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Teachers take to picket lines
HUNDREDS of teachers went on strike across Barnsley on Wednesday to pave the way for a better future for the town’s children following cuts over recent years.
Dozens of schools closed their doors to most pupils earlier this week following the strike action which was announced last month.
Picket lines were on show across the town, including at Penistone Grammar School, Outwood Academy Carlton and at Kirk Balk Academy in Hoyland.
Selina Hardwick, the secretary...
MP praises charity’s importance
BARNSLEY Central MP Dan Jarvis has praised the importance of a local charity which provides therapy to the town’s youngsters.
Dan visited Equipt therapy services last Friday after hearing about their work across Barnsley.
The charity supports children and young people across the borough who have gone through trauma with various specialist therapies.
He said: “They are doing brilliant work to support young people through incredibly difficult times and go above and beyond for those...
Tributes paid to ‘incredible’ mum
A CARING mum who didn’t let her cancer define her has died just months after husband succumbed to the same disease - leaving behind her three children and heartbroken family.
Sarah Thawley, 39, was diagnosed with stage four cancer in May 2020 - just two months after giving birth to her youngest son, Arthur.
Her sister-in-law, Kirsty Webster, told the Chronicle: “In June 2020, Sarah was told that she had days to live, so a...
Council apologise over cut-down tree ‘mistake’
A TREE that was mistakenly cut down in Hoyland has angered local residents.
Cassie Northwood, a Hoyland Milton Conservative candidate, informed residents of the cutting down of a tree within Hoyland Town Square on Tuesday.
Cassie - who spoke to the workmen regarding the well-known ash tree - said the construction workers were given ‘firm instructions’ to cut the tree down, causing frustration to locals.
Coun Tim Shepherd, representative for Hoyland, said: “I immediately went...
Boxing coach beats the count...
BARNSLEY boxing coach Charlie Green needed all his battling spirit to fight his way back to fitness after life-threatening sepsis and pneumonia saw him in a coma for three weeks during the pandemic.
The 50-year-old, who runs boxing gym Retro Fitness in Wombwell, remembers those dark days when his family, friends and partner Rebecca kept him and his business going: “It was a real struggle, I was so weak and looked absolutely horrendous. At one...
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Reds hoping to make it two wins from week down south
BARNSLEY are hoping for a second away win in four days when they visit mid-table Portsmouth today.
Pompey are 11th in League One, nine points behind the sixth-placed Reds who won 2-1 at Oxford United on Wednesday.
Portsmouth sacked Danny Cowley in the first week of 2023 following a nine-match winless run in the league which led to them dropping down to 15th.
They had only won one in 15 following a six-match run of...
Judge ‘positive’ January at end of season, says Duff
MICHAEL Duff says Barnsley’s January window was ‘positive’ but admits it can only be fairly judged at the end of the season after they have juggled six loan players and tried to get their fleet of new signings match-fit.
The Reds are sixth in League One, five points inside the play-off places, after a 2-1 win at Oxford United on Wednesday, the day after a busy transfer deadline day.
Striker Oli Shaw joined on a...
Dad-to-be Cadden delighted to net first Barnsley goal
FEBRUARY is set to be a month of firsts for Nicky Cadden who scored his first Barnsley goal on Wednesday and is expected to become a father in the coming days.
The 26-year-old Scottish left wing-back netted in the 2-1 win at Oxford United and is staying down south with the Reds who visit Portsmouth tomorrow.
His partner is heavily pregnant.
Cadden said: “She’s about to pop any minute so these away games aren’t the...
COMMENT: Window work gives Reds a chance
BARNSLEY’S work in this transfer window will be better judged in a few weeks or months but they look to have done enough to keep themselves in contention for League One’s top six.
The promotion challenge would have been badly hindered had they had sold a key first team player, or left themselves very light in any position. There are concerns over cover at centre-back, and the new signings’ lack of match fitness, but generally...
Barnsley's January deals
A player by player look at Barnsley's dealings in the January transfer window.
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JON RUSSELL
Probably the most exciting signing of the window, joining from Huddersfield until 2026.
The midfielder caught the eye for Huddersfield in their two wins against Barnsley last year – in the FA Cup then the league game in April when the Reds were relegated.
