Dementia Club UK had a stall today at the garden fete at Stephens House & Gardens. It was a warm muggy cloudy day but lots of people attended and it was lovely to also see many Dementia Club UK members.

There were many interesting stalls selling various items. There was also the Barnet Band group who played some lovely classics.

On our stall we had costume jewellery, lace tablecloths, beautiful tea pots, mugs. Handkerchiefs and many other items including Diny's hand made beaded jewellery. Diny is one of the carer members who sometimes attends the cafe.

Diny in the foreground who made some of her beaded jewellery for Dementia Club UK to sell
Diny in the foreground who made some of her beaded jewellery for Dementia Club UK to sell

Dementia Club UK would like to thank Elaine and Louis who not only donated these items to Dementia Club UK but they also attended to help for the day. A huge thank you to them both for giving up their day to help. Elaine and Louis have been very supportive.

We also had our partners Rotary Club of Golders Green and their new President Adrian who had a stall next to ours. They had a very interesting ball game which attracted a lot of people. It was quite challenging.

Rotary Club of Golders Green with their stall
Rotary Club of Golders Green with their stall

Our visit to Kew Gardens was very successful. The weather was just right. It was slightly cloudy but there was no rain and it was warm.

A couple of the members unfortunately were unable to go because of health issues so Annette and Melvyn came. Our BCT buses and drivers Reg and Brian were fantastic as usual and we got to Kew Gardens in 35 minutes which meant that we were very early.

Whilst we were waiting, one of the carers saw a famous TV person and ran over to him. It was George Clarke who appears in the Channel 4 TV Show Amazing Spaces. All the members were delighted to meet him and had some photos. Thank you George for being a good sport.

George Clarke from Channel 4 TV Show Amazing Spaces with the members from Dementia Club UK at Kew Gardens on one of the BCT buses
George Clarke from Channel 4 TV Show Amazing Spaces with the members from Dementia Club UK at Kew Gardens on one of the BCT buses

The members got their wheelchairs which were ordered in advance at Elizabeth Gate and we all set off to the Orangery restaurant for a cup of tea and something to eat. We had plenty of time before the Hop on Hop off Explorer train so members had a little walk.

It was then time to get on the train and the person I booked the train with arrived and gave me the tickets. Our drivers also boarded the train. I stayed behind as someone needed to look after the wheelchairs until they got back. Everyone had a great time on the train and then had free time to do what they wanted until 4pm.

Dementia Club UK members on the Kew Explorer
Dementia Club UK members on the Kew Explorer

One of the members commented how the last time they went to Kew Gardens was 60 years ago when it was 1 penny entrance. Members enjoyed their day and said how they would love to do it again and may be this time they would hop off the train and explore.

Our BCT buses got us back in about 1 hour which was excellent timing. A Huge thank you to BCT for their excellent service.

Kew Palace
Kew Palace

We had a University student today - Zhiyuan Lin. He was interested to visit Dementia Club UK as he is studying medicine at Cambridge University. He interacted with members asking various questions for his report and was also very helpful in the session.

Dementia Club UK chair exercises at Finchley Memorial Hospital
Dementia Club UK chair exercises at Finchley Memorial Hospital

The session started with an activity. I gave each member a cut out of a lady or a man figure and asked them to them to draw the person they like to remember or draw themselves and may be to show what work they used to do. This started lots of conversations and memories and members were very interested to talk about their pictures. The session then followed with yoga with Richard which was great as usual.

The Launch of the Dementia Club UK on Tuesday 11th July 2017 from 2pm to 4pm at Fairway Hall was a great success attracting about 70 visitors.

It is a partnership with the Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood - Councillors, Rotarians and volunteers. CEO DCUK, Lisa Rutter gave a welcome speech and greeted the Deputy Lieutenant of Herfordshire, Stuart Nagler , the Town Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Eric and Mrs Evelyn Silver and the Hertsmere Borough Mayor Cllr Charles Goldstein and other Councillors and representatives of organisations and all other guests.

Town Mayor Cllr Eric Silver has chosen DCUK as his Mayoral Charity this year as has the newly elected President of Elstree and Borehamwood Rotary Sasha Capocci.

Lisa congratulated the Town Dementia support committee - Town Cllrs Sandra Parnell, Eric Silver and Pat Strack, Dr Ann Goddard and Sasha Capocci for bringing the Club to the Town. Eric, Pat and Sasha are Rotarians.

A large group from the Barnet branch of DCUK came along to support us. We all enjoyed the music of the Ionian Clarinet Quartet playing a range of music favourites and thank them for their continued support. Sandwiches and cakes were served with the tea and coffee.

Ionian Clarinet Quartet supporting our new launch playing great tunes
Ionian Clarinet Quartet supporting our new launch playing great tunes

Sarah gave us a taste of the chair exercises she leads at each session and then it was time to complete the quiz. Sasha had made a special celebration cake which was cut and distributed. It was fantastic.

New president of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood Sasha Capocci and her gorgeous home made cake
New president of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood Sasha Capocci and her gorgeous home made cake

Thank you to Town councillor and Rotarian Clive Butchins for taking the photographs.

DCUK want to attract new members. If you live with anyone with dementia or know of anyone with memory loss or someone who has cared for a dementia sufferer and would like to enjoy a fun afternoon we meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at Fairway Hall from 2-4pm.

We had a special visitor today, the Master of The Guild of Freemen of the City of London Mr Peter Allcard. Members were delighted to meet him and were also impressed with his badge on ribbon.

Peter Allcard the Master of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London and Rotary Club of Golders Green
Peter Allcard the Master of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London and Rotary Club of Golders Green

We also had a new singer April Day who was dressed in a 1950's dress. She entertained members with favourites of the era and some members were happy to dance.

April Day entertained members with favourites of the 1950's
April Day entertained members with favourites of the 1950's
April singing and dancing with James
April singing and dancing with James
Marina and Andreas dancing to the sounds of the 1950's
Marina and Andreas dancing to the sounds of the 1950's
Everyone was pleased to see Annette who visited today
Everyone was pleased to see Annette who visited today

We also had another visitor today John Michaelides from Barnet Rotary Club who was a pleasure to meet. Our surprise visitor was Annette. It was so lovely to see Annette. Members were so happy to see her and chat. We all miss Annette and hope to see her more often.

The session followed with social activities and I read a few jokes.