Westfield House …

Westfield House. Although work to renovate Westfield House and bring it back into use had started, it had stalled and a new planning application was submitted. It is great to hear that a changed planning application has been approved (19 May) and that work can begin again. There had been some concern in the community, however, following discussions with the council, the applicant amended the proposed development to remove all elements of care and to apply for standard residential units.

The position due to Covid-19

Barnsley Civic Trust has suspended its schedule of committee and other meetings as a result of the escalation in the Covid-19 virus situation and the strengthened advice from central government.

We will stay in touch online and continue to comment on local issues and developments and plan for future activities.

Helping and supporting each other at this difficult time is really important. We look forward to the time when the emergency has passed.

Information will be made available on our website and via social media, as well as by email to our members.

The Hidden Art of Barnsley

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: Monday 2nd March at 7.00pm.
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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.