Help for dyslexics

6:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

Sir, – From November 3-9, Dyslexia Awareness Week will be celebrated all over the country. Events will highlight the successes of dyslexic people and raise awareness of how appropriate support can help dyslexics achieve their maximum potential.

Not so far

5:56pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Sir, – I refer to the recent letters against the proposed Gateway car park in Bedale (D&S Times, Oct 10, 17 and 24).

Out of Hours farce

5:52pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Sir, – It beggars belief to find a local NHS so lacking in the comprehension of the healthcare needs of the local communities in Richmondshire that fall within their charge. Have they learnt nothing from the Friarage downgrading debacle?

High Street ideas

5:48pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Sir, – The controversy over Stockton High Street shows no signs of abating, with the council now disputing the LDA survey over the number of empty shops. In the meantime, it still looks like a building site.

Retail park questions

10:44am Thursday 30th October 2014

Sir, – I refer to your report last week about opposition to plans for a retail development at Scotch Corner (D&S Times, Oct 24).

Make cuts elsewhere

6:04pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Sir, – Faceless bureaucrats in London are now telling us all that there is a massive funding crisis in the NHS and a big hole in the NHS budget.

EU demand

1:50pm Thursday 30th October 2014

Sir, – Surprise! The EU Commission want two billion euros from us. This raises some questions: Is it within the rules? Yes. Did our government know about these rules? Yes. Is it reasonable? No. Is it necessary? No. Is it fair and equitable? No. Should we pay? No.

Threat to income

10:30am Thursday 30th October 2014

Sir, – The letter from Marcus Grover and the comments of Charles Barker (D&S Times, Oct 24) last Friday, set out very clearly the damage that would follow the development of a designer outlet village at Scotch Corner.

Premises plea

12:03pm Friday 24th October 2014

Sir, – I founded JABS ABC boxing club in 2008. The club was initially formed as a community club to offer a alternative for young people who might be prone to commit anti-social behaviour in the Richmond and Catterick area. We have been very successful.

Return powers

9:40am Friday 24th October 2014

Sir, – Your correspondent Nigel Watson (D&S Times letters, Oct 17) is absolutely right that we should have major constitutional reform in England and not just in Scotland and to a lesser extent in Wales, but there are key issues that must be addressed.

We sell shoes

9:44am Friday 24th October 2014

Sir, – A letter on your Comment & Opinion page recently made reference to there being no shoe shop in Richmond.

Wrong profession

5:15pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Sir, – On Friday, October 17, you published a picture of Jean Newlove in standing in front of the National Trust's Ormesby Hall.

Right to choice

11:50am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Sir, – In response to the article headlined "Patients told they have limited choice", (D&S Times, Oct 10), I would like to clarify that Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) and local General Practitioners do not restrict where people can seek the treatment they need.

Crazy funding plan

2:49pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Sir, – I refer to proposals for the Bedale Gateway car park and how it would be funded (D&S, Oct 10 and letters, Oct 17).

Most dysfunctional?

11:43am Monday 20th October 2014

Sir, – I was pleased to see Leyburn Council responding to my concerns about money being wasted on needless elections.

Milk madness

11:56am Monday 20th October 2014

Sir, – Yet again I hear on the news that supermarkets are cutting the price they pay to farmers for milk.

Charity overload?

9:53am Friday 17th October 2014

Sir, – May I, in response to Richmondshire District Council comment re the selling of the "open register" to third parties (D&S report, Oct 10), say that I take the greatest possible exception to the implication that I, personally, give out my address willy-nilly. I am, in fact, extremely careful to whom I give my details, and even more so as far as my e-mail address is concerned.

A&E warning

9:16am Friday 17th October 2014

Sir, – Darlington should not settle for second best.

Retain car parks

5:04pm Friday 17th October 2014

Sir, – Now that the Bedale by-pass is to be built, so does a new car park to attract tourists to visit Bedale. Without it, local traders will suffer.


2:35pm Friday 17th October 2014

Sir, – I refer to your picture of work on the A1 in the 1960s (From Our Archive, D&S Times Weekend Times Oct 3).

My objection

12:07pm Friday 17th October 2014

Sir, – I refer to your front page headline of last week ' Solar Power panel farm scheme to be unveiled' and wish to correct an inaccuracy.

Shame on South Tees

9:45am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Sir, – Many readers will have had a leaflet from South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust explaining the changes in children's services at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.

Broadband boost

9:20am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Sir, – Superfast broadband coming to Hawes this week is extremely good news. With more and more business being done via the internet, this means local jobs: people working from home and new locally-based businesses.

So little to say

9:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Sir, – There's nothing scarier for a writer than a blank sheet of paper. I learned the truth of this maxim as a cub reporter on a weekly newspaper in the 1970s.

