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Stephen Grove (Letters, 12 November) says Laurence Binyon uses the word “contemn” in For the Fallen. I have inherited a 1939 edition of the Oxford Book of English Verse. Edited by Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, it contains the poem, complete with the line “Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.” I also have a later edition. Same poem, same line. I’ll stick with “condemn”. Anyway, why would the years “contemn” anyone?
Danny Tanzey
Thornton-Cleveleys, Lancashire

• Chard may be better known for smiley-faced vacuum cleaners nowadays, but in the town of her birth Margaret Bondfield is still celebrated by an exhibit in our local museum, a street named after her and a blue plaque (Letters, 12 November). I have lived in Chard all my life and she has always been known to me as the first female cabinet minister. Bondfield’s father was a political activist and was involved with the Chard Lace Riots when the military were called out. Chard could have followed Peterloo (a decade earlier) into the history books.
Dr Peter Glanvill
Chard, Somerset

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