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Blue plaque for missionary Gladys goes back on wall

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Job done: Councillor George Savva with Gladys Aylward deputy head Paul Phillips

Job done: Councillor George Savva with Gladys Aylward deputy head Paul Phillips


A NEW blue plaque commemorating a missionary made famous in a Hollywood film will replace the original which had been ripped down.

The original plaque, which commemorated Gladys Aylward, was taken down by tenants of a house in Cheddington Road, Edmonton, in April, causing outrage among other local residents.

Despite repeated appeals for it to be replaced, the landlady of the property has finally agreed that another plaque can take its place.

Haselbury ward councillor George Savva led the original protest and Gladys Aylward School, in Windmill Road, Edmonton, and the Enfield Society have agreed to share the bill for a new plaque at a cost of just under £700.

Mr Savva said: “After a long campaign I’m glad the owner has agreed to allow us to put the plaque back. The plaque is something that Edmonton should be proud of and we should look after these things because it’s our heritage.”

Born into a working class family in 1902, Gladys grew up in Edmonton, but travelled to China in the 1930s to work as a missionary.

When the Japanese invaded in 1938 she helped evacuate nearly 100 children over the mountains. Her life was immortalised in the Ingrid Bergman film, The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness.

Paul Phillips, deputy headteacher at Gladys Aylward School, said: “We’ve a small legacy of artefacts from her life and times. We want to do more work with the community and she’s a good role model. It’s also good to show that Edmonton has a history. The owners have agreed to keep it there and let us know if there’s any damage.”


 

 

 

 

  BELOW WE SET THE TOP 50  LABOUR ACHIEVEMENTS.

 

 

Labour's Top 50 Achievements
 

Our top 50 achievements nationally: 


1.    Longest period of sustained low inflation since the 60s
2.    Low mortgage rates
3.    Introduced the National Minimum Wage and raised it to £5.35
4.    Record police numbers in England, Scotland and Wales
5.    Cut overall crime by 35 per cent
6.    Record levels of literacy and numeracy in schools
7.    Best-ever primary school results
8.    Funding for every pupil in England to double by 2008
9.    Employment is at its highest level ever
10.    Written off up to 100 per cent of debt owed by poorest countries
11.    85,000 more nurses
12.    32,000 more doctors
13.    Brought back matrons to hospital wards
14.    Devolved power to the Scottish Parliament
15.    Devolved power to Welsh Assembly
16.    Dads now get paternity leave of 2 weeks for the first time
17.    NHS Direct offering free convenient patient advice
18.    Gift aid was worth £625 million to charities last year
19.    Restored city-wide government to London
20.    Record number of students in higher education
21.    Child benefit up 25 per cent since 1997
22.    Created Sure Start to help children from low income households
23.    Introduced the Disability Rights Commission
24.    £200 winter fuel payment to pensioners & extra £100 for over-80s
25.    On course to exceed Kyoto target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2010
26.    Negotiated the historic Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland
27.    Over 30,000 more teachers in England schools
28.    All workers now have a right to 4 weeks’ paid holiday
29.    A million pensioners lifted out of relative poverty
30.    800,000 children lifted out of relative poverty
31.    Introduced child tax credit giving more money to parents
32.    Scrapped Section 28 and introduced Civil Partnerships
33.    Brought over 1 million social homes up to standard
34.    Free school milk for five, six and seven-year-olds in Wales
35.    Banned fox hunting
36.    Cleanest rivers, beaches, drinking water and air since the industrial revolution
37.    Free TV licences for over-75s
38.    Banned fur farming and the testing of cosmetics on animals
39.    Waiting times for operations halved
40.    Free local bus travel for over-60s
41.    New Deal - helped over a million people into work
42.    Over 1.5 million child trust funds have been started
43.    Free eye test for over 60s
44.    Five, six and seven year olds in class sizes of 30 or less
45.    Free entry to national museums and galleries
46.    Overseas aid budget more than doubled
47.    Cancer death rates down by 12 per cent, saving 43,000 lives
48.    Cut long-term youth unemployment by 75 per cent
49.    Free nursery places for three and four-year-olds in England, Scotland and Wales
50.    Free fruit for all four to six-year-olds at school

 

 
 
Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Health Secretary, slammed the Tories' pledge to scrap cancer treatment guarantees whilst commenting on news that an international survey announced this morning has ranked the NHS a world beater.

