Presentation of Mobile Treatment Centre to St John Cambridge

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Off we went to Huntingdon, the HQ of the Cambridge St John Ambulance. Come in have a cup of tea, immediate first aid; very welcome. A room full of St John volunteers all who were delighted to be present to witness ‘their’ ambulance being presented.

We were graced by the presence of the Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, the Dean of Peterborough cathedral and several mark master masons of East Anglia and their wives and partners.

A speech of welcome, followed by my bit as to why and how, thanks from the Deputy Lieutenant and how this vehicle will make a difference and thanks from the High Sheriff. A lovely blessing and sprinkling with holy water followed from the Dean.

Then it was my turn to present the keys to a volunteer, Stephen came forward and we presented him with the keys to the Treatment vehicle. It was a short but very enjoyable morning with huge enthusiasm from St John and great support from the Province.

Duties like these make you proud to be a member of our wonderful order to give such worthy gifts to further enhance care in our communities and make a difference.

Thank you MBF and congratulations for still giving in your 150th year.

EAMBA Presentation to the “Memory Lane Cafe”

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On the 22nd May I was very pleased to attend at the “Memory Lane Cafe” which meets every Tuesday at the Rosary Conservative Club in Ipswich. Memory Lane Cafe was set up just under a year ago for the local people who have been diagnosed with dementia, for somewhere to meet and be given support by friends and families. This also includes support for the carers. The first year has been a tremendous success due to the hard work of the volunteers who run the cafe and around 60 people attend regularly. The activities organised include not only entertainment but visits by professionals to talk on all matters relating to where advice and help can be sort regarding dementia and its associated areas of concern. To this end the cafe needed a good portable sound system so that everyone attending could hear the details of what was been conveyed. The system was heavily discounted by a local supplier, even so, the cost was £500.00. This is where our EAMBA came in. An application was made to our Trustees [by Albert Victor Lodge No 70] who after confirming it to be a charity worthy of support gave the go ahead to cover the full cost, much to the delight of the volunteer team at the cafe. The sound system is an “all singing- all dancing” Bose. The cafe is a very worthwhile venture and I highlighted in my presentation that the Members of the East Anglia Mark Province were proud to be associated with it. A plaque indicating our donation is fixed on the equipment. The pictures show the unit itself and the presentation to the cafe treasurer and secretary. Another indication that our charity really does support local communities.
Trevor Tinley
Provincial Grand Charity Steward