News in brief: It’s good to talk

CELEBRITIES have backed the city council’s campaign to get families talking more to their children.

Former Blue Peter presenter Katy Hill and Newsround reader Ellie Crisell have given their support to ESCAL (Every Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate), a campaign for all children to read and speak well by the time they are 11.

ESCAL is staging a free event at Meadowhall today (Thursday) when musician Anna Wright will run singing sessions from 11am-noon.

Kate book signing

CAMPAIGNER Kate Allatt, who won the recent national Extraordinary Woman award, will be signing copies of her book, Running Free, next week.

Kate, 40, founded her own charity after fighting back from a stroke last year. She will be at WH Smith, Meadowhall, on Thursday (June 9), 1-3pm; and Tesco, Abbeydale Road, on Saturday (June 11), 9.30am-noon. She will be at Waterstones, Meadowhall, from 10am-noon on Saturday, July 9.

Top spot for Mandy

ELECTRICIAN Mandy Reynolds has been named as the best local trader in the region by website Which? Local.

Sheffield-based Mandy, who has been running Mand Made since 2006, gained glowing five-star reviews from her customers and was praised for her efficiency and for providing an excellent and reliable service. She now joins seven other regional finalists for Which? Local Business of the Year.

Cathedral prayers

SHEFFIELD Cathedral will be joining other churches throughout the region from today in ten days of prayer between the festivals of Ascension and Pentecost.

Prayers will be led from the cathedral pulpit each day at noon, focusing on relevant themes and including the Lord’s Prayer.