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Community hero gains confidence by volunteering
A YOUNG man who has given up his free time to offer a helping hand around Cudworth Park is being celebrated for his hard work and dedication by fellow volunteers. Jordan Bunney, 26, is a dedicated volunteer with the Friends of Cudworth Park group. Every day, after finishing work at Shafton Primary Academy, he goes around the park litter-picking and has now taken on a lead role as he works to help the area succeed...
Man preyed on the trust of his victims
A BARNSLEY man has been jailed for three years after stealing almost £8,000 from two vulnerable victims. Wayne Collins, 51, of Woodland Drive, pleaded guilty to two separate burglaries. Collins gained the trust of his victims by helping them with tasks such as cleaning their car or gardening, before creating access to and burgling their home. On May 2, Collins stole jewellery, a passport and cash worth £3,340 from an address on Park Road, Barnsley....
Police heroes recognised for brave canal rescue
HEROIC police officers who jumped into freezing water to rescue a stricken dad and his daughter were praised at an awards ceremony recently. PC Ben Child and PC Adam Morton found both in a canal, on Common Lane, last August having responded to an emergency call. The man was struggling but managed to hold his daughter’s head above water. Eventually the pair reached the father and daughter - who was unconscious - and got them...
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Mum sentenced for causing baby daughter's death
A BARNSLEY mum who was suffering from severe depression and psychosis when she smothered her baby to death in a Leeds park has been sentenced to a hospital order under the Mental Health Act. Hayley MacFarlane, 39, of Carrington Street, was initially charged with the murder of her six-month-old daughter Evelyn following an incident at Woodhouse Moor Park last December. However the prosecution accepted her guilty plea to infanticide at Leeds Crown Court...
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Strictly Come Dancing designer brings her skills home to Penistone
A FASHION designer who has worked with some of television’s biggest stars is starting a new bridal range back home in Penistone. Kay Heeley has created costumes for Strictly Come Dancing, designed countless outfits for singer and TV presenter Jane McDonald and recently made the wedding dress for Dancing on Ice winner Alex Murphy, which was featured in Hello magazine last December. Now though, the professional fashion designer - who runs the business Angel Couture...
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Reds make two u21s signings
Barnsley have signed two players for their under 21s squad. They are midfielder Callum West, 18, who was previously at Macclesfield and Burnley, as well as former Birmingham and Sheffield United defender Connor Barratt, 20. West spent time on trial at the end of last season while Barratt played in the friendly at Alfreton on Saturday, assisting the third goal. The club also confirmed that Leo Farrell, Ziggy Kozluk, Bayley McCann, Emmaisa Nzondo and Rogan...
Clarke could add another coach to his backroom staff
DARRELL Clarke has not ruled out adding another person to his coaching staff this summer, while he knows part of their role is getting the best out of players who have previously struggled for Barnsley. Clarke joined from Cheltenham Town as head coach two months ago, later bringing goalkeeper coach James Bittner with him. Martin Devaney – who had been caretaker for the play-off loss to Bolton Wanderers following Neill Collins’ sacking – is now...
Reds close in on signings before training camp next week
Barnsley are hoping to bring in a couple of new players before their training camp at Loughborough University next week, with head coach Darrell Clarke repeating the key areas they are looking at. The Reds have so far brought in midfielder Conor Hourihane – as a player/coach – defender Marc Roberts and goalkeeper Jackson Smith They currently have no senior left wing-backs in their squad, although Callum Styles – who is yet to...
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Stones misses out again
Barnsley man John Stones suffered a second successive defeat in a European Championship final. Stones, the former Reds player, played the full game as England were beaten 2-1 by Spain on Sunday in Berlin. The Thurlstone man has now played in two Euros finals and a World Cup semi-final and quarter-final in his five major tournaments, with 79 caps, but is yet to win any international silverware. Former Barnsley loanee Ivan Toney came off the...
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Talking points from first friendly match
Analysis of Barnsley's 3-1 win at Alfreton in their first friendly of the summer. They came from behind thanks to goals by Josh Earl, Max Watters and Josiah Dyer. ‘RUSTY’ REDS GET MINUTES IN LEGS The Darrell Clarke era began with a 3-1 success at Alfreton Town on Saturday. Clarke admitted the Reds were ‘rusty’ as you would expect in the first game back. After falling behind, it turned into a routine afternoon. The...
