• Bala
  • Chirk & Weston Rhyn
  • Corwen
  • Llanfair Caereinion
  • Llangollen
  • Ludlow
  • Newtown
  • Oswestry
  • Oswestry Rheumatology Association
  • Shrewsbury
  • Tanat Valley
  • Welshpool
  • Whitchurch

Branches Archive


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.

Mrs M Reeves

Mrs Myra May

Chirk & Weston Rhyn

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:

The League of Friends at the hospital on 01691 404401 or 01691 404527

E-mail rjah.leagueoffriends@nhs.net

Mrs Jean Williams

Mrs Elaine Tinsley

Mrs Anne Findlay

Upcoming Events

A quiz night is to be held from 7pm on August 31st at Ellesmere College. Tickets are £15 each and include a hot meal. Teams of 6. Come along and put your general knowledge to the test!



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.

Mrs Brenda Coggon

Mr Martin Coggon

Mr Bernie Whiten

Previous Events 


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 and in 2017 it raised £12,000!

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

Mrs Harriet Horne

Mrs Katherine Evans

Mrs M Garland

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.


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

The League of Friends at the hospital on 01691 404401 or 01691 404527

E-mail rjah.leagueoffriends@nhs.net

Mrs Margaret Kerr MBE

Miss Susan Roberts

Mrs Liz Smith


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


For more information or to join please contact the office on 01691 404401.

Our officers

Sheila Maddocks

Vice Chairman
Deirdre Parker

Jenny Middleton

Thelma Windsor

Vice Treasurer
Sarah Watson-Jones