Britons Croft pet finds a new home in Upper Beeding

Valerie Bluebell the budgie
Valerie Bluebell the budgie

AT LEAST one resident of a supported housing scheme bound for closure has found a new place to live.

The resident budgie at Britons Croft, Steyning, the closure of which was announced last year, has moved to Valerie Manor.

Zoë Bates, owner of the Upper Beeding nursing home, said: “I was visited by one of our local district nurses who suggested that Valerie Manor would be a good home for their budgie, who would become homeless. I was delighted, and the next day we had a new resident.”

The residents were asked what to call their new neighbour, she added.

“The budgie did not have a name so we asked the residents for suggestions. One shouted: ‘you have to call it Valerie, of course’.

“This was agreed, although everyone also liked the suggestion of Bluebell by another resident, and therefore welcomed Valerie Bluebell to Valerie Manor.”

The bird had been very well-received, she added.

“It really has already made such a difference to the residents’ days. Residents who don’t normally come out of their rooms have been out to see her and enjoy spending time with her.

“I must say she is very vocal, which is delightful. 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.”