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NHS Retirement Fellowship: East Suffolk Branch

The NHS Retirement Fellowship was established in 1978 in Gloucestershire with the support of the King’s Fund of London. There are now approximately 200 branches throughout the UK with a current membership of over 18,000. The Secretary of State for the Department of Health and Social Security has commended the fellowship to Health Authorities and asked them to support it. It is a registered charity.

The East Suffolk Branch was founded in 1984, and membership is open to all who have retired from any position in the Health Service, their husbands, wives, partners or companions. The Branch Chair is Brenda Simmons.

Its aims are:

  • to promote the welfare and interests of retired NHS staff;
  • to provide a congenial venue for the continuance of friendships formed in working life, and the making of new friends; and
  • to arrange social and cultural activities.

The East Suffolk Branch meets the aims in the following ways:

  • a meeting for members is organised on the first Thursday of every month at Kesgrave War Memorial Community Centre, Kesgrave, Ipswich, Suffolk IP5 1JF. There is a guest speaker or a social event, and outings and visits are also organised to places of interest;
  • visits can be arranged to members who are housebound and sick at home or in hospital, providing friendship for the lonely; and
  • liaison takes place with the Services provided for the elderly and retired, and a library of useful information is maintained.

A monthly newsletter “Still in Touch” is published that contains articles of interest and details of future meetings and activities.

For further information and an application form, please contact Norma Sutton, 12 Priory Court, Nacton IP10 0JU