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Peel Square toilets shut

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Peel Square toilets will be closed to the public from Monday, February 20 to Tuesday, February 28 for refurbishment works, Barnsley Council have stated. Anti-graffiti paint will be applied to the cubicle walls and a lowered pvc ceiling installed.

Barnsley set for 'mining' statue

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A magnificent statue to commemorate the Barnsley’s proud mining heritage will shortly be installed outside the main entrance to the town’s Interchange. Facing the proposed markets development the statue will be located in what the council hope will become a major gateway to the town centre. Internationally-renowned artist Kenny Hunter has created the piece, which… Read more »

Barnsley Metropolitan Band in Sunday show at the Lamproom

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The Friends of The Lamproom Theatre will put on a fund-raising evening with Barnsley Metropolitan Band on Sunday. The Lamproom will be filled with the sound of music, as local musicians bring you a host of tunes, old and new, with something for all tastes. Join everyone for this joint-venture production – it’s an evening… Read more »

Calypso Cove set to make a big splash!

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The new splash-tastic Calypso Cove swimming arena at Barnsley Metrodome opens up tomorrow. On offer is: the Sunken Galleon, the brave Skull Falls, three new water flumes, walking the plank and one of the fastest slides in the UK The official launch is being staged on March 9, with special guests including Capital FM’s Hirsty.

Charlotte prepares for charity skydive

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Former Penistone Grammar School pupil Charlotte Scrivens will undergo a 12,000ft skydive next month – to raise money for the ‘Help A Capital Child’ charity. Charlotte has never done a skydive before, but despite admitting scaring herself by watching ‘ridiculous youtube videos’, she will take to the air on March 10. All donations from her… Read more »

New life on Valentine's Day at Cannon Hall Farm

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Love is very much in the air on Valentine’s Day – and especially so at Cannon Hall Farm. They have had a tear-jerking, life-affirming morning, with two calves, seven lambs and 11 piglets being born. One worker at the farm said: “We just didn’t know which way to turn, but what a wonderful day!” Cannon… Read more »

Plenty of public support for South Yorkshire Police helicopter

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Public support for South Yorkshire to retain a police helicopter service continues to grow. More than 50 people took part in an online web chat with South Yorkshire Police Authority to discuss the introduction of a National Police Air Support (NPAS), which will replace the existing helicopter based in Sheffield and covers the surrounding area,… Read more »

NHS Barnsley: From couch to 5k

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NHS Barnsley is encouraging residents to get fit for this summer’s Olympics – with the help of a free two-month beginners’ running plan. Starting with runs of just one minute each, the plan is designed to get Barnsley people off the couch and running five kilometres after just nine weeks. Podcasts can be downleaded to… Read more »

Book a date with a bit of Worsbrough history

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Worsbrough Library will host a unique exhibition next month – when visitors will have a chance to see books dating from 1550-1708. The exhibition will be on display from Friday, March 2 to Saturday, March 10, and will include collections which belonged to Worsbrough Grammar School. The books are believed to have originated from Monk… Read more »