Gilda surprised everyone today informing us that she celebrated her 70th birthday yesterday. She brought in a huge cake and this was celebrated in the usual Dementia Club UK way.

Gilda cutting her cake before sharing it out
Gilda cutting her cake before sharing it out

The session then followed with James our entertainer who as always brings a smile on everyone’s faces. The session ended with a quiz.

Today we had 34 members – it was a lovely warm summer day. I started members with some singing which they all enjoyed and then I announced Laurie’s 94th birthday which we celebrated in the usual Dementia Club UK way.

Laurie is enjoying his birthday at Dementia Club UK - DCUK
Laurie is enjoying his birthday at Dementia Club UK - DCUK

Laurie was very touched by the attention he received and wanted to say a few words to everyone about his life. He spoke about his time during the war and how he met his wife and then when he lost her through dementia. Everyone was very touched by his life story. Laurie continued to say how Dementia Club UK has changed his life and how many good friends he has made.

The session then followed with Kevin’s quiz which was brilliant as always and then this followed with exercises and singing in the garden as it was such a lovely day.

Tonight was Barnet Council Mayor Making which saw the departure of Cllr David Longstaff handing over to the new Mayor of Barnet Cllr. Brian Salinger.

Cllr. David Longstaff has been a great supporter of Dementia Club UK, it was one of his chosen charities for his mayoral year. David has accepted to become our honorary patron.

Dementia Club UK is working towards a new partnership with Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood. Today was the first session which saw 10 new members.

Fairway Hall Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council
Fairway Hall Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council
Inside Fairway Hall
Inside Fairway Hall

We also had some visitors, Cllr Eric Silver Deputy Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, Nick Male President of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood, Jane Andrews and John Day from Home Instead in Welwyn Garden City, Sarah Donnelly exercise instructor, Pam Cousins from Hertsmere Borough Council, Hollie Rauber and Alice Billin from Hertswise (Independent living service) & Kira Booth from Quantum Care.

Cllr Eric Silver Deputy Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, Lisa Rutter and Nick Male President of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood
Cllr Eric Silver Deputy Mayor of Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council, Lisa Rutter and Nick Male President of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood

This session was organised by Cllr Pat Strack, Cllr Sandra Parnell, Sasha Capocci & Huw Jones, Town Clerk. The session started with Tea/Coffee and fresh home made cakes made by Sasha. Pat welcomed and introduced everybody, Lisa talked about Dementia Club UK - DCUK. Sarah then did some chair exercises which everyone enjoyed.

Fresh home made cakes made by Sasha
Fresh home made cakes made by Sasha

This was followed by a short quiz based upon Radio Times covers, after this we did singing without music led by Nick who had a very good voice. This got a few members up to dance and one member did her own rendition of "Big Spender".

A few members having a dance
A few members having a dance
Nick leading the session with Cllr. Sandra Parnell, Sasha the exercise instructor & Cllr Pat Strack holding hands with the members
Nick leading the session with Cllr. Sandra Parnell, Sasha the exercise instructor & Cllr Pat Strack holding hands with the members

This was a successful first session.

Haven Bistro & Bar in Whetstone sponsored Dinner for Dementia Club UK
Haven Bistro & Bar in Whetstone sponsored Dinner for Dementia Club UK

We were delighted that Julius the owner of the The Haven Bistro & Bar in Whetstone sponsored a dinner with entertainment for guests of Dementia Club UK. We were entertained by singer James Bernard who sang Frank Sinatra ballads.

We would like to thank all the guests including the Deputy Mayor of Barnet Cllr Sury Kkatri and his wife Tara who attended. We would especially like to thank Julius and his staff for making this a successful evening which was enjoyed by all.

All proceeds of the dinner and raffle went to the Dementia Club UK charity.