Cardiff City Hall

Cardiff & District Branch       

The NHS Retirement Fellowship exists to maintain friendships and to provide opportunities to make new friends through a range of social and leisure activities.

If you are over 50 years of age, retired or still working, and have worked in the NHS or worked for a contracted service, including volunteers who give their services to the NHS in any way you are eligible to join. Also eligible are those who worked in the Social Service sector. Partners / spouses of members are also eligible for membership.

Branch Meetings

  • When: Monthly – 1st Wednesday
  • Time:  14:00 – 16:00
  • Where: St. Brigid’s Hall, Crystal Glen, Llanishen, Cardiff CF14 5QN

St.Bridgit's Church entranceMap


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Forthcoming Events

Ornithology Group

Thursday 17th January 2019

Our last field trip for 2018-9 . We will be visiting WWT Penclacwydd near Llanelli. We have visited there on several occasions previously so you will probably know how to reach it. If not let me know and I will respond as soon as possible after the 7th. As usual we will be meeting in the cafe at 10am.

I hope you have all had a most enjoyable Christmas and wish you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2019.

With regards to you all



Friday 25th January 2019

Bristol Aerospace Museum

Whitchurch 09:00,

3-Arches 09:15

Cost : £27


Ten Pin Bowling

Monday 11th February 2019 10:30am (use your bus pass)

£10.99 for three games, at the Red Dragon Centre, Cardiff bay. Car parking is free when you spend £6 or more.


Flat Holm

Awaiting 2019 Visitor Schedule for March 2019

£35. (Ferry: £30, Landing Fee: £5 )


Members News

25th July 2018

A special event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the formation of the NHSRF and the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service.

The event for Welsh members will be held at Bedwellty House & Gardens, this property is closely associated with Anaurin Bevan and the formation of the National Health Service.

Bedwellty House, Tredegar

Updated Information

The date is the same 25th July at Bedwellty House, but we will now have a two course lunch instead of a buffet tea. Therefore we will need to be there for 12-30 for lunch at 1 pm.

There will be no cost to our members, but coach travel will cost £9. As places will be limited it will have to be on a first come first served basis.

(Norman has already paid!!!)

Please let Norman know if you wish to attend.


The club has renewed our subscription for the next 3yrs for our internet domain name

So if you have any information that you think might be of interest to the other members please let one of the committee know and we can publish it on our website.


Did you notice the new LOGO for the NHSRF for the 40th anniversary year.

40th LOGO

This was designed by one of our committee - David Manning - and was the winner of a nationwide competition


Xmas Party Pictures 2017


Walking Group Xmas lunch 2017

at Oystercatcher Pub, Penarth.


NHS Retirement Fellowship
Photography Group competition

The Cardiff branch have excelled in the recent Photography Group competition with Jill Evans and Peter Elkington gaining commendations for their entries and Maureen Salmon gaining commendations with two of her prints.  This from an total of 140 entries is excellent.  Please pass on my congratulations to Jill, Peter and Maureen. 

I received 107 digital copies of the competition entries and these can be seen on the facebook site "NHS RF Photography Group" ;  a number will feature in a small exhibition at the AGM and conference at the end of November. 

I have attached a couple of flyers giving details of the new competition as well as an ongoing call for pictures that the Fellowship can use for new promotional materials and the upgrading of the website.

Anthea Zell

Photography Group Co-ordinator

Flyer 1     Flyer 2

The following photos were submitted to the recent competition by branch members :

Castlerigg stones

Castlerigg Stones (Maureen Salmon)

Double rainbow

double rainbow (Maureen-Salmon)

snow scene

Snow scene (Peter Elkington)

Mountains and Lake

Mountains & Lake (Jill Evans)



Older news


Party Time

Congratulations to the Branch on the 10th anniversary of its formation. Picture shows the cutting of one of the two iced cakes that were provided for our members following a lively sing song lead by our guest entertainer Hank Hillman.

Cutting of cake

10th anniversary cakes


Another Winner !!

