gentlemans Society.

Members of the Tonic Health Movement 4Memory Dementia Cafe stepped back in time a recent session.

Tom Grimes, of the Spalding Gentlemen's Society (SGS), gave a talk on the SGS collection to visitors and guests.

A slideshow and Tom's presentation took everyone on a fascinating journey through some of the museum's collection - from early Chinese ceramics and a beautifully decorated old bible, to rare butterflies and the Fosdyke tidal clock.

Members were able to examine and pass around 3D printed copies of an ancient statue; Bronze Age axe heads and the mammoth's tooth in the SGS collection.

Tom introduced a sedan chair and a carrier's splendid coat; an early telescope; an astrolabe and the Minute Book entry recording Sir Isaac Newton's membership of the Society.

His talk was followed by a lively question and answer session and a clear interest in visiting the society to see its treasures first hand.

Tonic Health is based at the rear of Broadgate House on Westlode Street and provides a range of projects, including Dementia Support Services. It is a registered health and well-being charity and the Safe Places and Dementia Support Services are funded through the Managed Care Network, by the Lincolnshire Partnership and Foundation (LPFT), an NHS organisation.

The Wednesday cafe events offer yoga, Tai Chi, gentle movement exercise and there is a programme of talks as well as excellent biscuits. Services also include a Focus Club for people with early onset/newly diagnosed dementia, providing a range of activities throughout the day.

For more information about the dementia services provided by Tonic Health visit their webpage www.tonic-health.co.uk/dementia.asp or contact Joy Hallam on dementiasupport@tonic-health.co.uk

The Spalding Gentlemen's Society is also a registered charity and the museum is in Broad Street, Spalding. For more information about the Society visit the webpage http://sgsoc.org ; Facebook page; or email: info@sgsoc.org.


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