Our main event to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS is on Saturday July 7th, from 10am – 5.30pm in Lansdown Hall and Bank Gardens in Stroud (GL5 1BB) – see the full timetable below.

At the event, there will be a marquee with stalls from health organisations, top speakers on the NHS and it’s history, talented jive dancers and music from 1948, Stroud Red Band bringing their boistrous brass and the Songs of Change choir, and facepainting and other activities for children. We’ll even have performances from an actor playing ‘Aneurin Bevan’, and Aneira Thomas – the first baby born in the NHS – will open the event. Of course there’ll also be cake! Come dressed in 1940s style if you wish – and get involved with making bunting, contributing to our call for artists, or volunteering! Please contact us with any offers. Help us advertise the event – download a copy of our poster! (pdf, designed at A3 so use print settings to print A4 or smaller). Invite friends and share details of the event using Facebook.

The event is free entry – but putting it on costs money – if you can afford it please donate with cash on the day or online via gofundme.com/nhs70stroud.

Download a copy of the programme, or see below for details:

Text is in page - image features bunting, a picture of people jive dancing, some stylised hearts, and the cover of the leaflet the government sent out announcing "The New National Health Service"
Our timetable for the 7th July – part of our programme, look out for paper copies around Stroud town

Timetable (Activities take place inside Lansdown Hall, unless in bold, where they will be outside in the lower part of Bank Gardens)

10.30 – 11.15am Opening session – with special guest Aneira Thomas, the first baby in Britain to be born in the NHS.

11.15 – 11.30am Songs of Change Choir

11.30 – 1.00pm 70 years of the NHS:

  • Dr Roy Lamb on local NHS history,
  • Jack Saunders, People’s History of the NHS project,
  • Director Rhonda Evans with film ‘Where it all began’

1.00 – 2.00pm Lunch – bring a picnic!

1.30 – 2.00pm ‘Aneurin Bevan’ cuts our NHS birthday cake,
music from Stroud Red Band

2.00 – 3.00pm The NHS in rural areas, with Pete Gillard from Keep Our NHS Public

3.00 – 4.00pm The NHS in international context

4.00 – 5.30pm Lindy Hop Jive performance, followed by dancing to music from 1948

5.30pm Closing ceremony, joining with Stroud Sacred Music Festival

6.00 – 11.00pm Continue the celebrations at a night of live music at St Laurence’s Church. This is part of the Sacred Music Festival which is taking place on 6th and 7th July (partly in the upper part of Bank Gardens at the same time as our event in the lower part). Entry is free/donation. Live music includes: The Mosaic Youth Choir, the Raga Babas, Nawab Khan Mantra Tour, Faeland, and Maya Youssef.