Member Peter Elkington has informed the Chairman that he was the winner of last months National Photography competition with his photograph entitled - "The Old Ways"

Winning Photo

Welsh National Conference Llandrindod

Thursday September 3rd 2015

The Metropole Hotel Llandrindod Wells
Keynote speaker
Dr Andrew Goodall

Director General of Health & Social Services Chief Executive NHS Wales

Cardiff Branch At Welsh Conference 2015

Cardiff Branch at the 2015 Welsh Conference

Conference Raffle Winner

Winners of raffle at the Wales Regional Conference


National Photography Competition

Further success in the national photography competition for member Maureen Salmon.

Her photo titled "Having a splashing time" was runner up in the latest competition.

See page 7 in the current Fellowship newsletter


Why not dig out your old "Box Brownie" and Join Maureen on the winners list.

Click on logo below for latest information


Photo Club Logo

Volunteers Requested


(for details see Welfare pages)


Headway Cardiff & South East Wales, a local brain injury charity.

I am looking to contact local, retired NHS staff to find out if anyone would be interested in volunteering for us here in either our Independence & Wellbeing Centre or within our community groups to help support people who have been affected by an acquired brain injury

Kathryn Jones Volunteer Coordinator
Tel: 02920 577707


City Hospice

We're Cardiff's local hospice and cared for over 750 patients in the city last year. We also care for their families with bereavement support, welfare advice, and social support.

Many thanks, Diolch yn fawr,
Alex Fagan Volunteer Officer
Mob 0768164454 Tel 02920 524150


Action on Hearing Loss,Cymru

Formerly known as RNID is asking if members of NHSRF would consider volunteering to help to relieve social isolation in this group of people.

Paul Chappell
Volunteering Development Manager


DIAL project Volunteers

Good afternoon Norman.

I am emailing today as I work on a dementia project funded by the national lottery to support people living with dementia to engage in activities. We offer support in a one to one setting and also in group settings.

We are looking to recruit volunteers to support with the project in the aims of if the funding is no longer continued the people being supported will still receive that support.

I would be more than happy to send you over information if this is something you feel you could publicise for us or know of anyone who may be intertied in becoming a volunteer.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Many Thanks

Susan Johns
DIAL Case worker

2nd Floor, Derwen House, Court Road, Bridgend CF31 1BN
Telephone: (01656) 647722
Fax: (01656) 647733

Volunteering as patients
for medical students

From: Sandra Ricardo [
Sent: 25 January 2018 12:11
Subject: Volunteering as patients for medical students
Good day
 I don't know if this is something the membership/family members/friends might be interested in participating in?
 Thought I'd spread the word anyway.
 Volunteers can be healthy or not!
 Best wishes.

Assessments Team

2nd Floor Neuadd Meirionnydd
Cardiff University School of Medicine    
Centre for Medical Education
College of Biomedical and Life Sciences
Heath Park
CF14 4YS

Tel No. +44(0)29 206 87770



Tîm asesiadau

Neuadd Meirionnydd
Ysgol Meddygol Prifysgol Caerdydd
Y Ganolfan Addysg Feddygol
Coleg y Gwyddorau Biofeddygol a Bywyd
Parc y Mynydd Bychan
CF14 4YS



Recently received notices


NHSRF Travel Insurance


Older Notices

Why you should make a will

Liverpool Photography Day Out

Latest NHSRF/CSIS Photographic Competition Flyer

Genetics Public Meeting in Cardiff


Previous Events

Malmesbury & Westonbirt Arboretum

Friday 19th October

Whitchurch : 09:00am

Three Arches : 09:15am

Malmesbury has over 1000 years of history including the original Market Cross, the 12th Century Abbey and king Athelstan's tomb.

Westonbirt Arboretum was mainly planted in the mid 19th century as part of the Westonbirt House estste which is now grade one listed.


Bath Xmas Market

Thursday 22nd November

Whitchurch : 08:45am

Three Arches : 09:00am

A trip to the ever popular Xmas market for those unusual presents .


