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

21 December 2015


With 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 by a local theatrical society and their landlord Hanover Housing Association.

Over the past few weeks residents at Oakfields have taken part in themed musical concerts from the 1930s to the 1970s. 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 came from the combined efforts of Anvil Arts Society and Oakfields Estate Manager Karen Vallence who have been seeking new ways of reaching out into the community to improve the health and wellbeing 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.'

Fils Pitman, Community Development Manager, Anvil Arts Society added: 'Reaching out to the local community is the heart of what we do. Our workshops and projects bring wider musical horizons to people who often find it difficult to come to our venues. This work has a high impact on communities in Basingstoke and Deane by benefiting families, groups and individuals in the borough and beyond.'