June 2022 updates

June has been a very busy month. We had our normal Music for the Mind sessions on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. We’re now averaging between 30 and 40 people at our sessions that includes those living with dementia, their carers and our volunteers.

As there were 5 Thursdays in the June we decided to put on an extra session on the 5th Thursday of the month to give people a chance to play boccia. Boccia is like playing bowls but you play it sitting down and it can be played by everyone. We had about 20 people present and everybody who wanted to play had a go and thoroughly enjoyed it. People played in pairs and it got quite competitive. We hope to run more sessions in the future.

We arranged a trip to Tyntesfield on the 22nd June for any of our couples who were interested. Four pairs, Merv and Kate, Eileen and Rosina, Ros and Barbara and Jenny and Geoff went along and Dial-a-Ride provided the transport. Three volunteers also went to lend a helping hand. The National Trust’s shuttle bus transferred everyone down to the house then we all walked around the ground floor and heard all about the house from the stewards. It was a very hot day so we decided to get the shuttle bus back to the café at the top where we all enjoyed a cuppa and a piece of cake. The National Trust staff and volunteers, who are all being trained to be dementia friendly, looked after us all very well. We hope to arrange a couple more Tyntesfield trips before the end of summer.

The Roman Baths put on a special open evening on 29th June for local residents to get the opportunity to walk around the Baths without the crowds. Les and Margaret expressed an interest in going so off we went. We picked them up and dropped them off near the Baths and then walked round with them. It’s changed a lot from the last time I was there but the slips and trips hazards are still as bad as ever. Those Romans couldn’t lay tiles properly!! Anyway we all enjoyed it and stopped off and had some chips before returning home.

There is also a photo of our treasurer with Giuseppe who won the Great British Bake Off earlier this year. Giuseppe opened the Saltford Festival week on 2nd July where our DAA had an information stall.


Music for the Mind sessions resumed

We continue to run sessions every second and fourth Thursday in the month. 10.30am – 12.15pm.

Music for the mind is a fun session for people living with Dementia and their carers.
Activities include singing songs, old and new, music and some time to chat.

Tea and coffee available. No admission charge, donations welcome.

Location: St Dunstan’s Church, Church Hall, 20 Bristol Road, Keynsham BS31 2BQ

We hope to see you there, please get in contact if you are interested in attending or volunteering.


Further Music for the Mind Cancellations – 13th and 27th January

We are sorry that the current Covid situation is so unclear but with rising infections, we have reluctantly decided to cancel the sessions on January 13th and 27th session.

We hope that we will be able to restart on February 10th 2022.

Thanks to everyone who has supported us, we love to see you and enjoy joining in with you all with the singing. Hopefully we will be able to meet soon. Meanwhile, watch this space!

Please email (preferably) or call on 07392 442966 or 01225 872801 if you have any questions.

On behalf of the committee we would like to wish you all a happy and healthy new year. We hope that you were able to have a happy Christmas.

Merrial Knight and the committee