Trafford Housing Trust

Residents reveal their writing talent

07 August 2017



A big thank you to the entrants of our annual over 50s writing competition who put pen to paper in a bid to win fantastic cash prizes presented by the Mayor of Trafford.  

Sixteen wordsmiths showcased their talent, composing poems, rhymes and short stories, which were judged by members of our Young Advisors team.

Nick Brown and Katie Fairclough, who have been THT Young Advisors for over two years, reviewed the entries, and had the difficult task of narrowing down which ones best met the criteria to engage, entertain and surprise.

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Congratulations to our three winners whose stand-out submissions were chosen thanks to their quick wit, nostalgic throwbacks and thrilling suspense:

1st place: Joan Babington, with her poem ‘Fledgling’, who is a resident of Wellgreen Lodge in Hale, and won £100 donated by Safe Storage, Altrincham. 

2nd place: Pauline Roberts, with her story ‘Windows of Childhood’, who is a resident of Ashbourne Crescent in Sale, and won a £50WH Smith voucher. 

3rd place: Stephen Ratchford, with his poem ‘The Cookery Club’, who is a resident of Newhaven Extra Care scheme in Altrincham, and won a £20 WH Smith voucher.

Councillor Jonathan Coupe presented the prizes at a summer party held at sheltered housing scheme, Wellgreen Lodge, in Hale.  Now in its second year, the writing competition is proving popular after being set up and funded by Wellgreen Lodge Social Group, which hosts activities, charity events, and holidays for residents and the local community. See below for a snippet of the winning entries or read the full submissions.


Joan Babington – ‘Fledgling’:

Written when my daughter left home to join the police.

At last you’ve flown this cosy nest,

What ever shall you do.

There’s no more cups of tea in bed

Or coming home to stew.


I’ll worry that your clothes aren’t aired

Or if you’re eating proper,

But don’t arrest me just for that

Now that you’ve become a copper.


Pauline Roberts - ‘Windows of Childhood’:

There were many old houses on the main road. One of the stories that went around was of one particular overgrown house that seemed deserted. Rumour had it that an old witch lived there. The temptation to go in, searching for a new den became too much!

Surrounding the old rickety gate we scanned our eyes as far as we could see – nothing. Quietly and carefully we pushed the gate forward and tiptoed through. Green bushes, trees, and shrubbery, all close together as autumn had yet to rob them of their leaves. We did not spot the solitary figure slowly approaching.


Stephen Ratchford - The Cookery Club’:

The club Met once a week in the old village Hall

The members were a plain looking bunch not interesting at all

But that night one was plotting to end an others life,

The victim the killer had in mind had caused them to much strife


Russ Palmer was Manager of the local Betting shop

Was it He who decided that Rick should get the chop

Mr Jones you see was in the midst of a Steamy Affair

With Russell’s Young attractive wife the voluptuous Claire




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