Branch Annual Xmas Lunch

Tuesday 18th December

Meet at the Marriott Hotel @ 1:00pm



Tuesday MAY 1st              

Chavenage House

Chavenage House



Friday 11th

Malvern Spring Show

Malvern Spring Show


Thursday 18th January

Cost : £24 (£15:50 WWT Members)

Pickup times : Whitchurch 9:00am 

                    : Three Arches 9:15am


Skittles Afternoon

Church Inn, Llanishen Village, Ty Glas Road, CF14 5EH

Thursday 22nd February - 2pm
(or 12:30pm for Lunch)

If lunch is required, please inform Norman beforehand so that the Chef is aware of numbers dining. Car Parking is available at the rear of the Pub (£1 refunded against any food and drink purchases or the Village Car Park (Free).
Buses that stop at Llanishen Village are numbers 28, 28B and 86.
The afternoon is FREE (food and drink optional).


Cirencester / Rodmarton Manor

Monday 12th March

Cost: £25

Pickup times : Whitchurch 9:00am 

                    : Three Arches 9:15am


Nantgarw Pottery

Thursday 23rd November
Cost : £9

Cup & Saucer

Pickup/Departure Times:
Three Arches  10:00
Whitchurch     10:15


Festive Carvery Lunch
Marriott Hotel

(near Cardiff Central library)

Xmas Tree

Click here for Menu

Tuesday 19th December
Cost : £21:95   (10% increase!)

Payment required in advance to secure seat.

12:30 for 1:00pm start


Royal Mint

Thursday 19th October
Cost : £20

Royal Mint Advert

Pickup/Departure Times:
Three Arches  11:00am
Whitchurch     11:15am


Earlier Trips


Tuesday July 18th     :

Kew Gardens

Cost: £37

Pickup/Departure Times:
Whitchurch Common    8:00am
Three Arches     8:15am


Thursday August 17th  :

Abbey Dore Court and Hay

Cost: £20

AMMENDMENT……………Please note!!!

Change to published pick up times

Pickup/Departure Times:
Three Arches     8:45am
Whitchurch Common   9:00am


Tuesday September 19th:


Cost: Coach £21, (including Castle visit £35)

Pickup/Departure Times:
Whitchurch Common   8:00am
Three Arches     8:15am

See Newsletter No 6 for Further Information


Wales Annual Conference (Llandrindod)

Thursday 31st August
Cost: £15

(Includes lunch and light refreshments)

Pickup/Departure Times:
Three Arches     8:15am
Whitchurch Common   8:30am



Ornithology Group

The next Ornithology Group Outing is to

The Amelia Trust Farm. St. Nicholas Thursday 13th July

For further information email Don on:

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  • Cotswold Villages  Thursday 20th April
  • Tetbury & Highgrove Gardens  Wednesday 17th May
  • Bishop’s Palace, Wells  Friday 9th June

See Newsletter No 5 for Further Information


Ornithology Group

The next Ornithology Group Outing is to

Forest Farm and The Taff Trail on Wednesday 26th April

For further information email Don on:



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Monday 27th March

Cost £18:00

Further details to follow

Our visit coincides with the Literary Festival which is centered around Blackwell’s Marquee and Worcester College. Other University Colleges are also used as venues. The programme for the festival has not yet been released. Oxford has many historical and cultural landmarks to visit. There’s shopping at the Westgate Centre or the Covered Market, and much more to discover.


Skittles Afternoon

Church Inn, Llanishen Village, Ty Glas Road, CF14 5EH

Tuesday 24th January - 2pm
(or 12:30pm for Lunch)


If lunch is required, please inform Norman beforehand so that the Chef is aware of numbers dining. Car Parking is available at the rear of the Pub (£1 refunded against any food and drink purchases or the Village Car Park (Free).
Buses that stop at Llanishen Village are numbers 28, 28B and 86.
The afternoon is FREE (food and drink optional).


