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Community concerns aired
A LOCAL MP recently met with Silkstone residents to hear about their concerns - including the upcoming sale of a church and planned boundary changes. Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, met with Nigel Matthewman, Chairman of Trustees for Silkstone Common Sports and Recreation Association, and Chair of Silkstone Parish Council Lesley Gill at Silkstone Common Methodist Church. She said: “The church is such a central part of the communities of Silkstone and Silkstone...
Calls for sleeping councillor to resign
CALLS have been made for a councillor to resign after he fell asleep in a meeting about child sexual exploitation. Wath’s Coun Alan Atkin reportedly fell asleep during a meeting with other Rotherham councillors regarding work to tackle child sexual exploitation. Following the grooming scandal and subsequent Jay report in 2014, Rotherham Council has held regular meetings to update councillors on work being done to ensure children are safe. Coun Atkin said: “I’m a human...
Controversial planning application’s fate set to be decided
BARNSLEY Council’s planning department are set to rule on an application to build seven new industrial units in Birdwell. The application, which was submitted in August, seeks to build the commercial units - ranging from 3,300 square feet to 18,600 square feet - on the Dearne Valley Parkway. A target date had originally been set for November 29, 2023 but Barnsley Council’s planning board have deferred the plans. An extended target decision date has now...
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Saved bus service may not be replicated elsewhere
AN axed bus service which is set to be reinstated after county bosses stepped in due to a campaign led by pensioners may not be able to be repeated at other impacted locations due to the cost - leading more calls to be made for a government bailout to put passengers’ needs first. A new service - the 33 - will replace the former Stagecoach-operated 43 and 44 which served the Broadway area. Funded by...
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It’s okay to talk at new library sessions
ANDY’S Man Club will have more than 180 groups running across the country when new sessions at Wombwell Library begin next month. The men’s mental health and social group began in 2016, after 23-year-old Andrew Roberts committed suicide despite never expressing any struggles with his mental health. Following the tragedy, his family came up with the idea for the group, which allows men to openly talk about their emotions without fear of judgement. Barnsley group...
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Dike calls helped Pines choose Barnsley
DONOVAN Pines said conversations with Daryl Dike helped convince him to join Barnsley. Centre-back Pines made his Reds debut off the bench in a 2-1 win at Fleetwood Town on Saturday, after signing in the January transfer window. Before signing, he spoke to former US national team colleague Dike who had a successful loan at Oakwell in 2021 before joining West Brom where he has suffered a succession of injuries. Pines told the Chronicle:...
Boss praises away form and explains Williams move
Neill Collins praised Barnsley’s exceptional away form and said moving Jordan Williams out of the back three at the weekend was based on Fleetwood Town’s pitch and their forwards. Collins’ side won 2-1 at Fleetwood on Saturday – a ninth victory on the road this season. The Reds have taken 33 points from 16 games on their travels, losing just once which is the fewest in English professional football. Head coach Collins...
OAKWELL ROUND-UP: Hat-trick, loan goals and tribute to Beth
A round-up of some Barnsley FC related stories this week. REDS PREPARING FOR CRUCIAL CLASH Barnsley are preparing for a huge game with promotion rivals Derby County on Saturday. The fourth-placed Reds are currently six points behind the second-placed Rams with a game in hand. The Oakwell club are hoping for a large crowd like for the same fixture last year, launching another ’scarf day.’ Barnsley boss Neill Collins said: “It is a...
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Fleetwood talking points
Analysis from Barnsley's 2-1 win at Fleetwood Town which kept them fourth in League One. Sam Cosgrove and Herbie Kane got the goals. REDS WIN BATTLE THEN WIN GAME Barnsley often say ahead of games against teams lower down the division that they will need to win the battle to let their quality come out - and that is exactly what happened here. Fleetwood were second-bottom and six points adrift of safety while they...
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Collins thrilled with Reds after tough start
Neill Collins praised his Barnsley team’s character and the fans’ support after they won 2-1 in terrible conditions at Fleetwood Town on Saturday. After Sam Cosgrove’s opener was cancelled out, Herbie Kane got the winner for the Reds who stay fourth in League One. Head coach Neill Collins said: “I said to the players all that matters is three points. I can’t be too judgemental about the performance, although it was good especially...
