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


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 »


Course for school teaching assistants

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The Adult and Family Learning Service in Barnsley is offering two courses for people who are considering a career as a school teaching assistant. The courses offer a full, nationally recognised qualification, the CACHE Level 2 certificate, in supporting teaching and learning in schools. They take place each Thursday at The Core, County Way, Barnsley,… Read more »


Multi-storey car park open as normal

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Carriageway lining work at the multi-storey car park of the Metropolitan shopping centre in Barnsley planned for this week has been cancelled. Freezing temperatures, forecast to continue for several more days, mean the specialist paint used to mark out vehicle areas would not adhere properly to the road surface. The car park will now be… Read more »


Tale of Everest expedition at Central Library

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Barnsley Central Library will host a book launch and illustrated talk on Saturday, February 18th at 10.30am. The book tells the remarkable story of two Everest expeditions by a group of friends who met at Sheffield Teacher Training College. Their first trip was in 1967 and they returned – when they were in their 60s… Read more »


Barnsley Youth Choir help raise the roof

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Barnsley Youth Choir hit the high notes in Manchester on Saturday. They were at the Bridgewater Hall as part of the SingLive ‘Night of 1000 Voices’ event. One delighted mum said: “Barnsley Youth Choir did us proud. They sounded amazing.” Barnsley Youth Choir have around 180 members. They rehearse every Thursday (6.30pm-9pm) at the Performing… Read more »


Second World War hero remembered in Thurgoland

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A Second World War pilot who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his role in an attack on German battleships will be remembered in a local village today. A service will be staged to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the death of Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Lieutenant Commander Eugene Esmonde, a Thurgoland man… Read more »


No Sunday football on council pitches

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There will be no football matches played on Barnsley council pitches this weekend, due to the freezing temperatures. The closures affect Cudworth Park, Mitchell & Darfield, Mapplewell Recreation Ground, Barugh Green Recreation Ground, Darton Park, Darton Longfields, Gilroyd Recreation Ground, Harry Road Playing Field, Kexborough Recreation Ground, Woodview, Gawber, Hickleton Sports Ground, Brickyard Ponds, Carfield… Read more »


Bus drivers in industrial action

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Bus drivers are planning a day of industrial action in the region tomorrow. Stagecoach bus services in Barnsley, Rotherham and the Dearne Valley will operate the majority of daytime services between 7am and 6pm only. All school services will operate as normal. A special £1 flat single fare for adults will apply (in the Barnsley,… Read more »


Barnsley LBGT launch Rainbow Tick

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The Barnsley LGBT Forum launched the Rainbow Tick at the Civic in Barnsley last night. They feel it will prove to be a great step forward in addressing equality issues in Barnsley and for the Barnsley LGBT community. The Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Forum (LGBT) is launching the ‘Rainbow Tick’ scheme so that businesses… Read more »


Barnsley people urged to take care in wintry weather

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A severe weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for South Yorkshire. The Met Office predicted between 2-5cm of snow across the county overnight into Friday morning, with as much as 10cm in isolated areas. Councils said they were gritting roads as usual but urged motorists to take extra care. A spokesman for… Read more »