Tonight was the 40th Anniversary Gala of the Rotaract Club of Hampstead, Hendon & Golders Green. Dementia Club UK was the beneficiary charity. Our thanks to Craig Simons president of the Rotaract club and also to Pia and Carla the main organisers of the evening. It was a great evening enjoyed by all. Our thanks to all for making this evening a success.

The organisers of the Rotaract 40th Aniversary Gala with Lisa
The organisers of the Rotaract 40th Aniversary Gala with Lisa

We had a Valentines special session today. Tables were dressed with red tablecloths and flowers.

There was a slight disappointment as the singer lady who was supposed to attend unfortunately had a flat car tyre. The session carried on as normal and Lisa had members busy at the beginning with colouring pictures of cupcakes and then a dog picture quiz where members had to name the various breed of dogs.

Valentines Day at Finchley Memorial Hospital
Valentines Day at Finchley Memorial Hospital

Eleanor then continued with a general quiz which they all enjoyed followed by the card bingo game which is always great fun. The session then ended with some singing.

Thank you to my volunteers Eleanor and Melvyn for all their help and also to my Trustees Mark and Doctor Angela.

We had over 40 members today.

Lisa started the session with reading some Valentine poems and members took turns in a couple of poems reading out some verses. Members then did some singing and a few dance routines they normally enjoy.

Richard then came and members were ready to do their chair yoga exercises which was enjoyed as usual.

Members then had the pleasure of meeting Helen Tierney. She brought a Harp and also an accordion to play. She was absolutely amazing. She played various familiar songs from all regions of the UK. It was lovely the way she interchanged from playing the accordion and then the Harp which was so beautifully played. Everyone really enjoyed the session.

Helen Tierney entertaining the members of Dementia Club UK at Stephens House and Gardens
Helen Tierney entertaining the members of Dementia Club UK at Stephens House and Gardens

My thanks to James one of the Carers who recommended Helen to me. Thank you to our Rotarian volunteers Dick, Ian, Michael and Valerie for their help during the session. Also thanks to Jeff and Mark one of our Trustees for their help and also Risson who is so helpful looking after all the members with refreshments.

The Times Series Newspaper group published an article on the forthcoming new venue at Baden-Powell Centre in Deans Lane, Edgware. This is in the grounds of John Keble Church.

This new club will be in association with the Rotary Club of Edgeware and Stanmore.

The article can be found here: www.times-series.co.uk/news/15984002.Dementia_Club_UK_to_open_free_club/

This was a very busy session with about 50 members.

Lisa introduced a smell sensory game. Members were asked to listen carefully to 3 recordings and were asked to try and identify what was happening in each.

The first recording was someone in the kitchen making a fruit cake in the 1940s. The type of kitchen equipment used identified the era. Lisa then opened a tin which had the scent of a fruit cake. Members were very good listening and describing the actions. The second recording was a man polishing his shoes and the last recording was a baby having a bath and getting dressed. The smell of baby powder passed around made members feel comforted.

Members of Dementia Club UK conentrating on their song sheets
Members of Dementia Club UK conentrating on their song sheets

The session then followed with some singing and then Lisa did some chair exercises with everyone. For the last part of the session Lisa introduced a quiz asking members to identify various famous faces by showing some photographs.

Tasoulla leading the singing and clapping
Tasoulla leading the singing and clapping