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25th Jun, 2021

Your letters: Volunteers, Cummings and fears for the arts

Correspondent 7th Jun, 2020

I WOULD like you to ask the MP of Redditch on her view of the disgusting offence Dominic Cummings has made during the past few months.

I have a neighbour who is currently in the same situation as he was and still is.

They have a young child living with someone who is at high risk but have made arrangements with neighbours and others on our street.

Whilst social distancing I have spoken to many people and it is up to local newspapers to reassure the people of Redditch to abide by government rules because I’m getting the feeling people will now slide with the rules in place.

S Whitworth, Redditch

I WAS totally disgusted with your Editor’s Comment.

I am not a Tory but I am a father.

If I was in the same position as Dominic Cummings I would definitely have done the same.

I think he should have told the PM first but I understand why he didn’t.

The only rule he broke was testing his eyesight.

I think that was perfectly reasonable when having to drive almost 300 miles with the people he loved most.

This is becoming a persecution by the press of an innocent man.

Move on and help defeat this pandemic

T Hobbs, Redditch

PUTTING People First. Thank you to all those who stepped out of their comfort zones to help others.

People from all walks of life have gone an extra mile to support those in need.

We have also witnessed several random acts of kindness throughout the town.

The community spirit in Redditch keeps getting bigger and better because it’s all about #PuttingPeopleFirst.

Well done all!

Dr N Patel, Southcrest

EVERY morning I turn on the television to hear the latest on the Covid-19 pandemic and then linger for a while as hard news softens into more light-hearted topics.

Sport is always featured on broadcast media as presenters do their best to inject some enthusiasm into activities that haven’t been practised for weeks.

Yet there is never, ever any mention of the theatres, cinemas and various live music venues that are all suffering grievously during this lockdown.

Already, there has been at least one theatre in the Midlands that has closed and this may indeed be an ominous portent of things to come.

It’s not just that the arts are valuable contributors to the British economy, but culture enriches all our lives.

Entertainment is essential to people’s general spiritual health and well-being… but you’d never know that from watching television. So why are the arts being ignored?

J Phillpott, Worcester

I AM acting on behalf of the authorities at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery Busan South Korea, where over 800 British servicemen are buried.

The authorities there wish to obtain photographs of those servicemen interred there and those who died but have no known grave (200+).

Copies of the photographs will be placed in the man’s records to be displayed on the walls of the cemetery Hall of Remembrance.

The following names are just some of the young men from the West Midlands who gave their lives in the Korean War: Cpl. Ronald B Babb(RM), Pte. Dennis N Barber, Pte. Robert W Hughes, Cpl. Reginald Whittington, Pte. Frederick Gill, Fus. Francis H Roberts, 2nd Lt. John A Godfrey, L/Cpl. Reginald A Smith, Rfn. Samuel F Plant, Fus, Raymond G Ford, Maj. Peter B Stephenson, William LJ Jauncey (RM), Cfn. Stanley J Amphlett, Gnr. Vernon F Bayley, Pte.John Cain.

Any family or friend who lost a loved one in the Korean War 1950-53, can send the photograph to me. Brian Hough 116 Fields Farm Rd. Hyde SK143NP. Cheshire.

If more details are required call 0161 368 5622 or 07467037742 or email

B Hough, Hyde

AS St John Ambulance celebrates Volunteers’ Week (June 1 to 7) I would like to thank everyone who makes our amazing charity what it is – especially at a time when demand on our services is increasing and our people are playing vital roles in protecting people, supporting our health service and saving lives.

In this ongoing health emergency, everyone at St John Ambulance is here for each other and here for you; in the forefront of the battle against coronavirus and behind the scenes. Please join me in thanking our incredible volunteers.

A Cable, Chief Commissioner, St John Ambulance

THIS Volunteers’ Week, Royal Voluntary Service would like to say a huge thank you to the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who have stepped forward to help their communities and to support the NHS as a result of the pandemic.

Many volunteers who gave their time in hospitals or ran lunch and social clubs now take meals or groceries to the doorsteps of our participants, and we’ve donated our stock from our shops and cafés to NHS staff on the frontline.

The coronavirus pandemic has challenged us all, but there have been rays of light shining through and we hope that more people will be inspired to volunteer in their communities.

To all of our volunteers, who give their time so generously and selflessly to help others, we thank you.

S Ward, Director of Services


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