St John Ambulance to celebrate 90th anniversary at Banbury Show

Banbury's St John Ambulance Unit celebrates its 90th birthday. (L-R) Robert Lawton, Paul Scott, unit vice-president John Cyphus, Darren Howes, unit manager Mike Hickman, unit president David Wright, Margaret Hughes, Peter Ogles, Hazel Punter, Rebecca Wareing NNL-180506-095721001
Banbury's St John Ambulance Unit celebrates its 90th birthday. (L-R) Robert Lawton, Paul Scott, unit vice-president John Cyphus, Darren Howes, unit manager Mike Hickman, unit president David Wright, Margaret Hughes, Peter Ogles, Hazel Punter, Rebecca Wareing NNL-180506-095721001

St John Ambulance’s Banbury Unit will be celebrating its 90-year history with a trip down memory lane at the Banbury and District Show on Sunday.

Vintage photos and memorabilia from 1928 to present day will be on display, showing how the volunteers have served and continue to serve their community over the decades.

The Banbury St John Ambulance unit in 1939, led by Superintendent Harry Bagley NNL-180506-093920001

The Banbury St John Ambulance unit in 1939, led by Superintendent Harry Bagley NNL-180506-093920001

Unit manager Michael Hickman said: “Clearly many lives have been saved by Banbury St John Ambulance during the past 90 years.

“I am proud of each one of the volunteers. They are local people serving the local community, and all are heroes.”

The division was first suggested at a smoking concert at the ‘George and Dragon’ near Banbury Cross in 1928 before a meeting at Banbury Town Hall unanimously approved the group’s formation in July.

From 1936, the unit’s home was in Banbury Market Place having started off in the town hall with a membership of 51.

A cadet inspection parade in Banbury in 1945 NNL-180506-095823001

A cadet inspection parade in Banbury in 1945 NNL-180506-095823001

Now 15 members operate from Cherwell Business Village, providing nearly 2,000 hours of first aid cover at Banbury events last year.

For more information on St John Ambulance, including how to make a donation, volunteering opportunities, and details of training for the public, schools and businesses, visit www.sja.org.uk or call 08700 10 49 50.

The Banbury Show is free admission and will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm, with sparring knights, daredevil motorcyclists and parading dogs also to see.

The formation of a drum and bugle band for the Banbury unit in the 1940s NNL-180506-095732001

The formation of a drum and bugle band for the Banbury unit in the 1940s NNL-180506-095732001