Slaley Parish Council will host an “Emergency Life Support Skills Event” on Tuesday March 31st 2015, from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. in Slaley Commemoration Hall
What needs to be done in the event of an emergency?
There has been much talk in the parish and in the press about community owned Defibrillators. Why are they being offered to villages? Will having one affect our ambulance service? Will a Defibrillator give someone a shock if they are not in cardiac arrest? This is your opportunity to listen to someone from the Ambulance Service who will demonstrate a Community Defibrillator, dispel many of the myths currently circulating and be able to answer questions knowledgeably.
Everyone is Welcome!
This map displays the locations of defibrillators throughout Northumberland (courtesy of the Stephen Carey Fund).
On Friday 20 March 2015, the whole of the UK will be treated to a partial eclipse of the Sun. These are quite rare, and this one will be a major event. That morning, the Moon will pass right in front of the Sun, blotting out up to 90% of its disc. The Sun will look like a crescent instead of a disc, and there’ll be various other things to look for. The eclipse begins at about 8.30 am on the morning of Friday 20th March, with mid eclipse at about 9.30 am. It’s all over by about 10.40.
However, it is extremely dangerous to just go out and look up. The Sun is so bright that just looking at it can blind you, so you’ll need to prepare beforehand. A very useful guide, published especially for this event by the Royal Astronomical Society, can be found here. One very simple suggestion from them is:
“By far the simplest way to view an eclipse is to use an item you normally find in the kitchen: a colander. Stand with your back to the Sun and hold the colander in one hand and a piece of paper in the other. Hold the colander between the Sun and the paper and watch as you safely observe many images of the eclipse on one piece of paper!”