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Toddler Elsie is mum’s ‘little miracle’
A MIRACLE toddler who was born at just 23 weeks - and weighed the same as a tin of beans - returned to Barnsley Hospital this week almost two years to the day since she was discharged. Amy Dutton, 35, who lives off Summer Lane in the town centre, found out in 2021 that she was expecting identical twin girls. Her first few appointments at the hospital went well but she admits that at the...
Knife-point robbery victim Pat won’t let the criminals win
THE elderly owner of a fish and chip shop who has given 44 years’ service to her community has vowed to not let criminals win the day - despite being held at knifepoint during a robbery last week. Stoic Pat Hubery, who runs and lives above Dearne Road Fisheries in Bolton-upon-Dearne, was watching television on Friday night when she heard a noise. Having gone to investigate, a robber burst through the door, brandishing a knife...
School praised for anti-bullying campaign
A MAPPLEWELL primary school have been praised for their anti-bullying campaign by a national organisation. Wellgate Primary School began their journey to develop their anti-bullying provision in September. This was through taking part in the Anti-Bullying Association’s ‘United Against Bullying Programme’ - and earlier this month they were awarded a gold status. Only 11 per cent of the 259 schools nationally that took part were awarded gold. The programme supported the scho
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Selfless Hollie plans big toy appeal despite having juvenile arthritis
YOUNG Hollie Kyle hasn’t let her struggles with arthritis slow her down or stop her enjoying her childhood as she lives life to the full and has even made it onto national TV. The 11-year-old from Monk Bretton suffers with juvenile arthritis, a joint condition that causes her pain and reduces her mobility. While mostly associated with older people, arthritis can affect people of any age and in rare cases even children. “From a young...
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Decision date extended on supermarket bid
BARNSLEY Council’s planning board have extended their decision date on plans to build a new supermarket in Hoyland Common. Lidl lodged its bid for a new store on Sheffield Road, off Birdwell roundabout, with a proposed new access off Cross Keys Lane before withdrawing the application before a planning meeting scheduled for December 2022. However, the plans were re-submitted to Barnsley Council in June. The main concerns raised around the development saw traffic generation on...
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Talking points from loss in Blackpool
Analysis of Barnsley's 3-2 defeat at Blackpool. The hosts raced 3-0 up before John McAtee and Adam Phillips replied. ANOTHER MISERABLE AFTERNOON FOR A TEAM IN FREEFALL YOU COULD not watch this game and not think that there is something quite badly wrong at Barnsley right now. The players, for most of the match, looked ‘gone’ - physically and mentally - as they deservedly slumped to another defeat which imperilled their promotion chances further. ...
Reds 'far below the standard' admits Collins
Neill Collins admits Barnsley’s performance in a 3-2 loss at Blackpool was ‘far below the standard’ and they now have to ‘regroup’ ahead of next week’s final league game. The Reds went 3-0 down, during a very poor first hour, then John McAtee and Adam Phillips replied late on. Barnsley are still fifth but only a point clear in the play-off places ahead of their last game at home to Northampton Town next Saturday. If...
Top six goes to last day after another loss
Barnsley’s fight to stay in the League One play-off places will go to the final day after a very disappointing performance for the first hour in a 3-2 loss at fellow promotion hopefuls Blackpool. The hosts led 2-0 at the break then added another just after half-time. John McAtee pulled one back midway through the second half then Adam Phillips netted in injury-time. Barnsley remain fifth but they are now just a point clear...
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Scorer Jalo grateful to Barnsley academy
FABIO Jalo had stopped playing football as a teenager before joining the Oakwell academy and believes Barnsley is the right place for him to develop. The 18-year-old forward began his career in the youth system of Portuguese giants Benfica but left aged 13 and his family relocated to Leeds. He has been with the Reds for four years, making his first team debut aged 16 and appearing 27 times. Jalo, who plays for Portugal under...
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Reds trust hits out at FA Cup replay change
Barnsley Football Club Supporters’ Trust has launched a passionate attack against the ‘disrespectful’ decision to scrap FA Cup replays. The change was announced yesterday and has prompted an angry response by clubs and fans. The trust said: “Barnsley Football Club Supporters’ Trust was bitterly disappointed with yesterday’s announcement that FA Cup replays will be scrapped from the first round onwards. “We find this decision to be disrespectfu
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Can you help find missing Angelika?
