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Purse bells will help fend off potential thieves

OFFICERS in Barnsley have issued a warning to shoppers after several incidents of purse thefts in the town centre, and have introduced a way for people to ‘hear’ their purse.

‘Purse bells’ have been introduced by South Yorkshire Police and are available for people to pick up at the front desk in Barnsley Police Station.

Sergeant Steph Coverley said: “It’s the time of year when our high streets across South Yorkshire start to get busier, with people beginning their Christmas shopping.

Unfortunately, it’s also the season where we see an increase in thieves targeting people for their purses and valuables.

“This week two elderly people have had their purses taken in Barnsley town centre, which is clearly upsetting and can have a bigger emotional impact than people think.

“We know that the types of people carrying out this activity often work in teams and operate by distracting vulnerable members of the public, so please keep your eyes peeled for this type of behaviour.

“Often the simplest methods of crime prevention are the best that’s why we’ve got purse bells available for anyone who would like one. If you pop along to Barnsley Police Station and speak to the front desk you can pick one up for your mum, grandma, friend or yourself.

“You can always speak to any of our officers or PCSOs that you see on the beat, in fact we’d love to have a chat, so bear this in mind too.”

There will be two police engagement stalls are at Barnsley Market on Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm and Thursday at Barnsley Library between 10am and noon.

New support sessions begin - full list here

A PILOT scheme aimed at giving people face-to-face contact with support services in Barnsley was launched this week.

The ‘Talking Point’ programme, a partnership between Barnsley Council and social care, housing, police and health services, hopes to give residents a better idea of what support is available in order for them to improve their own independence and wellbeing.

The project’s pilot scheme, targeting the Dearne, was launched at Goldthorpe Library yesterday and will see further drop-in sessions rolled out in Thurnscoe and Goldthorpe.

Coun Jenny Platts, cabinet spokesman, said: "This initiative is a brilliant way for residents to make sure that they can access the support and guidance that they require from a range of services working together in one place.”

The next session is on Saturday October 26, Big Local Thurnscoe - St Helen’s Church Hall, 11am-4pm.

* Thursday 14 November, Snap Tin Cafe, Goldthorpe,10am-noon

* Monday 25 November, Salvation Army, Goldthorpe, 10am - noon

* Monday 9 December, Thurnscoe Library, 10am - noon

* Wednesday 18 December, Cherry Tree Court, 10am - 1pm

* Monday 6 January, Goldthorpe Medical Centre, 10am - noon

* Thursday 23 January, Goldthorpe Library, 10am - noon

Appointment options are extended as women urged to have cervical screening

WOMEN in Barnsley will now be able to access cervical screening appointments in Barnsley at evening and weekends.

Nurses from the iHEART Barnsley service will be offering cervical screening appointments on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 10.30pm and on Sundays from 10am to 2pm at the Chapelfield Medical Centre in Wombwell.

The appointments have been set up to help women get appointments at a time most suitable to them. Appointments can be booked in advance by contacting your GP Surgery and asking to be referred to i-Heart’s screening service.

Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but a pre-cancer screening to notice any changes to the cervix before a problem arises. Some 95 per cent of screenings come back negative and cervical cancer is rare, making up less than one per cent of all cancer cases, as smear tests are good at catching and treating potential problems early enough to prevent it.

Dr Hussain Kadarsha, GP at Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Cervical cancer is one of the cancers that can be prevented through screening by picking up early changes in the cells before the disease develops. So being able to offer extended access to cervical screening appointments is a great thing for women in Barnsley.

“We’ve seen drop in and evening sessions prove really popular recently. We’re hoping to see these opening times encourage more women to have their screening.

“The best way for women to protect themselves against cervical cancer is by taking up their cervical screening appointments.

“We know that many women don’t attend their appointment for a variety of reasons, but we want to make sure that appointments are available at the best times to suit them.”

For more information about booking appointments, visit the iHEART Barnsley website at iheartbarnsley.org.uk

Changes to recycling centre opening times

CHANGES to the opening times at the household waste and recycling centres across the borough have come into effect today.

The winter opening times will see all four centres close at 4pm.

The centre on West Street, Worsbrough, will open at 8am and Smithies Lane, Springvale and Nicholas Lane will open at 9am.

All centres will continue to open seven days a week but will close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and the opening times will remain in place until March.

 

 

Support available during Breast Cancer Awareness month

IN SUPPORT of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Barnsley Hospital is raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

The hospital will also be making people aware of the importance of attending screening appointments. Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK, with around one in eight women in the UK being diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime.

