Cuts Hurt!

Today I wrote to the Surrey Advertiser:

In your newspaper last week, you featured the closure by Waverley of the public toilets in Farncombe and Godalming. I would like to commend Steve Cosser and the members of Farncombe Initiative and their mission to keep them open and I am pleased to add my voice, along with all those who have contacted me, to theirs.

The current severe budget cuts to essential local services made by Conservative-led councils at Waverley and Surrey are hurting us. Councillors who voted for these deep cuts know what public services cost, but they do not comprehend what the services are worth. We need good quality services – street lighting, decent roads and pavements, effective waste disposal, reliable education and health services. Most recently, we have been reminded just how much we rely on our police and fire services. These public servants are more than essential, they are vital.

All cuts hurt. Austerity as a policy has failed us and the costs will be high to repair the wounds to our society.

We have seen the havoc cause by deregulation followed by outsourcing of services. Something has gone badly wrong with the provision of services in our country, we must rise to the challenge and build a better way of life that is fair for all.

North Street Street Party

North Street Farncombe Street Party
I attended a wonderful community get together on Sunday at North Street Farncombe. The street shared food, played egg and spoon races, piggy back and three legged races. The more daring tried egg catching and flour diving!

The Great Get Together at St John’s Church Farncombe

Last weekend there were thousands of Great Get Together events across our nation on the anniversary of the death of Jo Cox MP. These were inspired by her words,¬† “far more unites us than divides us”.

At St John’s Church in Farncombe the Great Get Together event took the form of a Father’s Day tea-party. We also planted a cherry tree which was dedicated by Rev James Rattue and held a short service.
Local people and local businesses made kind contributions. Our new bakery, Loaf, gave a gorgeous chocolate cake. Gorringe &Son gave an engraved brass plaque to mark the occasion. Godalming Choral Society sang for the service which added to the feeling of harmony.
It was an inspirational and emotional time of togetherness and using words from one of the readings at the service – words said by Robert Kennedy after the killing of Martin Luther King, “Surely, we can learn to look at those around us as fellows and surely, we can begin to work a little harder to bind up the wounded among us and become in our hearts, brothers and sisters again.”
Let us work a little harder – together!