As part of Poppy Café, a Singing Café has regularly been held every fourth Tuesday of the month, for anyone who would like to attend. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 this popular activity has had to be suspended.
Come and join us!
At the monthly sessions, which last around 45 minutes, we sing together for enjoyment and fun.
We always begin with a gentle ‘warm up’ to get ready, and use specially compiled song books with a variety of carefully chosen and well known songs.
There is a collection of percussion instruments available to play and a pianist to accompany us.
The social and physical benefits of singing together are well recognised. Importantly, for those living with dementia, singing can stimulate memories of people and places, and even change one’s mood and increase confidence.
Singing is a relaxing activity and can facilitate both speech and ease of movement. It helps us to engage with others and, above all, gives us a good time and some fun!
Local visiting choirs
Over the years pupils of all ages from Gresham’s School have entertained us at the Poppy Café, after which they have been happy to chat and participate in activities. We are always happy to welcome the children and their teachers.
Other musical performers have included:
- Meg Starling and Friends
- Stephen Miles, tenor, accompanied on the piano by Kathleen Wyatt
- Local clergy
- ‘Samphires’ close harmony group of ladies
- Angela Dugdale and some members of her choir