A selection of readers’ letters from the Bury Free Press of Friday, January 9.
VILLAGERS COULD MEET AT HALL
Like so many other popular village pubs countrywide, the Bull at Thorpe Morieux has come to the end of its life.
In the years when Thorpe Morieux had a busy blacksmith, when there was a small shop, a lively school and a Post Office, the Bull was a thriving little pub, serving regular locals and visiting customers.
Of course, that was then, when everyone knew each other, were born and bred in or around Thorpe Morieux, had grown up together, and gone to school together, many worked together and lived next-door to each other, a true community who regularly walked or cycled to meet and drink at the pub. It was simply an ‘old English pub’.
Slowly, but surely, those days have passed. The numbers of farm labourers has dwindled, overtaken by progress on the farms. Many locals have moved or died, their places being taken by people moving into the village but working outside the village.
The main road through the village is now a cut through for drivers going to and coming from work.
The Bull is no longer a pub but a bric-a-brac shop, having been changed by the landlady in an effort to survive.
When she took over the Bull in 2006, it still had some life in it but things were beginning to go down due to the recession and changing laws affecting drinking and smoking.
Despite a smile and a warm welcome from the landlady, trade dwindled.
A small group of people in and around the village are hoping to breathe life back into the Bull. Bearing in mind the lack of footfall in Thorpe Morieux, would it not be a better project for them to follow Brettenham’s idea and open the village hall where people could meet and drink. It’s working there, why not in Thorpe Morieux.
The village hall is in the centre of the village, unlike the Bull which is on the edge of the village.
-- B Paris, Thorpe Morieux
THANK YOU FOR COMING TO HELP
I was in the Apex café on Saturday, January 3, when my friend had an epilepsy seizure. I want to say a big thank you to the lady who was a customer and the young woman working in the café for helping my friend and I, they kept very calm, were very thoughtful and professional.
It is nice to know that there are people still out there who are willing to help strangers in need.
Again, thank you ladies.
-- Jan Frederick, via email
PHEASANTS BRED TO BE SHOT
On Saturday, December 13, I heard shooting going on in the vicinity of Lidgate from before 10am up until dusk. Other than the obvious concern from an anti-social behaviour aspect, inasmuch as the peace of the countryside is totalling shattered, readers may be shocked to learn the facts about game bird production and shooting.
Game birds are not indigenous to the country landscape as 40 million pheasants are purpose bred annually, a higher number than the 30 million laying chickens.
The mass release of game birds has a detrimental impact on crops and agricultural land as well as diminishing the food supply for local wildlife.
There is no mandatory training for using firearms anywhere in the UK. Licences can be granted to inexperienced or young people.
The birds are not often killed outright and left to die a slow and painful death, possibly after being shot by novices. Many more birds shot are surplus to eating requirements.
Killing animals for fun has no place in a civilised society. For information about how to oppose shooting in your area, contact Animal Aid 01732 364546 or download the booklet How to Oppose Shooting: A Practical Guide available online via their website www.animalaid.org.uk
-- Moira Walshe, Lidgate
I DIDN’T SEE JOB ADVERTISED
I note that the Queen has appointed Clare, Countess of Euston as Suffolk’s new Lord-Lieutenant.
Perhaps an oversight on my behalf, but I cannot recall this position appearing in the jobs appointments section.
One wonders how the interview with H.M. went. I do trust though that Clare has prepared her mission statement for her loyal Suffolk subjects, and has set herself a list of key objectives.
-- R G Nash, Bury St Edmunds
THANKS FOR FUND-RAISING
I would like to offer my warmest thanks to local Weight Watchers leader Sandra McGlinn, who with her groups, has raised more than £700 for Diabetes UK.
Sandra was inspired to fund-raise for our charity after seeing how so many of her members and their families struggle with Type 2 diabetes, which is often linked to being overweight.
She noticed how many of her members no longer had to take medication for their diabetes once they had lost some weight, enabling them to control it with healthy eating and exercise.
Sandra encouraged her members in her Stowmarket, Eye and Woolpit groups to take part in a swishing (clothes-swapping) event, a healthy bake sale, a charity collection and a sponsored walk.
We know that a great deal of work went into all these events and Sandra, who has been a Weight Watchers leader for eight years, was fully supported by her committed members who all worked hard to raise the money and also made generous donations themselves.
We applaud the groups for helping us to shine a spotlight on such a serious condition and showing how being a healthy weight can help people significantly reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes or manage it more effectively. For more information go to www.diabetes.org.uk or to find your local Weight Watchers meeting visit www.weightwatchers.co.uk
-- Clare Allen, Eastern area fund-raising manager for Diabetes UK
CONCERNS OVER COUNCIL SAVINGS
I hope I am not ‘meddling’ in matters I don’t understand, but I am a little curious as to how precisely ‘sharing services’ between the St Edmundsbury and Forest Heath councils is delivering £3.5 million in annual savings. I earnestly hope that at least no compulsory redundancies were necessary in the process, bearing in mind, as we know, there are some citizens in wealthy Bury St Edmunds who are currently obliged to live on food hand-outs just to survive – in some cases no doubt after being thrown out of work. My same concerns apply to the claim, in the same report (Bury Free Press, December 26), that other changes will see councils, health, emergency services and other agencies delivering better services ‘while saving huge sums of money’.
-- Neville Lewis, Bury St Edmunds
DRAMA IS REALITY FOR MANY
I’m sure your readers were as moved as I was by the recent trials and tribulations of the Trueman family in BBC TV’s EastEnders. Even though they are fictitious characters, their situation must be depressingly familiar to a great many people.
Did you know that there are around 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK, just like EastEnders’ Denise, who are struggling every day to cope with the needs of an older or disabled loved one? One of our own studies found that six out of 10 carers had experienced feelings of anger towards the loved on they care for, due to the relentless pressure of their caring role. Just as for the Trueman family, the consequences of this can be terrible for carer and cared for alike.
I work for a charity called Revitalise, which provides much-needed breaks for disabled people and crucial respite for their carers. The breaks we provide at our accessible centres around the UK are an absolute lifeline, enabling disabled people to regain their strength and carers to take valuable time off and restore their ability to cope.
January is a time for New Year’s resolutions, so I’d like to ask your readers to resolve to support Revitalise’s vital work in 2015. In doing so you’ll be making a real difference to the lives of countless disabled people and their carers each year.
We couldn’t do what we do without your generous support, so please help us. There are so many ways you can support Revitalise, from donating money to volunteering, but whichever you choose, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that every minute of your time, every ounce of your energy and every penny you donate will make a difference.
So go on, resolve to support Revitalise in 2015! Find out how at www.revitalise.org.uk or call 0303 303 0147.
-- Colin Brook, Revitalise
OLAF HELPED US TO RAISE FUNDS
On December 20 and 21, St Nicholas Hospice Care collected money in the arc Shopping Centre, in Bury St Edmunds, accompanied by Olaf, from Disney’s Frozen.
The weekend was enjoyed by many young and old and Olaf helped us to raise £631.35. This money, combined with generous sponsorship from Chassis Cab and the St Nicholas Santa street collection we held in Bury on December 19, raised £1,633.71 in total.
On behalf of everyone at the hospice, I would like to thank Chassis Cab, Marlows, the arc Shopping Centre, The Apex, the volunteers who helped and anyone who donated to us. The support really is very much appreciated.
-- Jordan Hughes, Community Fund-raiser St Nicholas Hospice Care