The Memorial Hall Chairman, Andrew Vickers, obtained some new play equipment for the Recreation Ground and several Trustees and some willing helpers painted it at Howick’s Farm and then installed it on the Recreation Ground – all in a day. After this great team effort, there is now £10,000 of playground equipment and it is all proving very popular.
Considering the weather we had through the summer you may have thought us crazy to organise an outdoor fundraising activity! But the chance of rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of many people for one of Mary Howick’s Sunday lunches and their faith was justified.
On Sunday 9th September 2012 over 100 people congregated in Mary and Arthur’s back garden to enjoy a fabulous meal. We started with a variety of Mary’s wonderful homemade soups, followed by a choice of lamb dishes or poached salmon with asparagus sauce. There was a truly amazing selection of desserts and we finished with cheese and biscuits.
What’s more, the sun shone throughout so that we had to open the sides on the marquee and the chocolate mints melted before we ate them (with a teaspoon!). It was a lovely event, enjoyed by all — and as an added bonus it raised a magnificent sum for the Scout Hut purchase fund.
Many thanks go to Mary and Arthur for hosting the lunch, our excellent young waiters and waitresses and the many helpers behind the scenes. But mainly of course to Mary for the wonderful meal.
At the coffee morning on the 26th October we had a visit from a team of professionals that gave a very interesting demonstration on what and how this valuable life saving equipment can do and how it does save lives. The AED is an Automated External Defibrillator; this piece of equipment is used to help restart the heart’s normal rhythm by passing an electric shock across the patient’s chest. Used alongside oxygen and in some cases medicines, this greatly increases the patient’s chances of a recovery.
NCT now has a defibrillator at the Gotham bus garage and starting in December driver Chris Nesbit based at Gotham will be trained as a Community First Responder and will be on call through EMAS to respond to emergency situation as and when required. The fact is that in the more rural and hard to reach areas of Nottinghamshire like Gotham the First responders have a much better chance of providing the immediate help needed prior to the arrival of an EMAS crew, through:
• Basic life support
• Use of a defibrillator
• Care of unconscious patient
• medical emergencies
• Minor Trauma
The defibrillator can be stored in a vandal proof metal cased box mounted in areas that are accessible to members of the public 24 hours a day. Should you require this equipment on phoning 999 the emergency services will know that this equipment is available for use and will give you the pin code over the phone to unlock it from the box. This code will then be changed every time it is used so that it stays safe ready for the next emergency. NCT are currently trying to raise funds for this storage box so that it can be mounted on the outside of the garage and will be covered by a cctv camera. The box cost in the region of £1,000 and this would be of great benefit to the community of Gotharn to help save lives in the village.
Andrew is passionate about his project and about the responsibility he bears in continuing the daily running of our village war memorial, which is the Memorial Hall and Recreation Ground. These are there for the villagers of Gotham to enjoy their lives: lives bought for them by the sacrifice of those on the roll. These brave people gave their lives so that we may be free and we should never forget them.