The Sheepwash Chronicle is a magazine for and about the residents of the little village of Sheepwash in Devon.
This Could Save a Life In Our Village An AED (automated external defibrillator) is a device that gives the heart an electric shock when someone’s heart has stopped (cardiac arrest). You can use an AED on adults and children over one year old. Ambulances have them on board, but using an AED in the minutes before an ambulance arrives can double someone’s chances of survival. A defibrillator has been installed at the Village Hall in East Street. It is on the external wall just near the front door – it’s in noticeable green casing with a green sign above. The unit is up and running and has been registered with the Ambulance Service. The idea is that when you have an emergency you first ring the Ambulance Service and they will give the caller the access code. This is standard procedure. However, all the Parish Councillors have the access code and sealed envelopes with the code will be put in the pub and in the Village Hall. Also, if there is a particular person in the village who is at risk it may be worth them also having the code. How do I use a defibrillator/AED? You can use an AED with no training. The machine analyses someone’s heart rhythm and then uses visual or voice prompts to guide you through each step. First, make sure someone has called for an ambulance, and, if the AED isn’t immediately available, give CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) until someone can bring you the AED. As soon as you’ve got the AED, switch it on. It will immediately start to give you a series of visual and verbal prompts informing you of what you need to do. Follow these prompts until the ambulance arrives or someone with more experience than you takes over. Take the pads out of the sealed pack. Remove or cut through the patient’s upper body clothing and wipe away any sweat from their chest. Remove the backing paper and attach the pads to their chest. Place the first pad on their upper right side, just below their collarbone, as shown on the pad. Then place the second pad on their left side, just below the armpit. Make sure you position the pad lengthways, with the long side in line with the length of the their body. Once you’ve done this, the AED will start checking the heart rhythm. Make sure that no-one is touching the person. Continue to follow the voice and/or visual prompts that the machine gives you until help arrives. You can watch demonstrations of using a defibrillator/AED at the following links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksJcSq9sSjU or https://youtu.be/s5ZPLXdXPBc Denise Tubby Power Cuts To report an issue with your power, call Western Power Distribution on 0800 365 900. If you have a general enquiry, call 0845 724 0240 or email email@example.com. 16
Devon and Cornwall Alert System Devon and Cornwall Alert is a free community messaging system which informs members of the public about crimes and incidents affecting their local area. Recorded messages are sent by telephone (landline only), email, or text message to individuals, groups, or businesses. It is a two-way messaging system which helps us to connect with our communities. It tells people what is happening in their area and allows them to respond directly with any information. The system is designed to allow people who register to choose the type of information they would like to receive concerning crime and antisocial behaviour, witness appeals, crime prevention, community events, and local good news. To sign up visit alerts.dc.police.uk or complete the registration form which is available on the Force website - www.devon-cornwall.police.uk/our-services - where you can also find more information. Contact us The non-emergency telephone number is 101. 999 still applies in emergencies, but to call about any other issues or for any enquiries please use 101. If you would like to contact your local PCSO directly please call 101 and ask for PCSO 30538 Emma TOMKIES or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org. I also now have a mobile phone number that you can use to contact me when I am on duty. This is not to report emergencies, but can be used to contact me directly – 0771 857 5465. PCSO 30538 Emma Tomkies Holsworthy Police Station, Well Park, Western Road, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 6DH Parish Council News This is just a brief summary of some of the more important items from the last Parish Council meeting, held in the Village Hall on Wednesday 15 th March. For the complete minutes of the meeting, go to the Parish Council website at http://www.sheepwashparishcouncil.co.uk/FullCouncil.aspx. A new Parish Clerk will replace Penny Clapham from 1 st April. His name is Mark Crake, a retired police officer. A draft questionnaire has been prepared, to gather information to feed into the new Parish Plan. Once finalised, this will be circulated to all parish residents for completion. The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Wednesday 19 th April, beginning at 7.00 p.m. This is not a Parish Council meeting, but a meeting for residents of Sheepwash parish. The next Parish Council meeting is the Annual Council Meeting (not to be confused with the Annual Parish Meeting above!), which will be held on Wednesday 17 th May, beginning at 7.00 p.m., and will commence with the election of a new Chairman. Don’t Leave Your Doggy-Do! A number of people have asked us to remind dog owners to pick up their dog’s poo, and to make sure that their dogs don’t poo on people’s front gardens and grass. This is becoming quite a problem in East Street, in particular. There are plenty of dog poo bins about, and big fines if you’re caught not ‘binning it’. 17