Letters – February

Dear Editor

Syston Town Council has applied an annual rise of 1% for the rental of an allotment (rounded down for convenience). A very commendable feat in keeping everyday costs down.
This means that a full allotment has a rental rise of 20p on the rent of £20, 10p on half an allotment and 10p or 5p, respectively if you are a pensioner.
Unfortunately that is where all the commending ends.
As a pensioner with half an allotment my rental has risen 5p to £6.05. This was advised to me by a second class letter.
Letter postage = 53p
Administration / Typing etc = £X
Doing the maths is a simple enough exercise irrespective whether it is for a full or half allotment, pensioner or otherwise.
It is not so much the value of the loss in this particular instance, which is relatively small in the scheme of things but the mind-set that perpetrated it.
How do people have faith in government, at any level, with such a frivolous attitude to finance.
Money would have been saved by not applying the percentage rise but perhaps I’m a simpleton. Alternatively it could have been applied when payment was made at the Council Office since it is such a small amount.

Concerned Syston resident.

Dear Editor

What a great health centre we have here in Syston, the staff are always very helpful.
However, I was saddened to hear that Jenny Ross has left the health centre, she will be surely missed, not only for her professional approach to her work but as an asset to the health centre.
I wish her all the best for the future.

Regards
C Tebbutt
Syston.

Dear Editor

Whatever Happened To Christmas?
Firstly I would like to congratulate Morrisons at Freemans Common for excellent decorations throughout their store during the Christmas period.
The Bah Humbug Trophy must surely go to Dunelm Mill at Thurmaston Shopping Centre for their pitiful effort. Apart from the sale of decorations there was very little to indicate that it was Christmas, apart from the jingling of the tills of course.
Whatever happened to the Christmas build-up? Children and parents alike loved to visit stores, beautifully decorated and welcoming; Santa in his grotto in all the large shops. It’s all gone. All about money, yes of course- we have it, the greedy stores take it, and give very little back. Next year folks, Be selective!

Local Resident.

Dear Editor

Syston Conservative Club
Since coming to Syston 43 years ago, Syston has grown very rapidly from a village into a town and spreads out for miles. This is just a short note to introduce the above club to those of you who have never heard off us.
The club is on the High Street, on the left hand side if going towards Fosse Way and on what is known as the green. There is ample car parking at the rear of the club for members when using the facilities.
Now for things that happen at our club;
We have three darts teams that all play in the Monday evening league. We also have three long alley skittle teams – Two who play in the Friday evening league and one who play in the Tuesday evening league.
Bingo is played on a Thursday and a Saturday evening.
Karaoke is held on the first Sunday of each month, the next one’s being 1st February and 1st March.
There is also a monthly quiz – dates are not to hand at time of this going to print.
Activities in the Malt House Suite run by professional bodies;
Tuesday – 50+ Fitness 10.00 – 11.00 fitness for the young at heart £4
Thursday – Slimming World in the morning 2 classes with Helen at
9.30am and 11.30am, and in the afternoon with Clive 3 classes at
3.30pm, 5.15pm and 7.00pm.
The Malt House Suit is available to hire for wedding receptions and parties etc.
This is a members club and membership is available, we are an adult only club. Membership ranges from £9 under 65 to £5.50 65 to 69 and £3 for over 70s.
Finally we have a good selection of beers and spirits and you will be
well treated by our Steward Keeley and her staff.

Tony Lawrence (Secretary).