Report today from Justine who ran the session:

"Our members were served tea, coffee, lovely biscuits & cake at the start of our session and were happy chatting to each other.

The lovely Jane did some fun chair exercises with our members which everyone, including the helpers enjoyed! This was followed by an energetic session of entertainment provided by the very charming James LeBec.

Dementia Club UK members doing chair exercises led by Jane
Dementia Club UK members doing chair exercises led by Jane

James sang a variety of popular songs to which many of the members and helpers danced. He also did a music quiz and our members had to guess the name of the song! It got really competitive! The atmosphere was terrific!

James Le Bec entertaining the members
James Le Bec entertaining the members

After James left, it was time to go and our members left very happy & smiling! 14 members and carers attended the session with the assistance of five helpers from the synagogue who were:- Justine, Gilda, Stephen, Dot & Judy".

We had a great start to our first session of the year today at Barnet Copthall with a good number of members and 2 new members. Lisa started the session with some lovely cakes and teas whilst members were chatting and gave them also some Christmas crackers which was great fun.

Lisa then read some jokes which everyone enjoyed and then gave a poem out to members called ‘A simple Hug’ and asked members to read a verse each. At the end everyone hugged.

It was then time for exercise and this was led by Billy Phillips. Members enjoyed the exercises which included some singing as extra motivation.

The session then followed with James with music entertainment and as always James got everyone singing and interacting especially with the music quiz and rolling the big soft Dice.

It was a fun session and everyone left with a smile. Thank you to Billy and Mary Hamilton, Physical Activity and Health Manager from Barnet Copthall and thank you to Mark one of the Trustees who helped out during the session.

Danielle took the session today:

"The ladies from Northwick Park Rotary: Helen, Mollie, Lucille and Ritu, decorated the room in a festive spirit with musical ornaments, as well as providing delicious Xmas cakes and other goodies.

Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!

Lisa, the Chairman welcomed and wished everyone happy seasons greeting. We had a few members and we were also delighted to welcome back our new members Luigi and Adriana.

The afternoon warmed-up with catch-ball followed by bingo won by Sonia, Edgware & Stanmore Rotary. Other Rotarians, from Edgware & Stanmore, joining in the fun included: Dr Nandini and Danielle, session leader.

Kevin shares a joke from one of the crackers
Kevin shares a joke from one of the crackers

Lucille, Northwick Park Rotary, prepared a quiz presented by Ritu. Luigi enjoyed some pitch’n’put. The cracker jokes made us laugh A wonderful singer, Clare Barnes, accompanied by Helen, enthralled with her amazing voice – singing Motown, 50s tunes and Xmas favourites – to which we all danced.

Clare Barnes accompanied by Helen
Clare Barnes accompanied by Helen

Danielle announced that this was the last Wednesday meeting, as the club dates will be moving to the first Tuesday of every month, starting on Tuesday 8 January 2019."

This was our last session for this year. Lisa and Mark went early to decorate the room and tables with Christmas decorations. The Christmas banner created by members was put on the wall and all the Christmas cards made by members were also hang across the room. The tables were beautifully decorated with Christmas crackers and surprise boxes made by the Brownies and Guides as gifts for all the Dementia Club UK members. A big thank you to Karen Landi who runs the Brownies and Guides

Packed house for last session of the year
Packed house for last session of the year

It was a perfect Christmas party with Christmas music and one of the members also wanted to sing one of his favourite songs. This mad everyone join in. Mark then had two Christmas quizzes for everyone which as always are challenging but fun.

It was then time for musical entertainment with Ronnie. Lisa had to leave to go the dementia club at Edgware. Everyone had a really lovely time with Ronnie and lots of dancing.

Thank you to our volunteers Mark and Angela are Trustees and Arzu who was very helpful throughout the session until the very end. Thank you also to some of our carers who always offer and help.

A fantastic end of the year session.

The Dementia Club in St John’s Church has been running for the whole year. All sessions have gone well, and the attendance has increased slowly.

We had a good attendance of members today which also included quite a few members from Friends in Need.

The session started as usual with members chatting and enjoying their teas, coffees, biscuits and cakes including mince pies. Lisa welcomed everyone and then gave some advice to everyone about keeping safe over Christmas.

Simon our Rotary quiz master then distributed the Christmas quiz which consisted of 10 images of famous people dressed in Father Christmas clothes and 25 questions of people, places or things that have some connection with Christmas. The members enjoyed the quiz and did really well.

After the quiz the entertainment started with the very talented duo of Helen and Alexis. Helen was playing the accordion and the harp while Alexis was reading some popular Christmas poems. Everyone enjoyed the music and singing to some Christmas carols. Some members even got up to dance to some of the songs.

Members dancing the Hokey Pokey
Members dancing the Hokey Pokey

Thank you to our church volunteers Dorothy and Sue for making teas and coffees. Thank you also to our church warden Andrew and Mark Rutter one of the Trustees of Dementia Club UK for setting up the tables and making the necessary preparations for the session. Thank you to our Rotarians from Barnet; Jim (President), John, Malcolm and Simon. Many thanks to our Doctor Rebecca Hatjiosif. Also, thanks to Lisa, Chairman of Dementia Club UK, for her continuous support to make the Dementia Club at St John’s Church successful.

More pics to come