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IN our increasingly dangerous world, there are so many situations that make us fearful.

IN our increasingly dangerous world, there are so many situations that make us fearful.

The Bible tells us of wars and rumors of wars. [Mark 13 v 7] that nation shall rise up against nation.

There’s no doubt about it our planet is certainly in a mess, so what’s the answer?....God..Yes.God....ironic,isn’t it, that in a world full of fearful situations, the single souce of our refuge and safety is the one we are instructed to fear?

God Bless You All.

P Thomas, Baxters Rd, Shirley


Illogical fear

SADLY, it would appear that P Thomas still hasn’t got the real message given to him by his peers and co-existees in this fair borough of ours; yet again he gives us Biblical quotations that have little or no relevance to modern times, perhaps in the hope that what was written 1,800 to 2,000 years ago might justify or explain what we see around us in the 21st century.

Let us be clear about this; ‘God’ didn’t give us the scriptures, as by definition they are “writings” created by mortal men in their own time, and contained the author’s own set of beliefs and opinions - no more than that.

He goes on to tell us that all Christians take the word of God to be the law, which makes the basic assumption that God actually exists; however not only is that assumption flawed, but also such a single-minded, blind belief in the totality of divine presence and superiority is very close to what would be now looked on as fundamentalism, or (heaven forbid!!) fanaticism - a dangerous route to take.

The fact that billions of souls worldwide have been sucked into religion, either knowingly or otherwise, by an elite with vested interests simply goes to prove the point that God exists only in the minds of men and women who are human, with all the imperfections that mankind is heir to; Harry Scharf nailed it when he equated religion with superstition - otherwise referred to as ‘an illogical fear of the unknown’ - that summed it up nicely.

John Bramham, Elmdon


Two key steps

MY experience of community policing showed me that improving your neighbourhood environment and getting to know your neighbours are two key steps to creating safer, less isolating communities.

I’m urging the nation to tackle graffiti, organise street parties, create a neighbourhood watch and host coffee mornings to encourage people to get to know their neighbours.

This year’s Make a Difference Day on Saturday, October 29 is the nation’s biggest day of volunteering and we need you to start thinking about how to make a positive difference in your area. Take part in CSV Make a Difference Day this year and make where you live a happier, more welcoming place.

So get in touch now by visiting or calling FREEPHONE 0800 284 533.

Brian Paddick, CSV Make a Difference Day


For Marie Curie

CRASH Bang Wallop would like to thank everyone who attended their Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie Cancer Care on Friday, August 12. We raised a staggering £512.66.

We are now holding a charity fun day for the Marie Curie Cancer Care at the Plume of Feathers on Bank Holiday Monday, August 29.

We are in urgent need of donations for our stalls which include tombola’s, raffles, bottles (alcohol, or not), teddy bears, toys and games, books, jumble and cakes (on the day please). If you have any new or nearly new unwanted goods that you would like to donate, call me on 07973 220795 or goods can be dropped off at Crash Bang Wallop, Stratford Road, Shirley.

All monies raised will go to the Marie Curie Big Build hospice currently being built in Solihull.

We are a registered fund raising group for Marie Curie called Pauline’s Shirley Stars.

Danny Ford via e-mail



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