Archive for December, 2011

Whitchurch Hospital’s First Christmas Concert

December 23rd, 2011

Here is the programme for the hospital’s first Christmas concert in 1908

Front of programme

Page one of programme

Page two of programme

Get in touch if you remember any of the Christmas concerts that used to be at the Whitchurch.

Interesting TV programme

December 22nd, 2011

Obsessive Compulsive Hoarder

In a pretty English village in the Surrey stockbroker belt lives the infamous Mr Wallace, whose hoarding habits have spread across a million pounds-worth of property that used to belong to his parents.

His detached bungalow, four-bedroom semi-detached house and separate double garage are all stuffed from floor to ceiling with newspapers and other household items.

Cutting Edge is given unique access into his intriguing home, where no one else has ever ventured.

Mr Wallace is arguably the UK’s most extreme hoarder and his house has become a death trap It is so packed that he has to crawl over mountains of papers and magazines simply to move from room to room; it takes 40 minutes to get to his front door from the chair he eats and sleeps in.

The garden also acts as a dumping ground for tonnes of refuse so old that it is overgrown by foliage and trees. The council has tried to force Richard Wallace to clear his garden but he fought them to the Crown Court, representing himself and winning.

A year on, things are coming to a head as the picturesque village is competing to win Britain in Bloom and Richard’s home is once again the source of contention.

But with the hoarding now affecting his ability to function, Richard is entrenched to the point where his health is suffering, his safety is increasingly at risk and he is living in a physical and mental prison.

This time, the village’s sense of community is truly tested and Richard faces the most significant challenge yet to his isolating way of life.

Thanks to Dr John Lewis for this post

Interesting website

December 1st, 2011

The largest collection of historical newspapers is being published online by the British Library.

Around four million pages of the newspaper archive will be available including more than 200 newspaper titles from across the UK and Ireland.

So far they have done up to 1900 so there is only a little on Whitchurch Hospital but it interesting for other historical research. Let us know how you get on if you subscribe.

Thanks to Tim Goosey for this post