This was the last session for 2020 and we had 26 members.

Lisa started with the 2pm Karaoke session and then everyone looks forward to some chat time before the next part of the session starts again. It was a real pleasure today to have Helen Tierney for music entertainment. Members remembered Helen from many times before the Covid. Helen entertained everyone with some popular songs and a few Christmas songs. She played the piano, the accordion and the Harp. Helen played beautifully and members thoroughly enjoyed singing along especially with the last song with Hogmanay. Helen also told us that it was her birthday tomorrow and therefore Lisa made sure that members all sang happy birthday to her.

Eon Walters then continued with the session and today he had some festive music which members really enjoyed working out to.

Lisa then read out a couple of Christmassy jokes which everyone enjoyed and then had a Christmassy multi choice quiz and the winner for the quiz today was Irene. Lisa then called out the Bingo numbers and as the game is played twice for December, the winners were John and Audrey.

Lisa then wished everyone Happy Christmas and seasonal holidays and reminded them that the sessions will start again on Monday 4th January 2021. Lisa was touched by everyone’s best wishes to her and thanked her for everything too.

We had 21 members today. Lisa started with a Karaoke as usual at 2pm and then followed with the chat session at 2.30pm. Everyone was in a jolly mood and one of the members was wearing an upside down Santa hat which got everyone laughing. There was a chat also about vaccines and a few of the members mentioned that they have already been vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine.

James Le Bec and Joy then joined the session ready to start the music entertainment and looked very festive in their Santa outfits and Christmas decorations in the background. James played a couple of Christmas songs and then continued with the music quiz which everyone really loves. Lisa then got all the members to sing Happy Christmas to James and Joy.

Richard Kravetz was then ready to do Chair Yoga exercises with everyone and as usual its always great fun especially with the new chair dance routine to music at the end. Richard then had a Christmas quiz today and 5 general questions quiz and the winners were Pamela and John. Lisa got members to sing Happy Hanukkah to Richard.

Lisa then called out the Bingo numbers and the winner twice was Stephen and Brenda. As they have now won 3 games they are now the Game Six winners. A new Bingo game will start on Monday.

We had 16 members this evening. Lisa welcomed everyone and informed them that the forum may not be going ahead on the 17th December this week as Mike has not been able to confirm with the council.

Lisa then opened the meeting and asked Keren who had already informed Lisa in advance that she had an idea to discuss at the group meeting. As members however all new that Lisa had her mum’s funeral today, they were all very sympathetic and wanted to ask Lisa about her day. Lisa was very overwhelmed and thanked everyone.

Keren then proceeded with her idea which was about bringing stories together in a ring binder and sell the books to raise money for charity. Stories would be suitable for those living with dementia, they would not be too tong, just a few pages. Everyone thought this was a good idea and Lisa suggested if Keren can briefly send some details about her idea she could include it in the next email to all members.

Andrew also suggested that the care home he works also have people that attend to do sensory games and this may be a good idea when the dementia clubs get back to normal.

Kevin also suggested that pictures are a good idea for example identifying landmarks.

Maurice also suggested the Writers club for Keren to look into.

Our next discussion was about vaccines and the order of priority and how everyone felt generally having the vaccine. Everyone felt that it would not be ethical to force people to be vaccinated. One of the carers has had their jab and said it all went well and was well organised.

Lisa then thanked everyone and reminded them that this was the last group session this year. Everyone also thanked Lisa.

We had 21 members today. It was also lovely to see 2 new members. Lisa started with the 2pm karaoke which then followed with the chat time. Everyone was pleased to see Ian James today who came back to do one more last session. Ian played lots of classical Christmas songs to bring some festive cheer. Lisa thanked Ian and everyone applauded Ian wishing him all the best for the future.

Eon Walters then continued with exercises and got everyone motivated to work out with his great choice of music.

Lisa then reminded everyone that she will not be having a Tuesday Karaoke session as she has her mum’s funeral. Everyone expressed their best wishes to Lisa for tomorrow. Lisa however informed them that the carers group session will be still be held in the evening and also reminded everyone that the last session was on Monday 21st December.

Lisa then called out the Bingo numbers and the winners today were Laurie Porter, Pamela and John, Ruth and Helen and Chrystalla.

We had 20 members today. Lisa started the karaoke as usual at 2pm and then at 2.30pm everyone looks forward to their chat time. We had a special birthday celebration today as one of the members Connie was celebrating her 92 years birthday. Lisa played the Happy Birthday song and everyone sang. She also had a birthday cake and blew her candle. When James Le Bec joined with his partner Joy, Connie had a further Happy Birthday and James also played her favourite song by Doris Day.

James then continued to sing a few favourites and also a Christmas classic and then he started the music quiz. This has become a real favourite. The winners for the music quiz were Colin and Janine. Richard Kravetz then joined us and was ready to start chair Yoga exercises.

Richard has been adding towards the end exercises to the music ‘Staying Alive’ by the Bee Gees showing everyone a sequence of movements to remember which is enjoyable and challenging for some.

Lisa then called out the Bingo numbers and as we are doing double Bingo call out games the winners today were Sandra and Laurie and Pam and John.

Lisa wished everyone well and Happy Chanukah for those celebrating.