Community Defibrillator Seminar Monday 3rd of July

Monday 3rd of July, 7pm at the Village Hall

The Community Heartbeat Trust will be demonstrating the use of defibrillators and explaining how the equipment works and its benefits to the community in saving precious minutes in the treatment of sudden cardiac arrest.

The more people that know how to use the portable defibrillator installed in our community, the more chance there is of saving the life of a victim of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Everybody is welcome, and no special skills are required, just your willingness to play an important role in the event of a medical emergency.

Crimestoppers – A Safe Way to Report Crime Anonymously

Crimestoppers Image 0800 555 111As an independent charity, we are not part of the police. When you contact us you won’t be identified. The only person who knows you contacted us with information is you.

We know that it can be difficult to come forward with information. You might have seen or heard something about a crime but don’t know what to do, or are scared to come forward. It’s easy to think there is nothing you can do, but we offer you a safe way to do this.

Crimestoppers is not part of the police and we are not a TV programme. Just tell us anonymously WHAT you know about any crime or criminal not WHO you are and we will then pass on that information to the appropriate police force without revealing your identity. In over 28 years of operation we have never broken our guarantee.

In 2014/15, 14 people were arrested and charged every day and one person charged every 8 days for murder thanks to anonymous information passed to the charity.

We don’t take your name or any personal details. And we don’t record your call or trace your call/computer and you won’t need to provide a statement or go to Court.

Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over 1.7 million actionable calls, resulting in more than 138,000 arrests and charges. Nearly £135 million worth of stolen goods has been recovered and nearly £326 million worth of illegal drugs has been seized.

Crimestoppers is simple and it works, Just phone 0800 555 111 (or visit the Crimestoppers website – Your call is 100% anonymous.

Crimestoppers is not an emergency service and if you see a crime taking place you should ring 999 to report it immediately. / 

Stay well this winter – Winter Warmth campaign

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-23-15-01A new Winter Warmth partnership aimed at helping vulnerable residents this winter is offering free drop in sessions, advice and more starting in November.

The new partnership aims to assist those who might struggle to keep warm, buy food, fuel or essentials or keep well. From November – February, there will be two events each month for residents to drop in and see us for advice and information.  This could include health advice, financial support and much more over a hot drink or some soup

The Partnership aims provide the best support to help you personally, or direct you to the services that may be able to assist.  We also have free “winter warmth” packs to take away with you.

The first two of these drop-ins are due to be held on Friday 4 November between 12.30 and 3.30pm at the Plantation Hall, Heybridge Basin and Wednesday 30 November at the Memorial Hall, Southminster between 11am and 3.00pm.  Details of all the venues are as follows:

Friday 4 November 12.30pm to 3.30pm Plantation Hall, Heybridge
Wednesday 30 November 11am to 3pm Southminster Memorial Hall
Friday 9 December 11am to 3pm Lawling Park Hall, Mayland
Thursday 15 December 11am to 3pm Burnham on Crouch Library
Thursday 5 January 11am to 3pm Maldon Library
Thursday 19 January 11am to 3pm Tollesbury Community Centre
Wednesday 15 February 11am to 3pm Tillingham Village Hall
Friday 24 February 11am to 3pm Althorne Village Hall

Anyone with mobility issues or unable to get to the venue can call or leave a message on (01621) 854477 and someone from the partnership will assist.

The partnership is also seeking donations to help with the free rucksacks/bags.  Items from the attached list (which must be in a new and unused condition) can be donated by bringing them along to the Maldon District Council Offices before the end of October.

  • Biros & Colouring pencils/colouring pads
  • Soap, Toothbrushes & Toothpaste
  • Mac in a Pack
  • Roll on deodorant (men and women)
  • Woolly hats and scarves all sizes
  • Fleeces & Base layers all sizes
  • Gloves & Socks all sizes
  • Packet Soups & Packet drinks
  • Torch
  • Handwarmers
  • Tissues & Hand sanitiser
  • Porridge in small sachets
  • Long Life Milk (powdered variety)
  • Hot Water Bottles normal and microwavable
  • Fleece or Cellular Blankets
  • Travel sweets in a tin
  • Magnifying glass
  • Energy bars (nut free only)

Keeping your home warm this winter is also key to making sure you stay well. Your home should be heated your home to at least 18°C (65°F). Many people worry about the cost of heating but the success of the Essex Energy Switch, people can be confident that when they turn up the heating, they are still getting value for money.

The collective energy switching initiative is for people who want to cut their energy bills. It’s a free, easy and secure way to cut energy bills without wasting time comparing prices on comparison sites and last year residents saved approximately £263 per household.