However, if detected earlier, treatment has a higher rate of success. Breast screening aims to find breast cancers early.

It uses an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they’re too small to see or feel. The test takes a few minutes and might feel uncomfortable but shouldn’t be painful.

As the likelihood of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women aged from 50 to their 71st birthday, and registered with a GP are automatically invited for breast screening every three years.

As well as attending breast screening it’s important women check their breasts regularly for changes and if anyone does notice any changes they are asked to make an appointment to speak to a GP.

Macmillan Trust lead cancer nurse Sara Andrews said: “I encourage women to regularly look and feel their breasts. That way, you can spot any changes quickly and report them to your GP.

"As well as checking your breasts it’s important to take up your breast screening invites as mammograms can spot cancers when they’re too small to see or feel.

“If you think you may have missed a breast screening, or have not been invited, contact your local breast unit. The earlier breast cancer is picked up, the easier it is to treat and the more likely the treatment is to be successful.”

Anyone can still have screening once they are aged 71 or over and can arrange an appointment by contacting Barnsley Hospital on 432 100.

Quit smoking this October

SMOKERS are being encouraged to put down the cigarettes for good as Stoptober campaign kicks off today.

Yorkshire Smokefree has over one hundred clinics across the region with weekly group and one-to-one sessions available along with telephone and online support.

Nationally, the Stoptober campaign has driven over 1.9 million quit attempts and is the biggest mass-quit attempt in the country.

Those who choose to quit with the support of their local stop smoking service are four times more likely to quit successfully.

In addition to telephone and online support, assistance is available through daily emails and text alerts, Facebook messenger and lots of encouragement from the Yorkshire Smokefree online community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Sue Jones, Yorkshire Smokefree Stop Smoking Specialist, said: “My advice to anyone that smokes would be to join the thousands of others kicking the habit this Stoptober. Stopping smoking is the single best thing you can do for yours and your family’s health.

"Yorkshire Smokefree offers free help to quit, with six out of ten smokers successfully quitting for four weeks. Join the campaign and get the right help today.”

Coun Jim Andrews, Barnsley Council Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “Stoptober is a great opportunity to quit smoking for good, with plenty of help and support available.

"In 2016, 79.4 percent of Barnsley adults didn’t smoke, and in 2018, that figure increased to 82.6%. That’s a fantastic improvement, but we want this year to be our best year yet.

“If you want to quit, get in touch with Yorkshire Smokefree or visit the Stoptober website for support.”

2030 vision on zero carbon

BARNSLEY Council is set to declare a ‘climate emergency’ with plans to create a zero-carbon borough earlier than its original target.

The council says its strategy is to reduce pollution levels and bosses are aiming to a achieve a zero carbon borough by 2040 – ten years sooner than the government is aiming for nationally – as air pollution has been cited as the fourth biggest threat to public health after cancer, heart disease and obesity.

However, the declaration of a climate emergency is seen as a statement of intent, a council report said, and the 2040 target could be hit sooner as a result.

A report, which will be discussed by ruling cabinet members at Barnsley Town Hall on Wednesday, said: “A climate emergency declaration issued by a council can only be a powerful catalyst for action if paired with a clear deliverable action plan.

“Several early adopters with shorter end dates have had to extend their timeframes because they found the dates were unachievable and unaffordable.

“The council may be challenged that 2040 is not ambitious enough. Most other local authorities who have declared climate emergencies have carbon neutrality targets of 2030 or 2035. Environmental activists have openly challenged targets of even 2035.

“While a 2030 target may be unobtainable it is however a statement of intent and many local authorities have declared for 2030 on that basis.”

Alright pal?

TODAY is World Suicide Prevention Day and residents are being encouraged to ask Alright Pal?

The #AlrightPal? Campaign from Barnsley Council demonstrates the importance of people spotting signs and choosing to take a small action and asking if a person is ‘alright?’.

The council are working with partners including MIND, and Barnsley Samaritans as well as Barnsley Football club.

A spokesman from Barnsley council said: "Our #AlrightPal? campaign is all about starting the conversation around mental health and wellbeing as a first step towards suicide prevention.

"Talking about mental health doesn't have to be scary; it's simply our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It's really important to understand and manage it as it affects how we think, feel and act.

"Asking somebody a simple question to check they’re alright offers support from friends and family, and an opportunity for early referrals for specialist help."

If you need to talk about how you are feeling contact Samaritans for free on 116123.

If someone is in immediate danger call 999.

‘Spot of Lunch’ campaign launches in Barnsley

A NEW campaign has been launched in a bid to encourage women to monitor their alcohol intake as research suggests there are breast cancer risks associated with alcohol.

The ‘Spot of Lunch’ campaign, launched by the council and in partnership with the Yorkshire and the Humber Alcohol Alliance, are using TV, online and Facebook in a bid to help women make more informed choices on their alcohol consumption.

Latest figures show one in seven UK females will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, and 23 per cent of cases were preventable.

Any level of regular drinking increases the risks with estimates showing that drinking two units a day causes one extra woman out of every 50 to develop breast cancer.

Rates of alcohol-related breast cancer are higher across Yorkshire and the Humber when compared to the average for England.

People across Barnsley are being encouraged to visit the campaign website at www.reducemyrisk.tv/ for facts and myths, real stories and tips to reduce drinking, including taking more drink free days with the One You Drink Free Days app.

Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health for Barnsley Council, said: “Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. There are some risk factors you can’t change, like ageing and family history, but you can reduce the risk by changing and limiting alcohol intake.

“The evidence is clear that the risk of developing breast cancer increases the more we regularly drink alcohol. A really good way to reduce drinking is to try and have some drink free days each week.

"This gives your body a chance to recover and stops drinking becoming part of the daily routine.”

Visit www.reducemyrisk.tv/ for more information

Bus services set to change

PASSENGERS across Barnsley are being encouraged to check for bus service changes ahead of a new timetable coming in next month.

From September, around a quarter of all services in South Yorkshire will see route or timetable changes, although South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive said some local buses will benefit from increases in frequency and improved reliability.

Tim Taylor, SYPTE’s director of customer services, said: “We’ve worked hard with bus companies to protect the network and minimise the impact on passengers, which means a large proportion of services will not change.

“We have made sure alternative transport links are available, wherever possible, but with fewer resources and rising costs the same level of bus coverage can’t be maintained.

“We are encouraging passengers to plan ahead and check for any changes to their service before they travel.”

You can check the changes here

Bank Holiday pharmacy opening times

A NUMBER of pharmacies will remain open this bank holiday Monday.

With the bank holiday weekend, most GP practices and pharmacy opening hours are likely to be different from normal.

However, these pharmacies around Barnsley will be open and accessible:

- Asda Pharmacy, Asda Superstore, Old Mill Lane, 9am – 6pm

- Boots, Cheapside, 10am – 4pm 

- Tesco Pharmacy, Tesco Extra, Wombwell Lane, 9am – 6pm.

Anyone needing to access GP services can still do so through the iHEART Barnsley 365 service on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Telephone lines are open from 8am – 9.30am, with appointments available on all three days from 10am – 2pm.

Call iHEART Barnsley on 242419 to book an appointment.

People can also contact the NHS 111 service if they have an urgent medical problem and are not sure what to do.

Elsecar park smoke free

A POPULAR park has gone smoke free as part of Yorkshire Day celebrations.

Elsecar Park marked the occasion with a launch event at the bandstand.

Coun Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “We want to provide as many smokefree environments as possible for children and their families to enjoy, and I’m thrilled that the whole of Elsecar Park has committed to this ambition.

“Evidence shows that if young people see smoking as part of everyday life they are more likely to smoke themselves so by making smoking invisible to children, we hope to vastly reduce the amount of children and young people picking up the habit and inspire a smoke-free generation.

“As well as the benefits to health, we also hope to see a reduction in cigarette litter in the park, which is costly to clean up as well as being unsightly.”

Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health, added: “All our smokefree areas are managed through a voluntary code and although there is no threat of enforcement, we hope that people will show consideration for children by not smoking anywhere in Elsecar Park.”

Offer extended for bus riders...

Now families and groups can save more as a popular group travel offer is to be available everyday over the summer by Stagecoach Yorkshire.Starting Monday 22nd July 2019, Stagecoach Yorkshire will extend its 5 for a Fiver ticket offer to include weekdays during the summer holiday period until the end of August.For just £5, customers can purchase a ticket that can be used by any group of between two and five people on most Stagecoach buses across South and West Yorkshire and the Chesterfield area.The offer has proved to be extremely popular with customers, so Stagecoach Yorkshire is extending the offer to weekdays during the six week holidays, so that more families and friends can catch the bus to enjoy the holiday period whilst saving money.Matt Davies, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “The 5 for a Fiver ticket offer has been a fantastic success with thousands of people already taking advantage of using the great value offer rather than driving and worrying about parking the car.“So, as a thank you to our customers, we are extending the special offer over the summer period so that even more people can take advantage of this deal to get out more, save money or take the kids out while schools and colleges are closed.“Groups of between two and five passengers can continue to use this great offer across South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and North Derbyshire during the six week summer holidays, whether they’re going shopping, enjoying a family day out, visiting leisure venues or heading out for a night on the town.”The 5 for a Fiver ticket is available to buy on any Stagecoach bus or on the Stagecoach Bus App. The extended special offer will run until Friday 30th August, when the ticket will return to being valid every Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.

