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Youngsters’ lives to be remembered at grave site
A MEMORIAL for almost a thousand stillborn babies and children is set to be unveiled next month after a tireless campaign to create a fitting tribute to their lives.
The shocking scale of the number of children buried in the public grave at Penistone-Stottercliffe cemetery was revealed last year by local man Richard Galliford, sparking local councillors to set up a fundraiser.
Donations flooded in and more than £7,000 was generated within weeks, paving the...
Inspectors praise nursery in report
A BARNSLEY nursery is celebrating after receiving a ‘good’ rating in its latest Ofsted report.
Lime Tree Nursery, based on Laithes Lane in Athersley, were inspected by Ofsted on July 27.
All four effectiveness ratings - the quality of education, behaviour, personal development and leadership - were marked good during the inspection.
The nursery, which has space for 90 children up to four, is a full-day care site.
During the inspection, staff were spoken to...
Best-dressed Katie in running for award
FASHION designer Katie Newsam is in the running to be crowned the best-dressed lady in Yorkshire.
Katie, 34, from Shafton, won the best dressed lady title at Ladies’ Day at Doncaster Races earlier this month and is now in the final vying against the winners from the other eight race courses in Yorkshire.
The Doncaster title netted Katie £1,000, a clothing voucher as well as flowers and champagne and, should she win this county-wide title,...
36,000 have heart-related issues
BARNSLEY residents’ health inequalities with heart and circulation issues have been laid bare in a shock new report which reveals more than one in ten are now living with related conditions.
About 36,000 people in the town have associated issues, with 55 deaths attributed to heart disease in Barnsley per month - the equivalent of someone dying every 14 hours.
More than 60 per cent of adults in Barnsley are obese or overweight, according to...
Success for Hoyland charity event
A CHARITY event which benefitted several causes was held in Hoyland last weekend.
Organised at the Potters Wheel pub by fundraiser Pat Hardcastle - alongside friends Alison Hunt and Marie Haugen - cash was pledged to charity Enya’s Leukaemia Support Fund, Springwood School and the children’s oncology unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Hoyland girl Enya Haugen Jackson, eight, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in July 2020 year and has since undergone chemotherapy as part...
McCarthy out for season
BARNSLEY defender Conor McCarthy has been ruled out for this season after rupturing knee ligaments on Saturday against Charlton Athletic.
The summer signing damaged his ACL after coming off the bench in the 3-1 win but completed the game.
Head coach Michael Duff said: “It’s a huge blow for him and us. He’s finding his feet at a new club.
“He’s disappointed. I had a long chat with him.
“He will go through a...
'Board have put in £3.2m to see club through until January' – chairman
CHAIRMAN Neerav Parekh says Barnsley’s board injected a further £3.2million of equity into the club last week to ‘see us through until January.’
The Reds needed to make back roughly £7-8million following relegation from the Championship, which was followed by the removal of co-chairmen Paul Conway and Chien Lee who were voted out in a boardroom coup. The owners invested £1million early in the summer then four players were sold, which is thought to have generated several...
Duff gives injury update after win in 'difficult game'
Barnsley head coach Michael Duff provided an update on his injured players after a 3-1 win in a ‘difficult game’ against Charlton Athletic at Oakwell on Saturday.
Robbie Cundy limped off in the second half.
After the game, Duff said: “He felt something in his hip.
“We’ll have the get him assessed, he’s looking pretty sore.
“He’s walking with a limp so he looks like he’s definitely done something.
“The extent of which I don’t...
Decade since Craig’s fab four
A DECADE ago, Barnsley striker Craig Davies netted four times in 19 minutes against his hometown club Birmingham City, celebrated to wind up his friends and missed the team bus home.
The Reds, under Keith Hill, won 5-0 at St Andrew’s on September 22, 2012 with Stephen Foster opening the scoring before Davies netted in the 54th, 60th, 65th and 73rd minutes past future England and Barnsley goalkeeper Jack Butland.
It was the...
First back-to-back league wins for Reds in 3-1 victory
BARNSLEY made it back-to-back league wins for the first time this season in a 3-1 victory against Charlton Athletic.
A Josh Benson wonder strike, followed by a cheeky Norwood flick and a Devante Cole goal were enough to give the Reds all three points at Oakwell.
