A life-saving piece of kit will soon be available to villagers in Ropsley and the surrounding area thanks to a real effort by the community.
A defibrillator will be installed at Ropsley MOT Centre, so that if anyone in the area falls ill with heart troubles, they have a better chance of survival. Many villages in the Grantham area and beyond have set about similar projects as they look out for their community. And community spirit in Ropsley is strong, said villager Jane Arundel, who is one of those repsonsible to setting up the scheme. She said: “It’s extremely important that the community has this facility available. I’m pleased with the support, it has brought everyone together.” Money to acquire the defibrillator was raised through the regular quiz at the Green Man pub and the annual Harvest Auction. Together, they have raised almost £1,550 towards it. The auction has been going for around 30 years. Lots this year included pies donated by a local baker, cakes, meat and chutneys from local farmers and villagers, a turkey dressed for dinner, and a tractor bucket load of logs. The village now associates the Harvest Auction with auctioneer Terry Fytche, who has undertaken the role for the past few years. He said: “The money we have raised we keep for local things like the school, church, playschool and the football club.” Villager Fran Vaughan said of the auction: “An enjoyable evening was had by all, in congenial company and sipping good ale. And the generous bids helped to raise a praiseworthy total. “The Harvest Auction has taken place annually and over the years has benefited numerous worthy causes, event the football team. “In past years, the quiz team fund helped to refurbish the cemetery pond and sponsored a dog for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. “Ropsley thanks all who participated during 2013 and landlords Pete and Jane and their staff at the Green Man for hosting these events.”