An angry letter
No apologies for the tone of this open post.
At the weekend our village hall was trashed by a party leaving us with a bill for a conservative estimate of 3k and a fake contact number.
This has upset an awful lot of people, myself included, and probably means we will have to refuse use of the hall for parties of people between the ages of 13 – 20. We just can’t take the risk any more of a minority of idiots creating havoc.
Considering that one of the reasons for investing in the hall as we did was to provide a facility for young people to use the fact that we now have to consider closing our doors to them is the most upsetting part of this.
Quite frankly I am pretty sick of this mindlessness – whether it’s trashing the hall, the kids who smashed the side of my wifes car for kicks or the drunken stupidity of a saturday night in any given town or city.
And don’t think I’ve got it in for the kids! I reserve the same contempt for whoever is dumping washing machines on the verges round our way and for the commuters turning Stoneleigh Road into a tip – sat in the traffic every morning staring at the piles of rubbish thrown out of cars is soul crushing.
There is a connection between our treatment of the environment around us, whether natural or built, and our treatment of each other. The constant demand for respect is only valid if you likewise respect the world, the people and the communities around you.
As for the hall, we have had to close it until repairs can be made. As such we have lost a valuable resource thanks to a few moments of idiocy. Whilst we may be able to claim some elements on insurance, I doubt the entirety of the work will be covered, so we in the village will end up paying for it one way or another.
I doubt the people who enjoyed their riotous saturday evenings entertainment will ever read this but I had to say it.