Sir Cliff sends his Congratulations as singing charity opens shop in Keynsham

Published on: 02 Apr 2016

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April 2016

A chorus of approval has greeted the first shop opened by growing singing charity Golden Oldies.

The Goldies Shop opened its doors on Keynsham High Street, in the former greengrocers on Bath Hill roundabout, to the sound of singalongs and the buzz of shoppers looking for a bargain.

A vintage jukebox complete with songs from the Sixties will be providing music at the store – as well as a unique way for customers to donate to the charity as they pay for a tune – and impromptu singing sessions are a likely occurrence, says charity founder Grenville Jones.

Speaking at the launch on March 21, he said the charity had been working towards the goal of opening its own shop for several years.

“I did not think this moment was ever going to come,” he said. “When this shop came up in Keynsham we could not believe our luck, it’s just perfect. And looking at this today I’m lost for words.”

Funds raised through the store will go towards the charity’s work holding daytime singing sessions for older people to reduce loneliness and isolation. Set up in 2008, Goldies now has 36 leaders running sessions at more than 120 venues across the South West, Wales, Essex, the Midlands and Yorkshire, as well as two sessions in Keynsham.

Songs by Sir Cliff Richard are often part of the groups’ repertoire and the veteran singer became the charity’s patron in 2011. So leaders and singalong session members alike were delighted to receive Sir Cliff’s personal “Congratulations” on the launch of the shop.

In a message to trustees, Sir Cliff wrote: “I’d like to send my best wishes for the opening of the first all-singing charity shop in Keynsham next week with a jukebox in the window! What a brilliant idea.
“Grenville tells me that the charity is spreading across England and Wales with more and more daytime singing groups for older people – many of whom will be lonely and isolated.

“I wish you every success and send my personal best wishes.”

Find out more about Goldies by dropping into the shop in Keynsham High Street, calling 01761 470006 or visit www.golden-oldies.org.uk.

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