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£100k revamp for busy community library
MAPPLEWELL and Staincross Library reopened to residents this week following a major refurbishment scheme. The library, located in the village hall, was closed to the public in March whilst work was taking place. The £100,000 transformation of the community library includes layout improvements, new carpets and redecoration, new shelving and furniture and an enhanced children’s library. Mapplewell and Staincross Library’s refurbishment is part-funded by Barnsley Council’
Malcolm’s mammoth task to turn field into perfectly-pruned paradise
Ashley Ball meets with the gardener who has a big, big job on his hands... MALCOLM Richardson wanted his garden to have the ‘wow’ factor. And there can’t be many people who walk into his expansive creation without uttering that very word. The garden comes in at a whopping two-thirds of an acre. It means Malcolm has a lot to maintain but what is perhaps even more impressive than the scale of the garden is...
Newborn photographer Kathryn delivers second award win
A LOCAL photographer has been on a winning streak as she’s been crowned the top newborn snapper for two years running. Kathryn Simpson opened her studio Bumblebugs Photography - which is based on Eldon Street in the town centre - in 2013. Since then, the 35-year-old newborn photography specialist - who didn’t let her failed photography A level stop her - has become an award-winning photographer, earning two Prestige Photography Awards in just as many...
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Mountain Rescue volunteers join search for Claire
THE search for missing Barnsley woman Claire, who was last seen in the Silkstone area on Monday June 24, continued at pace over the weekend. Officers ramped up search efforts, and were joined by around 20 Mountain Rescue volunteers as the search parameters in Barnsley were expanded. Police have received several calls and online messages from members of the public, reporting suspected sightings of Claire, 44, and they are following up on all...
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John’s still loving a piece of the jigsaw action
JOHN Duffield has been helping people find the finishing pieces of their puzzle for the last 40 years - and he’s showing no sign of stopping yet. The 70-year-old can be seen selling his jigsaw puzzles on markets across Yorkshire, including in Barnsley, almost every day. Despite the internet making it harder for many sectors to trade, John believes his business has only got better over the year. He said: “This game has got better....
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Green Moor 17 points clear at top after skittling hosts for 60 in victory
GREEN Moor skittled title rivals Brookhouse for 60 in a seven-wicket Division Seven win. There were three wickets each for Harry Airstone, Joe White and Jake Sharp. Leaders Green Moor are now 17 points clear of second-placed Brookhouse. Darfield won by 55 runs at Elsecar 2nd XI in Division One. Jabari Mills hit 75 off 61 balls with six fours and five sixes in Darfield’s 205 then Saman Khursheed took six wickets and Joe Stickland...
Karate coach John given 8th dan belt on birthday
KARATE coach John Tumman this week joined his father by being awarded an ‘eighth dan’ black belt by the English Karate Federation on his 60th birthday. John, who has been involved in the sport for more than half a century and runs Shaw Lane-based Barnsley Karate Centre, was presented the award by his dad Jed, 87, who is also an eighth dan. The highest belt you can be awarded in karate is tenth dan. Tumman...
70 take on Barnsley RC’s 80-mile race around borough
BARNSLEY Road Club staged the Yorkshire Black Diamond Sportive as part of their centenary year. Seventy riders travelled to Barnsley, some from as far afield as London, then set off from Woolley cricket ground. The route closely followed the Barnsley Boundary Footpath by road. It covered more than 80 miles with more than 6000 feet of climbing – about the same as climbing Scafel Pike twice. “I’d like to send a huge thank you to...
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Hoylandswaine back on top after international action for pair
HOYLANDSWAINE have gone back to the top of the Huddersfield Premiership while some of their players have been involved in international cricket. Ben Kohler-Cadmore has been playing for Germany in qualifiers for the 2026 Twenty20 World Cup while Pakistan international Kamran Ghulam has been playing for his country’s A team in Australia. Ghulam is Swaine’s overseas player this season. He has played just six times and only been dismissed once, scoring 244 runs. Kohler-Cadmor
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Wath out of drop zone
WATH moved out of the SYL Championship relegation zone with a three-run win at home to second-placed Ackworth. Wath defended 124 with Shawn Hopkins taking three for 20 off 12 overs. The visitors were 79 for two then slipped to 88 for seven but got to within six of the target before losing the final three wickets for three runs. Houghton Main’s 236 was not enough in a four-wicket loss at Whiston. Zaki Anjam made...
