2020 AGM

The AGM will be held in Governor’s Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital, London at 2pm on Saturday 16th May 2020.

Please note the change of date.

The 92nd commemoration service of the Nightingale Fellowship will be held in the St Thomas’ Hospital Chapel at 2.30pm, preceded by the AGM at 2.00pm. The speaker for the Chapel Service will be Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London.  Members of the Fellowship will be invited to a special Tea provided by St Thomas’ in the grounds at 3.30pm.  Please keep an eye as all of the above will be confirmed once the preparations are finalised; thank you.  Please note that there will not be any official Reunions held at St Thomas’ on the AGM Day in 2020, due to the Bicentenary celebrations.

Dear Nightingales – we are delighted with all the many responses to the Tea Party, AGM and Chapel Service invitation to be held at St Thomas’, asking for members to advise us if they are able to attend on May 16th 2020.  We are overwhelmed with the numbers and have nearly reached capacity for those who wish to attend.  Due to this fantastic response, we are now discussing with the Hospital how to accommodate everyone and we will be sending out allocated tickets in March 2020 in good time for your arrangements to be made.  Anyone who is yet to respond, please do so but there is a possibility that you will be on the waiting list and will be informed immediately if this should change.


2020 CALENDAR EVENTS overview


King’s College London Lecture Theatre – ‘The Kindness of Words’ by Chrissie Watson. Ticket event.  22nd January


The Florence Nightingale Museum – ‘So you want to be a Nightingale Nurse’ interacting exhibition involving the community and schools and uniforms to try on.
13th – 15th February
An International Conference on the History of Nursing to be held in Florence by the European Association of History and Nursing.


The Nightingale Museum:  Florence’s London – A Walking Tour on 6th March – 22nd September 2020 10:30 – 13:00.  Tickets from £25.00


Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Reaching your potential at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’.


8th and 9th May
Bank Holiday weekend VE day celebrations
10th May
BBC Service by invitation only. Morning Service at 8.10am live in the Chapel on Radio 4 officiated by Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of London.  ‘Nurses at War – Nightingales in the Crimea’. St Martin’s in the Field Choir in attendance.
12th May
Westminster Abbey Service.  Entry by ticket only from The Nightingale Foundation:
14th May
Nursing Academy Awards Ceremony, St Thomas’ Hospital
15th May
International Nurses Day
16th May
Nightingale Fellowship Chapel Service, AGM and Tea Party for members (ticketed event for Fellowship members only)
17th May
Service in St George’s Belfast
18th – 23rd May
Chelsea Flower Show – The Florence Nightingale Garden:  A celebration of Modern-Day Nursing, sponsored by the Burdett Trust for Nursing


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Celebrating Nursing and Midwifery Research’.


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust. ‘Infection Control Conference’.


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Nursing – New Nightingale Challenge’.


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Community Nursing’.
John Baines Florence Nightingale Fellowship Tour to China.


26th – 28th October
International Nurses’ Conference – Nightingale 2020: Transforming Nursing in Global Health and care
27th October
Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral.
Jon Baines Florence Nightingale Tour to Florence.


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  To be confirmed


Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.  Spotlight on ‘Legacy’.


Call for 1980s Nurses’ Dresses

We are looking for Nurses’ dresses from the 1980s of a sister, staff or charge nurse, plus hats.   These items would be on a short-term loan basis to be used at the Westminster Abbey Service on 12th May 2020 as part of the Bi-centenary celebrations.  Would you kindly let us know if you can help please – we would be most grateful and look forward to hearing from you! Please get in touch with Gillian Prager at [email protected]

Tea Parties

Party Invitation to celebrate the 200th Birthday of Florence Nightingale on or around May 2020

To: All Nightingales & Nurses who trained at the former St Thomas’ group of hospitals

You are warmly invited to celebrate Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday

When – sometime around May 12th or anytime during 2020 to suit you
Where – in your area; you will read of major events taking place all over the world – and you can be part of it all
How – do I host or find out about a party in my area? Contact: [email protected] or 07779 347 969

If you would be kind enough to start the ball rolling and arrange a Tea party – thanks to the new Data Protection Law, you don’t have to do very much! We cannot pass your fellow Nightingales’ addresses directly on to you, so we will do all the initial work for you.

Please contact me and I will send you an Invitation template. You complete it and send it to Mia or Angela at the Fellowship’s office, indicating the postcodes nearby that you would like to be used – they will then print the Invitations and post them for you.

Only then do you take over by receiving the responses and setting up the get-together. You do not have to be the host yourself and I will guide you on this. You will not have to do all the work – you know what Nightingales are like, everyone will help!

  • We are really keen to welcome those who may not have been involved before.
  • We would love to create new networks for those who may be feeling lonely. This is an opportunity to encourage Fellowship membership, so that Nightingales can benefit from the educational funds to support further study and/or benevolent funds in times of need.
  • Please feel free to invite any local nurses to join in your celebration.

European lunch and or tea party in Switzerland

Susan Szymanski nee Chapman, 1969 Set, who lives in Lausanne on Lake Geneva, is happy to organise a lunch and or tea party to celebrate Florence’s Bicentenary.  Susan lives 50 minutes from Geneva Airport.  For more information please contact Susan at [email protected]


A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

16 – 23 February 2020
Eight days based in Jerusalem and Galilee

Please download the pilgrimage programme for further information.  To book your place, please download and fill out the pilgrimage booking form. Details where to send your booking can be found on the form.

Tour to China – Nursing in China

13-23 September 2020

Explore nursing and healthcare in China alongside a full cultural programme visiting China’s great sites on a 10-night tour.  Visit the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace.  The Terracotta Warriors, old markets and temples are also to be visited in Xi’an.  In Nanjing visit one of the greatest museums in China, and finish the tour enjoying the French Concession in shanghai.  There are also visits to the Nanjing Nightingale Nursing College, a hospital of Chinese Medicine, and a community clinic to learn about nursing in China.  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:

Tour to Florence – In the steps of Florence Nightingale

7-10 October 2020

Fly to Florence and explore this historic renaissance city on a three-night tour. Visit Villa Colombaia, and the possibility of viewing the interior and gardens. This was the birthplace of Florence Nightingale. There will be many walking tours whilst in Florence. Explore the Duomo containing some of the greatest masterpieces of Italian Art history, and enjoy a visit to La Specola, one of the oldest scientific museums in Europe, and the historic, ornate pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella. The tour also includes two dinners to enjoy the cuisine of Florence. 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:


Temporary Exhibition of the Year

Many congratulations to the Florence Nightingale Museum for their Spanish Flu Exhibition, which is excellent and really innovative.  The Museum well deserved to win these two awards and the Fellowship are delighted for them.

Why did you choose to become a Nightingale Nurse?

The Museum is calling for stories to display for their new ‘Family Corner’ from all Nightingale Nurses, which aims to answer visitors’ questions about how to begin a career in nursing and inspire others to consider this journey. If you think you can help with your story then please email or post your answers to: [email protected] or David Green, Museum Director, St Thomas’ Hospital, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW (further information on page 61 of the Summer 2019 Journal).

Florence Nightingale in 200 Objects, Places and People – tell us your ideas!

Our bicentenary will tell the story of Florence Nightingale’s life and her legacy through 200 objects, people and places. We will discuss the people who have been inspired by Florence, the places she worked or the places that were named in her honour, and the objects which capture interesting stories about her or the people she inspired. As we plan our exhibition, we want to hear from you!  Do you know about something that we could include?  Anyone who can help or has any ideas for this should email their suggestions to:[email protected] or in writing to David Green, Museum Director, St Thomas’ Hospital, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW.


Museum Exhibition celebrating the life and legacy of the lesser known aspects of Florence’s life.

Florence is well known as a nurse, but she was also a female icon in her own lifetime, a healthcare pioneer, statistician and leader.  Come along to discover more about one of Britain’s greatest female trailblazers!  As well as discovering numerous objects and people that influenced her career you can see the original lamp she carried in the Crimean War, her (much used!) writing case, her copy of Oliver Twist (Dickens was a friend who sent supplies to Scutari) and a family album containing unseen sketches of Florence and the Nightingale family.  St Thomas’ Hospital, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW.

Awards 2019


International Nurses’ Conference

Florence Nightingale Foundation: Nightingale 2020 – Transforming nursing in global health and care. In commemoration of the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth, the conference will discuss how nursing can transform global health and care in the future. Monday 26 October – Wednesday 28 October 2020 ExCel London. If you wish to submit a paper for consideration please contact Professor Norman at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Palliative Care, King’s College, London, 57 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8WA or email: [email protected]


July 1980 Set Reunion

We are arranging a reunion to celebrate our 40th anniversary.
We will meet at St. Thomas’ Hospital in the Governors Hall on Sunday 28th June 2020 from 2pm to 4pm.
Please RSVP to Nan Nobes (nee Hicks) on 07944095872 or [email protected]  Please pass on this information to any fellow set members you know as it would be lovely to get as many of us together as possible.

January 1967 Set Reunion

We are holding a Set Reunion for the January 1967 Set on 12th May 2020 at the Army & Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JN with a BUFFET LUNCH and we hope you will be able to join us.  For further details please contact Rosey Mitchell (nee Townsend). 01646 622113/07973 309414 [email protected] or Sylvia Short (nee Quayle) 07802 677464 [email protected]

August 1965 Set Reunion

We are planning to meet on 16th May 2020 from 10.30am to 1.30pm for a Buffet Lunch at The Sicily Restaurant, 2A Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9RB (opposite Victoria Coach Station). We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.  For further details please contact Chris Wilson (nee Fenemore-Jones) at: