A selection of readers’ letters from the Bury Free Press of Friday, February 28
PLEASE TAKE YOUR LITTER HOME
Last Monday we did a litter pick through a lovely little woodland walk at the end of the business park on Mildenhall Road leading into Fornham All Saints. This walk is used by joggers, dog walkers, children and anyone who likes walking, and you can walk through to the Mildenhall/Howard estate. I do this walk every day with my dogs, we watch the squirrels, and have seen muntjacs and listen to the birds. Also the children/teenagers have built a cycle track which they have lots of fun on. The only problem is the litter. I know that some of this comes from the business park, but the majority is crisps packets, cans and bottles. We refuse to pick up bottles full of urine which I am sure are thrown over the fence bythe lorry drivers. We collected five huge sacks full from three quarters of the length of the walk, also a carpet. Can anyone explain the logic in getting in a car and driving out to the countryside and depositing carpets, beds etc in places like wooded areas when you can get in a car and drive to our very good recycling tip in town? I cannot understand the mentality behind this. Please can I ask that you take your litter home and stop spoiling such a lovely facility for all to enjoy.
-- Enid Gathercole, via email
BRIDGE SHOULD HAVE A ‘CAGE’
Having watched the beginning of the work on the Northgate Avenue/A14 footbridge, I looked at the artist’s impression online.
The obvious part of the construction which is missing,is the cage over the main walkway. This would prevent missiles etc being thrown at the passing traffic underneath, as happens at the Moreton Hall footbridge.
-- M Lowe, Northgate Avenue , Bury St Edmunds
NOT THE PLACE FOR PROMOTING SCHOOL
I think it is disgraceful that the Bury Free Press has allowed Geoff Barton, through his column, to self-promote his school. It is not the place to be lobbying readers, giving him an advantage over the other schools in the area. Theirs is not the only school locally helping students gain places to Oxbridge. His GCSE results at 58 per cent last year are more worrying, being 19 per cent lower than County Upper School (2.6 per cent lower than the national figure, too) for 5+ A*-C including English and maths, he didn’t mention that. I think of our local paper as being fair and impartial and I think this article was unacceptable and falls well short of my expectations.
I am a regular reader and enjoy my local news but this has disappointed me.
-- Denise Webb, via email
RIDDLE OF THE DISAPPEARING HOUSE
I am currently researching Bury St Edmund’s most puzzling mystery, the famous disappearing house of Rougham. Over the past 150 years many people have encountered a large Georgian house in the Rougham area, which has either disappeared in front of them or prior to their return.
There are many theories about the house but clearly a major question is whether such a house ever existed in the area. The Bury Record Office has now found a document dating from 1760 which shows that a large building, Kingshall House, did exist at that time. However, the document fails to specify exactly its location, and there is no contemporary map available. It does, however, name several fields, woods and place names in the vicinity which are no longer in current use.
If any readers come from the Rougham area and are able to identify any of the following places, I should be extremely grateful: Chowns, Kingshall Field, Collins Wood, Atkinsons Wood, Collins Lane, Kings Way, Ravelsew, Scalding, and Maltywards.
I suspect that fear of ridicule has prevented many witnesses from openly discussing their own experiences with the vanishing house. If any readers have seen the house, or know of sightings by friends or family, please contact me on 01284 725846. I will of course respect the wishes of anyone who prefers to remain anonymous.
-- Carl Grove, Tennyson Road, Bury St Edmunds
INSURERS SHOULD PAY UP ANYWAY
I cannot quite comprehend why our excellent Prime Minister is urging insurance companies to pay out the money their clients need so desperately to recover from the unexpected floods. I always thought, or maybe only imagined, that such contracts were legally binding, but I guess, as with any agreement or contract in today’s world, there are ‘terms and conditions’, which sadly are usually so lengthy and in such small print it requires the patience of Job and a microscope, as well as a knowledge of legal jargon, before risking one’s money in any such venture – or perhaps one should say ‘misadventure’ where matters of insurance cover these days are concerned.
-- Neville Lewis, St Martin’s Street, Bury St Edmunds
GREAT CARE AT HOSPITAL
In January 2014 I had the misfortune to be diagnosed with breast cancer. However, my good fortune was that I was treated at the West Suffolk Hospital. I have nothing but praise for the staff, quality of care and cleanliness of the hospital. When I arrived at 6.40am on the day of my operation, the entrance and corridors were gleaming. Each department I visited was focused, punctual, friendly and helpful and I was most impressed by standards on the general ward (F5). The NHS receives a lot of bad publicity but we should be proud of our Bury hospital and assist the system by attending all appointments and not wasting their valuable resources.
-- Barbara Watson, High Street, Ixworth
OBESITY NOT A SIMPLE ISSUE
If only it was that simple. Mr Watkins’ short, but not so sweet letter (Bury Free Press, February 21) exclaiming that all obese people are just lazy simplifies a very complicated issue. People overeat for many different reasons. Some people use food to stave off boredom, to make themselves feel better for a short while, as a substitute for lack of love, loneliness, or perhaps because they feel depressed. Sometimes people have health issues which prevent them from exercising regularly.
Having taught fitness for over 25 years (I am now 50), I think I am qualified to comment on this subject. It is hard to make yourself go for a run, walk, cycle or go to the gym (if you have the money), and willpower does indeed play a huge part in leading a healthy lifestyle.
But it must be difficult to find the strength (physical and mental) to get off your bottom when you are very overweight and out of breath. Doubly so when you might live with others who also have the same problems and may even unwittingly encourage you to stay put in front of the TV in order to make themselves feel better.
I am lucky, I have always liked exercise (it’s easy when you can do it) and enjoy healthy foods, as well as fattening ones too (I’m not a saint). But we all need to bear in mind, to some members of society food is a drug they find hard to control without support and encouragement. And in my opinion some food manufacturers make certain products addictive, so they should share some of the blame too.
Telling people they are fat and lazy only makes the obese feel worse. And only a person that feels good inside feels positive enough to begin to exercise in order to achieve a healthier more fulfilling life.
If you’re lucky enough to be able to do so, I hope this has inspired you to get up and go outside for a walk. If you really want to improve your life you can, but it is up to you. Good luck.
-- Paula Harber, via email
BIRDS GET A WARNING IF CATS HAVE BELLS ON THEIR COLLAR
It might interest letter writer (Bury Free Press, February 21) the views on the relentless spread of ill thought out housing developments are shared by many people who are equally concerned about the loss of habitat for wildlife, and at the same time the erosion of available countryside for the leisure and pleasure of the ‘human animal’. In the relatively few years that we have lived in Bury we couldn’t help but notice the decline in the number/variety of birds visiting our garden, and on more times than than I would wish, I have had to chase cats out of our garden. As the decline of our native birds has gathered apace, I see no reason why cat owners shouldn’t be obliged to put a collar with bell on their pets, which would give the birds – in most cases – enough warning to take flight.
-- Brian Davies, St Olaves Road, Bury St Edmunds
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