Today was a very busy session. It was great to see our volunteers Eleanor, Melvyn, Doctor Angela one of our Trustees and her friend Melissa and also my husband Mark.

Lisa started the session with fun picture quizzes and then read some jokes which everyone really enjoyed and laughed. Kevin one of the carers then prepared a ‘Family Fortunes’ quiz which is always great fun and members love competing between the tables.

Kevin leading the Family Fortunes quiz based upon answers from people in Barnet
Kevin leading the Family Fortunes quiz based upon answers from people in Barnet

Lisa then followed the session celebrating 2 birthdays – Peter and Dawn whose birthdays are one day apart. They were nicely surprised. This was celebrated in the usual Dementia Club UK fashion.

Dawn and Peter get a birthday cake each
Dawn and Peter get a birthday cake each

It was then time to play Bingo which everyone again really enjoys and concentrate hard. This was then followed with singing from song sheets prepared by Lisa and Tovertafel which is always welcomed.

Everyone left with a smile. Thank you to all my volunteers and also some of my carers who always step in to help.

Today's report is from Session Leader Danielle:

"Our first club gathering of 2019 was a great success. Moving the monthly session to a Tuesday enabled many more Dementia Club UK members and carers to come along.

Lucille was master of ceremony today calling out bingo numbers
Lucille was master of ceremony today calling out bingo numbers

The ladies from Northwick Park Rotary, Helen, Ritu and Lucille provided a post-Xmas tea with cakes and biscuits, whilst Stanmore’s Rotarian, Danielle, brought her funky 60s colouring in patterns and crayons. Lisa came to see us with her husband Mark.

Richard leading the Dementia Club UK members through some gentle stretching exercises
Richard leading the Dementia Club UK members through some gentle stretching exercises

Lisa congratulated Joy on her recent birthday and Lucille on her 55th emerald wedding anniversary. Everyone enjoyed a fun few games of bingo, run by Lucille, followed by chair-yoga with Richard, who added in some Tai Chi, to ring the changes.

Throwing the dice in
Throwing the dice in "Name that Tune" game organised by James LeBec

Musician/entertainer, James Lebec, got everyone up on their feet dancing and singing along to his rock & roll country 50s & 60s cabaret. His ‘name the song’ competition was a big hit, we didn’t want it to end

Thank-you to Stanmore’s Rotarians Dr Nandini for being on hand for medical questions and Peter for helping put the furniture way at the end and of course Helen, Ritu, Lucille, Lisa and Mark."

Report today from Justine who ran the session:

"Our members were served tea, coffee, lovely biscuits & cake at the start of our session and were happy chatting to each other.

The lovely Jane did some fun chair exercises with our members which everyone, including the helpers enjoyed! This was followed by an energetic session of entertainment provided by the very charming James LeBec.

Dementia Club UK members doing chair exercises led by Jane
Dementia Club UK members doing chair exercises led by Jane

James sang a variety of popular songs to which many of the members and helpers danced. He also did a music quiz and our members had to guess the name of the song! It got really competitive! The atmosphere was terrific!

James Le Bec entertaining the members
James Le Bec entertaining the members

After James left, it was time to go and our members left very happy & smiling! 14 members and carers attended the session with the assistance of five helpers from the synagogue who were:- Justine, Gilda, Stephen, Dot & Judy".

We had a great start to our first session of the year today at Barnet Copthall with a good number of members and 2 new members. Lisa started the session with some lovely cakes and teas whilst members were chatting and gave them also some Christmas crackers which was great fun.

Lisa then read some jokes which everyone enjoyed and then gave a poem out to members called ‘A simple Hug’ and asked members to read a verse each. At the end everyone hugged.

It was then time for exercise and this was led by Billy Phillips. Members enjoyed the exercises which included some singing as extra motivation.

The session then followed with James with music entertainment and as always James got everyone singing and interacting especially with the music quiz and rolling the big soft Dice.

It was a fun session and everyone left with a smile. Thank you to Billy and Mary Hamilton, Physical Activity and Health Manager from Barnet Copthall and thank you to Mark one of the Trustees who helped out during the session.

Danielle took the session today:

"The ladies from Northwick Park Rotary: Helen, Mollie, Lucille and Ritu, decorated the room in a festive spirit with musical ornaments, as well as providing delicious Xmas cakes and other goodies.

Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas!

Lisa, the Chairman welcomed and wished everyone happy seasons greeting. We had a few members and we were also delighted to welcome back our new members Luigi and Adriana.

The afternoon warmed-up with catch-ball followed by bingo won by Sonia, Edgware & Stanmore Rotary. Other Rotarians, from Edgware & Stanmore, joining in the fun included: Dr Nandini and Danielle, session leader.

Kevin shares a joke from one of the crackers
Kevin shares a joke from one of the crackers

Lucille, Northwick Park Rotary, prepared a quiz presented by Ritu. Luigi enjoyed some pitch’n’put. The cracker jokes made us laugh A wonderful singer, Clare Barnes, accompanied by Helen, enthralled with her amazing voice – singing Motown, 50s tunes and Xmas favourites – to which we all danced.

Clare Barnes accompanied by Helen
Clare Barnes accompanied by Helen

Danielle announced that this was the last Wednesday meeting, as the club dates will be moving to the first Tuesday of every month, starting on Tuesday 8 January 2019."