Reports of Recent Reunions

 
Set 100 Reunion.
 
Set 100 met on 13 August 2016 to celebrate 45 years since they started at Barts on 23 August 1971. The first set to undertake P.T.S. in Queen Marys'. We had a great time catching up and a wonderful lunch at Malmaison. We remembered absent friends as three members of our set have passed away and several were unable to attend on the day. Thanks must go to Dilley , Mary and their helpers who made the day so special. Also to the ladies of the Guild shop who opened especially for us. Malcolm from the guild was so very helpful, a special thanks must go to him.
 
The following are comments made by members of our set which encapsulate the feelings of us all.
 
"It was lovely to see you all again, to share all those good and horrendous times and to feel such a very special bond with a bunch of amazing women, none of whom has changed! No grandiose claims of wealth, success or pomposity one has to endure on any other social occasion......just pure love and enjoyment of being 20 years old again and the happiness of being back together !  I loved every single moment and just SO didn't want to leave!  There was simply not enough time and I'm so sorry I didn't manage to chat to you all at great length.....this comes with huge apologies to those I didn't get to speak to, I just ran out of time. "
 
"I know I'm going on.....and on!  But what just blew me away, both last time and this....was the fact that 45 years ago we were all such very different people, all with our own groups, flat shares and social circles, but there we all were, having endured all sorts of hardships and happiness in our lifetimes with no noticeable delineations or divisions, just a lasting friendship based on our struggles to survive the extreme moulding to become a "Barts Nurse"!  How blessed we all were and how proud I am to be a part of Set 100! " Annie
 
"It is amazing that so much time has passed but we pick up where we left off and I was reminded of so many things that I spent the time on the journey home reliving it." Caroline.
 
"Thanks to Dilly and her trusty team ,and to you all for a super afternoon- let's hope we are all still so awesome in five years!" Janet.
 
Two photos on the reunions section. 

30/01/2016 - Set 47 Reunion January 2016

Set 47 came together for another wonderful day on Saturday 30 January 2016. Sixteen of us came together at the Malmaison hotel to celebrate over 30 years of nursing. A fabulous time was had by all and of course the requisite photo opportunity in the square!! 
 
Will be putting a date in the diary for our next gathering and would love to hear from any other set members. Claire Painter

24/09/2016 - August 1969 – Set 92 – (47 years Reunion)

Photo in Set Reunion Section.
 
Picture taken names left to right 
Back Row: Fiona Pointer (Miller), Cathy Bruce (Appleton), Charlotte Collyer (Rawcliffe), Barbara Paine (Guy), Nina Gale (Smith) Sally Uyboco (Martin), Rita Courthold (O’Sullivan), Bids Tew(Sullivan),Trish Cummings (Berry).
 
Front Row: Jane Morley (Dolman), Morag ‘Mo’ Oliver (Walker), Chrissie McFarlane (Mellor), Judy Newman (James).
 
On Saturday 24th September 2016, 13 Bart’s Nurses gathered beside the banks of the Thames at The St George and Dragon, Wargrave for what was a very vibrant, enjoyable lunch.
 
It was a particularly special day for all of us and fabulous to reunite with two members of our set who arranged their UK visits to attend. Mo Oliver (Walker) travelling from Cyprus and Sally Uyboco (Martin) all the way from California. Others would have liked to have joined us but had family commitments and/or illness which kept them away this time. However we raised a toast to our absent friends.
 
As a set we had not really kept in touch over the years and with only a few who joined the League finding people has proved challenging. However we have now through our own contact groups and with some deft use of Ancestry (marriage records) to find married names and use of Internet  search managed to reunite via email 25 out of a known 44 who may still be around from our set.
 
Our latest members to be found – 2 in Perth, Western Australia and 1 in Vancouver, Canada.  After all the intervening years it’s so interesting to hear where life has led us all. You might wonder that meeting someone you haven’t seen for over 40 years might prove a challenge in both common ground and even recognition but we had no such problems and if you need to recognise someone then the answer is always; look at their eyes. (It works even on the internet!).
 
If anyone knows someone from set 92 then please ask them if they are in contact with other members and do direct them to make contact with us.  We have met up for the past three years each year for a lunch – next date 30th September Venue tbc! My details are in the League News magazine.
 
Jane Morley (Dolman) 

00/00/0000 - November 1964 Set Reunion.

We decided it was a reason for celebration and a good excuse for another reunion, as most of our Set would be turning 70 in 2016!  Our 50th anniversary of commencing training had been two years previously, but we decided, at our age, the more reunions the better!  Despite the downpours of rain, twenty one of us braved the elements and made the trip for the annual View Day at our beloved Barts.  We were thrilled to welcome two ‘girls’ with whom we had lost touch for many years and thanks must go to two of our members who had done particularly good detective work reuniting us after almost 50 years, in one case!
 
Our lunch venue, The Paternoster, near St Paul’s tube station, proved very popular, providing an excellent buffet and celebration birthday cake in a private and relaxing area of the establishment.  We then walked the short distance to meet up with Crispin Walkling-Lea (Senior Clinical Commissioning Coordinator New Hospitals Programme) and his colleague Alison Cann, who escorted us on a tour of the new King George V building.  We had last seen this under construction on our visit in 2014 and, at that time, had to don hard hats!  We all agreed the transformation was amazing and heard of the progress and advancement in the fields of nursing and medical science compared to the 1960’s!  We were particularly delighted by the wonderful Atrium giving radiance to even the lower ground areas and the much used coffee/tea facility for patients and visitors alike.  The wards, of course, were not at all as we would have remembered them – the space, airiness and ease of access to individual patient beds, were something we could only have dreamt of in our day, whilst the views from the 7thfloor afforded a wonderful panorama over the City.
 
Finally, about a dozen of us attended the View Day service in Barts the Great, with the Masters and Clerks of the City Livery Companies and Officers of the Barts Trust and Charity, where the preacher The Rt. Reverend & Rt. Hon. Dr Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, took the church festival of Pentecost as his theme.
 
It was unanimously decided we should aim to have a reunion every two years and already we are looking forward to 2018!
 
Two photos on the photo gallery.