I AM sorry I was unable to join those concerned about the sudden closure of our adult education centre in Holmfirth last night.

I don’t think for one minute our Conservative councillors deliberately arranged this to clash with the local Labour party celebrations of the unique history of the Colne Valley constituency, but I and others were already committed to such a big event.

As we are celebrating history perhaps this is a good time to reflect on where adult education came from and on the way in which this particular building grew out of public subscription.

Perhaps a revival of something like the old Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) could give adult education locally a new sense of purpose.

Given this is a public building it should be given back to the people of Holmfirth who paid for it.

I am sure the community here has the capacity to resolve access problems and, with green architects based locally, perhaps create a sustainable community building for the future.

There would be scope for expanding future adult education. That needs to include those specialist activities that need dedicated equipment.

In addition we have the scope to share technology skills, educate ourselves about sustainability and how we tackle climate change, increase civic education and encourage community groups to share their specialist knowledge.

A new lease of life for this public asset could help Holmfirth put the community back in community education – and perhaps find room for that museum too.

Anne Baldwin


No cushy jobs back then

IN my last letter the comparisons of the high price of the cloth to the flat rate (wage) was to show the extreme high quality of the cloth.

Nobody would pay such money for nothing. Huddersfield was the cradle of excellency in textile.

The gender of workers didn’t play any role after the war. This country was economically ruined by the long war and people had to work hard for small reward. Flat rates were very low in most industries. People relied on bonuses.

Male weavers in Huddersfield were on piece work, each was paid what they produce, some women were as well but some were hampered by carrying heavy pieces of material from the looms.

Noise was a very big problem for workers. mending was all women. They were paid for what they produce. Some hard working skilled menders earned big money beating school teachers’ pay by a mile. There were no cushy well paid jobs then. production was the main factor. Piece work individual bonuses as well as departmental’s were introduced all to rise production.



At the hub of community

I FEEL I have to write regarding your story ‘We don’t want our village pub back’ (Examiner, July 14).

As the landlord and landlady of the Shepherds Rest from 1991-2008 I have to defend our pub.

The Shepherds Rest was a well run, warm, friendly place with warm friendly customers, who I have to say also raised thousands for charity during our tenure.

I have to defend those customers and state that during our time there I never saw or heard any fighting, noise or vandalism.

Far from it. All I heard was fun, laughter and good humour.

Our pub was the hub of the local community with many local sporting and other organisations meeting there.

I would like to know if Mr Miller actually saw anyone from the Shepherds urinate on his car or drop cans and litter in his garden – after all there is more than one pub in the Holmfirth area.

I just feel that his report is a biased one and I had to write to put the record straight.

Richard and Margaret Whitehead


Many thanks to HRI

MAY I say a huge thank you to the doctors, nurses in fact to all the staff at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS.

I was admitted on June 16 with gallstones and in agony. I had the horrible camera inspection, then the dreaded MRI scan from which I emerged a dithering, shaking wreck of a man.

I was taken to Ward 9 and my thanks go to staff night nurse Angela Thornton, who even moved me nearer to nurses station. I was then moved to Ward 10 to a single ward.

I could not have been treated better if I had gone private thanks to Mandy, Jim, Tracey, Kate and Noreen who all spent time with me.

I was sent home on July 6, 2 1/2 stones lighter. I did not realise how ill I was, but after having my gall bladder removed I am feeling a great deal better.

Mr G Stretton, age 74

Hebden Bridge

Compelling viewing

I, LIKE many millions of others, have been glued to the TV every night for the latest revelations regarding the News International phone hacking investigation.

I never thought I would witness the denouement and public humiliation of the Murdoch media empire.

This man, it seems, has been allowed to get away with far too much for far too long.

Politicians of all parties have courted and grovelled to him like the shameless sycophants they are.

They have stood idly by while his stranglehold on the media has increased.

He has, to a large degree, dictated the outcomes of elections. This was always very damaging to our democracy.

Now due to a chain of events which seems to have developed a life of its own, Mr Murdoch’s latest expansion bid has been shelved and there is a genuine opportunity for reform to ensure that this type of monopoly can never happen again in the media world.

In the meantime it makes compelling viewing with many twists and turns yet to come. The News of the World has taken a bullet for Murdoch.

Will Andy Coulson be hung out to dry to protect David Cameron? Watch this space!

Liam McParland

Crosland Moor

Summer holiday blight

SCHOOL holidays and six weeks of bad manners, anti-social behaviour, shoplifting and, best of all, free babysitting from every shopping centre up and down the country.

Parents need to reign their children in and teach them how behave in shopping centres.

And the parents that are just about to say never not my daughter/son think again! Ask security next time you pop by – kids are the worst.

Roll on September the 7th.

Happy to help retail manager

A wonderful night

HURRAH for Kirklees Library Services and Gervase Phinn.

The author evening at Huddersfield Town Hall was exceptionally good.

Mr Phinn’s humour outshone that of fellow Yorkshireman Alan Bennett in its gentle portrayal of the absurd and the heart warming within ordinary human circumstance and everyday human foible.

I laughed until the tears rolled and marvelled at how much enthusiasm, compassion and intelligence this man brought to bear within his reflections of a very full, very varied and well lived life.

My thanks to Gervase and the Library Services for an abundance of inspiration.



Benefits of jail!

IF Moors’ murderer Ian Brady and the like are entitled to incapacity benefits, does that mean the other inmates are entitled to job seeker’s allowance?

Allen Jenkinson,


Council word game

BREAD/jam; horse/cart; wife/shopping; flower/pot; Christmas/pudding; Council/blunder – sorry, just practising some word association!

Amateur shrink


Tesco is good for town

I WAS pleased to read in Kirklees Business News of the £6.5m contract awarded to a Huddersfield firm to provide loading equipment to one of their depots which proves a point that Tesco does more for our town than just building a new store to replace its old out-of-date one.

They will also be contributing towards the new sports centre too.