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Barnsley Hospital bucking national trend
HOSPITALS are in crisis across the country due to staffing levels - but Barnsley has bucked the trend having seen more than a 30 per cent increase in doctors in the last six years.
A recent report from a cross-party group of MPs led by former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the government must tackle ‘the greatest workforce crisis in history in the NHS’ as it deals with the effects of the pandemic.
However, Barnsley...
Brian Glover’s commemorative plaque to be unveiled
WORLD-RENOWNED director Ken Loach will return to Barnsley next month to unveil a blue plaque in Brian Glover’s memory on the 25th anniversary of his death.
Ronnie Steele, chair of the Brian Glover Blue Plaque group, is hoping they can raise enough funds to pay for all the costs, whilst also fixing a date for the unveiling.
The group originally wanted the tribute to be placed outside the Civic Hall, as it was the place...
M and S unveil plan for foodhall
MARKS and Spencer has revealed details of its plans to open a new foodhall just weeks after announcing the closure of its town centre store.
The retail giant announced last month that it will close its Queen Street store - ending its 90-year presence in the heart of the town - and is readying a move to Peel Retail Park, on Harborough Hill Road, where it will open a foodhall store with 60 per cent...
Judge blasts negligent firm in long-awaited case
A JUDGE said a construction firm made a ‘serious dereliction of duty’ as they were sentenced following the death of young Conley Thompson seven years ago.
The seven-year-old was reported missing to police on July 26, 2015 when he didn’t return to his Worsbrough home after playing with his friends.
Despite extensive search efforts, Conley was not located that night but the following morning he was found dead inside a 23-cm-wide plastic pipe on a...
Long-serving Pam has no retirement plans...
FISH and chips are the nation’s favourite food - and one Cudworth woman still isn’t sick of them despite being behind the counter for half a century.
Pam Walker, 77, only has to walk across the road to get to the place she loves and works - Darfield Road Fisheries.
Starting off in 1972 aged 27, Pam managed to find a profession that would last her more than 50 years, but she’s not stopping yet....
Duff praises 'team performance' in cup win at Boro
Michael Duff hailed his Barnsley side’s togetherness and character in their last-gasp 1-0 win at Middlesbrough in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.
The Reds soaked up second half pressure from their Championship hosts before Josh Benson netted in the 92nd minute to set up a second round trip to Leeds United.
Duff told the Chronicle: “It was a team performance. If we had conceded the chance in the first minute it could...
Reds drawn at Leeds in second round
Barnsley have been drawn away at Leeds United in the second round of the EFL Cup.
The Reds won 1-0 at Championship Middlesbrough on Tuesday evening, thanks to an injury-time Josh Benson goal.
They will now visit Premier League Yorkshire rivals Leeds on the weekend commencing August 22.
Benson nets last-gasp winner
Josh Benson netted a 92nd-minute winner as Barnsley won 1-0 at Championship Middlesbrough in the first round of the EFL Cup.
The hosts just shaded the game in terms of chances, and were on top for most of the second half, but the Reds showed great spirit and netted an epic winner.
Michael Duff made seven changes from the side that beat Cheltenham in the league on Saturday.
Jordan Helliwell and Clarke Oduor...
Reds look for 'best practice' at Boro
Michael Duff says tonight’s EFL Cup hosts Middlesbrough are a good example of how he eventually wants his Barnsley side to play.
The Reds visit Chris Wilder’s Championship Boro from 7.45pm in the first round.
Duff told the Chronicle: “They have a good manager. The way I have played in the last three or four years is very similar to how Chris plays in terms of the system and personnel within it, with...
Cadden could return at weekend but Wolfe out for weeks
Matty Wolfe is expected to miss the majority of August with a knee injury but Nicky Cadden’s calf problem is ‘not as bad as we feared’ says Barnsley head coach Michael Duff.
Left wing-back Cadden came off before half-time against Cheltenham on Saturday with a calf problem. He is expected to miss tomorrow’s EFL Cup tie at Middlesbrough but could return for the league game at Derby County on Saturday.
Duff told the Chronicle: “It’s...
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Young trader bags top award
A HOYLAND Common woman has been named Young Yorkshire Trader of the Year.
