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Covid stats increase by almost 50 per cent
THE number of patients admitted to Barnsley Hospital in the last week has increased by almost 50 per cent.
There are currently 12 patients on the site with the virus, one of which is on a ventilation bed.
A total of 16 people have been admitted since last week, a 46 per cent increase from the previous week’s figures.
It means that since the start of the pandemic, more than 5,600 people have gone into...
Bus service woes highlighted in Parliament
A BARNSLEY MP has highlighted the problems of local bus services in Parliament - calling the post-pandemic environment a ‘perfect storm’ for transport in rural areas.
Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said a number of residents have been in touch to discuss the problems they are facing in Penistone and Dodworth.
She highlighted that passenger numbers have fallen ‘sharply’, fuel prices have increased and the South Yorkshire Combined Mayoral Authority’s bid for ‘Bus...
Success for police’s crackdown on drugs
A BARNSLEY drugs operation brought positive results this week.
Officers from Barnsley’s Central Neighbourhood Policing Team scoured the town centre on Wednesday as part of a proactive drugs operation.
They clocked more than three miles patrolling and conducted a total of 14 stop-searches under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Of those searched, two people were issued 48-hour dispersal notices.
PC Neil Crossland, who led the operation, said: “Despite the weather it was a successful operation....
End is nigh for town centre gallery
A TOWN centre gallery will shut up shop in January - a decade after it originally opened to customers.
The Newburgh Gallery, on Dodworth Road, was opened by portrait artist Shaun Rowley, 48, in 2013 as a way of selling his work and promoting local artists.
But ten years on Shaun says he wants to ‘live a little more’ and so he’ll be closing his doors for the last time at the end of January....
Race on to find homeless charity a new venue
‘DEVASTATED’ charity members who have helped the town’s homeless for two decades have been told to leave their long-held town centre premises - plunging its future into doubt.
Barnsley Churches Drop-In Project has been providing hot drinks, food, clothing and toiletries to the town’s homeless and vulnerable from its Pitt Street base.
Charity bosses say they have been given notice to leave the hub by next Wednesday - something which has devastated its contingent of...
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Josh faces ‘test’ to get back in midfield
Josh Benson admits it will be a ‘test’ for him to get back into the Barnsley midfield but enjoyed playing at right wing-back in the FA Cup win over Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.
Benson, who turns 23 next week and has played 49 games for the club, began the season in the Reds’ midfield and was one of the star players with four goals in the first two months.
But he has recently been on...
Reds to visit Derby in cup
Barnsley will visit fellow League One club Derby County in the FA Cup third round.
The third round games are due to be played on the weekend of January 6-9.
The Reds have beaten Bolton and Crewe in the first two rounds.
They visited Derby in August and lost 2-1 in the league.
The Rams are eighth in League One, two places behind the Reds.
Five talking points from Crewe cup win
Analysis of Barnsley’s 3-0 FA Cup second round win over Crewe Alexandra. Devante Cole, Adam Phillips and Josh Benson netted for the hosts.
REDS BECOMING REGULAR WINNERS WITH 14TH OF SEASON
THIS was Barnsley’s 14th win of the season in all competitions - double their tally from last season with at least 29 games left.
The Reds wanted to create a ‘winning culture’ this season and, while there is still a long way to...
Barnsley WFC out of cup but make history
Barnsley Women's FC tasted defeat but still made history on Sunday by playing in front of 28,565 fans at Newcastle United's St James' Park.
The crowd for the Women's FA Cup match was a record for the competition away from Wembley finals.
The Reds took the lead early on through Emily Pierrepont but the hosts netted twice in quick sucession midway through the second half.
Manager Lois Daniels tweeted: "Super super proud of this group. What a...
Local football round-up: Wins for Rec and Church
Athersley Rec and Penistone Church collected vital wins in different divisions of the Northern Counties East League.
Rec won 2-1 at home to Brigg Town in the NCEL Division One.
The Penguins fell behind but goals for Ethan Nixon and Liam O’Brien ended a 12-match winless run since mid-September in which they had lost ten and drawn two.
With three to go down, Rec are third-bottom with 15 points from 19 games which...
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Barnsley kids benefit from green scheme
BARNSLEY youngsters are among more than 115,000 pupils who have benefited from the ground-breaking Generation Green project.