Parking points

8:54am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Sir, – I went along to the Bedale Gateway car park consultation to see if I could get any answers from the Hambleton Council officers. It turned out to be a forlorn hope.

Footbridge folly

9:48am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Sir, – I would like to applaud Stockton Borough Council on the funding for new leisure projects in our area. A swimming pool for Ingleby Barwick will be the envy of all on our side of the Tees, as it's something Eaglescliffe and Yarm have wanted for many, many years but were always knocked back due to being within a four-mile radius of Splash!

Choral memories

9:06am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Sir, – The picture "From Our Archive" (D&S Times Weekend Times, Oct 3) evoked fine memories for me.

That's me!

9:12am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Sir, – I've just seen the From Our Archive feature (D&S Times Weekend Times, Oct 3) on the Gunnerside Methodist Primary School choir (helpfully shared via facebook). I was in the choir, as was my little sister Keira. I'm second from the left at the back (with some exciting collar action going on) and Keira is at the front on the far left with a blond bob.

Seasonal choir

9:42am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Sir, – Avid WI-ers would have read North Cowton's WI report last week about their recent (very successful)

History society

9:47pm Friday 10th October 2014

Sir, – From small beginnings 30-years-ago the Alderson Family History Society has now over 250 members. They are a one name society, which means that anyone with an interest in the family or the name can join. The society has an extensive database of information which enables many members to link up their families. To celebrate the 30th anniversary, the society donated £2,500 to the North Yorkshire County Record Office to transcribe one of the books of the Muker and Healaugh Manorial Court Records. These records detail the day to day transactions of the Manor Court which controlled the transfer of property and the use of the common lands in upper Swaledale. They also recorded the transgressions of the various tenant farmers. The court records start in 1686 and, in a reduced form, continued until 1925. When these records are in digital format they will be available, not just for our own research, but also for the general public to browse. As we are a charity, we aim to provide a public benefit where we can. It is expected that the staff at the record office will take up to a year to complete the painstaking work. Further information on the society can be found on the web site

Thoughtless farmers

9:36pm Friday 10th October 2014

Sir, – Thank you so much for printing the autumn farming scene picture (D&S, Sept 26) of the tractor that looks like the one that caused a two-mile tailback on the A172 heading towards Stokesley just after midday on Sunday, September 21. Despite numerous opportunities the driver clearly had no interest in pulling off the allow other vehicles to past. Sadly I suggest such thoughtless driving by farm machinery drivers is not uncommon on the roads of North Yorkshire.

NHS services

9:22pm Friday 10th October 2014

Sir, – Work has now begun on the site of the new extra care housing scheme for elderly people in Leyburn (D&S, October 3). This is expected to be ready in 2015 and then the intention is to demolish Brentwood Lodge and build social housing on that site.

Mindless minority

9:18pm Friday 10th October 2014

Sir, – Thirsk and Sowerby are plagued by youths drinking on the Flatts fields and throwing bottles and rubbish by/in the river and damaging fences, defacing benches etc. My husband, whilst out dog walking in the summer, noticed two women and youths accompanied by two toddlers sitting on the grass. He retraced his steps later to find empties strewn about and also two dirty nappies - a bin was just a short distance away.

Planning concerns

5:22pm Friday 10th October 2014

Sir, – Why should every resident of Hambleton be concerned about the final outcome of three planning applications affecting land in relatively remote parts of the district? Only that the Planning Inspectorate’s decision about these could so adversely affect Hambleton’s ability to retain control of the distribution of large scale developments, that planning anarchy would result throughout its whole area.

School farm

2:11pm Friday 10th October 2014

Sir, – I am writing in response to the article concerning the closure of The Wensleydale School Farm (D&S, October 3). As a parent, this article was the first I had heard of it and my reaction was one of disbelief and disappointment. We feel somewhat misled, since at last year’s open evening the children who showed us round were most enthusiastic about the farm and the farm club; we were still undecided at that point about which school to apply to, and it was the farm which eventually decided us.

Tree appeal

10:46am Friday 10th October 2014

Sir, – Some time ago I asked on behalf of Wensleydale Rotary Club if we might have land available to plant a small copse of trees to be a lasting tribute to those locals who gave their lives fighting in the First World War. The idea was to take up an offer by the Woodland Trust of trees to be given to communities for purposes such as this. As a club we discussed this and felt it a worthwhile project which we would like to see come about.

Speed cushions

10:44am Friday 10th October 2014

Sir, – I attended the Skeeby Parish Meeting on September 25 with Cllr Heseltine in attendance - on the agenda speed cushions. Cllr Heseltine gave his resume on his travelling experiences noting speed procedures in other countries.

