Nurses and Nursing Associations

Display label used in Stowupland’s 1970 Exhibition of Local History Bygones. The nature of the exhibit is unknown but the label tells an interesting story relating to local medical services prior to 1946 and the start of the National Health Service (ECA).

On October 21st, 1927 the first meeting of the Stowupland & Creeting St peter Nursing Association was held at the Rectory, at 3 o’clock.

In March 1928 the first nurse, Nurse Boyce started her duties. The accounts to 31st Ang 1928showed that £102 17s 2p had been recieved and £95 9s 9d had been paid out.

Nurse Boyce – March 1928 to Sept 1931

Nurse Gelder – Feb 1932 to July 1933

Nurse Cox – Oct 1933 to Jan 1934

Nurse Keable – 1934 to 1937

Other nurses were Alice M. Cobbold, Nurse Knights, Nurse Keable [sic].

In 1938 stowupland welcomed Nurse Minns.

In 1938 Nurse Cobbold 2,688 visits had been made, of which 10 were midwifery and 16 maternity cases. Stowupland Head Mistress, Miss Ada Kinch was one of the officers on the committee overseeing the work and finances of the Association.


In 1939 Nurse Knights had replaced Nurse Cobbold. She had made 2000 visits of which 17 were midwifery cases and 16 maternity.

There were 370 members and the subscriptions totaled £89 14s 3d.

(Press reports from Margaret Catchpole’s scrapbooks in Stowupland Archives.)

Nurse W.R. Minns served the local community for 34 years before retiring in 1962. She covered Stowupland, Creeting St Peter, Stonham and part of Stowmarket. Before moving to Stowupland in the early 1940’s she covered an area around Yoxford.

She can be seem here in the 1950’s when the BBC came to Stowupland to interview Jack Carter about the building of the Village Hall

Nurse Minns arrived in the village with her new husband Bob in 1938, ‘a district nurse on a bicycle’. They lived in Oak Road, stowupland. In 1947 she was promoted from a bike to a car. In 1951 she was part of the team that formed Stowupland’s  Over 60’s Club

Elsie Maud Minns died on April 6th 1985, age 84. before her death she had lived in Jubilee Court, Stowupland. Donations were requested to be sent for Multiple Sclerosis c/o the Co-operative Funeral Service