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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



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


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 event.

Gillian Oldfield



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!

Gillian Oldfield