Friday, April 13th, 2018 9:29am
Tour de Yorkshire fever continues to grow – we're seeing lots of banners and decorations popping up around the area, Frillies at Penistone has another lingerie inspired display and Pretty Things on the High Street unveiled theirs yesterday. There was also a crafting workshop at the Elsecar Heritage Centre yesterday.
We're being asked to give up some time on May the 3rd to help with the Crown Platts Rec land art for the Tour de Yorkshire. A huge session is being put on from 9.30 in the morning, we're needed to assist with their huge 90 metre by 130 metre work that'll pay tribute to Barry Hines and the 50th anniversary of A Kestrel for a Knave.
It's the last Springtime on the Farm tonight from Cannon Hall Farm, an amazing week that's really given us an insight to one of our local treasures. I'm not a great fan of these kind of programmes usually, but the local link has really gripped me.
One of Barnsley's big TV stars of the past few months is back in town tomorrow, launching his new exhibition. Richard Kitson, who was on the Sky Portrait Artist of the Year show, will be doing a Q&A about his Portraits exhibition at the Cooper Gallery – he'll even be unveiling his most recent work, a depiction of Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis.
I thought they were joking about this – a group of sewing mad people are gathering at Cannon Hall this weekend for a sewing retreat! Inspired by popular TV shows, they'll get their materials and set off on a sewing journey to create a garment.
The Berneslai Memory Cafe at the Town Hall has had to be postponed a few times recently because of the weather – thankfully the forecast looks better for Sunday's gathering. It's for people with dementia and their families to enjoy a cuppa, chat and music – it starts at 11.30
Royston's Girl Guides trip to South Africa needs our help – they're putting on a race night to raise some funds, it's at the Civic Hall tomorrow and they've thrown in an old favourite… pie and peas! Boom!
They're adding more units to Capitol Park at Dodworth – just how big is that site? That new warehouse that's popped up at the side of Whinby Road looks absolutely huge!
Summer is nearly here! The weather is warming up next week and the cricket season starts today! Yorkshire are in action against Essex and there'll be some local fixtures tomorrow too. I'm rather excited, you can't beat a day at the cricket.
It was bronze for Luke Cutts at the Commonwealth Games yesterday, the Thurnscoe pole vaulter did us proud with his efforts – he's recently faced some injury worries so it's a great result for Luke. He'll come home a hero.
It's the biggest match in ages at Oakwell tomorrow, Bolton are in town and we'll overtake them with a win. It'll be a nervy afternoon, probably with a few twists and turns – if you're of a Reds persuasion, you really need to be turning out.
Shaw Lane beat Stalybridge Celtic 2-0 last night, they're playing Lancaster City tomorrow. In other non-league matches, Athersley Rec go to Parkgate, Penistone Church host Pontefract Collieries and Worsbrough Bridge Athletic are at home against Campion.
Barnsley Ladies Rugby Club play in a huge play off match on Sunday, if they win they'll be promoted to the second tier of ladies rugby. They're playing Bletchley in Coventry.
A well known footballer does his shop in the supermarket that I do, I don't know why I do this, whenever I see him in there I nod at him and he nods back… it's not as bad as my friend's famous person encounter, she once bumped into the actress Emma Thompson and spontaneously did a curtsy!
Jacob logic “I want to watch something on something” - that means he wants to watch Thomas the Tank Engine on my iPad. He thinks that by being cryptic, I'll crumble and let him watch. I love how he's starting to reason with me, no matter how frustrating it is!
Aren't dreams odd? I had one that a work colleague had set up a transport cafe and invited me for a free breakfast – I actually had to double take when he arrived at work yesterday, I was convinced that he'd actually done it.
I caught up with an old workmate yesterday, it's been at least four years since we last chatted, our conversations have gone from football, films and computer games to Peppa Pig. We're both subjected to it on a daily basis… every puddle is a muddle puddle.
Thursday, April 12th, 2018 8:26am
Tributes are pouring in for Cudworth raised journalist Len Tingle, the BBC Look North Political Editor, who has passed away. Len, who always had time for a chat, is being remembered for his eye for a story and straight talking questioning of MP's.
Could we have a gold medallist today? Luke Cutts begins his Pole Vault final at the Commonwealth Games later. Luke's a Thurnscoe lad, who has backed by various local companies. It'd be a true community triumph if he manages success.
Tonight at the Civic, a play all about workers rights. We are the lions, Mr Manager features the story of the Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike in the 1970's and the inspirational leader Jayaben Desai.
St Saviours Church at Thurlstone has been sold out all week – Evita has been being performed in church, with the entire layout of the church changed to accommodate the stage. Thankfully, the news is that the pews will return once the staging has been taken down – some of the congregation had worries that they'd never seen the pews again. The show runs until Saturday.
Just launched and already full! Barnsley Youth Choirs junior section already has a waiting list of 16 to add to the 50 new members… their first ever rehearsal is coming up in the next few days. I'm sure they'll be fantastic.
The Nicholson family of Cannon Hall Farm are developing a massive fan club thanks to Springtime on the Farm, people are tweeting the farm with their well wishes to the stars of the show – you can only presume that this weekend will be one of the busiest in the farms history.
