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Once a month we compile requests into a chart of the Top 10 favourites and at the end of the year we add all the year’s requests together and that’s how we arrive at the listing below. With Queen, Pharrell, Elvis, Ed and many other great artists, it sums up the music that goes down well at Whipps Cross.     Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen Jai Ho by A R

Whipps Cross Radio And Fifty Years Of Service

Looking right back we started in a transplanted wooden garden shed in 1969 and it wasn’t until 1992 that we moved into professional studios in the main building. Those early days were rudimentary and involved playing vinyl records and cassette tapes, on dilapidated equipment. CDs were still 15 years away. The station was co-founded by Chris Rowsell who was running a service at Chelmsford Hospital. Enquiring at the Walthamstow office

Celebrating George Lansbury And The NHS

           Nancy Whiskin looks after the volunteers for the Barts group of hospitals but she is also the great, great granddaughter of George Lansbury. He was a social reformer and politician who served the east London Community in the first half of the 1900s. He championed social and health care for the poor and was the first proposer of a national health service. We talked to

Whipps Cross War Hospital By Phil Hughes

Phil Hughes narrates the story of the role the Hospital played treating wounded troops during the First World War. The Hospital, which was built in 1903 as a Poor Law institution, treated some 6,000 injured World War 1 soldiers during the four years of the conflict. After a visit by King George V and Queen Mary in 1917 the name was changed from West Ham Union Infirmary to Whipps Cross and

Army Reservists An Interview By Vince Burke

Just around the corner from Whipps Cross is the Army Reservists centre of 68 Signal Squadron. Previously known as ‘Territorials’ the Reservists provide a back-up force of fully-trained and highly skilled men and women for times of emergency. They also support local government, the emergency services and major public events such as the London Olympics. As Vince Burke found out when he went along, the recruitment doors are open. Click

Lee Valley Park Countryside Live

Every year Lea Valley Park holds a Countryside Live event with all sorts of rural skills on display. There are plenty of animals from ferrets to birds to dancing sheep (!) as well as displays from experts in country crafts. We sent Vince Burke along on a rather blustery afternoon to get a flavour of it. In the education tent he met Karen Wheeler from the park authority who explained

Artist Shirley Cullum Talks About Her Work

Whipps Cross Hospital Radio Ward Visitor, Shirley Cullum, tells us all about her work as an artist. Click HERE to listen to the Shirley Cullum interview  

Sunday Sports meets Barry Hearn

Whipps Cross Radio sports presenter David Morrow went to meet local sports supremo Barry Hearn at his Essex home and talked to him about his childhood, business successes and, of course, Leyton Orient. No longer involved in the club, Barry still has a great story to tell and firm views on its future. To find out what he really paid for the club back in 1995 and to hear this

100 Years of Whipps Cross Hospital

The West Ham Infirmary was built in 1902 and much of that original building makes up the present site. But in November 1917, after a visit by King George V and Queen Mary, the infirmary was renamed Whipps Cross War Hospital. The ‘War‘ was soon dropped after the end of the First World War during which it was used to treat the wounded. So November 2017 marks the centenary of

Sunday Afternoon Presenter Rings A Bell

  Showtime presenter, Terry Warren, is a dab hand with the bells and rings every week at Christ Church, Wanstead, E11. It’s hugely different from playing Gene Kelly on his programme but just as satisfying. Campanology, the proper name for church bell ringing, is also known amongst ringers as ‘The Exercise.’ It certainly does exercise both brain and body though may not be suitable for ex-patients at Whipps Cross. A

Whipps Cross Radio wins Gold in 2015

  Whipps Cross Hospital Radio won another Gold award in 2015 at the Annual HBA Awards. This time it was in the Best Station Promotion category and the entry was a promotion for the station using voices of patients. The music track was recorded for us by production company S2Blue but was originally used in the 1960s for pirate ship Radio London and was commonly known as ‘Big Lil’ –

WXHR Popular For Patient Entertainment

Listening figures from Hospedia, who provide the bedside consoles, show that the station is the favourite choice at Whipps Cross and is one of the favourite hospital stations in the UK. Station Chairman, Mike Jones, commented that it was an enormous achievement and reflected the efforts of the volunteers to focus the programmes on patients and provide a service tailored to their needs. “To achieve the numbers when the stations

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