UPDATE: Police have confirmed that Angelika has been found safe and well. SOUTH Yorkshire Police are appealing for your help to find missing Barnsley woman Angelika. Angelika, aged 51, was last seen today around 12pm in the Measborough Dike area of Barnsley. She is described as a white woman, 5ft 6ins tall, of large build, with short blonde hair. Angelika is believed to be driving a silver/grey Suzuki Swift. Officers are...
Firefighters hope to leave Grange Lane fire site later today
FIREFIGHTERS are making good progress at a blaze on Grange Lane which started yesterday teatime. South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have released photos of the fire at the recycling centre which at its height, had six fire engines and a high volume pump on the scene with the fire service advising nearby residents to keep windows and doors closed. Earlier today, a fire spokesperson revealed that about 80 tonnes of used mattresses...
Major road remains closed as fire is tackled all night
GRANGE Lane remains closed today as firefighters continue to tackle a fire at the waste recycling site. The fire broke out yesterday evening and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have been at the incident all night. There are three fire engines and a high volume pump on the scene. About 80 tonnes of used mattresses are on fire. A fire service spokesman said: "The smoke from the fire has reduced considerably, but we still expect...
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Buckingham Palace date for Amy
PRINCE Edward will be hosting a Barnsley woman who has won the gold Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award at a celebration at Buckingham Palace’s gardens. Amy Sutheran, 23, will be joining thousands of young people and their loved ones from across the UK for the awards celebration on May 10. She is one of 9,000 to earn the award this year, which will be hosted by Prince Edward himself, as it marks his first celebration...
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Homes plan for Methodist church site
PLANS to demolish Hoyland Methodist Church and replace it with seven new properties have been re-submitted to Barnsley Council. The building, on Market Street, was closed recently due to a dwindling congregation at the church. If the plans are approved, the church will be replaced by two detached house, two semi-detached properties and a townhouse. A report said: “In recent years, Hoyland Methodist Church have experienced a diminishing congregation to a point where numbers made...
Rec win and Town miss out
Athersley Rec won 2-1 at home to Brigg Town. Harrison Landon and Nathan Perks scored. Wombwell Town’s Friday night match was called off as Nostell could not field a team then their Division One play-off hopes ended when Wakefield won on Saturday. Worsbrough Bridge lost 2-1 at Selby Town. Juninho Blake netted. Penistone Church finished their Premier Division season with a 3-2 loss at Barton Town. Antony Brown netted twice.
Wath win again in cup
Wath RUFC moved closer to a Twickenham final with another win in the Papa John’s Cup. They won 22-17 at Horden and Peterlee in the second round. Barnsley’s game with Bury was called off.
‘Begging bowl’ Barnsley clubs fight to complete seasons
THE COUNTY Senior League season will go on for ‘as long as it takes’ with several Barnsley clubs still trying to fit in up to ten games due to major problems with their pitches. Premier League clubs North Gawber, Wombwell Main and Houghton Main have been unable to play on their waterlogged home pitches for almost all of the season. They each have huge backlogs of fixtures to fit in in the final weeks of...
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Leaders Dearne to visit third-placed Dinnington
DEARNE and District are set to visit third-placed Dinnington Town on Saturday in a crucial match in their title race. They won 2-0 at home to Chesterfield Youth with goals by Bayley Lowe and Shay Evans-Booth. That left them 12 points clear of Doncaster City who were due to play one of their three games in hand last night. Doncaster City beat Cudworth-based Elite AFC 5-1 on Saturday.
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Church’s play-off chances over after draw with Knaresborough
PENISTONE Church missed out on the Premier Division play-offs after a 1-1 draw at home to Knaresborough Town on Wednesday. Church needed to win all their remaining games to finish above Albion Sports, who have played all their matches, on goal difference and take fifth place. But they were held at home to Knaresborough in their penultimate game. Manager Steve Lenthall said: “We were disappointed but extremely proud of the club and players for what...
