Mr Edward Banister

Charity details

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust

Our aim is to save lives, reduce or prevent disability, or suffering from critical illness and injury, by delivering a first class pre-hospital emergency medical service to the people of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas.

Without access to National Lottery funding and with limited support from Government, we continue to rely upon the generosity and goodwill of the people and businesses of Essex and Hertfordshire to remain operational and keep saving lives – working together funded by you!

Registered Number 1108989

The Hospitallers’ Club

The Hospitallers’ Club was formed on 14th May 1920 at a meeting held in the Empire Café, Ludgate Hill. This inaugural meeting took place following a march by Members of St John Ambulance Brigade, as it was known then, earlier in the month. The march was from St John’s Gate to Hampstead Heath.

Following this, it was decided that “it was desirable to form a Social Club of the Officers of St John Ambulance Brigade”. It was known that quite a few of the Officers did not know many of their fellow Officers as they had little opportunity for social events. It was also hoped that setting up a Club would increase interest amongst younger Brigade Members. A vote to call it the Hospitallers’ Club was carried unanimously at the first meeting. This idea of a social gathering, outside of the day to day demands and activities of St John Membership, still holds true today and The Club, as it is colloquially known, has a varied and vibrant Membership from across existing and retired Members of St John.

The Membership was originally 41 male Officers from the Prince of Wales’s Corps. In 1926 the Membership was opened up to the Brigade as a whole and, although there are still some County or Provincial Members, it largely comprises London Members as the meetings are held in Central London.

The criteria for joining was originally male Officers and Presidents but The Club opened its doors to female Officers and Presidents in 2008. It has now expanded to also encompass volunteer leads, managers, advisors, Presidents and Vice Presidents at any level of St John, and in 2020, the Club’s centenary year, we have voted to also welcome anyone who has been admitted as a Member of The Order of St John.

The Club functions with a President as its lead, with a Vice President and other ‘Officer’ roles covering secretarial, treasurer, social and other functions. There are also Committee Members who manage the Club following a set of rules, some of which date from that first meeting. Because The Club is all about friendship and social activity, an early Member, Mr A E Wells suggested that there should be some recognition of Members who were absent, unwell or bereaved and so a Dedication of Remembrance is now read at 8.15pm at any gathering of Club Members.

Today The Club numbers more than 80 Members who enjoy meeting on eight out of twelve months of the year from October to May. Each meeting commences at 6pm with a social gathering and light refreshments in the form of an afternoon tea. This is followed at 7pm by a talk from a guest speaker for about an hour. There is then a short break before the Remembrance and a formal meeting where Club business is conducted, Members are updated and a raffle is held. The whole evening usually concludes at about 8.45pm although of course there is the opportunity for further socialising if the Members wish.

Messages of condolence

In memory of Edd, a lovely man, from Cliff.

Mr Cliff Bishop

With fond memories of a kind and witty man

Sara Llewellin

In fond memory of Edd who we knew through St Johns Ambulance, from Paul and Rosemary.

Mr Paul Herbage MBE

Donation in memory of the late Edd Banister from Bishop's Stortford W.I.

Bishop's Stortford W.I.

On memory of such a lovely man who has touched so many lives. Love Hazel, Mick Mark, Helen & Aaron

Mrs Shirley

Edd was a wonderful friend who made an amazing impact on the lives of so many people. A joy to have shared so many good times with him and Anne.

Mr & Mrs Seamus & Shirley Kelly

Anne, All your treasured memories will be with you forever. You gave Edd a wonderful tribute today. Take care xx

Miss Angela Reed

Condolences and in our thoughts in these sad times. With love from Siân and Rolf

Mr & Mrs Rolf and Siân Enderli

With love and condolences. Mark and Kate

Mr Mark Llewellin

Sincere Condolences from us Both, at this difficult time Love Chris & Molly

Mr & Mrs Mollly & Chris Price-Jones

With loving thoughts. Mary x

Miss Mary St J Williams

Sincere condolences from all your past colleagues and friends at Leventhorpe.

Leventhorpe School

Service details

Cremation Service

02 May, 2024 11:00

Parndon Wood Crematorium

Parndon Wood Road, Harlow, CM19 4SF