We are very grateful to the family of Mary Burton who donated a defibrillator to the village in 2015. It can be found on the outside the reading room on Berkeley Street, and is available for anyone in need during a heart attack. Once the emergency services have been called using 999 they will despatch an ambulance and give out the code to the door of the defibrilator so that it can be used. Full instructions are given by the defibrilator at each step.
Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS)
The Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS) was introduced by the Parish Council a few years ago to complement the purchase of the defibrillator.
VETS is a facility available to all residents in the village who may, at some time or other need the help of a neighbour. It works by offering a dedicated phone number (01858 322200), which when dialled will automatically connect the caller to any one of ten volunteers, all of whom live in the village.
The primary purpose of this service is to allow anyone tending someone who was seriously ill to get help without leaving the patient. However, the VETS facility can be used for any emergency situation and not just for health related issues. It may be useful following a fall, or if an intruder is suspected. By calling the VETS number, a local resident can be with them very quickly.
A number of fridge magnets are available detailing the dedicated phone number. If you would like one please contact the clerk.