This was the busiest session with over 50 people.

Last week Lisa informed members about the Greek traditional New Year cake at the beginning of January. The tradition is to bake a sponge cake and put a coin in the cake.

The top right cake was made by Marina. The right front cake was made by Dawn. The left front cake was made by Rosetta and the left back cake was made by Roopa
The top right cake was made by Marina. The right front cake was made by Dawn. The left front cake was made by Rosetta and the left back cake was made by Roopa

The saying is that anyone that finds the cake is going to have a lucky year. We had 4 cakes brought in by members - Marina, Dawn, Rosetta and Roopa. Lisa would like to give special thanks to the ladies for making these lovely cakes that were enjoyed by all members. They found it great fun finding the coins in the cakes.

Lisa then introduced a game to members like bingo but involved throwing dice and a Lotto scratch card. The winner takes the scratch card. We also celebrated 2 birthdays today for Dawn and Peter.

Dawn and Peter celebrating their birthdays
Dawn and Peter celebrating their birthdays

The session followed with singing, some chair exercises and then Lisa distributed all members with various games which were really enjoyed. The session ended with a short quiz.

A big thank you to all our volunteers Melvyn, Eleanor and it was a pleasure to see Annette who also helped and some of our carers who stepped in to help in this very busy session.

Lisa was invited by Andrea Hutter Ladies Captain at South Herts Golf Club to talk to all ladies club members about dementia and Dementia Club UK.

At the end of her talk she was presented with a cheque. This was raised by all the ladies.

My thanks to Andrea and all the ladies for their kind donation.

Dr Rebecca Hatjiosif, Cllr Lisa Rutter & Ladies Captain Andrea Hutter
Dr Rebecca Hatjiosif, Cllr Lisa Rutter & Ladies Captain Andrea Hutter

Report from Stephen

The monthly Dementia Club UK meeting was held on the 8th January at Sha’arei Tsedek Synagogue in Whetstone.

Approximately 35 guests and carers attended the session with the assistance of seven helpers from the synagogue. It was a lively session with entertainment provided by the versatile James Le Bec who sang a variety of popular songs to which some of the guests danced. There was also a birthday for one of the members. It was Sylvia’s birthday on the 2nd January. James Le Bec got everyone singing happy birthday. 

When the musical entertainment finished everyone participated in a short general knowledge quiz with some very creditable scores. The session finished with some guest participating in various games whilst others were happy to sit and chat to other guests and carers.

It was a lively session with entertainment provided by the versatile James Le Bec
It was a lively session with entertainment provided by the versatile James Le Bec

Today 3rd January 2018 was our first DCUK session at the Finchley Memorial Hospital.

I was thankful to Eleanor and Melvyn our volunteers who were able to set up the session until I arrived from the meeting with the Rotary.

It was lovely to see so many members at today’s session. I started the session with asking all members around the room to talk about their Christmas holidays. It was lovely to hear the many stories shared.

Laurie standing, recounting his Christmas to the members of Dementia Club UK
Laurie standing, recounting his Christmas to the members of Dementia Club UK
James celebrating his wife Mollie's Birthday in the DCUK way
James celebrating his wife Mollie's Birthday in the DCUK way

We then followed the session with some singing and then for the last part of the session I introduced various new games which everyone really enjoyed. The plan for all Finchley Memorial Hospital sessions are to introduce more social activities for more social interaction.

Eyes down for some singing, everyone is studying the song sheets
Eyes down for some singing, everyone is studying the song sheets

A great start to the New Year.

Lisa was invited as guest speaker to the Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore meeting which was held at the Stanmore Golf Club on 3rd January 2018.

The purpose of the meeting was for Lisa to talk briefly about DCUK and to also give Rotary members the opportunity to ask questions. This was also the opportunity for the Rotary members to give their final decision for the Rotary club to work in association with DCUK.

Lisa attended the meeting with Mark a DCUK Trustee. We were unable to stay longer than 30 minutes as Lisa had to get back to start the first DCUK session at the Finchley Memorial Hospital.

The meeting went well and the Rotary President and all members were happy to confirm for their Rotary club to proceed and join with DCUK. The first Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore session is on 21st March 2018.

A photo was taken with the Rotary Club President Danielle, Rotarian Dr Nandini, and Rotarian Selwyn

Dr Nandini Varma Community Chair, Danielle Benson Club President, Cllr Lisa Rutter and Selwyn Foreman Club Secretary
Dr Nandini Varma Community Chair, Danielle Benson Club President, Cllr Lisa Rutter and Selwyn Foreman Club Secretary