SERVICE IN YORK MINSTER TO CELEBRATE 70 YEARS OF THE NHS
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
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 MyFriends’. 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 AllAround’ 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.
CHRISTMAS LUNCH 2018
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.
FUND RAISING COFFEE MORNING
Our first Fund Raising Coffee Morning in 2019 was held at Starbeck Methodist Church
on Saturday, 23 February.
The organising committee arrived early to erect tables, put out the cups etc. The
tables were very soon laden with home-made cakes and preserves, books and Santa’s
Surplus, the latter taking up three large tables! Very soon the hall was full of
people having coffee, browsing the book stall, choosing cakes and checking the contents
of the Santa’s Surplus. There was a very cheerful atmosphere as everyone socialised
and we finally packed everything away at 11.30am satisfied that we had had a successful
ANNUAL JUNE SOCIAL
On a wet and windy June afternoon sixty one members from Harrogate and four from
Huddersfield went to The Ripon Spa Hotel for our annual social event. We made our
way to The Ballroom where Patti Gold, our entertainer had already set up her equipment.
Her presentation, ’Track of My Years’ took the form of her singing familiar songs
from musicals to a musical accompaniment. We were all invited to join in which was
easy since all the songs were those that we could remember from our youth! It really
was a very enjoyable trip down memory lane. We then had a General Knowledge Quiz
which took some time and was won by a table occupied by the Huddersfield and some
Harrogate members. This was followed by a very enjoyable Afternoon Tea consisting
of sandwiches, scones, jam and cream and cakes. We all departed home feeling very
cheerful with the songs ringing in our ears ignoring the ‘un-summery’ weather!