Then and Now Event Tuesday 22nd May 2012
On Tuesday 22nd May a “Then and Now” event was organised by Annie Scott, Older People’s Information Co-ordinator at Cluny Primary School in Buckie. The purpose was to give local older residents information on services which may be useful to them.There were a number of organisations there including local library representative, Handypersons Service, Social Services and the WRVS Moray Heritage Memory Project. Several WRVS volunteers from the Memory project came to the event including Joy Crowley and Marion Yool. Objects from the Library reminiscence boxes were on display for the vistors and children to look at and talk about. Local day centres brought older residents, local people to the all-day event. There was also a Dementia Cafe serving delicious cakes and tea or coffee.
The following pictures show 98 year old Lena’s moment of fame smiling for Northern Scot photographer, Eric McCormack and being interviewed by Marion Yool, local WRVS volunteer for the project. Read about her story including a tale of sheep’s head soup here.
School activities for the children
I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences. SOC 2-04a
I can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence. SOC 2-06a
Classes were released for a lesson to visit, participate in the storytelling activities and playground games. The school children were also able to visit the various stalls and meet local older residents. The P4 and P4/5 were going to study the history of Buckie the following term. They participated in the event in a variety of ways
- by singing local songs
- giving a presentation
- gathering visitor reminiscences into a memory book
- trying the smell box on the memory project table
- baking cakes for the dementia cafe
- researching the area using local history websites
- participating in street games in the playground led by Silvana Matthews
- learning new skills from older residents such as making local crafts including “catty tail” friendship bracelets
- sharing their technical skills by using the school’s IT suite to show older residents how to send an email message and “surf the web” to find information
The music specialist provided nostagic music and old photographs of Buckie were posted around the building.
A wonderfully successful event enjoyed by all.