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Drab Outlook from Ward Cheered with Wall-Art

Matron Anne Hiscock at window with new bright outlook. Photo Len Copland

Students from Sherborne International transformed a drab outlook from a ward by painting their “Wall of Wonder” with guidance from their Head of Art Jamie Clark.  Funds were raised by the students and supported by the Friends, and the project was coordinated by the Arts Society, Sherborne.

Students and co-ordinators with their creation. Photo Len Copland, Western Gazette

North Dorset Community Accessible Transport (NORDCAT)

NORDCAT is a charitable organisation which provides a door-to-door minibus service across the Dorset Area.

They will be providing a trial Monday bus service from 1 October to 17 December for passengers needing transport from West End and surrounding villages into Sherborne.  Liaison is taking place locally with Patient Participation Groups to coincide with passengers’ medical appointments and clinics.

Passengers need to register with NORDCAT and their journey needs to be pre-booked. Please contact Helen Read on 01258 472164 or 473154.

Safe-Keeping of some items relating to the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital.  

Amongst the multitude of items currently held at Sherborne Museum there are a number of documents relating to the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital

These have not been called upon for many years.

The Museum is of necessity having to rationalise items housed there, as their collections are ever-expanding, but the storage space is not elastic!   Items relating to the Friends are amongst those to be transferred to the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester from 12 June, but we are confident that they will be safely kept, and that it will still be possible to view them.

A Statement from the Museum in respect of this transfer is available to view by clicking here.

You may view the Catalogue of items in the collection by clicking here.


Anyone who wishes to view selected items in the archive before they are transferred to the Dorset History Centre should first identify them from the Catalogue, and then contact the Museum to arrange a viewing as detailed in the Statement.

Opening of Ada Kearvell Suite, 11 August 2017

When a small bay became available for alternative use due to the closure of two beds on Beech Ward, Matron Anne was keen to develop the space to form a second End of Life suite for the Willows in-patient unit. 

Chairman David cuts the ribbon with Matron Anne Hiscock
The Friends were pleased to help in this endeavour, and are delighted that the project has come to fruition.

The space was reconfigured to provide a patient bedroom with its own wet-room, entailing radical work to install hoist mechanisms in the ceilings for safer and dignified manoeuvring of patients.

This was together with the installation of cabling for a range of modern electronic equipment.  Installation of a French door and larger window have also added to the amenities.

An adjoining room for use by close relatives was developed and enables them to take breaks from supporting their loved-one, and to make themselves drinks and snacks during visits.  Installation of WiFi, television, variable lighting, and a high spec music system all add to the sensory experiences available to both patient and relatives.

Staff voted that the new facility should be named the Ada Kearvell Suite in memory of Ada, who served as Matron for 30 years from 1899.

(click on a pic to see more)

More details about Ada can be found by clicking here.

Britain in Bloom judges visit the Willows Garden

On Monday 7 August the Britain in Bloom judges visited the Willows Garden as part of their tour around Sherborne.

Britain in Bloom judges Keith and Susan with garden volunteers Rosalind and Rosie

Sherborne in Bloom was invited to enter this competition after the town was a joint winner of the South West in Bloom Champion of Champions competition in 2016.

They are competing with seven other towns of similar size in England, Wales and Scotland to win top marks from the judges.

78 other towns, cities, and villages across the UK are also competing, but will have to wait until October to hear how they have done.

Live Well Event, Monday 19 June

As part of this enterprise, which aimed to offer information encouraging healthy and safe lifestyles, the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital joined with a number of organisations in the Out-patients Physiotherapy department, where they displayed information showing some of the ways they had enhanced facilities at the hospital.

Unfortunately there were a limited number of visitors, which could perhaps be attributed to the heatwave of the time, when it was sensible to just take things easy and stay at home!

Anyone visiting the main Out-patient department at the Yeatman Hospital can see the display stand in the waiting room there.

Out-patient display stand


Fabulous Garden Party

By kind invitation of Dr and Mrs Robin Odgers, the beautiful quintessential English garden of Corton Denham House was made available for the Friends to host a summer Garden Party.  On a perfect sunny evening, guests enjoyed strolling in the five acres of stunning gardens. They also enjoyed drinks, light refreshments, and the raffle with some very generous prizes. Altogether a wonderful evening. For those not able to attend, the gardens can be viewed on

Chairman David thanks host Dr Robin Odgers for kindly making his garden available to the Friends

(click on a pic to see a slideshow of the garden)

Sherborne International

Members of Sherborne International showed their spirit of generosity by hosting events at the school to raise money for the Friends, thereby helping to continue the upgrading of amenities at the Yeatman Hospital.

They organised activities such as a “non-uniphone” day, pancake races, and a raffle, raising the wonderful total of £347.77. 

Matron thanks students and staff of Sherborne International for their generous donation

Billiard Tournament Success

Thanks to the magnificent efforts of Carroll Walters and his daughter Sarah Harding, the Billiard Tournament which they organised with all day refreshments and raffle will bring big benefits to the Friends. £735 was raised.

A highly competitive spirit was evident at the Charity Billiard Tournament.