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Thousands depend on energy bill handout
MORE than 20,000 households across Barnsley receive a one-off payment to help with the cost of energy during the winter months, new figures have revealed. The Warm Home Discount is a one-off payment of £150 designed to help lower-income and vulnerable households with their energy bills during the winter months. The scheme will reopen in October. Department for Work and Pensions figures show there were 20,745 households in Barnsley who received the rebate in 2023/24....
Dozens arrested as police target drug gangs
THE impact of an intense operation to tear apart crime networks peddling drugs from neighbouring towns and cities into Barnsley in order to bring dealers to justice has been hailed as a success - just a year after the crackdown began. Since May 2023, dozens have been arrested on suspicion of supplying drugs, with warrants executed and illegal substances such as heroin and cocaine seized and destroyed by officers working in the ‘Operation Dream Alpha’...
Cat survives crossbow horror
A CAT whose kidneys and bowel were punctured after being shot by a crossbow lived to fight another day thanks to the tireless work of vets - but his owner admits he’s definitely used up more than one of his nine lives. Badly-injured Sooty was taken to Vets4Pets, in Wilthorpe, by his owner, Stuart Benson, 72, from Darfield, who found him cowering in the wheelie bin. Stuart told the Chronicle: “When we looked at him...
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Church marks anniversary as vital community hub
A LOCAL church that began as nothing more than a wooden hut has grown into a vital part of the community over the past 70 years. St Helen’s Church, on Laithes Lane in Athersley, will begin celebrating its 70th birthday on August 18 - which also marks St Helen’s Day. The church has an unusual history and is responsible for bringing Athersley its own parish. Fr Peter Needham told the Chronicle: “The church has changed...
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Police report ‘unprecedented demand’ over dangerous dogs calls
SOUTH Yorkshire Police has said they have seen an ‘unprecedented’ demand on the force following further reports of dangerous dogs in Barnsley. Officers say they see five reports on average each day for out-of-control dogs across the county. At the weekend, they received 32. Of those received, officers attended two incidents that led to serious injuries, with the 999 calls made within 20 minutes of each other. On Sunday at 7.22pm, officers responded to reports...
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'Plenty of work to do' after 'good work out' in first friendly
Darrell Clarke was pleased with his Barnsley team’s first run-out despite a ‘rusty’ performance in a 3-1 win at Alfreton, and added that ‘we have a lot of work to do’ including in the transfer market. The Reds won 3-1 at the National League North side with goals by Josh Earl, Max Watters and Josiah Dyer. Clarke said: “It was a rusty first 60 minutes for the boys. It’s their first match but...
Reds start with friendly win
Barnsley began their pre-season schedule with a 3-1 win at sixth-tier Alfreton Town. The hosts took the lead but Josh Earl levelled before half-time then Max Watters scored minutes after the interval and substitute Josiah Dyer added a third. A senior first 11 started the game then Darrell Clarke made 11 changes after an hour. Summer signings Jackson Smith and Marc Roberts started. Donovan Pines was not involved as he continues his...
A look at Barnsley's pre-season games
A preview of Barnsley's four pre-season fixtures. ALFRETON TOWN, AWAY, TODAY The last time the Reds played at North Street, John Stones and Mido started for Keith Hill’s side who won in Derbyshire thanks to a Craig Davies brace. Alfreton have since dropped down a level to the National League North and, like the Reds, they lost in the play-offs at the end of last season – on penalties to Boston in a...
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MARTIN DEVANEY: Pre-season going well as we celebrate Jacob’s Manchester United deal
Hi. It’s nice to have the opportunity to speak to you as we prepare for another campaign. First of all, I’d like to thank the club and Mladen Sormaz, the sporting director, for their backing and support. I am pleased to continue in my role as assistant head coach, now to Darrell Clarke. Darrell is a great character and, with the other members of the coaching staff, we have enjoyed a positive start to our...
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Reds reveal new kits
Barnsley have released their home, away and third kits for the 2024/25 season. The home kit features 21 stars, in reference to the club record unbeaten run, the white away kit has a Yorkshire rose on it and the pink third kit features the face of club mascot Toby Tyke. The kits were created by Reds director Julie Anne Quay, in partnership with Puma, and ‘building on the collaboration’ with fashion designer Colm...
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Dancer Amelia’s a real champion at only six!
