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THE MAYhem festival which visited locations around the borough earlier this month has been labelled a big success.
The final two street circus events across Barnsley took place on May 18 and 19.
The MAYhem festival began at Cudworth Park on Saturday May 4.
Since then, it has travelled to Penistone, Hoyland, Royston and Goldthorpe – finishing its tour in Wombwell last Sunday.
The council engaged with street theatre company Yellow...
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Primary school rated 'good'
A BARNSLEY primary school has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.
Oxspring Primary School, based on Sheffield Road, currently has a total of 135 children on its roll.
At its latest inspection, Ofsted graded them as ‘good’.
A report states: “Pupils attend school regularly.
“They enjoy learning and playing in the company of their peers. In lessons, pupils are attentive and work hard.
“At social times, they enjoy playing games with...
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Solar panel plans for council properties
ONE thousand social housing homes across Barnsley will benefit from solar panels over the next 18 months, a report has revealed.
Thanks to funding schemes, a total of 300 council-owned properties across the borough have already benefited from installations of solar energy, new batteries and smart meters and plans.
A total of 16 energy-efficient homes have also been built at Billingley View in Bolton-upon-Dearne.
And a report has revealed a further 1,000...
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Bus changes due to road closure
STAGECOACH buses will be unable to reach a number of stops between Goldthorpe and Thurnscoe this week.
From Tuesday until Friday, Nicholas Lane will be closed between 8am and 5pm.
A spokesperson for Stagecoach said: “While the road closure is in place buses on the 226 are not able to reach stops on Nicholas Lane, Thurnscoe Bridge Lane and Shepherd Lane in both directions.
“Your nearest alternative stops are on Fields End...
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Survey to gather views on community mental health
RESIDENTS in Barnsley could be asked to take part in a survey regarding community mental health.
The South West Yorkshire NHS Partnership Trust carry out the survey to understand what patients think about their care.
Last year, almost 15,000 people took part in the survey which helped the trust improve the quality of care they offer.
A spokesperson for the trust said: “Participation is voluntary and all answers are confidential.
“If...
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Tributes to retiring parish clerk
A PARISH council clerk has retired after working for the service for over a decade.
Maxine Bashforth was presented with two planters bearing the name of the village by member of Cawthorne Parish Council earlier this month.
Chair of the council, Margaret Broadhead, said: “She will be very much missed.
“She has been an excellent clerk for the last 11 years but decided to call it a day.
“The council wishes...
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Barnsley's most popular baby names revealed
GEORGE and Isla have been crowned as the most popular names chosen by parents for their babies in Barnsley.
The Office for National Statistics has announced the most popular names for boys and girls born in 2022, using the latest census’ data.
Isla was the most popular girl’s name in Barnsley with 18 babies given the name, replacing Ava.
Meanwhile, George was the most common boy’s name in the area, which saw...
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MP welcomes new mayor
MP STEPHANIE Peacock welcomed the arrival of new Mayor of Barnsley John Clarke last week.
The Barnsley East representative attended the mayor-making ceremony at Barnsley Town Hall last Friday.
Stephanie said: “I was pleased to welcome Coun Clarke.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing mayor, Mick Stowe, for all the work that he has done for Barnsley over the past year.”
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Brave officers saved father and daughter from freezing canal
HEROIC police officers who jumped into freezing water to rescue a stricken dad and his daughter received bravery awards at a ceremony last Thursday.
In the middle of the night last August, South Yorkshire Police received a 999 call from a man saying his daughter was suicidal and had entered a canal on Common Lane, Barnsley.
He was wading out to save her, but as he started to give an area description his...
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Lottery on the hunt for Barnsley 'game changers'
BARNSLEY’S ‘game changers’ are being encouraged to apply for National Lottery grants.
Since the first draw was held in November 1994, more than £101m has been awarded to good causes in Barnsley through 1,764 individual grants.
As part of the National Lottery’s 30th birthday celebrations, they are on the hunt for 30 people who have done extraordinary things over the last three decades.
Jonathan Tuchner, from the National Lottery, added: “Since it...
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Family fun for half-term holiday
BARNSLEY Museums are promising lots of Spring bank holiday fun with a range of free family activities taking place over the half-term week.
Families are invited to get artistic and active across the museum's five free heritage attractions.
At Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens younger visitors will be tasked with finding Rowland Rook and all his feathered friends in a free indoor trail in the hall. There will also be the opportunity...