Christmas 2017 survival guide!

We know you’ll be busy during the festive period, so we’ve put together a survival guide to help you through!

Travel information, pharmacy openings, emergency numbers, supermarket opening times… it’s all in here! Merry Christmas!

Supermarket opening times:

ALDI opening times across Barnsley

Christmas Eve 24 Dec - 10am-4pm

Christmas Day 25 Dec - CLOSED

Boxing Day 26 Dec - CLOSED

Wednesday 27 - 8am-10pm

New Year’s Eve 31 Dec - 10am-4pm

New Year’s Day 1 Jan - CLOSED

Tuesday 2 Jan - 8am-10pm

TESCO, Wombwell Lane

Christmas Eve - 10am - 4pm

Christmas Day - CLOSED

Boxing Day - 9am - 6pm

Wednesday 27 - 6am - 12am

New Year’s Day - 9am - 6pm

Tuesday 2 Jan - 6am - 12am

ASDA Old Mill Lane

Christmas Eve: - 10am - 4pm.

Christmas Day - CLOSED.

Boxing Day - 9am - 6pm.

New Year’s Eve - 10am - 4pm.

New Year’s Day - 10am-6pm.

Tuesday 2 Jan - Opens at 7am.

Morrisons Westway

Christmas Eve - 10am - 4pm

Christmas Day - CLOSED

Boxing Day - 9am - 5pm

New Year’s Eve - 10am - 4pm

New Year’s Day - 9am - 5pm

Tuesday 2 Jan - 6am - 10pm

Buses and trains:

Christmas Eve

Buses: Sunday service on most routes with last departures between 1730 and 1930.

Trains: Sunday service with last departures between 1900 and 2100.

Christmas Day

Buses and trains: No service

Boxing Day

Buses and trains: No service

Wednesday December 27

Buess: Saturday service with the exception of: Stagecoach N66: no service.

Trains: Normal weekday service with some early morning services withdrawn.

Thursday December 28

Buses: Saturday service

Trains: Normal weekday service

Friday December 29

Buses: Saturday service.

Trains: Normal weekday service

Saturday December 30

Buses: Saturday service.

Trains: Normal Saturday service

New Year’s Eve 

Buses: Sunday service with last departures 1730 and 1930

Trains: Sunday service with last departures between 1900 and 2100.

New Year's Day

Buses: No service

Trains: Normal service with some early morning services withdrawn.

Tuesday 2 January

Buses and trains: Normal weekday services resume.

XPO Logistics will be running bus services throughout the festive period, timetables are available in the bus station.

Bins:

If your bin collection day is usually on Tuesday - your Boxing Day collection (Tuesday December 26) will be changed to one of the following dates: Grey bin Wednesday 27 December Blue bin Thursday 28 December Brown bin Friday 29 December Remember, there are no green bin collections from now until March.

i-Heart Barnsley:

For i-Heart Barnsley GP and nurse service call 01226 242419 between 9am to 1pm and 111 at any other time.

Appointments are available on the following days:

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

Tuesday December 27

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Day

Monday January 2

Pharmacy opening times:

Asda Pharmacy, Old Mill Lane

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: 9am - 6pm

New Year’s Day: 10am - 4pm

Lloyds, Barnsley Interchange

Christmas Day: 10am - 12pm

Boxing Day: 8.30am - 8pm

New Year’s Day: 8.30am - 8pm

Boots, Cheapside

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: 08:30 - 17:30

New Year’s Day: Closed

Tesco Pharmacy, Wombwell Lane

Boxing Day: 6.30 - 10pm

Tour de Yorkshire 2017: A WAB guide

STAGE three of the Tour de Yorkshire 2017 will race through Penistone this Sunday, and we've put together a guide to help you get the most out of the day.

Will I be able to park nearby?

The council is encouraging people to avoid unnecessary car journeys on the day and to be aware that parking at hotspot venues will be limited. 

Can I get to the race using public transport?

