READERS’ LETTERS: From the Bury Free Press of Friday, November 14

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A selection of readers’ letters from the Bury Free Press of Friday, November 14.

FIREWORKS FORTNIGHT NOT FAIR TO PETS

Fireworks are meant to be let off on November 5th, not the two weeks starting at the end of October. I do not want to be a killjoy but I am fed up with my dog, and no doubt countless others, being petrified by fireworks. When will people think about pets, wild animals and children that are trying to sleep when, night after night, fireworks are being exploded – many of them sounding like a real explosion?

Just to cheer me up, I read that on November 27, the first night of the Christmas Fayre will finish with ‘a glittering display of fireworks at 7.45pm’. I trust it will be no more than ‘glittering’, I am fed up with explosions.

-- Stewart King and petrified Oscar, via email

WE NEED SOMEONE WHO KNOWS AREA

Do the Conservatives really believe that they will maintain their current majority in Bury by importing a candidate from outside the area?

We don’t need someone looking for a job, we need someone who lives in and knows this area.

Someone who will want the best for Bury and its people and whose focus will be just that.

David Ruffley is just that kind of person. I hope that he will re-consider his decision and offer himself up for re-election.

-- Andrew Hill, Great Barton

NOTHING SUITABLE FOR LITTLE CHILDREN

I do agree with your letter writer about the play area on Horringer Court (Bury Free Press, November 7).

I took a little boy to the playground and there was nothing suitable for him to go on.

I don’t know what those twisted pieces of metal do. The basket swing was occupied by about seven children from the middle school who stayed on it all the while.

Why couldn’t we have had something similar to the college play area?

-- P Rose, Bury St Edmunds

WHERE WILL CUPOLA HOUSE KITCHENS GO?

At a full council meeting on September 23, our council leader claimed no final decision had been made whether to return the kitchens to the cellars – hot, with no natural light or natural ventilation – during the rebuilding of Cupola House, devastated by fire in June, 2012.

Five migrant workers so nearly died and the Fire Service does not recommend cellar kitchens. They so easily could be located on the ground floor – much better working conditions as demanded in the 21st century.

How much longer will our councillors and planners duck this issue and explain their position?

-- Simon Harding, Bury St Edmunds

WELL DONE FOR CELEBRATIONS

I wish to congratulate the Magna Carta 800 group for all of their hard work and vision in bringing such wonderful celebrations to the town over the past year.

The Magna Carta is such an important document and our link to it is an integral part of our town’s rich heritage.

It has been a joy to see so many people of all ages engaged in learning more about this historic document by viewing it at the cathedral, attending various events and by taking part in the light and sound trail around the town.

I was especially delighted to see that so many schools took the opportunity to visit the exemplar copy at the cathedral and take part in workshops to bring the story alive.

This was yet another excellent example of the sort of partnership that makes this town prosper, so well done all partners who included The Bury Society, St Edmundsbury Borough Council and the cathedral as well as project manager Alan Baxter. A special thank you must go to Margaret Charlesworth, whose chairmanship of the committee and passion for the Magna Carta were absolutely key in bringing this project to fruition.

-- Cllr Sarah Stamp, St Edmundsbury Cabinet, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Heritage

MEMORIES OF 1959 PAGEANT

RE The Picture from the Past of the 1959 Magna Carta Pageant (Bury Free Press, October 31). I was in that pageant, as was my grandmother in the previous one. Sadly I have no pictures.

Monty Ponsford and I were two barons on my horses, Jewel and Rufus, having a riding school at the time.

-- Doreen Nice, Culford

CASUALTIES BORE MY SURNAME

The front page of the Bury Free Press on November 7 was a beautifully chosen tribute to the men of the town who were killed in the First World War. As a family historian with an interest in the Great War I noted that two casualties bore my surname. I have some information on John Edward Garwood, his father was a retired Metropolitan Police Inspector and may have kept the now defunct New Inn in Northgate Street. I would be pleased to hear from any readers of this newspaper who have any information about John, no matter how insignificant. Sergeant William Garwood Military Medal, Royal Field Artillery, appears in the Bury St Edmunds Book of Remembrance, and in the Suffolk Roll of Honour. However he is not listed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, nor in the volumes of Soldiers Died. No Medal Index Card can be found, or record of his enlistment. Please contact me at colin.garwood197@btinternet.com with any details of John or William, or indeed any other Garwoods who served in the First World War.

-- Colin Garwood, Bury St Edmunds

HIGH STANDARDS AT HOSPITAL

Since August 2013 until November 8, 2014, I have been under the care of the Endoscopy/Urology unit Ward F5 and other departments at West Suffolk Hospital and I would wish to say a big thank you to all the staff that have treated me to a very high standard of professionalism and care.

-- Keith Skinner, via email

GREAT HISTORY OF PRODUCTIONS

I was delighted to see that Londoner Charlotte Good (Letters, October 31) praised Bury St Edmunds and its attractions. Well deserved indeed, especially the Magna Carta display. I was also pleased that she had enjoyed the ‘fantastic’ musical Anything Goes at the Theatre Royal as this was put on by Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society (BSEAODS) a group of local people who consistently win awards for the quality of their productions. NODA (National Operatic & Dramatic Association) recently presented us with the Councillor’s Cup, the highest accolade in the Eastern area for all amateur groups, to mark the society’s 110th year (2013). So we must be doing something right!

We are the oldest performing group in the town, and probably in West Suffolk. We have performed some 132 musicals and operettas, over 50 plays, and numerous concerts. All members involved in amateur theatre know the sacrifices to be made with months of rehearsal, including weekends, but so enjoy their hobby, as well as being able to entertain the community.

But having an enjoyable hobby does not stop there: BSEAODS have contributed thousands of pounds to the restoration of the Theatre Royal both in the 1960s (we were the first group to perform there on reopening) and recently for 2005/7; we raise funds for charity – a concert at The Apex in 2011 gave some £1,200 to Help for Heroes; and this year some members are giving up time on Christmas Day to sing for those who are alone.

There’s more: On page 138 of the Bury Free Press of Friday, October 31, you had an article about Abi Hood, now a professional actress. I remember Abi when she performed with BSEAODS as a young girl; and in 1999 she received our Alan Holt Award, named in memory of a former president, which is a cash contribution given annually for the past 26 years to help aspiring youngsters who wish to pursue training in the performing arts. I am so glad to see she has continued her dream.

BSEAODS will strive to bring high standard productions to the town and to perform at the historic Theatre Royal despite rising financial demands. We will be presenting Lionel Bart’s Oliver! in the theatre in May next year. If you would like to join us, then check out our website – www.burystedmundsoperatic.co.uk – or find us on our Facebook page. If you don’t perform, then come and see us – no need to go to London for quality entertainment.

-- Joan Abbs, Archivist for BSEAODS

WELL DONE FOR A SUPER PRODUCTION

Congratulations to the Irving Stage Company for their production of Jesus Christ Superstar in the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds last week.

So much super dancing and singing – everybody said to me what a fantastic show it was.

-- Brian Cash, Bury St Edmunds