Sixties Field Festival to mark Shropshire Hospital Centenary

RJAH staff put on their best ’60s outfits in preparation for the Festival in the field

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopedic Hospital, then known as Shropshire Orthopedic Hospital, was officially opened on August 5, 1921 by its founders, Sir Robert Jones and Dame Agnes Hunt.

It came after they secured funding to leave their original site in Baschurch, which was known as Shropshire Surgical Home and Auxiliary Military Orthopedic Hospital.

The ’60s-themed celebration – called Festival on the Field, sponsored by CPC Drive in partnership with Tusker – will take place on Saturday August 7 and is hosted by the League of Friends alongside a committee of members of the staff.

Mark Brandreth, CEO of RJAH, said: “This is a truly special year for all of us at RJAH and we have various events in the calendar to mark this milestone and honor the work of our amazing staff, past and present.

“We are extending the invitation for the Field Festival to friends and family of RJAH and our volunteers – as well as our fantastic staff, of course.

“We are fortunate, in these difficult times, to have an outdoor space large enough to host an event of this nature safe for Covid, and I know that has given our people something to look forward to this summer.”

In addition to the centenary, the League of Friends of the Hospital and the Orthopedic Institute of RJAH are also celebrating their 60 and 50 years, respectively.

The League of Friends was established in 1961 and raises funds to support the experience of patients and staff.

The Orthopedic Institute was founded in 1971 and, through voluntary contributions, helps support research and education.

Victoria Sugden, director of the League of Friends charity, said: “We are planning a day and night event where the day part will be a family-friendly community event involving live music, craft stalls, food and drink and entertainment for children. The evening will see a swinging 60s-themed nightclub for adults to enjoy.

“We are working alongside the Shropshire Festivals team who have extensive expertise and knowledge when it comes to creating fun events across the county.”

More information about the event on the Facebook page dedicated to the event.

Go to and search for “Field Festival”.

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