The swap shop project was launched on Thursday, November 18 at Congleton Library. Present were Gill Brickwood who will be managing the project, Debbie Coxon who is orchestrating social media and press releases, David Morris of Congleton Lions and myself.

Activities are starting up. It is hoped that more will re-start in the New Year. The latest Activity Leaflet has been published and is available from the Information Centre, the Library,  the Museum, the Old Saw Mill and GP surgeries.

The 1st draft of the Cheshire East Dementia strategy has been submitted for approval. It consists of over 50 pages. A shorter guide is also being prepared. It is still not free for me to circulate to you.

The first Dementia Friends awareness sessions have been run at the Library and the Old Saw Mill for their teams. Public sessions should be starting in the New Year.

The main guest speaker from Manchester University Research unit is hoping to be fit enough to join us at our next meeting (probably February)

Volunteers are urgently needed at the Bromley Farm Thursday event in order for it to re-start. I would like volunteers to run Dementia Friends sessions and to take over the weekly Chronicle column. Any offers please contact me.

If any of you have items you would have raised under AOB please let me know and I will have them circulated.

On behalf of you all, I would like to wish Mike Smith a long and happy retirement and assure him we will keep his legacy of Dementia Friendly Congleton alive.

It only remains for me to wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Healthy 2022

Diane Ritherdon