Adrienne was born in Tynemouth in 1947. Adrienne is second generation English on her father's side and 3rd generation English on her mother's. She did her degree in Leeds, trained as a teacher and then taught in Liverpool before returning to Newcastle. She was Headteacher of the Jewish Day School, later called the King David School, in Jesmond and then in Gosforth for twelve years. She played a key role in running Maccabi for over 30 years.
Adrienne was interviewed by Anita Wan on 16 June 2006. The interview took place in the participant's home and lasted for 44 minutes.
When Mark, my older one was 6 months old, the old Maccabi building in Jesmond had gone, had been knocked down to form the central motorway. In Windsor Terrace, it's now underneath the motorway in Jesmond. So, there was like a gap and kids were meeting occasionally round Kenton and Gosforth synagogue which was on the High Street, but there was nobody sort of doing it. So my husband had helped with Maccabi years previously and somebody, the guy who was the chairman at the time said, Would we give a hand for a few weeks because this community had just been bought Graham Park, where you've been, you know, where the synagogue is. The synagogue wasn't there yet it was just a house. So they were starting to meet up there, a few of them, would we go down and give a hand for a few weeks, So we went down the following Sunday and there were 5 kids there and, anyhow, 30 odd years later I was still doing it.
And we used to do all sorts of things, sporting events. We were part of, what was at that stage, the Northumbrian Association of Youth Clubs and we went in their quizzes, their netball. We actually drew a match once and thought we had a moral victory because we never ever drew, won a match or got a point apart from that one. Football competitions, five a sides, It's a Knockout competitions, swimming galas, everything we went in for. Gradually over the years, it's gone down in numbers because as the young people have gone off to university over the past 30 odd years, they haven't come back so the next generation isn't there. I'm not doing Maccabi at the moment, first of all, as I said my dad died and I visit my mum a lot but also we were getting regularly only 2 or 3 kids. Well it's very soul destroying when you're busy, when you spend your afternoon and you're trying to work things out and you get that many.
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