Rendlesham: New Year Honour for volunteer Ron

RENDLESHAM: A long-serving volunteer today spoke of his surprise at being awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours list.

Ron Beadle, 69, of Rendlesham, near Woodbridge, has been handed the prestigious accolade for his work with St John Ambulance in Suffolk and London District.

He has spent nearly 40 years volunteering and dispensing first aid to help those in need.

Mr Beadle, who is a member of Framlingham St John, said: “When I first got the letter from the cabinet office [notifying him of his MBE] I thought someone was pulling my leg.

“It’s a nice honour to get and it was a big surprise. I enjoy doing it [volunteering].

“It used to more manic when I was in London because of all the events we had to attend, it is a little bit more laid back up here.

“I’ve always liked helping people and had an interest in first aid. St John’s seemed to be the right outfit to go with.”

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Mr Beadle, who worked in engineering, spent 31 years in the Addiscombe and East Croydon division before moving to Suffolk in 2003 with this wife Ann, so they could be nearer to their son Robin, who also lives in Rendlesham.