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 Choir singers bring back memories for care home resident

Choir singers bring back memories for care home resident

By 28th January, 2020 Press Releases Comments Off

A CHOIR singing care home resident has taken a two-decade trip back in time to join his former singing group for a performance.

Bob Woodhouse, 90, was a member of the Honley Male Voice Choir for 78 years, having joined when he was just 12 years old, but hasn’t sung with the group since the end of the 1990s.

During an activity at Aden Court Care Home, on Birkhouse Lane, Moldgreen, Huddersfield, staff discovered his love of choir singing.

The home’s activities coordinator Maria Wells learned Bob was a member of the renowned Yorkshire choir and decided to contact the group to ask if they could watch a performance.

She said: “I wanted to try and help him remember his life, as Bob has dementia.

“After contacting the Honley Male Voice Choir, they invited us to an open rehearsal and Bob sat with the baritone section, where he would have sat 20 years ago.

“It brought back lots of memories for him. He remembered lots of people he used to sing with and had a fantastic night. It was quite emotional for him.”

Bob was also the editor of the Honley Male Voice Choir Golden Jubilee book, published in 1986, which he took with him to the rehearsal at St Mary’s Church Honley.

Maria added: “He was so proud to show it off to the members.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to the Honley Male Voice Choir for having us and we will hopefully attend a performance in future.”