It’s picking bits out of the air

Bucks Free Press:

9:49am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Mankind’s present day intelligence can be likened to the building of a pyramid, we are still digging the footings, we will never finish the top. Roderick Taylor mentions the prehistoric age. What happened to the dinosaurs?

‘Memorial Hall fits the bill’

Bucks Free Press:

9:48am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Mr Roberts (BFP letters, Oct. 3) provides an interesting perspective of the evolution of Hazlemere bowling green and the involvement of local worthies (including the eponymous Ken Williams) in the funding process. Logically, he should surely be recommending that the name of the bowling green be amended to “The Ken Williams memorial bowling green”, which the parish council could then consider.

Why does he not respond?

Bucks Free Press:

9:46am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Two weeks ago you kindly published a letter by me suggesting Mike Appleyard explain further how he was able to claim that ‘...every single child who qualifies in the 11+ for a grammar school and lives in Bucks gets a place’ when half the places in grammar schools in the county are for children from outside Bucks.

Dismantling of public services

Bucks Free Press:

9:43am Tuesday 21st October 2014

I suspect that parents of children attending grammar schools in the county will find Mike Appleyard’s letter in the BFP (Oct. 3) somewhat patronising.

UKIP meeting in Burnham

Bucks Free Press:

9:42am Tuesday 21st October 2014

In view of the Tory government steamrolling their own local Tory Council by granting permission for the Khalsa School undemocratically against the will of the local electorate, UKIP would very much like to assist in this matter but without representation are not yet in a position to do so.

A veggie gets a vegan meal

Bucks Free Press:

9:40am Tuesday 21st October 2014

I was not at all impressed by the writings of your carnivorous contributor Nicholas Martin (re: cheese on plane flights, Oct. 10). He obviously thought it was amusing.

The Bourne Ultimatum

Bucks Free Press:

9:39am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Saturday, October 11 midday. What a great experience, NOT!

We urge them to join UKIP

Bucks Free Press:

11:22am Tuesday 14th October 2014

On 6th October it will be three years to the day since three prominent local Conservative Chiltern District councillors publicly raised the prospect of mass resignations from their pro-HS2 party in the local press, spelling out their concerns and intentions as follows:

Thanks to those who contributed

Bucks Free Press:

11:15am Tuesday 14th October 2014

The Friends of Penn School collected £414.18 outside Sainsbury’s in Beaconsfield on September 19, 20, 21. Our thanks go to all those who contributed. – Brian L Wood, Treasurer, The Friends of Penn School

BA tried to ‘fool’ me into eating it

Bucks Free Press:

11:14am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Open letter to BFP columnist Colin Baker.

How do I get electricity?

Bucks Free Press:

11:13am Tuesday 14th October 2014

It’s a freezing cold overcast, windless winter day with all our fossil-fuelled and nuclear power stations shut down by the ‘greens’ and ‘nuclear-frees’ – whatever that may mean (since all carbon-based life is radio-active due to ingested potassium).

Exacerbating the problems

Bucks Free Press:

11:01am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Somewhat curious, from his previous letters, as to Dave Hampton’s engineering discipline his letter on October 3, Free Press letters, seems to indicate that it might well be ‘social’, ‘political’ or ‘traffic’.

Please reverse your decision

Bucks Free Press:

10:59am Tuesday 14th October 2014

How can Wycombe District Council allow the excellent Information Centre be moved further down Institute Road to the Library and then allow it to close all day Monday. The visitors will think that the council does not care.

Short-circuiting a sports setup

Bucks Free Press:

10:58am Tuesday 14th October 2014

When Seb Coe and Livingston pulled off the surprise coup of obtaining the 2012 London Olympics it was very much due to the commitment of the team to roll out the Olympic Legacy for future generations.

Nominations for awards

Bucks Free Press:

12:22pm Friday 3rd October 2014

The National Autistic Society is calling on Bucks people affected by autism to nominate individuals and services that have made a difference to their lives for the third annual Autism Professionals Awards.

Why Bucks kids don’t get places

Bucks Free Press:

12:21pm Friday 3rd October 2014

In your report on reactions to the study by ‘Local, Equal, Excellent’ (‘LEE’) into the 11+, Mike Appleyard, says: “People do need to understand that every single child who qualifies in the 11+ for a grammar school and lives in Bucks gets a place.

Next year £28m less to spend

Bucks Free Press:

12:20pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Firstly can I thank the hundreds of parents that have given their views at the recent evening meetings that have been held. I think it’s fair to say we have had a frank, honest and sometimes heated exchange of views.

