Jammin' at the granges

Release Date: 29-Jul-2013
Young and old musicians in Kirklees have joined together for an intergenerational ukulele session.
Ukulele session at Belmont Grange

Ukulele session at Belmont Grange

For the past 10 weeks, residents at Oxford Grange in Gomersal and Belmont Grange in Liversedge have been having ukulele lessons from Kirklees Music Service. Children from Norristhorpe and Park Road schools have also been learning the same music, and the two groups recently came together to show off their new found skills, to the delight of both young and old.

According to Norman Coop, who lives at Belmont Grange, “the lessons have given me something to look forward to. They help break up the day and have opened up a new world to me. I’ve met a lot of people through the course and I’m looking forward to continuing with the lessons next term.”

Karina Sykes is KNH's older people’s activities coordinator. She said: “I’ve been delighted with the success of the project. Jeanette from Kirklees Music Service has been a great inspiration, and everyone’s had a lot of fun while learning a new skill.

“KNH is committed to helping older people live lifeto the full by organising activities that bring people together and encourage them to be active.

“We’ll be continuing with the ukulele lessons at Belmont and will also be starting a new year-long beginners’ course Brooklands retirement living scheme in Bradley Huddersfield in September. I’d encourage anyone who’s interested to get in touch – it’s a great way to meet people and learn something new!”

The sessions are free to anyone 55 or over, but places are limited. For more information or to sign up, please call KNH on 01484 416444 or email