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Rise in foodbank use ‘a national disgrace’ says Barnsley MP

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Barnsley East MP Stephanie Peacock has labelled recently released figures that show a substantial rise in foodbank use over the last year a ‘national disgrace’. Statistics revealed by the Trussell Trust – the UK’s largest foodbank provider – show across the UK there was a 13 per cent rise in the number of emergency food… Read more »

Nurse takes on China challenge for Hospice

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A nurse at Barnsley Hospice is flying halfway around the world to take on the challenge of a lifetime for her patients. Senior staff nurse Julie Fielding (pictured) will take part in the Great Wall of China Half Marathon on 1 May to generate income and raise awareness for the charity. Julie, 40, lives in… Read more »

Barnsley actress returns to her home-town for new play

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Following their hugely successful national tour of Hopeless Romantics in 2017, The Civic are delighted to welcome back Reform Theatre with their latest production of TWO, by celebrated playwright Jim Cartwright, the award-winning writer of Little Voice and Road. The play stars Barnsley’s very own Susan Mitchell, who has appeared in DCI Banks, Emmerdale and… Read more »

Giant kestrel will welcome Tour de Yorkshire to Barnsley

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A giant geometric kestrel will be revealed in a field in Barnsley next month to mark the Tour de Yorkshire. Artists Patrick Murphy and Anton Want have been commissioned by the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP) and Barnsley Council to create a giant piece of land art to celebrate the cycling race passing through the… Read more »

Hospice patient care supported by TSB donation

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Patient care at Barnsley Hospice has been given a boost thanks to a donation from TSB Barnsley. The bank, based on Market Hill in Barnsley town centre, handed over a cheque for £309 raised through Easter and Valentine’s Day themed events, including raffles and lucky number draws. TSB Barnsley has selected the hospice as its… Read more »

Primark scoops Alhambra shopper award

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The Alhambra Shopping Centre hosted its Retailer Awards last week to give praise to the shops on offer for Barnsley residents. The entire centre was invited to enter and nominate across seven award categories that included: Best Retail Presentation Best Involvement in Marketing Initiatives Health & Safety Shopper Award Best Large Store Best Medium Store… Read more »

Search begins for a 21st century miller

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The search has begun for a 21st century miller to continue an ancient tradition in South Yorkshire. The 17th century Worsbrough Mill in Barnsley, which has been milling flour since 1865, has launched a national search to find a miller who will continue the ancient tradition of stone grinding flour using water power. Worsbrough Mill… Read more »

Barnsley teacher gets on his bike to raise money for Hospice

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A South Yorkshire English teacher is swapping literature for lycra to take on the Tour de Yorkshire sportive next month in support of Barnsley Hospice. Craig Fletcher, 31, lives in Dodworth, and teaches at the town’s Horizon Community College. On Sunday 6 May he will complete the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride, taking on 120km… Read more »

MP calls for better opportunities for the people of Barnsley

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, made a speech in Parliament calling for a more inclusive economy that would provide better opportunities for people in Barnsley. She took the chance to make the call in a recent Parliamentary debate on ‘Social Mobility and the Economy’. According to the Social Mobility Foundation, Barnsley sits in the… Read more »