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First aid skills for Finstall folk

Posted on January 30 2018 at 11:22:45

Defibrillator training

Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

A group of 18 villagers took the opportunity to learn vital first-aid skills in a defibrillator training session at Finstall First School, which now has a defibrillator located at its entrance.

Peter Richards from Droitwich AED – a community resuscitation scheme run by volunteers – gave an informative talk on basic first aid and CPR techniques, followed by a demonstration on using a defibrillator device.

He explained that a defibrillator should be used when you believe someone has suffered cardiac arrest – they will be unconscious with no visible signs of life.

It is impossible to shock someone who does not need it because the device reads the heart rhythm and will only deliver a shock if the heart requires one.

Mr Richards reassured the audience that the device is designed to be used by people with no medical training – a series of calm voice prompts and illustrations will provide the user with step by step guidance.

He said: “It is better to do something than do nothing at all. When someone has a cardiac arrest every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chances of survival. Just listen to the machine if you’re unsure what to do.”

Above: Clare and Alfie Burden, Peter Richards, Juliette and Henry Fleming, Coun Caroline Spencer.


An estimated crowd of around 300 people gathered for the seventh Oakalls festive event a week before Christmas.

The Blackwell Brass Concert Band accompanied the carol singing for the third year running and residents enjoyed mulled Tardebigge cider, mince pies, candy floss and soft drinks.

The arrival of Santa, courtesy of the Bromsgrove Lions Club, was the highlight of the evening for the many children attending the event.

Coun Caroline Spencer said: “This annual event seems to grow every year and it is a wonderful opportunity to bring the Oakalls and Parklands community together.

A big thank you to the residents who volunteered their time to help organise the event, sell refreshments and ensure the safety of those attending on the night.”

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