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Parents have 'lost faith' in school over lunch dispute

Parents dropping their children off to Milefield Primary School in Barnsley say they have lost faith in the school it banned pupils from bringing packed lunches in.

Some parents have 'lost faith' in school over lunch dispute

The school says it is part of a healthy eating plan but several other parents have already removed their children from the school and enrolled them elsewhere.

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School bans packed lunches

A school in Barnsley is facing criticism after deciding to ban children from bringing a packed lunch. Barnsley Council says the move to have school meals only at Milefield Primary is in line with a healthy eating plan.

Pupils at Milefield Primary can no longer bring packed lunches to school

The school’s governing body took the decision to implement “a whole school meal provision” in line with The Children and Families Act 2014/Universal Infant Free School Meals Plan. In a statement the school said:

"This new act aims to support schools to ensure pupils eat more healthily, perform better academically as a result from health eating, improve their behaviour and Improve their social skills. For £1.75 per day every child is provided with the following: · A slice of white/wholemeal toast for breakfast. · A carton of milk and a healthy snack mid-morning. · A traditional meal at lunchtime followed by a dessert (all made fresh daily). · A piece of fruit/vegetable in the afternoon. The new policy has been well received by the overwhelming majority of pupils and parents. When we first announced the policy we made sure that those with concerns could contact us, and where parents have raised concerns and contacted us via the email address we specified in the initial correspondence, we have been more than happy to meet up and listen.

This offer remains in place."

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All wards re-open after Norovirus outbreak

All wards at Scunthorpe General Hospital have now reopened after an outbreak of Norovirus. Two wards had be shut due to the sickness bug. Doctors are warning that the virus is still present in the local area, though.

All patients have recovered and a deep clean has been carried out.

This virus is still circulating in our local community and is extremely contagious so if you experience symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting please stay away from the hospital until you have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours.

– Dr Peter Cowling, consultant microbiologist,

Widow at Westminster for MP's debate into pancreatic cancer

A widow from Scunthorpe will be in Parliament today to listen to MPs discuss the illness which killed her husband. The visit by Maggie Watts, 50, to Westminster, is a major milestone in her campaign to increase funding for research into pancreatic cancer. Her husband Kevin Watts, a local builder, died from the disease aged 48 in 2008. His death spurred mum of one Mrs Watts to organise a 106,000-name on-line petition and force a debate in the House of Commons.

Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh at the University of Manchester with scientists and Maggie Watts Credit: Maggie Watts

Former Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, whose character Hayley Cropper was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the long-running soap opera, joined Maggie's campaign after becoming aware of the disease’s low survival rate - around three per cent five years after diagnosis. The debate will be led by Scunthorpe MP Nic Dakin.

Pancreatic cancer campaign moves to Parliament

A widow from Scunthorpe is preparing to head to Westminster tomorrow for a debate which she hopes will help in the fight against the disease which killed her husband. Maggie Watts helped raise more than one hundred thousand names on an online petition to force a debate on pancreatic cancer. Her husband Kevin died from the disease five years ago. He was just forty eight. Maggie wants more funding for research.

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Transformers movie cars visit children's hospice

A Doncaster based car hire company lit up the faces of youngsters staying at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice when they visited with their movie replica cars from the hit Transformers movies.

It was like a scene from a movie as the cars arrived at the hospice in convoy this afternoon after being driven from Doncaster where Transformers Car Hire are based.

The procession consisted of ‘Bumblebee’ a Chevrolet Camaro, ‘Barricade’ a black and white Police Saleen S281, ‘Beaterbee’ a 1977 Camaro and ‘Lockdown’ a Lamborghini Aventador which was closely followed by the Hasbro ‘Optimus Prime’ truck. This is the first time that the cars have been seen together outside of the United States.

Accompanying the vehicles was Doncaster born actor Mark Ryan who is the voice of Bumblebee and Lockdown in the Transformers movies.

Children and staff at Bluebell Wood meet Yorkshire-born actor Mark Ryan, the voice of Bumblebee and Lockdown. Credit: Bluebell Wood Hospice

It was lovely meeting all the children at Bluebell Wood today. I have been very fortunate in my career to be afforded the chance to help wherever I can.

" Being from Doncaster and Yorkshire born and bred, I’m glad to help Bluebell Wood doing good work with children in the local community”

– Mark Ryan

New Grantham Hospice open day

Lincolnshire residents are being invited to be part of history in the making as the UK's first "hospice in the hospital" prepares to open its doors to patients for the first time.

A public open day is being staged today by St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Lincolnshire South West Clinical Commissioning Group, who have pooled their expertise in a unique partnership to create the purpose-designed, £1.2m unit within Grantham and District Hospital.

The local community will be given an insight into the work of the flagship unit; meet the team who will be providing specialist end-of-life care; and be given guided tours of the state-of-the-art facilities.

Less than 48 hours later the six-bed inpatient unit will open - welcoming the first of an estimated 160 people from south west Lincolnshire each year who will benefit from the homely and healing environment that has been created on their doorstep.

It will save them and their family and friends a 60-mile round journey to what is currently the charity's only existing inpatient unit at Nettleham Road in Lincoln.

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