The Commonwealth Fund survey of frontline doctors in 11 countries ranked the UK as 1st in short waiting times for specialist care and quality of clinical care.

The Tories have pledged to scrap Labour Government guarantees that anyone with suspected cancer will see a specialist within two weeks, and Labour's pledge to introduce a new right to cancer diagnostic tests, with results, within one week.

Andy Burnham MP said:

"This is fantastic news for the NHS and a worthy recognition of the professionalism of NHS staff, but it also shows the danger that the Tories' ill-judged policies pose to patients.

"It is Labour that has put the NHS in the strong position the Commonwealth Fund shows it is in today. Thanks to the Labour Government, you are guaranteed to see a specialist within two weeks if your GP suspects you have cancer, and we have now pledged diagnosis within one week if you are tested for cancer. But David Cameron's Tories want to scrap Labour's patient guarantees.

"The Tories' threat to patient guarantees is as short-sighted as David Cameron's friend Dan Hannan's claim that the NHS is a 60-year mistake.

"David Cameron has already broken a 'cast-iron guarantee' on Europe. The Tories' so-called 'cast-iron commitment' to the health service now looks equally rusty.

"The experts' judgement is telling - Labour NHS policies are working. The Tories' policies would put patients at risk."
 

GRANDFATHER, DAUGHTER AND GRANDDAUGHTER AT  WEIR HALL LIBRARY BEFORE ITS CLOSURE.

Three generations of Library users have been denied the right to continue enjoying  the services of a library that has been serving the community for over 75 years.  A user described this Library as "The focus of the community".

                                                       TRUE

The Conservative Controled Enfield Council has Closed Your Library.

 

                                                       FACT         

The OPPOSITION Labour Group In Enfield will reopen THE WEIR HALL LIBRARY IF THEY ARE IN POWER AFTER THE MAY 2010  LOCAL ELECTIONS. GIVE YOUR SUPPORT TO THE PARTY THAT CARES.

 

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  YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US FOR THE VIGIL 04/04/2009

ON  SATURDAY  04 APRIL  2009  FROM 11.00AM TILL 1.00 P.M. WE WILL BE HOLDING  A VIGIL  TO COMMEMORATE THE CLOSURE OF  WEIR HALL LIBRARY, 100 DAYS SINCE THE CLOSURE

THE CAMPAIGN CONTINUES TO BRING BACK THE LIBRARY WE WILL NOT GIVE . LET YOUR NEIGHBOURS AND FRIENDS  AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO COME ALONG.

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 Demonstrators protesting against the closure of Weir Hall Library

 

  A Christmas Tree with a message or two..

 The decision  by Enfield council to close this library was branded as

"The injustice of the decade in our locality".

 

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We have received a letter from one of the supporters who led the complaint  on the proposed  closure of Weir Hall Libary  to the council and to the ombudsman.

"Bring Back Weir Hall Library" campaigners such as Cliff Raven will never give up. His letter has been sent to the local press as well.  We thank him and everyone who is asssciated withe campaign all the known and inknown people who work tirelessly behind the scenes.  Read his letter below.George, here is the letter that I sent last week it maybe got there too late to be included in this weeks edition.

George, here is the letter that I sent last week it may  be got there too late to be included in this weeks edition.
 

 
Letters.
 
No tea, just sympathy, was all that the Ombudsman could offer us after his deliberations of the Weir Hall Library closure procedure by Mssrs Rye, Lavender and co. Not withstanding the evidence of a predetermined plan to close the whole library, theatre and Arts centre at Weir Hall, later denied by council and in denying, then the rush to put money into restructuring which would necessitate the library's removal, council members behaviour towards its constituents, council members derisionary remarks as to Edmonton's heritage, it appears that they acted honourably in that Ombudsman Mr J Park informed me that in his opinion there was no fault in the procedure to close/relocate and that council had taken all steps in ensuring it was aware of all differing views on its proposals and that councils rationale in moving the library, one that there will be wider community benefits from the new location in Fore Street shopping precinct. We now approach Mr G Savva's 100 day vigil since closure with heavy heart, for now in this part of the borough there is a void, the library housing stands forlorn, empty, awaiting the installing of a restaurant bar and more ladies toilets. Heavy hearts maybe, but lets look on the Brightside of life, I believe our campaign has had a positive result in that we have retained the theatre and arts centre for future use and that here in the south of the borough we have at least our culture, if not our book larning and if councillor Mr Savva can swing it, our library will rise Phoenix like from this sorry state and retake its place in Weir Hall.
See on Saturday the 4th April outside the Millfield Theatre from 11.00 a.m. till 1.00 p.m.


 

BELOW IS JUST A SMALL EXAMPLE OF THE PAPER'S COVERAGE  ON THE WEIR HALL LIBRARY ISSUE.

 

 Joanne at Downing Street to save Weir Hall Library

 

London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney yesterday joined Andy Love, MP for Edmonton, and George Savva, Councillor for Enfield (Haselbury Ward), handing over a petition to urge Downing Street to reconsider the future of Weir Hall Library, Edmonton.

The Tory-run Council recently proposed the closure of the popular community library in Edmonton, which caused an outcry amongst locals in the area and led to an avid campaign to save the library. Weir Hall Library serves five schools close-by as well as tens of thousands of residents every year.

Joanne McCartney said that "I'm deeply disappointed with the Tories' plans to close a much-used library like Weir Hall. It's a cornerstone of the local society and it's typical for the Conservatives to propose cuts which hurt the less affluent the most.

You only need to look at its attendance figures of over 86,000 per year to know that this truly is a community library. Weir Hall Library plays a vital role in the wellbeing of the community and we must do everything in our power to ensure that this library remains open.

 

Enfield Independent: Leak reveals high cost of rushed Millfield plan

By Dominic Gover »

LEAKED PAPERS reveal the lengths that Enfield Council was prepared to go to in order to rush through plans for the future of the Weir Hall Library site.

Senior figures had email conversations in which it was agreed to pay an outside firm £40,000 to produce a study into the Millfield Complex, work which would have cost £10,000 for council staff to do.

The discussions involved officers in the Corporate, Leisure and Education departments of the authority.

They wanted to make sure that a comphrensive plan for the future of the Edmonton site, in Silver Street, could be presented to a meeting of the cabinet on September 10.

This was because council staff could not complete the work in time, and council leader, Cllr Mike Rye, along with education supremo Peter Lewis, were keen for the matter to be approved so that work could begin as soon as possible.

Reacting to the leak, Cllr Rye said: “I do not comment on leaked e-mails since they are rarely in context and will not paint a true picture. I am happy to make clear my position on the Millfield site.

"I have given a public undertaking in full council and other fora that we will improve the facilities on the Millfield site.

"I am always keen to see good things happen quickly and I have made that clear to officers dealing with this matter.

“What will come forward will be a substantial improvement to the Millfield site, providing for those who currently use it and in order to attract new users.

"That level of work inevitably involves preparation, including feasibility studies, to make sure what can be done”

But the Tax Payers Alliance has blasted the move as “not value for money”.

Spokesman, Mark Wallace said: “It’s obviously concerning that the council seems to think it’s acceptable to go wildly over-budget, when we are told councils do not have much money and tax payers are struggling to pay council tax as it stands.”

Cllr George Savva has headed a campaign to save Weir Hall Library.

He even chained himself to the building in protest against future plans.

 

Sign petition  for the two campaigns to bring back Weir Hall Library, and for the zero council tax. on www.edmontonlabour.co.uk

 


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          Marathom Man may or may not give up

 

 Tony Lambrou at his shop among his trophies including the New York marathon.
 

           This is the fifth consecutive  time  local barber Tony Lambrou will participate in the London marathon  to take place on Sunday 26 April 2009 and according to him it will be his last. Although that is what he said exactly a year ago."I am trying to improve my  running time" he said "But at the same time I am not getting any younger"Tony started running for charity and he ran to raise money for breast cancer following the sad and sadden death of his young sister in law.

"I am trying to help towards more research on this as my sister in law died leaving behind a very young family"

 This time I am running for Breast cancer research as well as sickle cell Thalassaemia.

Thalassaemia  is affecting those who live or originate from the mediterranean Countries.  "More research is needed". He said.

Tony runs a barber shop for many years now  in  the heart of Edmonton at number 28, Westerham Avenue N9. If you ask me if I am going to continue running I will say no but my heart tells me to continue.

"It is very hard to give up especially when so much money is needed for research in saving more lives".

I do sincerely hope he said that my contribution towards helping medical  research towardsa breakthrough to combat these illnesses is helping in some way.

PHOTOS: Tony is pictured in his shop with some of his trophies including the New York marathon. 

If you need to speak to Tony his number is 07961826415  

 

 

 

 

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