Thursday daytime online singing sessions from the Goldies Cymru Charity are proving to be a big hit.
After the lockdown Goldies leaders in South Wales, Rachel Parry and Cheryl Davies, decided that they would make every Thursday special for the older folk across South Wales who could not attend their daytime singing sessions for the time being by introducing a weekly online singalong.
They take place every Thursday at 2.30pm either from Cheryl’s home near Swansea or Rachel’s front room near Cardiff.
Rachel is the programme leader for Goldies Cymru across Wales, she said;
“We’ve had some fabulous feedback and sofa singalongs are now the norm on Thursdays!”
John got in touch to tell us ;
“So proud to be a supporter of Goldies Cymru. Goldies Cymru ‘Sing and Smile’ moments keep me going while the lockdown continues. Missing all my Goldies friends so thanks to Goldies for sharing all these lovely songs with us online.”
We also had a call from Diane, added Cheryl ;
“Mike and I had a sitting room bop along to Achy Breaky Heart and Sweet Caroline. We are sending our best wishes and thank you for the music Goldies, and for thinking of us.”
Margaret sent a message to say;
“Thank you for bringing Goldies to us in our homes, it was lovely to hear my husband singing along to it. We so miss our music and our social groups. Thank you.”
Hundreds are tuning in every Thursday to sing along to the hits of the 60s and onwards and Rachel and Cheryl alternate each week on who takes the session. Last week Cheryl’s dog Ripley, a Cockapoo, even got in on the act.
“At one stage during the sing along I told the folks it was time to pause (paws!) and in wandered Ripley!” said Cheryl.
Grenville Jones is the Goldies founder. He started the Charity 13 years ago with just four sessions in the West of England. There are now over 220 at various venues – community rooms, church halls and libraries across England and Wales. He said;
“Rachel and Cheryl are brilliant and we are now getting lots of requests from across England and Wales as our session leaders tell their ‘Goldies’ all about the Thursday Goldies lunchtime singalong.”