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LETTER: Looking for Royal Navy Jack

I doubt very much if the reader who only writes the occasional letter to “Letters to the Editor,” realises just how well read that letter will be. 
Local newspapers around the country, like this one, recently printed a letter of mine about those who have served in the Royal Navy trying to find their old shipmates. 
The response has been fantastic, there are now over 40 Royal Navy reunion weekends organised around the country. 
For those who are seeking the camaraderie of the past, the reunions are listed on the RN Shipmates web site: www.rnshipmates.co.uk and if your readers want to get in touch and start a search, the contact is there.
For those not on email drop a line to Mike Crowe, 7 Heath Road, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 8PG, and I will send you a list and all details. 
A stamp will help the pension. (Please leave the stamp on its own backing paper.)
Typical are the HMS Cavalier Association reunion, the Field Gunners, HMS Illustrious Association, along with HMS Ark Royal, HMS Collingwood, HMS Loch Fada and of course the RN Shipmates reunion itself for those without an association and many, many more, take a peak.
See you there, and thank you local newspapers.

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LETTER: Beard shave done, so now what?

LETTER: Beard shave done, so now what?

I, Pete Corbett would like to thank the friends and family of Guy Kirk-Lynch who had his beard shaved off for charity at The Anchor Inn, Tideswell.
He raised £414 for Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance at the event and now is looking for a new challenge to carry on his support of DLRAA. 
Thank you on behalf of DLRAA.

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LETTER: Rotary fundraising thanks all round

LETTER: Rotary fundraising thanks all round

Rotary Club of Buxton wish to thank the Buxton Advertiser for Lucy Ball’s advance feature regarding our 50:50 Charity Swimathon. 
The March 11 event was a great fundraising success. Five teams (Bathing Beauties from Cut & Curl, Buxton Barracudas, The Sheldon Sharks, Dolphins and Jack Maney’s) had a good swim and enjoyed themselves. They raised: £1,500 plus for Neema School Trust, Kenya; £200 plus for Bowel & Cancer Research UK; and £50 plus for Class Room in the Clouds, Nepal.

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LETTER: Wise head on young shoulders

LETTER: Wise head on young shoulders

How heart-warming it was to see the letter from 15-year-old L.H. I applaud their commitment to their beliefs and their interest in politics. 
It is good to see that they also read their local newspaper. 
As they continue to learn about the UK democratic system they will realise that a cornerstone of our politics is the right to oppose and to peacefully protest. 
That is one of the things that makes us a democracy and not a totalitarian state. 
Dictators shut down arguments they don’t like, democrats keep arguing. After all those who did not like the result of the 1975 referendum carried on arguing, for 41 years, until they achieved their goal. 
Now it’s the turn of those of us who wish to remain in the EU to have our say. 
That is what British democracy is all about.

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LETTER: Kitchen fitters to the rescue

LETTER: Kitchen fitters to the rescue

Kitchen fitters working on my recently-finished holiday cottage, Gaia lodge, walked out the day before the granite templaters were booked and that had serious repercussions for me because Gaia lodge was booked solid ten days later for a month and we had already put the templaters back so there were no more degrees of freedom with them. 
But one phone call to Max and Jo of Inside Out, Buxton, and within two hours their father, John Graham and his builder Dave Wood had stepped in and started fitting my kitchen. 
They worked flat out until the base units were in for the templaters. Not only that, they took a risk with me and ordered £10,000 worth of bespoke kitchen without any deposit on the understanding that I would pay within three weeks, which of course I did. 
Max, Jo, Brian, Jim, John Graham and Dave have all been amazing. I have been using Inside Out for more than five years and in that time I have probably spent in the region of £30,000 with them for various builds from Upper Hurst Farm Caravan and Camping site toilet/shower block, my home - a cowshed and hayloft barn conversion. 
They are like family to me now. I am a spiritual teacher and I teach that collaboration is key. This is a first class example of collaboration.

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LETTER: Staff are making an effort at Bowerfield House

LETTER: Staff are making an effort at Bowerfield House

With reference to your article about Bowerfield House in a recent issue of the Advertiser I would like to make some further points.
My wife has been a resident in this home for some years now and whilst I acknowledge there have been a number of issues which the Care Quality Commission have quite rightly highlighted in their report following the inspection at the end of 2016, I do feel that the entire team presently employed at Bowerfield House are putting in a great deal of effort to address these issues and I am confident they will meet the required standards when the CQC make their follow up visit in a few months time.
It is also worth noting that the CQC have significantly tightened up their inspection regime, rightly so in my opinion, a point which should not go unnoticed by many other care homes across the country.

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LETTER: In reply to Dr Brower, I am travelled and knowledgeable

LETTER: In reply to Dr Brower, I am travelled and knowledgeable

In reply to Dr Brower’s letter (The Buxton Advertiser, March 9), which rather rudely implies that I am probably ‘a little Englander’ who has never travelled and, therefore, has no understanding of life beyond these shores, I would like to disabuse him of his assumptions.
Contrary to his perception of me, I have travelled extensively for pleasure and business to America, New Zealand, Australia, Israel and the Middle East. 
I also ran a business in Paris for eight years in partnership with French colleagues. 
In addition, over 50 years I have taken two or three weeks holiday all over Europe, skiing, mountain climbing and family holidays. 
Consequently, I am well aware that, regardless of what country I am in, most people are just like us.
Regarding Greece and its debts, I find it preposterous to say a ‘firm of accountants’ put the financial numbers together for Greece’s application into the EU. 
Everyone knows that Greece would not be eligible for entry had the truth of their situation been published but such was the will of the EU to extend it’s domain that ‘any numbers’ would have been accepted. The accountants would have colluded with both parties in order to massage the figures to get to the end results. 
The Greek Government, not the accountants would have put forward the figures. 
Further, I didn’t say the ‘majority will’ of Ukraine was ignored.
I said they chose to ignore the history and monumental suffering of the USSR in the past which inevitably created a reaction from Russia when they saw NATO and the EU 
advancing on their borders. 
A broader understanding of the long history of Europe is required to understand some of the current conflicts. 
Something quite lacking in the current debate.

