Here comes the Bride!

We are so pleased for Collette and her husband Chris who got married last week. The weather held and they were able to have their photo’s taken outside and many of her colleagues joined the happy couple later in the evening.

On her return to work we arranged a couple of surprises for Collette; one at the beginning of our piano recital, where the pianist played ‘here comes the bride’ with only a matter of seconds notice, and Chris made a lovely wedding cake which I happily presented to her (see above).

Everyone wishes them both all the best for their future together.

Piano Recital

We were so lucky again this year to have Rudi Eastwood play a Piano Recital for us at Valerie Manor.

Because of the popularity of previous cheese and wine evenings we once again decided to combine the two, which was extremely well received.

You may remember in a previous post that the piano was donated by a resident’s family so it was so nice to hear it being played again by a professional and seeing the library full with residents eager to enjoy the recital.

Rudi was greeted by Alan as soon as he arrived and asked if he could play ‘here comes the bride’ for Collette who was recently married, which Rudi willingly obliged (see Here comes the Bride!).

Many of the audience personally thanked Rudi for his beautiful music, and I hope it won’t be too long before we can hear him again. We would also like to wish Rudi and his family all the best as they are expecting a baby in the next few weeks.

Harvest Festival

We once again accepted a kind invitation from Upper Beeding Primary school to attend their Harvest Festival Assembly. The residents were very keen and we therefore had to make 2 trips!

The children were brilliant and obviously enjoyed telling everyone about the Harvest and also singing their favourite songs.

One of our residents said on his return that it was ‘A triumph’ and what a throughly enjoyable afternoon it was.

Thank you to everyone at the school for making us all welcome.

St Barnabas House Santa Dash

It’s been a few months since we last did any fundraising but with the St Barnabas House Santa Dash coming up next month we couldn’t resist. Our marathon champions Linda and Alan are itching to get running again and together with some very kind friends of Valerie Manor they’ll be getting together for this brand new event on Sunday 24th November in Littlehampton and aiming to raise funds for St Barnabas’s new Hospice at Home service.

You can find out full details of the event on the St Barnabas website at;

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