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5th Jul, 2022

Service marks 100 years of St John Ambulance

Sarah Mason 18th Jun, 2022

CELEBRATIONS were in order at St John Ambulance marked its 100th anniversary at St Alphege Church.

The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Ken Meeson, attended the St John West Midlands Service of Celebration, where he met with members of St John Priory group.

The event was a traditional church service held to celebrate both the Queen’s platinum jubilee Queen and St John Ambulance’s ‘100 years of youth’.

This year marks 100 years since the introduction of St John Ambulance Cadets in 1922 and 35 years since the beginning of Badgers, the charity’s youngest members.

St John Ambulance has a long history of serving the people of Solihull which is why they chose to hold the service in the borough.

The Mayor said: “St John Ambulance is doing a great service in supporting the young people through their youth programme, equipping them with valuable skills including first aid, as well as helping them do a lot of good in the community.

“I hope to see the youth programme continue to develop and be successful for another 100 years after this.”

The service was also attended by the High Sheriff of the West Midlands David Moorcroft , Lead Deputy-Lieutenant of West Midlands, Sir Nigel Thrift, the Vice-Chancellor of the Order of St John and the Mayors of Walsall and Sandwell.

It featured reflections from St John volunteers who served in each decade of the Queen’s reign as well as a short awards ceremony to present service medals.

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