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February 2015
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Gates for kissing
To the Editor
May I offer a few words of gratitude to the generous donors and clever installers of the splendid metal kissing gates now in place on several of our more frequently-used footpaths? Good access to the off-road countryside must be the lifeblood of good local communication not only for the hale and hearty but also those with some limiting physical ability or families with toddlers or a pushchair in tow.

The design of the metal kissing gate is quite brilliant. Rugged, long-lasting, lets almost all kinds of people traffic through with ease, but a totally secure gate to keep farm animals in or out as required.

This is not to decry the old-fashioned stiles but it has to be said that some are rickety, some are slippery and some are downright dangerous in wet weather.

Ted Brumpton
Lee Common

School thank you
To the Editor

I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Lawes, Headmistress of Lee Common C of E First School and her staff in giving so much happiness to so many of us in the production of the play ‘children of the world Christmas celebration’.

It was wonderful and I thought every year it gets better.

Absolutely delightful. Thank you again so much.

Reina Free
Kings Ash

newlsettersThe Newsletter dinner
To the Editor

The oldest inhabitant’s breath was taken away last night,
A silver salver, proud owner for a year,
Such a good evening it was, The hall finely presented,
A goodly meal and wine in company with friends old and new,
My thanks to you and the team.

John Glanfield
The Lee

Hunting question
To the Editor

The hunt seems to come onto land in Lee Gate about once a year, usually in the muddy winter. This sport is for a pack of hounds to follow a drag trail (hunting live quarry, usually a fox, was made illegal 10 years ago, but one wonders what happens if the hounds scent a fox?)

Unfortunately the hunt use some local footpaths (Chiltern Way and Link in particular) and some stiles to pursue their scent and the horses hooves dig up the ground making it very difficult to walk.

Some of these footpaths are on land where they are trespassing and have not been given permission to ride over.

Please can the hunt use open ground and not ruin our footpaths, by riding only on land where they have been given permission to hunt.

Peter Jordan
Lee Gate

Roger Morgan
To the Editor

When Roger died at the end of October I received overwhelming support and acts of kindness from the residents of the village. Every day I would find cards and flowers on my doorstep, offers of visits, dinner invitations and very supportive telephone calls, emails, etc.

Roger had become increasingly poorly over a very long period and I don’t think he could have imagined seeing the Church so filled with people for his funeral and to wish him farewell.

Roger so enjoyed living here and enjoyed all the things he became involved with over the years. Thank you, Tony Lea, for mentioning those duties in your very moving tribute in the December Newsletter. We found it very touching.

My family join me in a huge ‘thank you’ to all of you who were so very kind and generous at what was a time of great sorrow and grief for us. We were so fortunate to have made our home here.

Judy Morgan
Lee Common

The message in the lights
To the Editor

A number of people have asked me about the symbolism of the Christmas lights at the frontage of our home High Beeches, Ballinger Road, Lee Common.

The first piece is, as you might have guessed: ‘Behold the Star in the East’.

The second bigger piece is not, I regret to say, a carousel, a meteor, an octopus or a rocket going up; but rather something coming down: ‘and His Light descended from Heaven and spreadeth across the face of the earth’.

Ted Brumpton
Lee Common

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