STOKENCHURCH DOG RESCUE
This local charity has just resumed holding tabletop sales at the kennels in Oxford Road on the last Saturday of every month, from 10am till 12 noon. Literally tons of donated new and nearly new clothes, books, household goods, toys, DVDs, records, plants (occasionally), greetings cards and more. Bargains galore. The sales help save dogs' lives and find them good new homes. Helpers are wanted to help set up tables and then later put them away in sheds as most helpers are elderly and more muscle is needed! Setting up is usually from about 8am and then putting tables and goods away from about 11.45.
Any young people in the village able to help? Call Michelle Vickers on
01494 482695. Please park considerately outside the kennels.
As an on-call firefighter you can play a vital role in your local community while continuing with your primary employment and career. It is a highly worthwhile way to use your available spare time. In doing so you will be paid, meet new colleagues, develop new friendships and acquire a range of new skills.
On-call fire crews will be called upon to attend the full range of incidents including fires, floods, road traffic collisions, chemical spills and more, and work alongside their wholetime colleagues at many incidents.
This is your chance to take on a vital role on behalf of your local community without having to change the way you live or work. Operating on an on-call basis, you will respond to emergency incidents as part of your on-call firefighter role.
On-call firefighters are paid a monthly retaining fee and in addition hourly payments plus appropriate disturbance allowances for actual hours worked. These amounts will depend on your role – Firefighter, Crew Manager or Watch Manager – and the hours you are available and actually work
Firefighters are highly trained, skilled individuals who have the fitness and stamina to keep working when the going gets tough. You must be able to demonstrate that you…
Are able to get to the fire station safely and within limited time, when alerted – working with the crew to provide 24-hour cover, 365 days a year..
Work effectively as part of a team.
Are able to communicate with all members of the community.
Have a logical approach to problems.
Can meet the Fire and Rescue Service's medical standards for eyesight, colour vision, hearing, lung function and general fitness.
Have the permission of your primary employer.
For more information, email Stokenchurch Station Commander, Tom Brandon at email@example.com.
South Central Ambulance Service are currently looking for volunteer Community First Responders and I would be grateful if you could distribute the details below to your colleagues and also if possible as an article on your newsletter.
SCAS encourages members of the public to become Community First Responders in Buckinghamshire
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is encouraging members of the public to play a valuable role in their Buckinghamshire neighbourhoods by becoming Community First Responders (CFRs).
CFRs are volunteers available to be dispatched by the ambulance Emergency Operations Centre to attend appropriate medical emergencies in their local area. Volunteers undergo two days of training at one of our training centres, explaining how to recognise and treat many serious and life threatening medical emergencies, ranging from cardiac arrest to strokes in the elderly through to infants, to name but a few of the situations the volunteers may face.
Dave Johnson, a Community First Responder for the Wendover area and also a Buckinghamshire Governor for SCAS, said: “The role of a CFR is to provide assistance to those with a medical emergency and most importantly to start and maintain the chain of survival in cardiac arrest patients until an ambulance crew arrives.”
Dave went on to explain why an early response is vital.
He added: “Our Community First Responders continue to support our frontline operations and we are encouraging new volunteers to join the service. These are valuable volunteer CFRs in local communities who are able to respond to appropriate incidents and assist patients in a serious or life threatening condition before the arrival of an ambulance crew. They make a real difference by saving seconds and minutes which can make the difference to the patient’s outcome.”
Anyone can become a community first responder, as long as they are aged 18 and over and have held a full UK driving licence for a minimum of one year.
No previous medical experience is needed and the ambulance service provides a comprehensive training course and continuous support, together with flexible hours.
Community First Responders log on when they want to, for as long as they want to on the days that they want to. They work in and for their local community.
For further details please go to http://www.southcentralambulance.nhs.uk/our-services/communityresponders.ashx
The Trust also welcomes residents who would be interested in getting involved with fundraising, attending events etc. Contact 0800 587 0207 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Monica Moro ACIM
Membership, Engagement and Marketing Support Officer
Communications and Marketing department
South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust | 7-8 Talisman Road | Bicester | OX26 6HR | Tel: 01869 365126 (Switchboard 01869 365000) | Mobile: 07788 418915 | email@example.com | www.southcentralambulance.nhs.uk |Twitter – follow us @scas990
Stokenchurch Primary School, the Parish Council and Thames Valley Police have joined together in an initiative to try to solve the problems caused in George Road during school drop-off and pick-up times. The main issues are danger to children and inconsiderate parking.
The Parish Council has written to every parent highlighting their concern. Similarly the police have issued a 'Do and Don't' guidance note. The school have circulated these via their intranet and hand delivered others.
An unofficial one-way system already exists during the two critical periods - in from the A40 via Pigeon Farm Road, out via George Road. County Councillor Carl Etholen has been approached about the problems. He thought the suggestion of making a formal one way system had merit but warned that the process was costly and time-consuming. It was recognised that these problems may be exacerbated when the Tesco store opens.
Other suggestions have been put forward - use the Adult Education Centre car park, a 20 m.p.h. speed limit, school gates opening earlier. These will be progressed.
Stokenchurch Community Transport (SCT) provides an essential service to our village. They provide mobility to the elderly and disabled enabling them to get to appointments at the Medical Centre, do shopping and meet friends and acquaintances at the Day Centre. Without the SCT many would be left without any form of transport.
SCT is desperately short of drivers and helpers. If you think you can spare an hour or so of your time on a regular basis, please contact DOUG TUCKER on 01494 482211 or 07799 881682.
Did you know that Stokenchurch Parish Council are selling paperback books relating to four circular walks in the Parish. They cost £2.50 each and are available from the office. The booklet has maps, along with descriptive notes of the walks and what to look out for. Also included is the Country Code which all walkers should adhere to. To get your hands on one either pop into the office or telephone 01494 482403 or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
This website contains a section on 'Living in Stokenchurch' - simply click on the menu on the left - which hopefully gives newcomers to our village (and anyone who currently lives here) a guide to the facilities and activities in the area. It is by no means totally comprehensive - if you believe that your group has been omitted or that the information is inaccurate, please drop an e-mail to the clerk on email@example.com.
Residents of the Parish of Stokenchurch who wish to apply for a grant towards academic expenses should get an application form from Mrs P. Colling, Kinda Cool, Wycombe Road, Stokenchurch HP14 3RR ('phone: 01494 483120). The closing date is 30 November each year.Thank you to everyone who attended our AGM this evening. We hope you found the meeting informative. Thank you to our local organisation speakers who provided updates. Congratulations again to Jan & Brian Elson who receive the Parishioner Award for their contribution to the community.