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Well done Peter

On page 5 of your last issue you listed the ‘magnificent seven from Solihull’ who had received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

On page 5 of your last issue you listed the ‘magnificent seven from Solihull’ who had received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. But you omitted the organist from Solihull Methodist Church, who has lived in our borough for many years.

The CBE for service to medicine was awarded to Professor Peter Farndon. Director, National Genetics Education and Development Centre and consultant Clinical Geneticist, Birmingham. Congratulations and well done Peter.

Peter Handley, Riverside Drive, Solihull

Another hero

So we read in the Solihull News of the magnificent seven in the honours list, all worthy of the awards, I`m sure.

But can I pay a brief tribute to Dr Chris Stockdale MBE with whom I have had a valued friendship over the last few years.

His many swims all over the world for charity are legendary, and charities have benefited by £300,000 in total as stated in the Solihull News.

His last tremendous effort for cancer causes was his cycle ride ride round the the UK solo I hasten to add, no entourage behind in case anything goes wrong! which two thirds round it did.

Crossing the road Chris was hit by a car resulting in a broken shoulder, so two operations later he went back to the scene of the accident and completed his journey back to London from where he started.

Let’s not forget the tremendous support from his wife Margaret, a swimmer in her own right, they also serve who only stand and wait, she has not always waited!!

Geoffrey W Wegg, Shirley, Solihull

Noise alert

Hampton in Arden parishioners were disconcerted by information provided at the recent HS2 road show.

Engineers stated that the proposed high speed line will enter the parish crossing the A452 Kenilworth Road behind Patrick’s Farm it will leave the mound on which the farm currently stands on a 500m long 6m high viaduct crossing the Blythe flood plain.

As there is inadequate clearance for Meriden Road to pass under the viaduct the road will be built over the railway meaning that it will be elevated by 14m (46ft). To accomodate the maximum road gradient a concrete pillared flyover will begin near the Kenilworth Road roundabout, pass over the line and end close to the entrance of Hampton in Arden, the viaduct will be visible for some distance.

As stated in HS2 Ltd’s publications the noise from the train at Patrick’s Farm will be over 73 decibels, one of the loudest points on the line.

As yet noise data produced by HS2 is incomplete but the area will suffer ‘noticable noise increase’ which will clearly be detrimental to the wellbeing of local people, the farming community, livestock and wildlife.

Responses to the public consultation must be submitted by July 29, if you are concerned by the details provided above please visit and have your say.

Jill Lewis HHAG

Place of refuge

It is excellent news that, despite the rising cost, both Conservative and Labour leaders on our council have reiterated their commitment to do their best by the under-age young people seeking sanctuary in the UK who are sent to Solihull (‘Rising costs of asylum seekers’ Solihull News). They are to be congratulated.

Too often those seeking sanctuary in the UK are looked down on. It is easy to forget that they do not come here from choice (as we might emigrate for a better life, say, ‘Down Under’ or to North America). They come because they are in fear for their lives if they were to stay in their own country. They long to be able to return home, once it is safe for them to do so.

The Solihull Churches Asylum Seekers Support Group provides a place of welcome for asylum seekers, who are waiting for their application to stay in the UK to be resolved, after they have reported weekly or monthly to the UKBA offices at the Sandford House.

We shall be holding our AGM at Solihull Methodist Church Hall (next to Solihull Railway Station) from 7.30pm on Wednesday June 29. Readers interested in our work are most welcome to attend.

John Innes chairman, SCASSG



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