Post letters: Littering, community spirit, Nobby Wood and homelessness at Christmas

PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 December 2019

Ripley road pavement between the Heathway and the ASDA pedestrian crossing. Picture: P PAY

Ripley road pavement between the Heathway and the ASDA pedestrian crossing. Picture: P PAY


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

It's the small things that really matter

P Pay, full address supplied, writes:

Long ago Barking and Dagenham Council planted shrubbery along the edge of the pavement from the Asda pedestrian crossing (Ripley Road) going east towards the Heathway.

But for a long while it is been like an overgrown garbage dump that is just inviting others to think 'what the hell, I will be like the rest and dump my rubbish there'.

A few weeks back a leaflet was delivered asking Dagenham residents to keep our borough clean.

It is easy to do the big things, such as the pavements in the shopping area, but it's the small things that put a shine on the finished article. I ask the council, please, look more away from the shopping area.

Great examples of community spirit

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

The spirit of goodwill and compassion reported in last week's Post does a great service to the area in displaying a caring and responsive community to troubled times.

This spirit of helpfulness has been seen this year in numerous cases: some performed by young people, male and female.

In the same week recently there is a report on an initiative in Havering and nearby areas, the Violent Crime Reduction Summit, dedicated to helping young people to feel safe. This is a most worthy group taking on a challenging objective. They need the support of many to help them in such a difficult task.

Will they succeed? Well, they have the right attitude to succeed and success is largely due to having a good attitude towards what they hope to achieve.

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There is a group of teachers from the William Bellamy Primary School who have raised £2,000 to help "rough sleepers" - those people without a shelter to sleep in and are homeless. For many, this problem may seem unlikely in modern times, but it is real. The compassion shown by these teachers is that of a Samaritan-type spirit.

The final one is of a "hero" who saved a young boy being severely mauled by a dog. With the help from a neighbour in the road where the boy was living, Artan Mahmood stepped in and while risking severe injury himself rescued the boy, Arjun Grewal, from the animal's mouth. This was very dangerous as the dog had already inflicted a wound on the boy.

Each of these events commented based on their goodness and compassion have not been rare for this borough during this past year and appear to be coming to be a mark of care and compassion in spite of the occasional bad things that happen. It's always worth remembering that goodness will always overcome evil in this world.

Thank you for the send-off

Linda and family, write:

We would like to thank everybody who attended Norman Wood's (Nobby) funeral.

Thank you all for your floral tributes.

Help homeless this Christmas

James Hickman, director of Crisis Skylight Centre, London, writes:

As the cold nights of winter draw in it becomes more apparent how important home is to us all. While most of the country will be getting ready to celebrate with loved ones and looking forward to a home cooked Christmas dinner, there will be thousands of people facing the struggle of having nowhere safe to call home.

Many of us will have noticed the rising number of people sleeping on the streets where we live or work. But what we don't see is that for every person on our streets there are other families or individuals stuck in hostels, on sofas and in unsafe and insecure accommodation.

No one should be forced to live, or spend Christmas, this way.

That's why - outside of our year-round services - Crisis runs special Christmas centres which offer hope where previously there might not have been any. At our centres guests are provided with warmth, food, companionship and access to vital services such as advice on benefits. They can also see a doctor or dentist, have a haircut, and get their clothes repaired. We don't stop there. At our Christmas centres, we introduce people to our year-round training, education and support with housing, employment and wellbeing. This long-term support helps people to rebuild their lives and leave homelessness behind for good. But we rely on your support.

To find out more or to donate to Crisis this Christmas please visit

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