Readings by members of the SPC at Sunrise Senior Living, Frognal House
This is the first venture of this kind for some time and one we were especially pleased to undertake. Ayten Dervish, who attends our meetings with her daughter Sezgin, now lives at Frognal House in Sidcup. Because of our link with Ayten we thought might make a visit there and read some poems to the residents. Sezgin herself was one of the four readers.
Frognal House is described as having the feel of a country residence and it certainly has. We arrived as some of the tables were being set for high tea. The present house, although it dates from earlier times, was the residence and birthplace oif Thomas Townend. 1st. Viscount Sydney, after whom Sydney, Australia was named.
Our first audience in Chestnut House was somewhat dispersed as they were sitting at tables where they had recently enjoyed a meal. It was not an intimate space but the residents gave us their full attention which must have been quite difficult as we were not close to them.
Our second audience, in the more enclosed environment of Well House, was sitting nearer to us on chairs and settees. They too were attentive although one lady announced her intention of leaving during the interval. The staff were very helpful when it came to settling and calming the residents. Many, if not all, were suffering from dementia although it really seemed that poetry could ‘reach’ them and we were glad we had come. Below is the list of who read what.
List Of Poems And Readers
Hope is the Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson
To Autumn by John Keats
Ozymandias by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Read by Sezgin Kemal :-
Ithaka by C. P.Cavafy
Walking Away by C. Day-Lewis
First Love by John Clare
Read by Muriel Letman
To Daffodils by Robert Herrick
Matilda Who told Lies, and was Burned to Death by Hilaire Belloc
From A Railway Carriage by Robert Louis Stevenson
Read by Keith Massey:-
Farewell by Walter de la Mare
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
At The Railway Station, Upway by Thomas Hardy