Discussion at The Park

The Park Tavern

The Bollington Brewing Company


NOISE POLLUTION does it affect us in a adverse way?

Does noise pollution affect our well-being and foreshorten our lives? Perhaps this discussion on pervasive noise reveals more about me, and my sensitive to it. But as I am writing these notes at 9.15am on a warm June Saturday morning, already outside in the back garden where I live there’s a young family trilling happily to one another with their caring father cheerfully supervising them. Unfortunately, for me his voice is penetratingly loud and is very distracting. Nevertheless, I pick up my things and go to the front garden.

Once settled here I begin again with my notes. I can cope with the odd car driving by and plane flying over. But my peace is shattered – A neighbour only yards away has her regular Saturday morning professional gardener. He sets off with his heavy-duty power tools and chainsaws through her beech hedge for starters, followed by a hovering after the lawn has been mowed. I give up sitting outside because all the rest of the small gardens have stirred in to action so for most of the day there is a background of various whines! I wonder too, how do the birds’ mating songs manage.

Nowadays it seems to be impossible to sit peacefully to think, read or write, as I found, write. My questions are:-

1. Do people in noisier environs suffer a shorter life than the people who are immensely wealthy who can afford to influence noise levels in their large houses in private estates?

(Since writing these notes I found an article, which I have scanned from the FT newspaper w/e 29/6/19 to 30/6/19 that is attached to these notes. This mentions some of the ailments that noise is known to cause.) Click here to download.

2. Could we be happier in a quieter world now that we are use to having continuous noise around us?

3. Are we unknowingly ‘happy noisy people ourselves’ (like my example of the father above) and irritate others. I, for one, in my time has been told to shush – Would you judge yourself as being a quiet or loud person?

4. After a visit to Norway I noticed how their people spoke softly compared to us Brits. And, since, I noticed that affluent/intelligent people are nearly always described as softly spoken. Can we make harsh judgements on voices? For example being loud : Americans are denigrated for being brash and loud. And yet in the 2nd World War commandos were judged as being good leaders with strong voices signifying confidence and power. What do you prefer loud or soft voices?

5. For a light-hearted finish : have you any quotes, old sayings, etc, in relation to the above?

Please arrive early to allow for a prompt start at 7:30pm.

The idea goes back to Socrates – asking big questions, discussing them with others and learning together in an informal way. The discussions are open to anyone from aged 16yrs onwards.

No prior knowledge required. Free of charge. Please arrive early to allow for a prompt start at 7:30pm.

Discussion at The Park – Macclesfield’s place where moral dilemmas, philosophical ideas and the real world meet for a discussion over a snack and a drink. The group is supported by an education charity – The Raymond Williams Foundation


Wednesday 10 July 2019 7:30pm


The Park Tavern