We had a huge turnout of members today.

Members enjoyed some poetry reading by Ros Nagler. She writes her own poetry based on observational real live stories. One of the poems for example was about how you turn the taps on when you go to public toilets. Another poem Ros was reading pretending to be HM The Queen. Everyone enjoyed the rendition.

The session followed with Tai Chi with Richard which all members enjoyed as usual.

It was a lovely surprise to see Annette today as she had a day off work. It was also lovely to see our nurse Karen and Diny. Thanks to my volunteers today Melvyn, Eleanor and Annette who also helped out. Thank you also to our Doctor Angela.

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Members enjoyed musical entertainment today with Moshe. As usual Moshe interacted with members and got them singing and dancing.

As it was a warm sunny afternoon all members took advantage of this and we all decided to walk to the Spike Milligan bench outside and had a group photo. It was an enjoyable session.

Group photo of members with statue of Spike Milligan at Stephens House
Group photo of members with statue of Spike Milligan at Stephens House
Commemorative plaque about Spike Milligan
Commemorative plaque about Spike Milligan

We also had a couple of new members today who needed some advice and information and Lisa was able to talk to them in the other room privately.

My thanks to our Rotary volunteers Dick and his wife Valerie, Kuljit, Michael. Valerie Chodosh and her granddaughter Saskia and Jeff and a surprise visit from Danielle Benson president of Rotary Club of Edgware who visited with her aunt.

Thanks to Sara from Barnet Carers and also Risson who looks after us all with teas and cakes.

Members enjoyed an afternoon out today at West Lodge Hotel for an afternoon 'Ritz style' tea which included various sandwiches, and cakes.

Members first received their complimentary drink of Prosecco or orange juice and were then shown into 'The John Evelyn Suite' which was a beautiful room with a conservatory looking out onto the gardens. It was a pity with the weather however as it was continually raining which unfortunately meant that members were unable to go out to the gardens.

Some of the members having a dance
Some of the members having a dance

The live Jazz performed by David price and Maralyn was pleasurable to listen to and some members were up dancing. It didn't matter what the weather was like outside as members were enjoying the afternoon. It was especially interesting to hear that David's banjo was made with Rosewood and the rim around the banjo was 24 carat gold.

Live Jazz performed by David Price and Maralyn
Live Jazz performed by David Price and Maralyn

Lisa stepped in today to run the session with Sasha the Rotary Club President of Elstree and Borehamwood as Pat and Sandra were away. It was also a pleasure to see the Elstree and Borehamwood Town Mayor Eric Silver attend the session.

Lisa gave members a quiz to start called 'Odd One Out' which was all about picking the odd words in a sentence and working out some jumbled letters to make a word.

This was then followed with chair exercises with Sarah. Everyone always enjoys the exercises with Sarah and especially her choice of music. The Mayor also enjoyed taking part. Members always feel they have had a good workout.

Chair exercises with Sarah
Chair exercises with Sarah

The session then followed with a new musical entertainer called Clare who really impressed us all with her fantastic performance. She sang some favourites which members really enjoyed and members also wanted to dance.

Clare really impressed us all with her fantastic performance
Clare really impressed us all with her fantastic performance

For the last part of the session, Lisa introduced some games like Putting golf, skittles, a dart board with Velcro wrapped balls that stick to the dart board when thrown, table tennis and some fluffy funny face balls which were passed around. The session was really enjoyable and very successful.

Members have a dance
Members have a dance

Thanks to Patrick O'Donnell, Xandy and Sasha's son Michael who were in charge registering members and writing labels. Thanks to Marijke who was in the kitchen helping to make tea/coffee and washing up. Also thanks to Tesco Borehamwood for sending Clare and Porshe who also helped with teas and coffees and washing up.

It was a pleasure to see Rotarian Nick Male who also volunteered in the session and Ann Goddard committee member. Thanks also to Eleanor a volunteer who attends the dementia clubs in Barnet who attended to help out in the session.

Our next session is on the 22nd August and we have the Elstree and Borehamwood Fire Brigade attending with their fire engine.

This video was taken by the students led by Matt Dowse of National Citizens Service - NCS. They made it as part of their team challenge to record a Dementia Club UK session at Hendon Town Hall and Finchley Memorial Hospital in the North London borough of Barnet.