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Choir’s performances bag top reviews
BARNSLEY Youth Choir performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival are drawing rave reviews.
In all, the choir will be performing 14 times during their visit to the world-renowned festival.
Highlight of their stay was the world premiere of ‘A Curving Flower of God’ - a piece written especially for the choir by celebrated composer and conductor, Paul Mealor.
Reviews posted by audiences include: ‘You were amazing when you were last in Edinburgh and even more...
Teen homelessness to be tackled
PLANS to provide an accommodation unit specifically for teenagers experiencing homelessness in Barnsley are set to be approved next week.
The proposal will provide a place for 16 and 17 year olds experiencing homelessness as a result of substance misuse, poor mental and physical health, contact with the criminal justice system or domestic violence or abuse.
A report to Barnsley Council’s ruling cabinet said demand for accommodation is high - almost 500 young people contacted...
Burglary stats revealed...
ALMOST 1,000 homes and businesses have been burgled so far this year, the latest figures revealed by South Yorkshire Police show.
The statistics, from January to July 27, show 736 homes were targeted as well as 243 business premises - a total of 979.
Central and Kingstone wards account for the majority of the incidents, while villages in the Dearne were also singled out in the police progress report into what is being done to...
Parents’ fury as nursery closes its doors
A NURSERY which was saved from closure following a parent-led campaign has sparked fury from those who battled for it to remain open - after bosses who took over the venue closed its doors with ‘no warning’.
Welcome Nurseries, at Lundwood’s Priory Campus, opened in December having taken over from charity Barnardo’s - which had run the centre since 1995.
After Barnardo’s announced they couldn’t afford to keep it going in April last year, parents...
Demolition work on fire-damaged homes begins
DEMOLITION work on four properties which were decimated by a raging fire on the hottest day on record started this week.
The homes - on Woodland Drive, off Broadway - were completely gutted in the inferno, which began after a shed caught fire in the height of the 40C heatwave on July 19 before spreading.
A spokesperson for Berneslai Homes, which manages properties on behalf of Barnsley Council, said the houses ‘met all relevant building...
Covid hospitalisations reduce
HOSPITALISATION figures for Covid-19 patients have dramatically decreased.
Barnsley Hospital was caring for 33 patients in hospital as of Tuesday, figures show, down from 51 on the same day the previous week.
Family left broken by youngster’s diagnosis
A STAINCROSS couple have been left broken after their young son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.
Five-year-old Carter Jones has a Wilms tumour a rare childhood cancer which affects just 80 children every year and subsequent scans have shown that the cancer has spread to Carter’s vena cava, the main vein to the heart.
He underwent a major operation on Wednesday an open heart bypass and will then need a further six...
Safeguarding concerns grow
ISSUES raised about adult social care in Barnsley increased by nine per cent last year, according to a new report.
The number of concerns received by Barnsley Council increased from 2,023 in 2020/21 to 2,231 in 2021/22.
The council say they are ‘particularly pleased”’ to see an increase in referrals from the public, family and friends and are ‘planning work to understand what supported them to contact us to inform our communications strategy in the...
Windfall tax calls renewed
COUNCILLORS have renewed their calls for an increase in a windfall tax on oil and gas producers whose profits have rocketed at a time when thousands of Barnsley families are now classed as living in poverty.
It comes just weeks cross-party councillors agreed to write to government ministers to express their growing concerns due to residents’ rocketing bills having declared a ‘cost-of-living emergency’.
Liberal Democrat, Labour and independent councillors backed an idea for local authority...
Historians go the extra mile...
A GRADE II-listed milestone dating back to the 1890s - which was stolen two decades ago and believed to be missing before it was spotted being illegally sold online - has finally been returned to its rightful place.
The stone was taken from its position on Whams Road, near Flouch roundabout, in 2002 and the incident was reported to the police by a witness who saw it being taken away in a van.
However, despite...
