Tables and chairs were already set up today as I arrived which was a lovely surprise – thank you to our volunteers.

Lisa welcomed everyone and gave out some lovely little pastries which she had bought from her recent trip to Morocco. Members as usual enjoy their teas and coffees and cakes and chatting to each other and Lisa keeps them busy with word searches and other quizzes and also water colour painting which has become a real favourite.

It was then time for some exercise when Joanna arrived. This is the time when members are shown ways of relaxation through breathing techniques and also whole body movements. This is called Chi Kung exercises and members always feel re energised after.

Lisa then welcomed Ronnie our music entertainer who is always a great hit with members. As one of our member’s birthday – John was going to celebrate his birthday tomorrow the 24th, Lisa brought a cake to celebrate his birthday in the usual DCUK fashion. John was very happy and was also up and dancing later.

Everyone had an enjoyable time singing and dancing and Terry also took to the microphone to do some singing.

This was the first session after the launch and we had about 15 members which also included some people from the local community.

Lisa set up a few games as members were arriving and one of the members who used to be a keen golfer decided to try the Putting Golf which he enjoyed.

Lisa then welcomed everyone and started with playing the music ‘She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain’ which got everyone singing.

This was followed by a quick game of calling out a couple of words from a sentence which made up a SAYING and asking everyone to complete the sentence for example – An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

It was then time for James Le Bec our music entertainer who as usual gets everyone excited. He played some music which stirred up memories and then followed with his special quiz of name that song. His dice is also a great favourite as members enjoy throwing it to try and get a six. There’s always a way of course to help the dice land with a six!

Everyone always enjoys the session with James. The session then followed with some OM interactive and those members who did not see the OM interactive before were very impressed by the variety of games.

It was lovely to see smiles and joy around the table. A very successful first session.

Thank you to all the Carlton Court carers and activities coordinators who helped throughout the session and thank you also to Mark and Lisa.

We want to thank Sunil one of our members for the following email which describes our day out :

https://www.ruisliplidorailway.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruislip_Lido

http://ruisliplido.com/

Once again Lisa organised a wonderful outing this time to the Ruislip Lido for some 35 members of Dementia Club UK.

Awaiting for us was the 12 inch gauge miniature diesel train to take us through beautiful woodlands to the sandy Lido the only beach in London and our restaurant where we enjoyed a splendid lunch.

Then it was free time to explore or wander around the stunning views surrounding the Lake amongst the swans and ducks and locals walking their dogs or enjoy an ice cream.

Fittingly it was Donna and Brian’s 54th wedding anniversary which was celebrated with a cake in the restaurant.

After a pleasant day the train took us back to the coach. Every one was very friendly and got on with each other. With our thanks to Lisa and Mark.

With all good wishes

Sunil

One of our carers Sylvia who brings her husband to the dementia club decided to do an afternoon tea to raise money for Dementia Club UK.

A few members from the dementia club and other friends and families attended the afternoon tea which was organised and set up in Sylvia’s beautiful house in Totteridge.

It was a glorious sunny afternoon. As everyone arrived they were offered a Pimms.

There was so much food and cakes on the table kindly donated by M&S, Waitrose, Cake Create and Raphael’s. Some flower decorations were also kindly donated by Enchanted Floral Design. Casablanca Hire kindly donated all the tables, chairs, crockery and glassware.

Helen Tierney also attended and brought her harp. She played some lovely soft music for the whole afternoon which everyone enjoyed listening to. The afternoon sunshine also made it possible for everyone to enjoy the garden.

Alex made a speech to welcome everyone and introduced Lisa to also say a few words. It was a very successful afternoon which everyone really enjoyed.

I would like to thank the host Sylvia for kindly offering to use her house for this fundraising event. I also want to thank Alex her daughter and other family members for organising and working so hard to make this a successful event.

Alex will be attending the next Finchley Memorial Hospital dementia club on Wednesday 25th September to present a cheque to Dementia Club UK for the amount raised.

A smaller number of members today but still very enjoyable. Lisa welcomed everyone and gave out some new programs.

She kept members busy with 2 quizzes. One was an easy fun quiz and the other more challenging questions. Mark then gave out the answers to everyone.

It was then time for exercises with Eon and as usual Eon makes sure the chairs are set up properly and is prepared to give the group a really challenging and fun workout to music. Eon extended his time today and members also had fun using the colourful extendable ropes.

It was a great afternoon and everyone felt happy. Thank you to Kim from Stephen’s House for serving us tea and cakes today and thank you to Mark for all his help during the session.