Letters, August 16, 2012

Keith Lindley, from Doncaster, sent us this picture of his dog Sam at Tintagel in Cornwall, admiring the coastline on a recent holiday.
Keith Lindley, from Doncaster, sent us this picture of his dog Sam at Tintagel in Cornwall, admiring the coastline on a recent holiday.

Touching display is a testament to the sacrifice and amazing courage of airmen

CONGRATULATIONS to Chris at Edlington Library, Martin Wells Centre.

Chris has created a very touching and informative display of the Memorial Service, held at Old Edlington on July 22.

This service was to honour the crew of a Lancaster Bomber, which crashed near Old Edlington, on September 28th, 1943, killing all on board.

Chris’s display is a testament to all of Bomber Command, during World War Two. Please go along and view this very touching display.

Dennis Hodgetts, Darrington Drive, Warmsworth

Help us find the curry cheaters

CAN I appeal to your readers for help? We have had reports recently from various parts of the country that some curry restaurants are falsely claiming in their advertising or other promotional material to be winners of a British Curry Award.

The Awards are the ‘Oscars’ of our industry and the ultimate accolade for those who win them.

The Awards dinner itself is the biggest event of the year in the hospitality industry calendar. So it’s unfair both on our genuine winners and restaurant customers throughout the UK if some seek to gain advantage by claiming to be something they are not.

A list of winners from the last seven years can be found on our website at www.britishcurryawards.co.uk and I would urge your readers to report to us any restaurant that is erroneously claiming past success so that we can take action against them.

They can do so by emailing us at info@britishcurryawards.co.uk

On a more positive note, the nomination process for the 2012 British Curry Awards is now open and anyone can put forward a restaurant for consideration.

Last year an amazing 2,700 restaurants were entered for the awards from a record 68,000 public nominations.

So if you have a favourite curry restaurant that you think is deserving of recognition, please let us know.

Nomination forms are available on our website and will be accepted up to 24 September. The winners will be announced at the Battersea Evolution, London, on Monday 26 November.

Enam Ali MBE, Organiser, British Curry Awards

Insurance deal 
is no use at all

I AM trying to book a single trip repatriation/medical insurance only.

They take your name and age (being a pensioner this doubles the price straight away), and now they ask about any medical conditions, so you go through the never-ending barrage of questions.

They want to know everything that has happened to you since you were born, any ailments your parents had or may have, and every ticked box bumps the price up more.

Then they come up with the following quote “we are unable to offer cover for any claims directly or indirectly relating to any condition.”

Is this a get-out-of-jail ticket or what?

Anything could be construed to be indirectly related to any condition and with the above statement, just what exactly are you insured for and what is the point of having insurance with this amendment.

Dave Croucher, Pinfold Gardens, Doncaster

Back to basics 
for councillors

WE all have our favourite political parties and we all probably vote the same way to elect our local councillors, mainly to try and stop the other parties gaining more places or getting in.

When the results are announced, we all hope our votes have been successful, but time and time again we all end up extremely disappointed,

We have always felt that way with politicians so it makes no difference at all but still we would rather have who we prefer in than those who we don’t.

The main problem we have now in my opinion is with our local councillors who just do not listen and react to people’s problems and concerns like they used to do.

It was only a few years ago when the residents could go to the homes of the local councillors, who would listen sympathetically and really try their best to sort all the problems out. It is completely different now - we are having to fight our councillors to try and get something done but they do not listen and they just do as they please.

Thousands of residents around the Doncaster area will all feel the same, I am certain about this and it is about time all of our councillors started to listen and act accordingly when genuine problems arise.

I say all as there are still a few who do try but in my view the rest could not care less.

At the end of the day they are supposed to be there to represent us and that is what we elect them for.

What we all need around the Doncaster area are caring genuine people who will do what they are supposed to do instead of doing entirely the opposite,

John Lyne, Doncaster

Town’s flower beds look great

I WOULD like to take this opportunity to thank Mayor Peter Davies and the team at Parks and Open Spaces for the time and effort they have put into making the flower beds of Doncaster look very patriotic with their red, white and blue flower scheme.

