Post letters: Robert Clack's new building, charity bridge challenge, bus routes for new estates and free TV licence

PUBLISHED: 12:30 21 July 2019

Mick Fox MBE opens a maths and English block named after him. Picture: DANIEL BENTUM OCRAN

Mick Fox MBE opens a maths and English block named after him. Picture: DANIEL BENTUM OCRAN


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Post readers this week.

New building is fitting tribute to former teacher

Dr Leonard Restall B Ed, M Ed (Hons), New Zealand, formerly from Barking, writes:

The award given to Mick Fox MBE, a former teacher for 50 years at the Robert Clack School is a fitting tribute to a teacher that had devoted a large part of his life to serving others with the gift of teaching.

Teachers may not be in the business of wanting awards other than good results from their teaching, but in this case, it seems most appropriate for the dedicated service in teaching given over such a long period.

The award was in the form of a new building being named after him, with the words of the head teacher, Russell Taylor, describing MIck Fox 'as our most impressive colleague that deserves the new impressive building being named the 'Mick Fox building'.

Although this award was rather overwhelming for Mick Fox, it was considered well deserved for the excellent dedicated service given to the school during those 50 years.

This newly named building can serve as an inspiration to the many students that were taught by Mick Fox, but for others, to follow the example behind the name of a building in the school will be a lasting tribute to Mick Fox.

Take part in charity bridge challenge

Andrea Bagantz-Pritchard, fundraising manager, Diabetes UK, writes:

Diabetes UK is urging people to go the extra mile by signing up for the London Bridges Challenge which will take place on Sunday, September 29.

Starting out in the beautiful Battersea Park, you'll criss-cross 12 of London's most iconic bridges. Passing Big Ben and the London Eye, walkers will catch a glimpse of St Paul's as they cross Millennium Bridge, pass Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and finish the walk in Potter's Fields by Tower Bridge.

Diabetes UK supports people across London, who are living with diabetes - a serious condition which, left undiagnosed or not managed safely, can lead to devastating long term complications.

Diabetes UK provides information, care and support for everyone with diabetes - and for their family and friends - so they can manage their condition.

Our campaigns improve life for people with diabetes while our research develops new treatments, technologies and will, one day, find a cure.

London Bridges is a family occasion and everyone is welcome.

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Registration is now open at £5 per person although under-18s walk for free. No minimum sponsorship is required.

On the day, you'll receive a London Bridge T-shirt, refreshments and a well-deserved finishers' medal, as well as lots of support and encouragement.

Join us in a walk towards a future where diabetes can do no harm. Find out more at or email or call our Events Fundraising Team on 0345 123 2399.

Bus routes for new estates are important

Caroline Russell, Green Party Member for the London Assembly, writes:

Everyone knows that London needs more housing but for new developments to work, transport must be an integral part of the picture from the outset.

That is why I am urging the Mayor of London to provide extra bus routes to serve areas where new housing is planned.

He has now confirmed London Riverside growth area in Barking and Dagenham and Havering will be one of seven areas studied for extra services.

Increased use of public transport is a key part of our response to the climate emergency and we must ensure that no Londoner feels forced to own a car to get around.

Check free TV licence eligibility

June Bennet, Benefitanswers, writes:

The BBC plans to make most over-75s pay the TV licence fee but will continue to provide TV licenses to over-75s who claim pension credit, a means-tested benefit designed to help the elderly.

Four out of 10 households (or up to 1.3 million families) that could receive pension credit are not claiming the benefit.

That works out at £3.5bn a year in pension credit that goes unpaid!

So, if you have ever wondered if you could be eligible for pension credit now is the time to find out if only to save the cost of the TV licence!

Benefitanswers offer a FREE check which will tell you if you could be entitled to pension credit. For your free check telephone 0330 223 4773.

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