The first session of the New Year was very busy. Today we had violinist Tanya Sweiry. Tanya played some classics and members favourites including "Danny Boy" and "Auld Lang Syne". Tanya played with so much passion that it stirred a lot of emotions with the members. The session followed with Tai Chi with Egon which all members enjoyed as usual.

Tanya playing some favourites at Dementia Club UK
Tanya playing some favourites at Dementia Club UK

Two members also had their birthdays. Mac was 85 today and Mollie was 83, 2 days ago. We also celebrated with 3 different New Year cakes baked by Marina, Dawn and Tija. A big thank you to them all. In Greek tradition a coin is baked in the cake and who ever finds it is lucky for the year. Everyone enjoyed looking for the coins.

Mac who is 85 today
Mac who is 85 today
and Mollie is was 83, 2 days ago
and Mollie was 83, 2 days ago
3 Greek New Years Cakes
3 Greek New Year Cakes
Lisa and Tanya at Dementia Club UK
Lisa and Tanya at Dementia Club UK

Tanya Sweiry held the prestigious Meaker Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music for 2013/14, during which time she was given the honour of preparing and performing on the Viotti Ex-Bruce 1709 Stradivarius, as well as recording Bach and Enescu on it for the RAM. Tanya was awarded the fellowship after receiving a Distinction for the Master of Arts in Violin Performance at the Academy, where she studied with Remus Azoitei. Her impressive final performance meant that she was also awarded a Diploma of the RAM and the Moir Carnegie Prize for an outstanding final recital.

Lisa was invited by the Rotary Club of Golders Green to their annual Christmas dinner to speak about dementia and to announce the forthcoming collaboration between Dementia Club UK and the Rotary Club of Goldrers Green. This will be a further new venue to be held at Stephens House and Gardens (formally known as Avenue House).

See programme for details.

Moshe entertained members at the Britannia Community Centre with a variety of Christmas songs and other favourites and also played a few requests which went down very well. We also celebrated Melia's birthday. Everybody was up and dancing.

Lisa was invited by the Mayor as one of his charities to read a Lesson at the Mayor's Carol Service at St Marks Church in Barnet Vale
Lisa was invited by the Mayor as one of his charities to read a Lesson at the Mayor's Carol Service at St Marks Church in Barnet Vale

Lisa thanked all the volunteers who have helped during the year and also thanked those members who raised money for Dementia Club UK. Big thanks to Justine, Diny, Melvyn, David and Pantelis. We had a jewellery sale to allow members to buy any last minute stocking fillers. All proceeds went to Dementia Club UK.

We sang some Christmas Carols and ate lots of mince pies.