Recorder letters: Boots in trees, diesel, trumpet corps, theatres, FGM, railways, mail

PUBLISHED: 09:35 06 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:35 06 March 2017


Trainers and football boots hanging from a tree in Cottons Park. Picture: MAUREEN WHEELER

Puzzled by the football boots in tree

Maureen Wheeler, Jubilee Avenue, Romford, writes:

I wonder if any of your readers know why a tree in Cottons Park is full of trainers and football boots?

They don’t appear to be old.

It seems people have money to throw away, albeit up a tree.

Am I the only person puzzled by this?

Blame the sheer number of vehicles, not diesel engines

Steve Thomas, Bruce Avenue, Hornchurch, writes:

The report in last week’s Recorder that there are 35,000 diesel engine cars in Havering was typical of the current panic regarding the emissions that these vehicles produce.

In fact modern diesel engines are a very advanced piece of technology, with the lowest emissions since they were first invented.

What is essential, howeve,r is that diesel engines are regularly serviced and maintained. Diesel engines produce far less CO2 than their petrol counterparts, and while NOX and particulates are higher, these harmful fumes are also present in petrol engines.

The report failed to mention vans and lorries which are almost all powered by diesel engines; and 98 per cent of goods are moved around by these efficient vehicles.

Then there are all the double decker buses, taxi cabs, minicabs, generators etc all running efficiently on diesel fuel.

The report fails to mention the fact that 35,000 diesel cars are not all running at once, and that emissions overall in Havering are lower than most London boroughs.

Then you have to remember, that just down the road Ford Dagenham (part of which is in Havering) produces only diesel engines providing thousands of highly paid jobs.

The engines produced at Ford are cutting edge technology, and ways will be found to deal still further with harmful emissions.

What’s killing people is the sheer number of all vehicles on the roads. Every town and city across the world has the problem with vehicle emissions, and taking a relatively small number of cars off the road won`t make the slightest difference!

Happy birthday to trumpet corps

Lynne Knight (ex Haverette), writes:

My friends, husband and I, ex-members of the Haverettes All Girls Marching Band and the Basildon Drum & Trumpet Corps, had the pleasure of attending the 60th anniversary concert of the Romford Drum & Trumpet Corps held at Epping Forest College on Sunday, February 26.

This organisation obviously nurtures the young people that join, teaching them music, discipline, confidence and a sense of family and community.

It was an amazing night, not only with the music played by current band members but with guest appearances of musicians from the past and Epping Forest Pipe Band.

Compere was Alasdair Hutton, band director Paul Binder, musical director Samantha Barrand and band president Captain James Marshall conducted.

The whole programme was excellent and full of fun and reminiscence. I particularly liked the theme tune of Last of the Mohicans and their medley of Madness.

They also honoured their founder, the late Dick Bouchard MBE, who was undoubtedly admired in the youth band world and would be so proud of the band as it progresses now.

Well done Romford Drum & Trumpet Corps and happy anniversary.

What fantastic theatres we have

Lesley Dunn, Mallard Close, Cranham, writes:

How lucky are we people of Havering to have two fantastic theatres in our area.

Last Monday I saw the amazing The Crucible at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and then Sunday I saw the Father and Son tour at Brookside Theatre, Romford.

Both are completely different theatres that suited each show. In Romford was Father and Son, Chip and Chesney Hawkes who are touring and this was the perfect setting for this fabulous show. The intimate auditorium showed all the charm and charisma that Chip Hawkes possesses has rubbed off onto Chesney as they entertained the packed audience along with Jodie Hawkes on drums and Gary Nuttall on guitar. The only British father and son both to have had a number one hit in the UK, Chip with Silence is Golden in 1967 and Chesney’s The One and Only in 1991.

For the finale the audience was in for a treat when they were joined on stage by local musician Mick Clarke of the Rubettes and Rick Westwood who was also in the Tremeloes.