For more information on the energy switch visit:

You may also be eligible for support towards your fuel payments, visit: for more information.

For more information on how to stay well this winter, visit:

For NHS advice on how to keep healthy this winter visit:

The Winter Warmth Partnership is funded by Essex County Council and includes the following organisations:-

Essex County Council, Maldon and District CVS, Maldon District Council, Maldon Citizens Advice Bureau, Community Agents, Chess, Moat Housing, Maldon Community Safety Partnership, Essex Fire Service, HomeStart, Provide, One Support

For more information please contact Chris Rust at Maldon District Council on (01621) 854477 or go to


Goldhanger Community Defibrillator

Goldhanger Parish Council will be seeking funding for a Village Defibrillator.

Community Defibrillators are designed to improve outcomes of patients suffering a sudden cardiac arrest, where time is critical.

After calling 999, the community automated defibrillator should be used, the defibrillator assesses the patients heart rhythm and advises if shocking is appropriate, so the defib can be used by anyone.

We intend to set up a ‘Village Emergency Telephone System’ (VETS) which would consist of up to 10 volunteers from the village, willing to be called in the event of an emergency to take the defib to the patient. This is done via a single telephone number, which is called after the emergency services have been contacted.

The parish council would like to raise awareness of their intent to proceed with a village defibrillator and will be planning to hold information events. Dates will be communicated via the Parish Magazine and village notice boards.

If anyone is interested in finding out more information at this time, volunteering for the ‘VETS’ system or making a donation (however small), please contact:

If you would like to know more about any of the above, please contact:

Julia Bourn – Goldhanger Parish Council

Tel: 01621 788298


Emergency Response in Rural Communities

The Parish Council and David Newman have been investigating ways to improving responses to Emergency Situations for Goldhanger residents.

1) Due to the rural location of our village we have to accept that it takes time for Emergency Services to reach Goldhanger, so the Parish Council are seeking funding for a defibrillator and volunteers for a Village Emergency Telephone System (VETS) who can fetch the defib after 999 has been called.

2) Secondly, how easy is it for Emergency Services  to find your property when they reach Goldhanger? David Newman has kindly produced a schematic of house names and numbers to assist First Responders, and the First Responders have given advice on how residents can help the emergency services and their neighbours.

3) Whilst a defibrillator doesn’t require any training to use, we are intending to host a First Aid course in the village, as often it is the care received in those vital first few minutes that make the difference. The cost will depend on numbers. If you are interested in booking a place, please contact;

Bree Back 

Tel: 01621 788419

Email: breeback@hotmail

4) Additionally, as a village we do not have any First Responders and rely on them coming from either Heybridge or Tollesbury. On average, First Responders attend 3-4 emergency calls per month in Goldhanger, so it makes sense to have some volunteers in our parish. We intend to hold an information session for those who may be interested, this will cover what is involved and the commitment and training required, so please do come along before making your decision.

Advice from First Responders

From recent experience we know that ambulance crews, paramedics and first responders have difficulty finding locations in our village for several reasons: some house numbers and names are missing or are very difficult to see from the road, some of the numbering does not follow the normal logical sequence, and the village has no street lighting. It has been pointed out to us that clear numbering not only enables the responders to find your property, but also saves vital minutes in finding friends and neighbour’s properties nearby. NHS call handlers will normally ask the caller to open the front door and put on all the lights at night.

Sadly, as there are no volunteer first responders based at Goldhanger, the 999 service frequently ask first responders from Heybridge or Tollesbury to attend calls to the village but they are not as familiar with the village as they are with their territory. The Parish Council has contacted these local groups and offered to produce detailed maps indentifying the locations of all the house names and numbers. The offer was gratefully accepted and maps have been delivered.

However, maps alone do not solve all of the problems and the first responder team leaders have asked the Parish Council to encourage all residents to ensure that their house numbers are clearly visible.

Furthermore they advise us that properties with electric gates and with a key safe outside the front door often create a further inhibitor and delay. If access to a property cannot be immediately obtained it is ambulance service policy to call the police and wait for them to arrive and make a forced entry, which can cause a long delay. Therefore it is also recommended that those living alone ask a trusted neighbour to retain a key, and it would be wise to open electric gates after calling 999, or if this is not practical, the access codes should be given to the 999 call handler so that they can be passed onto ambulance crews and first responders.

If you would like to know more about any of the above, please contact:

Julia Bourn – Goldhanger Parish Council

Tel: 01621 788298