Letters of the week (14/01/2016)

(14 January, 2016)

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“Thanks for giving us a Christmas Day to remember”

Christmas Day has come and gone – but we did have a wonderful day’s party for so many of our elderly folk on Christmas Day.

The Robin Suite staff in particular Gavin, Tracey and John the Chef excelled themselves. The room looked so perfect and welcoming.

May we take this opportunity to thank all of those nice people who collected money for us?

United Charity £3,000, Rotherhithe Consolidated Charity £2000, the wonderful Saturday evening at Stanley Arms raised £1305.00 on the evening and then gave Millwall £150.00, Albins £100.00 and £330.00 from the Bouchers School.  Four Squares £300.00 and Sheila Fairfield £100.00.  Grosvenor and Down Town Farm £216.00.   From our beloved friend Marie O’Connell funeral £286.70 plus £770.00 pounds from her Grandsons trip to the top of Snowdon. Old Salt Quay donated over £60 and we did do a small collection at Surrey Quays getting £286.00.

May we also thank all of our volunteers who so generously give up their Christmas Day to help  and in particular our MP Neil Coyle and family, for the great help towards the lunch etc.

Also our transport section of six  drivers and of course Alan our Transport Manager, we could only get five ambulances from Southwark so a great big thank you for London Hire who loaned another one free of charge.

A big thank you for Trics and Joe for doing all the shopping for the Christmas Parcels.

Next year will be our 40th year.

Coral Newell, Administrator and Secretary, Bermondsey Care for the Elderly.



“How the Mayor can  stop us from floods”

We have been very fortunate here in London to escape the types of floods experienced in other parts of mainland Britain this winter.

Our housing density and hard paving makes us very vulnerable to river and surface water flooding. In the event of very heavy rainfall we could be looking at tens of billions of pounds worth of property and infrastructure damage, with a high chance of loss of life.

The Mayor must step up his river restoration programme which will increase the storage capacity of the 600 kilometres of rivers that feed into the Thames. But most are hidden, buried in pipes and unable to cope with heavy rainfall before over-topping.  Mass tree planting in the upper parts of London’s thirteen river catchments could hold the rainfall back and slow its entry into our rivers. Restoring half of our front gardens which have been paved over could also protect us from rainfall causing local flooding.

Jenny Jones AM, Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb of the Green Party Group



“Do you know these people?”

Lost friends, do you remember this photo many years ago at a dinner and dance in London?

I’ve been trying to think of what year it was taken. I’m Stan Childs on the right of the picture and I know Elaine and David Hewlet but I can’t think of the names of the other folk.

I’d like to hear how people are getting on these days or whether they are still in the area. My number is 07538886193 – only people that know me please.

M. Childs, Norfolk

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