Take a look at the public transport timetable for race day and plan your journey with Travel South Yorkshire (TSY).

However, the following bus services will be suspended between 3pm and 6pm:

21A Barnsley – Millhouse Green

24A Barnsley – Penistone

29 Chapeltown – Penistone

Expected arriving times*:

Millhouse 4.06pm

Thurlstone 4.07pm

Penistone 4.09pm

Oxspring 4.14pm

Thurgoland 4.17pm

Wortley 4.21pm

Green Moor 4.27pm

Underbank 4.32pm (loop)

Mortimer Road 4.55pm

Underbank 4.58pm (loop)

*These timings are subject to the speed of riders and could vary by approximately 30 minutes.

Road closures:

Full road closures from 6am to 6pm:

Mortimer Road

Oxspring Road - junction A616

Underbank Lane

Thurgoland Bank

Bower Hill junction – Halifax Road

Roper House Lane

Roper Lane

Cote Lane

Sportive closures from 6am to 11am:

Chapel Lane

Hartcliffe Road

Grudgeby Lane

Dyson Cote Lane Hartcliffe Hill Road

Cross Lane

Sike Lane

Schole Hill Lane

Don Hill Height

Back Lane

Brockholes Lane

Doubting Lane

Judd Field Lane

Penistone town centre closures from 12noon to 6pm (Road closures are subject to spectator numbers):

St Marys Street

Market Place

Shrewsbury Road

Market Street

High Street

Church Street

Sheffield Road

Is there anything else to do on the day?

There’s a variety of entertainment that’s been planned, including live music, family entertainment and food stalls.

Easter 2017 Survival Guide

WE know you'll be busy over the Easter weekend, so we've put together an Easter survival guide to keep you up to speed!

We've been in touch with everyone we could think of to get you the need-to-know information.

In here, you'll find info on doctors, pharmacies, buses, trains, bin collections and supermarkets.

Happy Easter!

Doctors: 

Most GP surgeries will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Monday. However, 111 cover will be available as will the iHeart Barnsley services.

Chemists: 

The following chemists will be open across the Easter weekend:

Good Friday and Easter Monday - Asda Pharmacy (Old Mill Lane) 11am-5pm. Lloys Pharmacy (Barnsley interchange) 8.30am-5.30pm. Tesco Pharmacy (Wombwell Lane) 11am-4pm.

Easter Sunday - Lloyds Pharmacy (Barnsley Interchange) 10am-6pm.

If you require an emergency prescription your GP will advice you of which chemists you can dispense them.

Bins:

Household waste collections due on Good Friday will be collected over both Friday and Easter Saturday.

Residents are advised to leave their bins out for 6am on Good Friday. 

Business rubbish collections due on Easter Monday will be collected on Easter Saturday.

Buses and Trains: 

Buses will be running to revised timetables over the Easter weekend.

On Good Friday a Saturday service will be provided by most bus companies in Barnsley except Waterson Coaches, who'll be running a normal Friday service.

On Easter Sunday and Easter Monday - most buses will operate a Sunday service - apart from the N66 night bus which will not operate on the Monday.

All trains will be running normal services throughout the Easter weekend. 

Supermarket opening times:

Asda Old Mill Lane:

Good Friday 24 hours. 

Easter Saturday - Closes at 10pm.

Easter Sunday - Closed

Easter Monday - 7am-8pm

Morrisons Town Centre:

Good Friday - Closes at 9pm

Easter Saturday - 8am-8pm

Easter Sunday - Closed

Easter Monday - 7am-8pm

Tesco Stairfoot:

Good Friday - 24 hours

Easter Saturday - Closes at midnight

Easter Sunday - Closed

Easter Monday - 9am-6pm

Aldi Birdwell, Cudworth and Barugh Green:

Good Friday - 8am-10pm

Easter Saturday - 8am-10pm

Easter Sunday - Closed

Easter Monday - 8am-10pm

Changes to bus services: A WAB Guide

A RAFT of changes to Barnsley’s bus services come in this weekend - and we’ve got you covered.

The changes follow a consultation with communities and councillors last June and July that saw over 1,000 people give their views.

As part of of the changes, new ‘BConnect’ day (£4.50), seven day (£16) and 28 day (£60) tickets have been made available from TravelMaster that can be used on any bus in Barnsley.

Existing single operator day and week ticket options will continue unchanged.

The full changes to timetables are:

1 Barnsley - Smithies - New Lodge - Mapplewell - Staincross: Changes have been made to the timetable. The Saturday daytime frequency has been reduced to every 12 minutes and evening service has been reduced to hourly journeys on Monday to Saturday from 21.00 and on Sundays from 17.00.

