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Lost ‘Red Wall’ seats poised to return to Labour
A NEW poll shows that 17 out of 18 ‘Red Wall’ seats - including the Penistone and Stocksbridge constituency - are poised to return to Labour.
The survey comes ahead of the price cap review in April, in which households may be hit with energy bill hikes of up to £719.
Conducted by YouGov on behalf of trade body Energy and Utilities Alliance, it found that 80 per cent of Conservative voters in 2019 now...
Bus strikes end
STAGECOACH buses were back on Barnsley’s roads for the first time this year after peace talks were successful with the union responsible for its drivers.
Empolyees in Barnsley first took strike action in November for a week but worked throughout the Christmas period to ensure residents were able to see their families.
However, they confirmed later in December an ‘indefinite’ strike would take place from January 1 - but this lasted until Wednesday.
Unite, the...
Royal Mail probe postwoman’s actions
ROYAL Mail is investigating after one of its postal workers was filmed throwing a letter on the ground after failing to open a gate.
The incident occurred last Thursday and Craig Smirthwaite, 36, of Cropton Road, Royston, later shared CCTV footage on social media where it was met with some outrage.
Craig said it was lucky the letter - which the worker throws in what looks like an attempt to reach the front door, after...
Once-stricken nursery blossoms under new management
A NURSERY which was saved from closure thanks to a campaign by parents being seen in the Chronicle has reopened under new ownership - after significant investment saw the site fully renovated and its capacity more than doubled.
Welcome Nurseries at Lundwood’s Priory Campus building opened in December and received a special visit from the Mayor of Barnsley Coun Caroline Makinson last Friday, thanks to the firm’s director and local woman Linda Cuddy seeing parents’...
Census could inspire people to check family’s past
CHRISTMAS has been extended for members of Barnsley’s Family History Society with the much-anticipated release of what is being described as the most informative census ever.
A census, which shows where people lived, their age, place of birth and occupation, is taken once a decade but then not released to the public for a century.
With the 1931 census lost to fire, the 1921 census has taken on even greater importance.
Barnsley’s Family History Society’s...
Sport
Reds CEO El-Ahmad speaks on various Oakwell issues
Barnsley FC chief executive Khaled El-Ahmad spoke to members of the supporters' trust this week via a video call. Here is what he said on a variety of issues:
WHAT HAS GONE WRONG THIS SEASON?
It’s a combination of things. Obviously the change of management at the top, not having consistency in some of the decisions made.
The hire of Markus Schopp was obviously not a correct one.
The pre-season was not good...
Brunt hopes for better Ashes than ‘absolutely gutting’ men’s series
KATHERINE Brunt has been ‘absolutely gutted’ watching the England men’s team be thrashed in their Ashes and is hoping for a very different result in the women’s series.
The men’s series, which was won 4-0 by the hosts after some very one-sided games, finished this week with the women’s series beginning tomorrow.
Brunt told the Chronicle: “It’s absolutely gutting watching the men.
“Before we flew out, I had been staying up for every day to...
Coming into this team ‘very difficult’ for young players – Hassell
BOBBY Hassell believes, if Barnsley stay up this season, it would surpass their previous ‘great escapes’ and says it has been ‘very, very difficult’ for his young academy players to move up to the first team this season.
The Reds are currently eight points from safety in the Championship’s bottom position, but teams above them have games in hand, while they have just two wins and 14 points from 24 games. Hassell – now the...
U23s boss Devaney to support Asbaghi
MARTIN Devaney will be a regular fixture alongside Poya Asbaghi in training and on matchdays.
The 41-year-old is the under 23s coach but is also helping the transition of several players from that squad into the first team training group. Devaney, who played 176 games for the Reds, has been helping to coach the first team in recent weeks and will be in the dugout alongside Asbaghi on matchdays, while continuing to take charge of...
Moon says first full season has been ‘massive test of character’
JASPER Moon says this season, his first full campaign in professional football, has been a ‘massive test of character’ but it will help him in his career.
The 21-year-old centre-back has started 15 of last-placed Barnsley’s 26 league games this season, coming off the bench in another five. He started new head coach Poya Asbaghi’s first game then spent more than a month out of the side before replacing the injured Michal Helik from the...
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Motors
XC60 is one of the best family SUVs on sale
AS far as model line-ups go, Volvo’s takes some beating. XC40, XC60, XC90, V60, V90, S60, S90… all utterly brilliant, all intrinsically linked thanks to their handsome looks, supreme interiors and interesting engines.
The way to decipher them is rather simple: S-badged cars are saloons, Vs are estates and XCs are SUVs. In truth it doesn’t really matter which you pick; all are at the top of their game in 2021.
However, some...
TT RS takes fight to Porsche’s finest
ONE of my earliest motoring memories is of a then-new Ferrari 360 Spider tearing along a dual carriageway. More than 20 years later I can still recall it with crystal-clear clarity: black paint, black cloth roof, V8 shrieking and leaving its indelible mark on an impressionable, car-obsessed youth.
It wasn’t so much the speed because, to my recollection at least, its driver can’t have been doing much more than 50mph on that particular stretch of...
Rally-ready GR Yaris is an all-time great...
EXCITEMENT levels always ramp up when eagerly anticipated cars are released after months of spy shots and the subsequent glossy magazine splashes.
Usually the furore - heightened by cars wearing camouflage taken on the Nurburgring, then the following media coverage - is reserved for exotic manufacturers: new Ferraris, GT-badged Porsches and road-going Lamborghini racers dripping with carbon fibre always register column inches.
But hot hatches - special ones in particular - never fail to strike...
UX continues Lexus' purple patch
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...
Jag takes fight to German rivals
THE executive estate market shows no sign of slowing down - having been dominated by German marques for years - so manufacturers simply must be on the top of their game if they dare go toe-to-toe with Audi, BMW and Mercedes.
So it’s a relief that Jaguar’s XF Sportbrake, which has been around for more than a decade now, is better than ever in 2021 guise and has become a genuine alternative to the...
Lifestyle
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...
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...
Business
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.
“We...
Schools
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...
NEW JOBS
Guides
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...