The Warm and Toasty Club is a unique life-affirming intergenerational community organisation working in music, arts and history with people over 60 and young emerging music artists. We are based in Colchester,Essex
We hold weekly memory afternoons for people over 60 which are engaging and entertaining people centred afternoons with live entertainment - we chat, we laugh, we drink tea and eat biscuits and have a real great time revelling in the stories from everyone's past (including our own).. This is positive face to face engagement that is not only enjoyable but which captures people centred positive stories of days gone by for future generations to listen to via our partnerships with Colchester Recalled and Essex Sound and Video Archive. We also work with the finest emerging contemporary music artists by supporting them in developing their creative music making careers and work and showcase them at Memory afternoons and our live variety shows.
Previous projects have been supported by Arts Council England, The Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Essex County Council, Colchester Borough Council and Grassroots charity Have a look at what we got up to on -Coast to Coast
Keep an eye for updates on our Facebook page. To give you an idea of our variety shows or Memory Afternoons I encourage you to read the reviews via the links below
“When one gets old one get used to the fact that you become almost invisible and for people just to notice you and listen to you without their eyes glazing over is unusual and to have someone like you come in and not only want to listen but cherish what we are saying is special to us”
"I've had 2 strokes and a brain haemorrhage and the warm and toasty club has given me my sparkle again,I've got naughty again.I now remember so much thanks to you".
"I sat outside during the break on the 2nd visit and said to my friend, listen to that-everyone was laughing and to hear everyone chatting and laughing was so good"
"We love it, it lifts our spirits high"
'You gave us friendship and our group of residents got together because of you"
"Every Friday is a surprise, its exciting to wonder what we will talk about, what entertainment we will have"
"Its made me feel well, I can even jump and skip now"
"Its opened my eyes and changed my life completely, I've never been so happy"
"Thanks to you, meeting all these new people has done me the power of good"
"There's never a dull moment, you feel alive"
"I'm now taking less tablets thanks to you"
"I think it’s fantastic and has helped me no end. The work you do has improved my memory and confidence, you’ve revived me a lot, I would like to go to more”
"This project has revived me a lot & improved my memory & no medicine did that after my brain surgery"
“Such an empathic, sympathetic and understanding facilitator. You make us feel welcome and worthwhile and cherish our memories, letting people talk and ensuring everyone is heard in such a respectful way-an excellent facilitator”
Staff “As a Visiting Officer here I can see the benefits our tenants are getting from these ‘get togethers’ it’s a really positive afternoon for them and they appear to love it”.
“Yes, I noticed a difference in the tenants, tenants are really wanting to come out and meet up and share their memories, time and interests with other people, its creating friendships. Even our quieter tenants seem to relax and enjoy their time there, even if they just want to watch and listen, no one pushes them to speak if they don’t want to”.
"There has been a clear improvement in the members general wellbeing as mentioned previously they are engaged and upbeat the positive effect goes on for days after, Members are always looking forward to the next session."
"Thank you so much for these wonderful clips of my mum!! What a fantastic memory for us all to keep , we are very grateful for everything you have done to keep these memories alive.The work you do with the elderly is truly remarkable, and I know my mum thoroughly enjoyed her time with you and for making her feel so special at the afternoon showing. I do hope she continues to go along to the Warm & Toasty club, you bring joy to so many!!"
“Brilliant initiative. Inclusive fun. Not much else spans the generations so well. Long may it reign”
"I love love love the warm and toasty club and after joining the gang in May I was delighted to bring along several more friends along yesterday who have also become devotees.. A delightfully random mix of acts, a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Look forward to seeing you next year. Good luck with your tour of the local retirement homes. God bless xx”
"Brilliant concept .... Embodies the spirit of love , fun and families that transcends generations .. Thank you so much for a brilliant , funny warm .... And toasty afternoon well done to everyone involved .. Showcase artistes were fab 😍 highly recommended ".
"What a lovely afternoon at The Warm and Toasty Club today...it’s a very special place with a charming atmosphere. I hope to come back soon!"
“Thank you for giving mine and my sister a great time after a bad year and loss of our sister. Loved it. I love the fact she loved it as I am deep in my music and is something I can now enjoy with my mum”
“Another fantastic show this afternoon with some great artists and a beautiful documentary of Doris. Thank you Johnno and all the W and T team .... The show will be missed at the Arts Centre. Great to hear it will be out there in the community in the meantime and also back at the Arts centre next year ”.
“Already, given my five star review, highly recommended x”
“Praise well deserved , you have created something very special with W and T club x” “We love biscuit of the month.We love Warm and Toasty Club - Full Stop” .
“Really special afternoon - felt more a part of Colchester community than I've ever felt in 11 years since moving here! Definitely will be at the next one in August.”
“Brilliant concept .... Embodies the spirit of love , fun and families that transcends generations .. Thank you so much for a brilliant , funny warm .... And toasty afternoon well done to everyone involved .. Showcase artistes were fab ,highly recommended”
“I love W and T. For the voice it gives to our elders to share their lives and their memories. In doing so and showcasing the social histories at the live show alongside some excellent artists, history, tea, toast, biscuits ... well what happens next is that their memories become part of our memories. Oh, and the putting together of the memories to lyrics and song .... well that had me crying ...... the tracks are so moving and like the memories shared listening to them leaves you happy and sad in a rich tapestry of life kind of way. X keep up the good work W and T we ❤ you x” “Loved Sunday!!! Thank you so much! Can't wait for the next episode xx”
“Lovely. Had a wonderful afternoon. Congratulations to all involved x”