I hope they are to stay looking as good for the St Leger race week in September and I hope other people appreciated them as much as I have.

B Law, Warning Tongue Lane, Doncaster

Time to abolish the civic mayor

I AM sure that many of your readers were as horrified as I was to read about the Civic Mayor’s official trip to Ireland.

I understand that in addition to herself, she took her husband and a driver and the mayoral limousine.

No wonder the trip cost over £800, the equivalent of two weeks wages for many council employees. The previous elected mayor, Martin Winters also had a limousine and driver paid for by Doncaster council tax payers.

One of the many acts of self sacrifice carried out by the present elected Mayor, Mr Peter Davies, was to sell his limousine, the proceeds of which went into council funds, and reducing the future expense of his office.

When Martin Winter was elected, I thought that the office of civic mayor would disappear. In view of the latest piece of extravagance I think that the time has now come to abolish this costly position.

John Brennan, Ravens Walk, Conisbrough

Here’s what to do with High School

FURTHER to the letter in last week’s Free Press regarding the future of The Girl’s High School - this is an idea that I put forward some time ago and have received great backing for this suggestion, including from Harry Santiuste.

As a member of Doncaster Family History Society, and a non driver, I find great difficulty in getting down to King Edward Road School.

And indeed on my last visit some time ago, police were making arrests in the road, there was a tramp asleep in the playground, and I did feel somewhat threatened in that area.

Surely it must make sense to bring the archives and family history to the same area as the library and museum, and I cannot think of a better place than the High School.

With regard to costs, surely the old King Edward Road building could be sold, possibly for housing, and the proceeds of sale put towards the cost of renovation.

The High School is a large building and has some rooms which could be let out for various groups, ie rehearsals, arts, crafts, skills, music, cafeteria, meetings etc.

I believe there is still ample parking space and I would ask the council to seriously consider this option for that building.

Margaret Herbert, The Boulevard, Edenthorpe

Thank you for 
the tea parties

AS a local Marie Curie Fundraiser, I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone in South Yorkshire who held or attended a Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie Cancer Care this summer.

We still have a couple more tea parties planned to take place in the coming weeks but by the end of August we hope over £9,500 will have been raised from tea parties in our area, all of which will help provide even more Marie Curie Nursing Care to people in communities across our local region.

We have heard of a variety of tea parties over the course of the last few months and everyone has had a fantastic time.

The money raised from generous supporters will allow Marie Curie Nurses in our area to provide more free care to terminally ill people in their own homes, enabling them to spend their final weeks, days or hours in familiar surroundings with family and friends close by.

If anyone is yet to pay in the money raised from a Blooming Great Tea Party, call 0114 279 3010 or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/teaparty for more information.

Liz Howlett, Community Fundraiser, Marie Curie Cancer Care

Will we get the money back?

I READ with interest “Fear for libraries as legal bid thrown out”, printed on page 37 of the DFP on Thursday, August 9.

It reports the “save Doncaster Libraries” campaigners are upset for the 15,000 people who signed a petition against closures and those who contributed money to the challenge.

I am similarly upset this unreasonable and irrational legal challenge has left Doncaster’s 250,000 taxpayers liable for approximately £30,000 costs.

I trust the council’s Legal and Democratic Services will be seeking an order for costs from his Justice Higginbottom.

Maurice Field, Kings Road, Wheatley

PICTURE OF THE WEEK: Sam admires the scenery in Cornwall - “This view is a bite of all right isn’t it?”

HAVE you got a great photo you’d like to share with Doncaster Free Press readers? Then why not send it to us and you could see your picture on this page!

Whether its scenery, buildings, people or places - if you’ve taken a picture simply email it, along with your details to editorial@doncastertoday.co.uk and mark the subject line “Picture of the Week.”

This week’s picture comes from Keith Lindley, from Doncaster, of his dog Sam at Tintagel in Cornwall, admiring the coastline on a recent holiday.