Why I'm glad to be a (white) sheep

Worcester News: (10156169)

4:47pm Friday 19th September 2014

SIR, As one of the mindless white sheep whose mentality is being questioned by Julia Blacksheep (Friday, September 12), I would like to air some of my thoughts about why I was sat in a chair (in the photo) having a bucket of iced water poured over me. I agree social pressure is extremely powerful but in this case it has been used to good cause, spreading awareness of ALS to a great number of persons about this devastating disease, so what if not everyone donated (although as sheep they should have done) the charities have still gained a lot. We were also able, like the rest of the flock to have fun whilst encouraging generosity as do other charity campaigns that we "sheep" like to follow such as Children in Need, Red Nose Day, Comic Relief, Race for Life etc. Indeed the flock at our pub have raised many thousands of pounds for various charities over the years. The Ice Bucket Challenge at our pub raised just under £150, not a fortune but not bad for a flock of mindless sheep. I'm glad I chose to be a brainless white sheep in this case.

UKIP - I've heard this before

Worcester News: File photo dated 03/05/13 of a Ukip candidate's rosette as the party has surged into the lead in the European election contest despite a bruising week of controversies, according to a poll. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday April 26, 2014.

3:59pm Friday 19th September 2014

Sir - Of course I greatly respect George Cowley's contributions. In respect of the UKIP I am part of what he is pleased to call "the rest". Until now I had not thought of myself as a fat-head but naturally I am open to be convinced.

Negative fixation with the EU

Worcester News: (10156169)

2:46pm Friday 19th September 2014

Sir - Contrary to the bizarre claims in GB Dipper's latest (Letters, 16.9.'14), his own one-trick-pony negative fixation with the EU is the obsession which is remarkable. For me, there are lots of other more important things in the world.

What becomes of these unfortunates?

Worcester News: The homeless camp underneath the viaduct on Hylton Road, Worcester, next to the University Arena. 16.9.14  3814700201 (10404276)

2:29pm Friday 19th September 2014

Sir - Regarding your piece in Wednesday's paper, there is a similar encampment on the periphery of Pitchcroft on the City side of the river near the University campus. One wonders what might become of these unfortunates come colder, wetter weather (even floods).

In support of animal exports

Worcester News: (10156169)

1:07pm Friday 19th September 2014

Sir - From her remarks Roberta Balfour (Worcester News 10/9/14)) is confused regarding the live export of sheep.

MP should call for sanctions on Israel

Worcester News: GREEN: Cllr Neil Laurenson.

1:03pm Friday 19th September 2014

Sir - In the Worcester News on 21st August, Robin Walker MP wrote in relation to Gaza that ‘we need to do more to protect civilian lives’.

Adults can be helped with literacy to reach their goals

Worcester News: (10156169)

1:01pm Friday 19th September 2014

In response to your article "We need urgent action to improve adult literacy rates" 12th September 2014.

Simon Geraghty needs to sort things out

12:21pm Friday 19th September 2014

Sir - Before Simon Geraghty starts on his big plans for Worcester, he needs to stop wasting money and build the new bridge and complete the ring road.

Too many people - too many immigrants

Worcester News: (10156169)

11:35am Friday 19th September 2014

SIR, I think what Robert Burkett of the Green Party wrote is a load of cods wallop, as we say.

Our faithful friends

Worcester News: (10156169)

9:57am Friday 19th September 2014

SIR, I am glad your wife's dog "won two prizes" at a Dog Show, Dave Bradley (September 13) - dogs are more faithful than people, dogs don't "let you down."

There are just too many people

Worcester News: (10156169)

8:33am Friday 19th September 2014

SIR, Re the Editorial "Things must change on traffic issues", (Worcester News September 2).

On the defensive

Worcester News: (10498146)

12:05pm Thursday 18th September 2014

SIR, We all know that Worcester seems to spend money on useless projects but an as yet unfinished reinforced concrete gun emplacement guarding the eastern approaches to Carrington Bridge seems a bit OTT, or do they know something we don't?

I believe in Angels

Worcester News: Angels for letters (10263294)

8:47am Thursday 18th September 2014

SIR, Well George Cowley, if you are barmy, then so am I!

Reassuring commitment to getting to the bottom of things

Worcester News: (10156169)

2:36pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

SIR, I read that, thankfully, the city council are going to be investigating how to deal with traffic congestion in the city. Presumably they will be spending the money they have saved from closing down the Park and Ride schemes, possible with a top-up from the decrease in subsidies to public transport, on consulting with consultants who might well come up with some terrific suggestions about subsidising Park and Ride and public transport schemes.

