Festive Visit from Year 5 Choir

Festive Visit from St Bernadette's School Choir and musicians gets Christmas season started at John McNally centre.

Clients of the John McNally centre were treated to a musical visit from the Year 5 Choir of St Bernadette’s Primary School, Yardley, and musicians Vince Jordan and Graham Alexander from Reel Note.

The choir and musicians joined staff and clients of the John McNally centre for their Christmas celebrations. A traditional Irish buffet was provided with a plentiful amount of pork pies, ham sandwiches and sausage rolls!

The school choir sang a few of their Christmas songs they had been rehearsing for their Christmas play, and with the help of Vince and Graham, they gave a belting rendition of the Galway Girl (the original one by Steve Earle, not Ed Sheeran!) much to the delight of one of the centre’s clients, who was a Galway man himself.

The John McNally Centre is run by Birmingham Irish Association, and aims to work with elderly Irish people in the community, many of whom suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s. Staff at the centre provide a cultural experience for clients, engaging them with memory games, physical activities, Irish sing-alongs and other activities, while giving the client’s family or carers a chance to take a break.

The pupils were a credit to their school and had no difficulty in talking to and engaging with the people at the centre, as some have family members affected by these conditions. The visit was part of an ongoing partnership between the John McNally Centre (named after the previous head teacher of St Bernadette’s) and St Bernadette’s School, long may it continue.