Golden Oldies Sing and Smile sessions prove big hit

By Kieran Hadfield - 14 September 2020


Daytime Sing & Smile sessions for the Golden-Oldies Charity are a big hit with hundreds of older people living across Swindon.

Following the enforced closure of all sessions in March, the charity introduced twice weekly sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays, led by Rachel Parry and Cheryl Davies – two of the Goldies session leaders. 


Based on the successful Goldies formula, the online sessions feature the popular memory evoking songs of the 60s and onwards with words on screen and the ability to enjoy at home through the freely accessible YouTube recordings.


On Tuesday September 29, the session, led by Rachel, will include an ‘appearance’ by Alison Dawn. Alison is one of the popular leaders of the Goldies sessions in Swindon and she will be sending a personal message to all of the folk who enjoy and participate in her sessions, prior to lockdown. Alison said:


“We are all looking forward to, and hoping that one day soon, our daytime sessions across the area will start again and I know from so many personal messages that songs and smiles are being missed by so many people.


“Through the online twice weekly sessions we are trying to bridge that gap and I was delighted to contribute to Rachel’s fun ‘sofa sing’ on Tuesday 29.”


The session coincides with World Heart Day and Rachel will be informing viewers about health and wellbeing, including heart disease, and dedicating the session to World Heart Day by playing love songs from the heart.


On Thursday October 1, the afternoon session, led by Cheryl, will include an ‘appearance’ by her mum to celebrate Grandparent’s Day.

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