Your Letters – Friday February 16, 2018

All your hard work paid off once again

Letter of the Week: Wendy Storey, Mirfield

I would like to congratulate all involved with Mirfield Parish Pantomime for a fantastic, hilarious and entertaining production of Puss in Boots.

I am privileged to have played the piano for the panto for 17 years and am chair of the panto committee. 

At 71 it keeps me young at heart and I am so proud of everyone involved.

All are volunteers who give their time from the end of September until early February and we have many talented dressmakers, sound and light technicians, painters and many others who help to make it a huge success.

Of course the leading lights are the cast and chorus, whose ages range from five years to 63.

All are local and most of them are not trained in dance or in singing, but they have so much enthusiasm and it shows on their faces.

There is nothing nicer than seeing a shy or reserved child come to the first few rehearsals and then suddenly seeing their confidence boost and becoming happy to mix in.

This year we have again been shortlisted for a ‘My Mirfield’ community award and we hope we can win as we are all about community spirit, which is so important. 

Next year is our 70th production, so we hope to celebrate in style.

Of course Sir Patrick Stewart started his career at our panto as when a small boy he took part in a few productions, so we are very proud of that too. 

Pantomime is such an important part of our traditon and I am delighted that Mirfield Team Parish Pantomime has yet again reached the heights. Thank you everyone who took part, all your hard work paid off again.

Is Mirfield being cut off?

From: Barbara Schiff, Mirfield

At the same time as Mirfield Library is threatened with closure, two bus services between Mirfield and Dewsbury will cease to operate.

The 278 is being withdrawn altogether and the 262 will no longer run between Mirfield and Dewsbury. 

Presumably if Mirfield Library does close, Mirfield residents will be expected to travel to Dewsbury if they want to use the library service. 

For many of us that will mean a bus journey between Mirfield and Dewsbury, but that will now be far more difficult. 

It will be especially problematic for residents of Hopton who will have no direct bus services at all. 

It seems as if Mirfield is in danger of being cut off.

Planning woes need attention

From: John Kellingworth, Dewsbury

In response to the recent letter submitted by Mr Thorne outlining the reoccurring problems caused by the neglect of Kirklees to enforce the rules.

I can fully understand his comments as my neighbours spent in the region of £500 to ensure their project was built to the plans and in a safe manner.

I also feel that to some extent the people of Kirklees are subsidising the ones that flout the law.

That said, who can blame them when four officers come round and still it gets passed.

No doubt the news will spread like wildfire among those who ignore what at one time was a stringent procedure.

I too will be most interested as to if or when local MP Paula Sherriff responds to what is becoming a nuisance in the area.

We’ll always need hospitals

From: Christine Hyde, Dewsbury

Two acquaintances have just been diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer.

One was a teacher. How were they exposed? Guesses abound. 

At a local area committee of the council in Dewsbury Minster before they ceased, Richard Parry, director of commissioning for adult social care, told a packed meeting that in the future we wouldn’t need hospitals. All medical services would be ‘in the community’. 

No-one else gasped. 

Who knows what novel agents being breathed in today, from microfibre particles from cloths, to nano particles said to kill bacteria in socks and underwear. 

What might they, and others, harm in the long term? Do people believe what Richard Parry had been told to say? Quango NHS England is preparing for a 12-week ‘consultation’ probably involving such magical thinking, to persuade everyone that its move to what it now calls Integrated Care Systems (ICS) to chop £22bn from the English NHS budget will be brilliant! 

Campaigners dub ICS as ‘Involving Carillion-like Systems’. NHS guru Chris Ham can say there is no evidence that the introduction of these systems will increase privatisation, because it is already going at an extremely fast rate with companies in the driving seat. 

It is ridiculous to blame everyone for their ill-health and outrageous to profit from it. 

Jon Ashworth is right to disagree with a cross-party commission on NHS funding. It will merely endorse the elite consensus that everyone should not have free healthcare because what are NHS budgets but to provide profitable funding streams to be extracted into tax havens?

Painting party success

From: Peter King, Mirfield 

Many thanks to the volunteers, staff and Friends of Mirfield Library who turned out on a snowy Sunday morning at 8.30am to help paint the Community Room in Mirfield Library. 

