Trustees sought for Croft House Settlement

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Croft House Settlement is an inner-city youth and community centre situated in the West Bar/Broad Lane area of Sheffield and has been serving the community of Sheffield continuously since its establishment in 1902.

Based in a former Methodist chapel building on Garden Street, the centre provides accommodation, facilities and services, enabling a wide range of voluntary and community organisations to carry out their activities. Currently we host groups for various types of dance instruction including ballroom, mambo, Bollywood and belly-dancing; music in the form of a concert band and a youth music ensemble; martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do and Capoeira; and community services, eg Gamblers Anonymous. We also provide occasional lettings for theatre company rehearsals, industrial training, cheerleading, ceilidhs, festivals and University societies.

Croft House is a well-known name in the City of Sheffield, having provided these services for so long and many thousands of citizens have passed through our doors. We are a registered charity, receiving all our income from user rentals and charitable donations. The administration of the premises is looked after by a voluntary Council of Management (Board of Trustees) and a part-time centre manager.

We are seeking to expand the membership of our trustee body from local, community-minded people who can spare just a few hours each year to ensure that the centre continues to provide the services that are so vital to our user groups. The Council meets just four times each year - usually for a maximum of two hours - to receive reports from the manager and to monitor accounts prepared by our Honorary Treasurer.

If you feel that you could offer this small amount of time to assist this well-established and respected community centre, please contact the centre manager, Roger C Steele, by telephone on 0114 249 1460 or email at: rcs@crofthouse.org.uk. You may also like to visit out website at: www.crofthouse.org.uk where you will find more details of our premises and the activities we host.

Roger C Steele MBE

Centre Manager

Croft House Settlement

Youth and Community Centre

Garden Street

Sheffield

S1 4BJ

Where are these seven Sheffield hills then?

It’s often said that Sheffield is like Rome in having seven hills.

If that is the case, has it never been agreed where these actually are?

The most obvious candidates, I suppose, are:

1. Manor Top

2. Wincobank Hill

3. Parkwood/Shirecliffe

4. Crookes/Crosspool

5. High Storrs

6. Meadowhead/Norton

Not too sure about the seventh one. Is it, perhaps, the case that the escarpment loosely known as “Brincliffe Edge” with its highest point close to Baldwins Omega, is a distinct hill, separate from the one that leads up to High Storrs?

If not, then what are the other possibilities? Stannington? Fox Hill?

Can anyone elaborate on this?

N P Johnson

The ‘divide’ should be judged on economics

Danny Dorling’s remarks concerning a north/south dividing line (June 20) deserved better than the two replies you published (Letters June 27).

Roger Maleham clearly believes in magical thinking.

According to him ‘the reason Sheffield struggles to attract private employers and jobs’ is not to be found in the complexities of politics, economics and history but in the power of a good whinge. I wish my own animadversions on the policies of the present government could attain such potency.Steve Davis, on the other hand, seems to have been misled by Professor Dorling’s use of the phrase ‘culture shock’. As Professor Dorling makes clear, the dividing line he’s referring to is primarily an economic one.

I’m sure he’d agree with Mr Davis that Sheffield has a great deal to offer culturally.

But although we have excellent theatre and one of the best chamber music groups in Europe, as well as Madame Zucchini and other legends in their field, none of these artistic jewels has any impact on the exponential growth of foodbanks and payday loans.

The north/south economic division stands or falls on the research underpinning it.

If there’s anyone out there in possession of statistics showing that, despite appearances and Professor Dorling’s best efforts, the north of England is in a similar state of economic health to the south-east of the country, now is the time to enlighten us.

Kevin Hanson

Walkley, S6

Don’t blame Howard for our ‘lagging behind’

You may not agree with Howard Greaves, but to say that the work he and other conservationists have done over the years is the reason Sheffield lags behind Leeds and Manchester is disingenuous. Both those cities have managed to keep considerably more of their old buildings than we have, integrating the well-designed modern stylish buildings that both possess smoothly into their centres, and that’s part of their attraction. You only need to look at their thriving corn exchanges, now wonderfully restored and filled with retail shops, and the shopping arcades in Leeds to realise that ‘old’ doesn’t mean ‘past it’.

Look no further than the councils to find out who is responsible for making or breaking a city.

Chris Hamilton

S7