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Letters to the Spalding Guardian editor, April 2-9, 2020

Thanks for patience

Thanks to all the people in the Sutton Bridge and Long Sutton areas who are customers of Nene Pharmacy at Sutton Bridge.

During these challenging times, we value the patience and good nature you have and continue to show.

The coronavirus places a great strain on all NHS services and has increased the workload on pharmacy services. We may not be able to let you into the shop as quickly as we would like, but everyone is working very hard to keep going.

With your continued help and support we will endeavour to give you the very best service that we can.

Thanks also to my staff here at Nene Pharmacy who are pulling out all the stops.

To all staff working within the building, and to our delivery staff (including our volunteer delivery drivers) whose workload is also much increased, thank you for your care and commitment. May we all stay safe together.

Paul Denwood

Superintendent, Pharmacist Manager, Nene Pharmacy

John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon. (32750940)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon. (32750940)

Desperately need help

Isolated and highly vulnerable to infection children with cancer desperately need your help.

Every day we spend in insolation during the coronavirus outbreak, young cancer patients and their families are in crisis, struggling with the huge emotional and financial impacts of cancer and coronavirus.

As the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people with cancer, CLIC Sargent, which relies entirely on voluntary donations, is facing a staggering 60 per cent drop in income. To support CLIC Sargent and donate today, text GIVE to 70030 to donate £5 or visit clicsargent.org.uk/donateTexts cost £5 plus one standard network rate message.

Holly Eyre

CLIC Sargent

Pete Boekestyn shared this picture of a cheeky squirrel which had taken the lid off the bird feeder and was grabbing the balls and rolling them off! (32750943)
Pete Boekestyn shared this picture of a cheeky squirrel which had taken the lid off the bird feeder and was grabbing the balls and rolling them off! (32750943)

Planning another Red Lion Quarter?

I read with interest your article on the bid for funding to help improve Holbeach High Street.

Would it be possible for those putting forward interim and full bids to actually publish what it is they are proposing for the town?

Although we have held public meetings – one for the people of the town and one for local business – they have been badly publicised.

I have raised concerns before that we have some pipe dream scheme that has been touted around for 20 years now being put forward as what the town wants.

Please publish what you are proposing. If it is what the article says, then we will be following the white elephant that was the Red Lion Quarter in Spalding.

A new car park hidden behind the existing High Street will only help if it is free.

Once again, I would suggest that parking outside of any shop would serve the town’s shop owners more than any expensive purchase of land owner’s private property.

Come on, be open on what is proposed. There are many empty shop units in the town already.

Des Ford

via email

Thought for the Week, April 2

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON - a poster produced by the Government in preparation for WW2 intended to raise morale of ordinary people who found themselves in unprecedented times, facing the threat of war.

During WW2 church bells were silenced to prevent false alarms - they were only to ring as warning of invasion by enemy troops.

Today we find ourselves in unprecedented times, and again the church bells are silent. Now, we are facing an unseen enemy, the coronavirus. Lives are being lost, lives are changing - we pray for all.

Church buildings are closed, sacred places of refuge where people would pray, finding peace and comfort. Yet the church is not just a building, the church is the people who are finding ways to support others spiritually and practically.

The world goes on, the sun rises and sets, rain waters the earth. This time of year, new life is springing up all around, there is hope.

Yes, it is good to pray in a sacred place, but we can pray at home. A poet once wrote, ‘One is nearer God’s heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth'.

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON - with prayer and the hope of God.

Rev Pat Willson

St John the Baptist Church, Spalding

Thought for the Week – April 9

During the current “lockdown”, it’s often been a time of reminiscence and reflection.

While talking about the advancement of technology with my daughter recently, I remembered as a much younger man growing up playing sports games on my trusty Spectrum 48k before moving onto a Commodore 64, then an Atari and culminating in the fantastic Playstation (which could never be improved, could it…?)

Never did I think that technology would move onto the sort of capabilities we have access to nowadays! Via the wonders of ‘Facebook Live’ and ‘Zoom’, this allows us to continue broadcasting Sunday services via online stream and to keep our church connected with one another, a connection so vital in today’s climate of isolation.

In changing times, we can access God, our eternal rock, who is unchanging.

As a church, during this time of uncertainty, we have continued to communicate the message that God is our stronghold in times of difficulty; as the Psalmist says – “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Technology may be changing at an ever-increasing pace but the message presented through the Bible of our most certain and accessible God does not.

Ben Clarke

Deacon at Spalding Baptist Church

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