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Residents’ Meeting – 27th April 2012

We held our April Residents’ meeting on Friday 27th, which again was very well attended. The meetings are always started with a glass of sherry! It’s nice to get everyone together and to hear ideas and opinions.

This month’s subjects included; an update on the new garden design for the grounds in front of the car park, new additions to our activities programme and the announcement of our Jubilee celebrations. We also discussed the menus and ask for any requests to be included in menu planning going forward. There was also an update on the increase in staff to cater for the laundry and housekeeping.

We also announced the exciting news that we would be supporting St Barnabas Hospice in Worthing, by donating all funds raised through charitable events held at Valerie Manor and other events that staff take part in for the next year. We’ll have more details on this and other items from our meeting on our blog very soon.

Welcome Nicki

“Hi my name is Nicki and I have just joined ‘the bank’ at Valerie Manor. I have been a qualified nurse for 19 years and spent my early career working in hospitals, but the last 11 years as part of the local district nursing team.

I live in Upper Beeding, which I love!, with my husband and baby daughter.

When I have time I love to bake and get digging on my allotment – any advice gratefully received!”

– I am sure Nicki will be a great asset to our fabulous Care Team, and everyone at Valerie Manor welcomes her aboard!

Welcome Emerald

When Britons Croft offered us a budgie, little did we know how it would become such a big part of the daily routine. You may have read that the residents decided to call her Valerie Bluebell, but they also thought she could do with a bit of company.

It was with this in mind Andrew and I accompanied two residents to a local garden centre, who had another budgie for sale. We made straight for the pet’s department and were told that they had only one female left, a lovely Yellow/Green bird, which we promptly purchased and brought back to Valerie Manor as soon as we could.

The new companion for Valerie Bluebell, was eagerly anticipated as residents and staff gathered to welcome the new arrival.

I am very pleased to say that Valerie Bluebell and her new friend Emerald are getting along famously – most of the time!

Valerie Bluebell has also made a name for herself recently by featuring in the local press.

John Paul Miller

John Paul Miller recently made his first visit to Valerie Manor to sing a variety of songs and play his guitar. This type of activity is a firm favourite of the residents (and staff) and is something that stimulates a lot of conversation afterwards.

John Paul started his set with a beautiful version of a song I had only heard recently, sung by Joe Brown at the George Harrison tribute concert “I’ll see you in my dreams” It wasn’t long before the staff and residents were swaying along!!

I am very pleased to confirm that John Paul is now booked regularly throughout the rest of the year.

A big thank you to John Paul from everyone at Valerie Manor.