What’s On this Summer?

We’ve got a great selection of activities coming up this summer so whether you’re a regular to Creative Cafe, or thinking of coming along to meet the group we look forward to seeing you. Don’t forget that we have iPads and Card Crafts available at every session too!

27th June – Art & Craft

4th July – Get Going with iPads

11th July – Chair Based Yoga

18th July – Writing Moments from Your Life plus Reminiscence Quiz

25th July – Writing Moments from Your Life plus New Age Kurling

1st August – Writing Moments from Your Life plus Card Crafts


Proud to be Dementia Friends

On Monday 20th June we welcomed Independent Arts’ Project Manager Hannah Griffiths to Creative Cafe to talk to the group about Dementia Friends. Hannah started us off with a fun exercise, before opening up a discussion about what it is like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action.

The Dementia Friend talk concluded with the group proudly sporting their Dementia Friend badges and sharing ideas on how they would put their new-found knowledge to good use. From getting touch and staying in touch with someone they know living with dementia to volunteering for an organisation that helps someone with dementia it was great to hear proactive ideas that would help those living with the condition.

The session was well received and comments from participants included “very enlightening” and “a useful session that has given me a lot to think about”

If you would like more information about Creative Cafe, Independent Arts or Dementia Friend Information Sessions please give us a shout by calling 01983 822437 or emailing info@independentarts.org.uk



Kurling gets competitive!

We enjoyed a superb New Age Kurling session last week at Creative Cafe and competitive spirit was high among the group! The first couple of rounds saw the blue team ahead by just a couple of points but in the final round the red team pulled out all their finest moves and shot into first place. After three rounds blue team finished with a respectable score of 142 while red team achieved an amazing score of 203 – the highest score every reached at Creative Cafe!

After the friendly competiton the group gathered around to enjoy a cuppa and a well deserved break!

What the group say about Kurling:

“Great fun! I really enjoy being part of a team and Kurling gives a good opportunity for gentle exercise and friendly competition… even losing is fun!” – Frances

“The social aspect and friendly competition gets everyone together” – Doreen

“Kurling is a different sort of exercise. Its great for your concentration and is a good laugh” – Lesley

If you want to join us for Kurling or see what else is happening at Creative Cafe why not pop along to our friendly group on a Monday morning?

What happens at Creative Cafe?

Creative Cafe offers a friendly environment for people to meet and make friends and have a go at arts-based activities including Yoga, Get Going with iPads, Art & Craft, New Age Kurling, Creative Writing and Photography. We also have 10 iPads, a card craft ‘station’ and mindfulness colouring books available every week for people to enjoy.

Since launching in February 2015 we have hosted a variety of creative activities and aim to provide something for everyone. We are always trying to add new and exciting activities to our programme and welcome feedback and suggestions on how we can improve the Creative Cafe sessions.

Creative Cafe Activities

Get Going with iPads: iPads are a fantastic tool for all ages but many people feel a little a little overwhelmed when trying to get their head around modern technology. Our jargon free and informal sessions will help you to explore all that these amazing tablets have to offer. Whether you want to Skype family in Australia, get to grips with social media and emailing, want a handy tool for online shopping or just want to play with the amazing apps that are available our iPad sessions offer something for everyone. Our iPads are here at Creative Cafe every Monday so come along and give it a try!

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Art & Craft: these sessions offer a variety of different crafts to suit all abilities. Whether you’re a keen knitter, dabble in watercolours, or simply want to try your hand at crochet, paper craft, painting, sewing, or modelling crafts then we have something for you. Our highly skilled practitioner Liz themes sessions to suit the seasons, holidays and major events making these sessions enjoyable for all.  Just take a look at these photos from our Easter craft session earlier this year:

Yoga: Start your day with a gentle and relaxing yoga routine with our qualified instructor Judy. Our movement sessions are tailored to individuals needs and many of the exercises are chair-based making this session superbly inclusive for all.


Creative Writing: Unleashing imaginative ideas and creating poetry, short stories, and starting a memoir are just some of the the themes in our Creative Writing sessions. Accompanied by ‘Henry Bear’ our practitioner Ann is a skilled community writer that offers workshops and exercises to help get those ideas down on to paper.

Reminiscence: More than just a chat about the ‘good old days’ our reminiscence sessions and quizzes spur conversation on a range of topics from local history, childhood memories and toys, war time, the seasons, holidays and traditions. Our practitioner Mary has a wonderful collection of artefacts and items that prompts discussion. The use of iPads in these sessions are superb for watching film clips, listening to music/sound bites and searching for photographs.


Photography: We host photography sessions throughout the year using a range of cameras and iPads. Our practitioner Mark has a wonderful way of explaining how to get the very best from your camera and leaves out all the unnecessary tech jargon that leaves most of us confused!


New Age Kurling: Highly competitive and great fun too, New Age Kurling was inspired by the sport seen in the Winter Olympics (don’t worry – we keep it ice free at Creative Cafe!) The aim of the game is to beat the opposing team by achieving the highest score. There are a number of different games you can play with the ‘stones’ but here at Creative Cafe we play by the ‘archery rules’. Getting your stone on to the mat will earn you 2 points. Hit that bulls eye and you’ll get the top score of 10 points. Let the games commence!