Thursday, February 12, 2015
Primary schools across Wiltshire are taking part in a programme that brings together schools and older people in their local communities. It is led by the Goldies Charity that runs its popular sing and smile daytime singing and activity sessions across the county.
Goldies was started by Bath-based musician Grenville Jones seven short years ago. Next month it will launch at its 100th location with sessions now taking place across Southern England and Wales.
In Wiltshire new Goldies sessions in the last three months includes Calne, Corsham, Warminster and Devizes.
The schools project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is led by Goldies founder Grenville Jones. He explained;
“When older people go back to school to meet and sing with children everyone has a wonderful time.
“Our project quite simply asks schools to put on an open day to which their local older folk are invited. The theme for many days has been World War One and we are also inviting Wiltshire schools to take part in a special event on Thursday May 21st.
“This will be at the Chippenham Olympiad during the day when we would love school choirs to sing and with free admission to everyone and a warm invitation to older people who live in and around Chippenham to come along.”
Laura Hurn teaches at Five Lanes Primary School at Worton near Devizes. The school welcomed their older guests in November and further events are planned for the future. Said Laura;
“It was a pleasure to watch the children share their learning with pride and sing the World War One songs with our older guests. I don’t know if there will ever be a moment quite like it in my career again. Incredible.”
For further details please see http://www.golden-oldies.org.uk/ww1-schools-project.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Picture caption : Bringing old and young together with songs and smiles, the Goldies.
Press enquiries to Grenville Jones on 07778 282934.