• Bala
  • Baschurch
  • Chirk & Weston Rhyn Branch
  • Corwen
  • Llanfair Caereinion
  • Llangollen
  • Ludlow
  • Newtown
  • Oswestry
  • Oswestry Rheumatology Association
  • Priorslee & St. George’s
  • Shrewsbury
  • Tanat Valley
  • Welshpool
  • Whitchurch
  • Wrexham & District

Branches Archive

Bala

Bala Branch has been raising funds for The League of Friends since 1964. Over the years we have donated over £60,000 via a range of activities including, Magical Lunches, Door to Door Collections, Coffee Mornings, Musical Evenings and much more.

We are a friendly group dedicated to the hospital and improving the experience for patients.

Chairman
Mrs Cynthia Jones

Treasurer
Mrs Myra May

Baschurch

Baschurch Branch has been raising funds for The League of Friends since the 8th September 1967, then Chaired by Mrs Bethe Chapman. Baschurch, the original location of ‘Florence House’ the beginnings of the Orthopaedic Hospital started on 1st October 1900. The hospital enjoyed the support of volunteers and benefactors from inception but it was not until 1961 when the ‘Friends’ were formalised in the way in which it works today.

Baschurch Branch raises funds via collections, Prize Draws, Golf Days, Coffee Mornings and so on, as well as being great participants in the League’s annual Summer Fête.

Chairman
Mrs Lilian Kelly

Secretary
Miss E Hockenhall

Treasurer
Mrs Catherine Smith

Chirk & Weston Rhyn Branch

Chirk & Weston Rhyn Branch was founded in 1967 and will therefore be celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. This branch has a rich history of association with and support of the hospital. From assisting with patient education and feeding in the late 1970s to providing entertainment. For several years, long stay spinal unit patients were regularly collected from the hospital for outings in the summer months and taken to Brynkinalt Hall, Chirk by kind permission of the Hill Trevor family. Patients were able to enjoy the gardens, given tea and then played games, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all.

We have no fixed meeting days but tend to meet every couple of months and more often when an event is forthcoming.

Meetings are currently held at The Hand Hotel, Church Street, Chirk LL14 5EY. We are always looking for new members. You can be assured of a friendly warm welcome from everyone and we look forward to hearing from you.

If you are interested in joining our branch or would like more information please contact:

Chairman
Jean Williams
01691 777720
jeanbinecutter@aol.com

Secretary
Elaine Tinsley
01691 777557
elainetinsley@talktalk.net

Treasurer
Anne Findlay
01691 777552
anne_cross@outlook.com

Alternatively you can contact the League of Friends at the hospital on 01691 404401 or 01691 404527; e-mail league.friends@rjah.nhs.uk

Recent Events

A Teddy Bear’s picnic was held recently during the May half term holiday in the gardens at The Hand Hotel, Chirk. Children brought along their teddies to join in the best dressed teddy competition. There were lots of games and a quiz followed by afternoon tea. The weather was kind and a good time was had by children and parents.

 

Corwen

The Chairman hosts three meetings a year at her home with the Annual General Meeting being held at OWAIN GLENDWR hotel in March. The meetings are very much a mix of social and business often with tea or lunch.

The main activities this year have been a lovely lunch and get together at Glendwr Garden Centre, collecting with boxes and participating with hospitals Annual Fête.

In addition we have held a very successful outdoor play event at Masmor Hall and a Murder Mystery Dinner at Ty Nant.

The Corwen Branch of The League of Friends has been actively supporting the hospital since 1984. The men and women involved are loyal, friendly and supportive. It is a good size branch with members who are able to think ‘outside the box’ to raise money for this special and innovative hospital.

We welcome everyone, as each of us has something to give and what you give we feel we give back. Do join us.

Ludlow

The Ludlow Branch of the League of Friends of The Orthopaedic Hospital Oswestry was formed in 1971 making it the oldest and most southerly branch. In the intervening 45 years, the Branch has raised thousands of pounds towards the facilities at the hospital.

The focus of our fundraising is an annual Christmas Fair which is held at Ludlow Racecourse every November. Over the last five years we have raised an average of £10,000 a year for the hospital.

In 2015 the Christmas Fair raised £11,500 which was put towards buying a specially designed hoist for the new Anti-Gravity Machine.

We have a dedicated committee of 11 volunteers who do all the work organising and running the Christmas Fair. In 2016 the Christmas Fair raised £14,500!

For more information or to book a stall please email: karen.brade@btinternet.com.

Or find us on..

Facebook:  Ludlow Christmas Fair – 14th November 2017

Twitter: @Ludlowxmasfair

Oswestry Rheumatology Association

The Oswestry Rheumatology Association was founded in 1968 by Dr. Donald Ward. His life’s work involved establishing the Rheumatology Unit, and rheumatology services at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital as a centre of excellence.

Dr. Ward’s concept was to treat the ‘whole patient’. He regarded the unit as a family, with staff, patients and relatives all working together and meeting socially to offer mutual support.

The current executive committee is a mix of patients, relatives and ex staff, working closely with the rheumatology unit and the League of Friends. The membership of the ORA is approximately 140, mostly people with arthritis or their families and friends. We have a very active group of junior members.

Our aim is to share friendship, offer support and fundraise for arthritis research and necessary equipment at RJAH. Our main social and fundraising event is the autumn fair and grand draw raffle at Oswestry’s Memorial Hall. Other regular activities include quiz nights, concerts, supermarket coin collections and charity market stalls. We also receive donations, bequests and legacies.

We print an annual newsletter for our members. It includes articles describing fundraising activities and how we spend the money raised. In recent years we have given £60,000 to rheumatology research and bought a £35,000 diagnostic ultrasound machine, equipment for the hydro pool and smaller items as requested to help patients and staff.

CONTACT INFORMATION

If you are interested in joining the ORA as a member or to serve on the committee or assisting our fundraising efforts please contact:

Chairman
Margaret Kerr MBE
01691 662423
margaretkerr5@yahoo.co.uk

Secretary
Susan Roberts
01352 757195
sroberts36@btinternet.com

Whitchurch

Meetings are held on a Wednesday at 7pm in The District Club, St. John’s Street,Whitchurch.

The AGM is held in early February, other meetings at different times in the year depending on the events that are being arranged.

At present there are 16 members on the committee, many of whom have had treatment at the Orthopaedic Hospital.

We have a Street Collection every year, usually in May, & also apply for collections at Tesco and Sainsburys.

For the last few years we have been lucky enough to hold a Coffee Morning at Dearnford Lake and this has been our most successful fund raising event.

We have also held an Exit Collection at Bangor Races in early December and collected at Whitchurch Cricket Club.

Whitchurch branch
Collecting and selling cakes at Whitchurch County Cricket Club in June 2016

CONTACT INFORMATION

For more information or to join please contact the office on 01691 404404.

Our officers

Chairman
Sheila Maddocks

Vice Chairman
Deirdre Parker

Secretary
Jenny Middleton

Treasurer
Thelma Windsor

Vice Treasurer
Sarah Watson-Jones