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Passion for farming started at school for Emily
BARNSLEY College student Emily Hanson may just be the next big thing in the farming industry. At just 11 years old, her passion for animals was ignited by volunteering at Goldthorpe Primary School - working with animals from poultry to ferrets, rabbits and guinea pigs. Emily then began working on her uncle’s pig farm, witnessing first-hand the dedication and hard work required in the industry. She’s now 18 and a level two agriculture student at...
‘Calm and harmonious’ school rated good
A PRIMARY school in Darfield has been rated as ‘good’ by Ofsted following its latest inspection. Outwood Primary Academy Darfield, based on Snape Hill Road, currently has a total of 214 pupils on its roll. Inspectors from Ofsted visited the school on April 9 and 10 - and headteacher Gemma Barr was told it had been rated ‘good’. It received the same score following its previous inspection in November 2018. A report states: “Classrooms, corridors,...
Girlguiding helped Charlie beat depression
A YOUNG woman admits she ‘wouldn’t be here today’ if not for the Girlguides - as she promoted the group that helped her fight depression for this year’s Mental Health Week. Charlie Owen, 25, was first diagnosed with anxiety and depression when she was 18, during her first year of studying at the University of Southampton. The change university brought to the girl from Wales - who now lives in Thurnscoe - felt too much...
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Charity walkers stride out for chemo ward
BARNSLEY Central MP Dan Jarvis and Mayor Mick Stowe joined Batman and Robin on a charity walk to raise funds for Barnsley Hospital’s chemotherapy ward at the weekend. Mark Spendlove, from Mapplewell, decided to start the fund-raising mission after losing close family members to cancer. His dad died of bowel cancer and his step-dad lung cancer. They’ve managed to raise a total of £2,000 for the ward - but it’s expected to increase in further...
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Golf day putts £10k in hospice coffers
BARNSLEY Hospice’s annual golf day fundraiser raised more than £10,000 in support of patient care. A total of 22 team participated in the fundraiser, which took place at Silkstone Golf Club last Friday. The 18 holes were followed by a pie and peas supper, where the raffle was drawn and the winners were announced. Legacy Financial secured the top spot, with ‘Bogey Pickers’ obtaining second place, and Seaman Herbert and Co in third. James McGowan,...
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Who is new Reds boss?
A summary of Darrell Clarke's career so far after his appointment as Barnsley head coach. – Clarke was a midfielder for his hometown club Mansfield Town, playing alongside Bobby Hassell who is now academy manager at Oakwell. He left the Stags in 2001 for Hartlepool United whom he helped to promotion into what is now League One in 2003, but later suffered a serious knee injury. – After brief loans spells at Stockport County, Port Vale and...
Darrell Clarke named new Barnsley FC head coach
BARNSLEY have confirmed Darrell Clarke as their new head coach on a two-year contract, with a club option of a third. The 46-year-old moves from Cheltenham Town for a six-figure compensation fee, the Chronicle understands. The former Salisbury, Bristol Rovers and Walsall boss has managed in almost 500 professional games, winning five promotions. He took charge of Cheltenham last September when they had taken one point and scored no goals in their...
Reds set to appoint Clarke
Barnsley are set to announce Darrell Clarke as their new head coach. The 46-year-old is expected to move from Cheltenham Town, having been part of the recruitment process for weeks. Clarke was a midfielder for his hometown club Mansfield Town then Hartlepool United and non-league Salisbury City where he started his managerial career. He moved on to Bristol Rovers in 2013 and, after they were relegated to non-league, secured back-to-back promotions to League One – reportedly...
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Stendel signs new deal in Germany
Former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel has signed a new contract with Hannover 96, after being in contention for the head coach job at Oakwell. The German, who is manager of Hannover reserves who have just won their league, was a leading contender to take over at the Reds who he led to promotion from League One in 2019. But today it was announced that he had signed a new three-year with Hannover. The Chronicle understands...
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Stones in England Euros squad
JOHN Stones has been selected for theprovisional England squad for next month’s European Championships in Germany – likely to be the Thurlstone man’s fifth major tournament. Stones, who turns 30 next Tuesday and started his career with hometown club Barnsley, won his fifth Premier League title with Manchester City this week. Stones – who has had an injury-plagued season – only made 12 league starts and has been a substitute recently. He will now look...
