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New images released as police continue search for missing Claire
POLICE have released new images in their ongoing search for a missing Barnsley woman. Claire, aged 44, was last seen on Monday June 24 between 2.30pm and 3pm, at the junction of Silkstone Lane and Bull Haw Lane, in the Silkstone area. Here is what is known of Claire movements throughout June: 13 June – Claire was in Barnsley town centre and captured on police body-worn footage 15 June – Claire was seen...
MP calls on Post Office to find new location
BRAMPTON Post Office is set to close to the public later this month - much to the annoyance of a local MP. The Post Office, which is currently situated on Knollbeck Lane, is set to close on July 27 at 1pm. Representatives say it is due to the resignation of the postmaster, but they admit they are working hard to find a new site as to not affect local residents. A spokesperson said: “I would...
Teenage miner’s heroism retold in exhibition
THE bravery of a teenage miner who laid his life on the line to save his pit pony during a mining accident is set to pull on heartstrings in a new exhibition. During a roof fall at his pit in Elsecar, while all uninjured miners ran to find their way out of tumbling rock, pit props and choking dust, John Willie Bell deliberately ran the other way - to find his pony. When a rescue...
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Young gamer Harley’s 100k YouTube fans
A FIVE-YEAR-OLD online sensation has earned himself the prestigious YouTube Silver Play Button as more than 100,000 subscribers follow his incredibly popular videos. Harley Charlesworth has garnered 103,000 subscribers for his unique brand of children’s horror videos, which he uploads to his channel ‘Harley’s World’. The King’s Oak Primary pupil has been making videos with his dad and producer, Kieran, for a year. A professional photographer in his own right, Kie
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Raymond marks seven decades in same house
WHEN Raymond Horsley moved into his house in 1954 the mobile phone and the Rubik’s Cube hadn’t been invented - but 70 years later and he could stake a claim to being the longest-serving resident in Barnsley. Now 95, Raymond moved into his house on Rufford Avenue in Athersley North on July 17, 1954. He’ll mark his 70th anniversary of living in the property on Wednesday - and he’s got quite the story. “I’ve never...
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‘As soon as Barnsley came in, nothing else mattered’ – Roberts
MARC Roberts says he once again turned down offers from other clubs to join hometown club Barnsley and hopes to gain a second promotion with the Reds. The defender, who will turn 34 later this month, is from Penistone and made his name at Barnsley from 2015 to 2017 having been a non-league player until the age of 25. He then spent seven years in the Championship with Birmingham City before returning to the Reds...
COMMENT: Barnsley hoping for less chaotic pre-season
BARNSLEY are set to play their first game since their play-off defeat at Bolton Wanderers 67 days ago when they visit Alfreton Town in their opening friendly tomorrow. They will be hoping it is the start of a solid summer of preparation under Darrell Clarke before the competitive campaign begins in a month. The last few summers have been fairly chaotic. A year ago this week, Neill Collins was still a jet-lagged new appointment trying...
Reds eye more soon with less than month left before season starts
BARNSLEY look set to continue to fill the gaps in their first team squad in the coming days, with less than a month before the new season begins. The EFL summer transfer window has been open for four weeks and closes in seven on August 30, while Barnsley have now been back in pre-season training for a fortnight. The League One season is due to begin in four weeks on August 9, with the Reds...
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Stones set for second shot at Euros glory
JOHN Stones is set to become the first Barnsley man to play in a European Championship final since... John Stones three years ago. The 30-year-old from Thurlstone – who started his career with the Reds – helped England to a 2-1 win over the Netherlands in the semi-final on Wednesday, setting up a meeting with Spain in Berlin on Sunday evening. Centre-back Stones will be hoping to erase memories of the penalty shoot-out loss to...
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Who is Jackson Smith?
George Bennett, the Walsall FC reporter for the Express and Star newspaper, provides the inside track on the stopper who moved from the Saddlers to the Reds this week What was Smith like for Walsall? He came on loan in the 2022/23 season but didn’t play until the last couple of games when Owen Evans was injured. He signed permanently but had to wait to get in the team again the next season, playing only...
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Council facing tribunal over school place
‘STRESS’ caused to a mother and her son who requires more specialist support in his education due to his needs will result in a tribunal taking place before the end of the year - after a perceived promise of a place in a mainstream school was not met. A probe carried out by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman relates to the mother - referred to a Mrs M - as well as her...
