Wednesday, March 4, 2020
‘Goldies’ …. In a PUB!
Today – March 4 – the Golden-Oldies Charity launched its 200th venue with a Sing&Smile FUN session in a community PUB.
Goldies has developed its work over the past 12 years across South West England, South Wales, the Midlands, Yorkshire, Essex and most recently in East London. The sessions are enjoyed by thousands of older people. Sir Cliff Richard is the Patron.
The special guest was local resident Briony Williams from The Great British Bake Off – and her gran! Briony brought a celebration birthday cake for Goldies.
Session venues include community rooms, church halls, day centres, memory cafes, Libraries and now FOR THE FIRST TIME there’s Goldies in a pub at The Gloucester Old Spot, Kellaway Avenue, Horfield in Bristol.
The Gloucester Old Spot has established a reputation locally as a friendly community pub and owner Amy Devenish contacted Goldies about hosting a regular session.
Goldies sessions reach out to all cultures and founder Grenville Jones is always keen to underline the fact that Goldies is NOT about choir singing. The songs are the memory evoking popular tunes of the 60s onwards and chosen by the folk who attend across Wales and England.
As the charity has grown, sessions have been added that particularly address the issue of people living with Dementia and their Carers. There are also many sessions across England and Wales specifically for Adults with Learning Difficulties. It is estimated that over 4,000 people attend Goldies each month.
Under the heading Goldies Cymru sessions have developed year on year across South Wales supported by the brilliant Moondance Foundation and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Wales. Song books are produced in Welsh and there is a Welsh Language website goldiescymru.org.uk
The Goldies website is www.golden-oldies.org.uk
ALL enquiries to Grenville on 07778 282934.