Thurstonland, a little village some distance from medical assistance, decided to provide its own help after a villager witnessed a fatal heart attack on the main street.
Martin Bateman, an active member of the Thurstonland Village Association, was the witness who put forward the idea of a centrally located defibrillator in the village. After discussion and consultation, fund raising began. The village Community Choir organised concerts to raise funds and Denby Dale Rotary Club added to this as well as providing very useful information from its member, John Purvis. Matching all monies raised was a substantial donation from the Kirkburton Parish Council, represented on the TVA by Councillor Derek Hardcastle.
Two demonstrations were given in the church hall by John Spiking of the NHS Ambulance Service and were well attended.
Villager Ruth Bower, whose home is centrally positioned in the village, generously agreed to have the defibrillator sited on her wall, easily accessible to all and maximising the number of people within its range.
Hopefully the machine, possibly the only defibrillator on a private house in the Kirkburton area, may never be used, but it will give the villagers piece of mind that if they should have a heart attack they will now stand a better chance of survival.
Seen here at the official “opening” at Ruth’s house is L-R
- Ruth Bower “The Guardian”!
- Cllr Derek Hardcastle
- John Purvis (Denby Dale Rotary)
- Tony Clifton (Neighbourhood Watch)
- Martin Bateman
Please have a look at the attached documents below for the TVA’s response to the draft Kirklees plans
CSG – Final Kirklees Local Plan Consultation Submission re sites
Thurstonland Community Choir would like to thank everyone who came along to our concert on Sunday 19th November to enjoy our Film and TV music together with lots of popcorn and sweets!
Your ticket money and generous donations have allowed us to raise the substantial sum of
Please remember that at our concerts, every penny of profit we raise goes to charitable causes
You will see at the left hand side of this page 2 new links related to the St Thomas Community Building Project.
The upper link entitled “Community Building Project” will take you to the Facebook page for the project, regularly updated with information as we proceed to get designs and approval for developing the site.
The lower link “Thurstonland & Stocksmoor Recommended Services” takes you to a Facebook Group where, for a small donation, local trades can post details of their services, or villagers can post recommendations for their neighbours. All donations will go towards funding the re-development of the church. This is a closed group, so you will initially have to apply for membership before being able to join it – but don’t worry, all villagers are welcome and will be accepted!
As part of the Festival f Faith a fun time was had by all at the first Vicars and Curates Village Cricket Match…. Vicar’s won, due to the brilliance and sportsmanship of the opposing team who were magnanimous in defeat. The return leg will be played next year. What a wonderful evening!
Thank you to everyone who came, who played, supported, cheered, baked and cooked to make it such a fun event, one now firmly fixed in the Village calendar. A special thanks to Lee Booth the organiser, and to the Cricket Club for their hospitality.
Thurstonland Community Choir invite you to join them at the
Taste of Spring
A Ploughman’s Supper with food and drink sourced from some of our finest local producers and a performance of John Rutter’s a Sprig of Thyme suite of folk song arrangements.
As we are raising money for the installation of the village defibrillator – a key aid to save lives, all our suppliers have generously donated, and we hope that the whole village will come out to support us.
Where else could you get a high quality supper with all drink and a concert for only £7.50 while also potentially saving lives?
Tickets from any choir member or via Angela or Robin Carmichael on 666294.