Tuesday March 25, 2014
Sing out for Goldies
A charity that encourages elderly people to get out and enjoy a good sing along to the hits of the 50s onwards, is starting new daytime activity and singing sessions across South Somerset.
Goldies, as it has become fondly known, was started by West Country music man Grenville Jones in Bath with just 4 sessions back in 2008. It now runs over 80 across the South West and South Wales. The Patron is Sir Cliff Richard and his well-loved hits are high on the list of popular songs performed each month. He said;
“Goldies really is the smile charity. We are not a choir, but we use the music to encourage people to get out and meet with others and have fun together through singing. Everyone is welcome and our sessions are attended by elderly people as well as those with learning difficulties, dementia and Alzheimer’s. We all know how powerful music is, and for many people, attending one of our Goldies activity and singing sessions is the only time they get out to be with others. If anyone is in any doubt that the power of music knows no boundaries, just go along to a Goldies session!”
Come along to one of our new sessions at Chard Town Hall, Fore Street on the first Thursday of each month from 10.30-11.30am, next session on Thursday 1st May. Or Ilminster at The Minster Rooms, Court Barton on the last Tuesday of each month from 2.00-3.00pm, starting on Tuesday 29th April. Also Crewkerne at The Henhayes Centre, South Street Car Park on the first Tuesday of the month from 2.30-3.30pm, next session on Tuesday 6th May with Session Leader Wendy Woods, everyone is welcome.
Or try our popular session in Yeovil at Milford Hall, Just off Milford Road on the first Friday of every month from 2.00-3.00pm, next session Friday 2nd May with Saara Gould-Haines.
Goldies is supported by South Somerset Council, the Somerset Community Foundation, Crewkerne Town Council, Chard Town Council, Yeovil Town Council and the Tudor Trust.
Pauline Burr is Arts Development Officer for South Somerset District Council, she said:
“I’ve been fortunate enough to see Goldies in action on many occasions - it really brightens the day for the people who take part. It gets them out of the house and away from the same four walls – which is particularly important for those who don’t have friends and relatives nearby. I have also seen people rekindle old friendships and make new friends. The health benefits are self-evident; singing is proven to be good for the heart and whether people get up and dance or just stand and wave their hands in the air, their physical well-being is improved by taking part.
“ The best thing about Goldies, however, is that people really have fun! For the length of the session they forget their problems and their aches and pains and just have a jolly good time
Everyone is welcome at a Goldies sessions and those attending are asked to make a minimum contribution of one pound.
Charity founder Grenville Jones added;
“We are planning a big open day in August in Yeovil working with Age UK Somerset. Independent academic research has shown that Goldies is good for you and we also want to link with GP practises in South Somerset as we grow to get them to tell their elderly patients about our sessions.”
Goldies and their families enjoy a Big Sing at Swindon last Autumn.
Patron Sir Cliff Richard.
Enquiries welcomed by - Grenville Jones 0777 282 2934