We had a University student today - Zhiyuan Lin. He was interested to visit Dementia Club UK as he is studying medicine at Cambridge University. He interacted with members asking various questions for his report and was also very helpful in the session.

Dementia Club UK chair exercises at Finchley Memorial Hospital
Dementia Club UK chair exercises at Finchley Memorial Hospital

The session started with an activity. I gave each member a cut out of a lady or a man figure and asked them to them to draw the person they like to remember or draw themselves and may be to show what work they used to do. This started lots of conversations and memories and members were very interested to talk about their pictures. The session then followed with yoga with Richard which was great as usual.

The Launch of the Dementia Club UK on Tuesday 11th July 2017 from 2pm to 4pm at Fairway Hall was a great success attracting about 70 visitors.

It is a partnership with the Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood - Councillors, Rotarians and volunteers. CEO DCUK, Lisa Rutter gave a welcome speech and greeted the Deputy Lieutenant of Herfordshire, Stuart Nagler , the Town Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Eric and Mrs Evelyn Silver and the Hertsmere Borough Mayor Cllr Charles Goldstein and other Councillors and representatives of organisations and all other guests.

Town Mayor Cllr Eric Silver has chosen DCUK as his Mayoral Charity this year as has the newly elected President of Elstree and Borehamwood Rotary Sasha Capocci.

Lisa congratulated the Town Dementia support committee - Town Cllrs Sandra Parnell, Eric Silver and Pat Strack, Dr Ann Goddard and Sasha Capocci for bringing the Club to the Town. Eric, Pat and Sasha are Rotarians.

A large group from the Barnet branch of DCUK came along to support us. We all enjoyed the music of the Ionian Clarinet Quartet playing a range of music favourites and thank them for their continued support. Sandwiches and cakes were served with the tea and coffee.

Ionian Clarinet Quartet supporting our new launch playing great tunes
Ionian Clarinet Quartet supporting our new launch playing great tunes

Sarah gave us a taste of the chair exercises she leads at each session and then it was time to complete the quiz. Sasha had made a special celebration cake which was cut and distributed. It was fantastic.

New president of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood Sasha Capocci and her gorgeous home made cake
New president of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood Sasha Capocci and her gorgeous home made cake

Thank you to Town councillor and Rotarian Clive Butchins for taking the photographs.

DCUK want to attract new members. If you live with anyone with dementia or know of anyone with memory loss or someone who has cared for a dementia sufferer and would like to enjoy a fun afternoon we meet every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month at Fairway Hall from 2-4pm.

We had a special visitor today, the Master of The Guild of Freemen of the City of London Mr Peter Allcard. Members were delighted to meet him and were also impressed with his badge on ribbon.

Peter Allcard the Master of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London and Rotary Club of Golders Green
Peter Allcard the Master of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London and Rotary Club of Golders Green

We also had a new singer April Day who was dressed in a 1950's dress. She entertained members with favourites of the era and some members were happy to dance.

April Day entertained members with favourites of the 1950's
April Day entertained members with favourites of the 1950's
April singing and dancing with James
April singing and dancing with James
Marina and Andreas dancing to the sounds of the 1950's
Marina and Andreas dancing to the sounds of the 1950's
Everyone was pleased to see Annette who visited today
Everyone was pleased to see Annette who visited today

We also had another visitor today John Michaelides from Barnet Rotary Club who was a pleasure to meet. Our surprise visitor was Annette. It was so lovely to see Annette. Members were so happy to see her and chat. We all miss Annette and hope to see her more often.

The session followed with social activities and I read a few jokes.

On Thursday 6th July Lisa and Mark attended Sasha's handover dinner at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood.

This was the handover from Nick Male President of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood to Sasha. We were privileged to be able to park in the VIP car park close to Dame Judy Dench's reserved car space. It was also interesting to see the Star Wars figures in the studios.

Cllr Pat Strack, Sasha Capocci new President of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood & Lisa chairman of Dementia Club UK
Cllr Pat Strack, Sasha Capocci new President of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood & Lisa Chairman of Dementia Club UK

It was a very pleasant and fun evening with a group of ukulele players and singers. Sasha made her speech and announced her charity for the year is Dementia Club UK. I am very grateful and thank her for supporting Dementia Club UK.

Cllr Sandra Parnell with Lisa
Cllr Sandra Parnell with Lisa

Congratulations Sasha becoming President of Rotary Club of Elstree and Borehamwood

We were entertained this afternoon by James Le Bec and his music as well as our usual games, dancing and singalong.

Singalong and dancing at Sha’arei Tsedek Dementia Club UK
Singalong and dancing at Sha’arei Tsedek Dementia Club UK
One of our volunteers celebrated a “special
One of our volunteers celebrated a “special" birthday recently and provided cake and biscuits for the group

We had a short quiz about Wimbledon and a moving poetry reading about the effect of Alzheimer's from one of the carers. (Written by Gilda Rabin – Session Leader)