Graves worth more than this

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Are the people of Sheffield aware of the fate that has befallen Wardsend Cemetery at Owlerton?

This is the resting place of many Sheffield folk and quite a few fallen soldiers. Through the years, graves have become overgrown through neglect, mainly due to its isolated location. In recent times, I have suspected that Parkwood landfill site was encroaching upon the graves.

I contacted the Friends of Wardsend Cemetery, but they received assurances that no encroachment had taken place. I decided to visit the site and was appalled to find my suspicions were well founded. A large area of the cemetery is now under mounds of rubble.

Surely the graves of our ancestors are worth more than simply a place to dump household and industrial waste. I would welcome any views of Sheffield city councillors on this matter.


Remember the flood survivors

This week is the first anniversary of the Pakistan floods that killed 1,700 people, destroyed nearly 2 million homes and affected 20 million people, roughly 85 percent of them women and children.

Women bear a particularly heavy load when disaster strikes. They are most likely responsible for children and least likely to have access to essential information and resources. They also serve as lynchpins when communities begin to rebuild.

I am a supporter of CARE International, who are in Pakistan. It recognises the role women play in an emergency, ensuring families are fed, sometimes giving up meals themselves. CARE eases their burden through food, shelter and social support.

Please remember the survivors of the floods, and think about supporting CARE and their important work around the world. See

Beverley Barber, Ecclesfield