A SIX-YEAR-OLD who was ‘born to be something special’ has already won countless dancing medals as she competes against people twice her age. Amelia Rose Nelson from Thurnscoe has loved dancing ever since she could take her first steps. Her passion was quickly noticed by her mum Tanya Nelson, who knew instantly that she had to take the youngster to dance school. She told the Chronicle: “When I was younger I used to do ballroom...
Hospital absences equate to 16 years’ lost work in one month
STAFF absences at Barnsley Hospital equated to more than 16 years of lost work in just one month this year, new figures have revealed. The latest NHS Digital figures show there were 6,100 days lost due to staff absencesl in February. This equates to 200 months of lost work the same as 16 years. Of the days lost, 1,900 the equivalent of five full years were due to anxiety, stress, depression or other psychiatric illnesses....
Karen keen to showcase art therapy benefits
AN artist whose mental health disorder has caused her constant instability has found peace through painting - and is now trying to promote art therapy to others struggling in the borough. Karen Kenworthy, of Carlton, suffers with borderline personality disorder (BPD) a condition that results in impulsive behaviour, disturbed patterns of thinking and severe mood swings. The 57-year-old spent most of her life dealing with these issues without knowing why, until in 2021 she finally...
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Cycling friends plan Grand Depart in twin-town trek
FOUR cycling friends are embarking on a 1,000-kilometre journey to Barnsley’s twin-town in Germany. Steven Cannon, Dominic McCall and twins Connor and Josh Newsome’s journey will unfold over several stages, which will see passing through Eindhoven in Holland, Cologne, the scenic Rhine Valley, Heidelberg and end in Schwabisch Gmund. The friends are proud members of the Barnsley Road Club, which is celebrating its centenary this year. Their final stage into Barnsley’s twin-tow
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Steffanie’s gardens are a lasting tribute to daughter Angel
Ashley Ball wanders around a garden built with a loving tribute in mind SOME people may garden on instinct, to a methodical plan or to suit the needs of themselves or even wildlife. Steffanie Prest, 42, gardens on emotion. She explains why: “My daughter, Angel, passed away on the night we moved into this property. “She had a condition called Marfan syndrome, which we didn’t know she’d got. “She had been perfectly fit and healthy...
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Wins for Rycroft, Dodworth and Dearne
RYCROFT Hammers rugby league team won 30-10 home to Guiseley Rangers in Yorkshire Division Six. It was a third win of the season and left them sixth out of eight with six points from nine games. Dodworth MW won 18-10 at Upton in Division Three. They remain second, behind leaders Bramley Buffaloes on points difference, having won nine and lost one of their ten games. They have four games left including a potential title-decider at...
Third straight win for Barnsley
Barnsley Woolley Miners made it three league wins in a row after bowling Shiregreen out for 98. Oliver Jackson took five for 20 then Barnsley recovered from 33 for five to win with no further loss thanks to Ali Jahangir’s 44 not out. The Shaw Laners are now ninth, 15 points clear of the bottom two. Danish Aziz scored his first hundred for Cawthorne but they lost by a wicket at home to Cleethorpes. ...
Physio Ian set for fourth Olympics as part of Team GB medical staff in Paris
A BARNSLEY man will be part of the medical staff supporting Team GB at the Paris Olympics which start later this month. Dr Ian Horsley works both for the UK Sports Institute, based in Sheffield, as ‘athlete health lead’, and also as clinical director of Back in Action Rehabilitation in Wakefield. The 58-year-old, who was brought up in Royston and now lives in Silkstone Common, previously worked with the England rugby union team during the...
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Wombwell Town’s ground getting makeover
WOMBWELL Town Football Club’s ground is receiving a council-funded makeover. The ongoing works include redecoration and damp-proofing of the clubhouse, electrical works, improvements to the toilets and installation of a new decking area. It is part of the council’s principal towns and local centres programme, which aims to enhance community facilities around the borough. Town play in the Northern Counties East League, having been promoted from the County Senior League last
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Barnsley hunt 3rd straight win and face Cawthorne in quarter-final
BARNSLEY Woolley Miners will look for a third straight league win on Saturday before a cup quarter-final against neighbours Cawthorne on Sunday. The Shaw Laners recorded a second successive win and moved out of the relegation zone, replaced by beaten hosts Treeton. They now take on another bottom half side in Shiregreen before hosting Cawthorne in the quarter-finals of the K3 Dental Cup. Captain Liam Johnson said: “We identified this run of three games as...