On a hot and sunny September day, Goldies Wells group were thrilled to be invited to the Bishops Palace. We enjoyed some lovely Sandwiches and cake in the Stableyard followed by a jolly good sing in the chapel. The acoustics and architecture were absolutely beautiful, the dancing was fabulous and the building was lovely and cool. Our thanks to the Bishops Palace for allowing us to use their stunning facilities and giving us access to the delightful gardens for the afternoon, what a treat!
A surprise guest popped into St. Columb Memory Café, at the Oasis Centre, St. Columb on 13th July, where Emma Peck runs a popular Sing & Smile Goldies session. Everyone was very excited to see Queen Camilla join in with the afternoon activities.
Goldies hosted a jam-packed event in Chard on Thursday 6th July at Chard Guildhall from 11.00am-3.00pm. The event was completely FREE and OPEN TO ALL. There were lots of free taster activities, including Belly Dancing and Circle Dance, performances from Redstart Primary School and local ukulele band, the Chaffcombe Reservoir Dogs. There was also the chance to talk with other South Somerset Age Support groups and, of course... lots of fun Goldies Sing-alongs!! With over 100 people attending, a fabulous time was had by all.
Goldies' 'Sing & Smile' sessions across England and Wales celebrated the King’s Coronation weekend in April and May 2023 with a special booklet of songs filled with popular hits from the Kings memorable years, including some of his all-time favourite artists – like the Three Degrees who performed at his 30th Birthday party in 1978. Each group ran their own personalised events; a Royalty Theme with cakes and snacks to share, a Royal Quiz, red white and blue fancy dress, brought in Royalty memorabilia just to name a few Click HERE to find out more…
Goldies Sing for THE KING
The Goldies Charity, well known and loved for its popular fun social Sing & Smile sing-alongs across England & Wales, will be bringing communities together to celebrating the Kings Coronation in style this May!
The Golden-Oldies Charity, more fondly referred to as ‘Goldies’, was founded by Bath-based musician Grenville Jones in 2007. Goldies community-based Sing&Smile activities now number over 120 groups across England and Wales in Libraries, Community Centres and Church halls.
Goldies will be celebrating the Coronation weekend at all their groups with a special booklet of songs filled with popular hits from the Kings memorable years, including some of his all-time favourite artists – like the Three Degrees who performed at his 30th Birthday party in 1978.
Cheryl, Programme Area Leader for Wales Cymru commented; “It’s fantastic that we will be celebrating the Kings Coronation at our sessions. It’s a historic event that means a great deal to many of our participants, I’ve had some really positive feedback and so many ideas about what they would like to do at their groups, May will be an eventful joyful month.”
Each group will be doing something a little different; a Royalty Theme with cakes and snacks to share and Royalty memorabilia. Joanne, South Somerset Leader said; “Chard are really looking forward to making our May session special, we’re extending it and will all be wearing red, white and blue. We’re bringing in some snacks and look forward to adding a Royalty Quiz into the proceedings.”
Combating isolation in local communities with FUN and UPLIFTING musical activities, Goldies sessions are filled with laughter and chat whilst singing along to the popular hits of the 50s onwards. Popular songs featuring artists such as the charity’s Patron Sir Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, Elvis, Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark and many more.
Stephanie leads a Gloucestershire group; “I’ve Just received my coronation pack, how wonderful. There are so many more people joining our session at the moment, it’s great to see people feeling ready to re-join their local community after the pandemic. Everyone comments on how fantastic a jolly good sing makes them feel.”
SINGING IS GOOD FOR YOU! Apart from being fun and uplifting, singing has lots of health benefits? A good sing can stimulate your immune responses, release pain relieving endorphins, improve sleep and reduce snoring, improve lung capacity and posture, tone facial and stomach muscles. Singing is a great stress reliever too and is well known for improving mental health, supporting those experiencing grief and bereavement, and developing a sense of belonging and connectivity.
