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A LARGE parcel of land near a Grimethorpe industrial estate is currently at auction.
The 11.6-acre site, on Ferrymoor Way, has a guide price of approximately £200,000 on the Mark Jenkinson and Co website.
It is in an area allocated as an ‘area of investigation for potential employment development’ as part of the council’s local plan.
A report states: “This would assist anyone applying for planning permission, given it would provide employment...
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MP launches annual uniform exchange
A LOCAL MP launched her annual School Uniform Exchange at Thurnscoe Library yesterday.
“Barnsley South MP Stephanie Peacock said: “If you have any pre-loved uniform that you no longer need, please consider donating it.
“There will be donation boxes at Darfield, Goldthorpe, Hoyland, Thurnscoe, Wombwell and Worsbrough libraries.
“If you could make use of any items in the new school year, please get in touch with me at stephanie.peacock.mp@parliament.uk”
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Event helps students 'get hired'
BARNSLEY College collaborated with The Prince’s Trust to host a ‘Get Hired’ event recently.
The event at the Old Mill Lane campus offered health and social care students an opportunity to explore work opportunities directly with employers in the sector.
Numerous local health and social care organisations attended, including Crossroads Caring for Carers, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Twenty Four-Seven, Hesley Group, Barnsley Hospital Foundation Trust, The Prince’s Trust and Elder...
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Panto dame turns director in latest production
A 24-YEAR-OLD actor who’s perfected the role of the dame in two previous pantomimes is now taking over the directing chair.
Archie Ford – who played the dame at Staincross-based St John’s two previous community pantos – is now directing the comedy Volunteers for its amateur theatre group.
The play, which is set in a charity shop, follows the trials and tribulations of the titular volunteers as an ageist CEO takes charge.
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Developer unveils plans for 300 houses
A DEVELOPER has secured a new site after exchanging contracts on 18.5 acres of land.
Subject to planning consent, Avant Homes outlined plans to build 300 homes on land off Thurnscoe Bridge Lane, Thurnscoe.
The housebuilder anticipates submitting plans for the proposed development in September.
Managing director, Richard Hosie, said: “Acquiring this site in Thurnscoe represents an exciting opportunity for us to deliver our multi-tenure strategy.
“As a housebuilder, we want...
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Motorist loses 'rat infestation' compensation claim
A WOMAN’S claim for compensation from Barnsley Council after her car was allegedly damaged due to a ‘local rat infestation’ has been rejected.
The claimant – referred to in documents as Mrs X – complained to the local authority and then to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO).
However, those looking into the complaint said it wasn’t a matter for the ombudsman – which can take action against a council if...
Mayoress Doreen Clarke with her husband Mayor John.
Mayoress strides out on charity walk
THE Mayoress of Barnsley has organised a sponsored walk to help support two local charities.
Doreen Clarke’s 9.4km ‘Social Wellbeing Walk’ will take place on July 27 at 10am.
Meeting at Silkstone Common railway station, the walk will go through the surrounding area of the Trans Pennine Trail, before finishing at Worsbrough Reservoir.
Money raised will be donated to the Mayor John Clarke’s two chosen charities, Age UK Barnsley and the Well...
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Increased school fines backed by council bosses
PLANS to dish out harsher financial penalties to parents whose children miss school due to unauthorised absences have been backed by Barnsley Council bosses.
Ruling cabinet members signed off on ‘last resort’ legislation which will come into force from September at a meeting on Wednesday.
It paves the way for fines to rise from £60 to £80 if paid within 21 days or £160 if not paid within 28 days.
Coun Trevor...
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Disruption to bus services ahead
A NUMBER of bus routes are set to face disruption over the coming weeks.
On July 21, Keresforth Hill Road will be closed between 9pm and 5am the following day.
It means that the 22a service will be unable to reach the Gilroyd Lane and Dark Lane stops.
The nearest alternative stops are on Saville Road, Park Road and Raley Street.
Bus users in Penistone will also face issues next week....
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Barnsley Live raises thousands for local carers
LAST month’s Barnsley Live music festival raised more than £5,000 for Barnsley Carers Service.
Each year, the multi-venue festival – held in the town centre – features over 200 artists.
Barnsley Carers Service work closely with a wide range of professional health and care services, Barnsley Council, charities and community groups to provide support, advice and training designed to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of local carers.
This year’s event...
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Dragon boats take to lake for hospice fundraiser
MANVERS Lake will host the Bluebell Wood dragon boat race this weekend.
Taking place at the lake from 10am tomorrow, those in attendance will be raising funds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “The trusty crews will be battling it out across the choppy waters of Manvers Lake, cheered on all the way by supporters on the sidelines.
“Teams of intrepid rowers always give it all they’ve...

