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Remembering whist drives held in Vicar Street pub

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: January 04, 2014

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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.

Josie Hickens,

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!

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