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Us and Them

Writing this in the middle of July, I can honestly say that none of this piece is based on any hacked phone or contains material gained from a politician or policeman or journalist.  Have you ever had to listen to half of someone else’s phone conversation?  And have you ever heard anything but mind numbing dross?  Any agency that cares to hack my calls requires psychiatric help not a prison sentence!  Corrupt politicians question corrupt police who question corrupt journalists who expose corrupt politicians and on and on and on …….. Is there no quality or decency left in higher public life?  You judge.

Thank goodness that we have places like the New Hall Valley to keep us in touch with the real world here in Walmley.  We do of course also have   another chunk of hidden nature in Plantsbrook Local Nature Reserve on the very edge of our patch.  This has become a somewhat neglected    backwater that is in need of some community TLC.  Please visit it soon and if you can possibly offer some time or wish to help in any way you can, then communicate your ideas to one of our local councillors and let us try to  upgrade this precious resource and make it a facility worthy of Walmley.

Down in the valley look out for the posters calling for volunteers to rebuild the boardwalk.  We are aiming to have a two day blitz on August 20th and 21st.  Any elbow grease or noses to the grindstones will be much appreciated.  If you care, be there.  It’s our valley and projects like this   allow us all to feel a proprietorial interest and demonstrates real community spirit.  We are hoping to recoup some of the cost from the Community Chest council fund but also from our ongoing sponsorship of individual treads.  A tread with YOUR name on it costs £35.  Call into the Useful Shop to arrange yours.

Jeff Gilbert
Jeff’s Useful Shop


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