Some members enjoying an outing to Devon.
Chair - Di
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
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
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
The Deputy Treasurer is yet to be appointed.
Social Secretary - Pat G
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
Recruitment Officer - Val N
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
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!
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.