We had a small group of members today but this was a really unusual and exciting session. I had no volunteers but I was grateful for a couple of the carers helping with the teas. Thank you to James and Jackie.

We started with a musical quiz which got all members singing and then the Mayor of Barnet Cllr Brian Salinger walked in which was a lovely surprise for everyone.

Mayor of Barnet Cllr Brian Salinger celebrating a birthday with one of the members of Dementia Club UK
Mayor of Barnet Cllr Brian Salinger celebrating a birthday with one of the members of Dementia Club UK

The session then followed with an African drumming session with Abdul. Abdul brought a selection of big and small drums and some hand shakers. Members enjoyed playing the drums with Abdul.

African drumming session with Abdul at Hendon Town Hall
African drumming session with Abdul at Hendon Town Hall
Members of Dementia Club UK learning to play African Drums
Members of Dementia Club UK learning to play African Drums

We then had a further surprise. A newly married couple who just had a register wedding in the next room walked in with their families and friends as they liked the sound of the drums and wanted to know what was happening. Eliza and Tom the newly married couple were so excited they started dancing and then joined in with the drums.

Eliza and Tom, newly married couple dancing to the beat of the Mayor of Barnet
Eliza and Tom, newly married couple dancing to the beat of the Mayor of Barnet

This was a very memorable and exciting session not only for the members but also the newly married couple. I congratulate them and wish them lots of happiness for the future.

Another pleasant afternoon was spent at Fairway Hall for the Dementia Club UK. We were pleased to welcome 3 new members. A chance to chat over a cuppa with Sasha’s wonderful cakes, challenge the brain with a quiz and exercise with Sara to gentle music. We also had a new volunteer, Paul Tucker who was very friendly and chatted to all the members and participated with all the games.

Today we were joined by James Lebec who sang songs from Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and by special request, Bing Crosby.

One of the members singing with James Lebec
One of the members singing with James Lebec
Everyone having a dance at Dementia Club UK at Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood
Everyone having a dance at Dementia Club UK at Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood

We all enjoyed a fun quiz, Name that Tune, much cheating occurred to the great amusement of all. The figures reached on the roll of the dice were massaged, all for fun! Everyone went home smiling.

Thanks to Lisa for arranging organising the music played by James Lebec and to Sasha for the amazing cakes. (Written by Pat Strack – Session Leader)

We were delighted to attend the Town Mayor, Cllr. Eric Silver's Civic festival which was in aid of his chosen charity Dementia Club UK. Borehamwood Brass Band conducted by musical director Derek Holland provided a musical treat at All Saints Church tonight with a full selection of well-known musical numbers. The music played was a mix of movie themes and other favourites.

We also had a performance from Barnet's Christchurch Community Choir which was led by Jill Wood.

Borehamwood Brass playing at the Elstree and Borehamwood Civic Festival Summer Concert
Borehamwood Brass playing at the Elstree and Borehamwood Civic Festival Summer Concert
Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood, Cllr. Eric Silver's thanking everyone for attending the concert
Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood, Cllr. Eric Silver's thanking everyone for attending the concert

 

The longest day and the hottest day since 1976 Members were nicely surprised that Lisa had brought ice creams again.

Mariana on the left enjoying her birthday cake
Mariana on the left enjoying her birthday cake

We celebrated Mariana's 83rd birthday in the usual way and then we had a speaker - Mr David Steene, a solicitor who specialises in dementia law and his firm is based in Borehamwood. Members were interested to hear some new information about a pension guarantee that entitles you to get 100% free council tax.

David Steene a solicitor gives the members of Dementia Club UK a legal briefing
David Steene a solicitor gives the members of Dementia Club UK a legal briefing

The session then followed with Tai Chi with Egon and as the weather was so hot all the members went outside. I finished the session reading some jokes which everyone enjoyed.

Today was a hot summer day and Lisa surprised everyone with some ice creams that were really appreciated by everyone.

We then did some singing and one of the carers James decided to show us how to dance 'The Lambeth Walk' A few joined in and was great fun. Session followed with Yoga chair exercises with Richard and then followed with social activities.

James showing how the Lambeth Walk is done
James showing how the Lambeth Walk is done