OUR LAST CHANCE – PLEASE WRITE A LETTER TODAY

Just a reminder that we have only 2 more days to get our letters written to Jeremy Patterson objecting to PCC’s proposal to close John Beddoes and make Newtown High School the “receiving school”. If you wrote as part of the consultation process, please print out your letter again and send it to Mr Patterson – the letters sent during the consultation period won’t count as objections unless you re-address them and send them again.

Please send your letter to:

Jeremy Patterson, Chief Executive, Powys County Council,
County Hall, Llandrindod Wells,  LD1 5LG
(by post, not email) your letters need to reach him by 19th July
So while this weather lasts, why not take your pen and paper out into the garden, along with a cool glass of something, and write your letter! Please find a list of relevant points here. You don’t even need a stamp – a group of us are going to hand our letters in at County Hall next week, so if you sign your letter and put it through one of our doors (email friendsjbs@gmail.com to find out who your nearest person is), you’ll have done your bit.

Thank you so much – after 19th July we get the rest of the summer off because Welsh Government are away till the Autumn. So please do this one last thing before then!

A REQUEST – PLEASE WRITE A LETTER

The latest news is that Powys County Council are ploughing ahead with their idea of closing John Beddoes School and putting it under the control of Newtown High School, 30 miles away over hilly country roads. But they can still be made to think again.

Now the request- please write a letter, telling them they have got this wrong, and that John Beddoes School can be a going concern in its own right. The head of Newtown High School, who’s currently helping John Beddoes, recently went on the record as saying that it will not take long to turn the school around, as it has so many excellent features. If you felt like mentioning the rushed, hasty, undemocratic “consultation” undertaken by Powys County Council, in which they didn’t bother to talk to the pupils’ School Council, and in which they didn’t consider any options other than the takeover, and the fact that nowhere in the world is there a school run by a single head teacher over 2 sites 30 miles apart, that would be fine!

We aren’t asking you to send us money – but we are asking if you could print out your letter and post it. We’ve not asked for any funds from our supporters, because this is not a financial issue, it’s an issue of democracy. But if you could find 50p to buy a stamp, and put your letter in an envelope, it would make all the difference.

Please address your letter to:

Jeremy Patterson

Chief Executive

Powys County Council

County Hall

Llandrindod Wells

Powys

LD1 5LG

If you’re looking for inspiration for relevant points to make in your letter, or for any further information, there is plenty on our website:  https://friendsofjohnbeddoesschool.wordpress.com/protest-letters/

 Letters need to arrive by 19th July 2013 at the latest.

Once again, thank you so much. Our local community, in one of the poorest rural areas of the UK, really needs and values your support.

Friends of John Beddoes School

FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS – PLEASE GET WRITING YOUR OBJECTION LETTER BY 19TH JULY!

Powys County Council have now posted closure notices at John Beddoes School and in the local press, giving one month for people to register any objections.  If any objections are received, the issue will be passed to the Welsh Assembly Education Minister for the final decision – but if no objections are received, Powys will be able to go straight ahead with their closure and takeover plans.  Please write to Mr Jeremy Patterson, Chief Executive  – your letters need to reach him by 19th July.
If you wrote as part of the consultation process, please print out your letter again and send it to Mr Patterson – the letters sent during the consultation period won’t count as objections unless you re-address them and send them again.
Please send your letter to:

Jeremy Patterson, Chief Executive, Powys County Council, County Hall, Llandrindod Wells,  LD1 5LG
(by post, not email) your letters need to reach him by 19th July

SAVE JOHN BEDDOES: THE TUG OF WAR ON YOUTUBE

Watch Friday’s Tug of War here on Youtube

On Friday 31st May, the Friends of John Beddoes School handed a petition of 1500 signatures to County Councillor Myfanwy Alexander, Portfolio Holder for Education at Powys County Council. The petition urged the County Council to consider the 3rd Option.

 The Friends staged a very good-humoured “tug of war” tableau, demonstrating the particular problems associated with closing a school so close to the English border. Here’s the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-22726765

 County Councillor Alexander was given the petition by two children, one a John Beddoes pupil and the other Presteigne Primary School pupil. On receipt of the petition, (which has seen names collected from around the County, UK and even abroad) one of the youngsters requested that John Beddoes was allowed to stand on its own two feet. County Councillor Alexander replied, “Well I’m afraid if you look at the condition of John Beddoes its young people like you who’ve been suffering and that’s why we don’t feel that there’s any other way forward.”

 This surprising statement was made while Powys County Council’s public consultation still had over two days to run.

 The Friends sincerely hope that the County Councillors will not ignore the voice of the electorate and local democracy in action and support the 3rd Option.