Training on the use of The Park Centre's defibrillator

On Friday 16th November, together with 7 other users of The Park Centre, Kirkintilloch, I took part as a representative of the Society in a 3 hour Basic Life Support and safe use of an Automated External Defibrillator course organised by St Andrew's First Aid.

After registration we were introduced to the topics by a combination of teaching slides and illustrations but principally by practical demonstrations using dummy torsos and a teaching model of the type of defibrillator recently installed in The Park Centre. At the end of the session we had all been given the opportunity to take part in 3 basic procedures viz cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use of the defibrillator and how to achieve the Recovery Position.

While it was apparent that these techniques required some basic knowledge and a degree of dexterity in their performance, we all felt more confident and less inhibited about our individual abilities at the end of the training course due in part to the facilities provided by The Park Centre - including a cup of tea and biscuits, and the skills of the trainer and equipment supplied by St Andrew's First Aid. Hopefully we will all have learned and achieved a Certificate. 

Thanks all round.
David Graham

Edward Z. Smith: Scotland from the air: Thursday 6th December 2018

Kirkintilloch resident Edward Z. Smith will give a presentation of photographs showing the wide diversity of historical and natural locations that exist in Scotland. 

(© E.Z. Smith)
These images were taken by him while running his aerial survey business – Hawkeye Aerial Photography, established after his previous career with John McGavigan & Co. Ltd. Travelling to photograph projects all over the UK created the opportunity to build a large archive that Edward calls ‘Capturing images on my way to and from my place of work”.

(© E.Z. Smith)
Evening meetings of the Society are at 7.30 pm in the Park Centre, 45 Kerr Street, Kirkintilloch, G66 1LF. The annual membership subscription is £10; visitors are welcome at all of the Society's activities with a donation of £3.

"Elsie Inglis - the woman who would not sit still!"

This topical drama based on the life of Dr Elsie Inglis might be of interest to members of the Society. The Dumfries House performance is sold out but there is still availability for Glasgow and Edinburgh.