Monica, a Session Leader in Yorkshire said; “I’ve had the Coronation pack in post, what a lovely idea. My groups will be bringing in some snacks and some items for a raffle. They will love the pamphlet and several have asked for Goldies T-Shirts too. We love Goldies and we are proud to be part of this great charity.”
Our thanks to St Monica trust in Bristol for supporting our Sing & Smile sessions in Bristol, South Gloucestershire, North Somerset and B&NES with a small grant from their Coronation Grant scheme.
In Wales the Moondance Foundation is the fantastic supporter.
Goldies Sing&Smile sessions are open to everyone, giving people “something to look forward to”, a chance to get out, make new friends and most importantly, have fun. Goldies is not a choir, you don't have to be able to sing to join, just love music and socialising. There is a recommended £3 donation to attend.
The Charity is always looking to recruit new session leaders and volunteers and to hear from organisations who work with older isolated people. Visit the website www.golden-oldies.org.uk , call the office on 01761 470006 or email email@example.com for more information.
Press enquiries to Cheryl Davies on 07860 9444410.
Monday, November 14, 2022
The Goldies Cymru Charity brings SONGS AND SMILES to hundreds of older vulnerable people across South Wales through their monthly daytime FUN singing sessions.
THIS THURSDAY ‘Goldies’, as it is more fondly known, celebrates its 10th birthday with a very special singalong taking place at Park End Church (Llandennis Road, Cardiff CF23 6EG) from 10.30am-12.30pm that’s Thursday November 17th, this week!
Cheryl Davies is the programme organiser for Goldies Cymru, she said;
“We are going to celebrate in style and welcome guests from the media to come along, meet us AND join in the singing!”
The party will be attended by older folk who attend Goldies Cymru sessions in and around Cardiff and they have been asked to bake a cake or bring a home-made savoury delight.
For further details contact Cheryl on 07860 9444410.
The work of Goldies Cymru across South Wales is made possible by the wonderful support of The Moondance Foundation.
Press enquiries to Grenville Jones on 07778 282934.
Thursday 13 October 2022
TIME TO SING!
The fun day time Sing&Smile sessions from the Goldies Cymru Charity are now back in full swing with more to be added in the weeks ahead, reaching further communities across Wales.
“The demand for our FUN Sing&Smile sessions across Wales is wonderful,” says Cheryl Davies, the Cymru Programme Leader.
“Older people across Wales have missed socialising and being together, especially our regular ‘Goldies’ attendees.”
Since re-starting our face to face singing sessions, Goldies Cymru have welcomed six new session leaders to keep up with the demand for community singing, but ;“We are always looking for more,” says Cheryl.
With support from the National Lottery, in Wales, Goldies Cymru have introduced new sessions for people living with dementia and their carers. Working with Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services sessions were launched in Crymych, Maenclochog and Fishguard, as well as bringing Sing&Smile sessions into regional Dementia meeting centres in partnership with Dementia Matters in Powys.
This year, Goldies Cymru is celebrating their 10th year, so plans for a celebration are underway for November at Park End Church (Llandennis Road, Cardiff) with the continued support from The Moondance Foundation. Those that attend Sing&Smile sessions from all across Cardiff are being invited to the celebration, where they will be treated to an extended Sing&Smile session with the Session Leaders, decorate themselves with self-made tin(-foil) party hats and enter ‘The Great Goldies Bake-off’.
Grenville Jones, Goldies founder will be joining in the celebration, he said;
“I am really looking forward to it, a fantastic chance to see a room full of our ‘Goldies’. This really is about giving thanks to them, for all their support over the years.”
“If you enjoy a good old singalong to those well-loved hits of the 50s onwards, pop along to your nearest session, make friends and ENJOY. We are a Registered Charity and do ask please for all those attending to make a £3 donation to our work so we can extend our session, reaching older isolated people across Wales.”
For further information on Sing&Smile sessions near you www.goldiescymru.org.uk
If you think you could be a Goldies Cymru session leader please contact Cheryl, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07860 944410
Image shows a recent library session in Cardiff.
