Friday, 18 June 2021

Nostalgia items bring back memories of good old days

A NOSTALGIA project for elderly residents has been launched in Goring.

A NOSTALGIA project for elderly residents has been launched in Goring.

Age UK Oxfordshire, which runs an over-60s lunch club at the community centre in Station Road, is compiling reminiscence kits.

These are collections of familiar items, clothing and sound recordings dating from the 1900s to the Sixties.

They will be passed around at club meetings to trigger people’s memories and spark discussions about their childhood. So far, the charity has bought a selection of enamel mugs from the Forties. It hopes to build up a collection of items over time.

Each kit will have a different theme, ranging from the military to domestic life and cookery.

The club held its first reminiscence session last week with help from military expert Graham Bandy, from Surrey, who brought his collection of wartime memorabilia including services uniforms from both world wars and a 1916 Lee-Enfield bolt-action rifle. He also brought dozens of newspapers marking significant events such as the sinking of the Bismarck in 1941 and the Queen’s coronation in 1953.

Also among his collection were two working record players, a tin bagatelle set, children’s toys, a Twenties Enson film camera, a tin of milk from the days of rationing and two dial-operated telephones.

As the pensioners passed around the items and chatted, Mr Bandy played gramophone records and Fifties pop and rock albums.

Goring, Woodcote and District Lions have donated £200 towards the project. Karen Thomas, Age UK Oxfordshire’s community development worker, said: “It is a great example of the community working together to look after its older people.

“We are creating a safe environment for older people to come together and share their memories. They have such a good time and it is a valuable part of their day.”

The next session will be themed around food. Shaun Dickens, of The Boathouse restaurant in Henley, has agreed to prepare pig’s head brawn.

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