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60 Letters


THE HERALD FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9 2016


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READERS TO BAKE FOR EPILEPSY


DEAR SIR, I am writing to ask your readers


to pop their kettles on and roll out their best bakes to support people with epilepsy. Epilepsy Action’s Tea Break will see hundreds of people coming together on Friday, October 21 to raise funds for the 600,000 people living with epilepsy in the UK. There are 32,000 people living with epilepsy in Wales. Every cup of tea shared and slice


of cake bought at an Epilepsy Action Tea Break will raise vital funds for the charity’s life-changing work. By coming together with an Epilepsy Action Tea Break, people can help break down the isolation that people with epilepsy can face. The funds raised could help support Epilepsy Action’s nationwide network of Coffee and Chat groups. Offering support and a friendly listening ear, these groups can be real lifeline to people living with epilepsy. Holding an Epilepsy Action Tea


Break couldn’t be simpler. Everyone who signs up to hold a Tea Break gets a handy toolkit, containing everything you need to help get your ideas brewing and make your day a success. To request your free pack, visit epilepsy.org.uk/teabreak or call the fundraising events team on 0113 210 8824. For more information and


support about epilepsy, readers can call the Epilepsy Action Helpline on freephone 0808 800 5050.


Carl Foster Epilepsy Action


FORMER WALES SCRUM- HALF APPEALS FOR HELP


DEAR SIR, Across Wales, 45,000 people are


living with dementia and the figure for the UK as a whole is an estimated 850,000. Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship


fundraising event, the ‘Memory Walk’, will raise vital funds to support people with dementia, providing a wide range of help including Dementia Support Workers, Singing for the Brain music sessions and Dementia Cafes. As well as Cardiff Memory


Walk on Sunday (Sept 11), Llanelli Memory Walk at the Millennium Coastal Park is on Sunday, September 25 and Gwent Memory Walk is on Sunday, October 9. I’m walking for my Dad and all


of my friends whose loved ones have been affected by this cruel condition. As a family, we’ve received invaluable support from Alzheimer’s Society so I’m really looking forward to taking part in Llanelli. It is a great opportunity at all the walks for people to come together,


celebrate someone special, share their experiences and join in the fight against dementia. Last year’s Memory Walks showed the great community spirit that exists here. I hope people will be more


determined than ever in signing up this year – any time from now to three days before a walk - and the money raised really will help make sure those affected can access essential services across Wales. Join me or sign up to a Memory


Walk near you and walk for a world without dementia at www. memorywalk.org.uk.


Rupert Moon


Alzheimer’s Society Penylan Cardiff


HELP STOP SNARE CRUELTY


DEAR SIR, Every day in Wales, up to 1,000


animals are trapped, mutilated or suffer a drawn-out, painful death as they are caught in game-keepers’ snares. Your readers can help stop this


cruelty. It’s hard to believe that snares


are still legal in the UK – they’re outlawed in most of Europe. But, shockingly, they are widespread here, particularly on and near shooting estates and game bird breeding farms. The snares are indiscriminate,


with only one-third of the animals caught being the actual target (usually foxes, which sometimes catch pheasants and partridges). Research shows that the other


two-thirds of animals caught are just ‘by-catch’. Deer, badgers, hares and even otters and family pets have been found trapped, mutilated or killed in these nooses too. Only recently, the national press


reported another beloved family pet had suffered horrific injuries from being caught in one of these lethal nooses in Wales - ‘Terrified cat has its leg ‘ripped off’ in barbaric snare trap’. We believe it’s time Wales led


the rest of the UK with a complete ban on snares. Your readers can help end


this horrific cruelty by signing the petition calling for these cruel wire traps to be outlawed. The petition can be found here (www. assembly.wales/en/gethome/e- petitions/Pages/petitiondetail. aspx?PetitionID=1027) on the National Assembly for Wales’s website.