DATGANIAD I’R WASG
Ymholiadau’r wasg i Grenville Jones ar 07778 282934.
Dydd Iau 13 Hydref 2022
AMSER I GANU!
Mae sesiynau hwyliog Canu&Gwenu a gaiff eu cynnal yn ystod y dydd gan elusen Goldies Cymru, yn awr yn ôl yn eu hanterth gyda mwy i gael eu hychwanegu yn yr wythnosau i ddod, gan gyrraedd mwy o gymunedau yng Nghymru.
“Mae’r galw am ein sesiynau Canu&Gwenu hwyliog ar draws Cymru yn wych,” meddai Cheryl Davies, Arweinydd Rhaglen Cymru.
“Mae pobl hŷn ledled Cymru wedi gweld colli cymdeithasu a bod gyda’i gilydd, yn arbennig y rhai oedd yn mynychu ‘Goldies’ yn rheolaidd.”
Ers ail-ddechrau ein sesiynau canu wyneb i wyneb, mae Goldies Cymru wedi croesawu chwech o arweinwyr sesiwn newydd i ateb y galw am ganu cymunedol, ond “Rydyn ni bob amser yn edrych am fwy,” meddai Cheryl.
Gyda chefnogaeth y Loteri Genedlaethol yng Nghymru, mae Goldies Cymru wedi cyflwyno sesiynau newydd ar gyfer pobl sy’n byw gyda dementia a’u gofalwyr. Gan weithio gyda Chymdeithas Gwasanaethau Gwirfoddol Sir Benfro, cafodd sesiynau eu lansio yng Nghrymych, Maenclochog ac Abergwaun, yn ogystal â dod â sesiynau Canu&Gwenu i ganolfannau cyfarfodydd Dementia rhanbarthol mewn partneriaeth gyda Dementia Matters ym Mhowys.
Mae Goldies Cymru yn dathlu eu 10fed pen-blwydd eleni, felly mae’r cynlluniau ar y gweill ar gyfer dathliad ym mis Tachwedd yn Eglwys Park End (Heol Llandennis, Caerdydd) gyda chefnogaeth barhaus Sefydliad Moondance. Caiff y rhai sy’n mynychu sesiynau Canu&Gwenu o bob rhan o Gaerdydd eu gwahodd i’r dathliad, lle bydd sesiwn estynedig Canu&Gwenu gyda’r Arweinwyr Sesiynau, gwisgo hetiau parti y byddant yn eu gwneud eu hunain allan o ffoil a chymryd rhan yng nghystadleuaeth goginio “The Great Goldies Bake-off”.
Bydd Grenville Jones, sefydlydd Goldies yn ymuno â’r dathliad. Dywedodd:
“Rwy’n edrych ymlaen yn fawr iawn ato, cyfle gwych i weld ystafell llawn o’n ‘Goldies’ Nod hyn i gyd yw diolch iddynt am eu holl gefnogaeth dros y blynyddoedd.”
“Os ydych yn mwynhau cyd-ganu gyda chaneuon hoff o’r 50au ymlaen, ewch draw i’ch sesiwn agosaf, gwneud ffrindiau a MWYNHAU. Rydym yn elusen gofrestredig a gofynnwn i’r rhai sy’n mynychu roi cyfraniad o £3 i’n gwaith fel y gallwn gynnal mwy o sesiynau, gan ymestyn mas i bobl ynysig hŷn ledled Cymru.”
I gael mwy o wybodaeth ar sesiynau Canu&Gwenu yn agos atoch chi www.goldiescymru.org.uk.
Os credwch y gallech fod yn arweinydd sesiwn Goldies, Cymru, cysylltwch â Cheryl, e-bost email@example.com neu ffonio 07860 944410 os gwelwch yn dda.
Llun yn dangos sesiwn ddiweddar mewn llyfrgell yng Nghaerdydd.
