Reader’s letters - Wednesday November 12, 2014

Inside St Ignatius Church, Preston,where parishioners are fighting the closure of the Grade II listed Preston church.
Inside St Ignatius Church, Preston,where parishioners are fighting the closure of the Grade II listed Preston church.
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Church closure inevitable

Though it is sad that a beautiful church such as St Ignatius is closing, there are many good reasons for doing so. The church and its sister church St Thomas of Canterbury and the English Martyrs, have both been in spiritual and structural decline for more than a decade.

The congregations have not been fed the faith in any form other than through the three or four masses a week and the congregations in disappointment, have got their feet under the tables of other parishes whose faith burns brighter. They are unlikely to return.

The congregations of both churches are too small to support their parish financially and the diocese has had to make the suit according to the cloth.

The money in the bank for both churches has slowly been eroded and a parish does not pay its bills with fresh air.

There are insufficient priests to give each parish the luxury of a parish priest who lives on site and neither of the two churches, has provided any new ones for some years.

I have every sympathy for the very old people who will be inconvenienced, however, there are other ways in which they can exercise worship of their faith.

Protest by chaining to railings, is not the finest idea in the world for an elderly lady, particularly at this time of year (LEP November 8). It may be better to organise a mini-bus for people who would otherwise struggle, with a donation expected from passengers. If it is any comfort at all to St Ignatius’ parishioners, perhaps The English Martyrs will be the next parish to close its doors for good.

James Walker, Preston

Rally to fight for St Ignatius

Please can I ask everyone who attends St Ignatius Church, past or present, or anyone who admires beautiful buildings to write to Right Rev Michael Campbell OSA at the Bishop’s Office, Pastoral Centre, Balmoral Road, Lancaster LA1 3BT in an effort to halt its closure on November 30, 2014 or telephone 01524 596050 .

If this beautiful building designed by Pugin, where Gerald Manley Hopkins was a priest and Francis Thompson was Christened, is ultimately demolished, which make no mistake is a possibility, then Preston will have lost one of its most iconic and historical buildings and the town will be much poorer for it.

If everyone works together we may yet have a miracle we are all praying for.

Mrs M Cardwell, Walton-le-Dale

New wrapping is too tough

Has anyone else bought lamb chops or other meats from Asda? Because these products are now so overly wrapped and sealed so very tightly you can’t open them at all not without tools – dangerous tools!

Knives, scissors, screw-drivers, are needed to get into the over the top sealed up products, whilst there is absolutely no need to do at all.

It really is highly dangerous and so time consuming when trying to open most things in the shopping, ie tins, bottles, tubs etc, and now this most stupid of all ideas with the meat and chops .

The plastic paper covering these products is so fastly fastened down, obviously by a machine of sorts that is “flush” with the carton it lays on, it is ridiculous, nonsensical and a menace. It takes ages and ages trying to get it started but it is impossible to do so.

This is not freshness as it is deemed but sheer obstinacy and awkwardness and I have confronted Asda (by letter) about all this danger but it is just like “talking to the wall” apparently for things have gone on just the same as usual. There is no respect nowadays not from anyone.

Name and address supplied.

Service a great tribute to city

I write to praise those who were involved in organising, leading and participating in this year’s Remembrance Service at Preston Cenotaph.

I find this annual occasion unmissable for many reasons, and especially value all segments of the community coming together to pay respect, remember the fallen and acknowledge what past and current servicemen and women do to keep us safe.

In particular I wish to commend Father Timothy Lipscomb for his remarkable opening address which set the tone of reverence and a humane concern for others. His words conveyed a number of messages which reached out to those present and beyond. I consider the city of Preston is exceedingly fortunate to have such an exemplary faith leader who brings both substance, wisdom and style to his civic leadership role.

Malcolm Rae OBE, via e-mail

Power of being charity trustee

Hundreds of events will be taking place this week as charities use Trustees Week as a time to thank the 1m trustees across England and Wales for their time and dedication.

In South Ribble there are 193 voluntary organisations which all rely on the dedication, energy and commitment of about 1,100 trustees in order to support their beneficiaries.

Trustees are the people ultimately in charge of a charity; they are the ones who make the decisions which help charities achieve their aims and change their lives of people.

Having been a trustee of a children’s charity I know how rewarding it can be to be able to make a difference to someone else’s life. Being a trustee is a great and rewarding experience and I met some fantastic people who have really inspired me through my charity work.

Many voluntary organisations find it difficult to recruit new trustees. As many as one in five charities are looking for a new trustee. I urge everyone to consider giving a little bit of their time to volunteer for a local charity or group and help make our communities more vibrant and interesting places in which to live.

You can find out more about trustee vacancies in your local area through NCVO’s Trustee Bank, Charity Job and Do It.

Seema Kennedy, Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate MP for South Ribble