Every Minute Counts – Defibrillator to arrive at the Co-op

Every Minute Counts - Defibrillator to be located at West Bergholt Co-opThe residents of West Bergholt will soon have 24 hour access to a defibrillator unit, thanks to the East of England Co-op.

Working in partnership with the East of England Ambulance Service, the Co-op is funding 100 defibrillators to be placed in communities across Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex, as part of the Every Minute Counts Campaign.

A defibrillator is a potentially life-saving machine that gives the heart an electric shock in some instances of Cardiac Arrest.

If you suspect somebody to be in Cardiac Arrest you should dial 999 so that an ambulance can be sent to you. If there is more than one person with the casualty, you will be directed to the defibrillator whilst the other person performs CPR.

The defibrillator will be in a yellow cabinet situated at the Co.op Store, West Bergholt . The operator will provide you with an access code to get into the cabinet. The defibrillator should be taken out and taken back to the casualty and the operator will provide guidance over the phone.

If someone is able to administer CPR or use a defibrillator in the first four minutes, whilst the ambulance is en route, there is a significantly higher survival rate.  Once the ambulance has arrived the paramedics will take over.

The East of England Co-op and East of England Ambulance Service will be holding defibrillator demonstrations across the region, so you can see how it works and ask any questions you may have. Visit the Co-op website, www.eastofengland.coop/everyminutecounts.

West Bergholt celebrates its volunteers

Poster for Annual Parish Meeting 2013The Annual Parish Meeting takes place on 24th April starting at 7pm in the John Lampon Hall.   As well as affording an opportunity for informal discussions with your local Parish & Borough Councillors this is an ideal opportunity to join them in celebrating our many local volunteers who help make West Bergholt as good a place to live as it is.

Other items for the event include:

  • a report on Neighbourhood Planning, and
  • light refreshments!

Care Network cares for you but still needs support

Care Network logoCare Network AGM

The Care Network is holding its Annual General Meeting in the John Lampon Hall on Wednesday 10th April at 7.30pm.  Please note the change of venue from previous years. All residents are welcome to attend including those that use the Care Network Service or may be considering becoming a volunteer.

The Care Network is there to help any residents of the village, whatever their age, to get to appointments if transport is needed and other means are not possible or available.  Most of our journeys are to the Doctors’ Surgeries or the Hospitals but other local appointments can be considered.

Snow Joke

Members of West Bergholt Snow Patrol pictured in early 2012
Members of West Bergholt Snow Patrol pictured in early 2012

… but every time we get heavy snowfall, whilst great fun for many, it still brings hazardous conditions underfoot.  So we offer our congratulations and thanks to the group of 20 volunteers who worked hard to keep pavements in key areas of the village cleared during the snow and ice that came in January, helping to keep the areas safer for all of us.

We always welcome more volunteers to help keep our village safe if we have any further snowfall this winter.

If you want to help please contact – Harry Stone (Organiser ) Tel. 241026

Conflict in the 19th Century Essex Countryside

19th century threshing machine
The type of machinery targeted by the Swing Rioters

This subject of the WEA’s next 10-week course is led by tutor, Ted Woodgate who intends to use Essex newspapers of the time to help investigate such areas as:

  • the drama of the West Bergholt fires,
  • the Swing riots,
  • the formation of a national farm workers’ union, and
  • the birth of political rights for rural workers.
The venue is the Methodist Hall in Chapel Lane CO6 3EF and the course starts on Tuesday 15th January 2013 at
8.00 pm.
Everyone one is welcome and if you’re not sure whether this is for you, why not come along without obligation on the first night before deciding if to enrol?  Cost for the 10 weeks is still £45.  Further information from our Secretary on 01206 240791 or e-mail [antibot mailto=” [email protected]”]

Do you care?

If so why not join the west Bergholt Care Network at their AGM?  The AGM will be held at the Methodist Church Hall on Tuesday 12th April, 2011 at 7.30 pm.  All volunteers and prospective volunteers are very welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served on arrival. The short business meeting will be followed by an opportunity to ask any questions or find out more about how the Care Network operates.

We are always in need of more volunteers! If you know anybody that might be interested, the commitment can be as much or as little as you choose, please get in touch with the Chairman, Harry Stone, 241026.
This material has been developed for the West Bergholt Village Website at http://www.westbergholt.net

Find out more about First Responders

The village’s First Responders are welcoming members of the public to their next meeting to find out more about their work and the equipment they use. The meeting is taking place in St Mary’s Church Hall starting at 7:30pm.

This material has been developed for the West Bergholt Village Website at http://www.westbergholt.net

Scavenger Hunt

The West Bergholt First Responders are organising a Village Scavenger Hunt to run on Sunday 27th June. Meeting at St Mary’s Church Hall at 2pm this event, which is suitable for all ages and abilities, will cost just 50p per quiz sheet.

Come and join in the fun!

Light Refreshments available afterwards

For more info/or expressing your interest in entering a team call Annie on 240469 or call into 50 New Church Road.

This material has been developed for the West Bergholt Village Website at http://www.westbergholt.net

Stuck on you…

As part of their awareness campaign the West Bergholt Community First responder team have used some of the money they have raised in donations to acquire car stickers for their supporters. If you would like to help promote this team and would like a car sticker please contact the Group Organiser, Annie Neish, at 50 New Church Road, Tel 240469.

This material has been developed for the West Bergholt Village Website at http://www.westbergholt.net