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Council tax hike agreed
AN ‘unavoidable’ decision to raise council tax by 2.9 per cent was formally agreed by Barnsley Council yesterday - but bosses praised the local authority’s annual budget which promises significant investment despite the pandemic costing £12m.

The hike - comprising 1.4 per cent for core services such as roads and bin collections and a further 1.5 per cent ringfenced for adult social care - could have been as high as 5 per cent.

However, the...
Stainborough Castle work steps up
CONSERVATION work which will see a historic folly restored to its former glory is stepping up and will be ready for the summer, leaders behind the project revealed this week.

Scaffolding was erected around Stainborough Castle - which stands in Wentworth Castle Gardens’ grounds - this week in order for essential repair work which will replace 300-year-old eroded stones, crumbling mortar and long-perished timber.

The National Trust, working alongside Barnsley Council and organisations involved with...
‘Fly-tippers get stiffer sentences than stalkers...’
A WOMAN who suffered 13 months of terror at the hands of her ex-husband has won the backing of her MP in her campaign for tougher sentences for stalkers.

Claire Hinchcliffe, of Wombwell, says she was left traumatised by the harassment carried out by Christopher Malcolm Guy, who continued to stalk her after the breakdown of their relationship.

After months of torment, he pleaded guilty to stalking at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court and was given a...
Cabinet members accuses opposition Lib Dems of being ‘Covid spreaders’
A ROW broke out during a heated full council meeting on Thursday which saw a ruling cabinet member accuse Liberal Democrat councillors of being ‘Covid spreaders’.

Coun Sharon Howard, who represents the Darton West ward, accused Darton East representative Coun Steve Hunt of breaking the government’s guidance during the pandemic - something which Lib Dem colleague Coun Peter Fielding was also accused of.

Coun Howard showed prints from a Facebook page - Staincross Alliance -...
Teachers’ union ‘worried’ over kids’ return
MEMBERS of a Barnsley teachers’ union say they are worried about safety as schools prepare to reopen to all pupils.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in his ‘coronavirus roadmap’ that schools would be allowed to reopen from March 8 due to a fall in Covid cases.

Currently schools across the borough are closed except to children of key workers to help keep the infection rate low.

The new move would mean that the 87 schools...
Five-in-a-row as battling Barnsley beat Millwall
MICHAL Helik lashed home a powerful volley to bring Barnsley a fifth straight Championship win.
The Polish defender's fifth goal of the season a quarter of an hour into the second half made the difference after the sides swapped strikes in the opening six minutes of the match.
First top scorer Cauley Woodrow put the home team ahead with his 12th of the season, then Mason Bennett levelled as Millwall counter-attacked.
The Lions continued to...
Dike seals win for in-form Barnsley after Styles' wonder strike
CALLUM Styles' spectacular early strike and Darl Dike's late goal sunk Stoke City and sealed a fourth successive Championship win for in-form Barnsley.
Styles' fifth goal of the season came after nine minutes and on-loan American striker Dike's first since his move from Orlando City in the 90th, as Barnsley moved to within two points of the 50 head coach Valerien Ismael had targeted to ensure second-tier safety.
It's the first time Barnsley have won...
Third in three for Morris as Barnsley extend unbeaten league run
IN-FORM Carlton Morris scored for the third match running to seal a third successive win for Barnsley, who are now just four points off the Championship play-off places.

Just as against Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday, the 25-year-old came off the bench as part of a triple substitution by head coach Valerien Ismael – and provided the breakthrough goal after 67 minutes.

It was enough to earn a deserved success for the tenth-placed Reds, who beat...
Reds skipper backs Palmer and Kane to continue good form
BARNSLEY skipper Alex Mowatt is backing his fellow midfielders Romal Palmer and Herbie Kane to carry on catching the eye.

And he has also welcomed the re-emergence of versatile defender Toby Sibbick under head coach Valerien Ismael.

Palmer has come firmly back into focus since Ismael last month decided against extending to loan of experienced Leicester City man Matty James.

