Recorder letters: Youth theatre, Elm Park, Orchard Village, Queen’s Hospital, GLA, detection dogs, hosipic, TfL, pollution and FGM

PUBLISHED: 09:59 17 July 2017

Mark Sepple

An adaptation of beloved children’s tale The Wind in the Willows, will be the main attraction of Queen’s Theatre community fun day celebrating 25 years of its youth theatre, QYouth. Picture: MARK SEPPLE

Wind in the Willows was fantastic

Mrs Lesley Dunn, Mallard Close, Cranham, writes:

I just have to write and say how fantastic the youth show The Wind in the Willows was at the Queen’s Theatre over the weekend.

This show would be good enough to go on in the West End but we are fortunate enough to have it in our local community.

The children were amazing, the acting was superb and the music, which had been written especially for this show, was outstanding.

After a standing ovation and an applause that didn’t seem like it was ever going to end we were told it was the Youth Theatre’s 25 birthday and that thousands of children have benefited from the group.

So I want to say well done The Queen’s Theatre, a massive well done to the cast of The Wind in the Willows and congratulations to the musical director and everyone involved... you did yourselves proud.

Thank you and kind regards.

So much good is going on and children lead the way

Cllrs Stephanie Nunn and Barry Mugglestone, Elm Park Ward, write:

In the last few weeks there has been a lot of community activity going on in Elm Park.

What a pleasure it was to see the children from Benhurst, Elm Park Primary, R J Mitchell and St Alban’s schools planting up the carriages of the little Elm Park Train. Thanks to Mr Denchfield, headteacher of Benhurst for hosting this.

The train, made several years ago by the Hobby Shop, is now restored to its usual spot next to Elm Park Station.

The colourful backdrop to the train is provided by banners with paintings of the seasons, also designed by children from the four schools.

We are pleased that the local schools are so involved in improving our environment and helping in our bid to win a Gold Award in London in Bloom.

Thanks are also due to the Elm Park Horticultural Guild, in particular Bernie who hosted our community planting of flower pockets to put around the town centre and watered them daily.

Our local shops and St Nicholas Church help us to water and maintain the flower beds on a regular basis.

In the last few weeks we have unveiled the Elm Park Garden City Village sign which was achieved by donations and support from groups, individuals, Elm Park Regeneration and Havering Council.

Finally, we would like to thank all the volunteers who helped in the community clean-up recently.

There is so much good going on and whether we win a Gold Award or not from London in Bloom, we should be proud of the community spirit shown and where we live – Elm Park

Councillor snubbed by council leader

Cllr David Durant, Rainham and Wennington Independent Residents Group, writes:

The council leader’s failure to invite Cllr Jeffrey Tucker to a meeting involving all interested parties about the situation on Orchard Village, following Grenfell Tower, is a deliberate snub, because Cllr Tucker had been calling for such a meeting prior to Grenfell Tower and is the council’s nominee on a statutory liaison group set up as a forum for discussing Orchard Village issues.

Due to Cllr Tucker’s circumstances – he is a shopkeeper – many residents, including from South Hornchurch ward, walk into his shop to raise council matters and many contact him by email too.

Thus he was aware of the many concerns raised by Orchard Village residents and called for a council meeting to discuss matters and should be invited when a meeting is held.

By failing to do so the council leader is not only snubbing Cllr Tucker (contrary to the Members Code of Conduct), but the whole council too, as Cllr Tucker is the council nominee on Orchard Village Neighbourhood Management Board and therefore should, as a matter of protocol, be invited to any council meetings regarding Orchard Village.

Thank you Queen’s for your support

Mrs B Sudbury, full address supplied, writes:

My family and I would like to thank the Queen’s Hospital for the wonderful support we received from the hospital staff in the care they gave the late Mr Sudbury up until his passing on June 20, 2017.

In addition, I wish to pay tribute to the staff and the way they supported my family and me at this sad time for us.

I wish also to pay tribute to West and Co funeral directors for their high standards of professional support on the day of Mr Sudbury’s funeral.

