Letter of the week - Be tolerant of prayer centre

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

I was intrigued by the comments made regarding the creation of a Muslim prayer centre in the Devizes Gazette & Herald last week.

Work to fight ebola

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

I joined many residents from Calne in the audience of the BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions programme last Friday evening. I wanted to know the panel’s opinions on how best to tackle the ebola outbreak which many experts predict will soon reach these shores.

Watch your back

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

Claire Perry MP seems to continue to bury her head in the sand over the wishes of her electorate for a vote on leaving the EU before the next general election. To suggest that a referendum on this matter, in a coalition government, is undeliverable, is pure nonsense. Her naïve attitude indicates either a lack of Parliamentary experience, which is true, or a reluctance to sacrifice her parliamentary career. Notwithstanding that, she needs to read more closely the terms of EU Treaty obligations, which render impossible the renegotiation and repatriation of EU powers.

Great spirit in ‘slums’

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

I would like to reply to two letters in the Gazette & Herald.

Why move meetings?

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

The people who run Wiltshire Council have just taken a large step to distance themselves even further from the people who pay their allowances and salaries, and vote for them (or not, as the case may be).

Spare few bob for us

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

As I was walking home from my allotment in Quaker’s Walk, a lady loaded down with shopping coming towards me tripped over a raised manhole cover and fell face first onto the road. With the help of another young chap, I managed to get her to her feet and patted the blood from her bruised face and hands.

Swipe was predictable

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

How sad that Claire Perry MP should sour the brilliant co- operation between Prospect Hospice and Great Western Hospital to open the hospice’s outpatient centre at Savernake Hospital (October 9).

Path would lose charm

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

Last Tuesday’s Devizes Town Council meeting was invited to consider the first stage in the re-development of the canal towpath from the Coate Road Bridge to the bottom of the Caen Hill flight.

Town’s a special place

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

For the last 25 years Marlborough people have supported us whole-heartedly in the various businesses we have run from Moran’s in London Road in Marlborough. For this we say a huge thank you.

Can you help us out?

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Carol singing at the Rising Sun pub raised £400 for Doorway

3:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

Friends of Doorway would like to thank everyone who donated to our recent street collections.

Letter of the week - Delivery causes traffic jams

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

For many months now an unmarked lorry parks outside the Lemon Plaice fish and chip shop in Southbroom Road in Devizes making a delivery. This entails parking in one lane feeding the roundabout onto London Road but also restricting the flow from the roundabout of Nursteed Road and Southbroom Road.

Do the youth matter?

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

Your feature, in last week’s edition, on the cuts Wiltshire Council have made to youth cervices in the county made interesting reading. While Wiltshire Council, and indeed all local councils are having to reduce their services, because of the severe budget cuts imposed by central government, it does seem very sad indeed that they have chosen to cut youth services so severely, when they should be investing in our young people.

Point anger elsewhere

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

The Independent newspaper on September 21 included a post Scottish independence referendum analysis.

We need devolution

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

Now the Scottish people have rejected independence and are going to get even further devolved powers, it is time for English regions to be given proper devolution too. Possibly a Wessex regional assembly could be included as part of the package.

I’d love your votes

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Guide Dogs Fundraising event

6:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

There have been a few problems with the online voting for the Guide Dogs of the Year Awards and the voting now ends on October 13.

Check your benefits

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

An increase to the National Minimum Wage, which came into effect this week, is certainly a welcome boost for low-income workers struggling to make ends meet.

You’re having a laugh

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

When I read Anne Richards’ review of the Marlborough last week I had to check my calendar to check that it wasn’t April 1! £8.50 for a scotch egg, I think they saw Mrs Richards coming!

Join singing sessions

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

The wonderful Grenville Jones of the Bath Male Choir fame is launching his second Oldies session in Devizes on October 23.

Waste bins are danger

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

The refreshing sight of a local traveller removing a television set (which was dumped over four months ago) from a lay-by in the Maltings in Royal Wootton Bassett has prompted me to write regarding the aforementioned layby which was originally intended for parking cars.

Original Green is lost

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

I read that Robert Hill died a while ago, the founder and owner of the Hills Group.

Action on flooding

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

October has seen torrential rain cut our Indian summer short. As a water engineer I know about the life-giving power of water. I also know of its destructive power too.

Keep letters coming

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 12th October 2014

I was very interested in reading Mr Hayter’s letter of September 18 regarding the mention of the slums in the book Devizes Through Time.

Youth group launches

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

10:00am Thursday 9th October 2014

As we know currently in Wiltshire the youth service is undergoing major changes and reductions.

Nominate star worker

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

The National Autistic Society is calling on local people affected by autism to nominate individuals and services that have made a difference to their lives for the third annual Autism Professionals Awards.

Sales aid helicopter

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

Thanks to all the people who helped to make the car boot sales in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance on Marlborough Common such a success.

Oppose fracking plan

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

The Government has just concluded a public consultation on fracking. This included the possibility of allowing drilling for fracking to extend up to 300 metres under private property without the consent of the owner. More than 40,000 responses were received and it seems that more than 99 per cent (yes, really) opposed this particular proposal. So what does the Coalition government now intend to do? Go ahead as planned, taking no notice. Small wonder people are disillusioned with public consultations and party politics.

