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


Swim school makes a splash for Barnsley Hospice

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A Barnsley swimming academy has raised over £13,000 in just one month to support Barnsley Hospice. Throughout March, Deborah Yule Swim School held a sponsored swimathon, a weekly themed tombola, raffles and a cake sale, generating £13,052 for the hospice. Hundreds of children took part in the swimathon, completing laps that made up the equivalent… Read more »


Great women of the north featured in ‘Where there’s muck there’s bras’ at The Civic

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A comic and thought-provoking show about the real Northern Powerhouse, Northern Women – the sung and the unsung – is coming to Barnsley. This funny show uncovers the hidden history of the writers, scientists, sportswomen, politicians, protestors, musicians and other heroines who represent the grit, determination and spirit of the North’s women. Stand Up Poet Kate… Read more »



Stephanie Peacock out and about in her local constituency

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, has been very busy recently visiting organisations in her constituency. First stop was the Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre, as part of the FA’s ‘Football Footprint’ campaign, which aims to celebrate and showcase investment in grassroots football here in Barnsley and right across England, including investment in three new grass pitches… Read more »


Have Reds’ automatic promotion hopes gone for a Burton?

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Burton Albion 3, Barnsley 1 (SkyBet League One) Was this the day that Barnsley’s hopes of an automatic promotion spot went for a Burton? It could well be. While the Reds were suffering their first defeat in 21 matches, their second spot rivals Sunderland and Portsmouth were both winning away and the former are now… Read more »


Barnsley-born artist returns to town with his unique teapot exhibition

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A new exhibition is currently being installed at The Civic, by Barnsley- born artist Peter Meanley. An exhibition of elaborate handmade teapots is to open at The Civic this week. Peter Meanley: A Selected Retrospective featuring 45 unique pots including sculptures of The Queen (plus corgi), and a selection of abstract creations in unusual shapes and sizes. Peter is a… Read more »


Barnsley MP reveals benefits decision delays

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, has revealed Government figures that show a 40 per cent increase in time taken to consider benefit decision appeals in Barnsley. The statistics show that mandatory reconsideration of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) decisions increased on average by 13 days for the last 12 months in which figures are available…. Read more »


‘Hot Rod’ still going strong at the age of 74

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Gold medal winner Rod Scholes still runs the track at Dorothy Hyman Sports Centre in Cudworth once a week to ensure he stays in peak physical condition, despite the fact he is now 74 years old. Ardsley-based Rod (affectionately named Hot Rod by sports centre staff due to his speed and stamina) began running aged 35. In the 30 years since then he… Read more »


Conference seeking to improve access for disabled

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A tourism conference will take place in the Dearne Valley next month to discuss the opportunities for improving access for disabled people. The one-day ‘Dearne Valley Access Exchange’ conference will bring experts together from the tourism industry across the UK to discuss the opportunities for enhanced accessibility in the area. The free event on Thursday… Read more »


Barnsley MP slams Government’s poverty pay loophole

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, has slammed Government Ministers after revealing that they have quietly delayed closing a loophole that allows bosses to keep workers on insecure contracts and poverty pay.  The latest admission, in answer to a parliamentary question from the Labour MP, contradicts a previous assurance given in the Commons earlier this month by Business… Read more »