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Hospital’s £2.5m baby unit opens
BARNSLEY Hospital’s new 24-bed antenatal and postnatal unit was officially opened on Wednesday following a £2.5m scheme to boost maternity services in the town.
The 750 square metre facility, staffed by a team of specialists, offers support to parents-to-be and families during latter stages of pregnancy and the newborn stage.
The ward features a discharge lounge where women will be able to relax with facilities available to access refreshments and also boasts a parent education...
‘If love could save me, I’d live forever...’
A MUM-OF-THREE diagnosed with terminal cancer - who gave birth to a healthy ‘miracle baby’ in the midst of her battle - says that if love could save her, she would ‘live forever’.
Lois Walker, 37, faced a years-long back-and-forth with doctors and GPs before receiving the diagnosis - which goes back well before the birth of now eight-month-old Ray, named because he was a ‘ray of sunshine’ in heartbreakingly dark times.
But she’s now...
Completion date to be revealed for new road system
A COMPLETION date for the controversial Penny Pie Park gyratory is set to be announced in the coming weeks as the multi-million pound project continues to cause major delays in and out of the town centre.
It was thought that the scheme was due to be completed back in March, but due to a number of setbacks - including the weather according to Barnsley Council - a date for full completion has yet to be...
Town’s oldest woman to celebrate 110th birthday
BARNSLEY’S oldest person - who has lived through two world wars and seen 26 prime ministers in post - will turn 110 next week.
Margaret Hammond was born on May 25, 1912, on Wombwell High Street - and she’s currently the eighth oldest person in the UK.
She worked as a waitress in a restaurant on Market Street in the town centre and married Noel Leslie Hammond in 1936 with whom she had four children...
Joint effort to combat rising arson attacks
IT’S only a ‘matter of time’ before a life is lost as gangs of up to 50 vandals continue to set numerous blazes every night, according to whistleblowers who have urged police to take immediate action before it’s too late.
Kendray has long been an area of concern for firefighters as deliberate blazes have caused havoc and fear for residents.
The village has been hit by rising numbers of fires reportedly started by gangs of...
Joe close to Commonwealths after PBs make him one of fastest in UK
Sprinter Joe Ferguson is moving closer to qualification for the England team for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after setting personal bests in both the 100m and 200m this week.
The Darton man, who turned 22 earlier this month, smashed his 100m best by almost a third of a second with 10.25 seconds at the Loughborough International meeting last weekend.
Ferguson also broke his 200m personal best with 20.63 which puts him fourth by a...
Burton lands new job and keeps an eye on Reds
FORMER Barnsley player and coach Mark Burton has landed a new job with a category one academy, while being happy to see some of the players he brought through the Oakwell youth system get a chance in the first team.
‘Bunny’, who lives in Penistone, played for his hometown club the Reds in the early 1990s before his career was ended by a serious knee injury. He then spent more than a decade in the...
Hassell praises staff for bringing through talent but warns they need experience
BARNSLEY academy manager Bobby Hassell has praised his staff for bringing through a new generation of talented players who he believes could thrive next season – if they are in a balanced team with experience.
The Reds’ under 18s reached the play-offs for the first time this season – losing at Charlton Athletic in the semi-final on Saturday – while several academy players made their first team debuts.
Hassell told the Chronicle: “A lot of...
Reds fight to keep schoolboy star Jalo
BARNSLEY are hopeful of keeping hold of 16-year-old striker Fabio Jalo who has shone for the under 18s this season.
Jalo, who was born in Portugal but has recently been selected for an England youth camp, is still at school but netted 15 goals for the under 18s this season. He is understood to have agreed to a two-year scholarship but the club would like to give him a longer, professional contract, with Premier League...
Palmer and Adeboyejo offered new deals
Barnsley FC have released their retained list, with Romal Palmer and Victor Adeboyejo offered new contracts.
The players released are Aapo Halme, George Miller, Connor Hodgson, Daniel Jinadu and Tomas Kalinauskas.
Will Hondermarck and Will Lancaster are amongst those offers new deals, after Jordan Helliwell, Charlie Winfield and David Bremang signed new contracts yesterday.
Central midfielder Palmer, 23, and striker Adeboyejo, 24, have been in and out of the first team...
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New Supra worthy of its name
WHEN I was a youngster - no older than 12 - my mate’s dad had a highly-modified Toyota Supra. It was absolutely the car’s fault for starting my obsession with Japanese cars.
Having been a twin-turbo A80 version - arguably the most famous Supra of all from the mid-90s - it was converted, like many, to a single-turbo unit and, if memory serves right, was running a north of 600bhp.
I remember the...
Q5 is the perfect family car
IT isn’t difficult to see why Audi’s become quite possibly the most accomplished, all-round manufacturer in recent years - each model they’ve revealed has been an absolute peach.
In that time its familiar-but-popular A-badged cars, from the dinky A1 to the limo-like A8, have been joined by Q-badged variants which offer everything you’d expect of the marque, albeit in a loftier package.
The Q7 was the first to take the fight to cars like...
Handsome CX-5 has style and substance
IT can’t just be me who’s often looking in my rear-view mirror, being followed by a gaping-grilled, handsome Mazda with sharp, sleek headlights…
It’s happened a few times on the motorway recently; I often associate the marque with the indomitable MX-5 and the family-favourite 3, but this car - the CX-5 - is possibly its best-looking model.
It has to stand out, too, for it’s in battle with some big names in the larger SUV...
EV6 is Kia's best-ever car
Kias are rapidly becoming one of the brightest, forward-thinking manufacturers in the market - but cast your mind back ten years ago and they were a very different proposition.
Remember hateful Sedonas? Truly awful Rios? Those cars - built on a shoestring budget, crammed with scratchy plastics and arguably two of the worst-looking vehicles ever made, had absolutely no redeeming qualities.
Their stark - and extremely quick - rise to the top of...
All-electric XC40 is best yet
VOLVO’S made an extremely reputable name for itself in the engine stakes in recent years thanks to its frugal diesels and impressive hybrids.
The Swedish firm’s something-for-everyone approach rightly won sales, but having dipped its toe in the water with the clever, forward-thinking Polestar arm, it was only a matter of time before all-electric models trickled down to its most popular vehicles.
Volvo - to me at least - has been transformed into...
Get involved with new MyFuture job fair
IF you are looking for a change in your career direction then the #MyFuture training and recruitment event being held later this month is an event you must attend.
The Chronicle has teamed up with the Barnsley 2030 campaign and some of the borough’s leading employers to offer job seekers the chance to learn more about the opportunities on offer.
More than 20 employers and training providers will have a presence, making it...
Stray cats rehomed by generous woman
A SALON owner who has spent almost a year and £12,000 to rescue two stray cats she met on holiday in Turkey is expecting a special delivery tomorrow.
Kelly Walker - owner of Vanilla hair salon on Sheffield Road - is set to receive the cats from a courier after trying to get them on the 2,500-mile trip having ‘fallen in love with them’ on holiday.
Kelly was travelling during the November lockdown last year...
WATCH: Was 1970s Barnsley really like Belgium?
HOW did Barnsley, at the turn of the 1970s, resemble a small Belgian city?
Readers might shudder when they think back to the ill-judged and ultimately canned ‘Tuscan hill village’ idea drawn up for the town in the early 2000s, and immediately discard any comparisons to the continent.
But in a visit as part of his series ‘Nairn’s Europe’, acclaimed architectural critic Ian Nairn – in an otherwise fairly scathing assessment – offered some substance...
'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...
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...