Today’s session was led by Eleanor, who brought along some new activities.

We started with a Sing Along to songs from the early 1900s through to the 1970s and this was followed by some games of Card Bingo. It was lovely to watch everyone playing their own Card and friends helping each other (and, in some cases, their carers!).

We finished with a general knowledge quiz designed especially for people with memory loss. This was a great success and brought out everyone’s competitive instincts. Carers observed the first part of the Quiz and it was then opened up to everyone.

Thank you to everyone who came along and especially to Joan and Lynn, Sue, Helen and Kevin and our volunteers, Melvyn and Dr Angela. It would not have been possible to have run the session without your help and support.

Today saw another very fall session with about 50 people.

Kevin did his song quiz to start with followed by the Family Fortunes quiz which everyone really enjoys. Lisa also helped with the quiz.

The session then followed with exercises by a new exercise instructor - Wendy Nutman Everyone really enjoyed the exercises with Wendy.

Exercises by new exercise instructor - Wendy Nutman
Exercises by new exercise instructor - Wendy Nutman

Thank you to my volunteers Mark one of the Trustees, Dr Angela and Eleanor for their help and a big thank you to some of the carers that always step in to help with the teas.

We had a lovely session today at Stephen’s House & Gardens and it was a sunny afternoon.

Members all have Lanyards now with their name on and their choice of colour ribbon. Lisa has provided this for members instead of the usual stick on labels.

Everyone was enjoying the lovely variety of cakes and tea/coffee and chatting to start with. Lisa then introduced a quiz about Chefs. The questions were not easy but members did very well working in teams.

The session then followed with Richard taking the chair yoga exercise which everyone always enjoys. The last part of the session was social activities playing Putting Golf and darts and catching the ball.

Richard taking the chair yoga exercises
Richard taking the chair yoga exercises

Our thanks to Risson for helping to set up the room and serve the teas and cakes. Our thanks also to our Rotary volunteers- Dick, Ian and Adrian the President for helping during the session and also a thank you to Jeff and Theresa.

This was the busiest session with over 50 people.

Last week Lisa informed members about the Greek traditional New Year cake at the beginning of January. The tradition is to bake a sponge cake and put a coin in the cake.

The top right cake was made by Marina. The right front cake was made by Dawn. The left front cake was made by Rosetta and the left back cake was made by Roopa
The top right cake was made by Marina. The right front cake was made by Dawn. The left front cake was made by Rosetta and the left back cake was made by Roopa

The saying is that anyone that finds the cake is going to have a lucky year. We had 4 cakes brought in by members - Marina, Dawn, Rosetta and Roopa. Lisa would like to give special thanks to the ladies for making these lovely cakes that were enjoyed by all members. They found it great fun finding the coins in the cakes.

Lisa then introduced a game to members like bingo but involved throwing dice and a Lotto scratch card. The winner takes the scratch card. We also celebrated 2 birthdays today for Dawn and Peter.

Dawn and Peter celebrating their birthdays
Dawn and Peter celebrating their birthdays

The session followed with singing, some chair exercises and then Lisa distributed all members with various games which were really enjoyed. The session ended with a short quiz.

A big thank you to all our volunteers Melvyn, Eleanor and it was a pleasure to see Annette who also helped and some of our carers who stepped in to help in this very busy session.

Lisa was invited by Andrea Hutter Ladies Captain at South Herts Golf Club to talk to all ladies club members about dementia and Dementia Club UK.

At the end of her talk she was presented with a cheque. This was raised by all the ladies.

My thanks to Andrea and all the ladies for their kind donation.

Dr Rebecca Hatjiosif, Cllr Lisa Rutter & Ladies Captain Andrea Hutter
Dr Rebecca Hatjiosif, Cllr Lisa Rutter & Ladies Captain Andrea Hutter