Mr Julian Prichard (Chair)                                                   

    Mrs Shelley James (Treasurer)                                              

    Mr Jim Clarke                                                                               

    Mrs Pat Hayter                                                                                                                                                 

    Mrs Margaret Hammond                                                              

    Mrs Bobbie Perrin                                                                       

    Mrs Denise Potter 

    Mrs Jayne Simpson 

    Dr Richard Skaife                                                                    

    Mrs Helen Lawes - (Matron) - ex officio                                       

    Ms Dee Falding (Matron's Representative) - ex officio                 


    In 2019, there will be a committee meeting on the first Tuesday (@6.30pm) of March, May, July, September and November. The first meeting of the year will be on 8th January.  The AGM will take place on Wednesday, 6th August, 2019 at 6.30 p.m. in the town hall.





After dedicating over 11 and a half years to the Friends’ committee, we are very sad to bid farewell to our erstwhile Treasurer, Colin Richardson.  Through thick and thin, Colin was a bastion of the Friends, diligently keeping our accounts, attending meetings and always providing a helping hand setting up and participating in our events.  We will miss his presence on the committee but he has agreed to continue supporting our events and perhaps even regale us with his overseas adventures in time.  Colin, we thank you for all you have done and all the time you and your wife have given to the Friends; we would not be where we are now without you.

Julian Prichard


Carolyn Cox is retiring from the role of Chair of the League of Friends Committee as she is moving to Devon.  At our last meeting, the hospital matron, Helen Lawes, thanked her for everything she has done for the hospital during her 4 and a half years in the role.  We are delighted that Julian Prichard has agreed to be our new chairman. He is a most worthy and passionate successor having helped to secure the future of the hospital with his Save our Beds! campaign.


Matron, members of staff and friends of the hospital hosted a tea party on 26th October to thank all the volunteers who help at the hospital and at fundraising events. Tea and home-made cake was enjoyed whilst volunteers had the opportunity to meet each ther and chat to staff from the hospital.  Matron thanked them all and explained how their work enhances the patients' stay.  The hospital has a wide range of volunteers; a gardening team;tea ladies; befriending volunteers; a chaplaincy team; and we mustn't forget the 'pat the dog and cat'.

Our volunteers were all presented with beautiful potted cyclamens, kindly donated by PlantWorld of Milton-on-Stour; click on the link to view their new website.

If anyone is considering joining our team of volunteers, please contact the hospital or the League of Friends.

(Contact for the Friends: friendsofwmh@outlook.com or through reception at the Westminster Memorial Hospital, Shaftesbury.)




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