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‘Ghost signs’ revealed amid major works
MAJOR conservation works in the town centre has uncovered a ‘ghost sign’ - providing an insight into Barnsley’s interesting past. The works are part of the Eldon Street High Street Heritage Action Zone (HAZ), which is in its final stages, and work has begun to restore the historic shopfronts. As part of that work, the modern signs have been removed, revealing a series of ‘ghost’ signs underneath. Signs from the Tetley tobacconist (36 Eldon Street)...
Vigilance plea over FGM
MORE than 60 cases of female genital mutilation have been reported in Barnsley since 2015, the latest figures have revealed. Police and health bosses in Barnsley are now urging residents to be aware of the signs of FGM which include any procedure that removes part or all the external female genitalia, or any that involves injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Victims are forced to undergo the illegal procedures against their will....
£450k investment for village hall
MAJOR improvement works at Mapplewell and Staincross Village Hall are set to pick up pace next week thanks to almost £500,000 in funding the second time in as many years the site has been refurbished. The village hall and the library, which are located in the same building, will undergo major improvements over the next few months with preliminary works to start next week. The £350,000 programme, funded by the council’s Principal Towns programme, includes...
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Barnsley’s dancing talent comes together
A NEW scheme is hoping to celebrate Barnsley’s dancing talent with a special event. The partnership - between Tala Lee-Turton Productions, Barnsley Civic and Barnsley Council - is set to deliver the Barnsley Dancing Symposium on April 25. Inspired by Barnsley-born dancer Tala’s journey, the symposium - which is commissioned and funded by Barnsley Council’s regeneration and culture service - seeks to motivate others to create a vibrant dance community in town. Tala said: &ldq
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Plans unveiled for historic coal drops heritage site
ARTIST impressions have revealed the future look of a historic Grade II-listed site a year after it was saved from dereliction. The coal drops site, under the former Penistone-Woodhead Line which was once a leading hub of the railway in the north, consists of six arched segments which date back to the mid-19th century. The line was closed during the so-called Beeching cuts in the 1960s, but much of the infrastructure remained intact with the...
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Boss delighted with resilience in another away win
Neill Collins praised his side for chalking up their tenth away win of the season with a 4-2 success at Wycombe Wanderers and hopes there are several more to come in the promotion chase. The hosts took the lead twice but Sam Cosgrove and Donovan Pines levelled before Corey O’Keeffe and Conor Grant won it either side of a red card for David Wheeler. Collins said: “I will focus on the positives because there are...
Reds come back twice to win 4-2
Barnsley registered a tenth away win of the season as they came from behind twice to beat Wycombe Wanderers 4-2. The hosts took the lead but Sam Cosgrove levelled on the stroke of half-time. Wycombe scored again early in the second half but Donovan Pines levelled with his first goal in English football. Corey O’Keeffe put Barnsley in front then, after a red card for the hosts, substitute Conor Grant also netted his...
Reds look to end Wycombe’s good home run
BARNSLEY will look to end Wycombe Wanderers’ long unbeaten home run and continue their own fine away form from 3pm. The Chairboys are 14th – eight points clear of the relegation zone and 18 off the top six – while the Reds are fourth. Barnsley will look for their tenth away win of the season while they have lost the fewest on the road in English professional league football with just one defeat in...
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Preview of Barnsley's games in March
BARNSLEY stride into March with a real chance of ensuring it is the penultimate month of their season and that they are celebrating automatic promotion in April rather than needing the play-offs in May. They are three points off the top two but with games in hand and host third-placed Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday, aiming to do the same to them as they did to second-placed Derby County on Saturday. When Bolton lost at Wigan...
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Unbeaten Earl enjoying playing in new-look back 3
JOSH Earl enjoyed playing in a new-look Barnsley back three this week as his excellent start to life at Oakwell continued. The 25-year-old joined the Reds from Fleetwood Town in January and has impressed in five appearances so far – helping them to three wins and two draws. He has been playing on the left of a back three with, most recently, American Donovan Pines in the middle and Frenchman Mael de Gevigney on the...
