When every­thing in the gar­den’s lovely

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

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 ….?

Ev­ery week BAR­BARA FISHER looks at is­sues that af­fect us all – the is­sues that get you talk­ing. You can join in by email­ing bmail­bar­bara@gmail.com Bm@il

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