BBC Radio Sussex and our Visitors POD! Also a huge thank you to our wonderful volunteers!

This morning we were visited by Sam from BBC Radio Sussex – what a lovely man but not good with a hammer!!! Thank you for coming along and seeing what James and his team of volunteers are up to for our residents and relatives of Valerie Manor.

There are so many people to thank from our local community providing refreshments and support since Thursday – here are some of the volunteers and Companies who have helped already……..

  • Timber Rooms – Of course our project leader James!
  • Bench March Windows
  • Gardener and Scardfield
  • Steyning Rugby Club
  • Southdowns Flooring
  • Ashley Dawes
  • Martina from Amore – Yoga Chef

Below is a link to the radio broadcast at 1hr 28 mins and 45 seconds to be precise……….and again at 2hrs 29 mins and 28 seconds!

Visitors Pod Update

Wow! – In just the space of a few days the volunteer team from the local community has really pulled together!

The residents and staff have enjoyed watching the progress and over the weekend wanted to thank everyone for giving up their time and materials for this project.

What a wonderful community we are part of!

Please also follow the project on Facebook & Twitter

DIY SOS – Project Valerie Manor

We are extremely pleased to say that the team building the Pod started work yesterday!


James for Timberrooms is leading the team of volunteers and has confirmed all materials are now ready – kindly supplied and built by these generous local companies, contractors and organisations.


Benchmark Windows

Matt Hodson Electrician

Gardner & Scardifield

Steyning Rugby Club

Southdown Flooring

I also understand from the local Facebook page that other very kind companies/individuals are supporting in different ways – offering refreshments etc – all of course within the current COVID-19 restrictions. We cannot thank you all enough.

We would normally encourage anyone to come along but during these very difficult times we need to ensure our volunteer team, staff and residents remain safe. So please do coordinate with James to ensure all offers of support can be managed correctly.

Please CLICK HERE to contact the volunteer team on the local Facebook Spotted Page.

This project will make a huge difference to our residents and their families who currently are only able to meet in the outside area.

Do please keep an eye out for the progress of the project here on the blog. We have all been very humbled by the local communities response to the project and wanted to let everyone concerned know that this really will make a huge difference not only to our residents but also their visitors.


Flu Jabs

We were extremely grateful to both Steyning Medical Practice and Upper Beeding Pharmacy for ensuring residents and staff received their Flu jabs last week.

We have always encouraged people to have one but with the flu season nearly upon us, it is more important then ever with COVID-19

A special thank you to Dr Jain and Mike Slator for giving the jabs.

As you can see Mike created a ‘pop-up’ flu jab station in the garden to ensure he could maintain strict distancing and infection control measures. It was decided to provide the jabs at Valerie Manor rather than in the pharmacy as this reduced the risk to staff.