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Friendly, lovable Cleo

Cleo is very playful & is very much still a very young at heart cat as she loves to play lots & loves attention.  She’s a bubbly cat who always welcomes her fosterer with a purr and a stretch out to be picked up for a lovely chin & ear rub.  

Cleo had a hard time before coming to us – she was pregnant & abandoned, whilst being just a young girl herself. 

She lost 2 of her babies before we could help her, and just had one little kitten left.  Poor Cleo was sad, but she’s such a good mum that she quickly adopted another abandoned baby, and has raised them both

Now it's Cleo's time to shine. She needs a good family that will love her, as she deserves to be loved. 


Please fill in our ONLINE  Perfect Match Form to apply.

Due to a high volume of forms we regret that we can only contact applicants we feel are most suitable for the particular cat or kitten.

In order to free up our Enquiries Line for urgent calls, please do not call with adoption queries. Thank you.

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Boo and Betty

Boo was a sad and lonely abandoned kitten, he was underweight and needed to be bottlefed.  He was with his foster carer just a few days when we received a call about Cleo – a mum who only had one tiny survivor out of her new kittens.

Mum Cleo immediately adopted Boo, even though he’s 2 weeks older than Betty – a pretty little grey and white kitten.  Boo is now Betty’s big brother and protector.  We can’t separate them now and so we are looking for a home that will take them both.

Boo and Betty are adorable and friendly, they’ve been raised in a family home and are confident and will be ready as soon as Betty reaches 9 weeks old.

Nannycam footage of play time


Please fill in our ONLINE  Perfect Match Form to apply.

Due to a high volume of forms we regret that we can only contact applicants we feel are most suitable for the particular cat or kitten.

In order to free up our Enquiries Line for urgent calls, please do not call with adoption queries. Thank you.

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Pretty Hazel has a rough start – she was found alone at just 7 weeks old, in an allotment.  She was scared and thin, but has grown quickly and gained in confidence and playfulness.

Hazel is friendly, and has all the tortoiseshell attitude (‘Tortitude’) that you could want – she purrs and loves a tickle when she’s ready for it, and loves to play with people and other kittens.  She currently lives with Jake and Elwood, and can be adopted with either of these lovely boys if an adopter would like a pair (or three!).


Please fill in our ONLINE  Perfect Match Form to apply.

Due to a high volume of forms we regret that we can only contact applicants we feel are most suitable for the particular cat or kitten.

In order to free up our Enquiries Line for urgent calls, please do not call with adoption queries. Thank you.

