Julian – 1st February 2022

We were treated to a full-on performance from Julian this afternoon. He sang and played the keyboards and the saxophone.

Our favourite multi-instramentalist rocked the room with tunes from the 50s and 60s. It was loud and very dancable.

We had doors and windows open for ventilation, but he dancers soon got hot. As usual we provided soft drinks to keep everyone hydrated.

David kept the crafters busy in the first hour, with some more creative work.

The Reflections Friendship Group is next at Shrewsbury House on 15th February 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 – 18th January 2022

The New Year Rock n Roll Party Show.

Jamie had the group singing along and dancing. Tunes included “She wears red feathers and a hula hula skirt” and “These boots were made for walking”. His new tights were a popular change from the previous psychedelic ones.

The dancing may have included 1960s favourites: The Twist, The Watusi, The Loco-motion, or The Mashed Potato – and then again it may not. Everyone enjoyed whatever dance they did.

David had painted this version of one of the Reflections Friendship Zoom meetings from last year. It is rather large and had a lot of interest from group members and our volunteers. Nice one David.

The Reflections Friendship Group is next at Shrewsbury House on 1st February 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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Happy New Year – 4th January 2022

Tony welcomed everyone back for the first session of the New Year.

He had the group singing along and dancing.

David worked with his group of enthusiastic crafters to develop some interesting pictures.

There was a lot of energy on the dance floor. A good time was had by all.

The Reflections Friendship Group is next at Shrewsbury House on 18th January 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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Christmas party – 7th december 2021

Time to dress up for the festive session. All our volunteers (and two of our trustees) were embracing the Christmas spirit.

It was a busy afternoon, with a raffle (thank you to everyone who contributed a prize) and the usual quizzes, puzzles etc. Reflections provided a lunch, prepared by Emma’s Pantry. Everyone enjoyed it, with several group members telling the team it was delicious. Thank you Emma and team.

Everyone joined in the pre-entertainment activities.

We also welcomed back Vikki for a rousing hour of entertainment. Vikki was as popular as ever. She had a great choice of tunes including some Christmas ones.

The dance floor was busy throughout the afternoon. It was good to see the variety of Christmas outfit and hats.

Thank you to everyone who has made this year a success for Reflections – the group members, volunteers and trustees. Also to the Carers Centre and BLG Mind who have been telling people about our Friendship Group. We enjoyed our time on Zoom, but is is great to be back at Shrewsbury House. 2021 has been another tough year and we hope for a better 2022.

The Reflections Friendship Group is next at Shrewsbury House on 4th January 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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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.

You may now nominate Reflections as your charity when you buy items on Amazon. Click here for more information. It does not cost you (or the retailer) anything and Reflections will receive 0.5% of what you spend.