April News Round #3

Spring Trivia

On the first day of spring, the hours of daylight and of darkness are equal

a) True

b) False

Landmarks – what and where?

This week in history

  • 10th April 1912 – British passenger liner the Titanic sets sail on its maiden and only voyage, from Southampton to New York
  • 11th April 1952 – Queen Elizabeth II announces that her descendants will bear the surname Windsor

Previous Answers

  • Landmark – Arc de Triomphe, Paris, France
  • Spring quiz – c) Pringtemps

Easter Cards

Our residents where thrilled to receive Easter Cards from the children at Ashurst Primary School.

Such a wonderfully thoughtful gesture and as you can see really made the residents happy.

Thank you to everyone involved and hope you all had a Happy Easter.

A Year of Newsrounds!

The world has changed in many ways over the last 12 months and as lock down eases everyone is hoping for a bit more normality.

We shouldn’t forget those that have given so much to Valerie Manor, one of whom is Rachel whose Grandmother was a resident here.

Over the last year she has researched and created the Newrounds which our residents love.



My family and I felt it was important that we did something that would support the community during these trying times. Our thoughts turned to Valerie Manor, where my grandma Muriel resided for 5 years. We have always had utmost respect for Zoe and Alan, the staff and the amazing work they do, and so wanted to find a way that we could help without compromising the safety of residents or staff.

We are all aware of the difficulties of occupying one’s mind and finding a distraction from the current situation, and these are only exacerbated by isolation from family and friends. Given that residents are unable to see their relatives or participate in the usual community activities at this time, we came up with the idea of producing a daily ‘news round’ that would include some interesting information and puzzles as an alternative to the more distressing headlines that bombard us on a daily basis.

It is our hope that we can provide a little light relief during these dark times and hopefully provide something to look forward to, as well as fostering a sense of community despite the confines of physical separation.

April News Round #1

Spring Trivia

To the nearest million, how many Easter eggs are sold every year in the UK?

6 million

60 million


Landmarks – what and where?

This week in history

  • 1st April 1973 – Britain introduces Value Added Tax at a standard rate of 10%
  • 2nd April 1977 – Charlotte Brew becomes the first woman to ride in the Grand National on her horse Barony Fort

Previous Answers

  • Baby spider – a) Spiderling
  • British Tree – Birch Tree