A FEW years ago many clubs and local communities used to hold Whist Drives. I grew up knowing about them as my mother, aunties and uncles nearly all played.
There was a pub I think, in Vicar Street, Dudley, and I think it was a Mrs Stone who used to have a Whist Drive on a Wednesday afternoon. I have a recollection of helping to lay the tables out. As a girl, I'm not sure why I wasn't at school, it could have been during the holidays! I also remember them at the Guild Hall, Dudley.
Anyway, later on as a grown-up we used to have them in our church hall, very enjoyable, they aren't heard of now, what a pity! I wrote this poem when we were having our monthly drives at St Teresa's, Parkfields.
16 Gordon Ave, Wolverhampton.
By Josie Hickens
Once a month we gather in St Teresa's Hall
It's a very special meeting, we really have a 'ball'
They are delightful people and always a pleasure
Those Wednesday afternoons are something that I treasure.
You'll meet Frank from Sedgley, Sheila's from there too
Sometimes we get 'Ted' as well, his visits all too few!
Then little Kath from Lanesfield, she plays a mighty hand
All in all we surely are a very jolly band!
Then there's Dora and young Agnes
They both work very hard,
And Josie she's the poet!
She's the local 'Bard.'
There's Aubrey and there's Alice
Little Elsie too,
Sheila Bett and Phyllis
Sometimes someone new.
Rosemary and Joan and Jean, they don't often miss
Then there's Peggy, she could be 'Lilian Gish'!
Always looks smart, good clothes in plenty
You'd never believe she is four times twenty!
When it's anyone's birthday then it's party time
As well as a 'cuppa,' a glass and a rhyme,
Often we have quite a sing song
And everyone's welcome to come along.
Long may we keep playing on our special day
It's a little 'oasis' along life's way,
So whether it's diamonds, spades or a heart
Continue to come each month and take part!
I could say a lot more, I've got a long list
Of the many advantages of playing Whist,
It keeps you happy, old or young
No one gets nasty, if you get it wrong!