Wednesday 5th September saw the inaugural meeting of the Alzheimer’s Scotland Cricket Memories group at Mannofield. The objective of the group is to stimulate discussion, form new friendships and have fun for those living with dementia around their experiences of cricket.
The launch was well attended with a good mix of those living with dementia and their supporters, volunteers and Alzheimer’s staff. Howard Smith Aberdeenshire’s Honorary President welcomed everyone to the club for the launch and the planned monthly meetings of the group, he gave a short background to the club and its place in Aberdeen cricket.
All who attended gave a brief overview of their interest in cricket be this through playing at school or club, living in different parts of the cricket world and attending cricket matches, this stimulated a good discussion on various cricket topics.
The discussion led Howard to explaining the influence the Holburn area of the city had on the development of cricket with many strong teams in the area prior to the first world war and the links between Aberdeenshire Cricket club and Aberdeen Football club.
If you are aware of anyone with Dementia who you believe would benefit from attending the meetings or you would like to be a guest speaker and share your cricket memories with the group, please contact Lesley Gray on 01224 644077 or email LGray@alzscot.org at the Aberdeen Alzheimer’s office.