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A TEACHER at a Worsbrough school is appealing for graffiti artists and poets to help brings the arts to the pupils.
During October, a sports and art week will be held at The Mill Academy in a bid to get pupils interested in after-school activities.
Deputy headteacher Amy Holwell helped to organise the week, but said she is on the look-out for graffiti artists to help brighten up the playground.
“We have...
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Help keep pets cool this summer
AS TEMPERATURES continue to soar this weekend, an animal charity has given guidance to help keep your furry friend cool.
According to the PDSA 9People's Dispensary for Sick Animals), heatstroke can be a big issue for dogs and can in some cases be fatal.
If a dog's body temperature gets above 38.6C they can become seriously unwell.
The signs of heatstroke are:
Excessive panting
Trouble breathing
Confusion
Bright red gums
Foaming at...
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Barnsley travel students talk the Army
REPRESENTATIVES from the British Army spoke with Barnsley College’s travel and tourism students this week.
Students took part in a range of virtual activities that centred around problem-solving and teamwork.
They also heard from representatives from the army through presentations that discussed how to build a base and how to spot fake news.
Students were given an insight into the daily life of a soldier as well as guidance on job opportunities...
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Road outside a Hoyland primary school set to close in a bid to fight air pollution
A ROAD outside a Hoyland primary school will be closed next week to mark the launch of a project that tackles air pollution.
On June 17 on Shaftesbury Avenue - outside Hoyland Springwood Primary School - the road will be shut as part of Clean Air Day.
This project hopes to encourage families to leave the car at home and walk, scoot or cycle to school instead.
Using funding from the Department...
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Barnsley man jailed after robbing 12-year-old schoolboy
A BARNSLEY man who threatened and robbed a 12-year-old schoolboy whilst he was waiting for his school bus has been jailed for four and a half years.
Darrell Stott, 30, approached his victim early in the morning on Doncaster Road on March 16.
Stott approached the victim whilst on his way to school and demanded him to hand over the phone.
He then forcibly removed the phone from the young boy’s hands’...
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Man reportedly brandished knife in Wath-Upon-Dearne
WITNESSES who saw a man reportedly threatened residents by waving a large knife out of a car window in Wath-upon-Dearne are being sought by police.
On May 19 at around 1.55pm, police received reports of a man driving a silver Volkswagen with a roof rack waving a knife in a threatening manner on Manvers Way.
Officers are now appealing for information and witnesses following the incident.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police...
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Family of teen killed in quarry urge residents to avoid dangerous waters
THE heartbroken family of a teen who was crushed to death by a boulder at a quarry more than a decade ago has pleaded with residents to stay away from dangerous waters before another life is lost.
In 2008, Amber Worth, from Grimethorpe, died in the nearby quarry after a half-tonne boulder crushed her while out playing with her friends.
The 13-year-old schoolgirl, who dropped her phone into the quarry, slipped into a...
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Beat the Street launches across borough
THE game that aims to get residents out-and-about this summer launched yesterday.
Beat the Street challenges the whole community to see how far they walk, run, or cycle and explore their local community.
More than 260 Beat Boxes are placed along routes across the borough for residents to find – each box scanned within an hour is worth 10 points, and the team with the most points at the end of the six-week...
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Ian's a man on a mission to help pal's treatment
A FIREFIGHTER has raised more than £1,200 to help fund his friend’s treatment for motor neurone disease.
Ian McDonald, 42, of Mapplewell, will set off from his home on June 30 and walk to Stu Carmichael’s home in Motherwell, Scotland – who he served with as a recovery mechanic in the armed forces.
Having been diagnosed with MND – an uncommon condition that affects the rain and nerves and becomes worse over time...
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A decent cut from selfless little Harry
A YOUNGSTER has raised more than £700 for The Little Princess Trust after cutting his hair for the first time in over two years.
Harry Grantham, seven, decided when he was younger that he wouldn’t cut his hair until it was long enough to donate to charity – years later and the Dodworth St John the Baptist pupil braved the shave last Thursday.
His mum, 33-year-old Katie, said: “He said that he was...
