News: A big thank you to all the volunteers below who have given their time and equipment to help refurbish the Chruch Street railings. When it became known that the Railings Replacement was about to take place. A small group listed below got together and decided that as the railings replacements were the only ones to be repainted.  We happy band Giles de Mare, Liz and Carl Warner, Richard and Geoffrey Stevens, David Barnett and Simon Wager.  The Duke of Somersets estate kindly arranged for David Barnett to assist with the refurbishment, this was much appreciated.    The decision was that we carry out the rest of the refurbishment of the existing railings. This was put to the Engineer for Wiltshire Council Denise Knott who very kindly arranged a supply of wire brushes, paint brushes and paint. Also agreeing that the traffic lights would remain until the work was completed .   In the meantime two of the little gang went ahead and prepared the railings as far as possible at the church end. The only area without traffic lights that it was safe to work on the railings.   The traffic lights arrived as planned and we were off! Pressure washers and scrapers to the fore. Within a day we were actively painting.       It was great working with the council engineers replacing the railings. They could not do enough for us and in fact replaced an extra stantion by the church entrance and replaced various broken bolts in that area. They also very kindly assisted with the final painting after all else was complete.   It's amazing what a small group of like minded people who care,  can do for their village and improve it. Community spirit maybe.   So we now have a smart set of railings in Church Street all painted and fresh. (Ready for the next vehicle to run into them)

Maiden Bradley with Yarnfield Parish Council
Maiden Bradley with Yarnfield Parish Council

DEFIBRILLATOR or AED

The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is specially designed for people with no medical background. 

We are lucky enough to have access to a Defibrillator or AED

It is located at the front of the Village Hall, see above picture.

The machine is registered with the Great Western Ambulance Service and the Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.  A weekly routine maintenance check is made on the machine by Councillor Simon Wager who then passes the information onto the Great Western Ambulance Service.

The Great Western Ambulance Service also provide a yearly community awareness session, these are advertised in the Parish News and on the Parish Council Website.  

However, the UK Resuscitation Council guidelines indicate that community defibrillators should be able to be used by members of the public with or without formal training.  This is because the equipment is very easy to be used, and when you call 999, the ambulance service operator will stay on the telephone to assist you.  The equipment is also designed to talk to you and tell you what to do.  You cannot make a mistake when using the defibrillator - just follow the instructions being given. 

The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is specially designed for people with no medical background. 

When used it provides voice commands and screen messages and guides the user step-by-step through the process and will only allow it to shock a ‘shockable’ heart rhythm. 

What is a Stroke and how would I know?

From    http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Stroke/Pages/Introduction.aspx

Introduction 

A stroke is a serious, life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off.

Strokes are a medical emergency and urgent treatment is essential because the sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke, the less damage is likely to happen.

If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, phone 999 immediately and ask for an ambulance.

Signs and symptoms

The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time.

  • Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
  • Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness in one arm.
  • Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake.
  • Time – it is time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.

Read more about the symptoms of a stroke.

 

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