Welcome to aturnofthekey

 Memories of Old St.Georges Hospital 1818-1995  and Coton Hill Hospital 1854-1976, Stafford
A shared record of the Life and Times of these once-proud Old Hospitals. 25/02/2012

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320 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Jon Cowin said:

    What is the photo featuring the well known paedophile, and prolific sexual abuser sav-VILE?

  2. mistytiger1 said:

    Well it looks like it’s up to me to start the New Year with a comment as alls gone quiet so Happy New Year to all the sites reader and all my old friends. Now some time ago I mentioned my pension, well I am just a few days away from actually making it to 65 and looking forward to getting my state pension before it gets stopped altogether, you may think I’m joking but ask our friends in Australia about how the men in charge have messed about with the state pension scheme. I had to ring and request my pension as they failed to make contact with me. I did a telephone application and found that my pension is around £32 a week down because of my occupational pension so for those who are yet to reach the pensionable age set for them don’t plan to many trips just yet.
    On a different note has the main building reached the stage of having faults to view yet? I don’t get to Stafford much now but do plan to visit the County Asylem Flats when they are finished, the description given being one I got from a spoon when working St George’s all them years ago.

  3. Doug Endean said:

    The last comment was from me, Doug Endean. I will find out how to get my name to appear on my contributions, maybe it will this time.

  4. New Pic from Staffs Newsletter uploaded – Football faces from 47 Years ago ! ! !

  5. Roy Shirley said:

    wonderful photo with a lot of familiar faces, as you indicated, it’s hard to believe it was taken nearly 50 years ago

  6. A New batch of pics uploaded today – thank you Phil.

  7. A New Anecdote also uploaded today

  8. Philip Locke said:

    your welcome Brian

  9. David T Johnson. said:

    Hi Brian, Nice to see the photograph of the football team you put on the site on 22.01.2017. It brought back so many memories of past colleagues such as Gerry, Bill, Fergus, Geoff and Robert. Hope you are better soon.

  10. Glenys Ebenezer said:

    Hi everyone it was great to see photos of my aunty shirley.By the way anyone no geoff dewsbury phone number vic sargeant is trying to get intouch

  11. Hi Glenys – I’ve been in touch to put them in contact with each other.

  12. Kerrylee Clothier said:

    Loving the photo of my dad Geoff Dewsbury in his suit he had a whole wardrobe of them!! You don’t get made to measure ones provided for you these days.

  13. Sad News – Maggie Hartshorne (Angus/Bumford) has passed away. She will be remembered as a larger than life character. Full of fun but always willing to help others. Condolences to husband Brian – I have lots of good memories of her.
    Funeral at Stafford Crematorium – next Tuesday 20th June at 3pm.

  14. Phil Warelow said:

    Hi Brian, thanks for letting me know this. I was saddened by this news as Margaret was a special lady who I remember working with in the early 1970’s. Condolences to her family.

  15. Phil Warelow said:

    Does anybody still have one of the door keys we used until the late 1970s in St George’s? The older (almost a jail key). I’m interested in getting one (or even buying one) this would enable me to show nursing students how it used to be. Many students believe that how it used to be was in humane and cruel whereas my view has always seen the care we provided then was mostly thoughtful, caring and provided a good therapeutic environment – rather than a punitive one. If anyone still has a key please get in touch via this site with details and if you are happy to send it to me I would be grateful. Happy to pay and provide postage.

  16. SAD NEWSJust heard about the loss of a couple more of our old colleagues.

    May Morrissey – Funeral on Tues. 31st Oct. 1.30pm at Stafford Crematorium.
    Joan Downes – Funeral on Fri. 10th Nov. 11.30 at Stafford Crematorium.

    I have good memories of these ladies. Condolences to both families.


  17. Phil Warelow said:

    Hi Brian, this all so very sad. I like you remember both May and Joan fondly. They were both special ladies.
    Condolences to both families. Phil Warelow

  18. Kathleen Cox said:

    Hi Brian ,
    Remember fondly,both Joan , and May,both gave many years to St George’s Hospital,always at the fore at social events,for the patients,….this growing old is awful,one by one we drift away, Alf and I send our condolences to both families..
    Regards Kath Cox

  19. A couple of new Photo’s uploaded today – See Above

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