Recorder letters: Fountain, KMT, bin men, poems about Papermakers Arms and High Street rats and diabetics rights
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 May 2018
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Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.
It would be great to see fountains work
Rob Meyers, Barkingside, full address supplied, writes:
I read with interest last week’s Ilford Recorder article on the re-opening of the drinking fountains.
I came across an article at the Redbridge Central Library (March 16, 1906) giving us the origins of these fountains. It was Cllr Griggs who gave seven fountains to the town, five to Ilford.
The fountain in Barkingside is another fine example, well overdue some much needed TLC. It would be great to see them working once again.
KMT stepping stone to West End
Ken Gaunt, Greenslade Road, Barking, writes:
In the article in Ilford Recorder about the meeting debate at the Fulwell Cross Library, one candidate mentioned that high on her list of priorities is a new art complex to replace the Kenneth More Theatre.
Over its 43 years the KMT has entertained and given much pleasure to thousands of people of all nationalities and religions with top rate shows from panto, murder mysteries, musicals, plays etc at a quarter of West End prices. What would an art complex do to the community?
The KMT has helped many young actors as a stepping stone in their careers and many have gone on to more important roles, many appearing in West End productions.
Not only do many semi-professional amateur groups use the theatre but also special need schools in the borough to showcase their work.
It is a vital meeting point for families and friends to meet over a drink at its bar and see a great show.
With all the restaurants closing, apart from the cinema – which mainly attracts younger viewers – there is nothing to attract people to Ilford town centre.
Why not put money back into the KMT instead of wasting it on these pipe dreams and let the KMT carry on entertaining its many, many patrons and public of all ages with first class shows at West End standard.
May I also add the KMT has recently won the mayor’s plaque for business in 2018 as well as 2013.
We don’t want to lose any bin men
An Ilford resident, full name and address supplied, writes:
I knew something was wrong. The bin men used to arrive early on the appointed day.
Then we had to report missed collections because, apparently, our team had been sent somewhere else.
Please, will someone sort out the problem!
We need enough bin men for the whole borough. Extra rounds for the few will only increase illness and could lead to accidents.
We don’t want to lose ANY of our bin men!
I am appalled, but not surprised, at the attitude of the woman troubled by foxes.
Good quality, sturdy dustbins are for sale in Cranbrook Road. Turn left out of Ilford Station and keep walking.
Please thank our bin men for all they do.
It is sad that it is only noticed when things go wrong.
Ode to barmaid of Papermakers Arms
Stanley Rodrigues, Fulwell Avenue, Ilford, writes:
Jenny, barmaid of the Papermakers Arms, Ilford
Deserves an award we can never afford
Does not look for gains
Loved by all
One and big or small
Reminds me of granddaughter
Better than a computer,
Credit when it’s due
So many, so few
Loved by all
The long and the short
And the tall
…. And Aunty Sue too!
Stop blame game and tackle rats
Vic Denzelman, Wanstead, full address supplied, writes:
Between the High Street and the church
Stands enclosed land where birds may perch
Yet little else will venture there
For Mr Rat declines to share
Discarded food close by to eat
He’s landed on his feet
With rubbish dumped and left to rot
He rules this sad yet valued plot.
It seems all calls, for many years,
Reached only those with deafened ears
Our much-loved High Street’s blighted still
Election looming, where’s the will?
No mention how we might address
This problem in our local press.
Landowner, council, Tory cuts,
The blame game rules, just ifs and buts
We need some posters in our shops
It’s time the silly game was stopped
Enough of bluster, shrugs and such
In Wanstead we must take a stand
Unfurl the banners, march and shout
This time, united, Vermin Out!
Know your rights on diabetes
Roz Rosenblatt, head of London, Diabetes UK, writes:
Research from Diabetes UK has found that one in six (16 per cent) people with diabetes who work feel that they’ve been discriminated against by their employer because of their condition.
A lack of understanding from employers can make working with diabetes not just exhausting and stressful, but also potentially life-threatening.
Managing diabetes can involve taking medication - including injecting insulin at the right times and also testing blood glucose levels multiple times a day.
More than one third (37pc) of respondents to a survey said that living with diabetes had caused them difficulty at work, while 7pc had not told their employer that they have the condition.
A quarter (25pc) said that they would like time off work for diabetes-related appointments and flexibility to take regular breaks for testing their blood sugar or to take medication.
Missing essential health checks or not taking medication on time can lead to devastating complications, such as amputations, stroke, heart disease, kidney failure and even early death.
To find out more about your rights at work if you have diabetes or for information visit diabetes.org.uk/work
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