December Activities Summary

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IMG_0832Phew !!! what a whirlwind of a month December was for everyone Residents and Staff alike !

Lots going on as ever starting with dear Marmalade and her army of helpers decorating Valerie Manor which really entered us into the Festive Spirit…then whoosh…Singers, Dancers, Carol Services, Mulled Wine and Mince Pies, Presentation of the lovely Christmas Cake, then more Mulled Wine and Mince Pies. For all of the fore mentioned please see the separate articles and photographs.

A huge THANK YOU to Zoe and all of her staff for once again going that extra mile to make the Christmas before, during and after so very special for everyone. All working so very hard always with a smile on their faces. I am amazed at Chris and other Hospitality Staff who coped with the continuous nibbles and drinks that were served!

It was lovely to see so many relatives and friends sharing our special times. Great for the Residents but also for the Staff. I met quite a few people that visited from far away which was lovely…I met a lovey lady whose name was Robyn Bates !!! how spooky is that. Both she and her family member were visiting from Scotland !

Now onto a little Reminiscence Session that we enjoyed after our usual Monday Exercises….We discussed our favourite Christmas Gift received many years ago…Oh my first bike was the first memory…a metal fire engine, a Jar of Nivea Cream, Metal Roller Skates, when a resident was 5 she remembers seeing a pair of silver sparkly shoes in a shop and on Christmas morning excitedly found them wrapped up under the tree ! A Chocolate Machine was also a favourite..memories of small presents on the dining table at tea time….waking up in the night to feel and guess what was inside the pillow case at the bottom of the bed…A BEAUTIFUL TEDDY ! much treasured.
When one of our staff was 7 she remembers a Plastic Train that she pulled along on a string and really loved it ! another member of staff remembers her Skate Board.

That is about it for December…Long may the hard work and support continue that makes Valerie Manor such a very special place !
John myself and our family would like to wish all Residents, Staff and Families a very Happy Healthy New Year.
Robin xx