The 1940s came to the 21st Century at a community event we organised.
Memorabilia from 80 years ago proved a popular talking point at Holt Community centre when we invited the over-65s to enjoy tea and cake while talking about old times.
Items including carbolic soap, an Air Raid Warden’s hat and dried egg powder were borrowed from Poppylands 1940s Tea Rooms at Horsey and they brought back many memories.
It was a lovely way to spend an afternoon and there were so many stories from our visitors who had many memories of that time. We are really grateful to Poppylands for the loan of the items.
Sharing experiences and talking about ‘old times’ is important for the older generation and as a care provider, we are always looking at ways of ensuring our service users have the chance to take part in events that enable them to reminisce.
The familiar tangy smell of the carbolic soap proved to be a popular trigger for memories along with the ration books. Other items loaned for the event included a model Anderson shelter, black-out curtain and underwear made from parachute silk.
The special afternoon is the latest in a string of community events we have organised this year and we have enjoyed meeting so many people and hearing so many fantastic stories.