Michael Duff made ten changes from Tuesday's 2-0 Papa John's Trophy win against Newcastle u21s.
Only Nicky Cadden, who captained the side in that game, retained...
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Famous Barnsley actor’s plaque unveiled
A LIFETIME dream finally became reality when a former pupil of beloved Barnsley actor Brian Glover unveiled a plaque commemorating his life - 25 years after his death.
Ronnie Steele, who was taught by the film and theatre star, wanted to create a permanent tribute to Brian, who went on to become one of the country’s most loved actors after his first film appearance as PE teacher Mr Sugden in Kes.
He attended and later...
Life expectancy ‘significantly lower’ than national average
LIFE expectancy for both men and women in Barnsley is ‘significantly lower’ than the national average.
Barnsley men have an average expectancy of 75.9 years and women 80.9 years - both about two years lower than the national average.
This issue is mostly down to lifestyle factors, and the higher percentage of poverty in the area, in comparison with other areas in the country, a cabinet report - which was discussed on Wednesday - revealed....
Midfielder sets sights on play-offs
MIDFIELDER Herbie Kane says he wants to go ‘one step further’ than his loan spell at Oxford last season and make it into the top six.
The Reds signed the 23-year-old from Liverpool in 2020 for a reported £1.2m - but injuries and not fitting certain manager’s style of play has seen his chances limited at Oakwell.
He picked up his first 90 minutes of the season at Barnsley’s 3-0 win at Cambridge last weekend,...
Council leader lauds Evri’s arrival
THE opening of Europe’s largest parcel distribution hub - which cost £60m and has brought more than 1,000 jobs to the borough - has been praised by Barnsley Council bosses.
Hermes - now known as Evri - opened their state-of-the-art facility, dubbed ‘Colossus’, in Hoyland on Tuesday.
Cabinet members - who met on Wednesday - praised the firm for choosing the borough as a base.
Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said: “The opening Evri is...
Police vow to eradicate female violence
A STATEMENT of ‘intent’ was signed by police in Barnsley yesterday in an attempt to stamp out cases of violence committed against females across the borough - which will result in more officers being tasked with dealing with growing issues.
The new initiative will support women and girls of Barnsley aged between 18 and 35 - creating ‘male upstanders rather than bystanders’ - and was launched by South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan...
‘Gypsy Prince’ wants to make up for lost time...
ALEX Taylor is looking to make up for lost time and double his pro fights before Christmas.
The ‘Gypsy Prince’, from Darfield, saw off Mancunian John Spencer 40-36 at the Magna Centre in Rotherham on Saturday evening.
It wa a second professional win for the boxer trained by former world champion Junior Witter but his first fight of this calendar year following a hand injury.
Taylor said: “It was an old injury which came back...
Busy winter ahead for sprinting prospect
JOE Ferguson is expected to be driven around the bend this winter.
The sprinting prospect, 22, has now completed the athletics season for the summer.
The hard work has only just begun for the Darton man, though.
As with a lot of elite sport, analysis is key to making improvements and a plan has been formed alongside his coach Lewis Samuel.
The data is suggesting Ferguson can become even faster by improving his bend running...
Two wins for Jenson
JENSON Young won his first ever parkrun at Locke Park on Saturday and followed it up with a win in his more favoured sport the day afterwards.
The 21-year-old, from Hemingfield, is better known for his career on wheels as he was a junior cyclo-cross champion and currently on the books of UCI continental team, Saint Piran.
Jenson said: “I know the parkrun is only for fun but I have to take everything...
Reds leave it late to beat Newcastle u21s
JACK Butterfill's first professional goal and a stunning Ziyad Larkeche free kick sealed victory for Michael Duff's side tonight against Newcastle u21s.
The Reds left it late to beat their opponents, but two debutants grabbed the goals at Oakwell.
Barnsley made 11 changes from their 3-0 victory at Cambridge on Saturday.
There were first starts for new loanee Ziyad Larkeche, Adam Phillips, Josh Martin, Jamie Searle and Fabio Jalo.
The Reds...
Reds register convincing win
GOALKEEPER Brad Collins suffered a nasty head injury during Barnsley’s convincing 3-0 win at Cambridge United.
