This was our first session of the year at the Finchley Cricket Club and was a very busy session. This new venue has become a real favourite and members really look forward to attending as it is so warm and welcoming.

Lisa welcomed members wishing them a Happy New year and introduced the new hosts Julian and Jacqueline who have taken over from Ami and Sarah. Lisa wished Ami and Sarah all the best and introduced Julian the Chairman of the Finchley Cricket Club. Julian and Jacqueline prepared a beautiful buffet spread of cheese sandwiches and Ham sandwiches and delicious looking cup-cakes and other biscuits.

When members were sat at their tables, Lisa gave members some Word Searches and also some magic water colour painting to do which they all enjoyed doing whilst happily chatting to each other. Julian and Jacqueline then started to serve with the help of the volunteers and a few of the carers also helped - Marina and Rosetta.

Members really appreciated all the fuss and enjoyed eating the lovely sandwiches and cakes. Lisa provided members with an update including details of the next outing and also thanked the volunteers today – Risom, Rotarians – Valerie (also our Trustee), Michael and Sheila. Radha and Melissa and her husband Bob. My thanks to everyone that helped today including Mark who is one of the Trustees.

Lisa then called Valerie who gave members some House Keeping information with regards to where the toilets are and fire exit and also then informed members about the next dementia club sessions this week. Valerie tried to do a short quiz but this was soon aborted as members were enjoying chatting.

Eon our exercise instructor then arrived and as usual Eon made sure members exercised from top to toe. Eon always makes exercise enjoyable. The session then followed with Ian our music entertainer who got everyone up and dancing. The room was filled with joy and excitement and laughter. It was a perfect afternoon and everyone left saying how the venue was so perfect and they really enjoyed the afternoon.

Today was our first session of the year at the Finchley Memorial Hospital and it was buzzing with so many members. Everyone said how they really missed the sessions over the festive period.

Lisa welcomed everyone and then asked Mark to read out the quiz questions which today were about fire safety especially as we were expecting the Fire Brigade to be visiting today to give members a brief talk about fire safety. Members did really well with the questions.

We then followed with some birthday celebrations. As Peter and Dawn’s birthday is on the 11th and 12th January, they didn’t mind celebrating their birthdays and therefore Lisa prepared a large Panettone cake with the usual firework candle which members always enjoy seeing. As there was another birthday a little later on in the month for another member, everyone also sang Happy Birthday to Enzo too.

We then had some time for a couple of our members who wanted to share some of their Christmas experiences.

James talked to us about some of the medals he was given by a family member recently. In the photo;

The item on the left is a Para Regiment Medal (Northern Ireland, Falklands, Argentina clasps) Top middle – Royal Regiment of Fusiliers C1854 Cap Badge (Crimean War) Middle bottom – Parachute Regiment cap badge To the right – SAS cap badge

Thank you James for sharing this with us Laurie then wanted to say how he did not enjoy being bossed! around over Christmas by the family but was very proud to become a Great Great Grandfather. Thank you Laurie.

It was then time for our Firemen who arrived and received a warm welcome. We had Matthew, Adam and Karl from the North Finchley fire station. They gave members a short talk about fire safety and members also asked questions. We are very grateful for them attending. It was lucky they stayed for 3o minutes and then they had an emergency call and they had to run.

The session then continued – Lisa did some exercises with everyone and then there was the Tovertafel followed with some music and dancing. A busy and very enjoyable first session of the year.

Great first session of the year. Members were greeted with the usual warm welcome which also included tea and cakes prepared by Rotarians Mollie and Helen.

There was still a festive atmosphere especially as Lisa decorated the tables with some left over Christmas crackers which members were happy to see. The room was buzzing with chat whilst members enjoyed their teas and cakes and doing some colouring in which is always a favourite.

I welcomed everyone and then Lisa filled us in about forthcoming events. I then ran a general knowledge quiz which members found enjoyable and created conversations.

Richard then arrived and got us all moving with chair Yoga, warming us up ready for our new music entertainer, Aaron.

Members really enjoyed Aaron’s music and were happy to have the usual music quiz which as usual also has a bit of cheating with the feet as the big dice is thrown. The score was amazingly high with 144 points and this now sets a tough challenge for the other dementia clubs to beat.

Lovely to see members Irene, Mabel and Ruth rocking to the music, along with Simone, Rita, Joy and Kevin. Thanks to Mark for his usual sociable banter. It was a fun session all round!

Our monthly Dementia Club UK session was held on the 6th January 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.

Our members then took part in an exercise session lead by Jane which everyone enjoyed. David K entertained our members with a variety of popular songs, including Elvis! to which many of the members and helpers danced.

27 members and carers attended the session with the assistance of seven helpers who were:- Justine, Gilda, Stephen, Keith, Dot, Judy & Radha.

A small group today but still a very enjoyable session. Adriana as usual set up the tables with mince pies, biscuits and fresh fruit. Lisa also brought some Christmas crackers.

Lisa then welcomed everyone and started off with a picture quiz to name different celebrities. It was a challenge but Mark is always to the rescue providing the clues. The session then followed with music entertainment with Wayne which got everyone up dancing.

Thank you to Adriana today for setting up and providing lovely refreshments.

Thank you also to Mark for helping throughout the session This was our last session for 2019