Proud of NHS

10:00am Monday 27th October 2014

LAST Sunday I had the pleasure and honour to represent the people of Redditch at a Service in Worcester Cathedral to celebrate and acknowledge the work of all the staff and volunteers in the NHS.

UKIP on health

9:00am Sunday 26th October 2014

FOLLOWING some particularly negative campaigning by the Labour Party during the local elections, I would like to put the record straight regarding UKIP policy on health services.

Excellent system

7:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

WHENEVER I visit another part of the country it makes me realise what an excellent refuse collection system we have here in Redditch.

Council killjoys

9:53am Friday 24th October 2014

HAVING witnessed the actions of Redditch council blocking off the town centre by parking large vehicles across the roads to prevent Tom Wilson’s funfair from gaining entry to the town centre to set up his equipment and open his funfair, I must say how disgusted I am.

Petty rules

9:53am Friday 24th October 2014

TIME distorts memory, but I have the impression that years ago I was told that the Royal Yard (where Debenhams is now) was given for use as the winter headquarters of the local fair families.

What a miserable lot they all are!

10:00am Sunday 28th September 2014

I must say I am dismayed at the actions of Redditch Council blocking roads to stop Mr Wilson setting up his funfair in the town. What a miserable lot they are. We used to be able to enjoy ourselves in Redditch.

Emergency exit needs attention

12:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

Have the hospital management at the Alex taken a look at their emergency entrance/exit lately.

Appalled by ban on the funfair

12:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

We were appalled to learn that the local showmen have been prevented from setting up the funfair in the town centre. The Wilsons have, for generations, held a funfair in the town centre for a week in September. In the past the fair has been sited around the church green, the top of Unicorn Hill, Royal Yard and Alcester Street.

No thought went into these plans

10:00am Friday 26th September 2014

When are the CCG’s , NHS England and the Worcester Hospital Trust going to admit the University of Birmingham Hospital Trust’s option for the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch was never going to be looked at, as it would take money away from paying towards an expensive white elephant that was built in Worcester.

Councillor has broken the mould

11:00am Monday 15th September 2014

WHEN a candidate circulates a letter prior to an election that states they will work hard to do something, invariably the electorate are let down post-election.

Disgust over bus schedule changes

10:00am Sunday 14th September 2014

I AM disgusted no notification was given that the 247 bus service would be changing. Not until I saw a copy of the new bus timetable on August 26 did I know these would change from September 1.

Mettis open day was a triumph

1:59pm Thursday 11th September 2014

AS a member of Redditch Local History Society, I was alerted to Mettis Aerospace’s open day.

Review would be waste of money

1:59pm Thursday 11th September 2014

FOLLOWING my decision not to support a council review of the Tudor Grange Academy proposals, I have come under much criticism that I feel is unjust.

Victims of crime

12:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

ON JULY 16, our car was properly parked outside of the Alms Houses in the Birmingham Road, Alcester.

Musical saviour

11:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

LAST weekend was to be a community partnership march and bandstand events alongside Redditch first Music Festival but because of the awful weather on Saturday morning and the ongoing forecast, the march was cancelled.

Centre bosses to blame themselves

2:44pm Thursday 4th September 2014

THE town centre management are crying about Asda wanting to open at the B&Q site yet have only themselves to blame.

Lets have a light moment

11:00am Monday 4th August 2014

FEW people in Bromsgrove seem to be aware of the proposal to switch off lights from 10-11pm on Monday, August 4, and put a candle in the window to mark the tragic start of the First World War.

Explain the library fees

10:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

CAN anyone explain to me how our local libraries have been able to increase their borrowing charges by such astronomical amounts? As a regular borrower of spoken word CDs, I have been faced with a 33 per cent increase.

Clear up the wall graffiti

1:00pm Friday 1st August 2014

I LIVE at the bottom of the Holloway in Droitwich, which is in a conservation area of the town. 0pposite my cottage is a grade II listed wall which was sprayed with offensive graffiti over six months ago.

Backpacking for a bypass study

12:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

I WRITE to support Councillors Mallett and Bloore’s push for a feasibility study into a western bypass for Bromsgrove.

"Jewel" has a major flaw

9:54am Wednesday 30th July 2014

COUNCILLOR Michael Webb’s Jewel in the Crown has a major flaw which will reduce participation in community sport. How can this be a sensible plan for the future of the Dolphin Centre when the population of Bromsgrove is increasing and the need for sports facilities has never been greater?

Concerns over change to schools

12:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

MANY parents, pupils and teachers in Redditch schools are rightly concerned about the proposed change to the age range at Tudor Grange Redditch, Ridgeway Middle School and two first schools, changes which would undermine the existing three-tier system.

Generosity of animal lovers

11:00am Monday 21st July 2014

ANIMAL Aid would like to thank the people of Redditch for their generosity in raising £264.65 at a street collection on Saturday June 28. The money will help fund our peaceful campaigns and our important educational work on all aspects of animal cruelty.

