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Four members of the Yorkshire Region were fortunate to obtain tickets for the Service held on 5 July and they joined Ken Jarrold, our Patron, outside the Minster. The Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band were playing as we waited for the Service to start. Our host for the evening was Linda Nolan (of the Nolan Sisters) who had had treatment for cancer. The first speaker was Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health & Social Care and he was followed by Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust staff choir. Maisie Saunders a former nurse gave an interesting account of her career – arriving from Jamaica at 19, eventually training to be a nurse and working her way up to becoming a Manager.

We sang ‘Make Me a Channel of your Peace’ and then listened to the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir who sang ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’.  Ian Dalton CBE. Chief Executive of NHS Improvement was followed by the congregation singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’. A young man of 22 then spoke about being a carer for his father who developed Bipolar disorder when he was 13 and how he has gone on to found Imagine Bradford  which helps young people with mental health problems. We sang ‘Love is All Around’ and then heard from a girl aged 15 who was seriously hurt in the Manchester bomb attack and now wants to become a nurse specialising in the treatment of burns. The B Positive Choir sang which was followed by us singing ‘Lean on Me’. The Service ended with an address by Sir Malcolm Grant, Chair of NHS England. After leaving the service I personally felt extremely privileged to having been able to present on this occasion in the wonderful surroundings of York Minster.

Gillian Oldfield



On Wednesday 4th May ten Healthy Walkers travelled to Hackfall for a conducted tour of the woods. We were met by an experienced guide and his colleague and he proceeded to set the scene and give us a very comprehensive guide. He told us about the history of the woodland, showing us photographs and, as we walked round, stopped at all the relevant places of interest to describe them and point out the views. The bluebells, wild garlic and other flowers were a picture and we admired the various very impressive stone buildings and heard about their history. As we negotiated our final climb we were rewarded with a wonderful panoramic view of North Yorkshire as far as Roseberry Topping. We were very fortunate that the weather was mainly fine and we all left Hackfall feeling that it had been well worth our while travelling the distance from Harrogate.

Gillian Oldfield



8 JUNE 2022

After a two-year delay it was very good to be able to welcome fifty Members and friends to our annual Summer Social at The Crown Hotel. We had booked Stuart Atkins to present his musical tribute to Sammy Cahn in 2020 so it was a long-awaited visit for him. He described Sammy Cahn’s career in music, illustrating it with very familiar tunes to which the audience were able to sing along and it created a very cheerful atmosphere in The Bronte Room of the hotel. After Stuart had been thanked the raffle was drawn, people then had time to socialise after which everyone sat down for afternoon tea which consisted of sandwiches, scones, and a variety of very nice cakes with either tea or coffee.

It was very nice to be able to enjoy such a good social event after the disruption  during the last two years.

Gillian Oldfield