I am absolutely disgusted to learn that The RVS shop at Kettering General Hospital is to close in May.
Having returned from holiday this week to hear that the staff have only just been informed is very devastating after all the years that the shop and cafes have been run by volunteers; I being one myself.
The shop is a lifeline to patients, visitors and staff who all rely on the vast array of goods they can purchase especially if you are in hospital for any length of time, or only just for a day which can be a very stressful time.
A few years ago they did away with the volunteers in the cafe and now this.
It is a wonder people want to bother to volunteer at the hospital at all.
As for a private company saying prices will remain similar to the current RVS prices, that I cannot believe as we all know how much private coffee shops charge.
The visitors to the shop and cafe are all very appreciative of the helpful and friendly staff and I am sure they will miss that special touch.
Another slide down the slippery path for Kettering General Hospital.
What next may we ask have the management up their sleeve?
Yearning for the old beat bobby
Policing in the UK is set for another round of “savage” budget cuts in the next Parliament, judging by the comments coming out of the mouths of politicians on both sides of the political divide.
This time it will be officers on the front line that will be in the firing line of whoever forms the next government.
A senior police officer has told a journalist that “an officer will only be despatched to an incident as a last resort”.
They aim to resolve most disputes and confrontations over the telephone.
I am sure this is just what our elderly population wants to see and hear from the police.
What a load of rubbish.
When was the last time you saw an officer on the beat in your neighbourhood?
When I was growing up you could set your watch around the time the local beat bobby would make an appearance on the street that you lived in.
He knew almost every householder in the street and would often be swilling with tea by the time he had reached the end of the street, due to the numerous invitations he would receive to partake in a brew from one end of the street to the other.
There are 650 sitting MPs in the House of Commons.
Perhaps we should reduce their numbers by 20 per cent in line with the current and proposed level of cuts to front line police officers.
This would save the taxpayer £8.71 million per year, which is £43.55 million over the course of the next Parliament.
This would be a far better use of taxpayers’ money and I for one would feel far safer if it meant the return of the beat bobby on to the streets of Kettering.
Unstable bins are simply rubbish
How hypocritical it is to talk about prosecuting litter tossers (Northamptonshire Telegraph, March 5), when on any breezy day you will find Rushden full of overturned refuse and recycling bins and be surrounded by wind blown litter from said bins.
Will the suppliers of these unstable bins be held responsible for the mess that they cause, and that they have been causing ever since their introduction.
I do hope so, we must have the scruffiest town in the scruffiest county in the whole of England.
But nobody appears to care, or do they?
Learn from the mistakes of the past
Further to your article “Next Steps to Improve Town Centre” last month.
You may wish to refer back 57 years to the Telegraph’s publication of “Young Man’s Idea of a Town Centre”, which showed development of the land next to the parish church and grammar/high schools.
Later, Kettering Council, instead of encouraging the development of the site which would have been the town’s focus, allowed the centre to drift away to form the mediocre shopping development next to Gold Street, resulting in the destruction of the old grammar school and Odeon cinema.
Instead of retaining the bus terminus next to the library this was removed to a so-called convenient location next to the new shopping centre with the resultant chaos of the one way traffic system.
Perhaps Kettering Council’s executive and planners could learn from these past mistakes.
Campaign is just fun with words
I think the “Don’t be a Tosser” campaign over litter is a polite way to get a message over.
If it offends, then those it offends must have guilty consciences or no sense of humour as tosser isn’t foul language.
It is all a bit of humour, and quite simply those who toss litter out of their cars and/or out into the open deserve to be referred to as tossers.
There is a village near Hull in East Yorkshire which is called Swine and the welcome you get when you enter the village reads like it is treating you as a bad driver. There is no need to take offence if you are a good driver.
It is all a bit of fun with words
JOHN R JONES
Nigel must mind his language
Nigel Farage’s latest gaffe was to make the claim that he was as fit as a flea. Fleas are bloodsucking carriers of some dreadful diseases and ailments.
Mr Farage ought to have said that he was a fit as a fiddle but then, if these instruments are not properly cared for, they too would not be helpful as a simile for politicians.
The voters have a unique power in this nation not to elect those who are seen to be on the fiddle and send them home with a flea in their ear.
“Watch your language” is sound advice to those who want our attention as well as our cross on the ballot paper.
CANON GEORGE BURGON
Rotary members help tackle polio
I, Alan Matthias, a member of the Rotary Club of Rushden Chichele, hereby declare that as a result of a street collection in Higham Ferrers and Rushden High Street on Saturday, February 28, for which a permit was granted by East Northants Council, and at Waitrose Supermarket, for the eradication of Polio, when members of the public were invited to make a donation for a fabric crocus, the sum of £477.21 was collected.
There were no expenses in connection with this collection, and proceeds of £477.21 will be donated to Rotary District 1070 for the benefit of the campaign for the eradication of Polio.
Show passion for national anthem
How refreshing it has been to see some of the toughest competitors in world sport unashamedly belting out their respective national anthems before the start of the Six Nations rugby internationals.