6 Barnsley - Kendray - Worsbrough Dale: Minor changes have been made to the times of evening journeys. 8 8a Barnsley - Worsborough Common - Ward Green - Worsborough Bridge - Worsborough Dale: These services have been withdrawn. Alternative journeys are available via service 67.

11 12 Barnsley - Honeywell - Smithies - New Lodge - Athersley: Service 11 - Changes have been made to the times. The Saturday daytime frequency has been reduced to every 12 minute and evening journeys reduced to hourly.

32 Barnsley - Hoyle Mill - Cundy Cross - Lundwood - Cudworth: Changes have been made to the timetable. The Monday to Saturday evening journeys now operate as service 28c. Most Sunday journeys have been withdrawn.

34 34a Barnsley - Monk Bretton - Athersley - Carlton - Shafton - Cudworth - Lundwood - Cundy Cross: This service has been withdrawn. Alternative journeys are available via service 36 operated by Waterson’s.

35 35a Barnsley - Hoyle Mill - Monk Bretton - Lundwood - Cudworth - Shafton - Brierley - Hemsworth - South Kirkby - South Elmsall: This service has been withdrawn. Alternative journeys are available via services 36, 37 and 38.

36 Barnsley - Monk Bretton - Cudworth - Shafton - Brierley - Hemsworth - South Kirkby - South Elmsall: This service has been completely revised and has replaced services 31, 34, 34a, 35 and 29 in South Heindley. Services 36a and 36b operate schooldays only and are not included in this guide.

57 59 Barnsley - Monk Bretton - Carlton - Royston - Notton - Newmillerdam - Sandal - Wakefield: Service 57 - A new early morning journey at 05.26 from Royston to Barnsley has been introduced. Service 59 - Minor timetable changes have come in.

66 N66 Barnsley - Birdwell - Hoyland Common - Hoyland - Jump - Elsecar: Service 66 - Saturday journeys have been reduced to every 12 minutes. Service N66 - the timetables have been revised.

96 97 Barnsley - Gawber - Darton - Staincross - Kexborough - West Bretton - Woolley - Sandal - Wakefield: Changes have been made to the route and times with service 96 operating via Longley Street in Higham.

193 Barnsley - Athersley - Royston - Ryhill - Crofton - Walton - Sandal - Wakefield: Revised timetable with journeys operating via Rotherham Road at Monk Bretton

216 Goldthorpe - Thurnscoe - Middlecliffe - Grimethorpe: This service now operates only between Goldthorpe and Grimethorpe.

226 Barnsley - Stairfoot - Wombwell - Wath upon Dearne - Bolton on Dearne - Goldthorpe - Thurnscoe: Changes have been made to the times of journeys on Sunday to improve punctuality.

300 Penistone - Millhouse Green - Thurlstone: This service has been withdrawn following operation on Saturday 28 January 2017. Alternative journeys are available via new service 23 ‘Yorkshire Tiger’.

265 Sheffield - Firvale - Sheffield Lane Top - Ecclesfield - Chapeltown - Hoyland Common - Birdwell - Worsbrough - Barnsley: Minor timetable changes have been made to improve punctuality.

X19 Barnsley - Stairfoot - Ardsley - Darfield - Goldthorpe - Hickleton - marr - Scawsby - Doncaster: Minor timetable changes have been made to aid reliability.

X20 Barnsley - Wombwell - Old Moor - Manvers - Mexborough - Denaby Main - Conisbrough - Warmsworth - Balby - Doncaster: Minor timetable changes have been made to improve punctuality. Also an additional stop is now included in the limited stopping arrangements in Mexborough on Wath Road at Highwoods Road.

2016 Christmas Survival Guide

We know you’ll be busy during the festive period, so we’ve compiled a survival guide to help you through!

Travel information, pharmacy openings, emergency numbers, supermarket opening times… it’s all in here!

