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


Plenty of public support for South Yorkshire Police helicopter

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Public support for South Yorkshire to retain a police helicopter service continues to grow. More than 50 people took part in an online web chat with South Yorkshire Police Authority to discuss the introduction of a National Police Air Support (NPAS), which will replace the existing helicopter based in Sheffield and covers the surrounding area,… Read more »


NHS Barnsley: From couch to 5k

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NHS Barnsley is encouraging residents to get fit for this summer’s Olympics – with the help of a free two-month beginners’ running plan. Starting with runs of just one minute each, the plan is designed to get Barnsley people off the couch and running five kilometres after just nine weeks. Podcasts can be downleaded to… Read more »


Book a date with a bit of Worsbrough history

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Worsbrough Library will host a unique exhibition next month – when visitors will have a chance to see books dating from 1550-1708. The exhibition will be on display from Friday, March 2 to Saturday, March 10, and will include collections which belonged to Worsbrough Grammar School. The books are believed to have originated from Monk… Read more »


Photographs from miners' strike on show at museum

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A series of striking photographs taken by Keith Pattison during the miners’ strike of 1984 have gone on display in a new exhibition at the National Coal Mining Museum, just outside the Barnsley borough. They will remain on show until May. Mr Pattison received a month-long commission in August 1984 to photograph the strike at… Read more »


Fund-raiser for Brain Tumour Awareness

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Barnsley man Karl Martin has suffered from a terminal brain tumour for the last two years. Now, rather than sit back and allow the illness to completely take over, 32-year-old Karl, with the help of his mum, Jill, are fighting to raise awareness for recognising the symptoms of brain tumours as well as brain tumour… Read more »



Graffiti artists wanted to add a dash of colour to recording studio

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The Dearne Playhouse is on the look-out for some talented local graffiti artists. They are wanted to decorate the walls of a new recording studio. The Playhouse secured funding worth £40,000 from Coalfields Regeneration Trust to convert a derelict basement into a series of recording rooms and performance spaces for musicians to use. Now local… Read more »


Barnsley's Sam skates through!

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Barnsley’s Sam Nixon has been towards the bottom of the leaderboard for the past few weeks on Dancing On Ice but tonight he turned in a terrific performance and sailed through to the next round of the hit show. Television presenter Sam, from Monk Bretton, gained his best points return of the series so far… Read more »


SMILE course for cancer survivors

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Cancer services at Barnsley Hospital will launch the Self Management to Improve Life Experience (or SMILE) course at The Core, County Way, Barnsley this month. The six-week rolling programme, which begins on Monday, February 20 aims to enable cancer survivors to regain normality and to empower them to self manage their health and healthcare needs…. Read more »


Needy Barnsley households urged to apply for government's 'Warm Front' grant

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Needy Barnsley households are being urged to apply for a grant from the government’s fuel poverty scheme, Warm Front. The scheme provides grants to make hard-to-heat homes more energy efficient. Grants can be used for heating and insulation improvements by residents on certain income-related benefits, living in poorly insulated properties, or without a working central… Read more »