Letters to the Editor, January 3, 2013

PUBLISHED: 11:54 07 January 2013 | UPDATED: 09:07 08 January 2013

Carl Pugh

IT WAS with sadness that I heard of the recent passing of Carl Pugh.

While his name may not be familiar, to many weekend crossword puzzlers, Carl was an essential part of their lives.

A keen puzzler, Carl would fill in a puzzle grid, a feat he seemed able to achieve with comparative ease.

He would then leave the completed puzzle at the desk in Weston Library where, on Mondays, frustrated crossword puzzlers would phone or call for the answer to 1 across etc.

Carl provided this free service for many years and I believe in recent times Somerset Information Service also benefited from his skill.

As a former library assistant, I was grateful to Carl on many, many occasions in the past for providing the answers.

Known affectionately by library staff as Crossword Carl, he will be missed by many, who may not ever have known him.

Thank you Carl for filling in those blanks for so many over the years.

JAQUELYN JAMES

Trewartha Park, Weston

Thank you

WE ARE writing to say thank you to everyone from Somerset who supported the Meningitis Trust during 2012.

It’s only with the help of local communities that we are able to continue our vital work, helping to rebuild lives shattered by meningitis and save lives through awareness.

Meningitis can strike anyone, of any age, at any time. Those who survive can be left with devastating after-effects, including loss of hearing and sight, brain damage and, where septicaemia (blood poisoning) has occurred, loss of limbs. These after-effects can last a lifetime and have a huge impact on all aspects of daily life for family, friends and colleagues, as well as for the individual affected.

At the trust we’re dedicated to helping all those people who have experienced meningitis rebuild their lives and have a better future through our range of free specialist support services. These services include home visits, counselling, financial support grants, and creative therapy sessions. Family Days and our 24-hour free phone nurse-led helpline.

We rely entirely on voluntary donations, which mean support form local individuals, families, schools, nurseries and businesses are fundamental to our survival. We need £8,000 a day, or more than £5 every minute, to keep our lifeline open.

Our free 24-hour helpline is open 365 days a year on 08088 010388 or visit our website at www.meningitis-trust.org

CATHY HILL AND LEAH WYNN

Meningitis Trust, South West Region, Bath Road, Stroud

The best ever

I WOULD like to thank all those who have pulled out all the stops in trying to make this Christmas season the best ever.

I for one have enjoyed the late night shopping and walking around the Weston Winter Wonderland. They all tried their best and for that they deserve a special thank you.

E GARLAND

Bristol Road Lower, Weston

Lollipop person

THERE are two schools in Hutton with under 11s, yet no lollipop person.

The main road through the village is so busy with cars, buses and coaches. We all understand about the cuts but not at the expense of children’s lives. Is the council waiting for a child to be killed?

The council needs to save money, so why not turn off some of the lights blazing away and turn the heating down in its lovely expensive new building?

MRS PAYNE

Granny of two under 11s

Moore Croft Road, Hutton

Marvellous

WHAT a marvellous Christmas Carol Service at the St John Ambulance headquarters in Oxford Street on December 20.

The members collected us from The Maltings in Worle for the service and provided a cup of tea afterwards. The band was full of talented musicians and we all had a wonderful time and would like to say a big thank you to all concerned.

MRS R DEWERSON

Garden Close, Worle

Parking scheme

COMMENTS from councillors and the council in respect of the new town centre parking scheme.

Businesses… great help and success, town centre shoppers… great help and success, residents… no comment, no help, no understanding, no parking! Perhaps they will spare a thought for residents trudging through the rain as conversely they are able to get out of their own cars and with a few steps are in their own homes.

BRIAN SHELDRAKE

Palmer Row, Weston

Power failure

ON CHRISTMAS Eve due to a serious power failure affecting Uphill residents were left with no heating or light for several hours.

Elderly people living alone were forced to sit in complete darkness and cold until early Christmas morning when power was restored.

In my case fortunately a very kind neighbour allowed me to cook my evening meal on his gas cooker which also provided a little warmth.

Two concerned friends, aware that I’d suffered a heart attack in the past, also came up to see that I was alright. What I would have done without these good Samaritans I have no idea.

In emergencies such as this may I make an urgent plea to people to visit or phone an elderly neighbour to make sure they are okay. Sadly there are far too many uncaring people around.

I only know how grateful I was that someone cared about me in a crisis but there are others I know of who were left entirely on their own surrounded by indifferent neighbours who couldn’t be bothered about them.

JILLIAN BESSELL

Uphill Way, Uphill

I WAS impressed with your bumper nativity picture special and how Mercury photographers have been out to almost 50 schools to capture the happy smiling faces of young Marys and Josephs, as many pupils make their acting debuts.

It’s good to see how many of our schools still keep the traditional nativity plays alive at Christmas time after hearing recently how many schools don’t have traditional nativity plays anymore.

Christmas tradition that is sacred and if we lose that it would be like losing part of what makes us British.

I’m sure all those parents who supported their children celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ in the nativity play were very proud.

D F COURTNEY

Victoria Park, Weston


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