A red plaque trail commemorates the places that James Hudson Taylor would have known in Barnsley. That’s James Hudson Taylor – a lad from Barnsley who in the 19th century became a missionary, went to China, and founded one of the largest movements in the world.
Following on from the Barnsley Civic Trust talk earlier this year, we have arranged for a guided walk around the town centre based on the locations associated with James Hudson Taylor. All are welcome!
The walk will take place on Tuesday 17th September and will be led by Fred Thompson of the JHT Trust. The walk will start outside Barnsley College main building at 6.00 pm.
This promises to be a very interesting and enlightening evening. Do come along!
This illustrated talk on the historic streets of the town and their significant buildings will be given by Stuart Currie of the Tasker Trust on the evening of Tuesday 11th June at the Masonic Hall, Cockerham Lane off Huddersfield Road (just north of Barnsley Town Centre).
Stuart will look at the historic streets of the town and will highlight significant buildings sadly lost in the changes which have taken place over about the last 100 years.
He will also look at the buildings which we really should ensure do not disappear in the future. An important role for Barnsley Civic Trust.
The talk will be enriched with images from the Tasker collection of historic photographs.
The meeting will commence at 7.00pm but refreshments will be available from 6.30pm.
At the beginning of the evening a short annual general meeting will take place with the talk from Stuart Currie following.
We hope you will be able to come along to what promises to be an informative evening. Everyone is welcome, members and non-members alike.
A short annual general meeting will take place at 7pm on Tuesday 11 June 2019. It will last about half an hour. Nominations are welcome to join the executive committee – please contact the secretary for a form. Refreshments will be available from 6.30pm.
The main part of the evening will be an illustrated talk by Stuart Currie of the Tasker Trust on the historic streets of the town, the significant buildings sadly lost in the changes which have taken place over the last 100 years and the buildings which we really should ensure do not disappear in the future. An important role for Barnsley Civic Trust.
Masonic Hall, Cockerham Lane off Huddersfield Road (just north of Barnsley Town Centre)
The Centenary Commemoration of the laying-up in St Mary’s of the Barnsley Pals Colours is being held on Sunday afternoon 2 June 2019.
There will be a procession to the Cenotaph led by a colour party carrying the new replica flags, accompanied by Dodworth Colliery Band, followed by a short ceremony at the Cenotaph and a commemoration service at St Mary’s Church
1.30 pm – assemble with exhibition in St Mary’s Church 2.00 pm – procession to the Cenotaph down Church St 2.15 pm – ceremony at Cenotaph – 2-minute silence 2.30 pm – commemoration service at St Mary’s Church
‘Glass Making in South Yorkshire – its History and Technology’
by Hugh Willmott.
Dr Hugh Willmott is a Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Sheffield University and is an inspirational speaker.
The talk is open to all and there is no charge. It will be held at 7.00pm on Monday 25th March, 2019, at the Cooper Gallery, Barnsley.
South Yorkshire Industrial Heritage Society is presenting the Joseph Bramah memorial lecture, sponsored by Barnsley Council, to commemorate the great engineer. It is jointly promoted by Barnsley Civic Trust.
Great talk on Tuesday 26 February by Fred Thompson and Philip Nuthall on the James Hudson Taylor trail in Barnsley and on Salem Church. We discusssed raising awareness of James Hudson Taylor and attracting more people to Barnsley to visit Salem Church and follow the trail.
Good to know that the two Barnsley Civic Trust blue plaques started the trail in 2012; now augmented by the red plaques of the trail
Following additional information provided for the planning application for the proposed gyratory at Penny Pie Park, Barnsley Civic Trust reiterated its objection to the planning application and stated that in our view the proposal does not provide an adequate solution to the present traffic-flow problem.
It does however cause increased noise and pollution by fumes close to existing housing as well as taking away much of the green space used by local people.
Tom Lonsdale gave an interesting and informative talk on Design in Regeneration and the work of the Barnsley Design Panel; members of Barnsley Civic Trust were joined by others interested in the topic at a recent meeting. Tom, the chair of the Design Panel, covered a wide range of aspects of design and some of the major schemes in the town centre.
This talk is one of a series of talks promoted by Barnsley Civic Trust
The Barnsley Civic Trust Talk on Tuesday 27th November will tell us about the work of the independent Design Review Panel set up in Barnsley. It is made up of highly regarded designers, architects, landscape architects and artists and is completely independent of the Council.
Its role is to review the design of schemes referred to it by the Council and to give expert advice as to how they can improved. It has advised on all the major schemes in the town centre.
The presentation promises to be very enlightening and will be given by Tom Lonsdale who chairs the Barnsley Panel and who is a nationally esteemed designer and landscape architect.
Tuesday 27th November, 7.00pm
Masonic Hall, Cockerham Lane (just off Huddersfield Road).
A decision on the planning application for the new ‘iconic’ foot bridge to replace the town centre railway crossing was made on Wednesday 24 October.
Jumble Lane crossing is due to be closed by Network Rail in March 2019 with a temporary bridge in place.
