Losing our ‘family silver’
I write on behalf of the 250 members of Fylde Decorative and Fine Art Society, an affiliated Society of the National DFAS, to express our concern at the possible closure of museums across Lancashire.
While we recognise the financial pressure exerted on local authorities at the present time, we are dismayed at the prospect of closing museums, with the possible loss of local and national treasures which may never be replaced.
Even in the hardest of financial climates, museums, galleries and similar cultural pursuits must continue to offer educational and leisure facilities for all.
Art and culture is for everyone.
To remove large parts of it would be to lose our history and “the family silver”, and lose opportunities for young people to learn and understand the story of Lancashire and to encourage them to continue it for the future.
Surely the many volunteers within Lancashire arts and cultural organisations can get together with the local authorities to work out a way forward to save these great institutions, before they are lost forever?
Jo Darbyshire, Chairman, Fylde Decorative and Fine Art Society
Support small family farms
Wow! Let’s blame Europe for climate chaos (LEP Letters, January 5). Okay, they may be blaming Europe for the dredging waste, but muddling up two different views on how to mitigate flooding was quite shocking, once again showing the hard right’s opportunism to gain the popular vote.
There is a lack of science in public debate that surrounds the recent flooding and what might be done to mitigate future losses.
Claims that the widespread use of dredging can act as a flood prevention measure are not only unsupported by both science and evidence, they are a cruel offer of false hope to those living in flood-prone communities.
That is why we are calling for a ‘reality check’ on flooding and dredging in the public debate, which has, of course, been focused on by the right wing media and their other agenda.
Surely we should start with mitigating climate chaos, but that would have a negative effect on the world’s economy.
We will never get an all-country agreement to close half the world’s airports, so we have to work with a one degree change as being locked in. One degree is halfway to what has been described the runaway point, the point of no return. Three once-in-a-thousand year storms caused flooding in Carlisle in nine years at only one degree warming – two degrees isn’t worth thinking about.
I agree with the planting of trees at the head waters and leaky dams to slow the flow, which is supported by Environment Agency documentation from Exmoor, but it is only part of the solution.
A new rural manifesto aimed at challenging the ‘elitism’ which dominates countryside policy has been launched at the Oxford Real Farming Conference. We should be supporting small, family-run farms to be more closely tied to environmental and social benefits, including flood-resistant farming and carbon capture, as corporate toxic chemical agriculture is a main cause of climate chaos!
John Warnock, address supplied
Action needed not platitudes
In view of the floods, there should be high praise for the wonderful folk who helped where and how they could, putting faith back in human nature, no tribute too high to qualify their efforts. Not so those who preyed on victims, name and shame the looters.
The powers that be should bow their heads in shame. Platitudes will not build flood defences, the country is waiting for positive action.
Joyce Aveyard via email
Preston very welcoming
On December 27, my friend Marcus and myself went to the Hearts v Celtic game in Edinburgh.
We left 10 minutes early to get the train but, going to the train station, we went to the pub for a bit.
We then went to get the train back to Glasgow but, unknowing to us, we got on the wrong train.
We both then fell asleep and three hours later we woke up thinking we were in Glasgow, but no, we were in Preston!
We had to stay there because the next train was on Monday morning at 7.30am.
So we went to a few pubs where all the locals were very friendly and thought our story was the best thing they had heard.
We went to the pub The Old Dog Inn, which was opened to 6.30am where we stayed.
We can both say we loved Preston and the people and are going to make a trip back again.
Hope you can publish this story so we can thank the nice people of Preston.
Alan Hannah via email
Simple pay percentages
I do not have sufficient knowledge to comment on the merits/demerits of Jeremy Hunt’s proposals to the junior doctors regarding their future pay and conditions.
His claim that 75 per cent of them will be better off, must however, mean that a quarter of them will not.
In the recent nine per cent pay rise awarded to MPs, were 25 per cent of them excluded from that deal?
Downside to being a donor
A male sperm donor who charges £50 for his services says he has helped 800 women have babies.
Simon Watson, who has no plans to stop, says: “I want to go on and create a record.”
He also better hope and pray that all these 800 women don’t start contacting and chasing him for any arrears of child maintenance payments!
He won’t be so keen to donate his sperm then, will he?!