Members of Remember that Song have been enjoying a busy programme of musical activities over the summer months, including a variety of songs celebrating the glorious West Country, holidays and travel. We have also enjoyed marking some very special events in this summer's sessions, including a Diamond Wedding Anniversary and several 'milestone' birthdays.

Our penultimate session on 17 July took the form of an Old Time Music Hall, with musical leaders, volunteers and some members dressing up to provide rousing renditions of Music Hall songs such as 'Don't Dilly Dally on the Way' and 'Daisy, Daisy'. For our last session of the summer programme will include a Memory Box of personal favourite songs suggested by our members.


Old Time Music Hall July 2018


Celebrations! Our three musical leaders led sessions on a whole range of themes in Autumn 2017 - from seasonal topics (Harvest, Autumn, Halloween/Bonfire Night, Remembrance, St Andrew's Day) to sport, hobbies and musical instruments. We celebrated our second birthday as an independent organisation and at our final session in December, we enjoyed lots of Christmas music and a festive picnic lunch. 


Our second birthday as an independent organisation was celebrated in style with a some impressive birthday cakes and a visit from Martyn Rogers, Director of Age UK, Exeter as our guest of honour.

We're all looking forward to meeting up again in January 2018, when our Spring programme will be based on themes from Pantomime and the Silver Screen to the Beatles.



Birthday Celebration - Chairman Jan Middleton and Martyn Rogers from Age UK cut the cake


Our Summer Programme 2017  got off to a flying start with a celebration of St George's Day and lots of songs related to England ... from Ralph McTell to Flanders & Swann, Greensleeves to Rule, Britannia!. A particular favourite was 'singing one song to the tune of another' - in this case the words of Love me tender, love me true to the theme tune of the Archers (which works surprisingly well!). We enjoyed a visit from children from Redhills Community Primary School on 27th June and our last session of term was a 'Memory Box' programme: a treasure trove of songs associated with mementoes of special significance to various members. Although we don't have any singing sessions in August, some of our members will be meeting up for a cream tea,

At our last session before Easter 2017, our musical activities featured songs about Easter traditions (eggs, hot-cross buns, Easter bonnets and the Easter Rabbit). This session was led by Jean Usher (in the centre of the picture below) and it was her final session with Remember that Song. Jean will be pursuing new challenges in the field of Dementia and Music after devoting many years of her talent and skill first to ‘Singing for the Brain’ with the Alzheimer’s Society, then to the founding of ‘Remember that Song’ in September 2015. Members of Remember that Song are very, very grateful to Jean for all her hard work, knowledge and expertise from which so many have benefitted.


Jean Usher
Musical Leader, Jean Usher, centre), moves on from Remember that Song to develop her work with Music and Dementia





Our musical activities in Spring 2017 centred on a variety of themes - we  celebrated songs from Wales (St David's Day) and Ireland (St Patrick's Day), from pantomimes to the music of the 1960s and we all enjoyed a visit from Exeter's own Guildhall Strummers Ukelele Group in January, with some particularly enthusiastic singing of George Formby's  'Leaning on a Lamp Post'! Many thanks to the Guildhall Strummers for coming to play and sing with us.


Our programmes each week are designed to be as varied as possible - quiet songs and cheerful songs, songs with actions and percussion, some gentle harmony and rounds - and some opportunities to get up and dance, as you can see from members enjoying a session with musical leader, Jan, and her guitar.









In September 2016 we celebrated the first anniversary of 'Remember that Song' and were privileged to be visited by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Cynthia Thompson, and Councillor Rob Hannaford who helped us mark this special occasion, complete with a birthday cake and a rousing rendition of 'Happy Birthday'. The Lord Mayor, a talented pianist, delighted members of the group by volunteering to play the keyboard for us. Pictured in the photograph with the Lord Mayor and Councillor Hannaford are, on the right, Ann Head (Chairman of Remember that Song) and on the left is Jean Usher (Musical Director).

At our final session before Christmas we celebrated with our Christmas party and we are looking forward to musical activities based on a big variety of themes - from pantomimes to the music of the 1960s and we'll be having some special musical visitors to one of our sessions: Exeter's own Guildhall Strummers Ukelele Group.