After a change of ownership earlier this year, it was discovered that the ship’s bell from HMS Yarnton was missing from the Red Lion pub. The bell had been given to Yarnton Parish Council in 1985 when the ship was decommissioned, and in turn had been presented into the safe keeping of the Red Lion. All attempts, including police involvement, failed to recover the missing bell, but Hawthorn Leisure generously provided a replica. On 3rd December 2014 Fred Jones, Yarnton Parish Council chairman, presented the replacement bell to Georgina Honey licensee of Yarnton’s Red Lion pub.
The Parish Council would like to raise enough money to buy one or more defibrillators to be located within the village for use in an emergency. Each defibrillator, including the cabinet that it would be housed in, costs approximately £1400. In the event of somebody having a cardiac arrest, a member of the public would dial 999 and be told where the nearest defibrillator is and the code number needed to gain access to the machine. These can be used by anybody, as the machine tells you what to do and the operator would stay on the phone to assist you if needed while an emergency vehicle is on its way to you.
At 9th January 2015 we had received money totalling £1767 with a further £1600 pledged from village organisations and local residents. Each defibrillator costs approximately £1400. We would appreciate contributions from residents and village organisations towards the cost. Donations, or pledges, can be made either personally at the Parish Council office or by email [email protected]. We would also welcome suggestions of suitable places within the village, and ideas for fundraising.
If any individual or group of individuals would like to organise a fundraising event we will do all we can to help with advertising, etc. The Parish Council is organising a quiz on Friday 6th March in the Village Hall. and an Easter Bingo on Friday 20th March; more details for both events will be published in March edition of Village News and will be placed on parish notice boards and this website. The Christmas Bingo that we held made a profit of almost £300. Thanks to all individuals who supported it and to the Turnpike, Ivory Hairdressers, Yarnton Nurseries and British Legion club for your support. At present two defibrillators have been ordered. We will be arranging for an awareness session in the near future for residents.
Yarnton Parish Council