Jolly Boys

Our residents relived their youth after a visit from a three-piece ukulele band.

Jolly Boys outing spread joy to our residents, bringing back happy memories with a repertoire of wartime and vintage classics.

Len Rowney formed the group with John Lane and Bob Siggery last summer and the trio tour homes, performing to dementia patients and elderly residents across the country for free.

Rowney set up the band after seeing first-hand how music had a positive effect on his mum, Slyvia, who passed away from health complications resulting from dementia in 2016.

Our Activities Co-Ordinator, Debbie Lever, learned about Jolly Boys Outing who live up to their name – which is inspired by an episode of Only Fools and Horses – and was delighted when the band accepted her invitation to play to our residents.

Debbie said: “At Beaumont Manor, we have a fun and exciting activites programme and are always looking to invite singers and bands to come in and play to our residents.”

“It is widely recognised that music has a theraputic effect on elderly people and can trigger happy memories.”

“Jolly Boys Outing certainly had the desired effect on our residents who really enjoyed their visit. They recalled lots of the songs’ lyrics as if they had heard them yesterday. We will definitely be inviting the band back as they were fabulous!”

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