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Women's Royal Voluntary Service
News and Notes
From an undated newsclip, c1960s


RUSHDEN Rotary Club has built a £200 garage for the town's WRVS meals-on-wheels Mini van.

The key to the garage at Rushden Hall— centre of the meals-on-wheels service — was presented to the organiser of the WRVS, Mrs. Audrey Perkins, last Friday.

Mrs. Perkins said: "This will greatly improve our service. We are absolutely thrilled.

"This has cut our travelling time down by half because previously we had to get the van from Portland Road."

Mrs, Perkins, who is also deputy county organiser of the WRVS, explained: "We are now working from Monday till Friday and deliver about 180 meals a week.

"We hope someone will volunteer the services of their car for Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Then we could improve our service by 30 meals."

The presentation was marls by the president of the Rotary Club, Mr. David Smith, at the Rotarians' ladies lunch at Rushden's Queen Victoria Hotel.

A barbecue organised by the club last year raised money for the garage.

Rushden Echo, 15th December 1972, transcribed by Kay Collins

The Big Freeze!
Rushden’s Meals on Wheels service can now afford a deepfreeze thanks to the efforts of the town’s Salvation Army and three schools.

They held a carol service at The Ritz Cinema, Rushden, on Sunday and raised £176 for the WRVS.

Brigadier Dora Chandler, of the army, said it was a great success. “We are very grateful to the staff at the Ritz” she added.

The appeal from the Army and three Rushden schools—Newton Road Junior, South End Junior and Rushden Girls’ Comprehensive—was made by Mr Bert Catlin, headmaster at Rushden Boys’ Comprehensive.

Both the Salvation Army Band and the songsters took part. Prayers were taken by the Rev Ralph Martin, minister at Rushden Park Road Baptist Church.

Among the audience was Mr Allen Goulsbra, chairman of Rushden Urban Council.

A nebulizer is presented to Mr Flack
(l-r) Mrs Billingham, Mr Flack and Mrs Lewis
with a nebulizer.
Unidentified and undated newsclip

INSTRUMENTS which help patients breath vital drugs into their lungs were handed over to Rushden Hospital by members of the Women's Royal Voluntary Service.

Receiving four nebulisers, Mr Rowan Flack, nursing officer, said although he already had 40 out on use the hospital had a large waiting list for them.

Nebulisers break up a liquid drug into very fine particles small enough to be inhaled deep into the patient's lungs. They are portable, about 13 inches by 8 inches in size, and cost £65 each.

For the WRVS, Mrs Inge Lewis, East Northants district organiser, and Mrs Ruth Billingham, hearth and hospital organiser, made the presentation.

The money was raised from the proceeds of the hospital's WRVS trolley.

Mr Flack said he was delighted with the nebulisers — which would keep some patients out of hospital for long periods when used by them at home.

Unidentified 1972 newsclip

Free meals on wheels

RUSHDEN old age pensioners who take advantage of the town's meals on wheels service are to have a free Christmas meal this week.

The first delivery of the meal was today. Other deliveries will take place tomorrow and Thursday.

Members of the Rushden Women's Voluntary Service who run the meals on wheels service took the Christmas dinner to 24 people today, and will serve the same number of dinners tomorrow and Thursday.


A 40lb. turkey for meals was donated by the chairman of the council, Mr. Cyril Freeman, and the rest of the meal given by Mrs. W. Rickard, the proprietress of the Airflo Cafe, Rushden, where the meals are cooked.

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