Peter Howarth refers to local support for Basque children in Shipley in 1937, including in a letter to a local newspaper (Letters, 14 July). I write on behalf of my mother Ruth Hill, aged 94, whose own mother, Constance Hill, wrote that letter. She went on to become a town councillor representing Shipley, and welcomed some of the Basque children into her own home. My mother clearly recalls this time – how they sat together eating boiled eggs, and how the children enjoyed playing with her doll.
• Congratulations to Lois Toulson and Andrea Spendolini-Sirieix on winning their historic silver diving medal at the World Championships (Toulson and Spendolini-Sirieix win landmark world championships silver, 16 July). And apologies that it was considered necessary to include a reference to the TV-famous father of one of them. Women still being defined by their male relatives, I see.
• Does Kemi Badenoch understand that home is not a safe place for all young people (Teachers in England will have to tell parents if children question their gender, 17 July)?
• Re the University Challenge revamp (TV review, 17 July), while going to the expense of building a new set, could the producers not also have moved it to a larger studio, negating the need for one team to sit on top of the other?
Elland, West Yorkshire
• Surely the film critic Derek Malcolm’s fascinating, fabulous and occasionally far-fetched life warrants a film (Obituary, 17 July).