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Foden's helping create a buzz in Cheshire scheme

Monday 16 December, 2019

A project involving Foden's Band and Age UK Cheshire is helping to combat loneliness and social isolation among elderly people.

Members of Creating a Buzz took to the stage recently for their first public performance, playing in front of a capacity audience at the Memorial Hall, Northwich, during a Memories of Christmas concert being given by Foden’s and Matt Ford. 

The recently-formed group gave the performance after receiving two sessions of tuition from Foden’s members Anna Hughes-Williams, Mark Wilkinson and Darren Lea, playing Jingle Bells before joining Foden’s in Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. 

Darren Lea said: “It’s great to see the enjoyment and enthusiasm of the group. They have put their all into this project so far and the results really came through in their performance.  

"We can’t wait to see what progress this group can make over the coming weeks as well as enjoying the camaraderie and friendships that are forged while working together.” 

Project member Kim Smith said: “The opportunity to be trained by the world class Foden’s Band to play an instrument while being served coffee and cake was amazing and we laughed a lot.  

“This project is to combat loneliness and social isolation in the older person. It’s fun, it’s education and guaranteed to help you meet people.” 

Anyone over the age of 50, irrespective of musical experience, is encouraged to join Creating a Buzz for their weekly sessions at the Castle Community Centre, Northwich.