Poem celebrates Margaret Roper milestone

By Simon Hart

There are many different ways of celebrating an anniversary – and in the case of Nugent’s Margaret Roper House, a poem written by a resident captures 30 years of care for people with enduring mental health problems.

Clive Anderson, a poet and former music critic of the Ormskirk Advertiser, wrote the piece, titled ‘This Cradle of Humankind – Celebrating 30 Years’, to mark three decades since the opening of the Birkdale home, which welcomed its first residents in December 1988. The official opening followed in April 1989, carried out by the then Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Maureen Fearn, with a blessing by Archbishop Derek Worlock.

Margaret Roper House provides nursing care for adults, helping them to move out of a hospital setting into more homely individualised surroundings. Anderson has lived there since 1996 and uses poetry as a therapeutic tool to help express his emotions.
This Cradle of Humankind – Celebrating 30 Years
The 30th anniversary of Margaret Roper House!
The home where time ticks away as quiet as a mouse,
But full of memories, on December 5th, 2018,
The years have been evocative, as we have seen.
There have been some unforgettable characters,
Like Dolly Atherton, Ronnie Coe and Pat Pinder,
Who were thrust into our happy psychiatric care,
And the staff have always been full of flair.
The managers have been Cyril, Doreen, Fred and Liz,
Who have worn well the cloak of their responsibilities,
And the happiness I have had (nobody knows!),
Sitting in the garden where the water blows.