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1983 Year Seven

1983 Diary Page

The first event for the year was a breakfast show broadcast on New Years Day by the Saturday crew.

Whilst the New years program was being broadcast the library was changed around. This was the first substantial change since the launch of the station. The library rack which was an "L" shape, and difficult to extract the records was changed into a continuous rack.

A new ward opened in January this year; ward 10:one problem for the radio the bed-head units were broadcasting the hospital radio on channel 6.

In March this year; the partridge mixer was moved into the new room (Studio 1).

The fete this year was opened by Euro MP Baroness Ellis.

This year will always be remembered by our librarian.

A presenter on a Friday night; had over a period of six months pinched over three hundred records, it took a lot of detective work not least of which after every broadcast, each night at 10:30: David would return to the studio to check every single record to see if it was still there.

A record would be put in the library from the chart; by the following week it had gone. The culprit was caught red handed with over twenty records, in his bag. We managed to get a few records back ,but some were lost for ever.

This individual also made it embarrassing for the station because his mother was a nurse on the wards. He did try to return to the station some years later, but was thwarted by our memories of his name.

Local Company Support

  • Honeywell Request Form

    PJ Through his work at Honeywell got the company to produce 900 request forms.

    PJ "I was gobsmacked when these turned up".

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    Honeywell Request Form
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  • Honeywell Designed Logo

    Honeywell Designed Logo
    At the same time, they came up with the design for the logo which remained till the closure in 2016.

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    Honeywell Logo
    Reverse of Request forms
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A fortnightly program on Thursday nights called Heatherwood beat, was broadcast. A member of the local constabulary would come and answer questions from patients.

In Sept the first fund raising disco was held in the social hall.

The studio had increased by size but a request for another space at the hospital was requested.

At the end of the year a special 12hr Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, program was broadcast by the Saturday crew.

WD2 Children's Show

The success story going from strength to strength this year was the children's show. Presenter PJ also provided music for the Xmas party.

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Saturday Poster

Another of those posters created by PJ and mastered with a stencil set and typewriter.

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Saturday Posters
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The poster carried the new program schedule for Saturdays and was hand coloured before displaying on the wards.

1983 Year Seven Story Unfolds

For further information about this year:- Follow the links

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Patient Booklet Gallery Issue 5

Patient Booklet Issue 5

The Patient Booklets were given freely to patients to promote the work of the radio station and the leagues trolley shop.

Issue 5 contained twenty eight pages with information about the hospital and how the radio service was set-up.

It also had a request for feedback from Grace Browning Wednesdays, stories about the hospital's diamond jubilee and the story of the diamond jubilee fete, in addition another story from Tim Kingcott Fridays.

A page of thank you letters from former patients was also included.

The booklet also carried an article about the trolley shop.

The booklet also carried pictures and an article about the Thames valley road safety quiz.

Chairman Ron Mason welcomed readers to this new edition.

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Volunteer Stars Gallery

Some captured moments of our volunteers,during this year.

Our Stars of 1983

  • Audrey Woof
    Voluntary Service:- 1979 to 1984
    5 Years
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    Audrey Woof Thursdays.Request Collector.
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  • Dave Smith
    Voluntary Service:- 1979 to 2016
    37 Years
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    Dave Smith Saturdays.
    One of the rare colour pictures of the early studio.
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  • Wednesdays 1983
    & Peter Kemp

    Peter's Voluntary Service:- 1982 to 1988
    6.3 Years
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    Wednesdays.
    Tim Green Grace Browning Peter Kemp & Dennis Gifford.

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    Grace Browning & Jean Wells Wednesdays.
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  • Andy Morton
    Voluntary Service:- 1978 to 1985
    7.8 Years
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    Andy Morton Mondays.
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  • Peter Hewitt
    Voluntary Service:- 1982 to 1983 1.5 Years
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    Peter Hewitt Thursdays.
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    Chas & Dee Fridays.
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  • Tim Kingcott
    Voluntary Service:- 1981 to 1983
    2 Years
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    Tim Kingcott Fridays.
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  • PJ Davidson-Smith
    Voluntary Service:- 1980 to 2016
    36 Years
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    PJ Davidson-Smith Saturdays.
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  • Keith Jones
    Voluntary Service:- 1982 to 1983
    1.5 Years
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    Keith Jones Thursdays.
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  • Penny Goldsmith
    Voluntary Service:- 1979 to 1987
    8 Years
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    Penny Goldsmith Mondays.
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  • John Walters
    Voluntary Service:- 1976 to 1984
    8 Years
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    John Walters Mondays.
    Former Treasurer to the Radio.

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  • Grace Browning
    Voluntary Service:- 1978 to 1987
    9.8 Years
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    Grace Browning Wednesdays.
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    Bill & Grace Wednesdays.
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  • Phil Chappell
    Voluntary Service:- 1981 to 1987
    6.7 Years
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    Phil Chappell Thursdays.
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  • Nick Hine
    Voluntary Service:- 1983 to 1983
    0.7 Years
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    Nick Hine Thursdays.
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    Penny Goldsmith Keith Bollands & Hilary Tungate Mondays.
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Archive Gems

Just some extra's we found:-

Staff Joining This Year 17 Staff Leaving 13

That was the year that was “1983”

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