Singing for the joy of it

Tunes keep com­ing with se­nior group

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE | COMMUNITY - Danielle Ford [email protected]­news.com.au

FOR the last 20 years, Keith Newlove has spent one day a week singing his heart out to bring a bit of joy to oth­ers.

Mr Newlove is one of two found­ing mem­bers left in the Edge­wa­ter Sign­ers, a singing group that started at Edge­wa­ter Re­tire­ment Vil­lage at Bli Bli that per­forms at nurs­ing homes across the Coast.

Mr Newlove said while he wouldn’t call him­self the best singer, he has the best time do­ing it and loves see­ing the joy it brings to res­i­dents of the nurs­ing homes.

“The other week we were singing at a home and I re­mem­ber see­ing this lady who had been wheeled out in a bed and she looked so sad but as soon as we started singing I saw this light come into her eyes and she ac­tu­ally started wig­gling her feet,” he said.

“That’s why you do it, be­cause it bring that joy to peo­ple.”

Mr Newlove said the group, who’s av­er­age age is 80, is al­ways look­ing for more mem­bers.

“The more voices, the bet­ter we sound,” he said.

“We aren’t a tech­ni­cal singing group so we love to have big num­bers to make us sound even bet­ter.

“You don’t have to live at the vil­lage to join, or be a good singer. We just want peo­ple who love singing to come a long and have a good time.”

Sandi Cree­don joined the group three years ago, and is one of the newer mem­bers to the group.

Ini­tially hav­ing been vol­un­teered to join by her sis­ter, Ms Cree­don said it has be­come one of her favourite ac­tiv­i­ties.

“You go to the nurs­ing homes and there are peo­ple there who have de­men­tia, but as soon as you start singing they in­stantly recog­nise the song and start singing along, know­ing ev­ery word,” she said.

The group re­hearses Wed­nes­day morn­ings from 9-10.30am at the Com­mu­nity Hall at the vil­lage.

Any­one in­ter­ested in join­ing is in­vited to drop into re­hearsal.

That’s why you do it, be­cause it bring that joy to peo­ple.

— Keith Newlove

PHOTO: JOHN MCCUTCHEON

SE­NIOR SINGERS: Edge­wa­ter Re­tire­ment Vil­lage singers re­hearse their old-time clas­sics that they per­form at 14 nurs­ing homes across the Sun­shine Coast.

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