Today’s session was run by Eleanor. We had a good turnout of 35 members and carers who had not been tempted away by the glorious summer sunshine and high temperatures!

Kevin started the session with one of his popular ‘Poll of Barnet’ quizzes and Eleanor followed with a general knowledge quiz. The combined knowledge of our group is amazing and it was wonderful to see so many people joining in.

Next it was Dr Angela’s turn. She handed out an item of canned or bottled food or drink to each table and told us how they can help reduce symptoms of cramp. They included sparkling water, tonic water, oily fish etc. We are very grateful to Dr Angela for her enormous contribution to the Dementia Club and for her invaluable support and advice to all of us, both as a group and as individuals.

The remainder of the afternoon was led by our musical entertainer, Moshe, who performed music from across Europe and invited everyone to sing along. It was lovely to see so many members and carers joining in, with smiles on their faces.

Thank you to Melvyn, Karish and Eva for serving our refreshments and helping to make our sessions run so smoothly. We are so lucky to have two local school students amongst our volunteers. Thank you Karish and Eva!!

It was a very hot and sunny day and the small number of members who came to the session had a fantastic time with a few surprises.

The session started by offering the members teas and coffee plus a piece of very nice cake that was brought by Dorothy.

Richard then did exercise yoga with the members. He surprised everybody by introducing small colourful beanbags as part of the exercise. Everybody had a lot of fun throwing then up and down and to each other. They asked that he brings these beanbags in future sessions.

Chair yoga with Richard using colourful beanbags
Chair yoga with Richard using colourful beanbags

The session then followed with James Le Bec singing his usual popular songs and all members had a lot of fun by singing and dancing. James then surprised everybody by doing his music quiz using playing cards instead of the usual big dice.

Thank you to our lady volunteers making teas and coffees; Dorothy and Brenda, from St John’s Church.Thank you to Dr Rebecca for taking blood pressures and our Rotarians John, Jim, Victor and Simon.

This was a very busy session. The session started with a presentation from Luciana and John from Barnet REMAP. Their website can be found below:

Luciana explained to members about REMAP and how they have helped many people regain lost skills. Volunteers use their ingenuity and skills to make special equipment tailor made for people. Some of the pieces of equipment are simple, some more complex, some are new designs and others are modifications to existing products but everything made is given free.

Full house at Dementia Club UK
Full house at Dementia Club UK

Lisa then announced to members that there was a birthday to celebrate. It was Mariana’s 84th Birthday today and this was celebrated in the usual DCUK way.

Marianna's Birthday
Marianna's Birthday

The session then followed with Moshe who as usual entertains members really well. Everyone was up dancing. We also had 2 visitors today. We had Despina Pilavakis - Group Coordinator for Alzheimer's Society Barnet, Enfield and Haringey who is based at Barnet Dementia Club Salvation Army Hall in Hendon. We also had a new volunteer David Brill who has just finished studying medicine at University and will be starting to work at Barnet Hospital soon. In the meantime however David would like to volunteer at the sessions for a few weeks.

Thank you to my husband Mark for helping to set up and helping during the session.

This week, Lisa gave Rotary President Danielle of Edgware & Stanmore and Rotary President Molly of Northwick Park the floor, to welcome members and visitors.

Yoga teacher, Richard, was away but his stand-in, Ros Anderson, ran a wonderful session leaving us all relaxed, but not too relaxed, that we couldn’t enjoy live music by Ron Goldsmith helped with singing by Rotarian Selwyn. Ron always aims to please, we even took a request for the Beatles, “when I saw her standing there” !

Rotary Clubs of Edgware & Stanmore and Northwick Park
Rotary Clubs of Edgware & Stanmore and Northwick Park

Thank-you again to Rotarians, Rochelle, Nandini and Ronnie Preston for assisting with the tea, quiz, games and chat. Whilst still a small, but steadily growing club, everyone left with a smile on their face.

The next gathering on Wednesday 18 July, 2.30-4.30pm will be our official launch party with the Mayors of Harrow and Barnet attending. Hope that you can join us

Today’s session was led by Eleanor with support from Dr Angela.

We started off with a picture quiz of Sports Stadiums in England. It proved quite tricky as there were 10 football stadiums to identify. Top scorer was Pamela who finished well ahead of the opposition. Well done Pamela!

We then played two games of card bingo. Dr Angela called out the cards in English (and Greek!) and Karish and Eva offered support to those who needed a hand. Card bingo is always a popular activity and it was lovely to see some members helping their carers and pointing out any mistakes they made! After the game, Dr Angela continued the language theme by asking members and their carers to volunteer to count from 1-10 in another language. We heard Greek, Spanish, French, Welsh, Farsi and Tamil. We all had great fun.

Thank you to Despina Foods Ltd at Arnos Grove for cutting up a refreshing watermelon for the Finchley Memorial Hospital session.
Thank you to Despina Foods Ltd at Arnos Grove for cutting up a refreshing watermelon for the Finchley Memorial Hospital session.

Next it was time for some singing, led by Eleanor. Today’s recital included Waltzing Matilda, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles, It’s A Long Way to Tipperary and One More Step.

We finished with a general knowledge quiz when silence descended on the room. Everyone was keen to hear the questions and get in first with their answer! The extensive knowledge of the group was extremely impressive and it was lovely to see so many members and carers taking such an active and enthusiastic part. Well done everyone!

Thank you to Dr Angela, Melvyn, Karish and Eva for all your help and to our carers Marina, Pamela and Sylvia who did the washing up for us. It was a real team effort!