Letters to the Spalding Guardian editor: February 11, 2021
I thought council would be reliable
I have lived in Whaplode and Moulton parishes for more than 50 years. In this time, I have supported Whaplode’s playing field, village hall and parish church.
When I heard that South Holland District Council had bought Moulton Park to fulfil their green space compliance, I did think they would be reliable custodians of this unique village parkland.
However, in view of their proposed plans, I suggest that a charity is formed and the whole park transferred to the ‘Official Custodian of Charity’ with safeguards. That would ensure the field’s future is never threatened again.
I cannot see how building any number of houses, whatever their variety, is in line with the present government’s policy of going green, wilding, biodiversity, carbon capture, storage, etc.
The proposed playing field area is not big enough to allow space for 0–16-year-olds and families.
An area of 0-5 hectare (1.25 acre) would be more useful. The off-lead dog walking and parkland trail areas should ideally circle the whole field, and these would provide much needed space for everyone to enjoy the benefits of being outside.
These areas should be managed and run by setting up charitable trust(s), whose members have proved to be local, enthusiastic, hard working, and prepared always to be available to monitor the area and equipment.
Initially, if the council leases suitable areas to them, they would quickly be able to raise funds and secure grants.
The downside of these areas is that they will need quite sizable off-road parking because, as everyone knows, Bell Lane is hardly suitable or safe enough for the present village and through traffic, let alone additional obstructive roadside parking.
I personally leave the discussions about the possibility of a 600-plot natural burial ground to others.
Roy S Willingham
Vaccinations were so well organised
Congratulations to all at Springfields Events and Conference Centre in Spalding, where my husband and I went for our COVID-19 vaccinations.
It was organised brilliantly and we were very impressed by the whole set-up.
It was an ideal venue for social distancing and all the staff, volunteers and stewards were very friendly, welcoming and helpful.
A lot of thought and hard work had obviously gone into the procedure and we much appreciated the efficiency of all involved.
Everything was clearly sign-posted and so was quick and straightforward.
There was no need for anyone to be nervous about going for their injection.
With sincere thanks to everyone.
Audrey and Jeff Evans
Do they even want a pub in the village?
Having spoken with other Pinchbeck residents, I conclude the recent Guardian piece drawing parallels between The Bull and The Bell, is misleading and unhelpful.
More worryingly, several of the points made are comments from parish councillors.
The Bell has been empty for many years and has suffered significant dilapidation through vandals, weather and lack of oversight by its owners.
The Bull is a completely different kettle of fish. The landlord, Bruce Wainwright, has put significant energy into making it the heart and soul of the village.
Of course the entire COVID-19 horror has made that significantly harder.
Nevertheless, before Lockdown 2, there was evidence of modest investments in the property, its decor and its menu.
By Bruce’s own admission, those were a first step. Indeed, rather than criticise his efforts, better to remember that for many years he ran the best hostelry in Spalding.
Making a successful business out of a village pub was already difficult before lockdown, due to the multiple layers of costs placed on landlords by many overtly unfriendly organisations, none of whom have done anything to help Bruce in these extraordinary times.
Instead, this article accused him of “disappearing”.
The Bull is a cracking local pub and once we all escape lockdown it will reopen to continue its quest to become the paramount family venue in the village.
Like other “authorities” the parish council should be looking for what they can do to support Bruce and others like him, not only by putting their own hands in their pockets, but also by using their position to lobby others to alleviate the unjust levels of costs placed on pubs: Lincs CC – rates, freehold owners – rents, breweries – beer prices, UK government – VAT, Sky – TV sports.
No doubt in normal circumstances pubs can manage these costs, but in these horrid times residents and councillors alike should follow JFK’s example, “Ask not what can my pub do for me, but, what can I do for my pub”.
Leading by example, councillors might in future retire to The Bull for a swift half after meetings and pour a little of the parish’s coffers into supporting such wonderful ventures. I’d like to hear that it’s not the case, but they appear to favour having no pubs in Pinchbeck.
EDITOR: The article was an accurate report of proceedings during a parish council meeting.
Song for Tom
When our days were sad and long
There came a rainbow, who’s name was Tom.
And when the dark came falling down,
A name of sir, came from the crown.
You made us smile when all seemed lost,
When all our dreams were turned and tossed.
Your lovely smile you spread around.
Your wisdom was a lovely sound.
And now you’ve gone were angels tread,
And we we remember what you said.
Tomorrow is a better day,
Goodbye god bless Tom
Is what we say
Maureen Waldron, via email
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: Let's emerge from COVID-19 with God by our sides
These are truly extraordinary times. Our individual realities have become utterly surreal; ‘normality’ is now anything but and ‘you’re on MUTE’ is the most oft-quoted phrase for the day.
Lockdown 3 is impacting all aspects of our everyday lives – nowhere can we go to escape the myriad forms of media, and the noise surrounding it. Peace seems a long way away, even though we’re so restricted by necessary regulations.
Daily reports and statistical charts are continuously thrown at us, facts seeming to change from day to day, and we can feel quite hopeless against the tumultuous backdrop of information.
However, God remains the constant and true Hope to which we can hold fast, a secure and ever-present help in this troublesome time. Magnificent words of assurance can be found in the book of Psalms:
“As for God, His way is perfect: The Lord’s Word is flawless; He shields all who take refuge in Him.”
There WILL be an end to Covid-19; but ask yourself, how will you emerge from it? Creeping, on shaky ground, reliant on imperfect self; or will we stride out, on solid ground, God by our side, ready for life, and life in its fullest?
Deacon at Spalding Baptist Church