At our AGM on 26th April 2012 David Frost was unanimously voted as our new Chairman. We also voted in our new Treasurer, Jonathan Kemp who is a new recruit to the League. We are also joined on Committee by John Stainer who brings significant business experience to develop our business plans for the future. Alison Earle stepped down from Chairman after two hectic years in which the League closed down three shops in the old buildings and opened two in the rebuilt and refurbished premises. David was also re-elected as a trustee while Alison, Peter Brokenshaw and Eleanor Stewart-Richardson all continue in their roles as trustees. Alison was voted as Deputy Chairman to take over from David.
We are delighted to announce the opening of our new Main Shop this month. Conveniently located between the main entrance and the Restaurant we have been able to bring back many of the old favourites and have added locally sourced produce, slippers and babywear which we previously sold from our Maternity outlet. We now offer a wider selection of quality cards for all occasions and look forward to serving you in our spacious new shop.
Our Out-patients’ Shop continues to offer excellent value teas, coffees and light refreshments and we also still operate a Refreshments Bar in the Disablement Services Centre.
At our July Committee Meeting theTrustees approved over £54,000 for the purchase of furniture, curtains and equipment for four departments in the refurbished sections of the hospital. The grants will give benefit to a wide spectrum of patients from the youngest in the birthing unit through to the Rembrandt unit for the elderly.
The Trust made requests for the League to provide those extras which would make a substantial difference to the patients, that would not have been possible within the NHS budgets.
In addition we have provided £3,360.00 for the refurbishment of leaded memorial windows which were previously housed in the Chapel. The memorials will be placed in double glazed units in the new reception area of the refurbished main building and we hope the local community will be able to enjoy the link with the hospital’s history for many more years to come.
Staff are selecting from our Photographic Exhibition entries and we hope to have the chosen works in place as soon as the various areas are brought into use late this year. We continue to receive plaudits for the high standard of entries submitted and the University of Portsmouth students will be invited to view their work just prior to the hospital opening to the public.
We will keep you updated on progress.
On Saturday 7th May around 30 members attended our Annual General Meeting for the previous Financial Year in the new Outpatients Department at St Mary’s Hospital. The main business was re-election of the retiring Trustee and Chairman and election of a Secretary to fill the vacancy on our committee. The Treasurer outlined the Financial Report which had previously been accepted at the Extraordinary General meeting held in December 2010. Discussions followed about the new shop which will be on the ground floor of the main building and be opening in December 2011. We will be able to offer a wide range of goods to patients, staff and visitors in addition to the refreshements and other items currently availabe from out patients’ and Disablement Services facilities.
Grateful thanks were reported from Nick Coles, Outpatients Department for assistance with Meeter’s and Greeters for the re-opening of that department. Thanks were also received from Portsmouth Stroke Club and the Altzheimer’s Society for grants made by the League in 2010.
We have had a fantastic response to the Photographic Competition involving students from the University of Portsmouth. Entries continued to come in right up the closing date with a final total of 321 photographs showing a wide variety of subjects taken in and around South Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
With so many entries, judging was a challenge and the winners will be announced at the Prize Giving by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Mrs Paula Riches on Friday 8th April in the Banqueting Hall at the Guildhall Portsmouth at 5:00 pm. We have three prize winners, and,as the standard of entries was so high, we will also be awarding seven Highly Commended Certificates to the best runners-up.
The photographs will be used within St Mary’s Hospital buildings, enhancing the refurbishment which is presently being undertaken by NHS Hampshire.
Watch this space – the winners will be publicised week commencing Monday 11 April together with various examples of the work submitted.
Well done to all the students who have participated – and good luck to you all.
Now we have all the entries submitted for the Photographic Competition, Judging is underway and will take place on Thursday 24 March in the Guildhall. We have been truly delighted at the interest shown by the University of Portsmouth Students and the quality, diversity and subjectivity has been very encouraging.
The Exhibition and Prize Giving will be held on Friday 8 April in the Banqueting Hall at the Guildhall Portsmouth from 4.00 – 6.00 pm when the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth will present the prizes. All entrants of the competition are invited to attend together with representatives from the University of Portsmouth, NHS Portsmouth and League of Friends St Mary’s Hospital volunteers.
We are sure the wonderful array of scenes of South Hampshire and the Isle of Wight will delight and interest the many patients who will be using the refurbished building at St Mary’s Hospital. There will be a sufficient library of photographs to ensure a rotation of art work will be available throughout the hospital, displaying the skill and ability of our local student population.
Watch this space – full details and copies of the wining entries will be displayed week commencing 11 April 2011.
We are delighted to announce the opening of our new Outpatients’ Shop on Monday 24th January. Please continue to support us in the new location along with all Outpatient Clinics. We will be busy moving from our previous shop over the weekend and hope to be up and running with a full service that morning. We look forward to seeing all our regulars, and trust you will be as pleased as we will be in our new home
Our Christmas social took place on the 4th December in the Outpatients department for volunteers and members where we also held an extra-ordinary General Meeting to announce the accounts for year ending 31st May 2010.
The Diamond Awards marked a landmark for many Leagues to honour the contribution of volunteers in health and social care throughout the UK. Some 900 long-standing, dedicated volunteers have been recognised with a Diamond Award including 16 from our own group from Portsmouth.
On March 1st 2010 six volunteers from St Mary’s League of Friends were invited to a reception hosted by Attend’s Patron, HRH The Duke of York at St James’ Palace to recognise some 150 years of joint service.
On the 14th May 2010 all 16 of our nominated Diamond Award volunteers were invited to receive their certificates presented by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Portsmouth at our AGM.