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


M&S staff raise £20,000 for Barnsley Hospice

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Staff at Marks & Spencer have shown their support for Barnsley Hospice by raising more than £20,000. Over the past 12 months, the team at the Barnsley store have raised the money through customer donations for bag packing, in-store raffles and collections, and donating the 5p carrier bag levy. They also used funding from the… Read more »


Kate Rusby becomes patron of Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust

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Folk singer-songwriter Kate Rusby has become a patron of Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust. Kate joins professor and Egyptologist, Joann Fletcher and author, Mel Dyke who became patrons in 2016. The Trust was set up in 2015 to help preserve, enhance and promote the borough’s heritage for the future. Kate, who lives in Barnsley, is often called… Read more »


MP calls for action on Barnsley social mobility figures

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, is calling for urgent action from the Government after recent figures revealed Barnsley has one of the lowest levels of social mobility in the country. In their annual ‘State of the Nation’ report, the Social Mobility Commission described a stark postcode lottery for social mobility in Britain, identifying Barnsley… Read more »


Parents remembered during Hospice Light up a Life appeal

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A Barnsley woman facing Christmas without her parents will remember them during this weekend’s Barnsley Hospice Light up a Life service. Sarah-May Poppleton, 42, of Staincross, will dedicate lights on the hospice tree in memory of her mum and dad, Brian and Phyllis Hill, who died in 2010 and 2016, of sepsis and cancer. Phyllis… Read more »


Woeful Reds very much second best in televised Yorkshire derby

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Barnsley 0, Leeds United 2 (SkyBet Championship) It is a long time since Barnsley played as poorly as they did in the first half of Saturday’s televised Yorkshire derby at Oakwell. They were so woeful that even head coach Paul Heckingbottom’s admission that his side were ‘second best’ seemed a massive over-assessment. Maybe, with such… Read more »


Stephanie Hirst launches Barnsley Comfort and Care campaign

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Radio and TV presenter Stephanie Hirst is helping Barnsley Hospice launch a fund-raising appeal to substantially transform its inpatient bedrooms. Stephanie (pictured) whose mother was cared for at the hospice, is calling on support for the ‘Comfort and Care campaign’ – which aims to raise around a further £200,000 to refurbish the hospice’s ten inpatient… Read more »


‘A budget that does nothing for Barnsley’

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, has condemned the budget as a plan that does nothing to address the key issues facing people in Barnsley. Despite the Chancellor announcing a number of policies, Ms Peacock (pictured) suggests these ignore the needs of people Barnsley and fall way short of what is needed. She said: “This… Read more »


South Yorkshire landscape partnership wins national award

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A South Yorkshire landscape partnership has won a national award for its contribution to recording and safeguarding wildlife in the Dearne Valley. The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP) scooped the Lynne Farrell Group Award for biological recording in the UK Biological Recording and Information Sharing Awards 2017. The winners were announced at a ceremony on… Read more »


Late goal sickener ends Reds’ four-match unbeaten run

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Barnsley 0, Cardiff City 1 (SkyBet Championship) A goal seven minutes from time at Oakwell brought an end to Barnsley’s unbeaten four-match run. It came in somewhat bizarre fashion following a corner when Adam Hammill made a great goalline clearance only to see the ball ricochet back into the net off Calum Paterson. It was… Read more »


Resurgent Reds disappointed with away point

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Norwich City 1, Barnsley 1 (SkyBet Championship) It speaks volumes for how far this young and largely inexperienced Barnsley side have advanced since they came together at start of the season that they were extremely disappointed to come away from Carrow Road with only one point. After three successive defeats Norwich were clearly lacking in… Read more »