June 2022: MEMORY LANE CAFE HAS A PLATINUM JUBILEE CHAMPION!
Memory Lane Cafe Calderdale is delighted to announce that June Harvey, our Cafe Co-ordinator and Volunteer Manager, has been named as one of 490 Platinum Jubilee Champions by the Royal Voluntary Service. Also, she was one of 70 who were selected to be invited to attend the Platinum Party at the Palace on Saturday 4th June followed by the Big Jubilee Lunch with the Duchess of Cornwall at The Oval on Sunday 5th.
This well-deserved nomination reflects her work in establishing, running and developing the cafe, expanding its reach, fostering our volunteer team and inspiring others to develop similar cafe operations.
May 2022: MEMORY LANE GETS BACK TO FULL-LENGTH AFTERNOON CAFE SESSIONS
We’ve been running morning and afternoon cafes (of 2 hours each) since September 2020. We began to do this because of legal (COVID) limits on the numbers we could have in the room and we’ve continued so as to optimise space between people. We’ve been able to continue to operate these “double” cafes for the past 18 months through the efforts and dedication of our wonderful volunteer team.
From the start of May 2022 we’ll revert to our pre-COVID arrangement of afternoon-only sessions (1.30-4pm). They’ll run for two and a half hours – just as we did before COVID. We want to make the most of this extra half hour – so we’re asking all of our members what they’d like to do.
Whilst COVID certainly hasn’t gone away, we are confident that we can operate safely with larger numbers in a single session. Now that winter is over we’ll focus on ventilating the room to improve air flow (also using a Carbon Dioxide monitor to measure air quality during the cafe).
We’ll continue to sanitise tables and other surfaces. Hand-sanitiser will still be provided.
We have ended the requirement for people to wear masks – but people may, of course, choose to wear them.
Our first afternoon-only cafes (1.30 – 4pm) of 2022 will start at Boothtown (4th May) and Sowerby Bridge (14th May).
Thanks to all our members and volunteers for staying with us through the trials and tribulations of the past two years.
The dates for Memory Lane Cafe in Sowerby Bridge & Halifax along with the times for 2022.