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Roundabout plan would give priority to cyclists
PLANS to replace a key town centre roundabout with another - which would remove priority for motorists and hand it to cyclists and pedestrians - have broken cover after councillors approved a £3m package this week. The project, at Town End, would be funded through transport funding which has been given to the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority. The ‘Dutch-style’ roundabout plans were first mooted in Barnsley back in 2021 but until this week there...
New chocolate factory shows Twix of the trade
YOUNGSTERS are being offered a golden ticket to a career in food production after a chocolate factory opened in Barnsley yesterday. JJA Snack on Innovation Way, Redbrook contains an advanced manufacturing line designed by Siemens which, it is hoped, will inspire the next generation of chocolatiers. Investors in the company and staff from Outwood Academy Shafton were invited to tour the factory and make their own chocolate, as the company prepares to open their doors...
Toothbrushing clubs will fight decay
PRIMARY schools are being offered the opportunity to help fight tooth decay after it was revealed that 30 per cent of Barnsley’s five-year-old children have dental issues. Barnsley Council’s children’s public health team are offering funded and supervised toothbrushing clubs to local primary schools and early years settings such as family hubs to help form good oral health habits at a young age. This comes as a response to a 17 per cent national increase...
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Balancing council budget meant tough decisions
BARNSLEY Council has set aside almost £35m to cover anticipated cost pressures over the next year and rubber-stamped an almost five per cent council tax hike after approving a ‘miraculous balanced budget’ yesterday. Bosses admitted that the current financial situation is ‘difficult’ and they are expecting to spend an additional £35m on day-to-day services across the town, but a report states this was predicted and they have already set this aside. This fundi
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Years of Tory cuts leave Barnsley £1bn worse off
BARNSLEY Council’s budget has been cut by around £130m every year since the Conservatives came to power according to a local councillor a cumulative total of more than £1bn. Councillors signed off on a balanced budget at yesterday’s full council meeting, despite the ‘unique’ financial challenges that are facing local authorities up and down the country. Coun James Higginbottom, cabinet spokesperson for environment and highways, said the cuts the council have
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Jon Flatman announced as permanent Barnsley FC CEO
JON Flatman will take on the role as chief executive at Barnsley FC on a full-time basis. Flatman was announced to be the acting chief executive when Khaled El-Ahmad left for the US in December. It has been confirmed today that he will take on the role on a full-time basis. Flatman joined the club as Chief Revenue Officer in January 2023. Club chairman Neerav Parekh said: “Jon has a clear vision...
Ambitious Barnsley Town achieve early promotion in first season
BARNSLEY Town became the first team from the town to gain promotion this season, which is their first. They secured a place in the top two of County Senior League Division Two with a 6-0 win at Dinnington Town reserves. They have won 13 and drawn one of their 14 games, leaving them 13 points clear at the top of the table. Nine more points from their last four games will secure the title. The scorers...
Penistone Church reach Sheffield Cup final
PENISTONE Church reached the Sheffield Senior Cup semi-final with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win at home to Stocksbridge Park Steels on Wednesday night. After a 0-0 draw over 90 minutes against the visitors who play a division above, NCEL Premier side Church won 5-4 in the shoot-out which saw seven spot-kicks missed. It was a disappointing return for Stocksbridge boss Ian Richards who managed his hometown club Penistone for 12 years until 2021. Church will...
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Dearne sign rivals’ star who was benched for McCormack
DEARNE and District have signed Central Midlands League title rivals Doncaster City’s top-scorer Shay Evans-Booth. He had scored 20 goals in 17 games this season, including against Dearne last week in a 3-1 win having been dropped to the bench for former Leeds United striker Ross McCormack who was one of three internationals signed on a short-term deal. Dearne bounced back from their first defeat of the season with a 4-0 win at Woodhouse Colts....
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Perks of the job for Rec
ATHERSLEY Rec stunned promotion-chasing Retford United 3-2 on Tuesday in NCEL Division One. Rec are eight points clear of the relegation zone in 18th, with 32 points from 36 games, and eight to play. They also won at Dronfield on Saturday after five straight losses. Manager Paul Clarkson said: “It’s been a huge week. We’ve got a good gap in terms of points now and, even if teams win their games in hand, they will still...
