A PENSIONER was crushed to death under her car – and lay there undiscovered for nine days, an inquest heard.
Jane Marion Lord, 76, had tried to stop the red Vauxhall Corsa from rolling down the driveway, at her home in Newcastle Emlyn.
She is believed to have died on December 21, 2016, and to have remained under the front passenger side of car until after Christmas, when a worried friend arrived – and her dog led her to the body.
The inquest in Aberystwyth heard how Miss Lord, of Penrallt Ffynnon, Cwm-cou, was last seen alive at around 7pm on December 21, when she briefly went to a party at the house of her friend Francesca Lis Ross.
Miss Ross said she first became worried about Miss Lord when she went over to her house on Friday, December 23, to give her a Christmas card, and found the door of the house locked but the car still on the drive.
“I assumed she must have gone away with a friend with a vehicle, so I left a present down at the house and left,” said Miss Ross.
Miss Ross returned to Penrallt Ffynnon with her husband and two dogs on 30 December after trying to call Miss Lord the day before.
They broke through the door of the house to check inside and searched the garden, but only found Miss Lord’s body when the dogs took an interest in the underside of the car.
PC Matthew Fraser of Dyfed-Powys Police’s forensic division described how Miss Lord had suffered crushing injuries to her shoulder and hip, and that hand marks on the car suggested she had tried to stop the car rolling down the drive before falling over and being pinned under it.
He added that the car’s handbrake was in full working order, but that the ‘three clicks’ the lever had been set at were only just enough to stop it from rolling down the driveway on most occasions.
PC Fraser said that five clicks of the handbrake would have engaged it fully, but that Miss Lord would have found it difficult to pull the lever this high.
Coroner for Ceredigion, Peter Brunton, gave a verdict of accidental death, and ruled that Miss Lord would not have survived the night of 21 December.
He said: “This was something that Miss Lord had been doing with that particular car from time to time and it had never gone wrong before, but on that evening the handbrake failed to hold.
“The evidence is quite clear that three clicks would only just hold the car on that incline and for reasons that we cannot ascertain, it rolled forward.“
He passed on his sympathies to Miss Lord’s family and friends, and added: “This is one of the those dreadful cases where if circumstances had turned out slightly differently we wouldn’t be here today.“
Energy Efficiency scheme to come to Cardigan
If you live in a cold home in the town of Cardigan, your home may be eligible for a heating upgrade, wall or loft insulation or solar panels all free of charge under Welsh Government’s Arbed scheme.
Ceredigion County Council are working in partnership with Arbed am Byth, who manage the scheme on behalf of Welsh Government, to address fuel poverty in the County by improving the energy efficiency and reducing the Carbon Dioxide emissions from our homes. Cardigan has been identified as an area for a potential scheme. This scheme is funded by Welsh Government and European Union ERDF funds.
A cold home can have a negative impact on a person’s everyday health and wellbeing. Living in an energy inefficient home tends to have higher fuel costs due to heat loss as a result of a lack of insulation. The aim of the scheme is to make homes warmer, more comfortable and more affordable to heat. This will be achieved through installing a range of appropriate energy efficiency measures.
Homes in Cardigan are currently being assessed to see if they are eligible for free energy saving measures. If your home is located within the designated boundary of the scheme and is either owner occupied or rented from a private landlord the property qualifies for a home assessment. Every home within the designated area is eligible to apply regardless of the financial situation of the residents living in the home.
During the assessment visit the surveyor will establish whether the home qualifies for energy efficiency measures and which measures may be appropriate. The assessment is free and the home owner is not under any obligation to proceed with the scheme. Following the assessment, Arbed and Byth can advise what specific measures are applicable your home.
Councillor Dafydd Edwards is the Cabinet member with responsibility for Housing. He said, “We are pleased to work in partnership with Arbed am Byth to ensure that our county’s residents live in comfortable homes. This ensures better health and wellbeing for our people. This is a good opportunity for the people of Cardigan town to take advantage of improving their homes.”
Working with Ceredigion County Council, Arbed am Byth hope to support around 150 homes through the scheme. The Managing Director of Arbed am Byth, informs us that “the Cardigan Arbed scheme is a fully funded scheme which will help residents reduce their heating bills and improve the efficiency of their homes. It is a great opportunity to get much needed help at no cost, but the scheme can only address 150 homes, so I urge residents to apply quickly.”
Delivering a home energy efficiency scheme while the coronavirus pandemic is still with us is challenging. Arbed am Byth’s Service Excellence Manager, Jordan Price said, “We have introduced very robust measures to ensure we can work safely in your home through the Covid-19 pandemic. Our assessors and installers complete daily symptom checkers, work in bubbles, wear gloves and masks at all times and sanitise regularly. They always call ahead to check nobody has symptoms before they come to your home. While in the house, they will ensure social distancing.”
For further information on the scheme contact Arbed am Byth at email@example.com or call them 03300414647.
Connect to Kindness Calendar launch
Showing acts of kindness is now more important than ever, and this is why a kindness calendar has been launched as part of the Connect to Kindness campaign in Ceredigion.
Connect to Kindness is a regional campaign that was launched in July 2020 across Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion. The campaign aims to create more understanding about the benefit and impact of kindness to ourselves and others in our community.
As part of the kindness calendar, members of the public are asked to send in their photographs, artwork, or even prose of poetry, or anything that represents kindness and its power. The chosen piece will then be included in the calendar for a particular month in 2021.
Entries can be sent in via post or e-mail and must be submitted by noon on 22 November 2020. Full details can be found at: https://connecttokindness.wales/calendar/.
Cyra Shimell, “We hope the calendar will bring some fun at this unprecedented time. It will be interesting to see peoples various interpretations of what kindness means to them. Get as creative at you like!”
If you would like more information about this campaign, visit https://www.connecttokindness.wales/. You can also take a look at the Facebook page ‘Cysylltu â Charedigrwydd Ceredigion – Connect to Kindness Ceredigion’ to see some stories of random acts of kindness.
For more details contact Cyra Shimell, Community Connector Plus Development Ceredigion on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Business offer WG help in ‘non-essential’ shopping row
- To limit the spread of the virus and allow for individual discretion, retailers will prominently display Welsh Government approved signage in front of known non-essential items and in communal areas. The signage will make clear the government’s regulation and the need to abide by it.
- This message will be reinforced through in-store announcements and social media messaging. Advising customers to put off non-essential purchases
- We recommend the individual customer is trusted to make their own decision as to whether a product is non-essential or not, taking into account the notices displayed throughout the store and their immediate needs
- If the customer goes ahead with the purchase of the item the final liability ought to rest with the customer
- Retailers will remove special in-store promotional displays of non-essential items in order to minimise browsing and avoid triggering a non-essential purchase.
- These recommendations would mean non-essential items are not removed from shelves – or cordoned off in stores – but large notices are placed in front of the products and in communal spaces informing customers of the Welsh Government’s regulations and the Welsh public are trusted to make the right decision.
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