Thirty years have passed since the crumbling Noncomformist Chapel in Sharrow graveyard closed.
But a conservation group has proved it is never too late to breathe new life into something worth saving. The Grade II listed building had fallen into disrepair despite the fact it is steeped in history and considered one of the finest architectural gems in the country. This sad situation is finally set to be changed when the chapel is turned into a community arts venue with major grant cash. What a fantastic venue this could be for art exhibitions, music performances and other events. There must be many historic buildings in Sheffield which could be transformed and preserved. Let’s hope this success inspires others to make a difference.
Survivors are too few
Julian Materna fought bone cancer in an admirable fashion, says his widow Trudi today. Instead of wanting to be seen as brave, he saw the disease as something to be dealt with, and the gruelling treatment as a necessary hurdle to be cleared. But Julian’s disease proved too stubborn to be beaten entirely, and he died aged 46. The Bone Cancer Awareness Trust is calling for earlier diagnoses, saying many symptoms are mistakenly put down to sporting injuries, losing precious time. The survival rate - currently 54 per cent - has not budged in 25 years. We fully support the trust’s stance. Though doctors often face an unenviable task, misdiagnosis is frustrating, and more could live on if the signs of bone cancer are spotted sooner.
A smile makes all the difference. Just ask the winner of The Star’s Sheffield Smile award, Das Batty. Her sparkling greeting is the perfect welcome for guests at the city’s Copthorne Hotel - and long may her friendly hospitality continue.