The boss wants the former Manchester City youth player, who made three appearances last season,...
Versatile Williams eyeing up first start after injury woes
JORDAN Williams is targeting a first start since October and says Barnsley head coach Valerien Ismael has been a driving force in his return from a series of frustrating injuries.

The versatile defender, fit again after hamstring and thigh problems, has come on as a substitute in five of the Reds’ last nine matches, including the last four in succession, and is keen to step up his minutes on the pitch as the current busy...
Type R Limited Edition builds on standard car's greatness
IF I picked the perfect ingredients for a countryside drive the car would - 100 times out of 100 - be a hot hatch. Their uncanny knack of fitting tight, twisty roads like a glove mean you’re not worrying about grazing an eye-wateringly expensive, low-slung carbon splitter and you can instead concentrate on why the car of choice was created: the thrill of driving something built for enthusiasts.


Of course the weather - particularly...
Saloon-shaped A3 is top notch
WHILE fast Audis have always divided opinion in recent years - chiefly because of their clinical Quattro four-wheel-drive systems - their ‘normal’ models have excelled in all departments.


That’s because the recipe for creating a good day-to-day vehicle is very different from doing one for a select group of enthusiasts. An emphasis on comfort appears, replacing hard-riding suspension set-ups, while outright performance is dismissed for fuel economy and government-friendly emissions.


As boring as...
RX450h still impresses with clever tech
I’VE always struggled getting my head round people who opt for large SUVs instead of a better-driving estate but as my years advance, it really isn’t hard to see why they do.


I blame my little boy, Arthur. He’s almost three and extremely precious to me so I want him wrapped up in the tough, protective metal cocoon SUVs enable.


There are some good ones, and some not-so-good ones, but Lexus’ clever RX450h...
C-HR steals Qashqai's class-leading crown
IF you’re not into cars, I can all but guarantee you’ll have seen a handsome-looking thing gliding around. Angled lines, extremely futuristic, albeit with a familiar Toyota badge on its front and rear.


It’s called the C-HR and it’s their crack at the competitive family SUV sector, which in recent years has been dominated by the good-but-dull Nissan Qashqai.


Based on the Prius platform and sharing its 1.8-litre hybrid engine in this test...
Little T-Cross hits high notes
REMEMBER a time when families only had the option of choosing between humble hatchbacks, a saloon or its estate version? The motoring world’s a very different place in 2020 and just about every manufacturer has branched out into the complex world of SUVs.


You’ve got large ones, middling ones and smaller ones - no matter what your budget is, there’s something for everyone. Take Volkswagen, for example. Whereas before you had the Golf and...
'Remember to be kind to yourself' - mental health consultant
TEACHER-turned-mental health and wellbeing consultant Sarah Wray believes the key to self-care is in remembering to be kind to yourself as well as others. In the second in a series of guest articles, Sarah of LiveWell Consultancy shares her advice for 'self-kindness'...

Since lockdown started in March, we have seen many, many acts of kindness where people and communities have come together to support each other.

Why do we choose to be kind?

Kindness is...
Mental health consultant shares five tips for wellbeing in lockdown
IN the first in a series of guest articles, former teacher Sarah Wray - who now runs Live Well Consultancy, working to improve mental health in schools - has shared her advice for looking after your wellbeing in lockdown...

After weeks of ‘lockdown’ many of us are experiencing highs and lows.

The uncertainty of how long lockdown will last, how we will move forward as a nation and how it is impacting on us as...
Sherlocks set sights on cracking the US
LOCAL INDIE band, The Sherlocks - who have supported Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and also the Libertines - will be heading to the States for a whirlwind tour, only five days after their UK tour ends.

The band have previously toured America, but drummer Brandon Crook admits that they haven’t been ‘Stateside’ in almost two years and the band are keen to grow their fanbase across the pond.

The four-strong band from Bolton-upon-Dearne will promote...
Singer Shane is on final countdown
A SINGER-SONGWRITER could be in with the chance of winning big after getting through to the final of a national singing competition.

Shane Morrall, 23, has made it through to the final of the Open Mic UK singing competition which is held at the O2 arena in London tomorrow.

