I’VE got a better idea Ron - (Make noise for Brexit – Dorset Echo Letters January 29). A deafening silence to greet the dreaded day!

16 million rejected Brexit on December 12, against the 13 million who voted ‘to get Brexit done’ and they can drown out the noisy cacophony of the collective stupidity of all those who hate Europe, with a combination of simmering silence and medieval dirges.

Empty vessels make the most sound.

Anyone who thinks the argument is over is extremely naïve. There is a growing Rejoin campaign and I’m confident that there will be another day when, backed by a newly enlightened generation, those of us left with air in our lungs will sing 'Ode to Joy' to accompany Big Ben’s chimes as Britain hitches its destiny to the European Union once again.

Richard Denton-White

Mill Lane


Company of older folks

IT IS widely accepted that we have an epidemic of loneliness, not just among older people, but younger people too. But our research shows a chink of light.

Almost half of 22-35 year-olds we polled spend time with someone aged 65+ who they are not related to – like a neighbour or friend – every week, and turn to them for advice.

It’s heartening to know millennials value the company of older people. With a lifetime of experience, older people have a wealth of knowledge that we can all benefit from.

The people in our care homes, retirement living and community support services across Britain have shared their life lessons as part of our Words of Wisdom campaign (mha.org.uk/WoW), encouraging people to value the wisdom gained with age.

We’re calling on people to reach out to older people and ask for their life lessons. Even small acts like having a chat and a cup of tea with an older neighbour, can have a huge impact on strengthening bonds and bringing people together.

Sam Monaghan

Chief executive of older person’s charity Methodist Homes (MHA)

Stuart Street


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