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Letters to the Spalding Guardian editor: March 18, 2021




Thanks to all who have supported us

This week marks one year since we began seeing Covid-19 patients in our hospitals. I want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to everybody who has supported us during this time.

I want to pay tribute to all of the teams, wards and departments across the entire Trust for everything they have done this year.

I think it is fair to say that this has been the most challenging year ever experienced in the history of the NHS and the way teams have pulled together has been incredible.

The resilience, teamwork and compassion shown by everyone has made me even more proud to work for the NHS than I already was.

I have seen and heard some inspirational things, as well as some heart-breaking stories. All of it has been truly humbling.

I also want to thank the people of Lincolnshire for helping us. We know how valuable NHS services are and without you supporting us in a whole host of ways, I cannot begin to imagine how much more difficult the last year would have been.

From clapping for the NHS at the beginning of the pandemic, finding appropriate healthcare services and offering your services for free, we have been overwhelmed with support.

Thank you for all of your generosity and kindness – the local community continues to play a huge part in the fight against Covid-19.

There have been sacrifices made by everybody and some extraordinary efforts, and for this I think we are all extremely grateful.

As we move forward and look to the future, I want to extend our thanks to everyone who has shown their support for us in recent months, however large or small the gesture. Let’s keep up our collective efforts, and together we will beat this.

Andrew Morgan

Chief Executive, Unitied Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust

John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (45197778)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (45197778)

Chief Executive, Unitied Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust

The parish council is not representing residents

Regarding the plan to develop the Chequers pub in Gedney Dyke into housing.

All the past planning applications have been pinned to a post outside the pub, behind a tree, obscured and only discovered by accident.

What’s more, villagers are also upset that Gedney Parish Council actually supported the loss of the pub, they didn’t post notices to residents or email individuals or campaigners.

No telephone calls were made by the Parish Council in an attempt to let anyone know about their Zoom meeting.

Instead they have decided to blame the villagers for a lack of interest in the pub, saying they held a Zoom meeting which no-one attended.

When a selection of local retired residents was asked if they used Zoom, 80% said they had no idea how it worked.

Many feel the parish council has overstepped the mark and its actions are undemocratic and they have failed in their civic duty to represent the represent the majority of villagers in respect to this new attempt by the owner to develop the Chequers.

Charles Walker

On Behalf of Save The Chequers Campaign Group



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