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Sadie steps down after a quarter of a century volunteering

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A volunteer who has dedicated a quarter of a century to Barnsley Hospice has retired from her role with the charity. Sadie Birkett, 86, has completed her last shift at the hospice shop on Eldon Street in Barnsley town centre. The pensioner, who lives nearby, began volunteering at the shop during its opening week in… Read more »



Watch out for the ‘river in the sky’ this weekend

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A new laser art installation will light up the sky above Barnsley this coming weeekend. The large-scale light installation by artist Patrick Murphy, named ‘Neon River,’ will be projected from Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre across the Dearne Valley on the evenings of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will take place from 5.30pm to midnight every… Read more »


Have the Reds’ survival hopes gone for a Burton?

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Barnsley 1, Burton Albion 2 (SkyBet Championship) Was this the night when Barnsley’s hopes of retaining their Championship status went for a Burton? Judging by their first half performance the answer would be a resounding yes; the result would suggest that it probably was; but the second half fight-back offered a far more hopeful response…. Read more »


New dance show about women’s rugby to premier in Barnsley

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A dramatic story of women’s rugby told through a mix of contemporary and Indian dance will be shown for the first time in Barnsley this March. Not afraid of a challenge, Yorkshire choreographer Balbir has created dance pieces for the ice rinks, swimming pools and works performed on bikes. Now he is embarking on a… Read more »


Reds’ legend to return to Oakwell for Hospice fund-raiser

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Barnsley FC legend Gerry Taggart will return to Oakwell with tales from the dressing room at Barnsley Hospice’s Sporting Dinner next month. Taggart made 250 appearances for the Reds in the 1990s, impressing fans with his defending skills during five years at Barnsley, as well as breaking into the Northern Ireland national team. Gerry will… Read more »


Turning bangers into bucks for Barnsley Hospice

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A Thurnscoe scrap merchant has turned bangers into bucks for Barnsley Hospice. J Wallis Metals raised £500 by donating £5 from every old car they scrapped in the run-up to Christmas – and the scheme proved so successful they have pledged to continue it through the year. Owner James Wallis, who ran a radio campaign… Read more »


Berneslai Homes and Barnardos help raise awareness of young carers

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Berneslai Homes has been working in partnership with Barnardos to raise awareness in identifying young carers. The Young Carers Council designed an information card with QR codes to encourage young people to identify themselves as young carers. The card will enable them to access a wide variety of information and support from both Barnardos and… Read more »


Folk band of the year to play in Barnsley

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An award-winning band is coming to The Civic next month. The Furrow Collective, comprising four distinctive and talented performers – Lucy Farrel (viola, voice and saw|), Rachel Ndewton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts (guitar, voice) – were awarded the accolade of ‘Best Band’ at the 2017 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards, hot on the heels… Read more »