Letters and emails on February 2, 2011

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Andy Evans - Lion of Chorley

Dear editor,

As the world of football prepared to gather and say goodbye to Nat Lofthouse, the ‘Lion of Vienna’, last Friday, the local rugby world gathered at St Peter’s Church in Chorley to say goodbye to the ‘Lion of Chorley’, Andy Evans, right.

They were gathered to say goodbye and celebrate a life so tragically cut short.

Family and friends joined Sharon and their two brave sons, Thomas and Joseph, at a moving celebration of Andy’s life.

The eulogy was a glowing tribute by Keith Mitchinson and although it was difficult to get through, the rugby spirit kicked in and came through it with some moving stories, funny or otherwise.

It was plain for everybody to see the wonderful memories come flowing back.

Andy, and of course Sharon, had every reason to be proud of Thomas and Joseph.

What was a very hard day was mad bearable by these two fine young boys. They were a rock for their mum, just when she needed them to be.

Nobody can forget Mrs Evans (Andy’s mum) has lost her son and her husband within the last two years.

In the weeks and months ahead, it is hoped that his family can take comfort in the knowledge that Andy was so popular and respected by who had the pleasure of knowing him and that he leaves behind some wonderful memories.

All his friends and workmates will never forget him and wish his family all the best for the future.

Fellow workmates, Main Road Sheet Metal, Leyland

Thank you for staff messages

Dear editor,

I’d just like to express my thanks to everyone who has written into this newspaper and to Chorley Council praising the efforts of our staff during the freezing weather.

The heavy snowfall meant some of our bin collections were disrupted but the waste collectors worked round the clock to make sure this was kept to a minimum.

We’ve literally received dozens of letters and emails saying thank you for the excellent service they received despite the weather.

I’d like to thank residents for their patience during the ice and snow and their efforts in continuing to recycle over the festive period.

Coun Eric Bell, Executive Member (Places)

Frustrating waiting times

Dear editor,

We all feel grateful to our doctors and nurses, but there is a limit.

Being 78 I am no longer in the best of health and have difficulty getting about.

On January 28 I had an appointment to see a urologist at Chorley hospital.

The time was for 10.35 am. and I was asked to be there 15 minutes before that time.

I was there 30 minutes before that time because that was the best we could do.

On arrival the room was crowded perhaps 40 people waiting and we were told that they were 30 minutes behind schedule.

An hour after my appointment time we were told they were now 75 minutes behind schedule.

In the event we got to see my urologist at 11.05am - more than an hour-and-a-half past my appointment time.

I spent eight minutes with my urologist of which three minutes he spent on his mobile phone not connected with my case.

None of us like to criticise our medical carers but delays like this ought not to be acceptable and a better system for appointments should be made.

I am not the only one complaining about the delays.

Alan Jaggs, Wigan Road, Euxton

Funeral not disrupted by gas

Dear editor,

I would like to thank the management and gas workers at North West Gas Alliance for all their efforts in clearing Hill View Drive before with wife Margaret’s funeral.

There wasn’t any disruption and the cortege was not diverted.

The workers were all very helpful and all paid their respects by bowing their heads as the cortege passed.

I really appreciate everything they did.

Gerald Taylor, Hill View Drive, Coppull

Support the Mayor’s ball

Dear editor,

Every year the Mayor of Chorley holds a Charity Ball, the proceeds of which go to the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

This year’s event will take place on Friday February 4 in the Lancastrian Suite, Town Hall, Chorley.

This event is attended by approximately 200 people and one of the best ways of raising money on the night has proved to be the tombola stall, special prize draw and charity auction and this is due to the exceptional prizes so generously donated by local traders, businesses and organisations.

I am therefore writing to you to ask for your support in this respect.

I understand that things may be difficult given the current climate, and I realise that companies such as yourselves must be approached many times for charitable causes, but I would be very grateful if you could give this your kind consideration.

In previous years, companies have sent us a Special Prize such as a voucher for their establishment, or a tombola prize such as a bottle of wine, chocolates, toiletries, a company product or various gift items.

Any gift or financial donation that you feel you could give, whatever the value, would be very much appreciated and will help raise money for this year’s chosen charities which are Home-Start, The Legacy Rainbow House, Chorley Sea Cadets, Wrightington Hospital and Coppull Parish Church Scout Group.

If you wish to donate a prize, please contact the Mayor’s Secretary on 01257 515113 or email mayors.secretary@chorley.gov.uk.

We would be pleased to call and collect your donation or alternatively you could deliver or post it to the Mayor’s Secretary at the Town Hall in Market Street, Chorley, PR7 1DP.

If you would like to make a financial donation please make cheques payable to ‘Mayor’s Charity 2010/11’.

Should you be interested in purchasing tickets for the Charity Ball, they are priced at £25 each which includes a gourmet buffet and entertainment by the Greater Manchester Police Big Band.

Tables of 10 are also available for group bookings. The event begins at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm buffet. Tickets are available from the Mayor’s Secretary.

May I take this opportunity of thanking you in anticipation of your support.

Coun Ken Ball, Mayor of Chorley

Generosity for local charity

Dear editor

I would like to thanks the people of Chorley for their overwhelming generosity shown to us at our charity collection and awareness day at Tesco Extra on January 29.

The substantial amount collected far exceeded out expectations and once again demonstrates the generosity and goodwill of Lancashire folk.

Norman Halton, Events coordinator, Greyhound Rescue