It was a great session at Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre today with three new members attending, Eva, Martin and Ronnie. On arrival, members were greeted with tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits and were given wordsearches and colouring to do. One of the carers, Kevin, wanted a bit more of a challenge, so Faz gave him some countdown numbers challenges and a maze game.

The session leaders today were Muz and Faz from Ping Is King Ltd. Muz welcomed everyone and introduced Lisa who reminded members about the upcoming launch event at the Eversfield Centre in Mill Hill on 27th March. Muz and Faz ran a game of Pingo, which is like a traditional game of Bingo but with a table tennis related twist. Members get to pick the numbers by fishing numbered table tennis balls out of a bag using a small sieve.

There was a prize for getting a line and a prize for getting a full house. Ronnie’s luck was in as he scooped the prize for getting the first line. It was lovely to see a new member win a prize in his first ever game. Pingo has another twist on traditional bingo. In normal bingo there is usually only one winner, but in Pingo everyone gets a full house at the same time, so everyone is a winner and shares in the excitement!

After Pingo, there was seated exercises by Annalisa. She got everyone to sit around in a circle and then ran a series of excellent stretching routines for every part of their body. Everyone was totally focused and followed everything Annalisa did perfectly.

Aaron then performed a fantastic array of music and had everyone singing and dancing with classics like Singing in The Rain, which was particularly apt given the very wet weather. Aaron did try and get the sun to come out by playing ‘you are my sunshine’ but the rain just kept on pouring.

It certainly didn’t dampen spirits though as everyone formed a line to do the conga dance to ‘She’ll be coming round the mountain’ around the café area having lots and lots of fun. After many great songs including ‘Catch a Falling Star’, Aaron then entertained members with a music quiz. There was a record score of 205 this week! I leave the reader to decide whether it was achieved fairly and squarely!!

All in all, everyone had a really fun afternoon with colouring, word searches, Pingo, seated exercise, singing and dancing. Thank you to Annalisa from BETTER for not only running a great exercise session but also for helping to make the teas and coffees. Thank you also to our volunteers today, Annette, and of course to Lisa and Mark and Muz and Faz.

A very busy session as usual. Lisa welcomed everyone and talked about the Coronavirus and how everyone should refrain from kissing and handshakes whilst this virus is active.

Lisa then announced details of two launches this month and reminded members of the following dementia clubs.

Lisa also distributes some pictures for members to colour and word searches.

Lisa introduced Roberto Weeden-Sanz who came to visit. Roberto is a Conservative Councillor for Brunswick Park Ward together with Lisa. Roberto is also standing as a GLA candidate for Barnet and Camden in the GLA Elections on May 7th. Roberto talked about himself and the work he will focus on if he is successful in the Elections. Members were really delighted to hear Roberto. Roberto said that he was staying for the whole session.

Lisa then introduced the alphabet quiz asking members to go through each letter of the alphabet and think of what foods they eat for breakfast. Members really enjoyed this quiz. There were some very interesting breakfasts! We were expecting Dennis to attend today to provide music entertainment but he phoned to let us know that he was unfortunately stuck in traffic.

The session then followed with some singing. Lisa started everyone first and then members took over. Ernie had a few songs and was joined with Terry and the with Melvyn. James then introduced a new way of singing. James started singing in another language and when James asked members what language it was members thought it was Spanish. In fact it was gibberish. The point James was making is that even if we don’t have the words to a song we can still sing using gibberish words as this makes our brains concentrate. Everyone was very impressed. Well done James.

Members then wanted some dance music and Lisa played a few songs which got members up dancing. Roberto was busy too as a few members got very attached to him and got him up dancing too. Roberto was a great hit with members and then joined with Mark to do a final quiz getting members to shout out the answers.

A very enjoyable session. Thank you to our volunteers today Angela Chen and Melvyn and of course Mark and some of the carers who also offer to help.

A warm welcome with cups of tea Coffee delicious cakes and biscuits,was followed by Laughter, Dancing and Fun.

Helen welcomed everyone and started the session with a quiz which everyone enjoyed. The session then followed with music and dancing.

Lovely Aaron sang a variety of songs and his personal charm got everyone on the floor dancing singing and doing the Hokey Cokey. Aaron's musical quiz, produced much laughter as the right answer led to rolling the Dice in an attempt to achieve the highest score.

The team of volunteers, Ritu, Mollie and Helen from the Rotary Club of Northwick Park and Selwyn from Rotary Club Edgware and Stanmore also joined in and enjoyed the afternoon.

Lisa was on hand to chat to members and also advised members on how to protect ourselves from Corona virus by following guidelines and frequently washing our hands. It was a very enjoyable session. Thank you to all our volunteers.

Our monthly Dementia Club UK session was held on the 2nd March at Sha’arei Tsedek Synagogue in Whetstone.

Our members were served tea, coffee, delicious biscuits and cake at the start of our session and were happy chatting to each other.

The very talented Jane then took an exercise session with our members which they all engaged in and enjoyed. 3 of our members had birthdays to celebrate!

We gave Francis, Stella and Terry a small birthday cake each & sang 'Happy Birthday' to them! It was really sweet!

This was followed by a lively session of entertainment provided by the lovely Aaron. Aaron sang a variety of popular songs to which many of the members and helpers danced. He also did a music quiz and our members had to guess the name of the song! It was great fun! The atmosphere was fantastic!

31 members and carers attended the session with the assistance of five helpers who were:- Justine, Caroline, Keith, Dot, Lisa & Mark

It was a very busy session today in Mill Hill with great support from the Rotary club members. Muz introduced the session which Lisa then kicked off by providing some very sound advice to members on how to minimise the risk of catching the Corona virus.

Jeanette from the Rotary club then introduced to members and started the first part of the session with an interesting game. Members were given a list of all the letters of the alphabet and for each letter of the alphabet they had to think of a word which describes ‘something that you wear.’ Members only scored a point if their word was unique. Amazingly members managed to find an item for every letter and Sotiris won the game by identifying 11 items that nobody else came up with.

The session then followed with Richard and as he was so inspired by the alphabet game, he decided to continue with the alphabet theme by asking members to identify a body part for each letter of the alphabet and then exercising that body part. Members had great fun exercising both their bodies and their minds at the same time.

After the seated exercises Muz added a musical interlude by playing “Coming round the mountain”. Lisa led the way and had all the members singing and swirling their hands in the air every time the chorus was played.

After the sing along, there was a circuit of activities including, Putting golf, table tennis (both seated and standing), skittles, carpet bowls and a giant noughts and crosses game. There were lots of smiles and laughter as members tried each activity in turn.

Everyone had a really fun afternoon with so many different activities to try. Thank you to our The Rotary Club members of Mill Hill for their help and support today - President Desmond & Bobsie, Jeanette & Graham, Alan Scott and Ken and Jane. Thank you also to all our other volunteers today – Theresa and Annette and of course Muz and Faz and Lisa.