It's a foolish waste of money!

PUBLISHED: 02:01 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:57 10 June 2010

I write with reference to the article on Page 20 of the Exmouth Journal of February 21. Two-hundred thousand pounds to design a multi-million Strand facelift when they can't keep all the toilets open! This is a foolish waste of money. More paving to att

I write with reference to the article on Page 20 of the Exmouth Journal of February 21.Two-hundred thousand pounds to design a multi-million Strand facelift when they can't keep all the toilets open!This is a foolish waste of money. More paving to attract more chewing gum! Those lovely trees need grass to let in air and water to nourish them.Get rid of that thatched eyesore by all means and give the farmers' market a proper paved area, otherwise apply restraint. Hugo Swire got it wrong this time.G W Curtis,15 Grenville Road, Exmouth.WITH reference to your Cottage at The Castle article in last week's Journal, up to, and during, the 1939-45 war, it was a Keeper's Cottage for Bicton Estate and the Govier family lived in it with a son called John. In 1930, he used to walk to Woodbury School during school term every day in all weathers, approximately one and a half miles. In the winter, when it got dark early, he would be allowed to go early.In those days, he would have to bring his own dinner in what was called a satchel, a leather bag with a strap to go over the shoulder. Most children used to come from surrounding districts. A girl called Barbara Wheaton used to walk down from a cottage situated in the centre of Coomber Brake, approximately two miles. They had to sit at the school desk to have their dinner. The only heating in those days was a coke fire which stood in each classroom, but we used to wear woollen jumpers.School times were 9.30am to 12.30, 2pm to 4.30pm. Local children, like myself, would go home to dinner. The school bell would ring for school times, also for playtimes, 11 am and 3pm.People working in the fields would also hear the bell. It was in a turret on the roof but sadly no longer. We also had one on the roof of Christ Church Chapel but not now.Black Hill House, behind the Quarry, was also a Keeper's Cottage.W J Stamp,Woodbury House Farm, Woodbury.PLEASE RETURN CUPS, TROPHIESMAY we appeal to all members and former members for the return of club property, especially cups and trophies that have been awarded in the past. They are to be held for one year until the next annual show. Our next show is on August 30.Noel Allen,chairman, Exmouth Garden Club.

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