The installation of a defibrillator at the White Horse pub in Stourpaine adds to the facilities available at the local hostelry which already incorporates a shop, outreach post office twice weekly, and an annual open air stage in its car park.
On Saturday and Sunday the Shooting Stars Theatre Company, featuring Joe Sargent, son of the pub landlord Chris Sargent, gave two entertaining performances of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’.
The previous week, parish council chairman Scott Norman was joined by fellow parish Councillor Peter Partridge to unveil the defibrillator, which has been financed by the parish council together with the Pub is the Hub’s Community Asset Fund.
Mr Norman said: “We have had bad experiences with four hour waits for an ambulance in the village, so decided we should get one, and Chris said he would be happy to have it installed.
“The electronics were done by Tony Newland of AJN Electrical Dorset Ltd.Mr Partridge, who gave a demonstration to Mr Sargent’s staff at the pub, said: “We are now offering training sessions to give people the confidence to use the equipment which is very simple to operate. If it detects a healthy heart rate it won’t shock, but if it detects a fibrillating heart rate it will. There is no danger of mis-use, and the machine gives audible step by step instructions on its operation.”