Today was our first session at the Finchley Cricket Club. We made sure to be at the venue early so that we could be ready for members arriving and members that could be lost.

Valerie from Rotary Club Golders Green volunteered to stand with our Pull Up Banner on the corner of the street pavement to make sure members could see where the venue was. She was very brave standing in the cold. It was quite a challenge standing with the Pull Up Banner which was swaying in the cold wind. Mark then joined Valerie to assist.

A few of the members started coming and then it was good to see that many members started arriving. There were 2 new people who also attended and Mark had to run out and bring them.

The tables were beautifully set with pots of tea and coffee and lovely biscuit and cakes and even finger sandwiches just like at The Ritz. Members were very pleased and felt very welcomed especially as the real fire to keep the venue warm and cozy.

Amy and her mother Sarah were busy in and out of the kitchen looking after members. It was lovely to also see Amy’s dog Alfie who was so excited to see so many people and he was getting so munch attention. Members enjoyed their teas and cakes and sandwiches and were happy chatting for a while and then Valerie who is session leader welcomed the members.

As it was Remembrance Day, one of the carers James brought some old photos to show members when he was young during the war and he also had some war poems to read out. Valerie invited James to read them out and James also talked about some of his medals. He had a Veteran’s badge at the top of his tie and below that he had the Cambrai Badge which recognised the death of his grandfather in the battle in November 1917. James was also wearing a RAF General Service Medal with the Canal Zone Bar.

Members were very pleased to hear the poems and also to learn about the medals. Thank you James. Lisa and James then talked about the Lord Mayor Show which was on Saturday 9th November. Lisa told members about the show and how James also attended and took part in the very long walk holding a banner which highlighted Dementia Club UK.

The session then followed with Valerie doing a short ‘Family Fortunes’ quiz which was good fun and then Eon arrived ready to do exercises with the members. As usual Eon who members call ‘Mr Motivator’ made everyone work hard but it’s also always fun.

The music entertainer then arrived – Ian James and he also brought his little dog Theo today who made friends very quickly with Alfie. Members really had a wonderful afternoon and can’t wait for the next session.

Thank you today to Rotary volunteers Michael, Kuljit and Satwan and Sheila and session leader and Trustee Valerie. Also thank you to Mark who is also Trustee and of course Amy and Sarah for setting up the rooms and making members feel so welcomed.