I was moved by Peter Horton’s article (Advertiser last week) and completely agree the place has an effect on one’s senses that is, in the worst sense of the word , unique. It is also what one hears that appals. My wife and I visited it in 2011 whilst staying in nearby Krakow. We were escorted around by a quietly unassuming Pole in his mid 30s and some of the things he described are still difficult to talk about. However he showed us a building used as a biological experiments centre by the SS and told us it pioneered a drug that once injected rendered men infertile. Had it proved cost effective, documents captured revealed it would have been used on the entire population of the western Soviet Union, then only partly conquered. Our guide spoke quietly and effectively and left us without words to respond. Such industrial genocide would have dwarfed even the Holocaust. The word ‘racism’ hardly begins to describe such Nazi motivation. I am glad the sixth formers got an opportunity to view the camp for themselves for the next generations must learn the story, harrowing though it may be if its lessons are to endure. My thanks to Mr Horton for his piece.
It is great to see that an extension to the Clock Towers with a new shopping centre is to go ahead – it sounds just what Rugby needs to bring it into the 21st century. However, there are some questions to be addressed.
May I, on behalf of Rugby Town FC, pay its due respect to the fantastic, colourful support the club received from the Rugby Town community at our play off final last Saturday. The officials of the club were truly blown away with the response from the people of Rugby that came to Butlin Road to support their local team. The attendance of 1,126 was one of our biggest attendances in the last 20 years and reaffirms our own self- belief that the football loving people of Rugby want, nay, demand a successful football team. Although, disappointingly, the result did not go our way, the whole day was still a very enjoyable experience as we witnessed a raucous, enthusiastic, support, not seen on the terraces of the stadium for many a year. With support and encouragement like that, I personally felt that this was not the end, but the beginning of a new chapter in this club’s proud history, and we urge and encourage all those that took their precious time off on their bank holidays to attend the game, to please come again and again over the following season, get behind the team and ensure that we can win this league next time out as champions. With support like we had on Monday, we could walk it!
I have recently written to the borough council planning department in an effort to address a serious threat to our local hedgehogs. I am concerned that I have not yet seen any evidence that hedgehogs have returned to my garden. I now realise that the main reason is the type of fencing used in adjoining developments. Houses are completely boxed in by concrete posts with a two feet high concrete slab (gravel board) interlocked between them. This means hedgehogs are no longer able to move around the area foraging for food, mainly slugs and snails which are predicted to be numerous this year. A simple answer is to provide sufficient panels with suitable holes in their construction. Surely in this day and age it is not beyond the capabilities of manufacturers to produce a suitable number of such panels. Hedgehogs are now a seriously threatened species relying increasingly on suburban areas and we must do all we can to help them survive.
With regard to the headline ‘Mental health lifeline to shut (Advertiser, April 11). This facility has been a boon to many service users over the years, providing a stepping stone from mental ill-health into the community and back to the job market place. Initially it was the Enterprise Workshop and then the workshop moved to its present location, renamed Rework. It means that it provides a structured half day and the opportunity to produce various products and build confidence under supervision. Also it gives achievement, and with working hours less than a normal working half day. This obviates pressure and stress on the clients. During breaks they are able to talk about their problems, if they so wish. Has there been any consultation with service users?
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