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Award for canal rescue officers
HEROIC police officers who jumped into freezing water to rescue a stricken dad and his daughter were praised at an awards ceremony last week.
PC Ben Child and PC Adam Morton found both in a canal, on Common Lane, last August having responded to an emergency call.
The man was struggling but managed to hold his daughter’s head above water.
Eventually the pair reached the father and daughter – who was unconscious...
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Empowering new role for former Pulse and Cocktails sex shop
A FORMER sex shop in Stairfoot is set to be turned into a place to ‘transform women’s lives’ after the new owner picked up the keys recently.
The Pulse and Cocktails shop on Doncaster Road, recently shut its doors to the public after more than a decade.
Local residents picketed the premises, formerly known as Direct Pleasures, when it opened in 2002.
Pulse and Cocktails, which runs a chain of ‘sex superstores’...
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New MP Marie Tidball attends first local event
NEW local MP Marie Tidball attended her first local event as the Labour Member of Parliament for Penistone and Stocksbridge at the weekend.
Ms Tidball said: “Thank you to Thurgoland Community Welfare for inviting me to their excellent community Fun Day today – my first local event as our MP!
“Well done to all the volunteers who organised it and for all the local people who took part, especially in their mini Olympics.”...
IDAS representatives and Nicola Thomson-Dewey (centre) with bag donations for IDAS.
College supports abuse victims with Love Grace appeal
BARNSLEY College’s Learning for Living and Work department has supported IDAS by collecting handbag donations for victims of abuse and domestic violence.
Independent Domestic Abuse (IDAS) representatives who received the donations, said: “IDAS have received a lot of great support over the years from Barnsley college staff and students.
“The donations we receive go a long way to make the clients we work with, both in refuge and our community team, feel valued,...
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Latest social supermarket opens to customers
THE latest Community Shop opened its doors to customers in Hoyland for the first time yesterday.
A council spokesperson said: “We're happy to have supported this project as part of our Principal Towns and Local Centres Programme, helping provide people in Hoyland with a social supermarket, community café and learning and development spaces.
“The council co-funded Community Shop to bring back this prominent high street building back into use, with our contribution being...
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Town to host Tour of Britain stage finale
A TOP cycle race is returning to Barnsley in September for the first time in almost 20 years.
The Lloyds Bank Tour of Britain Men will return to South Yorkshire as Barnsley gears up to be part of the third stage of Britain’s national tour.
Stage three of the race, on Thursday, September 5, will head from Sheffield to Barnsley, taking in Rotherham and Doncaster during the route. The race last came to...
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Police 'very concerned' over woman's disappearance
OFFICERS searching for missing Barnsley woman Claire have released a new image and issued a map detailing her last known sightings.
A police spokesperson said: “We are sharing a new, clearer photograph we have of Claire, which has been taken from her Facebook account. Although this photo is old, we are sharing this image in the hope it will aid our ongoing investigation.
“The map shows the three confirmed sightings we have...
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Milestone for Autism Allotments project
TWO inspirational dads are celebrating following the completion of phase one of the volunteer-led transformation of the Autism Allotments.
The project was co-funded by local couple Michael and Paul Atwal-Brice late in 2023 with work beginning on site in February this year.
Their oldest boys, Levi and Lucas, now 18, are autistic and have epilepsy and other disabilities.
They have been campaigning for years to support families like theirs and the allotments,...
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Martha's Rule adopted at Barnsley Hospital
BARNSLEY Hospital has been selected as one of the first NHS sites in the country to roll out ‘Martha’s Rule’.
Martha Mills died in 2021 after developing sepsis in hospital, where she had been admitted with a pancreatic injury after falling off her bike.
Martha’s family’s concerns about her deteriorating condition were not responded to, and in 2023 a coroner ruled that Martha would probably have survived had she been moved to intensive...
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Referral rise leads to volunteer appeal
A CHARITY is on the lookout for volunteers in Barnsley following a surge in demand for their services.
Aphasia Support currently provides both home-based and online one-to-one support in the area, alongside a twice-monthly cafe at Barnsley Metrodome.
In the last year there has been a 90 per cent increase in referrals compared to the previous year.
