Harley the Therapy Dog's new harness
Harley the Therapy Dog's new harness
Singing and dancing to James Le Bec at Dementia Club UK
Singing and dancing to James Le Bec at Dementia Club UK

James Le Bec kept everyone engaged singing and dancing continuously for the whole hour. He also introduced a "name that tune" competition whereby who ever got the right answer had the opportunity to roll a huge yellow foam dice to win some chocolates. The members all thoroughly enjoyed the session and would like to see him once a month.

James Le Bec entertains at Dementia Club UK
James Le Bec entertains at Dementia Club UK
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