It was a very busy session today and we also had two new members join the group. Lisa introduced the session and gave some great advice to everyone on how best to avoid the Chinese flu called Coronavirus which is spreading at the moment.

Lisa had to leave early for a meeting in London so Muz and Faz from Ping is King ran the rest of the session. As the 75th Anniversary after the Second World War is approaching, James kicked off the session with a fascinating reading about the V2 missile bombings in the war. He gave a recollection of a horrifying incident on the 27th January 1945 when he was at the Savoy Cinema with his younger cousin. They were aged 10 and 8 at the time. There was a huge explosion which brought down the cinema and James and his cousin remember the devastation it caused and the number of people who died. They were lucky but this is a memory they will not forget. A full transcript of James story can be found on the website.

Brian also brought in some incredible old pictures of his time in the RAF and shared them around. There were helicopters and planes that had crash landed and it was amazing to hear the stories and see these gripping events captured in real life photos.

Muz and Faz then handed out some colouring and word searches for members. The theme for these activities was the Chinese New Year. This theme continued with a fun packed quiz on China. The quiz was really well received with just the right mix of easy and hard questions, with lots of clues to make sure everyone had a chance. It was lovely to see Krishma getting actively involved. She loved shouting out the correct answers to several questions.

After the quiz, it was Aaron’s turn to entertain everyone and he hosted a lovely afternoon of music entertainment. Everyone had a really enjoyable afternoon with lots of singing and dancing to old classics. There was a technical glitch at one point but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it gave Ernie the chance to take the microphone and sing a lovely Irish song. I later found out that Ernie used to follow his dad around when his dad was performing in pubs which is why he had such a great voice.

Thank you to all our volunteers today, Melvyn, Annette, Marina, Arzu, Angela, Risom and of course Lisa and Mark.

We kick-started the year at Kentish Town Sports Centre in great spirits on the 16th January. Teas, coffees, biscuits and fresh fruit were served as usual and Lisa also brought a big cake.

We had a few visitors today from local organisations including Julia Baker from Association for Jewish Refugees and Ian from BAT Therapy Foundation. Lisa and Adriana welcomed everyone and also welcomed 2 new members.

We were joined by Ping is King Ltd who provided a variety of games, including table tennis which proved to be very popular as we saw a few quite intense rallies! Our new attendees to the session also enjoyed themselves very much.

Thank you to Adriana, Lisa and Mark and Muz and Faz from Ping is King Ltd for a fantastic session.

A very busy session as usual today. Everyone was very excited today as they were looking forward to seeing James Bernard – his last performance before he leaves and emigrates to Los Angeles where his career in music will be taking off.

Lisa welcomed everyone and gave an update with regards to future events on the programme. There was a birthday to celebrate today. It was Parthenis 84th Birthday. His wife brought the cake and as usual it was celebrated the Dementia Club UK style with a firework candle. Everyone sang Happy Birthday and Parthenis was very happy.

Another carer also brought a cake today and this was shared out too. James Bernard then made a grand entrance and everyone was so pleased to see him. Whilst he was getting ready to set up he had to pop out the room and Lisa had a surprise big cake for him with a firework candle on. As soon as he walked back everyone started singing –‘Congratulations and Celebrations’ .

James had no idea that it was for him and when he realised he was very touched. Everyone had a really enjoyable afternoon with lots of dancing and then wished James all the best for the future. Thank you to our volunteers today , Angela Chen, Radha, Melvyn and Annette and of course Mark.

We had a good number of members today. Muz and Faz from Ping Is King Ltd set up the games on the other tables and also had prepared some colouring for members to do whilst they were having their teas/coffees and biscuits

Muz asked members to either write or talk about their new Year’s Resolutions. Everyone preferred to talk and therefore each person around the table took turns. It was interesting to hear all the different resolutions and some quite funny.

The session then continued with Yoga with Richard which is always great fun and a good workout.

Members then sat around the other game tables which were ready and set up by Muz and Faz and enjoyed passing the small table tennis balls across the table to their partner opposite through the colourful cups as a challenge. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

Thank you to Muz and Faz and Mark and also James one of the carers for helping set up the tables.

This was our first session of the year at the Finchley Cricket Club and was a very busy session. This new venue has become a real favourite and members really look forward to attending as it is so warm and welcoming.

Lisa welcomed members wishing them a Happy New year and introduced the new hosts Julian and Jacqueline who have taken over from Ami and Sarah. Lisa wished Ami and Sarah all the best and introduced Julian the Chairman of the Finchley Cricket Club. Julian and Jacqueline prepared a beautiful buffet spread of cheese sandwiches and Ham sandwiches and delicious looking cup-cakes and other biscuits.

When members were sat at their tables, Lisa gave members some Word Searches and also some magic water colour painting to do which they all enjoyed doing whilst happily chatting to each other. Julian and Jacqueline then started to serve with the help of the volunteers and a few of the carers also helped - Marina and Rosetta.

Members really appreciated all the fuss and enjoyed eating the lovely sandwiches and cakes. Lisa provided members with an update including details of the next outing and also thanked the volunteers today – Risom, Rotarians – Valerie (also our Trustee), Michael and Sheila. Radha and Melissa and her husband Bob. My thanks to everyone that helped today including Mark who is one of the Trustees.

Lisa then called Valerie who gave members some House Keeping information with regards to where the toilets are and fire exit and also then informed members about the next dementia club sessions this week. Valerie tried to do a short quiz but this was soon aborted as members were enjoying chatting.

Eon our exercise instructor then arrived and as usual Eon made sure members exercised from top to toe. Eon always makes exercise enjoyable. The session then followed with Ian our music entertainer who got everyone up and dancing. The room was filled with joy and excitement and laughter. It was a perfect afternoon and everyone left saying how the venue was so perfect and they really enjoyed the afternoon.