A new coffee morning in Burgh-le-Marsh is using the power of song to reach out to dementia sufferers and their carers and remind them of happier times.
Singer Penny Lane presented old favourites such as How Much Is That Doggy In The Window and Whatever Will Be, Will Be to her audience at Burgh Baptist Church, while they tucked into refreshments and sang along.
The free social event was the idea of village newcomer Penny, a professional artist who ran something similiar in Cambridge. She said: “The benefits of song for people with dementia is well known. It reminds us of happier times.”
The Rev Colin Bowden is delighted with the new addition to the church programme. He said: “As well as enjoying the music people who come can also access the community nurse. Older people don’t always like troubling the doctor.”
Among the audience was Terry Mills from Mablethorpe, whose wife has dementia. He said: “I’m lucky because I’ve had 61 years with her. It’s certainly somewhere I’ll bring her.”
The cafes are on the first Friday of the month from 10am to 11.30am.