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Hav­ing just clapped for car­ers again this evening, I now wish to thank all those work­ers in fac­to­ries and in­dus­try, farm­ing and food sup­pli­ers that seem to be the for­got­ten army sup­port­ing the econ­omy dur­ing this time. Work­ers have demon­strated re­silience in turn­ing up daily and op­er­at­ing ma­chin­ery on the fac­tory floor whilst sup­ported by of­fice staff work­ing in a new way, thus sup­port­ing our coun­try’s eco­nomic fu­ture go­ing for­ward. Our farm­ing com­mu­nity is strug­gling in some sec­tors and yet con­tin­ues to pro­vide us with our es­sen­tial food. Our refuse and re­cy­cling in Glouces­ter­shire has been col­lected with­out any pause, and for that our house­hold is very grate­ful to those op­er­a­tives.

Deb­bie Mered­ith by email

Fol­low­ing re­ports of friendly pheas­ants, I have to re­port that our res­i­dent cock bird has taken over from the cock­erel whose dawn sum­mons has been so reviled by townie in­com­ers. Iron­i­cally, our re­cently ar­rived non-coun­try neigh­bours have put bird feed­ers close by, and the cock pheas­ant and his ladies have taken to vis­it­ing them at sun-up, rather ear­lier than we pre­fer to wake. His dou­ble “quark!” and noisy feath­er­fluff­ing have be­come our un­wanted early morn­ing call. Never mind, come the sea­son . . .

Jen­nifer Mor­ton by email High­worth, Wilts

I am more than a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed to read Adam Ed­wards’ ca­su­ally de­mean­ing ref­er­ence to imag­ined neigh­bour com­plaints re­gard­ing wash­ing hang­ing out­side evok­ing ‘a Brazil­ian Favela’, even if both fic­tional and meant tongue in cheek ( Cotswold Life, June). It’s dis­taste­ful and dis­crima­tory to make fun of the so­cio -eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged in this way, and this dis­re­gard be­longs in 1990s stand-up rather than a 2020 pub­li­ca­tion. It’s not po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness gone mad, it’s merely rea­son­able and sen­si­tive to be aware that such ref­er­ences are poorly judged.

Neil Red­ford by email

I am writ­ing to ex­press my dis­ap­point­ment that county res­i­dents are still un­able to ac­cess Glouces­ter­shire County Coun­cil’s li­braries to bor­row a book on loan to read. This seems in­con­gru­ous when I have been able to buy a book at the WH Smith stores in the county to read through­out the lock­down and have been able to buy a book from book­shops in the county, such as the Water­stones store in Chel­tenham’s Prom­e­nade, since Mon­day, June 15. I do not un­der­stand why I am un­able to physcially ac­cess a li­brary when I can phys­i­cally ac­cess a book­store or newsagent. I am also un­able to re­serve a book from the li­brary. It fur­ther seems strange that I can enter a li­brary in Mon­mouthshire and bor­row a book, but not in Glouces­ter­shire. At present, Glouces­ter­shire County Coun­cil’s li­braries will have been shut from March and re-open in Au­gust at the ear­li­est. I con­sider this to be too long.

I feel that li­braries have a sig­nif­i­cance as providers of re­sources, for ex­am­ple, for education and should be be­ing looked at more se­ri­ously by the Gov­ern­ment, es­pe­cially when most chil­dren are un­able to at­tend school. I also feel that lots of el­derly and other peo­ple, who do not al­ways use on­line ser­vices, would like to have a phys­i­cal copy of a book to read at this time. Some peo­ple need large print books or au­dio books. Oth­ers find the ‘books on pre­scrip­tion ser­vice’ to be of ben­e­fit to their men­tal health.

Richard Cooke by email

The gar­den’s full of busy but­ter­flies. Some­how, they can’t make up their tiny minds which tempt­ing plant to hover over next.

There are so many equally lush things.

In­de­ci­sion rules. The hov­er­ing forms would scratch their fore­heads, if they only could. Wings ca­vort in cease­less ag­i­ta­tion, then, hor­ror of hor­rors, ri­vals in­trude.

Cue some­thing like a Bat­tle of Bri­tain with­out the pi­lots and the para­chutes. Dog­fights, spi­ralling in all directions. This is no place for fledg­ling ten­der­foots.

The flow­ers, un­heeded, keep their heads down and won­der what the heck is go­ing on. Then him-next-door ac­ti­vates his mower and flimsy fighters, sud­denly, have gone!

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