Pupils from Joseph Locke Primary School, Oakwell Rise Primary Academy and Worsbrough Common Primary School had an adventure away from home at youth hostels in the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales where they enjoyed a Connecting to Nature residential.
Their experience was funded by the £2.5m project which prioritised young people living in areas of deprivation, black and...
Fire-hit building set for demolition
A FIRE-HIT antisocial behaviour hotspot building could soon be demolished - much to the delight of a local councillor.
The former youth centre, on Overdale Avenue in Bank End, has long been a target for gangs of youths intent on causing damage in the local area.
The land is currently owned by South Yorkshire Police as the two semi-detached properties on the site housed officers on the site.
However, following the youth centre’s closure almost...
Author Ronnie has second book published
A FORMER Barnsley school teacher had his second book published this month.
Ronnie Steele has released his new book, A Blue Plaque for Brian Glover, which contains 26 stories about growing up in the town as well as five short stories about his former teacher.
The plaque, which commemorates one of Barnsley’s most famous sons, was unveiled in the town centre in September.
Brian, who taught at Barnsley Grammar School and Longcar Central School before...
Market traders threaten boycott over charges
LONG-ESTABLISHED market traders have been angered by Barnsley Council’s decision to hike daily rent charges - with some being asked to pay treble their usual amount.
The market - on Wombwell’s High Street - has pitches multiple days a week.
Regular traders have elongated their stalls for years to make up the empty space from a lack of traders, selling various items such as clothing, footwear and homeware goods to try and make profits to...
Knife crime cases rocket
KNIFE crime has increased substantially over the last year, shocking new figures have revealed.
Figures from the Officer of National Statistics show South Yorkshire Police recorded 1,566 offences involving a knife or sharp object in the year to March, up 19 per cent from 1,319 the year prior.
It was also up from pre-pandemic levels, with 974 offences logged in the year to March 2020.
It means the rate of knife crimes stood at 114...
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Reds pleased with win and hope to draw giant
Barnsley were delighted with a ‘good and professional’ performance in a 3-0 home win over Crewe Alexandra in the FA Cup and now want to face a Premier League giant in the third round.
Devante Cole, Adam Phillips and Josh Benson got the goals in a comfortable victory against the League Two visitors.
Coach Martin Devaney told the Chronicle: “We’re very happy with the result and performance. We know Crewe are a good...
Reds cruise into FA Cup third round
Barnsley cruised into the third round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 home win over Crewe Alexandra.
Devante Cole netted after half an hour then Adam Phillips and Josh Benson, with a penalty, struck early in the second half.
In front of a crowd of 3,967, the Reds controlled the match, limited their League Two visitors to very few chances and played some good football.
Michael Duff made three changes from...
Barnsley to be ‘as strong as we can’ for FA Cup meeting with Crewe
BARNSLEY will play ‘as strong a side as we can’ at home to League Two Crewe Alexandra today as they try to reach the third round of the FA Cup.
The Reds triumphed 2-1 at League One rivals Bolton Wanderers in the first round earlier this month, playing a full strength team except back-up goalkeeper Jack Walton.
Premier League clubs enter the competition in the third round which is due to be played in January. ...
COMMENT: What do Barnsley need in January window?
With the transfer window to open in just over a month, we look at what they may need in January.
SOME MORE STRIKERS
IF YOU were to ask Barnsley fans what their team needs in the January transfer window, the words ‘strikers’ is likely to be the first out of their mouths.
That would probably be the same for the coaching staff, after Michael Duff was keen to add to his options...
Duff on Trippier's journey from party boy to England regular
MICHAEL Duff praised his former team-mate, and ex Barnsley loanee, Kieran Trippier for a journey from being ‘fished out of nightclubs on a Tuesday night’ to going to his second World Cup.
The Newcastle right-back is a regular in the England team and started the 6-2 win against Iran in their first World Cup game.
He made his professional debut for Barnsley in 2009 on loan from Manchester City and played 44 Reds games, describing...
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Swimmer raises cash for Alzheimer’s Society
A FUNDRAISER from Hoyland donned his wetsuit once again to raise cash for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Robert Blackburn, 40, teaches children to swim at Royston Leisure Centre and the Metrodome.
However, their warm pools were replaced with Derwent Water’s much colder temperatures during his two-mile swim which raised £940.
