Masterplans

Masterplans. There are a number of master plans for sites proposed for development out for consultation: ‘Hoyland South’, Hoyland West’ and Royston. Two masterplans have been adopted, one for ‘Barnsley West’ and the one for ‘Hoyland North’.  Others are in the pipeline but not yet adopted or out for consultation.

https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/planning-and-buildings/local-planning-and-development/our-new-local-plan/masterplan-frameworks/

Elsecar Heritage Action Zone and Local List

Elsecar. The three year Elsecar Heritage Action Zone has ended with a number of successes. It was a three-year programme (2017-2020) resourced and supported by Historic England working with Barnsley Council and the local community.

Barnsley Civic Trust welcomes the adoption by Barnsley Council of both a Supplementary Planning Document of Best Practice – Design and Maintenance for Elsecar Conservation Area and a Local List of Buildings in Elsecar.

A Local List is useful way of ensuring planning proposals respect the special local interest of buildings, structures or sites on the local list and ensures this is taken into account during the planning process.Buildings, structures or sites are selected for inclusion on the local list based on their relative age, degree of survival, rarity, architectural and historical importance, social and community value and group and townscape merit. It’s good that the Local List approach is intended to be extended across Barnsley.

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.

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

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.

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.