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Postie notes calm Filby's 999 fears

PUBLISHED: 19:28 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:45 30 June 2010

Pat Bell (right) who has created an address map of Filby after a doctor on an emergency call got lost. Also picture is parish council vice-chairman Adrian Thompson

Pat Bell (right) who has created an address map of Filby after a doctor on an emergency call got lost. Also picture is parish council vice-chairman Adrian Thompson

CONCERNS were raised after a late-night medic couldn't locate a village home to treat someone suffering a suspected heart attack.

Now, only days after the incident, a map of Filby is in place to guide the emergency services to the homes, many of which are unnumbered, and have names.

CONCERNS were raised after a late-night medic couldn't locate a village home to treat someone suffering a suspected heart attack.

Now, only days after the incident, a map of Filby is in place to guide the emergency services to the homes, many of which are unnumbered, and have names.

The situation was taken parish council vice chairman Adrian Thompson and three weeks ago an appeal for help with a map was launched in the Village Life pages of The Mercury. Within a day of the appeal being published one resident came forward to use her knowledge to help.

Pat Bell, 69, has lived in Filby for 45 years and was able to put a book long since stashed away would come to the village's aid.

She said: “I used to work as a stand-in for my daughter, who has been a post girl for the village for 22 years, so during her holidays I would sort the post and deliver it to the area.”

And Mrs Bell realised the pages and pages of house names she had written down might have a new use.

She said: “I am probably the only one in Filby with all the details, and when I read the piece in the paper I got in contact straight away.

“There are so many buildings that have been built in over the last years, and when I'm out in my garden or walking down the road I often see people looking lost and I try and give them directions.”

Mrs Bell spent eight hours typing up and printing out her notes and pasting them onto a home-made road map over four sheets of card before handing them over to Mr Thompson.

The plan is now due to be brushed up by graphic designer Luke Rumbelow and then sent over to the emergency services.

They will also be placed prominently in the front window of Filby Post Office and illuminated 24-hours a day for those unfamiliar with the area. Versions will be sold from the post office for £1 each.

Mr Thompson said: “We had the idea of selling the maps as well to help towards our effort to raise money towards the £250,000 needed for building a new village hall, for which we have so far raised £60,000.

“We try and make things as hands-on as possible here, and so far the feedback for our idea has been positive.”

“From putting out the appeal to getting a map in order it has only been three weeks, and if it helps someone find their way then that is brilliant.”

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