Cambridge celebrates 50 years

Cambridge branch celebrated their 50th anniversary this year, marking the occasion with a party.

The branch was one of the earliest in the country and Chad Varah himself came to Cambridge to train their first volunteers.

Former and current volunteers, the Cambridge Mayor and Councillor Sheila Stuart gathered to mark the occasion.

Branch Director Marilyn says, “It was quite simply a fantastic day. We had about 170 people in the end – current and former volunteers, friends and family. The mayor, our Regional Director Jude Richardson and I all had to stand on a chair to deliver our words - it was standing room only in our hall! James, our longest-serving volunteer at 40 years, cut the cake (a gift from John Lewis).

Some of the guests were volunteers in the '60s and '70s. Many others talked about connections with the branch stretching back 10-20 years.

The branch are planning further events throughout the year to mark the occasion. In March the branch published a booklet with reminiscences, thoughts about being a volunteer, how it has changed over the years, a look at the branch's history and some amusing stories. At the end of the summer, volunteer Rosie is organising a guided tour to raise funds.