Dry January – Awareness 2020

Dry January is the annual movement through which millions of people give up alcohol for the month of January. It is run by the charity Alcohol Change UK.

The rules

  1. No alcohol from when you wake up on New Year’s Day until 1 February.

… And that’s all!

We don’t sell Golden Tickets to give you a day off. If you decide to have a drink, that’s totally up to you. A drier January is still something to be proud of, and your body will thank you!

But if you can make it through the month alcohol-free, you’ll get bigger benefits. The biggest benefit of all is that you’ll see you don’t need alcohol to have fun, go out, stay in, relax or do anything else you might associate with drinking. And knowing that will help you take control of your drinking year-round.

Why do Dry January?

Taking part in Dry January is a chance to ditch the hangover, reduce the waistline, boost your energy and save some serious money, while doing your body a lot of good. More importantly, it’s a way to reset your relationship with alcohol and drink more healthily year-round. Read more about why doing Dry January is a good idea.

Why sign up for Dry January?

People who sign up for Dry January, whether online or via the free app. are TWICE as likely to make it through the whole month alcohol-free compared to those who go it alone.Sign up now

But does it work?

Yes! 72% of people who do Dry January are still drinking less riskily six months later. You can read a summary of the evidence on Dry January’s effectiveness here.

December World AIDS Awareness 2019

World Aids Day December Awareness
World AIDS Day, designated on 1st December every year since 1988.

It is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS Pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non governmental organisations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

As of 2017, AIDS has killed between 28.9 million and 41.5 million people worldwide, and an estimated 36.7 million people are living with HIV, making it the most important global public health issues in recorded history.

Barnsley Bright Lights Festival 2019

Barnsley Bright Lights Festival 2019

On 28/11/19 Barnsley Local TV attended the annual light switch on by the mayor of Barnsley (Cllr Pauline Markham) at the town hall with a fantastic parade followed by the countdown to Christmas, finally ending with a spectacular light show and firework display.

Children in Need History

  • 1927: First ever children’s BBC radio appeal Christmas Day, 1927 saw the very first BBC radio broadcast appeal for children raising more than £1,300 (around £70,000 in today’s money!) for four children’s charities in the UK.
  • 1955: The first televised appeal The ‘Children’s Hour’ Christmas Appeal, was presented by Sooty and Harry Corbett. The Christmas Day Appeals continued on TV and radio until 1979. 
  • 1978: Sir Terry Wogan makes his debut appearance Terry Wogan first appeared during a five-minute Appeal in 1978. He made his second appearance during the following Appeal in 1979.
  • 1980: The modern BBC Children in Need Appeal is born In 1980, the first BBC Children in Need telethon was broadcast. Comprising of a series of short segments linking the evening’s programming.Devoted to raising money for charities working with children in the United Kingdom, the new format, presented by Terry Wogan, Sue Lawley and Esther Rantzen, saw a dramatic increase in public donations.An impressive £1 million was raised in the first show!
  • 1985: Introducing Pudsey Bear The now famous Pudsey Bear made his first appearance on BBC Children in Need in 1985 as a brown, cuddly mascot.He was created and named by BBC graphic designer Joanna Lane, who worked in the BBC’s design department.Lane said “It was like a lightbulb moment for me, We were bouncing ideas off each other and I latched on to this idea of a teddy bear. I immediately realised there was a huge potential for a mascot beyond the 2D logo”. 
  • The original Pudsey in 1985 with Joanna Lumley
  • 1986: Pudsey Bear gets a new look Pudsey Bear returned as the official logo with some updates to his design.Whilst retaining the concept of a teddy bear with a bandana over one eye, all other elements were changed.The triangular elements of the underlying design were abandoned, as well as the corporate identity colour scheme. The most notable change was the new bandana design, featuring white with red spots among many more alterations making him more like the bear we all recognise today.
  • 1997: A Perfect Day to be Number 1 In 1997 the official BBC Children in Need charity single, Perfect Day, reached number 1!Lou Reed, Bono, David Bowie, Elton John, Boyzone and Tom Jones and more big names all featured on the charity single.Also in 1997, our corporate partnership with Costco began, and to this day, it is our longest standing corporate relationship.
  • 2007: Pudsey’s makeover at 22 As Pudsey Bear was in his twenties, it was time for a fresh look!The BBC Children in Need logo was updated once again giving Pudsey a more colourful bandana and it’s the brand we still use today.
  • 2009: The 30th televised appeal on November 20th 2009 we celebrated our 30th televised Appeal raising a whopping £20,309,747!2009 also saw the first BBC Children in Need Rocks concert take place at the Royal Albert Hall including performances from Take That, Robbie Williams, Leona Lewis and more!
  • 2009’s BBC Children in Need Rocks
  • 2011: The first Rickshaw Challenge The first One Show Rickshaw Challenge saw television presenter, Matt Baker, ride a Rickshaw 484 miles from the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade to the BBC’s Broadcasting House in London.Matt and the team raised £1.9million for BBC Children in Need!
  • 2012: The Rickshaw Challenge returns and a one off Pudsey Bear makeover Nearly 7 million people enjoyed watching Matt Baker take on the Rickshaw Challenge in 2011, so it returned with six young people taking on a 411 mile marathon from Llandudno to BBC’s Television Centre.Matt wasn’t off the hook for the 2011 though, he accompanied ‘Team Rickshaw’ on his bicycle the entire route raising over £1.5million.Pudsey also got a fashionable wardrobe for the first time in 2012 when he was given a makeover by some very famous designers including Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Gucci, Prada and Alexander McQueen.
  • Pudsey got fashionable makeovers in 2011
  • 2014: Sir Terry Wogan’s last year 2014 marked Sir Terry Wogan’s last year presenting BBC Children in Need. We firmly believe we wouldn’t be where we are today without everything Sir Terry gave to BBC Children in Need.In 2014, Choirmaster Gareth Malone brought together an array of untrained voices from the world of television, sport and theatre to form his All Star Choir. Together, they released the official 2014 BBC Children in Need single, Wake Me Up, claiming the number 1 spot!
  • 2015: Countryfile Rambles The first every Countryfile Ramble for BBC Children in Need took place when thousands of people answered the call to ramble through our rural landscape over one weekend in the autumn while Matt Baker took on a mountain ramble cum scramble more than 3,000 feet up Tryfan in Snowdonia.
  • Anita Rani and Gleb Savchenko in 2015’s Countryfile Ramble
  • 2016: Saying goodbye to Sir Terry Wogan We celebrate the life of Sir Terry Wogan with the BBC Children in Need Rocks for Terry concert and introducing the inaugural Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year Award.After Sir Terry Wogan passed away in January 2016, we honoured him and the work he did for BBC Children in Need in the best way we knew how.We gathered some of his favourite musicians for a one-off event at the Royal Albert Hall in November 2016 whilst introducing a new award that paid tribute to fundraisers that have gone the extra mile.
  • 2017: The Power of Play with ASDA After 19 years of their principal partnership, ASDA and BBC Children in Need introduce the Power of Play Partnership supporting over 20,000 disadvantaged children across the UK to develop vital life skills through play.
  • 2018: £1 billion raised In 2018 we officially raised a total of £1 billion to support children and young people across the UK since 1980.
  • 2019: A Million and Me with Boots In partnership with Boots, we launched a new £10 million three year funding programme in 2019 that will focus on children’s emotional wellbeing called ‘A Million and Me’.
Children in Need