His dad, Ralph, and mother-in-law, Shirley, both died from Alzheimer’s.
Robert, who has raised over £10,000 for various charities in the last decade, said: “Alzheimer’s is...
Town’s residents among laziest
BARNSLEY residents are less active compared to regional and national averages.
The percentage of adults - aged 19 and above - who achieve 150 minutes of physical activity per week stands at 60.9 per cent.
It is less than the regional average of 64.6 per cent and 66 per cent nationally.
A council report said: “All of the 21 wards in Barnsley have a higher rate of obesity than England’s rate.
“The rates of excess...
Ex-miners to mark Oaks anniversary
FORMER miners delivered a talk to college students ahead of the upcoming anniversary of the Oaks Colliery Disaster.
The incident happened in Barnsley in 1866, killing at least 361 men and boys by a series of explosions over two days.
Ex-miner Paul Darlow, who is now an author, delivered the talk and interactive session to the students from Barnsley College ahead of the December 12 anniversary.
The choice of setting for the session was decided...
Hairstylist Pete creates looks for pop sensation
BARNSLEY-born hairstylist-to-the-stars Pete Burkill created two looks for pop sensation Bebe Rexha for a prestigious awards night in Cannes last week.
Pete has been jetting around the globe as one of the most in demand hairstylists for the A-list and was commissioned again by Grammy-nominated Bebe at the NRJ Awards following their last collaboration at the MTV EMAs.
Pete, whose parents Dave and Teresa hail and remain in Barnsley, counts Kylie Minogue, Emma Thompson and...
Badly-parked parents urged to put kids’ safety first
KIDS’ safety must ‘finally be put first’ amid growing calls from councillors and MPs for action to be taken against parents’ dangerous parking at schools’ drop-off and pick-up times before another injury - or worse - occurs.
Coun Jake Lodge, who represents the Worsbrough ward, says pavement parking - which has impacted schools across the borough - is a ‘significant concern’ for residents and makes it difficult for pedestrians, especially those with mobility, sight or...
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Barnsley Women set to play in front of 30k in historic cup tie
BARNSLEY are expected to play in front of a crowd of more than 30,000 people in their history-making FA Cup game at Newcastle United on Sunday.
There had been roughly 27,000 tickets sold midway through this week for the Women’s FA Cup second round tie, with several thousand more expected to buy tickets in the coming days.
That is set to make it the best-attended game in the competition’s history away from Wembley.
Newcastle’s women...
Playing during World Cup ‘weird’ but Reds focus on more wins
MICHAEL Duff admits it is ‘weird’ to be in the thick of a club season during a World Cup but is just focused on maintaining Barnsley’s good form while planning for the January transfer window.
The Reds are sixth in League One with 30 points from 18 games which equals the final total from last season’s relegation campaign. They won 3-1 at home to lowly Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday – a third successive league...
Edwards thrilled to net against bitter rivals
TOM EDWARDS was delighted to net a superb first Barnsley goal against his parent club Stoke City’s bitter rivals.
The defender, 23, lashed in a long-range strike in the Reds’ 2-1 loss at Port Vale in the EFL Trophy on Wednesday.
Edwards told the Chronicle: “I took a big heavy touch and thought the chance had gone but, when the defender didn’t step out, I thought ‘right this is the time to hit it.’ With...
'Positive day' despite cup exit
Barnsley’s 2-1 loss at Port Vale in the EFL Trophy first knock-out round was a ‘positive day for the football club’ because of the experience given to young players, says assistant coach Martin Paterson.
The Reds went 2-0 down early on before substitute Tom Edwards netted a fine goal. Harrison Nejman made his full debut while other young players gained more experience.
Paterson said: “People might not agree but I think it was...
Reds out of trophy
Barnsley went out of the EFL Trophy after a 2-1 loss at fellow League One club Port Vale on Wednesday night.
The hosts were on top for most of the game, scoring two goals in the first half an hour and missing some other fine chances.
Barnsley substitute Tom Edwards pulled one back late on but they were extremely disappointing overall.
Liam Kitching, Adam Phillips and Jack Aitchison were the only players...
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Council bosses ‘lacking ambition’ on net-zero pledge
COUNCIL bosses have been accused of lacking ambition on promises to boost electric vehicle charging infrastructure across Barnsley.
