Melksham Remembers

In January and February 2018, I worked with residents at Blenheim House Care Centre in Melksham to encourage them to share family and community recollections and stories dating from the First World War as part of the Melksham Remembers project. I used photographs from the era, and various creative writing exercises, including the creation of poems based on residents' memories and comments, and, in a subsequent session, helped residents to create their own poems from printed out lines of their own snippets of comments and stories. These latter were brilliant (one former English teacher had a particularly good time with this exercise), and we glued the resulting poems onto card so they could be displayed in the community area at the care home.