All change as Brixham Does Care celebrates Christmas

 Brixham Does Care is ringing the changes as it rounds off its 40th anniversary year with two special events as part of its Christmas celebrations.

The annual Mince Pie Christmas Singalong on Monday 10th December 2018, previously held in the morning at the Scala Hall, now switches to an afternoon event in the Brixham Does Care Café, from 1.45 to 3.45pm.   Doors open at 1.15pm.   Click here for copy of details poster. The children of Furzeham Primary School Choir are once again scheduled to perform and a raffle will be held during the interval.    Tickets at £4 include a free cuppa and a mince pie and are available from the BDC Office next door in the Town Hall, 01803 857727. Everyone is invited to go along and sing along with hosts Martyn & Josephine Paddon for an afternoon of fun and entertainment.  Feel free to take along your air guitar. Numbers are limited, therefore pre-purchased tickets are advisable.

On Friday 14th December 2018 at 6.30pm comes the Christmas Big Band Night at the Scala Hall, with entertainment by the Brixham Town Band and a supper of Fish & Chips* included. Tickets £12 from the BDC Office.   (* Alternatives available).   Fancy dress to both events is optional.   

The recent “Memories Are Made Of This” variety show at the Berry Head Hotel raised £839 towards much-needed funds, and the charity wishes to say a big “Thank You” to everyone concerned in putting on this annual event.   Also to those who regularly attend each year.   The sell-out audience was hugely entertained by local magician Gareth Foreman, Totnes School Of Dance, cover band Pendulum 5, female vocalist Tina Shiraz, and co-hosts Martyn Paddon and Jim Hopkinson.  Highlight of the evening came when the primary school children, appearing as the Furzeham Performing Arts Group, lit up the Mulberry Room with their enthusiasm, energy, colourful costumes and props as they delivered a medley of songs from their favourite musicals.

Celebrating 40 years at successful 2018 Open Day

Today (20th sep 2018) at Brixham Does Care’s 40th Celebration Liz Davenport,  Interim Chief Executive from the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and BDC Member Maureen Gilbert unveiled a plaque in memory of our founder Joyce Woolly-Lane. Joyce Woolley-Lane identified loneliness and isolation amongst the people of Brixham so her husband and friends started the Brixham Befrienders in her home in Furzeham.

It has to be said the problems of 40 years ago are little changed from those of today, and at that time they recognised the needs of people who were isolated and lonely and offered support. They faced many of the same issues as we do, finding funding, rent increases and  looking for more volunteers. Same problems,  different times.  BDC’s initial concept was to help people who are lonely and their aim was achieved and still is today. BDC has grown from strength to strength and we are looking forward to the next 40 years.

See slideshow of the open day stalls: