Some members enjoying an outing to Devon.

The Committee

Chair - Di

Di was elected as Chairman at the 2009 AGM. 

She is well organised, has great sensitivity and a good sense of humour.  Originally a Devon maid, brought up in the wealth of rolling countryside in a Saxon village, which nestles in the hills of Mid-Devon, in the idyllic Exe Valley, but she migrated to Cheltenham many moons ago.

Her interests include socialising, supporting friends, world travel, languages, British dialects, gardening and last but not least, she cares passionately about her Burmese cats, moggy and tortoises.

Deputy Chair - Anne G

Anne came to Cheltenham from Cornwall in 1971, where she nursed at Cheltenham General Hospital.  Since retiring from the NHS she has kept herself busy with her project in Ethiopia which helps provide healthcare, school bus etc.  She also helps on an Alpha Course, and works within a medical team at a Christian Camp for 12,000 people.  Anne also welcomes the arrival of a grandson and time permitting enjoys gardening, theatre and walking.

Secretary - Anthea N

Anthea was elected as Branch Secretary at the May 2012 AGM.  She had previously been Deputy Secretary to Anne.  Anthea retired from the NHS in October 2009 having worked as Personal Assistant/Secretary to several Directors and Senior Managers, as they came and went, over a period of all but 20 years based at Cheltenham General Hospital.  

Since retiring she has been able to indulge to the full  her main hobbies of gardening, walking, theatre and concert going, and has joined her local WI and a local Flower Arranging Group.  She is still finding her feet in this new way of life, and as well as practising old skills of knitting, baking etc, is looking forward to learning some new ways and exploring a multitude of possibilities!   More socialising is definitely on the list too and hopefully more visits to and from her family, including her young granddaughter.

Deputy Secretary - Anne R

Anne enjoyed her nurse training in Worcester, qualifying in 1963.  She eventually came to Cheltenham in 1967 where she became Junior Sister on Ward 7 (as it was then).  From then until her retirement she undertook various roles - Senior Sister Ward 7, Night Sister (following the birth of her children), Specialties Nurse Manager, Bed Manager, Bank Nurse Manager and Nurse Recruitment. 
Since retiring in 2003 Anne joined the NHSRF and she was Branch Secretary for 6 years, and now is Deputy Secretary to Anthea.  She enjoys immensely the social aspect of her role and looks forward to the monthly get togethers.  Gardening, tapestry, crochet and wine making, are among some of Annes varied interests. She also enjoys spending time with her Grand Daughter Eliza and her many visits to Scotland, with her husband Peter.   

Membership Secretary - Dorothy K

I moved to Cheltenham in 1980.  I was then working for Beefeater Steakhouses as a Regional Training Manager.  Primarily at that time my responsibility was the opening of every new Beefeater Steakhouse on the West side of the country.  My role eventually evolved to running courses, enabling Managers to be more skilled in their jobs.

I began my second career in Cheltenham General Hospital in 1990, starting as a ward clerk on Alstone Ward.  I moved to West Block Out Patients department, then to the newly established Cardiac department and eventually returning to West Block Out Patients department as supervisor of both the staff in clinic preparation and appointments.

I enjoyed all my roles within the NHS and by moving to different areas saw first-hand the co-dependency and importance of each department within the organisation.

Now in my retirement, I enjoy gardening, travelling and socialising with my friends.

Treasurer - Joan

Joan keeps our accounts in order and receives our new members.  She gives monthly feedback to the Committee on how the Branch is doing financially and ensures that the accounts are correct and that our members are informed of our financial position at the end of the financial year.  Joan also enjoys attending National Conference often being our lone representative.  Anne is Joans deputy.

Deputy Treasurer

The Deputy Treasurer is yet to be appointed.

Social Secretary - Pat G

Pats Speech Therapy career began at the West Middlesex Hospital, but following her move from London in the late 60's she joined the Gloucestershire Speech Therapy Service.  After working in many areas of the County, Pat ended her career as Head of Speech and Language Therapy for the East Glos NHS Trust based in Cheltenham. 

Since retiring Pat enjoys time with her husband and family, including her six grandchildren, who keep her on her toes.  She enjoys arranging our varied social programme, ranging from wonderful walks and pub lunches to trips to the theatre, bar-b-ques, and well arranged day trips.  She also gives much thought to our less mobile members when arranging these events.

Deputy Social Secretary - Edna L

I moved to Cheltenham in 1986 and worked at Cheltenham General Hospital in the Paediatric Department from 1988 until my retirement in 2011.  I have been retired several years now and enjoy the new way of life. i enjoy spending time with my daughters and 3 grandchildren.  I enjoy the theatre trips and walks and other outings that are arranged and meeting new people.

Recruitment Officer - Val N

Val has been a member of the Fellowship since January 2007. Her main role is to promote the Fellowship in whatever way is possible. Regular promotional articles are sent to the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust magazine, 'Outline'. She works closely with her assistant Shirley Graves. They represent the Fellowship by participating in some public meetings and a presentation board is used to promote its activities and philosophy.

Val trained at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, worked at Chester Royal Infirmary for a few years and joined the Nursing team at CGH in1974.

She worked as a Sister in the Surgical Unit and retired from her Ward Manager post in 2006. Part time work in the oncology Outpatients service kept her busy for two days a week and she retired from this post in November 2013.  She is now enjoying full retirement, her husbands company, gardening, socialising and attending her local health club.

Val enjoys the social aspect of the Fellowship meetings and joining with other committee members to provide the right environment for the members.

Deputy Recruitment Officer - Shirley G

Shirley retired as Clinical Nurse Specialist for Pain Management from Cheltenham General Hospital in March 2010 following a 26 year nursing career. A self-confessed late-comer to nursing, Shirley started studying for her 'O' Levels while working as nursing auxiliary on Ward 4, finally getting her Nursing Degree in 2000.

Shirley is a keen gardener and also enjoys spending time with her four children and grandchildren. She is a regular concert and theatre-goer, and also enjoys the freedom to travel with her husband that retirement allows her.

Programme Secretary - Anne C

Anne is the Speakers Programme Coordinator. The Annual programme of monthly speakers has a variety of talks, from the more serious to those who are thoroughly entertaining. For example we have had the National Farmers Union to talk on why 'Dairy Farming Matters' to 'My Gran was a Gypsy'.  We aim to provide topics to cover a wide variety of interests. Members are encouraged to make suggestions on speakers they would like included in the Annual programme.  Also included is the Annual Christmas Tea Party.

Deputy Programme Secretary - Hilda

Hilda had a varied career in nursing including general nursing, midwifery and care of older people.  She spent a year in Zambia specialising in midwifery and tropical medicine.  She has also qualified as a reflexologist and maintained an interest in complementary therapies.  Her interests include food dynamics and diet, yoga, walking and fitness.  She is an active member of the RSPB, National Trust and other environmental charities where she can pursue her interest in the subject. She has recently become a volunteer of the Gloucestershire County Association for the Blind and has become an active member of the NHSRF.   

Committee Members

Mary L is a Committee Member.

Mary trained as a radiotherapy radiographer in Exeter during the late 1970s. The addition of a further qualification as a diagnostic radiographer enabled her to secure a job at the "Cobalt Unit" here at Cheltenham General in 1980, using both skills in the treatment simulator and planning department.  Over the course of time, she rotated around all areas of the department and she enjoyed the social aspects of being part of the "hospital family" before taking a break when her first son was born.  Although she didn't return to radiography for a variety of reasons, she has spent over 20 years working at one of the town's GP surgeries, using her clinical background to summarise patient records and developed administration skills before becoming the records manager a few years ago.  On retiring in June 2016 she joined the NHSRF with the anticipation that she would be able to rekindle the "hospital family"  feeling and hasn't been disappointed as so many members have made her welcome.  Somehow, she found herself volunteering for the committee after a short time, so hopes that she will be a useful addition!

Other Members

In addition to the above committee, several of our members are here to ensure that your visit to our monthly meetings run smoothly:-

  • You will receive a warm reception from Sheila and Wendy who register every member at each visit. You also pay them your £1 entrance fee.
  • Heather and Tricia for 50p will provide you with a ticket for the monthly raffle, and shop for the raffle prizes.
  • Our 'Bring and Buy', takes place every month and is very competently organised by Ann and Dorothy.
  • Our 'Tea Team' consists of  Lesley, Mary and Korshed
  • Our Welfare Team consist of Tricia and Lesley who visit our sick and infirm members.