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Vespa

Pretty black Vespa (female) is just 12 weeks old, but she and her brother Mr Bond haven't been able to find a new home yet.
Vespa is lots of fun - she's high energy, people-friendly and healthy.   She was abandoned in a cardboard box 5 weeks ago, and has been with us ever since.  She is vaccinated and chipped, and ready to go.
Vespa can be adopted on her own, or with her brother Mr Bond
Watch them playing on video here:https://youtube.com/shorts/WhjkZfqnWLo?feature=share
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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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Mr Bond

MR BOND - licenced to thrill
Handsome tuxedo-boy Mr Bond is just 12 weeks old, but he and his little sister Vespa haven't been able to find a new home yet.
Mr Bond is lots of fun - he's high energy, people-friendly and healthy.   He was abandoned in a cardboard box 5 weeks ago, and has been with us ever since.  He is vaccinated and chipped, and ready to go.
Mr Bond can be adopted on his own, or with his sister Vespa.
Watch them playing on video here:https://youtube.com/shorts/WhjkZfqnWLo?feature=share
https://youtube.com/shorts/wovxV4xSlVM?feature=share


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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Dora The Explorer

Adorable Dora is waiting for her forever home - her brother and sister have been adopted, and Dora is ready for her special friends.
Dora was raised in a family home, and is currently living with her foster carer.  She is a lovely healthy kitten, with super-soft long-ish fur.  She is playful and friendly, although sometimes a little shy with strangers.  She would love a play-pal to live with.
Watch little Dora here:  https://youtu.be/HbVORojuEJg

