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Mediation for family break-up

Just for a change it was SANDY BROWN who took BRIAN HUGHES’ place today to explain why MEDIATION is so vital when it comes to family break ups especially in divorce cases involving children.

You can listen here to what Sandy told me this afternoon: –

Keeping loosely to a legal theme, we looked at the case of the Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir who seem to have fallen foul of some membership issues.

Reportedly the Chief Constable of Derbyshire feels that a Male Voice Choir associated with the police force, if it is to continue it’s police association, must allow women to join.

The Derbyshire Constabulary Male Voice Choir has been singing and helping raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity since 1956 but Chief Constable Peter Goodman now says that as the local police is an equal opportunities employer and committed to having an organisation where there are no enclaves where people from different backgrounds cannot go. that having a male voice choir representing the organisation is incompatible with this.

As a result from June the choir will be re-named as the Derbyshire Community Male Voice Choir and they will no longer be able to wear the police uniforms which will be replaced by new costumes “to create a more contemporary image”.

Chairman of the choir, Kevin Griffiths said that to attempt to recruit 50 new female members would have destroyed the choir and felt it was better to sever our association with the constabulary and continue the good work we do under a new name.

Well there you go!

See you again tomorrow,

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