Letters and emails on June 15

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‘Coun Crow should smile when he finds red bands’

dear editor,

Oh Coun Matthew Crow, haven’t you heard of recycling (June 1) ?

It makes my day when I find a discarded (bio-degradable) red elastic band, but if I found 20 like you have in Coppull, I’d be over the moon.

Hunter Davies wrote in the Sunday Times recently how he re-uses them for all kinds of things. I find it amazing to read that you think the problem is worse than dog mess.

I know which I’d rather stand on.

Kath Almond, Grape Lane,Croston

Community fair was big hit

DEAR editor,

Last week you published a story on the Chorley Moor Community Fair which CCH ran at Buttermere Green.

This event attracted over 400 visitors and could not have been staged without the help of the Community Church in Chorley.

I’d also like to thank Garry Flitcroft and Chorley FC for coming along and the Mayor, Coun Pat Case, for kindly agreeing to open proceedings.

All the feedback we’ve had has been positive and we’ve already started planning for next year’s fair.

Richard Houghton, Director of Operations, Chorley Community Housing

Fight for our services

Dear editor,

As a local councillor, and one who values the services provided in our community, I am writing to ask your readers to help us fight to retain two of those services that seem to be under immediate threat.

I refer in particular to Chorley’s Recycling Centre and the service provided by Dial-a-Ride.

Lancashire County Council is reviewing the provision of recycling centres throughout the County and no guarantees have been given about any of their futures.

Dial-a-Ride is also a well used and a valued service that is under threat.

Labour councillors are doing their best to protect these services from the Tory cuts, but a huge dose of people power is required if we are to win the day.

If you care about either or both of these services please email Lancashire County Council and let your views be known.

Anyone wishing to lobby about the possible closure of Chorley Recycling Centre should e-mail: phil.barrett@lancashire.gov.uk

All matters relating to the service provided by Dial a Ride e-mail: mike.kirby@lancashire.gov.uk

Coun Steve Holgate, Chorley

Veterans should read up

Dear editor,

I am writing to you on behalf of World War II veterans who, due to a lack of advertising, may not have been aware that in 2010 financial grants, Heroes Return II, were available from the Big Lottery Fund to enable veterans, male or female, to pay a visit of remembrance to the theatre of war that they were involved in.

It appears that the number of veterans claiming these grants were far less than anticipated resulting in these grants being extended to December 31, 2012.

It would be extremely helpful if you can find space in your newspaper to make these details known so that veterans, who will now be aged 80 and over, may still take advantage of these grants and plan a visit.

The grants range from £150 to cover travel and accommodation for veteran, spouse and carer, within the UK, £1,300 to Northern Europe and £5.500 to the Far East.

These grants are also available to widows and widowers of veterans.

As I have received a grant for a visit I made last December, I would be more than willing to advise any of your readers on how and where to claim.

Ted Cachart

Chairman of 49 Squadron Association

4 Cottage Close

Heage,

Derbyshire.

DE 56 2BS

ted@49squadron.co.uk

Marsdens will be missed

Dear editor,

I am a Chorley ex-pat and read the Guardian’s web pages frequently.

After reading a couple of articles, I felt I had to add my comments.

I was shocked to read that Marsdens has now closed.

On my many, many return visits each one was not complete unless I had sampled several of their scrumptious pork pies.

I am sure they will be missed after being in business for so many years.

Next, is Norma Cromton’s comments on the Plaza Cinema in Chorley.

In the 50’s there was in fact six cinemas in the town and not five, the other being the Hippodrome (at the bottom of Gillibrand St).

As many people will know it became the Tudor dance hall where I went dancing every weekend.

Recently I was introduced via email to another ex-pat who now lives in Massachusetts U.S.A.

On her recent visit to Chorley she took many photos, which I saw, one was the site where the Tudor once stood.

It shows it to be in a pathetic and disgusting state with overgrown vegetation behind rusted mesh fencing next to a boarded up old building.

Surely Chorley can do better?

Her final comment was that Chorley had now become “a dump” and she would not be returning. I must agree with her.

Chorley has declined over the years and lost it’s pride - it’s like going back in a time warp, I was last there in 2009.

After one of my visits I wrote a letter to the Editor which was published several years back in the Guardian,

I described the dirt, overgrown weeds, dog droppings and dried vomit in many of the streets, and it now appears to be worse.

Now after hearing that the last good pork pie shop has gone, I certinly won’t not be back.

The original Chorley Coat of Arms says it all “ Beware.”

It’s beyond time to clean up the mess and eyesores.

Ken E Greenway, Canada

I took photos of church falcons

dear editor,

I was interested to read the story about the pair of peregrine falcons who set up a nest at St George’s Church (Guardian, June 8).

I’ve been asked for some pictures that I’ve put on a disc for aa cost price of £3. People can email me on dybones@hotmail.co.uk

John Dixon, Chorley