Creative Cafe members took a trip back in time.

This month saw the group enjoy some local history with a talk about The Needles Old Battery by one of our own Hannah Griffiths; whose rich background in heritage had us all hooked.


Following on members also enjoyed an introduction to Island archaeology by Timetaxi CIC and The Archaeology Discovery Centre. The session invited the group to practice the art of excavation using rocks and items found from around the island.



A Spring Roundup

With the arrival of some warmer, brighter weather, it has been wonderful to see some new faces at Creative Cafe over the past few weeks. The group have been busy with art & craft, creative writing, photography, iPads and yoga.

During the craft session, the group created some beautifully decorated plant pots, with freesia seeds buried beneath the soil. Creativity has also been in abundance at our creative writing sessions with the following pieces being shared with the group:

Inside My Survival Box by Frances – Creative Cafe March 2017

Books, pens, paper

Warmth from the sun

Silver gleams of moon and stars

In my Survival Box.

Friendship, memories of loving

People. Days gone by and

Days to come

In my survival box.

Sight and the phone

Ringing. Bread and cheese

Sunshine, blue skies, green fields

In my survival box

Trees blossoming, winter

Bare branches, wonderful skyline

Being busy – wanted – needed

In my survival box


Magic  – what does it mean to you? by members of the Creative Cafe, March 2017

A mystery of long ago

Deep and dark, not understood

Something – extraordinary

Full of characters, strange to us.

Magic – stupid stuff

Tricks on stage and that

Man in a tall hat – performing

But where do the doves come from?

Purity of childhood

A moment of beauty

Secret Islands, mystical lands

Magic – I don’t believe it.



Creative Writing: Magic Box

The group at Creative Cafe were delighted to welcome Ann Emery along for another wonderful Creative Writing session. The theme was the ‘Magic Box’, inspired by the poem written by Kit Wright. (If you’re not familiar with the piece you can find it in the book Cat Among the Pigeons published by Penguin. Using this theme offers a superb way to introduce new or nervous writers to poetry.

The Creative Writing session was thoroughly enjoyed by all and we are delighted that one of our participants was eager to share her poem with us.

An Introduction

What to put in my box…anything goes, she said

A portrait of an angel, the duvet from my bed,

The theme had to be magic, include my hopes and dreams

A memory or feeling perhaps, from my childhood or teens.


So, here it goes, I will give it a try

Though I’m a little anxious and unsure

Of finding the key to unlocking the magic

That lurks beyond the solid, foreboding door.


Magic Box by Lee Doherty

I will place in my box a picture of Cliff

His warm smile and music, the ultimate gift.


I will put into my box a slender, cool length of fine, gold chain,

Letting it trickle through my fingers like cold, droplets of rain


I will put into my box the aroma of fish and chips

Memories wrapped in newspaper of broken relationships


I will put into my box a warm, serene scene

With seagulls squawking and reeling overhead

And kids licking away at their candy-topped ice-creams


I will put into my box, Tibbles my old cat

His adorable meow, how I now miss the comforting sound of that


I will put into my box the soothing lullaby sounds

Of majestic waves lightly slapping timbers of the great boats they have found


A harbour glittering at twilight, the stealing of a daring kiss,

Promises made in earnest, the magic spell impossible to resist.



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An artistic start to the year

What a superb start to the year! The group at creative cafe have been dancing in our brand new Creative Dance session, created some lovely paper crafts, and tried their hands at creating pastel drawings of fruit and flowers.

Our art & craft sessions at Creative Cafe include a variety of themes and materials, and everyone is welcome to join in. Marilyn and the group are planning to work on a collaborative piece in the next session.

The group were also delighted to welcome Glenn back to Creative Cafe after a thoroughly enjoyable charcoal portrait session a few months ago. Armed with huge sheets of paper, pastels and pencils, Glenn introduced the session’s theme: still life. After a quick demonstration, the group set to work and quickly produced some superb pieces. With music from the gramophone drifting through the cafe, the slightly grey Monday morning was brought to life. Everyone was in good spirits, and although they may have got a little dirty along the way, the results were truly fantastic…. and who cares about a little mess anyway!?


Happy New Year!

With the festive season behind us, we’re now looking forward to our exciting new programme of activities at Creative Cafe. For those of you resolving to try something new, our Creative Dance or Aromatherapy might take your fancy, and we’ve got a host of firm favourites returning in 2017.

9th January – Creative Dance

16th January – Art & Craft

23rd January – Chair based yoga

30th January – iPads

6th February – Art (Pastel Portraits)

13th February – Photography

20th February – Art & Craft

27th February – Movement and Meditation

6th March – Creative Writing

13th March – iPads

20th March – Chair based yoga

27th March – iPads


November roundup at Creative Cafe

Our November programme offered a wonderful selection of activities at Creative Cafe, with participants trying their hand at charcoal portrait creation, keeping fit with chair-based yoga, and enjoying the relaxing delights of an aromatherapy pampering session.

We were delighted to welcome Glenn Koppany to the cafe. Glenn has 25 years’ experience working as a Community Artist. He has worked in a wide variety of areas, with groups and individuals of varying age and ability and using different media including music, art and theatre. His Art session at Creative Cafe was wonderfully welcoming, with participants arriving to the sounds of Glenn Miller drifting out of the gramophone.

Our invigorating chair-based yoga session got everybody moving. The session has been designed to provide gentle exercise, based on traditional yoga movement.


We rounded off our November programme with a wonderful treat – an aromatherapy pampering session, which was well received by the group. Annie O’Bree  is trained in aromatherapy and massage and incorporates gentle hand massage, aromatherapy and touch into her reminiscence sessions to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. This multi-sensory approach is ideally suited to a range of individuals but is particularly helpful for those with advanced dementia or for those who have lost speech.

At Creative Cafe, Annie delivered a wonderful introductory session to hand massage. The session started with a brief overview of the different types of oils and their uses, before we moved on to gentle arms and hand massages.

The December sessions are well underway and we’re currently finalising the programme for January. Watch this space for more news!

Writing Moments…

Shared by participants at Creative cafe during a Writing Moments from Your Life session:

My First Bike

We’re here in this small shop selling bikes ans things, in a quiet road just off the Elephant and Castle. I liked the look of the little red one. “Have you got enough money for that one Dad?” I ask hopefully. He said yes! Now I’ve got a bike of my very own I have to be brave and sit on it. Leaving the shop, I climbed on to my new red bike. The road is empty and quiet and I’m glad because I’m frightened I shall fall off. “you will hold on very tight won’t you?” I ask. “course I will” he replied. I press down on the pedals, wobbly at first but soon I’m whizzing along. Then I notice my father isn’t holding on any more! I can cycle all on my own. Here I come, London!


Fairy Cycle

Dad took me to the shop that sold a lot of bikes, and I became the proud owner of a fairy cycle! Choosing a quiet lane outside our house, I took my first ride with Dad holding the back of the saddle and assuring me that I was safe. “You won’t let go!?” I called to my father some good way along. No reply! “I left off holding you some time ago” said dad.

I was now a cyclist, and I was for so many more years.