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Honest soul

TO THE person who found the black backpack that I left in Morrison’s car park on Friday, May 20 and handed it in to the store - thank you so, so much.

TO THE person who found the black backpack that I left in Morrison’s car park on Friday, May 20 and handed it in to the store - thank you so, so much. You have no idea how grateful I am for your honesty.

Thank you.

Jeff B


In good voice

THE Fellowship Singers of Shirley would like to say a big thank you to all those who enjoyed their recent concert and gave £420 for Troop Aid. Our next concert will be on Saturday, July 9 at 7.30pm at St James Church, Shirley and is in aid of the Shirley Christmas Lights - tickets on sale soon.

Lucy Shafiq, Fellowship Singers of Shirley


Slippery slope

So the mobile phone companies are at it again! When are they going to realise that poeple in residential areas do not want masts sited in close proximity of their homes and schools (Solihull News).

I wonder how the powers that be at these phone companies would react if applications were made to site these masts close to their properties/schools.

I think it would probably be a case of “not in our backyard” don’t you?

Solihull is already on its way downhill and if greedy developers, phone companies, etc continue to get their way, it won’t be much longer before we are completely overrun with flats, phone masts, advertisement boards, etc - it’s becoming a mess!

S Stephens via


War of words

I’M sure I’m not the only one who is getting a bit fed up with the constant bickering between P Thomas and Margaret Sealey about whose brand of Christianity is the correct version (Letters).

Is it any wonder that there is a long history of religious wars in the world when even people of the same religion can’t agree!

Surely all religious beliefs are personal to the individual to follow as they see fit, so why do they feel the need to parade it in the letters page constantly?

There are people who need to have a belief in an ethereal being controlling their lives, and that there is some sort of afterlife to look forward to - that’s their right, I haven’t got a problem with that.

Then there are other people, such as me, who don’t believe in any of that - that’s our right too, and I have no problem with that either.

My lifestyle is such that it could be interpreted as having so-called Christian values, even though I have no formal belief in any religion so, just because you may follow the Christian religion, doesn’t mean that you are better than those that don’t.

Can I ask that you both just agree to disagree and stop this constant barrage of letters. Thank you.

Steve Hall, Via e-mail


Keep at it

I WAS pleased to see Margaret Sealey’s criticism of P Thomas (Letters). I hope that he will answer and that they will develop a ding-dong battle. It will delight the rest of us who find it all so trivial.

Harry M Scharf, Ulverley Green Road, Solihull


Stick with it

RE letter by T Cole. Nice story but a bit like watching paint dry, and a definite argument for banning twitter.

The Faith Matters letter is the same, it’s amazing how people can string so many words together and say nothing, does the Rabbi think that God would be in any way connected with twitter?

When we pray to God it’s a time of reverence between God and you plus God already knows what you are going to say he doesn’t need twitter.

So stick with the old ways Rabbi the Talmud because it is written, and twitter is definitely not and never will be a phenomenon.

Hi Margaret a death bed confession will not get you into God’s kingdom, if you do not have Jesus Christ in your life, and your name written in the book of life, then you will not be with our Lord for eternity, according to the scriptures there is no halfway house, the Bible is quite clear God’s love is for everyone he wont turn anyone away.

[ 2 Peter 3 v 9 ] Says, the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

God bless you all.

P Thomas, Baxters Rd, Shirley


Perfect care

ON Wednesday, following an ECG on Tuesday when my wife visited her doctor the latter immediately rang the Medical Assessment Unit at Solihull and said we were on our way.

Once there my wife was personally greeted by name and for the ten hours she was in MAU she could not have had more consideration than if she had been staying at the Savoy and having been ‘treated’ to a stay there I know what it is like!

All her wants were anticipated and I myself have not known a happier place, and, as my service 1939-46 taught me, a happy unit is an efficient one. All credit to the staff of MAU and the management that over the years has made it so good.

Bill Drew, Shirley


Leaking away

ONLY A couple of months ago I was two foot deep in snow, and the country had come to a halt for weeks - we had the worst snow for 30 years and the wettest winter on record. Now I’m not the the greatest meteorological wizard, but I do know that snow equals water, and as snow melts there is abundance of the wet stuff pouring down the mountains and into our rivers, so I become a little sceptical when I read we are in a drought, and possible hose pipe bans.

So is it because we have bad water management that creates our water shortages rather than we have hot dry summers?

ST Vaughan, Glastonbury Rd, Yardley Wood


Charity cheer

I WOULD like to say thank you to all who visited the Macmillan cancer support tombola at Shirley Donkey Derby. A very special thank you to all the local shops and stores that donated some wonderful prizes. A total of £659.85 was raised, without your help we could not have achieved such a good amount.

Ellen Buller, Macmillan Volunteer fund raiser


Life savers

I WOULD like to thank all our blood and platelet donors for their donations during April. Faced with two long holiday weekends we asked our donors to make a special effort to give blood and they certainly did.

New donors are always welcome too. To book an appointment call the Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23 or visit

Jon Latham, assistant director of blood donation



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