Lauren Bower, 30, specialises in hand-crafted art deco inspired homeware, using digital technologies including 3D printing.
At last weekend’s NMTF award ceremony, Lauren picked up the award - and she says she’s ‘chuffed’.
She said: “Every year they do a competition and this year I won the category for regional and Yorkshire Young Trader of the Year.
“I didn’t expect it at...
July’s Covid deaths rise
FOURTEEN residents died within 28 days of a positive Covid test in July.
More than 1,150 residents have died since the start of the pandemic within a month of testing positive for the virus.
Three people died on July 11, making it the deadliest day for the virus last month.
Passport backlog irks local MP
SUMMER holiday plans for families across the borough have been left in ruins because of the passport processing backlog, according to one MP.
John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, says he has been dealing with around 30 passport problems a month since mid-April.
He said: “People have been working hard and deserve to be able to take a break without having the stress and worry of waiting to see if their passport will arrive...
Barnsley man sentenced for murdering wife
A MONK Bretton man has been jailed for the murder of his wife.
Darren Youel, 54, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday for the killing of Julie Youel at the family’s home in May.
Prosecutor, Mark McCone said Julie suffered 13 stab wounds in the incident in which Youel subsequently turned the knife on himself before calling emergency services and telling the operator that he had stabbed his wife and himself.
Paramedics tried...
Councillor warns of looming crisis
A DODWORTH councillor has called on the council to do more to help tenants before the ‘winter fuel crisis’ arrives.
Coun Peter Fielding, who represents the Liberal Democrats, raised his concerns at last week’s Full Council meeting.
He asked the council how many Berneslai Homes tenants have prepayment meters installed and what is being done to reduce that number - but no figures were available.
Due to the ‘massive increase’ in household energy costs -...
Reds investigate offensive tweets
Barnsley FC are investigating offensive social media posts allegedly made by representatives of their new sponsors HEX.
The Reds reached an agreement with the cryptocurrency late last week and wore their logo on their match shirts in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Cheltenham Town.
Social media accounts of individuals initially credited by HEX’s Brent Morrissey with brokering the deal appear to have previously made some homophobic comments, which have been highlighted and criticised by...
Bailey and Brunt devastated after finishing 4th in Commonwealths
Barnsley women Sue Bailey and Katherine Brunt were both bitterly disappointed by finishing fourth in their events at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
Para table tennis player Bailey lost her semi-final to Indian Bhavina Patel then the bronze medal match to another Indian Sonalben Patel.
She had hoped to win a third Commonwealths title after gold in 2002 and 2006.
Sue said: “Both of the Indians have played so well this tournament but I’m so...
Barnsley boss Duff pleased with first home win after 'wake-up call' on opening day
BARNSLEY head coach Michael Duff said his side's opening day defeat at Plymouth Argyle was a 'wake-up call' that they responded to well with their win against Cheltenham Town in his first home league game.
The 44-year-old watched Barnsley narrowly beat his former club Cheltenham thanks to Luke Thomas's 66th-minute strike, but said he was disappointed they didn't win by a bigger margin.
"It feels good, it's always good to win a game," Duff told...
Reds beat Cheltenham Town in successful Oakwell debut for new head coach
MICHAEL Duff’s introduction to the majority of Barnsley fans was a happy one as his side narrowly beat Cheltenham Town by a single goal.
The head coach said at the start of the season that there was an air of inevitability about an early clash with his former employers, with whom he won a League Two title and developed a reputation as one of the Football League’s brightest young managers.
Perhaps less inevitable was his...
'I probably know their players better than I know ours'
MICHAEL Duff admits he will know today's visitors Cheltenham Town better than his own Barnsley side but wants to see a big improvement from the opening day loss at Plymouth Argyle.
The Reds’ new head coach will take charge of them in a competitive game at Oakwell for the first time against his former employers, having begun the League One campaign with a 1-0 loss in Devon last Saturday.
Duff guided Cheltenham to the League...
Police vow to clamp down on off-roaders
POLICE officers are beginning to crack down on off-road bike-based crime.
The bikers can cause a nuisance and are also linked to serious crimes.
