NEWS IN BRIEF: Peaks funeral for former editor

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A FORMER Star journalist who went on to edit the News of the World is to be laid to rest at a village church near to where he grew up.

Barry Askew, who died last week aged 75, was educated at Lady Manners School, Bakewell, and became editor of The Matlock Mercury at the age of 25.

He worked for The Star, the Sheffield Telegraph, and the Sheffield Morning Telegraph before pursuing his career in London.

His funeral will take place at 1pm next Monday, April 30, at Holy Trinity Church, Ashford-in-the-Water.

A PRIMARY school has joined forces with a community choir and town band for a fundraising concert. Silkstone Primary School’s choir will perform alongside Kingstone Community Choir and Barnsley Town Concert Band at Silkstone All Saints Church, High Street, tomorrow at 7pm. Entry is £4 and £3 on the door.

CHAPELTOWN and Ecclesfield Townwomen’s Guild holds meetings on the first and second Tuesdays of each month at Chapeltown Methodist Church at 2pm. The speaker next week will talk about local history, photography, walking and railways. New members always welcome - call 0114 245 8837.

a CREATIVE collective of 20 Sheffield artists host their first free exhibition this Saturday. Knife and Folk’s event at Archipelago Works gallery on Sidney Street will raise awareness of Amnesty International. Music, stalls, a raffle and food are on offer from 3pm.

WRITERS can polish up their skills at the Cupola gallery in Hillsborough on May 1, 3 and 8 from 7pm. The three-session course in creative writing is for anyone aged 16 or above ‘to ignite or refine their creative writing skills or urges’. Cost £15. Call 0114 285 2665.

A PUBLIC meeting will be held in Chesterfield next month to discuss how to tackle the growing North-South divide which means unemployment and household poverty are significantly higher in the north.