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Ian heartbroken following the death of hero lifesaver collie
A MAN whose life was saved by his dog after a fire ripped through his home said he is ‘heartbroken’ after the death of his faithful border collie.
In October 2019, Ian Stubbs was awoken in the middle of the night by his then four-year-old dog, Sam. The dog was scratching Ian’s arms and face and alerted him to the fire which was spreading through his home on Hall Street, Wombwell.
“If he...

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Zero hygiene score for two Barnsley takeaways
TWO takeaways in Barnsley have recently been handed a zero food hygiene rating by inspectors.
Yorkshire Fried Chicken, on Burton Road in Monk Bretton, and Umar’s on Pontefract Road in Lundwood both received the lowest rating following visits on April 30.
The latter’s last rating was a three – ‘generally satisfactory’ – but at its most recent inspection it was found that major improvement was necessary with hygienic food handling and the cleanliness...
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Covid outreach team hits Wombwell
A COVID outreach team will be in Wombwell tomorrow.
They will be handing out home testing kits and face coverings, as well as offering advice and information if you do need to isolate.
The team can also answer questions about the coronavirus vaccine.
The event will be held on the High Street from 10am to 2pm.
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Darfield Post Office set to reopen
A POST Office in Darfield is finally set to reopen permanently next month.
The venue will open at Snape Hill Convenience Store, Snape Hill Road, on July 27 at 1pm.
The last branch closed in November 2019 and residents were left with no choice but to use alternative Post Offices.
Ian Johnson, network provision lead, said: “We are delighted to be restoring a full-time Post Office to Barnsley, as we know how important...
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Penistone train passengers to take replacement bus
PENISTONE train passengers will be delayed as replacement buses will be rolled out for the rest of the day.
National Rail have confirmed that buses will replace all trains between Penistone and Huddersfield until approximately 5pm today (June 10).
This comes following a signalling fault forcing the trains to be taken off the tracks for the rest of the day.
A spokesperson for National Rail said: “A fault with the signalling system...
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Police stations 'pop-up' for residents
POP-up police stations will be available in Worsbrough and Gilroyd this week for residents to air their concerns.
The events will take place today and tomorrow.
Today (June 10) the pop-up station will be held in Maltas Court, Worsbrough from midday to 2pm.
Tomorrow (June 11) another event will be held in the car park of the Gilroyd Social Club from 4pm to 6pm.
The pop-up stations provide residents with an...
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ROADWORKS: Temporary traffic lights in Hoylandswaine
A ROAD in Hoylandswaine will be hit with traffic restrictions for the rest of the week.
A temporary speed limit and traffic lights has been installed on Halifax Road between Renald Lane and Hamper Lane.
Carriageway resurfacing and drainage repairs started on Monday and the work is expected to take the rest of the week.
The traffic lights will remain until work is completed.
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Teen arrested on suspicion of drugs in Darton
A TEEN has been arrested in connection to possession and supplying drugs from a home in Darton.
Yesterday (June 8), police officers from the Barnsley Central Neighbourhood Policing Team executed a warrant on Birthwaite Road - under the Misuse of Drugs Act - following reports of drug use.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs.
“He has...
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Youths dispersed for swimming in Elsecar reservoir
POLICE dispersed a group of youths who were swimming in an Elsecar reservoir over the weekend.
On Friday, officers were carrying out cycle patrols in Elsecar Park when they caught a group of youngsters in the reservoir.
They were warned and moved on.
A spokesperson for the Barnsley South Neighbourhood Policing Team said: “Now we get that it’s warm, but believe us when we say that one of our officers coming along...
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Barnsley babies born in May
BARNSLEY Hospital has revealed that more than 230 babies were born last month with more than half of the newborns being girls.
The midwifery unit at the hospital reveal monthly figures detailing the different types of births throughout the month.
The team reported that 232 women gave birth throughout May, with the busiest days being May 18 where 13 babies were born.
There were more girls born than boys, with 120 compared...
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Covid-19 outreach team to set up at Royston Park
A CORONAVIRUS outreach team will set up shop at the car park in Royston Park tomorrow to dish out testing kits and face masks.
