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Our Christmas Lunch is one of the highlights of our social calendar and this year it was held on Wednesday 13 December at The Old Swan Hotel. 100 members and friends made their way to the hotel, many of them having a pre-lunch drink of coffee or something stronger!
As always, The Garden Room looked very festive.  A beautifully decorated tree in the corner and crackers, party poppers and bags of chocolates on the tables. The raffle table was groaning with lovely prizes which had been donated by members.
After Grace had been said, the meal was served in a leisurely way, giving everyone time to chat with their friends and former colleagues. Catching up and reminiscing about former working days in a lighthearted way.
After coffee and mince pies the raffle was drawn and many people were able to go home with a prize. The general concensus was that it had been another very enjoyable occasion.

Gillian Oldfield


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



Valerie Muscroft, a former Chairman and President of the Branch was nominated to attend a Royal Garden Party and she was accompanied by Brenda Hawkswell-Stock, our vice-Chairman. The weather was ideal and they had a wonderful day. They saw The Queen meeting guests and two bands played all afternoon. They had a lovely tea and some ice creams. It was day that they will never forget as the atmosphere was splendid. They thank branch members for the nomination.

Brenda Hawkswell-Stock


20 OCTOBER 2018

It was decided that, in order to raise money to help to pay for the increase in Branch Contribution for membership of the NHS Retirement Fellowship, we would hold an additional Coffee Morning in Starbeck Methodist Church Hall. We were very pleased that Andrew Jones, our M.P. was able to join us and he chatted to many of the attendees. Tea, coffee and biscuits were served and the cake and preserves table was laden with all types of cakes, biscuits, scones and buns. There was a variety of books to choose from on our book stall.

The raffle prizes were varied: Afternoon Tea for two at The Old Swan Hotel, a Meal Deal for two from Marks & Spencer’s, vouchers for Graveley’s Fish Resataurant and William & Victoria’s Wine Bar, a voucher for Lakeland and several other prizes. This resulted in a great deal of interest and it was drawn at 11.00am.  In total £446.00 was raised so it was considered that it had been a very enjoyable and successful morning.

Gillian Oldfield