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1997 Our Presenting Stars and Backstage Information

Radio Heatherwood Backstage 1997

Whilst there was a very public side to the promotion of the radio service, behind the scenes a number of other events and changes were taking place to the working practices of the radio station.

Stars of 1997

Some captured moments of our volunteers.

  • Dave Smith
    Voluntary Service:- 1979 to 2016
    37 Years
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    Dave Smith Saturdays. Click to Enlarge:-
  • Keith Smith
    Voluntary Service:- 1990 to 1997
    6.1 Years
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    Keith Smith Saturdays.
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  • Jim Trendell
    Voluntary Service:- 1996 to 2000
    4.8 Years
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    Jim Trendell Tuesdays.
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  • Gary Butler
    Voluntary Service:- 1996 to 1997
    1.7 Years
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    Gary Butler Thursdays.
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  • Lee Henty
    Voluntary Service:- 1989 to 1997
    7.9 Years
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    Lee Henty Mondays.
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  • PJ Davidson-Smith
    Voluntary Service:- 1980 to 2016
    36 Years
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    PJ Saturdays.
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  • Sylvia Dungate
    Voluntary Service:- 1996 to 2008
    11.9 Years
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    Sylvia Dungate Tuesdays.
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  • Alan Holder
    Voluntary Service:- 1989 to 2008
    19 Years
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    Alan Holder Tuesdays.
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  • Barry Callan
    Voluntary Service:- 1995 to 2000
    5.2 Years
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    Barry Callan Fridays.
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  • Bruce Crosland
    Voluntary Service:- 1995 to 2001
    6.9 Years
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    Bruce Crosland Thursdays.
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  • Lance Scovell
    Voluntary Service:- 1993 to 1997
    3.9 Years
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    Lance Scovell Mondays.
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    Lance Scovell Studio 2.
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  • Bruce Crosland
    Voluntary Service:- 1995 to 2001
    6.9 Years
    Sue Pullman
    Voluntary Service:- 1995 to 2001
    6.9 Years
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    Bruce Crosland & Sue Pullman Saturdays.
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  • Roger Hawkes
    Voluntary Service:- 1988 to 2008
    19.5 Years
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    Roger Hawkes Ticket selling Ascot High Street.
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  • Rebecca Loader
    Voluntary Service:- 1992 to 1997
    4.3 Years
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    Rebecca Loader Studio 2 Fridays.
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  • Amanda Chivers
    Voluntary Service:- 1993 to 2000
    7.4 Years
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    Amanda Chivers Tuesdays.
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  • Lisa Jones
    Voluntary Service:- 1994 to 1998
    3.8 Years
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    Lisa Jones Thursdays.
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  • Ian Haskell
    Voluntary Service:- 1995 to 1998
    3.3 Years
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    Ian Haskell Fridays.
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  • Matthew Robinson
    Voluntary Service:- 1996 to 2005
    8.3 Years
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    Matthew Robinson Wednesdays.
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  • Sarah Bishton
    Voluntary Service:- 1997 to 2004
    7.1 Years
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    Sarah Bishton Wednesdays.
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  • Mark Gibson
    Voluntary Service:- 1996 to 2000
    4.3 Years
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    Mark Gibson Broadcast Support Thursdays.
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1997 Year Twenty One Story Unfolds

1997 was a very busy year for the station management and as the year unfolded there was much to do and organise

For further information about this year:- Follow the links

Mrs Stirling Says Thanks Radio Heatherwood

8th January 1997

Dear Dave

I was a patient in ward 1 for an operation on January 2nd on the Friday evening two handsome pleasant young men asked if I would like a request on Radio Heatherwood. I requested Spanish eye’s and my husband requested Jimmy Shand for me. It was a good tonic listening to all the requests and especially my own. Imagine my delight when later that evening as I lay on the bed still listening to Radio Heatherwood the above mentioned gentlemen came to tell me I had won the mug. This mug I now use every night for my Horlicks, so as I sip I am reminded of Radio Heatherwood.

Ross worked for the radio from February 1987 till January 1988, his partner Ashlee worked from February 1987 till May 1987

All this meant so much to me, as some years back when my son Ross Stirling worked in London he used to give assistance to Radio Heatherwood and Ashlee ( He now lives in Norwich ). So the name Dave Smith was familiar to me.

I would like to say how much Radio Heatherwood meant to me in hospital. There is a limit to the amount one can read or chat and I love listening to music. To lie on my bed with my earphones on and forget where I was for a time was a treat indeed.

May I say thank you to you and all your volunteers, you work very hard and at times it may seem a thankless task, believe me it is very much appreciated and we are very lucky to have people like you and your volunteers to carry on with the good work especially when you must be tired.

With appreciation and thanks

Margaret Stirling(Mrs)

Dear Mrs Stirling

Thank you for your recent and very kind letter, I also acknowledge receipt of your donation of £10, it is very much appreciated.

1 took over managing the radio station in the early 8O's, having joined in 1979,as Ross left us for pastures new, major changes where taking effect, not least the introduction of a medium wave system and the loan radio service. In the early days^ many people did not understand mine and a few others vision of what Radio Heatherwood should be doing, they most probably though! that we were talking through our hats!

Today we have a well loved and respected service, a tribute to a lot of hard work by the volunteers, of which Ross was one, especially in our stations formative years Your Letter and the others received, not only remind us what this station is about, but provides us all with that very deep and pleasant feeling in our hearts and a boost to our spirits May I wish you and your family well and hope that you are not in need of the hospital services again in the future, if you do, we will be there to fill our role, thanks in no small way, to your generous help

Yours sincerely Station Manager. Dave Smith

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And in the End

Each year that passes seams to go quicker and quicker; have we really seen 1997 come and go. The highlights this year include the Valentines Dance in February which was well organised by Roger & Ada.

David received a nomination for a Community Award for his work with the Radio Heatherwood Supporters group.

Larger donations this year came from The Crowthorne Rotary Club and Ascot Fire Brigade Trust along with donations from Victoria Hall Fund who once again sponsored our Broadcast Licence.

We also this year re-enforced our signal on ward 8 with the addition of two new aerials.

Our service to the wards by the loan radios increased substantially this year with additional radios for ward 8.

We have had some positive feedback from patients this year as well as some donations for new loan radios.

We have lost this year more broadcast nights than we would have liked and the loss of Mondays doesn't do us any favours.

This years Grand draw played an essential part of our fund raising calendar and proved once again a great money spinner.

The year produced a welcome return to the station for Alan Holder but saw the departure of Lee Henty & Gary Butler & Rebecca Loader. It always causes great sadness to us when long service presenters are forced to leave because of family commitments.

The addition of the Mini-disc players sets the scene for the coming months in we hope a new direction towards program production and creative jingles from individuals.

We will in the new year be trying very hard to encourage new people to the station as well as being more brutal in our approach to newcomers: taking decisions which will be made early in their training to avoid un-necessary elongated training which stretches into years instead of being completed within months.

A major project for the station and the league will be to replace the bed head amps in the studios along with the provision of full listening facilities for the day rooms on ward 12 as well as the re-instatement of the bed head service for ward 10. This will be a major fund-raising exercise to be coordinated by the station.

Next year the Station celebrates 10 years on the medium wave and the league celebrates 40 years of service to the hospital.

As this year draws to a close on behalf of the League of Friends and all the management team we would like to say thanks for all your efforts this year and hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year and We'll see you all in 1998.

P. J. Davidson-Smith Secretary December 1997

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Archive Gems

Receiving notes of thanks from former patients is always provides a boost to the morale of the staff. Here are some examples of letters from 1997.

1997 That Was The Year That Was!

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