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Fantastic service

I am writing in response to the story about the cuts to Solihull Music Service.

I am writing in response to the story about the cuts to Solihull Music Service. I understand that we all have to accept cuts in the current climate but feel incredibly sad at the further cuts to such a fantastic service.

Let’s face it, the mention of ‘youths’ brings to mind many negative connotations. However anyone who has had any involvement with the Solihull Music Service, as a performer or a parent, could have nothing but praise for the work that is done there.

The staff celebrate the children and young people, encouraging their individuality and providing a positive environment for any teenager to express their talents.

In a recent inspection by the Federation of Music Services,the service was ranked as ‘outstanding’ - the highest possible grade.

My teenage son has performed in a band at several venues around Solihull and Birmingham Town Hall, giving him (and us as a family) a sense of community and pride, not to mention the sense of achievement and teamwork.

I wish to thank the staff at SMC for their enthusiasm, encouragement and support and hope and pray the service continues for a long time yet.

A grateful parent, Mrs Sally Scott


Fallen from grace

REGARDING Mrs Greaves letter (Solihull News).You know Mrs Greaves, I am asked all the time if God is a God of love then why does he allow us to suffer - we suffer because we have fallen so far away from God that we are no longer under his protection.

Please Mrs Greaves don’t get religious. The Bible tells me that the only way to get to Heaven is to ask Father for forgiveness, to repent, ask Jesus to come into your life, then live your life through the Holy Spirit.

Now Mr Chapman’s letter; I personally don’t believe that there will ever be gay weddings in a Christian church or any other church, temple, or mosque. If we read the book of Leviticus in the Old Testament it clearly tells us that this form of love is an abomination to God.

God bless you all.

P Thomas, Baxters Rd, Shirley


Animal cheer

The RSPCA Birmingham Animal Centre would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped them raise a fantastic £171.11 at their Acocks Green street collection on March 19 and a further £263.48 at their Chelmsley Wood street collection on March 26.

Next on the fundraising agenda is RSPCA Week May 2-8, 2011. Tesco supermarkets in Hall Green, Solihull and Sheldon will be helping out by collecting donations. If you feel you could spare a few hours to help out please contact Helen on 07715 540518

Kelly Duffy, RSPCA


Sanctuary funds

Many thanks to the generous people of Solihull who contributed to our annual street collection on March 26 in Mell Square.

We managed to raise in total £387.14 and this will be donated toward local animal sanctuaries and welfare organisations.

Yvonne Troth, Treasurer, Solihull Animal Aid


Think first

My wife, my family and I have used the Yew Tree Doctors’ Surgery practice for 25 years and have always enjoyed excellent service.

Every year more facilities have been provided. As a founder member of Yew Tree Patient Participation Panel, we have found doctors, nurses and staff, plus the practice manager very willing to activate our suggestions.

Many people are wondering why the Government is implementing drastic NHS destabilising changes, which were not in Tories 2010 Election manifesto.

Solihull Care Trust and SMBC social services were several years ago merged, giving economy of scale and no duplication. S/C Trust should not be abolished for unknown alternatives.

Why is Health Secretary Andrew Lanslery blindly still pressing ahead? Despite serious reservations by the BMA and outright opposition by Royal College of Nurses, many GPs, medical professionals and health unions, plus massive vote of ‘no confidence’ by recent Lib/Dem conference delegates.

Intelligent reform - yes, but hasty ill thought out ideas - no.

Don Bargery, Alston Road, Solihull


First class care

I was an inpatient recently on Ward 14, Solihull Hospital. From the moment I arrived to the moment I was discharged I was cared for.

From the consultant to all the nurses and health care assistants, I was given the best of care.

I was treated professionally, with dignity and with a gentleness and empathy that left me feeling informed and secure. The cleanliness was exemplary and the food was excellent.

Solihull Hospital is a modern treatment hospital with cottage hospital care.

On the back of this I learnt that all the staff are due to move as the ward closes. I was devastated.

How can something which works so well be taken away?

I would urge our MPs to help Solihull maintain the presence of an accessible health service, a hospital that offers all round care to all of the residents. Watch out Solihull, it might be stolen from right under your noses....

Ken Fletcher, Solihull


Best friends

BIRMINGHAM Kennel Association wish to thank all the people who attended our KC Companion Dog Show recently at Hatton in aid of local dog charity DogwatchUK. We raised £400 and the show was a grand success.

DogwatchUK have puppies and many young dogs looking for homes and are also seeking temporary fosterers.

If you are looking for a new edition to your family, then ring Katrina evenings on 0121 684 0682.

Katrina Wright, Solihull, DogWatchUK Volunteer


A great show

WE would like to congratulate Peterbrook Players on their recent production of Oliver. The musical was better than any professional production we’ve seen. All the characters were well acted and the costumes were out of this world and very authentic.

Congratulations to everyone.

Mary & Jim Brackstone, Shirley


On the slide

I HAVE lived in Shirley over 40 years and over the past five years have watched alarmingly the town centre decline and stagnate.

Traders seem to be leaving quite rapidly. The Liberal Democrats are delighted the Parkgate scheme has once again been rejected because they go on about the small loss of parkland which I use frequently, and this wins them votes.

If we don’t have regeneration soon, I’m afraid we will lose more than a small piece of parkland.

MB, Shirley resident


Special thanks

ON Tuesday, March 19 I had an accident at 10.30am and wish to thanks everyone for their help. The gentleman who made phone calls, the lady who took care of my dog, the ambulance service and Heartlands A & E.

D M Farwell


Job well done

I RECENTLY parked at Olton Station car park whilst my wife had shopping to do. Whilst there I noticed a team of young lads renewing the fence adjacent to the main road (for safety and security I was informed).

Can I say how nice it was to see the effort and industry that these Probation Service youths put into their task, and that the end result was a credit to both them and their supervisor.

Should I have any requirement for fencing in my own garden (100 ft long) can I call upon their services?

In all a very pleasant experience.

J C Sanford, Olton



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