The Covid-19 community outreach team will be at the park tomorrow (June 9) to distribute the face coverings and testing kits.
The team will also offer guidance regarding the vaccine rollout.
A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “They’ll also be able to answer your questions about Covid support...
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ROADWORKS: Temporary traffic lights on Millhouse road
A ROAD in Millhouse will be hit with traffic restrictions for approximately three weeks.
A temporary 40mph speed limit has been installed on Manchester Road which will affect Bullhouse Bridge to Lee Lane.
Carriageway resurfacing and drainage repairs started this week and the work is expected to take up-to three weeks and will be carried out during the daytime under traffic lights.
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Youngster involved in Darfield collision
A ROAD was closed earlier today after a collision involving a ten-year-old boy in Darfield.
Police officers were called to Doncaster Road, in Darfield, at 8.24am this morning (June 8) after reports of a collision between the youngster and a vehicle.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “The pedestrian, a ten-year-old boy, has been taken to hospital with serious injuries.”
Coun Trevor Smith added: “Something needs to be done about the...
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Residents' holidays could be at risk as new countries added to travel restrictions list
HOLIDAYMAKERS are urged to check before they travel as new countries have been added to the red and amber travel lists.
From 4am this morning (June 8) the status of eight countries has been changed.
Now on the red list for travel is Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Trinidad and Tobago.
You will only be allowed to enter the UK from these countries if you are a British...
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25-year-olds now eligible for vaccine
RESIDENTS aged between 25 and 29 are now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine.
The age has been lowered once more to help protect residents against the growing Indian variant and in light of so called 'freedom day' on June 21.
Health officials have already confirmed that anyone under the age of 40 will not receive the AstraZeneca vaccine for fears of blood clots in younger people.
More than 109,000 Barnsley residents, or...
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Barnsley Hospital vow to axe plastic cups
BARNSLEY Hospital hopes to save more than one ton in plastic waste as it moves to axe all its plastic cups at its water coolers.
In 2018, the hospital used 577,200 single-use plastic cups which is equivalent to 1.44 tons of waste.
The cups have now been removed as plastic cutlery and stirrers have already been eliminated by the trust.
This comes after hospital bosses signed the NHS Single Use Plastic Reduction...
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Temporary technical issues for online crime portal
RESIDENTS across the borough should report crimes using 101 or through live-chat as technical issues cause temporary delays to the police’s reporting portal.
Today (June 7), South Yorkshire Police have been experiences issues with its online reporting portal.
This has meant that the team cannot register new accounts or receive any report forms.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “If you’ve already registered with us, you can continue to use our...
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Hard plastics now accepted at recycling centre
HARD plastics can now be recycled at a Barnsley waste disposal centre.
A skip for hard plastic is available at Smithies Recycling Centre for items such as plastic children's toys, buckets, sledges, and plastic garden furniture.
Items such as drinks bottles, film, or food pots are not accepted.
The centre is open every day from 9am until 5pm.
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Roadworks could affect Mapplewell residents
RESIDENTS in Mapplewell and Staincross are urged to make extra time for their journeys as a set of roadworks will begin today.
The drainage works will affect Bar Lane and Wakefield Road.
On Bar Lane, a one-way restriction will be in place, allowing commuters to travel from Wakefield Road towards Blacker Road only.
Traffic on Wakefield Road will not be able to turn right to travel into Mapplewell and will instead have...
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Police advice to keep homes safe during hot weather
RESIDENTS are being reminded how to keep their houses safe during the current spell of warmer weather.
As the temperatures are set to rise this week – South Yorkshire Police wants to help prevent residents from becoming a victim of crime.
The force has released list of advice to keep homes across the borough safe from opportunist thieves.
Neil Makinson from the town centre team said: “Close and lock all your doors...
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Three-quarters of population received vaccine
ALMOST 100,000 residents in Barnsley have received both doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
A total of 246,327 vaccines have been given to people across the borough to date - 151,032 of those have been first doses and 95,295 have been second doses.
Nearly three quarters of the town’s adult population have had their first dose - with a 73.9 per cent uptake.
More than 45 per cent are now...

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