Monday 29 August 2017
A charity that reaches out to older isolated people through daytime Songs and Smiles singalongs, called Golden-Oldies launches in Cornwall on Monday 11 September.
The venue is the John Betjeman Centre in Wadebridge from 12-30 -2pm with an open invitation for everyone living locally to come along and find out more about ‘Goldies’ as it is more fondly known. A charity which has Sir Cliff Richard as its patron.
From small beginnings 10 years ago in the Bath and Bristol area the charity has made quite remarkable progress in recent years. The founder is Grenville Jones, who is based in Bath. He led the first sessions himself and is well known though his many appearances of both TV and radio across the World both as a choir leader and as Goldies founder.
Grenville is the founder of a number of choirs including the famous BBCs Last Choir Standing Bath Male Choir and is the patron of the Cornwall Community Choir Association through a long-time friendship with its leader Neil Shepherd.
Grenville however is always keen to underline the fact that his charity Goldies is NOT about choir singing but more about social fun sing-alongs to the well-loved and memory-evoking songs of yesteryear.
Goldies in Cornwall will be led by Wadebridge-based Emma Peck who will lead the taster session with Grenville on September 11.
“The number of daytime singing sessions is now approaching 200 with 50 freelance session leaders across the South West up to Yorkshire and across the Midlands to East Anglia. Goldies Cymru with the support of the Big Lottery Fund in Wales is also developing across Mid and West Wales.
“I am delighted that Emma has come forward to help us to reach out to older folk in Cornwall and I look forward to meeting everyone at the John Betjeman Centre on Monday September 11. We will all have a great time,” said Grenville.
Full details of the charity can be found on www.golden-oldies.org.uk
Press enquiries to Grenville Jones on 01761 472468.