Bronia celebrates 21 years of fitness sessions
FOR 21 years Bronia Warden has been delivering tailored exercise sessions for the elderly. She celebrated last week with a party at Shaw Lane’s Griffin Suite - and 130 people who’d taken part in the Healthy Bones fitness groups came to show their appreciation for Bronia’s hard work. Many have been working with her for decades and through her work Bronia has built a loyal following. She told the Chronicle: “I did general fitness stuff...
Discarded glass at fountains leaves youngster at A&E
A FURIOUS mother is asking the council why glass shards left across the water jets outside Barnsley Town Hall were not cleared up after her 11-year-old son suffered wounds as a result. Nertil Meci was playing in the water feature with other children as young as two last Friday when the incident took place. His mother, Amy Westwood, told the Chronicle: “His dad owns the restaurant Bistro Romano’s across the street. “It was sunny weather...
Charity breakthrough for Bee Kind for Honey
A LOCAL voluntary group created after the untimely death of a child has received official charitable status which they hope will help fight the high rates of suicide locally. Bee Kind for Honey was created by Gemma Cook after her daughter Honey took her own life during lockdown at only 15 years old. Since then, Gemma has been making journals aimed for people aged 11 and over and supplying them free of charge to help...
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Work begins on controversial MU1 scheme
A CONTROVERSIAL scheme which will result in a new link road being constructed - set to pave the way for 1,500 homes to be built on former green belt land - has started. MU1, which separates communities such as Barugh Green, Higham and Pogmoor, is the subject of plans to build 1,500 homes, a new primary school, warehouses for business use, a series of roads and two roundabouts which will connect both ends of the...
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‘Going Dutch’ no longer an option at Town End
BARNSLEY Council will ‘categorically not’ be looking into a plan to create a Dutch-style roundabout scheme at Town End after highways bosses claimed it was only ever a suggestion. The roundabout plans were first mooted in Barnsley back in 2021 but there was no exact location for the scheme until February. Town End roundabout had been chosen as the location for the scheme, with cabinet members signing off on £420,000 in funding at Wednesday’s meeting....
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O’Keeffe: get behind us and we’ll bring it home
COREY O’Keeffe says Barnsley will ‘regroup’ once they secure a place in League One’s top six while his message to the fans is: ‘get behind us and we’ll bring it home.’ The Reds were in top two contention last month but are now fifth, four points clear in the top six with two games left. O’Keeffe told the Chronicle: “Last month we were in a very good position and we haven’t had the best results. ...
Grant pleased with full debut after ‘frustrating’ Reds spell
CONOR Grant was delighted to make his full debut for Barnsley at Portsmouth in midweek, after a ‘frustrating’ start to his Reds career. The Irish midfielder, 22, signed on loan from League Two MK Dons in the summer and has come off the bench ten times, scoring in the win at Wycombe last month. But he has only had two minutes of action in the month leading up to Tuesday’s match, sometimes being left out...
Boss backs Reds to get through ‘dry patch’
NEILL Collins admits Barnsley must improve defensively to get through their current ‘dry patch’ but added: “I don’t think there’s loads wrong.” The Reds have won two of their last ten games but are still fifth in League One, four points clear in the play-off places with two matches remaining. Collins told the Chronicle: “It’s disappointing when you put it like that – nine points in ten games. “But when you look at the previous
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Reds aim to win Blackpool’s ‘cup final’ and avoid final day drama
NEILL Collins is confident Barnsley can get the win they need to secure a play-off place at Blackpool tomorrow rather than have to endure a nervous final day next week. The Reds, with two games to play, are fifth in League One, four points clear in the top six. They currently need three more points from two games to secure a place in the play-offs. This week they drew 2-2 at home to Reading on...
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Both Russell and Connell ‘progressing’
BARNSLEY midfielders Luca Connell and Jon Russell should play in the league again this season, possibly at Blackpool on Saturday, says head coach Neill Collins. Connell picked up an injury in training last Friday while Russell hobbled off the next day against Reading, with both missing Tuesday’s trip to Portsmouth. Collins told the Chronicle: “They are progressing in the right direction. There is still an opportunity for them to be involved on Saturday, if not...
