Local History Cafe at the Sir John Moore Foundation, Appleby Magna


About Local History Café

Local History Cafés are community based heritage and wellbeing get-togethers for nearby residents aged 50 and over experiencing, or at risk of, social isolation and loneliness.

Beauty and Utility Arts, the Leicestershire based social enterprise behind the project, work in partnership with heritage sites, supporting them to draw on their fascinating collections, knowledge and spaces to positively contribute towards the growing issue of loneliness amongst older community members. In return, organisations open their doors to a wealth of stories, adding layers of interest to their own work.

Katherine Brown, Director of Beauty and Utility Arts commented ‘Local History Cafes offer a really great way for people to get together with other like minded residents in a very supportive environment. Sharing of information works both ways, and at existing cafes we’ve met some fascinating people and found out all sorts of interesting things together. There are many, many different reasons someone may be feeling lonely, and we want people to know they are very welcome to join us.’


Local History Cafes take place on a monthly basis and comprise of tea and cake over a catch up, a heritage themed presentation and a related activity. All the heritage sites taking part have access to a blog space and social media, and a big part of the project is getting different venues and communities talking to each other about what they're up to to inspire others.

We are delighted to announce the Sir John Moore Foundation in Appleby Magna as a new Local History Cafe member and their first café will take place on Tuesday 28th November 10 – 12.30. Each session costs £3, payable on the day, and support towards

transport may be available upon request for local residents. Spaces are limited, so to find out more, or book a place, contact Becky Gravener by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Sir John Moore Foundation on 01530 273629

Sonia Liff, Heritage Volunteer at the Sir John Moore Foundation, is looking forward to the first Local History Cafe saying ‘ We’re very pleased to be part of this popular project and look forward to welcoming visitors old and new. We play an important part in our local community and relish the opportunity to do even more.’


The rollout of Local History Cafes in the East Midlands has been made possible by funding from Museum Development East Midlands, who support the improvement and sustainability of museums and heritage sites around the region.


Photo courtesy of the Lutterworth Local History Cafe.



Additional information on loneliness from The Campaign to End Loneliness (www.campaigntoendloneliness.org/loneliness-research/)

Loneliness and social isolation in the United Kingdom


17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month (Victor et al, 2003)

Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone (ONS, 2010)

Two fifths all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company (Age UK, 2014)

63% of adults aged 52 or over who have been widowed, and 51% of the same group who are separated or divorced report, feeling lonely some of the time or often (Beaumont, 2013)

59% of adults aged over 52 who report poor health say they feel lonely some of the time or often, compared to 21% who say they are in excellent health (Beaumont, 2013)

A higher percentage of women than men report feeling lonely some of the time or often (Beaumont, 2013)

· The impact of loneliness on our health


Loneliness is a bigger problem than simply an emotional experience. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: lacking social connections is a comparable risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is worse for us than well-known risk factors such as obesity and physical inactivity. Loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%.

Other ways to stay in touch:

· Facebook group – search for Local History Café and ask to join

· Twitter - @LocalHistoryCaf · Website - https://localhistorycafe.tumblr.com/

· E-Newsletter (with all Beauty and Utility Arts project information) - sign up at http://www.beautyandutilityarts.co.uk/contact/

· Beauty and Utility Arts website www.beautyandutilityarts.co.uk

'Sustainability and transformation plans' have recently been produced by 44 geographical NHS areas in England.

These plans are likely to shape key NHS prioirities over the next 5 years, including elimination of the current national NHS deficit. All these plans are now available online.You can look at the Leicestershire plan at

http://www.bettercareleicester.nhs.uk. The document also include details of how you can comment.

Our village is located on the edge of a number of plan areas-Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Coventry and Warwickshire. As a result, hospitals in Nuneaton and Burton provide very important services for us. My family, for example, has used A&E and day patient services at the George Eliot hospital Nuneaton, and the stroke and radiography units at Burton hospital.

 Under the sustainability and transformation plans there could be changes to the location of services such as A&E; maternity; stroke and cancer treatment.

If, for example, the A&E services were moved from George Eliot to Coventry (Walsgrave) and from Burton to Derby (Royal) this could have very serious implications for us.The Leicestershire plan also suggests a reduction in acute/stroke beds in both Coalville and Hinckley. This could have a big impact for older people and the families of older people. Fewer local beds will reduce local recovery options, potentially creating both discharge and visiting problems.

 In my opinion it is essential that:-

 1. All residents, particularly those living on the edge of geographical boundaries, are consulted in a meaningful way with greater clarity on proposals,and are given a proper opportunity to put forward their views;

 2.Any service changes are planned with full cross border cooperation between NHS bodies, to avoid duplication of services and the possible withdrawl of essential local services which are currently reasonably easy to access;

 3.Social care commissioners and providers are fully involved in the planning process.

 Twycross parish council will be discussing this subject further, as will other public sector organisations. However, as these changes could very likely affect you and your family, it really is something that you need to be aware of and look into. I will certainly be making my personal views known.

 I do wish to place on record my sincere thanks to County Councillor Ivan Ould for bringing this matter to our attention.

 Please feel free to circulate this email as we may not have all current email addresses for villagers.

 Alan Davies (Cock Lane resident, and Chairman of Twycross Parish Council 2016/17)'

On Tuesday 12-April starting at 7pm in Norton Village Hall we will have 

Call Push Rescue Training

This will be a DVD lead training session, with hands on practice on dummies, including

  • Learn CPR
  • Child CPR
  • Recovery Position
  • Defibrillator Awareness

This is approximately a 1 hour session, which will give you the skills that may one day save someone's life.


This training is provided by the British Heart Foundation.


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