Aphasia – a language disorder which affects a person’s ability to speak, read, write and...
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Flat plan for tattoo parlour given go-ahead
PLANNING ROUND-UP: Plans to convert a town centre tattoo parlour into two new flats have been approved by the council.
An application was originally submitted in May, for work to take place on Eldon Street North. These plans were given the green light by Barnsley Council’s planning board recently.
PLANNING permission is being sought to use land in Staincross for car sales. If approved, a stretch of Wakefield Road will be the subject...
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Councillor welcomes action following 'rat run' petition
NEW warning signs will be added to two Monk Bretton streets after more than 100 residents signed a petition calling for more work to be done to stop speeding motorists on the Full House estate.
A total of 102 locals signed the petition which called on Barnsley Council to introduce speed measures in the area following an upsurge in accidents on the street which has been described as a ‘rat run’ for impatient motorists....
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Band joins Coldplay on Glastonbury stage
THE world-renowned Grimethorpe Colliery Band was live on the Pyramid Stage at the recent Glastonbury Festival.
A number of the members were on hand to perform as part of Coldplay’s headline act in front of 125,000 live in the crowd, and 25 million more watching on TV.
Barnsley hip-hop artist Delilah Bon also performed at the festival just hours after a gig at Pride in London.
Delilah Bon, the alter ego of...
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Contraceptive pill now available without appointment
WOMEN in Barnsley are now able to get the contraceptive pill free at their local pharmacy without needing to contact their GP first.
Community pharmacies across the area are offering the new service for the first time, increasing choice for women in the ways in which they can access contraception.
Anyone needing the pill can access it through participating pharmacies without a referral from their GP, though they can be referred by their general practice...
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Police release image in hate crime investigation
OFFICERS investigating a hate crime which left the victim with a fractured eye socket have released CCTV images.
At around 7.10pm on June 21, the victim was waiting on the platform at Barnsley railway station when he was approached by a boy who began shouting transphobic abuse at him, before assaulting him.
The victim was taken to hospital and treated for a fractured eye socket.
Officers believe the person in the CCTV...
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Police facing unprecedented demand from dangerous dog incidents
A DOG attack in Barnsley at the weekend has left a woman requiring constructive surgery.
On Sunday at 7.22pm, officers responded to reports of a dog bite in Goldthorpe. It is believed that an English Bull Dog attacked its owner and caused serious injuries to her hands and arms, leaving her requiring constructive surgery.
The woman, who lost consciousness, was taken to hospital by ambulance and her dog was seized.
South Yorkshire...
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Barnsley food hygiene ratings revealed
THE latest food hygiene assessments have been announced.
Five-star ratings were given to Gather, based on Park Spring Road in Little Houghton, Middlecliffe WMC, Sandhill Golf Clubhouse and The Singing Man in Shafton.
Lucky House takeaway, based on Wentworth Street in Birdwell, and Chico’s Pizza, on Doncaster Road, picked up a four-out-of-five ratings.
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Burglar gained trust of his victims
A BARNSLEY man has been jailed for three years for two burglaries in which he stole cash and valuables worth almost £8,000 collectively from victims.
Wayne Collins, 51, of Woodland Drive, Barnsley, gained the trust of his victims by helping them with tasks such as cleaning their car or gardening, before creating access to and burgling their home.
On May 2, Collins stole jewellery, a passport, and cash worth £3,340 from an address...
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Police increasingly concerned about missing man
POLICE are appealing for help to find a man who was last seen in Darfield on Thursday.
Adam is originally from Doncaster and was last seen at 8pm on Thursday.
He is described as white, aged 42, around 5ft 10ins tall, of average build and with black/grey hair. He was last seen wearing black jogging bottoms, black trainers and a grey zip-up jacket with a hood.
Police are becoming increasingly concerned for...
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Police in appeal for witnesses
POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man was found with life-threatening injuries in Barnsley at the weekend.
Officers were called to North Lane in Cawthorne at 8.55pm on Saturday to reports that a man had fallen off his pedal bike.
The man, who is in his 50s, was rushed to hospital with injuries described as life-threatening. He remains in a critical condition.
North Lane was closed for around two hours...

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