Media enquiries to Grenville Jones on 07778 282934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Image shows Cheryl Davies singing out for Goldies
Wednesday July 6, 2022
Forced by Covid to cancel all of its daytime FUN Sing&Smile sessions in 2020, the Golden-Oldies Charity took their FUN weekly singalongs online.
‘Sofa-singing’ introduced Wales-based Goldies session leader Cheryl Davies to a weekly audience of older people across the UK.
“Such was the popularity of Cheryl’s singing that the Charity have produced a CD of her performing some of the popular melodies which are such a hit with our older folk,” says Charity Founder Grenville Jones.
Song list – see end of release.
Many residential homes and age-support organisations live streamed the twice weekly sessions with Cheryl becoming the popular voice (and face) of ‘Goldies’, as it has become known.
The double-track CD with five popular songs from the 50s will be given to everyone now back attending and enjoying their popular sessions in Church halls, community rooms and Libraries.
“Cheryl leads the Charity’s work in Wales taking sessions. However through the CD, folk can enjoy her singing at home as well!” added Grenville. “She has a great voice and on the CD she is ‘double-tracked, so it’s a Cheryl duet!”
With support from the National Lottery, in Wales, Goldies Cymru will be introducing new sessions for people living with dementia and their carers working with Dementia Matters in Powys and the Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS) in the weeks ahead, responding to their request ‘we want Goldies sessions please in our area!”
The Golden-Oldies Charity was started by Bath-based choir leader Grenville Jones in 2007. From just four daytime sessions in community rooms, taken himself, it grew to over 200 (pre-Covid) across England and Wales (Goldies Cymru) where it is supported by the Moondance Foundation.
Sir Cliff Richard is Patron of Golden-Oldies.
As restrictions have lifted, the charity has been able to bring back its fun singalongs in community rooms, church halls and Libraries across the UK.
“It was a slow process at first,” says Grenville, “but in recent months, both in England and Wales, GOLDIES IS NOW BACK.
“The aim of the Charity is quite simple, it is to bring people together through social sessions featuring the popular hits of the 60s onwards. Provoking memories of times past and cherished thoughts. A reason to get out, meet new friends and SMILE.
“Loneliness and isolation are a major issue across communities and we are working hard to bring back our popular sessions in more areas in the months ahead. Everyone loves a good singalong!” says Grenville.
In England 65 Sing&Smile sessions have relaunched across the country, from Bradford in Yorkshire to Cornwall, with 35 planned for Wales by the close of 2022.
Fantastic support from many organisations and Trusts have enabled the Charity to respond to the many requests for Goldies groups, meeting the demand for fun daytime social activities for older adults who have experienced isolation in the pandemic.
Included in the new sessions are the East London, Havering Asian Welfare Association, who run a traditional Sing&Smile session alongside a popular Bollywood Goldies sing and dance. Inns Court Community and Family Centre in Bristol is another new session that has started to provide an afternoon of entertainment.
The Charity have welcomed eight new Session Leaders to their team over the last six months and are keen to recruit new Leaders. Contact Emma in the Goldies office on 01761 470006 or email@example.com for more information about the work of the Charity.
On the CD Cheryl sings
DATGANIAD I’R WASG
Ymholiadau’r cyfryngau i Grenville Jones ar 07778 282934 neu e-bost firstname.lastname@example.org
Llun o Cheryl Davies yn canu dros Goldies
Dydd Mercher 6 Gorffennaf 2022
Ar ôl cael eu gorfodi gan Covid i ganslo eu holl sesiynau Canu a Gwenu HWYL yn 2010, aeth Elusen Golden-Oldies â’u sesiynau canu wythnosol HWYL ar-lein.
Fe wnaeth ‘canu soffa’ gyflwyno Cheryl Davies, arweinydd sesiwn Goldies yng Nghymru, i gynulleidfa wythnosol o bobl hŷn ar draws y Deyrnas Unedig.
“Roedd canu Cheryl mor boblogaidd fel bod yr elusen wedi cynhyrchu CD ohoni yn perfformio rhai o’r alawon mwyaf poblogaidd sydd mor boblogaidd gyda’n pobl hŷn”, meddai Grenville Jones, sefydlydd yr Elusen.
