December 2017....Another year has flown past..It has been a good year for the group. We meet every Wednesday,some 50 people come together to sing, reminisce,chat to friends old and new and enter into all activities that go on within the group. We have grown enormously over the 8 years we have been going. Sadly we have lost some of our dear friends, but others join the group and receive support and so we carry on. We have changed our modus operanti this year. We now have professional entertainers every week.. Each bring their own special talents and instruments to the group, so we have something different most weeks. We are a very interactive group. Everyone has something to give and they are encouraged to join in.. It is a very emotional experience for everyone when we see someone singing perhaps only a few words, when they may not have spoken or communicated in a long time. It is the music and the atmosphere. Music enters the crevices of our soul, and releases the spirit of us all.
December 20th ..is our end of year Christmas party. Everyone looks forward to it. We have a ball..WE have 12 hampers to give away in our free raffle. Thank you all who have contributed. Your help and support is very much appreciated.
We are back on January 4th 2018. Our young friends The Retrosettes are our entertainers.. They will set the year off with an energetic performance.
I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas. Enjoy it all. Another bright and enjoyable year of fun and entertainment awaits...
January... saw 30 Carersenjoying a variety of treatments at a local beauty parlour. It was our Christmas treat for them. Our 2 male Carers were given a meal for two at a local restaurant. Everyone enjoyed the treat.
It is our experience that Carers rarely treat themselves. This is our way of making them know they are ‘special’.
We plan a repeat session later in the year.
February... Our Carers enjoyed “The Downton Experience”
40 people enjoyed a Cream Tea at Humphrey Booth. Our speaker gave an interesting and amusing insight into his 35 yearsas a Butler. We also had free raffle and everyone went home with an Easter Bunny.
At these events we see everyone relaxed and enjoying themselves in the happy and welcoming atmosphere.
March... We are all enjoying the talents of many different artistes as we are holding auditions for Music in Hospitals.
Brian continues to be our mainstay for Singing, but new talent brings in new voices, new repertoires and a variety of instruments. it all adds to the enjoyment of the session.
April... sees The talented Heather Phoenix come to sing for us. This is always a fun session and very popular.
June 8th... Starts Carer’s week….We give all our Carers a beautiful plant, usually a geranium, which shows our awareness of the wonderful care they give . I order 80 plants, so everyone is recognised.
August… A repeat of The Downton Experience with tea and cakes, and our Speaker return to continue his with his life Story.
A great afternoon was enjoyed by everybody. 33 people enjoyed an excellent cream tea & were delighted with their prizes and gifts.
SpringBoxes entertain for us on August 26th - we look forward to exciting music & a morning of fun and excellent singing!
.September 9th...Auditions with Music in Hospitals. This has been an excellent morning. We had 3 different auditions, with each group bringing a different set of songs , different instruments and a different style of music. There was excellent interaction between the groups and our audience. All the feedback was positive. We look forward to them performing for us again. On Sept 16th....Heather Phoenix sings.....September 30th..Two Man/ One Man Band return to do a full morning for us. Our numbers are increasing. It is good to see new dementia people coming with Carers to enjoy singing and all that goes with it. My friends at Apple continue to help on a voluntary basis which is wonderful. Their help is much appreciated.
Matthew & Laurence from Two Man-One Man Band gave everyone a fantastic morning of entertainment. It was non stop fun for an hour. The response from our audience was amazing. Proof indeed that Where words fail..Music Speaks. We look forward to their next visit in November. Thanks lads for a brilliant session.
October 28th...Glynn Morris gave us a wonderful morning of song. He was sporting a lovely new waistcoat. very eye-catching. he was accompanied by Lauren Gibbered. Thanks for an enjoyable morning
November... Beauty Parlour treats are planned.I have given out 30 invites up to now and Carers are really enjoying this treat.
Two Man-One Man Band, aka Matthew & Laurence, gave us another great morning of entertainment. Their energy knows no bounds.
December...Carols on 9th, and Christmas Party on 16th, when as always Margaret Ferguson comes to sing for us.
We will be having our usual games and raffles,plus loads of fun and frivolity.
saw us having a Where has the year gone? January has passed me by. We are now marching forward into a fully packed and exciting programme of events. Our Carers are all enjoying the Christmas treat of a fully packed session in our local Beauty Parlour. For many it is the only bit of respite and self indulgence they may get. Feedback has been excellent, and we are thrilled that it has been successful.