It just goes to show what can be achieved by like-minded people giving up their time, and the satisfaction gained by doing a good job working with others in the community. 

There is even better news in that part two of the painting party (the final coat) is planned for Sunday February 25 at 9am. 

Tea, coffee, and biscuits will be available as usual, unfortunately no bacon sandwiches as we have no kitchen.

The message is clear from Mirfield: We do not want Mirfield Library to close under any circumstance. 

We pay our hard-earned council tax to Kirklees and we expect Kirklees to find a way to use our money to give us the services we want. 

Please sign the petition and complete the consultation document, otherwise Kirklees will think we do not care.

Such a special place for all

From: Celia Moorhouse, Healey

Batley Library is so important to so many. Only Huddersfield and Dewsbury serve more people. The diverse groups using our service include:

Young mums and their children who come to story time and rhyme time and use the children’s library.

Children who come to Lego Club, Code Club and Saturday cinema.

Teenagers who do their homework in the quiet safe place.

Adults who use the internet to search for jobs or private use, who read the papers or drop in for coffee whilst choosing their books.

Families attending holiday activities and concerts.

Art lovers visiting the art gallery and families viewing their children's work.

Batley Poets, the crochet group and many, many others.

Our library is a true hub where people of all creeds and cultures share the experiences provided by excellent hard-working staff. 

A really special place with a special atmosphere for excitement, alongside exploration and learning where everybody is made welcome.

Who would take this away from Batley?

We’re making a donation

From: D Fox, Mirfield

Following last week’s letter in your Forum regarding Mirfield’s Remembrance Parade, our family and friends were somewhat surprised that the parade is paid for mainly by private donation, and is not organised by any branch of the MOD, government or council department.

The fact that the parade and service has grown entirely by the free force and goodwill of a totally unfunded and independent body is quite an achievement, when you consider all the aspects that go into such a massive and co-ordinated event.

I shall be calling into the Old Colonial to drop off some money for the fund that has been set up.

I can only hope that there will be more donations to come from like-minded people in Mirfield, ‘I hope’.

Celebrate our differences

From: R Spreadbury, Liversedge

Following on from recent comments in The Press regarding the emancipation of women.

I do wonder if the modern feminists have ever watched young children free playing without the cloying influence of adults. 

If they did, they would see by their behaviour, from risk taking, to nurturing, to just plain stupidity, that males and females are hard-wired differently.

Over the last century, women have seen their social standing in society improved, whilst their hardwired role has remained substantially unchanged.

On the other hand, males have seen their hardwired role changed beyond all recognition.

The role of provider, protector and nest builder can, in most parts, be taken over by the the modern Nanny State, leaving the male feeling somewhat superfluous.

This has been compounded by the demise of employment in the male-dominated heavy manufacturing and mining sectors, replaced with jobs in the service sector.

To make matters even worse, we now see the modern feminist increasingly imposing their weirdly puritanical wills on traditional male pastimes and interests and pursuits.

So, not unsurprisingly, we are seeing an increase in knife crime, anti-social behaviour, trolling, and general aggressiveness, perpetrated in most part by males. 

Much to the bafflement of the leftie luvvies. 

Here is an idea.

Instead of trying to change us all into passive androgynous robots, our PC rulers and policy makers would do better developing a society which celebrates the difference between the sexes, and harnesses the unique and different strengths and abilities of the male and female.

We deserve better than Letwin & Co

From: John Appleyard, Liversedge

I recently finished reading Oliver Letwin’s ‘Hearts and Minds’ detailing his years as a Conservative member of parliament.

The book is almost 300 pages long and hardly strays from his time in the Westminster bubble, with party hacks and backdoor wheeling and dealing.

For Letwin those outside this theatre don’t exist, which just about sums up the state of the Conservative Party at the moment.

We’ve come through the first full year since the EU referendum and no progress has been made.

The Tories are tearing each other apart and the rest of us pay the price as the Government fails to tackle real issues such as stagnant wages, a housing crisis and chronic under-funding of the NHS and other public services.

We deserve better.

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