When everything in the garden’s lovely
IREALISE that I use a very small fraction of the techno wizardry available to us in the 21st century but I really do appreciate email, on-line shopping, and of course, Catch Up TV.
On one evening last week, and using the wonders of the BBC iPlayer, I caught My Life on a Plate, an afternoon programme that links nostalgia with cooking.
This episode centred on local boy Russell Grant, who was talking about growing up in Hillingdon.
He recalled his days at the Harefield church where he was head choirboy. Obviously very moved by his return to the village, he said that he intends to end his days there, and has already booked his plot in the burial ground at St Mary’s.
Presenter chef Brian Turner heard about Russell’s mum’s bubble and squeak and his nan’s sausage cakes, and duly obliged by cooking them for him – in the churchyard!
When the actor/astrologer described doing shows in the garden of his Harefield home it reminded me of my own amateur productions with friends in Birmingham. We charged people for interval refreshments, but Russell was far more sophisticated and charged a penny entrance fee.
We tend to think our childhood memories are unique, but only a few days later I was listening to one of my favourite writers, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, saying he also started out by acting and putting on shows, at a tender age.
The hugely successful writer of 80 plays related at the Oxford Literary Festival how he first performed in the garden, hitching a sheet between two trees for a stage curtain. He honed his directing skills by beating up his cousins if they didn’t listen.
You won’t suffer the same fate as Ayckbourn’s cousins if you don’t attend a People in Partnership meeting but it would be much appreciated. If you could get there it will be particularly relevant, as the shape of the local health service for the entire Hillingdon area will be discussed. A new directive from the Government/NHS England says that all providers must join together to design health provision for the future and requires a plan by June. The meeting is on Monday in the education centre at Hillingdon Hospital at 7pm.
Hopefully you hadn’t planned to put on a show in your garden that evening ….?
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