News in Brief:

Friends in the garden

FRIENDS of the Botanical Gardens visited an award-winning garden in Endcliffe Vale Avenue designed by Hallam Garden Design.

The scheme includes the conversion of an old steel firm boardroom under the house to a garden room looking out on to a pond. Southwood owners John and Margaret Platt donated £150 proceeds to the maintenance of the gardens at Ashgate Hospice in Chesterfield, which were also designed by the Fulwood company.

Children’s centre boost

PARENTS supporting the Primrose Children’s Centre on the Langsett estate in Lower Walkley have created a sensory garden for the children, which will be officially opened by the Lord Mayor on September 16. They have been working voluntarily to run toddler groups and to improve the centre against a background of budgetary restraints facing the centre.

Church silver stolen

DERBYSHIRE police are investigating the theft of 15 items of silverware from a safe at St Peter’s Church, Hope. Dating from 1662 and including two silver chalices and a 17th-century pewter collection plate, the pieces were stolen between Saturday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 27.

Recreation ceremony

BURNGREAVE recreation ground will be formally reopened on Saturday at 2pm after a major refurbishment – the 21st site in Sheffield to be improved as part of the council’s Play Project and the Let’s Change 4 Life programme.

Changes were made after consultation with the community, schoolchildren and the local nursery.

Fair sum raised

A SUMMER fair organised by parents of pupils at Mosborough Primary School raised £3,800. Opticians Specsavers at Crystal Peaks gave £200 to hire two bouncy castles and a bouncy slide.