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Thursday October 1, 2015
Sing and Smile charity launches in Silsden
A charity that has singing and smiling at its heart is launching fun daytime sessions for older people in Silsden on Thursday October 29.
Golden-Oldies was started by West Country music man Grenville Jones eight years ago. Grenville is well known with his work with choirs and in particular the famous Bath Male Choir who reached the finals of the BBC’s Last Choir Standing competition.
Grenville launched ‘Goldies’, as it is more fondly known, with four fun daytime singing and activity sessions in and around the Bath area taking the initial sessions himself.
The sessions soon developed across Somerset and Bristol and in 2009 Sir Cliff Richard agreed to become its Patron. For Grenville Jones it really is a case of ‘coming home’. His parents both originated from the Bradford area and Grenville remembers the times when he used to visit as a young boy.
The growth of Goldies has been quite remarkable since that time and by the end of 2015 there will be 38 dedicated session leaders taking 140 groups across England and Wales. Most recently Goldies was launched in Essex and Staffordshire and under the Goldies CYMRU banner, supported by a Wales Lottery Grant, there has been a rapid increase in sessions.
The Rev’d Ruth Crompton is Minister at Silsden Methodist Church. Through her friendship with Anne Griffiths who leads Goldies in Staffordshire, she discovered how the charity was reaching out to make such a huge difference to the lives of older lonely people.
“We all know that there are so many older people who lead lonely lives. There are few opportunities to get out and meet other people and singing of course is such good therapy.
“The growth of Goldies really is truly remarkable and on Thursday October 29 we are delighted that Grenville Jones will be coming to Silsden to tell us more about his work with the charity and to lead our first session.
“There is great enthusiasm for Goldies from people in our church and the Creative Supports Community Links Team. I firmly believe that this will be the platform that will lead to the growth of the Goldies Charity across Yorkshire.”
The first session takes place at Silsden Methodist Church from 2pm until 3pm on Thursday October 29, everyone is welcome to attend to find just what Goldies is all about. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Press enquiries to Grenville Jones on 07778 282934.