‘Fly-tipping capital’ councillor demands action
BARNSLEY’S fly-tipping blackspot - which had more than twice as many reports of illegal dumping than anywhere else in the town last year - must be targeted in order to tidy up its appearance, an angry councillor has urged. Kingstone’s figures - which topped 1,058 in 2023/24 - dwarf those of other wards in the borough, with only Central and Dearne North posting more than 500 incidents in the financial year. So far in the...
Thieves strike again at disabled riding facility
A GROUP providing specialist horse riding training for those with disabilities has become a target for thieves - with two people smashing in through its roof on Tuesday to steal equipment. Barnsley Riding for the Disabled Association in Oakwell is used to these kinds of break-ins, with robbers using a similar strategy years ago to take riding equipment from business. This time, the two thieves made off with a strimmer, horse clippers and tools, but...
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Crime-hit residents’ pleas finally being heard
RESIDENTS in the Oakwell area who have been plagued with antisocial behaviour and drug use are finally set to see a heavy police presence after months of complaints. Local Heather Linney, 54, has been running a Facebook group regarding the increase in crime in the area - and over the past few months she’s recorded a total of 81 incidents, but she admits the real figure will be much higher than that. She told the...
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Major move forward for £9m youth zone
CONSTRUCTION work on a multi-million pound youth centre in Barnsley town centre took in a significant milestone recently when its steel structure was completed. Barnsley Youth Zone, on Schwabisch Gmund Way, will include a four-court sports hall, a rooftop 3G outdoor kick-pitch, gym, boxing and martial arts room, a recording studio, dance studio, sensory room and mentoring kitchen upon its anticipated completion next year. Run by OnSide, the venue - which will cost £9m -...
Physio Ian set for fourth Olympics as part of Team GB medical staff in Paris
A BARNSLEY man will be part of the medical staff supporting Team GB at the Paris Olympics which start later this month. Dr Ian Horsley works both for the UK Sports Institute, based in Sheffield, as ‘athlete health lead’, and also as clinical director of Back in Action Rehabilitation in Wakefield. The 58-year-old, who was brought up in Royston and now lives in Silkstone Common, previously worked with the England rugby union team during the...
Wombwell Town’s ground getting makeover
WOMBWELL Town Football Club’s ground is receiving a council-funded makeover. The ongoing works include redecoration and damp-proofing of the clubhouse, electrical works, improvements to the toilets and installation of a new decking area. It is part of the council’s principal towns and local centres programme, which aims to enhance community facilities around the borough. Town play in the Northern Counties East League, having been promoted from the County Senior League last
Barnsley hunt 3rd straight win and face Cawthorne in quarter-final
BARNSLEY Woolley Miners will look for a third straight league win on Saturday before a cup quarter-final against neighbours Cawthorne on Sunday. The Shaw Laners recorded a second successive win and moved out of the relegation zone, replaced by beaten hosts Treeton. They now take on another bottom half side in Shiregreen before hosting Cawthorne in the quarter-finals of the K3 Dental Cup. Captain Liam Johnson said: “We identified this run of three games as...
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Richard qualifies for World Championships
RICHARD Price, of Barnsley AC, qualified for the World Standard Distance Triathlon Championships. He was competing in the Woodhorn Museum Standard Triathlon at Queen Elizabeth II Country Park, which was the qualifying event. He automatically qualified by finishing second in his over50 men’s age group. He completed the 1.5k swim in 22-37, the 46k bike ride in 1-15-10 and 9.6k run in 40-33 for an overall time of 2-20-10.
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Dodworth put 64 past All Blacks but Dearne suffer first defeat of season
DODWORTH MW rugby league side won 64-4 at home to New Earswick All Blacks to stay in their promotion hunt. Dodworth have won eight and lost one of their nine Yorkshire Division Three games this season, and are second behind Bramley Buffaloes on points difference. They are now due to visit Upton on Saturday. Dearne Valley Bulldogs suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down 36-6 at Lindley St Joseph’s in Yorkshire...
