Ditchling Defibrillator: A new, public access defibrillator has been installed on the outside of Ditchling Village Hall to provide local residents with easy access to life-saving equipment in the event of an emergency day and night. A defibrillator can save a life if used promptly along with CPR if someone has collapsed due to a heart attack and their heart has stopped. Every passing minute reduces the chance of success - so by making defibrillators easily available in communities they can be quickly taken to the scene of an emergency before an ambulance arrives. Although it is best to be trained how to use one, modern defibrillators are designed to be used by untrained lay people and have clear voice and visual instructions on what should be done and they cannot cause any harm to the victim. Burgess Hill District Lions Club have been working with Mid Sussex Community First Responders and fundraising for defibrillators for 8 years and this is their 18th installation in the area and was match-funded by Ditchling Parish Council. Burgess Hill District Lions are arranging free training for anyone who would like to learn more and how to use them. “I’m delighted this important equipment has been provided” said Don Mcbeth, Chairman of Ditchling Parish Council. “It can take some time for an ambulance to arrive at an emergency and being able to use a defibrillator as early as possible gives the best chance of survival.” The easy-to-use defibrillator is in a bright yellow cupboard outside the Village Hall and is accessible 24 hours-per-day. In order to access the locked box call 999, give the location of the defibrillator and they will issue the access code to open the box. It is light and portable so it can be taken to any nearby emergency by anyone who needs it. There are 280 other 24/7 defibrillators that are publicly accessible across Sussex: others nearby include Hassocks Railway Station, Hurstiperpoint Bowls Club and Hurstpierpoint High Street. There are many more locally that are available for limited hours – the ambulance service will always advise the nearest available device. For further information or for a place on a training course contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ditchling Horticultural Society held their Summer Show in the Village Hall on Saturday 11th July. A record number of 178 entries provided a magnificent display. However with fierce competition from the Ladies tennis final at Wimbledon overall attendance was down on previous years. Cup and Trophy winners were: Copper Kettle - J Hinze Nat Catchpole Trophy - E Keeling Macauley Challenge Morley Jeffrey Challenge Cup - C Marshall Reg Strube Cup - S Cox Edie Catchpole Trophy - E Harker Committee Challenge Cup - V Winter First Prize Winners were:- Fruit & Vegetables: D Morley, E Harker, J Hinze, G Ironside, J Traies, S Cambell, S Marshall, S Morley, A Cohen Flowers and Plants: J Morley, V Winter, C Marshall, J Clutterbuck, P Roy, James J Beck, H Court, E Keeling, E Harker, N Stafford Floral Art: S Cox, J Laing, S Parker Photography: S Parker
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