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Missing Members:


In March 2017 over 2000 copies of the League News were sent to the membership. To date 22 have been returned with comments such as “gone away” or “no longer at this address”. Of the 22 returned, we had email addresses for 6 members who have responded with their new postal address. This leaves the 16 named below.


Please can you help? Do you know any of those listed below?






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If you have any information please contact Ms Denise Burley (Honorary Membership Secretary).

Email: dburleysbhnursesleague@outlook.com


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Mrs Joy Topping (Bazeley)

I am trying to get a set reunion going for view day this year (2018) midday in the square.
We started P.T.S. 22nd January 1962.....if you were part of our set, or in contact with others who were, please contact me;
Joytopping@yahoo.co.uk or 01752843305 or 07801496359.
I was Joy Bazeley.
So far 12 have responded as coming so please respond. It would be terrific to have a group get together once more. Many of us are 75 this year!!!

Message posted by Miriam Joy Richards Topping (Bazeley) on 05/02/2018

Rituals and Myths in Nursing

Hello I am writing a book on the Rituals and Myths in Nursing. It is a light hearted account of the custom and practice of nursing: the traditions passed down through generations of nurses. Rooted in historical accuracy and weaving in stories and reminiscences from nurses of all eras, the book will have a number of themes. For example, hygiene, uniform and badges, drugs, wound care and pressure care. I would love to hear your stories of those rituals - not only how you learnt to nurse but also the idiosyncratic nature of 'because sister says' not to mention 'that's how the consultant likes it done'.

I trained at Bart's 1980 -1983 Set 16. My mother was also a Bart's nurse (Maureen Kilbey) and it would be great to hear from anyone who trained with her.

Message posted by Claire Laurent on 16/07/2017

Rosemary Nevile

A former collegue and Barts nurse is unable to contact Rosemary who lives in the Lincoln area and has since married. They worked at Barts together around 1981. If anyone can put her in touch with the Barts website to re establish contact we would be grateful. Thank you

Message posted by Merryl Lawrenson on 28/04/2017

Dartington Glass Vases.

Two designs of Dartington glass vases with an etched league logo will be available for sale at both View Day and the All Day Meeting. They are priced at £25 each,  for sale by cheque or cash on the day. Unfortunately we are not able to post these items out to members.

Message posted by Merryl Lawrenson on 28/04/2017

Trying to locate my mums friend

My Mum Frances Scowcroft (at Barts around 1962, married name Barraud, deceased 1992) was friends with Magaret Roberts (married name Moore) and Prue Murphy. I have lost Mags contact details and would dearly like to be in contact. I know Prue and Mags were friends, if anyone knows Prue or Mags, please could you contact me?

Many thanks

Message posted by Lucy Barraud on 23/12/2016

Set 21 May 1981

I would love to hear from any of set 21 from 1981, and share fond memories of our training with Miss Pollard and Miss Fairhurst.

Message posted by Geraldine de Lacy on 26/10/2016

Set 3 May 1978

In reply to Sarah Hobb's post
Lovely to find you on here Sarah.
Yes please, I would be interested in a reunion.
How do I get in touch with you?
Laurie x

Message posted by Laurian Cotes (née Heyworth) on 27/08/2016

The League News

Dear Committee Members,

I just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoy reading the annual St Bartholomew Nurses League News and wish that I lived closer to attend the reunions and get togethers. Unfortunately due to my health I’m unable to travel to the UK from Australia where I have lived since 1964. Prior to moving to Australia I worked at Great Ormonde Street Children’s Hospital in the early 1960’s. I married an Australian in 1965 and continued nursing for a few years at the Children's Hospital in Sydney before starting my own family. When my 4 children were at school, I worked part time in a diverse range of nursing roles up until the late 1980’s which I enjoyed very much.

I have very fond memories of my Nursing days at Bart’s in the late 1950’s which provided me with invaluable foundations throughout my nursing career. My memories of these days were absolutely wonderful and I can relate to many of the stories I have read in the League News from other members too.

