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8:00am Sunday 27th July 2014
Sir.–What a wonderful evening it was at The Anvil on July 6, for the Festival Of Choirs – such a moving experience, bringing many thoughts of my uncle who served in the Horse Artillery, with so many lives lost, and the horrors they faced in the First World War.
8:00am Saturday 26th July 2014
Sir.–With a minor change to plans, I diverted to the annual parish meeting recently. You will not be surprised that the attendance was unfortunately low but this seemed to come as no surprise to the parish council.
8:00am Friday 25th July 2014
Sir.–I’d like to congratulate Basingstoke Town Football Club on their new partnership with Soccer AM. This will no doubt bring lots of exciting opportunities for the club, help them in their aim to be selfsufficient, and build on their current reputation.
8:52am Thursday 24th July 2014
Sir.–I wondered if Douglas Paterson, of Keep Hampshire Green, (Letters, July 3) was actually being serious when he suggested that instead of wind and solar farms, what we need is a thorium nuclear power plant in the centre of every town in the country?
8:00am Monday 21st July 2014
Sir.–As a keen recycler and composter, I was very interested in the article regarding the recycling of more plastic packaging. However, I see that the material has to be sent all the way to Yorkshire for recycling. Is this environmentally friendly? Is this cost-effective?
8:00am Sunday 20th July 2014
Sir.–I went to the Basingstoke Festival Of Choirs concert A Century of War and Peace in The Anvil on Sunday, July 6, which was excellent, uplifting, and a fitting tribute to the momentous events in 1914 and 1944.
8:00am Saturday 19th July 2014
Sir.–At the end of the First World War, the people of Basingstoke with their own money bought the War Memorial Park in remembrance of all those who died in the Great War. That was an amazing collective gesture of remembrance.
9:23am Friday 18th July 2014
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8:00am Sunday 13th July 2014
8:00am Saturday 12th July 2014
Sir.–Having attended the public meeting, brought to our attention by Cllr Paul Harvey, I was appalled by the roughshod manner in which the managing director of Stagecoach Southern, and the representative of Hampshire County Council, responded to questions, statements and logic directed at them by public members, councillors and officers of the Basingstoke and Deane area.
9:08am Friday 11th July 2014
Sir.–I was saddened to learn from the report by Chris Gregory that a senior Odiham Parish Councillor had attacked the attitude and character of the residents of the High Street who do not agree with the proposed new parking scheme.
9:05am Thursday 10th July 2014
8:00am Monday 7th July 2014
Sir.–Much of the need to build more houses over our precious green fields is due to the uncontrolled immigration that has taken place over the last few years, without any thought given to the effect it would have on schools, doctors' surgeries etc.
8:00am Sunday 6th July 2014
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12:10pm Thursday 3rd July 2014
Sir.–Many motorists cannot understand why cyclists do not use cycle routes. Well, most cycle routes, unlike the M3 or the M4, go nowhere. They may end on the edge of a field, in the middle of a wood, halfway along a street or just short of a busy junction or roundabout.
8:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014
Sir.–With more than 72 million letters delivered each day, the UK’s leading sight loss charity, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is urging the public to save their used stamps to help raise vital funds for blind or partially sighted people.
8:00am Monday 30th June 2014
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8:00am Saturday 28th June 2014
Sir.–Earlier this year Stagecoach announced major changes to the bus routes and timetables which affected many residents across the borough. We know from our postbag that it was a massive issue and we saw through your letters page how angry and frustrated many of your readers were.
8:34am Friday 27th June 2014
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8:00am Monday 23rd June 2014
Sir.–I am seeking Ian Knight, ‘Smudge’ Smith, Harry Campbell, and any others who served in the Territorial Army Centre, in Penrith Road, Basingstoke, from the late 1960s (as D Company, 4/5th Royal Hampshires) and B Company (Hampshire), the Wessex Volunteers, and later 1st Battalion, The Wessex Regiment.
8:00am Sunday 22nd June 2014
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8:44am Thursday 19th June 2014
8:00am Tuesday 17th June 2014
Reason to be proud Sir.–I would like to congratulate all the nominees, winners and organisers on the fantastic event that was the Basingstoke A Place to be Proud of Awards 2014. It was a pleasure to be involved.
8:00am Monday 16th June 2014
8:00am Sunday 15th June 2014
Sir.–With others, I am trying to trace the families of David William Parker and Russell Arcot Erskine, who were killed in July 1944 when their plane crashed close to RAF Odiham whilst testing a new radio system.
8:47am Friday 13th June 2014
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8:00am Tuesday 10th June 2014
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8:00am Sunday 8th June 2014
Sir.–Once again, Basingstoke planners have given approval to a multi-national company for a shop, in exchange for road improvements etc. Never mind the small independent shops in the area that will be affected by this development.
8:00am Saturday 7th June 2014
Sir.–The 230 people in Hampshire who give up their time to support The Children’s Society’s vital work to fight childhood poverty and neglect are part of a movement of almost 11,000 amazing volunteers.
8:51am Friday 6th June 2014
Sir.–I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who voted to re-elect me to the European Parliament. I am delighted, and you have my word that I will continue to work tirelessly to represent your views and interests.
12:05pm Thursday 5th June 2014
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8:00am Friday 23rd May 2014
Sir.–I am unfamiliar with Basingstoke, having visited there only a handful of times in the past 24 years. Recently, I had a very important 8.30am meeting at the Basingstoke Hilton in the Black Dam area of Basingstoke. I admit I was a bit confused by the directions I was provided with.
9:00am Thursday 22nd May 2014
Sir.–With attention currently on the planned revamp to the Top of The Town, it is timely that Graham Bye should have written such an eloquent plea for a return of The Haymarket theatre to its former glories (The Gazette, May 8).
8:00am Tuesday 20th May 2014
Sir.–I wish to thank everyone for uniting behind Meningitis Now’s Beat it Now! campaign to get the UK’s first life-saving meningitis B vaccine free to all babies on the NHS, subject to price negotiations.