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The Navy Training Corps is opening a new cadet unit in Raunds in September to be known as TS Collingwood and has plans to open another in the east of the county in 2014.

The corps would like to hear from anyone who may be interested in becoming an adult instructor.

Those with previous service in HM Armed Forces or the cadets forces are particularly welcome, although training will be provided for newcomers. What is paramount is the desire to help young people and the ability to spend one evening each week at the unit.

There is no upper age limit.

We are also recruiting cadets and welcomes inquiries from boys or girls who may be interested. Junior cadets are from eight to 12 years old and senior cadets from 12 to 18.

Activities include seamanship and sailing, adventure training and camping, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, bugling and sports.

They will have a Marine detachment too.

Cadets wear Navy or Marine uniform dependent upon the section they join.

TS Collingwood opens at Saxon Hall, Raunds, from 6pm until 8pm on Wednesday, September 11.

Further information is available on 01933 412099, by emailing or visiting

Captain John Manders

Northamptonshire Navy Training Corps regional officer

Crews are having their time wasted

I have repeatedly heard reports about Northamptonshire’s ambulance service being fined for not meeting response times.

This has made me extremely angry. So angry I feel the need to rant about it to whoever will listen, as the story being portrayed is not the full story.

As a full-time carer of my disabled son who has serious health needs, and my mother who is a palliative care patient, I have called for an ambulance three times in the past six months.

I cannot complain at all about the treatment either of them has received from the ambulance crews on any of those occasions.

However, the way things work when you get to A&E is another story. On all three occasions I was astounded by the way that the time of the ambulance crews is wasted once you get there.

I was under the impression that the ambulance crews assess and stabilise the patients, take care of them on route to the hospital, hand over to the A&E staff, and then get right back out there to respond to the next patient in need.

It appears that I was wrong though, as that’s not the case at all.

In the experience I have had recently, the ambulance crews stay with the patient for prolonged periods of time while they wait for a member of nursing staff to receive a handover from them.

I was amazed on one occasion when this took 45 minutes.

So for a whole 45 minutes this valuable resource was tied up sitting in a hospital just hanging around.

How frustrating for them to know that they had to just wait there with us, when they could have been responding to another call. There were other crews there waiting with other patients who had been there even longer.

The patient next to us in A&E had the company of their crew for an hour-and-a-half.

So as I see it, the situation being reported shouldn’t be that the ambulance service is failing in its response times and therefore should be fined.

It should in fact be this chain of events.

The NHS doesn’t have enough staff in its emergency departments to be available to receive the patients coming in on the ambulances, so it keeps the ambulance crews in the hallways and waiting rooms of the hospital until staff become available.

This means the crews are out of action and the ambulances are lined up outside out of use, so there aren’t enough to respond to calls.

This, in turn, means the response times will be slower because half the ambulances are waiting at hospitals, so the ambulance service misses the targets and gets fined, leaving the ambulance service with less money to fund the service it is providing, which could lead to less crews being available to sit around babysitting the patients for the hospital staff and even more targets being missed.

Is this just ignorance of those responsible for the targets and fines? Is it a subtle plan to run the service into the ground, so they can say it’s too costly to keep it going and privatise it?

Or is the delay in handover from ambulance crew to A&E staff artificially reducing the apparent waiting time in A&E?

Either way the ambulance crews can’t be in two places at once. NHS bosses need to decide where they should be; babysitting in waiting rooms, or on the road responding quickly?

Ruth Beeston


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Animals should be a top priority

There is a strong debate about us protecting our wildlife.

We all need to do more to encourage wildlife in our garden.

We are fortunate that we have foxes, rabbits and hedgehogs in our garden most nights.

We have toads and frogs come from the field opposite up our drive and cross our lawns to our pond, we have deer in our road most nights.

Councils and planning departments do not consider this a priority, which I do.

Ray Lilley


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I will represent everyone in area

I write to thank all of those who voted in the Croyland/Swanspool division in Wellingborough for the recent county council elections, particularly those who voted to elect me as their councillor for at least the next four years.

I am honoured and privileged to have been given the opportunity to represent and serve all of the residents of the division, regardless of whom they supported, and I commit to working hard for each one of you.

I would like to acknowledge the proper way that my opponents conducted their campaigns and thank them for that, although I would have preferred that local issues were to the forefront in some cases, and wish them well.

It is also appropriate to thank those who assisted me in various ways during the campaign, to make this win a team effort.

It was very reassuring to see that the county returned a Conservative majority of 15 to County Hall in order that we can continue our work to provide Northamptonshire with low council tax, efficient services through shared services, leadership in innovation and enterprise with high-speed broadband, investment in road maintenance and new streetlighting as well as enhanced opportunities for our youth.

During the recent campaign, I was able to meet many of you on the doorstep and learn of the issues that you may have. Please be assured that I have noted these and have already begun to act upon them and will continue to do so.

The size of the new divisions meant that I was not able to meet all of you, but you will find my contact details on both the borough and county council websites as well as the top of this letter should you wish to contact me.

Cllr Graham Lawman

Croyland and Swanspool division

Northamptonshire County Council

UKIP are here in your community

As the chairman of Kettering and Wellingborough UKIP branch I would like to thank all those who voted UKIP in the recent local elections.

We were amazed to get up to 35 per cent of the vote and secure three county council seats elsewhere in Northamptonshire.

Indeed in Kettering as a whole we beat the Labour Party and were close to winning in some seats.

Our candidates will now play a role in the community and we are making long-term preparations for the borough council elections in 2015.

UKIP are here to stay, as evidenced by the dramatic rise in our membership locally and new volunteers who are now working for us.

We would like to invite all those who feel let down by their current party to consider joining us and help start making a diffenrece and change the face of Britsh politics.

Once again, thank you to those who supported us.

Cllr Jonathan Bullock

Chairman of Kettering and Wellingborough UKIP

Who should be responsible?

We all read with much sorrow of the death of a young girl found in a swimming pool while on holiday with her parents.

Her mother and father are angry at the lack of lifeguards at the pool and for poor supervision of the area. Who do they think should be responsible for the welfare of their child?

Do readers think a five-year-old should be left unsupervised playing near water, or for that matter left alone at all?

Barry Tunn


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Help us tackle heart disease

I am writing to remind everyone to donate any unwanted household goods to the Kettering and Corby British Heart Foundation Furniture & Electrical Store.

One hundre per cent of the profits raised will fund the British Heart Foundation’s pioneering research to put an end to the suffering caused by heart disease and help eradicate it for good.

Celia Sawyer

British Heart Foundation

Funriture and Electrical Stores Interiors expert