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Severn Valley Railway

Monday 20th February

Cost £30 (excluding lunch)

If time allows – coffee stop at Bewdley prior to boarding the train at Bridgnorth at 12:20. Arrive at Highley 12:51. Time for lunch at the Flag & Whistle and a short walk to the Engine House Visitor Centre. Depart Highley at 15:06. Arrive Kidderminster at 15:53.


Ornithology Group

The next Ornithology Group Outing is to Cosmeston Country Park Lavernock Thursday 19th January 2017 - 10am

For further information email Don on:




Evesham Cruise

(with fish & chips lunch)

Friday 14th October 2016

See chairman for further details


Forthcoming Ornithology SIG Field trip

Our next field trip will take place on Wednesday 19th (October). 

We will be going to the Steart Marshes nature reserve near Bridgewater. This is a relatively new reserve run by the Wetlands and Wildfowl Trust but there is no entry fee. It is part of the Bridgewater Bay N N R. Car parking is available and excellent toilet facilities are available in the car park. It is a substantial site but the pathways are very good. There are at least three modern hides with excellent views which will provide shelter in the event of poor weather. There are however no catering facilities on site so please bring a picnic with you.

We will meet at 09.30in the car park



Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre

Saturday 26th November

See chairman for further details


Branch Christmas Lunch

Marriott Hotel

Tuesday 20th December , 12:30pm

See chairman for further details


Blists Hill Victorian Town

Friday 9th September

Pickup times:

Whitchurch: Tbc

Three Arches Pub: Tbc




Thursday 15th September

Metropole Hotel

Llandrindod Wells

Pickup time:

Whitchurch only: 08:10 am

  • 09:00 Registration.
    Tea/Coffee John Toman. Fellowship Officer Wales.
  • 10:30 Welcome & Introductions
    Ken Jarrold CBE.
  • 10:45 Keynote Address
    Judith Paget CEO. Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.
  • 11:15 Title tbc
    Tanya Strange. Div. Nurse, Primary Care & Networks, ABUHB.
  • 12:00 Title tbc
    Arlene Testa RGN, Matron, Glan-yr-Afon Care Home.
  • 12:45 Lunch
    View Exhibitions. Branch Photocall. Judging of Arts & Crafts Exhibits.
  • 14:00 Afternoon Chair John Rostill OBE. Director, NHS Retirement Fellowship.
  • The Nostalgia Show Rob Penury.
  • 15:00 Closing remarks and prize giving.


Wednesday 24th August 2016



Nothing quite prepares you for Sezincote...

After winding through the mighty oaks that line the long drive of this Gloucestershire garden on the edge of the Cotswolds, you see a weathered-copper onion dome straight out of India. The south front, complete with curving orangery, unfurls above a Repton landscape that has remained unchanged since the mid-19th century. The garden is blessed by a series of spring-fed pools, connected by gurgling water which eventually tumbles into the Island Pool in the valley bottom, before joining the River Evenlode below.

Cost: £27

Pickup times:

Whitchurch: 08:45am

Three Arches Pub: 09:00am


Tuesday 12th July 2016

Cothay Manor & Gardens

Cothay manor

Said to be the finest example of a small medieval manor in England, Cothay dates back to the 14th century and has been lovingly restored with period furniture.

Cost (inc 75 mins house tour) £28

contact chairman for availability

Pickup times:

Whitchurch: 08:45am

Three Arches Pub: 09:00am



Subject: Ornithology SIG field trip 13/04/16

Dear Fellow Birders

I hope you are all well and had an enjoyable Easter holiday period.

Our next field trip will take place on Wednesday 13th April. We will be going to the Dare Valley Country Parc in/near Aberdare. It is relatively easy to find.  Go north on the A470, take the A4059 turning to Aberdare, follow the signs to the town centre, follow the one way system bearing left at the war memorial, turn left into Monk Street, half way up the hill turn right at the brown tourist sign ,and when you reach the entrance to the park, take the long driveway to the Visitor Centre where there is a generous parking area. 

The Visitor Centre also provides toilet, coffee and lunch facilities. We will gather in the coffee shop at 10am.