The competition aims to find the country’s best unsigned artists and the winner will gain the opportunity to produce their own album of original music.

Family determined to keep alive young Jacob’s memory
THE family of a baby who died suddenly at just nine weeks old have raised more than £5,000 in his memory.

Jacob Oliver Clancy died on January 18 2018 and following his death he was taken to Rose Cottage in Sheffield - a mortuary for children.

It is run by a team that includes specialist paediatric pathologists, technicians, scientists and other health professionals, to ensure the correct care for the child and support for their...
Firm’s building for the future
A BARNSLEY bricklaying company has been handed an award for its commitment to tackling the construction skills shortage.

Barnsley Brickwork, based on Regent Street South, has created more than 100 training opportunities and six jobs for Barnsley people over the last year - and has bagged Sheffield Housing Company’s (SHC) ‘sub-contractor of the quarter’ award for its efforts.

The company, established in 2005, has worked with SHC on all of its projects throughout the city,...
Final flats at Gateway Plaza sold
A DEVELOPER who invested heavily in a town centre apartment complex has sold off its final flats to an overseas property fund.

Quest Property, part of the Brook Group which opened the Gateway Plaza development of 188 flats ten years ago, this week sold its final 128 flats to the Australian L1 Property.

It was always the intention, said Quest chief executive Jason Brook, to sell off the residential side of the development while retaining...
Kelly shows she is a cut above...
BRIDAL hairdresser Kelly Hanks has won a national competition for her work making brides around the country look their best on their big day.

Kelly was runner-up in the Wedding Industry Awards ‘wedding hairdresser of the year’ award last year - but this time she’s gone from bridesmaid to bride, having bagged the top prize.

The award, voted for by clients, saw Kelly win the regional final for the second year running and beat seven...
Boost to employment prospects
MORE than 100 new businesses have set up in Barnsley within the last 12 months, a report has revealed.

The 105 firms represent a rise of 1.7 per cent on the previous year’s growth, which is the sixth highest increase in the Yorkshire and Humber region and only just below the national average of 1.8 per cent.

“The main driver for the return to growth is attributed to the strong 10.5 per cent growth in...
Free first aid for parents
PARENTS are being invited to learn skills that could save their child’s life.

MHE services, based at Carlton industrial Estate, is offering a free two hour first aid course to teach parents how to perform CPR, use an AED and what to do if a child is chocking.

Faye Holmes, who works for MHE said: “Parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, or anyone with a baby or child close to their hearts is welcome to attend.

Next generation fighting against fly-tipping
PUPILS at a primary school are campaigning that something be done at a fly-tipping hot spot in their village.

Children from Goldthorpe Primary School regularly go out with their litter pickers cleaning up the green spaces around the school, but this week they came across a huge pile of discarded white goods in a lay-by on Doncaster Road.

The school takes great pride in its outdoor provision and educating children in environmental matters, with outdoor...
Children do their bit for Australia
CHILDREN from a Worsbrough primary school were so touched by the news of the spreading Australian wildfires that they begged for a chance to help donate money to the cause.

Pupils from The Mill Academy, Lobwood, asked their teachers how they could help after they saw news coverage of the Australian bushfires which have raged for more than a month.

Spurred on by their pupils’ enthusiasm, the head of the school, Tamara Gulliver, organised a...
Education at secondary is ‘much weaker’
PRIMARY school pupils in Barnsley are excelling academically but the town’s secondaries have been found to be ‘much weaker’ than their national counterparts, an Ofsted study has revealed.

The education watchdog’s annual report, which looks at schools’ attainment and inspection outcomes, reveals just 40 per cent of the borough’s secondary schools are good or outstanding-rated.

This puts Barnsley at the bottom of the Yorkshire and Humber league table, as of August 31 last year, and...
Once troubled school now heading in right direction
THE head teacher of a previously failing primary school has reflected on a first term that has already seen a major turnaround.

