Finally good weather came upon us and we could see and feel the enthusiasm and cheerful disposition of members at today’s Dementia Club UK session at the Hendon Town Hall.

Refreshments were served; members enjoyed some colouring activities followed by quizzes. We had such an intelligent group who got correct answers to very difficult questions. Well done to all the members’, carers and volunteers.

Eon our exercise guru arrived shortly and swiftly put us through our paces. For the first time Eon introduced the use of resistance mobility exercise bands in his routine which everybody present truly enjoyed as it was something different.

We welcomed back Dennis a seasoned musician to Dementia Club UK- Hendon Town Hall. Dennis performed different genre of music to the delight members, carers and volunteers who danced, sang along with pleasure.

A special thanks goes out to volunteers from Rotary Club of Hendon Charlyn and Eugenia the session leaders and of course thank you to Lisa the Chairman who was also present.

A busy session as usual. It was a nice surprise to see Risom today, a volunteer from Stephen’s House and Gardens who came to help. We also had our Doctor Angela. Members always enjoy a chat when they meet and Lisa keeps them busy with Word search and quizzes. Lisa then welcomed everyone and announced a birthday. It was Laurie’s 96th birthday and Lisa made sure it was celebrated the special Dementia Club UK way.

The session then followed with singing and dancing to some of the favourite songs and then followed with a game of Tovertafel which everyone always enjoys.

Our Dementia Club at St John’s church was very well attended today, we had 28 attendees, including 18 members and carers from Friends in Need.

The session started as usual with members chatting and enjoying their teas, coffees and biscuits.

The quiz questions were then distributed to all the tables. The quiz consisted of 12 questions with the answers relating to colours. Everybody enjoyed the quiz especially when the answers that were given in the answers sheet did not match the questions.

After the quiz we had a new yoga teacher, Sue, that did about 30 minutes of exercises. Sue did very well and made everybody to join in and enjoy the exercises.

The yoga session was then followed with our entertainer James Le Bec who sang his usual songs some of which were selected by the members. James then asked the members to identify various songs and when they guessed them correctly, they were asked to throw a large dice to get points. The members managed to identify all 10 songs and they got a total of 101 points, which were above all previous clubs. The members enjoyed listening to James’s songs and joined in singing and dancing. Members Dancing to James’s songs.

Members Dancing to James’s songs
Members Dancing to James’s songs

Thank you to our church volunteers for making teas and coffees, setting up the venue and making the necessary preparations for the session; Dorothy and Sue. Thank you also to our Rotarians from Barnet; Jim (President), John, Malcolm, Simon and Victor. Also thank you to Lisa the Chairman of Dementia Club UK, for her continuous support making the Dementia Club at St John’s Church so successful.

Today was as us usual a bust session. It was also a lovely warm day. Members enjoyed their teas/coffees and biscuits whilst chatting and Lisa also kept them busy with a word search which they enjoy doing.

Lisa then announced Mel’s birthday and in accordance with the Dementia Club UK traditions, Lisa gave Mel a birthday cake and lighted the firework candle. Mel was nicely surprised and enjoyed the attention.

Our music entertainer James Bernard then arrived. Members were really pleased to see him as he is amazing. James’s choice of music gets everyone up dancing.

Lisa also surprised members today with ice cream and each member had a Cornetto which was really enjoyed. When James left, Lisa then continued to do a quiz. These were questions on a particular year chosen by the members. This was interesting as members were able to talk about the various memories for that year.

Towards the end of the session, Dr Angela surprised us with her visit bringing a cheque to present to Lisa. The cheque was from Christ Church Southgate for £450 which was the sale proceeds of the jewellery Dementia Club UK donated for the May Fair on 6th May. This was a lovely surprise.

Our thanks today to Angela Chen our new volunteer who helped throughout the session. Also of course thanks to Mark our Trustee for setting up and helping throughout the session too.

The images below were taken during the Dementia Awareness Day at Brent Cross Shopping Centre

We would like to thank the following for supporting us:

  • Mayor of Barnet – Cllr. Reuben Thompstone
  • Cllr. Caroline Stock Deputy Mayor of Barnet
  • Cllr David Longstaff

London Borough of Barnet:

  • Harminder Sanga - Argenti  https://argenti.co.uk/
  • Lily Barnett
  • Peter Hindmarsh
  • Seher Kayikci
  • Dylan Donaldson
  • Tim who looked after the Mayor

The Ionian Clarinet Choir:  http://www.ionianclarinetchoir.co.uk/    https://www.facebook.com/ionianclarinetchoir

  • Ian Rogers- Conductor
  • Adele Gordon
  • Ken Ruffell
  • Jane Forder
  • Bo Bates
  • David Lowe
  • Chris Timmis
  • Josephine Lunt
  • Sarah Giles-Harling
  • Lou Johnson
  • Louise Parry
  • Jen Abelman
  • Rita Porzi
  • Sue Dunn
  • Craig Simons

Tovertafel:    Mehdi Bedioui & Hisham Yussuf  https://tovertafel.co.uk/

WayBack:    Neil Aitken & Patch Wadworth  https://thewaybackvr.com/

Alzheimer’s Society:   Alison Hibberd & Polly Frayne   https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/

Big thanks to Saracens for bringing the European Trophy Victory Cup. We are very proud of Saracens:  Rose Degen & Gordon Banks

Karen Hopkins and Toffee the Therapy dog

The Rotary Club Mill Hill for helping with Charity bucket collections:

  • George Mason, Desmond Gordon (President), Jane & Ken Ferguson
  • Jeanette & Grahame Poulton
  • Mike Moradian

Dementia Club Volunteers who helped with charity bucket collections

  • Annette Edozien
  • Justine Khedoory, Gilda & Stephen Rabin all from Sha'arei Tsedek Synagogue
  • Theresa Animashaun
  • Valerie Chodosh from Rotary Club of Golders Green and Trustee
  • Dr Angela Parker – Trustee
  • Alfonso
  • Risom who was there right from the start to the end over 12 hours

A Big Thank You to all who came to support the event.