Welcome to our news page!
Here you'll find all the latest news from our Mindful Memory Cafés. If you have any news you'd like to share, let us know and we'll add it here. Contact us or see us at one of our groups.
Mindful Memory Cafes are looking forward to welcoming you back for socially distanced face-to-face meetings!
We are still working on bringing back our Stalbridge cafe, but we are delighted to be able to tell you we are restarting our Gillingham Cafe and our Men Marching On group.
Thursday 8th April, Men Marching On will be held at Gillingham Social Club - 10.30am. See our Men Marching On page for full details and directions. Click here.
Tuesday 13th April, our Gillingham cafe will be held at the temporary location, Gillingham Social Club - 10am.
See our Gilingham page for full details and directions. Click here.
Mindful would like to support a much-loved member of Mindful in her wonderful fundraising effort for the Alzheimer's Society.
Lorraine joined us at Mindful many years ago when attending with her husband Phil. Sadly, Phil has since passed away, but Lorraine remains a dedicated attendee to our Stalbridge Cafe.
Lorraine is attempting an 'End to End Walk' of 875 miles.
Lorraine walks each day and records her efforts on Strava and uploads the information to the End to End website.
With over 440 miles completed already, Lorraine is well on her way to achieving her goal, despite the cold weather. Lorraine would like to thank everyone who has donated so far! Here are some of her walk photos...
To support Lorraine, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lorraine-mary-williams
Mindful would like to take this opportunity to remember those we have lost in recent times. 2020 was an incredibly tough year for many reasons and sadly we lost a few members too.
Mindful would like to send our condolences to the families and friends of;
Len Riley - (passed away Aug 2019)
John Juddery (passed away April 2020)
Tony Edgington (passed away Oct 2020)
Mike Shave (passed away December 2020)
Tom O'Connor (passed away January 2021)
Temporary Mindful Cafes
As lockdown 2.0 eases, we are able to hold a few socially distanced Mindful Cafes.
We have temporarily changed locations for both cafes to provide Covid-Secure venues and make each get together as safe as we possibly can.
Our Gillingham Cafe will be held on Tues 8th December and Tues 22nd December at Gillingham Social Club, Hardings Lane, SP8 4HX - 10am -12pm
Our Mindful Men's group will be held on Thurs 10th December, also at Gillingham Social Club - 10:30am - 12pm.
Our Stalbridge Cafe has temporarily moved village, over the border into Henstridge Village Hall, BA8 0QB
This will be held on Tues 15th December (not our usual Mondays!) 10am - 11:45am.
Precautions have been taken to stay within the Government guidelines. We ask that social distancing rules are followed and face coverings are worn where possible. Hand sanitiser will be available and you will be seated in your households or social bubbles.
Please only attend if you feel well and have no symptoms of the corona virus. If you have recently been in contact with someone who has tested positive, please follow isolation guidelines and do not attend face to face meetings.
For those unable to join us face-to-face, we are still running our weekly zoom meetings on a Monday morning at 11am. These allow social interaction with the group from the comfort of your own home.
Contact Barbara - 07910 663392 or email:
Unfortunately Mindful has had to postpone all face to face activities once again.
We are still running our weekly online cafes on a Monday morning at 11am.
These virtual coffee mornings are held via Zoom. All current Mindful members are welcome, as well as new members wanting to join in.
For details on how to join the online meeting, please contact Barbara who will provide you with information on how to log on and join in.
The Zoom meetings consist of a brief catch up from each person and a chit chat on how their weeks have been, followed by an activity such as some quiz questions, a picture game or even some live music from trustee and volunteer Peter.
Contact Barbara - 07910 663392 or email:
Another Mindful Baby
Some more baby news to bring you! This time from our trustee Leanna.
Leanna shared some wonderful news that she too is expecting a baby! Due in the springtime, we wish her the very best and look forward to meeting him or her when the time comes! We patiently await news of the arrival...
Leanna will take a period of maternity leave from her role as treasurer and rejoin us in due course. A replacement will be appointed to ensure there is no gap in vital financial matters.
Mindful AGM 2020
Due to the current situation, Mindful have been unable to hold our annual AGM.
We have compiled an annual report for public viewing, along with a financial statement.
