To attend the Golden-Oldies fun sing and smile session at Silsden Methodist Church on Thursday November 3 2.00pm-3.00pm when former Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Joanne Dodds will present a cheque for £1,000 from her Spread a Smile Appeal Fund.
Monday October 24, 2016
The Golden-Oldies Charity reaches out to brighten the lives of older isolated people through its daytime singing and activity sessions.
Launched 10 years ago by West Country music man Grenville Jones who took the original four sing-alongs himself, it now reaches across England and Wales with groups at 150 different locations led by 35 enthusiastic dedicated session leaders.
‘Goldies’, as it is fondly known, with Sir Cliff Richard as its Patron, launched in Bradford at Silsden Methodist Church 12 months ago. The numbers attending the monthly session has grown and its first birthday will be celebrated on November 3 when the special guest will be the former Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Joanne Dodds.
Cllr Dodds attended the first session in her capacity as Lord Mayor and, one year on, will present a cheque to the Golden-Oldies Charity founder Grenville Jones for £1,000, a donation to support the development new groups in and around the Bradford area in the months ahead.
Cllr Dodds said;
“I would like to pledge my support for the Golden Oldies Charity who are fantastic in their work with older people.
“As Lord Mayor of Bradford I attended a hugely enjoyable session of the Golden-Oldies Charity in Silsden, which is part of the Bradford district. It was truly a fabulous event, with everyone singing along and even some up were up dancing. The enjoyment on the faces of the older people was plain to see.
“In the Bradford district we have a growing ageing population; there certainly is a need to engage with older people from many different communities and cultures. I believe that the Golden Oldies Charity have something very special in their wellbeing and activity sessions. Everyone loves to sing, it creates a feel good factor and it is especially beneficial for people with dementia.
“I fully support the plans of founder Grenville Jones of the Golden Oldies Charity to develop and reach out to older people and increase the number wellbeing and activity sessions across the Bradford area in the months ahead.”
The Bradford sessions are led by Vanessa Illiff.
“Our second session started earlier this year in Burley in Wharfedale and we also held a very successful open session at Crosshills, Skipton, and are planning a new session in Embsay in the new year.
“Without doubt the sessions are really enjoyed by all the older folk who come along. We are certainly not a choir but at the heart of Goldies is fun and laughter through singing. The support from Cllr Dodds and the Lord Mayor’s Appeal will help to put more smiles on more faces.”
Goldies founder Grenville Jones will attend the Silsden session. Grenville lives in the City of Bath and his parents orginated from Bradford where he still has family connections.
Press enquiries to Grenville Jones on 07778 282934.