The potential sightings are widespread including tits and finches, water birds, warblers and raptors (especially peregrines).

Please let me know if you are going to join us. 

Some parts of the park especially the woodland can be damp so come prepared.
Best wishes


Species Review


Thursday 28th April

Lacock Village, Abbey & Fox Talbot Museum         

The museum celebrates William Henry Fox Talbot, who created the first photographic negative and established this as a birthplace of photography.
The Abbey offers two distinct experiences; peaceful ground floor monastic cloisters and first floor furnished rooms.
Lacock village with its timber framed cottages has been used as a filming location for Harry Potter, Wolf Hall & Pride and Prejudice.
There are many places to eat, drink and shop in the village.

Cost :

£13 NT members, £24 non-NT members


Monday 23rd May

Forde Abbey, Historic House and Gardens             

Built almost 900 years ago by Cistercian monks, transformed by the Prideaux family into a post-Renaissance palace.
30-acre country garden of interest all year round, including spring bulbs, rockery, bog garden, herbaceous borders, arboretum, working walled kitchen garden, lakes and cascades., with England’s highest powered fountain.
Gift shop & Eeles Pottery.
Plant nursery.
Undercroft Tearoom.

Cost : £26


June Friday 24th                  

Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle & Gardens has played an important role in England’s history for over 1,000 years.

Outside, the castle is surrounded by a breathtaking 1,200 acre estate and ten award-winning gardens.  The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once walked upon the original Tudor Parterre.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds – Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives.  Today visitors can explore the beautiful 15th century church where she lies entombed.


March Tuesday 15th
Haynes Motor Museum OR Lytes Cary Manor

Pickup Times:

Whitchurch Common : 9:00am

Three Arches Pub : 9:15am


Cardiff (Llandaff) BBC Studios Tour(s)
Tuesday 2nd February

Learn more about some of the programmes made at Broadcasting House, including Wales Today and Crimewatch. Discover how television programmes are made and find out about radio programmes broadcast on BBC radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru. Have a go at creating your own news bulletin or take part in an interactive radio drama!! No two tours will be the same but they will always be informative, entertaining and fun (well at least that’s’ what the information leaflet says!!)

Tours take approximately 90 minutes and involve a certain amount of walking and standing.

There is no guarantee of spaces being available in the car park. Bus: 60, 62 & 122 stop in Llantrisant Road Bus: 33 / 33A stop in Cardiff Road

We have 3 time slots reserved………..10:00, 12:30 & 14:30

Cost £8:50 Payment must be made at the conclusion of the next meeting to secure your place.


Christmas Carvery Lunch

Marriott Hotel Tuesday 15th December 1:00pm

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WWT Llanelli

Thursday 14th January Combined trip with SIG Ornithology

WWT members £14 Non members £20

Pick up points 3 Arches 9:00

Whitchurch Common 9:15

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Bernard Knight will be talking at Rhydypennau Library on Wednesday 25th November at 7:30pm “The Pathologist’s Casebook” – career & some of his famous pathology cases.
Telephone Su on 029 20754657 or to confirm your attendance

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Worcester Victorian
Christmas Fayre

xmas fun fair

Friday November 27th

Pickup Times

Whitchurch Common : 8:45am
Three Arches Pub, Heathwood Road : 9:00am

Our coach is pre-booked to allow members to be dropped off and picked up later in a designated “zone” (within easy walking distance to the Christmas Fayre) Return to the pick up zone will be 17:00 / 5pm (don’t be late!!!)

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Enjoy the festive season with a visit to the Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre from Thursday 26th November to Sunday 29th November 2015.

Worcester Christmas Fayre is the leading Victorian-themed street market in the West Midlands, celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year


?Shopped out?

Make it an exciting, fun packed day out by combining your trip to the Fayre with a visit to Worcester’s historic attractions and exceptional range of independent boutiques and popular High Street names, or take the weight of your feet and relax in one of the city’s many cafes, pubs and restaurants.


