Email your letters to SNJ editor Sue Smith at sue.smith@gwent-wales.co.uk

The editor welcomes letters on all topics but please keep to a maximum of 300 words and include a full address and daytime telephone number. The editor reserves the right to shorten or amend letters for legal reasons or due to lack of space.

Cutting edge and couture

Stroud News and Journal:

4:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

PAINSWICK enjoyed a feast of flamboyant fashion as the annual ACP festival transformed St Mary’s churchyard into a cutting edge catwalk.

What you are saying on our website

Stroud News and Journal:

2:26pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

ON the £8 million redevelopment planned for the Cornhill in Stroud which includes plans to turn the Market Tavern into a supermarket. Posted by kjag23: Sounds like an M&S. As stated, Waitrose is literally a five minutes walk away. I’d love for it to be another friendly pub - bring back the Pelican days but without all that fighting. Posted by Nimue Brown: I recall there used to be a little theatre space on the back of that pub - we need community spaces and venues for a lively town centre. We really don’t need yet another supermarket. Extending the space for the farmers’ market is not without charm but if this is the price tag... it’s not worth our paying it. Supermarkets do not make for vibrant town centres or a strong local economy. Independent shops do.

Trade deal is big threat to so much

Stroud News and Journal:

2:16pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

MADAM -– Many people are involved in local campaigns to protect the NHS, oppose fracking, or tackle fuel poverty.

Tills aren’t worst problem in world

Stroud News and Journal:

2:10pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

MADAM – I feel compelled to offer a different point of view regarding the changes at the post office. I LOVE using the machines.

Sale was great – and more remain

Stroud News and Journal:

2:08pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

MADAM - I would like to thank all who contributed to the major sale of used art books I recently organised.

Fine words but no parsnips to eat

Stroud News and Journal:

2:02pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

MADAM – So our MP Neil Carmichael, who is supposed to represent all his constituents but not those families using food banks, the best he could offer is ‘the government has reduced unemployment by 30 per cent’ to help you come through such difficult times.

NHS Bills are both really important

Stroud News and Journal:

1:57pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

MADAM –Re: Attempts to Rescue our NHS (page 5 of the SNJ 09/07/14) It is really heartening to read that David Drew is supporting Clive Efford’s NHS bill following much discussion around Lord David Owen’s NHS Reinstatement Bill (which can be viewed in full on www.OpenDemocracy.net).

‘Carried away’ is no excuse

Stroud News and Journal:

1:54pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

MADAM – The World Cup final – an observation. As I watched the world cup final on Sunday, I became quite inflamed by the evidence of cheating as displayed in shirt-tugging, tackling to bring men down and cynical purposeful obstructing of play.

Impressed by visit to school

Stroud News and Journal:

1:50pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

MADAM – I attended Uplands Primary School recently in my role as chairman of SDC to view the work of Eagles Class pupils on their event Welcome to the Future.

Thank you for the fund boost to youth project

Stroud News and Journal:

1:37pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

MADAM – Rodborough Youth Project would like to thank all the customers who voted for us in the Waitrose Community Matters scheme in May.

Our town has missed the train on Thomas

Stroud News and Journal:

12:30pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

MADAM – Whilst I recognise the wonderful way with words had by the late Laurie Lee and the pride with which Stroud remembers him, I have to say that I have long felt that there is another writer who spent a large part of his life in Stroud (Rodborough), where he died, who has by comparison received far less accolade, even ‘tho the principal character of his books is global in popularity.

Oneday: Learn, Share, Give

Stroud News and Journal:

10:00am Monday 14th July 2014

MADAM - I’m writing to appeal to your readers to get involved and show their support for The Oneday campaign on July 11.

Pointless suffering of GM animals

Stroud News and Journal:

2:46pm Friday 11th July 2014

MADAM - When this government came to power it pledged to reduce the number of animals used in vivisection. But the number of animal experiments in 2013 was the highest in nearly 30 years. There is an attempt to conceal the bad news by suggesting that the exponential increase in the use of genetically modified (GM) animals does not somehow represent animal suffering. But, as Animal Aid's detailed investigations have shown, GM animals are subjected to some of the most horrific torments imaginable.

Animal experiments continue to rise across the country

Stroud News and Journal:

2:44pm Friday 11th July 2014

MADAM - Over 4.1 million experiments were carried out on animals in Great Britain during 2013; it is the equivalent to starting over 11,000 experiments every day. This is the highest number of animal experiments seen for 26 years and flies in the face of the Coalition Government’s pledge in 2010 to work to reduce the number of animal experiments.

Time to stand up to big business threat

Stroud News and Journal: European Union (8026394)

2:45pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

MADAM – Do we, as a nation, have a democratic right to decide, for example, whether to allow fracking or to ban it: to sell cigarettes in plain packaging: to regulate sugar and other additives in food?

We do not back the free schools

Stroud News and Journal: Sarah Lunnon (8025874)

2:37pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

MADAM – David Drew’s response to my letter is surprising.