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Kids must be protected from ‘wild west’ of the internet Cates
BARNSLEY’S only Conservative MP Miriam Cates has called for more to be done to protect children from the ‘wild west’ of the internet. Mrs Cates, who represents the Penistone and Stocksbridge constituency, said that the impact of smartphones and social media on children is severe. She said: “In tis country, we often take the physical safety of our children for granted. “But imagine if our streets were so lawless that it was unsafe for children...
Once-in-a-lifetime trip for students
BARNSLEY College students joined social action group ‘Serve the City’ to tackle the litter issue in Paris. Ten students travelled to France’s capital to take part in the fully-funded three-night trip. A full day was dedicated to participating in Serve the City’s ‘Sweep the City’ volunteer initiative, aimed at cleaning up Paris and positively impacting the environment by tidying up busy areas of the city. Sasha Foyster, learner voice adviser for student serv
Rugby club supports foodbank with ‘bring a tin’ appeal
A RUGBY league club is showing its support for The Salvation Army by collecting donations for the foodbank. Dearne Valley Bulldogs, who play in Bolton-upon-Dearne, are inviting people to bring a tin to support the charity’s Goldthorpe branch this weekend as it meets growing need from the community during the cost-of-living crisis. Jackie Kenning, community project co-ordinator at Goldthorpe Salvation Army, said: “Support from our local community is vital for The Salvation Army to b
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School suspensions see alarming spike
MORE than 2,000 school pupils were suspended in Barnsley during one term in 2023 - a rise of 26 per cent in a year. Statistics from the Department for Education (DfE) show 1,798 youngsters were given temporary suspensions from entering their schools in the spring term of 2021/22. However, this figure rose to 2,272 when compared to the same term just a year later, according to the figures which were released earlier this month. A...
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Openreach concerns for town’s elderly residents
FEARS that widespread digitalisation which will ditch traditional landline phone systems will alienate pensioners when the national scheme imminently heads to the borough have been downplayed by telecommunications bosses. BT Openreach’s move comes as part of an industry-wide shift from analogue, copper-based platforms to digital landlines where calls are made over a broadband line and will see firms make the full switch by the end of 2025. In the latest round of ‘Digital Voice&rsqu
Success for Barnsley clubs at relay event
BARNSLEY clubs enjoyed success at the Rother Valley Relays. Teams of four or three ran legs of 5k. Penistone Footpath Runners’ men’s over50 team of Martin Ball, Shaun Swallow, Matt Robinson and Andrew Pearson were crowned champions. Penistone’s mixed A team placed sixth in the mixed team category. The team was made up of Gareth Irvine, Suzanne McGill, Will Hoyland and Hannah Shaw. Barnsley AC’s over50 women Beth Massey, Gail Colville and Kerry Storrar wo
Elite teams win cup finals
ELITE AFC’s girls teams won both the under 13 and under 16 Sheffield Cups. The under 16s beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 3-0. The under 13s defeated Barnsley 2-0. Both games took place at Phoenix Park in Dinnington.
Westville beat Queens in shoot-out but need their help to take league title
GOALKEEPER Damon Watson saved two penalties to help Westville to a 5-3 shootout win over local rivals Queens United in the Wath and West Melton OAP Charity Cup final. The game finished 2-2 after 90 minutes with Watson ensuring extra-time as he denied Justin Greenwood’ late spot-kick. A clinical brace from Owen Sykes put Westville in command but their lead was cut in half before the break by Jack Conley’s diving header. Fraser Hartley’s clever...
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Higham win by a wicket at Worsbrough in final over of all-Barnsley thriller
HIGHAM won by a wicket in a Barnsley derby thriller at Worsbrough Bridge in Division Three. Chasing 170, Higham fell from 130 for three to 161 for nine before scraping home, with one ball to spare. Liam Levitt took six wickets for Bridge while Higham’s Harry Bamforth took four and Brad Gledhill three before hitting the winning runs. Kexborough were dismissed for 92 in a four-wicket loss to Norton Woodseats. Monk Bretton were removed for...
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Narrow win for Dodworth MW
Dodworth MW won 12-10 at home to Upton in Yorkshire Division Three. They are second on points difference after winning four and losing one of their five games. They now visit Illingworth for a Trophy game. Ryhill Hammers lost 30-10 at Kings Cross Academy in Division Six.
