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.

July 2012 Activities Summary

Hello…sorry I missed June’s write-up on our Activities.

John and I have finally moved….. to Upper Beeding ! Very excited but having lived in our last house for 35 years it took up more time than we could have imagined packing up and preparing for the move. We are now 6 minutes (yes I timed myself !) walk away from Valerie Manor.

Onto business. July was a very busy month with American Independence Day… decorations, themed food and an Independence Day Quiz were enjoyed. Then there was Bastille Day…again with decorations, French Music and a Quiz.

We’ve also been enjoying the sunshine with outdoor activities such as skittles, as well as lunches and suppers served in the gardens at every opportunity. Table tennis was enjoyed in the conservatory, assisted by our work experience students,  with a cool breeze blowing in from the gardens to cool the participants!

One of the highlights of the month must have been the excitement raised running up to the Olympics and looking forward to our special Valerie Manor Olympic Day on Thursday 9th August that everyone is invited to. Staff will be competing with good old fashioned games like Tug of War, Egg and Spoon and Sack Races not to forget the Obstacle Race and much more. Come and support us if you can either by joining in or cheering on the competitors. In true Valerie Manor fashion the event is also raising money for this years chosen Charity… St. Barnabas Hospice. Chris the chef is busy organising working his magic for everyone to enjoy his culinary skills. A must for the children to be involved in the fun !

Famous couples, The Apple Quiz, and Crosswords and Word Search were enjoyed. Giant Dice, Balls in the Box and The Parachute Game were amongst the Physical Exercise on offer.

Fresh flower arranging proved popular with either ladies and gentlemen joining in or watching lovely creations being made. They were on display throughout our home. Various colours of carnations were used with greenery from the garden….. Zoe and Robin returned back to the car park seeing me cutting conifer branches for the displays… ’are you trimming the whole hedge ? ’ was their reaction laughing from the car.

Our reminiscence Sessions continue weekly after our Exercise from the Chair. The Olympics prompted us to discuss sports enjoyed when we were younger. Mixed Hockey, Tennis, Netball, Le Cross, Football and Soccer were amongst memories. One lady remembered when she was a Nursing Midwife playing a game of hockey with other Doctors and Nurses and being hit on the nose with a hockey stick… she recalls her colleagues singing ’two lovely black eyes’. This was in a hospital in Surrey. A gentleman remembered wearing Red and White as the colours of his local football team of which he was a member. Another lady actually taught PE (that’s what it was always called !) and Games when she was younger.

That’s all for now. We look forward to seeing you on 9th August.