I AM at a total loss to understand the logic behind withdrawing funding of £200,000 a year from Voluntary Action Kirklees (VAK) by Kirklees Council.

This organisation has, over the last few years, trained people in many of the skills required to enable these people to go on and contribute successfully in the voluntary field.

Their unique position as networkers and enablers of funding applicants is surpassed by no one in Kirklees. That £200,000 in the Council’s hands is worth £1,000,000 in the hands of VAK. They are able to ‘sniff out’ and help with getting funding that is unavailable and unobtainable by big governmental organisations like Kirklees.

I write as a person who has been able to attend training courses and request funding advice that was unobtainable elsewhere.

The action of refusing funding will be the demise of a true asset for the Council and for the community of Kirklees. I know this letter will be utterly and totally ignored as the council has already made its decision.

But for once I respectfully ask them to reconsider a very ill thought out action.

Chris Woolnough


Shorts shrift

BUS drivers want to wear shorts in the heatwave but are not allowed by First Bus. A First spokesman talks about ‘an obvious risk of injuries and accidents near large mechanical and engineering equipment’.

So wearing shorts would be a tremendous health and safety risk? We are talking about a bus driver wearing slightly shorter trousers!

They also say that ‘trainers increases risk of injury to both staff and customers’ – another load of nonsense in my view.

Whatever happened to common sense? It seems that all that matters to First is drivers ‘looking smart’ instead of realising that being very uncomfortable could cause lack of concentration and be a real health and safety risk to passengers.

common sense


A hot topic

A HOT day and the bus heating is full on, full of passengers and the driver working in a greenhouse environment.

So why are our bus drivers not allowed to cool down by wearing shorts?

Years ago buses were draughty and did not have the modern heating system of today, but drivers were allowed to remove their ties on hot days.

I would have thought that a health and safety issue is at stake here. If a driver is working in unpleasant conditions, which they are, and in danger of heat stroke and also stress of heavy traffic and awkward passengers, then the safety of other passengers could be the outcome.

As for drivers looking smart, if the company support a smart uniform including shorts, then why shouldn’t they look presentable? Supply shoes as well.


Building on the past

IN answer to the letter Huddersfield Rebuilt (Mailbag, July 1), I would like to express an opinion shared by many people of Huddersfield.

Castle Hill has got a 4,000-year-old history in this most prestigious site, and the pride of Huddersfield as a heritage building.

A modern amenity as suggested with heavy traffic to it would mean we would soon say goodbye to it. In a short time the road to it will be closed for good due to erosion.

Huddersfield would be the loser, for selling our heritage and allowing commercial commercialisation to take over. There are many other places we suggested for a suitable project to be built. So why Castle Hill?

As to the building of a bigger hospital, I could agree but the suggestion is too late. Why wasn’t it logged at that time when people of Huddersfield fought hard to stop its services partly transferred to Halifax?

Tony Sosna


Tribute to youth

THE youth of today get a bad press, but I witnessed something on Friday June 25 that just restored my faith in humanity!

I was travelling by train from Manchester Airport to Middlesbrough (I am from Middlesbrough) when the train pulled into Huddersfield station.

A lady, who looked to be in her 80s, was struggling to get into the seat opposite me. A young man who looked about 21-23, who had got on with the old lady, rushed over to make sure she was seated comfortably after he had stacked three rucksacks safely that he had carried on. He then safely secured the old lady’s suitcase. I and everyone else assumed the young man was the old lady’s grandson.

He then asked the old lady if she was OK and was there anything else he could do. He told her that this was the quicker train to Leeds and it was her best option.

He assured the old lady she would be OK and he would make sure she got to see her daughter at Leeds station.

He talked to her about her daughter and family and said he had four brothers and two sisters, the youngest which was four, and was visiting his family back in Huddersfield before going back to university in London where he was doing a degree in painting.

At Dewsbury just by chance a few of the young man’s friends got on the train.

He then got up to talk to them and tell them what he was up to in London.

After about five minutes he came over to the old lady, asked her name and introduced himself as Jake, then proceeded to explain to his friends that he was making sure the old lady got from Huddersfield station to Leeds station to meet her daughter safely.When the train got into Leeds station Jake was struggling to pick up his bags and get the old lady’s case, as well as assuring her he will be there on the platform when they get off the train.

His friends then told Jake they would help the old lady off the train with her case.

I would just like to say it’s a long time since I have seen a young person go out of their way and be so helpful and show such manners towards anyone older than themselves in public.

He must make his parents, brothers and sisters so proud of him, as he certainly made an impression on me and a certain old lady from Huddersfield.

Brian Hylton


Unhappy returns

I SEE that Toyota/Lexus have announced yet another mass safety recall of a batch of their vehicles.

Is there any truth in the rumour that their next model will be called the Boomerang?

Bill Armer


Duckling rescue

MAY I say well done to the young man in last Wednesday’s Examiner for rescuing the duckling which would certainly have died if it hadn’t been for his efforts?

Mrs S Harriott

Salendine Nook

On the Run

I ATTENDED the Sunday afternoon Run for Life at Leeds Road Playing Fields. My wife, who has suffered breast cancer, and my daughter were taking part in this run for cancer charities, together with hundreds of other brave women.

This was the fourth such run over the weekend. What I witnessed really touched my heart. Ladies in all kinds of fancy dress, running their hearts out. It was a not a race, but a coming together of people with one goal in mind, to raise money for cancer research.

From very small children to elderly ladies who could only manage to walk round the course with the aid of friends. Many carried personal messages attached to the rear of their shirts. May I just say, to every woman who took part: well done, I am proud of every last one of you. For once I am not...

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