Release Date: 16-Feb-2010
More than 70 elderly residents enjoyed day of live music recently, when performers from the Live Music Now charity visited several Kirklees retirement granges.
Harpist Louise Thompson with residents from Stoney Lane sheltered housing
Professional harpist, Louise Thompson, who has performed with the likes of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, enthralled audiences at Stoney Lane in Honley, Brooklands in Bradley and Walker Street in Dewsbury.
At Belmont Grange in Norristhorpe, children from the local primary school were also invited to enjoy the performance, which made the event even more special, according to Joan Hammond, who lives at the grange: “I loved it all,” she said, “but the children really made it for me.”
For Stoney Lane resident, Elizabeth Luton, “listening to the music was very relaxing and soothing. It was something different and a real treat.”
Dorothy Arrowsuch, KNH’s older people’s champion, agreed. She said, “it could not have been a nicer morning. We are from a musical family and it reminded me of my grandchildren,” a feeling shared by many of the other older people who heard Louise play.
The events were organized by staff from Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH), which manages the council’s sheltered retirement housing in the district.
Carol Crossley, who manages KNH’s Older People’s Support Service, said: “Social activities for older residents are important as they help retain and improve both physical and mental health and well being.
“Having fun plays a big part in this, so we’re aiming to increase activities within all our schemes, involving others in the wider community to bridge the generation gap and help our residents feel part of that community.”
“We would welcome any volunteers who would like to help us in this important and enjoyable work.” If you’re interested, please ring Activities Coordinator, Carly Webster on 07970 756893 for an informal chat.