|WINWICK HOSPITAL WARRINGTON|
EDITORIAL COMMENTThe steady development of The Standard over the last few months has finally reached the stage where contributions have to be held over due to. lack of space. This healthy state is mainly due to the increasing number of people who are involving themselves in the running of this venture. To maintain such progress we simply need - more contributors, more contributions. Please remember - the absolute deadline is the Publications Committee Meeting in the Library, every Monday at 1.30 p.m.
SOCIAL THERAPY REVIEWOn Thursday, the netball and football teams went to Denbigh for their respective matches. The men had a very good game but lost the match by 3 goals to 2. The ladies did not have a game as the Denbigh team were having a treatment session. We were however, compensated by a beautiful walk through their very impressive grounds followed by watching the football match, tea and a drink on the way home. On Wednesday, 12th April, the staff football team played a friendly match against Newchurch at Winwick, which resulted in a 6 - 1 win for us. On Sunday, 16th April, the team got through the eliminating rounds of the Inter-hospital Challenge Cup, by beating Broadgreen hospital by 5 goals to 4. They will play the winners of the Whiston v. West Cheshire match in the semi-final this Sunday. Beginning on Monday, 214th April, at 6.30 p.m. the first rounds of an inter-ward five-aside knock-out competition. We hope for us many teams as possible to enter and with the right amount of enthusiasm and encouragement from staff we feel that this could be a very successful venue. The first rounds of the patients' table tennis competition took place on Wednesday, 26th April, in the Female Gym. Though patients are now too late to enter the competition, it would be nice for those who have entered to have some support from spectators. The results will be published subsequently. On Wednesday, 26th April, two representatives of the patients football team will play in the Champions v. the Rest match at Cranage. Winwick this year are runners up to Langho. On Tuesday, the 2nd May, there will be a practice match in the female gym for past members of the netball team and anyone who is interested in joining. There will be an inter-hospital netball knock-out tournament later on in the year and as we will be the host hospital we need a 'winning' team. Cadets are also invited to the practice and enter the competition. On Sunday, 16th April, there was a talent competition in the gym for all patients. The response was good and the standard of entries very high. 22 patients entered the competition and 130 patients came to watch. It was undoubtedly a success and the final will be held a week on Sunday with a panel of judges to award the prizes. There must be unlimited talent within these walls if only we can root it out and channel it in the right direction.
AttentionSportsmans Dance to be held in the female gym on Saturday, 29th April, 1972. All patients who have represented the hospital on any of the teams will be invited to bring a guest with them. The dance is in appreciation of all they have done for us in the past year.
I can only suppose this "thing" I had about Paris started when I was - well - six. Georgie and I were the only children in the street so we were very close. His father had spent the larger part of the Great War in France and we loved to listen to his tales about Gapari - where, so one song of the time told us, flies went to in the wintertime, where lived mamselle from Armentiers, which so spellbound the country lads they couldn't be kept on the farm, that inspired Georgie's father to make "little minni-ons" of sugar and cocoa or cheese and potato for us when Georgie's Mum was at Mother's Union. Gapari and Jeppardi were at one in my mind because from grown up talk I knew there was danger in Jeppardi and when we threw our mothers' baskets into the chattering beck at the top of the street to race like hummery down to the bottom and round the corner to watch them emerge into the swiftly flowing inaccessible brook and swirl away under Westgate Bridge to meet the Calder, the inevitable spanks were worth it - for we knew they had swum away to labellfrance. When he was old enough, so Georgie vowed, he would be a doctor and would marry me and we should spend a long holiday in France.
He didn't become a doctor however, he became a commercial artist and what might have suited the doctor's patients certainly wasn't pretty enough for the commercial man's clients.... But... my association with France didn't end, one of my numerous boyfriends - Toto Saillot - came from that same land and his sweetest nothings were those describing Paris.
So.... there it has been, almost from my beginning, as has the knowledge that I should go there before I died. Fifty years on and finance and opportunity allowed me to spend a weekend there, last weekend, and oh! there it was in fact just as it was in my mind, the chestnut candles, the limes, the Seine with her bridges, the Champs Elysee, the view from Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame wherein I was too moved to speak lest I wept, the cafes, the friendly people, the spaciousness, the magic.
In fact, I was so "within-it" that I had to spend a few hours in bed through nervous tension - which probably isn't surprising because I savoured it for two - Georgie got no further than the Normandy beaches on D-Day.
|Mrs. A. Smith||N/A|
|Mrs. K.R.A. Hill||S.E.N. (G)|