Tributes paid to long-serving councillor
TRIBUTES have been paid to a much-loved former Barnsley councillor who died following a spell of illness aged 81 last Thursday.
Coun Dorothy Higginbottom MBE served on Great Houghton Parish Council for more than 50 years, and on Barnsley Council for 16 years.
Her daughter, Dorothy Coates - who is also a councillor - said: “All her life was dedicated to others - every person, group or village, it didn’t matter.
“She loved visiting all...
A and E failing to hit target
BARNSLEY Hospital is falling short of NHS targets for all patients to A and E being seen within a four-hour period.
NHS England figures show 8,856 patients visited in July - a rise of 3 per cent on the 8,610 visits recorded during June, and 1 per cent more than the 8,788 patients seen in July 2021.
The figures show attendances were above the levels seen in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic -...
Emergency services celebrated
EMERGENCY service workers - who have dealt with raging fires and water rescues this summer - were celebrated in Barnsley.
The ‘Joining Forces’ day ran across venues in the Glass Works Square, Peel Square and Cheapside, and was attended by police, fire, mountain rescue and underwater search teams.
Sergeant Alun Oliver, from the Barnsley Central Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The Joining Forces approach is a really positive partnership that allows us all to work together...
Electricity theft on the rise
DOZENS of reports have been received by police in Barnsley relating to the alleged theft of electricity.
Electricity theft - which can be carried out by tampering with a line or bypassing a meter - is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Though already an increasing problem, the National Energy Action campaign group said it is horrifying” ‘that others could be turning to the illegal practice to keep their lights on amid a...
Mother and son sweep up in darts
AN all-conquering mother and son duo have been sweeping up in both the individuals and mixed pairs darts competition.
Heather Barton, 53, and Jack Hill, 28, both from Wombwell, took part in the Wombwell and District individuals charity darts league and were the winners of the mixed pairs competition which took place in June.
Heather won the the ladies league in March and Jack then won the men's league in May. They then took the...
Council leader responds to criticism over historic building
A ROW over the long-term future of Barnsley’s oldest in-use building - which led its owner to condemn the actions of the council for failing to ‘see its historic importance’ - has led the local authority’s leader to issue a response.
The Mill of the Black Monks, on Grange Lane, now operates as a restaurant but was built to house the Cluniac monks in roughly 1150AD, to service the adjacent Monk Bretton Priory.
Owner and...
2,500 turn up for Honey’s festival
THE mother of a teenager who took her own life has thanked an estimated 2,500 attendees who came along to a festival in her memory - and hopes the day will help youngsters suffering with mental health to seek help.
Honey Cook was just 15 when she died on February 14, 2021 and her mum, Gemma, organised the event - Bee Kind Festival - to raise awareness.
The Darton Academy pupil displayed no alarming signs...
New police recruits to arrive
MORE police officers will be taking to Barnsley’s streets from next month.
A training programme - which has seen 71 new posts - allows recruits to patrol beats on their two-year anniversary.
A report said: “They will be working within Barnsley communities much more, as less of their time will be away training as part of the degree programme.
“This first cohort will bring more utility to the district and our communities.
“Our response teams...
Enormous franchise cost revealed
BARNSLEY Council would have to find a share of an estimated £11m to replace all bus services planned to be culled by private operators - for just a six-month period - if called-for privatisation plans ever come to fruition, according to the county’s mayor.
Residents are being asked which services are most important to them as the region braces for further bus cuts in October.
Passengers face the loss of a third of the bus...
Ex-serviceman’s fundraising tops £1,000
A FUNDRAISING ex-serviceman who dyed his hair for charity has received his final total - raising more than £1,000 for charity.
Ian Self, 55, launched a public vote back in June to decide which two colours he would dye his hair before June 25, Armed Forces Day.
All the money raised will go to charity Help For Heroes.
Ian said: “I’ve received my certificate from Help For Heroes now. I collected money from boxes and...