Determined Jake takes on fundraising challenge
JAKE Hallas had to tread a tough road to complete his half-marathon challenge for his rugby league team. But complete it he has, despite having to postpone it due to a broken wrist and alter his training schedule to compensate for his injury. On Sunday, Jake, 12, with a little bit of help from family, friends and team mates, ran the half-marathon to raise funds for Dodworth Miners’ U12s rugby league team. Dad Paul said:...
MP takes miners’ plight to Parliament
THE plight of the town’s ex-miners were put before ministers in Parliament by a Barnsley MP. Stephanie Peacock, who represents Barnsley East, recently raised the struggles that many former mineworkers face. Ms Peacock has been a vocal advocate for the mineworking community since she was elected MP for Barnsley East in 2017 and again raised the issue in a debate in Parliament. She was successful in campaigning for an inquiry into the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme,...
Barnsley man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving
A 69-YEAR-OLD driver who caused the death of a 34-year-old man and seriously injured two others has been jailed. On April 3 2022 at 1.30pm, Barrie Barker, of Wharncliffe, Dodworth, was driving a red Mini Cooper on Claycliffe Road in Barnsley when he dangerously overtook a car at the brow of a hill and caused a fatal road traffic collision. The court heard how a dangerous manoeuvre led to Barker’s Mini clipping a...
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Catering student Alfie serves up charity boost
A CATERING student who went above and beyond to help local youngsters has been shortlisted at this year’s Young Champions Awards. Barnsley College’s Alfie Paton organised a fundraising lunch at the college’s Open Kitchen back in March to support the Exodus Project - a charity close to his heart. The fundraiser saw college staff treated to a buffet provided by the restaurant and a quiz designed by Alfie himself, with questions focusing on his personal...
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Library reopens after renovation
WORSBROUGH Library officially reopened to the public last week following a renovation. Last Friday, Mayor of Barnsley Coun Mick Stowe cut the ribbon in a special ceremony to mark the reopening. This renovation was supported by funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and the Barnsley Council Libraries Refurbishment Fund. Coun Stowe said: “We are thrilled to celebrate the reopening of Worsbrough Library, a beloved cornerstone of our community. “Libraries are more than just build
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Barnsley shadow scholar coach called up for England deaf squad
BARNSLEY FC’s shadow scholarship coach Hashim Mahmood has been called up to England men’s deaf squad for the European Championships this month. Taking place in Turkey, England have been drawn against Germany, Greece, Scotland and Wales – with the first game taking place on Monday at 3pm. Hashim was only a few months old when he contracted an ear infection that led to him becoming profoundly death. But he’s taken it all in his stride...
Women miss out on double
Barnsley FC women were beaten 2-1 in the North East Regional League Cup final by Sunderland under 23s. The Reds went 2-0 down at Norton and Stockton before Amy Dawson’s late consolation. They missed out on a double having already won their league title and gained promotion to the fourth tier. The result ended a run of ten straight wins and completed their season.
Reds rebuild - a positional look at the squad
A look at Barnsley's squad by position at the start of an important summer. GOALKEEPERS Loanee Liam Roberts was excellent in the first half of the season but one of several to dip towards the end, never quite playing as well after returning from a finger injury in December. He is now out of contract at Middlesbrough who have released him. The Reds have taken their option to extend number two Ben Killip’s contract...
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Calls in Belgium for Conway to be banned from football
THERE have been calls for former Barnsley co-chairman Paul Conway to be banned from football. The American businessman, along with Chien Lee, have owned a series of European clubs including Barnsley FC previously – with many of them suffering relegation and financial problems. KV Oostende, who were relegated from the Belgian top tier under Conway, are now in administration with reported debts of more than £8million and bankruptcy possible next month. The administrator Werne
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Leaving Barnsley a mistake, says Duff
MICHAEL Duff admits he probably shouldn’t have left Barnsley for Swansea City last summer. The 46-year-old led the Reds to play-off final defeat a year ago then moved to the Welsh club who sacked him later in the year. He has now been appointed by Barnsley’s near neighbours Huddersfield Town. Duff said: “Ultimately, it didn’t work for Swansea and me. “I don’t think you have to be a rocket scientist to work that out. “It...
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Betty celebrates 100th birthday with party
AN independent woman who made friends with ‘everyone she met’ turned 100 over the weekend. Betty Swift, originally from Oakwell, was a regular at The Mount pub on Pontefract Road since it opened. The resident at Saxondale EMI Care Home in Old Town made friends with everyone in the pub and was a friendly face for staff and pub-goers alike. Her daughter, Anne Cherryholme, told the Chronicle: “She’s had a good innings. “She would go...
