Atworth Community Defibrillator

The defibrillator is sited on the outside wall of the Atworth Institute.

The cabinet is not locked. This is as recommended by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. This is because they believe that there should be no barriers between the defibrillator and the person collecting the machine. Any locks would delay this process.

The defibrillator has been donated to Atworth Parish Council by the Ambulance Service as a permanent loan. Running costs, training for villagers, installation, yellow cabinet with signage  and securing future associated  costs, all required further funding. This has been achieved by generous donations:

  • Neston Farm Shop, Lady Venetia Fuller £370
  • Leafield Marine £200
  • Atworth Centenary Festival community collection £140
  • Atworth Women’s Institute £100
  • White Hart £70
  • Olive Ford Ltd £50
  • William Bird £50
  • Anthony Slee £50
  • Karl Schafer free electrical installation

Thank you to Hannah Bailey who brought defibrillators to the attention of the Parish Council, St John’s Ambulance for supplying Andrew Freestone for free of charge villager training, and Atworth Institute trustees for their support and co-operation with this project and for allowing the Institute for training at no cost.

Location of defibrillator on the Atworth Institute wall
Location of defibrillator on the Atworth Institute wall
Collection at the Atworth Village Festival
Collection at the Atworth Village Festival

Apple Press at The White Hart

The community apple press was at The White Hart, Atworth, on 21st September from noon to 3.00 p.m.
Apples were pressed at no charge, however a suitable container in which to take home your apple juice was needed.

There was a small response from the village but was well attended by people from the surrounding area. It is hoped that the press will be here again next year.

 

Lights Out

Seventy Five people met at the Clock Tower with candles and torches for Atworth Lights Out to mark the centenary of the start of Great Britain entering the First World War. The half hour service led by Effie Gale-Sides, Rodney Price and Lynne Spencer included historical information, poetry, prayers, prose, songs and hymns. It concluded with candles and torches being extinguished as the Clock Tower struck 10 o’clock.

The Clock Tower light was switched off and the Last Post was played.

The event was very well received and was later described as moving and memorable.

Thank you to everyone who came.

New benches on the Recreation Ground

There are five new benches on the Recreation Ground.  A grant was given by Melksham Area Board to Atworth Over 55s Afternoon Tea.

Two benches were also donated by the White Hart of which the second will be installed shortly.

They are proving to be really popular and have encouraged more older people to walk around the Ground.

 

Ken and Mavis King relaxing after a walk
Ken and Mavis King relaxing after a walk

 

Effie Gale-Sides, leader of Atworth Over 55s Afternoon Tea joins Ken and Mavis
Effie Gale-Sides, leader of Atworth Over 55s Afternoon Tea joins Ken and Mavis King in the sunshine