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Moulton Chapel resident's anger over speeding tractors and Crowland reader's disappointment with cycleways

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Here are the letters published in this week's Spalding Guardian.

Something needs doing about their speed

I live in Moulton Chapel and I want to let you know that the speed the tractors come through our villages is unacceptable.

Two weeks ago my husband was seconds away from going under the wheels of a tractor whilst walking our dog because it was travelling at speed and startled the dog.

I know we live in the countryside and tractors and trailers are part of life here.

However, farmers are selling off their land to developers who are building more and more houses in our villages, therefore more people and children.

A lot of the villages don’t have footpaths. Tractors seem to be getting bigger and faster. I can see everyday from my window tractors speeding past with trailers full to the brim, shaking the house. Something needs doing.

Sharon Norman

via email

John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (52406737)
John Elson's Spalding Guardian cartoon (52406737)

So many obstacles in my path

I was in Spalding during the week and decided to give the official cycle paths a try.

I started out in Wardentree Lane. Having dropped my car off for the day I wanted to get back into Spalding via the cycle route.

I was very disappointed with the obstacles that were in my path, from vehicles, lampposts and very uneven surfaces.

In fact I found the cycle path to be a lot worse than the road in places.

I spoke with several pedestrians and asked them if I should be on the same path.

The general opinion was no, the paths are more for walkers and not wide enough to cater for cyclists and walkers safely.

Compared to other areas we have a long way to go but I welcome the AA’s recent report stating rural roads need to be much improved.

Also I extended my cycle ride to Pinchbeck and noted the opportunity to link West Pinchbeck with a cycle path along the river.

I would like to invite members of our local authority to join me and see for themselves the conditions cyclists currently endure.

Rodney Sadd

Member of the Crowland Wheelers

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: The name's Christ, Jesus Christ

If somehow it’s managed to escape your attention, a new James Bond film has recently been released.

Originally scheduled for April 2020, No Time To Die continues the story of the world’s most famous secret agent and ends Daniel Craig’s tenure in the title role.

Even if you aren’t a fan of 007, you will almost certainly be aware of the phrase he often uses when ordering a vodka martini, ‘Shaken, not stirred.’

This phrase has been used less in the Craig era and seems less relevant since Craig’s Bond is often shaken before he is stirred to action. And when he is, violence ensues.

When I think of those being shaken and stirred, my mind turns to Matthew’s Gospel and how Jesus reacts. At the start of Matthew 14, Jesus learns of the murder of his cousin, John the Baptist and immediately tries to withdraw in order to come to terms with his grief.

However, crowds follow him and he can’t find any privacy. When Bond is faced with grief, he lashes out and the body count rises. When Jesus is confronted with it, he is filled with compassion and over 5,000 people are fed (Matthew 14:21). When we are shaken by life’s circumstances, it can be tempting to lash out and cause damage. Jesus demonstrates a better way. The next time you are shaken by events, look to your heart and be stirred by compassion.

Ricki Kendall

Spalding Baptist Church

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