My husband John Westwell for whom I have Power of Attorney â€“ even with Power of Attorney I am treated as a criminal by Cambridge County Council. The attack has been relentless since he was sectioned in 1992 and has been under their â€˜careâ€™ ever since. The authorities refuse to provide NHS funding for his care home fees. I have been constantly under attack â€“ with demands for care home fees, to complete assessment forms, and to sign an agreement with the threat of having to pay the full care home fees if I did not. I have asked for a copy of their Code of Practice â€“ they do not have one.
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About Rosemary Westwell
I love writing. I write about anything and everything. Revelling in the arts, I visit as many local events as I can, enjoying the fruits of the labour of other people. Having taught secondary school music before, when I had to put on musical productions myself, I have an idea of how difficult it can be. I write glowing reports of the events I see – but – read between the lines – not everything is as glowing as it may seem.
I am married and we have 2 daughters. The eldest has a frightening position as 'assistant professor' and the other daughter is training for a second degree (in child care nursing). I am trying to finish a PhD in language acquisition. A right lost of clever clogs we may seem to be, but as a one–time Aussie (now firmly British) I like to think I have kept a down–to–earth approach than can sometimes disarm the unsuspecting. After all, a spade is a spade no matter what else you may call it – or is it? So, if you have time to spare and want to read my regular offering with an eye on what lies behind the glowing words – take a look at my flow of reviews and comments.
Entries by Rosemary Westwell
Mediaeval Baebes, a stunning group of female vocalists who specialize in Mediaeval music, captured a packed audience in the Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral with their astounding sounds. Their pure voices in perfectly gelled harmony and the impact of skilful instrumental support entranced the listeners with music that brought Mediaeval culture alive. With interesting descriptions […]
Stretham Players certainly know how to entertain. In a packed house, the contrasting characters of Trisha (played by Barbara Gray), Liz (Carole Gentry), Viv (Maureen Hutter) and Mary (Donna Bright) bonded together delightfully in a skilfully written play by Lindsey McAuley. There was no doubt why the play called â€˜Brittle Womenâ€™ was voted â€œBest New […]
The Band of the Parachute Regiment commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the Falklands conflict with a magnificent concert in Ely Cathedral. Dressed in vibrant red, these skilful musicians filled the Cathedral with glorious sound. They presented a series of spirited and moving pieces with dazzling precision. Under the directorship of Captain Glen Jones and WO1 […]
â€œMy Fair Ladyâ€ presented by The King Junior School Ely in the Hayward Theatre was a splendid occasion. The young cast exuded confidence and talent and the characters of this well known musical were brought to life. Eliza Doolittle (Sophie Emms) and Professor Higgins (Oliver Hill) especially were delightfully authentic and dynamic. Sophieâ€™s raucous cries […]
Ely Sinfonia presented a refreshing concert in Ely Cathedral on Saturday 3rd March 2007. An attractive programme of music with Spanish connections offered works by Chabrier, Rodrigo and Dvorak that were both appealing and challenging. â€œEspaÃ±a-Rhapsody for Orchestraâ€ by Chabrier provided a fitting attention-seeking opening to events. The tantalizing variety of rhythms and colours in […]
Full with Wills: My Life in My Music: A Memoir by Arthur Wills OBE In this book, Dr Arthur Wills tells the tale of his humble beginnings in Coventry as a young boy who knew he would spend his life as a composer/performer and how his world blossomed into an exulted life of fulfilment through […]
The recorder is a much maligned instrument. In the hands of a highly accomplished musician the tremendous versatility and skill required to play this instrument well soon become clear. This was certainly the case with the performance on February 23rd by Kate Hearne in the Recital Hall at the Hayward Theatre in Ely. In her […]
Noel Cowardâ€™s â€œBlithe Spiritâ€ was an excellent choice for the Kingâ€™s School Ely to display the emerging talent amongst senior students. Under the expert directorship of Adella Charlton, the cast brought to life the golden era of Noel Cowardâ€™s sophisticated wit and humour, presenting the foibles of characters beyond the years of their portrayers in […]
The Ely area has been blessed with a number of pantomimes to ease the gloom of our fading winter days. Strethamâ€™s version of â€œCinderellaâ€, written by Tina Barsby and produced by Angela Fordham, positively glowed with the warmth and fun of a community ready for a good laugh. Hilarious quips bounced between actors and members […]
What a wonderful show it was! Witchford Amateur Dramatic Society under the directorship of Gaz Brown has certainly developed into a robust and highly successful company of talented entertainers. In the recent production of the musical â€œThe Wizard of Ozâ€, the charming tale is told of Kansas-born Dorothy thrown into an imaginative world of witches, […]