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LETTER: Austerity measures - managing but only just

LETTER: Austerity measures - managing but only just

As the Derbyshire County Council elections approach, members of the local Hayfield and New Mills Labour Party have been talking with local residents about their 
concerns and the impact the austerity measures are having on their lives. 
Issues have been varied and include: social care and the closure of a GP surgery in Hayfield; potholes, street lighting, crime – particularly car thefts, lack of police in the community, bedroom tax, social housing, the end of bus route 62, and areas of urban deterioration such as Hayfield bus station and New Mills 
central train station. Because of the heavy Tory Government cuts, many people recognise Derbyshire County Council is being forced into some very difficult decisions 
regarding local services but without a Labour majority, the next four years would see further massive cuts. 
For example the closure of virtually all our care homes. Derbyshire is still a great place to live and it is vital for us to join together and, with the support of the local Labour Party, protect the environment, our local services and the more vulnerable people in our community. 
As one resident said to me “Imagine if buses were used by the rich…. how different would our bus service be?” What sort of society do we currently live in where a failed ex-chancellor can earn more in a day than many of our local residents can earn in a year? 
We are the sixth wealthiest nation in the world, surely we should rise above wanting roads without pot holes.
We should have a vision for how we want our society to be.

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LETTER: Let’s give Scotland independence

LETTER: Let’s give Scotland independence

Nicola Sturgeon MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) is “First Minister” of a tin pot parliament of a small nation of about five million folks yet she tries to blackmail our Government into changing its Brexit policy. Let’s call her bluff. 
England is leaving the European Union and how about telling the Scottish National Party (SNP) that at the same time we are giving Scotland its independence whether it wants it or not.
English taxpayers subsidise Scotland’s education system, social care system and most everything else as, indeed, we do for the Welsh and those in the six counties of Ulster (three of Ulster’s counties are already in the Republic). 
So-called nationalist parties in these places are clamouring for independence so let’s give it to them and good riddance. 
How much better England will be without the EU and these others like millstones round our necks.

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LETTER: Referendum - vote was not an opinion poll

LETTER: Referendum - vote was not an opinion poll

Doctor Swallow (Postbag, March 2) says the referendum was ‘legally constituted as an advisory vote, and the outcome should have been seen as an opinion poll’.

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LETTER: Brexit - Have you actually been anywhere?

LETTER: Brexit - Have you actually been anywhere?

John Smith’s letter (“We voted ‘out’ and that’s it” – March 2) is in keeping with the misinformation that characterised the Brexit vote.

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LETTER: Stewart Medical Centre - Response to unfair article

LETTER: Stewart Medical Centre - Response to unfair article

Iam contacting you from the Stewart Medical Centre in Buxton regarding the article that was published last week with the headline ‘Shock as only one GP surgery spoke out to save Cavendish Hospital.’

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LETTER: Is your sanity in question?

LETTER: Is your sanity in question?

Murder is no longer murder’ according to Brian Daniels in his lengthy letter (Advertiser - February 23) because ‘psychiatrists are testifying that the person accused is insane’.

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LETTER: Brexit - We voted ‘out’ and that’s it

LETTER: Brexit - We voted ‘out’ and that’s it

Reference the letter headed: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over - February 23.

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LETTER: Doctors ready to leave due to Brexit

LETTER: Doctors ready to leave due to Brexit

A survey of European Union doctors by the British Medical Association has found more than four in 10 are considering leaving the UK in light of the EU referendum result.

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LETTER: UK is third worst in Europe for congestion

Recent research has found the UK to be the third worst country in Europe for traffic congestion (INRIX study, February 20, 2017).

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LETTER: Please listen and provide a bin for our dog mess

LETTER: Please listen and provide a bin for our dog mess

The influx of new housing in the Long Lane, Manchester Rd/Crossings Rd area in Chapel-en-le-Frith has brought it’s expected population increase, not just in humans but in animals, mainly dogs.

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LETTER: I would happily pay extra taxes towards NHS

LETTER: I would happily pay extra taxes towards NHS

One thing that most politicians do seem to have a consensus on is that they are scared to ask us for extra taxes to pay for the NHS services that are so essential to our lives and greatly valued by us all.

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LETTER: NHS - The blame lies with politics

LETTER: NHS - The blame lies with politics

Mr Bingham MP says keep politics out of the discussions about the crisis in our NHS, and the Red Cross’s urgent comment about a humanitarian crisis is unwarranted.

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LETTER: Bypass petition has been approved

LETTER: Bypass petition has been approved

I am a lifelong resident of Buxton and one of the reasons I started the petition to debate Buxton, specifically Fairfield Road, having a bypass was because some of the people I spoke to about this topic had the same defeatist attitude of councillor Kemp, whose statement was given to Lucy Ball at the Buxton Advertiser, and councillor Todd (letters page, January 19th) who thinks it’s a waste of time duplicating a petition that had ‘already been rejected’.

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