Memorial thanks

9:06am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Sir, – Last month a memorial statue to all who had served in the Durham Light Infantry was dedicated by the Lord Bishop of Durham, in the Market Place, at a ceremony led by the Lord Lieutenant.

Wind farm backing

8:53am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Sir, – I am disappointed to read that "all of the parish councils" are objecting to the Windy Bank wind farm proposals near Woodland.

Charity thanks

8:51am Wednesday 24th September 2014

Sir, – I wish to pass on a huge thank you to all the helpers and to those who supported the second "Coffee, Cake and Music" event and the choral evensong held at St. Agatha's Church, Easby last Sunday.

Grateful thanks

2:42pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Sir, – I would like to thank the Good Samaritan who picked up my badly bleeding husband after he had a nasty fall, landing on his face, at the top of Victoria Road on Wednesday, September 17, at about 3pm.

Driving attitudes

8:46am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Sir, – I refer to your report "Biker dies as campaign spreads safety message" (D&S, Sept 19).

Rail campaign

3:30pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir, – The pressure group Railfuture is launching a campaign to reduce the impact on passengers when rail services are disrupted.

In poor health

2:34pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir, – I refer to the letter "In good health", D&S Times, September 5.

Friarage pledge

2:24pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir, – Much has been reported about the downgrading of some services at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton, but not enough is said about the improvements that are planned, specifically the MRI scanner.

Stop this Bill

2:19pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Sir, – As we approach a General Election, it is worth recalling a promise made at the 2009 Conservative Party conference.

Looking back

Darlington and Stockton Times: FROM OUR ARCHIVE: It is July 1979 and the end of the school year and Bobby Hutchinson, aged 73, is retiring from his job driving children to Gunnerside school from their remote farmsteads in Swaledale. The children are not identified on our picture. Who w

4:05pm Friday 19th September 2014

Sir, – The children on the Looking Back picture (D&S, Sept 12) with Bobby Hutchinson were, left to right, Dawn Porter sat in car, Rachel Tiplady, John Tiplady, Richard Tiplady and Lynne Harker.

Darlington Memorial

12:29pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – When you read the document published by the County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust called Right First Time 24/7 you can see the new name for a walk-in centre is to be emergency centre and the new name for A&E departments is going to be major emergency centres. It is proposed there are going to be only 40 to 70 major emergency centres in the country; that would be A&E Departments to you and me. Are we to have a major emergency centre in Darlington or not?

Scottish vote

12:23pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – A No vote in the Scottish referendum will undoubtedly be bad news for the region. More money per capita is currently spent on Scotland than England, when really because of the make-up of the latter the reverse should be the case. We are in effect subsidising a country which has a higher standard of living than ourselves. How can this be right or fair.

Friarage concerns

12:17pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – After some of the maternity services were withdrawn from the Friarage Hospital, it was with dismay that I read that you should no longer take your sick child to the A&E department at night as services were being scaled down.

Early years

12:08pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – The 241 per cent increase in numbers of children being taught in primary school classes of over 30 pupils in North Yorkshire, from 314 in 2010 to 1,070 in 2014, is very bad news.

Delivery office

12:03pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – Darlington Delivery Office has begun a pilot of Sunday opening. The initiative is designed to make it easier for online shoppers not at home during the day to get their parcels.

New date

11:57am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – An exhibition of Northallerton clocks in aid of the Friarage Hospital MRI Scanner Appeal is to be held at Tennants auction centre, Leyburn, starting later this month. It has been widely publicised in posters and flyers distributed throughout North Yorkshire, in articles published in newspapers and periodicals, in letters sent to numerous organisations in and around Northallerton and Leyburn and on the exhibition website (

Concert success

11:51am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – With reference to Spectator’s Notes (D&S Times, September 12), the Aysgarth concert featuring Show of Hands has been sold out for over a month and we now have a waiting list. I can only express my condolences to those of your colleagues who prefer Ant & Dec. Be assured that quality entertainment is always available in the Dales.

