Singing for Health, Wellbeing and Fun!

Previous session at The Hub in Sheringham -  Sea Shanties week!
A former Playing for Cake session during one of our ‘cafe-style’ sessions at The Hub. During this session, local shanty singers took us through some wonderful shanties!
No booking required, just come and join us! All ages and abilities welcome including carers and the cared-for.
NORTH WALSHAM:

1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 10:30am-12 noon at the St Nicholas Church Hall Rooms, Market Place, North Walsham, NR28 9BT (please note this is a temporary venue due to a major water leak at the Sacred Hearts Church Hall, our usual venue).

PLEASE NOTE: From 1st March the venue for this group will return to The Sacred Hearts Church Hall (Catholic Church) in North Walsham.

This lovely, mixed ability, friendly and supportive group will give you a warm welcome! We use a variety of song styles and genres to maximise engagement and enjoyment while helping people gain confidence singing with others and increasing physical and social activities.

£5 voluntary donation requested (or what you can afford) to help keep the sessions running (includes refreshments).

This group continues through the summer although we may possibly break sometime in August/early September. Extremely rarely it may be necessary to cancel a session at short notice so please contact us to join our e-mailing list so you can be kept up-to-date.

SHERINGHAM:

Wednesdays at 3:30-5pm at The Hub, Sheringham Little Theatre (singing starts 3:45pm). Schedule Jan-Mar 2024 :

17th Jan: Songs of the Sea with Paul, Brian Farrow and local shanty singers
24th Jan: Songs to celebrate Burns Night with Amanda, David and friends from the SUBs and Busketeers. Why not come wearing something tartan?
31st Jan: Fireside Songs with Natasha Hood.
7th Feb: Songs of the ’50s and ’60s with Tina.
14th Feb: Songs to celebrate love (including amongst friends!) with Tina, Amanda and David. Come wearing something red!
21st Feb: Well-known songs to sing with Kit Bottomley! Kit is just 13 years old – come and be inspired!
28th Feb: Let’s Sing the 70s! with Tina.
6th Mar: Let’s Sing the 70s! With Tina. (Please note this is a change to the formerly published schedule)
13th Mar: Irish songs to celebrate St Patrick’s Day! Lead by Amanda, David and friends from the SUBs and Busketeers. Come wearing something green!.
20th Mar: Easter Special! With Amanda, David and friends from the SUBs and Busketeers. Come wearing something yellow!

These fun and lively sessions are suitable for all ages and abilities, are dementia-friendly and offer a wide variety of musical styles and genres with different session-leaders and themes each week. There’s something for everyone hopefully!

Refreshments will be on sale. Seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Sessions are timed to be after school so we would love to see families and young people getting involved. It’s a wonderful way to meet others and gain confidence singing and music-making with others. Come and join the fun!

Voluntary donations gratefully received via bucket collections on the day which help us continue these sessions and our other work locally. Thank you!

Other general session info:

The first half an hour generally provides social time and time for refreshments, then we sing for an hour.

We include physical and vocal warm-ups to help you relax, breathe better and keep you safe as you prepare to sing and move! These often include exercises to encourage movement of muscles in the face, jaw and throat (particularly helpful for people experiencing speech difficulties or vocal quality decline, for example stroke survivors and/or people living with Parkinson’s).

Although we encourage movement during the session, to help increase physical exercise, you can join in as little or as much as you like or are able to.

To maximise enjoyment, feel free to bring your own percussion and something colourful to wave (i.e. a scarf). Items will be available for participants’ use on the day, for those happy to share equipment (sanitising wipes will be available but please bring your own hand sanitiser if you’d like to use it). Refreshments will be provided/available but please bring your own bottles of water to stay hydrated throughout the session.

If you’d like to join our mailing list to be kept up-to-date on any of our sessions, or you have any queries, please email us.

Our ‘Singing for Breathing’ sessions continue through the summer to help improve breathing and lung/general health. More details here.

We rely heavily on donations and the constant hard work of our volunteers. We cannot continue without support! If you would like to help, you can make a donation online – further details here. Alternatively, if you’re interested in volunteering or getting involved, please contact us.

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