1st July 2020 NEWSLETTER No 4

Hello everyone!

I can’t believe another month has gone past and we are now into July.  I hope you are all continuing to keep well and enjoying the slight freedoms we are now allowed.  Hopefully most of you have been able to see some friends or family in the last few weeks even though it will probably have been in the garden without a hug!  Little steps but at least we are moving in the right direction.

With life being allowed to open up even more from Saturday, I am sure you are wondering when the Café will be able to start again.  We as the committee are meeting virtually on a monthly basis and reviewing the situation both when the Jubilee Centre will open again but more importantly when and how we could meet again.  The new normal will be different, but we are already thinking about it and as soon as we have a plan in place we will share it with you.  Obviously each of you has their own concerns and everyone’s situation is different and no one must feel under any pressure to come back before they feel ready and before it would be safe for them to do so.

Here are some activities which might interest you for the next month.

Voice Squad virtual workshop for those living with dementia:

This is a singing workshop which lasts about 20 minutes working on the following 2 songs form Mary Poppins.  The first link is to the workshop and the second link to a booklet of song words.

Doe a Deer & Supercalafragilisticexpialadocious  https://youtu.be/0XyRembl9_4

Booklet of song words file:///C:/Users/Adrian/Downloads/Virtual%20Voice%20Squad%20Word%20Booklet%20-%20Dementia%20Care.pdf

More Love Music Lockdown Sessions
Part 2 of Glamba’s drumming workshops is now on Vimeo. It’s suitable for beginner drummers and older people living with dementia. Click on the link to view it.   https://vimeo.com/419531402

There is also the brilliant Corinne Frost a cello player who is going to play live on the Zoom platform on Tuesday 21 July from 2-3pm. She will do a mixture of old favourites that you can sing along to as well. If you want to book on to that one, please contact  Jenny@artsuplift.co.uk 07946 585978.

Orchestra of The Swan
Music Cares online – the ZOOM Sessions! For 6 consecutive Wednesdays professional players from Orchestra of the Swan will lead interactive ZOOM music sessions for people living with dementia at home and in residential settings. If you have missed going to your usual cafe, socialising with friends, enjoying a singalong or just listening to some high quality performances, please contact us to request an invitation and instructions. Email Sue at: education@orchestraoftheswan.org for further details.  Sessions will run each Wednesday at 11am and 2.30pm.

Virtual Concert by English Symphony Orchestra
Some fabulous musicians from the English Symphony Orchestra have put together 2 impromptu “concerts” for us to enjoy.  There is a 50 minute concert by a string duo called Downsideup  https://youtu.be/EQUHTglIZEg  and a concert by the ESO Wind Quartet https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLG-XiZWNFryZ8BBJfLwc4MbPHPcdu0e6k

Masks
Debbie Ison, who many of you will know from the Café, makes triple layered fabric masks (photo below).  They cost £5 with proceeds going to Alcester Day Care and a dog charity.  If you would like to buy some please contact Debbie on 07896 779726.

A country walk
If you fancy a short walk in the countryside, there is a lovely section of Heart of England woodland off Burford Lane near Studley called Morgrove Coppice.  There are no facilities there but there is a free carpark and an accessible path which is about a 1km circular walk.  It is on a firm surface with either matting or boarding.  There are lots of other paths for those who like to wander further afield.  https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.heartofenglandforest.com%2Fthings-to-do%2Fwalks%2Fmorgrove-coppice-accessible-trail%2F&psig=AOvVaw3MH7JrE3EY8d6R8hr1yFf2&ust=1593624590106000&source=images&cd=vfe&ved=2ahUKEwj7w4euiKrqAhWQAhoKHcFZB9UQr4kDegUIARCRAQ

Music for Dementia launches m4d Radio
This is a group of 5 radio stations via the internet which plays meaningful music from the 30s – 40s, 50s, 60s 70s and a Mix station.

Listen to m4d Radio now

My First Car:  Tell us your story
If you feel like telling us about your first car, do write it down and send it to me.  We could then share it in the newsletter and Carole could put it on the website.  A photo would be great too!

We will be sending out the next newsletter at the beginning of August, so if anyone has anything they would like to share, please send it to me, Eileen or Cath. 

The Carers’ group and KIT group are meeting via Zoom and if anyone would like more information about either of these, please contact Chris or Carole.

Take care and stay safe!

Lots of love

Kirsty x

Alcester Café Committee