Annette took the session again today at Finchley Memorial Hospital and she wrote the following:

The session started with the usual protocol and there were thirty-one members and two volunteers; Karen and Eleanor in attendance. Laurie was given a rousing applause after welcoming him and announcing he had been in hospital for six days and now fully recovered.

The lost and found umbrella was also thankfully received by its owner. There was one birthday celebrant present i.e. Brian Smith. We all sang ‘Happy Birthday’ and gave him birthday wishes. The session then followed with a music quiz and followed with usual games of golf.

The earlier part of the day was spent discussing famous people using photos of them. Conversation was on things the famous did that made them loved, that inspired people and the impact of success on us all. Members were reminded that we all have successes to celebrate in our own lives too.

The session ended with gratitude and information was given on the next two sessions to be held on 28th September and 2nd October.

Our thanks to Annette, Karen and Eleanor.

At Fairway Hall today over 30 guests carers and friends came along to have a great afternoon of fun and entertainment. We also had a few members from Barnet. Sarah took us through our paces with a variety of music from the 60s. Town Council Mayor Eric Silver came and joined us having his photo taken with many members present.

After we had more or less got our breath back James Le Bec got us singing along and then up and dancing again. His ‘Guess the Musical" made us all laugh; so much cheating going on even the 2 PCSO'S presence could not stop changing the way the dice scores were changed and recorded.

The PCSO'S, Andrea Gibson and Andrew Christian from Borehamwood Police Station also joined in the fun. They also however gave members bells which can be attached to a ladies purse in a handbag. The idea is that the bell will sound if a thief tries to steal the purse from inside the handbag. Hopefully this would be enough to alert you and deter the thief.

Dr Rebecca Hatijiosif also attended and took blood pressures and was there to chat to anyone who needed advice. Thank you to the many volunteers that make this possible. The goodwill and happy atmosphere is infectious Happy Birthday to Pamela Sowden. She really enjoyed her cake and sparkling firework candle. No we couldn’t blow it out!

Thank you to Lisa our Chairman who attended and helped to lead the session. Thank you to Sandra and Sasha our other session leaders, Sasha's son Michael, Xandy and Patrick for registering the members. Marijke and Marian from Tesco Borehamwood for volunteering to help in the kitchen and also to Jo one of the carers who helped to position the tables at the beginning.


Members played Bingo today and James one of the carers helped me call out the numbers. Everyone enjoyed playing.

Chris Louizou our new volunteer was first to complete his card followed by Helen and Chrystalla and Mel and Monique.

We had a birthday to celebrate today - John's birthday was celebrated as usual with a firework candle. The session then followed with Tai Chi with James and then singing and some games which everyone really enjoys.

The session kicked of with the housekeeping and then a short talk on emotional hygiene. This was followed by a short exercise on positivity.

Thereafter, Peter Warden from St Paul's Church, The Ridgeway, Mill Hill (whose connection is via our volunteer, Theresa) took over, performing a Sing-along (karaoke). Members were given lists of songs from which they chose songs. During this time, a wrapped parcel was passed around and at the stop of the music the holder was asked to open it following failed guesses at identifying the mystery object which turned out to be a table clock.

This was in tune with the day's learning point; time for a makeover to being more positive and happy. Interestingly, from a list of 31 songs, the 5 recommended were all chosen by members, confirming that those were their favourites!

  • What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor
  • It's a Long Way to Tipperary
  • Que Sera Sera
  • That's Amore
  • You are My Sunshine

Richard was on hand to follow up with Yoga exercises and emphasised the need to continue to have a positive disposition , incorporating what he called happy yoga. Everyone participated in these exercises . The last few minutes were reserved for games. However, the ball throwing and passing was dropped after a few minutes and the remaining time was spent by Eleanor delivering a quiz on popular proverbs.

Richard doing 'Happy Yoga' emphasised the need to continue to have a positive disposition
Richard doing 'Happy Yoga' emphasised the need to continue to have a positive disposition

Dr Angela provided the Blood Pressure measuring service to members who desired it.

The session was attended by 39 members, 6 volunteers and Trustee, Dr Angela Parker.

Article written by session leader Annette


Although it was pounding with rain today it was amazing to see so many members arrive. I announced a few coming events and distributed the new program.

The session followed with Kevin who took the quiz. Everyone always enjoy quizzes with Kevin as he makes them laugh. Richard then arrived and the session followed with chair Yoga.

Dementia Club UK members doing chair yoga exercises taken by Richard
Dementia Club UK members doing chair yoga exercises taken by Richard

I finished with reading a few jokes which everyone enjoys and then a little sing-along and dancing. Everyone left with a smile.

My thanks to my volunteers Eleanor, Melvyn, Dr Angela and we also had a new volunteer today Chris who came from St Michael's Greek Orthodox Church in Golders Green. He heard me speak on Sunday to the congregation and wanted to attend the session.