Rebecca Paddock, who became head teacher of Worsbrough Common Primary School in September after the school came under the management of the Hoyland Common Academy Trust, said her first priority was stabilising the school after what Ofsted inspectors called a ‘period of turbulence’.

The school had dropped from ‘outstanding’ to requiring improvement in...
Primary school’s hive of activity...
PUPILS at a primary school are buzzing after producing their first batch of honey from their own beehive.

Goldthorpe Primary pupils have been caring for their bees, and learning important lessons about their value to the environment, over the course of the past year.

With support from Paul Freer and the Barnsley Bee Keepers Association, the students are looking to increase the size of their colony after their first successful harvest.

Outdoor education teacher Chris...
Helping little learners get ready for big school
STARTING school is a big step for little children, but parents or carers can help them get ready for their first term in a number of ways.

Rather than simply being about being able to read, write and do basic maths before starting school, school readiness is about the development of the whole child - their social and emotional skills, physical skills, communication skills and cognitive skills.

It’s harder for children to thrive at school...
The new MOT test explained
THE new MOT test has arrived - here’s what you need to know if your car is due for its test.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) says hew tighter limits for smoke on diesel vehicles and clearer fail categories that set out that vehicles should not be driven until a dangerous defect is repaired, will help improve air quality and make roads safer.

Other changes include new checks on:

- reversing lights on...
Cashback could bring many nappy returns
A child will go through an estimated 6,000 nappies by the time they are toilet trained - Mike Cotton spoke to a new mum and a waste management boss at the council to find out why switching to reusable nappies pays.

BARNSLEY Council will give parents £40 paid into their bank account if they switch disposable nappies for reusable cloth nappies - but only a handful of people take up the offer.

The council says...
What should you REALLY be putting in each bin?
THE amount of plastic we throw away has been in the news more since David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II series revealed the amount that ends up in the sea - we went to the council’s Smithies depot to find out what we can and can’t put in our recycling bins.

The rules seem simple - plastic bottles, glass and tin cans go in the brown bin.

But can the lids go in too? And should...
Memories of Barnsley
Railway viaduct builders always managed to stick to schedule
THE NAYLOR family includes generations of brick makers, railway contractors and drainage clay pipe specialists who have played an important role not only locally in the Penistone, Denby Dale and Cawthorne area, but worldwide.

The long established pipe making business Naylor’s was founded by Wilfred Naylor, the eldest of the sixth generation of brick makers and still operates from the successful Cawthorne site among other bases.

He was born the eldest of the sixth generation...
2006: Glancing Back
Charlotte Hutton explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives fro this week in 2006.

A STATUE to mark the role played by women during the miners’ strike and pit closures has been erected in a Barnsley church.

The figurine of St Barbara, the patron saint of mineworkers, will be dedicated at a service at St Luke’s Church, Grimethorpe and is in tribute to the village’s Women Against Pit Closures group.

It has been commissioned and produced in...
1982: Glancing Back
Charlotte Hutton explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from this month in 1982.

A BARNSLEY lad has found fame and fortune as a rock star in Japan.

On his recent visit, Paul Hampshire, 19, was mobbed by fans after appearing on television and radio. Pull-out posters were given away in magazines, featuring him in full colour.

Things have happened very quickly for Paul, who left The Danse Society, with whom he played synthesiser, and headed for...
1964: Glancing Back
Charlotte Hutton takes a look back at the Barnsley Chronicle from this week 56 years ago.

BRITISH policemen are acknowledged to be wonderful and one particular policeman has made a lasting impression on one visitor and can be regularly seen on traffic control duties in the centre of Barnsley.

He is PC William Harber, a 32-years-old member of the Borough Force whose main claim to fame - apart from the efficient way in which he...
1995: Glancing Back
Charlotte Hutton takes a look back at the Barnsley Chronicle from this week 25 years ago.

A WILD animal, believed to be a puma, has been spotted prowling the isolated moors above Penistone.

It was seen by barrister Christopher Mills who says it came within a few feet of the door of his Dunford Bridge home.

Christopher, 46, had gone out to scrape ice from his car when the security lights flashed on, revealing the...