December 2012 Activities Summary

Happy New Year Everyone!

I do hope you all enjoyed the Christmas Festivities with family and friends. Valerie Manor was like a whirlwind in December…..so much going on for those who wanted to participate.

See our separate write up on the various visits from Reverend Challis, the beautiful Carols performed by the Towers School, Marmalade and her band of helpers who came to decorate our home and the entertainment provided by my adults and Sally-Ann’s youngsters. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who gave their time and energy so generously to help make the run up to Christmas so very special for everyone.

The staff were on form joining into the spirit of the Festive Season donning tinsel and Santa hats whenever they could ! The Family Day was very successful even though the weather kept some relatives away…again a great spread from Chris who was assisted by Martyn every step of the way.

Staff enjoyed a great meal and ‘knees up’ organised by Zoe and Alan as a thank you for all the support given over the year.

John and I had a bit of a treat on Christmas Day……our eldest son was in Warrington with his Fiancé and her parents….Sally-Ann, Mike and Reuben were in Findon with Mike’s family and Zoe and Rob never leave Valerie Manor until after everyone has enjoyed their lunch. Both the girls and their partners and little Reuben were coming to John and I for a Christmas Supper. It meant for the first time in about 35 years I was not cooking Christmas Lunch !!! Zoe suggested we joined everyone at Valerie Manor for a meal !! Well we did and what a wonderful time we had too….the food was delicious….the company and atmosphere very very special….so a big thank you to Chris, his assistant ’Father Christmas’ Martyn, the wonderful staff but not forgetting the Residents with whom we shared a very special meal. Both John and I have no parents now so it was wonderful sharing a special meal with ‘surrogate’ mums and dads. We had a great evening with our children later !

We continued our Activity Programme throughout the month including lots of Mind Bending and Physical moments….here’s to 2013….Well done Zoe, Alan and all of the staff for a very successful 2012…very proud of you all !!

Robin