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


Reds’ defender plans summer bike ride for charity

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Barnsley defender Angus MacDonald is to make a summer bike ride from Paris to London in aid of the charity ‘Epilepsy Research UK’. The centre-back announced the news on Twitter, saying: “As some of you may know I have previously completed a charity event for Epilepsy to raise awareness and funds for the charity ‘Epilepsy… Read more »


Waste not, want not at Berneslai Homes

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Berneslai Homes has begun a recycling project with Netherwood Advanced Learning College to donate all their unusable off-cuts of wood to their Design and Technology department. The wood has been gratefully received by the students and allows them to practise all aspects of wood work, with their current project being ‘homes for Hedgehogs’. Berneslai Homes’… Read more »


MP urging local groups help themselves to bags of cash

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Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, is encouraging local groups to cash in on a supermarket charity scheme. Tesco uses the money raised from the 5p levy on single-use plastic bags to fund its “Bags of Help” project that awards grants to community projects across the country. Under the retail giant’s scheme, administered by environmental charity… Read more »



MP says NHS is ‘on its knees’ and urgent action is required

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Michael Dugher has called for urgent action on the NHS crisis after new figures revealed just 87.7 per cent of patients admitted to Barnsley Hospital’s A&E unit were within the four-hour target time. The Barnsley East MP blasted the Government’s “shambolic mismanagement” of the NHS after the number of A&E patients seen at the town’s hospital… Read more »


More Random Acts of Kindness at the Alhambra

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After such a successful year of Random Acts of Kindness, the Alhambra Shopping Centre in Barnsley will be continuing with their generous campaign for 2017. Over the past 12 months, the centre has been rewarding people of Barnsley with small acts of kindness, including paying for shopper’s parking, free strawberries and cream to celebrate Wimbledon,… Read more »


MP urges those in ‘fuel poverty’ to seek help with bills

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Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, urged people living in cold homes in the Borough to seek help with their fuel bills. He said many people living in fuel poverty this winter were unaware of the support they could receive to assist with the cost of heating their homes. An estimated 189,400 households in South Yorkshire… Read more »


£3m of lottery money to restore Cannon Hall park and gardens

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The 70 acres of park and gardens at Cannon Hall are to be restored and improved thanks to nearly £3m of lottery money. The £2,925,200 will enable original features of the Georgian country house to be restored, including an 18th Century ice house and woodland behind the walled garden. Lakes are also to be dredged…. Read more »


Missing man – body found in Rockley Woods

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Police searching for a missing Barnsley man have found a body in Birdwell. Officers looking for missing Christopher Thorpe, who was reported missing yesterday, discovered a body earlier this afternoon in Rockley Woods. Formal identification has not yet taken place, but police believe it to be that of the missing man. His family have been… Read more »


Michael Dugher demands government action to tackle rising police assaults in Barnsley

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Michael Dugher, Barnsley East MP, is calling on ministers to introduce new measures to combat the soaring number of attacks on police in Barnsley. His demand comes after new figures revealed that assaults on local police officers have continued to rise dramatically. According to information released by South Yorkshire Police under freedom of information rules,… Read more »