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."

It was lovely to see and hear from members today how much they really enjoyed their trip to Kew Gardens yesterday to see the Christmas lights.

I then gave members 2 quizzes to do one of which was a mathematical challenge. They still enjoyed it however and were nicely surprised when they were given the answer. This followed with another challenging quiz from James one of the carers who wanted to do his quiz about London Underground train stations.

It was then time for exercises which they all enjoyed and this followed with singing. The session ended with our social activities and everyone left with a smile.

It was a very busy session. I had no volunteers but as usual a few of the carers stepped in to help with the teas etc.

We first started with a birthday celebration. It was Panayiotis birthday yesterday (85 years old). Birthday was celebrated the usual way and Anna also brought lots of lovely doughnuts.

Panayiotis 85th birthday was celebrated the usual way with Anna.
Panayiotis 85th birthday was celebrated the usual way with Anna.

James one of the carers did a quiz. Members had to guess which London Underground station James was referring to. This was a challenging quiz but fun. I then followed with a quick game of Bingo which everyone enjoyed and then James arrived to do Tai Chi with everyone. The session finished with various games activities.

James taking a quiz on London Underground
James taking a quiz on London Underground

It was a cold Saturday evening at St Andrews Church in Southgate where The Ionian Clarinet Choir gave their winter concert in aid of Dementia Club UK.

Ian Rogers conducting the Ionian Clarinet Choir at St Andrews Church, Southgate
Ian Rogers conducting the Ionian Clarinet Choir at St Andrews Church, Southgate

The conductor Ian Rogers led the choir through out the evening. The first half was loosely based on dances and the second half on animals. We all enjoyed a rendition of 'Billy Goat Gruff' read by Janet Eggleden with the ICC playing musical accompaniment between the verses. It brought many of us back to our childhood and left us with a big smiles on our faces.

2017 Winter concert programme
2017 Winter concert programme

We want to thank the Ionian Clarinet Choir for donating proceeds to Dementia Club UK which were gratefully received as this will keep the dementia clubs going to provide support for our members.