These days I enjoy spending time with my children and grandchildren, gardening and getting out as much as possible.

Thank you once again for continuing to post me the Barts News each year and I feel very honoured to be one of the Leagues Life Members. 

Kindest regards,

Jean Ward (Wright)
Set: Oct. 1959

Message posted by Jean Ward on 10/05/2016

Theatre Pink

My mother, Diana Almond (nee Glock) qualified as a nurse at Barts in 1953. She talked about meeting my father (Dr Francis Almond) whilst working as a 'theatre pink'. I have not been able to find out very much about exactly what a 'theatre pink' was or is and am dry interested if anyone is able to provide me with a bit more information. I am also very interested in hearing from anyone who might remember my mother, who sadly passed away in 1998, or my father who died last year.
My email address is janetaalmond@mac.com

With many thanks,
Janet Almond

Under the " History" section of the website there is a drop down heading where all the uniforms worn in the 1970's are described with a photograph.

Message posted by Janet Almond on 21/04/2016

St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives and Museum

St Bartholomew’s Hospital Archives and Museum holds the historic records of the hospital itself, including records of nursing and nurse training at the hospital, as well as records of groups such as the League. They also accept some personal papers, photographs and other artefacts. Although they are unable to take in every donation offered, for reasons of space or duplication, they are always interested in acquiring new material, particularly related to the history of nursing and nurse training at the hospital from the 1960s onwards. If you have material which you think may be of interest to the archives or museum, please contact them at barts.archives@bartshealth.nhs.uk. You can find out more about the collections, as well as a link to the online catalogue for the collections, here.

Message posted by on 21/03/2016

Book about nursing in the 1960's

There are just a few copies left of "Of Sluices and Sisters: Anecdotes of Student Nurses at a London Teaching Hospital" Compiled by Alison Collin. It follows the training of the August 1965 set from the first day at PTS to the end of their belting year. A donation to the Bodley Scott ward is made for each copy sold. It is available from any independent bookseller or from Amazon at Bart's Book Info: I saw that you have joined this Bart's group, and thought that you might enjoy reading my book "Of Sluices and Sisters: Anecdotes of Student Nurses at a London Teaching Hospital". It covers the training of one set at the end of the '60's and is full of Bart's stories, both funny and poignant. You can check it out on Amazon (link below) if interested. I make a donation to the Bart's Cancer Centre for every book sold.


Message posted by Alison Collin on 10/12/2015

Pupil Nurse Set 1984-86

Denise telford nee Shorter has sent in 2 pictures which can be viewed in the Photo Gallery, People page.

Message posted by Thalia Blundell on 26/10/2015

The Nursing Memorial Appeal

The appeal was inspired by the memory of the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD), but actually embraces all nurses who gave their lives in both World Wars.  Despite their role being highly valued and appreciated by the troops, nurses have received little political and public recognition for their wartime work.  So in June 2011, a Nurses War Memorial Committee was established.

During the First and Second World Wars at least 1,500 nurses gave their lives in service of their country.  Their sacrifice has never been fully recognised.  You can help to put that right by supporting the Nursing memorial Appeal.  The Appeal aims to raise in excess of £150,000 for educational purposes and a permanent memorial to all nurses who died in the two World Wars.  £85,000 will enable the creation and maintenance of the memorial and the rest will be used to advance the education of nurses by providing a scholarship to enable them to study particular aspects of conflict and humanitarian aid and nursing.  The memorial will be erected at  the National Memorial Arboretum.

For further information go to the Appeal website at http://www.nursingmemorialappeal.org.uk.

Message posted by Thalia Blundell on 26/10/2015

Information for a New Probationer 1954

On The Hospital page of the Photo Gallery are 6 pages of notes written by Sister Harvey as information for a new nurse coming to her ward in 1954.

Message posted by Thalia Blundell on 26/10/2015

set 21 1976

Thanks so much for responding, Rosalind. Do you mean 4th from the left in the middle row?

Message posted by WENDY HALSTED on 12/10/2015

Set 21 1976

Liz Harris (now Townsend) is in the green cardigan in the 2006 reunion picture.

