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SPRING 2024 UPDATE
We are very pleased to announce the appointment of Kay Welch as the new Organiser of Kennington Memory Club. She took up the reins in February and is proving to be a wonderful addition to the staff team.
She is very experienced in relating to people with dementia, having worked in another Day Centre, for NHS Professionals and for AgeUK.

October 2023
NEW BANNER UNVEILED AT OUR AUTUMN FAYRE
We were delighted to unveil our new banner at our Autumn Fayre.
Photographed here with our chair Isobel to show the size

June 2023
CREAM TEAS & SALE OF GOODS
We are holding afternoon cream teas with a sale of goods in St Swithun’s Church, Kennington’s grounds.

Cream Teas & Sale of Goods
Saturday 24th June 2.30-4.30pm

May 2023
CORONATION CELEBRATIONS

The Coronation celebrations are all over now. The pomp, pageantry and music of the procession and the service were magnificent. The Coronation concert was wonderful entertainment. They will live in our memories for a long, long time, that is if our memories do not let us down. Think of those whose memory banks are now faulty, who cannot lay down remembrances of such events and experiences. Life would have lost some of its richness, colour and enjoyment.


May 2023
LADDERTHON 2023

Watch out for details of this amazing fundraiser to be held on 26th August.

A long, long ladder will wind its way on a long, long circuit from Headington to Kennington, carried by stalwart volunteers, taking in Cowley Centre and Oxford City centre en route, fundraising all the way.

Three charities based in Kennington, Headway and the MacIntyre Centre as well as Kennington Memory Club will benefit from this extraordinary endeavour.

If you would like to be part of the Memory Club volunteer army along the way, please contact Isobel Birse by emailing

Many thanks to Roger Dennett who came up with this unique idea and is the mastermind behind its organisation.


March 2023
Spring Sale
Kennington Memory Club’s most recent fundraising event was our Spring Sale. It was very successful and raised a staggering £740, including Gift Aid on donations made at the time.


Feb 2023
Good News!

Kennington Memory Club will be increasing the number of members it can accommodate from 10 to 12. This means that there will be spaces available and no waiting list for a while.

Please do contact our Organiser, Helen, if you would like to put someone’s name down for a taster day. Please see the Application Process section of the website for details of applying.


Jan 2023
Recent Donations to the Club

We are very pleased to report that we have received three donations or grants recently.

The Lions Club of Abingdon make a collection annually when they take their Santa Sleigh out and about just before Christmas. The money they collect is then donated to Charities. Kennington Memory Club were very pleased to receive a cheque from them at their presentation evening in January, and the cheque that they handed over has already paid for a new CD player with remote control facility and a new exercise CD.

Christ’s Hospital of Abingdon is a very ancient charity based in Abingdon. It is best known for running the Alms Houses in Abingdon, but they also make grants to other charities and individuals in need. Their Deeds limit the Charity to helping residents of Abingdon town, but, as at least half of the members of Kennington Memory Club come into this category, they were able to give a grant to the Club which has been used for updating staff training.

St John’s College, Oxford, has interests in Kennington with its ownership of Bagley Wood. We approached the College to see if they could help a local charity. We are delighted to report that the College’s Governing Body has just awarded us a grant which will go towards the purchase of additional resources for activities at the Club.

A very big Thank You goes to each of these three donors. Fundraising is essential to the financial stability and well-being of the Club. We are just so grateful for funds coming in from all sources.


Jan 2023
We are all Royalists at Heart!

Last year we were all able to sport our red, white and blue and Union Jacks when we held a tea dance to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It was so sad that she passed away only four months later.

Now we’re gearing up for the coronation of King Charles III in May. This will be another chance to be patriotic, celebrate and wear those red, white and blue colourful togs again.

Long live the King!


Nov 2022

Our latest newsletter is available to download here.

Highlights include a letter from our new chairman Isobel, a volunteer’s perspective from volunteer Kathleen, details or our new lunchtime partnership with MacIntyre Centre in Kennington and an update on our fundraising.

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