As you might imagine, emergency response times can be even longer in the outlying parishes than they are in Chulmleigh. Here Chris Rogers, Chair of Eggesford Parish Meeting, writes about recent activities in Eggesford and Wembworthy parishes on the other side of the Taw. 

"At the annual Parish Meeting of Eggesford, held in the excellent Eggesford Station Café, there being no village hall in Eggesford, the question of whether the parish can have a defibrillator was raised.  Three of us, myself the chairman of the Parish Meeting, Margaret Davies and Claire Green volunteered to look into it.  We quickly realised that even if we could fund such a thing in this tiny rural village, it's really not obvious where to put it.  The houses are spread over a wide area; we don't even have a phone box.  And it's very unlikely that someone would leave their loved one in an emergency to drive through the lanes to retrieve a defibrillator if we had one.  It struck us as more useful to learn some basic life support skills to use while waiting for the professionals to arrive.

We approached our County Councillor and were informed there was a chance of her getting us a Locality Grant of £250.  And we found a training company, First Aid Devon of Crediton, who were within our budget.  We could afford a half day of training, and with a charge for the students we could offer either a full day's training or two sessions and double the number attending.

Next we needed to discover if there were people in the village who wanted to be trained.  That wasn't straightforward, and we don't claim to have reached everyone.  But from a mailing list previously used to tell people the level crossing's closed for maintenance, the Neighbourhood Watch list and the parish noticeboard, we had responses from more than enough people to fill a half day session.  Finding a date for the training which maximised the numbers who could attend was, to say the least, interesting.

Someone had the brilliant idea of opening up the training to people from neighbouring villages.  That gave us two full sessions and a waiting list, plus an even better case for getting the "locals" price to hire their village hall.  Wembworthy Parish Council and the Village Hall team were really helpful in getting our grant application approved (Eggesford is too small even to have a bank account) and directing the funds to the training company.

On the day we had just shy of two dozen students spread across two training sessions.  We learnt how to assess an incident, manage an unresponsive person who may not be breathing normally, the safe use of a defibrillator, assist someone who is choking and the safe use of an epi-pen.  We had loads of fun and the feedback from the course has all been great.

We're well aware that we've only learnt a few things; we didn't touch on wounds or concussion, for example.  And without practice we'll gradually forget what we've learnt.  As a remote community we feel we're a little bit more resilient, and there's a possibility that we'll bring in more training.  Our neighbours at Wembworthy Parish Council are already talking of organising some first aid training themselves."

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The Annual Coffee Morning for DART at Chulmleigh Town Hall raised an impressive and much appreciated £268.65
The breakdown of the monies raised was as follows:
Draw                             £142.00
Bonus Ball                      £59.00 
Coffees/Teas                   £41.30
Cakes & "Table"              £81.35
Gross Takings               £323.65
Less Hire of Hall              £30.00
Less Bonus Ball Prize      £25.00
Total Raised                   £268.65

This will pay for approximately 14 call outs and shows the continued support of our community for this valuable service.
Thank you, for your continued support, to those who helped out and everybody who supported DART by attending. Please pass on our thanks to all your friends.
Our next planned event will be the Harvest Festival Auction at The Old Court House, the date for this will be confirmed as soon as we have booked a vicar!
Thank you all again

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Thank you to the customers & staff of
The Old Court House
For an outstanding & record contribution of
£97.37 from your DART Collection Box
The running total from all the Chulmleigh
collection boxes is now £1144.93
This is enough to pay for 57 call outs.
Thank you for your unwavering support.

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Newsletter 5 - May 2019 available here

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Thank you to  Chulmleigh Golf Club for your recent generous donation of £215 raised at their recent "One Club Challenge".
Thank you again your support, it really does make a difference.

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