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College is diferent experience to sixth form

10:08am Monday 29th September 2014

Editor's View

Firework cost

10:06am Monday 29th September 2014

London’s New Year's Eve fireworks showcase the capital to the world and we should delight in its immense popularity. Yet sadly the Mayor of London is making the decision to introduce a £10 charge for this annual event this year. Even children will be charged.

Is this crass management at Whipps?

10:06am Monday 29th September 2014

I was initially surprised at the headline in last week’s Guardian concerning children’s treatment being hit by staff shortages.

Chief executive not on message

10:05am Monday 29th September 2014

Whatever Council Chief Executive Martin Esom’s recent big pay rise (‘Council chief gets pay rise for cuts’, September 18) is for, it certainly is not for answering his mail.

Stronger powers needed to evict travellers

10:04am Monday 29th September 2014

Editor's View

Ward offers a great service

10:02am Monday 29th September 2014

I have first hand experience of observing the work of Heronwood ward, at Wanstead Hospital, over a period of daily visits for six weeks, as my sister was there with a broken right shoulder and a broken left wrist.

We need to oppose plans for the wards

10:01am Monday 29th September 2014

I am writing about the proposed closure of Heronwood and Galleon wards at Wanstead Hospital.

Action is needed on traffic at roundabout

10:00am Monday 29th September 2014

The petition on Redbridge Roundabout, signed by over 2,000 residents, was presented to Redbridge council for officers to liaise with TfL and Mayor of London to persuade them to:

Supermarkets are too big

9:57am Monday 29th September 2014

Editor's View

Putting others before self

9:54am Monday 29th September 2014

Editor's View

Saddened by traders’ view

9:53am Monday 29th September 2014

I am extremely disheartened by the traders in Epping High Street who complained of loss of earnings following the closure of the High Street after the stabbing on September 6 (Epping Forest Guardian, September 18.) A young man was stabbed and is lying critically ill in hospital, and all they can think about is their loss of earnings for just one day. How selfish can people be?

Ward offers great service

9:53am Monday 29th September 2014

I have first hand experience of observing the work of Heronwood ward, at Wanstead Hospital, over a period of daily visits for six weeks, as my sister was there with a broken right shoulder and a broken left wrist.

Send photos of war dead

9:53am Monday 29th September 2014

I am acting on behalf of the authorities at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery Busan South Korea where over 800 British Servicemen are buried.

Food banks show something is wrong

9:52am Monday 29th September 2014

Congratulations to the local churches in Waltham Abbey who have responded to the most basic of human needs, that of being able to adequately feed one's family, by opening and running the second food bank here in Epping Forest (as reported in last week’s Speaking Out column).

Belt-tightening needed

9:51am Monday 29th September 2014

Editor's View

Good news for criminals

9:50am Monday 29th September 2014

Editor's View

Benefit cuts will hit poor

9:49am Monday 29th September 2014

Waltham Forest council is proposing to reduce means-tested Council Tax benefits substantially over the next two years. The benefit is means tested by a calculation based on bare subsistence – i.e. without it people would simply not have enough to live.

Value to community must be recognised

9:48am Monday 29th September 2014

We at the Waltham Forest Civic Society were sorry to read the article (Guardian, September 11) about the closure of the Heathcote Arms public house in Grove Green Road, Leytonstone. This follows other recent closures of public houses in the Borough, including the Waltham Oak, the Antelope and the Royston Arms. Others are threatened. The Waltham Forest Civic Society (WFCS) has been campaigning this year to get buildings and open spaces throughout Waltham Forest listed by the Borough as Assets of Community Value (ACVs). If the Heathcote Arms had been listed as an ACV, then any group that listed it would be given six months to decide whether they wanted to buy the building themselves, or to find a partner willing to take the building on and continue to use it for its existing community purpose.

Thank you for helping

9:47am Monday 29th September 2014

Last Thursday, September 11, I attempted to get on the W14 bus outside Boots in George Lane.  I failed to realise the incline on the ramp (I am in an electric wheelchair) was too steep to allow me to get on as usual. Consequently I fell back rather dramatically on to my head.   There was a lot of blood! It must have been quite frightening to see.  I want to thank the driver and bystanders for their speedy help, with blankets, pillows, and jackets and wet wipes.  The ambulance and police arrived quite quickly and I was scooped up (literally – they use a two-sided scoop) and taken to Whipps for an hour or so while they glued my head together. So thank you for your concern and I’m sorry for causing such a panic and delay. Revd Megan Wylie-Smith,  Manor Court Lodge South Woodford.

Boris has a long legacy of fare rises

9:43am Monday 29th September 2014

The Mayor’s announcement that travel fares in the capital will increase in line with inflation will no doubt be spun by City Hall as Boris doing his bit to help struggling Londoners with the cost of living.

Ghost stories wanted

9:41am Monday 29th September 2014

Editor's View

Scenes past and present

9:39am Monday 29th September 2014

Editor's View

Token acknowledgement

9:38am Monday 29th September 2014

Editor's View

Deer incident ‘regrettable’

9:36am Monday 29th September 2014

I am writing in response to Lesley Carter’s letter (Deer left suffering by the road for too long, Guardian, September 11).

Anti-social behaviour puts town to shame

9:35am Monday 29th September 2014

Editor's View

Comments complacent

9:31am Monday 29th September 2014

I feel sure that I cannot be the only reader to find the reported comments of our local MP in response to the recent local crime wave in last week’s paper (Our policy is to increase the number of police officers out and about in the community and on the streets) very surprising and complacent.

