Thornberry Animal Sanctuary

Thornberry Animal Sanctuary

Litters of unwanted kittens, puppies and rabbits dumped in cardboard boxes at the gate by greedy breeders. Sad, scrawny and sorry-looking dogs tied up to fence posts wondering when their owners will be back to take them home. Desperate pleas from the struggling public to help save an animal in times of need. Just another average day at Thornberry.

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Aroundtown Remembers: Don Booker MBE

Aroundtown Remembers: Don Booker MBE

A shining light has gone out here in South Yorkshire at the sad passing of the iconic Barnsley legend, our motoring mogul Don Booker MBE at the age of 87. While many will remember the name Don Booker from his days as celebrated Barnsley Chronicle editor, a company that he...

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Aroundtown Meets Debbie Wingham

Aroundtown Meets Debbie Wingham

From coal dust to diamonds Despite its flawless façade, a diamond starts life as a piece of coal that transforms under time and pressure into the glittering end result.   And just like the jewel that propelled her lustrous fashion career, Mexborough-born Debbie Wingham used the stress, adversity and knockbacks she...

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All hands on deck at Ethel Barge

All hands on deck at Ethel Barge

Offering a lifeline of hope to people who are overcoming difficulties in life, The Ethel Trust and their community barge bring calmness in what can be a chaotic world with maritime voyages up and down the River Don. For 30 years, the crew onboard at the Ethel Trust have been...

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Aroundtown Meets Julie Kenny CBE DL

Aroundtown Meets Julie Kenny CBE DL

For over thirty years, Julie Kenny has been an inspirational societal architect in South Yorkshire; she’s rebuilt her life on more than one occasion using the bricks other people have thrown at her, shattering various glass ceilings along the way. While her journey to becoming a self-made successful female entrepreneur...

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Aroundtown Meets Dr Steve Burns

Aroundtown Meets Dr Steve Burns

They say laughter is the best medicine, but for Dr Steve Burns a good dose of ‘glass half full’ attitude has been the secret to his continued concern for the people of Rotherham. One of the main questions a doctor asks you at a health check up is how many...

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Aroundtown Meets Roger Walton

Aroundtown Meets Roger Walton

There’s no business like show business, and there’s no business about show business in Barnsley that Roger Walton doesn’t know. For over 60 years, Roger has dedicated his life to amateur and professional theatre in his hometown, playing every role in his enduring monologue from actor to set builder, producer...

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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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Aroundtown Meets: Barnsley Youth Choir

Aroundtown Meets: Barnsley Youth Choir

Through an uplifting chorus of local children and young people, the inspirational and talented singers of Barnsley Youth Choir have become an international flagship ensemble for our town, embodying the true grit and determination that has become symbolic with Barnsley. Earlier this year, the dynamic and diverse Latvian capital city...

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Aroundtown Meets: Eve Rose Keenan, Mayor of Rotherham

Aroundtown Meets: Eve Rose Keenan, Mayor of Rotherham

Hear ye, hear ye. As the peal of Rotherham Minster’s twelve bells rings out across the town, a new mayor is sworn in at the Town Hall ready to celebrate the unity of the town she now calls home. After just two years as a councillor and an exciting year...

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