Apocalypse – Not Now
Fear and hysteria propagated by prophets of doom and why we should ignore them.
How Hard Can It Be?
A look at how the Victorians had a positive, can-do attitude now sadly lost.
Theatre and the Arts in Barnsley
With the arts scene constantly changing, we look at how performing arts have evolved in Barnsley and Penistone.
Rural Britain – Then and Now
A look at how the countryside has changed over the decades.
The Trans-Pennine Trail
How the TPT came into existence and the leisure opportunities it offers.
Are You Being Served?
A look at the changing face of the High Street.
A look at the evolution of agricultural shows and country fairs.
With cycling becoming more and more popular, a look at the implications for road safety
Across the Pennines
Is there light at the end of the tunnel for cross-Pennine travellers?
Money makes the world go round but the world of money and banking is changing.
A look at how news, ‘fake’ or otherwise, has evolved.
The Community Poll on devolution proposals for Barnsley.
Better Homes Yorkshire
A range of offers for home improvement available through Better Homes Yorkshire, the only Council endorsed energy efficiency scheme in the Leeds City Region.
Ukrainian Local Government
A look at how local government works in Ukraine
Don’t Give Up Hope
Some positive news about broadband believe it or not.
The Lenin Experiment
100 years since the Bolshevik Revolution a look at the failure of Lenin’s disastrous experiment in social and economic engineering.
Dad’s Army Recalled
Recalling some of the tales my father used to tell about his time in the Home Guard.
Passchendaele – 100 Years Ago
One hundred years since the Battle of Passchendaele. Lest we forget.
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.
Litter – How Hard Can It Be?
Plastic packaging – a blight on both Penistone and the wider world.
Opportunities Not Challenges
Looking back at an eventful 2016 and forwards to 2017.
On the Buses
A look at the problems of public transport in rural areas.
A look at why some popular conspiracy theories are more theory than conspiracy.
To Frack or not to Frack…
A look at the controversy surrounding fracking proposals. Is it hazardous? Are the risks overblown?
After the Deluge
The challenges posed by increased flooding.
A light-hearted look at how Christmas came to be celebrated on 25th December.
Changes to Local Government
A look at changes to local government past and present.
Power to the People?
Democracy through the ages.
Ripples in the Ether
A look at how our forefathers communicated before the internet.
Reflections on a recent visit to Kyiv.
What if Britain had remained neutral in the First World War?
Fire in the Sky
Sky lanterns and the risks they pose.
Woodhead – Any Practical Ideas?
A look at the problems of the Woodhead Pass and cross Pennine traffic.
What is a Boondoggle and how to spot it.
A Green and Pleasant Land?
Over development and urbanisation of the Penistone area.
Rural Living Costs.
A look at the higher cost of living in rural areas.
Silkstone – St. Florent des Bois
Reception at Barnsley Town Hall
Payments to Barnsley MBC
An explanatory note which covers the available options.
Cannon Hall Camp
Unveiling of the blue plaque to mark the location of the former Cannon Hall Camp in Cawthorne
Language Teaching in Schools
Observations on the study of foreign languages in UK schools.
Monuments to Idiocracy
Views on the wind turbine problem.
Airport links for business and long-haul travellers.
Castles in the Air
Some questions and comments about proposals to dig a tunnel under the Pennines.
Blowing in the Wind
Cllr. Barnard takes an in-depth look at the modern fascination with wind-power and its effects on communities.Read more…
Bucket,Teacup or Spoon?
An insider’s view of Local GovernmentRead more…