MAY I, through your letters page, thank all those who pulled together to enable Berry Brow Carnival to happen.
Firstly, I must thank the people of Newsome South Methodist Church who very readily provided us with an indoor venue, the Examiner for running the article on Saturday morning which publicised the change of event, the musicians, Newsome Junior School Choir who sang their hearts out, Colne Valley Intermediate wind band who played magnificently and the jazz quartet Us and Them who were really flexible and played two sets instead of one, all of which added to the atmosphere.
More thanks to all the volunteers who came and staffed the many different stalls and the Punch and Judy man who delighted the children with his performance.
There was so much goodwill as everyone pulled together and made do in the smaller space.
Also, thanks to the many other groups and companies whose outdoor activities had to be cancelled. They were most gracious and sympathetic when we informed them of the sad news of the cancellation of the field event.
Finally I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to the other members of the carnival committee who were determined that we would not be beaten by the weather and worked so hard to ensure the transfer to the change of venue went smoothly.
It takes so many people to make an event like the carnival and if I have missed anyone I must apologise.
Despite the weather, I hope we were able to put some sunshine in the hearts of everyone who came.
We hope that next year the event will be back to normal and the committee are determined that the carnival will be bigger and better than ever.
Thanks again to all
Berry Brow Carnival Committee
A wonderful concert
MAY I through your newspaper thank the Golcar village schools for their wonderful concert put on by the children of the three local schools in Huddersfield Town Hall on Sunday June 24.
Also for the performance of the Lindley Band who added to the wonder of it all. Well done children and teachers – a credit to you all!
We’re against wargamers
CONTRARY to your article in a recent edition of the Examiner edition giving a positive report concerning Airsoft activities in Delves Wood Beaumont Park I’d like to put the record straight by stating that there is enormous opposition to this activity talking place here.
It is a fact that residents such as ourselves neighbouring the wood are lobbying extremely hard in an attempt to stop this anti-social activity taking place in such an inappropriate venue. Indeed, we are supported by others from far and beyond.
We don’t want War Games taking place in our back garden!
I feel a more even-handed article was required and not a seemingly promotional article on behalf of the rather quaintly named Huddersfield Death Team Match.
Our high achievers
IF we are dissatisfied with the performance of our football players, tennis players or Olympic stars when they ‘merely’ reach a Euros quarter final, place 5th, 6th or 7th in the Olympic Games or “scrape through” to the quarter final at Wimbledon (which is, after all, in the top eight in the world, all magnificent achievements) well, there is a solution.
There is nothing to stop any of us from taking their places and taking the £100,000 per week which we begrudge them.
Nothing, except the cigarettes packet, the remote control and, oh, an unimaginable level of hard work!
Andy Murray, Wayne Rooney, Jessica Ennis et al, have reached the pinnacle of their chosen sports through hard work, dedication, intense belief and even more unbelievably hard work. Their desire and ambition is not fuelled by the immense riches they apparently reap from the results of their endeavours. That’s not how or why they started out way back in the days.
If you want role models, there is Jermaine Defoe. I recall an interview with him where he said he cried in his bedroom when he had come back from training as a 14-year-old with West Ham’s Academy as his mum had said he should be in bed by 10pm because he had school tomorrow. He could hear his mates outside still playing out on the street corner.
Or I could relate to the 16-year-old Moor End pupil Mehreen Akhtar who carried an Olympic torch in Tadcaster and whose ambition is to compete in the next Paralympic Games. She doesn’t let the fact that she is blind get in the way of this ambition.
Our athletes are not motivated by performing for “us” and we have no right to expect them to, nor we do have any right to be disappointed if they don’t win the big prize for “us” when competing against other athletes, other teams from other countries whose sportsmen and women have just as much desire, just as much passion, just as much ability and just as much commitment to that hard work I mentioned earlier. And they too are worthy of our admiration, awe and respect.
Everyone deserves what they achieve and not winning the top prize, Gold Medal, Euro 2012 Trophy, is still an unbelievably massive achievement.
MAY I through your column pass on my congratulations to Carol and Stuart Cock on their Golden Wedding and the 44 years they have fostered.
Many years ago while working for Social Services I had regular contact with Carol, Stuart and their lovely family. They are a credit to foster carers. Every child was made welcome and treated like one of their own and their house was full of love and happiness.
If anyone deserves a community award it’s Carol and Stuart.
To foster, care and love 219 children, many with complex needs, in my book deserves an reward.
I wish them well in their retirement if this ever happens. Knowing Carol and Stuart they will find it very hard not to have children in their home. I know if they do retire it will be a big loss to the Social Services Fostering Team.
Pet verbal hates
IN the post today I received a form to fill in for the Register of Electors. Nothing special there then until I turned it over and saw red – referendums!
I may be quaint and peculiar but Anglicised Latin words make me see red. The plural of the Latin noun referendum is referenda. If the council chooses to use a Latin noun please could it give it its classical plural. Anything less sounds ignorant at least and lacking in dignitas at best.
I have other verbal pet hates eg. “the reason why”? The word “reason” implies why so why add it? “To refer back”, the word “refer” implies back as with many “re” words. The prefix “re” means either again or back so why duplicate it? It only shows lack of verbal acuity. The word tautology comes to mind.
I wonder whether other readers have pet verbal hates as I do (and raises another like/as) not to mention less/fewer etc.
With tongue in cheek and hoping for lots of others. Watch this space!
A W Kleiner
Prepare for rain
WITH all this rain we are now having and next month being July 15, St Swithen’s Day, if it rains then many believe 40 days and 40 nights of rain, but the fact is records can be traced back to 300 years and probably a 40 day downpour did follow so St Swithen’s Day at some time on July 16 many have been the date of an older pagan rain ceremony, later sacrificed as it was by St Swithen.
Weather records over a long period show that a wet July 15 is as likely as not to be followed by several days of dry weather but why give up a good legend as most people cross their fingers for a dry St Swithen’s Day and hope for a sunny July. We can all hope though, even the ducks.