Rhiannon Evans


League Against Cruel Sports Wales (based in Swansea)


A DAMASCENE CONVERSION?


Aberystwyth Pier at Sunset by Samuel Vimes


DEAR SIR, It was with amazement that I


read the letter from Mr Jenkins of Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park. It was full of pleasant information, reminiscences and ‘joy with the world’. Where was the man who has long


crusaded to keep walkers away from the legal path through his land? Where was the man who has, in


print, berated, insulted and attacked anyone who dare to suggest that the views he praises should be, and are, available without paying to enter his domain? It was only after a full 30 seconds


of contemplation that I realised he was getting a good free advert in the press again. But, then again, wishful thinking might believe he has changed and will not continue costing the taxpayers of Ceredigion a fortune in legal fees by continuing his battle to deny access to a legal footpath.


Tony Frost Llysowen


Tanygroes Aberteifi


PROPOSED MOVE OF ABERYSTWYTH’S POST OFFICE


DEAR SIR, Very interesting was the


coverage of the proposed move of Aberystwyth’s Post Office from its original and, one might say, historical premises. This has basically been done by the Post Office for internal organisational, if not outright profitable, reasons. Study of the Post Office on a national British scale reveals very few relocations of postal


premises that are for the benefit of customers! Not only that, but the services


provided vary wildly; there’s no basic comprehensive service, e.g. for a person who collects stamps when, years ago, main county Post Offices had philatelic counters. Even Edinburgh’s former Philatelic Bureau does not seem interested in selling its wares these days! In other words, it’s all very


disjointed, and the study of a wide variety of towns will reveal a wide variety of standards of Post Office counters’ services. For example, in central Wales,


Lampeter’s Post Office has moved from the town centre out to the outskirts into a Co-op store. Thus, in town, without a car and unable to walk far, one has effectively no Post Office; though, conversely, there is lots more parking at the Co-op and less in a town centre. In Builth Wells, sadly, the former Post Office, with its rare King Edward 8th crest on the outside, has long been closed and the whole premises unused since. Privatisation meant that the Sorting Office moved to Llandrindod. Builth’s Post Office, though, is in a shop nearby and has had a recent refurbishment whereby the shop attached, open on a Sunday, has a Sunday Post Office counter open. In nearby Llandrindod Wells, the Post Office is in an old early 20th century building, but, though it is an oldish town centre building, it is not the original Victorian Cadwallader House in the nearby High Street area, which, curiously, is not the main street nowadays! Little known in Llandrindod is a


sub Post Office, in Hodges Tremont Stores, which has its counter open on


a Saturday afternoon and a Sunday morning. Thus, it’s to be wondered - will Aberystwyth get a Sunday service? Aberystwyth is a far larger town


than Llandrindod and Builth Wells combined, yet we have a Sunday counter at two postal outlets. It’s unknown what other towns


do, but generally speaking it’s a far nicer ‘atmosphere’ in the old original Post Office buildings and if Co-op’s counter in Brecon is anything to go by, there is far more space in the older, mostly Victorian, buildings. This writer knows Devon well,


and Exmouth, where the Post Office originally was not very convenient (the very last building at the end of an upward sloping street) since its move in the 1950s is now in a town centre shop, too. Torquay still has its Post Office in the original Town Centre building (as far as is known)! Nearby Kingston has a nice


well-situated Post Office, but Powys county’s Presteigne (a former Radnor county town) has had its Post Office moved from a spacious central sweet-shop premises (probably not the original) to a ghastly spot in a small grocers a few doors away; absolutely appalling conditions for customers as it’s too small to swing a kitten, much less a cat. Quite what the Post Office were


thinking, other than some sort of ‘profit’ when they recently did that is beyond comprehension. As mentioned, a comprehensive


study of each and every town in all Wales’ counties is needed, even Cardigan/Pembroke alone! It’s a safe bet that all sorts and styles of Post Office ‘services’ will emerge!


J Ryan Llandrindod Wells


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