The Pyecombe Village Choir

We were very pleased to welcome a new choir to Valerie Manor. Recently, we were contacted by Tim & Jane (the family of one of our residents) who suggested it would be very nice to arrange a performance in January and we were only to pleased to oblige.

The Conservatory was full and it wasn’t long before everyone was joining in – The first song was ‘Down at the Old Bull & Bush’ and at the end a resident exclaimed ‘I used to drink there!’

The choir performed a varied set ranging from Old time music hall to gospel – all of which were very warmly received.

We enjoyed some refreshments after the performance which generated a lot of conversation not only immediately afterwards but the following days as well.

A huge thank you to everyone involved at the Pyecombe Village Choir for giving their time up on a Saturday and also to our wonderful staff.



New Staff

We are very please to welcome the following new staff.

Carrie – Office Assistant.

Carrie will be working in the office from Wednesday to Friday job sharing with Sally-Ann who works on a Monday and Tuesday.

Having lived in Upper Beeding for 30 years, I know Valerie Manor by reputation and am looking forward to working with and getting to know all of the residents, their families and friends and of course my colleagues!

When I’m not working my time is spent looking after my animals, Morris Dancing and on a recently acquired interest in patchwork quilting.




Brenda – Deputy Manager

Brenda is joining the team to replace Alison who is retiring in April. So until then we have a team of three deputy managers (Debs, Alison & Brenda). Brenda brings with her a wealth of experience and has already begun to get to grips with our processes.

I have been in Nursing for over 25 years and in this time I have worked in many different nursing posts which has given me so much experience including working overseas and commissioning 2 Homes working with the General Manager – which was very rewarding.

I am passionate in my role and ensure that the care that is delivered is of the highest quality for each individual residents needs. I enjoy supporting the residents needs and promoting their independence, dignity and quality of life.

My goal is to maintain our residents purpose and a fulfilling life everyday.

I love a challenge and above all I appreciate humour!


Please join us in wishing all our new staff well in their new roles.

St Barnabas Fundraising – Update

It has been a while since we posted about our Fundraising activities for St Barnabas House and with the Fire Walk that Debs & Emma undertook and the Coffee afternoon that Catherine coordinated we have now topped £10,000. The current amount including gift aid is £ 11,254 which is amazing and a huge thank you not only to all our amazing staff for volunteering for events but also to everyone who donates to this valuable organisation.