Jingle Balls: Fat Lads Calendar

Jingle Balls: Fat Lads Calendar

As January 1st comes around, walls up and down the country will be adorned with well-loved celebrities, with the turn of each new calendar month bringing a different seductive pose from the attractive stars. But when do you ever see a calendar full of big, hairy blokes? A tongue-in-cheek take...

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Aroundtown Meets: Father Christmas

Aroundtown Meets: Father Christmas

 With twinkly blue eyes, rosy, dimpled cheeks, and a beard on his chin as white as the snow, there is no mistaking our current interviewee as he strides merrily through the door. He might have left his famous red suit at ho-ho-home, but his joyous spirit and generous demeanour personify...

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The history of theatres in Barnsley

The history of theatres in Barnsley

Throughout the year, theatre continues to hold prevalence in the hearts of many people who enjoy watching a show, musical or play. Yet at Christmastime, it holds special memories with family pantomimes bringing the magic of theatre to life across generations. In Barnsley, the theatre scene has fluctuated over the...

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A fighting force in the saleroom

A fighting force in the saleroom

As Christmas comes around, homes across the world will see new additions added to the already bursting toy boxes in nurseries and play rooms, with new fandangle must-haves taking centre stage and what remains of last year’s toys being left of the shelf. Yet at Sheffield Auction Gallery, their recent...

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Not last orders just yet for Clubland

Not last orders just yet for Clubland

Stitched into the fabric of community life, in their heydays, working men’s clubs were at the centre of working class culture as families flocked in search of reprieve from the throes of everyday life. Hundreds queued out onto the street, eager to sign in at the door and snap up...

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We Visit: Haworth at Christmastime

We Visit: Haworth at Christmastime

By Rosemary Crampton Photos by Stephen Hogg Once home to the famous Brontë sisters, Haworth is a community steeped in tradition – particularly at Christmas when its cobbled streets are decked with twinkling lights and trees and its residents come together for a host of festive celebrations inspired by yester-year....

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BBR Auctions: Glad Tidings of Collecting and Joy

BBR Auctions: Glad Tidings of Collecting and Joy

With Alan Blakeman of BBR Auctions, Elsecar In the middle of cataloguing for BBR’s ‘Winter Wonders’ mixed antiques auction on December 3rd, I came across a delightful small tin featuring a heartwarming image of a truly jovial Santa Claus, aka Father Christmas, writing the name Alan on his Extra Good...

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You and Your Health: Winter Heart Attacks

You and Your Health: Winter Heart Attacks

  With Andrew Watson of Goodmeasure Pharmacy, Parkgate We all know that winter is the season for colds, flu, norovirus and other miserable illnesses. But a less well known fact is that the danger of having a heart attack is increased in the cold weather. This is because your heart...

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