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

Local MP blames Government for fall in pupils’ results

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, has blamed the Government after she revealed results achieved in key subjects by students on free school meals in Barnsley have fallen drastically. The figures were obtained from the Government by the local MP by a written parliamentary question. They show that since 2011, the percentage of students eligible… Read more »

MP joins schoolchildren at nature reserve

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, got the chance to see local schoolchildren being inspired by nature this week when she paid a visit to RSPB Old Moor to see the reserve’s successful outdoor learning programme. Children from Goldthorpe Primary School came to the reserve for a day with Old Moor’s expert team, discovering pond… Read more »

Teddies help Hospice comfort children

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A troupe of teddies are helping Barnsley Hospice support children to cope when a loved one is terminally ill. 174 furry bears, gifted from Barnsley-based law firm Howells Solicitors, are being used by the hospice’s family support team to help youngsters communicate their feelings. Children are encouraged to leave notes to loved ones in the… Read more »

Let’s celebrate our community champions!

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Berneslai Homes are taking part in a nationwide campaign which aims to challenge the negative stereotypes of council tenants which are often portrayed by nominating some of its tenants for a photography competition run by the National Fedeartion of ALMOs. The competition, which is in its third year, aims to celebrate those tenants who contribute… Read more »

A challenging return to the classroom for Barnsley MP

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Stephanie Peacock, local MP for Barnsley East, returned to the classroom recently to teach students of Kirk Balk Academy as part of the ‘Big Class Challenge’. The Big Class Challenge is a programme run by the TeachFirst charity, aiming to bring volunteers from different sectors into schools to teach pupils. Former teacher and TeachFirst ambassador… Read more »

Oakwell Club ‘saviour’ dies at the age of 66

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Barnsley Football Club have announced that Patrick Cryne has died at the age of 66. He had been battling cancer since November 2016. The club issued the following statement: “Club Custodian for 14 years and widely regarded amongst the loyal fan base as the ‘saviour’ of the Club since taking control in 2003, Mr Cryne… Read more »