Speed camera double standards

Worcester News: John Anyon        30/5/14         2214611001

Safer Roads Partnership traffic speed monitoring at Crowle on Friday......................Resident, Lee Turner with speed camera, Lee Turner , communications Manager with Safer Roads Partnership, Inspector, Ja

2:22pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir - How interesting that people demand enforcement of speed limits outside their own home, but object so strongly when they are enforced outside someone else's home.

Ever-increasing congestion in this city

Worcester News: Congestion on Henwick Road Worcester (10170629)

1:56pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir - Tom Edwards' article on Worcester congestion struck a real chord with me, having taken 57 minutes to travel from St John's Health Centre to Diglis late Monday afternoon and roughly the same time after the alleged rush hour the following morning.

You are right about 'speed traps'

Worcester News: The speed enforcement officer in Ombersley Road. Picture by Jack Coombe.

11:30am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir - I concur with your opinion on the issue of the civilian speed trap operative hiding behind the bushes and equipment to avoid anyone seeing him.

We should get rid of letters to save Mr Barlow

11:28am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir - I didn't think it would be long before David Barlow could resist temptation and once again point out peoples "rights and wrongs" and "misunderstandings" (Worcester news 10-090-14).

You are a rude disgrace

Worcester News: (10156169)

10:34am Wednesday 17th September 2014

SIR, I really do despair of the future when I see the antics of some people. I was coming out of Laylocks Garden Centre turning left, with a clear road both ways, as I had got to the point of no return, a car being driven at great speed suddenly appeared, he didn't even have to brake sharply, just ease his speed slightly (which he didn't want to do) then proceeded to tailgate me in a menacing manner, until I stopped for him to pass, at which point he stopped and I was subjected to a foul-mouthed tirade which was quite unnecessary, he called me every name under the sun, but drove off (coward) before I could tell him what I thought about him.

We need action, not words, from the Greens

Worcester News: (10156169)

9:19am Wednesday 17th September 2014

SIR, How sad to read Robert Burkett's letter, "Why we worry about population size," (Worcester News, September 4), only to discover it's the usual tripe. Mr Burkett says, "In just a few generations there may not be enough land to grow food for everyone". Where's this guy been? Our population exceeded its food supply decades ago. 40 million of us are totally dependent upon imported food! Globally 2 billion of us go hungry! Our national and global populations are already unsustainable! And that's before we consider non-renewable natural resources.

Returned by the postman - four months later

Worcester News: (10263301)

2:04pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Sir - I posted a form on 13th May (this year not last), admittedly in an oversize envelope.The recipient did not accept the package as Royal Mail put a postage unpaid deficient postage charge of £2-18 + £1-00 handling fee.

Root causes of emigration

Worcester News: Hand Writing (10153711)

2:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Sir - Lets look at the root causes...

Complaining about the parents

Worcester News: Hand Writing (10153711)

9:33am Tuesday 16th September 2014

Sir - Parents complain about people complaining about their children. How about this for an idea - teach them how to behave on buses and in shops and other public areas to have some respect for others.

High Street was buzzing - well done

Worcester News: 3714696807 Paul Jackson 11.09.14 Worcester - The Angel Place market traders are now scattered throughout the city centre. High Street. (10268769)

10:32am Monday 15th September 2014

Sir - I think congratulations are in order - your campaign to ensure that the majority of the temporarily dispossessed market stall holders would find new homes while Angel Place is revamped has worked brilliantly!

The Saltire stands for separatism

Worcester News: Scottish Flag (10283325)

10:07am Monday 15th September 2014

Sir - The St Andrew's flag, within the Union Flag,shows that it's joined pretty firmly.

Three cheers for Steve Rhodes

9:49am Monday 15th September 2014

sir - I am not a great cricket fan but have always followed the fortunes of our county side.

Scottish flag should be flown

Worcester News: A Saltire car aerial at the  Aberdeen International Conference Centre in Scotland, ahead of the SNP Spring Conference, where Labour voters in Scotland will be urged to vote Yes in the independence referendum to "reclaim" their party. PRESS ASSOC

9:45am Monday 15th September 2014

Sir - So Alan Amos - Worcester’s murky mayor - refuses to allow the Saltire flag to fly above the Guildhall, despite the Prime Minister authorising it flown from every government building in Whitehall, and even though many other councils – of varying political persuasions – have done the same in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum.

