A joint initiative by the Royal Arch and the Craft to have First Aid trained personnel present at masonic centres took place at Halsey Hall, Cheshunt in December. The scheme is being rolled out by W Bro Robert Gurney – Provincial Grand Almoner for The Royal Arch and promoted by W Bro Robin Crozier – Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works for the Craft. The course was again run by E Comp Paul Walker at no cost, who provides commercial First Aid training nationwide.
Following the initial course held at The Cloisters, Letchworth in August, this event managed to pass off successfully, with other arranged dates for this course to be rolled out to other centres in the Province in the New Year.
WBro Robert Gurney, said “First aid is a life skill that everyone should have and we are delighted to be able to offer a limited number of free places for masons and staff at our centres to learn some emergency first aid skills”.
The Provincial Superintendent of Works, Robin Crozier, said “I believe that meeting venues should offer basic medical facilities such as defibrillators in order to comply with Health & Safety guidance. Although defibrillators are available at many centres, we need persons knowledgeable in First Aid for the assistance of Brethren and visitors who may be taken ill. I am very grateful to Paul Walker for giving his time free of charge in order to achieve this and to Halsey Hall for providing the facilities to hold the course free of charge.”
Full details, including taking advantage of this offer for your centre, can be found on the Provincial Grand Chapter’s website.