Rhestr caneuon – gweler diwedd y datganiad.
Fe wnaeth llawer o gartrefi preswyl a mudiadau cymorth i’r henoed ffrydio’r sesiynau ddwywaith yr wythnos gyda Cheryl yn dod yn llais (ac wyneb) poblogaidd ‘Goldies’, fel y caiff ei alw fel arfer.
Rhoddir y CD trac dwbl gyda phum cân noblogaidd o’r 50au i bawb sy’n ôl yn mynychu ac yn mwynhau eu sesiynau poblogaidd mewn neuaddau eglwys, ystafelloedd cymunedol a llyfrgelloedd.
“Mae Cheryl yn arwain gwaith yr Elusen yng Nghymru, gan arwain sesiynau. Fodd bynnag drwy’r CD gall pobl fwynhau ei chanu yn eu cartrefi hefyd”, ychwanegodd Grenville. “Mae ganddi lais gwych ac mae ‘trac dwbl’ ar y CD, felly mae’n ddeuawd gan Cheryl!”
Gyda chefnogaeth gan y Loteri Genedlaethol yng Nghymru bydd Goldies Cymru yn cyflwyno sesiynau newydd i bobl sy’n byw gyda dementia a’u gofalwyr gan weithio gyda Dementia Matters ym Mhowys a Chymdeithas Gwasanaethau Gwirfoddol Sir Benfro (PAVS) yn yr wythnosau i ddod, gan ymateb i’w cais ‘rydym eisiau sesiynau Goldies yn ein hardal os gwelwch yn dda!”
Sefydlwyd Elusen Golden-Oldies yn 2007 gan Grenville Jones, arweinydd côr sy’n byw yng Nghaerfaddon. O ddim ond pedair sesiwn yn ystod y dydd mewn ystafelloedd cymunedol, gydag ef ei hun yn arwain, tyfodd i dros 200 (cyn Covid) ar draws Lloegr a Chymru (Goldies Cymru) lle caiff ei chefnogi gan Sefydliad Moondance.
Syr Cliff Richard yw Llywydd Golden-Oldies.
Wrth i gyfyngiadau godi, mae’r elusen wedi medru dod â’i sesiynau canu hwyliog mewn ystafelloedd cymunedol, neuaddau eglwys a llyfrgelloedd yn ôl ar draws y Deyrnas Unedig.
“Proses araf oedd hi i ddechrau,” meddai Grenville, ond mewn misoedd diweddar, yn Lloegr a hefyd yng Nghymru, MAE GOLDIES YN ÔL.
“Mae nod yr Elusen yn eithaf syml, sef dod â phobl ynghyd drwy sesiynau cymdeithasol drwy ganeuon poblogaidd o’r 60au ymlaen, gan ddod ag atgofion o ddyddiau fu ac atgofion annwyl. Rheswm i fynd allan, cwrdd â ffrindiau newydd a GWENU.
“Mae unigrwydd a bod yn ynysig yn broblem fawr ar draws cymunedau ac rydym yn gweithio’n galed i ddod â’n sesiynau poblogaidd yn ôl mewn mwy o ardaloedd yn y misoedd i ddod. Mae pawb wrth eu bodd gyda sesiwn canu dda!” meddai Grenville.
Yn Lloegr cafodd 65 o sesiynau Canu a Gwenu eu hail-lansio ar draws y wlad, o Bradford yn Swydd Efrog i Gernyw, gyda 35 ar y gweill ar gyfer Cymru erbyn diwedd 2022.
Mae cefnogaeth wych gan lawer o sefydliadau ac ymddiriedolaethau wedi galluogi’r elusen i ymateb i lawer o geisiadau ar gyfer grwpiau Goldies, gan ateb y galw am weithgareddau cymdeithasol hwyliog yn ystod y dydd ar gyfer oedolion sydd wedi bod yn unig yn y pandemig.
