Official Memory Walk Opening

Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Councillor Margaret Chadwick was present to officially open the Memory Walk Garden at Sewerby Hall and Gardens on Thursday 25th April, 2019.

Dementia Friendly East Riding, Memory Walk in partnership with Sewerby Hall & Gardens, Bridlington

… Following the many changes that affected services and organisations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we are hoping to develop further innovative projects like this as we move into 2022.

The main aim of Dementia Friendly East Riding is simply to raise awareness and understanding about dementia and also importantly to support people living with dementia as well as their families and carer`s throughout the East Riding of Yorkshire.

People living with dementia often feel they are unable to continue living an independent and fulfilling lifestyle, this is far from the truth and our charity always encourages those people to remain active and positive through the various activities and events we organise through our charity.

We get a lot of support from Care Homes throughout East Riding so it was lovely to have been joined by some of the residents and staff from the Lindum House Residential Care Home here today, who have kindly raised some of the funds to support the costs of this Memory Walk Project.

The idea of this Bill and Ben themed memory walk
came from a lady living positively with dementia here in Bridlington.

Charity Ambassador (Simon Foster) pictured here with Ben. 

With huge thanks to all involved:
To all those people who produced the enthralling magic of this new sensory experience for all future visitors to Sewerby Hall and Gardens. Families are in for a real treat, there are so many amazing things to see, to scent, to touch and to listen to…       

Firstly, sincere thanks to Marie Gascoigne (the Facility manager, at Sewerby Hall and Gardens), who has led this project from the very start together with our own volunteer and Charity Ambassador, Simon Foster. It is through their leadership, planning and partnership working that this project has taken place. “I am sure that The Memory Walk will become a popular attraction for everyone to enjoy and to have lots of fun”.

Thank you both for all your efforts in making this special project a reality.

The Tin man, on the yellow brick road can be found in the walled garden.

To Steve Bromley, Sarah and their team at Sewerby Worklink and to all the service users they supervise. Steve and his team are responsible for creating The Wizard of Oz display which can be found at the end of the Memory Walk in the walled garden area. Thisenchanting film The Wizard of Oz this year celebrates its 80th Anniversary.

Tom and Richard the resident gardeners at Sewerby Hall, for all providing help and knowledge. Andy (their boss) too, for overseeing the memory gardens development. I know the garden staff will also be involved as the season progresses in planting some interesting sensory plants along the walk, including flowers and herbs to add colours and fragrancies, which will no doubt add to the experience and enjoyment particularly for those people living positively with dementia.



Sponsors – Help for Health
A special thanks to Andrew Milner, (Chairman of East Yorkshire “Help for Health”) who was present at the launch. “Help for Health” generously became the main sponsors for this project. Without their financial support the Memory Walk would not have been possible. 

We hope that this project fulfils the aims of Help for Health to support local volunteer groups and charities to engage with their local community and to improve health and wellbeing by enabling practical activities and events that really do make a positive difference to people`s lives.

The real stars of the show!  No not Bill and Ben or Little Weed!

It was my privilege to welcome and to say a big, big, thank you to our Memory Walk designers and constructor`swhose imagination and practical skills over many months of hard work have succeeded in producing this unique Bill and Ben the Flower Pot Men Memory Walk.

Graham Johnson of ECO-SERVICES and John Hickling thank you both…and thanks also to Graham`s son Mathew, who gave a lot of hours to the project. Also, to Debbie for making the fantastic Little Weed, a real showstopper. 

Everything along the walk including all the small animals and creatures were constructed at Graham`s small workshop on a farm near Beverley and also in John`s famous garden shed!  Thank you also to their willing helpers Liz, Margaret and Jane for your enthusiastic support throughout the build. Thank you all for this brilliant themed community facility.  

Along the walk visitors will also spot a number of garden creatures and small animals, they will play a big part in the sensory experience, adding a challenge as people try to identify them all. The wee animals and small creatures have all been made from natural materials by Graham and John and their passionate volunteers. They form an integral part of Bill and Ben`s big garden experience.   …Visitors as they walk along and through the garden, will get the opportunity to see if they can find the tawny owls, the sneaky snails or the baby rabbits, worms and caterpillarsDon’t forget to say hello to LITTLE WEED as you enter the walled garden and have a “sing along” with the Straw man from the Wizard of Oz down in the greenhouse and under the rainbow!

Thanks also go to some of our charity partners who all support us in so many different ways; Ian Dewar (Chairman of the East Riding GP and Patient engagement Group), Nigel Walker (our resident professional photographer and ex-trustee of the charity), and the man who made the original application for the funding to Help for Health. Stewart Ward and Kimberley from East Riding of Yorkshire Council also supported and helped us with marketing and media in the promotion and launch of the Memory Walk launch event. We were also able to welcome Debbie Fagan the community engagement officer for the Humberside Police Crime Commissioner.

… AND FINALLY, a huge thank you from all of us at Dementia Friendly East Riding for attending our Sewerby launch. We now hope that all visitors to Sewerby Hall and Gardens over the coming months will take the opportunity to enjoy and have fun through the Memory Walk and walled garden character displays.

Kind Regards

Phil Anastasi
(Chairman, Dementia Friendly East Riding)