Campaigners celebrate supermarket u-turn
A SUPERMARKET giant has backed down after campaigners spent years opposing their plans to build a new store in Hoyland Common. Lidl proposed the plans for a new store on Sheffield Road, off Birdwell roundabout, all the way back in 2021 and instantly faced opposition from locals. After a small victory in December 2022 - when the German retailer temporarily withdrew plans only to resubmit them once again last June - campaigners have remained determined...
Council bosses back plans for tougher school fines
PLANS to dish out harsher financial penalties to parents whose children miss school due to unauthorised absences have been backed by Barnsley Council bosses. Ruling cabinet members signed off on ‘last resort’ legislation which will come into force from September at a meeting on Wednesday. It paves the way for fines to rise from £60 to £80 if paid within 21 days or £160 if not paid within 28 days. Coun Trevor Cave, cabinet spokesperson...
Organisation steps in to help ailing trust
A SCHOOL trust which educates almost 2,000 youngsters will be supported by another local organisation after it was revealed it was facing financial trouble - and bosses are hoping it will ease fears of staff losing their jobs. St Mary’s Academy Trust (SMAT) oversee All Saints’ Academy in Darfield, Darton Primary, Dodworth St John’s, Elsecar Holy Trinity, Queens Road Academy, Royston St John’s, The Mill Academy, West Meadows and St Mary’s Church of England Primary..
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Newsagent makes headlines with sit-in protest at bank
A VETERAN newsagent who has been trying to ‘prove his identity’ to his bank for the last three years staged a sit-in protest this week to finally get the answers he says he deserves. Gordon Bird, who runs Mellor’s News on Barnsley Road, Cudworth and has sold newspapers for the best part of half a century, has spent three years trying to prove to Santander that he is who he says he is. But none...
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‘Inadequate’ nursery ‘compromises children’s safety’
A TOWN centre nursery which looks after more than 50 youngsters ‘compromises children’s safety’, according to its latest damning Ofsted report. Sandpit Nursery, based on Pitt Street, Barnsley, is under the wing of 1st Safari Day Nurseries which has seven similar sites across the country. At the time of Ofsted’s inspection in May, there were 53 children on its roll, aged up to ten. Its report, published this week, states the grade handed to the...
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Women back in training and adding to squad and staff ahead of re-start
BARNSLEY FC women are back in training as they look to continue their rise of the English league pyramid. The season is due to start in mid-August, as the Reds join the fourth tier – the National League Division One North. They have brought in goalkeeper Becky Flaherty – the first of several recruits set to be announced in the near future – and added a first team coach Lee Harrison from tier three Halifax....
Barnsley FC sign goalkeeper Jackson Smith
Barnsley have made goalkeeper Jackson Smith from Walsall their third signing of the summer. The 22-year-old has joined the Reds on a four-year deal with a club option for another season. Smith came through the Wolverhampton Wanderers academy before moving across the West Midlands to Walsall last summer, after a brief loan, and making 32 appearances in all competitions. He was named the League Two club’s Young Player of the Year for last season. He...
‘The young, energetic captain Conor Hourihane is in the past’
CONOR Hourihane says Barnsley fans should not expect him to play anything like the same role he did during his excellent first spell at the club, but hopes his second stint will be just as successful. The Irish midfielder, who captained the Reds to promotion in 2016, returned to the club as player/coach last month after leaving Derby County. Hourihane is one of the most popular Barnsley players in recent decades, having lifted two trophies...
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Stones and England into Euros semi
Three former Barnsley players were involved as England reached the semi-finals of the European Championships with a penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland. John Stones, from Thurlstone, could not cut out a cross as Switzerland took the lead on 75 minutes but England levelled soon after then won the shoot-out. Former Reds loanee Ivan Toney scored one of the penalties, after Kieran Trippier started the game. England will now play either Turkey or Netherlands on Wednesday...
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COMMENT: Work to do but foundations in place for Reds
BARNSLEY appear to be, generally, in a decent place with a month remaining before the season starts – although there is plenty of important work to do. They have their coaching staff sorted earlier than last season, with the appointment of Darrell Clarke far less risky and more popular than Neill Collins from Tampa Bay. There seems to be a less chaotic pre-season schedule and more clarity in what is needed in terms of recruitment....
