The Nightingale Fellowship Chapel Service
Could Florence be in the Tower of London?
New Ravens have arrived at the Tower of London and names are being chosen after famous women for the little chick! One of the names chosen is Florence and you have been invited to vote!
It is an easy process and all you have to do is click on the link here and scroll down until you are asked to vote. There is no charge and what a delight it would be if we could help Florence to reside in the tower and bring more renown to her amazing work.
Sale of the Figurine by sealed bid
We were delighted in the interest shown for sealed bids to be placed by 30 April 2021 for the figurine as published in the Spring 2021 Journal.
Entries are now closed and details will be published in the Autumn 2021 Journal later in the summer.
Presentation of a framed Nightingale Badge to the Nanjing Nightingale Nursing College
The President and Trustees joined Professor Zhang Ningxin and some faculty members of the Nanjing Health School, with Mary Crawford from Kings College London, for a zoom meeting on Thursday 18th March, 2021.
A framed Nightingale Badge, with inscription, was presented to the nursing school for display in the central meeting point of their Nightingale ‘corridors’. Mrs Hilary Brian (a recent Nightingale Fellowship Trustee) had arranged for the framing. Hilary had also volunteered to represent the Fellowship on the Jon Baines travel tour to China (now taking place in 2022).
The Florence Nightingale Museum
The Museum has faced some challenging times in recent months, with forced closures throughout Nightingale’s bicentenary year, with no plans for reopening the museum in the near future.
The small team who remain, will focus upon caring for the collections, providing access via pre-booked group visits and organising occasional ‘Open Days’ as government restrictions allow and interest warrants.
Despite substantial challenges the museum is in a relatively strong position. This is in no small part due to the support of many former Nightingale’s who have contributed to fundraising efforts and lobbying, so thank you all so much!
In addition to organising various activities the museum team will also continue to fundraise and explore other avenues which the museum can take in the future. As things stand, we still plan to be able to hold the memorial evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral, which we had planned for 2020, later this year and will also participate in the 2021 Lord Mayors Show . Our web-shop will also continue to operate, so do remember us for your unusual gifts!
We strongly ask for your continued support which is very much appreciated and we are confident we will find a way forward that sees the museum emerge stronger than before. We will be giving you a fuller picture of the Museum in 2021 and going forward within The Nightingale Fellowship Autumn 2021 Journal.
The Nightingale Fellowship is sad to announce the recent death of Elizabeth (Liz) Stevens, former council member and a Vice President.
Our thoughts and prayers go to her family, friends and former colleagues.
CONTRIBUTIONS for THE NIGHTINGALE FELLOWSHIP JOURNAL.
We are now preparing the timeline for publication of the Autumn 2021 Journal later this summer. If you would like to contribute to the Journal by sending in an article, a tribute for the sad loss of a Nightingale, news or any gatherings in your area or Set Reunions taking place, please send them in by 15th May 2021 by email or post to:
The Nightingale Fellowship, 6 Trull Farm Buildings, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8SQ
If you need any further information regarding the current recommended wordcount for your contribution or anything else, please also use this address. We look forward to hearing from you with your items.
News from The Company of Nurses
Members of The Company of Nurses are enjoying a full programme of events on line throughout the pandemic. These include virtual tours, lectures and wine tastings! Many Nightingale Fellowship members already belong and enjoy meeting with nurses who trained across the country. For more information go to www.thecompanyofnurses.co.uk
Tour to China – Please note this event has now been postponed until 2022
The itinerary and details of the tour may change from the programme below
Explore nursing and healthcare in China alongside a full cultural programme visiting China’s great sites on a 10-night tour
We fly directly to Beijing where we visit the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace and, of course. Tiananmen Square. In the evening we might choose to see the Beijing Acrobats.
An internal flight takes us to Xi’an where we see the Terracotta Warriors, the old markets, some medical facilities and temples. The evening option here is the Tang Dynasty Theatre.
The famous bullet train will take us to Nanjing, the old capital. The Nightingale Fellowship has been honoured to have been invited to open the Nanjing Nightingale Nursing College and we will also visit a hospital of Chinese Medicine and a community clinic to learn about nursing in China. There are the Ming Dynasty walls and tombs to see, followed by a river cruise.
Our last city is Shanghai where we can experience the elegant Bund and the Yu gardens. A Farewell dinner in the French Concession has been arranged for our last night together.
Florence Nightingale Tour to Florence September 2021 – In the steps of Florence Nightingale
15-18 September 2021
Having sadly had to postpone this tour from September 2020 we are delighted to say that this trip will now go ahead from 15 – 18 September 2021. This of course is with the proviso that no further outbreaks of the pandemic occur either in the UK or Italy and that travel restrictions are lifted.
A brief outline of the itinerary is that we fly to Florence, and explore this historic renaissance city on a three-night tour. The tour will include a visit to the exterior of Villa Colombaia and, if possible, the interior and the gardens. This was the birthplace of Florence Nightingale. Whilst there, we will take part in some walking tours of the city and explore the Duomo, containing some of the greatest masterpieces of Italian art history. There are also visits to La Specola, one of the oldest scientific museums in Europe, and the historic ornate pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella. The tour includes two dinner to enjoy the cuisine of Florence
Please book early to avoid disappointment. This tour remains very popular with those who registered for the 2020 tour and have already transferred their bookings to 2021.
Please contact Jon Baines Tours (London) for all further information on 0207 223 9485/5618 or for further and more detailed information please go to Jon Baines Tours link: https://www.jonbainestours.co.uk/tours/medical-and-professional/florence-nightingale-fellowship-tour-to-florence/
Due to the current epidemic, all visitors are unable to access the Florence Nightingale Museum situated within St Thomas’ Hospital, London. As soon as we are able to give any further updates, these will be posted to this website.
The Florence Nightingale Museum, St Thomas’ Hospital, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW.
This post will be updated shortly
This November 1981 Set Reunion – 40 years on!
Saturday 20th November 2021
More specific arrangements for the day will be advised once we have further information on the current Pandemic. In the meantime, please register your interest in attending by contacting Jenny Kay or Caroline Thoms:
[email protected] 07788 415747
[email protected] 07765 367352
We will then contact you once a firmer plan has been developed!