What a good show

12:24pm Saturday 13th September 2014

SIR - I would like to congratulate the Swan Theatre for putting on the Elkie Brooks concert on August Bank Holiday.

Doing a good job for a lad of 91

12:20pm Saturday 13th September 2014

SIR - I do agree with Ernie Fuller (Wednesday, August 27), the yellow plum is known as the Pershore egg plum.

Fewer parking spaces - again

12:08pm Saturday 13th September 2014

Sir - The Council appears to have colluded with the University yet further to reduce the parking spaces available in Worcester.

Fostering failures are hugely damaging

9:59am Saturday 13th September 2014

Sir -

Letter was rubbish the first time

9:55am Saturday 13th September 2014

Sir - I was surprised to see an earlier letter from Jon Burgess reprinted on 5th September. It was rubbish the first time round and has not improved with age.

Discourteous driver

Worcester News: (10156169)

3:02pm Friday 12th September 2014

SIR - I am registered blind and although have some residual vision own a guide dog.

We don't want this in our village

Worcester News: (10156169)

1:07pm Friday 12th September 2014

SIR - I would like to know why when we live in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Upper Welland developers like Kier Group plan to put 90+ houses on this site.

Lighten up

Worcester News: (10156169)

12:55pm Friday 12th September 2014

SIr - I don't think the Spice Girls were gross, Mr Phillpott.

Ed can laugh at himself

12:26pm Friday 12th September 2014

SIR - You made me laugh, Jim Morris (September 5).

Ice bucket challenge for sheep

12:22pm Friday 12th September 2014

SIR - I am concerned about the apparent sheep mentality that has gripped the nation with regards to the Ice Bucket Challenge.

I cannot take credit for the flag pictures

Worcester News: Hand Writing (10153711)

12:20pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir - Carole Faulkner invites me to photograph their pristine and very welcome new flag.

I'd like to spout from a Speakers' Corner in Worcester

Worcester News: directionlal sign in Hyde Park (10150632)

10:54am Friday 12th September 2014

Sir - Carole Roberts has an excellent idea about a Speaker’s Corner outside the Guildhall ( 11th September) providing I can fly the EU flag and spout for endless hours on why the UK should stay in the European Union. I’m even prepared to do it in the wind and rain!!

Where were the Tour helicopters to show off our beauty spots?

Worcester News: Tour of Britain Evesham by Simon Vaux (10228496)

10:52am Friday 12th September 2014

THE Tour de France did much to promote Yorkshire with fabulous helicopter shots but neither Eurosport nor ITV had similar shots of Worcestershire beauty spots such as Malvern Hills Broadway etc. Were helicopters banned from overflying Worcestershire?

Council walk-out was a farce

9:52am Friday 12th September 2014

Sir - About the recent MHDC Council Meeting; I would like to know how much the meeting cost us as taxpayers. Do the councillors not think that they are accountable to us?

George should be pleased

9:44am Friday 12th September 2014

Sir -

Humans, not birds, are the problem

9:41am Friday 12th September 2014

Sir - It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly twenty years since Eric Cantona said,

We need a speakers corner in Worcester

6:28pm Thursday 11th September 2014

SIR - I think we should have a speakers corner in Worcester like they have in Hyde Park, London.

An honest man

6:23pm Thursday 11th September 2014

SIR - May I through your newspaper thank the gentleman that handed in my purse at Tesco Express, London Road on Friday, August 29.

Thanks for your honesty

3:19pm Thursday 11th September 2014

SIR - I am writing to thank the person who handed my purse in on Wednesday, September 3.

Superb quality

2:17pm Thursday 11th September 2014

SIR - I should like to thank you for your support for the fourth Arts and Crafts Exhibition at Great Witley Church.

Cheaper bus fares are the answer

9:53am Thursday 11th September 2014

Sir - Is it any wonder that people will not travel on Worcestershire buses if they can help it?

History will tell

9:43am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir - Once again UKIP is under fire because politician Douglas Carswell has followed his conscience and changed parties.

Judge them at election time

9:38am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Sir, I have to reply to the comments by Conservative Councillor Marc Bayliss on Volunteers many of whom give 20, 30 , or even more hours per week and who have been rewarded by Councillor Bayliss and the Tories by cutting the very small operational funding they had by between 60% and 80%, meaning that not only are they expected to continue volunteering for free, but are also using money from their own pockets / purses to enable them to do so.



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