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Mr. Edward Graham (founder)
Opening of the New Ambulance Drill Hall on Lyndale Avenue (Click over to enlarge)
Haslingden St. John's Ambulance Officers and Nurses (Click over image to enlarge)
(Extracts from the Haslingden Guardian kindly supplied by Jackie Ramsbottom) - Ambulance Brigade lacks volunteers - "not the same spirit of service as in bygone years"
Why is it that people of today have not the same spirit or enthusiasm for voluntary service as those in bygone years? asked Ald. A.S. Watson president of Haslingden Corps of the St. John Ambulance Brigade, at the annual meeting on Tuesday night.
Is it because there are so many attractions outside, and so much more opportunity for relaxation?
Whatever it is, he said "the plain fact is that people are not joining our organisation to replace the older ones when they retire."
"Our only hope is through the boys and girls we have to convince them that ambulance work is really worthwhile and personally as well as publicly rewarding".
He added: "You will never go out through shortage of funds for Haslingden people do recognise the valuable work you have always done and are still doing."
Lady Superintendent Mrs. E. Brown said she was sure that young people would realise that voluntary service was essential to life, "I have always felt," she said, "that in spite of the shortage of members that the St. John Ambulance would come back into its own. We must not get discouraged, but try to make our organisation stronger."
The Corps, disclosed the secretary and treasurer, Mr. George Green, had spent %96 more than it had received during the year. Donations on which they almost solely depended, amounted to just over £39, compared with £352 the previous year. This had included £300 from Haslingden Corporation as part of a fund that was being wound up. Also Donations were: The Mayors Annual Ba,, £15, Rawtenstall Amateur Operatic Society, £15, Also £8 3s. 8d, as the collection at the Mayors annual civic parade and church service and Haslingden Grammar School Old Students Association, a guinea.
DRILL HALL COST
The weekly cost of running the Ambulance Drill Hall, said Mr. Green, had risen from £2 17s 8 1/2d in 1950 to £3 14s 3d last year.
Divisional Superintendent W. Dewhurst, in his 23rd annual report, said that "A" and "B" Divisions had now been merged because of shortage of men. They had held 48 drills during the year and he appealed to members to put in better attendances. "it is hard work for the Corps Surgeon and officers if members don't turn up," he said.
They needed new members, too, and he urged members to try to get more recruits during the forthcoming year "so that we can keep our heads above water," A first-aid class for men and women had been held during the year said Superintendent Dewhurst, they were disappointed at the fact that only nine people had turned up for the examination.
Sergeant Isaac Haworth, secretary of "A" Division, said the 20 cases of treatment which had been notified during the year did not reflect the real work of the Corps. Many of their members were actively engaged in first-aid in industry and altogether probably dealt with something like 200 cases during a year.
SHORT OF CADET UNIFORMS
Lady Superintendent Brown, presenting the Nursing Division report, said the numbers remained about the same, while Mrs. A. Leddy (girl cadets) said they were "just about washed out at the moment." They had not been able to meet because of other classes, she said, and whether they would start again remained to be seen.
Mr. Green, presenting the report on the boy cadets, said they were up against the difficulty that when the boys left school and went to work "we cannot keep them." Another problem was that they had not sufficient money to fit out all the boys with uniforms.
Alderman Watson said that on the whole the reports were not discouraging, but they could certainly do with more members and they had to do something during the year to get the girl cadets back. It was a tribute to the Corps, said the president, that 22 members had a total of more that 400 years, a record which showed that in spite of the difficulties and discouragements they had still maintained their interest in a job that was really worthwhile. Alderman Watson suggested that they should try to raise money to provide the boy cadets with uniforms, it was wrong not to encourage them to that extent, he said.
The Corps decided to seek permission to hold a flag day during the summer and to start a personal drive to recruit more members. Appointments included Mr. W. Hartley (Caretaker), and Miss Ida Pickup and Miss Vera Hadfield (joint social secretaries). The resignations were accepted with regret of Mr. H. Walker (social secretary), and Private George Tunstall, who has more than 50 years service with the Corps. The president welcomed the new Corps Surgeon (Dr. S. Carter), and the meeting stood in silence to the memory of the late Ambulance Officer Duerden who had 38 years service with the Corps.
SOME OF THE PAST MEMBERS FROM THE HASLINGDEN ST. JOHN AMBULANCE INCLUDED:
Alice Ashworth, Duggie Bailey, John Barnes, Harry Chadwick, William Dewhurst, Alan Durkin, Edward Graham, George Green, Vincent Greenwood, Jim Grinrod, Peter Merriman, Michael Mullaney, James Tattersall, John T. Wood, and the many many other special people who were past members of such a fantastic Brigade.
It is hoped that we maybe able to add members to the above list who all deserve a mention
Thanks also to the following who have so gratefully contributed to this Blog in one way or another: Ann Belshaw, Roy, Gridrod, Derek Haworth, Michael Mullaney, Jacqui Ramsbottom, Joyce Thorne, Robert Wade,
I have also put a request out on our FACEBOOK page to request if anyone can add to this list. Thank you.
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