The Dementia Club in St John’s Church has been running for the whole year. All sessions have gone well, and the attendance has increased slowly.

We had a good attendance of members today which also included quite a few members from Friends in Need.

The session started as usual with members chatting and enjoying their teas, coffees, biscuits and cakes including mince pies. Lisa welcomed everyone and then gave some advice to everyone about keeping safe over Christmas.

Simon our Rotary quiz master then distributed the Christmas quiz which consisted of 10 images of famous people dressed in Father Christmas clothes and 25 questions of people, places or things that have some connection with Christmas. The members enjoyed the quiz and did really well.

After the quiz the entertainment started with the very talented duo of Helen and Alexis. Helen was playing the accordion and the harp while Alexis was reading some popular Christmas poems. Everyone enjoyed the music and singing to some Christmas carols. Some members even got up to dance to some of the songs.

Members dancing the Hokey Pokey
Members dancing the Hokey Pokey

Thank you to our church volunteers Dorothy and Sue for making teas and coffees. Thank you also to our church warden Andrew and Mark Rutter one of the Trustees of Dementia Club UK for setting up the tables and making the necessary preparations for the session. Thank you to our Rotarians from Barnet; Jim (President), John, Malcolm and Simon. Many thanks to our Doctor Rebecca Hatjiosif. Also, thanks to Lisa, Chairman of Dementia Club UK, for her continuous support to make the Dementia Club at St John’s Church successful.

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Members of the Rotary Club of Elstree & Borehamwood donating a cheque to Lisa chairman of Dementia Club UK
Members of the Rotary Club of Elstree & Borehamwood donating a cheque to Lisa chairman of Dementia Club UK

This was as usual a very busy session. Even though the Christmas party is the following week on the 19th December, today was definitely like a Christmas party. Lisa played some Christmas music and everyone was singing. There was mince pies and other lovely cakes and also Christmas crackers.

Lisa started with a picture quiz asking members to find the names of the people. The clue was that all the names would have Noel or Carol or Holly as part of their name. Although it was challenging, with a few more clues everyone did well and they enjoyed it.

It was then time for musical entertainment. We had someone completely new for the first time. His name is Dennis Grimes and he was absolutely fantastic. His choice of music got every single person up and dancing.

It was lovely to see Arzu and Melissa who came to offer their help today and also thank you to our usual volunteers Melvyn, Eleanor and Dr Angela.

This was a very happy session and everyone is looking forward to next Wednesday.

Today’s session was led by Valerie one of the Trustees of Dementia Club UK and helped and assisted by Volunteers Annette and Theresa and Rotarians Dick Selby and his wife Valerie, Kuljit Singh and his wife Satwan and Michael Iacovou.

Valerie leading the session today
Valerie leading the session today

It was lovely to see so many members attend today and lovely to see Rotarian Dick and his wife Valerie in their Christmas jumpers. Lisa welcomed the members and introduced Valerie to lead the session.

Dick, Lisa and Valerie in festive jumpers
Dick, Lisa and Valerie in festive jumpers

Members started with some quizzes that Lisa prepared which members found challenging but with some clues provided was made easier. Annette also gave some Q and A’s which she had prepared which members found to be great fun.

Concentrating on the quiz
Concentrating on the quiz

It was then time for some Yoga exercises with Richard which members always enjoy. Richard extended his time today providing members with not only exercises but also some fun game activities. Richard always creates a fun way of exercising.

Everyone enjoyed the session and were given a Christmas cracker to take home. My thanks to all our volunteers again and also Kim from Stephens House & Gardens who was serving the teas and coffees today instead of Risom who was on other special duties.