News in brief: Charity boss to leave

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VOLUNTARY Action Sheffield’s chief executive, Nick Warren, will be stepping down in May after 20 years.

During that time, the charity has greatly increased the scale and range of the services it provides to local voluntary and community organisations and opened a new building, the Circle, off Division Street.

Nick said: “I expect to be rejoining the ranks of volunteers, which was my entry point to a career in the voluntary sector when I became involved in local groups in my home city of Liverpool in the 1970s.”

Cemetery trust plea

THE board of trustees of the Sheffield General Cemetery, which is responsible for the management and development of the heritage site in Sharrow, is seeking new volunteer trustees following the death of company secretary Ian Roberts

There are also vacancies on its management committee, particularly for an architecture and planning expert. Volunteers are asked to call Mike Clarke on 268 3486.

Meanwhile there are plans to plant a tree in memory of Ian Roberts who was a longstanding member of the Friends of the General Cemetery, which preceded the trust, and was a trustee for six years.

Council loses appeal

SHEFFIELD City Council has been landed with a £2,300 bill after losing a public inquiry into a scheme to divide a house in Wilkinson Street, Broomhall.

After assessing issues such as the impact on neighbours and road safety, a Government planning inspector ruled that the council had acted unreasonably in refusing permission. Councillors had rejected the advice of their officers.

The council must now pay costs of £2,334 to the applicant.

Street party invitation

SHEFFIELD residents are being encouraged by the council to hold street parties to celebrate the royal wedding on April 29.

Pete Vickers, highway co-ordination manager, said: “Street parties are a great way to bring communities together and we would love our residents to take advantage and join in the celebrations to mark this special occasion.”

Applications should be made through an application form on www.sheffield.gov.uk/street party. This should be done as soon as possible because applications require at least two weeks to process.

City ‘Toddle Waddle’

SHEFFIELD Baby Club will be taking part in a Toddle Waddle in Sheffield city centre on Sunday, April 24 to help raise awareness of meningitis and funds for the

Meningitis Trust.

Gemma Smith has already raised money by running the London Marathon and she especially wants to help the trust after she lost her cousin to the virus 20 years ago.

The event will start from Costa Coffee in Division Street at 11am and will include a couple of laps of Devonshire Green. Contact 01453 769 030.

A pig of a chance

CHATSWORTH is offering a one-day beginners’ course on keeping pigs. The event, on April 5, will be run by farmyard manager Margaret Norris, who has 30 years’ experience – and whose latest brood was born to Betty the Gloucester Old Spot last week.

The hands-on day is suitable for over-16s and includes learning about different breeds, necessary housing and equipment, legislation, health issues and the abattoir.

Springing into Buxton

MORE than 60 stallholders be at a Spring Bonanza at Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens on Saturday and Sunday, April 2 and 3.