Christmas Fayre
Weekend Events

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Chedworth Roman Villa

Monday 12th October

Roman soldiers

Roman soldiers line up for battle at Chedworth Roman Villa © National Trust.

Chedworth Roman Villa was home to some of the richest people in the country during its heyday in the 4th century. Visit the intriguing ruins of one of the largest Romano-British villas in the country. Marvel at some of the amazing inventions brought to this country by the Romans - including mosaics, bathhouses, latrines and even underfloor heating. Get up close to the mosaics, some of which were excavated just this year, on our state of the art walkways. Walk in the footsteps of the Victorian gamekeeper who unearthed the first clues to what lay beneath an ordinary field in the heart of the Cotswolds in our newly refurbished museum. Reflect on your visit with a glorious walk through the surrounding woodland and don't forget to treat yourself to something delicious in our new café.

Visit Cheltenham with us.

Spa town on the edge of the Cotswolds prior to a guided tour of Chedworth Roman Villa at 2:00pm on Monday 12th October 2015.

Pickup Times

Whitchurch Common : 9:00am
Three Arches Pub, Heathwood Road : 9:15am


Ornithology Trip

Goldcliff and Newport Wetlands

Wednesday 28 October 2015

Target species: Waders, Avocets, migrants and Starling roost
For further information email Don on:

We had a very successful day. Highlights were - Excellent views of a Marsh Harrier, Greenshank, Redshank and nine Common Snipe, large numbers of Lapwing, Shovelers and Teal, a young Whooper Swan, some Common Scoter in the Severn and a total of 45 species seen.
Click here for species report.



Hanbury Hall & Gardens

Monday 14th September

William and Mary-style country house, garden and park Built in 1701 by Thomas Vernon, a lawyer and whig MP for Worcester, Hanbury Hall is a beautiful country house. Inside, a mix of interiors await to be discovered, from the restored Hercules rooms and recreated Gothic corridor, to the recently re-decorated smoking room and stunning staircase wall-paintings by Sir James Thornhill which underwent major restoration work in 2010 and look magnificent. Surrounding the house are eight hectares (20 acres) of recreated early 18th-century gardens and 162 hectares (400 acres) of park. Features include the intricately laid out parterre, fruit garden, grove, orangery, orchard and bowling green. A walk around the park will lead you into the surrounding countryside.

Hanbury Hall & Gardens

Pick up points:

Whitchurch common:  8:45am

Three Arches:             9:00am




Bristol – Bath "cruise"

Wednesday 19th August

With lunch stop at The Jolly Sailor, Saltford.

All boats have a full Bar open when under way and W.C. facilities. Commentary via the P.A. system is available.

Narrowboat Redshank

A traditional canal boat brightly decorated with traditional roses and castles. Licensed to carry 54 passengers. An open boat with roll down canopy for weather protection..

Narrow boat - Redshank

Pick up points:

Whitchurch common:   8:00am

Three Arches:              8:15am




Blenheim Palace & Flower show

Friday 19th June

Blenheim Palace

Flower Show (open 10:00 to 17:30)



Special guest Mary Berry (the queen of British baking). Mary will open the show on Friday 19th June, and will be meeting lucky visitors and signing copies of her new book, 'Mary Berry's Absolute Favourites'.

Pick up points:

Whitchurch Common  8:30am

Three Arches Pub      8:45am


If you wish to book for Lunch or Tea in the Flower Show Marquee please bring cash / cheque to our next branch meeting on June 3rd


Ornithology Trip


Friday 5 June 2015

(evening visit - weather permitting)

Target species: Nightjars


Species seen


Theatre Visits

A new SIG has been established to bring together members who would appreciate a social outing to the theatre / concert hall. If you would like to suggest a visit please contact the chairman.> 

Keep checking here for future events

Next Theatre Visit

New Theatre Cardiff

Thursday 10th March 2017 2:30pm
Tennessee Williams play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”











Cruise Holidays

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines are offering 10% discount to NHSRF members off any of their cruises.

Further Information