Working weekends

12:26pm Friday 10th October 2014

Sir, – Doctor's surgeries open at weekends – great idea, but how would one get there on a Sunday without any bus services?

Richmond School results

4:36pm Monday 6th October 2014

Sir, – Regular readers will recall the furore at the beginning of 2014 when the governing body of Richmond School resigned en-masse following some appallingly poor A Level AS results in the previous year and finding themselves limited in what improvements they could introduce given the defensiveness of the school’s management team. The AS results are very important to a student, comprising half of their final A-level grade.  Last year many who had been ill-prepared for their exams and scored badly at AS level left Richmond School and restarted their A-level studies elsewhere. I have just received AS results for 2014. These are some of them: Biology – U grade 28 per cent, below C grade 64 per cent. Chemistry – U grade 35 per cent, below C grade  61 per cent. D&T – U grade 22 per cent, below C grade  82 per cent. Economics – U grade 53 per cent, below C grade 91 per cent. Physics – U grade 18 per cent, below C grade 70 per cent. A U grade (ungradeable) means that the examiner decided that the work wasn’t even worthy of the lowest E grade. C grade and above is considered a good pass mark. Richmond Sixth form is selective, it only admits students with at least five good GCSEs (many have handfuls of A*s and As) so what can be going wrong here? AS results are very important as, not only do they make up 50% of a student’s final A2 grade, they are the first indication of academic ability that a university admissions tutor will see as A2 results are not available at the time that applications are being considered. So, when I see a statement from the headteacher  (D & S Times Sept 12) that “AS results in 2014 were outstanding”  I wonder which results he is choosing to ignore. If my son were considering taking biology, chemistry, D&T and economics at Richmond School I would not be seeing much  “outstanding” here. Parents and students are not stupid (though it may sometimes appear as if that is how we are seen by educators) and will vote with their feet when issues like this come out into the open. This year’s sixth form intake at Richmond School is 107; in 2012 it was 205. Many of us are saddened by the deterioration in standards in a school that we love but until the school and North Yorkshire County Council acknowledge that there are problems there is little prospect of improvement. Simply repeating the mantra “the school and college continue to go from strength to strength” just isn’t good enough. HOWARD SMITH Richmond.

Council stupidity

12:22pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Sir, – Borrowing £400.000 from Wonga at its standard rate for seven years would leave the borrower owing Wonga Britain's national debt.

Bargate memories

12:17pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Sir, – The awe-inspiring photo of Bargate, Richmond, (D&S Sept 26) brought back fond memories for me. According to my late 100 year old mother (Gladys), I was born on August 10, 1936 at No 53 Bargate, Richmond, next to the old Primitive Wesleyan Chapel (now the Richmond Operatic Hall). My late grandmother (Amy Bramham), resided at 24 Bargate.

Our turn

12:15pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Sir, - Devolution in England will need more careful consideration than the quick fix implicit in the Government’s rushed timetable. And in the North as much as anywhere else it will need more than a single new institution, however well funded. The welcome no vote in the Scottish referendum is setting in train a long overdue fundamental reform of our creaking constitution. The real thrill of watching the referendum campaign was the way it excited and engaged people about their politics in a way not seen south of the border for a very long time.

Free pass, no bus

12:11pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Sir, – I would like to reply to the letter (D&S September 19) regarding bus passes as obviously the writer, connected to the National Pensioners Convention, is not aware of the current situation in this area alone.

Common goal

12:11pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Sir, - I was saddened to read the letter from Andrea Rawling (D&S, Sept 26) criticising the shops/businesses in Richmond.

Friendly bunch

12:03pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Sir, - I write in response to Anthea E Rawlings' letter (D&S, Sept 26) regarding Richmond as a market town. I agree that sadly the town is lacking in that it does not provide every shopping opportunity. That would require locals to patronise the shops regularly or even the most enthusiastic shop owner would have to admit defeat.

Rural future

11:57am Friday 3rd October 2014

Sir, - The Association of Rural Communities supports the mission launched by Cllr John Blackie and Richmondshire District Council to prevent the drain of young people and young families from deeply rural areas like the Yorkshire Dales National Park (D&S, September 26).

Charity dilemma

11:51am Friday 3rd October 2014

Sir, - Am I able to sue Richmondshire District Council for indirect harassment? In a recent circular about voting entitlement, one paragraph stands out: "The open register can be bought and can be used by charities."

Symphonic music

11:37am Friday 3rd October 2014

Sir, - I would like to take issue with Peter Bevan, who, in Arts News (D&S, Sept 19) stated that Middlesbrough Town Hall concert series were the only opportunity to hear symphonic music in the region outside of The Sage and summer music festivals.

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.


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