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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



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



106 of our members, partners and friends were welcomed by our Chairman, Mary Bradley, to The Garden Room at The Old Swan Hotel which looked very festive with a decorated Christmas Tree in the corner and the tables laid out with crackers and streamers.

Our guest, Angela Schofield, Chairman of the Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust, then said a few words of appreciation for her invitation to the lunch. The meal was served in a suitably leisurely style and whilst tea and coffee were served, the raffle was drawn. Members had been very generous by donating prizes so this took some time! Everyone then made their way home and the consensus of opinion was that it had been a very enjoyable occasion and a good start to the Christmas season.

Gillian Oldfield