Mae’r sesiynau newydd yn cynnwys rhai yn nwyrain Llundain, Havering Asian Welfare Association, sy’n cynnal sesiwn Canu a Gwenu draddodiadol wrth ochr cân a dawns Bollywood Goldies. Mae Canolfan Gymunedol a theulu Inns Court ym Mryste yn sesiwn newydd arall a ddechreuwyd i roi prynhawn o adloniant.
Mae’r Elusen wedi croesawu wyth o arweinwyr sesiwn newydd i’w tîm dros y chwe mis diwethaf ac maent yn awyddus i recriwtio arweinwyr newydd. Cysylltwch ag Emma yn swyddfa Goldies ar 01761 470006 neu email@example.com i gael mwy o wybodaeth am waith yr Elusen.
Ar y CD mae Cheryl yn canu
Contact Grenville Jones on 07778 282934
10th March 2022
Goldies for Songs & Smiles!
The Golden-Oldies Charity has restarted its Sing&Smile sessions in England. ‘Goldies’ sessions are FUN social daytime activities, open to everyone, which aim to combat isolation with older adults. At Goldies sessions we sing-along to popular tunes by artists like our Patron Sir Cliff Richard, alongside Dusty Springfield, Elvis, Doris Day, Petula Clark and many more.
Prior to Covid, Goldies sessions took place across England and Wales. When they were forced to stop the Charity introduced GoldiesLive, online sofa-singing sessions for people to join in at home. GoldiesLive has continued for the past 18 months with sessions on Tuesdays & Thursdays, easily found on our website and YouTube every week.
Goldies founder, Grenville Jones said;
“We were very aware of the fact that many of the people who attended our daytime sessions prior to Covid lived lonely lives. If they were isolated before then Covid most certainly added to that loneliness. www.goldieslive.com has been fantastic at bringing the fun and the music into people’s homes during Lockdown.
“I am delighted that we are now able to bring back many of our daytime sessions with more in the months ahead. We will however continue with GoldiesLive sessions through to the end of this year, so we can keep on supporting those who remain at home.”
Over the course of the coming months ‘Goldies’ will continue to restart its former sessions and introduce new ones across England and Wales. If you are reading this and enjoy a good old sing-along to those well-loved hits of the 50s onwards, pop along to your nearest session, make friends and ENJOY. Goldies is a Registered Charity and do ask please for all those attending to make a £3 donation to our work so we can extend our sessions, reaching more older isolated people across the UK. The charity website is www.golden-oldies.org.uk.
Find your nearest monthly session here:
Bath & North East Somerset
• 1st Tuesday of each month - St Phillip's and St James Church, 35 Frome Road, Odd Down, Bath, BANES BA2 2QF – From 10.30am-11.30am
• 2nd Wednesday of each month - Conygre Hall, North Road, Timsbury BA2 0JQ – From 11.00am-12.00noon
• Last Tuesday of each month – Victoria Hall, Avondale Buildings, Larkhall, Bath BA1 6RD – From 2.00pm-3.00pm
• Last Friday of each month - The Key Centre Keynsham Methodist Church, Charlton Road, Keynsham, B&NES BS31 2JA - From 2:00pm-3:00pm
Bristol & South Gloucestershire
• 1st Tuesday of each month – St Michael’s Church Centre, The Green, Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8PD - From 2.00pm-3.00pm
• 1st Wednesday of each month - St Mary’s Church, High Street, Shirehampton, Bristol BS11 0DW - From 10.00am-11.00am
• 1st Thursday of every month - Henbury & Brentry Community Centre, Machin Road, Henbury, Bristol BS10 7HG – From 11.00am-12.00noon
