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The Parish Council invites residents to FREE Community Awareness sessions to learn how to use the community defibrillators and how to recognise sudden cardiac arrest.
Sat 10th Oct 10.30am - 12.30pm
Tues 13th Oct 2pm - 4pm
Tues 13th Oct 7pm- 9pm
All sessions are held in the village hall. A further three dates are planned for Jan/Feb16.
No need to book.
The awareness sessions are Lottery funded.
'5 minutes to save a life'
Little Paxton Parish Council has successfully been awarded a £8097 Big Lottery - Awards for All grant to install three community public access defibrillators (CPADs) in Little Paxton.
The CPADs have now been installed in three key locations in the village- on the external wall outside the village hall, on the external wall beside Costcutter- The Parkway and on the external wall at the entrance of Skipper Way.
Parish Clerk Jenny Gellatly said, 'The Council has been working with the Community Heartbeat Trust to install the life saving equipment in Little Paxton'.
How do you access the CPAD's?
First of all you must dial 999, the emergency services will advise the location of the nearest CPAD and the box code. The defibrillator is a small mobile device and it gives verbal instructions on its use- it will speak to you. They are very easy to use and are designed to only shock when it detects no heart beat.
If there is a heartbeat, the CPAD will not provide an electric shock.
Chairman of the Council, Cllr Jean Matheson said' As part of the grant application, the Council will be providing six free awareness sessions over the next few weeks to explain how the equipment works and to give residents confidence in using a defibrillator. The awareness sessions will be run by the Community Heartbeat Trust and we would like to encourage as many residents as possible to attend.'
The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.
We've all heard about elderly or vulnerable people who've been conned by callous rogue tradesmen. Not only do these con men - and women - leave their victims out of pocket, they also cause red faces, feelings of embarrassment and shame that they've been duped.
These criminals often get away scot-free as humiliated victims feel reluctant to report the incident to police. Little Paxton Parish Council are calling on villagers to re-assure victims and to help the Police to bring these doorstep thieves to book.
Parish Clerk, Jenny Gellatly said: 'There's a concern locally about these crimes which damage the confidence and wellbeing of the most vulnerable section of our community. The Council would like to encourage anyone who is a victim of this sort of theft to report it to police where they'll find a supportive response as well as signposting to any help they need'.
Please call the Police on Tel 101 or in an emergency Tel 999
In August 2014, Little Paxton Parish Council planted an English Oak tree and unveiled a plaque to commemorate all those who gave their lives serving their country in World War 1. This coincided with the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.
Twelve months on, the Parish Council has installed two commemorative benches beside the plaque.
Cllr Jeanette Cleaver said, 'A village resident who attended the plaque unveiling and whose family fought in the WW1, made a suggestion to the Council to install seating near the bronze plaque. The Council is delighted to be able to play its part in providing this facility.'
Located on Samuel Jones Crescent, the two benches were funded by Little Paxton Parish Council and CHS Group.
The Little Paxton allotment site, which is managed by Little Paxton Parish Council, has 74 allotment plots.
In the past as full size allotment plots have become available, they have been divided into half plots to keep the waiting list to a minimum.
Allotment Officer Cllr Stan Codling said 'Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a very enjoyable and rewarding pastime'.
There is presently now no waiting list and there are now some allotments available to rent.
The plots are available to Little Paxton residents only. The rent for a full size plot is £25 and a half plot is £15.
If anyone is interested in renting an allotment, please contact Cllr Stan Codling Tel 01480 475022 or Parish Clerk Mrs Jenny Gellatly Tel 01480 470193.
The Connections Youth Bus will be visiting Little Paxton every Thursday evening for the next six weeks.
The Bus has been a regular feature in the village during the school summer holidays and is aimed at school year 7 and above. There are lots of activities for young people including games consoles music, karaoke, sports, internet access and a tuck shop.
Cllr John Longbottom said, 'The Youth Bus is supported by two youth workers who also provide information and advice. What's more, the bus is free'.
The first visit will be on Thursday 23rd July in the Village hall car park from 7pm - 9pm and every Thursday evening up to and including 27th August.
Little Paxton Parish Council supports & funds The Connections Bus.
WiggleWaggle class is now running at Nene Valley Community Centre on Thursday afternoons 1.30 to 3pm
In 2007, Little Paxton Parish Council Parish Council adopted a Parish Plan to help identify needs and improve existing amenities/facilities in the village. The Plan was prepared after an extensive village consultation.
This was done in conjunction with a Parish Plan Steering Group and the Parish Council. All the Action points for the 2007 Plan were completed.
Parish Clerk Jenny Gellatly said ,'The number of dwellings and population in the village has increased significantly and the 2007 Parish Plan now needs to be refreshed and updated'.
The Parish Council would like to set up a new Steering group to help achieve this. The aim of the Steering Group would be to consult with village residents by means of a questionnaire and collate the results to form a new Community Led Plan & Action Plan.
The questionnaire in 2007, which covered a broad range of issues, was delivered to every household in the village and collected a couple of weeks later. Now with modern technology, the process may be made easier.
One member of the original Parish Plan Steering group has volunteered to help with the new plan. A few more volunteers are needed to set up the Steering Group.
If you are interested in being part of the Steering Group, please contact the Clerk on Tel 01480 470193 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Little Paxton's annual village fete & Fun Dog Show will take place on Saturday 11th July on Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field.
Due to popular demand, the number of dog show classes has increased from 12 to 18 classes.
The classes include Children's Handling (14 years and under), Puppies under 1 year, Best Rescue or Re Homed Dog, Best Rescue or Re Homed Bitch, Country Sporting Dog, County Sporting Bitch, Dog or Bitch with the best trick, Dog or Bitch most like its owner, Best Condition Dog, Best Condition Bitch, Best Cross-Bred Dog, Best Cross-Bred Bitch, Most Handsome Dog, Most Prettiest Bitch, Best dog judge would most like to take home, Best bitch judge would most like to take home, Doggy Fancy Dress & Championship (winners of each class) .
Parish Clerk Jenny Gellatly said, 'Registration for the Dog Show is on the day and there is no restrictions on the number of classes than can be entered.'
The event will be remembering war time, celebrating peace and there will be a 'Make Do & Mend' theme. Stalls will be decorated with homemade bunting. Refreshments will be served in the village hall in the style of a street party reminisce of VE Day.
Peterborough Highland Pipe Band will open the event and will be followed with musical entertainment from Porterhouse Jazz 6, Little Paxton School Choir and CSD Brass.
Vice Chairman Cllr P. Chapman said 'There will be lots of stalls, games and entertainment for all ages. This year there will be three different magic show performances in the village hall'.
The event finale will be family balloon races.
At the 21st May Full Council meeting of the Little Paxton Parish Council, the Annual Report of 2014-2015 was approved. The Report summarises the Council's activities for the past twelve months.
Chairman Cllr Jean Matheson said "The Council has been very active in the past year. Village consultations have been carried out for additional litter bins and dog waste bins and two community litter picks have been organised. A plaque was unveiled to commemorate all those who gave their lives serving their country in World War 1 and two commemorative benches have also been installed''.
Parish Clerk Jenny Gellatly said' The Parish Council has been involved in many community activities from supporting other village groups to organising Paxfest and the Fun Dog Show.'
A copy of the Report is available on the Community website www. little-paxton.cambs.info. If anyone would like a copy, please contact the Clerk, Jenny Gellatly (Tel 01480 470193)