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Trial by Jury event success – 22nd February 2020

On Saturday 22nd of February 2020 the Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance held a fundraising concert at Keynsham Baptist Church, sharing the profit with the church.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Trial By Jury’ was performed by The Stasima Theatre Company directed by Lydia Stevens, a mixture of both professional and amateur performers who gave freely of their time.

The performances were outstanding and were enjoyed by a full house of over ninety people. The ticket price included a light supper during the interval.

Both the church and the DAA will enjoy just over £400 each towards their work.

Alan was kind enough to provide some photos and a short video of the event.

 

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Second Boccia Session

We held our second boccia session on the 5th Thursday in January to provide an alternative to Music for the Mind. It was well attended with 9 people living with dementia plus their carers.

After tea and biscuits everybody took part playing in pairs and each pair played at least 2 games. The overall winners were Sabina and Jean with Sally and John coming a close second. Everybody seemed to enjoy it and we hope to run another session later in the year.

The first picture below shows the finalists, Sally, John, Jean and Sabina with Mike who organised and refereed the session. The second photo shows David getting instructions on how to throw.

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Little Theatre Cinema in Bath release new Dementia Friendly Cinema screening dates

The next set of Dementia Friendly screenings will be:

9 to 5

Monday, 10th February 2020

Little Women

Monday, 2nd March 2020

The Girl Can’t Help It

Monday, 6th April 2020

The remaining Dementia Friendly screenings for 2020 are on the following dates (film titles are to be confirmed):

  • Monday, 4th May
  • Monday, 1st June
  • Monday, 6th July
  • Monday, 3rd August
  • Monday, 7th September
  • Monday, 5th October
  • Monday, 2nd November
  • Monday, 7th December

Dementia Friendly Screenings aim to provide a fun and inclusive experience, enable people with dementia and their carers to attend the cinema in a safe and comfortable environment, and give them the chance to get out and socialise with people from the local community and other people in a similar situation.

These events are open to everyone, but are enhanced to suit the needs of people with dementia. The lights are left on low, there will be no adverts, and people are free to move around, take a break if needed or sing along to any musical numbers!

There will be free tea, filter coffee and biscuits from 10.30 so people can come and get settled into the space, then the film starts at 11am (with no adverts or trailers). There will also be an interval for 20 minutes half way through the film when free tea & coffee will be served again.

Tickets are £4 per person, with accompanying carers free and can be booked in person at the cinema, over the phone on 0871 902 5747 or online at www.picturehouses.com. Wheelchair spaces are limited so please book in advance to make sure they are available.

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Upcoming theatre performance – 22nd February

Not for the first time the ‘stage’ is going to be helping make Keynsham and Saltford a more dementia friendly community.

The ‘stage’ in question is at the Keynsham Baptist Church in High Street, Keynsham and it will host a performance of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial By Jury on February 22nd at 7pm.

The production is being provided by Stasima Theatre Company and their Artistic Director Lydia Stevens told us “Creating dementia friendly theatre is a project close to Stasima’s heart. It is the job of theatre to provide a safe and accessible place for those who need it. Gilbert and Sullivan is a perfect, adaptable medium which combines well known tunes with relatable characters, throwing it successfully into the 21st Century for all audiences.”

Lydia Stevens, is a local actress and director. With over 18 years of stage experience, she has directed for numerous companies in the South West and Wales, including the production of ‘The Elixir of Love’ for Keynsham Musical Festival in 2019 (with Opera in a Box).

Chairman of the Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance Alan Hale told us “This is a fantastic opportunity for the community to support our work to make both Keynsham and Saltford more dementia friendly whilst having a great evening out. We are also delighted to have the support of Keynsham Baptist Church (KBC) as we raise funds for our dementia action work and at the same time share a fund raising opportunity for KBC to further its community activity as well. I hope that many people will support this event and the work we are doing.”

Stasima Theatre Company brings fresh eyes to classic productions, making them accessible and flexible to all spaces and audiences. They focus on a minimalist approach to theatre, which couples well with the incredible talent of the cast and creatives.

During the interval on the evening a light supper will be served and that will be within the ticket price of £10. Tickets can be ordered through www.ticketsource.co.uk/trialbyjury or reserved  via dementiafriendlykeynsham@gmail.com.

Proceeds will go towards the K&SDAA and Keynsham Baptist Church.

We hope to see you there.

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Christmas Party

We were pleased to welcome the year 5 class from St John’s Junior School to the Christmas party of our Music for the Mind group in St Dunstan Church Hall on the 12th December. There was a lovely atmosphere with over 15 people who live with dementia together with their carers and volunteers. There was plenty of hot drink, cakes and biscuits on offer. The children sang several carols which went down well with everyone and then they chatted with everyone before heading back to school. We finished off with Lindy leading some more carol singing and then all of our friends went home with their own Christmas gift. One of the pictures shows our chair, Alan Hale, cutting a Christmas cake.

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St John’s Christmas tree festival

St. John’s Church hold a festival each year and ask local organisations to decorate a Christmas tree to reflect their own organisation, with a total of 60 trees altogether this year.

The photo shows a volunteer, Cheryl,  and Merrial and Sue who are members of the committee. They decorated a tree with baubles and home made decorations which showed our favourite things to reflect Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance.
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Keynsham Bowls club donation

The Keynsham & Saltford DAA have been the nominated charity for 2019 for the Keynsham Bowls Club. On 6th November, DAA committee members Merrial and Mike Knight attended a coffee morning in their clubhouse in Keynsham Memorial Park to collect a cheque for £800. Mike thanked the Bowls Club for their efforts and generosity. The picture shows Mike and Merrial receiving the cheque from Mo Dickinson (ladies’ captain) and Carm Riccio (men’s captain).