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CPR – courtesy of Medscape

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest. Wikipedia

Lowick Live will be publishing a longer article about this, and the use of emergency defibrillators shortly.

It is accepted that the best way to keep a patient alive after what appears to be a heart attack is CPR, and a call to 999

There will be a CPR training event on 13th February 6 -7.30 pm at Lowick Village Hall. If you don’t know how to administer CPR, please attend.


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Events in Bowsden and Fenwick, our neighbours and friends, are covered in NEWSLETTERS edited by Harry Wilson & Colin Wakeling. Lowick.Live posts these on its pages as they are published as PDFs for you to open and read – in case you do not receive a copy yourself.

Bowsden Bugle February 2020 v2


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Here are the newsletters for our first school, for January.

Newsletter 31.01.20


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Road closure for bridge maintenance – strip back and rebuild Hettonburn Bridge

We have received notice of an amendment to Temporary Traffic Regulation Order: 115538842 C37 Hetton House JCN To Bill Law JCN

Details are now as follows; C37 Hetton House Junction To Bill Law Junction Wooler

The order is valid 06/01/2020-06/07/2020

Road is expected to be closed 17/02/2020-24/04/2020


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LOOK OUT! The Golden Guide for Over 50s is out again!
This popular FREE guide for Northumberland is well known for information on activities, clubs and social groups across Northumberland. This year there’s a section on Social Prescribing to explain how this new approach can help improve your wellbeing.
Readers also discover how to find expert advice on their health, home security and social care. There’s money and consumer advice on scams, plus Friendship schemes to help reduce loneliness.
New things to do include Printmaking, Bridge Club, Sewing and Sword-dancing.

Ask for a copy from…
Libraries; Northumbria Healthcare Care teams; Age UK; Alzheimer’s Society; Carers’ Northumberland; Healthwatch; Royal Voluntary Service; British Red Cross; Citizens Advice; Golden Age Forum; Prudhoe Over 50s Forum.

GP surgeries – ask the Link Workers or Practice Nurses; also selected Boots Pharmacies.

Postal copy
If you can’t get out or can’t find a copy – ring Age UK Northumberland on 01670 784800 and they will post one out to you free.

The full edition is also online at http://www.goldenguide.org.uk

For all enquiries please contact either: Heather Alabaster, 0191-386 5918, or email heather@goldenguide.org.uk


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LOWICK CONNECT is an initiative started before Christmas which now has members from Lowick, Bowsden and Fenwick. Here Jane Pannell describes its aims and how it intends to go forward,

The plan is to increase the sense of community withinour villages and between them, reducing the isolation and loneliness and making ours a friendly and welcoming place to visit and stay.

To do this, we’re planning
1. A directory that can be hand-delivered by a friendly face to newcomers to the area and which will be available in hard copy at key places within the area – church, shop, pubs, village halls. Accommodation providers might use the directory as part of their bedroom browser packs.
2. We‘re collecting information to support and offer help to people in our settlements who need it – on discharge from hospital, when unwell etc
3. And a current and potentially acute issue is that of weather.

As well as two visits to Lowick Parish Council meetings, we’ve been to Bowsden Parish Council and we’ll be visiting Kyloe Parish Council shortly. Its important that we cover the whole of the area as far as we can – all the outlying steadings and hamlets etc.
We need a phased approach – gathering and collating of information is no mean task! And new things keep coming up. And without the input of villagers and others, we’re sure to get something wrong! So, we’ll welcome ideas and suggestions from anyone from any of the three villages.
On the 16th January, we held an open meeting about the Snow Plan and a big thank you to Philip and Wendy Hanson who took fliers to every household in the three villages. Mark Mather explained the arrangements that are in place to clear snow and spread grit and where the priority routes are. He also explained the County Council’s offer of support for snow wardens who are registered with them – gloves, hats with torches, shovels and grit, hi-vis jackets etc. And Mark suggested approaches if there’s an emergency and someone needs an ambulance.
We’ve listings of people who can
a. Collect prescriptions from surgeries and the village shop
b. Cook a soup or stew for someone stuck without ability or resources for hot food
c. Visiting to make sure people are ok – clearly its best if neighbours can do this, but we do have people with DBS checks who are willing
d. Dog walking
e. Going shopping for people etc, using 4×4 vehicles
Please let us know if you’d like to be added to one of these lists.

Our next step is to hold a further meeting in February focussing on using the defibrillator and CPR – after all, how many of us know or can remember how to use these methods and kit? And we’ll make this another opportunity to gather information. Look out for posters in all the usual places.
And beyond that, we’ll be working on the directory and it’ll eventually be on each village’s web site and hard copies in obvious places.
We hope that in all this work, we continue to have your support?
Contact: Jane Pannell – jane.pannell51@btinternet.com