July’s activities summary!

Hello everyone…..I do hope you have been able to enjoy the lovely weather.

John and I enjoyed a lovely two weeks in Greece in July so not much from me Activity wise for July.

I have planned a ‘Greek Themed’ morning for Monday 19th August to co-inside with our usual Exercises……Greek Music and nibbles!

The Valerie Manor Bar-B-Q was a great success……the food, drink, service not to forget the AMAZING singer was absolutely spot-on….a perfect day despite the weather!

It is so lovely seeing our Residents, Staff and Relatives mingling…..chatting, singing, and looking after each other.

Well done Zoe and Alan for organising yet another successful event and to all of the Staff for their never-ending energy and smiles!

Jax, our lovely new singer said that she had such a great time she would like to come every day………that says it all about Valerie Manor!!!   

See you soon…..hopefully at our next event on Sunday 11th August at our Valerie Manor Garden Party.  Some of our Let’s Dance girls will be joining us to perform Maypole Dancing…..fingers crossed for the weather 

Thank you also for joining us!

See you soon


June Activities Summary

I hope you enjoyed the sunshine….our ladies and gentlemen were well looked after with drinks and ice creams by our wonderful Staff!

A very exciting June for all of us. John and I would like to give a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! To Zoe, Alan and all of the wonderful Staff for receiving their very well deserved Awards last month….see separate article. 

A very exciting time when 20 of us travelled to the London EXCEL Centre by train or mini-bus to attend the Care Home Awards.

A beautiful sunny day awaited us,  lovely lunch and drinks all topped off spectacularly with winning not one but TWO Awards.

Everyone had such a lovely time….thank you Zoe and Alan for looking after everyone so well as always! …the Valerie Manor ‘family’ were on great form really enjoying the lovely experience.

Regarding our Monday sessions we chatted about holidays enjoyed….remembering visiting Austria and seeing the ‘Sound of Music’ favourite flowers….Edelweiss…apparently they were greyish in colour with fluffy leaves, Egypt and the Nile was a favourite as was Venice and travelling on a Gondola.  Again what is so lovely is the visitors join in not only with the exercising but the Quizzes and Reminiscences too.

We really enjoyed a laugh when I played some Rod Stewart ‘swing’ music…one lovely gentleman remembers him being called…Rod the Mod…I certainly do, do you?

Walking in Carnaby Street was another memory…for some reason we got onto talking about Moth Balls as well!…..variety is the spice of life.

We enjoyed some ‘Mind Benders’ ….Opposites…e. g. Up and Down…Requests Heard in the house…e. g…Go make your own bed! To name but a few.

Another Game was ‘Name a Song by’…..we had, Al Jolson, Fred Astaire, The Batchelors, Rolf Harris, Perry Como……residents, staff and visitors manged to cover every artist out of 20 given!

Finally I must mention our Let’s Dance!(Hassocks) Show which raised  a massive £3,400  for The Little Princess Trust. Again as we have our Valerie Manor family we also have our Let’s Dance! family.

Dear Alan was our Compere….Sally-Ann choreographed most of the routines involving pupils from 3 years old to adult….I had a few routines with my Adults too….one of which has a family member at the Manor!

I shall arrange a Monday DVD showing of the Show for those who would like to see it….possibly when the weather changes in the Autumn.

That is it for now….looking forward to seeing everyone at the various events coming up in the Summer.



May’s activity summary!

Sunshine all the way whilst I am writing this….John is outside the window up a ladder fixing my Hanging Basket brackets!

Some of our lovely ladies and gentlemen have enjoyed being outside in the garden over the past few weeks.  I must say Clare is doing a grand job out there with the garden now looking very well established.

We celebrated a belated ‘International Dance Day’ where I played Music from all over the World……we had a quiz where the ladies and gentlemen matched the music to different Dance Forms from Waltzes, Polkas, Charleston, Can-Can, Jive, Cossack, Irish, Scottish, Ballet, Cha Cha Cha,  Flamenco and Paso Doble to name but a few……must not forget Tap!!!  The Conservatory was like Strictly Come Dancing!

One of our lovely Carers celebrated her 21st Birthday on a Monday…..she was presented with a cake, cards and gift whilst we sang Happy Birthday!

This gave us another topic for our Reminiscence Session…..’What did you do on your 21st Birthday?’

One lady had a big party in the Village Hall at Henfield and remembers wearing a beautiful blue dress, another had a party in a Hall in Cambridge, a house in Somerset was the venue of another

Celebration.  A gentleman was at sea as it was war time…not on a Battleship but an old Fishing Boat.  Another lady had been evacuated to Stafford just before her birthday.

Another Quiz…Famous Couples…was enjoyed where Residents were given the name of one of a Famous Couple and had to guess the missing name….e.g. Fred Astaire and …..?  Batman and…..?

Antony and…..? Abbot and…..?  There were 16 couples on the List and ALL were guessed correctly!

That is it for now


April Activities Summary!

April came and went in a flash!

I do hope you all enjoyed the beautiful weather over the Easter Weekend.

Unfortunately John and I could not attend the Easter Sunday Lunch but I heard it was a great success.

Still Exercising on Monday mornings from our chairs.  It is so lovely when visitors join in with the exercising,  Reminiscences and Quizzes.

Lots of different music still being requested with the most popular being songs from the Musicals where visitors, residents and staff sing along

Lots of Red Roses for St. George’s Day and a Quiz from Sally-Ann.

John and I were very lucky to go on a ‘Special’ trip on the Royal Scotsman in April to celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary from last year.

A wonderful wonderful experience…brought back some Scottish Music….by a duo that entertained us on the train….for everyone to enjoy.  Scotland is really BEAUTIFUL.  We have only had a short visit to Edinburgh before.  I have a lovely photo of John in his complete Scottish attire that he hired for the ‘special’ dinners.

Bye for now