Reports-Main Meetings

4th March 2020-St. Peters Church
"Working for the BBC"-Dan Pallett

It was a joy to hear Dan so enthusiastically talking about his job as sports reporter and presenter at Midlands BBC. A lesson indeed that if you really want something, no matter how impossible it appears, just go for it!

Initially having no idea what he wanted to do as a career, it was while back-packing in South America with his then girlfriend, later to be his wife, that in conversation with a fellow traveller, he realised just how much sport meant to him. Working his way through local newspapers, including our own Worcester News and BBC Hereford and Worcester and undertaking courses in various aspects of journalism, in 2002 he landed his dream job at the BBC.

His talk was illustrated by short videos, another of his talents, of a day in the life of Midlands Today, how he covers sporting fixtures abroad and his passion, horse racing. It takes a team of ninety people to present, research, produce and film the program. The presenters write their own script, do their own make-up and arrange their own wardrobe.

Watching Midlands Today that evening, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to be thinking “I was talking to him this afternoon!”

Diana Elt, Publicity Secretary.

5th February 2020-The Green Centre
"Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation" by David Pitcher


David Pitcher is a former Consultant Cardiologist at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, President of the Resuscitation Council and Co-Chair of the ReSPECT Working Group.

Yes, I think I can safely say that we were all shocked to hear that there would be only a 7% chance of surviving a cardiac arrest unless someone intervened to start CPR immediately or attempted to restart the heart with an AED – an Automated External Defibrillator.

During an excellent and important talk, David showed us how we can be aware of how to help in an emergency when someone is unresponsive and not breathing normally following a cardiac arrest. This is not to be confused with a heart attack when the person may be conscious. He also emphasised what we can do for ourselves so that we can get the treatment we want if the need should arise.

The ‘chain of survival’ is as follows:-
1. Early recognition. Realise what is happening and act quickly
2. Person unresponsive and not breathing normally
3. Shout for help. Dial 999
4. Start CPR. If in a public place, send someone for an AED and start treatment.

Only 20% of cardiac arrest happens outside the home. Every second counts, survival rate improves enormously if CPR is administered by a bystander. It is better to try resuscitation even if you feel unsure than to stand by and do nothing. It is good to know that from this June, CPR will become part of the school curriculum.

David’s obvious passion working with the above organisations is to raise public awareness of what action we can take in an emergency, to encourage a growing network of AEDs with prominant signage. Working with ReSPECT, (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) hospitals throughout Worcestershire are now aware of patients wishes regarding their treatment. We are encouraged to have that vital conversation with our families, so that we can be sure that our wishes are both known and implemented. However, the patient who had a tatoo on the chest DO NOT RESUSCITATE and on the back PTO could be taking it a bit too far!

Please visit the web sites:- www.resus.org.uk www.ReSPECT.org.uk for further information and forms.

Diana Elt, Publicity Secretary.

20th November-The Green Centre
"Courtyard Gardens" by Adrian James

What could be better on a dismal November afternoon than to be whisked off to sunnier climes in the expert hands and camera of a true photographic and gardening expert who obviously loves his craft.

Adrian took us through the ages which led to the development of these stunning gardens around the Mediterranean and Arabia. He explained how water was obtained from the snow melt of the mountains and tunnelled and piped to where it was needed. This system was such an incredible feat of engineering in ancient times that it still works today. The holes used for the spoil and for breathing for the workers can still be seen in lines across the desert.

The gardens were created in those parched lands to satisfy the natural human craving for water, shade, greenery and rest. The earliest garden was at Pasagadae in Iran. Although it is now a ruin, the shape of it’s vast expanse with walls, rills and orchards can still be viewed. There followed the building of these Paradise gardens by successive dynasties as they swept across Arabia, Spain, North Africa and eventually to India. Probably the most well known and accessible to us is the Alhambra palace in Granada.
Adrian explained that there are actually several of these wonderful Islamic gardens here in the UK, not least his own garden, Langdale, at Offenham which he and his wife open for charity. Also Chelsea winner Cleve West; The Pant, Abergavenny; Roundhay Park, Leeds; Lister Park, Bradford; Sezincote, near Morton in Marsh which is purported to be the best Islamic garden in Europe.
To view photos visit Adrian's website: adrianjames.org.uk langdalegarden.uk