He then played in their Championship play-off final loss but has found gametime limited...
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Barnsley man found guilty of murdering nine-week-old son
A BARNSLEY man has been found guilty of killing his nine-week-old baby, who suffered ‘catastrophic injuries’ in 2018.
Emergency services were called to Great Houghton just before 9pm on November 30, 2018.
When they arrived, a young boy, called Hunter, was taken to hospital but he died on December 3.
At Sheffield Crown Court today, 34-year-old Leon Mathias - his father - was convicted of his murder.
Speaking after today’s verdict, Senior Investigating Officer, DCI...
Concerns over road safety issued
A WOMAN who was hit by a car when she was out on the school run has been left with ‘damaging’ long-term problems - and has urged authorities to act on her safety concerns.
Nyreen Marple, 47, of Stainborough Road, Dodworth, was knocked down when she was picking her son up from Keresforth Primary School on Wednesday, July 6 last year.
Nyreen told the Chronicle the accident has left her with no choice but to...
Headteacher lauds school’s turnaround
A HEADTEACHER has praised his school’s remarkable turnaround having turned its fortunes around.
Birdwell Primary received a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted - just three years after being placed in the education watchdog’s ‘requires improvement’ category.
Headteacher Steve Honeyman, who took over the school last September, said: “I have witnessed first-hand the dedication and passion of everyone within the Birdwell community.
“The school has been on a journey over the past few years and it is...
Parking enforcement roles ‘challenging to fill’
BARNSLEY Council’s parking enforcement and management team has been cut drastically over the last 17 years - and bosses admit it’s been ‘challenging’ to fill the roles.
A question was submitted to the council by Staincross resident John Race, who asked about parking restrictions in his area.
Coun James Higginbottom, cabinet spokesperson for environment and highways, said the number of civil enforcement officers has decreased from 18 in 2005 to just 12 in 2022.
He...
Dad jailed for baby son’s murder
A BARNSLEY man has been sentenced to life in prison - with a minimum term of 16 years - after a jury found him guilty of murdering his baby son.
Emergency services were called to Great Houghton just before 9pm on November 30, 2018.
When they arrived, a nine-week-old boy, called Hunter, was taken to Barnsley Hospital.
He died in Sheffield Children’s Hospital on December 3, 2018.
The jury majority determined that his father, Leon...
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Kane enjoying another top six push
Herbie Kane is hoping to challenge for promotion for the fourth time in five seasons and believes his several experiences of a top six push will help him this campaign.
The 24-year-old Barnsley midfielder was on loan from Liverpool to Doncaster Rovers in 2018/19 when they reached the League One play-offs, losing in the semi-final.
He joined the Reds a year later and was part of their squad which lost in the Championship play-off semi-finals....
Duff on late January deals
MICHAEL Duff says the goalkeeper reshuffle at Oakwell this week ‘worked for all parties’ and he is happy with the deadline day signings of Jon Russell and Oli Shaw.
Goalkeeper Jack Walton moved to Luton Town permanently, after a decade at Oakwell, with Harry Isted moving the other way on loan. Adam Hayton, an 18-year-old goalkeeper from Tottenham, also signed.
Duff said on Walton: “The club protected their asset. He wouldn’t sign a contract. Instead...
Collins a doubt for Portsmouth, Wolfe out for season
BRAD Collins is a doubt for Saturday's match at Portsmouth while Matty Wolfe is set to miss at least the rest of this season.
Goalkeeper Collins aggravated a quad injury during the 2-1 win at Oxford on Wednesday, which he finished. New signing Harry Isted could replace him if needed.
Head coach Michael Duff said: “Brad is bit of a concern. He has been carrying a quad problem and felt it. Harry is motivated and...
Talking points from win at Oxford
Analysis of Barnsley's 2-1 win at Oxford United on Wednesday evening.
REDS NOT AT BEST BUT GET EXCELLENT RESULT
Barnsley gained their first ever win at the Kassam Stadium on what they will hope is their final ever visit there.
Oxford are currently expected to leave when their lease expires in 2026, by which time the Reds will hope to be well-established back in the Championship.
They are closer to doing so...
