It was a lovely surprise today when I arrived as the tables and chairs were already set. Thank you to the carers. Lisa gave a warm welcome to everyone and a few programme updates.

Members were then busy with a quiz and some word searches whilst they were enjoying their teas/coffees and cakes. Lisa then had another quiz that Mark had prepared. The questions were challenging but they enjoyed it

Eon then arrived and as usual prepared the chairs ready for members to exercise. The exercises are always great fun and members always feel after that they have worked their body.

This nicely prepares everyone for the music entertainment after. Wayne and Charlie provide a great performance and members have a happy time.

As Lisa had no volunteers today the carers always step in – thank you.

It was a very busy session today and we also had two new members join the group. Lisa introduced the session and gave some great advice to everyone on how best to avoid the Chinese flu called Coronavirus which is spreading at the moment.

Lisa had to leave early for a meeting in London so Muz and Faz from Ping is King ran the rest of the session. As the 75th Anniversary after the Second World War is approaching, James kicked off the session with a fascinating reading about the V2 missile bombings in the war. He gave a recollection of a horrifying incident on the 27th January 1945 when he was at the Savoy Cinema with his younger cousin. They were aged 10 and 8 at the time. There was a huge explosion which brought down the cinema and James and his cousin remember the devastation it caused and the number of people who died. They were lucky but this is a memory they will not forget. A full transcript of James story is below.

Brian also brought in some incredible old pictures of his time in the RAF and shared them around. There were helicopters and planes that had crash landed and it was amazing to hear the stories and see these gripping events captured in real life photos.

Muz and Faz then handed out some colouring and word searches for members. The theme for these activities was the Chinese New Year. This theme continued with a fun packed quiz on China. The quiz was really well received with just the right mix of easy and hard questions, with lots of clues to make sure everyone had a chance. It was lovely to see Krishma getting actively involved. She loved shouting out the correct answers to several questions.

After the quiz, it was Aaron’s turn to entertain everyone and he hosted a lovely afternoon of music entertainment. Everyone had a really enjoyable afternoon with lots of singing and dancing to old classics. There was a technical glitch at one point but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise as it gave Ernie the chance to take the microphone and sing a lovely Irish song. I later found out that Ernie used to follow his dad around when his dad was performing in pubs which is why he had such a great voice.

Thank you to all our volunteers today, Melvyn, Annette, Marina, Arzu, Angela, Risom and of course Lisa and Mark.

Today we welcomed again Dementia Club UK! We had a few extra visitors – Dr Rebecca Hatjiosif who is a doctor and volunteers at the dementia club offering if people would like their blood pressures checked. We also had another visitor who brought their little dog – Lottie. She is adorable and members enjoyed having her at the session.

Lisa welcomed everybody whilst residents and the visitors tried our wonderful cakes produced by the catering team. Everybody enjoyed Lisa’s quiz which then followed with music entertainment by Aaron. Aaron played some song favourites which got some residents and visitors up dancing. Aaron then followed with a music quiz involving the big red dice and the challenge for members to take a six each throw.

After the music, visitors and the residents had the opportunity to try our fabulous interactive game table. “A good laugh and a cuppa are the two best cures for anything”

Next Dementia Club session at Carlton Court will be on the 18th February, feel free to pop in for a cuppa! Thank you to all the staff for helping throughout the session.

We kick-started the year at Kentish Town Sports Centre in great spirits on the 16th January. Teas, coffees, biscuits and fresh fruit were served as usual and Lisa also brought a big cake.

We had a few visitors today from local organisations including Julia Baker from Association for Jewish Refugees and Ian from BAT Therapy Foundation. Lisa and Adriana welcomed everyone and also welcomed 2 new members.

We were joined by Ping is King Ltd who provided a variety of games, including table tennis which proved to be very popular as we saw a few quite intense rallies! Our new attendees to the session also enjoyed themselves very much.

Thank you to Adriana, Lisa and Mark and Muz and Faz from Ping is King Ltd for a fantastic session.

A very busy session as usual today. Everyone was very excited today as they were looking forward to seeing James Bernard – his last performance before he leaves and emigrates to Los Angeles where his career in music will be taking off.

Lisa welcomed everyone and gave an update with regards to future events on the programme. There was a birthday to celebrate today. It was Parthenis 84th Birthday. His wife brought the cake and as usual it was celebrated the Dementia Club UK style with a firework candle. Everyone sang Happy Birthday and Parthenis was very happy.

Another carer also brought a cake today and this was shared out too. James Bernard then made a grand entrance and everyone was so pleased to see him. Whilst he was getting ready to set up he had to pop out the room and Lisa had a surprise big cake for him with a firework candle on. As soon as he walked back everyone started singing –‘Congratulations and Celebrations’ .

James had no idea that it was for him and when he realised he was very touched. Everyone had a really enjoyable afternoon with lots of dancing and then wished James all the best for the future. Thank you to our volunteers today , Angela Chen, Radha, Melvyn and Annette and of course Mark.