We continue to employ Entertainers from Music in Hospitals. They bring different instruments, different songs and add an extra dimension to our work. Within the group we have several people who now have a 'regular spot' in the morning entertainment.
Basil aged 92 writes and sings his own music, David plays the Piccolo, Elsie and Eddie also sing for us, and lead the group in a song from an old Musical. It all adds to the enjoyment .
APRIL 7th saw us having a Cream Tea for our Carers. 36 people attended . Father Michael Burgess waster speaker.. His talk was about Weddings. Known for his ability to give very humorous talks, today was no exception. Everyone was laughing. Laughter like music takes us out of ourselves. It allows us to forget our worries and stresses and just enjoy the moment. It was wonderful to see and hear the laughter. Everyone then enjoyed a delicious afternoon tea. A big thank you to Tina & Janet for their hard work in preparing it all.
Brian continues to entertain us all every week, ably helped by his Back Up Group (they comprise our volunteers).. Last week he and Elsie (aged 92) gave us a hilarious rendition of "He is just my Bill" .On Wednesday April 27th. we have guest singers to sing for us. They are new to our group but will bring new songs and a different atmosphere to the day.
November 16th 2016
My apologies for not keeping the page updated But.......I will not bore you with my reasons....We are still a strong group with approx. 50+ people attending every week. Today we had a guest entertainer, Peter Kowuri...accordionist and singer.. We all enjoyed his songs which are different plus the accordion gives a different slant on the music..
We are coming up to The Festive Season soon.. Where does the time go? We have Christmas Carols on December 7th. This is always enjoyable as it starts the festive feeling...December 14th is our Christmas Party... The Charleston Charlies are entertaining us this year so we expect lots of frivolity as well as very good singing..There will be free raffles, lots of fun and laughter and a lovely buffet... it is our last meeting for the year . We resume again on Wednesday January 4th 2017, when we look forward to another successful year.
December 14th 2016
We have completed the year..it has been a good one..We have new people to join the group and sadly we have lost some of our much loved members as well. They shall never forgotten. Our party was great, excellent entertainment with Eunice giving us her own rendition of Danny Boy. It brings tears to the eye. Carers are having their beauty treatments in time for Christmas and loving it, and that is what it is all about. Next year promises to be good with plans for different events in place. I thank everyone who has supported us throughout the year. I could not manage without the love, help and support from everyone. I am greatly indebted to all who help in any way at all. It is greatly appreciated by me. I wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and may 2017 bring you all Good Health, Happiness and Joy.....WE are back unharness on January 4th 2017... Looking forward to it..
February 23rd 2017...I cannot believe where the time has gone... So far the year has gone well.. Sadly we have lost some our much loved friends ,but new people join to sing with us and enjoy all our facilities.. We have a full programme planned for the year ahead which keeps me busy. Our many friends continue to support us and for thisI am eternally grateful. We need this support to continue with all we do. The City Mayor is due to visit on March 1st.. I feel it is important that the people who run the City are aware of we small groups who do such good work within the City and most times without recognition. I hope we are all in good voice that day!! I hope to post another entry soon, so keep watching..
Today was Carer's day treat day. We had a wonderful Flower Demonstration plus a delicious Cream Tea. Kathleen Williams did the demonstration, and kept us all laughing with a running commentary on how she became a flower arranger. It was so rewarding to see everyone relaxed and enjoying themselves. The afternoon tea was delicious, and most people went home with plate of goodies. We continue to Sing every Wednesday.. About 50+ people attend every week. Many extend their respite morning by staying on for lunch. We now have a resident Solicitor who attends every week to give free advice to anyone who needs it. This is proving to be an excellent service and we are grateful to Nicola for providing it. Jane and Mike have joined our band of volunteer entertainers and come once a month .We are using more people from Music in Hospitals who bring a different slant to the morning. We continue to be a totally free service offering many facilities to all who attend. If you have dementia or care for someone who does then please come along and join in the fun..Next week is our AGM.. so more to follow.
We are back to meeting weekly, and 54 people came last week...Whilst it was good to have a week off, I for one am pleased to be back.
I miss the group as they are an important part of my life. The year ahead will be fun.. We have artistes booked for every week and there will be other treats planned in throughout the year. I look forward to it all. We continue to offer a totally free service. We also have free Legal Advice given every week by Nicola. This is a brilliant service, as it is there on the spot advice. Often the thought of visiting a Solicitor can be off- putting, but with Nicola there on the spot, it is all so easy.