This was our first session today in the new Barnet Copthall building. Lisa, Mark and Sandra a member of the GLL staff took members around to show the new complex. The members were very impressed especially with the 3 new swimming pools.

We all then settled in the Club Lounge which is an L shaped room which is directly opposite the lifts and next to the Gym on the first floor. Members enjoyed their teas and cakes and then it was time for some exercise. As Annalisa was away another instructor called Sandra took the exercise session. She was great with the members as she made exercising fun.

It was then time for our music entertainer James Le Bec who as always gets everyone up and dancing. His name that tune with the dice is also a great hit with members as they get very excited throwing and trying to get a six. It was a very enjoyable session.

Thank you to Sandra for taking the exercise session and thank you to Lisa and Mark for running the session.

Today was even more busier than ever. Lisa welcomed everyone and kept everyone busy with word searches, crosswords and painting whilst also enjoying their teas/coffees and cakes.

We had a visitor today which everyone welcomed – The Revd Tristan Chapman, team Vicar of St Stephen’s, Bells Hill and St Mark’s, Barnet Vale.

 

Lisa then provided everyone with some updates informing them that the Waitrose Community Matters raised £468. Members were delighted to hear this news. A new programme was also given out to members which goes to the end of this year.

The session then followed with a game of Bingo which everyone enjoyed with great concentration. Revd Tristan in fact helped by calling out the numbers with me. He needed no microphone as his voice was very loud.

Lisa then did a True or False quiz about the human body which was very interesting as the questions raised some medical questions regarding vaccinations and the importance of having them. Our Doctor Angela was able to explain to members the full details of vaccinations.

It was then time for the Tovertafel and members were gathered around the table eager to play. The football game is very popular as members get very excited and enjoy the challenge playing against each other. Other games were also enjoyed especially the flowers and the fish swimming.

There was time for another quiz and this time Lisa read out questions with multiple choice answers. The quiz brought some memories for some with the war and Laurie one of our members told us of his experience and just before he was going to learn how to fly he caught Polio and was in hospital for months.

Everyone enjoyed the session. Thank you to our volunteers – Melvyn, Dr Angela, Melissa, Arzu, Eric and of course Mark

The meeting on 3rd September at the Baden-Powel Centre , John Keeble Church,was one of fun and laughter.

A warm welcome followed by refreshments and a chat was the start of a fun and interactive afternoon. Mabel and Gunam showed us their creative skills with their water colour art.

On Richard's arrival for his Chair Yoga session,everyone including the team of helpers, positioned their chairs and took part. It was Chair Yoga with a twist, Richard made his exercises entertaining by adding in some Cricket Umpire hand gestures and arm movements and explained what each one meant.

James Le Beck entertained us with his music, and his music quiz,and lifted our spirits by getting us all on the dance floor!!! His music quiz is always great fun and very competitive. The aim for each member is to throw and get a six but sometimes interventions are necessary. You know when it has becomes very competitive when James would run after the dice as it rolls to tackle Helen who is helping the dice to land as a six.

The team of helpers from Northwick Park Rotary club were, Helen, Mollie, June, Ritu and President Rochelle, and from Edgware and Stanmore were Selwyn and Suresh Thank you to all named for making the afternoon great fun not only for our visitors but also for themselves.

Our monthly Dementia Club UK session was held on the 2nd September at Sha’arei Tsedek Synagogue in Whetstone.

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

The lovely Jane then took an exercise session with our members which they all participated in and enjoyed.

This was followed by the very talented James LeBec! and his assistant Joy. 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 was very funny & very competitive! James told us that we had won last month’s competition with an amazing score of 131 point!!! 3 cheers for Sha’arei Tsedek Dementia Club UK!

18 members and carers attended the session with the assistance of seven helpers from the synagogue who were:- Justine, Gilda, Stephen, Caroline, Mark, Dot & Judy.

PICTURES TO FOLLOW...

Took this picture today which is the last day that Waitrose are collecting tokens. We want to thank Barnet Spires Waitrose and it's staff for allowing us to be one of the charities for the month of August. Thank you also to Waitrose customers who put their tokens in the Dementia Club UK slot.