Letters, June 21, 2012

'Poppies at Rossington' taken by Neil Barthorpe of Rossington.
'Poppies at Rossington' taken by Neil Barthorpe of Rossington.

HOW fitting it is in this year of the Queens Diamond Jubilee and 2012 Olympics that a miners’ Davey lamp (flame safety lamp) is permanently on hand tokeep the Olypmic torch alight as it passes through the old mining town of Conisbrough on June 26 before its journey to Doncaster.

It is interesting to note that Conisbrough not only will be celebrating the ‘torch bearers’ visit’ to the town but also looks forward to the 100th anniversary of King George V and Queen Mary’s visit to Conisbrough Castle on July 8.

During the 1912 Royal Visit to the castle the royal standard adorned the top of the castle keep.

This was a very happy Monday for the local mining community, but in the following next few hours it bore witness to a terrible Tuesday when disaster struck at Cadeby Colliery, Conisbrough, July 9, 1912.

Two explosions at the mine resulted in an eventual death toll of 91 men and boys and a number of pit ponies.

King George V and Queen Mary cam back to Conisbrougj to visit the scene of the Cadeby Pit disaster and helped to console distraught relatives at the scene.

Thanks to donations, collections and sale of books, calendars and memorial badges the Conisbrough and Denaby Main Memorial Group have secured funds to place a memorial to victims of those killed in the disaster in Denaby Main Cementary and another memorial stone in Conisbrough cemetary.

So please do spare a thought for those lost miners of Conisbrough when you welcome the Olympic Torch and remember that old flame safety lamp of the miners, is lighting the way, all the way to the 2012 London Olympics.

Lets do it Great Britain

Darren Paul Sables, Poplar Terrace, Bentley

Not everyone is treated the same

FOLLOWING the announcement last week to stop local NHS discrimination against our elderly, it re-affirms what I have been fighting against ever since the inception of QALY (Quality Adjusted Life Year) which was, and is, illegal by its very definition.

Created by Frank Dobson Labour MP who introduced NICE, who turned out to be anything but nice, as they set a model to be reached by drug companies, but the drug companies were not allowed to know the model by which they were being judged, again promoted and endorsed by Labour.

I contacted our local MP Caroline Flint who was then a junior health minister who referred me to my primary care trust, passing the buck I call it.

I have been fighting this discrimination for nearly ten years. In that time I have known of many deaths caused by PCTs refusing treatment because of NICE guidelines. To meet the financial pressures, QALY was used to decide whether a person was worth saving, in financial terms.

The people most affected are those who have contibuted most into the NHS in their lifetime and believed in the core principles: that it meets the needs of everyone, it is free at the point of delivery and is based on clinical need not the ability to pay, all of which was totally disregarded by the Health Minister of the day, Frank Dobson, and the Tony Blair the PM.

We are the only country in the western world with a National Health Service that decides, by discriminate selection, who receives the treatment and who doesn’t or put more succinctly, who lives or dies.

Anne Rutherford, Norwood Road, Dunscroft

Have respect for our doctors

MY doctor will not be on strike this Thursday. He was lucky, having retired some time ago, and was presumably,enjoying life with plenty to do and plenty of time in which to do it. In reality however, he was busy writing a book which he described as ‘a GPs advice on how things work in a simple understandable way.’ Such a book many of us would find very useful.

As a student his favourite holiday job was emptying the dustbins, the metal ones with handles on the sides. Do you remember them? He had genuine respect for the men he worked with and when qualified chose to practise in the same area where he had been reared, a mining village not far from Doncaster.

As the years went by his health like ours began to deteriorate. This was due to a ‘neurological disorder’, but he persevered with the book until it became too much for him. Yet he was so grateful that he was blessed with a wonderful loving wife and family who were such a great support.

My doctor died very recently, not peacefully in his sleep or of old age, but from motor neurone disease. He was still a comparatively young man in his sixties. Perhaps next time you are having a little grumble or growing impatient in your local surgery you might spare him a thought.

And please give these words some thought, also.... Honour a physician with the honour due to him, for the uses which ye may have of him, for the Lord hath created him.

Marion Rodwell, Springwell Gardens, Balby

It’s not like in my days

I KNOW it’s a bit late but can I just make a comment on the ‘apprenticeships’ piece in DFP May 31.

