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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)

Fantastic News from the Co-op

Co-op Triumph benefits Friends of the Yeatman Hospital

The Committee were approached by the Co-op in 2016, inviting them to be one of a shortlist of charities to benefit from their Local Community Support scheme.

In mid March the Friends heard that they had accrued just over £1,000 through the scheme, with just a few weeks remaining to gather more votes.  Following an appeal through a letter in the BVM, a last minute sprint finish of votes resulted in the amazing boost in their allocation of funds to £2,903.

Sincere thanks to the Co-op for choosing the Friends as a beneficiary, to Co-op members who voted for them, and to the BVM for publishing their letter of appeal for votes.

 We are enormously grateful to both the Co-op and participating members for this wonderful outcome.

Shop Manager Mandy Fordham and her Team Manager Mike Thomas presented a cheque for £2,903 raised through the Co-op Local Community Support Fund to Chairman of the Friends of the Yeatman Hospital, David Hayes, left, and Treasurer Gordon McAndrew

Friends fund Anniversary Display Cabinet

150th Anniversary Display Cabinet

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Yeatman Hospital, the Friends commissioned a cabinet to display artefacts relating to the founding of the hospital in honour of Harry Farr Yeatman, and other historic items.

One of the items displayed is the Royal Red Cross medal awarded in 1918 to Ada Kearvell, who was Matron from 1908 to 1934.

Ada Kearvell, Royal Red Cross Medal

This was awarded in recognition of the exceptional service she gave to British soldiers at the Yeatman Hospital during the war.

This is an old photograph of her after she had received her medal from King George V at Buckingham Palace. 

Ada Kearvell (left) after receiving her Royal Red Cross medal at Buckingham Palace, 1918

The new suite in the Willows Ward which the Friends have funded is named in her honour.   The Display Cabinet is located in Out-patient Reception.

Have you heard about our PiP scheme?

PiP stands for Pound in the Pot, and the scheme has been earning funds for the Friends since 2013.

The process is very simple, and is used by anyone who would like to help the Friends, the only necessities being some goodwill, any collecting pot of your choice, an envelope, and some friends to join you.

Funds are raised by inviting your friends to pop a donation in your pot when they join you for any event, whether for lunch, coffee, a BBQ, a drinks party, a game of bridge/tennis/anything, or any other occasion.

PiP board with secure collection box

It is suggested that the contribution is seen as a gesture of goodwill to help the Friends in their ongoing support the Yeatman Hospital, and not as a measure of your kind hospitality.

The Friends ask you to kindly gather your collection in an envelope, and post it in the secure box attached to  our Pound in the Pot board.  This is located in Out-patient reception at the Yeatman.

More recently, the scheme has expanded to embrace an “Alternative Invitation”.  If you are happy to invite your guests to come empty-handed, but to make a donation to the Friends in lieu of any gift to you, (using the same collection system), then you would be offering “An Alternative Invitation”, thereby helping the Friends. This scheme also works well if you feel that you don’t need lots of Birthday presents! Whatever form of “Donations Do” you choose, your contributions will be most welcome.

The Friends are grateful to all, many anonymous, who have contributed to this scheme.   The total raised to July 2019 is £3,472 and will continue to run long-term.