Mary Seacole Statue
The decision to locate a statue to Mary Seacole in the garden of St Thomas’ Hospital was made several years ago by the then hospital board. The location was very much about a reflection of the local population served by the hospital and many of its staff. Also, being directly opposite the Palace of Westminster as a reminder of the democracy of the UK which has enabled people of all races and creeds to succeed in their endeavours.
The Nightingale Fellowship, alongside the current hospital Board and many other nursing and army organisations, agree that this is a celebration of a strong, black woman’s struggle to do what she felt was right, and bring comfort to soldiers in the Crimea.
This in no way detracts from what Florence Nightingale achieved both in the Crimea and, importantly, afterwards in progressing professionalism in nursing, pioneering public health and hospital design, and as a tireless lobbyist for improvements in health for all.
Sue Sheridan and Gillian Prager (recent past and present Presidents of the Fellowship) were proud to be invited to attend the unveiling ceremony of the statue, which was dignified and moving. The statue itself is realistic and impressive.
The AGM will be held in Governor’s Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital, London at 3pm on Saturday May 13th 2017.
The 89th commemoration service of the Nightingale Fellowship will be held in the St Thomas’ Hospital Chapel, preceding the AGM at 2.00pm. The preacher will be Cannon Roger Royle.
All members of the Fellowship are invited to Tea in Shepherd Hall at 4.15pm.
June 1957 Set Reunion
It is 60 years since we entered the Nightingale School and we are planning a reunion at St Thomas’s Hospital on AGM day 13th May 2017.
If you are able to join us and need more details about location and time please contact Pat Seddon:
Tel 01494 813268
March 1961 Set Reunion
Some of the March 1961 set wish to have a reunion and would like to hear of others who could join them.
Please let us have your ideas and preferences by contacting Judy Hilton by e-mail at email@example.com or telephone on 0208 398 7903.
March 1962 set reunion
We will be celebrating the 55th Anniversary of our set with a reunion on Thursday, 6th April, 2017, in The Manor House, Huxley Close, Godalming. Surrey GU7 2AS.
Buffet Lunch from 12 noon.
Sue Pratt (Wood)
Tel. 01227 471940
Sue Jewell( Armstrong)
Tel. 01483 284675
March 1977 set reunion
It is 40 years since we entered the Nightingale School. We are planning a reunion in Gassiot House, on AGM Day, Saturday, 13th May, 2017, from 11.00 am to 2.00 pm.
Please let other set members know.
If you would like to attend, please contact
Cecilia Orchard (nee Page)
Tel: 01264 889590
Margaret Towsey (nee Cox)
Tel: 01256 883954
January 1968 set reunion
The January 1968 set is organising a 50th reunion next year in Gassiot House, before the Fellowship AGM on Saturday 12th May 2018 from 11am to 2pm.
We are planning to arrive for coffee followed by a buffet lunch.
It would be lovely to see as many of you as possible, so please put this date in your diary and spread the word.
For further information please contact:
Sue Ellis (Wilding)
Tel: 01386 462121
Annie Bowen Wright (Richmond)
Tel: 01449 676967
Numerous set reunions have been organised prior to the AGM this year. Details of these are available from the Fellowship Office (see ‘contact us‘) and are also posted in the winter edition of the Journal. Set reunions can be arranged in Gassiot House on the day of the AGM. If you wish to organise such an event, please contact the Fellowship Office (see ‘contact us‘). Normally, sets meet in the anniversary year of the commencement of training – so in 2015 all those who started training in 1935, 1945 etc. are invited to reunite. However, there is no reason why other set meetings should not be arranged.