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Grimethorpe litter picker nominated for award
A GRIMETHORPE woman who helps keep her area litter-free has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award in recognition of her hard work.
Julie Jefferies, 58, of Manor Crescent, moved to Grimethorpe from London in 2016 and has wanted to keep the area something to be proud of ever since.
She’s been litter-picking since 2019 and even more recently started to help tidy up her street off her own back with a...
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Thousands left waiting for routine treatment at Barnsley Hospital
THOUSANDS more patients have been left waiting weeks for routine treatment at Barnsley Hospital – also battling to keep its busy emergency department running – due to the knock-on effects of the pandemic.
Waiting lists for non-urgent elective operations and treatment have continued to dwarf pre-pandemic figures – with the latest NHS statistics showing 17,060 were still waiting at the end of April after being referred.
The number of patients has snowballed this...
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Less than a quarter of Barnsley's teachers are male
MALE teachers make up just under a quarter of those working in Barnsley, according to new government data.
As of November, there were 1,921 teachers in state-funded schools working in the borough, of which 462 were male.
The percentage has fallen slightly on the previous year’s figure, from 24.5 per cent to 24 per cent.
Barnsley is similar to the national picture, with the average across England 24.2 per cent – although...
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DJ Nigel up for Proud of Barnsley award
A MAN described as the ‘epitome’ of community spirit has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.
Nigel Patrick, 58, of Cudworth, raised the spirits of his neighbours during the pandemic with his lockdown garden discos – but he hasn’t stopped there.
He’s since held large events in his area for both VE Day and the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, all to put a smile on the faces of his friends.
“It...
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Changes made after devastated mum loses baby during labour at Barnsley Hospital
‘IMMEDIATE’ changes have been made at Barnsley Hospital after a devastated mother – who accused maternity staff of ignoring alarm bells – lost her baby during labour.
Emily Barley, 33, gave birth to Beatrice on May 22 with no signs of life, after staff reportedly failed to act on her baby’s bradycardia – a sustained low heart rate – but this condition was reportedly not written on records.
After Beatrice’s heart rate was...
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School friends reunited after more than half a century
SCHOOL friends were reunited for the first time in 55 years last week with their much-admired former teacher.
Ian Harley, 73, of Cinder Hills Way, Dodworth, began conducting research in 2019 into former pupils from Holgate Grammar School who lost their lives serving in World War Two.
Along with friend and fellow ex-pupil Melvyn Dunn, the research led to the idea to create a group email with former friends from Holgate who studied...
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Community hero Bob nominated for award
A MAN who’s well known in the Old Town community for his cheeky jokes and huge smile has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award for his work in the area.
Bob Sharpe, 83, is a former firefighter – but his work to tidy up the area in which he lives has gained the support from his neighbours.
He regularly takes part in litter picks and clear graffiti off walls, as well...
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Reds face Worksop in first preseason friendly
BARNSLEY will play their first game of preseason tomorrow as they prepare for their League One campaign.
They will face Worksop Town who play in the Northern Premier League, Division One East - one tier above Penistone Church.
It’s set to be the first preseason game Barnsley fans can attend since 2019.
Fans are being invited to a barbecue at Oakwell from 11am to 12.15pm before the away game.
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Grannies raise thousands for Barnsley Hospice
A GROUP of grannies have celebrated raising almost £3,000 for Barnsley Hospice – surpassing their goal almost twice over.
The ‘Grabby Grannies’ meet at the Heaven and Ale pub on Agnes Road in Kingstone at 1pm every Thursday, and have held fundraisers from auctioning off pork pies to weekly events in a mission to raise £1,000 for the hospice.
Their grand total now sits at £2,843 after an afternoon of music and games...
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Reds to travel to Middlesbrough in Carabao Cup
BARNSLEY will travel to Championship side Middlesbrough in the first round of the Carabao Cup.
It’s a repeat of the tie two years ago where the Reds came out 2-0 winners.
Barnsley also found out their EFL trophy group today.
