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If you are looking for a new challenge in this new year then you might like to consider volunteering for St John Ambulance. With a meeting and training centre located in the neighbouring village of Calverton on Hollinwood Lane it provides plenty of opportunities for people from the age of seven upwards to get involved in community activities. The groups that currently run in the village are split by age as follows.

St John Badgers (age 7 – 11)
Badgers take part in fun activities for different subjects, earning badges and certificates for each one. For every three subjects a Badger completes, they can receive a bronze, silver, or gold award. We have just completed our First Aid Badger badge and are now moving onto the new Performance Badger badge.

Children can join from age seven and can stay until they are eleven. From ten, if they wish to transition to Cadets they can attend both groups until they are ready to make the move. Calverton Badger Sett currently meets on a Monday night from 18.00 – 19.30. For more information about Badgers you can contact Jane Carter on 07957 484188 or Emma Cooper on 07716 361518.

St John Cadets (age 10 – 17)
Life-saving skills are at the heart of the Cadet programme. There is also the opportunity to use these first aid skills by supporting our adult volunteers at events. Some Cadets work towards their Grand Prior’s Award. As part of the Award, you’ll be able to take part in a wide range of activities.

Many Cadets join St John Ambulance to gain relevant experience before pursuing a career as a paramedic or health care professional. With so many different activities to get involved with, there is something for everyone. Once they have gained their first aid skills Cadets can attend local events such as Nottingham half marathon, Riverside Festival, Goose Fair, Pride and many more. National events like the London Marathon are also covered by St John volunteers from all over the country.

Calverton Cadets meet on a Monday night 19.00 – 20.30. For more information about Cadets you can contact the local leader by email

Volunteer opportunities for people over 18
There are many roles for adult volunteers, from working with young people to training to be a first aider who can provide support at events. Once qualified you are asked to give a commitment of 60 hours a year. There are many events, both regionally and nationally that St John Ambulance provides support to Nottingham County football matches, Nottingham Rugby, Motorpoint Arena and Ice Hockey matches are just some of the places where St John Ambulance volunteers can routinely be seen. There is a meeting on Tuesday nights for adult volunteers.

For more information about adult volunteering you can contact

Woodborough in Bloom

The bulbs are now beginning to peep through, the shortest day has passed and our thoughts begin to turn to Spring.

A Date for the Diary

Woodborough in Bloom AGM Thursday 19th March 2020.

3.00pm The Nags Head.

Please join us for tea and homemade cakes as we plan for 2020 summer and autumn planting, and plan for our entry again to The Best Kept Village competition.

Jan, Elizabeth and Jane


Next meeting is on 12th February at the Institute, Woodborough at 2.00pm. The speakers are Jill and Bill Russell who will talk about their Local War Experience – Bring something from WW2.

Next month we are going out for lunch on the 11 March to the Nags Head, Please contact Althea.