Megan Wallace explores the Barnsley Chronicle archives from 1969.

A JOHN J Kennedy Scholarship - one of only 12 available to students in Britain - has been awarded to Miss Jane Bennett, daughter of Mrs M Platt.

The scholarship is tenable at Harvard University, starting in September until August, and covers travel to America, the costs of study in linguistics, and a grant of £4,000.

Miss Bennett attended Agnes Road Junior School, and from 1959 to 1966 was at Barnsley High School.

She is at present at St Anne’s College, Oxford, doing a BA Hons in English in her final year.

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In her first year at Oxford she was awarded a scholarship. Miss Bennett sets sail on September 5 and will arrive in New York on September 11.

After a year she intends to return to England and will probably make her career in academics or librarianship.

DR Jack Soper, Barnsley-born lecturer, packed his warm clothes this week and left to spend the summer in one of the Arctic’s least-known areas.

Dr Soper, who lives at The Yews, Tankersley, and whose parents still live at Cawthorne, is a geology lecturer at Sheffield University.

He studied at the University himself, and after graduation went to the Imperial College of Science and Technology.

He returned to the University about five years ago.

Dr Soper has gone with a joint services team to the northern tip of Greenland and it is possible that the expedition will include an attempt on the world’s most northernly high mountain - yet unclimbed - the 6,300 Swiss Peak in the Roosevelt Range.

Dr Soper’s greatest achievement came eight years ago when he made the first ascent of the Pinnacle Girolle on Clogwyn D’ur Arddu in Snowdonia.

A DELEGATE Alan Hydes returned to Barnsley this week after playing the best table tennis of his career in the World Championships in Munich.

Highlight of his first appearance in the biggest indoor sporting event in the world was an incredible 21-12, 21-8 victory over the Russian Gomozkov, the reigning English Open champion, who is ranked 12 in the world.

Only a year ago he met Gomozkov in the European Championships in Lyons and to use his own expression, was “absolutely shattered”.

So this complete turnabout gives some idea of the exceptional improvement the Barnsley lad’s play during the past year.

TWO young mineworkers from Barnsley will next week visit London on the first leg of a trip which could take them on a three-week flying visit to the United States.

The apprentices will go before an interview panel, and seven young men will be chosen for the expenses-paid trip to the States.

They have been selected by area panels, after filling in questionnaires about their work and spare-time interests and things they would like to see - both in the booming coal industry and in the country at large.

The Barnsley apprentices who will head for London are Kenneth Murtagh, electrical apprentice at Woolley Colliery, of New Lodge crescent, joined the mining industry on leaving Edward Sheerien Secondary School. His aim is to get a colliery engineer’s certificate.

And Malcolm Houghton, a mining apprentice at Barrow Colliery, lives in Highstone crescent, Worsbrough Common.