At our first meeting of 2023 we welcomed our new Chairlady Elaine. She welcomed Mike Baker, from the Salvation Army. He told us that there were 133 countries where the charity was operated. Closer to home he told us about the emergency service that is on call 24/365.
During World War 1 the SA volunteers made doughnuts which they used to take to the troops in the trenches. From this came the mobile unit that can be made ready with supplies and fresh water, and can go to major incidents like fires and floods in less than an hour.
Emotional support is also given for those involved in the incidents including the emergency services personnel. They will stay on the site for as long as they are needed. It was a very interesting talk for which he was given a very heartfelt “Thank you”.
He then judged the competition, which was a small Christmas gift. First place, Sally with her family photo album of 2022; second place, Liz with a photo of a ring she received; third place, Elaine with a home made Christmas card she had received from a member.
After a short break Elaine resumed the meeting with a few apologies and welcomed three new members. Sheila Orde was presented with a bouquet of flowers from our President Maggie, as she would be turning 90 in a few days. Carole P. had sent a card thanking us for her Christmas card and lovely flowers she received. The raffle then followed, with Shirley asking for donations for next time please.Jumble Sale
18 March at Hillside Community Centre, Combs Ford, starting at 2pm. 20p entrance. We will have jumble, bric-a-brac, books & toys, cake stalls, also a raffle, tombola and refreshments.Next meeting
15 March at 12.30pm with a talk about Stowmarket and the competition will be a photo of Stowmarket.