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Media coverage of NHS70Stroud so far:
Artists wanted for Stroud NHS celebration (Stroud News and Journal, June 2018)
Town council pulls funds for NHS celebration in Stroud (Stroud News and Journal, May 2018)
Seventy years of NHS to be celebrated by Stroud protest group (Stroud News and Journal, April 2018)
First baby born in NHS to open 70th anniversary event in Stroud
18/06/2018, Keep Gloucestershire’s NHS Public. Contact: James Beecher – 07734 058789
- Aneira Thomas, named after Aneurin Bevan, was the first baby in Great Britain to be born into the NHS.
- She will open the Lansdown Hall “NHS 70 Stroud” event on Saturday 7th July at 10.30am, after speaking at the Welsh Assembly Government on the 5th
- Local NHS anniversary events begin NEXT WEEK, with an exhibition on NHS funding from Monday 25th – Saturday 30th June, 11-5pm, at Lansdown Gallery (opening with an expert talk on PFI on Monday 25th at 6.30pm).
Aneira Thomas was born at one minute past midnight on 5 July 1948, making her first baby in Great Britain to be born into the NHS. She was named after Aneurin Bevan, the minister for health at the time, who led on the plan for the NHS. Aneira spent her career working in the NHS as a mental health nurse and her four sisters were also nurses. Aneira continues to be an active supporter of the NHS, and her daughter is now a paramedic.
Aneira Thomas will open the “NHS 70 Stroud event” at Lansdown Hall at 10.30am on Saturday 7th July with a talk about the circumstances of her birth and the importance of the NHS. Before visiting Stroud, Aneira will be speaking at the Welsh Assembly Government – on Thursday 5th July – her birthday and the day of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS in 1948.
The “NHS 70 Stroud” event on Saturday 7th July will also feature film-maker Rhonda Evans and her film “The NHS: Where is all began”, historian Jack Saunders from the People’s History of the NHS project, and veteran local GP Dr Roy Lamb on local NHS history. The Songs of Change Choir and Stroud Red Band will perform, and an actor playing Aneurin Bevan will cut an NHS birthday cake. There will be talks about “The NHS in international context” and “NHS issues in rural areas”, as well as stalls, activities for children, music from 1948 lindy hop dancing.
The festivities begin before July, with an exhibition on “NHS Funding: past, present and future” at the Lansdown Gallery next week: Monday 25th – Saturday 30th June. A photographic exhibition by Marion Macalpine on Private Finance Initiatives or PFI (called “How Come We’re Still Paying For This?”), will be launched on Monday 25th June at an opening night featuring expert Helen Mercer speaking about how to solve the problems PFI is causing in the NHS (6.30pm, opening night 6-8pm). Local campaigners will also take a coach of people to London for a national celebration and demonstration on Saturday 30th June – tickets for coach can be booked online at: tinyurl.com/ournhs70coachstroud.
There are programmes detailing the activities around Stroud and the rest of the county, and the timetable and further information are available at: NHS70Stroud.wordpress.com.
Spokesperson for KGNP, James Beecher, said: “We’re delighted to have the first baby born in the NHS open our celebratory event. Aneira Thomas is a really special guest, and it will be lovely to celebrate her birthday as mark the NHS anniversary, but we’re excited about all our speakers. We think we’ve put a really good programme together and have been getting a great reaction when we’ve been publicising the event. We’re really grateful to everyone who has donated to our crowdfunder to ensure the events can go ahead and can’t wait to kick things off with our exhibition on NHS funding next Monday 25th June at the Lansdown Hall. We’re looking forward to celebrating 70th anniversary of the NHS in style!
Campaigners call for artists to contribute to NHS 70th anniversary exhibition
11/06/2018, Keep Gloucestershire’s NHS Public. Contact: James Beecher – 07734 058789
- NHS funding exhibition, Monday 25th – Saturday 30th June, 11-5pm, Lansdown Gallery
- Expert on PFI to speak at Opening night, Monday 25th 6-9pm
- Call for artists to produce posters based on quotes from Aneurin Bevan.
- Part of Keep Gloucestershire’s NHS Public’s “NHS 70 Stroud” events
- Crowdfunder has raised £496 from 20 people so far
The NHS was founded on 5th July 1948 and members of the Keep Gloucestershire’s NHS Public campaign are kicking off their series of 70th anniversary celebration events with a call to artists to contribute to an exhibition at the Lansdown Gallery from Monday 25th – Saturday 30th June.
The campaigners are asking artists to create a poster based on one of seven quotes from Aneurin Bevan about the principles of the NHS (the quotes and more information are available at NHS70Stroud.wordpress.com/call-to-artists). The works will accompany a photographic exhibition by Marion Macalpine on Private Finance Initiatives or PFI, called “How Come We’re Still Paying For This?”), as well as historic local images, and will then be submitted to The World Transformed Festival in Liverpool in September.
An opening night for the exhibition at Lansdown Gallery on Monday 25th June from 6-9pm will feature Helen Mercer, a recently retired as a Senior Lecturer in Economics at Greenwich University and founding member of People vs PFI, speaking about how to solve the problems PFI is causing in the NHS. The event, as well as the exhibition, is free entry.
The photographs have been described as a “Brilliant, eye-opener exhibition!” and a “Superb gallery show. Very clear and hard hitting.” More information is available at NHS70Stroud.wordpress.com/exhibition.
The exhibition will be open from 11-5pm daily at the Lansdown Gallery on Lansdown Road from Monday 25th – Saturday 30th June. It forms part of Keep Gloucestershire’s NHS Public’s series of activities to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS – which include offering transport to a national celebration and demonstration in London on Saturday 30th June, and holding a picnic, party and series of talks in Lansdown Hall and Bank Gardens on the 7th July.
Campaigners with Keep Gloucestershire’s NHS Public launched their programme of activities over the weekend, and copies are now available around Stroud and the rest of the county. The full programme and further information is available at: NHS70Stroud.wordpress.com. The events – which are all free entry – are supported by an online crowdfunder, which has raised £496 from 20 people so far.
Spokesperson for KGNP, James Beecher, said: “We’re really excited to be kicking off our celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the NHS. Bevan’s book ‘In Place of Fear’ is a great piece of work on the founding principles of the NHS which we think are worth reflecting on today – we look forward to seeing contributions from artists to the quotes we’ve picked out”.
One of the quotes from Aneurin Bevan, the Health Minister at the time of the introduction of the NHS, reads: “The essence of a satisfactory health service is that the rich and the poor are treated alike, that poverty is not a disability, and wealth is not advantaged.”