A talk by Sara Rooney
Monday 15th January, 8.00pm, Knowle Village Hall
In a preface to Martin Chuzzlewit, written in November 1849, Charles Dickens wrote: “In all my writings, I hope I have taken every available opportunity to showing the want of sanitary improvements in the neglected dwellings of the poor”.
This was particularly the case when in 1853, in Bleak House, he wrote of “deadly stains contaminating [a character’s] dress” and “dungeon lights burning, as the lamp of life hums ….. heavily, heavily, in the nauseous air, and winking . . . at many horrible things.”
Here was a public voice of the pressures that drove the emergence of public health professionals, alongside sanitation engineers, in the mid-1800s in a quest to eradicate cholera and other infectious diseases.
Today, at a time when our health system is creaking badly, the role of public health professionals has changed – but remains that of tackling widespread threats to health in order to reduce the pressures on medical resources and keep people healthier and happier. But what are these 21st century perils? How are they being addressed? And could we, as citizens, help in any way?
Come and explore this modern equivalent of a Dickensian scourge at our January Speaker Meeting. All welcome.
DON’T FORGET THE BOXING DAY WALK
ALL WELCOME, BRING YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY & NEIGHBOURS
PANICKING OVER MAKING THE LAST POSTAL COLLECTION?
Many post boxes outside the village centre have latest weekday collections at or around 09.00. There are a few that have later collection times (usually 16.00) and these are the boxes at the junction of Tilehouse Green Lane and Longdon Road, the junction of Station Road and Barcheston Road, the end of Lady Byron Lane near the Warwick Road and now also the box in Wychwood Avenue which will enable residents in Langfield Road, Arden Vale Road and adjoining roads to benefit from a later collection without having to visit (and park in) the village centre.
LATEST POSTING DATES FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR :-
|Fri 22 Dec||Special Delivery Guaranteed Saturday Delivery|
|Thur 21 Dec||Special Delivery Guaranteed|
|Thur 21 Dec||1st Class and 1st Class Signed For|
|Wed 20 Dec||2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For|