Buxted Inn helps dementia group to party in style

Buxted Inn owner Jason Bailey provided 55 Christmas lunches yesterday as a treat for members of a dementia group.

There was roast turkey with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding, and a drink of choice for each guest.


Buxted Inn owner Jason Bailey helps serve the lunch he provided as a treat for 55 members of a dementia group.

Father Christmas offered a warm welcome at the door, and everybody joined in carols with a choir of group members, conducted by opera singer Mae Heydorn.

This is the second treat organised in 2017 by Jason for members of a Know Dementia Memory Moments Cafe. In the summer he funded a trip to Eastbourne for afternoon tea.


Ready to start singing carols are members of a choir from Know Dementia with opera singer conductor Mae Heydorn pictured second from the right.

He told Uckfield News: “This is our house charity. It is good to see everybody enjoying themselves. We are pleased to know we are doing something worthwhile and where the money is going.

“The Memory Moments Cafe meets at The Buxted Inn every Tuesday and the girls who work here get to know who comes in and it is good for members of the group to see familiar faces.


Pictured with Father Christmas at the Know Dementia Christmas party are members of the team from The Buxted Inn. They are, from the left, Stacey O’Keefe, Jason Bailey, Elaine Holford, and Annie Barden.

“The meetings are particularly nice for the carers because they can meet other people in the same situation.”

Peter Calder, area coordinator of Know Dementia said cafes were now running at seven venues in Peacehaven, Ringmer, Newick, Uckfield, Buxted, Crowborough and Ticehurst.


Ready to enjoy a Christmas lunch treat at The Buxted Inn are a few of the 55 members of Know Dementia who partied at the pub yesterday.

He said it was hoped another three would open next year. Know Dementia was currently in consultation with the local clinical commissioning group about where.

Mr Calder said: “Our aim is to create a ‘memory moment’ in time and each cafe has some form of stimulus. Sometimes we bring entertainment in, singers, dancers, magicians, and we also do informal events ourselves.”


Father Christmas is pictured with Know Dementia Memory Moments cafe coordinators Jo Parnaby, left, and Samantha Keylock.

Mr Calder added the group was very grateful for Jason’s generosity in providing treats for members and for subsidising their weekly meetings.


Guests have a happy time at the Christmas lunch provided for them at The Buxted Inn yesterday.

• Contact details for The Buxted Inn can be found 24/7 in their premium listing in the Uckfield Directory on UckfieldNews.com

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