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Barnsley’s next big scheme set to gather pace
A PROJECT hailed as the next big scheme for Barnsley town centre following the Glass Works’ £220m completion will pick up pace from next week, leaders behind the ambitious plans have revealed. The wider ‘Seam’ digital campus, upon its completion, will house the town’s two Digital Media Centres and Barnsley College’s Sci-Tech Innovation Centre which is set to entice more tech-based businesses into the area. Initial plans presented to Barnsley Council’s
Foundation gives decade of support to local youngsters
THE charitable foundation of a local property company has donated around £15,000 to youngsters. Launching in 2014, the Dransfield Foundation - from Stocksbridge-based Dransfield Properties - has spent the past decade working with South Hiendley-based Exodus Project to support local children. The 24-year-old charity approached the foundation back when they had just started, requesting help to deliver activities and events, and over the course of the decade has received around £15,00
Global recognition for ex-pat teacher
A TEACHER from Wath who wants to tackle greater challenges in education has been celebrated with an international award - after travelling across the globe to teach. Stephen Priest, 53, began his journey teaching internationally all the way back in 1999 and since then has seen his life change immensely. Now, after 25 years of hard work, the principal at the British International School of Tblisi, Georgia, has been crowned the 2024 Global Winner at...
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Barnsley bags Tour of Britain stage finale
SOME of cycling’s stars are set to arrive in Barnsley in September after the town was included on the route for this year’s Tour of Britain. It is the first time the men's race will return to South Yorkshire in almost 20 years which will see stage three - on Thursday September 5 - head from Sheffield to Barnsley, taking in Rotherham and Doncaster along the route. Barnsley Council first announced its intention to host...
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College launches Climate Connect initiative
BARNSLEY College bosses are hoping an event which connected local businesses to share what they’re doing to tackle climate change will be the first of many. The Climate Connect launch, which took place at the college’s Think Low Carbon Centre, saw speakers from Fareshare Yorkshire, Billington Structures and Enterprising Barnsley share their views. Daniel Cherryholme, business development account manager at the college, said: “A lot of businesses are looking for advice and gui
Barnsley Tennis Club celebrating four promotions
WITH the Wimbledon championships drawing to a conclusion this weekend, Barnsley Tennis Club are also celebrating a successful season. The town club has nine teams competing in either the Sheffield and District or Wakefield League, with 44 players. The men’s B and D teams, the women’s first team and mixed first team all won promotion. Vice chairman John Gregson said: “Barnsley Tennis Club is simply a wonderful place to be at the moment. “There is...
Reds fan Ben official Team GB artist in Paris
WHILE there are not thought to be any Barnsley people in Team GB for this summer’s Olympics, Reds fan and artist Ben Mosley will be based with them throughout the summer. He will be the official team artist – painting live every day at Team GB House, their hospitality and entertainment venue at Pavillon d’Armenonville from July 26 to August 11. He will produce a series of paintings that will be exhibited before being sold...
Bretton win in league but lose cup semi-final
WEST Bretton chased 241 with three wickets and 11 balls left at Knottingley Town in the Pontefract League Premier Division. Jake Chapman made 70 off 55 balls with eight fours and four sixes, after Anthony Scully took three wickets. Bretton then lost by seven wickets at Frickley in the Skidmore Cup semi-final. George Naylor made 56 in Bretton’s 147. Darton were skittled for 85 in a six-wicket loss at home to Fenwick in the Championship. Stainborough...
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Century-maker Scott carries bat in victory for Darfield
WILL Scott carried his bat with 102 not out in Darfield’s home win over Wickersley in South Yorkshire League Division One. Josh Care added 50 off 34 balls in Darfield’s 228 then Jabari Mills took four wickets and Liam Hague three as Wickersley were restricted to 177. Darfield are second, four points off top spot, with ten games left. Elliot Freeborough scored 115 off 84 balls in Dearne’s win at Brookhouse in Division Nine. Freeborough hit...
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Houghton sink to bottom
Houghton Main slipped into last place after wins for Wath and Rockingham. Rockingham posted 235 then restricted Doncaster Town 2nd XI to 190. Wath chased 176 for a five-wicket win at Barnsley Woolley 2nd XI. Ben Cherry made 66 for Barnsley and Wath’s Shawn Hopkins took three wickets. Houghton’s 174 was not enough in an eight-wicket loss at home to Hallam. Riaz Khan made 60.