During 2018 and 2019, the Foundation ran a successful programme of Local History Cafés, through the support of Crafting Relationships, MDEM, Tesco Bags of Help and our team of volunteers.
Local History Cafés are community based heritage and wellbeing get-togethers, aimed at tackling social isolation and loneliness through stimulating events, shared interests & stories.
This was a great success and helped form our Local History Café Extended group, who meet once a month. Through this group we have created an Appleby Magna Heritage Map, learned new skills and received an award from the Sandford Cascade Project for Informal Learning. In September 2020 we built on this work to create heritage boards in 8 locations in Appleby to coincide with what would have been our heritage open days. In September 2021 we put the boards up again and added a guided walk.
In April 2021 we received a Highly Commended award under the Volunteer Team of the Year category at the Leicestershire and Rutland Heritage Forum Awards ceremony.
One of the ways we developed for keeping touch, when lockdowns prevented us from meeting in person, was been via monthly newsletters. These have proved very popular and have continued, even though we are now meeting again. If you would like to be put on the mailing list for these newsletters, or you have a memory to share please contact SJMFHeritage@post.com .
** Covid-19 Update**
Due to coronavirus restrictions, Local History Café Extended meetings have been suspended in their physical format.
We are however continuing to support group members by phone and online.
If you are interested in participating in local history activities we are contributing to the Local History Café Online project. This is a closed Facebook group but welcomes new members.
Twitter - @LocalHistoryCaf
Website - https://localhistorycafe.tumblr.com
E-Newsletter (with all Crafting Relationships project information) - sign up at https://www.craftingrelationships.co.uk/e-newsletter/