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A walk down memory lane…

Our Reminiscence Village offers a passage back through time, to a place easily recognised by those living with dementia.

Opened in 2018 our Reminiscence Village has made a massive difference to the lives of people living with dementia, supported at Holmfield Dementia Day Care Centre and George Hythe House.

Reminiscence Village Sweet Shop

Lord Mayor of Leicester Ross Grant visits the sweet shop during our grand opening

A quiet, reflective space, this walk down memory lane offers people living with dementia a chance to relax and reminisce, away from the often confusing modern world.

“This is such a safe environment for Dad; the staff are so lovely here. He really gets a lot out of seeing friends and listening to music. I’m sure they’ll be plenty of music for him to enjoy in the pub!”
Sarah, family member

A wander through the 1940/50s village sparks memories and conversation between people living with dementia and their carers and family.

Visitors can start by “purchasing” retro-sweets, weighed out from sweet jars in the confectioners, then pass the hanging meats in the butcher’s window and loaves of bread in the baker’s.

The Post Office has old stamps and parcels on display and letters can be popped into the Post Box.

Finally, at the end of the street visitors can pop into the pub ‘Everyone’s Local’, or call in for a cuppa at Betty’s Café.

The ‘village’ even has its own bus shelter, complete with local Leicestershire Corporation Transport timetables.

Take a look at our leaflet for a snapshot of our reminiscence village. 

Reminiscence Village Butcher's

The village evokes memories of the 40s and 50s

Reminiscence Village Pub

"Cheers" from Everyone's Local!

The Reminiscence Village is available to residents of George Hythe House and day visitors to Holmfield Dementia Day Care Centre. Call the day centre on 0116 236 8115 or email to find out about free taster sessions.

“One of the best things about being Lord Mayor is visiting projects and seeing the impact they make in the community. It has been humbling to visit the project and hear how it will impact on the visitors to the centre and their families”.
The Lord Mayor of Leicester, Councillor Ross Grant

Reminiscence Village Post Office

The post office with real post box!

Thank yous

The village was made possible through the support of Big Lottery Fund and a number of local businesses and organisations who donated both money and time. We would like to thank them all for their support:

  • Friends of George Hythe House and Holmfield Day Centre
  • NCHA colleagues
  • National Citizen Service
  • Parkin
  • Cambridge and County Bank
  • Magnet
  • MD Group
  • Advance Property Services
  • Coles Nurseries
  • Rampscapes
  • Dalrod
  • Efficiency East Midlands
  • Nationwide Windows
  • The Florence Turner Trust