NEWS IN BRIEF: Soprano honoured

DAME Josephine Barstow, one of the country’s most distinguished sopranos, who was born in Sheffield, is to be awarded an honorary degree by the University of Sheffield in July.

Also being honoured by the university are Prof Micheline Beaulieu, an information scientist, who was the first woman in the university’s history to be appointed as a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof Ed Hill, a Sheffield graduate who is now a distinguished oceanographer, and Sir Nigel Knowles, a Sheffield-born graduate, who has risen to the top of the legal profession and is currently joint chief executive officer of DLA Piper.

Sheepish rescue

MOUNTAIN rescuers were called in by a farm early on Sunday after three sheep became stranded on Millstone Edge near Hathersage.

“The three had bitten off more than they could chew when they descended on to a ledge to feed,” said a spokesman for Edale Mountain Rescue Team. “They were lowered safely to the ground and, whilst looking a bit sheepish, moved on to pastures new.” 

A more traditional call-out on the same day was to help a couple from Dorset on Kinder Scout who were setting out on the Pennine Way.

One of them had a possible back injury and was taken by RAF Sea King helicopter to the Northern General Hospital. The other was able to walk to Edale.

Mountain bike races

SHEFFIELD World Cup mountain bike champion Steve Peat is helping to organise racing in Greno Woods in Grenoside on Saturday in aid of an appeal to buy the woods and manage them for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Races start at 12.30pm, with proceeds going to the £1m Sheffield Wildlife Trust appeal, which is backed by local MP Angela Smith.

She said: “The recent public outcry that forced the Government to shelve its plans to sell off the nation’s publicly-owned forests showed how strongly people feel about these priceless assets.”

Rotary Club walk

THE Rotary Club of Sheffield Vulcan is organising its annual sponsored Wye Charity Walk on Saturday, May 14 in aid of St Luke’s Hospice.

Starting at Lady Manners School, Bakewell, it passes Haddon, Chatsworth and Ashford-in-the-Water, with a choice of 6.5 miles, 10.5 miles or 16.5 miles. Visit or call 2357556.