A message from Remember that Song to all our members and volunteers … 19th March 2020

 

Dear Lovely Friends How the world has changed since we last met together on 10th March and since our announcement about the postponement of our activities for the time being.  For many of us the closure of our familiar social groups and activities will be very hard, and especially for those caring for a loved one. We now know that it won't be possible to return to our RtS sessions for quite a while but rest assured that you are NOT forgotten. Our thoughts are with you all.

I don't have a magic wand to wave, but if you are forced to self-isolate I would urge you to take advantage of the help which is being organised through so many wonderful community and church groups. I've heard of some amazing initiatives: food deliveries; offers to do shopping/walk dogs/collect prescriptions; telephone befriending and countless others. If you don't know what's happening to support you in your area make sure you contact your local church, or GP surgery, or ask a neighbour, or ask someone you know who uses social media. Some of us who are less at risk can offer our services as volunteers; those of you who do fall into the 'at risk' category (whether through age or health issues) should not hesitate to ask for assistance.

At least the weather is improving, and at least we live in a lovely part of Britain. Spring is definitely on its way and lighter evenings are just round the corner. I wonder what you're all finding to do at home? Gardening and DIY seem to be very popular. Let us know what you're up to, and how you're managing to stay on top of things – you might inspire some one else. I'll put your replies in the next little RtS newsletter!  

This morning I went for a walk with Reuben the dog along the River Teign at Steps Bridge, near Dunsford. The wild daffodils are in full bloom, the sun was out and the river was sparkling. We met quite a few people but we all politely kept our distance ( well, the humans did!). It was still easy to have a quick conversation, even from two metres!

Hope you enjoyed Daphne's 'Virtual' RtS Singing Session, sent by email/We Transfer. Stephanie said she sang along whilst preparing supper, and Sue reports that her mum, Rita, enjoyed it too. Maybe you have some favourites from our songbooks that you'd like to hear? I'm sure Daphne will be only too pleased to make other recordings. We’re also looking at other ways to carry on singing and will be in touch about those in due course.

And … if you have access to the internet, there's a great website I've found: www.activitiestoshare.co.uk. It's full of ideas to pass the time for people with dementia, and the music section offers songbooks and CDs which you might like. If you have a CD player at home, why not have a sort through your old collections and make a pile of your old favourites? Who still has a record player, I wonder? And have you heard about the ‘sofa singers’? You need the internet for this, too:(https://www.thesofasingers.net/).

Now might be just the time to make a Memory Book for your loved one, if you haven't already done so. I made one for both my in-laws. I rummaged through old photograph collections and searched on line for pictures of meaningful places. I made notes about what I knew about their life stories, and also contacted other family members to help fill in the gaps. The completed book can serve as a useful prompt for reminiscing.

Finally, if you are stuck at home with a loved one with dementia, remember that there are several telephone helplines for those moments when you need to talk:

 

National Dementia Helpline 0300 222 1122

Age UK: 0800 169 2081

Dementia UK: 0800 888 66 78

Alzheimer's Society Devon Support Service: 0300 123 2029

 

Much love to you all.

 

Jan

 

Chairman, Remember that Song

 

 

The situation surrounding Coronavirus is moving rapidly. The committee has taken the decision to close our group for a few weeks whilst this infectious illness is at its peak. This is because so many of our members and volunteers are in the 'at risk' category because of age and/or underlying health issues. Indeed, many of us also go home to loved ones in this category. Care homes are beginning to 'cocoon' their residents from outside activities and this is likely to become commonplace.

The containment measures of frequent hand-washing, avoiding physical contact and keeping our distance from each other are particularly difficult within our group. The important thing is to minimise unnecessary risk for everyone.

This means that we will NOT be holding sessions on 17th or 24th March. Together with our usual Easter holiday, this will allow for a four week break. All being well, we hope to resume our sessions on Tuesday 14th April. We will, of course, make sure that this website is updated as soon as we have more news. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact:

Barbara Buller
Telephone:  01392 217538
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

It was a thoroughly enjoyable privilege for members of Remember that Song to join with Edna Letch and her daughter, Maureen Moore, in celebration of Edna's 100th birthday. The birthday cake featured two of Edna's favourites: an owl, along with the song "Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner". An action-packed programme of songs followed the birthday cake, including more songs about London, Edna's home city.  The photographs show the cake, Edna with her daughter, Maureen, and with two of our Musical Leaders (Daphne and Jan).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our fourth birthday celebration on 17th September 2019 featured two special cakes and two special guests. John and Kath Singleton have given tremendous support to Remember that Song over the last four years - they created and help to maintain our website. It was a pleasure to have their company at our birthday celebration and to be able to thank them in person for their generous support.

 

 

 

Kath & John Singleton with RtS Chairman, Jan Middleton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our summer programme ended with two rather different programmes and one very special guest. The last session included a special tea and our AGM (which was very short!) and then a rousing programme of "Last Night of the Proms". 

Our penultimate session was in the form of an Old Time Music Hall, complete with our very own Music Hall Chairman, Ray Mallett (& supporting musical team) and with very special guest and professional opera singer, Alison Kettlewell, who delighted our group with her solos. 

Remember that Song Musicians with Alison Kettlewell (from left to right: Jim, Andrew, Daphne, Alison, Francis and Ray).

 

 

 

In May 2019 members of Remember that Song really enjoyed a visit from 26 Year 5 pupils from the Maynard School, who not only sang very beautifully on the theme of "The world, the environment and friendship," but also joined in all our musical activities with cheerful enthusiasm. Many thanks to the Head of Junior School at the Maynard (Steven Smerdon) and to their music teacher (Rachel Smith) for making this memorable visit possible. We look forward to a return visit! Many thanks also to the manager of Tesco Metro in St Thomas, who allowed minibuses to be parked there, thus making the visit possible. 

Other programmes have included 'Traditions, 'Families', 'Gardens' and 'Food'.