November Men’s Health Awareness 2019

November Awareness Month 2019
November Awareness Month 2019

Movember, the month formerly known as November, is when brave and selfless men around the world grow a moustache, and women step up to support them, all to raise awareness and funds for men’s health – specifically prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

Parkway Cinema – October 2019

1st October   Downtown Abbey 
1st October   Placido Domingo 50th Anniversary 
2nd October   Rambo: Last Blood 
2nd October   Mrs Lowery and Son 
2nd – 3rd October   Lawrence of Arabia 
2nd October   Roger Waters Us + Them 
8th October   Royal Opera Don Giovanna 
17th October   A Midsummer Night Dream 
24th October   Royal Opera Don Pasquale 
27th October   Raymonda 

The Lamproom – October 2019

5th October 7:30pm Race Night Fund Raiser Adults £6
8th – 12th October 7:30pm   Twelve Angry Men Adults £14Conc £13
22nd October 7:30pm A Cat Shaped Space Fund RaiserAdults £15
24th October 7:30pm Fashion Show Fund RaiserAdults £2
24th October 7:30pm The Greatest Halloween Show Adults £14
26th October 7:30pm The Coalfield CroonerAdults £18

October Halloween Awareness 2019

Halloween or All Saints Eve is a celebration observed in several countries on the 31st October. It originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires to ward of ghosts.

Celtic paganism from the British Isles, trick and treat although an American custom it originates from Europe.

The practice going door to door (trick or treat) is originally called practice of souling gifts and food given for prayers for the dead.

The first reference in England was the 14th century.

October Awareness Month
October Awareness Month

Birdwell Academy – October 2019

10th October 7:30pm Back to the 60s with Union JackAdults £15
12th October 7:30pm   GrumbleweedsAdults £16
16th – 17th October 7:30pm Sun Sea Sand and Carbs Getting it upAdults £12 Conc £10
18th October 7:30pm ABBA RivivalAdults £16.50
19th October 7:30pm Jared Lee – Elvis TributeAdults £15
30th October 2:00pm Peter PanAdults £15 Conc £14

The Civic – October 2019

Date     Event  
14th September – 12th October     Holly Priestley  
19th October – 16th November     Amelia Lonsdale  
4th – 5th October     The Three Musketeers  
11th October     Brenda’s Got a Baby  
18th October     New Weekend EGG and Work Progress  
19th October     New Weekend Tetra Decathlon & and She  
24th October     Dorian  
9th October     Genius  
4th October     Ensemble 360: Storms and Serenity  
12th October     Soul Jam  
25th October     The Pitman Poets  
30th October     Unbelievable Science  
13th October     Jackie and the Beanstalk  
27th October     Upside Down  
10th October     Looks and Smiles  
15th October     Price of coal part 1: Barry Hines & Ken Loach  
17th October     Thursday Late – Alternative Life Drawing