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Artists in Residence

The Vale’s art group has completed the fourth in its series of preparing artwork for the forthcoming Streatham Festival. Getting to grips with the medium of acrylics on canvas, our artists focused on their interpretations of local landscapes, Streatham Common and The Rookery. “They are getting quite accomplished,” said tutor, Di. “The aim of this… Read More →

Watch The Birdie

To coincide with the return of the BBC’s popular Springwatch programme, residents have been keeping an eye out for the wildlife that visits The Vale’s garden at this time of this year. This colourful Jay has certainly appreciated the water feature. It is just one of many birds that will make grateful use of somewhere… Read More →

Learning Their Letters

Last year, The Vale’s art group made its contribution to the Streatham Art Trail, part of the bigger Streatham Festival, with a collage-style artwork spelling out the name ‘Streatham’. Each member of the group drew and decorated an individual letter which reflected their own personal style. A year on, we are back. This time, the… Read More →

Artist painting

Vale Artists Beavering Away on Festival Work

Our regular art class attenders are currently engaged in creating a fascinating artwork to feature at this year’s Streatham Festival. Tutored by artist and designer, Di Robertson, the group is putting together a series of four panels to reflect Streatham through the seasons. Traditionally, panels of this kind were used as altar pieces. Three panels… Read More →

Floral Displays are in the Can

Those who have been taking part in our flower arranging classes have had a further opportunity to test their burgeoning skills and creativity. The latest session put the focus was on spring flowers, creating an arrangement in an attractive enamel watering can. Fragrant eucalyptus, spray carnations and white freesias formed the heart of these pretty displays.  We were… Read More →

Celebrating Mother’s Day

There was a Sunday with a difference as residents, family and friends gathered at The Vale’s bar & bistro for a gourmet Mother’s Day lunch. Our chef had prepared a delicious choice of three courses that included leek and potato soup, prawn cocktail, steak chasseur, roast chicken, baked salmon or a vegetarian option. Classic apple… Read More →

Art class drawing

The Art of Dance

The French Impressionist artist, Edgar Degas, is perhaps best known for his pictures of ballet dancers, and it was this subject that was the basis of The Vale’s latest art master class. Degas worked in both pastels and oils but it was the former with which our students were presented this time. Pastels are unlike… Read More →

Enter the Dragon

Residents at the Vale welcomed Chinese New Year with a suitably themed banquet. The room was decked out with red dragons and lanterns to reflect that this is the Year of the Dragon. Guests dined on spring rolls, chicken chow mein, bbq pork and sesame toast, all prepared by our chef. They moved on to… Read More →

A Little Bit of Country

They do say, it’s not what you know but who you, and it just so turns out that a Vale resident has a relative who formed a country & western group. The musicians entertained a packed room at a recent Sunday lunch event. Diners tucked into a choice of roast chicken, beef or salmon with a… Read More →

Haggis, Tartan and a Wee Dram

Vale Residents from both sides of the border created a Burns Night to remember. Tartan was much in evidence with one guest fashioning a hat made from a tartan hankie, others with plaid ties and even one who had swapped a kilt for a quilt! The haggis was duly ‘addressed’ by one of our Scots’ heritage… Read More →