Young bowlers strike out for hospice
A GROUP of youngsters striked out for Barnsley Hospice with a unique fundraise. Members of the Barnsley Youth Bowling Club (YBC) took part in a 12-hour bowling marathon on Sunday to raise funds for the hospice. There were five children who did the whole 12 hours at Barnsley Bowl, while others took part in shifts, and all together they knocked down 21,990 pins over the course of the day. President of the club, Mick Brown,...
Barnsley's Young Champions' finalists announced
CONGRATULATIONS to all the finalists in this year’s Young Champions Awards. The awards’ evening, hosted by television presenter Sam Nixon, will be held at Barnsley Metrodome on Friday, June 14. The finalists are: Young Fundraiser: Alfie Robinson, Chloe Pearson, Reggie Cartwright Young Carer: Harmony Grainger-Cutting, Annalise Sharp, Frankie-Jo Whittaker Young Sportsperson: Edward and Stephen Lawrence, Jonathan Moore, Johnny Blaise Collier Student of the Ye
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Tributes to popular young mum
HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to a ‘bubbly’ and ‘popular’ mum-of-two who has died suddenly. Becky Evans, 35, originally from Elsecar but living in Hoyland, died on May 5. She had been suffering with an illness - but the family described her death as a ‘shock’. She has left behind her partner of almost two decades Scott Boothroyd, and her two young children - ten-year-old Evan and Freddie who’s six. Her dad, 63-year-old Adrian from...
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£300k investment to ‘stamp out town centre crime’
BARNSLEY Council is set to spend more than £300,000 on enhancing its CCTV service whilst also doubling the number of town centre wardens in a bid to ‘stamp out crime’ in the area. A total of £150,000 has been earmarked for the CCTV scheme which will begin next year. It’s hoped that the scheme will continue to enhancing the experience in the town centre making it safer and more welcoming for residents. The aim is...
Judo star’s Olympic hopes in balance at World Championships in Abu Dhabi
BARNSLEY man Lachlan Moorhead is hoping to qualify for the Paris Olympics when he competes in the World Judo Championships. Lachlan, from Penistone, who turned 24 on Wednesday of this week, is in Abu Dhabi to compete on Tuesday in the 81kg category. The World Championships are the final qualifying event for the Olympics later in the summer, which have been Lachlan’s long-term goal for years. He won the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and this...
Wath win then lose at Sprotbrough
Wath recorded their first win of the season with a 35-run success at Sprotbrough. They made 180 then Hayden Byrne took three wickets. Wath then lost at the same opponents the next day in the Whitworth Cup. They collapsed from 125 for two to 148 all out chasing 227, after Rob Barlow took five wickets. Houghton Main fell 61 runs short chasing 209 against Sheffield Collegiate. Houghton then won against Wakefield Thornes in the Whitworth...
Barnsley Woolley get first league win
Barnsley Woolley Miners gained their first league win of the season with a seven-wicket success at Wakefield Thornes. Owen Smith made 82 with seven fours and four sixes while Ciaran Stenton added 51 in Barnsley’s 234. The hosts made 227 for eight. Cawthorne won by 46 runs at Appleby Frodingham. Danish Aziz made 56 in Cawthorne’s 190 then Ben Cliff took four wickets and Thomas Jones three. Elsecar’s Samarpit Joshi made 111 not out but...
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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Rugby teams of the 50s and 60s
THE local rugby union season is over now... so we have delved back in time to unearth these cracking pictures from the 1950s and 60s... Barnsley RUFC managed to preserve their Yorkshire Three status with a stunning win on the final day of this season and Wath RUFC have secured promotion to the top-flight of Yorkshire. Now based at Shaw Lane, Barnsley once called Stairfoot their home, on what is now the Tesco site. These...
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How Pakistan Test captain helped Cawthorne sign overseas star
A CHANCE net session at their Dark Lane ground for a former Pakistan Test captain ended up with Cawthorne signing an international cricketer who helped them to two big wins this week. Sarfaraz Ahmad – who has played 54 Test matches and 117 One Day Internationals up until last year – visited and then recommended Danish Aziz, who played two ODIs for Pakistan in 2021, to join the Barnsley club. Cawthorne captain Mike Jepps said:...