Title: Formidable Women Tasked with Planning a Fairer and Prosperous Britain

Title: Formidable Women Tasked with Planning a Fairer and Prosperous Britain

It is truly remarkable to come across the mention of Kenneth Hutchings, the talented cricketer from Kent and England, in Simon Heffer’s article about the cricketers who lost their lives during the First World War. Hutchings played a few matches alongside my father, who served under him as acting company commander in the King’s Liverpool Regiment on the Somme. My father held Hutchings in high regard, not only for his cricketing skills but also for his exemplary conduct as an officer and a gentleman. Consequently, when I was born in 1924, my parents decided to name me after this great man.

Ken Thomas
Stockport, Cheshire


Simon Heffer’s father was born in 1898 and bravely fought at the Somme. This piques my curiosity about whether there are any individuals today who have grandparents born in the 18th century.

Consider the possibility of a man born in 1799. Like Mr. Heffer’s father, he could have fathered a child, but only a son, at an advanced age, around 65. This means that the son would have been born around 1864. If the son, too, had a child at 65 years old, the grandson would have been born around 1929. Does this scenario sound far-fetched?

John Frost
Guildford, Surrey


Vaccines for Canine Companions

It is deeply troubling to learn about the adverse effects experienced by numerous dogs who received a vaccine against leptospirosis.

Last week, my 10-year-old Yorkie received the vaccine and displayed clear signs of illness the following night. She exhibited tension, shallow breathing, and failed to respond to her name. By morning, she was unsteady on her feet and struggled to climb stairs.

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The vet prescribed Metacam, which has led to some improvement, but she still requires significant attention and care. I was not informed about the possibility of these negative reactions, and had I been aware in advance, I would have never consented to the vaccination.

Sylvia Scott
Freuchie, Fife


Reflections on Heath’s Legacy

Michael McManus suggests that Edward Heath’s legacy will come to an end with Britain’s departure from the EU.

However, there are three seemingly minor actions taken by Heath that have greatly benefited ordinary people. Firstly, he designated New Year’s Day as a public holiday in England and Wales. Secondly, he eliminated the burdensome rules regarding parking lights on cars at night, which had been a source of frustration for many individuals in small towns. Lastly, he abolished resale price maintenance.

These accomplishments stand as a testament to a man who, while not the most remarkable politician, embodied decency.

Michael Gorman
Guildford, Surrey


Blooming Beauties

I was taken aback to read about the scarcity of dog roses in East Sussex (Letters, July 3).

During my two car journeys from East Yorkshire to Essex in June, I couldn’t help but notice the abundance of wild roses adorning the entire route. They were blooming more magnificently than ever, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle.

Ann Lawson Lucas
Beverley, East Yorkshire


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