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Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership shortlisted for national award

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A South Yorkshire landscape partnership has been recognised nationally for its contribution to recording and safeguarding wildlife in the Dearne Valley. The Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership (DVLP), which works with communities to protect, preserve and enhance the area, has been shortlisted in the Lynne Farrell Group Award category for biological recording in the UK Biological… Read more »


Hospice appoints corporate fund-raiser to drive business support

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Barnsley Hospice has appointed a corporate fund-raiser to help generate support from the Barnsley business community. Simon Atkinson (pictured) who lives in Monk Bretton, has joined the charity following 14 years as senior sales executive at commercial radio station Dearne FM. His responsibilities include securing corporate sponsorship for the hospice’s events, devising and implementing fund-raising… Read more »


The Civic to host re-telling of a masterpiece

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Debs Newbold, described by Bestival producer Becky Burchell as ‘the best storyteller in all the kingdoms’, comes to The Civic this season with a re-telling of King Lear, the classic tale of betrayal, in her own unique and modern style. Dark and challenging, epic and shocking, human and uplifting, this explosive version of the legend… Read more »


Sky’s the limit for South Yorkshire height safety company

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A South Yorkshire height safety specialist is on course to exceed its projected target turnover after just 12 weeks of trading. ESAT Safety Systems Ltd, founded by entrepreneurs Neil Chippindale and James Bodell, is predicting a turnover of around £750,000 in year one and has secured major contracts with UK airports and a high street… Read more »


Barnsley business people urged to back ‘Night at the Museum’ fund-raising dinner

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Business people in Barnsley are being urged to back a charity fund-raising dinner to help safeguard the town’s heritage. Singer-songwriter Kate Rusby, poet laureate Ian McMillan, and author Joanne Harris will entertain guests at the ‘Night at the Museum’ dinner on Thursday 9 November at The Ironworks, Elsecar Heritage Centre. The event has been organised… Read more »


Celebrating National Poetry Day on the buses

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People across South Yorkshire can enjoy a cultured commute by travelling on pop-up ‘poetry buses’ later this month. ‘On the Buses’ is a new event to celebrate National Poetry Day on Thursday 28 September and forms part of the Hear My Voice literary programme which encourages people to express themselves using the written and spoken… Read more »



Barnsley man bids to raise awareness of rare disease

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A Barnsley man diagnosed with a rare heart and lung condition is calling for more awareness and understanding of the disease. Chris Johnson, who lives on Roy Kilner Road in Wombwell, has pulmonary hypertension (PH), a life-limiting illness that causes high blood pressure in the blood vessels connecting the heart and lungs. He is speaking… Read more »


Barnsley MP backs RSPCA on animal welfare

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Stephanie Peacock, MP for Barnsley East, has started the new Parliamentary term highlighting the importance of animal welfare by meeting with the RSPCA and their inspectors at the House of Commons. In 2016 alone, the RSPCA received over 1.1 million calls to its cruelty line and investigated just under 160,000 complaints of animal cruelty. Said Stephanie… Read more »


Midnight walk is a four-generation affair

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This year’s midnight walk for Barnsley Hospice will be a family affair for one group of fund-raisers, as four generations prepare to pound the pavements together in their pyjamas. Penistone-based Kerry Gaskell, 36, will be joined by her nine-year old-daughter Daisy, 50-year-old-aunt Michelle Burton and 82-year-old-grandma Jean Platts for the One Night in a Onesie… Read more »