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Armed police called after crossbow incident in Barnsley town centre
A MAN seen brandishing a crossbow in Barnsley town centre led to an arrest by armed police.
At around 1.30am this morning (Sunday, May 9) a man was located on police CCTV reportedly threatening members of the public with the weapon.
Armed police confronted the man on Peel Square and he dropped the crossbow, fleeing before being caught and detained by officers on the bridge overlooking West Way.
Superintendent Paul McCurry said: “Prior to...
Barnsley Election 2021 - Liberal Democrats make gains as Labour come away unscathed
WHILE Labour had an afternoon of several close calls – with one ward decided on a coin toss – as votes for a third of the borough’s council seats were tallied, Barnsley’s Liberal Democrats celebrated considerable gains.
Barnsley's local elections were postponed last year, owing to the pandemic, but parties fielded bumper numbers of candidates this year – including the Liberal Democrats who, for the first time, contested every available seat.
And...
Rockingham seat decided by coin toss
A COUNCILLOR retained her seat after a coin toss decided a dead heat between her and the Conservative candidate.
Rockingham Coun Nicola Sumner could be heard cheering on the floor today (Friday, May 7) at the Metrodome as the result was announced after hours of delays.
The vote was recounted several times throughout the day after intially being planned to take place before midday.
Coun Sumner beat Conservative Roy Garratt, with whom she was tied...
Pop-up town centre bar irks pub landlords
LANDLORDS have called Barnsley’s hosting of a five-day pop-up bar - as they struggle to return to normality - ‘absolute nonsense’.
The May bank holiday weekend saw the Kubz Tipi Bar set up in Mandela Gardens, on Hanson Street, which organisers say brought in 3,000 visitors.
But venue owners have concerns over the organisation of the event - which has been confirmed to be returning for four days from Thursday.
Dave Clayton, who runs Soho...
Criticism for Victorian Arcade’s multiple bar plans
BUSINESS owners on ‘one of the last unspoiled parts of the town centre’ are up in arms over plans that could double the number of bars in the small shopping area.
Planners have recently been met with three applications to change empty units on Barnsley’s Victorian Arcade into bars - which would see six venues squeezed into the roughly 130-metre stretch of mainly independent retailers alongside cafes and eateries.
Two of them, regarding buildings that...
Sport
PLAY-OFF MEMORIES: White recalls 'amazing atmosphere' for Walsall thrashing
BARNSLEY finished three places and ten points behind Walsall in the 2015/16 League One table but crushed them 6-1 on aggregate to set a new play-off semi-final record.
After an own goal in first half injury-time, Sam Winnall’s brace within two minutes made it 3-0 at Oakwell in the first leg, then Adam Hammill, Ashley Fletcher and Josh Brownhill secured a 3-1 away win.
Aidy White arrived in November when Barnsley were in the bottom...
PLAY-OFF MEMORIES: Bruce hopes former team-mate can take Reds on better than 2000
BRUCE Dyer is hoping the current Barnsley side managed by his former team-mate Valerien Ismael can emulate his blistering performance in the Reds’ only previous second tier play-off semi-final.
Dyer netted twice in the 4-0 victory at Birmingham City in May 2000, before Dave Bassett’s team secured a 5-2 aggregate win but lost 4-2 to Ipswich Town in the final.
He has remained in Barnsley ever since.
Dyer told the Chronicle: “I work in schools...
Unofficial awards for Barnsley's 2020/21 season
With the league season ending tomorrow, Doug O’Kane hands out prizes
MOMENT OF THE SEASON
The appointment of Valerien Ismael
Ismael was in his kitchen in Munich in October with his wife, mulling over various job offers that they were not particularly convinced by.
Then he received a message to tell him that Barnsley were interested in making him their new head coach and the couple instantly agreed it would be the right...
Five talking points from final day draw
Analysis of Barnsley's 2-2 draw with Norwich City on the last day of the Championship season.
REDS MUCH BETTER IN GOOD WARM-UP FOR PLAY-OFFS
This game was seen as a perfect warm-up for the play-offs, against a high-quality side who play the possession-based football often employed by the sides Barnsley will face in their battle to reach the Premier League throughout May.
Although they were without key players Teemu Pukki and Oliver Skipp and had...
Ismael hails 'incredible' fifth place and is pleased with final day display
Valerien Ismael has hailed Barnsley's 'incredible achievement' of finishing fifth in the Championship and was delighted that his side 'returned to our identity' in a 2-2 final day draw with champions Norwich City at Oakwell.
The Reds finished fifth with 78 points and now play Swansea City in the play-off semi-finals, at home on May 17 and away on May 22.
Ismael told the Chronicle: "It is an incredible achievement to finish fifth, when...
Motors
All-electric Kia is a welcome surprise
YOU usually know what you’re going to get in the motoring world - surprises just don’t come along too often.
Volvos are supremely comfortable if a little beige-trousered, Audis have second-to-none interiors, Peugeots still have that irritating view ahead which blocks the speedo and Land Rovers will end up going wrong at some point.
However, on the rare occasion something does surprise, they instantly become memorable as they shatter any pre-conceived opinions which...
RS4 ticks every box
EVER find yourself prowling AutoTrader on the hunt for random cars? A strange thing to non-car-loving people but absolutely normal to us lot and an enjoyable way to pass time when your mind wanders from hot hatches to supercars, taking in everything else between as you piece together your dream multi-car garage.
I’ll go from searching for former cars - the much-missed 106 Rallye and 182 Trophy mainly - and rue the days I...
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...
Lifestyle
'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.
Shane...
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...
Business
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.
“We...
Schools
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...
Guides
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...