If you wander past the Enderby and District Social Club on a Monday lunchtime, you may hear the familiar tunes of the Carpenters, the Beatles, Vera Lynn, Doris Day and many others. Lesia Smaditch, director of Musical Village Community choirs, has initiated a weekly ‘sing-along’ for residents of Enderby and surrounding areas. It has been very well attended with over 20 regular members already. You don’t have to be perfectly in tune to join or have any experience of singing; the group is not a choir!
Feedback so far is that it is ‘a lot of fun’ and ‘we have a good old singsong’. Certainly, there are a lot of smiling faces and laughter. After singing for an hour or so, everyone is invited to stay for a cup of coffee, a cake and a chat which gives the opportunity of making new friends and catching up with old ones. Overall, a good way to spend a couple of hours each week.
Group singing is very good for you in so many ways; it gives opportunities for building friendships and tackling loneliness, improves your mental health and wellbeing, reduces the risk of dementia, enhances your breathing and it’s a lot of fun.
The Enderby Community Singing Hub meets every Monday at the Enderby and District Social Club on Coleridge Drive from 1 to 3 p.m. Do you enjoy singing along with old favourites on the radio or in the shower? Would you like to make some new friends? If so, you are welcome to come and join in for a free taster session or contact Lesia for more information on 07873 254279.
If you’re free, come and see us sing at the Musical Village Christmas concert at Enderby Parish Church on Sunday 3 December 4.30pm. All money raised goes to Age UK Dementia Support Services.