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Learn to save lives

Posted on December 31 2017 at 1:22:49


Sarah Rees reports from the Oakalls and Parklands.

A defibrillator has been installed at the entrance to Finstall First School, thanks to a £1,000 grant from Bromsgrove District Council’s New Homes Bonus.

The application was made by Juliette Fleming, a parent governor at the school, with the support of Coun Caroline Spencer.

Further money to fund the installation and maintenance of the equipment was raised by a sponsored walk by children from the school, which raised over £600.

Defibrillation, the high energy shock delivered by the defibrillator, is an essential life-saving step in the chain of survival. To access the equipment, call 999 and you will be given the code to unlock the box.

This defibrillator will potentially help people within 500 meters of the school, including Harwood Park, The Parklands and some parts of The Oakalls.

Juliette Fleming said: “Many people have been involved in this project and there has been a great sense of community spirit.

“I would especially like to thank Caroline Spencer; Matt Mason, deputy head at the school, for obtaining quotes and co-ordinating the installation; and Peter Richards, from Droitwich AED, for his support, advice and staff training.

“If just one life is saved by the defibrillator everyone’s hard work will have been worth it!”

A free session on how to use the defibrillator will take place at the school on Thursday January 18, 2.30–3pm. Please call the school office to book a place: 01527 872938. 

Above: Juliette Fleming, Clare Burden, Alfie Burden, Henry Fleming, Caroline Spencer, Matthew Mason.


A young Oakalls resident has recruited friends and classmates to form a new children’s choir.

Hannah Brashaw, aged eight, thought a choir would be a great way to get young people involved with St Godwald’s Church in Finstall, and they were ready in time to perform at the church’s Carols by Candlelight service.

Under the guidance of church organist Norman Hewer, the choir now meets every other Monday, from 4.30 to 5.15pm. It is open to anyone aged seven or over. Contact Sally Brashaw on 07812 579937 for more details.

Right: Norman Hewer and Sally Brashaw with the Junior Choir. Hannah Brashaw is third from left in the middle row.

Santa & elves

Santa made a special guest appearance at Finstall First School’s annual Christmas Fair.

Ably assisted by two helpful elves, Hannah Brashaw and Emily Tennant (left), Santa welcomed children to his magical grotto and gave each one an early Christmas present.

The Fair raised £1,323, which will be used to paint new markings on the school playground.

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