Care group

What is it?

The care group supports the four villages of East and West Tytherley, East Dean and Lockerley. It was formed in 1992 when it became apparent that some people were falling through the net of support previously provided by either social services or local family members.

Who’s involved?

There are seven co-ordinators whose names are printed in the monthly news letter and there are about 30 active volunteers who are able to carry out requests for help. Most requests involve taking people to appointments at hospitals. These are not easily accessible as the villages are on the borders of Hampshire and Wiltshire and the hospitals include Southampton, Romsey, Salisbury, Lymington, Basingstoke and Winchester. Volunteers are able to claim travelling expenses and clients are encouraged to make a donation to funds if they are able to do so. These donations, together with continued funding from the Hampshire Voluntary Care Groups mean that the group remains financially viable.

What Else Does the Group Do?

The group’s actions are not limited to transport and other services we can provide include:

  • Fitting telephone lifeline systems. This is done with the assistance from Help the Aged. It provides people with a reliable emergency call service and allows them to continue to live in their own homes. If they qualify for assistance the cost for the service can be as low as £1 per week.
  • Setting up a first aid course for volunteers.
  • Funding visits for pensioners to see professional theatre shows.
  • Supporting an over 60’s club and setting up a tea making rota for whist drives.
  • Sending flowers to those returning form hospital, the bereaved, mothers with new babies or simply to those who our grapevine tells us would welcome a show of support.
  • Arranging a celebration party for a 90th birthday.
  • Running and annual community garden party

Find out more

We will always need your help in some way so if you want any more information please contact Jo Guy on  01794 340946

Thatched cottages

Do you live in a Thatched Cottage?

Hampshire Fire and Rescue have some great advice for thatched cottage owners.

Chimneys and flues

  • keep chimneys in good condition: re-point or line as necessary
  • any re-thatch or major ridge job should have all material taken from around the chimney so that it can be checked and repaired if needed
  • the chimney, if used by any appliance producing flue gases, should be linked according to the manufacturer’s specification and, in the case of solid fuels, should be swept regularly
  • the top of the stack should be no closer than 1.8 metres from the ridge vertically and, in the case of a stack in the wall, 4 metres vertically from any thatch surface
  • do not build, rebuild or design chimneys which pass close to or through thatch without appropriate expert advice
  • do not pass metal and other heat conducting flues through thatch
  • spark arrestors should be fitted and maintained/cleaned on a regular basis

Smoke alarms

  • most thatch fires start in the roof space and, due to the thickness of the roof, may not be apparent for many hours
  • fit low voltage, mains powered, linked smoke alarms

Electrical wiring/lighting

  • all electrical wiring in the loft space should be routed in appropriate fire retardant ducting
  • do not cut recessed lighting into the ceilings below the thatch
  • light fittings within the roof space should be in a bulkhead fitting
  • external floodlights should not be located just under thatch overhangs

Fireworks, bonfires and garden fires

  • if you have barbecues, bonfires or firework parties make sure they are not too close to the house and be sensible with garden fires

Contractors

  • ensure any person working in or on the house is aware of the dangers which the careless use of naked flame can bring
  • blow lamps are not safe to use in the roof space
  • do not allow flame stripping of paint around eaves

Effects, impact and causes of thatch fires

Our thatch property video explains the effects and impact that a thatched property fire has on the occupiers and the community.

Emergencies

Defibrillator for East & West Tytherley

A Defibrillator is a self contained device which can help to restart the heart in the case of a serious heart attack (cardiac arrest), but should only be accessed once you have dialled 999 to call for an ambulance.

The machine is located in Pragnell’s Cottages, West Tytherley and is always accessible. It is mounted on a bracket under the stairs of the first block of flats on the right hand side as you go up the steps from the car park, adjacent to West Tytherley Village Shop.

This machine is designed for use by a non expert operator with no experience or training. Once the Ambulance Service is aware that you have access to the machine, they will talk you through how to use it before the Ambulance arrives at the scene.

In the event of a suspected cardiac arrest,  call (or directly ask someone else to call) 999 for an ambulance. If you can, you should then send someone to collect the defibrillator which should be used as soon as possible. Do not leave the patient on their own.

NHS Direct

111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Air ambulance

The village is service by a charitable air ambulance. Please do consider volunteering time and supporting them. Help keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives text HIOWAA to 70500 to make a one off donation of £5.

Flood Warnings

The Environment Agency’s Flood Pages are very comprehensive. You can also register to receive flood warnings. This is highly recommended for residents in North Lane, The Village and adjacent to Church Farm.

Fire Hydrant Map

Click the image to download a map showing where all the fire hydrants are in and around the village.

It’s a big file (6Mb) so you might want to download this and save it or print it off and keep in a safe and accessible place.

First Responders

The First Responders Group has disbanded due to a falling number of volunteers, which is a great shame as this was a (often literally) vital service our community provided for each other.

Community First Responders make a vital difference in their communities and save lives every day. With the demand for emergency ambulances increasing every year, the role of the CFR has never been more important.

20 people are needed to qualify for free training which might help you save someone you love and maintain an effective rota.

To find out more about the role of a community first responder click the link below or call 0800 587 0207

Community and Co-Responders