From our postbag of September 20, 2014
Cold climate for polluters
Sir, — With the Referendum behind us, let’s now consider an even bigger question ! Yes, Climate Change . What will be its effect on our children and grand children ?
Join concerned people at the Mound, Edinburgh, this Sunday, September 21, at 2pm . Say no to polluters !
Ban Ki-Moon has called a special meeting for next week in New York to discuss this huge problem.
Similar gatherings will be taking place around the globe, all calling for action not words. – Yours, etc.,
Disturbed by debate
Sir, – I was appalled at the recent public consultation on mental health in the community at the Burgh Halls in Linlithgow to hear it stated that because the only alternative was to increase spending, the council had no option but to rely ever increasingly on the voluntary organisations to provide mental health services.
Volunteers can do great work and there are lots of organisations that achieve great things - but just because people are willing to donate their time, effort and care does not mean that we should abandon them to doing it without proper resources.
It is past time to change our priorities and it is far worse to let people suffer without our support and that means putting our tax money behind efforts to change things for the better. –Yours etc.,
Middlesex University, London.
Pat on back for Rose fans
Sir, – I write this letter as a thank you to all the Linlithgow Rose supporters who travelled to Fraserburgh for our Scottish Cup tie on Saturday.
They were a credit not only to the club but to the town of Linlithgow and you should be rightly proud.
It is too often the case that football supporters get a bad name but there are very few occasions when praise is given when it is due. I would like to make this an occasion when praise is given and deserved.
Everyone who travelled north seemed to enjoy themselves and brought a colour and sense of fun not only to the game but also the surrounding pubs and shops. It was a good family atmosphere and is exactly what our national competition deserves.
Well done and the very best of luck for the season. – Yours etc.,
Well attended Roman Walk
Sir, – I wanted to thank the people who joined our Big Roman Walk along the Antonine Wall from Polmont on Sunday.
The event was well attended and I hope everyone enjoyed themselves.
The walk was part of Big Roman Week, which comes to a close this weekend.
We’ll round off in style with a fun day at Kinneil Estate on Saturday. We’ll have the Antonine Guard plus Roman art sessions, table top war games, dress-up opportunities and kite flying.
The historic Kinneil House will also be open for free tours from noon to 3pm (last admission 2.30pm).
We’ve also got another free walk - this time from Callendar House in Falkirk this coming Sunday (leaving at 2pm) to round off the week plus a link-up with Doors Open Days to view places like Watling Lodge and other amazing buildings around Falkirk.
For full details visit www.bigromanweek.org.uk or pick up a brochure in local libraries and museums. – Yours etc.,
Big Roman Week
Red letter days of childhood
Sir, – We all remember the achievements of our childhood, the egg and spoon races, swimming certificates and report cards.
Parents celebrate these achievements and make their children feel special whenever they do well. In homes across Scotland, the fridge is the centre of this celebration with artworks and certificates proudly adorning the doors for all to see.
There are, however, children across Scotland who have no-one to celebrate their achievements with them, they turn to Barnardo’s which exists to support vulnerable children, the children who have no-one else. These young people face hardships that are unimaginable to most, including homelessness and abuse.
That is why we have launched The Nation’s Fridge Door website to raise awareness for children who lack the simple love and support you give your own children.
We want the public to join Barnardo’s ‘Support the Unsupported’ campaign to turn the support you give your child into the support for the children who have no-one.
To show your support you can post a photo of your child’s achievements onto The Nation’s Fridge Door website at www.barnardosfridge.org. uk
Everything you share will help Barnardo’s raise awareness for the children who desperately need our support. Follow the campaign @Barnar. – Yours etc.,
Director of Barnardo’s
111 Oxgangs Road North