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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 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


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.

Rupert Moon

Alzheimer’s Society Penylan Cardiff


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. petitions/Pages/petitiondetail. aspx?PetitionID=1027) on the National Assembly for Wales’s website.

Rhiannon Evans

League Against Cruel Sports Wales (based in Swansea)


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


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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