The power of music

Judy Darley and her dad, Philip DarleyToday, Thursday 18th May 2017, is the inaugural National Memory Day, celebrating the power of creativity to aid people with memory impairments such as dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.

My dad, Philip, is one of those people. In an effort to connect with him, I recently persuaded his former choir, the excellent City of Bristol Choir, to bring some of their finest alto, soprano, tenor and bass voices to his care home and sing. It was a magical and heart wrenching experience.

I wrote about it for The Bristol Magazine. You can read the full feature here.

Regeneration Game

East Street, BedminsterIn August 2012 the following feature appeared in The Bristol Magazine. It is published here with their permission.

An update on this story will appear on SkyLightRain soon.

The Bristol Magazine Regeneration Game PDFJudy Darley finds out what becoming one of only a dozen communities in the country chosen to be a Portas Pilot area could mean for the future of Bedminster.

Recently community leaders in Bedminster, Bristol, celebrated an unexpected windfall. After putting together a bid explaining the ways in which the district’s high streets could be improved, Ben Barker, George Grace and a number of others in Bedminster put it forward for the Government’s Portas Pilots competitiaon. The scheme, launched in response to a review of the UK’s high streets by retail expert Mary Portas, sought 12 communities to allocate up to £100,000 to each.

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