The Hidden Art of Barnsley -a talk

During a period extending over the late 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, a series of wonderful artists emerged in Barnsley.

Barnsley Art on Your Doorstep, a project running from 2012-2014, explored and showcased this rich and very often forgotten aspect of Barnsley’s heritage.

The results: a book  – available for reference in Barnsley Library, a website, and an exhibition at the Cooper Gallery.

Barnsley Civic Trust is delighted to host an illustrated talk and presentation on ‘The Hidden Art of Barnsley’ on Monday 2nd March at 7.00pm.
Library @ The Lightbox – Barnsley’s Central Library

Art on Your Doorstep team members – Sally Hayles, Hugh Polehampton, Maureen Wilkinson and Fred Thompson – will provide a visual tour of the 2014 exhibition and discuss the publication and its research.

A unique event – not to be missed. Open to all.

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February talks – Library @ the Lightbox

Barnsley Pals Colours Project – a talk by Jane Ainsworth on Monday 17 February and another talk on a Barnsley Building Family at War on Monday 24 February.

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St Mary’s Church Friends Group

A new Friends group is being set up for St Mary’s in Barnsley town centre. It’s for people interested in the history of St Mary’s, a grade II* listed church in the centre of Barnsley, and in caring for and promoting its heritage.

The first meeting of the Friends of Barnsley St Mary group is on Friday 17 January 2020 from noon until one o’clock.

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Barnsley Canal talk – Tuesday 26 November

A South Yorkshire Industrial History Society talk on “The Barnsley Canal and The Aire and Calder Navigation” by Graham Hague is taking place in Barnsley.

Date Tuesday 26th November 2019 at 7.00 pm.
The Friends Meeting House, Western Street, Barnsley, S70 2HP.
Near the town centre just off off Huddersfield Road.
Open to all: £2 for non-members.

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Armistice Day commemorations

100 year Armistice Day Commemoration 11.11.19

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month Barnsley remembers. 

Commemoration of Holgate Grammar School war dead

Horizon school students gather to read the names of former Holgate school students who died in the first world war. 100 years since the first date of this reading ceremony. The Cooper gallery is the former Holgate Grammar School. 

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Barnsley Civic Trust Retail Awards – the photo’s!

The wait is over, the photographs from the Retail Awards have arrived. We had a fantastic evening and once again congratulations to all the Winners and Runner Ups. The photos are all on display on our Barnsley Civic Trust Facebook page.

If you would like a copy of your picture please message us via Facebook or Messenger with your email address – or just email us – and we will email a copy to you.

A big thank you to Chris Sedgewick for taking the photos on the evening.

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Barnsley Retail Awards 2019 – the results

What an amazing evening we had at the Shop Awards on Wednesday celebrating the fantastic shops and stalls we have in the Town Centre.

Congratulations to all the Winners and Runner Ups.
Ladies Fashion :  Winner – Labels for Less  Runner Up – New Look
Men’s Fashion:  Winner – Neils  Runner Up – Best
Retail Shops:  Winner – Marshmallow Blends  Runner Up – Entertainer
Jewellers:  Winner – Warren James  Runners Up – Beaverbrooks; Kingston Jewellers
Florists:  Winner – Clover Leaf Flowers Runner Up – Pickerings Florist
Cafes:  Winner – Costa Coffee  Runner Up – Blackburns  Runner Up – The Yard
Take Aways:  Winner – Staniforths  Runner Up – Baked Potato Company
Charity Shops: Winner – RSPCA Charity Shop  Runner Up – British Heart Foundation
Markets:  Winner – Keiths Meats  Runner Up – Deli Ladies Fashion
Hairdressers:  Winner – Lesley Francis  Runner – Scissor Hands by Jo
Barbers:  Winner – Tony and Son  Runner Up – Karl Smith
Beauticians:  Winner – House of Beauty  Runner Up – Make Up Stall
Bridal:  Winner – Bev’s Bridal  Runner Up – Casademiento

Overall Winner – Marshmallow Blends

A massive thank you to all our sponsors, without you the evening wouldn’t have been possible.
The Civic, Barnsley
Barnsley MBC Markets & Town Centre Team
Better Barnsley Bond
Henry Boot Construction
Barnsley College
The Enterprise at Barnsley College
Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce
Old George’s Coffee House

Photographs on their way …

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2019 Civic Remembrance ceremonies

It is 100 years since the first Remembrance Ceremony took place. The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month was chosen to commemorate the Armistice following the First World War the year before.

King George V introduced the idea of a two minute silence:

“It is my desire and hope that there may be … a complete suspension of all our normal activities. During that time, except in the rare cases where this may be impracticable, all work, all sound, and all locomotion should cease, so that in perfect stillness the thoughts of everyone may be concentrated on reverent remembrance of the glorious dead.”

Thursday 7 November – the Royal British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance takes place in St Mary’s Church at 7 pm. It is likely to be very well attended and you are advised to arrive in good time to secure a seat.

Sunday 10 November Remembrance Sunday event at the Cenotaph 10.45 for 11 am

And on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month …
Monday 11 November – Civic Remembrance Ceremony at the Cenotaph.

This will be followed at 11.30 am by a Ceremony at the Cooper Gallery, in which students from Horizon Community College read out loud all of the names of the 76 Old Boys of Barnsley Holgate Grammar School who died in the First World War, continuing the tradition initiated by Holgate Grammar School in 1919. [More information]

All of these events are open to anyone interested to attend.

Many other Remembrance events are taking place in communities across the borough.

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The Barnsley Civic Trust’s executive committee met this last week to discuss future events and activities. We noted the initial feedback on the Retail Awards and the Presentation Event. Lots of positive comments – and thanks to Phyllis and Rebecca for their hard work in organising the Retail Awards scheme this year. 

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Barnsley Civic Trust Retail Awards

The excitement is growing, coming up on the evening of Wednesday 23 October is the Barnsley Civic Trust Retail Awards celebratory event. The businesses nominated for the top awards are being contacted with the winners announced that evening. Great news for some and an enjoyable evening for everyone taking part.

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