A feast of tea and cakes is being prepared for some very special guests at Highworth Warnford school on Wednesday July 11.
The Jubilee Big Sing is being hosted by the school for the elderly people who attend the Golden-Oldies singing groups across the town. Children from Eastrop Infant School, Westrop Primary School, St Leonard’s CE Primary Academy and Southfield Junior School will also be there.
Goldies, as it is now fondly known, was started by Bath-based choir leader Grenville Jones, who took the first four weekly fun singing sessions himself in and around the Bath area back in 2008. It started sessions in Swindon in 2009 and has been supported since then by Swindon Borough Council.
Five years on Goldies has spread across the West and also launched into South Wales last December. Sir Cliff Richard is the charities patron and the fun singing is to the hits of the 50s 60s and 70s.
The Jubilee Big Sing, is part of the Goldies Jubilee Time after Time inter-generational project which won a massive public vote last year in the BIG Lottery People’s millions awards. Hundreds have taken part . The project encourages everyone, of all ages, to sing songs, from the 50’s to the present day, together. Not all school projects have been about singing, others looked at memory lane sessions with the older visitors in school as well as art, dance and ICT projects.
The Golden-Oldies have their very own active song, which promotes health and wellbeing throughout the older generation through simple dance moves, formulated to increase mobility. This has been learnt by all of the pupils at Highworth and they will do it together during the afternoon visit.
Golden Oldies charity founder Grenville Jones said: “It is a wonderful opportunity for our Swindon Goldies to have such a brilliant event that they can look forward to. It will be a special time for everyone.”