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Town centre pubs go up for sale
TWO pubs in Barnsley town centre have gone up for sale after administrators were called in at their parent company, The Court House and The White Bear are up for sale following the news from Wear Inns, whose previous portfolio consisted of 25 pubs across the north of England. This comes after the appointment of administrators from Interpath Advisory in November last year. According to agents Avison Young there has already been strong interest in...
Young ice hockey star overcomes the odds...
AN ‘inspirational’ ice hockey star who overcame bone cancer in his childhood - which resulted in him becoming a leg amputee - has set his sights on achieving his dream of representing Great Britain on the world stage. Ben O’Brien, from Wombwell, was diagnosed at just nine years old and had to undergo an amputation just two years later. Now 21 and playing for the Sheffield Steelkings, Ben’s been selected for the Great Britain squad...
Coal Authority withdraw key objection at 1,500-home site
CAMPAIGNERS’ decade-old hopes that a controversial scheme to build 1,500 homes on a giant site along the M1 corridor would be quashed due to its ex-mining past have been dealt a huge blow - after the Coal Authority withdrew its previous objection to the plan this week. Site 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...
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Barnsley-born artist returns home with new exhibition
A TATE Gallery-featured photographer has returned home to showcase a new exhibit of his work. Andy Dunkley, originally from Oakwell, has had a vibrant career which has taken him all over the nation developing his own unique style. Studying photography at Barnsley Arts College, before moving onto Hull University, the Barnsley native got into professional photography in an usual way. He told the Chronicle: “We had a technician in Hull who’d settled back there after...
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Enforcement action taken against HMO landlord
A BID to convert a property into a house of multiple occupation - which was turned down by Barnsley Council - has been ignored by a landlord. Applicant Azad Jarrah was denied the planning permission required to change the Dodworth Road property’s use in December 2021. However, according to the council’s planning enforcement team, the refusal was ignored and the house was turned into a multi-occupancy unit. Action has been taken, according to a report,...
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Town get swift revenge on Horbury with midweek win
WOMBWELL Town won 2-1 at home to Horbury Town on Tuesday. Jordan Kershaw and Cory Woodward put the hosts 2-0 up before a late consolation. They are sixth, outside the play-off places on goal difference with 66 points from 31 games. They have 13 games still to play this season. Town had lost 3-2 at Horbury a week earlier, conceding an injury-time decider.
BWFC held in league ahead of cup semi
Barnsley Women’s FC drew 1-1 at home to Stockport County on Tuesday at Penistone Church’s ground. The visitors scored in the seventh minute then Rosie Axten levelled in the 12th. They are second in Division One North of the National League, two points off leaders Middlesbrough with a game in hand. They have collected two points from their last four games while third-placed Hull City are two points behind with two games in hand...
Barnsley move further clear of trouble
BARNSLEY RUFC eased their drop worries with a 33-7 victory at home to fellow relegation-battlers Burley in Yorkshire Division Three. The Shaw Laners are now seventh, four places and five points clear of the relegation zone with four games left. The try-scorers were Dave Reed, Tom Hardwick, Sam Moss, Oscar Dyson and Will Lowe, while Joe Perry kicked four conversions. Coach Tom Kittrick said: “It was the first game when we clicked and fully understood...
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Dearne suffer first defeat after rivals sign trio of internationals
DEARNE and District’s 19-game unbeaten start to the Central Midlands League season ended in defeat at title rivals Doncaster City who gave debuts to three international footballers. City signed Charlie Mulgrew – the 44-cap Scotland centre-back who won five SPL titles with Celtic – striker Ross McCormack, another former Scotland international who scored 120 Championship goals and was signed twice for more than £10million, and Wes Hoolahan who played more than 100 times
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Keightley nets 4 as Church thrash Campion
Penistone Church won 5-2 at home to second-placed Campion in the NCEL Premier on Saturday. The visitors took an early lead but Nathan Keightley levelled with a penalty then put Church in front. Campion equalised before the break but Keightley completed his hat-trick just after the break then, after Josh Brown made it 4-2, he netted his fourth late on. Penistone are seventh, with 46 points from 27 games - four points off the play-off...
