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Your letters on a King’s Lynn court case, a charity fundraiser, a Gaywood church service

Here are the letters from the Lynn News of Friday, August 11, 2023...

Many rely heavily on these banks

Dr Charlie Gardner expresses his hope that the people accused of taking a hammer to Barclay's Bank windows win their case in the Lynn courts and notes the irony of a town at risk of flooding has been hosting this expensive legal kerfuffle.

Extinction Rebellion protestors outside Lynn Crown Court
Extinction Rebellion protestors outside Lynn Crown Court

He excuses their alleged actions with the revelation that Barclays invest in fossil fuel businesses and therefore somehow is directly responsible for the latest global warming event on planet Earth.

Let's hope his support for the 'Barclays Two' doesn't stop at letters to the press and he and those objecting to fossil fuel investments have entirely divested themselves of public or private retirement income, investment portfolios and other financial transactions linked to the banking sector because much of our elderly population’s benefits, grants, and welfare payments and pensions are inextricably tied to oil and gas markets and profits.

Cracking windows may offer short-term euphoria for those "making a stand" for Mother Earth but if you're still reliant upon investment banks performing well for your daily bread (millions are) then maybe the irony and futility will be lost on you and while breaking bank windows might feel like a victimless crime Dr Gardner, I suggest those of us relying on an income via these investment banks will also be victims of the activist's gleeful vandalism.

The law of unintended consequences is eternally present and while the writer hopes they'll win their case I hope they lose and have to cough up for the new windows.

Steve Mackinder


Walk Together to save lives

I’m thrilled to be taking part in Bowel Cancer UK’s Walk Together campaign this September to help save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by the disease. It’s a cause very close to my heart as I lost my dad to bowel cancer when he was only 54 and my grandfather was also diagnosed with the disease.

I am passionate about raising awareness to ensure other families don’t have to face what mine has.

Walk Together is a sponsored five-mile walk perfect for all ages and abilities.

You can do it in your local area with friends and family on any day in September.

It’s a way for us to show support for those undergoing treatment, to remember loved ones we have lost and to raise funds to go towards vital services and lifesaving research. Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, but it doesn’t have to be this way because it’s treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

With your help, we can Walk Together to save lives. So please, join me and sign up to take part: bowelcanceruk.org.uk/walktogether/

Matthew Wright

Bowel Cancer UK patron and TV presenter

Service was such a joyous occasion

I am writing to express my heartfelt thanks to those kind folk who helped, in any way, to make my service marking 60 years’ membership of St Faith's Church, Gaywood, such a joyous and memorable occasion for me.

My thanks go to those people who gave performances during the service including soloist Charlotte Rendall and her accompanist Jonathan Chaddock, and Amanda Arterton for reading the famous poem, Diary of a Church Mouse by John Betjamen. Lessons were read by Stephen Hayter and Juanita Hawthorne, and Ruth Flint led the prayers.

My thanks also go to Carol and Peter Dexter for the beautiful floral arrangement.

Sincere thanks to the Lynn News for its coverage of the event. My thanks go to those kind folk who made or donated cakes for use in the afternoon tea that followed the service. The main anniversary cake was made by Lorraine Davidson and my thanks go to Lorraine.

It was a beautiful service and a wonderful way for me to give public thanks to God for the many blessings he has bestowed on me during six decades at St Faith's Church.

Finally, sincere thanks to all those people who gave a donation during the retiring collection, raising £320 for church funds.

Richard Parr

Deputy Churchwarden of St Faith's Church, Gaywood LEP

This has been happening for 5,000 years

With the consensus starting to crumble for the insane Net Zero collectivist project, the latest instalment of Tall Climate Stories from the BBC seems to have attracted a wide audience, with a summer of howlers.

One which stands out and is appropriate for a mention in the Lynn News is our picturesque County of Norfolk.

How I laughed when Julia Hartley-Brewer read from the list on her Talk TV morning show. It was the fake news report from Happisburgh where "extreme weather linked to climate change" has eroded the soft sand cliff rock.

In 1967 when I first visited this coastline this erosion was taking place then.

Oh, how Auntie Beeb doesn't do its homework! There was no mention of the finding of the British Geological Society that it is likely the Norfolk cliffs have been, "eroding at the present rate for about the last 5,000 years".

David Fleming


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