Julian – 23rd november 2021

Julian returned refreshed following his last appearance at Reflections on 3rd March 2020 (our last before the lockdown).

He was on top form and had the group singing along and dancing.

Earlier the craft group were working well and the Wordsearch table were thinking hard.

Some decided to twist the afternoon away..

The Reflections Friendship Group is next at Shrewsbury House on 7th December at 1pm. Numbers will continue to be limited for the foreseeable future, to ensure everyone has plenty of space, and many safety measures will continue to remain in place.

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Jamie – 9th November 2021

Prior to his winter season in Blackpool (there is nothing like a dame) Jamie gave us a run through of favourite songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s..

We welcomed (amongst others) Elvis, a dedicated follower of fashion and Dolly Parton.

Gyda and David ran the popular craft tables.

There was plenty of space on the dance floor and our dancers put that space to good use.

Janet was unwell and did not come to this meeting. Fortunately, she recovered in the next few days. Many thanks to Gyda for sorting out the logistics (transporting stuff from our garage to Shrewsbury House) and leading the event.

The Reflections Friendship Group is next at Shrewsbury House on 9th November at 1pm. Numbers are limited and many safety measures will be in place.

Please note the Shrewsbury House car park should be open for our meeting on 9/11.

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Halloween – 26th October 2021

Today we had a lighthearted Halloween session. Hats were popular as were odd hair styles.

We welcomed Sarah (pictured with Janet and Gyda) and Marc (see below) two of the Reflections trustees.

Tony – our man in black – led the singing with some rousing tunes. “Ring of Fire” went down well, as usual. You can listen to a vintage sing-a-long recording by Tony here:

Gyda came with some of her excellent and easy to make seasonal crafts.

David was about to celebrate his birthday and got in the mood with a dance. Did I mention hats were popular?

We were very pleased to welcome back Marc – our archery marksman.

We also welcomed some more new members this week – the numbers are growing.

Our additional audio input comes from Gyda this week…

Gyda on Letting go of the past:

The Reflections Friendship Group is next at Shrewsbury House on 9th November at 1pm. Numbers are limited and many safety measures will be in place.

Please note the Shrewsbury House car park is closed for about two months. Street parking is available.

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Vikki – 12th October 2021

A very big welcome back to the delightful Vikki.

Vikki belted out some classic songs (the quiet ones were good too) and joined in with the dancing.

David’s craft corner moved up a gear, as more clay modellers took up the challenge.

Another fun afternoon, with lots of energetic people.

Our members take dancing seriously. Proper shoes add to the experience.

As usual, the two hours flew by. I did manage to catch Pearl and Gyda for some extra input, below.

Pearl’s octopus:

It was difficult to find a quiet spot while Vikki was singing – al full-on experience.

Gyda on energy:

The Reflections Friendship Group is next at Shrewsbury House on 26th October at 1pm. Numbers are limited and many safety measures will be in place.

Please note the Shrewsbury House car park is closed for about two months. Street parking is available.

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Jamie ITMA – 28th September 2021

A very busy session with the usual puzzles etc, plus David’s all new clay crafts and Jamie to entertain us.

Jamie sang a lot of old songs and dressed accordingly. Who remembers Andy Pandy?

We were pleased to welcome Gary (from the Carers Centre) and Sinead (from BLG Mind).

David worked with a group of keen clay modellers to produce some delightful tiles.

David presented Janet with a birthday present – a lovely painting of the two of us at the group.

The dancers enjoyed a variety of dances – these look easy.

The Reflections Friendship Group is next at Shrewsbury House on Tuesday, 12th October at 1pm.

Please note the Shrewsbury House car park is closed for about two months. Street parking is available.

If you know someone who has dementia and you think might benefit from coming to the group, please contact us on 07981 741 499. Numbers are limited and many safety measures will continue to be in place.

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Tony – 14th September 2021

A less frantic group this week. Tony played some popular tunes, with a sprinkling of livelier ones for the dancers.

He is always happy to play requests – if he knows them.

As ever, we had a session of quizzes, word-searches and jigsaw puzzles.

The new member of the group have made the dance floor their own. A few notes on the guitar and they are up and away.

The Reflections Friendship Group is next at Shrewsbury House on Tuesday, 28th September at 1pm.

If you missed the recent Forever Young Festival, you missed a treat. Reflections’ friend Jamie was there in full panto costume. Another group favourite, Emma, had her choir entertaining the audience. The Carers Centre had invited a wide variety of local groups to run stalls, including Reflections. A minor downpour didn’t dampen spirits.

Please note the Shrewsbury House car park will be closed for about two months. Street parking is available.

If you know someone who has dementia and you think might benefit from coming to the group, please contact us on 07981 741 499. Numbers are limited and many safety measures will continue to be in place.

