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Greetings from d’music’a choir!

July 2013 concert inviteWhen I was invited to join d’music’a as a volunteer singer I was nervous, and somewhat embarrassed, fearing that my aging treble would add little to the overall quality of the music!  However, the warmth of greeting and the general atmosphere of good humour and enjoyment of that first practice session soon dispelled my fears, and I came away on a positive ‘high’ of a new and exhilarating experience.

How does one describe our choir practices?  Firstly, of course, there is the ever-friendly and charming presence of Edye Hoffmann, our founder, mentor and driving force.  She is always at the door to greet those experiencing memory problems, their supporters and partners, and newcomers like myself; everyone is happy to see her.  We are also glad to greet each other, and it is especially good to receive a hug from one of our members whose memories are failing in many ways.  As Edye herself has pointed out in previous issues of our village magazine, The Mill, there is absolutely no doubt that those inflicted by this insidious illness really do love to sing, and that music really is one of the last senses to be affected.  This is so evident at rehearsals, where one can witness the pleasure that singing gives to each and every one of us, fit or unwell.

We are, of course, blessed by the gifted and skilled direction of Martin Herrick, and the wonderful talent of David, our pianist.  In all, d’music’a is a positive, instructive and, above all, exhilarating experience for us all.  And, as we work towards our concert, our enthusiasm grows.  At the moment we are having fun with Gilbert and Sullivan and The Beatles, and our next concert will be on 18th July at 8pm in the Townley Memorial Hall in Fulbourn.  Entrance is free, but contributions towards tea, coffee and biscuits help to keep d’music’a alive and running.  Do come along and help Edye to continue to support people living with dementia and their ever-loving carers alike.  I promise you won’t regret it as you find yourself singing along to old familiar tunes.  We aim to make Fulbourn a more dementia-friendly community, and we hope you will join us at the concert to that end, as well as to enjoy a really good evening!

Written by Jo Marchant for the July edition of The Mill, Fulbourn’s village magazine.

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Still Caring Lunch Club – July meeting

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On Wednesday July 10th, we continue our lunch club meetings.  This time we will welcome John Nicholson as our speaker.  John is the senior chaplain at Fulbourn Hospital.  If you haven’t met John yet, I encourage you to come along.  John and I have worked together for over a year developing a bereavement programme designed to support individuals who have lost their significant carer.  As you can imagine, this is a particular challenging experience and John has been instrumental in shaping these resources in a pragmatic, holistic way.  John isn’t going to speak about that programme at this lunch instead he wants to speak to carers as a carer himself in a talk he has called Finding your place, your way, your path.  How apropos, don’t you think?

If you’ve not joined us before and would like more information, additional details for the lunch can be found on this website.

Lunch remains £9.  We gather after 12:30 to order our own drinks from the bar and put in our lunch order.  Lunch begins at 1pm.  Please note that bookings for the lunch are essential so numbers can be passed to Hugo at the Six Bells.

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Good to hear from … CAMTAD

camtad logoYesterday at the Still Caring Lunch Club we hosted Frances Dewhurst, the director of CAMTAD which supports individuals with hearing loss.  Frances joined us for lunch and visited with a group of our carers before she gave a very good talk about how we lose our ability to hear, what kind of hearing read more…

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