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Extra Time kicks off at Britten Day Care Centre Lowestoft

A huge thank you to Julie and Helen who made us so welcome at the Britten Day Care Centre last week, when we delivered our very first Extra Time creative session.

Whilst Caitlin assisted with making personalised rosettes, Dean collected thoughts about what it was like to live ‘Around the Ground’ and created a unique poem, which he performed at the end of the session.

John from Chronicle Digital Storytelling also came along and showed the group an example of the Sporting Memory Box – people were amazed by how simple and yet how affective it was and several people, including Terry Lynes, secretary of the Lowestoft Town Football Club, contributed their own personal stories and pictures for inclusion.

Terry was also called upon to judge the Spot the Ball competition – a special version created by Dean and featuring the artists, John and Julie from Britten Court Care Home.

A quick trip to the  Factory Arms at lunch time provided refreshment and the chance to chat with the landlady about the long and proud tradition of playing and supporting football amongst pub regulars … we’re hoping to go back and record one or two of them in the future.

John and I then returned to Britten Court, where several residents were eager to share their stories, from close encounters with Stanley Matthews to the wedding day celebrations cut short, because the groom wanted to check the football results.

‘I don't buy lottery tickets - but my husband does and now I can go home and tell him that we've just had the most brilliant time here today, all thanks to the money raised by the National Lottery and used on projects like Extra Time.’