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Forest of Dean Prize Team 1907, 1908 and 1909

A photo of Cinderford ambulance team

The men in the Cinderford Ambulance Association team are:

G.H. Rowlinson, Esq., J.P. (Miner's Agent), H. Beach (Captain), J. A. Emery, Esq. (Hon. Sec. and Treasurer), W.R. Champness, Esq., M.E.,(President and Trainer),

M. Beard, R. White, W. Short, R. Adams.

The photo was taken by F E Jones of Belle Vue Studio, Cinderford.

The mouldings on the walls suggest that the photo may have been taken at Double View school, Cinderford.

The shield won by the team

Detail left showing the shield. The Cinderford Ambulance Team Shield can be seen in the Dean Heritgae Centre at Soudley, It is currently situated in Gallery 3.


The following is part of a report in the Gloucester Journal of Sept 15 1909:
"Cinderford Ambulance Association"
"Annual Meeting".
"The annual meeting of the above association was held at Double View school on Monday evening. Mr W. R. Champness (manager of Foxes Bridge colliery) presiding over an audience of about 20".
"Mr J. A. Emery (the treasurer) presented the statement of accounts which showed that at the commencement of last year they had a balance in the bank of £8 15s 4d which together with the prize money of £1 10s. and 3s. 7d. interest deposit made up the income which amounted to a total of £11 3s 11d. The expenditure was chiefly for First Aid books, advertising and the expenses of the team's visit to Newport and amounted to £9 2s. 6d. leaving a balance in hand of £2 1s. 5d. this was adopted.
The following officers are appointed for the ensuing year; president Mr G. H. Rowlinson; vice president's Messrs. J. Penberthy, E. W. Provost, Joseph Hale, Fred Morgan, F. W. T. Brain, J Macavoy, M. W. Colchester-Wemyss, S. W. Haddingham, J. W. Probyn, V. F. Leese and A. Bland; chairman of committee Mr W. Meredith; vice chairman Mr W. R. Champness; committee Messrs. C. Cooper, J. Cox, H. Beach, W. Short, R. Adams, W. Cox, W. Gaynard, T. Brain, E. Buffry, White, Millener and Short; hon. secretary and treasurer, Mr J. A. Emery".

The report went on to speculate that Drybrook would make a bid for the shield that "they in Cinderford had held so long" and how they (Cinderford) should strive to gain the (League) shield from Newport. The observation was made that the room was not full while large numbers of young men roamed about the streets. Hope was expressed that the time would come when they would have men at the pit tops versed in ambulance work who could assist thier comrades when required and that 'good centres like Bream and Coleford' would come into the ranks (i.e. begin classes).

The report concluded: "... it was largely through Mr Rowlinson's endeavours that ambulance had taken the position it had today in the Forest of Dean. Having thrown out the hint that the ambulance competitions at the annual miner's demonstration should be revived the appealer said that their thanks were due to the teams for kindly giving the prize money they had won at various competitions to the Association ..."

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