We had 28 members today and we also had 2 new members. Lisa welcomed everyone and welcomed Daniel Polak a young University graduate and the nephew of one of our members. He knew that Theresa Villiers MP was joining us today and wanted to see her. Lisa also welcomed Christine Johnson again from Rotary Club in Roding. Everyone was excited today to be seeing - Chipping Barnet MP Theresa Villiers who joined us about 3pm.

Lisa welcomed her informing members that she is also one of our Patrons. Lisa then asked her a couple of questions about the Covid-19 and what she thought about the new further lockdown measures recently announced by the Prime Minister.

Theresa first gave some kind words about Dementia Club UK and the work we do in helping many people in these very difficult times. Theresa then explained how she understands the further lockdown measures will be affecting many people but we have no choice. She also explained how the hospitals are now able to treat someone with Covid very quickly and the vaccine is being prepared.

Lisa thanked Theresa and also mentioned that many of the members here are her constituents and some are from neighbouring boroughs and even from the Midlands. Lisa asked Theresa if she would take a few questions and she was happy to. The first question was from Daniel Polak who mentioned that he had met Theresa at a conference and was also interested now to becoming a Councillor. His question was regarding the American politics and who Theresa favoured in the Presidential elections.

Other questions also followed and then as Lisa had to keep an eye on the time, she suggested that members could perhaps email Theresa. Theresa was very happy. Lisa then welcomed Theresa to stay as long as she was able. She stayed for a while whilst Ian James was singing and then she had to leave.

Theresa sent a text to Lisa to apologise as she was called into Parliament as the PM was announcing more about Covid. The session continued even though it started a little later than usual but Ian was happy to carry on as normal and Eon Walters who started the exercise session after Ian was also happy to carry on a little later. As it was already quite late, Lisa called the Bingo numbers and today's winners were joint with Helen & Chrystalla and Sheila & Suzanne.

The 383 bus service to the Finchley Memorial Hospital officially started today. Cllr Lisa Rutter has worked tirelessly with TfL for over 3 years and is absolutely delighted to have now achieved this.

She says “This is excellent news to finally have a bus service not only for staff and patients but also to all the local community who attend other services provided at the Finchley Memorial Hospital. This is a vital service which many people will appreciate and I hope this service is retained.”

Ciaran and Ami from TfL organised with the bus operator for Lisa to attend on site to see the 383 bus on its first day. Even though it was a cold, rainy and windy day, there were a few people already queuing for the bus.

Although this is a temporary service, provided no major issues come to light, a full consultation on retaining the extension will be carried out in a few months’ time.

Finchley Memorial Hospital Community Health Partnerships ‘CHP’ have invested a sum of capital to the site to enable the new signage and road lay out that had to be installed as part of this new service. CHP want to ensure that patients experience within the hospital is to the highest possible standards and of course to make their journey to and from the hospital as easy and stress free as possible.

The route frequency will remain the same, with a service every 30 minutes (two buses per hour) between 06:00 and 20:00 from Finchley Memorial Hospital and departures times from Barnet, The Spires remaining the same (05:35-19:35).

We had 25 members today. Lisa had also previously informed members that she would be celebrating Halloween today. Members were therefore quite surprised when they saw Lisa with red long hair sitting in a room with huge pumpkins behind her.

Lisa welcomed everyone and also a visitor who was Helen’s daughter Christiana. We were also celebrating Chrystalla’s birthday today even though it was on Thursday the next day. She will be a young 92 years of age. James Le Bec our music entertainer was ready to get everyone to sing Happy Birthday to Chrystalla.

James was also dressed up today in a Halloween scary black cape and his assistant Joy was also in a cat face mask. Everyone sang and congratulated Chrystalla and James also played a song for her as a special request.

The session then continued with the usual music quiz with the dice which everyone enjoys and then at the end the score is topped up with an extra 10 points as members name famous people starting with a letter the alphabet which James chooses.

Chair Yoga then follows with Richard Kravetz and the Halloween theme continued with Richard as he got members to exercise and then he followed with a Halloween quiz and a 1960s and 1970s TV Shows quiz. The winners of the quiz were Gina and Chris, Pam and John and Helen and Chrystalla.

Lisa then read a joke which everyone enjoys and then called out the Bingo numbers. The winners in the New GAME 6 Bingo today was Marina & Andreas.

We had 28 members today joining the carers session. Everyone was looking forward to meeting Dame Esther Rantzen. The meeting started promptly. Lisa welcomed everyone including the Trustees Dr Angela and Valerie. Lisa also welcomed a visitor Councillor Saira Don who is also a colleague of Lisa. Saira is a care home manager of 2 homes which specialise in looking after people with autism and other special needs and dementia. Lisa then introduced and welcomed Dame Esther giving an overview of her life achievements and then asked Esther to say a few words. Esther who was not sure what she wanted to talk about decided to take a vote and gave members a choice. It was then decided for Esther to talk about her charity - The Silver Line.

Members thought she came over very natural and good fun. When Esther left the meeting at about 7.30pm, Lisa then started the usual meeting asking each of the members in turn if they had anything they wanted to discuss.

The discussions were about visiting care homes and some members felt that care homes are probably worried about taking any decisions because of their Insurance. Cllr Saira mentioned that as a care home manager she was able to make decisions that were in the best interests of her residents and also meant that family members were still able to visit. Saira continued to explain that she did put in place Covid measures to make sure that families were still able to visit their loved ones and this meant for example a dedicated room when family members entered the building to change their clothes. Members were very impressed to hear about this and thought that other care homes could also use their discretion. Members felt however that care home providers were misinterpreting the Government guidelines and making their own additional rules.

Other members also thought that if there were quicker tests then this would solve the problem if care homes were given the means to provide quick tests.

Other discussions were about wheelchairs. One of the carers wanted to know how she could adapt her wheelchair to make it easier to push like an electric wheelchair. Lots of suggestions were discussed and Lisa said that she would also investigate and provide further help.

Another discussion was about one of the members experience with their loved one at the A&E. The hospital would not allow the family members to stay with their loved one and was sent home. However the hospital then realised they were having difficulties in communicating and had to call back the family member. Members felt that this was totally unacceptable and hospitals should allow a family member who is a carer to stay with their loved one. If a mother is allowed to stay with her child then there should be no difference. Lisa said that she would raise this matter when there was an opportunity at her next council Health committee meetings.

Lisa thanked everyone and especially Saira for attending.

We had 20 participants today. Everyone was excited to hear Yuri Sabatini – the Italian Opera singer. Lisa welcomed everyone and the new members from the Midlands. Lisa’s virtual background today was at the Sydney Opera House siting in the main circle. Everyone liked that.

Yuri started promptly at 3pm. His singing was beautiful and everyone really enjoyed his choice of music and how before he starts to sing the next song he gives a short story about the meaning of the song he is about to sing. Everyone felt as if they were truly sitting in the Opera House. Lisa unmuted everyone at the end and members gave a huge applause to Yuri.

The session then followed with Richard Kravetz who did some chair Yoga exercises which everyone always enjoy. Lisa then reminded everyone about the carers meeting in the evening and on Wednesday if anyone wanted to dress up in a Halloween costume especially as it was a few days before Halloween.

Lisa then called out the Bingo numbers and today's winners was Pamela and John. As they had 3 wins they are now the winners for the Bingo 5 Game.