Compare that with the vastly overpaid, cosseted England football team.
Most of those that are given the “honour” of playing for their country appear not to know any of the words of our national anthem.
How nice it would be if the players at least showed a bit of pride before yet another inept performance against alleged inferior opposition.
MPs suffer from issues as well
With the huge responsibilty that comes with the job, maybe political candidates should be asked to prove their psychological fitness before their names go on the ballot.
Standardised psychological tests might be able to tip voters off regarding candidates who exhibit worrisome personality traits.
Greatness can be private. In fact, most great acts are private. A man with cerebral palsy overcomes his disability. A child in school takes on a bully in order to protect a vulnerable friend.
We are taught to look up to the rich and accomplished, but it’s a good lesson to remember that the famous are not better than we are, just more public.
Each of us has a sacred journey that counts.
Politicians today have high-stress and unrealistic expectations, divided and incompatible loyalties, a high-blame low-trust work environment, living away from home, long hours, an adversarial atmosphere, unpredictable hours and low levels of public regard.
The role of a modern politician ticks every one of these boxes. It is not surprising that stress levels among politicians tend to be incredibly high.
The life of an MP is frequently associated with poor decision making, ruined health and family break-up.
And yet how MPs manage their mental wellbeing and how they cope with the pressures of their profession remains a largely hidden topic and generally admitted only in the past tense in memoirs and autobiographies.
John Biffen, a cabinet minister
under Margaret Thatcher, suffered from debilitating depression for most of his career.
Others have written of their secret battle with depression and two female MPs have also expressed their experience of post-natal depression.
In reality, the available data on mental health, would suggest that a far higher number of MPs will actually have experienced, or be experiencing, some form of mental disorder.
And yet we actually know very little about the mental health of our politicians. The stigma surrounding mental health remains acute in Parliament.
Recent surveys suggest that significant sections of the public would not vote for a political candidate who admitted to previously suffering from mental health problems. And yet at the very same time the public constantly demand that they want MPs to be “normal” people an adjective generally followed by the phrase “like you and me”.
We have to admit to such issues on the CV when we apply for a job and undergo very rigorous background checks.
Isn’t it time we did a bit of checking on our 650 MPs of which at least six per cent will have psychological problems.
That’s nearly 40 of them.
Is your MP healthy in mind and body and fit for purpose?
We need solution to roads chaos
Regarding the traffic chaos surrounding the Frozen event at Wicksteed Park.
You may blame the park management for their lack of initiative to cash in on the Frozen event, but the ill-planned gridlock must be the fault of Kettering Council to provide adequate road access to this valuable asset to the county.
Simple solutions like widening the slip road left into Barton Hill from Windmill Avenue would alleviate the daily tailbacks along Windmill Avenue as cars cannot turn left when the traffic lights allow because vehicles are waiting to turn right, blocking access to the slip road.
A loss of a tree can be beneficial environmentally when cars can sit for 15 minutes issuing CO2 back to Pipers Hill.
Historically, Warkton Lane junction has been a problem, but the problems we saw are only the tip of the iceberg.
What will it be like when the proposed homes are built?
Only when Morrisons and Weetabix couldn’t move any lorries and the traffic backed up to Wellingborough and Finedon did the issue warrant any attention.
We have to get with it Kettering.
Has anyone considered an access to Wicksteed Park from behind RCI and off the A14, reconfiguring the car parks from the fishing lake.
Why come into Kettering inner ring road at all?
If the park management continue with their stirling work to regnerate the park, for which the people of Kettering can be proud, the problem will increase, as shown recently.
Kettering Council will have to step up to the mark and take the initiative in regard to this and get us into the 21st century.
Cost and contents are both down
We are repeatedly being told by the Government that food prices are coming down.
I can’t be the only one to discover that although the prices are coming down, so are the contents.
Boxes and packets are the same size, so we are led to believe prices really are reduced, once proving the first three letters of Conservative – “con” – are appropriate.
Irchester Players were fantastic
Aladdin, by the Irchester Players was the usual mix of colour, fun, music and laughter.
The cast – whether baddies, goodies or just plain daft – were great for family entertainment and the whole production cheered up a miserable grey February day.
Oh yes it did!
Two cinemas is just too much
I feel I have to complain about two cinemas possibly being built in Corby town centre. I would say that it is a bit over the top when such money could be spent on a nice hotel, clubs for the young or meeting places for OAPs.
Allergic to the Government
I spent a few days in hospital recently.
the nurses were pleasant and hard-working, doing 12-hour shifts.
Minister Jeremy Hunt must realise that type of dedication deserves a pay rise.
A nurse there asked me if I had an allergies.
I said: “Yes, the Conservative-led coalition.”
She said: “Tell me about it!”
Gordon is looking for cousin Linda
I am researching my family tree and trying to trace my cousin Linda, who was born in a mothers and babies home in the Kettering area to an unmarried mother from the Stamford area.
She would be about 60 or 70 years old now.
If she reads this and wants to contact me my phone number is 01362697887.