— RAY PEARSON, Burgage Close, Southwell.
If you were looking forward to a healthy, comfortable old age, forget it.
A recent report suggested taking away from us ‘oldies’ our winter fuel allowance, free TV licence, free prescriptions and the loss of, or a cap on, benefits.
The reason given was that we were living too long and there were more of us.
Taking a dim view
— A. M. WADDINGTON, Viking Way, Metheringham.
I note from past editions of the Advertiser that the debate on whether to preserve the three cottages on Lombard Street, Newark, that formed part of the Robin Hood Hotel is still continuing.
When I was in Newark earlier this month I took this picture (right) of the rear view of those cottages, and what a poor sight they are.
Surely it is within the power of someone to reverse the listed building restrictions, since I imagine the cost of restoring the cottages would be more than they are worth.
— (Mrs) TINA PARIS, organiser, South Scarle (Full address supplied).
... four men who took part in the recent South Scarle Remembers, an evening of poetry and music from the first world war, which took place in South Scarle Community Centre.
Ian Collinson, of Newark, Terry Jacklin and Brian Leach, of South Scarle, and the Rev David Yabbacome, of Collingham, read 21 poems during the event.
They read beautifully and kept the audience enthralled all evening.
— D. PRINCE, Balderton (Full address supplied).
With honours these days seemingly handed out like confetti to sportspeople and celebrities, how refreshing it would be for a knighthood to be conferred on the last surviving Dambuster, George ‘Johnny’ Johnson (Knighthood Campaign Grows For Dambuster, Advertiser, September 4).
His stipulation that he would only accept the honour if he could dedicate it to fallen comrades speaks volumes for the man.
The place to be
— V. JOHNS, Marlborough Close, Newark.
The Palace Theatre, Newark, was the place to be on Friday as Newark and Sherwood Concert band gave a performance that was an absolute delight.
The band, soloist and musical director were superb.
Anyone who has not seen or heard the band would do well to attend their next concert.
— M. J. LAWRENCE, Newark (Full address supplied).
I would like to offer my congratulations to all the members of the Newark and Sherwood Concert Band, their conductor Colum O’Shea, the Palace Theatre, Newark, and the two gentlemen who sponsored the event — Geoffrey Foulds and Tony Marriott — for an absolutely brilliant evening on Friday.
The band played a varied selection of music from films and shows, including some old familiar favourites and some that were new to me.
It was heart-warming to see that the band included members aged from seven to 80.
— Mr and Mrs HALL, Rivermead, Newark.
We had the great pleasure, on Friday, of seeing the Newark and Sherwood Concert Band perform at the Palace Theatre, Newark.
What a treat it was to hear a lovely mixture of well-known pieces and some of the classics.
Colum O’Shea conducted the band with humour and verve.
— DOREEN LANGFORD, Marlborough Close, Newark.
After attending the meeting held at Holy Trinity Church Hall on September 9 regarding the future of mental health facilities, namely Enright Close, Newark, which is now empty, I cannot agree with the reasons given for removing patients from those premises.
We were told that the people who where treated there are now treated within their own homes and that this is not a cost-cutting exercise.
However, experts say that there is a shortage of beds throughout the country for mental health patients and Nottinghamshire has one of the worst records.
Query remains over council stance
— (Mrs) C. WELLER, High Street, Collingham.
In HIS letter (Another Loss, News Views, August 21) Mr Vic Hall criticised Newark Town Council leader Mrs Gill Dawn for failing to support Enright Close, the Rehabilitation Mental Health Unit situated on Boundary Road, Newark, which is threatened with closure.
He suggested that a recommendation from the town council to retain this valued facility might help to secure its future.
In response, Mrs Dawn (Support Is There, News Views, August 28) details the council’s support for Newark Hospital and the setting up of an organisation by local parish councils, which is reassuring, but somewhat misses the point of the question, which remains to be answered.