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Elvis in the building – 31st August 2021

This week we had a special visitor – Mr Elvis Presley. He sang everyone’s favourite tunes and got the room singing and dancing.

Janet was keen to have a picture with himself..

Before the entertainment, we had a serious period of quizzes, wordsearches and dominoes.

Our volunteers, David, Julie and Pearl were in top form. No jokes from Pearl this week… so next time we should have a bumper offering.

Everyone was wearing their visors and there was social distancing – but Elvis still managed to generate a great atmosphere.

Gary, from the Carers Centre, was giving confidential advice.

This time we only overran a little bit. Fortunately, the Shrewsbury House cleaning team had plenty of time to sanitise our three rooms before the evening rush.

Gyda stayed afterwards to share this reading:

The Reflections Friendship Group is next at Shrewsbury House on Tuesday, 14th September at 1pm.

Please note the Shrewsbury House car park will be closed for about two months. Street parking is available.

If you know someone who has dementia and you think might benefit from coming to the group, please contact us on 07981 741 499. Numbers are limited and many safety measures will continue to be in place.

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Jamie returns – 17th August 2021

We had another very enjoyable afternoon. The entertainer was our favourite quick-change singer. Jamie produced another dazzling display of danceable dexterity as a star studded stable of singers.

Here is… a Beatle, Shirley Bassey and Sandie Shaw.

Caroline from Asda also popped in to say hello to the group and we took the opportunity to thank her, and Asda, for their continuing support.

Joanne managed to entice people away from their puzzles to hear about the Greenwich Ecology Park. You can find out details of the park here.

As usual, there was plenty of singing and dancing.

We welcomed back our favourite archer, Marc

Marc first showed us how to use a bow and arrow in April 2017 – some of us (me) haven’t improved since then.

We are very pleased to have Emma running the cafe. She is a welcome smiling face and is making great food and drinks.

In addition to the group activities, here are today’s bonus recordings from Pearl and Gyda:

Pearl’s shellfish:

and

Gyda on gentleness:

The Reflections Friendship Group is next at Shrewsbury House on 31st August at 1pm.

If you know someone who has dementia and you think might benefit from coming to the group, please contact us on 07981 741 499. Numbers are limited and many safety measures will continue to be in place.

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We’re back! – 3rd August 2021

After 16 months on Zoom, we returned to Shrewsbury House. We also celebrated our 5th birthday.

Peter and Janet demonstrated the see-through visors. These enabled us to talk, sing and see each other, without problems. We had a variety of safety measure in place, including restricting numbers to half the usual room capacities and ensuring suitable ventilation.

After an hour of chatting, quizzes and birthday cake – we were ready for some entertainment.

At this point we welcomed our friends from Exeter via Zoom.

Tony was in top form. He got us singing and dancing to some great songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Garry, from the Carers Centre, popped in to give advice and guidance.

The Carers Centre and BLG Mind will be sending representatives every 12 weeks for 1 to 1 advice sessions.

Pearl and Gyda were very popular on-line, so we plan to record regular contributions from them. Here’s today’s recordings:

Pearl’s special jokes:

and

Gyda on gratitude:

We are very grateful to ASDA Charlton and their Community Life Champion, Caroline, for providing cakes, drinks and entertainment for today’s session.

The Reflections Friendship Group is next at Shrewsbury House on 17th August at 1pm. Numbers are limited and many safety measures will be in place.

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Flower and produce – 27th July 2021

After 16 months on Zoom, we came to the last online meeting of the Reflections Friendship Group.

We had a selections of photos showing members gardens, prize blooms and vegetables. There were a lot of excellent examples. I particularly liked this rose named after our member J.

We didn’t have time for Gyda’s craft, but if we had, we would have produced a lovely flower like this.

We had a chat about our favourite crafts over the last months. C was keen on this flower (you can see a theme here).

Nikki, from BLG Mind told us about the Greenwich Peninsular Ecology Park.

More information here.

We hope to see Nikki, in person, for the first time next week.

Pearl’s bumper edition of jokes:

O told us she woke up at 3am one night and looked at this web site. She worked her way through Pearl’s jokes (in the general menu under Recordings) and really enjoyed herself.

Pearl’s songs included “Congratulations, by Cliff Richard. This was played for A&G who will be celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary. Congratulations from all of us.

Gerry’s joke:

An old poem:

Gerry is branching out! Jokes and poems – an extra special offering.

Lynne had a flower quiz:

  • What part of the flower is called the corolla?
  • Which cut flower is the most popular in the world?
  • What type of flower is a ‘Lady’s Slipper’?

Lynne had to quickly run off for a toilet roll – so she could do ChiBall.

ChiBall is a serious matter.

Gyda on planting:

The Reflections Friendship Group returns to Shrewsbury House on 3rd August at 1pm. Numbers are limited and many safety measures will be in place.

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