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Hospital visits suspended due to Covid-19
NON-ESSENTIAL visiting is now suspended at Barnsley Hospital until further notice due to a rise in cases of coronavirus in the community.

Visiting will only be permitted under certain circumstances and PPE must be worn when visiting.

Patients who are receiving end-of-life care or are terminally ill and in the late stages of their illness, birthing partners in maternity units and birthing partners to accompany mums to 12 and 20-week ultrasound appointments are among the...
Town centre pub named Barnsley’s best
LANDLORDS at The Old No 7 pub in the town centre are in celebratory mood having been crowned Barnsley’s best.

The popular venue, on Market Hill, won the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) pub of the year this week.

A spokesperson for The Old No 7 said: “We are very proud of our staff who work hard to achieve high standards, of the beers which sell themselves and of our valued friends and customers.”
Barnsley set for Europe’s largest parcel hub
PROPOSALS to build Europe’s largest delivery hub near junction 36 of the M1 which will cost £60m and provide 1,300 jobs are set to be approved by Barnsley Council next week - despite objectors urging planning bosses to reject the scheme.

Hermes, whose state-of-the-art plan relates to a former green belt site off Sheffield Road in Hoyland on land earmarked for development by the council, will have a 363,000sq ft footprint and be capable of...
Borough’s businesses need financial help
‘URGENT’ support is required by Barnsley’s businesses to secure their futures after the borough was entered into an at-risk category in the government’s new coronavirus guidelines - without any form of compensation package.

Barnsley Central MP, Dan Jarvis, spoke via video link to Parliament about the need for support for businesses which have been plunged into the ’tier two’ category.

The government’s three-tier system, which is separated into medium, high and very high risk areas,...
Care home association blasts council
A BODY which represents the majority of the town’s care homes has hit back at Barnsley Council for being ‘falsely accused’ of withholding cash earmarked for a rise in pay for hundreds of employees across the borough.

Earlier this year the council agreed to implement its ‘Excellence In Care’ initiative that would have seen workers’ pay increase to £9.72 an hour - £1 above the national living wage - and was due to come into...
Sollbauer 'OK' after late penalty drama
Michael Sollbauer is not seriously injured following the aerial foul which saw him stretchered off and a late penalty scored by Barnsley in a 2-2 draw with Bristol City at Oakwell on Saturday. 

Michal Helik put the Reds in front after 65 seconds then the visitors scored twice in the first six minutes of the second half, before Callum O'Dowda clattered Sollbauer in the box and Cauley Woodrow slotted in the penalty after 102 minutes. ...
Woodrow's 102nd-minute penalty rescues point for Reds
Cauley Woodrow scored a 102nd-minute penalty as Barnsley drew 2-2 at home to Championship leaders in their first game of the post Gerhard Struber era. 
Woodrow fired in with the final kick of the game after Michael Sollbauer had to receive treatment on the pitch for about seven minutes before being stretchered off. He had been fouled in the air just inside the box by Callum O'Dowda. 
Michal Helik headed the hosts in front after...
Matty James returns to Barnsley
Matty James has returned to Oakwell on loan from Leicester City until January. 
Central midfielder James, 29, played 18 games on loan to the Reds in the first half of 2017. He has since struggled with injuries and has only played five minutes of league football since early 2018.
The deal went through near the end of the transfer window. James will add experience to the squad and is a defensive midfielder which...
Woodrow signs new contract
Cauley Woodrow has extended his contract with Barnsley, putting an end to speculation of a deadline day move.

The Reds' top-scorer was the subject of interest from other Championship clubs including Cardiff City but no bids have matched Barnsley's valuation. 

He has signed a one-year extension until 2023. 

Woodrow has 36 goals in 84 games for Barnsley since arriving from Fulham in 2018. He netted 14 in the Championship last season and is the only...
Kane joins Barnsley
Herbie Kane has joined Barnsley on a four-year deal.

The 21-year-old midfielder arrives from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee. He could make his debut against his hometown club Bristol City tomorrow.

He made two League Cup appearances for the Premier League champions and also went out on loan to Doncaster Rovers in 2018/19 – when he scored at Oakwell in a League One draw – and Hull City in the Championship last season.

Chief executive...
Grimethorpe tuning company's two creations to be raffled
As someone who’s always been an OEM-plus kind of bloke when it comes to cars, you’d perhaps think an assignment to drive two heavily modified superminis would fail to ignite my excitement.


My car modifying history is as follows: Supersprint, Milltek and KTEC exhausts on my S2 106 Rallye, Clio Trophy and Megane R26 respectively, and a nice remap on the latter to unlock a bit more power. That’s it.


When I look...
Class-leading Volvos shine in congested sectors
IT wasn’t too long ago I used to scoff at Volvos whilst going about my day-to-day business. I used to believe they were boring, bought by two types of people: sensible Simons in their big saloons on their way to their middle-management office jobs or middle-class, school-run mums who have a few quid but don’t want to appear too flashy amongst the Range Rover Sports and Audi Q7s outside the gates.


Don’t get me...
Quadrifoglio models turn Alfa's fortunes around
IF I think of guaranteed disappointments which have caused no end of misery in my life, I can recall three key players responsible for continuously plastering a forlorn-looking expression on my face. 


Firstly, two football teams: Leeds United and England. My love of the former began when I was a seven-year-old but since the heady, albeit debt-ridden days of the Champions League, I’ve been knocked down more times than a journeyman boxer by a...
Type R remains an all-time great
STAND-OUT drives from years gone by can often be recalled as if they had happened yesterday. Each ingredient for that recipe has to be in place - the right road, car and weather conditions all play a huge role but if everything comes together, a perfect memory is formed and it’s something that will stay with you for a lifetime. You’ll remember it each and every time you return to that particular stretch of road.

New Golf better than ever
VOLKWAGEN’S Golf - thanks to its eight generations over almost 50 years - has always been the go-to choice for families from all backgrounds. Its can-do-all ethos, no matter what setting, has yielded a legion of fans who expect the best from VW’s most famous creation - space, comfort, a good drive and an everything-to-everyone character.

It’s an amazing feat when you think about its breadth of ability - the Golf is a car anyone...
'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.

Family determined to keep alive young Jacob’s memory
THE family of a baby who died suddenly at just nine weeks old have raised more than £5,000 in his memory.

Jacob Oliver Clancy died on January 18 2018 and following his death he was taken to Rose Cottage in Sheffield - a mortuary for children.

It is run by a team that includes specialist paediatric pathologists, technicians, scientists and other health professionals, to ensure the correct care for the child and support for their...
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...