Honiton Carers Support Group enjoys two talks from visitors

The world of glass was discussed at Honiton Carers Support Group.

The world of glass was discussed at Honiton Carers Support Group. - Credit: Archant

Fascinating talks about the world of glass and dementia care

Honiton Carers Support Group met on March 27, at Hospiscare’s Kings House for their recent meeting

The speaker was Francis Burroughes presenting ‘The wonderful World of Glass’

His talk was fascinating particularly when he started right back to 700 million years ago from when glass originated in a form called obsidian.

This was used to make jewellery, a sample of which was passed around.


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Modern glass was first made around 3500 BC by Syria and Mesopotamia.

He then went on to give a brief history on how glass making spread to Egypt, the Roman Empire and throughout Europe, and how it developed into the glass we know today.

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Examples of glass made through the ages were explained and then passed round for everyone to look at.

There were some very beautiful and valuable pieces shown, which made everyone rather nervous when handling them.

Mrs Cameron thanked Mr Burroughes for his very informative, witty and most enjoyable talk.

Honiton Carers Support Group also enjoyed a visit by Fay Valentine, Honiton’s newly appointed Dementia Nurse who is now in situ. .

Fay gave a brief background of the work she will be doing ie supporting carers and their families dealing with dementia.

She will be located at Gerrard Wing at the hospital. Currently she is only taking referrals from occupational therapists, health visitors etc, but GPs will be making referrals from May 1.

Fay has already visited the Memory Café a few times and intends to drop in on a regular basis.

She asked if she could also drop in to Honiton Carers Support Group once a month, and Mrs Cameron said she would be most welcome.

The carers all agreed it had been a very enjoyable afternoon session and already look forward to the next meeting on April 10, at The Methodist Church, when Gillian Coates will visit to do a chocolate demonstration.

For further details contact Winnie Cameron winniekjaer@btinternet.com or phone 07974 636926.

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