Welcome to Heckington.com the Community Website for the Lincolnshire village of Heckington, bringing you all that's great about the village.
On this site you will find useful links to local traders, organisations and groups that will showcase what Heckington has to offer to its residents and visitors alike, proving that Heckington is a great place to visit and an even greater place to live!
We hope you will visit us soon!
The Heckington Village Magazine is a monthly publication packed with local news, events and competitions. It is available to buy from several shops in the village. (If you are a non resident and would like a copy of the Heckington Village Magazine, please contact us and we will provide you with details of how you can get your copy.)
Latest Heckington News
The North Kesteven amateur photography competition is open to all ages.
Are you a budding photographer? Or just love the outdoors? Capture what you love about NK in North Kesteven District Council’s first ever amateur photography competition. Is there something in your village or maybe your favourite place to visit; we want to capture the distinctive character of North Kesteven from its heritage and history to its diverse landscapes and communities.
The competition is now open!
Closing date for all entries is Friday 3 July 2015.
Winning entries will be featured in our NEW calendar that will be available from November 2015. First prize will also include an opportunity to spend half a day with a professional photographer. Please note photographs must be taken within North Kesteven.
For regular updates of what’s happening in North Kesteven follow us on Twitter @Discover_NK or find us on Facebook /heartoflincs. Alternatively visit www.heartoflincs.com
Heckington Area Voluntary Car Service
For your transport needs - phone 01529 460809
The HAVCS operates within the Parishes of Heckington, Great Hale, Little Hale, Helpringham, Kirkby la Thorpe, Ewerby and Evedon.
The service is available to any person living within this catchment area who requires transport for any MEDICAL purpose and cannot reasonably use public transport.
The HAVCS will deliver prescriptions to those who are are too ill to collect their prescriptions from the surgeries or chemists.
The HAVCS will arrange transport to hospitals for close relatives to enable them to visit in patients.
To arrange transport for any medical purpose telephone 01529 460809. This number is staffed between 8.30am and 10am weekday mornings. At all other times use the answerphone to leave your requirements and a co-ordinator will get back to you.
Heckington LIVES First Responder Group
Heckington First Responders is now in its sixth year of operating and currently has 6 active responders.
When a “999″ call is made within the responders local area, the Ambulance Service despatch an Emergency Ambulance as normal to the scene. At the same time they will contact the First Responder who is on-duty, due to their location they can often arrive first on the scene and begin to treat the patient by:
Giving oxygen therapy
Clearing and controlling the airway of an unconscious patient
Providing resuscitation and defibrillation
Controlling any bleeding
Making them feel more comfortable and at ease
Taking basic observations
Reassuring worried relatives and taking charge of the situation
Using local knowledge to ensure that the Ambulance can find the location
First Responders are primarily called to “Category A” emergency calls. These are 999 calls which have been deemed “Serious and/or life threatening”. Therefore these calls require medical help to arrive as quickly as possible. “Category A” calls are usually where the patient is suffering from some of the following:
Signs of Cardiac arrest
Unconsciousness and Collapse
Chest pains (e.g. heart attacks and acute angina)
Breathing difficulties (e.g. asthma)
Diabetic emergencies (e.g. hypoglycemia)
Fitting or convulsions (e.g. epilepsy)
Anaphylaxis (allergic reaction)
Given that more than 70% of sudden cardiac arrests occur out of hospital, the ability of local First Responders to get to a patient quickly and administer basic life support until the Ambulance Service arrives is vital, especially in rural areas where an Ambulance cannot always reach the scene straight away.
The Heckington Group had 285 callouts in the last 12 months, of which 251 were first on scene. This means that 88.1% of the time Heckington First Responders arrive before the ambulance crew. We even sometimes get called out to ‘out of area’ emergencies too with trips to Sleaford and Ruskington. This perfectly illustrates how important we are to our community.
As always our community has supported us with a passion this year and has kept donations coming in from local clubs, associations & businesses alike. These generous and kind donations are what keep the group alive, along with the invaluable time and effort given by the voluntary responders themselves.
Our training meetings are usually held on the first Monday of every month at Arion Training in Sleaford. We are lucky enough to have two excellent group trainers who between them keep our training varied and very interesting. If you feel you’d like to become a LIVES Responder please get in touch with your local group or through HQ which is based in Horncastle – www.lives.org.uk