They will play Lincoln, Doncaster Rovers and Newcastle u21s.
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A week left for residents to apply for energy rebate
THERE’S exactly a week left for residents to apply for their council tax energy rebate.
Residents have until Thursday to apply for their £150 rebate.
If an application is not submitted, Barnsley Council will credit the sum to your council tax account.
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Barnsley to make 600-mile round trip on first day of season
BARNSLEY will make their longest trip of the season on the first day of their League One campaign as they travel to Plymouth Argyle.
They’ll then host Michael Duff’s former team Cheltenham Town at Oakwell in the second game of the season.
The Reds will end their campaign against Peterborough United at home.
The full fixture list can be found on the Barnsley FC website.
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Reds sign Bristol City centre back
BARNSLEY FC have announced the signing of centre back Robbie Cundy after he rejected a contract at Championship side Bristol City.
The 25-year-old’s contract with Bristol City ended in the summer and he will now link up with Michael Duff at Oakwell on a two-year deal.
He signed for Bristol City back in 2019 and eventually broke into the team earlier this year.
He generally impressed in his 14 Championship appearances and...
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Appeal after cat boards lorry in Barnsley and ends up in Scotland
AN appeal has been launched for the owner of a cat to come forward - after it boarded a lorry and ended up in Scotland.
The tabby and white-coloured male cat was discovered on the back of the lorry - and now an appeal has been launched to find its owner having been handed into the Scottish SPCA.
A spokesperson added: “The lorry began its journey in Barnsley in England, then travelled to...
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Warning of fraud messages claiming to be Ofgem
BARNSLEY Council bosses have warned residents of fake text messages claiming to be from Ofgem.
The messages claim to offer £400 energy rebates, but these claims are bogus.
A spokesperson added: “Please be cautious of suspicious text messages and trust your instincts don’t be afraid to hang up on a caller or delete an email or email.
“You should never give your personal information or bank details over the phone.”
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Cauley Woodrow leaves Oakwell for Luton
BARNSLEY captain Cauley Woodrow has left Barnsley FC to join Luton Town.
Having made 157 appearances at the club, Woodrow will also go down as one of the great goal scorers of the 21st century at Oakwell.
He joins Luton for an undisclosed fee.
He said: “There has been ups and downs, but this football club, fan base, players and staff will be in my heart forever.
“I can’t thank everyone...
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Students expand knowledge in capital visit
BARNSLEY Sixth Form College students travelled to the capital to expand their knowledge of their subjects.
The three-day trip saw art and design students attend a number of art galleries as well as a workshop so they could learn more about their work.
Drama student Keira Duce said: “The stage combat workshop allowed us to develop our performance skills and explore roots of theatre that we had not previously looked at.
“We...
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Sign language app launched to help contact emergency services
A NEW app has been launched to assist sign language users in Barnsley to contact emergency services quicker.
The ‘999 BSL’ app can be downloaded on any smart phone and tablet, and offers an interpreter for residents to speak to police, fire and ambulance services.
Superintendent Cherie Buttle said: “As a force we already have in place and support the text message relay service that is available for those who are unable to...
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Warning after owl moved away from nest
THE RSPCA is warning people to not move owls away from their nests after a young bird was found alone in Wath-Upon-Dearne.
The distinctive young tawny was handed over to a bird of prey keeper by a member of the public who found him grounded in a wood.
It’s believed the fledgling was moved away from his nest by youngsters.
RSPCA animal rescue officers Liz Braidley and Leanne Horness-Heather worked together to...
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Police urging Ford Fiesta owners to remain vigilant
POLICE are warning Ford Fiesta owners following a surge in thefts.
More than 80 have been stolen from across South Yorkshire since March as Fiestas can be stolen without keys – considerably easier than other cars.
Police are now encouraging Barnsley residents to be more wary.
Detective Inspector Lee Wilson said: “There are various ways owners of Fiestas can reduce the risk of their vehicle being stolen.
“These include purchasing an...

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