Letters to the Mercury - 9 September 2011

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Committee allowances

I would like to draw the attention of your readers to the possibility of misinterpreting the notice about South Kesteven District Council members’ allowances placed in the Mercury on August 26.

The notice suggests that the co-opted members of the standards committee receive £549 per annum.

This sum was a recommendation of the Independent Remuneration Panel and payable from May 1, 2011. The reality is that co-opted members receive no such allowance and claim only their travelling expenses.

I should add that co-opted members include several parish councillors who work on a voluntary basis and their contribution to the complex work of the Standards Committee is much appreciated by me.

Chris Holtom

Chairman, South Kesteven District standards committee, Bourne

Pat on back for pupils

As the shadow executive for children and young people and the opposition spokesman on education at Lincolnshire County Council I would like to congratulate all pupils at all schools in Stamford on their achievements in the recent A-level and GCSE examinations. They are a credit to their parents and all the staff who work so hard to help them.

It is pleasing to note the number of pupils at Queen Eleanor who met the government target of five A* to C grades including English and Maths.

It is also noteworthy that 68 per cent of the 50 pupils in receipt of an Lincolnshire County Council scholarship to Stamford Endowed Schools achieved five A*/A grades including English and Maths (an increase of eight per cent on last year).

Well done also to those three former Queen Eleanor pupils who completed their A-levels at the endowed schools and between them achieved six B one C, one D and one E grades.

Those 49 county council scholarship pupils also performed well gaining 81 per cent A* to B grades in their A-levels.

I wish them all every success in whatever future they may choose to follow.John Hicks

Drift Road, Stamford

Homes for our people

WHETHER we like it or not this democratic government is determined that they are going to allow huge areas of our once green and promised land to be raped by developers. These people have already bought up large land banks to make eventual profit. Many excuses are being made to justify government policy, mainly the need for housing – housing for who?

I am all for affordable housing (whatever that means) for our youngsters. We have far too many people in this country who have no ties with this country, who are only here because we are known as a soft touch who are easily sponged on.

Stop all immigration and start to repatriate (at their own expense) all those that have no jobs or ones that benefit the country.

Come out of the EU with their right to send any of their citizens here, we don’t need the EU or anyone else to tell us how to run our country, we have done it very well for the last 2000 years.

I and many of my generation that are still struggling on, feel betrayed, this is not what we fought and died for. The normal interchange between races is a good thing that has gone on for centuries. I am not xenophobic. Like many others I came back from war with a foreign bride, many English girls went abroad. Yes my wife suffered from racism in the beginning. This I settled in my own way. I am not a nimby, I am a nimc (not in my country). I want the country I fought for, back.

TOM EARL

Sutherland Way, Stamford

Christmas tree tradition

Firstly, as chairman of Stamford Horticultural Society, I would like to thank you for your splendid pictorial report of our 50th show last week.

Secondly, could I direct a question through your pages to Stamford Town Council concerning its plans for Red Lion Square?

According to your article last week, a ‘tree of lights’ will replace the ‘traditional tree’. I do not recall that the Christmas tree in Red Lion Square has had any decorations other than lights in recent years, so what is to be different?

Have people been disatisfied? I think the traditional Christmas tree has made a lovely setting for Christmas events and I sincerely hope it is not to be a politically correct synthetic tree.

Susan Lee

Glaston

Wonderful time at trials

I AM writing to thank you for the wonderful time my daughter and I had at the Burghley Horse Trials, after winning the competition in the Mercury.

We were taken round the course in a Land Rover, and then entertained in the media tent, also having access to the members enclosure and stands.

As it was the 50th anniversary of the trials, it reminded me of pushing my baby daughter all the way to see what I thought would be a glorified gymkhana all those years ago in 1961.

So it was lovely to be accompanied, by my now grown up daughter to fabulous Burghley 2011.

BARBARA NORMAN

Waverley Gardens,

Stamford

Family history appeal

May I ask readers if any of them could possibly help me.

I am trying to find out as much as I can about my family history.

Both sets of grandparents are from the Oakham/Manton area. One set called Jarvis – Philip and Ethel I believe – lived at 15 John Street and the other, the Adams, lived at Back Lane, Manton.

They were living at the addresses until either the 1950s or 1960s.

Philip and Ethel had four children – Philip, Eric, Edna and Raymond – and the Adams had two, – Arthur and Peggy. I would be most grateful for any information.

peter adams

12 Ward Way, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN39 4HL

RAF band in Poppy concert

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal British Legion, the Oakham branch has arranged a concert by the Band of the Royal Air Force College.

By kind permission of the headmaster of Oakham School, this will take place on Thursday, October 20, at the school’s QEII Theatre at 7.45pm.

Readers will know that the excellence of the College Band guarantees a highly enjoyable evening.

Tickets at £12 each are limited to 200 and can be obtained from the box office on 01572 758820 or Music & More, High Street, Oakham or online at www.wegottickets.com.

All proceeds will be donated to the 2011 Poppy Appeal.

The branch committee looks forward to seeing a packed house at what promises to be a memorable occasion.

Nigel Sudborough

Vice-president, Oakham Royal British Legion,

London Road, Uppingham

Chance to quiz board

It may have escaped your readers notice but on Thursday, September 22 at 4.45pm Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust is holding its annual general meeting in the Peterborough City Hospital lecture theatre.

This can be an opportunity to remind the board of their press release last month that stated that the closure of the John Van Geest ward was a temporary measure.

I would hope that some of Stamford’s local politicians and interest groups will be there to press this very point. It is after all very important that this service continues to be provided in Stamford.

Questions can be submitted. They however must be in advance to communications@pph-tr.nhs.uk by Friday September 16.

Richard Newcomb

Stibbington