Presentation to Kingfisher Lodge

The last 19 months have been a difficult time for all the care homes that we work with due to the coronavirus pandemic – Kingfisher Lodge in Saltford was no different. For the three years up to March 2019, residents from Kingfisher Lodge had been regular visitors to our Music for the Mind sessions and like everyone else they got a lot of pleasure from them. Lockdown was very difficult for them with no visitors allowed for many months and very little mixing within the home.

The Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance wanted to try and support the residents and the team who run the activities within the home. The charity agreed to support them in the form of a donation which they decided to spend on a new modern television, that can provide wonderful entertainment for the residents. Allowing them to sing along to some of their favourite tunes.

The photograph shows Mike, one of the DAA committee, cutting the tape to start off the television. Also in the picture are Kelly and Julie from the activity team with Martyn, one of the residents, standing between them.


Return of Music for the Mind

Thursday 14th October 2021 was a big date to celebrate for the Keynsham & Saltford Dementia Action Alliance. It was almost 19 months to the day since our last Music for the Mind session. We had hoped to start up in July but the timing didn’t seem right with an increase in COVID infections around that time, with a delayed go ahead agreed for the 14th October.

The committee put a lot of thought into the set up in St Dunstan’s Church Hall to reduce the risk of Covid infections to a minimum. Attendees had let us know they were coming, so that we approximate attendance numbers were known. It was wonderful to welcome back some of our regulars, Len and Diana, Ros and Barbara, Julia and Grace and Kate and Merv. We also had pairs who were there for the first time, Geraldine and Joan, Margaret and Leslie and Bryan and Rita. Julie and Kelly, who run the activity centre in Kingfisher Lodge in Saltford, brought along 3 new ladies to the session, Meta, Mary and Evelyn. Thanks go to Dial-a-Ride for picking them up from Saltford and taking them home.

The singing was again superbly led by Lindy with June providing the music. Judith and Di served the hot drinks plus cakes and biscuits and Merrial, Sue, Lyndon and Mike helped out. The atmosphere in the room was very relaxed and everybody was happy to be out in the fresh air and singing their hearts out. We look forward to the next session on Thursday 28th October from 10.30 until 12.15.

The photos show some of our friends, old and new, having a good time.


Open Morning – 14th October 2021

We would like to invite you to an open morning to celebrate restarting our Music for the Mind sessions.

Come along to St Dunstan’s Church Hall, Bristol Rd, Keynsham BS31 2BQ to meet the committee, volunteers, previous friends and to make new friends.

Cold drinks, cake and biscuits available

For people living with dementia and their carers

Plenty of parking

We look forward to seeing you

For more information, contact
Merrial Knight 07709840535 or 01225 872801


Short notice cancellation of Event – 22nd July 2021

After having Music For The Mind closed down for the duration of the various Covid lockdowns the Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance (KSDAA) were looking forward to re-opening the doors on Thursday July 22nd to all of the regular and some new clients living with dementia.

However in light of the currently increasing infection rates the project group have decided that it would not be wise to go ahead with the event and have postponed it indefinitely.

Chairman Alan Hale told us “We were looking forward to welcoming back those living with dementia who enjoy our sessions. This first event was going to be an open morning to settle people in and to see how it functioned. Sadly we felt it a responsible action to pay heed to the significant rise in those with Covid in our area and had no wish to put our clients, their carers and our volunteers in danger of infection. We hope that we can reopen later in the year and will keep our clients appraised.”


Update on Music for the Mind

A message from Merrial Knight with the latest update (which has been sent to a number of care homes):

Hi all, my name is Merrial Knight and I am the Secretary of Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance.

Most of you will have been liaising with Mike Knight, my husband, who is the Treasurer. We are hoping to restart our Music for the Mind sessions, subject to restrictions being lifted and so we are intending to have an open morning on Thursday 22nd July from 10.30am until 12.15.

We would love to see some of your residents if it is possible for you to come along. We have missed seeing your residents and realise that there will have been changes to them but welcome new faces. Although we are unclear about the possibility of singing at the moment, we will be pleased to see you and have a chat accompanied by cold drinks and cake. There is a general information letter (click here) and a registration form (click here) which we will be asking all participants to complete.

Do get in touch if you would like more details or if we haven’t covered everything in the attached letter. We will contact you if anything changes.