News In Brief: Who needs a car? Family go without

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A SHEFFIELD family who ‘road-tested’ a car-free trip around the Lake District have given the experience the thumbs up.

Catherine Ball, aged 32, from Beighton, her husband Jon, 35, and their daughters Sophie, three, and Jessica, one, won a competition to help promote sustainable travel - and used cruise boats, open-top buses and the railway to get around. “It was surprisingly easy,” said Catherine.

It’s Santa’s express

Bookings are being taken for Santa and Steam special trains which run throughout December on Peak Rail’s line between Matlock Riverside and Rowsley South. Call 01629 580381 or visit for details

Blooming lovely

The Barley Mow and Telmere Lodge pubs in Chesterfield have scooped top council awards for creating beautiful and appealing exteriors. The Barley Mow was praised for its excellent hanging baskets.

Thanks a million

SHEFFIELD folk are some of the most generous in the country when it comes to giving to charity, research by anti-poverty charity ActionAid found.