Care Chef of the Year Finalist

We are all absolutely delighted that Chris is one of 5 National finalists for Care Chef of the Year at the 2012 National Care Awards. What an achievement and much deserved as all the staff, residents and relatives at Valerie Manor agree! Please do have a look at the full nomination to see what we all had to say about him.

Chris spent a nervous day in Milton Keynes on Wednesday cooking a three course meal in front of the judges and was given 1.5hrs to undertake the task and it looked delicious!

We are all keeping our fingers crossed for the National Awards on the 23rd November where we will find out the results at the Gala awards night in London – Good luck Chris!

Here’s Chris’s delicious menu for judging day below…

Butternut squash and coconut soup
with chilli flatbread
Chicken, bacon and leek with smoked applewood cheese
in an open pie with a puff pastry top
Accompanied with a fresh vegetable medley
and creamed potatoes
Roast pears in cardamom and lemon butter
served with mascarpone and pecan nuts

September 2012 Activities Summary

October already…. my doesn’t time fly !

We were very lucky to see some of the Shoreham Air Show from Valerie Manor at the beginning of the month… we certainly heard it !

Physically we enjoyed our usual visit from Nick and his Skittles Game, Bean Bag Toss, Hoopla, Darts, B-Balanced exercise and Line Dancing from our chair where we donned some cowboy hats to get us in the mood ! Our Mind Benders this month included Do You Know Your Flags, Famous Couples, and The Apple Quiz. We celebrated Mexican Independence Day with a decorated dining room, Mexican Music and a Mexican Quiz. Some residents enjoyed making Tissue Flowers which are on display in the conservatory.

The monthly meetings with Zoe and Alan are a huge success. Our ladies and gentlemen have requested certain Activities. These include Crocheting, Knitting blanket squares for the homeless and more Craft Sessions. We will be including these request in our Programme.

We had a discussion about holidays and the following are some of the memories of places visited in the past. Egypt, Devon, Russia, America, the Lake District, Rome and the Canary Islands. The Pyramids was a firm favourite as well as quite a few cruises. It is lovely that as the Staff walk through during these Reminiscence Sessions they join in with their own experiences telling us about their diving and snorkelling. It is great that we all get to learn a little more about each others lives outside of Valerie Manor.

Keep dry and warm just like us at Valerie Manor and see you next month.


South Downs Revealed

As we mentioned in a previous blog entry, following the purchase of the land next door the tree line between the new land and Valerie Manor has been reduced to reveal the views of the countryside. Everyone is in agreement that it’s a big improvement – our residents can now see the beautiful South Downs once again and wildlife that was very much missed.

We thought we’d share these pictures with you, taken from the Valerie Manor gardens, as we enjoy the last of the summer sunshine.

Welcome Jade

Jade has recently joined us as a Hospitality Assistant. She will mostly be working over the weekend.

“Hi my name is Jade and as well as enjoying working at Valerie Manor, I am also a member of the St John’s ambulance, which is an experience I love and enjoy.

I have a dog and a cat at home who I help look after, especially my cat Binka. I love going for long walks along the river with my dog on a summers evening.

I am going to start my college course for childcare in September, which I am excited to do. I then hope to go to Canterbury Christchurch University to study teaching. I have nearly always wanted to teach young children so I hope to get the grades at college so I can study it.

Another passion is Astro-Physics – I love looking at the night sky and witnessing new constellations I haven’t seen before. I also love reading, knitting, singing, dancing and learning Japanese.”