Defibrillators are now located outside the main entrance of Alston Town Hall, at Nenthead Community Shop and inside the entrance of Garrigill Village Hall, with 24 hour access. If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, dial 999 for emergency help and ask for the code for opening the defibrillator box. You will need to give the location and the postcode CA9 3RF and CA9 3DS respectively. If possible, send someone for the defibrillator whilst you stay with the person in case CPR is needed.  There are still some places left at the training session taking place on Monday, 23rd at Garrigill Village Hall.


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Alston Town Hall

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Nenthead Community Shop

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Garrigill Village Hall


Although the defibrillator speaks instructions as you use it, you are strongly advised to attend a training session in its use and how to carry out CPR. This will give you confidence and reduce stress in an emergency situation.

Two Heart Start training sessions with trainer Philippa Groves, which last about 2 hours have been arranged for:

  • Monday, 16 March 7.30pm in Alston Town Hall. Contact the Parish Clerk 01434 382076 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a place
  • Thursday, 26 March 7pm in Garrigill Village Hall. Contact Elaine Grew on 01434 382360 to book a place