The beating heart of the community comes together in Milton Keynes

Posted 9th March 2021

Traditionally, the local pub has always been the beating heart of the community, so it’s fitting that the patrons of The Nags Head in Great Linford banded together to raise funds for a defibrillator in the village.

The pub regulars have always been a generous sort, having previously made presentations to other charities including the Rotary Swimathon, but in 2018 landlord Mic Jackson and late resident Alan Senior got cracking on this new focus.

“There is always a good spirit in the Nags Head, and the regulars felt this was the next step to support the area. We realised it was a local commitment and we could see the benefit of the defibrillator to all groups, families and organisations,” said coordinator John Glackin.

“The Nags Head held a monthly quiz, which was always packed out, and other contributions helped to swell the fund. It was a real community effort,” John added.

Great Linford Parish Council (GLPC) is supporting the project, and will help to take care of the ongoing maintenance charges for the defibrillator. The piece of equipment, which can help return a heart to its normal working state if it goes into cardiac arrest, has been installed at the Marsh Drive Sports Ground Pavilion.

“We are proud of our community and its can-do attitude, and were thrilled by the success of this fundraising, and only too keen to support the sterling efforts of everyone involved,” said Eirwen Tagg, GLPC Parish Manager.

“This is a brilliant example of the way that everyone in Great Linford pulls together for the betterment of our area.”

Stony Stratford Lions Club stepped up with a significant donation: “A new extension has been built at the pavilion and the area is well used. When the sports area opens up again it will be a great asset,” said Christopher Coolen, Great Linford resident and fundraising chairman with SSLC, “We were proud to do it.”

Ward councillors Jane Carr and Martin Petchey also donated £500 each.

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is to be kind and look after one another, and that’s a common trait at the pub, which is currently working in union with Great Linford’s Little Bookshop and the Community Fridge to provide free food for residents during these difficult times.

“The Nags Head brings people together, in good times and bad, and we are proud to do our bit. Now that we have the first defibrillator installed, there’s always the chance to put more into the village,” John added.

“It will be good to get back on track when normality creeps in.”