Air fire merger views

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

On October 20 a public consultation on a matter that is literally one of life and death ends. The consultation is on the merging of Wiltshire and Dorset Fire Services.

Celebrate new unit

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

For those readers of the Marlborough Gazette & Herald last week, who were confused by the headline “Joy as cancer unit moves to site in town”, perhaps I could clarify one or two points. Friends of Savernake Hospital supported the charity Hope for Tomorrow and a mobile chemotherapy unit had regularly been stationed at Savernake Hospital to treat patients where possible. Many local organisations have raised money for this excellent cause. This service commenced in May 2013, although there have been breaks due to technical hitches.

Letter of the week - Win was truly a team effort

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

Following the success of Marlborough in Bloom as reported in last week’s Gazette & Herald, I would like to publicly record my thanks to all those who worked so hard to achieve this welcome but totally unexpected success.

Letdown for young

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

I listened to the young people of Pewsey speaking on Wiltshire Radio regarding their concerns as to where they could meet up when The Shak closes.

Archbishop dropped in

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

It was good to read the coverage in the Gazette & Herald about the Archbishop of Canterbury’s visit to Malmesbury on September 13 but it was disappointing that there was no mention about the Archbishop’s visit to Chippenham on the same day.

Thanks for support

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

I wish to thank the following people following the Macmillan Big Coffee Morning on Friday: Elaine at the West End Club for the use of its lounge bar as the venue; Michelle, manager of Greggs bakery and café in Chippenham, for donating the delicious cakes; the deputy Mayor and Mayoress David and Jill Powell for their support and attendance; Jim Hall for the braces of partridge for the raffle; Diane Coles and Susan Gough for their help and everyone who attended and donated money including Conservative parliamentary candidate for Chippenham, Michelle Donelan.

Stamp out this neglect

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

Recently my attention at Wiltshire Council has turned from the failures of its major contractor Balfour Beatty to the more pressing matter of adult social care. Through the steady and focused work of a scrutiny task group, grass cutting, road maintenance, and so on, has noticeably improved. Whereas we are now starting to see more heart-rending failures, at times involving cruelty and neglect, in the provision of social care to the most vulnerable in our community.

Blind to wider effect

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 5th October 2014

Your correspondent demonstrates a very shortsighted view of this form of renewable energy (Promote good practice, September 18).

Letter of the week - Open up precinct for buses

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Chippenham passengers leaving the bus station are often inconvenienced by sitting in stationary traffic while the bus has to go all around the houses (Gladstone Road, Avenue La Fleche, Bridge roundabout and Bath Road) just to reach the bottom of the High Street.

Cold calls must stop

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Last night (September 22) I received a cold call from Brian Mathew, Liberal Democrat candidate for North Wiltshire, inviting me to a Liberal Democrat presentation in Yatton Keynell.

Well done on stance

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

A huge well done to our Devizes constituency MP, Claire Perry, on her robust and independent line on cool analysis being needed now in the aftermath of the Scottish Referendum (last week’s Gazette & Herald, and elsewhere), rather than more quick fixes.

Attack was ill-timed

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

On the day Scottish voters made their historic decision to stay in the UK, James Gray MP launched an extraordinary ‘little Englander’ media attack on David Cameron, including in his Gazette & Herald column.

Remember disaster

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

HMS Bulwark, Albion & Centaur Association are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the disaster of HMS Bulwark which blew up and sank in 1914.

Leader evaded query

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

On the morning of the Tour of Britain, I listened to an interview with Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott on BBC Wiltshire Radio.

I did not oppose plan

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

It was suggested in your last correspondence column by Dr Brian Mathew (‘Promote good practice’, letters, September 18) that I had opposed the solar plan application at Sandridge Vale near Seend.

Thanks for cat food

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came to the boot sale at Sainsbury’s car park. It was a good day and I made £12 (that’s two packets of cat food).

Reporting must be fair

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

Thank you for publishing the pictures and write-up last week on the Seagry Spitfire memorial.

Libraries need quiet

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

12:00am Sunday 28th September 2014

Who designed and approved a library with no doors and placed beside a noisy cafeteria and a climbing wall just outside the library entrance?

Free fare is essential

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

I absolutely agree with Don Jones about the importance of buses to the commuter.

OAPs do pay tax

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 28th September 2014

I was a bit taken aback when I read the comments of Don Jones of CAMRA in last week’s My Word column. Sadly he is so far of the mark that not only is he talking ‘balderdash’ but it is inaccurate balderdash.

Letter of the week - Praise for early bird cleaners

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

How many volunteers does it take to make carnival fortnight in Pewsey a success?

Crystal ball please

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

On the radio and in her column, Claire Perry, says that “turn up and travel” is responsible for overcrowding on trains. She wants us to book in advance.

Promote good practice

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Letter: They’ll always find a way

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

James Gray has been banging the drum yet again against renewable energy on local radio and in the press.

Breathe life into town

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

6:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

I hope that local residents have seen in this paper, on my local leaflets, website, surveys and letters that I have been campaigning hard for a reduction in Chippenham’s parking charges.


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