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Local History Cafe at Glenfield Hospital

Partner Paul Aldwinckle
Patient Partner Paul Aldwinckle talks at the Local History Café at Glenfield Hospital about the experiences of his friend former RAF Flight Engineer Rudy Hicks

Local History Café 

Local History Cafe is a regional programme managed by social enterprise Crafting Relationships,and funded by Museum Development East Midlands. The programme aims to bring together older people at risk of social isolation through monthly meetings involving tea and cake and a local history speaker.

We are holding a Local History Cafe at Glenfied hospital every month from 10.30 to 12.30 until March 2019. For further information contact artsandheritageatuhl@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

Local History Café 15th February 2019 

After a bit of a fraught start, our room had been double-booked, we found ourselves behind the historic Mansion House at Glenfield Hospital in the Bracken Centre. Patient Partner Paul Aldwinckle gave a fascinating talk about his friend, the former RAF Flight Engineer Rudy Hicks, who, after WW2, became a Leicester resident. Rudy and his wife Beryl ran a stall on Leicester Market for many years, and the couple were co-owners of a night club in the city. We were treated to a highly entertaining talk about Rudy’s experiences in the RAF, including the terrifying moment when he was hit with shrapnel from a German plane; Paul handed round that piece of metal and we all felt very close to the brave and fantastically interesting man Paul had brought to life for us.

 We welcomed a number of new people to our group who told us a little about how they came to be in Leicester. One man told us about the time he dug up a Roman burial site at Belgrave allotments – so we asked him to prepare a talk for a future Local History Café meeting!

All our funding comes from charitable donations and external grants. If you would like to support bringing our collections of art and heritage items back to life for our patients, staff and local communities with a donation please follow this link to Leicester Hospitals Charity.