News in Brief:

Referee on the run

ROTHERHAM-born World Cup referee Howard Webb will be among celebrities taking part in the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield on October 9, raising money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

He made his debut in the 10k race last year. His three children will joining the mini and junior runs on the same day.

Other celebrities lining up include Emmerdale actors Chris Chittell, who plays Eric Pollard, and Nicola Wheeler, who plays Nicola King, and actor Dean Andrews, who plays DS Ray Carling in Life on Mars.

Statue’s progress

WORK is due to start this autumn on selecting an artist to work on a proposed statue in Sheffield city centre in recognition of the sacrifices of the Women of Steel, who worked in local munitions factories during the Second World War, councillors were told. A plaque is due to be unveiled in October or November.

Homes appeal success

THE Government has overturned a council decision and given the go-ahead for a three-storey extension to a house in Duncombe Street, Walkley, to create two apartments. Councillors said the development would be too cramped but a Government planning inspector allowed an appeal.

Sports club’s licence

HANDSWORTH Junior Sporting Club in Olivers Mount, Darnall, has been granted an alcohol licence, despite objections from nearby residents about noise and traffic. A small bar is part of the club’s strategy to improve facilities. Councillors approved the licence application on condition customers use plastic glasses when drinking outside.

Golf day for charity

JOHN Fairest Funeral Directors, of Wadsley Bridge, teamed up with staff at Grenoside Crematorium for a charity golf day at Hillsborough Golf Club in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Steve Willis, manager at John Fairest, said: “We wanted to raise money for a worthy cause and we have worked closely with the local nurses in the past so we are delighted to hand over £800 to the local fundraisers.”

Head in railings

FIREFIGHTERS were called to release a homeless man who got his head trapped in railings in Sheffield city centre after falling asleep. When fire crews arrived, he had already managed to free himself.

Blood pressure checks

WICKER Pharmacy in Sheffield is offering free blood pressure checks until Sunday as part of a national campaign to guard against cardiovascular illness, which includes strokes and heart disease.

It is part of All About Health pharmacies and pharmacist Ajit Malhi said: “It is estimated that one in three middle-aged adults have high blood pressure and are at danger of having a possibly fatal stroke, developing coronary heart disease or suffering kidney problems.”

Chaplain appointed

SISTER Louise Alison Yaull, chaplain at Greystones Medical Centre, has been appointed chaplain at the Wilson Carlile Centre, the home of the Church Army, off Glossop Road.