Dear Fellow Parishioner


I am very pleased to advise that we will shortly be installing defibrillators in the villages.

These vital pieces of equipment have saved the lives of many people who have suffered heart attacks and, as you will probably be aware, the more quickly that heart attack victims can get treatment the better the chance of their making a full recovery.

They will be conveniently positioned in cabinets on the outside walls of the pubs in Lower Heyford and Caulcott so they will be available for use 24 hours a day throughout the year. Of course our wish and hope is that they never need to be used but if regrettably that use becomes a necessity then you will need to call 999 for the code to open the cabinet. Full instructions are on the cabinets and likewise within for use of the defibrillators. Use of the defibrillator is truly very easy and the equipment ‘talks you through’ the process. It is not possible to use it inappropriately or to endanger yourself or the patient.

We have arranged for an introduction and training session to be held in the Church in Lower Heyford and we would encourage as many of you as possible, aged 12 and over, to attend. This training is being held on 21 November 2015 at 09.30 hours and will last for about 1.5 hours.

Our thanks are due to the Trustees of the Village Hall Fund for funding the purchase of these vital bits of equipment, to Carl Mortimore and his team for installing them and to Lyn at the Bell and Jerome at the Horse and Groom for allowing the equipment to be installed at their premises. Finally our thanks are always due to the Community Responders from all the local villages and the Ambulance Service whose unstinting work is so vital to us all.

James Macnamara
Chair, Lower Heyford and Caulcott Parish Council

STOP PRESS: The defibrillator has now been installed outside the Bell and the one will be put outside the Horse and Groom as soon as planning has given its OK.