Cadden 'buzzing' with goal in 'really good away win'
Michael Duff praised a ‘really really good solid away performance’ in Barnsley’s 2-1 win at Oxford United on Wednesday.
The Reds went 2-0 up through Bobby Thomas and Nicky Cadden before Oxford pulled one back then had a sustained period of pressure late on.
Duff said: “We deserved it. We had enough chances to be out of sight. Oxford are one of the best footballing teams in the league and they have resorted to...
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Reducing winter deaths to become a priority
HEALTH bosses in the town have assured residents that reducing rates of excess winter deaths deemed preventable - which have rocketed in Barnsley since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic - will be a priority.
According to Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, from March 27, 2020, to November 18, 2022, a total of 7,960 people died in Barnsley.
Higher than an ‘expected’ figure of 6,752, 1,154 people died from Covid-19, whilst the number of...
Firefighters set to strike
FIREFIGHTERS across Barnsley are set to strike later this year following a vote earlier this week.
In the hope of averting strike action, the Fire Brigades Union has given the government and employers until Thursday to come forward with an improved offer which could be put to a vote of members.
If they go ahead, the strikes would be the first nationwide fire strike over pay since 2003.
FBU members rejected a below-inflation five per...
Arrests made in fatal crash probe
THREE people have been bailed in connection with a fatal collision in Cudworth last month which killed a dad and his son.
Dean Jones, 40, and 16-year-old Lewis Daines died following a fail-to-stop collision in Cudworth on January 20.
Shortly after 9pm, emergency services were called to Royston Road, at the bridge over Cudworth Parkway, following reports of a collision.
Mr Jones and Mr Daines were cycling along Royston Road when a vehicle was in...
Soldier’s family embark on fundraising mission
THE family of a Barnsley man who was seriously injured in a missile attack whilst fighting alongside Ukrainian soldiers are raising funds for life-saving supplies.
The man from Little Houghton, who the Chronicle will not name for security reasons, went out to Ukraine in March to use his military skill set to support locals against the Russian invasion.
His mum, Amanda, told the Chronicle of the horrors he has faced in his time in the...
Kids’ mental health woes revealed by MP
SHOCK new figures show schools across the borough are being hit with an ‘anxiety epidemic’ following the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a new report, published on Tuesday by Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey, all secondary schools - and a majority of primary schools - said there had been a rise in anxiety reported mental health problems for both students and staff since 2018.
The results also show that primary and secondary schools are crying out...
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Duo get first goals in away win.
Barnsley increased the gap between them and the side outside League One’s top six with a 2-1 win at Oxford United on Wednesday night.
Bobby Thomas got his first goal for the Reds then Nicky Cadden also opened his account for 2-0.
The hosts pulled one back and missed a series of chances as the Reds hung on for a narrow win.
Barnsley are now five points clear in the play-off places. ...
Russell moves to Oakwell
Barnsley have signed midfielder Jon Russell from Huddersfield Town.
The 22-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee on a two and a half year deal.
Russell came through the Chelsea academy and spent the 2020/21 season on loan to League One Accrington Stanley.
He then moved to Huddersfield and has played 24 Championship games, as well as last year’s play-off final.
He has played seven games this season but none since October.
Reds sign young goalkeeper
Barnsley have signed 18-year-old goalkeeper Adam Hayton from Tottenham Hotspur.
He joins the Reds on a three and half year deal.
Originally from Luton, Hayton has come through the Spurs academy and played for their under 23s in an EFL Trophy match at Peterborough this season.
He will join a goalkeeping department consisting of number one Brad Collins and Harry Isted who joined on loan from Luton Town yesterday.
Jamie Searle is likely to be...
Aitchison returns to Scotland
Jack Aitchison has left Barnsley for Scottish club Motherwell on a permanent deal.
The 22-year-old forward signed for the Reds in 2020 from Celtic but spent the next two seasons out on loan.
He played 23 games this season, scoring three goals including in the most recent match - a 3-1 home win over Accrington last week.
Aitchison missed some matches this season for personal reasons and is understood to want to return to near...
Shaw joins Reds
Barnsley have signed striker Oli Shaw from Kilmarnock on a deal until 2025 for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old netted 16 goals last season to fire Killie into the top flight but has not netted in 14 league games this season.
