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On Sunday guests gathered to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. The event was postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the delay was not to detract from the celebrations as over 105 attendees joined in including representatives from the Florence Nightingale Foundation, Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC), the Nightingale Fellowship, Cllr Cooper Mayor of Test Valley and many more.

The day began at St Margaret’s Church where guests were led by the Bishop of Southampton at a Florence Nightingale Commemoration Service. Following the service, lunch was held at Embley with prayer and reflection under the cedar tree, where it is said that Florence received her calling from God to serve in the Crimean War, led by Canon Roland Riem from Winchester. To conclude, guests moved to Romsey Abbey where the Dedication of the Calling Window was officially unveiled by the Bishop of Southampton.

Our connection to Florence here at Embley is something we are incredibly proud of and it was a pleasure to host such esteemed guests honouring a woman who was and continues to be such a positive inspiration to all, and particularly our students.

To read more about Florence and her connection to Embley, as well as the rest of our history, click here.

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