You may be aware that we are very lucky to have Michele & Nick Stubbs provide our mandatory training here at the Home.

Nick visited recently for the first of this years Fire Training sessions which as always was informative but also enjoyable. Nick understands the ‘uniqueness’ of the 17th Century Grade II listed part of the home and has been heavily involved in reviewing our Fire plan on a regular basis.

Whilst the subject of Fire prevention is a very serious matter Nick  engages everyone to ensure ALL staff are clear on their responsibilities in the event of an emergency situation arising at Valerie Manor.

The session also included practical training on how to evacuate a resident who is ‘bed bound’. A volunteer was ‘sought’ with yours truly given the honor.

Thank you to Nick and Michele for their continued support and training sessions throughout the year.  

December’s activities summary


I do hope you all enjoyed a lovely Christmas and New Year…..lovely to see so many Relatives and Friends at the various events over the Christmas period.

I would like to commend the Staff as ever going that extra mile to make sure everyone enjoyed the Festive Season.

When John and I arrived just before Christmas to see a couple of Elves skipping around the Car Park and Garden we did a double take then realised it was dear Zoe and Alan ‘doing their thing!’

WONDERFUL!  The smiles on the faces of everybody said it all!

On the run up to the big day so very many Events and Entertainment were enjoyed by everyone which was great.

I had a couple of Mondays doing my usual exercising from the chair followed by some ‘Brain Teasers’…..Affinities e.g. Fords and Pontiacs are Cars,  Harvard and Yale are Universities….Matched Sets e.g Sink or Swim, Salt and Pepper, Sticks and Stones….Triads e.g. Snap Crackle and Pop, Lock Stock and Barrel, Animal Vegetable and Mineral to name just a few….as ever any Staff and Visitors around join in which is great!

We did a Christmas ‘Sensory Sight Identification’…12 Christmassy Items were put on a tray and covered up after everybody had looked at them.  We then went to each individual to ask what if any items were remembered….the result was quite amazing!

We discussed memories of treasured Christmas Gifts from childhood….A Board of Coloured Beads to make Patterns,  a favourite Book on Ballet by Anna Pavlova,  Spinning Top, Balls which were used to play against a wall (I loved this when I was young playing onsie/twosie/one leg/the other leg etc on my dear Dad’s Shed wall!)  one memory was of an elephant made by the visitors father’s father a very long time ago!

Here is to a very Happy, Healthy 2020!

Robin x