October 24, 2014

European Union – should Britain pay £1.7Billion to prop up a failing institution…..

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:30 am by Aleksan

The EU has just shot itself in the head! With all its faults – bureaucracy and incompetence in particular, on balance being in the EU has so far made sense. But demanding £1.7 Billion from the UK because we are growing our economy and giving it to the “Economic Basket Case” which is France takes the biscuit. It might be legal, but it probably means UKIP will be massively more popular in the UK and we will sooner rather than later leave that failing institution, the European Union. This may not be logical but emotions are running high. I am not optimistic that a rational view is really possible, in England particularly, at this time. I look forward to a reasoned debate but it could well be too late….

October 22, 2014

The British Government is planning to give £55 to Family Doctors when they make a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:39 am by Aleksan

The British Government is planning to give £55 to Family Doctors when they make a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease. This is not only disrespectful to the medical profession but to their patients also. As a both a patient and a doctor myself I find it demeaning that the medical profession is assumed to be motivated by money rather than good practice. This idea will also lead to distrust in the doctor patient relationship – do we really want to feel that our doctor is eying us up to see if he or she might make a quick buck? Dementia research is grossly underfunded – it would make more sense to pay the £55 to the Alzheimer’s Disease Society than into the pockets of some of the best paid people in the community.

October 13, 2014

Choral Evensong at St Mary’s Church, Longstock – an appreciation

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:51 am by Aleksan

Well, the Service was truly glorious yesterday! Thanks to Dick James for making a lovely idea come true, for putting a choir together and producing such beautiful music. Thanks also to the Vicar, Jonathan Watkins for delivering such a memorable and sincere Service of celebration and remembrance in an old tradition from the 1662 prayer book. A special “thank you” for Dawn Williams, Organist, playing with talent on a powerful organ hired for the occasion with very little practice, and to the Choir from all over the country who gave their talents freely and sang beautifully. It was great to see so many friends and neighbours at the Service and for the members of the James and Burnfield family to meet again. Alleluia!

October 12, 2014

Choral Evensong

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:48 am by Aleksan



Tonight there is a special Choral Evensong at St Mary’s Church, Longstock at 6pm in memory of the Reverend J L Beaumont James and his wife Dorothy, together with Alexander (Alister) Burnfield and his wife Joan, all of whom gave valuable service to this Parish from 1941 – 1952 and beyond. A voluntary choir has given their time and talents freely for this occasion. Director Richard James, Organist Dawn Williams. The service will be conducted by the Vicar The Reverend Jonathan Watkins. All welcome – refreshments will be served in the Church afterwards.Graves x2