A life of women, drink and gambling
Rarely have they regretted their choice although one outstanding exception was William Hickey.
Having led a life of drinking, gambling and womanising since boyhood he fell ill in India and arrived in Beaconsfield in about 1808 where he leased Little Hall Barn in Windsor End from the descendants of Edmund Waller the poet.
Whether it was his health or restrictions on his lifestyle imposed by the pair of elderly spinster sisters, Sarah and Ann who accompanied him, he found Beaconsfield disappointing and his new neighbours uncongenial.
How Beaconsfield found him is not recorded but for the next two years he occupied himself by writing the ‘Memoirs’ for which he is best known. They covered his extensive travels which had begun as a result of what he himself had described as a life of ‘idleness and dissipation’.
This had commenced whilst he was still in his teens when he was expelled from The Royal College of St Peter in Westminster, better known as Westminster School.
He followed his father into the law but three years later sailed to India after embezzling money from his father’s practice. Finding that the rate of pay he would receive if he joined the East India Company insufficient to meet his needs he re-embarked on the ship but following his return to England his father sent him to Jamaica. This too was not to his liking so he returned.
Back in England again Hickey fell in love with a lady shunned by respectable circles named Charlotte Barry. She declined to become his
The ‘Preceptorship Programme’ is aimed at newlyqualified nurses (NQNs) and provides a year-long structured induction and training programme in providing specialist palliative care in patients’ homes.
Working alongside members of the charity’s experienced 90-strong nursing team, the post holders will gain new skills and knowledge in end-of- life care in wife and instead returned with him to India shortly after which she died and was replaced by an Indian lady. Meanwhile, and to his credit, Hickey settled into local legal offices including those of Under-Sheriff and Clerk to the Chief Justice.
The voluminous ‘Memoirs’ are notable for the insight they provide into life in the late 18th century in the many places where he had lived. The ship in which he had first travelled to and from India returned to England by way of China, an account of which he included in them in addition to writing about London, Calcutta, Madras and Jamaica. Like Boswell’s ‘Journals’ to which they are sometimes compared, they received little attention until the 1900s. a community setting.
They will also work closely with other healthcare providers, such as GPs, consultants, District Nurses and clinicians from other hospice charities.
Rennie Grove’s director of nursing and clinical services Sue Varvel said: “This is a real departure for Rennie Grove because in over 30 years of caring we have always looked to recruit nurses with experience in either palliative care or community nursing.
“In the last year or so we have begun to see the effects of the national shortage in nurses on our own recruitment and so we decided we must make a bold move to ensure we are prepared to meet future demand for our services.”
During their year-long mentoring process, NQNs or ‘preceptees’ will learn to recognise common symptoms and anticipate changes in a patient’s condition.
Under supervision, they will perform basic clinical procedures and assist with developing individualised care plans in conjunction with the patient and their family.
Initially just two NQNs will be taken on as part of a pilot project, but the charity hopes to be able to extend its offer in the future.
Successful candidates will work to structured shift patterns on a rota basis from Monday to Sunday as part of Rennie Grove’s 24/7 responsive service, providing care in patients’ homes at any time of the day or night.
They will also join the charity’s night team on a minimum of one overnight shift during their 12-month programme.
For more details of Rennie Grove’s Preceptorship Programme email jobs@ renniegrove.org or call 01494 877 200.
The grounds of Hall Barn and left the entrance to estate in 1928. Below, views of Beaconsfield and Hickey’s famous Memoir