Sheppard's Watch: The day of the community postman is over
YOU have to feel sorry for the postmen and women who seem to have ridiculous time schedules to adhere to.
Four deliveries per minute.
That must be near impossible unless you have a row of terraced houses all fronting the street with letterboxes which behave themselves.
Years ago I delivered leaflets and it was a huge task, not helped by letterboxes at different levels, some trapping your fingers, others with dogs to contend with or long garden paths and gates with difficult catches.
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The postie used to be a community person who would stop and chat and for some people may be the only person they see all day.
Now it's a quick sprint to the letterbox, pop the post through and a dash to the next house.
All this on top of the fear of redundancies. No wonder morale is low.
I SEE people are running Gloucester down again.
We all know there are some grotty spots in the city but we also know there are some good ones too.
Tourists love the Cathedral and the Docks and all the history Gloucester has to offer, but many remain in the dark about the hidden gems of the city.
And let's not even talk about King's Square.
That could be the centrepiece of our city and surely it cannot be that difficult to make it a nice place to be.
It's great too that some of the big name shops are coming to The Quays but we do not want to lose our city centre as a result.
I WENT to the annual Forest Faddle last weekend. It was its 10th anniversary.
It's a fantastic night out showcasing some of the many talented people of the forest and beyond.
It aims to keep the history and dialect of the forest alive. It's wonderful to live in a place like the Forest of Dean where people are proud of their history, heritage and language.
I know it takes a lot of hard work to stage an event like this but it is well worth it – let's keep the uniqueness of the Forest of Dean for the present and future as well as the past.