Today was our first session at the new venue. Lisa decorated the tables with table cloths and flowers to mark the first session and lovely cakes and biscuits. My thanks to Beryl Watson the Premises Manager who helped to set up the tables and chairs.

Lots of visitors today
Lots of visitors today

We only a few members for this first session and the following visitors;

  • Valerie Chodosh - DCUK Trustee and Past President of Rotary Club Golders Green
  • Helen Antoniou – Past Rotary District Governor 2016/17
  • Mollie Hacking – President of Rotary Club of Northwick Park
  • Ritu Kapur – Rotary Club of Northwick Park Past President and now assistant secretary
  • Lucille Parker – Rotary Club of Northwick Park member
  • Danielle Benson – President of Rotary Club Edgware & Stanmore
  • Dr Nandini Varma – Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore Past President and now Community Chair
  • Selwyn Foreman – Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore Club Secretary and Treasurer of the London District 1130 and Accountancy small Business support
  • Mrs Sonia Hirsh President Elect for Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore
  • Mrs Ann Butler Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore member and retired nurse.
  • Mike Turner – Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore member
  • Mrs Anne Turner – happy to volunteer
  • Peter Bradley - Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore member
  • Rose Degen – Saracens Relationship Manager and
  • Ruth Kent from Saracens

The session started with tea, cakes and chats and Lisa made her welcome speech.

Ron Goldsmith in charge of entertainment today
Ron Goldsmith in charge of entertainment today

Richard then started his chair yoga exercises which everyone really enjoyed. We then had the musical entertainer Ron Goldsmith who was absolutely amazing. His choice of music got everyone up dancing. It was a very enjoyable session and look forward to our next session on the 18th April.

Richard doing more challenging exercises for the visitors
Richard doing more challenging exercises for the visitors
Our seventh venue is opening at the Baden Powell Centre in the grounds of John Keble Church
Our seventh venue is opening at the Baden Powell Centre in the grounds of John Keble Church

Today we celebrated Terry and Pat’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary and Terry’s birthday with their daughter, granddaughter and two great grandchildren.

To mark these special occasions, Lisa brought in two cakes which they shared with everyone and we all sang Happy Birthday.

Terry and Pat’s celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and Terry’s birthday with their daughter, granddaughter and two great grandchildren
Terry and Pat’s celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and Terry’s birthday with their daughter, granddaughter and two great grandchildren

As Lisa had to attend another Meeting, the rest of the session was led by Eleanor. We sang some popular songs from over the years and played a miming game, which brought lots of laughter. We also did a short general knowledge quiz and played a game of card bingo.

A very big thank you to Sylvia, Pamela, Marina, Joan and Lynn who, in the absence of our volunteers, stepped in to clear the tables and do all the washing up.

It was a rainy day but we still had a good number of members. Lisa started off with a quiz which today required a bit of conferring amongst each other. For example one of the questions was – How many Oscars the Titanic movie got? The answer was 11 but this produced a few different answers. It became easier however when Lisa provided some clues for each one.

The session then followed with Lisa getting members to sing some of their favourite songs which motivates them to get up and dance. Members were then ready for chair yoga with Richard which they all enjoy.

The session then followed with singing. Lisa distributed to members the lyrics book and members chose the song they wanted to sing. Everyone really enjoyed that and they all left with a smile.

My thanks to Rotarians – Valerie one of my Trustees, Michael and Dick. Also thanks to Jeff and Rissson and Dr Angela.

Lisa was invited by Reverend Simon to talk to members of his congregation after the Service in the church hall.

Lisa talked to a number of people in the large hall which was set up with lovely teas and pastries. It was in fact one of the ladies birthday too and everyone sang Happy Birthday to her.

Lisa talking about the launch of the new 7th dementia club at The Baden-Powell Centre starting on Wednesday 21st March
Lisa talking about the launch of the new 7th dementia club at The Baden-Powell Centre starting on Wednesday 21st March

Lisa talked about the launch of the new 7th dementia club at The Baden-Powell Centre starting on Wednesday 21st March. She talked about dementia and what a dementia club is. A few people were interested after Lisa’s talk to ask some questions and take leaflets.

There were 2 doctors also from the Royal Free Hospital who were interested and offered to come to the sessions and also to bring student medics.