The annual inspection achieved almost 100 per cent. attendance and except for the condition of some uniforms the parade was extremely smart. (It’s a pity the uniforms are not elastic so that they would stretch as the girls grow.)
Unfortunately, through unavoidable circumstances that have a habit of occurring, several of the District Staff were unable to attend. However, we appreciated having old friends, Mrs Hendry and Mr Jarvis, with us.
After the inspection Mrs Hendry presented Senior First Aid and Senior Home Nursing Certiﬁcates, also Proﬁciency certiﬁcates for Clerical Ability, Cycling and Citizenship. Before being dismissed the girls recited the Promise.
Since the inspection a further group qualiﬁed in Cycling and all passed their Physical Recreation examination.
On last year’s work, four Cadets gained their Grand Prior badges and many their ﬁrst or second Proﬁciency Stars. Another notable feature was that all girls 16 years and over now hold their senior F.A. and H.N. Certiﬁcates.
Waipawa Divisions accepted an invitation to the smashing, snazzy scrumptious Christmas Social with a bus load of cadets and parents.
Many thanks to Hastings for a grand time.
We saw some of the same faces on December the 15th, Waipawa’s Social night, where dancing and games were topped off with a splendid supper and Christmas Cake decorated with the Maltese Cross.
D. MORRIS, Waipawa.
Two St. John Ambulance Association ﬁrst aid certiﬁcates were awarded at a ceremony held in the St. John Hall, Waipukurau.
The Hawke’s Bay and East Coast district commissioner, Mr. H. Barden, Hastings, and Mr. W. Kemp, a member of the district staff, were present.
The president of the Waipukurau sub-centre, Mr. R.W. Carpenter, presented the certiﬁcates to Norman Fayen and Paumau Baker and congratulated them on their examination success.
The two candidates were ofﬁcially escored[escorted] into divisional ranks by the division surgeon, Mr. T. Lawrie.
The shield for the best nursing cadet for the year was presented to Marjorie Fryer. Kevin Stanich was awarded the conduct shield for boys.
Hastings Senior Division
The winners of trophies in the Hastings Ambulance Division during 1956 are as follows:-
F.A. Cup – Sgt. Hickman.
Roller Bandage Cup. – Corp. Chestnutt.
Q. and A. Cup. – Sgt. Hickman.
Maddison Shield, Best All Rounder – Sgt. Hickman.
Thirteen Best Attendance Certiﬁcates for 30 parades or more were issued. Notable among these was Hon. Sec. D. Mara who attended all parades.
Footnote: We would like to hear more news from the various senior Divisions.