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Valerie Bluebell

As you may know, Britons Croft care home in Steyning is sadly closing down. I was visited last Thursday by one of our local district nurses who suggested that Valerie Manor would be a good home for their budgie who would become homeless if not housed. I was delighted by the offer and by Friday we had a new resident! By chance our monthly residents’ meeting was planned for Friday morning and to close the meeting we introduced our new budgie and I was delighted with the response – it has made the residents so happy. The Budgie did not have a name so we asked the residents for suggestions…. as discussions were being had one resident, Chris shouted out…. ’well you have to call it Valerie of course!’ This was agreed although everyone also liked the suggestion of Bluebell by Nancy…. therefore we have welcomed ‘Valerie Bluebell’ to Valerie Manor.

I was also delighted when I found out that Andrew, one of our care assistants used to have an Avery and he has agreed to co-ordinate all the care for Valerie Bluebell with the residents, it also generated a lot of conversation as several of our residents used to have budgies at home so it brought back a lot of memories for us all.

Thank you so much to the district nurses and staff at Britons Croft for thinking about us and bringing smiles to all of our residents.


Following our residents’ meeting in February we were asked to develop the lounge in the original building into a library and quiet area. Now that we have overcome the problems of damp we are delighted to say that the lounge has now re-opened as a library and area where residents can go and read, entertain guests or play board games. The TV has been removed and the seating areas are cosy and peaceful – I must say I am delighted with the results and think that the residents’ idea was a fantastic one. Hopefully visitors will enjoy the beautiful old setting when they enjoy a drink with their family or friend.

March 2012 Activities Summary

It’s Official….Spring has arrived !

We have been very lucky having quite a few very sunny days where our Ladies and Gentlemen have enjoyed our lovely outside space at Valerie Manor. I know we desperately need rain but it has given everyone a real boost being able to get a bit of sunshine. However, at the time of writing I’ve just heard the forecast for colder weather……even snow !! Zoe was born in March and it was snowing then.

Busy, busy, busy as ever ! We celebrated St.David’s Day and St.Patrick’s Day with decorations, Quiz’s on Wales and Ireland as well as enjoying the lovely Riverdance Video. Greek Independence Day included Greek music as well as a Greek Dance Video.

Our Mind Benders included Prepositions, Chicken or Egg, Four Word Phrases as well as mentioned before the Themed Day Quizes.

We had ‘Sports at Valerie Manor’ to celebrate Sports Relief and Nick visited to run the skittles and we played an outside game where some Great Grandchildren of one of our ladies were delighted to join in. We just love the different generations coming together.

Our weekly Exercise from your chair sessions are great fun including slightly quicker movement with sing-a-long. Ending with our Reminiscence chat. One week we talked about our favourite holidays as a child. We had several memories of Hastings, Worthing and Brighton, Seascate in Cumberland, Bognor, one lady remembers playing in a field with very long grass in Palmers Green, another stayed with her grandparents in Deal in Kent remembering a pebble beach with a very steep drop into the sea. Another memory was of Hayling Island and a farm in Warminghurst near Pulborough. We all enjoyed the story from one lady going to a Pot Market in Lancashire which was an annual event. She remembers wearing a Panama Hat with fresh daisies on and a donkey eating her flowers from the hat! The great thing about these sessions is that the lovely staff walk through during them….Zoe runs !!….and add their own stories. One young lad told us he used to go to a Boarding School in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. This adds to the interaction between the staff and residents which is great.

Everyone is very excited about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Again everyone is getting involved with ideas during Zoe and Alan’s monthly meetings with the Residents.

We now have a Video and DVD library and Sue is organising viewings that are requested by individuals. Thank you Sue.

Have a lovely Easter


We had another visit from Nick Peniston-Bird this week who once again brought his Skittles Alley along. Since the weather was fine, all competitors donned sun hats and enjoyed the event outside, cheering each other on. Alan was encouraged to have a go, however it proved not to be one of his finest moments! We also enjoyed the company of some relatives and some had a quick go at the end. Is Skittles an Olympic event???