Off-road biking crime is on the rise and police are now using plain clothed officers in unmarked cars to catch the offenders out. They are part of a full-time Off-Road Bike Intervention Team.
Road Policing Inspector Craig Clifton said off-road bikes are one of the biggest concerns to communities.
Inspector Clifton...
Ballerina Tala to perform at historic venue
STAR ballerina Tala Lee-Turton is bringing ballet to the masses with a show at an historic venue.
Tala will premiere her new work and her first live production, No Time Like The Present, at Wentworth Woodhouse between August 19-21.
It’s now been a decade since Tala began her training at the famed Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow.
The idea for an outdoor event took shape during the pandemic as Tala thought about how she could...
Covid-related school exclusions revealed...
ALMOST 150 youngsters were excluded from Barnsley schools last year due to breaches of Covid-19 rules, new shock figures have revealed.
Statistics from the Department for Education show ‘wilful and repeated transgression of protective measures’ were the reason behind 144 exclusions from Barnsley schools in the last academic year.
Of those, 135 were in secondary schools and nine were in primary schools - whilst 142 were temporary and two permanent.
There were a total of...
Creative care home raises awareness of cancer
KEXBOROUGH House care home are back again with another creative way to raise awareness of cancer - in the form of ‘Patsy Poop’, a giant poo emoji.
Jane Penvose, team leader at the care home, has been busy working with residents to create the giant board since last Friday.
“We just keep following up from the ones we’ve done previously. The residents are doing their own versions as well, but of unicorns instead.”
Previous efforts...
Cash needed to iron out bus service woes
FUNDING is needed from Westminster to ensure the bus network runs more smoothly in Barnsley, according to a local councillor.
Coun Robert Frost fears some networks are now in danger of being lost.
Coun Frost, who is the cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “A quality bus service is hugely important to our borough and our residents.
“We believe strongly that the government needs to provide funding to make sure our communities, our employment...
COMMENT: August crucial month on and off pitch
A look at Barnsley's first full month of the season
AUGUST feels like an important month on and particularly off the pitch for Barnsley’s season as they face a series of tough games while needing to do plenty of good work in the transfer market.
In the 1-0 loss at Plymouth on the opening day, they did not look like a side that could compete for the top six – but it...
Lachlan’s ‘phenomenal’ rise from small halls in Barnsley to Commonwealth gold
BARNSLEY’S new Commonwealth Games champion Lachlan Moorhead says it has been a ‘phenomenal journey’ from his family’s judo club in Penistone to winning an international gold medal.
The 21-year-old won all four fights in the 81kg event in Coventry to claim gold for England on Tuesday.
Lachlan told the Chronicle: “When I won, it was an unbelievable rush. It was absolutely insane. I don’t even know what I did. I was roaring, pointing at people...
Barnsley Women’s FC hoping to build historic new £5m home in Hoyland
BARNSLEY Women’s Football Club are hoping England’s European Championship win will accelerate their plans to build the country’s first football ground specifically for women.
The club are aiming to construct a £5million ground in Hoyland at the Rockingham Forge Parkside development. The initial plan is for a two-tier stand with 600 seats, although that could be increased in the future, with meeting and conference rooms inside for businesses and social events as well as various...
Hollie’s silver for both Canada and Barnsley
HOLLIE Naughton felt she was representing both Canada and Barnsley on her way to a Commonwealth Games silver medal in Birmingham this week.
The 27-year-old squash player was born in Barnsley and grew up in Cudworth but represents Canada after moving there when she was ten. She has returned to Yorkshire to live and considers herself a ‘Barnsley woman.’
Hollie told the Chronicle: “There is pride for both places. You can hear in my voice...
Reds want more strikers and boss says no Helik bid accepted
BARNSLEY are still looking for at least one more striker after bringing in Slobodan Tedic, while Michael Duff has contradicted reports that the club has accepted a bid for Michal Helik from Lech Poznan.
The summer transfer window is due to close in just under four weeks on August 31, by which time the Reds will have played seven more competitive games.
They have made seven signings, following the arrival of Manchester City’s Tedic on...
Order to be discussed in a bid to prevent serious blazes
PROPOSALS are set to be put forward to stop residents using disposable barbecues and fireworks on the town’s moorland to help prevent wildfires - with those flouting the rules being fined up to £1,000.
