Letters to the Mercury - 3 August 2012

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Skamp’s Fawlty Towers had 
us all in stiches

MEMORIES of TV in the latter part of the 20th century came flooding back to the audience last Friday and Saturday when Skamp, South Kesteven Acting Musical Players presented their version of Fawlty Towers in the United Reformed Church Hall in Stamford.

This was when comedy TV was suitable for all the family, and this particular episode about the lack of hygiene in the hotel (principally caused by Manuel (the waiter’s) pet rat had the audience in stitches.

It would be invidious really to single out particular characters, but Sybil, Nicola Sandall, (an absolute double of Prunella Scales, both in manner and looks) deserved high praise, as did Basil (Andrew Cleaver) and Manuel (Dave Middleton) And the rat! How did he run across the stage?

The audience (comfortably seated round tables) had their drinks and cakes included in the ticket price and the money raised in the raffle was divided between show costs and the mayor’s charities for 2012, the Lincs Air Ambulance and Stamford Air Training Cadets. Nicola Sandall, one of the players is the mayor’s daughter.

This most enjoyable show was directed by Sharon Middleton.

Stamford is really fortunate in the wealth of entertainment on offer to suit all tastes.

On a more serious note on Thursday evening in St John’s Church, the Stamford Mercury Archive Trust presented Music and Society in Early 18th Century Stamford.

This was to celebrate the tercentenary of the foundation of the Stamford Mercury newspaper.

The presenters John Smith and Philippa Massey pointed out that in early days the paper did not report much local news, but rather national happenings, and the evening’s entertainment consisted of commentary of news of the time and appropriate musical accompaniment provided by Bridget Howarth (soprano), Fergus Black (organ and harpsichord), Roger Stimson (violin) and Felicity Horseman (cello).

The large, appreciative audience were served liquid refreshments in the interval and were able to appreciate the setting, the lovely St John’s Church.

The editor, Eileen Green, voiced thanks to the performers.

SHEILA BLANKLEY

(Former employee in the 1950s of the Mercury)

Arran Road, Stamford

Maintenance at the cemetery

In response to the letter, “Why did we lose our local cemetery workforce?” I would like to clarify some inaccuracies.

One of the two council cemetery staff still works for CGM at the cemetery.

“What about local jobs for local people?” All the staff who work at the cemetery are locals who live within one mile of it, except one who lives eight miles away.

To say they do not care is hurtful, especially since some also have close relatives buried at the cemetery.

It takes far longer than one day to mow the entire cemetery. It has never been the case even prior to takeover in May.

The wet weather has not always prevented machines taking to the grass, however, it has increased the speed at which the grass grows in between mowings. We are continually playing “catchup”.

Maintenance at the cemetery is undertaken in accordance with the contract requirements set down by Stamford Town Council.

We welcome constructive criticism and concerns from members of the public.

Tom Tree

Landscape and General Manager, CGM Ltd,

West Dereham, Norfolk

IT’S about time someone complained about the state of Stamford Cemetery.

The contractors who do the work there should have more respect for the people who are buried there and for their relatives who visit.

We purchased a mower especially to keep Mum’s grave looking nice. My husband goes there most weeks to cut the grass as well as cutting several graves around ours, while my sister and I tend to the flowers. But the contractors still seem to make a mess on it, when there is no need to go near Mum’s grave.They must be blind not to see it has already been cut.

The bad weather is no excuse, they can stand about in it, but not work in it.

MRS J MANTON

Abderdeen Close, Stamford

Dedication of youth leaders

I am writing to bring to your attention the recent awards evening for the Teenzone Junior Leaders at Christchurch.

I had the pleasure of attending and watching junior leaders being rewarded for their impressive skills and dedication at Teenzone.

It was most heartwarming to watch these people collecting their awards. Clearly I have a vested interest in Teenzone, as it is my son along with the other leaders who bring this amazing youth facility to the young people of Stamford.

I understand how much dedication it takes from the leaders to make Teenzone such a welcoming and accessible place, and to see other enthusiastic young people reflecting this dedication too is refreshing, boding well for the future. I am sure the young people who attend Teenzone gain much from it, and will be able to enjoy taking advantage of all that the Snap festival will bring at the end of August, as will any other person who attends. What a wonderful event for the youth of the area.

CHRIS RIGBY

Aberdeen Close, Stamford

Messages of thanks

MAY I through the Mercury letters page, thank the good samaritan who left a note on the windscreen of my car, parked in Morrison’s car park last week, telling me I had a puncture in the car’s off-side rear tyre.

I had not been aware of this, but knowing about the problem enabled me to drive slowly and safely home to my local garage. Had I not known I hate to think what might have happened.

So a big thank you to my unknown benefactor, I really appreciated your thoughtful action.

MRS A JONES

Granville Avenue,Northborough

MAY we through the auspices of the Mercury thank all the people who supported our Strawberry Tea in aid of Each, (East Anglia Children’s Hospices).

Thanks also to all who helped me on the day.

We had a really good time together and a great result raising £1020 for this really good cause.

ANDREW and HEATHER BIRD

Radcliffe Close, Stamford