Supermarket opening times:

Asda, Old Mill Lane

Christmas Eve: Closes at 7pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: 9am - 6pm

Dec 27: Opens at 7am

Dec 28: 24 hours

Dec 29: 24 hours

Dec 30: 24 hours

New Year’s Eve: Closes at 7pm

New Year’s Day: 10am - 4pm

Jan 2: Opens at 7am

Morrisons, Town Centre

Christmas Eve: 6am - 6pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: 9am - 5pm

Dec 27: 8am - 6pm

Dec 28: 6am - 10pm

Dec 29: 6am - 10pm

Dec 30: 6am - 10pm

New Year’s Eve: 7am - 7pm

New Year’s Day: 10am - 4pm

Jan 2: 9am - 6pm

Tesco, Stairfoot

Christmas Eve: Open until 7pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: 9am - 6pm

Dec 27: Open from 6am

Dec 28: Open from 6am

Dec 29: Open from 6am

Dec 30: Open from 6am

New Year’s Eve: Open until 7pm

New Year’s Day: 10am to 6pm

Jan 2: Open from 6am

Aldi, Birdwell, Cudworth and Barugh Green Christmas Eve: 8am - 6pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: Closed

Dec 27: 8am - 10pm

Dec 28: 8am - 10pm

Dec 29: 8am - 10pm

Dec 30: 8am - 10pm

New Year’s Eve: 8am - 6pm

New Year’s Day: Closed

Jan 2: 8am - 10pm

i-Heart Barnsley:

For i-Heart Barnsley GP and nurse service call 01226 242429 between 9am to 1pm.

Appointments are available from 10am until 1pm on the following days:

Christmas Eve

Christmas Day

Boxing Day

Tuesday December 27

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Day

Monday January 2

Pharmacy opening times:

Asda Pharmacy, Old Mill Lane

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: 9am - 6pm

New Year’s Day: 10am - 4pm

Lloyds, Barnsley Interchange

Christmas Day: 10am - 12pm

Boxing Day: 8.30am - 8pm

New Year’s Day: 8.30am - 8pm

Boots, Cheapside

Christmas Day: Closed

Boxing Day: 08:30 - 17:30

New Year’s Day: Closed

Tesco Pharmacy, Wombwell Lane

Boxing Day: 6.30 - 10pm

Superdrug, Cheapside

Boxing Day : 9am - 5.30pm

Darfield, Stone Pharmacy

Boxing Day: 10am - 4pm

Buses:

Friday December 23: Buses and trains will run a normal Monday to Friday service, with the following exceptions: Stagecoach N66 will operate Friday night/Saturday morning.

Christmas Eve: Buses will run a Saturday service with last departures between 17.30 and 19.00.

The following exceptions apply: First - 205 last journeys from Doncaster 1705, from Tickhill 15.56. X4 normal service Powells - Last journeys on services 4, 18 and 87 between 14.00 and 16.00 TM Travel - No evening journeys will operate on services 7 (Rotherham), 10, 11 or 66. Additional journeys from XPO Logistics will operate.

Christmas Day: Buses and trains: No services but additional journeys to and from XPO Logistics will operate.

Boxing Day: Buses and Trains: No service except for: First - Service X1 will be operating a special timetable. Additional journeys to and from XPO Logistics will operate.

Tuesday December 27: Buses: Sunday service. Trains: Monday to Friday service with the withdrawal of some early morning journeys.

Wednesday December 28: Buses: Saturday service with the following exceptions: DCT - 319 will operate a Wednesday service First - 496 will operate a normal Monday to Friday service. Selwyn Coaches - No service Stagecoach - N66 will not operate Trains: Normal service.

Thursday December 29: Buses: Saturday service with the following exceptions: First - 496 will operate a normal Monday to Friday service. Selwyn Coaches - No service Stagecoach - N66 will not operate Trains: Normal service.

Friday December 30: Buses: Saturday service with the following exceptions: First - 496 will operate a normal Monday to Friday service. Selwyn Coaches - No service Stagecoach - N66 will not operate Additional journeys to XPO Logistics will operate. Trains: Normal service

New Year’s Eve: Buses: Saturday service with last departures between 17.30 and 19.00. The following exceptions apply: Powells - Last journeys on services 4, 18 and 87 between 14.00 and 16.00 TM Travel - No evening journeys will operate on services 7 (Rotherham), 10, 11, 66. Additional journeys from XPO Logistics will operate. Trains: Monday to Friday service with last departures between 19.00 and 20.00.

New Year’s Day: Buses: No service except for: Additional journeys to and from XPO Logistics Trains: Normal service with the withdrawal of some early morning journeys. Bank Holidays: 

Monday January 2: Buses: Sunday service Trains: Normal service 

Tuesday January 3: Buses and trains: Normal Monday to Friday service

Proposed bus changes - your guide

TRANSPORT bosses have announced a potential shake-up of bus services in Barnsley - that could see some big changes made to the town's bus network. 

