Happy New Year Activities Summary!

Happy New Year!

John and I would like to wish all Residents, Families and Staff a very Happy, Healthy New Year!

Oh what a busy time the run-up and Christmas period was….so much going on for everyone to enjoy and join in if they wanted to from wreath making, special Services from many visiting groups, entertainment, lots of families and friends gathering together with us….I dread to think how many mince pies and goodies we all got through….yummy!  Our lovely Pat Dog Archie and Amy visited and had to be stopped from being thoroughly spoiled by one lovely lady who really wanted to continually give her treats!

We enjoyed celebrating Zoe and Alan’s first year of marriage by watching a video of the Ceremony….really lovely as John and I had not seen it and to share the experience with residents was very special….wedding cake as well !!  They saved the bottom tier for the occasion….delicious.  A few happy tears shed I can tell you!

On Christmas morning many relatives and friends joined us for Santa’s visit…..Sally-Ann, Mike,  Reuben and Eddie came as well as other ‘little people’  the Residents eyes light up when they see the younger ones just like all the reports in the news lately….it is good also for the youngsters to mix with the elderly.

I would like to thank every single member of staff for looking after everyone so well determined to make this special time of year….special.  The food was amazing as ever with Chef and his colleagues pulling out all the stops…..always with a smile!   Must not forget our dear Zoe and Alan at the helm….without them and the support they get from staff Valerie Manor would not be the special place that it is….John and I are very proud of you all.  Thank you.

Ok…back to business….we had a hoot after a morning’s exercising learning The Lambeth Walk from our chairs….Oi !!  singing along I was amazed at how many residents knew the words! We reminisced about favourite Christmas Gifts from years gone by….a pretty brush and comb set, a stuffed dog called Sally, Reading Books particularly about animals, one lady remembered Enid Blyton Books and another said she was not allowed books by her….a china doll called Angela, a box of beads to make necklaces….a first grown-up dress which was green….a second hand pram…..another lady remembers loving to draw and receiving pencils from H up to B.

Another memory was going out to visit relatives and someone always playing the piano in a very crowded front room and not arriving home until midnight…..sixpences in Christmas Puddings !!!!

An apple, satsuma and chocolate coin in a Christmas Stocking !

See you next time.