We are running a new and extended programme of community cafes at the Museum in 2020.

OUR COMMUNITY CAFES ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

There are six sorts of café; each held separately and sometimes when the Museum is otherwise closed to visitors.

Details of all our Community Cafes are on this page; please scroll down to read them all and see which one is right for you.


GET TOGETHER CAFÉ – Dementia Café. 1st Monday of each month, 2-4pm

Radstock Museum opens its doors on Monday afternoons for a new café for people living with memory loss and their carers.  Following the success of the Memory Café on Fridays, you are invited along for chat, local history topics, activities, crafts, quizzes and a quiet reassuring place to socialise with new or old friends.

The museum is not open to the public at this time and we would love any locals to come along and enjoy the peace and quiet in the Museum tearoom!  Staffed by Dementia Friends.

The Get Together Café takes place on the first Monday of each month, from 2-3.30pm. £1 voluntary donation covers the cost of tea and biscuits.

Dates for 2020: Monday March 2nd, Monday April 6th, Monday May 4th, Monday June 1st, July 6th, August 3rd.

Please email events@radstockmuseum.co.uk or phone 01761 437722 to let us know you’re coming – we’ll get the kettle on!


BACK IN THE DAY – history with friends! 1st Friday of each month, 10.30-12noon.

‘Back in the Day’ is the new name for our local history group coffee and chat mornings. We bring old photos, objects, documents and stories of our lives in the Radstock area to share with like- minded people.

Everyone is welcome.

1st Friday of the Month, 10.30am-12noon.

Confirmed dates for 2020 are: Feb 7th, March 6th, April 3rd, May 1st, June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, Sept 4th, Oct 2nd, November 6th. 

£1 voluntary donation covers the cost of tea and biscuits.

This coffee and chat morning was formerly called Memories over Elevenses; it’s the same format just with a different name.


ROYAL BRITISH LEGION VETERANS HUB. 2nd Monday & 4th Friday of each month. (Check the times below.)

Beginning in March, Radstock Museum is collaborating with the Royal British Legion to offer a regular drop-in session for veterans and their families.  No appointments, no booking required – whatever your age or service experience, the sessions are for you: just drop in. If you live in the Radstock, Midsomer Norton or surrounding area, this has been set up for all and any veteran and family member and is staffed by veterans themselves.

The museum tea-room will provide a warm, welcoming venue with complimentary refreshments staffed by volunteer veterans, offering support, information, friendship and a chat over a hot drink.

The work of The Royal British Legion is a year-round responsibility, not just during the Poppy Appeal, and anyone wanting to know more about the branch, or support the branch as a volunteer, should pop along.

The sessions are open twice a month, on the second Monday of the month from 2-4.30pm and fourth Friday of the month from 9.30-12noon. £1 voluntary donation covers the cost of tea and biscuits.

Radstock Museum is proud to hold a Certificate of Affiliation with the Royal British Legion.  Dates:

March: Monday 9th, 2-4.30pm & Friday 27th, 9.30-12noon.

April: Monday 13th, 2-4.30pm & Friday 24th, .9.30-12noon

May: Monday 11th, 2-4.30pm & Friday 22nd, 9.30-12noon

June: Monday 8th, 2-4.30pm & Friday 26th, 9.30-12noon

July: Monday 13th, 2-4.30pm & Friday 24th, 9.30-12noon

August: Monday 10th, 2-4.30pm & Friday 28th, 9.30-12noon

September: Monday 14th, 2-4.30pm & Friday 25th, 9.30-12noon

October: Monday 12th, 2-4.30pm & Friday 23rd, 9.30-12noon

November: Monday 9th, 2-4.30pm & Friday 27th, 9.30-12noon.


CUPPA FOR THE CARERS (*starting in April 2020). 3rd Monday of each month, 2-4pm

In association with Bath Carers Centre, there will be a café that offers support, some chill time and rest for carers whilst the cared-for are looked after in the Museum tearoom with tea & chat.

This session starts in April and takes place on 3rd Monday of the Month, from 2-4pm.

More details will be posted soon.


MEMORY CAFÉ – cared for & carers. 3rd Friday of each month, 10.30-12noon

The Memory Café runs for people who are living with memory loss and for their carers and now enters its second season!  There will be a varied programme ranging from crafts, object-handling, speakers, games and nostalgia activities.  The Museum Railway Tearoom – with its 1930s décor – will be the venue.  The café will take place outside normal Museum opening hours, meaning that it will be a calm, reassuring and safe environment for all visitors.

Memory Café meetings are held on the third Friday of the month starting at 10.30am and finishing at 12 noon.

Confirmed dates in 2020 for the Memory café are Feb 21st, March 20th, April 17th, May 15th, June 19th, July 17th, Aug 21st, Sept 18th, Oct 16th, Nov 20th.

To ensure we can safeguard visitors, we will have to collect some basic contact details in case of emergencies, but also to be able to stay in contact and give you reminders of the next café. £1 voluntary donation covers the cost of tea and biscuits.

Please note there are some provisions we are not able to meet at the café:

-Personal care – a Museum volunteer cannot assist with medication, washing, dressing or going to the toilet

-A counselling service

-Services offered by social workers, solicitors, financial experts or other specialist professionals.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE INTERESTED:

Please contact the museum, either by phone, 01761 437722, email events@radstockmuseum.co.uk or alternatively call in during normal opening hours.

We have Information Sheets available to take away or you can download the document  HERE

Please leave your own name, your carer’s name and a contact number to reserve a place.

Radstock Museum Memory Cafe is supported by The Alzheimers Society.


‘Radstock Museum in association with Age UK: History Club’. 4th Monday of each month, 2-4pm

Working with Age UK, Radstock Museum is hosting an afternoon community group for any residents who would like to be involved in a Somerset-themed club – could be food, crafts, folklore, legends, famous residents: anything you like!  Why not come along and get involved?  Museum staff will offer supporting resources and there will also be support information from Age UK.

£1 voluntary donation covers the cost of tea and biscuits.  The museum is not open to the public at this time, so come and enjoy a new environment and a new challenge. 

From 2-3.30pm on the fourth Monday of the month