Good market

11:48am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – Having read many of the letter's recently surrounding Richmond recently, the team behind Richmond Farmers Market would like to remind the people of Richmond and councillors what a great and truly local farmers' market they have in the town. We have meat, cheese, beer, herbs and other products being made within 15 miles of Richmond (Lacey's Cheese, Richmond Beers, Garth Cottage Herbs) by honest, hardworking people who want to keep Richmond thriving. We like to think we contribute towards the appeal of the town. Our next market will be held tomorrow, Saturday, September 20, from 8:30am until 2:30pm and is on every third Saturday of the month.

Running issue

11:45am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – Here I am, keen marathon runner, member of Bedale Running Club and member Hambleton Leisure Centre, Northallerton. My usual long run yesterday morning included said leisure centre cross country course, football fields etc.

Spectacular view

11:23am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – Being brought up in the Upper Dale in the thirties, I have always enjoyed a trip back, but I never realised how spectacular the view of Penhill coming out of Leyburn was until reading Mark Flowers' article (D&S, July 25) stating how all the exotic places he has visited across the planet, none of them could compare with the view of Penhill coming out of Leyburn.

Big thank you

6:23pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir, – A big thank you and well done to David Beadle from Shildon who completed the Great North Run in one hour 44 mins and so far has raised over £600 for The Friends of Darlington Memorial Hospital Volunteer Car Service. David’s father John Beadle is one of the 15 volunteer drivers based at DMH who provide transport to needy patients in and out of hospital giving both their time and use of their own cars receiving a small payment to cover fuel and running costs. These volunteers do an exceptional job for patients living in Darlington and the wider rural areas who do not need an ambulance but otherwise have travel to hospital difficulties Last year they looked after over 7,000 patients and travelled 284,000 miles. David’s efforts and very valuable contribution to help offset the costs of the service is greatly appreciated.

Great War pilgrimage

6:20pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir, – Great War Centenary Pilgrimage: the Cenopaph, the Menin Gate, Flanders and the Somme

Bumps have to go

6:18pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir, – The letter from the chair of Skeeby Parish Council (D&S Times, August 29), which purports to give the full facts, requires some corrections and additions. Firstly, the reference to a very serious accident soon after the fatal one on July 13, 1999 is incorrect. The county council's accredited accident statistics show that the first serious accident after this date was November 12, 2002, which was after the installation of the speed humps.

Peace group

6:04pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir, – Richmond Peace Action Group (D&S Times, September 5 - From Our Archive) as such no longer exists although some of us are still active in peace issues.

Skeeby bumps

5:47pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir, – I applaud the letter that Donald Harker wrote (D&S Times, August 15) drawing attention again to the usage of speed humps and road safety in Skeeby.

Not open

5:33pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir, – Having read your article regarding the Bruce Arms at West Tanfield, I decided to arrange a visit for lunch this week.

Market toilets

5:29pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir, – The recent assertion by Cllr Nick Wallis that the only way his party can afford £30,000/£60,000 to reopen the Darlington market toilets would be by reducing the budget for elderly care, beggars belief. Surely the provision of toilets should be part of the elderly care package.

True politician

5:15pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir, – Good to see that Mr Parsons is a true politician and only mentions the point that does not affect him which is the Richmond shops. I, among a lot of others, used to buy all my Christmas presents from these shops a long time ago – but no longer.

Fashion show

4:58pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir, - I refer to the letter from Cllr Stuart Parsons (D&S Timnes, September 5) in response to a letter from Mrs Kemp the week earlier - where upon Cllr Parsons calls upon us all to celebrate our wonderful town. We could not agree more, and have in fact organised an event to do just that. Shop Local Charity Fashion Show is happening in Richmond on October 25 in the Town Hall and is a celebration and coming together of the many wonderful local independent businesses we have in Richmond and the surrounding area.

Brilliant show

10:14pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Sir, – ‘Brilliant’ sums up the immensely enjoyable production of Glass, Ken Skrzesz’s contemporary interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass I recently saw at the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond.

Crossing delays

10:07pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Sir, – Twice recently I have driven to York and been held up at the level crossing on Wigginton Road.

