Barnsley Train Restoration

I recently met Peter from the Hull & Barnsley Stock Fund Group, who are working on preserving the original rolling stock of the Hull, Barnsley & West Riding Junction Railway. They’re looking for more volunteers to help with the project – carpenters or anyone with an interest who would like to get involved. Read more about the history of the trains below, and get in touch if you would like to know more! The Hull & Barnsley Stock Fund Group are currently restoring and preserving the last remaining rolling stock of the Hull, Barnsley & West Riding Junction Railway. They are aiming to restore the remaining three coaches and run them on their heritage railways again. Once complete, they also want to bring pleasure to and educate visitors to the last private railway ever built in Britain. The group are looking for volunteers who are skilled woodworkers to help breathe life back into the coaches again. Opened in 1885, the Hull, Barnsley & West Riding Junction Railway was the last substantial completely new railway built in Britain. Intended to break the monopoly of the North Eastern Railway, it was built at a cost of almost £6m to carry coal directly from the Yorkshire pits to the railway's own dock on the River Humber. Passenger trains ran from Hull's Cannon Street station to Cudworth on the Midland Railway mainline to London. From 3 October 1905 until 1917 there was a through express service to Sheffield over the Midland Railway. Closure came gradually from 1932 when the Cudworth to Howden passenger service ended. South Howden lost its remaining passenger sevice from 1 August 1955. The line between Wrangbrook and Little Weighton was closed on 6 April 1959, and the Little Weighton to Springhead section saw its last goods train on 3 July 1964. Following the discovery that Coach 58 had survived in Hull, it was bought by the Hull & Barnsley Railway Stock Fund's founder members in 1968. Two coal wagons were purchased from the Tyne Commissioners in 1968. Coach 40 was located in York the following year. Engineers' tool van 2 came from Hull in 1974, when it was the oldest vehicle at still work on British Rail. Our rolling stock is now at Goathland on the North York Moors Railway.

Free Nazanin

Today I visited the Iranian embassy to show my love, solidarity and support for Richard Ratcliffe who is bravely on hunger strike in support of his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Attending the flag raising ceremony for Armed Forces Day

I’ve always been a proud supporter of our armed forces, so it was an honour to attend the flag raising ceremony in Barnsley this morning, as we mark the start of Armed Forces Day celebrations – a fantastic opportunity to show our support for service personnel and veterans here in Barnsley and around the country.It was good to chat to Mr Thomson and other members of the local Royal British Legion.

Taking part in the Run for Jo

It was wonderful to be in Birstall for the 6.5K cross country Run for Jo with Tracey Brabin.A huge well done to everyone who took part, all the organisers & GMB Yorkshire & North Derbyshire for sponsoring.It was really lovely to meet Jo’s family and see so many people there to remember Jo.

Campaigning for improved breast cancer screening

My constituent Susan was sadly diagnosed with breast cancer last October, at the age of just 46. Currently, women are invited for regular mammograms from the age of 50. Susan is now pushing for this to be lowered to 30, something I wholeheartedly support. Please do sign Susan's petition here. I’ll be writing to the Secretary of State for Health about this issue, and I’ll be looking to raise it directly with the Government in Parliament next week.

Barnsley Youth Choir 10th anniversary celebration

I had a fantastic afternoon at the amazing Barnsley Youth Choir 10th anniversary celebration.Over 550 voices from across the country and the world coming together to celebrate with a brilliant BYC international festival.A huge well done to everyone in the choir and the wonderful Mat Wright.

Great Get Together

Thank you to everyone who came to our wonderful Great Get Together in Brierley.It was brilliant to have over 60 people come together from across Barnsley.We raised over £200 for the Jo Cox Foundation - thank you to everyone for their generous donations and to Brierley Village Club and Barnsley Brew.

Meeting with Worsbrough Bridge AFC

I was really pleased to meet with Worsbrough Bridge AFC recently.It was a great opportunity to discuss their teams and the work they do in the community.I’m working with them to help improve their facilities and will shortly be writing to the FA and Sport England to get the ball rolling.

Meeting the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce

I had a productive meeting with the Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, an organisation which brings together and supports businesses across our area.It was good to discuss ways we can work together to support local companies here in Barnsley.

Visiting Ladywood Primary School

It was lovely to pop in to Ladywood Primary School in Grimethorpe and meet their School Council.They have lots of exciting plans to protect and improve our local environment here in Barnsley.