The first twelve bands have been announced for the Barnsley Live music festival – I love some of the names… Velcro Teddy Bears, The Hunting Circus and Fluffy Gremlins are all signed up to perform on the 16th of June around town.
Barnsley Unplugged favourites, Bolton-upon-Dearne band The Sherlocks are going Japanese! They're on the bill for the Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo later this year. They're supporting Noel Gallagher, Shaun Mendes and Marshmello.
If you're around Goldthorpe, you'll be getting the first ever Goldthorpe Town Centre Guide through your letter box this week. It's been published to highlight the town, what it has to offer and how we can get involved a little more. Goldthorpe takes a hammering in the national media, thankfully locally we know what positive work is being done to improve that unfair reputation.
The Reds are busy preparing for the crunch match with Bolton on Saturday afternoon – it'll be a tense affair but we know that there are goals in the team and the atmosphere should carry them over the line.
Penistone Church drew 2-2 with Pickering Town last night. Shaw Lane's home match with Stalybridge Celtic has been switched to an away game – they'll make the journey to Manchester this evening.
Our office speakers had blown this morning, I've never heard such a noise! It was like being stood next to one of those propeller planes.
They shouldn't be nice, but… I was in a meeting yesterday where we had cheese biscuits that had a bacon flavouring. They were quite appealing, we were down to the final five by the time that the meeting had passed.
The keys to domestic bliss according to a new report… a lock on the bathroom door, no phones at the dinner table, owning a dishwasher and decent wifi.connection! Honestly! We've had many arguments based on the wifi dropping out.
I read an article on improving your work life, apparently having meetings while walking makes you more productive, less stressed and increases your energy. You'll also get sore feet!
Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 7:00am
Annie Murray's Irish Bar in town is the latest venue to host an April Fools Comedy Festival event tonight – Katie Mulgrew steps in for Jessica Fostekew as the headliner, Katie is regularly heard on the radio and writes for many TV programmes. Tickets are available on the door, the gig starts at 8,
The Tuesday Knit and Natter group at Worsbrough Library are Tour de Yorkshire ready, they've crocheted a 13x3ft banner to display on the race route. The group has done a combined 150 hours worth of work already.
Oxspring looks like it's Tour de Yorkshire ready again – the painted bikes from last year are up on the roadsides, there's bunting being hung too. Thurgoland Primary still proudly displays last years Tour de Yorkshire banner – I can't wait to see the official location banners popping up around the area, that's when we know that it's nearly race day.
I went on a tour of the far western extremes of our area yesterday – I spent some time in the wonderfully quaint Carlecotes, Townhead and Dunford Bridge. There's nothing quite like standing on a path, with nobody else for miles, surrounded by wildlife and greenery. I love the picnic area at Dunford Bridge on the Transpennine Trail, I'd imagine that on a summer day it'd be absolutely wonderful to sit their for a while and take in the scenery.
Local schools are jumping on the populatrity of the Cannon Hall Farm based TV show Springtime on the Farm, they're hatching eggs! Goldthorpe Primary and Oakwell Rise Primary both have brand new chicks – pupils will be meeting them for the first time today.
It's Barnsley on Film's final day today, there's still a chance to see the archive footage of around here at Experience Barnsley.
Free slippers for the over 50's is the order of Spring around the Penistone Area, funding has been secured for the Sloppy Slipper Swap project. It's in Hoylandswaine at the Village Hall this afternoon – bring your old pair of slippers and you'll be fitted with a new pair. They're also laying on refreshments and plenty of other information.
I've seen it all now… a bloke running down the Dearne Valley Parkway duel carriageway near Hemingfield with his two dogs in tow. There's no footpath, minimal hard shoulder and motorists were having to swerve to miss him. He didn't look like a numpty either.
Looking at the weather forecast for next week… closer to 20 than 10! That's a result! Especially given how grim it is right now!
Thurnscoe's Luke Cutts is taking part in the Commonwealth Games Pole Vault final tomorrow morning – fingers crossed he can bring a medal home.
Mick McCarthy's reign as Ipswich manager ended with victory – they won 1-0 against the Reds last night, leaving us still in the relegation places ahead of the crucial match with Bolton Wanderers on Saturday. We need to win at the weekend, it's as simple as that.
There are two local non-league matches tonight, Penistone Church host Pickering Town in a clash of high flying teams in the NCEL Premier. Worsbrough Bridge Athletic need a win against Glasshoughton Welfare to boost their survival hopes.
I had a cold caller knock on the door yesterday “can you see how the water is holding at the top of your drive?” he said. My reply “Yes, that's because it's been raining for the past week!”. He had no comeback.
I'm not sure if this is cheeky or genius… I watched the second half of the Liverpool match yesterday from the front spare bedroom window - the bloke over the road has a huge TV up on his wall, you can see it from our house. He'll never know I'm nicking his satellite subscription!
It happened to a friend, she went all of the way to Newcastle to meet someone from the dating app Tinder… he stood her up! It sounds like she's dodged a bad one there, it's just a long way to go!
They still have the last few Easter Eggs on sale in the supermarket… I'm not even tempted, Easter seems like ages ago.
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