Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives... 1979

WORSBROUGH’S historic Mill Museum has won a commendation in a top national design competition, the 1979 Civic Trusts Awards.

Rob Shoreland-Ball, for two years curator of the mill and now South Yorkshire County Council’s museums officer, said they were pleased to receive the award, which was for preservation and conservation work.

“I think we have been able to present the mill as having relevance to people’s everyday lives. We have had over 100,000 visitors since the mill opened,” he said.

A mill was recorded at Worsbrough in the Domesday Book of 1086, but the present water-driven mill dates from about 1625.

It remained in occasional use until the death of the last miller, Fred Russell, in 1972.

The mill had not been worked commercially since Mr Russell retired about ten years earlier.

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Worsbrough Mill came into the possession of South Yorkshire County Council in 1974 and it completed the restoration work in time for the mill to be opened in April 1976.

A MOVE to improve the ambulance service which ferries old people to a day unit at Kendray Hospital has been welcomed by Barnsley Community Health Council.

Talks are to be held between South Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Barnsley Area Health Authority and the Community Health Council to discuss the problems.

Sometimes ambulances are not ferrying old people to the unit until lunch time and then returning them home a few hours later.

The unit which deals with 40 patients per day is open from 9am to 4pm.

In a letter to the health council, the Regional Health Authority says it accepts there has been no significant improvement to the service over the past five years.

COURAGE and determination by an 11-year-old Monk Bretton boy earned him two top swimming awards at a West Barnsley Community Education Service presentation evening at Barnsley Library.

Andrew Rushforth, of Burton Road, who has been attending swimming classes at St Helen’s Comprehensive School was named as Physically Handicapped Swimmer of the Year as well as collecting his Gold Standard Endeavour Award, one of the highest swimming awards given to handicapped children.

He was also named as the best all-round performer and was presented with a sports bag donated by Don Valley Sports of Barnsley.

BARNSLEY Chronicle deputy editor and motoring correspondent, Don Booker, is the first northern writer to be honoured by the Guilds of Motoring Writers.

At the Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London, he was named Northern Motorcycle Writer of the Year by the motorcycle industry and the Guild.

The occasion was the Guild’s annual dinner, when he received a cheque for £100 from the Rt Hon Lord Strathcarron - the first time a northern writer had received an award from the Guild, an international body of writers specialising in motoring and motorcycle affairs.