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The general Barnsley news section covers some of the breaking stories from around the borough


Commendation for Barnsley housing scheme

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An older people’s housing scheme in Barnsley has been commended in the Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC) Awards 2017. Churchfields Close is one of 79 Schemes to receive this award out of the almost 25,000 retirement housing schemes or developments nationwide. The awards, now in their 7th year, celebrate the best specialist housing for older people,… Read more »


MP backs fund-raising plea for Junior Olympics star

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Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, is backing local youngster Alex Oldale in his battle to raise the funds he needs to represent Great Britain in the Junior Olympics. Kirk Balk Community College pupil Alex, aged 12, from Hoyland, has been selected to represent GB at Inline Hockey in Los Angeles in July. But net minder… Read more »


Mapplewell entrepreneur launches Japanese alcohol e-commerce site

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A website stocking the UK’s largest range of Japanese sake has been launched by a Barnsley entrepreneur. Stuart Turner, who runs SushiSushi, launched a new e-commerce site, the SakeStore.co.uk, this week with the range of sake – a Japanese alcoholic drink made of fermented rice. SushiSushi sells over 200 kinds of sake via SakeStore.co.uk for… Read more »


MP demands tough action on ‘rip-off’ fuel bills

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Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, has called on the Government to stop energy firms ripping off millions of people over their fuel bills. He made the demand after new figures revealed that more than one in ten homes in his constituency are considered “fuel poor” because they are struggling to meet the cost of soaring… Read more »




Elsecar and Wentworth to receive £1.2 million funding

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A partnership created by the councils of Barnsley and Rotherham has won a grant of  £1.2 million, to deliver activities focused on the rich heritage stories of the villages of Elsecar and Wentworth. The funding has been sourced from the Great Place Scheme, a pilot project, which has two main aims. The first is to… Read more »


Barnsley MPs urge Government to end HS2 uncertainty

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Michael Dugher is calling on the Government to end the uncertainty faced by residents and businesses in Barnsley over the proposed HS2 high-speed rail link. The Barnsley East MP has written to HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston and Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to outline his support for the project and the boost it will give… Read more »



MP urging local authorities to get the ‘back to sleep’ message across to avert more infant deaths in Barnsley

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Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, is calling for greater awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) after new figures showed a rise in the number of tragedies in Yorkshire and Humberside. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, while the overall SIDS rates for England and Wales showed a 17% decline… Read more »