Around thirty residents including councillors attended the Annual Parish Meeting, held at Lynsted Church on 25 September. Guest speakers were PC Gary Morris from Kent Police and Simon White, Instructor at HeartStart UK.
PC Morris attended on behalf of the new Beat Officer for the Teynham & Lynsted ward, PC Kirsten Jones. He explained the new policing model, which means that every Parish will have a named neighbourhood police officer to deal with on-going and long-term issues. He emphasised that, to report a non-urgent crime, the best method was online at https://www.kent.police.uk/ro/report - or via the Live Chat button on the same page. In an emergency, dial 999. PC Morris encouraged residents to sign up to My Community Voice Kent - a messaging service that keeps the community in touch with their local policing teams.
A discussion followed - with topics including speeding in the Parish, shoplifting and other anti-social behaviour, the recent air rifle incidents and inconsiderate parking.
We then had an excellent introduction to CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) by Lynsted resident Simon White. This follows the recent installation of a defibrillator at the Black Lion pub in the heart of Lynsted. Following this talk, the Parish Council has now organised a hands-on 'Heart Start' course, which will be run by Simon who is an Instructor/Leader at Heartstart UK. The course covers: heart attacks, cardiac arrest, CPR, defibrillators, choking, bleeding and recovery position and will be held on Saturday 21 October. This course is now fully booked, however residents wishing to be placed on the list for a future session should contact the parish clerk.
The evening kicked off with a presentation by Parish Council Chairman, Julien Speed, on recent PC activities. The full text can be viewed HERE