• 2nd Thursday of each month - St Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Road, St Werburghs, Bristol BS2 9TJ – From 11.00am-12.00noon
North Somerset, South Somerset & Mendip
• 1st Tuesday of each month - Clifton Court Community Room, Churchill Avenue, Clevedon BS21 6QS – From 10.30am-11.30am
• 1st Thursday of each month - Crowshute House, Crowshute Link, Chard TA20 2EZ – From 10.30am-11.30am
• 1st Friday of each month - Elim Connect Centre, Portway, Wells BA5 2BE – From 2.00pm-3.00pm
• 2nd Wednesday of each month – Bruton Methodist Church, Shute Lane, Bruton BA10 0BH – From 2.00pm-3.00pm
• 2nd Thursday of each month - Cleaveside Communal Lounge, Cleaveside Close, The Glebe, Queen Camel, BA22 7PR– From 2.00pm-3.00pm
• 2nd Thursday of each month - Millers Close Community Room, Millers Close, Pill BS20 0DX - From 2.00pm-3.00pm
• Last Thursday of each month - Nailsea Methodist Church, 74-76 Silver Street, Nailsea BS48 2DS – From 10.30am-11.30am
• Last Friday of each month – Ilminster Parish Hall, North Street, Ilminster TA19 0DG – From 2.00pm-3.00pm
Wiltshire & Swindon
• 1st Monday of each month - Pound Arts Centre, Pound Pill, Corsham SN13 9HX – From 2.00pm-3.00pm
• 1st Tuesday of each month – Abbeyfield House, Bratton Road, Westbury BA13 3EP - From 2.00pm-3.00pm
• 1st Thursday of each month - United Church Warminster, George Street, Warminster BA12 8QB - From 2.30pm-3.30pm
• 1st Thursday of each month - Coleview Community Centre, Towcester Road, Swindon SN3 4AS - From 2.30pm-3.30pm
• 2nd Monday of each month – Salisbury Methodist Church, St. Edmund’s Church Street, Salisbury SP1 1EF – From 2.00pm-3.00pm
• 2nd Friday of each month – The Marden House Centre, New Road, Calne SN11 0JJ – From 2.00pm-3.00pm
• 4th Wednesday of each month – Downton Memorial Hall, Downton, Salisbury SP5 3ND - From 10.00am-11.00am
Essex & East London
• 1st Monday of each month – Braintree Library, Fairfield Road, Braintree CM7 3YL – From 10.30am-11.30am
• 2nd Monday of each month - Havering Asian Social Welfare Association, Greenfields, Kilmartin Way, Elm Park RM12 5NB - From 1.00pm-2.00pm
• 2nd Tuesday of the month – Emmanuel Church, Main Road, Hawkwell SS5 4NR – From 2.00pm-3.00pm
• 3rd Monday of each month – Harlow Playhouse Theatre 2, Playhouse Square, Harlow CM20 1LS - From 2.00pm–3.00pm
• 3rd Wednesday of each month - Beaulieu Community Centre, Beaulieu Square, Chelmsford CM1 6AU – From 11.30am-12.30pm
• 3rd Friday of the month - George Hurd Community Centre, Audley Way, Basildon SS14 2FL – From 11.00am-12.00noon
• Every Wednesday – Bollywood Goldies at Havering Asian Social Welfare Association, Greenfields, Kilmartin Way, Elm Park RM12 5NB – From 2.00pm-3.00pm
• Last Tuesday of each month - Uttoxeter Methodist Church Meeting Room, High Street, Uttoxeter ST14 7JQ – From 11.00am-12.00noon
• 1st Tuesday of each month - St Peter's Methodist Church, Main Street, Crosshills BD20 8TF - From 2.00pm - 3.00pm
• 1st Thursday of each month - Cornerstone Methodist URC, Great Horton Rd, Great Horton, Bradford BD7 3ER – From 2.00pm-3.00pm
• 3rd Tuesday of each month - Steeton Methodist Church, Steeton, Keighley BD20 6TU – From 2.00pm-3.00pm
WATCH OUT for more sessions to be added soon.
If you want to know more call The Goldies office on 01761 470006.
Image shows : Sing&Smile with the Golden-Oldies Charity.
Wednesday 2 March 2022
Songs&Smiles are back!
