Lisa was invited to the Pecking Order restaurant at the Hive home of Barnet FC fundraising event for Dementia Club UK. This was organised by Kevin who is one of our carers attending DCUK with his mother in law. Kevin is part of Barnet FC Walking Football Team.

Barnet FC over 50's Walking Football Team
Barnet FC over 50's Walking Football Team
Shaun Sherrick and Lisa at a fundraiser in aid of Dementia Club UK
Shaun Sherrick and Lisa at a fundraiser in aid of Dementia Club UK

It was a lovely surprise to see Tony Kleanthous Chairman of Barnet FC in the restaurant who came to say hello. Tony Kleanthous kindly donated a special dinner that will be auctioned at a later time.

Kevin, Shaun, Tony Kleanthous Chaiman of Barnet FC and Lisa at the Hive
Kevin, Shaun, Tony Kleanthous Chairman of Barnet FC and Lisa at the Hive Fundraising event

Today’s session was led by Eleanor while Lisa was opening our new venue in Edgware.

Pat and Terry brought in the card they had received from the Queen on the occasion of their Diamond Wedding Anniversary the previous week. They told us that their family had organised a surprise party for them for 90 guests and also shared an album of lovely photos of the event.

We started with a Sweets Quiz and shared our memories of visits to sweet shops in our childhood. Angela and Eleanor then read two poems from ‘When We Were Very Young’ by A A Milne.

Today was our first session at the new venue. Lisa decorated the tables with table cloths and flowers to mark the first session and lovely cakes and biscuits. My thanks to Beryl Watson the Premises Manager who helped to set up the tables and chairs.

Lots of visitors today
Lots of visitors today

We only a few members for this first session and the following visitors;

  • Valerie Chodosh - DCUK Trustee and Past President of Rotary Club Golders Green
  • Helen Antoniou – Past Rotary District Governor 2016/17
  • Mollie Hacking – President of Rotary Club of Northwick Park
  • Ritu Kapur – Rotary Club of Northwick Park Past President and now assistant secretary
  • Lucille Parker – Rotary Club of Northwick Park member
  • Danielle Benson – President of Rotary Club Edgware & Stanmore
  • Dr Nandini Varma – Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore Past President and now Community Chair
  • Selwyn Foreman – Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore Club Secretary and Treasurer of the London District 1130 and Accountancy small Business support
  • Mrs Sonia Hirsh President Elect for Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore
  • Mrs Ann Butler Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore member and retired nurse.
  • Mike Turner – Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore member
  • Mrs Anne Turner – happy to volunteer
  • Peter Bradley - Rotary Club of Edgware & Stanmore member
  • Rose Degen – Saracens Relationship Manager and
  • Ruth Kent from Saracens

The session started with tea, cakes and chats and Lisa made her welcome speech.

Ron Goldsmith in charge of entertainment today
Ron Goldsmith in charge of entertainment today

Richard then started his chair yoga exercises which everyone really enjoyed. We then had the musical entertainer Ron Goldsmith who was absolutely amazing. His choice of music got everyone up dancing. It was a very enjoyable session and look forward to our next session on the 18th April.

Richard doing more challenging exercises for the visitors
Richard doing more challenging exercises for the visitors
Our seventh venue is opening at the Baden Powell Centre in the grounds of John Keble Church
Our seventh venue is opening at the Baden Powell Centre in the grounds of John Keble Church

Today we celebrated Terry and Pat’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary and Terry’s birthday with their daughter, granddaughter and two great grandchildren.

To mark these special occasions, Lisa brought in two cakes which they shared with everyone and we all sang Happy Birthday.

Terry and Pat’s celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and Terry’s birthday with their daughter, granddaughter and two great grandchildren
Terry and Pat’s celebrate their Diamond Wedding Anniversary and Terry’s birthday with their daughter, granddaughter and two great grandchildren

As Lisa had to attend another Meeting, the rest of the session was led by Eleanor. We sang some popular songs from over the years and played a miming game, which brought lots of laughter. We also did a short general knowledge quiz and played a game of card bingo.

A very big thank you to Sylvia, Pamela, Marina, Joan and Lynn who, in the absence of our volunteers, stepped in to clear the tables and do all the washing up.