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


Chance to take part in country's biggest garden bird survey

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Wentworth Castle are offering people the chance to take part in the country’s biggest garden bird survey on Saturday. The event at Stainborough Park kicks off with an informal introductory chat about some of birds that might be seen, before there is a walk (approximately two miles) around the parkland, with the opportunity to record… Read more »


Fire crews called to flat fire in Jubilee Gardens

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Fire crews were called out to a flat at Royston last night. The incident occured just after 8pm, when crews from Royston and Cudworth were sent to a first floor flat in Jubilee Gardens. A smoke alarm had sounded and the male occupant had got out of the flat before the firefighters arrived to put… Read more »


Katherine lands top tv award

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Barnsley actress Katherine Kelly won the award for Best Serial Drama Performance at last night’s National Television Awards at the O2 Arena. Katherine won the public vote in recognition of her magnificent portrayal of Becky McDonald, a part she played for six years before leaving Coronation Street on a night of high drama on Monday…. Read more »


Free Spanish lessons on offer

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Barnsley Council’s Adult and Family Learning service is offering free evening taster classes in Spanish. The courses, suitable for complete beginners, will last for three or four weeks and include essential Spanish language, such as how to introduce yourself and greet people as well as some other basic ‘survival’ language. The classes, taught by a… Read more »


Taxi marshals on duty for town centre Mardi Gras

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Taxi marshals will be stationed on the New Street and Midland Street ranks on Saturday – to help Barnsley Mardi Gras revellers get home safely. The town is gearing up for Carnival fever, with town centre pubs, clubs and businessess getting decked out and joining in the fun. Fire eaters, stilt walkers, street magicians and… Read more »


'Flamboyant' show at the Lamproom

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The Lamproom Theatre will host a ‘flamboyant’ Cabaret and Theatre Variety Show on Saturday, February 18. Tickets are now on sale for The Velvet Burlesque’s presentation of ‘Cupid Stunts’. The Sheffield-based Velvet Burlesque company say of their show: “It is guaranteed to be one of the most fantastic, professional, flamboyant and entertaining Cabaret and Theatre… Read more »


School pupils warned

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Pupils at a Barnsley school have been warned by teachers to be careful, after a girl was approached by an unknown man. The girl was walking home at around 6pm yesterday and as she was about to cross the road near the Shaw Inn pub on Racecommon Road a man jumped out at her. She… Read more »


Hospital bosses backing 'nutrition week' with help at meal times

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Health bosses at Barnsley Hospital are backing the ‘nutrition and hydration week’ – by helping out during meal times on the wards. The hospital’s chief nurse, Heather McNair, along with the organisation’s chief executive and other top nurses and senior managers, are offering their services at meal times throughout this week, to emphasise the Trust’s… Read more »


Family of murdered pensioner appeal for fresh information

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The family of a murdered Barnsley pensioner are appealing for fresh information – on the 10th anniversary of her killing. Vera Cooper, 80, was found strangled in the kitchen of her home in Grimethorpe on January 24, 2002. South Yorkshire Police believe she was killed while her bungalow was being burgled. But despite a £5,000… Read more »


Dickie talks cricket with Prince Charles

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The Prince of Wales, on his first visit to Barnsley, ended up discussing the fortunes of the England cricket team when he met former Test umpire Dickie Bird on Tuesday. Prince Charles chatted to Dickie at the latter’s statue near St Mary’s Church in the town centre. Hundreds of Barnsley people braved the miserable and… Read more »