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Make May’s day with a birthday card
A DANCING centenarian is gearing up to celebrate her 102nd birthday next month - and her care home’s staff are hoping locals will help make it extra special by sending in cards. May Barton has lived in Barnsley all her life and currently resides at The Firs in Dodworth, where she has lived for the last five years. Her daughter, 66-year-old Shirley Mills, puts her long life down to cod liver oil and whisky -...
Extra cash to protect homes from flooding
FLOOD-HIT areas are set to receive better protection after it was revealed a multi-million pound pumping station is to be constructed to allay fears in communities which sit alongside the River Dearne. The pumping station set to be built in Cudworth will have the capacity to store an extra 33,000 litres of stormwater. Yorkshire Water bosses are working alongside Barnsley Council and have already identified a site off Barnsley Road, with work expected to begin...
Caring Hollie lands TV ‘takeaway getaway’
A YOUNGSTER who is one of a handful of children her age battling juvenile arthritis won her family a holiday on Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway. Hollie Kyle was invited on the ITV show last weekend after the success of her Christmas gift appeal in support of the Sheffield-based Children’s Hospital Charity. The 11-year-old, of Nettlecroft, Monk Bretton, has received care there since she was eight-and-a-half years old when she was diagnosed with the...
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Window firm administrators move in
A BARNSLEY-based company which employs around 200 people has entered administration - though it’s been emphasised that no redundancies have been made to date. Euramax Solutions Ltd, based on Ashroyd’s Way in Platts Common, was founded in 1950 originally under the name Ellbee. In 1993 it was acquired by OmniMax USA and rebranded as Euramax. It was brought back under the control of a UK-based parent company, Modular Group Investments, (MGI) in 2021. The firm,...
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Former miners urged to open up about cancer
FORMER miners in Barnsley were encouraged to open up about cancer at a recent engagement event.( Macmillan Cancer Support were on hand at the National Union of Mineworkers’ ‘Winter Warmer’ day - where former coalminers gather to relax and socialise over a brew - fielding questions and raising awareness of cancer signs and symptoms. Men make up just over half of cancer cases, with around one in 170 men in the UK diagnosed every year,...
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Under 18s to host leaders Birmingham in top-of-the-table contest
BARNSLEY under 18s are due to host Birmingham City in a top-of-the-table clash tomorrow from 11.30am on the Oakwell academy pitches. The Reds, the reigning PDL champions, are second – 16 points behind Birmingham who have played five more games. Barnsley’s game at Wigan Athletic on Saturday was called off. Coach Nicky Eaden said: “Birmingham will be a difficult game. We won 4-2 there earlier in the season. “They are strong with a bit of...
Reds must stay level-headed despite Derby boost – Collins
NEILL Collins knows his Barnsley team have been boosted by their crucial win at the weekend but insists they will remain ‘level-headed’ going into the final quarter of the season. The Reds – who won 2-1 at home to second-placed Derby County on Saturday – are fourth in League One, three points off the top two and six clear in the play-off places with 63 points from 33 games. The two teams directly above them,...
Cole and Russell in provisional Jamaica squad
BARNSLEY duo Devante Cole and Jon Russell have been selected in Jamaica’s provisional squad for their CONCACAF Nations League semi-final. The Reggae boys are due to face USA in Arlington, Texas on Thursday, March 21 then play either in the final or third-place play-off three days later. They have so far named a 60-man squad which will be significantly reduced when the final list is announced. Barnsley are due to play League One leaders Portsmouth...
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Benson in contention for Wycombe
JOSH Benson could potentially be on Barnsley’s bench at Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday. The midfielder has been injured since mid-November. Head coach Neill Collins said: “Josh has done well. He trained this week. It will be a late decision for me. He hasn’t played for the under 21s yet. “Does he play for them on Friday to get minutes or do we include him in our 18? It will depend on what we’ve got available with...
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Barnsley FC lost £4million in 22/23
BARNSLEY FC posted a loss of £4million during their 2022/23 season – following relegation from the Championship. The accounts published this week show the Reds incurred an operating loss of £5.9million but made £1.9million from player trading. Turnover reduced by more than £5million from £15million to £9.5million, mainly due to the decrease in money from the EFL and TV deals because they were in League One. Matchday income increased by almost h
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Knife crime figures ‘a red flag’
TWO-thirds of local cautions or convictions for knife crime were handed to first-time offenders, new figures have revealed. Ministry of Justice figures show 287 first-time knife crime offenders went through the criminal justice system in the year ending September 2023. They accounted for 67 per cent of the total 430 criminals found guilty of knife and offensive weapon offences - up from 66 per cent the year before. Patrick Green, chief executive of the Ben...
