AS parents of three children who attend Rowley Lane School, it is a pleasure to see the excellent school receive an “outstanding” Ofsted report from Government inspectors recently (Examiner May 15).

The whole culture of the school is brilliantly impressive with impeccable standards of teaching and exemplary pupil behaviour and hard work throughout.

The attention to detail given to children by the caring teaching staff is truly commendable, especially for those children who require special support, which as parents we have experienced first hand. We express our immense gratitude to head teacher Mrs Carol Martin and her utterly professional staff for their care and support over the years.

Highly respected, Mrs Martin truly leads from the front and is an outstanding brilliant inspiration to her teaching and non-teaching colleagues, parents and most importantly her pupils.

We’re very proud and wish the school continued success!



Where is Moor’s gateway stone?

I HAVE just read an article in the Examiner regarding protests about potential development by the Kirklees Council of Lindley Moor.

During the year 1950, I visited Lindley Moor regularly each Sunday afternoon while walking a dog. At that time a stone stood at a gateway on to the moor.

As I remember it, the stone was inscribed “Lindley Moor, This land is given to the people of Huddersfield to be kept as an open space for ever.”

Where is the stone now? It has not been in evidence for many years. Has it been knocked over, or is it languishing in some council stoneyard?

Opponents to any development could do well to question the council’s legal right to build on the land.

Councillors and their officers could do well to honour their obligations to past benefactors.

W Proctor


Please keep control of your dogs

COULD I please ask all dog owners to walk their dogs with consideration to other people who may be about?

I have two dogs and often find other dogs being let off their leads and allowed to run out of sight of their owners.

As my dogs are aggressive to other dogs this causes great distress to me as a dog fight often ensues.

When the owners appear I am usually told “It’s ok, my dog is friendly”.

It is also unpleasant for children who are scared of dogs to see a dog approaching at speed. I have seen this happen time and time again with other dog owners and children so please take responsibility for your dogs when out and let us all enjoy the good weather.

Dog Owner


Time to get tough on benefits culture

IT appears that there is now a mass exodus of the Polish workers back to their land of origin due to the demands of the Polish economy.

This leads to a lack of workers in this country. The agricultural community has a shortfall of fruit and vegetable pickers.

What is wrong that our own community are able to claim benefits for doing absolutely nothing.

The word “cushy” comes to mind. The whole benefits system is wrongly thought out.

Those who are in ill-health have all our sympathies, but there are a lot of people who have no intention of working because they can afford computers, DVDs etc on their current hand-outs.

When are the Government going to toughen up?

Kathleen Etches


Nice try Gordon - but you’re fired!

IT is reported that Gordon Brown is being approached to take part in an Apprentice-style reality show, in a desperate attempt to make him more popular.

This could be risky!

It may not be audiences screaming their approval, but booing audiences using the popular swear words so prevalent today. I doubt if a programme of this kind will make any difference.

What will politicians stoop to next to fool the electorate? No cheap TV show will alter anything.

Maybe the talk on screen might influence some to think differently for a while. That of course could be short-lived.

Behind the scenes nothing will get better. The dither and the spin will continue. So all in all it could turn out to be the funniest show we have ever seen, maybe up for a Bafta.

Brenda Holroyd


Sack the cabinet over crime claims

BARELY five months into the year and a 13th teenager murdered in London, not counting all the other murders and serious crimes around the country, this year alone.

Yet on May 11 on “The Politics Show” David Milliband said “We are less likely to be a victim of crime since 1981”!

What planet is this man on?

Doesn’t he watch the news or read a newspaper?

“I Don’t Believe It”!

Owt about sacking Gordon Brown, they should sack the whole cabinet.



Thanks for making day successful

I WOULD like to thank everyone who made Golcar Lily Day such a success.

So many people work hard and give their time to make these events so enjoyable. In particular the concert given by the Colne Valley Male Voice Choir was excellent and we are very lucky to have such local talent.

Even the weather was perfect, which makes such a difference to these special days making all the effort worthwhile.



Can you put me in the picture?

I LEFT Almondbury High in 1972 and the science teacher at the time, Mr D Coldwells, took a form photo outside the science block building.

Along with myself were Ian Bintcliffe (my friend), Joe Pollard, Desmond Shaw and some others whose names I can’t recall. We were in 5T. I think it was about Easter time.

I would love to know if any photos exist.

If any of your readers remember this photo or any former pupils would like to get in touch that would be fantastic. I’d love to get another copy of a photo.

Secondly, my mother Mrs Gertrude Loughrey (nee Chapman) was adopted in 1933, lived on Town Avenue then Town Terrace until her death in 1984, aged 60.

Her maiden name was Mills. Neither myself or my sister Jennifer knew where she was actually born but she did have an Auntie Lucy Whitwam (nee Brook) and she lived on Bell Street, Newsome, with her family.

She was also a dinner lady at the form Beaumont Street School and playground monitor too.

I would love to know if she has any surviving family, perhaps in the Newsome area.

My sister now lives in Rastrick. I moved to Sheffield in 1994 when I married and my address is 64 Everingham Road, Longley, Sheffield S5 7LR.

Both my parents are at rest in Edgerton Cemetery now, along with my grandma Chapman.

It will be great to hear from anyone who can help.

Edward J Loughrey