Ross and Michael Berg centre, with club members holding the various puppets
Ross and Michael Berg centre, with club members holding the various puppets

At the Britannia Centre today Ross and Michael Berg gave us a history of how Punch and Judy were formed. It started in 1662 and has been around for 350 years. They started as marionettes - puppets on strings and evolved to puppets we know today. The word 'slapstick' is derived from the sound of the stick that Punch carries around and uses on all the other characters with great abandon.

Michael Berg performing with Punch and the Policeman at Dementia Club UK
Michael Berg performing with Punch and the Policeman at Dementia Club UK

Ross and Michael then performed part of a show as an example. It was not possible to bring the full stage in the small time they had with us. We were very grateful with what they could share with us. There performance showed how much love and passion they have for Punch and Judy and the joy they have given to people of all ages.

On Sunday 25th September 2016 Finchley Memorial Hospital held a Community Day. There was Music, Dancing, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting etc. and local Barnet charities were invited to give advice and information. Dementia Club UK had a table and we passed out a number of our flyers and contact information. We also sold some jewellery which was donated to us.

Lisa Rutter manning the Dementia Club UK table at the Finchley Memorial Hospital Community Day
Lisa Rutter manning the Dementia Club UK table at the Finchley Memorial Hospital Community Day

Members were really looking forward to seeing Moshe again. This was our first session at Hendon Town Hall after the launch and we also celebrated 3 birthdays and the GB team doing so well in the Olympics. All the members enjoyed their dancing and singing to their favorite songs.

Dementia Club UK members singing 'Happy Birthday' at Hendon Town Hall, Union Jack flahs are to celebrate the GB teams Olympic medals
Dementia Club UK members singing 'Happy Birthday' at Hendon Town Hall, Union Jack flags are to celebrate the GB teams Olympic medals

 

Dementia Club UK members having a romantic dance.
Dementia Club UK members having a romantic dance.

Following a request from members in a feedback meeting, members highlighted the difficulty of taking lots of different tablets when they are all provided in white. Shobhna Rokad a Medicines Management Pharmacist from Barnet CCG came to explain to members the reason why all tablets are manufactured in white. She explained it was mostly to do with the 'E' numbers for colouring as some people are allergic to these colours. She explained the difference between brands and generics. Shobhna also showed members a template to use to help them take their medication.

Shobhna Rokad Medicines Management Pharmacist from Barnet CCG explaining a medication chart to the members of Dementia Club UK
Shobhna Rokad Medicines Management Pharmacist from Barnet CCG explaining a medication chart to the members of Dementia Club UK
London's TV Antique Expert Ian Towning and Dementia Club UK chairman Lisa Rutter
London's TV Antique Expert Ian Towning and Dementia Club UK chairman Lisa Rutter

We were delighted to welcome London's famous TV Antiques Expert Ian Towning to the Dementia Club UK Finchley Memorial Hospital venue. Members were interested to hear about Ian's life growing up and his professional life on a day to day basis at his shop Bourbon Hanby in Chelsea and on Channel 4’s hit series, Posh Pawn.

Ian Towning from TV's Posh Pawn interacting with members from Dementia Club UK
Ian Towning from TV's Posh Pawn interacting with members from Dementia Club UK

Members had previously been asked to bring in some items to be valued and to Ian's surprise the members did not let us down and had brought quite a number of interesting items. To some members astonishment they could not believe how valuable some of the items were.

Ian asking
Ian asking "Does this suit me"

There were some 18th century ink pads and pocket watches, some Victorian Jewellery and a gorgeous sapphire and diamond ring. In fact the member that brought the sapphire ring in was previously only offered a few hundred pounds, Ian said it was worth a lot more.

Dementia Club UK group photo with Ian Towning
Dementia Club UK group photo with Ian Towning

The chairman of Dementia Club UK Lisa,  thanked Ian and his partner Les for attending today. Lisa said "Ian is a lovely person and the members really appreciated him staying for the whole session and interacting with all the members".