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Letters to the Editor - Kent Life

PUBLISHED: 18:48 04 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:18 20 February 2013

Kent Life readers on witchcraft, litter and a great lunch in the sun

Letters to the Editor Kent Life

Having been an avid competition enterer for years and with very little to show for it, I was delighted to receive your personal letter of congratulations containing the tickets to the Ideal Home Show.

Thank you so much to Kent Life for restoring my faith in entering competitions and for being our regions most enjoyable local magazine.

Attending the Ideal Home Show was very inspirational and together with reading Kent Lifes excellent home features, I will be making the most of the spring to redecorate and breathe some life into my 1950s-built bungalow.

Valerie Watts, Kingsdown, Deal

Please permit a brief response to the correspondence prompted by my letter about your witchcraft article (see Dec 2010 and Jan 2011).

I did not use the word Satanist in my letter. But I do notice that in the witchcraft article it states that British traditional Wicca was influenced bythe work of the occultist Aleister Crowley. Few would deny that the latter person was a Satanist.

The word I did use was Satanic. Satan deceives the whole world: Revelation 12:9. He deceives some to think that he does not exist; others, that Wicca has nothing to do with him. Be warned!

A careful reading of my letter will show that I was making two points about the treatment of witches mentioned in the article. First, that in Old Testament times God signalled His displeasure with witchcraft by requiring that they be killed. Second, that Gods attitude at the present time may be summed up in the words of the Lord Jesus about Himself: The Son of Man is not come to destroy mens lives, but to save them, Luke 9:56.

Gods displeasure with witchcraft continues, but the coming of Christ introduces a fresh dimension into His dealings with men. Far from suggesting we round them up and kill them, I was advocating the presentation of Gods saving gospel to them, which is why I referred to

Martin Hayward, Faversham

Great pic for the cover of the March issue I assume all the litter was picked up first? My wife, four sons and I live in Sarre and we often walk to Reculver and I can assure you that the beach from Minnis Bay to Reculver is awful its such a shame litter is a real problem all over the county.

Why dont you do a feature on KCC and ask Paul Carter why The Garden of England is in such a mess? All I ask is that the people in charge are made to see the state of this great county of ours, rather than pretend everywhere looks great when it doesnt. Please report it as it is, then maybe they might take notice! If this is the garden, Id hate to see the back yard.

Glenn Pugh, Sarre

Eds note: Many thanks Glenn, I am sure KCC and Visit Kent will both wish to comment.

The number of unemployed 18-24-year olds increased yet again this month, reaching a record high of 965,000. This growing crowd of jobless young people is now large enough to fill every football stadium in the Premier League, with almost 200,000 left queuing outside.

Despite the UK officially emerging from the recession more than a year ago, the number of young people in Kent trapped on benefits for more than 12 months has reached a 13-year high.

A new report published by The Princes Trust and Citi Foundation, Todays Young People; Tomorrows Economy, shows that helping these disadvantaged young people into work

or self-employment will not only transform young lives, it could boost the UK economy by millions.

The report found that in Kent alone, support provided by The Princes Trusts new Enterprise Programme could see disadvantaged young people add up to 360k to the local economy over a three-year period. On top of gaining their economic earnings, the public purse stands to save even more on job seeker handouts.

Local authorities, individual fundraisers and charitable organisations like The Princes Trust must work together to ensure more young people across the south east escape long-term unemployment and poverty for good. In doing so, our recovering economy stands to reap the rewards of their success.

Natalie Ross, Princes Trust, London

Thank you so much for a fabulous lunch, everyone had a ball what a treat! I nipped out at one point and all you could hear down the corridors of Boys Hall was laughter. You always manage to carry everything off in such wonderful style.

How do you do it, Kent Life?

Carol Lynch, Kent Community Foundation, Evegate

Thank you for your invitation to lunch. The weather set the scene, great location, good food, and a table full of conversation. Very interesting to catch up with Naomi from Furley Page, she worked for us as a student, her mother was our first secretary, and her grandmother still works in the vineyard!

Julian Barnes, Biddenden Vineyards, Biddenden

Thank you so much for including me in your Kent Life lunch. The event was really enjoyable and it was nice to put names to faces and Boys Court provided a wonderful setting. We look forward to working together more in the next year!

Gail Braithwaite, Jackson-Stops & Staff, Cranbrook

Thank you so much for at really fabulous lunch at Boys Hall what a great find! I felt very honoured to have been seated on top table, and it was great to catch up. I look forward to your involvement in the build up to this years County Show

George Jessel, Kent Showground, Detling

Eds note: This is just a fraction of the lovely emails and letters received after our recent Kent Life lunch at Boys Hall thank you all for sparing the time out of your busy schedules to join myself and the team on such a happy occasion, and of course to Tim Monckton for the impromptu birthday chorus!

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