At a recent meeting of Barnsley Civic Trust, Sarah McHale from Barnsley Council told us that the new permanent bridge is designed by Renato Benedetti (Benadetti Architects) who also designed the new bridge in Castleford. The structure cost is estimated at £5m with £2m from Network Rail and £3m from BMBC.
The bridge will be ‘stunningly’ lit at night and the bridge deck is a 1.8 meter deep steel channel wide enough to cope with large flows on match days.
It has to be high enough for electrification and wide enough for platform extension in case these are planned in the future.
The main points raised at the Barnsley Civic Trust meeting were the nature of the deck and not being able to see out of it, the nature of fencing to the railway (Network Rail insisting on palisade), and the look of the canopy to the ‘funicular’ lift at either side of the bridge for people with disabilities and pushchairs etc.
The meeting, however, liked the bridge and thought that it has come a long way from its first incarnation.
Barnsley Civic Trust conveyed these views to the council and in addition we commented that it appears from the positioning of the ‘funicular lift’ on the opposite sides of the bridge at both ends that people in wheel chairs and cyclist will have to cross from one side of the bridge to the other, cutting across the route that everyone else will take. This can’t be right, can it?
A presentation on the design of the proposed new £5 million pedestrian bridge at the Jumble Lane railway crossing is taking place at a public meeting in September.
All are welcome on Monday 24th September at 7.00pm. Hope House Church Hall, Blucher Street, Barnsley Town Centre, Refreshments from 6.30pm.
The presentation will be given by Sarah McHale of Barnsley council. Sarah will describe how the design of the new bridge has developed. The bridge is part of the Barnsley Town Centre redevelopment and Sarah will inform us how the design developed following consultation and professional design review.
This is an open meeting open to everyone interested in this topic.
A short Annual General Meeting of Barnsley Civic Trust will precede the presentation on the design of the new railway crossing pedestrian bridge on Monday 24 September at Hope House Church, Blucher Street, Barnsley S70 2AP.
The date of the next BCT dining club meal is on Friday August 31st, 7.30pm, at The Garrison (Used to be Lucorum) on Hanson street opposite the Civic Hall. Contact Phyllis or Rebecca if you would like to join the group.
Two interesting talks follow a short business session / annual general meeting.
Sharron Sutton will talk about the development of the Museums and Arts service in Barnsley, and Paul Bennett will talk about the development of the new Library, somewhat controversially called Library @ the Lightbox.
On Thursday 7 June at 6.30pm at the Hope House Church Hall on Blucher Street, S70 1AP
What did Joseph Bramah – one of the Best of Barnsley – invent?
Just do a bing image search to see the range of things that Joseph Bramah invented, not forgetting the beer pump. Thanks Doctor Ale for reminding us.
The talk by John Bramah – ‘Bramah – a tradition of engineering’ – at the Cooper Gallery on Monday 19 March at 7pm is coming up soon. Thanks to the South Yorkshire Industrial History Society and Barnsley Council for arranging the annual Bramah lecture.
The next Barnsley Civic Trust dining club event is on Friday 11th May.
Contact Rebecca to book a place.
Provisional Barnsley Civic Trust Dining Club dates for 2018:
Friday 23rd February; Friday 11th May; Friday 6th July; Friday 17th August; Friday 28th September; Friday 9th November. Then one in Dec for Christmas.
Light Lines in its original location Image courtesy Barnsley council
Great news that Light Lines – the artwork that commemorates the 300 Barnsley soldiers who fell on the first day of The Battle of The Somme – will have a permanent home in Churchfields Peace Gardens opposite St Mary’s Church.
When it was at the front of the Town Hall, Light Lines received a national Civic Trust Award.
Barnsley Civic Trust planning group has supported the planning application for the artwork’s new location.
We sought confirmation that this was the best site – since in front of the Town Hall might have been an option. We also weren’t sure that having white shiny gravel under the slabs was the best choice bearing in mind the millstone grit of the wall and buildings.
It will be great to have the fantastic artwork on show for the foreseeable future.
New site proposed for Light Lines in Peace Gardens
Since its inception in March 2007, Barnsley Civic Trust has prided itself in keeping abreast of local issues, especially those which concern our urban environment.
We have organised open meetings, debates and discussions and regularly comment on planning applications and respond to consultations on proposed policies and changes.
We have organised an annual shop award scheme, a blue plaque scheme, and town trails.
There is also a social dimension to the Barnsley Civic Trust with a dining out group, fundraising and awareness raising events, talks and guided walks.
The success of Barnsley Civic Trust depends on the support of its members and volunteers.
Barnsley Civic Trust is funded by its own individual and business members. We also apply for funding for particular projects. We are particularly grateful to our corporate members and sponsors for their support of projects.
We are always keen to welcome both new individual and corporate members as well as business sponsors who help support, sustain and develop our activities. If you do not want to become a member at this time but would like to keep in touch, please follow us on twitter and on facebook. And check out the pages of this our website.