Message posted by Rosalind Lydiate (nee Baker) on 06/10/2015

set 21, 1976

Anyone know the whereabouts of Liz Harris (Probably now married and changed name?)from set 21 who started in 1976 (is that Liz in the 2006 reunion photos wearing a stripey blazer?)

Message posted by Wendy Halsted on 29/09/2015

Looking for Jane Holmes qualified summer 1989

I lost touch with my good friend about 18 years ago and would love to catch up with her. Last known working for occupational health at Unilever

Message posted by Elaine Kimber on 23/07/2015

Set 3 May 1978

Fran Pollard, Ann Harman, Jenny Treganza, Sue Thorne, Diane Tresadau, Janet Lemon, Gill Self, Lyn Shepard, Lorraine Merriman, Alison Baker, Kate Potter, Laurie heyworth, Sarah Hobbs Mary Quinn, Maria Neveille, Joy Potter, Coky Hanegraff, Cherry Salkind, Lucy Templeton, Wendy Smith, Charlotte Campion, Penny Maybe, lorraine Davies, denise Fiore, Katherine Birkett, Vicki Box, Teresa Dovaston, Margaret Jones, Katy Husk, Catherine Cook, Lucy Collings-Wells, Deby Harvery, Carolyn Hurcombe (RIP).
We were SET 3 May 1978 ......................GIRLS or now are we ladies??? Shall we reunite? Where are we? what are we up to

Message posted by Sarah Connor (nee Hobbs) on 26/06/2015

Set 45 - May 1985 - reunion planning

Hello! In 2018 it will be 30 years since we qualified. Some of us are starting to plan a reunion for sometime in May, June or July 2018 (we weren't quick enough off the mark to sort a 30 years since we started training reunion, which would have been this year!)
Hopefully plenty of notice will give us all the time we need to track everyone down and for set members now living overseas, time to plan a trip back to the UK.

We have a Facebook page and a dedicated email address, so please look us up!

Email is: bartshospitalset45reunion2018@gmail.com

Message posted by Gillian Morgan (was Morris) on 16/02/2015

set october 1988

Hi, everyone, just trying to track down any nurses who I trained with . We were the first to move from the old Hackney Hospital nurses home to Charterhouse Square. I remember Martha Jordan, Isabelle Shaw, Trudie, Trisha, Rachel, Laura Webb to name a few. Be great to hear from anyone.

Message posted by debbie Davie (Towers) on 25/01/2015

Nov 67 set

Any friends out there from our set? Thinking ahead to Nov 2017, 50 years!! Contact me with details.

Message posted by Susan Hewett nee Sledge on 12/01/2015

Looking for Liz Kidman November 65 set.

A friend of mine from the QARANC, Pauline Novak, is looking for an old friend Liz Kidman Set November 1965 .
if anyone is in contact with Liz could you let me know and i will pass the message onto Pauline.

Many thanks

Merrill Bate (nee Doresa) Set 17 November 1975

Message posted by Merrill Bate (nee Doresa) on 23/11/2014

Melanie Hawes - Looking for memories of sister Harmsworth

I was searching was my Great Aunt - Auntie Elsie to me but to Barts I believe she was Miss Hall or Sister Harmsworth who you mention in the post down the side of the discussion board. I think she started at Barts in 1929 and was sent to Hill End Hospital during the war. I would love to hear any memories you have of her as she died before I was able to truly appreciate the work she did - the work all of you did and do. I believe my (not really but always called) Auntie Pat who would have been Miss Haworth or Sister Bolby (Bolbey?) around the same time. Thank you in advance. ajguerincollard@hotmail.co.uk

Message posted by Allie Guerin-Collard on 06/08/2014

The photograph of the sister and a nurse from 1950 on the title page

This is a great picture of my wonderful late mother-in-law Sister Lily Annie (Lillian) Fraser. How lovely to see this here, especially as her grand-daughter is going to be studying at Barts.

Message posted by Catherine Anderson on 09/06/2014