Havering needs to leave the GLA

Alan Cauvain, St Andrews Avenue, Hornchurch, writes:

The mayor of London wants to reduce the amount of cars on the roads. Havering are looking to build 30,000 houses across the borough and Sadiq Khan wants to have as little parking spaces as possible to minimise car parking.

We do not need his stupid idea , dictating to the people of Havering. We already are having to put up with more and more road humps and bus stop stands being extended into the roads so with oncoming traffic we come to a grinding halt being unable to overtake the buses, up go the emissions.

The roads in my area are already suffering badly from massive out of area car parking and it is only going to get worse.

If cars are taken off the road who will make up for the shortfall in revenue from car parks (few that they are) and meters, road tax and VAT and tax on petrol? Only us.

Havering needs to get away from the GLA and become part of Essex County Council as we are being sucked into London.

We need to decide the way we want to go as a borough and have things to suit us by making our own decisions.

Learn more about detection dogs

Pete Bailey, media officer, Diabetes UK, Havering group, writes:

Diabetes UK - Havering group are expecting a huge turnout for their next meeting on July 17 at 24 North Street Halls, Hornchurch, 8pm.

We meet monthly, except August and September.

The talk this month is on the subject of medical detection dogs.The speaker Ms Claire Pearson will be speaking about dogs that are trained to detect low blood glucose in people with diabetes.

It is really clever how dogs are trained to do many things in our life, to help people with various medical conditions.

Anyway, it will be well worth coming to this special meeting, as sometimes the speaker might bring a detection dog to the meeting. Everyone is welcome.

More details from Ann Preston 01708 572782 or our website havering.​diabetesukgroup.​org

Your sponsorship helps hospice

Cllr Clarence Barrett, Upminster and Cranham Residents’ Association, writes:

Many thanks to readers who sponsored me for the British 10k race last Sunday (Recorder, last week).

Not only did I manage to finish the iconic London course in one piece (just!) but I exceeded my sponsorship target in aid of Saint Francis Hospice which was a much better result!

Thanks again.

TfL should rethink timetable policy

Richard Enever, Brentwood Bus and Rail Users Association, writes:

Transport for London (TfL) Rail has stopped publishing timetables at Brentwood Station.

TfL say you have to apply via the internet to receive these. Not everyone is on the internet.

I urge TfL to rethink their policy.

We can’t afford to ignore pollution

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, writes:

With air pollution in the news so much it can be easy to lose sight of what is really at risk if the dirty air many of us breathe, particularly on our daily commutes, isn’t tackled.

It isn’t an issue that any of us can afford to ignore.

Air pollution is an invisible but deadly problem which contributes to an estimated 40,000 premature deaths in the UK per year. Behind that large number is an even more worrying truth.

Pioneering research funded by the BHF has shown that even short-term inhalation of high concentrations of air pollution – particularly dangerous ultrafine particles found in diesel vehicle emissions – increases the risk of a potentially life threatening heart attack occurring within just 24 hours of exposure.

For the 700,000 people in London living with heart and circulatory disease, we must take action now.

Since 2010, the British Heart Foundation has invested £3.2million into medical research into the link between air pollution and heart and circulatory disease. We’re committed to working with political leaders at all levels to clean up the capital’s dirty air. All Londoners deserve that.

New funding to stamp out FGM

Lynn Gradwell, director, Barnardo’s London, writes:

New figures show more than 2,500 cases of female genital mutilation have been recorded in London in the past year, so the government’s commitment to continue funding the pioneering national centre tasked with wiping it out is welcome.

Statistics released at the start of July reveal that between April 2016 and March 2017 there were 2,560 newly recorded cases of FGM in the capital, making up almost half of the 5,391 cases in England.

The National FGM Centre, run by Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association, is leading the way in preventing the practice by working with girls and their families, raising awareness in schools and communities and training professionals like social workers and teachers to spot girls at risk of FGM and know how to report it.

It tackles the problem through innovative social work helping girls, their families and affected communities, and also through training and education programmes.

Although we are making progress, the NHS Digital figures show FGM is still being practised in communities across London.

This new funding will help to extend the reach and remit of the centre’s vital work and support many more girls and families who have suffered from this hidden form of child abuse.

With the continued support of government we can stay focused on our aim of wiping out female genital mutilation by 2030.

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