Man charged for indecent exposure
A BARNSLEY man has been charged following incidents of indecent exposure.
Samuel Starkie, 32, of Crookes Street, Kingstone, was charged with five counts of indecent exposure, with the incidents taking place between June 8 and July 25 in the Crookes Street area.
Starkie appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday.
He was bailed with conditions to an address outside the area to appear before Sheffield Crown Court on January 5, 2023.
His conditions are that...
Local plan blueprint ‘should be revised’
A CONTROVERSIAL blueprint for future housing and business schemes in Barnsley - which allocated vast sites for development - should be altered due to projected growth forecast several years ago failing to materialise, according to a councillor.
Barnsley’s local plan, which was adopted by the council in 2019 following public consultation, sets out how the local authority will manage the physical development of the borough on behalf of residents and businesses.
It includes providing ‘sufficient’...
Dad clubbed in to help golden boy
WHEN it comes to finding out where Commonwealth Games champion Lachlan Moorhead got his fighting spirit from...just look to his dad. Lucy James goes to meet him...
A WEEK on from Lachlan’s stunning victory at the Commonwealth Games judo event, dad and former trainer Matt Moorhead is still smiling about his son’s achievements.
It was a special birthday last Tuesday for Matt who turned 57 on the day Lachlan overcome the Canadian favourite to secure...
Rejection irks anti-speeding group’s members...
A REJECTION of calls for average speed check cameras on a road troubled by speeding drivers has been criticised by a campaign group.
Speed Awareness Group Ardsley (SAGA) previously launched a petition for the installation of the cameras, which amassed 1,200 signatures.
According to the Department of Transport, which is responsible for installing cameras, the stretch does not meet the ‘very strict’ criteria.
John Evans, secretary for SAGA, said the group has issues with the...
Brakes slammed on at road safety scheme
AN ‘essential’ road safety project - which received government cash to fund a host of remedial works at a crossroads after being identified as one of the country’s worst - has had the brakes slammed on due to land ownership issues, the Chronicle can reveal.
The A628, which runs through Penistone, Silkstone, Thurlstone and Millhouse Green - recognised as one of the nation’s top 50 high-risk roads - has already been targeted for a number...
Dozens of drugs deaths recorded since pandemic’s start
DOZENS of deaths attributed to drug abuse have been recorded in Barnsley since the start of the pandemic, shock new figures have revealed.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show 29 deaths related to drug poisoning were registered in Barnsley in 2021, as well as 38 the previous year.
They were among 4,859 drug poisoning deaths registered across England and Wales last year - the ninth consecutive rise and the highest number since...
Gavin raises £8,000 for hospice
A LONG-TIME fundraiser for Barnsley Hospice has raised more than £8,000 for the charity in his latest venture.
Gavin Coles took on the 900-mile Land’s End to John O’Groats journey over a fortnight.
He raised a total of £8,354.74 for the hospice - the equivalent of more than £9 for every mile he cycled.
He said: “I am amazed and so grateful for the fantastic support of those who helped me raise this amount.
“I...
Charity shop given month’s notice to move
VOLUNTEERS at a charity shop have been given a month’s notice to vacate following the sale of their base.
Single Parents Support and Advice Services, on Cheapside in the town centre, has been open for 18 months and provides support to vulnerable lone parents.
The shop had originally been gifted to the staff under a scheme from Astop, an organisation which helps transform unused spaces for good causes.
Nicola Booth, a volunteer at the shop,...
Barnsley man sentenced for murdering wife
A MONK Bretton man has been jailed for the murder of his wife.
Darren Youel, 54, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday for the killing of Julie Youel at the family’s home in May.
Prosecutor, Mark McCone said Julie suffered 13 stab wounds in the incident in which Youel subsequently turned the knife on himself before calling emergency services and telling the operator that he had stabbed his wife and himself.
Paramedics tried...
