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.
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.
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.