Stop moaning and help to make St Bernard’s church the best it can be

People are complaining about the closure and demolition of St Cecilia’s Church in Parson Cross.But where were you during the two years we were without a priest? Where were you when we got a priest and he joined our fight for our church?

Where were you when we lost our fight and had to come to terms with the knowledge that there was nothing we could do?

The trouble now is that we can not move on. It is like an open wound that can not heal because people who rarely darken the doors keep moaning about it when it is too late. Reports stated the church was closed because it needed a new roof. This was only part of the problem, it also needed a rewire and the building wanted re-pointing. It needed about £250.000 spending on it to make it safe. For more than a year, we had not used the main church, but the Lady Chapel downstairs because we could not heat upstairs and plaster was falling making it dangerous. We who have been there week in week out have cried tears about this but we have come to accept that we have to move on and put our energies into St Bernard’s.

So I say to the people that are busy complaining, let us move on in peace and continue to worship God in this parish in the only church we have left and let us make it the best church we can.

And why don’t you join us to improve what we have got?

Current Church Warden Amanda Hammond

My horror over Peaks shale gas discovery

I read with horror in the Telegraph of the 8th August that extensive reserves of shale gas have been discovered in the Peak District.

Although the article states that they are “expected to remain untouched”, I am not reassured. If the fracking companies think they can make a profit from these reserves there will be considerable pressure and lobbying for them to start drilling.

I and millions of others love the Peak District. It would be a tragedy if our glorious countryside were to be ruined for profit.

Until I read the article, I had absolutely no idea about this, so thanks to the Telegraph for drawing it to readers’ attention. Please keep us informed of further developments so that we Sheffielders and others who are lucky enough to live near this beautiful and amazing part of the country can request consultation before any future decisions are taken about drilling.

Name and address supplied

Beach criticism was just ‘an elitist rant’

How disappointing to read the letter relating to Sheffield’s beach event in the Peace Gardens.

To begin with the phrase “the least snobby person I know is me” and then to embark on such an elitist rant.

The Sheffield on Sea event has not been delivered with this persons particular circumstances in mind.

However I think that the popularity is testament to the fact that many embrace the family based fun that is available.

What a shame that an event that is of no cost at all to the city and council, and provides an alternative to families travelling away from Sheffield for their entertainment, cannot be embraced by all.

Julie Wilson

Sheffield

The hills are a lie - and we should get over it

Your correspondent in the Telegraph of July 25 missed - once again - the question about “Sheffield and the seven hills on which it had grown up.”

Quite recently however, Prof Melvyn Jones wrote to your journal explaining that Sheffield had, in fact, been built on one hill, not seven.

This hill is the city spur, which climbs from Lady’s Bridge to the High Street - Barker’s Pool area.

He pointed out in support of his explanation that Park Hill, for example, had been the Duke of Norfolk’s deer park and that Spital Hill had been the site of an isolation hospital.

Rome was built on seven hills; Sheffield was built on one.

Harold Taylor

Hoober Road

Sheffield

Wrath doth grow for foe over a stolen tree

In these times of financial stringency, the council and local communities are relying increasingly on Friends groups to maintain and develop our parks.

We are not helped in this when local residents choose to steal plants from these parks for their own gardens.

Recently I planted a Physocarpus ‘Lady in Red’ in the Sensory Garden in High Hazels Park. This cost the Friends group £21,a large amount by our standards.

Today, the plant had gone. No doubt this will give rise to the usual cliches about the local population,but this was no hooligan or vandal, but someone who considers it acceptable behaviour to rob others for their own selfish ends.

I decided to write to you because this is a very distinctive plant, and should stand out like a sore thumb in a Darnall garden.

It is about 18 inches tall, a dark red-leaved shrub.

Itis a recent introduction,and featured in the BBC coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show.

If any Darnall resident sees such a newly-planted shrub in a local garden, I would be grateful if they would contact Parks and Countryside on 0114 2500500.

Let’s put a stop to those who would spoil our parks for their own greed.

Paul Campbell, Chair, Friends of High Hazels Park.

Widdop Close

Don’t give your money to this crazy project

I see Sheffield Council and others are looking for a lot of donations from city people for the 30 metre Man Of Steel statue.

Let the council pay for it out of their funds. Sheffieldiers, please do not donate for this crazy product.

The council are only trying to compete with the rest of the north.

K Clayton

When will the service reductions stop?

It amazes me that Sheffield Council is cutting the opening times of Dump-it sites after a 50% increase on refuse collections (reduced to bi-weekly, instead of weekly collections, for the same cost.)

Yet there are all these multi-storey apartment blocks (flats to you and me) going up on the minutest of plots of land.

Added to this is factory and pub conversions into living accommodation, plus numerous hotels paying business rates all bringing in extra council tax.

Yet they still need more money and are still reducing services right left and centre. When will it stop?

C Proctor

S35