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Get ready for more community drumming in 2017

Thank yous are due. To our members, volunteers, visitors, support staff and all those people behind the scenes that help members to attend and look after the venues that host us. To the many groups and Homes where our community drumming projects have taken place over the last year. Thanks also to the Big Lottery Fund who have made this work possible, and of course all the people who voted for us last February.

It has been a year of new beginnings, travelling, learning and a lot of hard work. It is odd to reflect that this time last year I was waiting to hear the details about my People’s Project TV film, and starting to worry that I would not find a suitable venue for shooting the film. At the time it all seemed surreal. Looking back I am amazed that from a standing start on 1st April the project was created and up and running by mid May, and sessions have been provided fortnightly at the three venues ever since. Drumming Together is now an established part of the local provision for people living in the community with early-onset dementia, and we want to continue growing the project to reach people further afield. To coin a phrase, watch this space.

Today we held our last session in Leominster and with a smaller group than usual we were able to take time to explore some of my more exotic instruments from far and wide. The Tibetan Singing Bowl (see below) is difficult to play but several members were able to get it to sing.

After the seasonal break we return to our three Drumming Together venues to deliver the remaining sessions and begin the process of gathering our learning from the project – and putting into motion the plans for what comes next.

The diary is already quite full for January with two new projects for local people living with dementia starting up. More will be revealed in due course.

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