Today was a very busy session and we also had some new members. Lisa led the session again with Sasha as Pat and Sandra were away.

New table layout with games in the centre
New table layout with games in the centre

Lisa organised the Elstree & Borehamwood Fire Brigade to attend today and members were excited to meet them. The officer in charge, Commander Gary Shinn attended with 2 of his crew from White Watch. A short talk was given to members about fire safety and members were also given the opportunity to ask questions after. The Crew Commander also informed members that if they had no fire alarms in their house they would be happy to fit them for free.

Commander Gary Shinn and his crew from White Watch with Sasha, Lisa and Cllr Eric Silver Mayor or Elstree and BorehamwoodCommander Gary Shinn and his crew from White Watch with Sasha, Lisa and Town Mayor Cllr Eric Silver Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood

We had the local newspaper reporter Morgan from Elstree & Borehamwood Borough Times who stayed for the whole session as she wanted to report about Dementia Club UK. My thanks for Morgan for attending today.

Members were delighted that the fire engine was also parked outside and therefore wanted to take the opportunity to have a group photo with the Crew. Everyone including the Town Mayor Cllr Eric Silver with members, volunteers and committee members joined in the group photo.

Commander Gary Shinn and his crew from White Watch with members of Dementia Club UK, our partners from Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood with Mayor Eric Silver in the Fire Engine cabCommander Gary Shinn and his crew from White Watch with members of Dementia Club UK, our partners from Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood with Mayor Eric Silver in the Fire Engine cab

The session then followed with chair exercises with Sarah which everyone always really enjoys and then followed with a quiz, some singing and some members even got up and danced. As there were a few games out, members also enjoyed trying them out.

We had a surprise visit from our new GP Dr Rebecca Hatjiosif who will be attending most sessions at Elstree and Borehamwood Dementia Club. Members were delighted to meet her. DCUK is pleased to now have 2 doctors to help members.

Dementia Club UK would like to thank Commander Gary Shinn and his crew for their talk and their time with the members

Commander Gary Shinn and his crew explaining fire safety to the members of Dementia Club UKCommander Gary Shinn and his crew explaining fire safety to the members of Dementia Club UK

My thanks to Sasha for providing her lovely cakes, Sasha’s son Michael and Xandy and Patrick in charge of signing in the members, Marijke for helping in the kitchen with teas and coffees. Eleanor a volunteer from Barnet who also attended again to help. Thank you to Marion from Tesco Borehamwood for also helping during the session. We must not forget our Town Mayor Cllr Eric Silver who members always enjoy to see.

It was a special day today for one of the members. Andreas was celebrating his 79th birthday today with his family.

Marina brought in a huge home baked carrot cake, crisps and soft drinks. Our thanks to Marina and her family.

Andreas and his family celebrating his 79th birthday
Andreas and his family celebrating his 79th birthday

We did the usual Happy Birthday with the firework candle and then the session followed with a quiz about 1960's advertising slogans. Members found that slightly difficult but interesting.

The session then followed with chair exercises with Sarah who normally takes the exercises at the Elstree and Borehamwood venue, she was a great hit with the members who really enjoyed her exercises and would love to see her again.

 Sarah was a great hit with the members of Dementia Club UK
Sarah was a great hit with the members of Dementia Club UK

The session followed with some Greek dancing. Andreas had a lovely time and Sarah also tried the Zorba dance.

We had a lovely surprise as Annette visited today and helped out, many thanks to Annette.

We had a huge turnout of members today.

Huge turnout of members doing chair exercises
Huge turnout of members doing chair exercises

Members enjoyed some poetry reading by Ros Nagler. She writes her own poetry based on observational real live stories. One of the poems for example was about how you turn the taps on when you go to public toilets. Another poem Ros was reading pretending to be HM The Queen. Everyone enjoyed the rendition.

Members enjoyed some poetry reading by Ros Nagler
Members enjoyed some poetry reading by Ros Nagler

The session followed with Tai Chi with Richard which all members enjoyed as usual.

It was a lovely surprise to see Annette today as she had a day off work. It was also lovely to see our nurse Karen and Diny. Thanks to my volunteers today Melvyn, Eleanor and Annette who also helped out. Thank you also to our Doctor Angela.

Members enjoyed musical entertainment today with Moshe. As usual Moshe interacted with members and got them singing and dancing.

As it was a warm sunny afternoon all members took advantage of this and we all decided to walk to the Spike Milligan bench outside and had a group photo. It was an enjoyable session.

Group photo of members with statue of Spike Milligan at Stephens House
Group photo of members with statue of Spike Milligan at Stephens House
Commemorative plaque about Spike Milligan
Commemorative plaque about Spike Milligan

We also had a couple of new members today who needed some advice and information and Lisa was able to talk to them in the other room privately.

My thanks to our Rotary volunteers Dick and his wife Valerie, Kuljit, Michael. Valerie Chodosh and her granddaughter Saskia and Jeff and a surprise visit from Danielle Benson president of Rotary Club of Edgware who visited with her aunt.

Thanks to Sara from Barnet Carers and also Risson who looks after us all with teas and cakes.

Members enjoyed an afternoon out today at West Lodge Hotel for an afternoon 'Ritz style' tea which included various sandwiches, and cakes.

Members first received their complimentary drink of Prosecco or orange juice and were then shown into 'The John Evelyn Suite' which was a beautiful room with a conservatory looking out onto the gardens. It was a pity with the weather however as it was continually raining which unfortunately meant that members were unable to go out to the gardens.

Some of the members having a dance
Some of the members having a dance

The live Jazz performed by David price and Maralyn was pleasurable to listen to and some members were up dancing. It didn't matter what the weather was like outside as members were enjoying the afternoon. It was especially interesting to hear that David's banjo was made with Rosewood and the rim around the banjo was 24 carat gold.

Live Jazz performed by David Price and Maralyn
Live Jazz performed by David Price and Maralyn