Your Letters – Friday October 25, 2019

Stone me, it’s all gone

Letter of the Week: Tim Wood, Mirfield

I often go down to Ings Grove Park in Mirfield and do a bit of random tidying up around the memorial and generally pick up litter and sweep up.

On occasions myself and others have cleaned down the memorial plates and introduced a few plants and watered the existing flower beds.

On the last occasion I was down in the park cutting back ivy that had got out of control and was making the entrance to the park on Remembrance Walk a tad untidy.

I was cutting the ivy back over the entrance wall when I noticed that the ivy wasn’t over a wall any more, and the wall had gone.

Someone had pulled the ivy over the wall and made off with 20 feet of stone walling, then pulled the ivy back over the soil banking like a fringe and no-one had noticed the missing wall.

Since regulations have tightened up regarding receipt and sales of ‘scrap’ metal, stone and slate have become the next best thing to make an ‘honest living’ out of your best bit of rockery or wall.

The midnight repairs of church roofers are back with us again, so watch your cobbles, as they say.

Thanks for such great service

From: Chris Jenkinson, Dewsbury Moor

A couple of years ago I was looking for a new phone and deal from one of the big phone companies.

I bought a cheapish phone with quite a high spec for about £70. The equivalent Samsung etc would have been over £200. My sim deal was only £10.

Everything was ticketyboo for about a year until my outgoing calls were being cut off,  initially at 17 mins 11 secs but later 15 mins 9 secs. Very strange, so after a while I set about trying to resolve this.

I contacted my provider who said change the sim ... it didn’t work. I bought an identical model and it still happened, and I’d been scratching my head for ages and regularly asking people “are you still there?” expecting them to be cut off at any minute.

Yesterday I had a bit of time to kill and wandered into a Heckmondwike phone repair shop ... well, my luck completely changed.

I explained my problem to them, told them how frustrating and how funny it was and he immediately suggested updating the phone’s software.

This hadn’t been mentioned to me before so I said okay let’s do it, and off he went.

After 20 minutes downloading and re-setting he gave me the phone back and said “try that”.

He did all that for free and suggested I go back if I have any further problems.

My first action was to make a 20-minute call without cut-off to a friend. I couldn’t believe my luck – a cut-off free conversation for over 20 minutes was like winning the lottery.

So many thanks to Electrophix for giving me your time and effort at no expense.

Thank you for helping and renewing my faith in human nature and thankyou for saving me from many embarrassing future episodes on my mobile.

So Mr Irfan Gora, I thank you again for being a genuine, honest and caring businessman, for looking out for someone with not an ulterior motive in sight.

Thank you for strengthening my faith in other people, and society in general.

Roll on the next election

From: Anthony Doyle, via email

What a bunch of losers this Parliament has turned out to be.

Today, as if we were not already aware, we discover to what depths these people will sink to thwart the PM on delivering on his promise on the referendum result.

It is amazing how it can take weeks, sometimes months to get legislation through Parliament and into statute book, but these despicable self-centred representatives can muster a law through when it suits them in a matter of days.

As we approach Remembrance Sunday and think of all those who died in fighting to keep our country independent, our so-called Parliament flushes the memory of these brave souls down the toilet to further their own ends. Shame on you who have voted to delay the will of the people.

Roll on election day, let’s see how pretty you are all sitting then!

A great way to get rich...

From: ‘Heckmondwike Hector’

Here underneath this little stone 

lies Robert Earl of Huntingdon.

No archer was like him so good 

and people called him Robin Hood.

Such Outlaws were he and his men

will England never see again.

So says the inscription on the famous burial site reputedly to be that of Robin Hood.  

Once again this iconic landmark comes to public attention with questions about the removal of historical woodland that surrounds it to make way for a new link road (The Press, October 18).

This scenic woodland holds for me great nostalgia. It was a regular haunt in our childhood; it was great fun but we always had to watch out for the gamekeeper, or else!

The grave, and the legend, along with the 1950s TV serial The Adventures of Robin Hood, starring Richard Green, was also a source of youthful inspiration.

In the years hence I have lamented the fact that this folk hero was never celebrated in our region. Nottingham proudly made him a feature of the city. The reason we lost out, I have often surmised, is that for many generations the landowners of the grave site and the ancient priory were members of the nobility. 