Remember the danger of cars

Stroud News and Journal: Drive safely (8025759)

2:33pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

MADAM – I have been driving for many years.

Thank you for stopping to help

Stroud News and Journal: Thank you  (4297252)

2:23pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

MADAM – Can I thank the two people who stopped after I’d been assaulted last year.

We do not need a Steiner school

Stroud News and Journal: Steiner Academy  (5318700)

2:13pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

MADAM – We do not need a Steiner school in Stroud and I do not want one.

You can always change your mind

Stroud News and Journal: UKIP logo  (8023933)

2:11pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

MADAM – JR Ford of Painswick needs to understand that the “embittered former UKIP MEP” he refers to is entitled to change his mind about UKIP.

The machines ‘are hopeless’

Stroud News and Journal: Post Office (8023839)

2:09pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

MADAM – I couldn’t agree more with Mr Comfort (Max Comfort, Wednesday, July 2). The machines in the post office are utterly hopeless.

Not a green and pleasant land

Stroud News and Journal: House Building (5090544)

2:02pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

MADAM – I moved to Stroud just one year ago having thought about its green vision and the fact that things could only get better, how wrong can you be?

We should remember our fallen comrades in parade

Stroud News and Journal: Former Stonehouse mayor Chris Brine lays a wreath at last year’s Remembrance Day service. Mr Cox wants more to attend such ceremonies  (8022922)

1:55pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

MADAM - I once resided in a Gloucestershire town that went by the name of Stroud and befriended many of the local people - a lovely crowd.

Trade agreements

Stroud News and Journal: UKIP logo  (7942121)

4:46pm Monday 7th July 2014

MADAM - From the start of July both Switzerland and Iceland have signed Trade agreements with China - the worlds most vibrant economy.

Impressive results at Steiner schools

Stroud News and Journal: Steiner Academy  (6676785)

1:49pm Monday 7th July 2014

MADAM – Wynstones School, founded in 1937, has been a successful local Steiner Waldorf school for 75 years. We are not part of the Free School initiative so we’re neither supporting nor opposing it. As part of the opposition to the initiative though, I have read some views that don’t bear any resemblance to what actually goes on at a Steiner school. Rather disappointingly in all the debate I see little evaluation, nor much understanding, of educational outcomes.

Fitting tribute to a literary legend

Stroud News and Journal: The writer of this poem, Valerie Hodges, shared the same birthday as Laurie Lee – June 26. Both adored the countryside surrounding Stroud and wanted it protected against develop-
ment (7598741)

1:47pm Monday 7th July 2014

MADAM – My mother and I would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to all those who supported and took part in the celebrations marking the birth of my father Laurie Lee.

Any information on AE Chandler

Stroud News and Journal: Brodie Helmet
World War 1 (7925144)

1:47pm Monday 7th July 2014

MADAM – Randwick Historical Association is mounting a small exhibition to commemorate the start of World War One. Part of the exhibition will feature the history of our War Memorial which was dedicated in 1920. Unfortunately we have been unable to find any information concerning fund raising we know however from the newspaper report of the dedication ceremony that the memorial was built by Mr AE Chandler of Rodborough. If anyone can give us more information about Mr Chandler we would be very grateful particularly if there are any archive records.

Please spare us the sentimental slush

Stroud News and Journal: Badger     (6247416)

1:45pm Monday 7th July 2014

MADAM – Oh please Mrs Martin spare us the sentimental slush.

A nation divided over badger culls

Stroud News and Journal: Badger     (6247416)

1:41pm Monday 7th July 2014

MADAM – Tragically, there will be a repeat of the ‘Badger Cull Civil War’ in England’s green and pleasant land.

Asset stripping on Russell Street

Stroud News and Journal:

1:41pm Monday 7th July 2014

MADAM – What a miserable place our Russell Street Post Office has become.

Who is really paying the price?

Stroud News and Journal:

1:27pm Monday 7th July 2014

MADAM – I was more than a little upset to read Jay Rayner’s piece in a recent publication in which he really put farmers’ markets down.

Left saddened by prison sentence

Stroud News and Journal:

1:22pm Monday 7th July 2014

MADAM – Judge Jamie Tabor QC has sent the parents of ill-treated and neglected children (SNJ June 18) to prison for two years.

Mrs Overall was sensational in the excellent Acorn Antiques

Stroud News and Journal: The cast of Acorn Antiques at the Cotswold Playhouse (left to right) Anne Martin, Christine Smith, Terry Clifford, Helen Royall, Sarah Kilmister, Sally Law, Dave Kilmister, Neil Griffiths and Hannah McDonald  (7923184)

1:19pm Monday 7th July 2014

MADAM - We went to the Cotswold Playhouse recently to see Acorn Antiques.

Appeal over old photo riddle

Stroud News and Journal: Can you shed any light on these old photographs found in Robert Tiley’s attic? Please write to the Stroud News & Journal at the usual address 
 (7922831)

1:17pm Monday 7th July 2014

MADAM – I wonder if you can help to solve a mystery?