Chelsea getting on her bike for hospital
A YOUNG girl from Kendray is set to embark on yet another fundraiser to support children who attend Great Ormond Street Hospital. Chelsea Ellis, seven, is no stranger to raising funds close to her heart - and in the pandemic managed to raise thousands of pounds for a mental health charity. But she’s now planning to cycle the distance from Barnsley to the largest children’s hospital in the country - almost 180 miles - to...
Cancellations sign of ‘creaking’ system
ALMOST 300 operations were cancelled at the last minute by Barnsley Hospital last year, new figures have revealed. The British Medical Association called then cancellations the sign of a ‘creaking’ NHS system. Figures from NHS England show 296 operations were cancelled by Barnsley Hospital in 2023. This was more than the 212 operations cancelled the year before and up from 211 in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic. These were cancellations on the day of the...
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New campaign targets fraudsters
RISING numbers of fraudsters hoodwinking vulnerable residents into parting with cash will see a new campaign rolled out across Barnsley to combat criminals preying on victims. According to South Yorkshire Police, an older person is a victim of fraud every 40 seconds and the typical targets of so-called ‘courier fraud’ are individuals over the age of 70. In courier fraud scams, criminals pose as authority figures, including police officers and bank officials, to gain the...
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Playgroup celebrates outstanding first
AFTER 30 years Birdwell Playgroup have received their first outstanding Ofsted grade. The pre-school on Sheffield Road has finally received the coveted grade, following an inspection in December. Ofsted congratulated the school’s involved staff, and positive culture. The report said: “Children are confident and eager to talk and staff ask questions to develop kids’ thoughts. “Parents sing the praises of staff and the playgroup - they are really happy and fully involve
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One match left for Ladies after defeat to leaders
BARNSLEY Ladies lost 28-19 at home to leaders Cheltenham Tigers in their penultimate Championship North game. They are sixth in the nine-team league with 31 points from 15 games. They are now due to complete their season at home to third-placed West Park Leeds on March 16. Meanwhile, Barnsley’s men face another relegation showdown in Yorkshire Division Three when they visit bottom club West Park Leeds on Saturday. The Shaw Laners did not play this...
League leaders Barnsley boys win 7-0 at York
BARNSLEY Schoolboys under 14s showed why they are top of the league with an emphatic 7-0 win away against York. The hosts were overwhelmed by Barnsley with hat-trick hero and player of the match Owen Hardman leading the way. Oliver Bentley, Logan Clifford, Luca Hyde and Theo Nietrzebka added to the tally. The under 14 boys face Rotherham this weekend in a top of the table clash.
Vital victory for Athersley
Athersley Rec gained a vital win on Saturday which increased the gap between them and the NCEL Division One relegation zone. They ended a run of five straight defeats with a 2-1 win at Dronfield Town. After James Woodhouse’s opener was cancelled out, Jack Briscoe netted a late winner. Rec are five points clear of the relegation zone in 18th, with 26 points from 35 games, and eight to play. Manager Paul Clarkson said: “It...
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Church's play-off hopes dented by defeat
Penistone Church were beaten 2-1 at lowly Tadcaster Albion on Saturday in the NCEL Premier Division. The hosts scored twice quickly after the hour then Nathan Keightley pulled one back. Church are seventh with 46 points from 28 games, seven points and two places off the play-off places. They have ten league games to play in the league season which is due to finish in just over a month on April 6. Coach Brett Lovell...
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Penistone face ex boss in semi after big league win
PENISTONE Church gained a huge win in their promotion bid and are due to host a Sheffield Cup semi-final on Wednesday against Stocksbridge Park Steels managed by their former boss Ian Richards. Richards is from Penistone and was Church manager from 2009 to 2021, assisted by brother Duncan, taking them from the County Senior League up two levels to the NCEL Premier while winning the League Cup. He left for nearby Stocksbridge who play in...