The idea of the rich being robbed to give to the poor would have been quite unpalatable to the wealthy hierarchy. History suppressed, I guess.

To compensate for this I am in the midst of inventing a theme park which, I hope, will eventually sit near to Miller & Carter (formerly The Three Nuns).

The first development will be the rebuilding of that long-demolished well-known Bradley pub ‘The Little John.’ 

It will be very well staffed (pun intended). Inside you will be greeted by Bar-maid Marion who will tempt you with a pint of ‘Will Stutely Stout’ or ‘Alan-a-Dale Draught Bitter’.

There will be fun for the younger end too, with an inflatable bouncy Nottingham castle and stalls where they can buy cheap plastic bows and arrows and green outfits with hats with feathers. 

To keep up the excitement a special tent packed with console games will allow the kids to fight alongside Robin and his merry men against that nasty Sheriff of Nottingham.

At the end of an exciting day when the family are hungry they can head straight for Guy of Gisborne’s Grill; or alternatively, Friar Tuck-in’s Burger Bar where a menu will announce a speciality of Will Scarlet Sausage with chips, and for afters Sherwood Forrest Gateau.

The entry fee will not be cheap as the whole aim in this case will be to rob the poor to give to the would-be rich.

Trying not to be too presumptuous, I would like to thank Danny Lockwood in advance for an expected donation towards this great venture for which he will be greatly accredited. When it comes to giving the theme park a name, ‘Loxley’s’ could well be under consideration.

Details of St Pat’s wanted

From: Peter Moreland, Heckmondwike

I am researching St Patrick’s School, which was in Darley Street, Heckmondwike.

It was built in 1872 and closed in 1968. I would like any information readers may have and also photos which I could use. 

Until 1914 the school was also used as a place of worship for the Catholic community and mass, baptism and weddings would have been held there. If anyone can help, please contact me on 01924 501774 or email

NHS under the knife

From: Christine Hyde, Dewsbury

On Friday I saw a film called ‘Under the Knife’ in Wakefield. 

It showed how common beliefs about the NHS are completely wrong and revealed who benefits from the chaos and cuts in A&E, the lack of GP appointments and how the NHS is being forced to implement the use of apps instead of people and places. 

The benefit has nothing to do with health and everything to do with commercial gain. 

Management consultancy companies and so-called ‘independent health advisory and delivery organisations’ are up there, making sure they siphon off profits from the NHS pot, while nurses and porters, doctors and front-line care like paramedics and ambulance drivers suffer burnout, mental breakdowns and leave.

The new plans being implemented in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership have at their heart the idea that the NHS in England will never again be funded to a level that maintains services the way they were run in 2010.

After nine years of drastic underfunding, access by ordinary people to an increasing number of treatments is being cut. People with disabilities, rare illnesses and chronic illness are being sidelined. The new ‘Obamacare NHS’ calls it ‘improvement.’ It is actually rampant commercialisation. Now the relationship between the English people and the state is changing and ordinary folk need to decide what to keep and what to discard. 

Let your MP know. Do you want a traditional English NHS for everyone, or NHS Obamacare?

Compare and contrast

From: Charles Broxholme, via email

In my work (housing), if decisions are taken which I believe are not in the best interest of tenants then I raise them with management.

But in the end I implement them regardless, accepted as it is that I am required and contracted to do so, and failure to comply would reasonably and understandably terminate my employment. 

Following Tuesday’s masquerade of democracy I checked voting patterns to note that the democratically-elected member (at least that was one majority decision which she was happy to accept) for Batley & Spen had twice voted against motions relating to Brexit. 

Fifty nine per cent of the Batley & Spen electorate voted leave, which I feel is a clear instruction from the voters, de facto employers of said MP which has clearly not been complied with. 

This is a flagrant and brazen disregard of a clear mandate. 

What gives this MP and any others the right to act in such a way? 

Whilst I would never vote for Corbyn or any of his cohorts, I would call upon all leave voters who want to see Brexit done to eschew party lines and ensure that in the (hopefully very soon) forthcoming election vote to ensure their will to see Brexit done is taken up by honourable members who will abide by the instructions given. 

This Parliament has made a mockery of democracy (keep asking/delaying until you get the right answer) and the sooner it is replaced the better.

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