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Art exhibition by Cleves Place Care Home residents complements launch of first dementia friendly cinema screenings at Haverhill Arts Centre




To coincide with its launch of dementia friendly cinema screenings, Haverhill Arts Centre is also hosting a month-long exhibition of art by two residents of a Haverhill care home.

The exhibition of work by Cleves Place Care Home residents Denis Buckle, 86 and Reg Wood, 91, who both have dementia, opened on Monday, the day before the arts centre’s first-ever dementia friendly film screening; Singin’ in the Rain.

Called ‘Through Our Eyes’, the exhibition features pieces created by Mr Wood and Mr Buckle over the past year during the home’s Wednesday morning art classes.

Artists Denis Buckle, left and Reg Wood join Cleves Place Care Home lifestyle co-ordinator Ramona Mihai at the launch of their exhibition at Haverhill Arts Centre. Picture by Mecha Morton.
Artists Denis Buckle, left and Reg Wood join Cleves Place Care Home lifestyle co-ordinator Ramona Mihai at the launch of their exhibition at Haverhill Arts Centre. Picture by Mecha Morton.

Ramona Mihai, Cleves Place’s lifestyle co-ordinator, said the opportunity to put on the display of art came by chance after another planned exhibition fell through.

For the film screenings the arts centre’s hall will be set out with tables and chairs, the lighting will be brighter than usual and the sound lower, creating a more home-like environment for the viewers.

“We have our own cinema in the care home and they have a film every Sunday,” said Ramona.

“But they know each other, they know those four walls, with the same decorations. It’s like you go into your living room every single day, but this is special because they will have social interaction with the community and of course the screen is bigger and of course the sound is more sensitive.”

The special screenings are to be shown once a month and cost £5 per person, with the carers not paying.

The next film is The Wizard of Oz at 10.30am on May 14.

Nick Keeble, Haverhill Town Council’s arts and leisure managersaid: “It is our mission at the arts centre to be as accessible to as many people as possible and these dementia friendly screenings reflect that.

“As we all know dementia is becoming increasingly relevant in our ageing society.

“As a community venue we hope these screenings will play a small part in promoting acceptance and understanding of the condition.”



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