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Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

I read with interest the item “Action against anti-social driver”, Citizen, October 14.

When will powers-that-be (including Cambs Police) who give idiots of the road and other miscreants bits of paper for their misdeeds realise the perpetrator(s) simply laugh and carry on as they were?

If PC Hagger thinks the issue of a so-called Community Protection Notice “... sends out a strong message ...”, then she had better come into the real world.

In my view, those who continually abuse the road system should have their car taken away and crushed and their licence torn into little pieces!

The other day, I was tailgated through Chatteris High Street, with the numpty behind me following at a distance I would estimate of between two and four feet. Applying my brakes had the reverse effect to what I’d hoped, to the point where I could no longer see the road below my rear window.

No silly bits of paper or “strong messages” will have the desired effect on this nutcase; the only answer is to take his toy – i.e. his car – away from him so that he can only tailgate other road users on foot.

A “strong message” to the police and the do-gooder brigade – stop messing around and start being less tolerant – the alternative doesn’t work.

Terry Schooling,

(address supplied).

junction action plea

Road at fault?

I read the plea for a roundabout to be placed at the Broadend Road Junction of the A47 at Walsoken (Citizen, October 14), following numerous crashes over the last 14 years.

Isn’t it strange, that when there are NO vehicles in the vicinity, there are NO crashes. Not accidents? Accidents happen, while crashes are caused.

MP Liz Truss will be writing to the Transport Minister, WHEN she could so easily speak to them when next in the House.

I have no wish to offend anyone who has lost a Loved One through a crash there, but it is only humans that cause crashes, for whatever reason, so the blame should not be put on the roads.

If drivers used roads properly in the first place, there would be NO crashes, or fatalities. To this day, I drive how I was taught and by a wonderful instructor, sadly no longer with us, due to suffering a massive heart attack years ago.

This man said to me, and I will never forget: “Drive the way I have taught you and you should remain accident-free for the rest of your life.” I have kept to this, and can honestly say the very small number of crashes that I have been involved in were NOT in any way my fault.

Driving as I do and seven days a week, I get to see some totally horrendous driving – whether speeding, overtaking or, my pet hate, tailgating.

Far too many drivers want/need to arrive at Point B before leaving point A. Yes, I have been caught speeding, but that was abroad many years ago, paying the fine on the spot and entirely my own fault.

We cannot blame other drivers for our own actions, so obey the law, read the roads and drive accordingly, as it could so easily be a member of your family wiped out by some impatient driver. THINK before acting!

Brian Baylis,


family history societies

An ideal area

I am interested in reports about local family history societies.

The Fens is an ideal area – involving the movement and settlement of Huguenot and Flemish refugees in the drainage era.

It had its characters, too. My 11th-removed great grandfather, David Culy, lived at Guyhirn in the 17th century. He was one of a family of persecuted refugees orginating from Brussels.

Culy founded a religious sect with a membership of 900 scattered around the Isle of Ely, West Norfolk, Huntingdonshire and Lincolnshire. He was known as the Bishop of Guyhirn and had connections with Rothwell, Northants.

Culy habitually riled the Bishop of Ely who caused him to appear at Wisbech Assizes, but he was acquitted.

The bishop then covertly arranged for Culy to travel to King’s Lynn on the pretext of setting up a Culymite church. A press gang awaited his arrival, seized him and put him on a ship bound for Bruges.

Culy had a secret weapon! He had written 60 hymns and sang them with gusto!

The hardened sailors could stand no more of him and implored the captain to put him ashore at Yarmouth.

For a short time David Culy was a member of Christ Church, March. He founded a church at Billinghay, Lincs, and died there in 1725.

The Culymite sect lingered on at Walsoken and died out in about 1825.

For 300 years Culy was quoted as a famous dissenter of his time.

Trevor Bevis,


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