Research, revealed at yesterday’s full council meeting by the Liberal Democrats, suggested Ubitricity - a subsidiary of Shell - has offered all councils within South Yorkshire a ‘large number’ of on-street charge points for electric vehicles.
Other councils within South Yorkshire have accepted the offer and worked with Ubitricity, but Barnsley decided to not accept this, ‘lagging...
Fit-to-leave patients taken up beds
DOZENS of patients who were fit to be discharged at Barnsley Hospital were taking up beds every day last month despite contingency plans being put in place due to an anticipated shortage of beds during the winter.
The contingency document which looks into what is being planned to cope with the NHS’s busiest period of the year revealed bed occupancy is already above what is deemed an ‘optimum level’.
In August, 95 per cent of...
Council leader blasts government’s autumn budget
BARNSLEY Council leader Sir Steve Houghton has said the government are ‘making it hard’ to protect residents following its autumn statement.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced his autumn budget last Thursday.
It included a rise in the amount that can be raised under the levy by local authorities such as Barnsley Council.
It means that the council are able to rise council tax bills without the permission of residents to fund a number of overstretched services....
Organisations join forces for toy swap
BARNSLEY Museums has teamed up with the National Trust to host a community toy swap to help people with the cost of Christmas.
The event will take place at Wentworth Castle Gardens next Thursday and Friday, and then at the Glass Works’ museum on December 8 and 9.
Residents are being encouraged to attend and swap their old toys from some new gifts.
Those donating toys to Wentworth Castle will receive free admission to explore...
Road chaos to ‘get worse’
SIGNIFICANT delays due to work by Yorkshire Water on a major route into the town centre will only get worse when new developments begin, fed-up locals have claimed.
Last month, a burst water pipe forced Burton Road to be closed due to damage done to the surface.
Temporary traffic lights have been in place since Saturday and they’ll remain there until tonight as Yorkshire Water carry out further works.
At the time, the road was...
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Stronger Reds side expected for Trophy knock-out
Barnsley visit Port Vale tonight in the EFL Trophy and Michael Duff says he will field a stronger side than in the group stages.
The Reds visit Vale Park from 7.30pm in the first knock-out game.
Vale, who won the League Two play-offs in May, are currently tenth in League One, four points behind the sixth-placed Reds. Vale beat Charlton Athletic 1-0 at home on Saturday.
The Staffordshire club – whose director...
Herbie delighted with first goal
HERBIE Kane was thrilled to net his first Barnsley goal after doing extra work in training on his finishing.
The midfielder, who turns 24 on Thursday, scored the final goal in the Reds’ 3-1 home win over Milton Keynes Dons.
It was his first goal in 78 games since netting for Hull City in the summer of 2020. Kane told the Chronicle: “It’s something I have been waiting for. It’s been a long time...
The 5 ex Reds at World Cup
A look at the five former Barnsley players currently at the World Cup in Qatar. They are England's John Stones and Kieran Trippier, Wales' Kieffer Moore and Adam Davies, and Canada's Ike Ugbo.
JOHN STONES, ENGLAND
A decade ago, Stones was struggling to get his place back in Barnsley’s team as they battled relegation from the Championship.
He had just played in a 1-0 home loss to Huddersfield Town which...
Dons win ‘probably best home performance’
Michael Duff praised his players after their 3-1 win over MK Dons and said it was probably their best Oakwell performance under him.
Jordan Williams, Adam Phillips and Herbie Kane scored for the Reds who have now won their last three league games and are in the play-off places.
Duff said: “It’s probably as good as we’ve been at home. We looked a threat. I was disappointed we weren’t winning comfortably at...
Barnsley 3 - 1 MK Dons
AS IT HAPPENED
1:05pm
Good afternoon and welcome to the Chronicle’s live text coverage of Barnsley’s game against MK Dons.
1:14pm
The team news is due at 2pm. Barnsley were due to assess the fitness of strikers Slobodan Tedic and James Norwood before the game.
2:01pm
BARNSLEY XI: Collins, Williams, Edwards, Andersen, Kitching, Cadden, Kane, Phillips, Connell, Aitchison, Cole.
2:01pm
SUBS: Walton, Norwood, Benson, Martin, Cundy, Larkeche, Jalo.
2:06pm
The Dons are 21st in League...