Canford School helps care home grant resident’s jazz wish

All that jazz: Peter Matchan, a resident at Colten Care’s Fernhill home, with daughter Lyn Place, Ann-Marie Knight and the Canford School jazz band under the baton of Christopher Sparkhall, Director of Music (second from left, back row).

A Dorset care home granted the last of three wishes when they arranged for one of their residents to watch a jazz band in rehearsal.

Staff at Colten Care’s Fernhill home in Longham had already fulfilled Peter Matchan’s earlier requests to see a marching band and also baton-twirling drum majorettes.

His third wish – to watch a jazz band in action – was fulfilled when Canford School agreed that Peter, 79, and his daughter, Lyn Place, could attend a rehearsal of the school’s jazz band.

Lyn said: “Dad loves jazz and was good friends with Cole Mathieson who ran the famous Concorde Club in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

“When Ann-Marie Knight, of the home’s companionship team, asked if Dad had any particular wishes, watching a jazz band came near the top of the list.

“I have been bowled over by how Fernhill, and especially Ann-Marie, has managed to grant Dad’s wishes.

“I’m also very grateful to Canford School for allowing us to sit in on the rehearsal. It was very kind of them and Dad loved the music.”

Ann-Marie Knight said: “In regular meetings with residents that we call ‘My Time’, we ask if they have any particular wishes and then, wherever possible, try to fulfil them.

 “Fernhill already has close links with Canford School as four of its students visit the home each week to talk and take part in activities with our residents.

“The school has been very helpful in accommodating our request and, metaphorically, rolling out the red carpet for Peter.”

Peter’s earlier wishes led to visits to Fernhill by Poole’s Dolphin Marching Band and Bournemouth Carnival Band and also Port Bredy Allstar Majorettes, from Bridport.

The Canford School jazz band was under the baton of Christopher Sparkhall, Director of Music, who was delighted to help.

He said: “Music can have such a positive effect in so many ways and I am very pleased that we were able to make Peter’s wish come true.  I hope he enjoyed our jazz band rehearsal and our pupils are always grateful for an appreciative audience!”


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