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Bus service pulled as vandals strike again
STAGECOACH were forced to pull the 226 bus from Bolton-upon-Dearne at the weekend following antisocial behaviour - just months after the service was brought back. In October 2022, Stagecoach suspended all services running into the Thurnscoe area after 5pm after missiles were launched at passing buses. Following a six-month hiatus, the bus operator working alongside South Yorkshire Police brought back the service to Thurnscoe in a ‘trial period’ in May. However, they said at the...
Council puts brake on taxi numbers despite ‘unmet demand’
BARNSLEY Council will not increase the limit on the number of Hackney taxis allowed in the town despite there being an ‘unmet demand’, a report has revealed. Each year, the council undertakes a demand survey to accurately assess the availability of taxis in the town centre. There are currently 67 Hackney taxis in Barnsley though the report states that despite there being a demand for more, the cap will not be raised. A survey of...
Queen Camilla makes Maundy memories for Barnsley preacher
A LOCAL preacher received a special gift from Queen Camilla at the Royal Maundy Service last month. Rev Jean Daykin, from the United Benefice of Darton and Staincross, was in shock when she received an invite from the Lord Chamberlain’s Office at Buckingham Palace back in January. Thanks to the nomination from Bishop Nick Baines at the Diocese of Leeds, and support from Bishop of Wakefield Tony Robinson, Rev Daykin got the opportunity to meet...
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Parents face more action over term-time holidays
SPIRALLING numbers of Barnsley children missing school - which has resulted in some parents being slapped with fines totalling £800 - will see more action being taken by education bosses to stop the trend after almost 3,000 were caught breaking the law in a year. A flurry of cases have made their way through Barnsley Magistrates’ Court in recent weeks following proceedings brought about by the council’s education welfare service. Unauthorised absence rates in the...
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£17m signed off for road improvements
AROUND £17m will be spent on improving Barnsley’s road network over the next year after the council signed off on funding earlier this week. The £12.8m highways programme includes an additional £2m for highways works on local B and C roads that connect small towns and villages across the borough, and a further £2.2m to be spent on Active Travel initiatives, funded through the City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement, The majority of the cash will...
Wombwell Town beat Worsbrough 5-0
Wombwell Town beat fellow Barnsley club Worsbrough Bridge 5-0 on Tuesday but results elsewhere all-but ended their promotion chances from NCEL Division One. The scorers were Edward Agnew, twice, Morgan James, Jordan Kershaw and Daniel Youel. With three games left, Town can still reach 92 points with teams above them Wakefield and Parkgate needing one more win each to deny them a place in the play-offs. Meanwhile, Penistone Church reserves are on the brink of the County Senior Premier..
Barnsley women Bethany and Amy into FA Cup final
BARNSLEY women Bethany England and Amy Turner are due to play in the FA Cup final next month after both playing 120 minutes in Tottenham Hotspur’s semi-final victory on Sunday. Spurs fell behind in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but scored in the 83rd and 118th minutes. They are now due to face Manchester United at Wembley on May 12. Turner, from Carlton, used to play for Manchester United while England, from Kingstone, won the FA...
Imogen 3rd in Cleveland Classic
BARNSLEY teenager Imogen Wolff finished on the podium in the women’s race at The East Cleveland Classic in the North East. Wolff, from Silkstone Common, was six seconds off top spot as she finished third. She said: “I felt shocking, really really bad. “My legs weren’t there. It was hard. But I am chuffed to win the sprint and kept my legs in the final moments. It was a good performance. “It was much better...
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Mixed weekend for Rowland
Oliver Rowland moved briefly into first place in the Formula E championship standings on Saturday with a first race win of the season but missed out on another when he ran out of battery on the final lap on Sunday. The 30-year-old from Penistone finished second in the first race in Misano, Italy - moving up from fifth in qualifying - but was then moved up to first due to a disqualification. It was a...
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Wombwell Town win 4-0
Wombwell Town won 4-0 at home to Harrogate Railway on Saturday in NCEL Division One. Rikki Paylor, Owen Sykes, Gadhafi Kiwanuka and Rhys Plater scored. Town are nine points and one place off the play-offs with four games to play. Worsbrough Bridge lost 1-0 at home to Clay Cross Town on Saturday. Athersley Rec lost 2-1 at home to Retford. Nathan Perks opened the scoring. In the County Senior League, Dodworth won 1-0 at Denaby...