Mexican stand-off over hotel remains
— JOHN HARDING, Salisbury Road, Newark.
I was happy to see Terry Johnson’s letter (Retain Hotel Buildings As Icons Of Past, News Views, August 28) in response to an earlier one of mine about Newark’s Robin Hood Hotel.
I would rather see a dissenting view than think that nobody was interested enough in the subject to write in.
It is entirely reasonable that anyone who has spent a large part of their life in Newark should wish to see the Robin Hood Hotel retained in some form.
— FREDERICK COOK, chairman, CPRE Nottinghamshire.
Last summer the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) launched a charter to Save Our Countryside with three simple aims:
l To build on previously developed (brownfield) sites instead of sacrificing countryside.
l To give local people a real say in the future of their area.
Inspirational son’s legacy will live on
— PAM and MIKE WHITE, Newark (Full address supplied).
I would like to thank everyone for the kindness, support and thoughtfulness we have received since the death of our son, Sam White.
As time rolls on, and it is now a year since he died, we are continually comforted by his memory still being much alive.
It is good to have people talk to us about him, daily.
Man of letters
— JOHN RUSH, Farndon (Full address supplied).
After returning from holiday, I opened the Advertiser expecting to see a letter from John Stephenson, surely one of the letters pages most prolific contributors.
Alas, after referring to a back issue, I noted that he has decided to give his pen a well- deserved rest.
John commented enthusiastically on matters of local interest. Sometimes hard-hitting, he was never blame-focused.
— JUNE HOWSAM, chairman, The League of Friends of Newark Hospital.
... all the shops and businesses in Newark and the surrounding area who helped with the petition to save the scanner at Newark Hospital by displaying and collecting signatures.
In a short time we collected more than 1,000 signatures.
Thanks also to the Advertiser for its help.
— M. HALL, Mill Lane, Upton.
Having learned that John Stephenson is no longer able to make his regular contributions to the Advertiser’s News Views columns, I felt that part of our weekly enjoyment/education would be missing.
I was always interested to read his views on so many topics, including the state of the Robin Hood Hotel.
Thank you, John, for the many letters you have taken the trouble to write. They will be missed.
— MARY MOLLOSON, Chapel Lane, Coddington.
I do wish people would not undermine the efforts of Newark and Sherwood District Council to conserve the architectural heritage of Newark (Missing History, News Views, September 4).
As a town planner who worked for the district council on conservation during the early 1970s, I know that at that time there were many buildings in the town in an equally-parlous state as the Robin Hood Hotel cottages.
Millgate, for example, was a mixture of near-derelict buildings and scrapyards, but look at it now.
— MARIAN R. PATEMAN, Clubmill Terrace, Chesterfield.
If you have every wondered what the secret of Sherwood Forest really is, and what it has in common with oilfield roughnecks of Oklahoma, then I strongly suggest a trip to Duke’s Wood at Eakring, near Newark.
Visitors can explore and discover the amazing story of how local oil helped win the second world war.
I spent a fascinating time listening to the tales of Kevin Topham, who served in the RAF during the war and later worked on oil rigs, and his telecommunications colleague who also worked on oil rigs in the North Sea.
— (Mrs) S. HOWARD, Newark (Full address supplied).
My family this summer enjoyed a camping holiday in the Cotswolds.
During our break we visited a number of towns that had something in common — two hours of free parking, and they were all busy. Charges applied for longer stays.
The area is, of course, popular with tourists and, if Newark has serious ambitions to be equally popular, I would suggest this charging model should be looked at.
— R. A. SICKLER, Derwent Court, Balderton.
I write in an attempt to throw some light on the possibility of some misconceptions that may have developed among the Newark population with regard to treatment at King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield.
In recent times there have been a few unfortunate, and well-publicised, incidents of some failure in their procedures that have understandably been devastating for those affected.
I, however, have recently been treated as an urgent case at King’s Mill and I have nothing but praise for the attention I received.