Tea and Memories Visits Milestone Museum

On the 17th October Surrey Heath Age Concern organised an outing to the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke.  For those of you who have not visited this attraction, it contains a large selection of interactive exhibits and displays, the main part of museum features a full size reproduction of a cobbled street, complete with shops from yesteryear, vintage vehicles, period dressed figures and I even managed to spot a couple of cats having a fight on the roof of one of the shops!

We took some of our Tea and Memories regulars (Tea and Memories events are held in the Rainbow Café on Tuesday afternoons from 3 pm – 4:30 pm, please call 01252 266841 or email office@sh-ac.org.uk to book your place, tickets cost £2.50) to visit the museum. The weather was rather autumnal, however luckily the museum is all inside so we all stayed warm and dry.

Our guests really enjoyed looking at all the various exhibits, many of which triggered memories of their childhood and working lives, providing fascinating talking points, and everyone enjoyed reminiscing about the past.

The reproduction of a classic English pub proved to be a real hit with everyone, with old English beer, ale crisps and dry roasted peanuts all served. The live music, a pianist playing a selection of old favourite tunes in the pub, went down a real treat, the perfect entertainment for our Tea and Memories regulars!

Another popular highlight proved to be the sweet shop, visitors can buy on old penny and ration coupon, this can then be exchanged for old fashioned sweets at the period sweet shop, this brought the childhood memories flooding back for our regulars, and was great fun!

This proved to be another fantastically successful SHAC event and from the smiles on everyone’s faces, it was very clear that everyone really enjoyed the day! So a massive well deserved thank you goes to Gill for organising the outing, the lifts and making sure everyone knew where they had to be on the day no easy task, Charles and Paul for helping out with the lifts and last but by no means least our friends at Camberley and District Funeral Directors for funding this wonderful outing.

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