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


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 »


Centurions are hailed

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Four women with a combined age of over 400 years were the toast of a spcial party at Sandygate Care Home. Mary Outram, 100, Kathleen Laughton, 100, Mary Rotherforth, 101, and Ida Bell, 103, were the gursts of honour at the Home’s first Centenarian Day.


Council wins Carbon Trust award

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Barnsley Council has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard certificate in recognition of its continuous efforts to reduce the carbon emissions of its buildings over the last two years. The council has reduced its carbon emissions by eight per cent year-on-year since March 2009, the equivalent of almost 6,000 tonnes of CO2e, across all of… Read more »


Domestic abuse on the agenda

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Barnsley Council’s Personal and Family Wellbeing scrutiny commission will meet at the Central Library in Shambles Street tomorrow (2pm), to discuss the issue of domestic violence and its impact on the health and well-being of children and young people in Barnsley. The meeting, to be held in the lecture theatre is part of the organisation’s… Read more »


Go cupcake crazy – for Bluebell Wood

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Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which serves families across the Barnsley area, is asking people to bake and sell a cake to help raise funds during February. The hospice has to raise £3m per year and receives no statutory government funding. So Bluebell Wood’s supporters are going cupcake crazy this month – and they need as… Read more »


Police Authority to hold online discussions over helicopter

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South Yorkshire Police Authority will hold two live online discussions on the police helicopter next week, following the much publicised proposals for a National Police Air Service. This will give the public of South Yorkshire the chance to hear how the proposals may affect the county and the authority’s stance on the issue. Members of… Read more »


Fire at Stairfoot scrap company

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A fire broke out at a scrap company on Tuesday evening. Two crews from Barnsley and another from Cudworth were called to C Soar and Sons, on Tank Row, Stairfoot, at approximately 7.15pm after machinery caught fire. The firefighters spent two-and-a-half hours at the site which is used to dismantle transformers for electricity companies. There… Read more »