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by | Feb 10, 2020

St.Luke’s Church Defibrillator

In December 2018, one of our well respected members, Christopher Hey passed away.
Both he and his wife Margaret were very popular members of the Group.
Margaret requested that donations to Bolton Cardiac Support Group be made in lieu of flowers and that the money raised be used to purchase a public defibrillator for use in the local community.
Christopher was born in Bolton and grew up in his parents newsagents shop on Chorley Old Road and continued working in the shop after he left school, after he and Margaret got married they took over the shop and continued to run the business until they retired in the year 2002.
Both Christopher and Margaret were very well known in the local area and St. Luke’s Church large part of their life.
For this reason, Margaret thought it would be a fitting tribute to Christopher and also great benefit to the local community if the defibrillator was installed on the wall of the Church.
This was duly installed and Margaret distributed leaflets to all the local shops advising them of the new defibrillator installation and also a training session she had arranged in the use of it.
The photographs above show the defibrillator in position together with a plaque in Christopher’s memory and also a copy of the leaflet which Margaret distributed.


2019 Members and Carers outing

In August, 24 members and partners/carers took to the water and went on a 3 hour cruise along the Leeds/Liverpool Canal from the Boatyard at Riley Green near Chorley. During the cruise we enjoyed a delicious buffet, this together with the bar made for a very relaxing Saturday afternoon. Several of the photographs from the day can been found in the GALLERYsection of the website.

January 2020 Meeting

Over 40 members packed the meeting room for the first meeting of the new year. The speaker for the meeting was Dr. Tony Ashworth, a Cardiologist from Royal Bolton Hospital. His presentation was entitled ‘Know Your Pulse‘ in which he talked about Arrhythmias and Atrial Fibrillation both concerning rhythms.
The presentation was very informative and many questions were asked by the members at the end.
Thank you once again Dr. Ashworth.

Several photographs of the talk can be found in the GALLERY section of the website.


 February 2020 Meeting

 Despite the awful weather, 30 members turned up to listen to a non medical talk entitled “The Staff of Life“. This presentation was all about breadmaking and given by David Tomlinson a retired emplyee of Warburtons Bakery here in Bolton. David gave us an indepth history of how Warburtons grew from the humble beginnings of a small bakery on Blackburn Road in 1876  to todays largest bakery in Britain. David went on to detail the science involved in breadmaking for the large number of different types of loaves now available and the worldwide sourcing and purchasing of the different wheats required. we then learned some facts about breadmaking and Warburtons bakery:

The business started in the 1950’s and has grown steadily since then, last years turnover was £550 million with 15 factories across the country employing 5,000 people, it is one of the top 10 employers in the country. Other general facts about bread, it has been made with the same ingredients for 10,000 years, we eat approx 60 million loaves each week and wheat is grown all over the world

 We were also told how the meanings of “Upper Crust” and “Bakers Dozen” came about, all bread related.

One of our members, Norman Baisbrown recently celebrated his 95th birthday, so the committee decided that as the meeting was bakery related, it would be  appropriate to present him with a Birthday Cake, during the end of meeting question time, our Treasurer Alan, asked a fictional question relating to how short a time it would take to bake a cake, and as if by magic Norman’s cake appeared.   

A few photographs of the evening are posted on the GALLERY of the website.