PETERBOROUGH BRANCH

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Last Updated: 14th October 2015

There is a thriving Branch of the National Health Service Retirement Fellowship (NHSRF) in Peterborough, with around 160 members, representing many professions and posts within the National Health Service (NHS).

We meet regularly in the St Andrews Church Hall, Ledbury Road, Netherton, Peterborough, every LAST Wednesday of the month at 2pm. Attendance is free.Meeting starts at 2-30 and it is advisable not to arrive before 2pm because the hall is occupied prior to our meeting. Due to major refurbishment of St Andrews Church Hall this hall has to be closed and meetings transferred to a new venue. Full details will be posted when the new arrangements are confirmed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused but there is nothing that the committee can do except arrange temporary accommodation as directed by St Andrew’s management.

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Refreshments: Tea, coffee and biscuits are served from 2.15pm at the cost of 50p.  A raffle is held and sales tables for your books etc.. 

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coachOutings: Currently the committee are seeking a member willing to take on the role of Social Secretary, organising day outings and longer holiday periods. As an example we have had theatre trips to provincial or West End theatres (eg. ‘War Horse ); boat trip on the River Trent Navigation with cream tea included in the price. A ‘do as you please’ visit to Trentham Gardens: various National Trust/English Heritage properties, with a visits to Chatsworth,  a ‘Quilting Exhibition’ at Ely Cathedral, plus many others. (See the Diary page for current outings or holidays pending). Holidays include Scotland with Lochs and Glens and the most recent 4 days of Dorset Delights. Other Activities: Each year early in the New Year, we have lunch at a local restaurant.  Bring & Buy Sale are held and occasionally displays of Member’s hobbies and handicrafts. Recently we went back to our childhood with a very enjoyable ‘Beetle Drive’. The Speakers: Speakers are arranged for the monthly meetings and a great variety of interesting topics have been covered. These range from subjects of local interest e.g. ‘The Ferry Meadows Country Park’, Nene Valley Railway; to more general talks and travelogues e.g. ‘The History of the Canals’, to name but a few. Join us and you too can enjoy and benefit from the talks. Welfare: A Member of the Branch Committee acts as the voluntary Welfare Officer and is responsible for keeping in touch with members who due to illness or disability cannot attend meetings.  There is a National Fellowship Benevolent Fund to help Members in need in certain circumstances and confidential advice can be given about applications. All this work is done in the strictest confidence as one would expect from an organisation run by ex-NHS staff who are steeped in the tradition of confidentiality.‘Monthly Newsletter’: This local Newsletter  is published ten times a year and is issued free to all members. It contains information about the meetings and details of the programme of speakers and outings, together with reports on past events and excursions. Members contributions are published. Health topics and useful information are regular features. For Sale, Exchange and Wanted items may be advertised as the demand dictates. Items for publication by members should be sent to Trevor, the Newsletter Editor.

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Date of Birth: Why, you may ask do we require Member’s dates of birth? It is because one Member uses this information to run a ‘Birthday Club’ which makes sure that every Member receives a birthday card from the Fellowship, on the appropriate day. For some, this may be the only acknowledgement of their birthday they receive.

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