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Seven Alhambra staff members clock up 110 years of service

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Long-serving security and cleaning staff have recently been recognised for their dedication and years’ of service working at the Alhambra Shopping Centre in Barnsley town centre. Seven members of staff were presented with long service awards clocking up 110 years’ worth of service between them. Staff who had worked at the Centre for ten years… Read more »

A further boost for Reds in five-goal Oakwell thriller

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Barnsley 3, Luton Town 2 (SkyBet League One) (By Keith Lodge) This was a victory which emphasised the fact that Barnsley now have a squad – as opposed to a team – capable of making an immediate return to the Championship. Three regular first team players were unavailable – goalkeeper Adam Davies and midfielder Kenny… Read more »

Barnsley woman’s ‘life-changing experience’

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‘LIFE CHANGING experience’ is how one woman described her time with the BPL health referral programme. Claire Finnerty, 43, from Salter Oak Croft, Barnsley, has lost one stone three pounds after taking part in the 12 week Barnsley Premier Leisure programme. Designed to kick start healthier lifestyles and help tackle low risk medical problems, like… Read more »

£500,000 bedroom transformation underway at Hospice

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A major project to transform patient bedrooms at Barnsley Hospice is underway, following a successful appeal to raise funds. The refurbishment, which will cost around £500,000, will see all ten in-patient bedrooms upgraded to a luxury standard, helping patients and those close to them, feel comfortable and relaxed during their stay. Specialist beds, furniture and… Read more »

Sixth successive gold for Hospice gardeners

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Volunteers are celebrating after Barnsley Hospice received a gold award for its gardens for the sixth year in a row. The Hospice won the top prize in the ‘charitable establishment’ category of the 2018 Yorkshire in Bloom awards. Volunteer gardeners Paul Woodhall and Terry Winter attended a ceremony on 25 September at Barnsley Town Hall… Read more »

Complacent Reds stumble against rock bottom Plymouth

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Barnsley 1, Plymouth Argyle 1 (SkyBet League One) (By Keith Lodge) On the morning of this match an acquaintance sought my thoughts about the outcome. “Plymouth are bottom of the table without a win,” I replied. “So they are dead certs to pick up all three points!” And we both laughed. It was, however, not… Read more »

Local Leisure Centre shortlisted in National Fitness Awards

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Hoyland Leisure Centre has been shortlisted in the UK’s biggest free-to-enter fitness awards and are in the running for a prestigious national award. The centre, which is run by Barnsley Premier Leisure (BPL), has been shortlisted in the Local Authority/ Leisure Trust of the Year and Regional Gym of the Year North categories at the… Read more »

Barnsley MP stresses importance of strong trade unions

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Stephanie Peacock, Member of Parliament for Barnsley East, recently spoke at USDAW’s Summer School at Wortley Hall. She talked about her role as an MP, the current political situation and the importance of trade unions. Said Stephanie: “As a proud trade unionist and Labour MP, it was great to speak at the Summer School on… Read more »