No balls on the tennis courts

I have this week learnt about the most ridiculous behaviour of the county council and our schools. Firstly, there was at Glendale an upset thanks to asbestos

We spent lots of money in the 70s tearing out the asbestos when it was first indicated that there was a problem. This was supposed to be done in all of the children’s homes and the schools, so why on earth was there a hiccup at Wooler when some builder said that there might be a problem in the roof?

Now Glendale has been told stupid things with regards to health and safety about balls not being allowed on the tennis courts during breaktime, as a child might get hit by one.

Also they need to have one qualified person for every six kids to allow children to go on outdoor activities. Well I can tell county that this is not true. When I was chairman, the Alpine Club of Great Britain was concerned about youngsters in the hills, as indeed was Sir John Hunt, in setting up the Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme.

My husband Ted Wrangham and the county advisor in our education department were involved in setting up the BMC (British Mountineering Council). George Slee, the leader in outdoor activities, was the first chairman of the northern region of the BMC, while my husband was the first representative for the Alpine Club on that body, as well as being the local who saw to the Duke’s award in the northern region. There is only the need for one person taking the children out to have the certificate, but there should be some other teachers there as well. It’s sad to think that at a time when we are so concerned with the weight of our young, a few stupid individuals want to keep them in front of the television screen instead of outdoors.

Anne Wrangham

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