Cheltenham 2004

23rd May 2004
Queens Hotel
Clare O’Hanlon

The meeting at Cheltenham was hosted by Jeremy Field and his colleagues in the sumptuous surroundings of the Queens Hotel. This attractive Georgian Hotel at the top of the Promenade was festively decorated and proved an excellent venue.

Jeremy Field

Jeremy Field

14 scientific papers were read. All were of a high standard and produced lively discussion. The afternoon was rounded off with an excellent lecture by Steve Cannon on Bone Tumour Management in the UK. This comprised the Godfrey Price Memorial lecture which he had formerly presented at RNOH.

We were also most fortunate to have Nicholas Barton, very usefully retired into SWOC catchment, to give us a lifetime experience of “Studying the Scaphoid”.

Jeremy Field awarded the following prizes; The Best paper was officially won by Iain McFadyen, but as he was not there to collect the prize it went to Sam Hook for her excellent presentation on the ‘Exeter Universal Stem’. The dunces (‘drug creep’) hat went to Glen MacEachern who achieved the greatest number of visits to the trade stands. The Winner of the X-ray Quiz was Barney Sheridan. The laser clay pigeon shoot was won by yours truly, the Hon Sec.

This was a very successful meeting in the true spirit of SWOC; an excellent scientific programme with a wide range of subject matter, an excellent opportunity to catch up with friends across the region, a particularly good turn out of trainees, and plenty of wives and partners to make it a particularly enjoyable event.

David Bracey Hon Sec SWOC

Business meeting


A period of silence was observed marking the sad deaths of two of our members; Geoffrey Blundell Jones, a founder member of SWOC and present at its first meeting in Plymouth in 1948, and Christopher Jefferiss, an untimely loss for us all in the southwest, particularly in Exeter.

Financial situation

Prior to the meeting the club funds stood at £10,027.10. The Gary Hampson Fund, held by the Trustees of the Research Foundation of the North Bristol NHS Trust, stands at £14,420. The suggestion from the Trustees is that we should take over the account.

The Cheltenham meeting made a loss of £1368.57 (outgoings £9698.57, income £8330). Funds therefore remain adequate though there have been losses at the last two meetings (Bristol September 2003 £500 profit, Torquay June 2004 £1173 loss, Cheltenham November 2004 £1368.57 loss)


Chris Curwen won the majority of the votes of the 3 candidates and will take over from Peter Peace. Chris was unfortunately unable to attend the meeting and we hope a formal handover will take place at the next meeting.

Vote of Thanks

Thanks were expressed to Jeremy Field and his colleagues in Cheltenham for a particularly enjoyable and full meeting, which attracted a far higher attendance than has been seen lately. Special thanks also went to Clare O’Hanlon, Jeremy’s hospital secretary who put in an enormous amount of work locally which enabled the meeting to run very smoothly. Thanks went again as usual to Sue Abnett for her continuing work in Truro for SWOC.

Donation to SpR website?

A request had been received from Simon Kelley, SpR in Gloucester, for financial support from SWOC to set up an educational website. (£4000 a year and ‘several pounds per year to have it maintained’) It is apparently being designed by a professional web designer. Whilst the concept was supported it was felt that a more modest start could be made (such as with the free SWOC website) in order to develop content and establish need, use and value before committing to a large financial commitment. The request was not supported.

Pridie / Hampson lectures

There have been no submissions.

Publication of Abstracts

This was discussed. Since the separation of ‘Orthopaedic Proceedings’ from the JBJS, this has stopped. It is highly desirable that it should be re-established. (since the meeting this has now been organised by Hon Sec)

Next Meeting

This will be in Barnstaple. Weston was suggested as the autumn venue.