The 25-year-old shot stopper received a serious blow to the face after a collision with Sam Smith in the second half at the Abbey Stadium.
Tykes’ stopper Collins was eventually able to walk off with the help of his team mates and medical staff after receiving lengthy treatment from paramedics.
The ten-man Tykes picked up a precious three points...
Summer’s fly-tipping reports decrease
FLY-TIPPING reports across the borough have plummeted over the summer, new statistics have revealed.
Councillors said this week that there’s been a 27 per cent reduction in cases.
Coun James Higginbottom, cabinet spokesperson for environment and highways, said: “Reported cases of fly-tipping continues to fall.
“We want to encourage people to recycle wherever possible, and our household waste recycling centres are integral to how we achieve that.”
Teen’s debut goal ‘biggest moment of career’
YOUNG Jack Butterfill said scoring on his professional debut in front of his family was the ‘biggest moment of his career’ so far.
The 18-year-old striker was signed from Leicester City in the summer and immediately began scoring for the under 21s.
There’s always a worry young forwards won’t be able to convert their form in the academy into the senior squad, but on Tuesday night Butterfill did just that.
Coming on in the 70th...
Hospital chief to take part in skydive
BARNSLEY Hospital’s chief executive will take to the skies next week for a 15,000 feet leap of faith.
Dr Richard Jenkins will take part in his first skydive in aid of Barnsley Hospital Charity and Rotherham Hospital, where he doubles up as its chief.
A consultant specialising in diabetes and endocrinology, Dr Jenkins has set a target to raise £1,000 from Thursday’s jump, which will take place in Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire.
He said: “Both charities are...
Top comedian’s role thrills Jack
WELL-KNOWN comedian Billy Pearce started his role as a bin man in Jack Land Noble’s new play yesterday.
Taking place at the Lamproom until October 1, Thrashed explores the depth and complexity of four lost souls who find themselves on life’s scrapheap.
Famous Barnsley face Jack said he was delighted to be working with his idol.
He added: “Like countless childhood dreamers, absorbed with the smell of the greasepaint and roar of the crowd, I...
Christmas lights display to go ahead - despite soaring bills
A PENISTONE family whose house has become a festive attraction in the town has vowed that their Christmas spectacular will go ahead despite the energy crisis - albeit with a few cost-saving tweaks.
Stephen Baumber starts planning the display, at his home on Long Furlong, every September and he admits that each year he tries to outdo himself but this year, the rising cost of energy bills has had to be considered.
“The soaring cost...
Fast bowler notches 100th wicket
MUHAMMAD Azharullah made it to 100 at the weekend... but with the ball, not the bat.
The 38-year-old Pakistani fast bowler has been one of the stars for Hoylandswaine this season and had 95 wickets going into the final game at Golcar.
He took the five he needed, for 64 runs, to bowl the hosts out for 152 chasing 175.
It was a special moment for the former county cricketer.
The ex-Northamptonshire man said: “My...
Future’s bright for rugby ace Jamie
TEENAGER Jamie Gill has been representing Ireland under 19s at a rugby league tournament in Italy - despite being three years younger than some of his teammates.
The 16-year-old, who attends Wath Academy, is also highly thought of at Bradford Bulls and is part of their academy set-up after initially playing for the Bolton-upon-Dearne team Dearne Valley Bulldogs.
He has been in Italy as part of the Ireland squad at the European under 19 Championships....
Medals won by veteran Raymond
Veteran table tennis player Raymond Hurst had some extra hand luggage on his return home from the Road To Oman tournament in Slovenia.
Hurst, 65, from Cundy Cross, won gold in the over 60s mens doubles with German partner Bernhard Burgin.
He also claimed two bronze medals in the men’s singles and in the open event.
The Barnsley league will resume on October 10.
Duff rues missed chances
Barnsley head coach Michael Duff said his side should not have allowed Port Vale a route back into the game as they were held to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.
Liam Kitching’s first half header looked like it was going to prove the difference between the two sides, but Ellis Harrison’s header, seven minutes from time earned Vale a point.
Barnsley found the first half hour tough going and it was actually...
Late equaliser denies Reds
Barnsley were denied all three points by a late leveller from Port Vale.
