On Sunday 13 January Songs of Praise, presented by Aled
Jones, will be featuring its recent visit to the Isle of Sheppey where they
visited the Oasis Academy Dementia café.
The 47-year-old, famous for singing Walking in the Air as a
teenage chorister, spent a day on the Isle of Sheppey with a TV crew from the
For the episode, due to air on the 13 January, Aled visited
Blue Town's Criterion Theatre and Heritage Centre and the Oasis Academy's
award-winning dementia café.
Emma Ansley, Activities Coordinator, Court Regis said, ‘We
were delighted to be part of this event in November. The residents from Court
Regis and I are very keen supporters of the Oasis Academy dementia café and
have been for a number of years. Everyone at the café make us very welcome when
we visit and the residents always enjoying going there. There is some amazing
work taking place at the café and I hope the recent visit from the BBC will
showcase all of this hard work and dedication. The residents were so excited to
see Aled Jones and to know they may be featuring on Songs of Praise, it was a
very special moment, and we will all be tuning in this Sunday!’
Paul Murray, Community Coordinator said, ‘We had around 80
guests on the day of filming from all over Swale including the Mayor. We had
five care homes in attendance too, including Court Regis care home in
Sittingbourne who are regular supporters of the Café. Aled Jones spent the
whole time with students and guests interacting wonderfully with everyone and
was very kind and showed great patience with all. It was a lovely afternoon and
Aled was very complimentary to the students about their work and to the guests.
He had lots of kind words. We were very proud to host the event and Aled was
thrilled to see all the activities on offer.
As well as singing and dancing there were memory boxes to
make and flower arrangements to put together and take away’.