Slap on the wrist is not enough

12:00pm Sunday 20th July 2014

I READ with disgust that a Redditch man found with drugs and an offensive weapon (Redditch & Alcester Advertiser, June 25) escaped a jail term despite being on a suspended sentence. The reason for this? Because he was 20.

Let's not lose exhibition space

11:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

I WOULD like to draw readers attention to the proposed changes in Redditch Library.

Driver's lunacy put others at risk

10:02am Thursday 17th July 2014

I HAVE lived in Redditch for nearly 20 years and, as a horse rider and owner, had kept my horses in the Upper Bentley area for 14 years.

Can't make it up

12:00pm Monday 26th May 2014

TWO items of news recently caught my eye.

Shadow minister saw our queues

10:00am Sunday 25th May 2014

I was really pleased to read your article saying that Labour shadow health secretary Andy Burnham actually went to Worcester and experienced the difficulties that anyone having to use the Worcester Royal Hospital incurs.

Why build all this extra housing?

2:00pm Saturday 24th May 2014

AS an Alcester resident, I recently received the local Conservative ‘In Touch’ magazine, which states “… over the next few years we will likely see further development in Alcester”. How can this be justified?

Thank you for help after fall

9:00am Friday 23rd May 2014

I HAD a fall on Good Friday outside the Iceland Store in Redditch.

D Day tour places still available

10:06am Thursday 22nd May 2014

BATTLEFIELD Memorial Tours is looking for people interested in going to Normandy for the D-Day commemorations in early June.

Putting case for rail development

9:00am Sunday 27th April 2014

AT a recent meeting, we met officers and the deputy leader of the county council to advocate the development of Barnt Green Station as an interchange point for the Redditch and Bromsgrove lines.

Blame Lib Dems for Tory cuts

12:00pm Saturday 26th April 2014

WE write to express our concern over Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s plans to downgrade Alcester Fire Station to a part-time operation only two years after the closure of Studley Fire Station and the commissioning of a whole-time crew at Alcester.

Honest thanks

8:00am Friday 25th April 2014

ON March 24, on a flying visit to Tesco, I lost my purse.

UKIP policy no longer fits mine

8:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

I WOULD like to thank so many people for their kind words of support following my resignation from Worcestershire County Council and I have been truly inspired by some of the wonderful people I have met over the last 12 months.

Poppy Appeal joy

1:00pm Sunday 2nd March 2014

I WOULD like to thank all businesses and schools in Astwood Bank, Crabbs Cross, Hunt End and Oakenshaw who collected for this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Well done to the nursing staff

1:00pm Saturday 1st March 2014

MY mother, Hilda George (Anne), was hospitalised for three months at the Alexandra before passing away at Heathbrook Nursing Home.

Little choice in Tory candidates

12:00pm Friday 28th February 2014

IT’S pointless, not to mention disingenuous, for Karen Lumley MP to protest that Worcestershire has no bias against women when it comes to selecting parliamentary candidates.

Thank Chinese for their display

7:00pm Thursday 27th February 2014

I WOULD like to thank Redditch Chinese Association for their fabulous display at the Kingfisher Centre.

Recycling bins are essential

11:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

I BELIEVE most residents of Church Hill are happy with the new centre that’s recently opened, although it’s going to be a bit chaotic, when the old one is being demolished and rebuilt.

MP is wrong on smoking issue

9:26am Wednesday 26th February 2014

ACCORDING to Redditch MP Karen Lumley, making a child inhale what she herself called “dangerous second-hand smoke” is as she puts it, “an unnecessary private matter with which the state should not be concerned”. So let’s take it that the state should not be concerned when it foots the bill to treat the child’s damaged lungs in the years to come, shall we Karen?

My long way to get an x-ray

11:00am Monday 10th February 2014

I WAS interested in your report regarding “Making full use of minor injury unit”.

Ring for ring

1:00pm Sunday 9th February 2014

I FOUND a gold ring in St Andrews Square Shopping Centre, Droitwich, in October.

Pressure is on for a final decision

10:00am Sunday 9th February 2014

I READ in the Redditch Advertiser an article about how accident and emergency struggles with patient surges at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Well done to the refuse site staff

1:00pm Saturday 8th February 2014

I RECENTLY went to the household waste site and was very impressed with the help that the staff gave to people using this facility.

We need help on bus threat

11:00am Saturday 8th February 2014

ON the subject of losing our buses and filling in questionaries.

Reaction to Rosy updates

11:00am Friday 7th February 2014

I AM surprised Jim Foley, the author of a recently published letter, felt motivated to accuse me of “playing petty politics” in response to a letter that I also had published in this newspaper.

We do support our local events

10:00am Friday 7th February 2014

If I could reassure Mr Vincent, I did attend the Christmas Craft Fair at Forge Mill.

Confusion over town planning

6:00pm Thursday 6th February 2014

AS a member of Redditch Council’s planning committee, I am somewhat taken aback by the Labour group’s recent confused decisions on planning in the town.

Get your facts right over fair

9:20am Thursday 6th February 2014

IT was with great disappointment that I read the letter from Don Vincent in the Redditch Advertiser regarding Karen Lumley MP attending the Victorian Christmas Craft Fair at Forge Mill Museum.

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