Brass band honour Stowmarket care home resident


Players from the East Anglian Brass Band Association surprised Cedrus House care home resident, Dianne Hastings, with a certificate to honour over 40 years’ contribution to music.


The Stowmarket care home resident, Dianne Hastings, aged 79, was awarded the certificate in recognition of her contribution to the East Anglian Brass Band Association and the brass band movement through 42 years as the association’s secretary.


The musicians hosted a special performance at Care UK’s Cedrus House, on Creeting Road East, to thank Dianne for her length of service.


Dianne’s daughter, Christine, played the tenor horn during the performance, and has taken over the position of secretary from her mother. Her son-in-law, Stephen, is also involved in the association as treasurer.


Michelle Webster, home manager at Cedrus House, said: “It was brilliant to have the sound of a brass band filling the care home at this special time of year. Residents enjoyed the performance and it was wonderful to have the opportunity to celebrate Dianne’s achievements and her 42 years of service.


“We were thrilled to help the East Anglian Brass Band Association with the surprise presentation, and we hope they will return for another performance soon.”


Dianne Hastings was delighted to have the players come and perform at Cedrus House. It was a lovely surprise for her to be recognised for the contribution she has made to brass music and the association.


Dianne has never played an instrument, but has always had a passion for brass music, and her late husband, Brian, played in local brass bands in Suffolk and Norwich for over 60 years, and was president and chairman of the East Anglian Brass Band Association.


Dianne and her family would like to thank the team at Cedrus House for making the visit possible.


Cedrus House is a state-of-the-art care home which provides full-time residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as short-term respite care. Designed to enable its residents to live enjoyable and fulfilling lives, the care home has its very own cinema and hairdressers, and there is plenty of space both in and outdoors for relaxation and recreation. There is also a purpose built day centre for the local community.


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