Looking forward to a Spring Season full of
friendship and fun
with D'Vine Singers!
We kicked off an exciting programme of events this year with a fun talk on Music Hall by Terry King, with plenty of singalong choruses. Terry told us about the work of composers Weston & Lee, aided by his 'glamorous assistants' - wife Stephanie and local lass Anne Boleyn, who raised a laugh in one of the much-loved songs.
Click here to sing along with D'Vine Singers and Eden Songsters live at the workshop
We have lots more special events coming up, including a visit from Kentish Opera and an Easter Party with a local Arts Wellbeing group, featuring songs on our current theme of Friendship. It's not too late to join the fun - just pop along to the Vine Baptist Church on a Friday from 12 to 1.30 pm.
We've loved having our friends from West Kent Mind with us over the past 6 months. Thanks especially to Jennifer Kent, who saw us through the Creative Minds project, with helpful hints on improving wellbeing and getting us into Mindfulness mode. But the good vibrations don't have to stop there, as you'll find out if you join us for songs of Friendship and Fun this spring!
To come in on a Friday, please use the little blue door at the side of the building
It seems a long time ago that we had those long, warm sunny days and Skiffle Express were helping us 'feel the love' in our summer fund-raiser. Well, now they need our help! They're trying raise funds to keep their unique brand of musical fun therapy going and have launched a crowdfunding appeal. You can read the full story and make a donation here:
Can you be Santa's Little Helper?
The D'Vine SIngers are grateful to the community-spirited folk who have helped fund us: especially, through the themed grants of Kent Community Foundation, we'd like to thank the Lawson Foundation, the Golding Family Fund - and High Hilden Fund, who have allowed us to branch out into the Tonbridge area. Also, once again we're grateful to Sevenoaks Lions for giving us a safe place to meet. We're excited to announce that a further grant from Involve this year will allow us to get on board with social prescribing so if you think singing in a supportive group could be for you, please speak to your GP and they'll put you in touch. What a great way to start the New Year! Read all about it....!
Singing for Wellbeing - ask your GP
Are you feeling low, anxious or lonely? Are you living with illness or chronic pain? If so, ask your GP about ‘singing for wellbeing’ with the D’Vine Singers. You can get help from your surgery to take part in activities to lift your mood and improve all-round wellbeing. Singing has been shown to do just that. The D'Vine Singers meet on Fridays from 12.00 – 1.30 pm at the Vine Baptist Church in Sevenoaks. You don’t need to read music or have experience of singing in a choir – and you’ll find lots of friendly faces ready to give you a warm welcome! Thanks to grants from community-minded bodies we don't need to charge so there's no fee. For more information, speak to the social prescribing link worker at your GP surgery, or call Jacky on 07708 237415 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be happy to help.
The D'Vine Singers are a friendly, informal group who meet to sing for fun, with a strong focus on mental wellbeing. We take our name from the Vine Baptist Church in Sevenoaks, where we meet from 12.00-1.30 pm on Fridays. The group began life as part of a funded research study into singing and mental health. When the project came to an end, with the value of singing getting a definite ‘thumbs up’, we were keen to carry on as an independent group and here we are today, still going strong after many happy years of mutual support. To read more about the initial research, please go to the Research section.
In October we celebrated our 9th birthday with Nicola Monahan from Community Catalysts, who have helped to put us on the map. Also with us was Jo Thomas from West Kent Mind and Jennifer Kent (pictured here), who have been central to our Creative Minds project.
ALL ABOUT US ...
If you're looking for emotional uplift and want to sing soulful songs with a bunch of friendly people, come and enjoy some warm companionship in our supportive singing group. We learn a wide range of songs by ear - and you don't need any prior musical knowledge or experience of singing in choir. Please make your way to the little blue door round the side of the building. We have a small car park at the Church and roadside parking alongside, including disabled bays if you need them. There's no fee as our Wellbeing Choir is grant-funded. If health or mobility is a problem, please let us know and we'll see what we can do to help. To find out more, please contact email@example.com or give Jacky a call on 07708 237415.
OUT AND ABOUT
Although we mainly sing for fun, we do enjoy getting out and about in the community from time to time. There's no pressure to take part but lots of people find they get a 'buzz' from these occasions and we love sharing our joy of singing. Here we're joining the Forget-me-not Cafe at the Hayloft, upstairs in the Conservation Suite at Knole.
For news of this year's fabulous fund-raiser, please go to our Events page, where you can find photos, audio clips and a video of the Skiffle Express leading a rousing finale of All You Need is Love (complete with kazoos!)