Quickest response still too slow

9:31am Monday 29th September 2014

After the recent local violent assaults, Chief Inspector Denise Morrisey rejected criticism of the police, saying that they got to the scene of the incidents very quickly. We do not want the police to get to the scene of incidents quickly. We want them to be at the scene beforehand, to prevent the incidents happening.

Farewell to a great friend and comrade

9:30am Monday 29th September 2014

Bill Long has suddenly left ‘this mortal coil’, which has come as a terrible shock for his family, friends and many comrades.

EU a moving parliament

9:28am Monday 29th September 2014

The European Parliament has returned to work after the summer recess and as readers may know, the Parliament currently sits in both Brussels and the French city of Strasbourg.

Stop harmful traffic culture

9:27am Monday 29th September 2014

Our traffic culture is damaging our health.

Passion for music shared with area

9:27am Monday 29th September 2014

I wonder if any of your readers will have noted the recent death of Frank Shipway.

Music lover spread joy of orchestra

9:26am Monday 29th September 2014

I wonder if any of your readers will have noted the recent death of Frank Shipway.

Stop deaths from traffic and fumes

9:25am Monday 29th September 2014

Our traffic culture is damaging our health.

Deer left suffering by the road for too long

9:24am Monday 29th September 2014

I am furious with the conservators of Epping Forest (the City of London Corporation).

Parents to blame for violent attack

9:24am Monday 29th September 2014

I just read the front page story in the Epping Forest Guardian about a knife attack on some young boys.  It’s not often I say positive things about the police, but I think Mr Murray is wrong to criticise them when they suggest that people should take more care. Of course we should all take care to protect ourselves from the muggers and murderers of this world.  But I think the blame for crime should be placed fairly and squarely on the shoulders of those parents who don’t bring their children up to know right from wrong. They’re the ones who don’t care enough to even put themselves out to know where their children are or who they are mixing with. Anyone who thinks that doesn’t happen just take a look outside the local shops at night or in station yards – they’re all there. You can see this on police documentaries too. Get the parents sorted and maybe then you’ll sort the kids too. Paul Russell

Bid to honour man who gave his life

9:22am Monday 29th September 2014

I am involved in a project to honour the men from Colac, a small farming community in south western Victoria in Australia, who died in the First World War.

Fallen man travelled far to fight

9:21am Monday 29th September 2014

I am involved in a project to honour the men from Colac, a small farming community in south western Victoria in Australia, who died in the First World War.

No disastrous cuts to care for elderly

9:20am Monday 29th September 2014

I am in my mid 60s and a carer for two 90 year-olds.

Too many parents rely on foodbanks

9:19am Monday 29th September 2014

For too many parents and children, the start of the school term provides a relief for household budgets and the prospect of nutritious food after a summer of shortage.

Fallen man travelled far to fight

9:17am Monday 29th September 2014

I am involved in a project to honour the men from Colac, a small farming community in south western Victoria in Australia, who died in the First World War.

Gather to remember schooldays

9:17am Monday 29th September 2014

I am trying to organise another reunion for former students of Wellington Avenue Boys and Girls Secondary Schools and their original feeder primary schools in Chingford.  Obviously, over the past 50 years many will have moved around and away from Chingford and many may have stayed so I am trying to reach as many people as possible who attended the schools. The primary schools involved, as far as I can remember, were Chase Lane, which I attended, Larkswood, or New Road, Yardley Lane, Selwyn Avenue, Whitehall and Kings Road. We held a reunion in 2012 and I would like to follow it up.  I am looking for anyone who attended the school as a student, teachers, cleaner, catering assistant, or dinner lady, as they were called then. Many people who come to the reunion will have definite students who they would like to catch up with, who they have not heard from for anything up to 40 years.  I would like to hear from Phillip Vine, David Hooper, Keith Boreham, Melvyn Brotherton, Harvey Chown, Barry Bishop and many more.  At that time, the girls’ and boys’ schools were separate, but after school they would combine for a dance class weekly.  It would be good to catch up with anyone who remembers what were good times and a very good school. Anyone wanting information about the reunion can contact me on 07752 884547 or email steve.d.hanks@gmail.com. Steve Hanks,  Maidstone,  Kent.

Our security has been worn away

9:15am Monday 29th September 2014

Open letter to David Cameron: Why is it that you are issuing statements that are designed as a sort of ‘wake-up call’ to the public when in fact the wake-up call should have been taken on board by yourself and your star player ministers, who have been more than instrumental in putting this country in the mess it is in now.

Turn more buildings into mini power stations

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

2:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Londoners are missing out on the benefits of solar generated electricity. 

Iraqis also lost jobs

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

10:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

May I add to Bill Long’s excellent letter with regard to Iraq (Your Views, August 21).

MP should vote for laws promising aid

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Eleanor Laing MP

8:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

On Friday, September 12, Eleanor Laing MP will have the chance to help millions of people around the world simply by turning up to work.

Speaking Out: James Cracknell on the mission to restore the Arctic Sunrise

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

11:17am Tuesday 26th August 2014

James Cracknell from Walthamstow is Speaking Out about his Greenpeace mission.

Speaking Out: Ray Yates on housing in Waltham Forest

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

7:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

Ray Yates lives in Wood Street and previously worked in housing repairs and maintenance for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Sainsbury's and TfL to act on 'click and collect' complaints

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

10:59am Wednesday 20th August 2014

Martin Hawkes spoke out about the use of a drop-off car park by 'click and collect' vans

100 years on and are we any wiser?

2:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

The commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War has been moving but totally lacking in political context. 

Communities need to stamp out FGM

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: child

1:00pm Sunday 17th August 2014

Readers may be aware of the recently announced government campaign against the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation (FGM).






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