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A new cafe, which supports people with dementia and memory problems, has opened in the borough.

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The Rotary Club of Leytonstone and Woodford held a special session at the Memory Cafe, Chigwell Convent, Chigwell Road, on Friday to welcome new customers to the scheme.

The free sessions aim to stimulate memories in those that suffer with memory problems and for their carers to come and have a chat and cup of tea.

Queen Elizabeth’s coronation was broadcast for visitors and there was also a variety of 1960s newspapers available to read.

Member of the club, Barry Plowman, said: “The feedback from carers has been great. “We try and help those with memory problems by watching old films, having a singalong and just generally giving them a break from being at home.

“If the scheme is successful we hope to encourage other rotary clubs in the area to do the same.”

The cafe is open on the last Friday of every month from 10 till noon.

To find out more please call Mr Plowman on 01279 600383 or Alan Barnet 07762 459655.

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