May Activities Summary!……..

Sunny sunny sunny May!

I do hope everyone enjoyed the sunniest month of May for a long time and did not get caught up in the floods!

The highlight of the month must have been the Royal Wedding…well it was for most of the Residents and Staff at Valerie Manor.

Union Flags everywhere….John even put my old Guiding Flag Pole up with a large union Flag….on strict instructions from our lovely carer Linda to ‘make sure it is the correct way up or you will have my husband complaining’!!! (he used to be in the army!)  bunting with Harry and Meghan’s photos on….red white and blue plates, napkins, balloons, cake stands and table sprinkles!!!

Most of our lovely Residents who wished to see the proceedings gathered in the Conservatory and at 12.00 enjoyed a glass Pimms to get us in the celebratory mood then after the Service most of us had a glass of champagne to toast the lovely couple!

As ever our lovely Alison and Steve prepared a special Buffet Lunch, cleverly using a British and American Theme in honour of the now Royal Couple….absolutely yummy!

John and I were looking after Reuben and Eddie that morning….the boys played football outside for a while but then joined us inside to watch the proceedings…..it is great to see Residents faces light up when the boys arrive…they are quite comical and feel quite at home at Valerie Manor having both accompanied us at various functions from an early age.

When the two little page Boys were attending Meghan it reminded me of when our boys attended Zoe and Alan’s Wedding as page Boys….Sally-Ann asked Zoe to get a few Haribo Sweets for them to enjoy during the Service….Zoe being Zoe bought 2 huge bags and the boys had lots of energy!!! But very funny!

The day after the Royal Wedding gave us a subject for our Reminiscence Session…’What memories have you of your Wedding Day?’

Carrying Red Roses, another carried White Lilies and Red Carnations….white Carnations with a tint of Pink…..and Cream Roses.

One Resident remembers getting married in St. Paul’s Church in Beckenham in 1940…another married in Acton in 1948…in 1947 another married in a Church near Bridgewater, Somerset.

Getting married to his beautiful German wife by an English Army Padre in Lubeck was another lovely memory of a gentleman.

Ava Maria was sung at their wedding which hosted 105 guests for a sit-down Wedding Breakfast which had been catered for by the WRVS…in the evening the Sergeants’ Mess was laid out for dancing!

At 12.00 midnight the happy couple left the Reception and went to Hanover then by train to Berlin where they had to sit on the doorstep of his new wife’s mother’s house until she came home…they then had their second German Wedding!

Lovely memories for lovely people!

Robin