WEEKEND WEB: Guardian letters

READER'S PICTURE: A House Martin, taken by Mark Joy of Gosberton Risegate

Your views on buses, education and gambling... plus Thought for the Week

People in the villages will be stranded

John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon

After reading about the 505 bus route (‘Question mark for future of 505 trips’, February 1 Spalding Guardian) I can’t understand why they use double deckers so much.

I visit friends in Fleet hargate and there aren’t many either going to Holbeach or KIng’s Lynn, then back to Spalding.

Also, the state of them! They are really dirty inside and out. That’s enough to put anyone off, especially if you have a nice outfit on. And sometimes you cannot see out of the windows either.

A lot of people have retired to Lincolnshire and don’t drive - that was the point of coming here as there were lots of buses.

What, with the K59 route being cut as well, people in the villages will be stranded.

I belong to the Health Walks group at Donington and have to rely on lifts now from friends to get there.

Also, I used to like going for lunch on a Wednesday with friends – if we can’t get a lift we aren’t keeping busy and making friends and keeping healthy!

Margaret Mitchell


Check that where your children play is a safe area

I was reading the Spalding Guardian article on looking for a site for a play area in Gedney, and wholeheartedly agree that play areas should not be too isolated.

My granddaughter was in the play area at Whaplode Drove a few weeks ago and was playing happily when a dog came up from behind her, and knocked her over.

She was very frightened and the owner had to pull the dog off her. Luckily she was not hurt, but shaken up. The owner said nothing, just walked off.

The play area is not fenced off, so dogs and their owners just walk through where children are playing. It has no natural, overlooking surveillance.

There is a camera on the Elizabethan Centre building but it points to the floor, no use whatsoever. There was no one else around, had my granddaughter been bitten or injured it could have been serious.

I would ask parents or grandparents to check that where their children are playing is safe, especially if they go out alone. I dread to think what could happen. Should the council not check these sites for safety?

Betty Harris


More power to your elbow Mr Hayes

In the past, I’ve been critical of John Hayes’ ‘Hayes in the House’ column in the Free Press.

However, I wish now to praise John Hayes for his article on January 30.

His stance on the issues of high-stakes fixed-odds betting and the risks of enticing young people into gambling is, in my opinion, spot-on.

All I can say is more power to his elbow.

Alan Meekings


A difficult balance

Regarding the story ‘School blocks lad’s sea cadets course’.As an initial aside, if Alfie had committed a crime, his name would be protected ‘for legal reasons’.

I don’t know if he is a ‘high flyer’ at school, but the school could now go public if it so desired, and I imagine and hope that it will not expose Alfie in any way.

This example ties in with the national debate about children being taken out of school, though in this case it is not for a lower-priced holiday but for a genuine course. However, entry standards at Welbeck College are high, and to state that he has not started his GCSEs is not correct.

The analytical skills and work ethic needed for the two years of final push to GCSE are being built up throughout the preceding years.

Yes, some subjects have specific material that is learnt in years 10 and 11, but for example Alfie will have been doing his first modern foreign language from Year 7 and building up to GCSE throughout these years, and it is particularly difficult to catch up on work missed in this subject; I am assuming and hoping that Alfie has been able and studious enough to be allowed to continue with his modern language for the next two years.

He has my sympathy in his aspiration to go on the Sea Cadet course; I note his earnest intention to catch up as well as he can on missed work, and I hope he has built up enough trust with the school that he is able to catch up. It is up to his powers of persuasion.

David Jones

via email

Of course he should be allowed to attend course

I feel I have to respond to the article about Alfie Flindall. I had an incident when my son was attending the school and requested a meeting with the head teacher to discuss it with him... I am still waiting, two years down the line.

I think I contacted the school in person and via email for almost two- to threemonths at least once a week and I explained to the team member who was told to deal with me, that I wanted the captain of the ship to deal with it.

If this young man has made up his mind what he wants to do when he leaves school, this course is going to benefit him and he is prepared to make up his education – what difference does it make?

I was told that providing a child attends regular education, which is something like 92 per cent, they can be taken out of school (the father is doing the correct thing by asking for consent but the school are not even interested in trying to help, all they are thinking about is themselves and their figures).

There are a million people looking for jobs – they should be doing everything they can to assist this young man, not putting obstacles in the way – not everyone wants to go on to university.

We as parents want the best for our children and expect better from what was supposed to be one of the best schools in Lincolnshire.

Carol Smylie

via email


The faithful spouse, the big brother, the best friend, the appreciative boss, the loyal footballer, the charming children – you can trust these can’t you?

Mrs May, Jeremy, Sir Vince, Boris, Hayes - they all have our best interests at heart surely. And our allies, we can trust the American President, Chancellor Merkel, and our Scottish cousins to stand by us in our darkest hours, can’t we? Do we still take these ‘truths’ as read? If not, who and what can we trust? People say you can’t trust what you read in the papers, or what you see on the news; books don’t provide the truth and commentary is biased to one side or the other. The internet is all fake. ‘I won’t trust in anything I can’t see or hear or feel or touch’ people say.

God promised, that He would never leave us or let us down. He promised us a saviour and then sent His son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us.

The people saw Him, heard Him, touched Him. They felt his love and compassion. They trusted in Him and they wrote books about it – the Bible. We all have trust issues but there is still one book and one person we can trust in.

Miles Green

Harvest Church, Spalding

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