July Activities Summary 2015


Well as usual as soon as the children break up from school for their Summer Break the weather changes…what a shame. Luckily at Valerie Manor we enjoyed a few lovely sunny days sitting outside which was thoroughly enjoyed.

John and I would like to thank everybody for the continued support given to Zoe over the past few weeks.

Activities…again, dear Joyce ran a lovely Flower Arranging Session…Tai Chi…Garden Games…Exercise from your chair. Decorations and an American Independence Day Quiz were on the list.

Quite a few of our ladies and gentlemen really enjoyed watching the Tennis….started us talking about Sporting Activities enjoyed in our younger years. A couple owned a boat…Wendy Caroline…named after their daughter and sailed from Southampton. Another gentleman ran at White City for his school…Enfield Grammar. One lady was a Sport’s Mistress at a school…another played Hockey and Tennis all over Sri Lanka whilst she was in the Navy…even played without shoes ! Le Cross was also mentioned…playing 3rd man in middle on the right hand side (does not mean a thing to me but I am sure some of you will understand !) absolutely wonderful to remember such detail.

As you know after every Chair Exercise Session on a Monday we reminisce to various kinds of music…one week we enjoyed Charlotte Church from her CD ‘Voice of an Angel’ recorded when she was very young…it was beautiful.

One morning Sally-Ann came down to see us and return a CD she had borrowed from me to record for Reuben and Eddie as they enjoy it when I play it to them at home…Uncle Mac’s Children’s Favourites…hands up if you remember that programme…in no time we were singing along to The Teddy Bears Picnic, Three Billy Goats Gruff, Ugly Duckling to name but a few…then guess what…a gentleman remembered going to Audition for the Show when he was 10 years old !!!! When the Bee Song came on from Arthur Askey he also remembered getting his autograph !!! We are all thrilled to learn these memories from days gone by.

A lovely new lady was talking about having been married for 70 years !!! We were not sure of the Anniversary Names so after a ‘bit of a Google’ search 70 years was a Platinum Celebration…before we knew it several members of staff who were preparing everyone for lunch were asking about the years that they had been married and what it represents. The Celebration of Wedding Anniversaries dates back to Roman Times when husbands gave their wives a silver wreath for 25 years of marriage and a gold wreath for 50 years.

Happy August…hopefully see you at The Valerie Manor Garden Party.
Hopefully the children…and adults…would like to join in Maypole Dancing !