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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!