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Here at Span Arts we’re starting the year as we mean to go on – bringing exciting news and great events to Pembrokeshire. We can now announce that we have been awarded a small grant to host a Singing Tea Party here in Narberth, in May!

This event will be part of the month long Gwanwyn Festival, held across Wales to celebrate creativity in older age. Our Singing Tea Party will therefore be inspired by the 1940s, offering well known songs from that glamorous decade for everyone to join in on.

As well as a great line up of 1940s songs led by a local choir leader, we’ll also be offering plenty of delicious cakes and warming teas, because what would a Singing Tea Party be without tea?

This event will follow on from the PAVS funded six month long Caring Choirs project, featuring twice monthly singing sessions in care settings until March 2016. Maya Waldman and Molara have been running workshops in three different care settings: the Lee Davies Day Care Centre in Narberth; Brooklands Nursing Home in Saundersfoot; and Belvedere Residential Home in Tenby.

There has been a growing understanding surrounding the importance of reminiscence and nostalgia among dementia sufferers, and as many of the singers within our Caring Choirs suffer from some form of dementia, we predict plenty of benefits to be had from this project.

The songs we sing are those more likely to be familiar to the members of our Caring Choirs, helping to create a strong sense of nostalgia to jog their memory when listening to lyrics they might have once known.

This tea party will therefore also be beneficial to any members of the community coping with dementia – or related illnesses – as the 1940s songs to be featured may benefit their memory and general well-being; singing has recently been proven to boost the immune system!

We’ll be announcing the date soon, so make sure to pencil our 1940s Singing Tea Party into your calendar. It promises to be a day full of tasty treats, and beautiful choruses as sung by members of the local community. We hope to see you there!

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