The Scotland under 21 striker has played just one minute of football since early November.
The former Hibernian and Ross County man has 16 goals in 87 SPL games and also scored in...
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New base for town centre charity
A CHARITY which was on the hunt for a new home after being made to vacate their former base opened their new shop in the town centre on Tuesday.
The Exodus Project - who serve children and young people - took over the former Topshop site on Cheapside more than two years ago up until recently when the landlord informed them of the building’s sale.
Martin Sawdon, co-founder of the charity, told the Chronicle he...
Council bag award for Kickstart scheme
BARNSLEY Council has received an award from the Department of Work and Pensions for its involvement in the government’s Kickstart scheme.
To support young people at risk of falling into long-term unemployment, the council and Berneslai Homes took part in the scheme to provide six-month paid placements.
In that time, 64 young people have benefited from the programme, and 43 qualifications have been achieved.
The council has supported 73 per cent of its placements into...
Hospital staff resignations revealed
A RECORD number of staff resigned from their posts at Barnsley Hospital last year, shocking new figures have revealed.
It comes as the number of resignations across England soared, with nursing, doctor and midwife trade unions highlighting poor pay and a lack of mental and physical support as critical reasons for the exodus.
NHS Digital figures, which are rounded to the nearest five, show around 395 NHS staff resigned from their roles at Barnsley Hospital...
Warning issued to Fiesta owners
ALMOST 30 Ford Fiestas were stolen in Barnsley during a one-month period, new police statistics have revealed.
Work to prevent vehicle-related crime has been a priority for the town’s police in recent months, after September saw 29 Fiestas being broken into.
Investigators believe keyless entry systems have been taken advantage of by thieves, but in recent months incidents have ‘significantly reduced’ following the arrests of three offenders.
A report said: “Reductions are now evident following...
Hospital’s pay gap revealed
MALE employees at Barnsley Hospital are paid on average 37 per cent more than their female colleagues, a report has revealed.
According to a board of directors document - which was discussed at a meeting yesterday - the rate has increased from the last reporting period a year prior.
The national average at hospitals is a 14.9 per cent difference, according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures, which assessed Barnsley Hospital’s 3,580 full-pay employees....
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Reds to visit 'dangerous' Oxford
Barnsley are set to play a competitive game for the first time in 11 days when they visit Oxford United from 7.45pm on Wednesday.
The Reds had a weekend off because their scheduled opponents Sheffield Wednesday are still in the FA Cup.
They are sixth in League One, two points clear in the play-off places with 43 from 25 games. They have games in hand on most of the teams around them.
Karl Robinson's Oxford...
Walton moves to Luton, Isted joins the Reds
Jack Walton has left Barnsley after ten years to join Championship club Luton Town for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old goalkeeper joined the Reds aged 15 and has made 62 appearances.
But he has been back-up to Brad Collins for the last two years.
Barnsley have replaced him by signing Luton’s Harry Isted on loan.
Walton set to leave, Isted and Shaw close to signing
Jack Walton is set to leave Barnsley while a loan goalkeeper and striker Oli Shaw are likely to arrive before tomorrow’s deadline.
Goalkeeper Walton is due to join Championship Luton Town on a permanent deal with Harry Isted going the other way on loan.
Walton, who has been at Oakwell for a decade, is out of contract at the end of the season and is set to reunite with former Reds goalkeeper coach Kevin Pilkington...
Wolfe likely to miss rest of season
Matty Wolfe is likely to miss the remainder of Barnsley's season after sustaining a serious knee injury on Saturday.
The midfielder was stretchered off during an in-house game. It is the latest in a series of injuries for the 22-year-old.
Head coach Michael Duff said: “He’s still being assessed but, if it is what we think it is, he will be out for the season. He’s had more than his fair share of bad luck....
Cotter hoping to make more Reds memories
BARNSLEY was already an important club in Barry Cotter’s career, after he made his debut in English football against them, and he is now hoping to make more memories having signed for them.
The 24-year-old right wing-back joined the Reds last week on a three and a half year deal from Irish club Shamrock Rovers.
The Republic of Ireland youth international began his career at Limerick before signing for then Championship club Ipswich Town as...