Campaign for a fairer vote

Stroud News and Journal: John Marjoram (7310622)

9:07am Friday 27th June 2014

MADAM - Following on from one of your respondent’s letter (June 18) – ‘Tory or Labour will be the winner’ and you then realise why our electoral system is both unfair and completely unrepresentative and why it so suits the two main players, namely Tory and Labour.

Ukip is Britain’s Tea Party

Stroud News and Journal: UKIP logo  (7601299)

9:05am Friday 27th June 2014

MADAM - It is welcome that John Marjoram has (hopefully) begun the process of exposing Ukip for what they really are.

A step in the right direction

Stroud News and Journal: Thank you  (4297252)

9:04am Friday 27th June 2014

MADAM - A very big thank you to the two boys who helped me down the steps from St Matthew’s to the gardens on Tuesday, June 10 at 3.30pm.

The ‘garden neighbourhood’

Stroud News and Journal: House Building (5090544)

9:02am Friday 27th June 2014

MADAM - A healthier, more sustainable future for living in the Stroud Valleys?

Credit where credit is due

Stroud News and Journal: Caroline Molloy (6860324)

8:59am Friday 27th June 2014

MADAM - With reference to the letter from Cllr Molloy singing the praises of the Green Party.

The ‘loopy antics’ of Greens

Stroud News and Journal: POLL HONOUR: Molly Scott Cato is delighted to have been elected as the South West’s first Green MEP (6857610)

8:54am Friday 27th June 2014

MADAM - I was disconcerted and somewhat baffled to read the letter from Molly Scott Cato in the SNJ of June 4 in which she claims that the voters of the South West and Stroud had in some way rejected Ukip, and by implication and in contrast endorsed the Greens, in the recent elections to the European Parliament.

Lightning illuminates the Stroud Valleys sky

Stroud News and Journal: SNJ reader Nikki Dalby took this impressive lightning photo during the thunderstorm on the evening of Friday, June 13. It was taken in Forest Green looking towards Stroud (7600953)

8:48am Friday 27th June 2014

Lightning illuminates the Stroud Valleys sky

Site battle continues 45 years on

Stroud News and Journal: The writer of this poem, Valerie Hodges, shared the same birthday as Laurie Lee – June 26. Both adored the countryside surrounding Stroud and wanted it protected against develop-
ment (7598741)

8:39am Friday 27th June 2014

MADAM – Forty-five years ago this poem was written by my sister Valerie Hodges, and was printed in your paper.

Some lovely sunsets taken locally in the longest weekKarin Ayres

Stroud News and Journal: Some lovely sunsets taken locally in the longest week  (7571347)

11:32am Thursday 26th June 2014

Some lovely sunsets taken locally in the longest week

Urgent appeal to runners to join us in the Great North Run

Stroud News and Journal: The Children's Trust (7350822)

10:58am Friday 20th June 2014

Madam - On behalf of The Children’s Trust, I would like to make an urgent appeal to running enthusiasts, who would like to take part in the Great North Run 2014 on Sunday, September 7, 2014.

Processed red meat linked to health problems

Stroud News and Journal: Baon
Animal Aid
 (7348125)

10:28am Friday 20th June 2014

MADAM - This week two separate scientific studies were published linking processed red meat to major health problems.

Tennis ruined by mindless adverts

Stroud News and Journal: Roland Garros Tennis Final 2014
Raphael Nadal (7311068)

11:12am Thursday 19th June 2014

MADAM – I was absolutely disgusted with ITV’s coverage of the Saturday/Sunday women’s/men’s finals at Roland Garros French Open.

Prosperity is not fairly distributed

Stroud News and Journal: Neil Carmichael (4909559)

11:05am Thursday 19th June 2014

MADAM – Does Neil Carmichael really believe that the statistics he parrots (SNJ June 4) amount to ‘prosperity’? How many of the jobs created, that he seems so proud of, are secure, full-time or paying the living wage?

UKIP harbours a darker picture

Stroud News and Journal: John Marjoram (7310622)

11:04am Thursday 19th June 2014

MADAM – Tom Newman’s letter of June 4 (Support for UKIP is double-edge) was, I thought, courageous insofar as he voted for UKIP in the European but was highly critical of a candidate who was expressing homophobic remarks.

Tory or Labour will be the winner

Stroud News and Journal: Polling Station (7310526)

11:02am Thursday 19th June 2014

MADAM – In reply to Steve Parker’s letter (SNJ June 4), the results from the recent Euro, local and Newark by-election collectively appear to strongly indicate that there will be no coalition government after the 2015 general election.

We work hard to reduce food waste

Stroud News and Journal: Wasted Food letter
Chris Harmer (7093166)

10:59am Thursday 19th June 2014

MADAM – In a letter from Chris Harmer, dated June 11, it is suggested that we were simply throwing away bananas that were out of date.






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