We had about 50 members at our last session for this year. It was a very busy session. Thankfully I had Mark to help me during the session and as usual many of the Carers including Jenny also helped with the teas.

Mr Jack Dowler from The Borough of Barnet Trading Standards came to talk to members today about keeping safe at home and also introduced a Call Blocker device that would help in getting rid some of those unwanted calls. Mr Dowler also informed members that they had a number of these devices that could be fitted free if members wanted one. Members were very interested and thanked Mr Dowler.

Jack Dowler from The Borough of Barnet Trading Standards
Jack Dowler from The Borough of Barnet Trading Standards
James had prepared a quiz on London Underground stations which was challenging but fun
James had prepared a quiz on London Underground stations which was challenging but fun

We also had a Birthday to celebrate as it was Melia’s birthday yesterday. Melia brought a large cake and the birthday was celebrated in the usual way and all members sang Happy Birthday.

Melia's Birthday at last session of Dementia Club UK 2017
Melia's Birthday at last session of Dementia Club UK 2017

The session then followed with Tai Chi exercise with James which everyone really finds hard work but really enjoy it as it works their whole body. This was unfortunately James last session. He will be missed.

Lisa then continued the session with some singing and dancing and one of the members also wanted to sing solo. Everyone had a really wonderful time.

My thanks to all my volunteers for all their help during the year and also the Carers for helping out. Wishing everyone a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year. We start on the 3rd January 2018 at the Finchley Memorial Hospital at 2pm.

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The Stephens House and Gardens session was cancelled on the 11th December because of snow. Thank goodness the snow melted in time for our session today at the Finchley Memorial Hospital.

Many members arrived for the Christmas party. We had Moshe who entertained members with his variety of music in different languages. Everyone enjoyed singing and dancing the Congo line with Helen one of the Carers leading.

Thank you to all our volunteers Dr Angela, Melvyn and it was a pleasure to welcome Annette who also helped in the session. Thank you also to Mark one of our Trustees who helped setting up the tables and decorations and also helped during the session.

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This session today was run by Eleanor one of my experienced volunteers.

The Rotary Club of Barnet visited today to pick up the rest of the round tables for the church. Victor Kaye one of the Rotarians stayed for most of the session so that he could observe.

Kevin one of our volunteers did his usual Family Fortunes quiz with the members and I also assisted. Members love having Kevin as they enjoy his jokes. The session then followed with Richard with his Chair Yoga exercises which everyone looks forward to and finally Eleanor did a music quiz.

We did 2 trips to Kew gardens on 29th November and 6th December. Barnet Community Transport organised the mini buses and everyone from Dementia Club UK enjoyed themselves even though it was very cold. The Kew Gardens staff were very helpful. See Kew Gardens website at https://www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/christmas-at-kew

This is one of the many trees lit for Xmas
This is one of the many trees lit for Xmas

Report from Gilda, session leader for Sha’arei Tsedek:

"Dementia Club UK held it’s monthly meeting at Sha’arei Tsedek last Monday 4th December. Approximately 40 people attended a very lively session.

Gilda leading a very lively session of about 40 members.
Gilda leading a very lively session of about 40 members.

The session centred around the Jewish Festival of Lights (Chanukah) which occurs at this time of year. A small group of very young children came from the Kindergarten on site to sing Chanukah songs and recited poems to all the attendees and showed how a Chanukiah (eight branch candlestick) looks like when fully lit.

Children from the Kindergarten came to sing Chanukah songs and recited poems to Dementia Club UK Members
Children from the Kindergarten came to sing Chanukah songs and recited poems to Dementia Club UK Members

Following this our usual music session took place with the fabulous JamesLe Bec. He sang a variety of popular songs including a selection of Christmas songs appropriate to this season. As often happens a number of guests took to the floor and danced as well as participating in mass dances like the Hokey Cokey.

Members dancing the Hokey Cokey
Members dancing the Hokey Cokey

The session finished with a talk by Stephen, one of the session leaders explaining the origins and practices of the Festival of Light (Chanukah). As part of Mitzvah (A good Deed) Day the children had prepared a small primula plant in a pot which was given to each pair of guests when they went home."