We had 18 members today. Sotiris one of our members was with his daughter Natasha today as his wife was away. He is proud of his daughter especially as she is also an Actor like her brother and she appears in a television series called “What we do in the Shadows”. Sotiris also showed his little dog he calls Piggy because she has a piggy tail. Everyone enjoyed seeing Piggy.

Lisa welcomed another member today joining for the first time and introduced her to the other members. Lillian joined with her daughter Karen and her carer Sonia. It was 2 members birthdays today – Mable and John - So everyone sang Happy Birthday.

James Le Bec had also started to sing but after 5 minutes his internet had broken and therefore was unable to continue with his performance. Lisa and Mark therefore had to put plan B in action and do a Karaoke Show. Members had a great time singing.

Richard Kravetz was then ready to start the chair Yoga which everyone always enjoys and then he had an interesting quiz today. He had some questions about the Monopoly game, then he had some questions about Famous people quotes and then a few general knowledge quiz questions. The top winner was Andrew followed by Lillian and then Keren.

Lisa then called the Bingo numbers and todays winners were Helen and Chrystalla.

We had 18 carers this evening. We also had a special guest who Lisa invited – Councillor Sachin Rajput, Barnet Council Chairman of the Adults and Safeguarding committee. It was also a wonderful surprise to also welcome Mike Rich the CEO of Barnet carers.

Trustee Dr Angela Parker also attended and of course Lisa and Mark. Lisa had already briefed Sachin about some of the matters that had been discussed at previous carers meetings. Carers ID cards were discussed and as Mike was also at the meeting, it was discussed together and Mike informed Sachin that he would be happy to work together with the council to develop a carer’s ID card which can also be used for emergency.

Another matter which was raised by one of the carers was regarding visiting at care homes. Lisa provided an update after her meeting with Matt Hancock and also Sachin informed everyone how I had raised this matter at the recent Adults and Safeguarding meeting. Other matter were also discussed including respite vouchers, day centres and social workers/carers doing visits remotely.

This was a very productive and interesting meeting. Lisa thanked Sachin and Mike for joining the meeting.

We had 14 members today and it was also a wonderful surprise to everyone to see Laurie one of our members join for the first time. Laurie never thought that he would do Zoom but with the help of his son and from Lisa it was a pleasure to see him. It was in fact so overwhelming for Laurie as he started to chat to other members he hadn’t seen for many months.

Lisa and Mark were then ready to start the Karaoke Show and provided a variety of songs and video clips for everyone to enjoy. Sian Kenrick was then ready to start exercise to music. Everyone enjoys Sian’s different style of exercise which also incorporate some salsa towards the end.

Lisa then did a picture quiz with everyone and today it was about classic toys which brought back lots of memories for example ‘Etch – a Sketch’ which also used to be called ‘Doodle Master’ . Lisa then read out a short joke to make everyone laugh and then it was time to call out the Bingo numbers. It was so amazing that the winner today was Laurie. His first time joining and also a winner. Laurie was delighted.

We had 18 members today. Lisa welcomed everyone and announced that today was ‘World Alzheimer’s Day’

Lisa also welcomed Jamie Demetriou the son of Sotiris - one of the members. His wife Rona was away today. It was a pleasure to meet Jamie who is an English Cypriot comedian who recently won 3 BAFTA awards in his Shows – ‘Fleabag’ and well known in ‘Stath Lets Flats’

Our music entertainer Ian and Eon our exercise instructor joined early as usual before starting to meet and chat which members always appreciate. Everyone enjoyed the music and also worked hard exercising with Eon but it’s all fun at the same time. Lisa then continued with the session and today she decided to read a poem as it was ‘World Alzheimer’s Day’. This was a poem written by someone living with dementia but it was quite funny too.

Lisa then continued with a general knowledge quiz of 15 questions. Pam scored 12, Joan scored 11 and Nyla scored 10. It was then time for a joke which everyone always enjoys and finally the Bingo. Today we had 2 winners for the Bingo. Well done to Keren and Frances and also Joan.

We had 17 members today with their carers. Lisa welcomed everyone and Dr Angela one of our Trustees and also Andrew Mills a church Warden at St John’s United Reformed Church in Barnet. Lisa also wished all our Jewish members a Happy New Year ‘Shanah Tovah’ which is celebrated on Friday 18th September.

Our music entertainer James Le Bec was then ready to start and sang 2 songs before starting the music quiz. The first song which got members moving their arms to was- ‘You got the whole world in your hands’ and then followed with a Cliff Richard song called ‘Young Ones’. One of our carers held a photo up showing Laurie London (the singer who sang ‘You got the whole world in your hands’ ). The photo showed Laurie sitting at the table with them celebrating their 50th the wedding anniversary.

Members were then ready for the music quiz. Everyone is muted so that they can hear each song clip. Before James plays a few seconds of the song, Mark rolls the digital dice which appears on the screen. Members used to physically throw a giant size dice before and it was always good fun trying to get a high score. In the virtual game each time the dice is rolled this is added up to a total score at the end after the 10 music quiz questions. Our score this week was 93, unbelievably one less than last week. We might need to improve this score next week! Thank you James.

Richard Kravetz is then ready to do the Yoga with everyone which members as always enjoy. Richard then continues to do a general knowledge quiz after. Very interesting questions especially the question about who in the Beatles song ‘Penny Lane’ keeps the portrait of the Queen in his pocket. The answer was the Fireman.

Lisa thanked Richard and wished him also ‘Shanah Tovah’. Lisa then read a couple of jokes and then called out the Bingo numbers. Our Bingo winners today were Gina and Chris.