VILLAGE NEWS: North Kelsey

VIC Parrock from the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance was the speaker at this month’s meeting of North Kelsey WI.

Members were surprised to find out that the idea for the service came from Lincolnshire farmers who realised there was a need.

The original helicopter used (BO 105) was designed on a paper napkin by two men in China and was built in Turkey, but the service is now on its third helicopter, which is able to fly at night, with more medical staff and room for a family member of the patient.

The helicopter is hired, so maintenance comes free. It is based at RAF Waddington and has approximately 40/50 call outs a month.

The service relies on donations, lottery, its nine shops and grants etc, for funding and is not helped by the Government.

Yet again, Margaret Smith won the competition, with a child’s paper windmill this time. Bridgete Clarke won the flower of the month with a blue agapanthus.

The meeting in September will be an open evening, when David Marsden will be giving a talk entitled A Roman Legionnaire, Then and now. Family and friends will be welcome.