— JOHN STEPHENSON, Marton Road, Newark.
Newark and Sherwood Concert Band played a most enjoyable programme at the Mayor of Newark Mr Bryan Richardson’s free Sunday band concert in the town hall ballroom.
A wonderful afternoon of music was played by very talented musicians conducted by musical director Mr Colum O’Brian.
The concert ended to loud applause from a very appreciative audience.
— DEREK and JANET NEEDHAM, Chestnut Grove, Farndon.
Congratulations must go to those responsible for the organisation and effort put in to produce a first-class event to celebrate the switching on of the Christmas lights in Newark Market Place.
The whole event was a joy to behold for the thousands who attended.
It was an extremely happy occasion with young families, pensioners, youths, new members of our community and all others having a wonderful time with the complete absence of trouble of any kind.
— PHILIP JESSOP, operations manager, Newark Community First Aid.
... all those who supported our fundraising at Southwell Market, Newark Christmas Market and our collection in Asda, Newark.
We rais ed £738.61 which will be used to provide first aid services in Newark and surrounding villages.
— Councillor KAY CUTTS, Conservative group leader, Nottinghamshire County Council.
In response to John D. Perry (Funding review, News Views, November 21) I agree that Nottinghamshire County Council should have a fund to which parish councils and other bodies can apply for assistance with the funding of major capital projects such as refurbishment of village halls, play equipment and other facilities.
Under the Conservatives it had one.
That fund was our £3m Local Improvement Scheme (LIS). Between 2009 and 2013 it served exactly the purpose Mr Perry describes, but has been abolished by the Labour administration at County Hall.
— T. W. GEORGE, Nottingham Road, Southwell.
On Sunday, November 24, protesters from around Elston who oppose plans for a wind turbine were outside Southwell Minster (Protest Taken To The Top, Advertiser, November 28).
While it’s good to live in a country where protest is allowed the demonstration showed the clash of cultures involved, between protecting our rural environment and thinking globally.
It just happened that the minster held an extra collection that day for the victims of the Philippine typhoon and several hundred pounds was raised.
Public transport should be promoted
— BOB PRICE, Fiskerton Road, Rolleston.
As a responsible citizen I was absolutely flabbergasted by the story, Benefits Check On Free Parking (Advertiser, November 21).
At a time when responsible people should be promoting public transport, we have people in public office suggesting that supporting the use of trains or buses through free local carparking during the Christmas period is a bad thing.
I found Mr David Lloyd’s comments beyond comprehension.
— (Mrs) DOROTHY SNOWDIN, Station Road, Collingham.
did anyone else, like me, stand on a railway platform on Saturday waiting for a train?
I was travelling at 10.55am from Collingham to Notting-ham to go to the theatre.
The single carriage train arrived full to bursting.
— ROBERT THORNTON, Stubton (Full address supplied).
I was interested to read of the inspiration Lauren Beet finds in wind turbines for her art (Student’s Turbine Art, Advertiser, November 21).
I accept that beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder but I would suggest that this beauty is a lot harder to see if the beholder is closer than the five or so miles Claypole resident Lauren views her muse of a turbine at Hough-on-the- Hill from.
Lauren seems to think that a wind turbine doesn’t make a noise unless you are close to it.
— IAN ROBINSON, Lawrence Place, Newark.
The character of Newark town centre as one of the handsomest in England depends on the relation of the wonderful church spire and the older timber-frame buildings to the predominantly Georgian Market Place and surrounding streets.
It is a pleasure just to walk to the market, from any direction, and more than that, a reassurance that human life need not be ugly and senseless.
There is so much Georgian in Newark that the loss of a bit here and there may not seem to matter.
— Councillor RICHARD BUTLER, Conservative spokesman for environment and sustainability, Nottinghamshire County Council.
We seem to be seeing some rather vindictive budget proposals from the Labour administration at County Hall.
Budget savings are needed, but the axe appears to be swinging on a disproportionate basis if you happen to live in the wrong part of Nottinghamshire.
Take, for example, the popular and well-used household waste recycling centres at Langar and Fiskerton.
— ERNIE and SHEILA JONES, Wilfred Avenue, Balderton.
Congratulations to AJs School of Dance for Bring It Back, yet another great show at Newark Palace Theatre. More next year please.
Lack of cohesion
— BRIAN CLARK, Hayside Avenue, Balderton.
Last week I walked to the Post Office in Balderton. As I turned on to the footpath off Mead Way a council vehicle with two people on board pulled up at the play area.
Upon my return a short while later they were just finishing picking up litter.
As I turned into Hayside Avenue the driver was filling in a form.
— L. GRAFTON, Oak Tree Lane, Mansfield.
I came to Newark on Sunday to watch the Christmas Lights switch-on.
On my return to the car I found the carpark swarming with ticket inspectors.
Well done then to the council for penalising as many people as possible for watching one of the biggest events of the year.
End uncertainty over hotel remains
— ROBERT CAMPBELL, Penswick Grove, Coddington.
I agree with David Hill (Ideal Solution, News Views, November 21) that artist Sam Burden’s impression of the Robin Hood Hotel site is inspired.
Re-siting the Beaumond Cross is also a great idea. Then add some imaginative planting and maybe a couple of seats, and perhaps even give an opportunity to display sculpture and art by local artists.
In contrast, however, while I appreciate the passion with which members of the Civic Trust pursue their interests, being able to tell the age of a building by looking at the bricks used to build it is not a worthy argument for keeping the building (Old Buildings Should Be Restored, News Views, November 21).
— IAN ROBINSON, secretary, Newark UKIP, Lawrence Place, Newark.
Mr Peter Scorer, chairman of the Southwell Liberal Democrats, tells us that “every year each person in the UK benefits to the tune of £1,225 from EU membership, compared to an annual contribution to the EU budget of just £116” (EU Business, News Views, November 14)
He should have said “on average.” Babes in arms don’t contribute anything.
The source of these figures is said to be “Britain’s biggest business organisation, the CBI.” We are not told how the CBI got them, or from where.
— JAN SPENCER, Lime Tree Close, Collingham.
I would like to thank the emergency care department at Newark Hospital for dealing swiftly and deftly with my dislocated shoulder.
I have since been told that everything is fine.
While on the subject of our lovely little hospital, I am at a loss as to why it is being demoted in favour of King’s Mill which is extremely difficult to get to and is badly served by public transport.
— FRANCIS TOWNDROW, chairman, Say Yes to Newark Hospital campaign.
The removal of services and the subsequent closure of wards to admissions after 6pm at Newark Hospital have had a detrimental effect on the availability of local emergency care, especially for the elderly, the vulnerable and some who may have been nearing the end of their lives.
Prior to changes many of the lesser emergencies from Southwell were suitable for treatment locally at Newark just eight miles away.
Since the downgrading, however, increasing numbers of patients from Southwell are now taken nearly double the distance to King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield.