Dick reciting some stories about when he was a Registrar
Dick reciting some stories about when he was a Registrar

We had a talk today by Dick Selby a Rotarian from The Rotary Club of Golders Green. He told some real life funny stories about a few of the marriages he performed when he was a registrar. There were some interesting questions from members and the of the stories you would not believe if you read in a newspaper. Members really enjoyed listening to the stories and had a good laugh.

We also had a visitor from Rotary London Hampstead, Utz Reiff who wanted to see the session as he was interested in getting his Rotary to do similar as The Rotary Club of Golders Green.

A big thanks to Dick for sharing his stories.

We had a nice email from Ruth Schwalb from Chelsea Square about a blog post on their company website and she has sent us the link. The blog goes on to say how much the volunteers enjoyed themselves on 27th April and has a number of photos of the session. Click on the link below.

http://www.chelsea-square.co.uk/2017/05/10/chelsea-square-community-days-davian-rashaye-georgia-dementia-club-uk/

Today's session at the FMH we had 4 staff from Barnet Council Volunteering. We had; Caroline Thornton, Brendon Steinhardt, Katie Wood & Pawan Dhande. They interacted with all the members helping throughout the session. I was very grateful for all their help.

Serious darts playing
Serious darts playing

The session was very busy. We did some singing with members, a quiz and exercise and dancing as usual and the session followed with social activities. Our volunteers enjoyed taking part in the activities with the members.

LBBCaroline Thornton, Pawan Dhande, Lisa, Brendon Steinhardt & Katie Wood

Thank you to all our volunteers today and our regular volunteer Melvyn. We also had the pleasure of our Practice Nurse Karen who chatted with members. During our feedback session we read some poetry, heard a few jokes and then had a general chat.

The Mayor of Barnet's Gala charity event was on Thursday 4th May at the RAF Museum.

Mayor of Barnet, Cllr. David Longstaff welcomes everyone to his Gala
Mayor of Barnet, Cllr. David Longstaff welcomes everyone to his Gala

I am very grateful to the Mayor for choosing Dementia Club UK as one of his Mayoral charities during his year. It has certainly helped to raise more awareness of this terrible cruel disease.

The choice of venue was amazing as people were walking through the museum and then sitting at the tables under war time bomber aircraft. How amazing.

Lancaster Bomber at Mayor of Barnet's Gala Dinner
Lancaster Bomber at Mayor of Barnet's Gala Dinner
Lancaster Bomber at Hendon RAF Museum
Lancaster Bomber at Hendon RAF Museum

The atmosphere was fantastic and everyone really had an enjoyable time. It was also a pleasure to see other Mayors from other Boroughs especially one of the Mayors who I knew when I was Mayor of Barnet - Cllr. Peter Herrington, Mayor of Waltham Forest.

Mayor of Waltham Forest supporting the Mayor of Barnet's Charities
Mayor of Waltham Forest and Lisa supporting the Mayor of Barnet's Charities

I was surprised to hear today that the hospital porters are not allowed to set up the round tables any longer. I bought the round tables because I wanted to create a café atmosphere. It was very convenient when the porters were setting them up before. The round tables will no longer be used now for this session.

The alternative was to use the hospital tables. I therefore set up 5 tables which was very easy. When members arrived they were all delighted to see the new arrangement. They all complimented and said that they preferred it this way. It all turned out well in the end and the session was great as usual with 30 members. Thank you to Melvyn for volunteering today and some of the carers helping out.

If anyone wants the old tables, see Lisa.

Dementia Club UK has a new table arrangement great compliments from members at Finchley Memorial
Dementia Club UK has a new table arrangement, great compliments from members at Finchley Memorial