We are hoping to hold our 2021 AGM in the spring providing life has returned to as normal as it can be. We will publish details of this as and when they are available.
Face to Face Mindful Cafe Meet Up
Udder Farm Shop Cafe, Front Street, East Stour, SP8 5LQ
Tuesday 8th September from 10am to 11.30am.
We have been missing seeing everyone and have organised a socially distanced opportunity to meet up, if you feel comfortable doing so.
The cafe is Covid secure, is run in accordance with current Government guidelines, with social distancing measures in place and has some limited outside seating.
If you would like to come, but it is difficult for you to get there, let us know and we may be able to help with transport. Everyone will be asked to buy their own refreshments.
Please do not feel obliged to come if you still feel unsure about going out, we completely understand. If you send us a message, we will look at other ways to keep in touch.
Because of the current Corona Virus restrictions, we will need to pre-book tables, so if you would like to join us, please contact Barbara Turnbull on 07910 663392 or email:
For those of you in the Stalbridge, we are planning a get together later in the month in Stalbridge. You are very welcome to come to Udder Farm if you would like a trip out.
We'd like to welcome you all to a music/singing event online (Zoom)
Thursday 3rd September from 11am to 12 noon.
Please contact Mike Turnbull for an invitation to join the event:
Men Marching On
We have been fortunate enough to begin setting up the occasional men's group.
Gillingham Social Club kindly offered to host the group with the appropriate social distancing and hygiene measures in place.
To join in, please contact Mike:
To celebrate Carer's Week 8-14th June, Carer Support Dorset has various activities including 'Virtual Cupa' sessions. Click the link to see more.
Zoom saves the day!
With life currently restricted, our Mindful Memory Cafés had to be suspended in March. Thanks to modern technology, we have been able to provide a weekly online meeting for our members to stay connected.
The meetings have been a great success with around 15 people attending each week.
The online café has meant our members can stay in touch with one another, sharing stories, memories, and their own news with the group.
Scooby, one of our regular Stalbridge guests also joins in, bringing a smile to those who are missing the physical cafés.
We've also had guest appearances from our chairperson Sally's newly hatched chicks!
To join us on Mondays at 11am, simply contact Sally (click here for details) and she will let you know how to join in - it's simpler than you think :)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM!
In May, one of our Men's group regulars celebrated his 91st birthday!
With 'lockdown' in full swing, poor Tom was stuck at home for his big day.
Luckily, our chairperson Sally was able to pay him a socially distanced visit to drop off his favourite treat! JAFFA CAKES!
With Covid-19 meaning we had to suspend our regular meetups, we needed a way to ensure we kept in touch with our members and ensure they had everything they needed. When 'lockdown' became official our trustees and volunteers got together online to discuss the best way to do this.
Each trustee and volunteer was allocated a few members each to stay in touch with via phone. With regular texts, phone calls, and even house visits when needed, we have been able to ensure all of our members are being well looked after and have some vital social interaction.
Staying at home during this pandemic can be an incredibly lonely time, particularly for those who live alone. If you or someone you know with memory loss or dementia could do with some support, please visit our support page for how we may be able to assist.
In March, Mindful had some sad news with the passing of John Juddery.
John was a devoted trustee and a well-loved member of our Mindful Memory Cafés.
Last year John celebrated his 90th birthday with a huge party! Almost every Mindful member attended his party to help him celebrate the huge milestone. It was a wonderful afternoon and a treasured memory for lots of our members.
Due to the current pandemic, sadly John's funeral was limited to a small number, however; our Mindful members were able to watch his service via a live stream online. Once our cafés are back up and running, we will be raising a cuppa to John in his memory.
John dedicated a lot of time to Mindful and we are forever grateful for his input.
Rest in Peace John, you're sorely missed!
A Mindful Baby
On 22nd September 2020, we had some good news to boost morale.
Trustee Tara, and her partner Niall welcomed baby Finnley into the world. Weighing in at 6lb 1oz, he arrived safely at Dorset County Hospital thanks to their brilliant maternity unit.
Finnley met some of our cafe regulars on a zoom meeting when he was just 6 days old. We look forward to him visiting our face to face cafes once they're back up and running. We'll update this news page with details as and when.
Tara will be continuing in her role as trustee, although in a limited capacity for a short period.