Stained Glass Window
At the 2009 Annual General Meeting of the "Worcester Royal Infirmary Nurses League" held on May 17th 2009, our President, Miss Ballinger, suggested that a "stained glass window" be installed in the Jenny Lind Chapel.
The idea is to commemorate the Nurses who have worked at the Infirmary in Castle Street over the centuries, and in particular members of the Nurses League.
Miss Ballinger felt that some permanent memorial should be created as there is no other trace of the work carried out by Nurses in the building. This idea was greeted with great enthusiasm by all at the AGM and by the owners of the building, The University of Worcester .
A small team was formed to decide a plan of action for this project. The members of this team are:
'The University of Worcester has arranged for the commemorative window in the Jenny Lind Chapel to be unveiled by Henry Sandon M.B.E. at the end of November, the same months the first League meeting was held 60 years ago. Space is limited and the event will be by invitation only. However, the University have arranged for the Chapel to be open for members on Saturday 26th November between 9.0am and 6.0pm for members to see the window and light refreshments will be available. Members and their families are encouraged to take this special opportunity to see the window as the Chapel is either in use or kept locked.
We are indebted to the University staff for the support they have given the League over the life of the project, without which the window would not have been possible. In particular Dr. Martin Doughty, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Resources) and his P.A. Kerry Sampson, Russell Pope, Director of Capital Development Projects, Press Officer Sally Jones and Kimberley Thomas who has made the final arrangements.
Can the Committee and Project Group also take this opportunity to thank all the many members and supporters for their generous contribution in raising the funds and enabling Miss Ballinger's dream to be realised. It has been a roller coaster for the Project Group: Muriel Clayson, Robert Baston, Miriam Harvey, Gwyneth Biddle, Margaret Fenn, Jan Marriott and myself, and an amazing experience.
On a more personal note as Lead I would like to thank them for all their ideas and hard work, and indeed the main Committee for their support.
We do hope, when you view the window, you will not only enjoy it, but feel a sense of pride in having contributed a little to the history of the University of Worcester and the Jenny Lind Chapel, and indeed to the heritage of Worcester." (Elizabeth Hill, 8th November 2011)
Worcester University alumni magazine article
Click this link to read the article about the WRINL window published in the Worcester University alumni magazine.
Worcester News Articles
Click the following link to read the Worcester News article about the unveiling of the commemorative window published on the 30 November 2011
Window Design and Production
The window, designed by Nick Upton, has been produced by "The Art of Glass Limited", Burcott Forge, Bromsgrove.
WRINL 2012 Calendar for sale
Calendars can be purchased for £9:20 (inc P&P). Cheques should be made out to "WRINL Window Fund" and sent to:
Mrs. G. Biddle, 37 Honeymans Gardens, The Waterfront, Droitwich Spa. Worcs WR9 9AD - Tel No: 01905 772486
A separate Bank Account has been set up for the project.
Cheques should be made out to "WRINL Window Fund" and sent to
If you wish to make a direct donation then it is recommended you do this through Lloyds Bank, so as to avoid a bank charge. Please quote your name so that we know who the donation is from.
The "WRINL Window Fund" account details are:
Henry Sandon Evening
A very enjoyable evening was held in the wonderful setting of the Graeme Hick Pavilion at WCCC. It was a beautiful sunny evening which enabled the audience to take in the full splendour of the cricket ground and Cathedral. Henry was in fine form and gave us a humorous account of the origins of Royal Worcester Porcelain by Dr. John Wall - also a founder of the WRI of course. On display was a Jenny Lind Candle Snuffer as well as various other items of interest to support his talk. After a well earned break Henry took questions from the audience and throughout was supported by his wife Barbara. Seeing the window design for the first time Henry was very impressed. Elizabeth Hill introduced Henry and he was thanked by Eric White. Miriam Harvey presented him with some liquid refreshment and Barbara with a bouquet. Feedback was that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event and were impressed by how approachable Henry Sandon was. The event raised approximately £1000 for the fund.
Other fund raising events
The book sales, tea events, coffee mornings, car boot sales, ploughman lunches and scrabble afternoons have made a considerable contribution to the fund. Many thanks for all the hard work by the organisers and to those who attended.
Many thanks to those who have kindly donated to the WRINL Window Fund.
The son of Edna Butler has kindly and very generously donated one third of the cost of the window in her memory. Edna´s name is recorded on the plaque.
A very generous donation has been received from the husband and family of Jenny Dallow in her memory and a further deposit at St. John's Worcester Lloyds Bank of £520 (no name) but thank you very much
Our thanks to all who have donated either personally or by organising a fund raising event.