Calling all the Games Makers
National charity Contact the Elderly is urging the thousands of Games Makers who helped to deliver a truly successful Olympic and Paralympics Games this summer to volunteer for other causes to ensure the legacy lives on.
Now that sporting events have drawn to a close, the Games Makers must be congratulated on their remarkable effort and commitment. The thousands of volunteers who gave up their time free have truly inspired the nation, helping to make the Games a real success.
While many will have participated because it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, others will now want to continue volunteering for other causes.
Contact the Elderly, which tackles acute loneliness among isolated older people by organising free monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties, is looking for more volunteers to join its tea party groups in Westminster: drivers collect the older guests and take them to the tea parties one Sunday afternoon a month, hosts hold the tea parties in their homes once or twice a year and group coordinators help to organise the groups and set up new ones.
It’s not a huge commitment and our volunteers genuinely gain as much pleasure from the experience as our older guests.
If you would like to continue volunteering, following on from your experiences as Games Makers, contact me on either 020 8445 1333 or email@example.com You’ll make a real difference to the lives of elderly people in your community and most importantly help the legacy of the 2012 Games to take shape.
North London Development Officer, Contact the Elderly
Great NHS march, but it’s just a start
I JUST got back from the Ealing NHS Protest March. What a great day! And the Gazette front page last week (September 14) was excellent.
I had my fingers crossed, hoping that a thousand people would turn out to protest, but there were several times that.Steve Pound, MP, estimated 10,000.
What a great start to our campaign to protect all of the A&E units under threat from North West London NHS and Dr Mark Spencer.
Forward to save Hammersmith and Charing X – protest march assembles at 12.30pm, on October 6 in Sulgrave Road, just south of Shepherd’s Bush Green.
I’d like to take this opportunity to invite all your readers to that march.
To prepare, we are meeting up to plaster the area with posters advertising the protest. We would like you all to help out. We are meeting across the road from Shepherd’s Bush Market Tube at noon tomorrow (Saturday).
NHS Campaign, March Organising Team
The Vale, Acton
Enforcement of bus lanes ruthless
Mike Tyzak’s strong defence of bus lanes (Gazette, September 7) is only to be expected from the transport campaign leader for Ealing’s Friends of the Earth.
The reason I believe that the lanes’ prime purpose is to raise cash for the council rather than improve the flow of traffic is the ruthless way in which they are enforced.
It is one thing deliberately to drive into a bus lane and another to enter one by accident.
This is easily done as the signs are difficult to read, especially about times of operation. Sometimes they are obscured, as in Haven Green where the sign is placed behind a traffic light.
Then the red tarmac used to designate bus lanes is also used for bus stops.
Finally appeals are discouraged by the policy of doubling the fine if it is not paid promptly.
Meadvale Road, Ealing
Expanding airport is bonkers
Last week was strange in relation to Heathrow.
It appears almost certain that the Conservatives will approve a Heathrow expansion, post 2015.
That is not what most residents of Ealing want.
People forget that the Liberal Democrats, both locally and nationally, have said ‘no’ to expansion of Heathrow for more than 10 years.
The Labour Party changed its position only a year ago and if the Conservatives change their position, then who can really know what the position will be from the Tories or Labour at the general election in 2015.
When business leaders say expansion is good for our economy, do we really want an economy where we needlessly pollute our children’s air with toxins and excessive noise? No.
If you stand inside a number of schools in Hounslow while aircraft fly overhead, you cannot concentrate. Even with insulation the noise is too much.
Teaching sport to pupils in a class outside would not be possible, so an expanded Heathrow would force our children and residents to stay indoors and do little sport.
Quite simply expanding Heathrow is bonkers for west London. If there is a chance that the government moves for Heathrow expansion, then I and my party would fight like hell to stop it from happening.
COUNCILLOR GARY MALCOLM,
Leader of Ealing Liberal Democrat Group
March idea was not that of MP
I WAS proud to join the thousands of protesters who marched from Southall Park to Ealing Common to support the Save Ealing Hospital A&E campaign on Saturday.
Ealing Council is to be applauded for supporting the march and by providing facilities in Ealing Common on Saturday. However, I and other marchers were disappointed when the stage compere introduced the Ealing North MP, Steve Pound, as the originator of the march idea.
In fact it was at the Ealing SOS (Save Our Services) public meeting held in Hanwell Church on July 5 that a Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition party (Tusc) supporter proposed a march from the floor. One of the guest speakers, Steve Pound MP, added that he was willing to lead the march to Downing Street.
I was not the only surprised marcher to note a lack of variety in the guest speakers at Ealing Common. From the three main parties there were five Labour party speakers, two Conservative and one Lib Dem.
There were two Trade Union speakers, from GMB and Unite, and I would have thought that in the interest of democracy there should have been a speaker representing disabled people and that I would have been allowed to say a few words about why our party supports the campaign
Tusc Party GLA 2012 candidate