Let’s Dance (Hassocks) Adult Entertainment

Since December 2008…..the first Christmas that Zoe was at Valerie Manor…..I have been bringing pupils to entertain our Residents from Let’s Dance! (Hassocks) every year on the exciting Christmas run-up!

I now only teach my Adults whilst Sally-Ann teaches Children and Adults….keep it in the family!….Let’s Dance! is a family just like Valerie Manor with over 180 pupils aged from 6 months to adult.

Over the past 32 years the School has raised in excess of £77,000 for various Children’s Charities.

On 4th December the Manor was buzzing with Residents and some Families and Friends ready to be entertained by some of my lovely ladies!

Twelve of my ladies very kindly gave up there time and energy to come and entertain…….’it marks the start of Christmas for us’  is their annual comment!

What a great time we had……started with a Charleston ‘Jelly Roll’ sung by Bobby Darrin and Johnny Mercer…..a Modern number next by Gloria Gaynor…..a fun Max Bygraves ‘Pink Toothbrush/Blue Toothbrush’  (first performed in my 2003 Show!)….costumes still fit!

Amore by Dean Martin ….’I’ve Got Rhythm’ from Crazy For You by Judy Garland….’Sh.Boom’ by the Overtones danced by Sian who dances with Sally-Ann and is also our Cheer Leading Coach!…..’Soda Pop’ a really upbeat number by Robbie Williams….two Line Dances ( I used to run Classes a few years ago when it was very popular!)

A bit of a bonus was for the first time one of our ladies…who attends classes with me, Sally-Ann and our Ballet Teacher…. Choreographed her own dance to Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ on Pointe!!!!


Her daughter will be performing with Sally-Ann on Sunday 8th December.

We had lovely Cathy singing two songs whilst the ladies were changing costumes and finished the dancing with ‘Volare’ by the Gipsy Kings (yes that is the correct spelling!)  A bit of a surprise for one of our Residents,  whose daughter has danced with me for years,  I was one dancer short for Volare and the lady in question PERFORMED ! much to the delight of her mother!

Eddie joined us for our final Song ‘Thank You For the  Music’ from Abba which we have at the end of all of our shows.

Enough about us…..now to our lovely Audience…..we had laughter and tears…..smiles and clapping along to numbers…..a lovely lovely afternoon made even better by the Staff looking after everyone so well!

I would like to say a huge thank you to my Adults and everyone who helped in the preparation for the event!…….from dear Alan and John laying Tap Flooring and putting up Glitter Curtains,  Zoe and her staff moving furniture around in the Conservatory to accommodate the Entertainment!     

I so hope we see some of you on Sunday when it all happens again with some of Sally-Ann’s younger pupils…..aged 4 to teenage!

Robin x

November Activity Summary

Hello,  a very wet and windy November has finished with sunshine albeit cold but rather chilly than wet!

The Manor is buzzing getting ready for a very hectic, but enjoyable, run-up to you know what! ……will not mention that  word yet!

November first.

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Zoe, Alan and our wonderful Team for another very successful Award Evening……when you see the Team together it really brings home why they achieve these well deserved Awards….they are not just a Team working alongside each other they are a Family!!  Supporting each other through the good and bad times….the laughter and tears!  John and I are very Proud of you ALL!  Thank you for always going that extra mile for each other, and our lovely Residents.

Our Monday Sessions have included the usual Exercises from our chairs for those who wish to join us……we enjoyed a lovely CD of Gareth Malone (Choir gentleman)….Music for Healing which was so relaxing we nearly nodded off!

Quiz wise we had ‘Name a Song Sung By’……..there were 20 Artistes and 20 answers were given from Al Jolson to Bing Crosby, Aled Jones and The Beatles!……as most of you know I cannot sing so gave clues by whistling if answers were proving difficult!

At another Session I had 13 different Flags from around the World where all were guessed apart from the Mexican one…very impressed!

We also enjoyed a Natural World Quiz….e.g  What four letter word connects a Dollar and a Male Rabbit?   Go away and think about that one.  Our Residents knew!

That is all for now……hopefully see many of you at the various Valerie Manor get-togethers coming up in December.

Robin x   

St Barnabas Pop up Shop










Today, the lovely ladies from St Barnabas, Steyning came to sell Christmas goods from a pop up shop! It’s so lovely to have a buzz around Valerie Manor with the residents being able to browse through items and have the independence to purchase goods themselves. The pop up shop included cards, mugs, wrapping paper, candles, decorations and soft toys! We have booked the ladies in for next Easter…a great way to spend a morning!

Everyone had a lovely time and help raised much needed funds for such a wonderful Charity.

Thank you to everyone who took part.