Lake legend

9:23pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Sir, – The unusual view of Semerwater taken by an Askrigg reader (D&S, Aug 8) brought back many memories.

Funding crisis

9:20pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Sir, – For over a decade we have seen hospital services taken away from large communities like ours. Across England people are being made to go to some vast regional hospital instead, especially for A &E.

Good for trade

9:09pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Sir, – Cllr Paul Rummery concludes his lengthy letter (D&S Times, Aug 29) by saying: "The speed bumps, while not universally popular, have done the job they were designed to do. There have been no more serious accidents....."

Grateful thanks

8:07am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Sir, – A huge thank you to the staff of the Dolphin Centre and the kind passers by who helped me when I fell in Darlington last Saturday. Your care was much appreciated.

In good health

9:56pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir, – Mrs Kemp raises so many issues and questions in her letter (D&S Times Aug 29) that it will take more than 300 words to answer them all. I will attempt in future letters to answer them.

What's left out

4:47pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir, – I thank Patricia Rivers and Cllr Paul Rummery for contributing to the Skeeby debate.

A near miss

4:27pm Monday 1st September 2014

Sir, – Regarding the crossing known as Five Lane Ends in Bedale (D&S report, Aug 29), I had been to the doctors on August 21 on Firby Road.

Get surfing

1:28pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Sir, – While it is disappointing that only a third of over-65s in Yorkshire use social media (report by clothing firm Chums), I am sure the proportion of “silver surfers” is much higher.

Another pub?

1:21pm Friday 29th August 2014

Sir, – Firstly, I am pleased that Hambleton Council has extended the free parking time in its car parks, which will certainly help with the current problems in the retail sector.

Simple solution

1:09pm Friday 29th August 2014

Sir, – The letters which have appeared in the D&S Times over a long period about the speed humps in Skeeby have been most entertaining, particularly to those who only use this road from time to time.

What's in a name?

1:03pm Friday 29th August 2014

Sir, – Presumably the decision of The Royal British Legion Scotland to change its name to Legion Scotland is an expression of their opinion on the outcome of the impending referendum.

Prison proposal

12:59pm Friday 29th August 2014

Sir, – I read with interest your article about Hambleton District Council planning to buy the former Northallerton Prison (D&S, Aug 22).

Two hours is best

10:59am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Sir, �— Hambleton District Council will be allowing some one hour's free parking spaces at their Applegarth car park very soon, which is very welcome and will help to rejuvenate business in Northallerton that was lost when two hours free parking on the high street was reduced to half-an-hour.

The full facts

10:53am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Sir, – While Skeeby Parish Council and the majority of the village have welcomed the many pieces of advice published in the D&ST regarding the merits of the traffic calming measures in the village, it feels that it may help everyone in the formulation of any future advice if the full facts were at their disposal.

Gagging councillors

12:18pm Monday 25th August 2014

Sir, – In the report of the Skeeby Parish Council meeting (D&S, Aug 15), I was interested by the reference to the National Association of Local Councils advising councillors not to speak to journalists without their council’s permission.

Missed chances

12:16pm Monday 25th August 2014

Sir, – So Cllr Parsons thinks (D&S, Aug 15) that the business plan for Richmond and Catterick is a good one and that Richmond is bucking the economic trends. But if you take the cafés and charity shops out there would be big holes.

Great NHS service

12:04pm Monday 25th August 2014

Sir, �— I see and read so much negative information regarding the country's ambulance, hospital and medical services that I wish to record my own very positive experience of the Darlington area facilities.

Bring it on

11:53pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Sir, – I am writing in support of Pauline Butler's letter (D&S Aug 15) proposing that, as a precedent has now been set for the mass invasion of The Dales by a road race and it's supporters, there should be an Isle of Man-style motorcycle TT Race.

Rail madness

11:45pm Sunday 24th August 2014

Sir, – In your leading article on the future of the region’s rail network (D&S Aug 22) you say that the identity of those who run our trains “matters not a jot”. I would argue that it matters a great deal.


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