Liam Kitching, again playing as a left wing-back, struck just before half-time but Ellis Harrison’s header, seven minutes from time, ensured a share of the spoils for the visitors.
Michael Duff was forced into one change from the tremendous display at Hillsborough which saw the Reds come away with a 2-0 win.
Josh Benson, who came off injured in...
Health bosses urge women to book screening appointments
HEALTHCARE leaders in Barnsley have joined forces in a fresh attempt to encourage more women aged 50 and above to attend the town centre’s ‘lifesaving’ cancer screening hub.
Medics and staff from the council and hospital will be on hand at the Glass Works today to signpost women towards the new NHS diagnostics centre, which is situated within the £210m leisure complex due to its easy-to-access location, and what it offers.
More than 10,000 screenings...
Fundraising bid launched for teen’s bionic arm
AN inspiring Darton youngster who was born without part of his left hand is hoping to raise thousands for a ‘life-changing’ bionic arm - which will help him finally carry out day-to-day tasks.
Joshua Sanders, 15, has spent his life adjusting to his situation and is not one to complain about what life has given him.
He plays cricket for Kexborough and even plays the guitar, but his dad - 41-year-old Craig - says the...
Bus services set for axe
SOME bus routes in Barnsley could be axed from as soon as next weekend - prompting local leaders to urge the government to step in.
Operators have announced a scaled-back service schedule from next Sunday - a decision blamed on the government cutting post-pandemic handouts.
South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard said: “This is a disaster for our communities and we have been warning about this for months.
( “With operators just walking away from some...
Plans for former bank met with concern
PLANS to convert a former bank in Penistone into five new retail units have been met with caution by two local councillors, who say the last thing the area needs is ‘more empty units’.
The former Natwest bank on Market Street closed in 2018 and, despite numerous planning applications to change the use of the site in a bid to improve the area’s infrastructure, it has remained vacant.
Earlier this month, a planning application was...
Donations needed at foodbank
A CHURCH-RUN foodbank’s volunteers have urged the public to donate to the cause to secure its long-term future.
Gateway Church’s foodbank, based on Mottram Street, opened in 2013 and has since provided meals to more than 15,000 in-need residents.
Due to staff shortages, volunteers are worried about the foodbank’s future, and are uncertain as to whether it will be able to remain open.
Pastor Mark Reasbeck said: “The foodbank has made a tremendous difference to...
Reds arrange training game ahead of Vale clash
Barnsley manager Michael Duff had his players involved in an in-house game on Saturday as they prepared for Tuesday night’s clash with Port Vale.
The Reds’ scheduled game against Portsmouth, along with all other weekend football fixtures, was cancelled due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday night.
As a result, Barnsley decided to pit their own players against one another. It has helped to beef up the fitness of some of their...
Reds youngster on loan to Scunthorpe United
Barnsley FC youngster Aiden Marsh has joined Scunthorpe United on a loan deal.
The young forward, from Monk Bretton, netted against Preston North End in the Championship last season and has featured 11 times for his boyhood club.
Though the transfer window has officially closed to Football League clubs, Vanarama National League teams can loan in players.
Marsh will be temporary teammates with former Barnsley product Jacob Butterfield at The Iron.
A preview...
Deadline day duo ‘good characters’
BARNSLEY’S deadline day signings Adam Phillips and Tom Edwards are ‘good characters’ who will improve competition in the squad, says head coach Michael Duff.
Phillips signed on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee from Burnley.
The 24-year-old has been at Blackburn, Liverpool, Norwich and the Clarets without playing for their first teams.
He has been loaned three times to Morecambe, last season netting six goals and adding eight assists in League One.
Josh was impressed from bench then came on to celebrate
JOSH Martin was impressed from the bench by his new team’s performance in their win at Sheffield Wednesday then ‘couldn’t believe’ he was celebrating a goal 20 seconds into his Barnsley debut.
The attacking midfielder – who turns 21 today – joined the Reds last week on a season-long loan, with the Oakwell club having an option to buy him.
Martin then made his debut as a substitute in the 2-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday...
Game called off after Queen's death
Barnsley's home game with Portsmouth, scheduled for tomorrow, has been called off.
All EFL games have been postponed this weekend following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
The match will now be rearranged for later in the season.
The Reds' next game is due to be against Port Vale on Tuesday.