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



Yvonne’s Hospice thank-you brings lottery jackpot win

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An Oxspring woman who scooped £5,000 in the Barnsley Hospice lottery has thanked the charity for looking after her late husband. Yvonne Fretwell has played the fund-raising lottery every week since it began ten years ago, as a way of giving something back. Her husband Peter, who had lung cancer, was cared for at the… Read more »


Barnsley MP ‘saddened’ by animal cruelty statistics

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Stephanie Peacock, Barnsley East’s MP, attended the RSPCA’s annual drop-in in the House of Commons last week, where she heard directly from RSPCA Inspectors about their frontline work to protect animals in Barnsley East and across the UK. At the event, the scale of animal cruelty complaints across South Yorkshire were revealed. In 2017, the… Read more »


A busy week for Birdwell Wheelers

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Sunday saw the 4th running of the Birdwell Wheelers Cote de Holme Moss 100km Audax cycle event, when 40 riders from as far afield as Suffolk rode the challenging hilly course which took in the demanding climbs of Holme Moss, Snake Pass and Jawbone Hill at Oughtibridge, a total of 2,200 metres of climbing. Six… Read more »



Hospice group offers support for carers in Barnsley

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People who care for a loved one with a life-limiting illness are being supported by a special group set up by Barnsley Hospice. The carers’ group runs at the charity’s Limes Day Therapy Unit from 2-4pm every Tuesday and gives people free access to specialist advice about issues including benefits, moving and handling, mental health… Read more »


‘One Great Day’ at the Alhambra Centre!

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The Alhambra Shopping Centre in Barnsley is set to host ‘One Great Day’ of fund-raising fun for all the family to enjoy. The spectacular follows similar successful events that have taken place the last four years, that have raised more than £15,000 for charity. This year the funds raised will be split between One Great… Read more »


Shaw Lane AFC in limbo as owner quits

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Shaw Lane AFC have withdrawn from all competitions following the shock departure of owner and chairman Craig Wood. It has been well publicised that the club has been trying to attract inward investment in the last few weeks and when all efforts to secure this failed, Mr Wood (pictured) decided to retire and “concentrate on… Read more »


‘Man Engine’ mechanical puppet comes to Barnsley

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The largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain is coming to Barnsley this month. Man Engine, a 36ft (11m) tall miner powered by Volvo, will visit Barnsley and Rotherham as part of its 2018 Resurrection Tour. The giant mechanical miner will visit Elsecar Heritage Centre and Wentworth Woodhouse from 23 to 24 June. The events… Read more »


Barnsley MP slams ‘callous’ Government over welfare mistakes

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, has slammed the Government after revealing figures that show around two thirds of Barnsley residents who appealed their welfare rejections were shown to be eligible. The local MP forced the omission from a Government Minister through a Parliamentary Question relating to ESA and PIP payments. Employment and Support Allowance… Read more »