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The Golden Oldies visited the fantastic Over 50’s Club on King Arthurs Way, on Wednesday 19th March 2014, and Andover & Villages was invited to come along and join the fun! The venue was packed with regular Over 50’s members and visitors from Lion Oak Court, which is an extra care scheme based on the Salisbury Road in Andover.

The Golden Oldies Charity, or Goldies as it is affectionately referred to by those who know them, were being represented by Sonia Lower, who has been giving monthly Golden Oldie sessions to the residents of Lion Oak Court, and is set to start the groups in other areas of Andover and the surrounding Villages. The sessions include singing and gentle movements to music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The aim of the scheme is to not only get the participants singing and moving, but also to give a much needed social aspect to those who take part.

Grenville Jones founded the Golden Oldies in 2008 in the Bath area. With only 4 initial weekly sessions, the phenomenon has rapidly grown to serving over 80 sessions a week across the South West and South Wales.

Grenville told Andover & Villages, “Goldies really is the smile charity. We are not a choir, but we use the music to encourage people to get out and meet others and have fun together through singing. Everyone is welcome and our sessions are attended by elderly people as well as those with learning difficulties, dementia and Alzheimer’s. We all know how powerful music is, and for many people, attending one of our Goldies activity and singing sessions is the only time they get to be with others. If anyone is in any doubt that the power of music knows no boundaries, just go along to a Goldies session!”

Test Valley Borough Councillor, Iris Andersen, invited Grenville and the Goldies to the Over 50’s club and during the session joined in with the singing and dancing along with Janet Whitely, the Mayor. Grenville Jones said of the scheme, “Independent academic research has shown that Goldies does have a big effect of people’s lives. It has been great meeting the lovely folk here today and we are really grateful for the fantastic enthusiasm for Goldies shown by Cllr Anderson. She is our Test Valley Goldies champion! We want to have six regular monthly sessions in the area by the end of the year.”

Everyone is welcome at a Goldies sessions, and those attending are asked to make a minimum contribution of one pound. www.golden-oldies.org.uk

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