Songs at Home on Camberwell Green

Visit to Camberwell Green Care Home Saturday 27th September 2008

Saturday 27th September 2008 was a wonderfully warm afternoon. Straight after the usual morning services, several of the Camberwell congregation walked round to the Camberwell Green Care Home. We were warmly welcomed by the staff and the residents who had been encouraged to stay in the sitting room after their lunch in expectation of an afternoon of singing and jollity.

Led by Geoff Stilwell on guitar everyone joined in with 'olde tyme' songs such as, 'Waiting at the Church', 'Henery the Eighth', 'Pack Up Your Troubles', 'We'll Meet again' and 'Waltzing Matilda'. This was interspersed with hymns old and new such as 'Blessed Assurance', 'All Hail The Lamb' and 'Amazing Grace'. Some of the residents were really getting into the mood with hands raised as well as their voices. The living room french windows were open and the sound of our songs floated out on warm summer air onto Camberwell Green that afternoon.

Singing is thirsty work and we all enjoyed a very welcome cup of tea and a chat afterwards. We got to know some of the residents and their visiting sons and daughters. Although some of the residents were sitting very quietly and did not seem to be enjoying the experience, the relatives told us later that they had really appreciated our visit and would like it more often.

This wasn't the first time we had been to the care home. Just before Christmas 2007 we sang carols and handed out gifts of toiletries to the residents. Unfortunately the Activities Coordinator, our contact at the home, moved to another job and, for one reason and another, we failed to set up another visit until this September. Now we have made arrangements to visit again for Carols at Christmas 2008.

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