The charity that gets elderly people out of their homes to sing pop songs is holding a special event in Swindon on Saturday 19 October and everyone is warmly invited to go along.
Goldies, as it is as become known, with Sir Cliff Richard as patron, was started by former Swindonian Grenville Jones back in January 2008 with four day-time singing sessions for elderly people in and around the Bath area.
Grenville is well known for his leadership of many choirs including the famous Last Choir Standing Bath Male Choir.
He recognised that singing could bring together lonely elderly people and Goldies, using the memory-evoking hits of the 50s onwards, soon took off across the West attracting world-wide media attention.
Swindon Borough Council have supported sessions in the town since 2010. There are now over 70 across the West and South Wales with plans to start 20 more in the next six months.
Hundreds attend and an independent academic study concluded that, “Without question, this charity is having a major effect on the lives of isolated people.”
Shelley Morgan’s mother Margery Smith loves going to the Goldies session at George Tweed Gardens in West Swindon. She said: “I am so glad I found out about Goldies. In the ideal world mum would just like to dance all day but her mobility is limited now so this isn’t possible. As she doesn’t get out a lot, singing at Goldies lifts her spirits and she does so look forward to each session – particularly the regular rendition of ‘Delilah’!”
The Swindon BIG SING is at The Punjabi Centre, Cricklade Road, Swindon SN2 7BB starting at 3.30pm finishing at 7.00pm. The Mayor and Mayoress of Swindon, Cllr. Nick Martin and Mrs Mary Martin are the special guests.
Goldies from over Wiltshire and Swindon will be there to enjoy an afternoon out with two local choirs adding their Goldies support to entertain the audience. They are the Thamesdown Ladies Choir and Brookfield and Westlea School Choir.
Grenville Jones said: “It is fantastic that the choirs are coming along to share their talents. Admission is free, please come along and join us and find out all about Goldies.”
Volunteers are needed to help with catering, please call Sue on 01761 470006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org