We celebrated at Hendon Town Hall Philomena's Birthday today.
We celebrated at Hendon Town Hall Philomena's Birthday today.
Ross and Michael Berg centre, with club members holding the various puppets
Ross and Michael Berg centre, with club members holding the various puppets

At the Britannia Centre today Ross and Michael Berg gave us a history of how Punch and Judy were formed. It started in 1662 and has been around for 350 years. They started as marionettes - puppets on strings and evolved to puppets we know today. The word 'slapstick' is derived from the sound of the stick that Punch carries around and uses on all the other characters with great abandon.

Michael Berg performing with Punch and the Policeman at Dementia Club UK
Michael Berg performing with Punch and the Policeman at Dementia Club UK

Ross and Michael then performed part of a show as an example. It was not possible to bring the full stage in the small time they had with us. We were very grateful with what they could share with us. There performance showed how much love and passion they have for Punch and Judy and the joy they have given to people of all ages.

On Sunday 25th September 2016 Finchley Memorial Hospital held a Community Day. There was Music, Dancing, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting etc. and local Barnet charities were invited to give advice and information. Dementia Club UK had a table and we passed out a number of our flyers and contact information. We also sold some jewellery which was donated to us.

Lisa Rutter manning the Dementia Club UK table at the Finchley Memorial Hospital Community Day
Lisa Rutter manning the Dementia Club UK table at the Finchley Memorial Hospital Community Day

Doris Ajayi clinical skills facilitator in Dementia care came to visit Dementia Club UK last April 2015 and in a recent email to Lisa she said, "I must let you know that my visit to you last April has inspired me, and it was through that inspiration that I am now opening Lindsey's cafe at Barnet General Hospital." Lindsey's Cafe is open to elderly patients and patients with dementia, their carers, their families and relatives.

Launch of Lindsey's Cafe at Barnet General Hospital
Launch of Lindsey's Cafe at Barnet General Hospital

Doris invited Lisa to attend the launch on 22 September 2016. The cafe is on Level 3 corridor of Barnet General Hospital. The cafe is named after Lindsey Mckenna who is matron at the hospital where she has worked for the last 30 years.

Members were really looking forward to seeing Moshe again. This was our first session at Hendon Town Hall after the launch and we also celebrated 3 birthdays and the GB team doing so well in the Olympics. All the members enjoyed their dancing and singing to their favorite songs.

Dementia Club UK members singing 'Happy Birthday' at Hendon Town Hall, Union Jack flahs are to celebrate the GB teams Olympic medals
Dementia Club UK members singing 'Happy Birthday' at Hendon Town Hall, Union Jack flags are to celebrate the GB teams Olympic medals

 

Dementia Club UK members having a romantic dance.
Dementia Club UK members having a romantic dance.