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Councillor: ‘Residents’ views will be heard in housing row’
A LOCAL councillor is working to ensure a 235-home development in Wombwell is completed with residents in mind - following concerns about the loss of green space. Planning permission was originally granted for the development on Lundhill Road - the former Darfield Foulstone School site - in 2020. Work has already commenced on the scheme with construction works currently ongoing. Miller Homes purchased the site after the approval of the original planning application. As Miller...
Barnsley’s Tom favourite for Love Island crown
BARNSLEY lad Tom Clare is the bookies’ favourite to win the Love Island final on Monday night. The 24-year-old, who attended Darton College as a youngster, has been in the South African villa for the last month and is currently coupled up with model Molly Smith. Molly’s ex-boyfriend is Callum Jones, who is also in the villa - he’s also one of the favourites to take away the £50,000 cash prize. The former Barnsley FC...
Coalfield cash ‘essential’ for ex-mining communities
A TASKFORCE of MPs who represent former coalfields communities such as Barnsley could help fast-track government investment to boost ex-mining areas’ future prosperity after decades of decline. Stephanie Peacock, the MP for Barnsley East, recently attended a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Coalfield Communities. The group undertake regular projects and look into issues concerning ex-coalfield communities like Ms Peacock’s constituency, which includes Grimethorpe, one of th
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Rate My Takeaway star returns to new-look town centre
BARNSLEY’S social media star Danny Malin returned home to document the changes to the town centre. The 44-year-old Rate My Takeaway sensation shared a video on his other successful YouTube channel - Mr and Mrs Yorkshire - which he runs alongside his wife, Sophie. He documented how it’s changed from his childhood to today following the Glass Works’ completion. Danny said: “I first became familiar with the Glass Works in the run-up to Barnsley Fashion...
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Junior doctors set to strike again
JUNIOR doctors will go on strike once again at Barnsley Hospital this weekend - with the industrial action running into the middle of next week. The strike will start on Saturday at 7am until 11.59pm on Wednesday, a total of five days. A spokesperson said: “The care and safety of people who use our services is our highest priority, and it is important that people continue to use our services when they need them. “Some...
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Kane secures ninth away win of season
Barnsley recorded a ninth away win of the season with a 2-1 success at relegation-battlers Fleetwood Town. Sam Cosgrove netted the opener then, after the hosts levelled, Herbie Kane got the winner. The Reds showed a lot of character and eventually their quality showed on a poor pitch in persistent rain. They remain fourth, six points off the top two and seven clear in the top six. Jamie McCart came in for Corey O’Keeffe with...
Collins wary of old team-mate Adam’s relegation-battlers
BARNSLEY will be looking to take seven points from a possible nine this week when they visit second-bottom Fleetwood Town tomorrow. The Reds will look for a ninth away league win of the season in front of a sold-out away end of 1,131. The Cod Army are three places and six points adrift of safety after winning six of their 32 league games so far. They have the worst home record in the division with...
Collins defends Williams’ place in back three
NEILL Collins has defended his captain Jordan Williams’ performances at centre-back this season. The Barnsley skipper has been used on the right of a back three this season, after mainly playing as a full-back or wing-back previously. Williams has played every minute of Barnsley’s league campaign and has made 184 appearances for the Reds since signing from hometown club Huddersfield Town in 2018. The 24-year-old has made some errors, including one in the build-up to...
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Phillips pleased to hit form at crucial time
ADAM Phillips was delighted to net twice in one game for the first time in his career and hopes he is coming into top goal-scoring form at the right time for Barnsley. The midfielder scored in the 88th and 95th minutes as the Reds came from behind to beat Leyton Orient 2-1 on Saturday. They were his third and fourth goals of the season after he did not score until mid-December. Phillips told the Chronicle:...
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De Gevigney accepts booking but impressed by English crowds
MAEL de Gevigney accepted a yellow card this week for jumping into the Barnsley fans and is enjoying the larger crowds in the lower divisions of England than his native France. The 24-year-old centre-back worked his way up from the French fourth tier into the second with Nimes before joining the Reds last summer and playing regularly. Barnsley’s average attendance would make them the fifth best-supported team in the French second tier and the...
