Dementia Club UK organised a day out for 28 members to have a ride on a steam train through Epping Forest and also cream tea after at North Weald Airfield.

It was a very hot day but our Barnet Community Transport buses were nicely air conditioned. We were met by a tour guide who looked after us during the day and provided us with lots of history and information. Members were also very pleased to go and visit Greensted Church which is the oldest wooden church in the world which goes back to pre-Roman times.

There was also some free time and some went to a pub for some lunch and drinks. The cream tea at the Airfield was fantastic as the scones and cakes were all home-made and it was lovely to sit and watch aeroplanes take off and land.

Members had a very enjoyable day.

It was a very busy session as always. Lisa decorated the tables today with flowers and Union Jack flags. As it was the 4th July we celebrated Independence Day for our American cousins. We also celebrated the NHS's 70th birthday and also England doing well in football. In fact one of the members came to the session with a big England flag celebrating England’s football win yesterday with Colombia.

This was a special day and we also had some special visitors. We had Steve Hitchins- Chairman of Whittington Health who brought with him 3 Clinicians; Emma - Team lead occupational therapist for care of the elderly, Paula - clinical nurse specialist for elderly people, Becs- care for older people consultant. We also had Dr Tamara Djuretic - Barnet Council Director of Public Health. We also had Andy from Tovertafel.

New train game loaded onto the Tovertafel for members of Dementia Club UK
New train game loaded onto the Tovertafel for members of Dementia Club UK

Members were very pleased to see so many visitors.

Lisa started the session giving each table a picture quiz. It then followed with some singing to some favourite songs chosen by members. As members were having a bit of a problem with the quiz Lisa went through the picture quiz with members providing some clues and everyone was then able to get the answers.

The session then followed with Lisa doing some exercises with all the members sitting. Although it was very warm everyone really enjoyed doing the exercises.

It was now time for the Torvetafel and Andy was happy to take over and show members the different games especially the 2 new games - the beach and the steam train.

All the visitors today with our regular members
All the visitors today with our regular members

Everyone had such great fun especially our visitors. I would like to thank our volunteers Mark who helped set up the tables and chairs, our 2 students Karish and Eva, Melvyn, Dr Angela and her friend Melissa who is always so bubbly and engaging with members. I also like to thank our new volunteer David Brill. Also of course thank you to all our visitors today for attending our session.

A good session as always at the Synagogue. Members enjoyed a workout with Jane the new fitness instructor which they really enjoyed. The session the followed with James le Bec and this always motivates members to get up and dance and have lots of fun.

We had a small number of members today. It has been hot weather for the past week with sessions every day.

Lisa started the session with a multiple questions quiz which also prompted conversations amongst the members.

The session then followed with Jane who gave members a whole body workout focusing especially on exercises to prevent falls. Members finally enjoyed the social activities and some singing and dancing to their favourite songs.

Lisa is grateful for David one of the new volunteers (training to be a doctor)that came to help today during the session.

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!!