Your Letters – Friday March 1, 2019

Help discover the club’s rich heritage

Letter of the Week: Craig Lingard, via email

Batley Sporting Charitable Trust are carrying out a Heritage Lottery-funded project researching the history of Batley Rugby League Club, from its inception in 1880 and a major part of the project is awarding a heritage number to all individuals who played a first team game for the club. 

We are on the lookout for ex-players or family members of ex-players who may no longer be with us so we can present heritage certificates once the full list has been compiled. 

We are also on the lookout for any memorabilia such as photographs, old programmes etc that could be scanned and recorded for the project. 

Photographs can also be uploaded direct to the heritage website, which is being used as a data collection tool and will be fully launched at the end of the project. 

Information on the history of the club is also posted regularly on the heritage Twitter account @Batleyheritage.

Please email craiglingard@ if you have any information or questions regarding the project.

Stamp increase is appalling

From: Mr G Dennis, Birstall

This is just to confirm that I will continue to support our local Post Office in Birstall as it remains one of our remaining pillars of the local community and is a total credit to the staff that includes David, Susan, Chris, Doreen and Karen. 

However, I am appalled to hear the news of the latest disgraceful postage stamp increases, with the second class rate being higher than the government price cap.

To make it even worse the arrogant company announce they will donate the extra profits to charity. What about the poor end user? 

With current evolving technology it is plainly obvious that these establishments are under threat and purely profit related.

In conclusion, there is absolutely no consideration for our elderly members who not only use the service but rely on it as part of their integration within our current society.

Sadly I am now probably included within that age range, but fortunately I have been involved with the developing technology and can adapt accordingly.

Market used to be an asset

From: LR Hirst, Mirfield

A reply to the front page of The Press of February 15. 

I, like many more of your readers, agree with the three ladies who would like something done with the market and all of Dewsbury town centre before it is too late. 

This problem seems to be in most towns and cities these days.

There has been such a change in our towns and surrounding villages since Kirklees got control I would not know where to start. 

My late father used to say all that is big is not good, and Kirklees has proved that. 

I will try and write a little about my vibrant and wonderful town, as many people have of my age. 

I started working on the market in 1937 when I was eight years old as a tea boy for a Mrs Smithson, who lived in a house near the old mill. 

It was 7am until 7pm and involved taking tea to stallholders for 2/6 a day which I gave to my mother and received 2 1/2 pence back as spending money. 

Dewsbury Market was established in 1583 and closed in 1593 because of the plague.

It did not re-open until February 1740 in the market square and Crackenedge Lane. It became known as one of the best markets in Yorkshire, and was a wonderful town centre. 

You could buy most things. 

I have an official handbook that states: “Dewsbury as an important shopping centre is entirely due to the go-ahead policy of the traders.

“This attracts thousands of people from all parts of the country to the borough. Dewsbury’s geographical situation is an admirable one, and having a good bus and train service brings people into the town.”

Not now, the public keep away because of Kirklees’ parking policies and parking officers and charges.

That is one reason that shops and market stalls are empty, not forgetting high rents and rates, plus the run-down shops in the centre. 

Dewsbury Market used to be one of the best assets of the corporation. It consisted of 200 open stalls, a covered market with 40 shops all occupied. 

Opening days were Wednesday and Saturday for the public, Tuesday and Friday for wholesale. 

Nothing will change in the once-vibrant town of Dewsbury while you have a council like Kirklees and people like the councillors that run it. 

Who would ever dream of building 31,000 houses with congested roads and infrastructure, except Kirklees councillors and planners? 

Caught short?

From: Douglas Parker, via email

I would just like to add comment to Mr Roberts’ fine letter last week regarding the closed toilets in our area. 

Queen Victoria initiated provision for toilets, but not for unseemly acts inside toilets. 

For a while I did work with people with special needs, and they have all got keys for disabled toilets. While doing my work I got to know a park warden very well. When I asked him why the toilets were closed, he stated ‘as soon as I open the door they are at it’. 

Yes, men on mobile phones ringing each other, with more going on in the toilets than in the park. 

Kirklees understands this has been going on for years. With all this going on it seems odd being caught short, wetting a wall then getting a fine.

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