Please fit a bell on your cycles

Bucks Free Press:

12:19pm Friday 3rd October 2014

I am wholeheartedly in favour of the council’s action to allow cyclists to use the footpaths. As a motorist and for their own safety I think the idea is a good one. However, may I request that, uncool as it may be, cyclists fit their machines with a bell so that pedestrians may hear them coming up behind them. – Name and address withheld

It’s selective misquoting

Bucks Free Press:

12:17pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Anthony WEEDEN (yet again) selectively misquotes, as is his hobby.

Bring down the emissions

Bucks Free Press:

12:16pm Friday 3rd October 2014

2646 solidarity events in 162 countries. A turnout over 300,000 in New York City, ranking high among mass protests in USA. This was the People’s Climate March of September 20-21. Much more on the web, particularly at peoples

Do not remove Ken’s name

Bucks Free Press:

12:15pm Friday 3rd October 2014

We write on behalf of the entire membership of Hazlemere Bowls Club to urge the Parish Council to reconsider its recent decision to remove the name of Ken Williams from the pavilion at Hazlemere recreation ground. We find this renaming both inappropriate and disrespectful, bearing in mind the vast amount of time, effort and money that Ken Williams put into the recreation ground and the sports clubs involved. 97% of our members live within the HP15 7 postal code area of Hazlemere and some of them, along with several members of the current council, remember Ken Williams very well and all that he did for the Hazlemere community.

Support this life-saving appeal

Bucks Free Press:

11:51am Friday 3rd October 2014

October is breast cancer awareness month and Scannappeal is currently fundraising for advanced equipment to radically improve diagnosis of early breast cancer. Residents living in the Bucks Free Press area are already benefiting from the advanced digital equipment Scannappeal has funded for the mobile breast screening unit and at Wycombe Hospital.

Road closure-induced peace

Bucks Free Press:

11:50am Friday 3rd October 2014

Today I took a walk to Penn pond.

It is better to be united

Bucks Free Press:

11:49am Friday 3rd October 2014

People often ask me: “What is UKIP’s policy on this? What is your policy on that? How do you feel about this issue?” I often reply that I have only got two main policies really regarding national issues: 1) I do not want an independent Scotland, to keep the United Kingdom intact.

Expensive to boost electricity

Bucks Free Press:

11:47am Friday 3rd October 2014

What David Hampton forgets is that, although the Earth is constantly bathed in solar radiation above cloud level during daylight hours, we can easily capture only the part that filters through to us as an intermittent boost to low-grade heat for domestic and other hot water supplies. That’s the easy bit.

Solar energy not adequate

Bucks Free Press:

11:46am Friday 3rd October 2014

As a chartered engineer with over 60 years’ professional experience, I would like to award David Hampton nine out of ten for stating the obvious and one out of ten for the technical and historical content of his letter on solar energy (BFP, September 12).

Time limit not clearly signed

Bucks Free Press:

11:43am Friday 3rd October 2014

Please could I voice my displeasure at what I witnessed outside Swains market in Flackwell heath on September 20?

Fined despite disabled badge

Bucks Free Press:

11:42am Friday 3rd October 2014

My husband has a disabled badge and we parked on the Rye by the swimming pool, displaying this. We went to feed the ducks and then went home.

Thanks to all contributors

Bucks Free Press:

10:14am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The High Wycombe and District Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society held a street collection in Marlow on Friday 22nd August. A total of £230.30 was collected.

Bureaucratic meddling

Bucks Free Press:

10:13am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

So Bucks County Council can plead poverty when it comes to mending potholes, broken drains, re-painting road markings after re-surfacing, but thinks nothing of wasting thousands of tax payers money on unnecessary speed humps. an extra roundabout and the placing of highly dangerous pedestrian crossings in/off Station Road, Beaconsfield. How long before there is a series of rear end shunts from vehicles turning into these roads and being forced to stop suddenly due to pedestrians on the crossing.

Change the law if necesary

Bucks Free Press:

10:12am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Three articles that appeared in the September 5 issue of the Marlow Free Press concern me.

Thanks to those ladies and lad

Bucks Free Press:

10:03am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

I am an 82-year-old British West Indian and I would like to say thanks to three ladies and a young lad who came to my assistance on Monday September 1 when I fell on Chairborough Road, High Wycombe.

The area is on a flood plain

Bucks Free Press:

10:01am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

I was interested in your feature 05/09/2014 (p.23) on the Black Prince in Wycombe Road, Princes Risborough where Ms Tollitt, head of planning and sustainability refused a small housing development because of “jarring and incongruous alignment... to the existing street scene.”

We are taught a lot of half-truths

Bucks Free Press:

10:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

It took the Western world until the late 18th Century to start to believe that the weather that produced the seasons of the year, collectively called the climate, was not dependent upon performed rituals or incantation of ‘sacred’ words, created by oligarchs to achieve the desired results. Particularly when failure to do so was blamed on the bad behaviour of the people.

