LETTERS: Burning cash, a great Christmas warmer and 'a dog is for life' - The Coventry Observer

13th Aug, 2022

LETTERS: Burning cash, a great Christmas warmer and 'a dog is for life'

Concerning your ‘Wrong Sort Of Leaves’ story, have we not got an incinerator in Coventry could we not burn them saving £58000 or is that just to simple.

John Gough

I was kindly invited to attend the Christmas fete of the Willowbrook Home Centre in Glebe Close, Canley. It was packed with residents and visitors, and Ms Sharon Berry, the Activity Coordinator, welcomed me warmly.

Willowbrook Housing Scheme for residents aged over 55 has 61 self-contained flats and everyone to whom I spoke praised it highly. There are other excellent schemes in Coventry, and we are fortunate that devoted people help others in this way.

On my way out, I spoke to the lady and gentleman staffing an Ambulance, and expressed my deep gratitude for the times when the WM Ambulance Service has helped my family. Our excellent WM Police, WM Fire and Rescue Service and the hard-working staff of University Hospital also do great work.

As we approach the festive season, I hope that we always remember the work of Ms Berry and her colleagues and of the Emergency and Medical Services who protect us night and day.

Councillor David Skinner

Conservative, Westwood Ward

Why does Barr’s Hill School, in common with several other Coventry schools, now need an Executive Head Teacher and a Head Teacher or are these just fancy titles for Head Teacher and Deputy Head Teacher ?

Paul Graham Smith


With Christmas just around the corner, the season of goodwill and generosity is well and truly upon us. But with a seemingly never-ending Christmas shopping list, it can be hard to find the money to donate to a good cause.

This Christmas, however, there’s a way of supporting the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) – a charity close to my heart – that won’t cost you a penny.

All you have to do is collect used stamps from your cards and parcels. Your old stamps will be recycled and transformed into much-needed funds to help even more people with sight loss access the information, support and advice they need.

And with millions of cards and parcels sent in the run-up to Christmas each year why not ask your friends, family or work colleagues to get involved as well?

Simply visit www.rnib.org.uk/stamps or call 01413 289357 to request your pre-paid envelopes. You’ll then be able to send your stamps off to RNIB in the post – it really is that easy!

Every day 250 people will begin to lose their sight and many will face a future without any help or support.

By supporting RNIB this Christmas, you can help change this and give people with sight loss the gift of a brighter future.

Amanda Holden

RNIB Supporter

Dogs Trust is urging the British public to remember the charity’s iconic slogan ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’® after a year of bizarre reasons offered by people giving up their dog.

Dogs Trust received a call every five minutes (3,596 calls) from people looking to give up their dogs in the month following Christmas last year with reasons ranging from “he wasn’t a vegetarian” or “didn’t like being dressed up”.

Our iconic slogan is just as meaningful today as it was when first coined nearly 40 years ago as a new survey reveals 20% of dog owners spend less than two weeks researching before buying a dog and 1 in 5 people confessed to buying a dog simply because it was a cute accessory.

Dogs Trust takes in thousands of much loved dogs from heartbroken owners who sadly find themselves unable to continue to care for their dogs due to unavoidable changes in their circumstances so it’s particularly hard for staff when they see the other end of the spectrum.

We really hope this Christmas is the year our nation of animal lovers finally takes heed of our slogan ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’® and we don’t see dogs discarded because their owners have not considered the lifetime commitment of dog ownership. We urge anyone considering getting a dog to ensure they do their research to find a dog compatible with their lifestyle so they are fully aware of the realities of caring for a dog for the duration of its lifetime.

Adrian Burder

Chief Executive, Dogs Trust

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