3 Jan 2017

Sad to announce the death of my mother, Anne Gillian Edmonds ("Gill") 1935-2016

My mother died on the 24th of December, 2016. 

She was a loving and effective mother to us four (Bruce, Juliet, Nicola and Malcolm), encouraging us all to be creative, independent and care about social concerns. This little 'wave' of people continues with her grandchildren: Thomas, Ruth, Duncan, Orlanda, Patsy, Sophie, Ben, Iona, Kaila, and Joshua and great-grandchild, William.

As well as raising us mob, she pursued an active career as a social worker for Oxfordshire district council (and in the last couple of years of her work, the RAF). She was an active campaigner on Green and development issues, bombarding David Cameron (her local MP) with letters on these issues before he became PM.  She contributed actively to local life in Burford, volunteering her effort in many ways.

She was a relentless autodidact, achieving an open university degree whilst bringing us up, and continuing on a variety of courses until the very last years of her life.  She spent several years effectively looking after my father as his dementia progressed.

A funeral service will be held at St John the Baptist Church, Burford, on 14th January at 11.00 a.m. All welcome. (Family Flowers only)

5 Dec 2016

The international spread of nursing staff on my mother's ward



Where the nursing and assistant staff on my mother's hospital ward come from.  Only 7 out of about 40 come from the UK. If we restrict immigration of such staff our hospitals will collapse. This is not good for the countries they come from, but it undoubtedly benefits us. Note that many of them come from the EU, especially Spain and Portugal.