I for one count myself lucky to live in an area with such fantastic venues.

Why Miller wrote The Crucible

David J Savage, Queen’s Theatre Club member, The Green, South Ockendon, writes:

While agreeing with Hayley Anderson’s favourable review of the Hornchurch production of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible (last week, page 46), I hope she won’t mind me explaining why the play was written in the first place.

Mr Miller, who I had the honour of meeting when he celebrated his 80th birthday in London in 1995, was among those persecuted by the House of Un-American Activities, led by Senator Joe McCarthy, for their real, or imagined, Communist sympathies.

Because Miller had drawn parallels between the behaviour of committee members and those involved in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, he was refused a passport to Britain to see the opening of the play here in 1954.

Three years earlier, while filming at Shepperton Studios, American actor Sam Wanamaker, interviewed on my Basildon Hospital Radio arts magazine programme in the 1990s, learned he had been blacklisted by the committee and was being investigated by the FBI director J Edgar Hoover.

He decided to stay, our great gain as he went on to recreate Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on London’s South Bank which has proved such an artistic and audience-drawing success.

As the Queen’s Theatre’s artistic director Douglas Rintoul points out in his excellent programme note, life in the US and the UK has undergone a political sea-change since rehearsals began and that “there’s a palpable sense that this 1950s play is for now”.

I congratulate him and all his team on a wonderful production which begins a well-deserved tour of the nation, and of Luxembourg later this month.

Why no charges over FGM?

L Hoad, Wood View Mews, Romford, writes:

I read with interest the article regarding female genital mutilation and the latest figures available.

However, this problem lies at the door of the professionals who are doctors, nurses, teachers, social workers.

If so many FGMs are being carried out in the borough – how many people have been charged?

It is against the law so they should speak up and ensure that the parents responsible are charged.

This problem has been going on for years in this country and one only has to look at the figures to see what is being done – nothing.

Stop dividends to rail shareholders

Cllr Denis O’Flynn, Heaton ward, writes:

Andrew Rosindell MP in his letter to the Romford Recorder (February 24) defending the subsidy and the necessity for the subsidy makes an excellent case for nationalisation of the rail system.

The whole argument advanced by the Conservative Party prior to privatisation was that nationalisation was costly and a continuing financial drain on our resources and using the old cliche that we were throwing good money after bad.

If that statement was true then please tell me what has changed.

We listen into the morning news about breakdowns,cancellations and long delays due to wire failure etc.

Think of the bitter frustration of the public knowing they are going to be late for work again and trying to explain to an unsympathetic boss and the cost to individuals who lose money through no fault of their own and much of this goes unreported.

However, when the cause of the delay is through strike action by people trying to protect their jobs we get full coverage by the media who conveniently point out the massive sums put in the transport system by the government and the reason for the cutbacks is to allow the greedy shareholders more dividends at the expense of the labour force.

Andrew, why does the government, any government, allow dividends to be paid out to an organisation that relies so heavily on government subsidy at the expense of the taxpayer?

The late Baroness Thatcher when she was prime minister would not have allowed such a practice and as a result of her rigid policy many small firms went to the wall.

If we nationalise our rail system now we would be paying for many much needed improvements but at least we would know our money was not being used furnish a lavish lifestyle by a few at the expense of the many.

Can I also ask of you to use your position to find out how much time is used in preventive maintenance which would help to identify potential faults before they become major hold-ups.

I think your argument is on the right track but you must go further and demand a cessation to the practice of paying dividends before profit or service is achieved to the advantage of the commuting public.

Staff shortage means no mail

Denis Breading, full address supplied, writes:

I live in Elm Park and, like several parts of Elm Park, I have not had any post on Tuesday and Wednesday.

When I went up to the delivery office in Hornchurch I was told they are short on staff and cannot cover all areas.

When I asked for my post – I had ID – they refused saying I would have to wait for it to be delivered.

Is this the privatised post office that charges so much for their first class stamps?

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