Free Press letters
We do make mistakes but we try hard
As chairman of the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion, I have noted comments on the Remembrance Parade at Ayscoughfee Gardens in local media and welcome the opportunity to respond.
As chairman of the RBL, the Parade is both an RBL event as well as my responsibility.
Many of our members are a little older than they once were and, like many ex-servicemen’s associations, we desperately need new members. As such we have been asking the public to come and join us to help the Legion as well as get involved in local activities and parades.
It is impossible for one person to undertake the running of a parade like this and whilst we are very grateful for all helpers (they know who they are) we are not infallible and like everyone else, we occasionally make mistakes and omissions for which I apologise.
We were fortunate this year to have been contacted by the Rainbows and Brownies who wanted to participate. As a result we made a few changes to accommodate them, including giving them their own position next to the pond. We thank them for their input.
We took steps to ensure safe passage for the veterans to take up position on one side of the pond with the cadets on the opposite side.
The public address system is provided free of charge for this event and whilst there were indeed a couple of problems, the majority of the public did not appreciate this and, more importantly, timings on this very special event were in no way compromised.
I note the comments regarding the poor protocol with regard to the Union Flag and apologise and will ensure this does not happen again.
The issue of the memorial remaining dirty is noted but it should be appreciated that, as a listed monument, it requires specialist cleaning. The company concerned had been contacted and have advised that this will happen ‘in due course’. I agree this is not acceptable and discussions continue.
With regard to the wreath laying, our vice chairman -who usually undertakes this - was taken ill on the morning so we had to engage another person at the last moment who was unfamiliar with the task. This has now been addressed.
This year our Poppy Appeal organiser, Peter Lyon, was taken ill and has been unable to assist but we are very lucky that Cheryl and Anne stepped into the breach and I wish to thank them for their efforts as I do our secretary, Evelyn, who raised over £1,000 on her own.
I would like to thank the Rotary Club of South Holland for their help and traffic control and also the Highways Agency for setting out the signs and barriers.
Finally, for those who would like to join, we meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 35b, Spring Gardens at 6pm, the next meeting being Tuesday, December 11.
I would like to stress that the Royal British Legion remains extremely grateful for all the help and support from local people, businesses, supermarkets and shops over the year and embraces any feedback which will be used to good effect for next year.
Chairman, Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion
Santa Claus incident so disturbing
Reading about the incident at the Fleet Wood Lane Primary School in Holbeach, where a representative of the Mary Bass Charity was allowed or invited into the school to basically cause havoc and distress among its young pupils about whether Santa Claus exists is rather disturbing, more so coming from an alleged charity.
For a supposed minority charity promoting this is bad enough but to go into a school armed with a couple of hammers?
As a parent myself I think I would be very concerned that someone was even allowed into a primary school with two hammers, regardless of size or motive. It is very disturbing as where does it all end - but were the staff or whoever invited them aware beforehand of this supposed ‘performance’ and its content? - and if not, why not?
The question of who invited this supposed charity and for what purpose might be further enlightening as I don’t feel there is a place in our modern society for such antics, more so where impressionable young children are involved and poses the question also of how many other schools have let these very questionable, supposed charity representatives in through their doors.
Hopefully some legible, straight answers to all this should be forthcoming and if not, why not?
PS: Can’t think what is in store now for the Tooth Fairy based on this fiasco.
Appreciation of an act of kindness
As a small token of my gratitude for being rescued from an awkward situation on Thursday morning just a little before 9am, I would like to record my appreciation for the kindness shown me by three ladies who assisted me in removing my Citroen C3 from what could have been a traffic jamming position on the junction of London Road and the Crescent in Spalding.
My vehicle's engine had died on me and despite trying to get into a safe position, these three ladies helped me to get the vehicle safely into the Crescent and parked at the rear of Goddard’s.
One of the ladies who works at Beales loaned me her mobile telephone so that I could contact my wife to explain what had happened.
These three strangers helped me and my message is a public thank you is well deserved for their act of kindness.
Thanks for helping my fundraising
Through your letters page, could I say a massive thank you to all the friends, family and customers who have supported me over the last ten years on my charity car boot sales, raising money for Springhill Hospice?
Whether it be by donating quality items for me to sell or by buying them, I am thrilled to say my total is now £25,000.
Once again, thank you - you have been brilliant.
Pinchbeck Poppy Appeal made £16,893.25p
I would like to take this opportunity to say a very big thank you to those of you who have helped in any way to raise money for the Royal British Legion Pinchbeck Poppy Appeal this year.
To the house-to-house collectors, to all those businesses who kindly took a poppy tray, to all those people who have helped collect in the entrances at Morrisons, come rain, snow or blow, resulting in a combined total of £16,893.25p.
The picture shows Morrisons receiving a Poppy Award for their support, from left: Standard Bearer Alan Canham, Deputy Poppy Appeal organiser Pauline Seymour, Gail Ridley of Morrissons and Poppy Appeal organiser Jim Seymour.