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Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - Mar 17


Our January meeting featured an illustrated talk by a representative of the Air Ambulance Service.  This organisation is a charity set up in the Kent, Surrey & Sussex area in 1989 - the third area service set up - the first and second being London and Cornwall.  The team on board the helicopter includes a Doctor and paramedic, the Doctor commencing immediate emergency care and assessing the appropriate hospital for the patient.  Road traffic accidents make up 40% of call-outs, 40% are to other accidental traumas, the remaining 20% being medical emergencies. It takes 4 minutes for the helicopter to get off the ground but IT can reach any area in the region in 20 minutes. They can land anywhere the pilot decides suitable.  The service has been 24-hour since 2013.  The night-time helicopter is larger taking 9 minutes to take off, but with more space can take patients on board quickly.  This was a fascinating and informative talk from an amazing charity. 

I think all the local clubs had groups at the Sunday afternoon Magnificent Music Hall at Wimbledon Theatre including a small party of ladies and one husband from the Towns Women’s Guild It was a generously long and varied show, everyone enjoyed this annual event. 

At our Annual General Meeting held at the February meeting, the current committee was re-elected unchanged.  The secretary then outlined the programme of speakers she had obtained for the year 2017/18 which was well received, following which was a discussion about places of interest to visit. 

The lunch club dines at the Lloyds Bar, Fulham early in March, on Wednesday 1st, and the next visit has been moved even further forward to Wednesday, 22nd February.  This is to allow members to examine the Festival of Lanterns installations around Chiswick House Grounds before they are taken down on 26th February as well as visiting the Camelia Conservatory, open at this time.  After lunch in the café we will visit the neighbouring Hogarth House. 

Our next meeting on Thursday, 16th March is at 1.30 for 1.45 at St Saviour’s Church Hall.  At approximately 2.30 pm Mrs S. Bruggeman will give a talk about ‘Falls Prevention’.   Anyone interested in this topic is invited to join us.  

Dorothy Raymond  020 8395 9489



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