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Staff, volunteers and guests gathered at Cirencester Hospital last Thursday to celebrate its 30th anniversary and the 70th birthday of the NHS with a ceremonial tree planting.

Matron Linda Edwards opened proceedings by thanking the Cirencester community as a whole for its continued support in helping the hospital not only to survive, but to thrive over the past 30 years. She also thanked the Cirencester Hospital League of Friends for its ongoing generosity and support, which has seen the community hospital benefit from vital equipment and funding, instrumental in its continued provision of first-class healthcare and outstanding service to the community of Cirencester.

Linda concluded by thanking Cowley and Son Funeral Directors of Cirencester for its generous donation of a beautiful plinth, which is now home to the hospital’s sundial in the courtyard.

She also thanked the Cirencester Hospital League of Friends for their donation of a silver birch for the tree planting ceremony and for their gift of commemorative plaques for the plinth.

Chairman of the Cirencester Hospital League of Friends, Sheila Rees, went on to praise the hard work and dedication of the hospital’s staff and volunteers, before Chaplain Keith Burton led the assembled crowd in a short prayer and hospital volunteer Mike Redfurn conducted the official planting of the commemorative silver birch.