This was our second session at Allum Manor and it was a sunny warm afternoon. In fact members who came early enjoyed sitting in the sunshine on the benches outside.

When members were settled with their teas and cakes, Mark (Trustee) did a quiz which members really enjoyed and as usual were competing with each table.

Richard then arrived and members were ready to start their chair yoga exercises which also included some exercise games with bean bags.

Members were then ready and to welcome Moshe with his music entertainment and as usual Moshe got members up and dancing and some members wanted to sing some of their favourite songs. We didn’t have a big group today but members who attended really enjoyed themselves. Thank you to Mark for helping throughout the session.

Today's report from session leader Danielle:

A small group today, as reflected by the summer season, but we had a particularly fun time. The ‘Three Degrees’ from Rotary of Northwick Park, aka Helen, Ritu & Mollie, as ever, served up delicious cakes and kept the tea flowing.

Rotary of Edgware and Stanmore members, Danielle, Sonia & Nandini, as well as Beryl, who currently runs the hall, all got stuck in chatting and colouring in from Danielle’s fab 1960s groovy pattern book. Bernadette even found one of a woman’s face with flowing hair, reminding her of her days as a hairdresser.

Danielle’s fab 1960s groovy pattern book
Danielle’s fab 1960s groovy pattern book

Richard, our resident chair yoga trainer, introduced Dyna Band exercises to the activity group, followed by a special lesson of exercises for the core back strengthening, which Jacqueline especially benefited from. We were reminded by Lisa, who has had a 30-year career in fitness, of the importance of keeping physical but in a paced way!

Thanks to Rotarian Peter for coming along at closing time to help put chairs and tables away

Today’s meeting, which was led by Eleanor, was very well attended, in fact we had a full house!

We were all very pleased to be joined by two very special young guests, Dr Angela’s grandchildren, James and Rowena. They had all been to see the film, The Wind in the Willows and, to everyone’s delight, James and Rowena acted out some of the characters and asked us to guess who they were. It was great fun!

Eleanor then did a music quiz. As well as identifying each song from a list everyone was given, members were asked to name the singer. There was fierce competition to see who could name the song and singer first and it was lovely to see so many people enjoying the music.

Eleanor’s sessions wouldn’t be complete without a game of card bingo and we finished with a general knowledge quiz. We have some extremely knowledgeable members at our Finchley Group!

Thank you to Dr Angela and Melvyn, who provided invaluable support, and to those members who very kindly helped with the washing up.

We had a very busy session with 31 members. After everyone settled with their teas, Lisa introduced Mark, one of the Trustees to start the quiz. Everyone looks forward to the quiz especially as each table becomes very competitive.

Richard then arrived to do the Chair Yoga with members. Richard always makes it not only challenging but very enjoyable. In fact members had overtime today because they wanted more.

Chair Yoga with Richard
Chair Yoga with Richard


Lisa had a poem today called ‘The True Meaning of Life’ As it had 11 verses, she got different members to read each verse. Everyone enjoyed reading the poem.

Lisa then played some of the usual music favourites which gets everyone singing and up dancing. It was near the end of the session and David one of the Golders Green Rotarians then told a joke which made members laugh.

Everyone left with a smile. Thank you to my Volunteers – Mark, Rotarians Michael, David and Dick for attending and helping. Also thank you to Risom who is always so helpful.

This was a very busy and exciting session. Members arrived and quickly settled with their teas as they were looking forward to seeing the students. They had no idea however what else was in store for the session.

NCS students playing charades
NCS students playing charades

We not only had the return of the NCS Students but Lisa also had 3 other surprise visitors. Lisa only found out the day before that the BBC Television wanted to visit the Dementia Club because they were interested in doing a film and documentary about the Tovertafel.

We also had visitors from Tovertafel - Medhi, Lloyd, Sofia and John as they were equally excited about the BBC attending. Our third surprise visitor was Mike Freer MP for Finchley who received a warm welcome.

BBC Journalists Claire Bates and Nick Holland arrived early to set up the cameras and also took the opportunity to interview Lisa before the session and during the session. Members were also excited when BBC also wanted to interview some of the members.

Kevin achieves fame at last, being interviewed by the BBC, journalists Claire Bates and Nick Holland
Kevin achieves fame at last, being interviewed by the BBC, journalists Claire Bates and Nick Holland

The students had some time to prepare and then Lisa introduced them to start their performance. They prepared to play charades and also brought some costumes like fancy hats and various colourful feather boas which members enjoyed wearing.

Members were too clever with the charades but it was all good fun. Lisa then played the music for ‘round the mountain’ and the students were singing along with the members. The session was really buzzing. Lisa then read a few jokes which members always enjoy.

It was then time for Tovertafel. Members were already seated and waiting and the BBC Journalists were positioned in action. There was a lot of position, camera and action. Members enjoyed the attention and the busy session. The BBC program will be aired in September hopefully on Alzheimer’s Day.

BBC ready to record a Dementia Club UK Tovertafel session
BBC ready to record a Dementia Club UK Tovertafel session

Thank you to my volunteers Melvyn and Dr Angela for their help during the session.