Jayne Dowle: Why kitchen roll ban the first step to a greener country

ONE small step for our household, and a huge step towards saving the planet? Not quite. I’m talking about our recent domestic decision to ban kitchen roll. It may not have the grandeur of the Prime Minister’s ambitious statement on stamping out plastic drinking straws, cotton buds and stirring sticks, but it’s a start.

Nathan Cantrell and Reality Attree, of Liddy's Solicitors, which has taken on the former Barnsley County Court building

From flats to wedding venues, what happens to Yorkshire's closed courts

THE COURT buildings closed in our region range from attractive listed properties to purpose-built facilities from the 1980s, so it takes a developer with some vision to see how the more functional sites can be given a new lease of life.

Worsbrough Mill.

The Yorkshire Post says: Flour power... A job where the past is the future

IN a world of automation, it’s important not to neglect those traditional industries, and roles, that were cornerstones of Yorkshire’s heritage when this county was the driving force behind the Industrial Revolution. For, while bread is now mass produced, there are still 40 working mills which continue the ancient tradition of stone grinding flour using water power.


Staff of life: Job ad is a miller’s tale

It was a skill almost lost to the industrial revolution. But in a pocket of South Yorkshire, where they’re still milling flour the traditional way, they are determined to pass it down to one more generation.


85 not out: Yorkshire legend Dickie Bird achieves yet another milestone in his glorious life

A legend, a character, a familiar face to cricket fans the world over, Dickie Bird is celebrating his 85th birthday today.

Dickie Bird

Yorkshire flour mill advertises for new miller for the first time in 20 years

The retirement of a professional miller has led to a 17th-century working museum recruiting a new artisan for the first time since 1998.
Jeremy Corbyn is proposing free bus travel for 16 to 25-year-olds.

Jayne Dowle: Jeremy Corbyn’s free bus idea is a journey worth taking

FREE bus passes for the under-25s is definitely one of Jeremy Corbyn’s better ideas. Let’s put aside our cynicism for a moment. It is clear that the Labour leader must keep on finding ways to appeal to the youth vote, given that his party is riven with strife and Theresa May stubbornly remains ahead of him in the opinion polls.

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Coun Ralph Sixsmith

Planners get behind new plans for homes in former Yorkshire pit village

The future of a former colliery site once earmarked for commercial development and then turned over to housing could finally be decided after initial plans to build homes there stalled during the recession.

Sir Michael Parkinson.

The Yorkshire Post says: Was this Sir Michael Parkinson’s toughest question?

SIR MICHAEL Parkinson asked many tough questions during his broadcasting career when the ‘lad from Barnsley’ became a national institution as he quizzed the great and the good.

Flying the flag: Luke Cutts celebrates.

Commonwealth Games: Luke Cutts vaults to bronze to deny Adam Hague

A FIRST outdoor competition of the year saw more Commonwealth cheer for Thurnscoe pole-vaulter Luke Cutts.


Farming realities captured on TV as Yorkshire’s Cannon Hall hosts Springtime on the Farm

Big furry boom mics, a roving camera manoeuvred by a metal crane with wheels and a former pop star standing by for action.

To what extent should children revise for exams?

Jayne Dowle: Hard work pays off – the life lesson of seven hours a day revising for exams

THIS will not make me popular with parents. And it certainly won’t gain much favour with my son who is about to take his GCSEs. In principle, I agree with former Harrow School headteacher Barnaby Lenon. He’s the one who says that youngsters should revise for seven hours a day over the Easter holidays, or aim for 100 hours in total.

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Give streets back to children, says Jayne Dowle.

Jayne Dowle: New rules – give the streets over to our children

I SOMETIMES wonder how the world managed to spin on its axis for millions of years without being encased in the protective shield of a hi-vis vest. I know this now-ubiquitous item can be a life-saver. I wouldn’t want to be mending a motorway without one. And, in emergency situations, that flash of bright orange or neon green marks out the police officer or paramedic.

Barnsley Council is in need of more foster carers. Stock image.

Yorkshire council charged £3,000 a week to place foster children with private firm

Private businesses are charging a Yorkshire council up to six times the cost of using traditional foster families to care for looked after children in the town, with fees of up to £3,000 a week.

Britain will leave the EU in one year's time.

Jayne Dowle: In a year we’ll have to find our own way in the world when Brexit kicks in

UNLESS plans are derailed by another astonishing event, we will achieve Brexit in exactly one year’s time.

Yorkshire has England's highest school truancy rate

Yorkshire's truancy rates remain worst in England, despite more parents facing fines

YORKSHIRE’S truancy rates remain the highest in the country, despite an increasing number of parents being fined for failing to send their children to school.

Leeds Rhinos played Castleford Tigers at Elland Road last Friday, but what is the future of Rugby League at a junior level?

YP Letters: Junior rugby league is the only way forward

From: Geoff Wake, Silkstone Common, Barnsley.

Barnsley Council is planning its council rises for the coming year

‘Barnsley folk are very good at paying bills - it’s a cultural thing’, says council finance chief

The council tax rise imposed on residents in Barnsley is likely to be lower than this year’s inflation-busting increase of 4.5 per cent.


Child sex killer Peter Pickering found guilty of raping 18-year-old in 1972

A child sex killer dubbed The Beast of Wombwell has been found guilty of the violent rape of an 18-year-old woman more than four decades ago.

Jury hears how 'Beast of Wombwell' raped teenage victim and burned her with cigarettes

Jury hears how 'Beast of Wombwell' raped teenage victim and burned her with cigarettes

A jury has begun its deliberations in the trial of a pensioner accused of violently raping an 18-year-old woman weeks before he raped and killed a 14-year-old girl more than 45 years ago.

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