Downplay faith in schools
The shenanigans at the Birmingham schools regarding the possible indoctrination of Islam may well serve to put another nail into the coffin of faith schools of all complexion.
Education derives from the Latin “a leading out”. An encouragement to think for oneself perhaps and make informed decisions. Quite where an adherence to the tenets of long dead prophets and mystical celebration of rites fits into that description is beyond me.
Don’t get me wrong. Religion has dominated the thoughts and actions of multitudes throughout the ages and must be considered a significant factor of any history.
Comparative religion should play its part in the curriculum of all schools. Just because beliefs are spurious does not mean we cannot learn from the actions of those that believed them.
Let us just ensure that we do genuinely educate our children and that those with “faith” who have contact with young people are careful not to oversell it.
John Stopford, New Longton
School football a credit to all
In reference to the article of ‘Schools up for the cups at Deepdale!’ (LEP Sport June 4), I recently attended all three nights of the Preston Schools Finals, with my grandson taking part and two of my close friends who had family members taking part.
Firstly I must thank everyone for the organising of such an excellent three nights of football.
The tribute paid to the recent loss of schools secretary Dick Clegg, who passed away in March, and the poignant moment the teams, match officials, spectators and club stewards carried out a minute’s applause prior to each game in his memory.
The football was of a very high standard and well supported by excellent match officials and spectators.
Full credit must go to the Referees Schools Secretary Kevin Gardner who combined this role with continuous hard working over the three nights and the trophy presentations.
The match officials and teams were well turned out with referees ranging from those with experience to referees ‘for the future’ - Ashley Judd, Rory Judd, Perry Pendleton, Rachel Pendleton, Tom Nelson, Sam Ryding (two of the young referees of the future as assistants and the referees secretary) Kevin Gardner.
Thank you too for Stuart Morn and Mike O’Neill for organising this Deepdale feast of football and PNEFC for making it possible.
What a memory Preston schools football has thanks to Dick Clegg’s tireless work may the cup finals continue.
Mrs Linda Barnes, Broughton, Preston
Tracing role of war heroes
Richard and Robert McCullough do not appear on the list of men who enlisted in the Preston Pals on September 7 1914. I checked my records and found the following information (looking back June 7). Corporal 1985 Richard McCullough was serving with 1st/4th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment when he died on August 8 1916 during the Battle of the Somme.
With no known grave his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 11A.).
His brother Corporal 13942 Robert McCullough was serving with the 10th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment when he died on 15 November 1916.
He is buried in New Munich Trench British Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel (C. 11.)
They were the sons of John and Mary Ann McCullough who lived for a time at 64 Emmanuel Street, Preston.
Their names are recorded on the Roll of Honour at the recently closed Emmanuel Church, Brook Street, Preston.
Adrian Kay, via e-mail
Job walk to aid guide dogs
I am organising a sponsored walk for guide dogs which will take place on Sunday, July 20 on Beacon Fell. I organised such an event last year at Beacon Fell under the name Go Walkies for Guide Dogs.
This year, it has been re-branded as ‘Dogs Unite for Guide Dogs’ but the general principles are the same: people register online to take part in the walk with their dog(s) and get sponsored in the process.
As well as this, people can turn up on the day and take part for £3. The event is open to everyone, even if they don’t own a dog.
The Preston Guide Dogs team will be there on the day and I’m hoping to get an even better turn out than last year.
Lucy Williams , via e-mail
Protect health and safety laws
While it’s not clear at the moment exactly what the
government is proposing, we are concerned that the Social
Action, Responsibility and
Heroism Bill contained in the Queen’s Speech may let
employers whose workers have been put in a dangerous
situation off the safety hook.
Safety laws are not needless ‘red tape’, nor are they part of the ‘jobsworth culture’. They provide valuable protection for the UK’s 30m workers.
Any attempt to lessen employer responsibility for workplace safety could put employees at risk and make it harder for them to claim compensation if they are injured at work.
There is no evidence that current safety laws prevent anyone from acting heroically when someone’s life is threatened, but where workers are being put into dangerous situations they must be protected.
Derek Barton, Preston and South Ribble Trades Council
Tough love is no love in schools
The American phrase tough love seems like a contradiction in terms.
Yet some school head teachers quote it to justify giving out detentions for trivial offences by children. Like, say, being two minutes late or forgetting a pencil.
Tough love could become a phrase which hides nasty deeds against the vulnerable.
And I have not even mentioned Michael Grove.
Max Nottingham, address supplied