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


Charity get-together with public dignitaries

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The Mayoress of Penistone, Councillor Lynette Webber, and her guest the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Karen Dyson, are offering the public the opportunity of an afternoon get-together in St John’s Church, featuring a glass of bubbly on arrival, a light lunch and prize raffle. Tickets are £10 per person and all proceeds go towards the… Read more »


Stocksbridge Scout Group celebrate centenary

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Not even the heavy rain could put Stocksbridge Scout Group off celebrating their centenary. The rather damp scouts, cubs and beavers all converged on the parade in the centre of Stocksbridge, where they were welcomed by Andy Moore (South Yorkshire County Commissioner), the Stocksbridge mayor, Angela Smith MP and local District Commissioner Steve Clayton and… Read more »



Barnsley Hospital an 'Investor in People' – for 16th year running

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Barnsley Hospital is celebrating being accredited as an ‘Investor in People’ for 16 years in a row. ‘Investors in People’ recognises organisations for developing and improving its performance through the staff who work there. An independent assessment, conducted through interviews with staff in December 2011 concluded that staff who worked for Barnsley Hospital are dedicated… Read more »


Barnsley College opens low carbon centre

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Barnsley College has opened a new £4.5 million Think Low Carbon Centre at its Honeywell site. The new facility incorporates a host of eco-friendly elements, including installation of solar panels and a green roof clad in wild flowers. The building has been triple glazed and comprises a biomass boiler powered by wood pellet. Installation of… Read more »


Children set fire to bedroom carpet

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Firefighters are urging parents to store matches away from children after some youngsters set fire to a bedroom carpet in Barnsley last night. Crews were called to an address on James Street, Worsbrough Dale, just before 9pm on Monday night. Fortunately when they arrived the fire was out and the only damage was a small… Read more »


Soul confusion on Shambles Street

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Confusion reigned this week when a story broke about a town centre bar owner selling watered down cleaning fluid to punters and passing it off as vodka. In some media circles it was reported that Ali Asgari ran the Oxygen and Soul Lounge on Shambles Street, Barnsley and paid £30 for six bottles of the… Read more »


Public to have their say on new waste incinerator

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Residents are being invited to comment on an environmental permit application for the planned new Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham waste incinerator. Shanks Waste Management has applied for a permit to cover its planned £40 million waste treatment and renewable energy facility, at Bolton Road, Manvers, to the Environment Agency.


Cyclists to be offered free set of lights instead of fine

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Cyclists caught riding around Barnsley and Doncaster without lights after dark will be offered a free set of lights by the police, instead of being fined. Normally cyclists would be hit with a £30 fixed penalty notice for riding without lights. But in a bid to make it safer for them to ride on the… Read more »


Council 'will try and protect Barnsley's most vulnerable residents'

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Announcing its budget for 2012-13, the Labour-led Barnsley Council has stated it will seek to protect the most vulnerable residents in the borough. The council added it would focus on corporate and administrative savings in the coming financial year – as it attempted to make £8m in savings. Council leader Steve Houghton said he hoped… Read more »