Older People’s Forum in Poole

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Apr 172016
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Are you a Poole resident aged 55 or over?

Are you interested in local issues?

If so, this is an opportunity to have your voice heard and get involved in an independent over 55’s forum.

Borough of Poole, the Office of the Police Crime Commissioner, the Poole Well-being Collaborative and some of Poole’s residents are looking for members to help start up a new forum.

Come to the drop in event being held on 28th April and find out more!

The event will tell you:

  • information about the forum.
  • about projects and aims for the group.
  • how you can be involved.
  • how you can vote on a name for the group.

The forum will be run independently by older people, for older people.

Over 55’s Forum Open Day – Thursday 28 April 2016

Drop in any time between 10am and 4pm

The Spire, High Street, Poole BH15 1DF

For more information

email comments.adultsocialcare@poole.gov.uk or phone 01202 261060.

Refreshments will be provided.

Dorset Theatre-Goer’s Club (DTGC)

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Jul 152015

DTGCMy name is Sonja Sparrow and I am a member of the PHSG. In my spare time, I am the Membership Secretary of the Dorset Theatre-Goer’s Club (DTGC) – a Dorset organisation for lovers of theatre in the Weymouth, Dorchester, Blandford, Wimborne and Ferndown areas of Dorset. (Separate independent branches cover the Bournemouth and Purbeck areas.)

DTGC was established in 1970 by Graham Jenkins, now our Honorary President, and the Club has been run continuously, largely by volunteers, since then.

About once a month we travel by specially-chartered coaches from local pick-up points to see a play or musical (or perhaps the occasional ballet or opera).  We normally go to matinees on a Saturday, and occasionally on a Wednesday or a Thursday, at leading theatres throughout the south of England. In the past these have included venues in Bath, Brighton, Bristol, Chichester, Exeter, Guildford, London, Newbury, Plymouth, Richmond, Salisbury, Sonning, Southampton, Windsor and Woking.

Events to look forward to are: “Before the Party” – comedy in the Theatre Royal, Bath on 10th September. Visit the Garrick Club including a meal in London on 1st October OR “Mamma Mia” – musical in the Novello Theatre (both afternoon events).

If you enjoy travelling in comfort to see live theatre, combined with a great day out, then Dorset Theatre-Goers’ Club may be for you. Call Sonja on 01202 801285 (answering machine available) for more information or check out our very informative website www.dorsettheatregoersclub.co.uk

01202 801285

Sing Your Heart out

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Jan 132014

The only useful thing to come out of the human body, in my opinion is the voice, its uses are astronomical, from conversation, speech making, story telling, even arguing or praising are only possible because we have a voice. To be able to make music with your voice is by far the sweetest sound. Forget the instrumental music of orchestra or band, their use is to augment that singing, whether it is Pavorotti, Sinatra, Callas or Blondie.

Everyone can sing, as proven by Marching Soldiers swinging along to ‘Colonel Bogey’, Football Supporters with ‘Abide with me’. No more has it been displayed than by recent Christmas Carol singers crooning along with Bing Crosby. So when you are next asked to join in and sing, do not reply “I can’t”. You can, perhaps what you require is confidence and encouragement.

All Health experts in Cardiology, Pulmonary and Psychological treatments have all praised choral singing as an aid to recovery in that it strengthens the Heart and Lung functions; I have personal experience of this as I joined the PHSG in 1966 after Heart failure.

After recovery I attended exercise classes at Broadstone Leisure Centre, and then joined The Dorset Police Male Voice Choir, I am convinced that being in the Choir has kept me going since.

You do not need to be a Medical genius to appreciate that by singing you are exercising firstly your Lungs then your blood circulation.

Choral singing has also been hailed by the British Psychological Society as “Of great benefit for mental well being”. “The Social aspect being crucial”. The bones of the report are that choral singers enjoy the camaraderie of being amongst a group.

I have experienced that Mental ‘cure’ also when I continued in the Choir after the death of our daughter. I would sing along with the melodies I had sung to her, with tears running down my cheeks but cocooned by those caring songsters. Believe me it did help.

So now for the ‘Commercial’

How about you joining this Male Voice Choir? We are recruiting at the moment and now is the time to join. About 50 of us get together at 7.30 each Tuesday evening in the Music Suite at Bournemouth School for Girls. Our Music Director is Dr Jane Oakland. We have performed widely to such diverse places as San Francisco, Cherbourg, Dublin and the Channel Islands and continue to perform about 10 concerts each year. The Choirs aim is to promote good singing, enjoy itself and to continue to raise monies for a range of charities, locally, nationally and internationally.

So far we have helped to raise over £250K.

Come along and have a listen to the retired Police and others who are ‘known to the Police’. I promise you will not be detained longer than you wish.
I hope I have wetted your appetite and invite you to contact us for more details at any of the below;

Graham Chambers, Chairman. Tel 01202 540030
E Mail chambersir@aol.com
Our Secretary, Clive Leonard tel. no 01202 886595
Or myself John Learoyd PHSG Member 423
Tel No 01202 692739 E Mail j.Learoyd@talktalk.net

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