The Barnsley Pals on The Somme

Using authentic archive footage, this film recreates the story of the Barnsley Pals brief intervention
in the Battle of the Somme. It shows the depth of the sacrifice the town made in the First World
War, and its determination to remember and learn from the event, bringing 1916 into conjunction
with 2016, when Barnsley remembered the anniversary of Battle and the lives that were lost. The 16 th July 1916 was the first day of the Battle of the Somme, between the German forces occupying Northern France and British troops who had been rapidly conscripted and trained to replace the British Expeditionary Force of regular soldiers who had begun Allied resistance to the German advance in 1914. Kitchener’s new army numbered two million men, almost all of them raw recruits carried forward on a wave of national sentiment. Among them were two battalions, The Barnsley Pals, recruited here in the town and trained nearby. On the first morning of the Battle, the Barnsley Pals Battalions went into action to advance with other British infantry on the German lines.

The attack followed weeks of non-stop bombardment of the German bunkers and barbed wire lines. It was a massacre.

The bombardment had not knocked out the German bunkers, nor had it seriously damaged the wire. The advancing British were mown down, many at a distance of nearly a mile, by the German machine gunners. The British army suffered 45,000 casualties in a single day. The Barnsley Pals battalions lost more than two thirds of their men in a couple of hours, and were never reformed.

Chatsworth Country Fair 2018

This years 2018 Chatsworth fair held on the 30th/31st August and 1st September and is a yearly event this years tickets cost £20 per person via online booking but can also be brought on the day at £25 per person. This short film consists of a tour of stalls and activities.

A short tour of the stalls and activities.

St Mary’s Church Open Evening

Taking place in Ecclesfield, this is a heritage opening day about The Gatty Women. These women have had an impact on Science, Art and beyond. This was a free event and this film includes pictures with descriptive information.

The Gatty Women had an impact on Science, Art and beyond.