Recorder letters: Pub closures, diabetes and the heat, childhood obesity and tea for charity

PUBLISHED: 12:00 05 August 2018

Landlord Ron Bolwell has sold the lease on the Denmark Arms. Picture: KEN MEARS

Landlord Ron Bolwell has sold the lease on the Denmark Arms. Picture: KEN MEARS


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

‘Quiet crisis’ of pub closures

A Stratford resident, full name and address supplied, writes:

Whatever we may think of Sadiq Khan’s policies it is good that the London Mayor is using his office to do all he can to prevent more of London’s pubs closing.

It is just a pity that some of London’s boroughs no longer seem as pro-pub as he is. I was not surprised that Newham cam second in London for the number of pub closures since 2001. It was more surprising the figures you quoted only put the number at 55 as it seems a lot more than that to me.

I can name up to 30 pubs that have closed in Stratford alone over the last 20 or so years and more than that across the rest of the borough with some locally famous names amongst them.

But I suppose it depends how far back you want to go, my memories go back to at least the 1980s.

We did have some good news in Stratford recently when the Queen’s Head reopened under new management and even cut its beer prices. However, this is a rare event and with 15 pubs a day still closing nationally I think this quiet crisis has a long way to go yet.

Diabetics need to take care in heat

Roz Rosenblatt, London head, Diabetes UK, writes:

As temperatures in the UK soar, we will all want to be heading outdoors and, whilst the weather provides the perfect excuse to break out the BBQ, head to the seaside, or simply soak up the rays with a good book, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that the sizzling temperatures can pose some sizeable health risks.

There are 3.7 million people in the UK who have been diagnosed with diabetes and it’s important that they’re aware of how hot weather can affect their condition. Long periods of inactivity in the sun may affect diabetes control, causing blood glucose levels to be higher than usual. As well as potentially higher blood glucose levels, insulin injections are absorbed more quickly in hot weather, increasing the chances of hypoglycemia or a hypo.

So it will be important for people with diabetes to monitor their blood glucose levels more often and be ready to adjust their insulin dose if necessary. And remember, Insulin and monitors can be affected by heat so make sure you keep your diabetes kit cool in the sun. If you suspect they have been damaged, make sure you speak to your GP or health care team.

Feet are also an area you will want to keep an eye on. Some people living with diabetes suffer from nerve damage or neuropathy and this can mean they may not be aware if there feet are burning. Although relatively straightforward to treat, untreated minor injuries could develop into an infection or ulcers.

So stay safe this summer, stay covered, and make sure you drink plenty of water. Diabetes shouldn’t be a barrier to making the most out of the glorious weather, so let’s get out there and enjoy it whilst it lasts.

We need to tackle childhood obesity

Joe Irvin, CEO at Living Streets, writes:

Shocking obesity figures confirm the need for government and schools to encourage more active lifestyles.

The number of children leaving primary school severely obese has hit record levels with one in 25 pupils aged 10 and 11 in the most obese category.

Childhood obesity is one of the biggest health threats facing the UK and it’s getting worse. It’s not just about eating better but about keeping active - and swapping the school run for a school walk is an excellent way to start.

All schools should be using their recently doubled PE and Sport Premium budget – funded by the ‘sugar tax’ - on active travel initiatives which help enable and encourage more families to walk to school, reducing inactivity, congestion and air pollution.

Take part in tea party for charity

Tom Horsfield, SPANA World Tea Party Host, writes:

I am writing to invite your readers to join me in hosting a World Tea Party this summer in support of working animal charity SPANA.

Holding a Moroccan, Indian, British, Kenyan, or another world-themed party, is the perfect way to get together with friends and try out exciting and exotic new recipes, while also raising funds to help the world’s most hardworking animals.

In many developing countries, working animals transport food, water, goods and people, and make it possible for millions of the poorest families to earn a small income. However, they often endure short, painful lives without the most basic requirements.

This is where SPANA makes such a huge difference, ensuring animals have access to the free veterinary treatment they urgently need when they are sick or injured.

The SPANA World Tea Party fundraising pack, full of free recipes, is available from or by calling 020 7831 3999.

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