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Resident blasts proposed housing estate’s safety
A HOUSING estate will exacerbate already ‘unsafe’ driving conditions, according to a fed-up resident.

Lidgett Lane, Tankersley, has been recognised as an accident hotspot for a number of years by Simon Mappin, who lives on the road and, due to the ongoing development of more than 40 houses on vacant land on the street, believes it’s only a matter of time before someone is killed.

The 55-year-old told the Chronicle: “It is a very narrow...
Childminders fear for futures
ALMOST half of the borough’s childminders feared their business would close by the end of the year due to the pandemic, a new report has revealed.

The information was collated by Wentworth and Dearne MP, John Healey, who gathered more than 600 childminders’ opinions.

His report found that while 99 per cent of childminders questioned were registered as self-employed, only 65 per cent of those were able to access funding from the government’s Self-Employment Income...
Gift card launches to boost Barnsley trade
A NEW programme created to help kickstart the town’s financial fightback against the impact coronavirus has had on Barnsley’s high streets was launched this week.

The scheme - dubbed the Barnsley Gift Card - is now available to purchase and can be spent at a number of stores and restaurants across the borough, including a variety of market stalls.

They can be purchased with amounts ranging from £5 to £500 and spent in store up...
Chess club hope TV series will revive interest
THE secretary of Barnsley chess club hopes the popularity of a new TV show will boost their dwindling numbers.

The club’s members have been forced to take their games online during the outbreak after previously meeting at Locke Park WMC for nearly 40 years for matches and tournaments.

In this unprecedented year, the club haven’t met each other in person since March and have instead joined in online league tournaments to continue to play the...
Footballers raise cash for kids
FORMER players of a grassroots football club banded together to run 33 miles in a relay that helped to raise more than £5,000 for hungry children across the borough.

The group, who used to represent Athersley Rec, launched an online fundraiser to help provide free meals.

On Saturday, more than 20 volunteers ran more than a mile each across Barnsley in under four hours.

In October, ex-player Thomas Rushforth, of Monk Bretton, was inspired to...
Reds well-beaten by Cherries
Barnsley suffered their heaviest loss of the season as they went down 4-0 at home to Championship leaders Bournemouth on Friday evening. 
The visitors went 2-0 up at half-time then doubled their lead in the second half with the goals being caused by a mixture of high-quality attacking play by one of the promotion favourites and also very sloppy defending from the Reds. 
The result took the Cherries top of the table and left their...
Barnsley 'really upset' after 'bad night' at Oakwell
Valerien Ismael says his side gave Bournemouth 'very strong help' as Barnsley were beaten 4-0 at home on a 'bad night.' 

The visitors scored twice in each half, showing their quality but also exploiting errors by the Reds. 

Head coach Ismael told the Chronicle: "It was a bad night, with the weather and with our performance. I said before the game and after the games against Blackburn and Birmingham, we are making too many mistakes...
Ex-Red Steele trains at Oakwell
Luke Steele says it has been ‘special to pull on a Barnsley shirt again’ during his stint training at Oakwell with the under 23s as he looks for a new club. 

The 36-year-old goalkeeper, who played 227 games for the Reds between 2008 and 2014, has been building his fitness up after leaving Nottingham Forest in the summer and working alongside the club’s reserve goalkeepers. He played the first half of an under 23s friendly...
Michael eyes good end to ‘crazy’ year
Michael Sollbauer is looking forward to ending a ‘crazy year’ with an eight-game month in December and hopefully a busy Christmas period on and off the pitch.

The 30-year-old Austrian centre-back was on a winter break with Wolfsberger when 2020 started but has since moved to Barnsley and helped them stay up in the final seconds of last season amid the backdrop of the coronavirus crisis. 

Sollbauer told the Chronicle: “It has been a crazy...
Kane was willing to wait for start
Herbie Kane has been willing to wait for his first starts for Barnsley and is enjoying the competition for a place in the Reds midfield. 

The 22-year-old, who joined in October from Liverpool, had come off the bench seven times before making his full debut on Saturday in the 2-1 loss at Blackburn Rovers then starting again in the midweek win at Birmingham City. 

Kane told the Chronicle: “I haven’t found it frustrating, it’s been...
Little T-Cross hits high notes
REMEMBER a time when families only had the option of choosing between humble hatchbacks, a saloon or its estate version? The motoring world’s a very different place in 2020 and just about every manufacturer has branched out into the complex world of SUVs.


You’ve got large ones, middling ones and smaller ones - no matter what your budget is, there’s something for everyone. Take Volkswagen, for example. Whereas before you had the Golf and...
Top-drawer spec for enigmatic Cupra
IF I reel off some stand-out features on this car’s spec sheet, it’ll be sure to whet the appetite of every petrolhead. Here goes: Akrapovic exhaust made from titanium, Brembo brakes, carbon fibre wing mirrors, bucket seats, tuning from ABT, 345bhp, less than 100 models…


I could go on, but it all sounds incredibly appealing, doesn’t it? Add in a seven-speed DSG gearbox and four-wheel-drive and it translates into 60mph in under five seconds...
Range Rover Sport and Velar continue brand's purple patch
I BET I know what you’re thinking… something about footballers, right?

Range Rovers have always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with petrolheads as although there’s been supercharged original Sport models in the mid-noughties and current fire-breathing SVRs, they’ve always been a bit ‘footballer’. You’ll have seen countless Premier League stars being pictured in them, and no doubt their spouses turning up to a designer shop in one in some glossy magazine.


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...
'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...