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Tea With… In Local Care Homes
We thought you might like to hear about what we were doing last Thursday, in addition to our volunteers delivering teas ordered by some of you.
This time last year we had just had our last afternoon tea, which although most of the Wednesday tea people still braved, alas understandably all the care homes cancelled.
In June we devised a virtual tea, which some of you may have watched, but we made a bespoke version with dedications for people in care homes, complete with Happy Birthday dedications.
Nearly one year on, we thought perhaps we could actually take some real live singers to the homes themselves, and what better than the two that had entertained them last June via their TV screen. But do you remember the weather last week? It wasn’t looking too promising for Clonter’s debut at trying out patio concerts, but thanks to the ‘can do’ attitude of the assembled musicians – Naomi Rogers – Soprano, John Ieuan Jones – Baritone, accompanied by pianist Iwan Davies, the show went on. And the care homes, Clayton Manor and Lawton Manor, also grasped the opportunity to present their residents with some live music wafting through the windows and doors. Complete with rugs over knees they sang along and tapped their feet, enjoying cakes and sandwiches prepared by Mark Bailey and his catering team. The singers and accompanist were also so happy to be performing to a live audience once again, even if it was only through an open window. How fitting that the one hour show concluded with ‘We’ll Meet Again’. Yes, indeed, here’s raising a glass, or rather a cup of tea, to that day, which we very much hope won’t be too far off now.
‘I can honestly say that our residents were thrilled with your visit and thoroughly enjoyed the entertainment provided by your singers. The afternoon tea, although in the morning, was excellent and they all commented how lovely it was… It was such a lovely change for the residents, in these strange times and it made their day.’
Administrator, Clayton Manor
Just in case you missed all this last year, and this, so you get a taste of what they enjoyed…
Anything You Can Do
Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square
People Will Say We’re in Love
We’ll Gather Lilacs
We’ll Meet Again
Generously sponsored by the Concertina Trust and an anonymous donor.
Here’s hoping that we will all indeed meet again very soon. The end, all fingers and toes crossed, is in sight.