Ysgol Pontnewynydd

Time after Time event at Ty Nant Ddu Resource Centre, Pontnewynydd on Monday, 18th May, 2015 

Report by Emlyn Schiavone, Time after Time Project Manager

A large gathering of old and young persons joined in a feast of song and fun at the Resource Centre near Pontypool, Torfaen. 

The pupils visited from Ysgol Pontnewynydd, the local primary school, which sadly is due for closure at the end of this term. They were joined by a lively group of Goldies from Rhymney and a number of older persons who receive care at the Centre.

Grenville Jones welcomed everyone to the event which marked the launch of a new Goldies singing session at the Centre. He introduced Rachel Parry as the Programme Leader in Wales and the session leader for the day. 

A special thanks was given to Bev Davies, Connections Worker for Older People,  for her positive response to host the event and for providing a venue for future sessions.

The day commenced with Rachel leading everyone through a variety of 60s and 70s songs. This was followed by a wonderful rendition of two songs from the pupils, namely 'Stand by Me' and 'This little Light of Mine'. 

Due to the brilliant performance the pupils were requested to sing an encore.

Jackie Court and Carol Pegler, session leaders, supported Rachel with more communal singing. A number of the pupils and older persons were so enthused that they started dancing. Beryl and Richard Fitzjohn from the Penarth Goldies session, who also sit on the Management Board for Goldies Cymru, encouraged everyone to join in the singing and dancing.

The festivities were concluded with a delicious buffet lunch and refreshments. Grenville thanked everyone for their lively participation.  

One of the pupils commented as she left :-

"We all had a brilliant time. Can we do it again at our school?"

The school will be requested to host a Time after Time event before the end of term.