The BIG Four Ohhhh!

I thought I would take the opportunity to thank all my colleagues for making my 40th birthday so special.

I have over the years arranged a few surprises myself and would like to think I am aware of things ‘going on’. However following being presented with  a beautiful golf themed cake made by Chris – Zoe  asked me to go to Beeding Pharmacy to collect an urgent prescription. This wasn’t out of the ordinary so off I went, whilst I was out could I also pick up a paper for Zoe’s Mum and post a card for Emma?, all quite legitimate requests.

I first went to Beeding News to purchase the newspaper when Angie said “oh I have something for you” and gave me a present from the residents and staff as well as a balloon and card from Angie, Sue & Louise – Now, I am not usually lost for words but they failed me on this occasion. I eventually thanked Angie for everything and went on my way to the Pharmacy for the urgent prescription.

Our local Pharmacist Mike said he didn’t have anything for us, but thought their might be something for me in his office, he returned with another present from him and his colleagues – lost for words twice in one day – unheard of! – I thanked everyone and went to post Emma’s card – Tracey smiled at me as I entered, and I said “not you as well!” – “yup she said “Happy Birthday – you’ve been well and truly set up!”

On returning to Valerie Manor laden down with all my presents and balloons I could see faces peering out of the conservatory laughing at me!

I later found out the main ring leader was Emma who I must admit should be highly commended for the entire ‘covert’ operation.

Once a gain a huge thank you to all of the staff, residents and visitors who made my 40th a very memorable birthday!

An Olympic Afternoon!

I know that everyone has been enjoying the 2012 Olympics so we thought we would arrange our very own Valerie Manor Olympics last Thursday for our residents to enjoy an afternoon of fun family field events together with staff, friends and families of the Manor whilst raising money for St Barnabas House.

We were so lucky with the weather, everyone had such a glorious afternoon in the sunshine with both children and adults taking part. Our special ‘Olympic’ events were organised by office manager Alan, including the sack race, tug of war, three legged race, obstacle race and the egg and spoon race. Alan was also on hand as the games official to record the race times and make sure there was no cheating! Cream teas, Pimms and ice creams were on sale and our chef Chris made a lovely Olympic cake which was raffled.

At the end of the events the Olympic flag was raised whilst listening to Chariots of Fire, while myself, deputy manager Alison and Valerie Manor resident, Cynthia, presented Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the lucky winners of the events!

You can view photos from the day in our online gallery.

During the two hours the residents had a very special afternoon and we managed to raise over £230.00 for St Barnabas House, bringing the total raised so far this year by Valerie Manor for this worthy charity to over £600.00.

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Devils Dyke Outing

We returned to a favourite Sussex beauty spot recently for one of our outings, and we all agreed on such a beautiful clear day Devils Dyke gives an excellent opportunity to view Mid Sussex to the North! – It has to be said as well, the ice creams available there were very refreshing too!


We welcomed Nick back recently for another Skittles session which because of the sunshine was held outside the conservatory again!

As always it was a hotly contested competition, so much so that Nick has arranged a match against another local care home he visits! – Who knows, maybe a League will start up!!!

Thanks to Nick as always for a very enjoyable morning.