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August 2005


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W I  Report - July 2005

As our President was not able to attend, the Vice President, Pam McLeod, chaired the meeting, starting at 7.30pm.  The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved and other business that had been received from Warwick office was also read.  A letter had been received from Sue Westmacott of the Caravan Club, praising the efforts of the ladies who had hosted the evening meal for them on such a hot day and evening.  There will not be a meeting in August, but our President will be hosting a garden party, open to all members.  It was also agreed that we would carry on the “shoebox appeal”, further details of this would be announced at a later meeting.  All members agreed that they thought this was a very worthwhile project.

Our Vice President then introduced the speaker for this evening, Major Chris Parnham, OStJ, TD, Commandant, St John’s Ambulance, who explained about the Order of St John’s, and how the St John’s Ambulance Association was started to help teach people in factories and offices simple medical skills and first aid for the benefit of other workers.

Today, St John’s is the largest teaching organisation of first aid in the country. Unpaid volunteers in Warwickshire have declined over recent years, but there are still 50,000 volunteers in the area.  Our Queen is the Sovereign head of the Order, and St John the Baptist is the Patron Saint.  There were many and varied questions from the audience, one of which was that the Order had recognised a need in the community and is now starting homes for the elderly, where the carers are St John’s volunteers.  These homes have escalated over the last five years as private homes were being closed down.  Major Parnham has retired from active duty to St John’s due to ill health, but still gives talks to interested parties and is still very keen to help the organisation in any way he could.  He was one of the best speakers we have had, very informative and down to earth and knew how to keep an audience spellbound.

Kath Silman, as hostess for the evening, gave the vote of thanks to Major Parnham, also giving us some anecdotes of her own perspective of the Order.  Shirley Pilkington and Jackie Batchelor served refreshments, with the valuable help of Belinda Keep.

The meeting closed at 9.15 p.m.

Jackie Batchelor

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