One paragraph states that eight out of 10 apprentices believed that the apprenticeship had improved their ability to do their job and provided them with the skills and knowledge to improve their career propects. Isn’t this stating the obvious and isn’t this what apprenticeships are all about?

I can remember when an apprenticeship ran for four to six years (starting as you left school at 15 and finishing at 21 years of age), not the shortened version that we have now.

Great newspaper anyway so keep up the good work for tDoncaster and surrounding districts.

D. Harrison, Conisbrough

Looking for former choristers

THE Danensian Choir celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and I am arranging a reunion concert which will be held at Doncaster Minster on Sunday September 16, the last day of the Doncaster St Leger Festival.

I am looking for any former choristers who still live locally to join us for this celebratory event which is to raise funds for the restoration of the Minster. There will be a buffet reception for all choristers during the course of the afternoon. If you are a former chorister and would like to be part of this reunion, please contact me on (01302) 536930 or email paul_west44@tiscali.co.uk for further information.

Paul West, Chairman, Danensian Choir. Ellers Drive, Bessacarr

Do you have no interest in jazz?

WITH regard to the event in Jazz in the market place held on Saturday, May 26, we noticed you put no announcements in the Free Press about this and as it is sponsored by the market stall holders, more people would have been attracted around the market area.

It appears you have no interest in this or Charlie Worsdale’s informative writing about Jazz in the town, you seem to be more interested in pubs and clubs in Doncaster.

Ms Doreen Waters, Everetts Close, Tickhill

Editor’s Note: Charlie’s popular column is available on our website www.doncastertoday.co.uk

We’re missing the torch

HOW wonderful that on June 26 the Olympic torch will be coming to Doncaster.

From there it will be travelling along the A18 to my village of Hatfield, and I am sure it will be greeted by many thousands of cheering residents along its route.

So what a disgrace that the torch will terminate at the end of Hatfield Village, thereby denying the residents of Hatfield Woodhouse the chance to see the torch.

Hatfield Town councillor, Mr John Brown raised this issue, and was told that the teachers from Hatfield Woodhouse school should march the children along the roads to Hatfield to enable them to see the torch. Surely this would have serious health and safety implications? And why should they have to? Instead of loading the flame into the back of a van at the end of Hatfield, and driving it to Scunthorpe, why not extend its route another one and half miles, and let the residents, especially the children of Hatfield Woodhouse, see this once in a lifetime experience,

What harm can it possible do, it would then terminate at the Green Tree Inn.

Mick Glynn, Hatfield Town Councillor, Doncaster Road Hatfield

Air raid shelter memories

I’M an architect researching public air raid shelters (including workplace and institutional ones) and underground bunkers nationally but have had problems finding surviving sites in Doncaster.

I’d be grateful for any help from your readers on sites that they know about.

I’d also be very interested to hear of any experiences readers had of either taking shelter during the war or playing in the abandoned shelters after the war.

Please contact me at raynerarchitects@yahoo.co.uk

Chris Rayner, Kent

Look after yourselves

IF Doncaster Council can underspend by £4.5 million don’t we think it is time that they offset some of the money towards their pension fund and stop ‘Joe Public’ having to provide for their pension every year?

I never asked the council to subsidise my pension fund when I was working and no other industry expected to them to,

Mr Lionel Overson, Childers Street, Hyde Park

We must all help our youngsters

THE recession is damaging the hopes of thousands of young people in Doncaster who are struggling to find a job. Now young people in schools could be next in line.

Prince’s Trust research shows that seven out of ten secondary school teachers (70 per cent) are “increasingly worried” their pupils will end up on benefits, while one in three (37 per cent) feel their efforts are “in vain”.

Here in Doncaster, an extra concern is that more than 2,900 pupils are regular absentees. These young people can fall out of the system because they struggle to keep up, feeling they will never achieve anything.

We know that teachers do all they can to help students, but many are telling us they need more support.

Here at The Prince’s Trust, we run programmes with teachers to help young people who are struggling, preventing exclusions, improving grades and giving them the skills they need to find a job in the future.

Government, charities and employers must work with schools now to support vulnerable young people. If we don’t, we risk seeing a generation of young adults joining the dole queue.

Sam Kennedy, Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Director for The Prince’s Trust

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