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Zero tolerance on attacks
GROWING tirades of both verbal and physical abuse hurled at frontline workers in Barnsley Hospital and the town’s GP surgeries will not be tolerated, according to healthcare bosses who vowed to protect staff.
Members of Barnsley’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) - which is responsible for healthcare services in the borough - South Yorkshire Police, Barnsley Council and the hospital all attended a meeting last week to discuss rising staff complaints since the pandemic began last...
Flood promises criticised by councillor
WORK to prevent future disastrous flooding - such as that seen two years ago - has so far missed out the ‘first defence’, claims a councillor in one of the worst-hit areas.
Darfield Coun Pauline Markham, also a member of the Low Valley Flood Group, said at Tuesday’s meeting of Barnsley’s overview and scrutiny committee that councillors ‘past and present’ have fought for gully drains in Low Valley - the site of catastrophic floods in...
Publicans unite for town centre safety message
TOWN centre bars, pubs and venues have clubbed together to show Barnsley is a safe place to enjoy a night out - with a host of new measures coming into force.
Spurred on by the national conversation around safety, and particularly women’s safety, following the murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard, venue owners signed up to Barnsley’s Pubwatch scheme are doing everything they can to protect patrons.
Adam Pumford, from Funny Gals, told the Chronicle: “We’ve...
Man jailed for six years
A MAN who fatally attacked a 60-year-old in Barnsley town centre last month has been handed a six-year prison sentence.
On September 4 at 10.30pm, police were called following reports that the victim, Graham Linstead, had been attacked on Pitt Street.
Emergency services were also called and the man was taken to hospital where he died on September 8 as a result of his injuries.
A 38-year-old man, Ricky Braithwaite, of Newton Street, was arrested...
School defends toilet closure decision
A SCHOOL forced to close several toilets due to students setting off fire alarms by smoking electronic cigarettes has dismissed a petition - which has amassed almost 1,000 signatures - that claims all but a few toilets have been ‘locked’.
The petition, said Horizon Community College principal Claire Huddart, misses out key pieces of information - that students ‘vaping’ has led to staff having to cancel fire alarms before South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue is...
5 talking points from Reading loss
A look at Saturday's 1-0 loss at Reading, a fourth straight defeat for the Reds.
Although the Reds are on rotten form and the Royals had won four out of five,
this was as good a chance to win at Reading as Barnsley could have realistically hoped for as the hosts were badly depleted and did not play well.
It could have been a vital...
Reds 'in really really tough situation' admits boss after loss
Markus Schopp says Barnsley are in a 'really really tough situation' after losing a fourth straight match in a 1-0 defeat at Reading while admitting: 'it cannot go on longer like this.'
The Reds created several chances but conceded in the 77th minute to John Swift as their winless run stretched to ten games and they remained in the relegation zone.
Schopp said: "We lost a game we probably shouldn't have lost. I saw a...
Reds suffer fourth straight defeat
Barnsley suffered a fourth successive defeat as they went down 1-0 at Reading on Saturday.
The Reds were the better side for the first hour and created several chances but could not take them then conceded in 77th minute.
Markus Schopp's side are now winless in ten matches and remain in the relegation zone.
Liam Kitching and Callum Styles were both injured – and replaced by Toby Sibbick and Claudio Gomes –...
Barnsley aim to be more clinical at in-form Reading and ‘are not far away’
BARNSLEY have worked on being more clinical during the international break and hope to show that at in-form Reading.
The Royals are tenth in the table but only Bournemouth have collected more points across the last six games.
The Reds are the joint lowest scorers in the Championship with seven goals in 11 games and the only times they have hit the net in six fixtures since August were Cauley Woodrow’s free-kick at Stoke City...
‘Pressure on’ but Schopp calls for united front with fans
BARNSLEY head coach Markus Schopp admits it is ‘logical that the fans are upset’ and insists: ‘if we come out of this, we come out of it together.’
The Reds are winless in nine matches and have been beaten in the last three, leaving them third-bottom with eight points from 11 games.
It is the longest winless league run since their 17-match sequence two years ago.
After a two-week international break, Barnsley now face two...
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Eighth-generation GTI is the perfect daily driver
There’s always a tiny bit of trepidation when an all-new version of a motoring icon is released.
Volkswagen’s indomitable Golf GTI is unquestionably royalty, formed over more than 40 years of providing pace, practicality and supreme quality.
Although there's been some low points during previous decades, the eighth-generation GTI looks, on paper at least, set to re-write past cars' wrongs.
To be fair, VW’s been on a role since the woeful mark...
Fourth-generation Sorento the best yet
OVER the last few years I've driven pretty much everything in Kia’s range and I've been impressed by them all in their own way, but the Sorento four-by-four raises the bar to a whole new level.
Launched back in 2002 as the South Korean company's first SUV, the fourth-generation model is a marked move on design-wise from the pretty simply-styled third version.
Whereas the previous car would appear a little archaic - in...
MX-5 remains at its best
THROWBACKS to the motoring world of yesteryear are few and far between in strait-laced 2021 - with ever-tighter rules and restrictions, manufacturers are seemingly on a hiding to nothing when it comes to making simple cars.
That’s why Ferrari ditched its manual gearboxes and naturally aspirated engines - unthinkable a decade ago - and Lamborghini V10s and V12s will surely be a thing of the past in the coming years.
Every car -...
Pair top of their hybrid game...
LOVE it or loathe it, the government’s unquenchable thirst to reduce emissions is happening at a rapid pace and manufacturers are doing all they can to adhere to ever more stringent rules.
While bans on internal combustion engines are on the horizon, if you can’t be bothered with tedious plug-ins and want an economical, kind-to-the-environment car in the meantime, Lexus and its Toyota sister brand have the market pretty much covered.
Let’s start...
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...
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...
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.
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...