Open Day and Working Party Weekend, 26th November 2016

Fixing the roof while the sun is (still) shining…

After a cloudy and unpromising start to the weekend, the Friends of Hemingfield Colliery were treated to a glorious autumnal day, with blue skies and sunshine smiling on the pit yard. Site Manager Glen and Friends Chair Steve opened the gates to catch up on the progress in the restoration of the roof of the winding engine house, and welcome regular volunteers, Nigel, Alan, John, Keith and Chris to another day’s working party activities.

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Work day at Barnsley Main and new Friends group

Great to see volunteers getting stuck in at the Barnsley Main Colliery site in the Dearne Valley Park at Barnsley on Friday 5th August. Some familiar scenes to the Friends of Hemingfield colliery as the group got to grips with clearing back the old car park to the pit.

Fantastic teamwork from the Barnsley Central Area Team, Twiggs, Barnsley Parks Services, Barnsley Tesco Extra and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Making new Friends

Also, it’s great to see that the DVLP and local partners the Barnsley Central Area Team are proposing to help establish a new Friends Group to protect and maintain the Barnsley Main site.

An inaugural meeting supported by the DVLP and the Barnsley Central Area Team will take place on Tuesday 9th August 2016 at Hoyle Mill Inn, from 6-8pm.

The outline aims of the meeting include:

  • Formation of part of the Friends of Barnsley Main committee
  • Organising events
  • Litter picking
  • Raising awareness
  • Encouraging regular use of the site for walks with family and friends

For more details and information, see: