Some past events in Farmoor Village Hall
Julia, Greta and I would like to express our thanks and appreciation to all the Farmoor residents who were able to attend the funeral service and to everyone who have expressed their condolences and messages of support to us over the past few weeks.
It has become very clear to us how much Harold was appreciated and respected by so many people and these kind sentiments have been a great comfort to us all during this very difficult and sad time.
Annual Barbecue in Farmoor Village Hall
Will it rain? Will it be a lovely evening? It is easy to get a bit weather-obsessed when you are planning a Village Hall event during a British summer.
Anyway, it all turned out well for our annual BBQ on 18 June. Michael, our indomitable Caretaker, and friends had put up fairylight-festooned marquees in the Hall garden, in case of rain - which didn't happen. The only problem was that recent downpours had softened the ground and there were yelps and squeals as people started to sink into the lawn. What a hoot!
Keith and Pauline Simpson have taken on the role of Village BBQ experts, producing delicious burgers and sausages; this time they were assisted by Richard Dallimore, who did very well. Evelyn and Carol were busy behind the bar serving thirsty visitors, while David demonstrated his cocktail-creating skills. As is customary, Lynn had created some very difficult table-top quizzes, one based on logos and one on food-related names. Examples: Soft Cell Band Member - Marc Almond; Comedienne & Grumpy Old Woman - Jenny Eclair. It was a really nice evening. And we made around £365, including bar sales, towards Hall funds. A big thank you to everyone who took part.
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Posh Coffee Morning in Farmoor
This year our annual coffee morning was held on 14th May and, as usual, it was a very successful event. Weather conditions are always of some concern for an event like this, but there was no need to worry. It was sunny and clear, and a good number of Farmoor neighbours and friends joined us for what turned out to be a very happy and cheerful occasion. The visitors were met by Brian and his assistant, a haughty hare, who encouraged them to give small donations.
The lack of rain was particularly nice for Evelyn who had a stall selling locally grown plants in the Hall garden. Inside there was a good trade in books, cakes and bric-a-brac. There was also the opportunity for peckish guests to sample home-made cakes with a cup of coffee or tea. The catering team (Maggie, Nikki, Dawn & Ros) were kept very busy.
Lynn Lewis ran a tombola in aid of Helen & Douglas House; the raffle managed by Carol was extremely well supported; and in the Snug members of Farmoor Photography Group exhibited some of their pictures - as usual of a high standard.
It really was a very enjoyable event, with a lovely, friendly atmosphere. And we made a very welcome £580 towards Hall funds.
A big thank you to all those who donated gifts, to the volunteers who manned the stands, and to all the visitors who helped make this another successful Farmoor event.
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Skittles at Farmoor Village Hall
Another fun night at Farmoor Village Hall on Saturday 16th April. A traditional 9 pin skittles game, won by Nicholas, followed by a 'Killer' round, closely fought by Carol and Geraldine but Geraldine finally triumphed.
Many thanks to Chris for collection and return of the equipment, Michael for setting up the hall, Carol and Eve for running the bar and Keith and Margaret for helping to run the event and all the people who did sterling work in 'the pit' resetting the pins.
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Bingo at Farmoor Village Hall
Our Easter Bingo on 19th March coincided with a major sporting event - a rugby match between England and France. So, as expected, we had a smaller number of visitors than usual but that didn't stop it being a good evening. Greg Miller, proprietor of Farmoor Village Stores and Bingo Caller Supreme, ensured that we had lots of laughs. It was great to see so many families there.
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Farmoor Defibrillator Goes Live
Our defibrillator has now been installed at the front of the Village Hall. As reported previously, it was donated to Farmoor by Can-Klean Ltd, which is owned by Ann and Clive Latham. Can-Klean provide cleaning services to several local buildings, including Farmoor Village Hall and the Old School in Cumnor. The Lathams are actively engaged in local affairs and sponsor football teams in Cumnor and Eynsham. The donation is in memory of Ann's late Father, Derek Waterfield, who passed away earlier this year.
The defibrillator was launched at a little ceremony on 25th June, which was attended by Mrs Rita Waterfield and other members of the Waterfield/Latham family across three generations. Also present were Dick Tracey and Ian Jones of South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), and a group of Farmoor residents.
Ian and Steve of SCAS have now run two well-attended training sessions in the Hall. The local people who took part were not afraid to have a go at saving some "casualties" (mannequins). The trainers had slightly different styles of presentation, but they went through the same procedural sequence, highlighting the following factors: danger; response; airway; and [normal] breathing. They explained when to call the emergency services; when to place the casualty in the recovery position; how to do CPR; and how to use the defibrillator.
The defibrillator sits in a locked cabinet, for reasons of security and proper management. (Without this measure, the appliance might be "borrowed" and not returned.) It is part of a formal network, registered with the emergency services, and once a 999 call is made, the caller is given the code needed for access. The machine is very user-friendly and gives clear voice commands. For instance, as was demonstrated at the training, if one of the pads is placed incorrectly on the casualty, the user is told how to put it right.
I would like to say a big thank-you -
- to Can-Klean and the Waterfield/Latham Family for their generous donations, which enabled us to get a defibrillator for Farmoor so quickly;
- to Farmoor neighbours for their enthusiasm and support, which demonstrated that having a defibrillator is a Good Thing; and
- to Dick Tracey ("Mr Defibrillator") and Ian Jones of SCAS, for their help, advice and guidance, which made the target easier to achieve.
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Farmoor Defibrillator: Do you need training?
We hope that there won't ever be any need to use the defibrillator, which is now in situ outside our Village Hall. However, taking part in some hands-on training does give you confidence to do so - "just in case".
South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) have run two training sessions at the Hall, both of which were well attended. They have said that they would be happy to run another one, if required.
If you missed the previous training for some reason but would like to take part, let me know and I will start a waiting list. We would need 10 to 15 people to make it worthwhile.
Tel: 01865 863888