Phone box update Spring 2019

From Martin Briscombe:

Readers of Kirkby Awake….

Due to the very generous donations of books from friends and residents of  the village for the book exchange, the entire library in the telephone box has now been replaced in readiness for the summer.  We now have many new titles and favourite classics, together with two full shelves of children’s books for the Nursery, School and visiting children to pick up on their way to and from home.

The telephone box itself is scheduled to have a spring clean, with a internal vacuum  and a new coat of red paint on the outside when the weather improves.              Continue reading

Village defibrillator deployed

martin_phonebox _defib_150From Martin Briscombe:

Ian Carroll reports that at the end of September the village Defibrillator was collected from the Telephone box and dispatched to the Ebrington Arms.


Here a lady had collapsed and was being attended to by staff and customers. Ian rushed home to collect his kit before going to help. Fortunately it appeared that the lady had just fainted (Ronnie had given her a free drink) and had now recovered without the need to use the defibrillator. Although defib was not needed on this occasion it’s good that people know where the defib is housed, and that the Emergency 999 /LIVES system works, and of course that we have Ian resident in the village.

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Cameo update September 2016

cameo_wordcloud_square_150From Maura Dormer:

On Septemer 20 we had a very well supported evening to hear a talk given by Ian Carroll, a First Responder with LIVES. Ian gave a very interesting talk on the history of LIVES which, together with a power point presentation and display of the vast array of equipment. He gave us all an insight into the incredibly valuable and life saving work they undertake every day of the year and demonstrated the basics of CPR, and explained the use of defibrillators. Something we hope we will never need to put into practice but it could be life-saving! Many thanks Ian. Continue reading

Have your say and celebrate with us…..

……at this year’s Kirkby on Bain Annual (Civil) Parish Meeting, scheduled for 7pm Thursday April 28th 2016, in the Primary School Hall in Wharf Lane.

It’s not a regular Parish Council meeting with a strict agenda, but an informal get-together – your chance to tell us what you really think about life in this village, to suggest how we might improve things, to socialise, showcase community activities and celebrate recent achievements.

Some of the highlights: Continue reading

Phone box garden under attack!

martin_phonebox _gardenAttack_150But don’t worry, there’s a happy ending. Yesterday, on my way into Woodhall Spa I was presented by the horrible sight of blokes in hi-vis gear digging up the tiny garden next to our rejuvenated phone box and defibrillator station.

By the time I got back, the garden had all but disappeared, replaced by a hole in the ground, with one man fishing around in it, observed with interest by four or five colleagues leaning on temporary safety barriers. To judge by the number of vans parked up, I thought this must be a major emergency. A conversation ensued in which I found out that the job was to restore the nearby street light, and I was assured that the garden would be made good once it was done. Continue reading

Defibrillator update: more good news

From Martin Briscombe:

Picture credit: Martin BriscombeFollowing an observation by one of the newly trained KOB Defibbers, there is now access to the defibrillator in the event of a power cut. A key safe has been installed in the telephone box using the same code as will be given by Emergency Services for the defibrillator itself. This accesses a key to open the defib box.

A mobile phone light will aid code entry after dark !!

Defibrillator training on line

martin_phonebox _defib_150About 20 village residents have now attended a defibrillator training session run by LIVES first responder Ian Carroll. If you missed one of the sessions, or if you would like to refresh your knowledge, here’s a video which complements and reinforces Ian’s training :

NB: this video was made in Australia, so there are some minor differences to note: Continue reading