Art has little to do with town’s past

The entrance to the Lang Farm estate
The entrance to the Lang Farm estate

I was disappointed with the short-listed art work shown in last week’s Daventry Express.

It seems to have little connection with the town. An opportunity to celebrate one of Daventry’s moments of fame has been missed. The first trial of radar in the 1930s lends itself to some 3D representation. I offer a modest suggestion – it has three lattice masts with aerials, typical of the era, radiating from a control building. A Handley Page Heyford bomber (the type used in the trials) is supported, and surrounded, by the radar masts. This could represent the ambivalent connection between radar and aircraft to this day. The cables supporting the aircraft could be altered to set the stance of the aircraft.

If constructed of wood with an overall size around 10-20 feet across it may come within budget, depending on the amount of detail in the modelling.

Bill Adam

Fraser Close, Daventry

You were asking for opinions regarding he roundabout artwork. The art is a class above what is in Long Buckby. We have wooden stakes, near the station, and metal signs saying “ no parking in this area” along Station Road. It would seem our parish council are challenging for ugliest village of the year. Sadly, instead of solving problems they are creating more. I do not think they have recognised that the motor car is here to stay and not just a flash in the pan.

Michael York

Watts Way, Long Buckby

Grass cutting

Well done to cutters

After all the complaining about the grass cutting around Daventry, i.e. roundabouts, verges, etc. I would like to thank the guys who have made the entrance to Lang Farm via the Welton Lane and all around the estate look really nice.

Although I know all of Daventry does not look as good I’m sure they will get round to it. Well done guys, a good job done.

Rosemary Terry

Harrow Lane, Daventry

Class 3B

Christine laid foundations

When Christine Herrington joined Daventry Grammar School in the mid-1950s little did she know that her actions would (temporarily) change the form numbering system that had not changed for many decades – or even centuries (the school was formed in the 1600s).

When she became form teacher for 3B in 1957 her pupils got on so well with her that by the end of their third year, their average marks were very similar to those of 3A. The fourth year could not of course have two 4A classes, but the headmaster – Mr Dennis Weaver – made an announcement that surprised not just the old 3B, but the majority of the school, when he said that as an unprecedented ‘gesture’, the new 4B would be named 4 Alpha due to the standard of work achieved by the previous 3B.

We, the new 4 Alpha, were ecstatic and our success was repeated when the following year under our form eacher Mr Wood our form was called 5 Alpha.

Roger Beckett

A former 3B student


Dangers of the ragwort

I would like to bring to your attention the dangers of the native plant, common ragwort.

Being one of the five weeds included in the Weeds Act 1959, it should be prevented from spreading to any land, where it could cause harm to equines or other livestock.

Having in the past lost a much-loved family pony to what our vet suspected was ragwort poisoning, it concerns me to see so much of this waist high, bright yellow flowered weed, growing on our road sides and on land near to animals.

It really is a very toxic plant. Articles I have read covering its control, say gloves should be worn by those handling it, as the poison could be absorbed through the skin! Please can all land owners identify if they need to control this vigorous plant, while it is still flowering and before it starts to seed.

Clare Bowden

Laburnum Close, Woodford Halse


Restore our Royal Mail service

So now the Government has, evidently, decided to abandon the Royal Mail and ‘privatise’ what’s left of our postal service. It does so because of the parlous state of this vital service – uncertain deliveries, increasing costs and post office closures.

But let it be known how this came about. It goes back to 1997 and the EU’s Postal Services Directive. Under this member states were forced to open up their postal service to private firms. These companies were allowed to bid for parts of the post, so they chose the lucrative parts, the business mail, leaving Royal Mail with the most costly part.

If David Cameron is sincere in his declaration to ‘claw back powers from Brussels’ he could start here and tell them that our Royal Mail is not going to be dismembered. For good measure he should opt-out of the earlier directive, payoff the private companies and restore the Royal Mail to its former state as our sole, reliable, national, mail service with prompt mail delivery.

Derek Clark

UKIP MEP for the East Midlands