Barnsley Council will put forward the proposals, which will cover all publicly-accessible moorland areas in the borough, subject to the agreement of private landowners.
The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) would mean that anyone lighting a fire, fireworks or disposable barbecue...
Heroic Lois weds after prognosis worsens
A MUM-OF-THREE with terminal cancer got married last Friday after her prognosis worsened in recent months.
Lois Walker, 38, was joined by her three sons Cole, Ronnie and Ray and a small number of friends and family at the town hall where she wed partner Dale Wistow.
“The wedding was lovely, a really nice day. I went to my friend's house first to get ready so it was all organised. We didn’t want anyone there,...
Vandalism spree blasted by fed-up locals
PARENTS of yobs behind some fo the vandalism attacks in a Barnsley park have offered to contribute towards the repair costs.
Locke Park has has become an antisocial behavioir hot spot during the first weeks of the summer holidays.
Fed-up locals took pictures of the youths involved in some of the incidents and posted them on social media in the hope of alerting parents to what their children were up to.
Malcolm Price, treasurer of...
Six-figure fine handed to construction firm
THE construction firm responsible for a ‘death trap’ building site where a seven-year-old died has been hit with a £600,000 fine seven years after the youngster’s death.
Conley Thompson, who told his mum, Paula, that he was going out to play with friends at about 6pm on July 26, 2015, was reported missing to police at 10.10pm when he did not return to his home on Underwood Avenue, Worsbrough.
It sparked a huge search effort,...
Rabbit Ings fire sparks investigation
A JOINT investigation into suspected arson is underway after youths reportedly set alight a huge chunk of land at a cherished nature reserve.
Rabbit Ings Country Park, based on Lund Hill Lane in Royston, is a 64-hectare site located on the former colliery yard and spoil heap of the Monckton Colliery which closed in 1989.
It’s home to an array of wildlife - including protected newts, snakes and herons - but this week it was...
Benson and Wolfe doubts but Duff backs young midfield
JOSH Benson and Matty Wolfe are both injury doubts for Barnsley’s game against Cheltenham Town on Saturday but Michael Duff believes he has strength in depth in central midfield.
Both Benson, who started the opening day loss at Plymouth, and Wolfe, who came off the bench, picked up knocks in training this week and will be assessed before the game.
Herbie Kane is out for about another month with a groin problem.
Luca Connell and...
Tedic joins on 'development loan'
Barnsley have brought in Manchester City striker Slobodan Tedic on a ‘development loan’.
The 22-year-old, who is six foot three, has joined on loan for the season.
Head coach Michael Duff told the Chronicle: “It’s a chance to build a relationship with Man City. It’s a development loan, he gets to look at English football, we get to look at him. Ultimately it’s an opportunity for him, he was brought in for a...
Reds target Tedic
Barnsley are attempting to sign Serbian striker Slobodan Tedic on loan from Manchester City, the Chronicle understands.
The 22-year-old, who is six foot three, has been at Oakwell this week but the deal is yet to be finalised.
Tedic joined the Premier League champions from Čukarički in 2020 after netting 14 goals in 66 games in the Serbian top flight.
He was loaned out to Dutch club Zwolle and netted three goals...
Moorhead wins Commonwealth gold
Barnsley has a Commonwealth Games champion after judo star Lachlan Moorhead won gold in the 81kg men's category.
The 21-year-old from Penistone won all four of his contests in Coventry representing England.
He stunned favourite Francois Gauthier Drapeau of Canada in the final to delight the home crowd.
It was a first international senior competition for Lachlan who wants to become Great Britain's first ever judo Olympic gold medalist.
Hollie Naughton, who is from Barnsley but...
Williams says last season ‘in bin’ but Reds ‘humbled’ at Plymouth
JORDAN Williams says last season is ‘in the bin’ and Barnsley’s players are no longer affected by the disastrous relegation campaign.
The Reds collected 30 points as they finished last in the Championship then, after the appointment of Michael Duff as head coach, they lost their League One opener 1-0 at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.
Asked if some players’ confidence was still damaged by going down, Williams told the Chronicle: “Definitely not.
“It’s a fresh...