Where Are the Helpers?
Readers of The Telegraph may well have seen an article published on Jan 2nd headed “Village Halls Face Bleak Future as Ageing Volunteers Dwindle”. Stressing the vital role Village Halls play in rural communities, the article outlined the problems faced by ageing groups of volunteers often struggling to provide the physical and administrative back up necessary to maintain the many activities enjoyed by so many residents. Recognising the hectic lives lived by working people and the wealth of activities now available to the recently retired, the article stresses the need for more people to find time to come forward.
For the full article go to http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/02/village-halls-face-bleak-future-ageing-volunteers-dwindle/
The article certainly resonated with the Community Centre Management Committee whose average age has not been computed recently but must be well over 65. Generally in good health and certainly brimming over with enthusiasm, this group will happily go on for a bit longer yet, but is very much aware that their “Strategic Chairman Replacement Strategy” lacks focus and is still searching for a solution.
So, along with, I suspect, other groups in the village, the Community Centre Committee is appealing to you to consider stepping forward and joining us. There is a committee meeting once a month and you can then volunteer for as much, or as little, as you can manage. A fair amount of this consists of opening and closing the Centre for users and ensuring that our customers get a good service and come back again. It could be twice a year or twice a week, the choice is yours. Or you may have a specific interest – film, theatre, keep fit, ballroom dancing, weight-lifting – that might encourage you to take a step forward and join.
All the surveys that have been conducted in Tarvin in the last few years have highlighted the pleasure residents get from the ‘sense of community’. The Community Centre helps create this so, to maintain what we all enjoy, a few more must be prepared to get involved.
For an insider’s guide to what is involved, contact any committee member. 01829 741962 or 01829 741468 will get you to a couple of enthusiasts who will be delighted to talk to you.
Commencemnet of Building Work
We are delighted to announce that we are now in a position to sign the contract for major redevelopment work to begin. The contract is with Novus Property Solutions and the work on site will commence on Monday 13th June. The planned work, which will turn a large storage space into a lounge area, should be completed by the autumn. Disruption to users of the centre will be kept to a minimum.
To download PDF of plans – CLICK HERE
Alan Wilkinson, Chair of the Committee said “This is the culmination of many months of hard work by the Committee and the new space will allow more members of the community to come together and enjoy themselves for both leisure and learning. The Centre is currently bursting at the seams with over 40 regular users and the new lounge will increase our capacity and flexibility greatly”
Impression of proposed bar/lounge area
The funding has been obtained from WREN, a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FFC Environment through the Landfill Communities Trust. Significant contributions were also received from the Garfield Westin Foundation and the Williams Family Foundation. There were also smaller, but vital contributions from Tarvin Parish Council and from local resident Mr J Wright. The Community Centre Committee has also worked hard to build up a fund from their own resources to complete the budget for this major piece of development.
Mr Richard Smith, Grant Manager for WREN says: “It’s always nice to see something we have funded start to take shape. We’re delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile project and look forward to it benefiting the community of Tarvin for many years to come.”
Crabtree Homes Ltd, Frodsham are giving an exhibition regarding their new housing proposal in Tarvin, West of Townfield Lane and bounded by A51 and A54. Friday 8th July 3 – 7 and Saturday 9th July 10 – 2, Edna Rose room.
Villagers are invited to attend to give comments and ask any questions. This development is still only a proposal but it will affect the whole village in many ways should it go ahead. This area is currently designated Green Belt
Maybe we need more housing in the village? Would it be beneficial for Tarvin? Do we have the infrastructure? Do try and come and have a look at the proposal and give your comments. Images below outline the area in an aerial view and also show their outline for the development.
The Parish Council is delighted that the new defibrillator is now in place on the outside wall of the Community Centre and it has been properly registered with the North West Ambulance Service. Though they sincerely hope that it remains unused, it is now available should the need arise.
The device is easy and safe to use, as spoken instructions are very clearly given. However it must be stressed that the machine does NOT REPLACE CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) but is used in conjunction with it. Chest compressions are needed to pump blood around the body and rescue breaths are needed to put more oxygen in. Early CPR before the ambulance arrives has been proven to double or triple the chances of survival. If the heart has been kept oxygenated, it’s easier to re-start it.
Until now the code that unlocks the defibrillator has been on the outer box. This has now been removed. You will get the code ONLY when you dial 999. Once open, remove the device and take it to where the patient – and the person doing CPR – is and open the pack. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. YOU CAN DO NO HARM TO THE PATIENT FROM THE PROPER USE OF THE MACHINE.
For more information on CPR go to www.nhs.org/conditions/accidents-and-first-aid
There was a training session on CPR and the use of the defibrillator at the Community Centre recently. If you feel that you would like the opportunity to attend one locally, contact Mike Hassall on 01829 741075 and he will see if another one can be arranged. Alternatively, contact the local branch of St John’s Ambulance or The British Red Cross.
We all hope we are never put in the position where we are confronted with the need to save a life, and even those who have had some basic training wonder if they would cope. But being able to do CPR – 30 chest compressions followed by 2 rescue breaths – will help pump oxygenated blood round the body’s vital organs. If another bystander can bring a defibrillator to you, then the chances of the patient surviving are greatly improved.
A new activity for little ones of musical merriment, will be coming to Tarvin Community Centre in September with Rucks of Fun!
There will be two classes, 0-2yrs and 2-4yrs, where children will learn musicality and creativity in a stimulating and enjoyable way.
The first class starts at 9:30 – 10:00, the second at 10:15 – 11:00 on a Thursday morning. Booking essential as places are limited.
There are very few activities for little ones so let’s make this one a success
For more details email: email@example.com
Telephone Cheryl on 07854 710304 or see the website www.rucksoffun.com