The South East region celebrated the Royal College of Nursing’s centenary in glorious sunshine.
Around 200 members from across the region came to Embley Park near Romsey in Hampshire. Embley Park is where Florence Nightingale is said to have had her divine calling to be a nurse and is now home to Hampshire Collegiate College.
South East regional operational manager Lindsay Meeks who organised the event said: “The day was even better than we could have hoped – from the amazing high tea to the treasure hunt and the fabulous cakes it was a wonderful to see so many members laughing and sharing stories together.”
Charlie Dimmock joined the celebrations and helped to judge the cake competition that was won by Sue Foster from Buckinghamshire.
Guests were also treated to a talk about “Florence and the Nightingale Family” by Florence Nightingale expert Russ Foster, a Thanksgiving service delivered by Reverend Tim Sledge, Vicar of Romsey Abbey, the chance to explore Embley Park’s extensive gardens, an historical exhibition from RCN Library and Archives where members enjoyed trying on capes, hats and seeing a range of historical artifacts.
Heather Blake from the Southampton Branch said: “I had a lovely afternoon at Embley Park, even the weather was ideal. The setting was beautiful and it was so appropriate to hold this event in the childhood home of Florence Nightingale. The talk by Dr Russ Foster was very interesting and I came away wanting to know even more about the Nightingale/Shaw family. The afternoon tea was lovely as well.”
Pictures can be seen on the regional Facebook page.