Cllr. Robert Barnard

Barnsley MBC
Town Hall
Church Street
Barnsley S70 2TA

01226 770770 (Office)

07811 430948 (Mobile)

Twitter: @Cllr_Barnard

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Don’t Give Up Hope

Some positive news about broadband believe it or not.

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The Lenin Experiment

100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution a look at the failure of Lenin’s disastrous experiment in social and economic engineering.

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Dad’s Army Recalled

Recalling some of the tales my father used to tell about his time in the Home Guard.

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Passchendaele – 100 Years Ago

One hundred years since the Battle of Passchendaele. Lest we forget.

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On Le Tour

For the second time in three years a major cycle race comes to the Penistone Area. Let us make the most of the opportunity.

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Litter – How Hard Can It Be?

Plastic packaging – a blight on both Penistone and the wider world.

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Opportunities Not Challenges

Looking back at an eventful 2016 and forwards to 2017.

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On the Buses

A look at the problems of public transport in rural areas.

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Conspiracy Theories

A look at why some popular conspiracy theories are more theory than conspiracy.

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To Frack or not to Frack…

A look at the controversy surrounding fracking proposals. Is it hazardous? Are the risks overblown?

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After the Deluge

The challenges posed by increased flooding.

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Bah! Humbug!

A light-hearted look at how Christmas came to be celebrated on 25th December.

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Changes to Local Government

A look at changes to local government past and present.

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Power to the People?

Democracy through the ages.

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Ripples in the Ether

A look at how our forefathers communicated before the internet.

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Ukrainian Interlude

Reflections on a recent visit to Kyiv.

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What if…

What if Britain had remained neutral in the First World War?

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Fire in the Sky

Sky lanterns and the risks they pose.

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Woodhead – Any Practical Ideas?

A look at the problems of the Woodhead Pass and cross Pennine traffic.

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What is a Boondoggle and how to spot it.

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A Green and Pleasant Land?

Over development and urbanisation of the Penistone area.

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Rural Living Costs.

A look at the higher cost of living in rural areas.

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Silkstone – St. Florent des Bois

Reception at Barnsley Town Hall

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Payments to Barnsley MBC

An explanatory note which covers the available options.

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Cannon Hall Camp

Unveiling of the blue plaque to mark the location of the former Cannon Hall Camp in Cawthorne

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Language Teaching in Schools

Observations on the study of foreign languages in UK schools.

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Monuments to Idiocracy

Views on the wind turbine problem.

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Robin Hood

Airport links for business and long-haul travellers.

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Castles in the Air

Some questions and comments about proposals to dig a tunnel under the Pennines.

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Blowing in the Wind

Cllr. Barnard takes an in-depth look at the modern fascination with wind-power and its effects on communities.

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Bucket,Teacup or Spoon?

An insider’s view of Local Government

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Thought for the Week
How do you tell a Communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin  

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