We have been very busy decorating the lounge for valentines day. We have made hearts with flowers for the windows. A lot of our residents made the hearts to decorate the tree which looks very colourful. We also have a large heart for people to post messages on.
Elvis is back in the house!! Unfortunately he was not able to come on Valentines day but he will be entertaining us on Friday 15th February at 2.30pm. We will also be holding a Valentines raffle on this day which proceeds of will go towards our resident’s fund.
Our New Project
We are very excited about our new project that we aim to start in March. The project will be close to all of our hearts as we will be researching all of our hospitals that we have or have had in the past. All of us will have connections with Fern Bank, Buchanan, Royal East Sussex and St Helen’s that are no longer around but still very much remembered. Some of you may have worked there in the past. We had one former resident who was a very much feared ward sister and is mentioned in the book about St Helen’s hospital. If you do have any memories or history connected to the hospitals then please share this with us for our project.
Back to School
We are really looking forward to welcoming the children from a local school. Arc Blacklands Academy is coming on Tuesday 12th February at 1.30pm for about an hour. They are hoping to make Valentine cards with our residents. We will be doing this in Valley view lounge. If this visit is a success then it will be a regular visit for them to make.
We have a lady called Ann who comes every four weeks with library books for you. If you would like a particular book then please ask her as she will try to bring it with her on her next visit. Please let Shelagh know if you would like Ann to visit you when she comes. Happy reading.
Our Lottery Winners
5th January – Keith
12th January – Rollover
19th January – Rollover
26th January – Rollover
A Birthday wish goes to Mrs. Betty Kemp, Miss. Grace Birmingham and Mr. Ernest Lucas.
Our next coffee afternoon will be held on Friday 15th March at 2pm. We found that the afternoon was a much better time for our residents to be able to join in. We will of course hold our raffle again. There will be plenty of cakes to tempt you and as much tea and coffee that you can drink. Please come and support us once again.
In February (weather permitting) we will resume our outings to have lunch. We are moving our day to a Monday as the mini bus is available and we will be moving our shop to a Tuesday to allow for this change. Our first trip will be to the Bo Peep and we aim to leave at 12.15pm, date to be confirmed. Please let Shelagh know if you wish to join us for this or future outings.
Once again this year we took part in the RSPB birdwatch. Shelagh and some of our residents spent an hour in Valley View watching. The bird feeder was very busy and this was donated by Colin Wood’s family. This has made a huge difference to the amount of birds that we saw this year. We spotted 12 blackbirds, 1 great tit, 2 magpies, 3 pigeons, 3 robins, 3 seagulls, 6 blue tits, 2 crows, 10 jackdaws, 1 jay and 1 thrush. We had to laugh at 2 squirrels stealing the peanuts and fat balls from the feeders. This did not seem to deter the birds who seemed to wait patiently in the holly bush for them to go. The results of our hour watching have been sent off to RSPB.