Where’s the nearest defibrillator in Cuckfield?

Public defibs in Cuckfield, Bolnore and Staplefield

Public defibs in Cuckfield, Bolnore and Staplefield

At Cuckfield Life we’d like to encourage everyone living and working in the village to familiarise themselves with the sites of the life-saving defibrillator machines in Cuckfield and Bolnore and learn how to use them.

Cuckfield resident Wendy Tracey-Roberts Macrae has been working hard to ensure that two new defibrillator units are back up and running in the village.

Fellow resident and local electrician Guy Richardson has joined Wendy in her fight for safety and has kindly offered to fit the new units for free.

One of the new units has been placed outside Mansell McTaggart Estate Agents on the High Street and will be in the safer coded cabinet. The second unit has been erected on Whitemans Green, again in a safer coded cabinet and with a built-in CCTV camera.

If you notice that the status light is red and not green that indicates a problem with the unit, so please ensure that you report it.

Wendy says that we can all do our bit to help by getting involved. “Once the units are up, it is our responsibility as a village to maintain and check them.”

Funds are still being raised at the Co-op at Whitemans Green where buckets have been placed at the tills.

Please look out for any orange donation boxes in any of the village pubs collecting money by the ISOC (Independent State of Cuckfield) for the purpose of maintaining these two units.

Wendy adds: “The units need replacement batteries and pads every 4-5 years; the pads cost around £45 and the batteries are £300. Ideally, we’d like to encourage the community as a whole to help towards the funding of these life-saving units.”

Any local clubs should aim to register their details with the South East Coast Ambulance Service to enable any 999 call handlers to tell them where their nearest unit is in the village.

A third unit is currently being planned - please watch this space for further news.

If you are interested in finding out more, Wendy is organising a training session on the units but please be aware that there are limited places available. For additional information, please email Wendy direct at wendytrmacrae@aol.com.

There is also an app recommended by the Resuscitation Council. To download the app, visit the website: www.resus.org.uk/apps/lifesaver

ForgetMeNot Walk: 7th October 2018

Last year Bloodwise was the named charity for Ride London which saw a dedicated group of 20 cyclists called Team Angus cycle their way along an arduous 100 mile route.

This year the team are doing it again but this time they’re walking/running for Bloodwise.

The Angus Rowland ForgetMeNot run/walk will take place on Sunday 7th October 2018 in Staplefield. 

As in previous years, the run/walk will start and finish at Staplefield Village Hall, Cuckfield Road, Staplefield, RH17 6ET. 

The event will be open to everyone, and there will be a choice of two local walks - a 6.5 mile walk on muddy rural footpaths or a one mile walk, mainly on roads. The runners will follow the same route but will set off after the walkers.

You can view a map of the route online

ForgetMeNot Walk 2018 Route

ForgetMeNot Walk 2018 Route

Registration will open at Staplefield village hall at 9am for walkers and 10am for runners. Entry is by donation and the organisers are suggesting £10 per adult and £5 for a child.

Participants can either: register on the day, or enter online 

Dogs are welcome but must be under control as livestock maybe present along the walk. Refreshments will be available throughout the morning in the village hall. Go along for a quick cuppa even if you cannot make the walk. 

All are welcome. Over the years the walk itself has collected more than £185,000 in funds, so take your walking (or running) shoes to help support this worthy cause by getting involved.

Staplefield Village Fête

There’s no doubt that Staplefield was the place to be on Bank Holiday Monday when the village staged one of the most successful fêtes in its history. 
     Hundreds of families descended on the village green to enjoy an afternoon of traditional events and activities, from a Punch and Judy Show to classic cars.
     “It was quite extraordinary, and definitely one of the most successful yet,” said committee member Elspeth Montgomery. “It was a lovely busy, buzzy day and we were all delighted with the turnout!
     “People have described it as a ‘Downton Abbey’ type of Fête, with lots of bunting and a very traditional feel.”
     The event, which raised more than £10,000 for St Mark’s Church, the Village Hall and other Staplefield charities, was opened by local MP Nicholas Soames. Local celebrity Susannah Constantine also made a welcome return to judge the popular dog show.
     Families were kept entertained with fairground rides, a chance to meet rare owls, stalls and sideshows, and food and drink including a popular Pimms and strawberries tent and hog roast.
     Others enjoyed stepping back in time and exploring the dozens of vehicles in the classic car show, from police cars and buses, Rolls Royces and an impressive range of Morris Minors. 
     “The classic car show gets bigger every year, with the first Morris Minors arriving on the green at 8am in the morning!” said Elspeth.
     New this year was the Arts Inclusive Festival run by the Circles Network, which provided opportunities for all members the community to enjoy creative activities, from designing lettering to transforming old books into works of art.

See all pictures from the day on pages 16/17.