Love in Leamington and all that Jazz

The first Love in Leamington concert took place in February 2013. Based on an idea by the poet Julie Boden, it was commissioned and promoted by Warwickshire Libraries and held to coincide with St Valentine’s Day. It featured a series of musical settings and interpretations of love poems written by Julie, each created by a separate artist or artists.

Visit to find out more about this project.

Do you have a story to tell about St. Matthew’s and St. Margaret’s hospitals, Walsall?

If so we’d love to hear from you.

Radio Wildfire is working with Walsall Service Users Empowerment and The Creative Development Team of Walsall Council to collect reminiscences of St. Matthew’s and St. Margaret’s hospitals, and would like to hear from anyone who might be able to contribute.

Whether you were a patient in either of the above places, lived there as a child, or were employed there, we would love to hear your memories. We would also like to see any photographs or records that you still have from that time, or any mementoes or keepsakes.

We are looking for descriptions of everyday life, your feelings now as you look back, and any other comment or viewpoint that you might wish to add. No contribution is too small in our attempt to build up a history of St. Matthew’s and St. Margaret’s from the points of view of those who used them.

If you are able to contribute to this project please contact Dave Reeves, who is collecting the reminiscences, through the contact box below, or telephone us at Walsall Service Users Council on 01922 644983.

To listen to other peoples’ recollections of life in St. Matthew’s and St. Margaret’s hospitals just click on the links below.

i) Memories of St Matthews
ii) – The grounds in St Matthews were very therapeutic
iii) – I can still smell St Matthews
iv) – St Margarets had extensive grounds
v) – St Margarets: They used to call it a colony
vi) – St Margarets: The clothes the patients wore

We look forward to hearing your own stories.

About Walsall Service Users Empowerment:

Walsall Service Users Empowerment aims to improve Walsall residents access to support services, connecting people with groups and activities within the borough of Walsall, as well as provide services and activities themselves. They are located in the Caldmore area of Walsall. You can find more details at

Walsall SUE is supported financially by Walsall Council, and Walsall Mental Health Service.