22nd Apr, 2021

This week's letters: Covid vaccinations, Ipsley cemetery and more

I AM nearly 84 years of age and was called to have the covid vaccination on December 18 fantastic, it’s great to be called so early as I am in my 80s.

My appointment was for 2.30pm and was instructed to be on time else it would not be done.

After arriving at Winyates surgery for the proposed appointment was surprised to see at least 20 more people stood before me outside in the queue in the cold and rain.

I later found out that there were patients there from two other surgeries, I eventually received my vaccination at approx 3.15pm.

Whilst I appreciate and I state appreciate to be having the vaccination to have people in their 80s having to stand in the cold and rain all this time it was not organised thinking about people of this age correctly.

I sincerely hope when the next jab is due 8th January the same system is not applied.

D Meredith, Redditch

I WAS a nurse and midwife for 37 years, now retired for six, yet when I applied to volunteer to give the vaccine my application was rejected.

I asked on what grounds?

I needed either two ‘A’ Levels, a diploma, a degree, HND,or am NVQ.

I have none of these as I was a State Registered Nurse and a State Certified Midwife.

What if I had two ‘A’ Levels? They could be in History, Geography or Art – would those help me understand how to administer a vaccine safely?

I do not think that Florence Nightingale asked for ‘A’ Levels when she started her School of Nursing.

When it is my turn to be vaccinated I know who I would prefer to administer it!

P Paterson, Hunt End

I SEE that the police are spending £25,000 on bicycles according to the Police Commissioner.

Redditch is a progressive town aiming to solve the pollution problem with electric scooters.

Instead of having hoards of reckless youngsters determined to exterminate and injure OAPs lawfully using the public footpaths, why not transfer scooter use for the the local Bobbies.

‘Plod on a Scooter’ could become a national step forward.

A scooter can obviously get where a souped up getaway car can’t.

Naturally this would preclude them wandering around the streets in pairs.

However, in special circumstances where two officers are needed, a little detachable sidecar could be fitted.

Chief Superintendent Paul Moxley believes: “Officers spend countless hours on foot patrols throughout the county, so the use of scooters would help them provide a faster response and confirms it would allow officers to get to locations through areas that police vehicles may find difficult to access”.

F Piles, Philosopher, Redditch

I WRITE with regard to the ongoing saga of the proposal to remove Ipsley Meadow from the use of the living and to give it over to the dead.

The Council’s open space assessment has defined the entire Arrow Valley Country Park as being of Sub-Regional significance; and thereby is important to not just the residents of Redditch but also to a wider population around Redditch.

Why then is it Redditch Council proposing to take this vital open space from the park for cemetery use for 8,000 dead bodies.

Is it right that the needs of the few should overrule the needs of Redditch and its surrounding areas?

B Kirby, Redditch

IS there any chance of giving a young gentleman from Studley an appreciation for all the wonderful work he has done for the less fortunate over Christmas.

Matthew Layton from Laytons Barbers in Studley raised money, presents and food for the less fortunate and put a lot of hard work into doing this.

I’Ve come forward as I was one of the families he helped and what a massive difference he made to me and my two boys and we honestly can’t thank him enough and we really believe society needs more young people like him.

‘Amy’ 

I WONDER how many people like me believe that Redditch council or the police should not allow the horses and wagons to park at the Sainsbury’s roundabout over Christmas.

When they leave all of us residents have to look at a muddy roundabout and all the surrounding areas, before they arrive all is green and when they leave we have to look at a mud bath until the spring.

It should not be allowed.

P Seely, Redditch

I WOULD like to say thank you to players of People’s Postcode Lottery in an incredibly challenging year for us all.

Since 2005 players across Britain have raised over £600 million for good causes, which is just incredible. Over £6 million of this we have been grateful to receive at Sightsavers.

Money raised by players has been indispensable in helping Sightsavers to fund, in 2020 alone, eye services for more than 49,000 people and more than 500 sight-saving cataract surgeries.

This year funding also helped us to support the Covid-19 response. Children with disabilities kept learning throughout the pandemic, thanks to distance learning equipment and teacher training, PPE and hygiene kits.

So once again, a big thank you to all the players in the Midlands for your generosity.

To find out about some of the lives being turned around by players’ support, please head on over to http://www.sightsavers.org/pplor give Sightsavers a call on 0800 089 2020.

Dr C Harper CBE, Sightsavers CEO

Redditch Standard, January 8 2021 edition.

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