With Covid rules relaxed across Wales the popular Goldies Cymru Charity has announced that it is bringing back its Songs&Smiles fun daytime sessions for older isolated people. Prior to Covid Goldies Cymru sessions took place across South Wales. When they were forced to stop the Charity introduced its www.goldieslive.com sofa-singing sessions for people to join in at home.
GoldiesLive has continued for the past 18 months with sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays plus an additional Welsh-speaking monthly session.
Goldies founder, Grenville Jones said;
“We were very aware of the fact that many of the people who attended our daytime sessions prior to Covid lived lives that were lonely. If they were isolated before then Covid most certainly added to that loneliness.
“We work with many Wales-based organisations on the introduction of GoldiesLive and I am delighted that we are now able to bring back some of our daytime sessions with the intention of adding many more in the months ahead. We will however continue with GoldiesLive session through to the end of this year.”
Rachel Parry is the Programme Leader for Goldies Cymru which is supported by the Moondance Foundation who are based in Cardiff. Rachel said;
“We are delighted that our first popular Goldies Cymru daytime sessions are starting back again this month (March) after the pandemic-enforced break.
“If you enjoy a good old singalong to those well-loved hits of the 50s onwards, pop along to your nearest session, make friends and ENJOY. We are a Registered Charity and do ask please for all those attending to make a £3 donation to our work so we can extend our session reaching older isolated people across Wales.”
The sessions that are starting this month are:
RHYMNEY, GWENT at the Ael Y Bryn sports and community centre, Aneurin Terrace, Rhymney, Gwent, NP22 5DR on the Last Wednesday of the month from 12.00-1.00pm with Carol Pegler as session leader.
TREDEGAR at the Tredegar Library, The Circle, Tredegar, Gwent, NP22 3PS on the Second Tuesday of the month from 12.00–1.00pm led by Carol Pegler.
BRIDGEND St Theodore’s Church, High Street, Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, Glamorgan CF33 6DR on the Second Tuesday of the month from 11.00-12.00pm with session leader, Cheryl Davies.
CARDIFF in WHITCHURCH at Ararat Baptist Church, Plas Treoda, Whitchurch, Cardiff, CF14 1PT on the First Monday of the month from 2.00-3.00pm with our session leader Geoff Ashford.
RHYDYPENNAU – CARDIFF Park End Church of Wales, Llandennis Road, Rhydypennau, Cardiff, CF23 6EG - This is A WEEKLY SESSION, EVERY Thursday from 10.30-11.30am with session leader Sue Thomas.
RHIWBINA – CARDIFF at Rhiwbina Library, Pen-y-Dre, Rhiwbina, Cardiff, CF14 6EH on the Third Wednesday of the month from 10.30-11.30am with Rachel Parry as session leader.
CARMARTHENSHIRE at NEWCASTLE EMLYN Holy Trinity Church Community Hall, Church Lane, Newcastle Emlyn, SA38 9AM on the Last Monday of the month from 11.00-12.00pm with Claire Thomas as the session leader.
NEATH - PORT TALBOT a DEMENTIA SUPPORTIVE session at Tabernacle Chapel, 14 Thomas St, Pontardawe, Swansea SA8 4HD on the First Thursday of the month from 11.00-12.00pm with Naomi Bishop as session leader.
THE VALE at DINAS POWYS, please note - this is CLOSED TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC and is in partnership with with C3SC - Cardiff Third Sector Council Murchfield Community Centre, Sunnycroft Lane, Dinas Powys, CF64 4QQ sessions as requested with Rachel Parry.
LLANTWIT MAJOR at Lantonian Hall, behind Llantwit Major Rugby FC, off Boverton Road, Llantwit Major, CF61 1TF on the Third Monday of the month from 10.30am - 11.30am with Geoff Ashford.
WATCH OUT for more sessions to be added soon.
If you want to know more call Rachel Parry on 07796 714816.
Image shows : Sing&Smile with the Goldies Cymru Charity.
Press enquiries to Rachel Parry on 07796 714816.