The coldest August since 93

Bucks Free Press:

9:59am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Readers of the BFP letters will recall that Eric Alexander wrote in mid August that May, June and July were the hottest months on record and August would be the same.

Fighting the ISIL fanatics

Bucks Free Press:

9:58am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The sickening murder of the aid worker David Haines has been a shocking reminder of the brutality of ISIL terrorists and the threat that they pose to our own security.

We are a country of vast inequality

Bucks Free Press:

1:10pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

I was surprised to see on television that one of the richest parts of the south actually had a food bank.

Every conviction is a criminal record

Bucks Free Press:

1:09pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

I WAS interested to read the letter in your last edition from Anthony Mealing in which he, quite rightly, bemoans the fact that he regularly sees rubbish dumped on roadway verges as he drives from Wycombe to Marlow.

Climate realists are getting impatient

Bucks Free Press:

1:04pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

It happened this August and can be checked out on the web...

‘Solar energy... what a source of power’

Bucks Free Press:

1:03pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Our shared home planet – bathed in solar energy. At last, some ‘data’ I can agree with, from fellow chartered engineer Roderick Taylor (Letters, August 22).

Local business is being driven out

Bucks Free Press:

1:01pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

What does Wycombe District Council and, in particular, the planning department, have against locally owned and operated businesses?

Councillor Scott should join UKIP

Bucks Free Press:

1:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Cllr Richard Scott has been asked to resign and join the Labour Party because he disagrees with the Tory party policy of massive development of the green belt in High Wycombe which was agreed many years ago to protect the environment.

Flexible licence will tackle noise issue

Bucks Free Press:

12:50pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

Re: Late licence application for the Cross Keys pub, Marlow.

BCC fail to grasp urgency of matter

Bucks Free Press:

2:28pm Monday 8th September 2014

The reaction of Martin Tett, leader of Bucks County Council, and Angela MacPherson, cabinet member for children’s services, following the Ofsted Report which found widespread and serious failures by Buckinghamshire’s Children’s Safeguarding Services, was a predictable response. Whenever in the past an outside inspectorate has drawn attention to the failings of the council they have had a stock reply: “We knew we had an issue and we were taking action.” As if that absolves them from all blame.

Community didn’t let rain spoil the day

Bucks Free Press:

2:27pm Monday 8th September 2014

After seven years of the sun shining on Beaconsfield Country Fayre, it was inevitable that one day the heavens would open up and try to ruin our eighth fayre. But the community would not let a bit of rain spoil the day and it was great to see so many people brave the horrendous weather to come and enjoy the various activities. We were particularly thrilled that Mary Berry was able to open the Beaconsfield Country Fayre, and despite the incessant rain, she said it was a “real privilege” to be there.

Need to keep the lanes free of cars

Bucks Free Press:

2:20pm Monday 8th September 2014

As a resident of Beaconsfield and a keen cyclist I was delighted to see that the long awaited cycle lanes have started to appear. My feeling of euphoria was short-lived however as this morning I cycled down Burkes Road only to see that cars are parked in the cycle lane, rendering it completely useless and a complete waste of money. Hopefully this is just temporary and better parking restrictions will help to keep these life saving lanes free of cars and open to cyclists. — Russell Green, Beaconsfield

Who is responsible for clearing waste?

Bucks Free Press:

2:18pm Monday 8th September 2014

What untidy people we have become. On my walk to get my newspaper – about 500 yards – I regularly pick up a full carrier bag of litter, mostly drinks cans, plastic bottles and crisp packets, which I deposit in one of the many litter bins en route. Also en route there are five discarded traffic cones and the same amount of easel-shaped road work signs that have been left long after any road works have been carried out. They are just lying in the grass by the roadside. Is anyone responsible for clearing these? They can be easily spotted on the approach to the Marlow and Bourne End roundabout on the A415. There is also a large one at the end of the slipway on to the A404 bypass.

Someone must know whose rubbish it is

Bucks Free Press:

2:16pm Monday 8th September 2014

I have the privilege of being able to drive from Wycombe to Marlow two or three times a week to my place of work. I leave early to avoid the school runs and the 8 o’clock scramble. This enables me to enjoy, for a short time, the wonders of our countryside.

Our task is to tackle marginalisation

Bucks Free Press:

2:14pm Monday 8th September 2014

Re: ‘Terror on our doorstep’.

Heartfelt thanks to readers for support

Bucks Free Press:

3:11pm Monday 1st September 2014

Many of your readers will have seen the national report last week placing High Wycombe eighth in the country of most generous towns in their giving to charity.

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