Rock of ages as Basingstoke residents celebrate the sounds of music with reminiscence concerts


pic 3With Christmas fast approaching, residents from a retirement housing complex in Basingstoke have been getting into the festive spirit thanks to a series of reminiscence events held  in partnership with Anvil Arts and landlord Hanover Housing Association.


Over the past few weeks residents at Oakfields have taken part in themed musical concerts from the 1930s  to the 70s. Some 30 residents were joined by singer Amanda Parsons as they took part in a magical mystery tour of music, with songs from the likes of ABBA, Doris Day, The Supremes, Nancy Sinatra, Rod Stewart and  John Lennon.


The idea behind the concerts is thanks to the combined efforts of Anvil Arts  and Oakfields estate manager Karen Vallence who have been seeking new ways of reaching out into the community to improve the health and well-being of local residents.


Oakfields’ longest residing resident, the spritely 92 year-old Vi Philips said: “Since moving here in 1984 I have always enjoyed taking part in the many social activities which take place. The reminiscence sing-alongs have been great fun – I particularly enjoyed singing Christmas songs whilst sipping a glass of mulled wine.”


Flis Pitman, Community Development Manager, Anvil Arts  added: “Working in the local community is at the heart of what we do.  Our workshops and projects are particularly important to benefit people who may find it difficult to come to The Anvil or The Haymarket.  We are delighted to have formed a good partnership with Hanover Housing Association and look forward to continuing to give their residents more to enjoy in 2016”.


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