Your letters – December 14

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the apex

One-size venue won’t fit all

The issue of the capacity of the Apex has been raised again (Readers’ Views, December 7). First, there can be no ‘one size fits all’ entertainment venue. A venue that is suitable for a pop concert will be quite unsuitable for an orchestral quartet. Second, the Apex must serve the whole community of Bury and its environs. This means catering for fans of band music as well as those who like jazz and enjoy comedy. Shows for children, whether or not as participants, opportunities for local orchestras and choirs to perform, as well as the odd charity event – all of those have to be provided for.
The events management team at the Apex does a remarkably good job in providing a variety of acts as a glance at the programme will show. There are craft fairs in the lobby, a coffee bar and art gallery upstairs, and social events in the auditorium.
That your correspondent goes to the Apex occasionally shows that he is a discerning person. No individual will attend more than a selection of events precisely because the range of events is so great and has to be. 
Let’s have fewer complainta about the Apex. We are fortunate to have such a well-designed, accessible and flexible multi-purpose events centre in what is quite a modest-sized town. Many much larger towns are less well provided for.

Margaret Wilkin

Bury St Edmunds

angel hotel

Coverage was excessive

I feel I must protest against your excessive coverage about the downgrading of the Angel Hotel (Bury Free Press, November 23).
Yes, mistakes are sometimes made in the food industry, but to give it what amounted to two pages in your paper is more than any business deserves. What are you trying to do to this Bury St Edmunds institution?
In the present economic climate, businesses need all the help they can get, but with the coverage you have just given them, heaven help them.

N F Finch

Bury St Edmunds


Chancellor’s cuts are not fair

In response to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock was quoted as stating that it was ‘fair to hold down increases’ on benefits and that ‘those going out to work are the people who pay for benefits’. Perhaps Mr Hancock has not yet found the time to review the excellent Joseph Rowntree report, Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion, which reveals the extent of in-work poverty and impact of an under-employed work force. It identifies that 6.1 million people in poverty are in working households. Excluding pensioners, in-work poverty now outstrips workless poverty at 5.1 million households.

Low income households will suffer a double disadvantage because of income-related and Housing Benefit changes. Planned changes to disability benefit could mean additional hardship for disabled people. Additionally, House of Commons library research shows further inequalities in that out of the total £16 billion George Osborne is raising in direct tax, credit, benefit, pay and pension changes, £12 billion is being paid for by women.

What is happening is far from fair and the growth of families dependent on food banks in West Suffolk should be a warning to all of us who care about those made most vulnerable by our society. Mr Hancock’s comments are disappointing in that they endorse this Governments continued onslaught and demonisation of those who are unable to work or perhaps live a decent life without needing some additional help.

Jane Basham


thank you

Delighted by honesty
I have 16-year-old twin girls. Both have lost their purses separately while travelling home from school on the Galloways 384 bus service from Bury St Edmunds which stops at Woolpit at around 4.30 pm. The first purse was lost during September and the second on Tuesday, November 27. This second loss was particularly worrying as the purse contained a large amount of cash intended for some new running spikes.

To our surprise, on both occasions, a kind individual has found the lost purse and given it to the driver who has then handed it in. That there are still so many honest and kind people about has been a source of inspiration for us in these gloomy times. We’ve also been touched by the courteous and helpful approach shown by the Galloways staff.

We’re very grateful indeed to the individuals who found the purses and took the trouble to hand them in. We’re also grateful to Galloways for their help. In the meantime, I hope my daughters have learnt their lesson and will be keeping a close eye on their purses in future.

Rebecca George



Memories of Eastgate Street

Do any readers have any recollection of the little fish and chip shop that stood in Eastgate Street in the 1930s?

I think it was almost opposite the Mission Hall. I remember when, at age six, with my Grandma Canham, leaving London on a train and arriving in Bury.

The journey to and from Bury train station to Eastgate Street was by pony and trap – imagine the thrill for me to experience a week in the country after busy north west London.

We stayed at 25 Eastgate Street, with Mrs Harvey, Grandma’s old school friend.

I would love to see any old photos of old Eastgate Street.

B Brown

Bury St Edmunds


Centre has been helping for years

You have given the new Gatehouse Foodbank a lot of publicity. However, you continually refer to it as ‘Bury’s first food bank’. It is not.

The Vineyard Centre, in Out Westgate, has been giving out food parcels for years, with clients referred from, among others, the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

Please don’t ignore what is already a great resource for the needy in Bury.

The Vineyard Centre Storehouse also needs donations, at present of cereals (multi-packs if possible), UHT milk, tinned meat and tinned potatoes, according to their latest blog.

They are at 15a Out Westgate.

Judy Broadway

CAB volunteer