Fostering and Adoption
Caring for someone else s child is a responsibility most of us shy away from - even for a few days or weeks. But that s what foster parents choose to do. And many of them go on to eventually adopt the child. There are thousands of children in local authority care who need foster or adoptive parents. But what exactly does the work involve? What are the legal implications? And how can we find out about this worthwhile task?
Ring Christine Reeves of the National Foster Care Association and John Fitzgerald of the British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering to put your questions and comments.
Barbara Myers is in the Chair.
Produced by the Woman's Hour unit
Lines open from 8.0 am
The Usual Arrangement by NESTA TUOMEY
Read by Brenda Winter ' Mrs Mooney sat in her hat and coat in the front hall waiting for her son to call. On her lap reposed a large carrier bag out of which protruded various shapes wrapped in Christmas paper. Sister Francis stopped in front of her. " Waiting for Patrick, dear? " she asked. " He'll be here any minute now, thank you, Sister. He's always so punctual ..." '
Producer JUDITH ELLIOTT BBC Northern Ireland
Chris Mead. Mike Stoddart and David Streeter tackle questions put to them by members of the Chesham and District Natural History Society.
Presented by Derek Jones Producer JOHN HARRISON BBC Bristol
(Repeated: Sat 2.5 pm)
Book, Wildlife Questions and Answers, 12.50, from booksellers
Quotations ranging from the sublime to the gorblimey, identified and provided by John Lahr , Derek Parker Ned Sherrin and Rosemary Anne Sisson Devised and presented by Nigel Rees
Quotations read by RONALD FLETCHER Producer ALAN NIXON (Rptd: Wed 10.30 pm)
12.55 Weather; programme news
Introduced by Sue MacGregor. including St Gregory 's Retreat: KATHY EDWARDS Visits a family-run retreat in the Welsh mountains offering prayer, meditation, manual labour, musical evenings and a fine home-prepared diet. Games People Play: 4: Chess. Enthusiasts explain its fascination and some of its secrets. Gadgets Galore!: DAPHNE METLAND picks her way through the range of electrical implements now available to the cook. 5: Slow Cooker
Winter Garden (6)
Recollections of a professional traveller in a series of five talks 3: Vulcan and the King of Crete
The Greek island of Santorini has been the scene of one of the greatest archaeological romances of this generation. It was also the scene of a personal failure which haunts me to this day.'
Job-sharing is fast becoming a popular way to combine commitment to a career with a full family life. Anne Brown talks to a married couple who have shared a post as lecturer at Lancaster University for the past five years; and to two married women with small children who share a job as Senior Registrar at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. She discusses the advantages and disadvantages to employer and employee of a more flexible approach to work.
Producer JANE MARSHALL BBC Birmingham
A general knowledge contest between schools in Great Britain Second semi-final 14: South
COWES COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL, Cowes, loW Ʋ Wales
TASKER MILWARD SCHOOL, Haverfordwest, Dyfed Questionmasters
TIM GUDGIN and PADDY FEENY Questions set by PAUL LIVESEY , NIGEL RICHARDSON and PADDY FEENY Producer
(Rptd: Thurs 12.27 pm)
What's new in medical science? How well are the doctors looking after us? Is our money being spent to best effect?
Geoff Watts reports on the health of medical care - from the research laboratory and the operating theatre to the dentist's chair and the GP'S surgery.
Producer GEOFF DEEHAN
' You either like it and then you love it, or you can't take it.'
Norway's Spitsbergen islands, only a few hundred miles from the North Pole, are home to about 1,000 Norwegians, but twice that number of Russians. Under a 1920 treaty, the subjects of 41 countries including Britain can live and work there.
This is a look at life in the coal-mining communities, all daylight in summer and all darkness in winter; at the delicate relationship with the Soviet Union because of Spitsbergen's strategic position: and at the sudden nourishing of wildlife and plants each year in its hard and beautiful landscape.
Presented and produced by John Arnott
In this edition,
Margaret Ford and Hannah Wright give some guidelines on choosing a gas cooker for a blind person to use.
Presenter Peter White Producer THENA HESHEL
Blind listeners can phone in suggestions and comments relating to the programme on [number removed]8.30-10.0 pm Free quarterly bulletins summarising information broadcast, available from Room 816, Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA
The last in the present series of the mad-cap sit-com
6. Dear Lillian starring Tom Mennard and Anthea Askey and special guest appearance of Candice Barker
Written by ROB GRANT and DOUG NAYLOR
Producer MINE CRAIG BBC Manchester
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