The Whistler – April 2018

Spring – Coming Soon

The Annual General Meeting of the West Hill Community Association, at which the accounts will be adopted and the committee elected, will be held at 7:15pm on Tuesday 24 April 2018 at West Hill Hall.

The aims of WHCA are to maintain  West Hill Hall for community use and to publish The Whistler to encourage communication in the local area. Refreshments and bonhomie are free.  All are welcome. The business of the AGM  will be followed at 8:00pm by our perennial favourite, the Quiz. Things are never taken too seriously at our monthly Quiz nights and we welcome new participants as well as quiz setters. Go on, give it a try. It’s a great way to meet new people in a relaxed and fun atmosphere and get involved with local activities.

We’re looking for new members for the management committee, whose voluntary activities include organising  community events held in the Hall; taking an officer role (Chair,  Treasurer, Secretary); managing Hall bookings; caretaking the Hall in between bookings; general Hall maintenance inside, and outside in the lovely ‘not so wild’ Garden; writing and collating articles/adverts for The Whistler (for the printed copy and online). In this edition and the next couple, we introduce the current Trustees, who explain why they volunteer to keep this 42-year old community association alive and kicking. Would YOU like to join us?


Victor Hatfield 1942 – 2018

Peter Batten writes about loneliness . . .

I visited Victor once a week for almost 9 years. When I let myself into his flat I would usually find him watching TV or playing cards on his computer. “How are you?” I would ask. Raising his arms wearily he would say, “I’m lonely and I’m bored”. Oh, and I forgot to mention that my enquiry had to be written on a pad or printed out in big letters on his computer screen. Victor had been totally deaf for several years. He was housebound by severe arthritis in his upper legs, had painful problems with his sight, and had treatment for a small cancer tumour on his head about five years ago. And, I almost forgot, a single heart by-pass operation in the 1990s. Continue reading Victor Hatfield 1942 – 2018

Dentists I have liked, loved and loathed . . .

. . . in no particular order

The older I get, the more I question some of the decisions made by the man upstairs with the long white beard. No doubt he sustains himself by enjoying his candy floss clouds, and quenches his thirst by giving them the odd squeeze. But why, for heaven’s sake, were we designed with teeth? Let’s face it, they give us pain when they are with us, their arrival is heralded by aching gums, and when they finally fall out, we look frightful and are unable to eat properly. Continue reading Dentists I have liked, loved and loathed . . .