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First-time buyers paying much more
FIRST-TIME buyers in Barnsley spent £36,900 more on their property in December than they did five years ago, new figures have revealed. By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £182,900 on average in December - 26.6 per cent more than first-time buyers who spent an average of £144,500. Owners of terraced houses saw the biggest fall in property prices in Barnsley in December - they dropped 3.9 per cent in price, to £126,008 on average. Over the...
Charity auction features special jersey
A CHARITY auction is set to feature a unique Barnsley FC prize from their brief time in the Premier League. The event, at the Holiday Inn, will take place on March 16 to raise funds for hospices in both Barnsley and Rotherham. An auction will include a special prize - a signed shirt worn by mascot Toby Tyke in 1997 when the Reds enjoyed their only stint in the top flight. A spokesperson from Barnsley...
Pharmacists being used to ease GP backlog
RESIDENTS across Barnsley will now be able to get treatment for seven common conditions at their high street pharmacy without needing to see a GP - as the government and NHS roll out the scheme in a bid to cut waiting times. The scheme is part of the NHS and government’s primary care access recovery plan, which committed to making accessing healthcare easier for millions of people. The major expansion of pharmacy services will give...
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Tributes paid to firm’s lifelong employee
A LIFELONG employee of Barnsley’s longest-running building firm has died from Covid-19. Bryan Panks died at Barnsley Hospital on January 4 at 91 years old - he was a colourful man, whose varied life allowed him to explore countless activities. Yet, for all of his working life he was loyal to CD Potter and Sons Building Ltd, who he joined as an apprentice bricklayer when he was only 16 and worked through the ranks to...
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A and E waiting times revealed
JUST over half the people who sought medical assistance at Barnsley Hospital’s accident and emergency department were seen within an NHS-set target of four hours last month. NHS figures obtained by the Chronicle show there were a total of 8,808 visits to A and E in January and of them, 4,884 were seen within four hours - accounting for 55 per cent of arrivals. It means the trust fell significantly short of the recovery target...
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Barnsley set for huge relegation battle at home to rivals Burley
BARNSLEY RUFC are set for a huge game in their Yorkshire Division Three survival fight when they welcome fellow strugglers Burley tomorrow. The Shaw Laners lost 35-5 at home to second-placed Halifax Vandals on Saturday so are now ninth, a point clear of safety. Burley won against fellow strugglers Skipton so jumped a point above Barnsley into eighth. The town team lost their first seven games of the season – having lost all 22 in...
Third Worsbrough Bridge FC flood of season ‘utterly demoralising’
WORSBROUGH Bridge were ‘utterly demoralised’ by a third flood of their Park Road pitch. Their Park Road ground, which is next to the River Dove, regularly floods. Chairman Mark Booth said: “Once is hard, twice rips your soul out and three is just utterly demoralising. “Three times is unprecedented. I am in my fifth season here and it’s flooded every year – sometimes twice. “The pitch had barely recovered from the second flood. All...
Joe to miss British indoors to focus on major summer events
JOE FERGUSON has decided not to compete in this weekend’s British Indoor Championships but still believes he is on course to reach some major international outdoor events later in the year. The 23-year-old sprinter from Darton has been competing regularly indoors in the early months of this year, mainly over 60m in the UK but also in a 200m in the Czech Republic. The 200m specialist has decided not to go to the British Championships...
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Simpson fight announced next month
Barnsley boxer Callum Simpson is due to fight live once again on Sky at the O2 in London next month. The 27-year-old super-middleweight is due to defend his WBA Continental title on March 31 on the undercard of Frazer Clarke's fight with Fabio Wardley, against an as yet unknown opponent. Simpson, who has won all 13 professional fights and signed with promoter BOXXER and Sky last year, is then the mandatory challenger for Zak Chelli's...
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BWFC draw after leading 3-0 in top-of-table clash
BARNSLEY Women’s FC lost a 3-0 lead as they drew 3-3 in their top-of-the-table clash at Middlesborough in National League Division One North. The Reds had lost their previous two league games, both to Durham Cestria, having been unbeaten in their first ten matches – so had dropped down from first to third. The 3-3 draw meant they moved up to second, three points below leaders Boro who have played two extra games, but third-placed...