Hospital celebrates 125 years of caring for the community

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BUCKINGHAM Community Hospital will celebrate its 125th anniversary on Sunday, March 25, at a public event organised by the League of Friends.

Members of the league, former patients and members of staff past and present are particularly invited to the celebration, from 2pm to 5pm,.

A talk by the league’s president, Dr Roger Harrington, at 2.15pm will lead to the unveiling of the plaque by Dr Chris Brown at 2.45pm.

After this, tea and cake will be served and visitors will be able to take their time to look at the displays.

A time line will depict the history of the hospital from 1887 to the present day and there will be a display of photographs taken over the years.

Dr Brown has devoted many years to supporting the hospital, both as GP and through the League of Friends.

Dr Harrington has compiled a fascinating booklet about the hospital and its forerunners in the provision of health services in the town, called Buckingham Hospital: 125 Years Of Caring.

In it, he writes: “The world was a very different place on March 25 1887 when the great and good of Buckingham and the surrounding villages gathered on a gloomy spring Friday afternoon to mark the opening of the new Buckingham Nursing Home.

“Queen Victoria, in the 50th year of her glorious reign, oversaw an empire that stretched around the globe and on which ‘the sun never set’. Britain ‘ruled the waves’ and was the greatest trading nation the world had ever seen.

“In Buckingham, John Gellibrand Hubbard, the first Lord Addington, had presented the home to the town in commemoration of the unexpected recovery of his son, Egerton Hubbard, from a severe head injury some 12 years earlier.

“He and his wife had been overwhelmed, not only by the miracle of Egerton’s survival but also by the outpouring of thanks and the sense of relief expressed locally.

“And so with the founding of the nursing home, now Buckingham Community Hospital, the town was to have an institution that was destined to faithfully serve the local population for the next 125 years.”

A limited supply of the booklets will be on sale on the day.