Plans for a new bus network and ticket system in Barnsley are to be put to transport chiefs for approval next Monday (November 7), following consultation with local communities and councillors on proposed changes for the borough.

It would see changes to bus timetables, routes and frequencies - that would be introduced in January 2017. Bus services that could change include:

 7 - Hoyland/ Milton/ Rockingham/ Stairfoot/ Worsborough. Hourly service between Barnsley, Blacker Hill and Hoyland via Ardsley Road and Hunningley Lane to improve accessibility for the White Cross estate.

20/21/22 - Dodworth. 15 minute coordinated daytime service between services 20, 21 and 22 to improve spacing between buses.

67/67a -Worsborough/ Rockingham. Improved half-hourly service between Barnsley, Hoyland Common and Wombwell, alternately serving Ward Green and Pilley, both on an hourly basis. Service 67 will replace service 220 between Wombwell and Cortonwood.

203 - Darfield/ Dearne South. Serving Little Houghton instead of service X26. Passengers can interchange at Wombwell for onward journeys to Barnsley.

X27 - Darfield/ Dearne South. Serving Wombwell to improve interchange opportunities for passengers travelling to employment sites at Grimethorpe e.g. XPO Logistics.

222 -Dearne South. Replacing service 203 at Aldham House to provide a more frequent service to Barnsley.

29 - Penistone. Chapeltown-Sheffield section of route re-allocated to provide connections between Chapeltown-Penistone-Holmfirth, with one morning and afternoon Penistone - Sheffield peak hour trip via Northern General Hospital. Chapeltown-Sheffield journeys via Northern General Hospital remain available every 6 minutes on Sheffield service 1/1a.

23/23a/24/24a - Penistone. Two-hourly services between Barnsley - Thurgoland - Green Moor - Oxspring - Penistone – Ingbirchworth, and Stocksbridge - Wortley - Thurgoland - Penistone - Thurlstone - Millhouse Green. Two-hourly services between Stocksbridge - Green Moor - Thurgoland – Barnsley.

92 - Old Town/ Penistone. Operating Barnsley - Cawthorne via Dodworth Road and Higham to provide access to Dodworth Medical Centre and improve connections to Capitol Park employment area.

Proposals also include the introduction of new ‘B-Connect’ Day, seven day and 28 day tickets that can be used on any bus and will offer a discount compared to current multi-operator tickets available in the town.

Where are the bonfires?

It's that time of year again! Bonfire and firework displays will be taking place across the town, and we've created a WAB Guide so you can see where they are.

The Fitzwilliam Arms are putting on their annual fireworks display on Friday for you Hoylanders, if you fancy a pint and some pie and peas the fun starts at 6pm.

Hoyland Common Working Men’s Club are going all out too. On Friday they’ll be a bonfire, fireworks and live entertainment.

If you’re at the other side of town, Thurnscoe Working Men’s Club are doing their bit to entertain locals too, with fireworks, food and fun fair rides for the kids on Thursday, doors open at 5pm.

If you’re in Poggy, but you still fancy a pint, head down to the Tommy Treddlehoyle on Saturday, they’ll be fireworks on from 7.30pm.

For something family friendly get yourself to Locke Park. There’s a fun fair for the little ones and stalls to keep the older ones occupied and well fed. Fireworks start at 7.30pm on Saturday.

If you fancy a run out, Wentworth Castle are holding a good old fashioned family fireworks evening on Saturday at 6pm.

Clifton Park are also have a family focus, with fairground rides and fireworks for children at 6.45pm and the main fireworks display at 7.45pm on Thursday.

Cannon Hall’s fireworks display is on Sunday November 6. There’s tractor rides and food stalls.

The Fairway at Dodworth is having a bonfire on Saturday. It's free entry, and they're having an outside bar, a BBQ and a firework display. It kicks off at 6pm. 

Wooley Miners Welfare is having a bonfire and firework display on Saturday, at 6pm. It's £2 and £1 for kids. 

If you're in Wombwell, the Ash Inn's bonfire event is on Friday, from 6pm. It's free entry, and they'll be having a firework display, pie n peas and BBQ food.

If you're in Athersley, the annual community bonfire takes place on Saturday from 6pm, at Athersley Rec on Sheerian Park. It's £1 for adults, 50p for kids whild under 5s go free. 

Dodworth Central Social Club will have a bonfire and firework display from 6pm on Thursday. Pie n peas and hotdogs will be available. 

Having a bonfire event? Comment below, send us a message on Facebook or email danny@wearebarnsley.com and we'll add you to the list.

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