Thursday, April 2, 2015

From Dartmoor to the Dardanelles - ANZAC Day talk - Saturday 25 April

On Saturday 25 April (ANZAC Day) General Sir Frank Kitson GCB KCB MC DL, will be a giving a talk on the Gallipoli campaign in 1915 'From Dartmoor to the Dardanelles'.

Starting at 18:00 in Manaton Parish Hall there will also be an exhibition 'Manaton's Dardanelles Campaign' and drinks and canapes.

Tickets are available from Chris Butcher on 01647 221 251

Proceeds to the Royal British Legion's Devon County Welfare Fund

A defibrillator for Manaton

A defibrillator for Manaton


    

About eighteen months ago I (Mary Wylie) was at a conference talking to people at a British Heart Foundation stand. 

I saw that there was a notice about providing defibrillators to communities. This alerted my attention as my husband has had heart surgery, happily he has made a full recovery. You may have seen him walking our two little dogs, Ruby and Minnie, around the village.

So I thought that this would be a very good idea for our village, however l did quite a bit of research and found the prices seemed rather high to try to fund-raise within a small village such as Manaton. I also spoke to Maurice Cox in the Kestor as a central place that this could be kept and he agreed this is a good idea and would of course be available for collection 24 hours a day!

Recently in my role as Parish Clerk I received an email from a firm offering these machines at a reduced rate for Parish Councils. I mentioned this at the next meeting and was very pleased that all the members supported this idea. Our District and County Councillors have contributed from their available funds and we have received a contribution from the TDC Elector fund following support from North Bovey Parish Council. A recent quiz in the pub raised £66 towards the fund.

The machine has now arrived.  It is linked to the 999 service who will give the location and contact number for collection. You can also ring directly to the Kestor on 01647 221 626. We are also hoping that a speaker may be available for our Parish APM and a training session is being looked into for anyone interested, however the machine itself has audio instructions for anyone using it.

My thanks go to Maurice and Wendy for agreeing to host the machine and to Mike Jeffrey and George Gribble, our District and County Councillors, for supporting my idea.

Of course I hope this will gather dust in the Kestor and never be needed!

Mary Wylie