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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Sheep shearing makes a return to farm
SHEEP shearing demonstrations are making a return to Cannon Hall Farm following a four-year hiatus.
The family-run farm in Cawthorne, which opened its doors to the public in 1989, used to do demonstrations at this time every year.
But this stopped during the pandemic, instead choosing to undertake the task behind closed doors.
Farm director Robert Nicholson said: “Shearing is a really important part of the farming calendar and it is so...
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Tenants' opinions sought in survey
BERNESLAI Homes’ tenants are being invited to take part in a survey.
A total of 1,750 tenants will be asked to complete the annual satisfaction survey which helps the company understand how they can improve their services.
A spokesperson said: “The survey contains the tenant satisfaction measures that the Regulator of Social Housing has introduced.
“At the end of every financial year we, along with all other social housing landlords, will publish...
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Barnsley hip-hop artist in festival line-up
A BARNSLEY hip-hop artist has an exciting summer ahead after being announced on the Reading and Leeds Festival line-up.
Delilah Bon, the alter ego of local star Lauren Tate, will perform on the BBC Introducing stage following an announcement last Monday.
Since its inception in June 2007, the BBC Introducing Stage has been pivotal in launching the careers of musicians such as George Ezra, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, Becky Hill, Jake Bugg, Catfish...
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Record-breaking Mick does it again!
CHAMPION race walker Mick Barker – who at 85 bagged two medals in a European competition earlier this year – has broken another record.
Mick, of Lavender Court in Kendray, smashed the five-kilometre road walk record at the European Masters Athletics Championships in Poland by completing the race in 39 minutes.
This week he received confirmation of the feat – but has no plans on stopping just yet and will race in Oxford...
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Boost in EV charger numbers
MORE than 100 electric vehicle charging bays have been added to Barnsley, with funding secured to add even more.
The council has now completed two large infrastructure programmes which have resulted in 72 public car charging bays, and a further 34 on council land.
There are 30 charging points at the Smithies Depot and four at Barnsley Crematorium.
Whilst the car parks at the Glass Works, Market Street in the town centre...
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Former garage site goes to auction
A FORMER garage site in Staincross has gone up for auction.
The site, on Longfield Drive, has been listed with a guide price of £25,000.
The location ‘may off residential development’ subject to the correct planning permits being received. The auction ends on June 19.
You can find the listing on Mark Jenkinson and Co’s website.
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Furniture store named the best in town
A LOCAL firm has been named the best furniture store in Barnsley at a recent awards show.
CC Interiors, which operates on Sheffield Road, received the accolade at the Quality Business Awards.
Owner Cheryl Brown said: “We couldn’t believe it when we found out but we’re so happy.
“It must have been a mystery shopper who came in. We always go above and beyond for our customers.”
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Donation to trust in Reds' fan Richard's memory
THE funeral proceeds of a lifelong Barnsley FC fan have been donated to the club’s charity arm.
Richard Holdsworth, born in October 1944, was a season ticket holder for many years, travelling up from the Midlands. He died last month, and the funds raised from his funeral will be given to the Barnsley FC Community Trust.
A spokesperson said: “He grew up in the Barnsley area and went on to a career in...
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Academy appoints new principal
A NEW principal will arrive at a Barnsley school after the summer holidays.
The Hill Primary Academy, part of Astrea Academy Trust, announced that Michelle Cockayne will take over at the Thurnscoe school in September.
Mrs Cockayne joined the trust as a classroom teacher, moving into assistant and vice-principal roles.
She said: “I am absolutely thrilled to take on the role of principal at The Hill Academy.
“I am very much...
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Town gets creative to spread positivity
BARNSLEY Council has been supporting Creativity and Wellbeing Week which aims to highlight the positivity it can have on residents.
On Wednesday, a creative health celebration event took place at Barnsley Civic to showcase work whilst offering local people more opportunities to learn about creative health in the town.
There will also be a jazz concert yesterday at Barnsley Library.
Anna Hartley, executive director for public health and communities, said: “We’re pleased...
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HMO plan rejected after dozens of objections
PLANS to turn a house into a HMO have been rejected – after more than 60 letters of objection were received.
An application was originally submitted in March to the turn the property, on Wath Road, Bolton-upon-Dearne, into a five-bed HMO.
There are five bedrooms proposed over three floors, two bathrooms and an en-suite in the attic.
Three off-street parking spaces will be provided at the rear of the property along with bin...
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Residents invited to join the conversation on future plans
BARNSLEY residents are being invited to join the conversation and give their views and thoughts on plans for the town.
Barnsley Council is inviting residents, communities, and businesses to participate in shaping the future of the town through the Barnsley Long-Term Plan for Towns.
The Government announced in October 2023 a new Long-Term Plan for Towns which brings together community leaders, business people, and local organisations to improve Barnsley’s future.
With £20million...
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Cat owner given ten-year ban
A CAT owner who admitted causing unnecessary suffering to his pets has been fined and banned from keeping animals for ten years.
Darren Woodhouse, of Aireton Road, Barnsley, was bailed while a pre-sentence report was compiled.
Two cats were found to be suffering with weight loss and fleas, which prompted the RSPCA to pursue court proceedings.
The 40-year-old failed to appear at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court last Monday and a warrant for his...
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New campaign highlights impact of smoking on mental health
BARNSLEY Council has joined local health bosses in launching a new campaign to make residents aware of the impact smoking has on mental health.
The new ‘Smokefree Starts’ campaign aims to help everyone understand the impact smoking has on your mental health and encourage smokers to give quitting a go.
Tobacco remains one of the most preventable causes of ill health, disability and death, with at least 16,000 hospital admissions every year in...
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Plans to make park a 'proper family facility'
YOUNGSTERS in Great Houghton will be celebrating after the area’s village hall committee secured almost £30,000 in funding for new play equipment.
The funding, which was handed to the committee through the Pride of Place grant scheme, will help deliver three new pieces of accessible playground equipment at Pleasant Avenue Park.
A new nest swing, accessible roundabout and monkey bars will be added to the site in the coming months – at a...
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'Something for everyone' at community day
A COMMUNITY day will be held in Honeywell next week for residents to talk about local concerns and there's plenty on offer to keep the kids occupied during half term too.
South Yorkshire Police and Barnsley Council are organising the event on Thursday from 11am-3pm on the fields off Hartington Drive near the Fleets fishing pond.
This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome to go down and see what support...
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Animal rescue plans charity night
A CHARITY night in aid of Barnsley Animal Rescue Charity will take place next month.
It will be held on June 7 at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium – and medium Linda Sheppard will be on hand to speak with those in attendance.
A raffle will also be drawn on the night, with all the funds being sent to BARC.
Joan Jenkinson, who has helped support the event, said: “BARC have been...
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Appeal over teenager missing for over a fortnight
POLICE have renewed an appeal for help to find a missing teenager.
Officers in Barnsley are appealing for your help to find Santars who has been missing for over a fortnight.
Santars, aged 15, was last seen on Tuesday May 7 at 9pm in the Beeston area of Leeds.
He is described as a teenage boy, with short black hair, 5ft tall and of slim build.
Santars is believed to have...
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Police in jewellery appeal following robbery
POLICE have released images of jewellery stolen following a reported robbery in Barnsley.
Officers responded to reports of an assault and robbery in Bradberry Balk Lane in Wombwell at 8.06pm on April 22. It is alleged that a 30-year-old man was assaulted and suffered minor injuries during the reported robbery in which several items of jewellery were stolen. Enquiries are ongoing and officers have now released images of the stolen jewellery. The items...
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Barnsley Archives achieves national accreditation for the second time.
BARNSLEY Archives and Local Studies Service has been awarded the prestigious Archive Service Accreditation for the second time by the National Archives.
The accreditation recognises the service's compliance with national standards and best practices, and its commitment to continuous improvement and development.
The service was one of the first in Yorkshire to receive the accreditation in 2017 and has maintained its high standards of excellence and innovation in the management and delivery of...

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