Six-figure fine handed to construction firm
THE construction firm responsible for a ‘death trap’ building site where a seven-year-old died has been hit with a £600,000 fine seven years after the youngster’s death.
Conley Thompson, who told his mum, Paula, that he was going out to play with friends at about 6pm on July 26, 2015, was reported missing to police at 10.10pm when he did not return to his home on Underwood Avenue, Worsbrough.
It sparked a huge search effort,...
Judge blasts negligent firm in long-awaited case
A JUDGE said a construction firm made a ‘serious dereliction of duty’ as they were sentenced following the death of young Conley Thompson seven years ago.
The seven-year-old was reported missing to police on July 26, 2015 when he didn’t return to his Worsbrough home after playing with his friends.
Despite extensive search efforts, Conley was not located that night but the following morning he was found dead inside a 23-cm-wide plastic pipe on a...
Award nomination for cat-loving Alex
A KINGSTONE woman who has spent years looking after rescue cats and kittens has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.
Alex Butcher, 25, of St Edward’s Avenue, works as welfare team leader for Cat Protection in the Barnsley area.
She began as a foster carer before the charity asked her to take on the role, which she has been doing for three years.
“I look after the other fosterers we have, speak to...
Barnsley Hospital bucking national trend
HOSPITALS are in crisis across the country due to staffing levels - but Barnsley has bucked the trend having seen more than a 30 per cent increase in doctors in the last six years.
A recent report from a cross-party group of MPs led by former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the government must tackle ‘the greatest workforce crisis in history in the NHS’ as it deals with the effects of the pandemic.
However, Barnsley...
Cash needed to iron out bus service woes
FUNDING is needed from Westminster to ensure the bus network runs more smoothly in Barnsley, according to a local councillor.
Coun Robert Frost fears some networks are now in danger of being lost.
Coun Frost, who is the cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “A quality bus service is hugely important to our borough and our residents.
“We believe strongly that the government needs to provide funding to make sure our communities, our employment...
Young trader bags top award
A HOYLAND Common woman has been named Young Yorkshire Trader of the Year.
Lauren Bower, 30, specialises in hand-crafted art deco inspired homeware, using digital technologies including 3D printing.
At last weekend’s NMTF award ceremony, Lauren picked up the award - and she says she’s ‘chuffed’.
She said: “Every year they do a competition and this year I won the category for regional and Yorkshire Young Trader of the Year.
“I didn’t expect it at...
Councillor warns of looming crisis
A DODWORTH councillor has called on the council to do more to help tenants before the ‘winter fuel crisis’ arrives.
Coun Peter Fielding, who represents the Liberal Democrats, raised his concerns at last week’s Full Council meeting.
He asked the council how many Berneslai Homes tenants have prepayment meters installed and what is being done to reduce that number - but no figures were available.
Due to the ‘massive increase’ in household energy costs -...
Brian Glover’s commemorative plaque to be unveiled
WORLD-RENOWNED director Ken Loach will return to Barnsley next month to unveil a blue plaque in Brian Glover’s memory on the 25th anniversary of his death.
Ronnie Steele, chair of the Brian Glover Blue Plaque group, is hoping they can raise enough funds to pay for all the costs, whilst also fixing a date for the unveiling.
The group originally wanted the tribute to be placed outside the Civic Hall, as it was the place...
Vandalism spree blasted by fed-up locals
PARENTS of yobs behind some fo the vandalism attacks in a Barnsley park have offered to contribute towards the repair costs.
Locke Park has has become an antisocial behavioir hot spot during the first weeks of the summer holidays.
Fed-up locals took pictures of the youths involved in some of the incidents and posted them on social media in the hope of alerting parents to what their children were up to.
Malcolm Price, treasurer of...
Rabbit Ings fire sparks investigation
A JOINT investigation into suspected arson is underway after youths reportedly set alight a huge chunk of land at a cherished nature reserve.
Rabbit Ings Country Park, based on Lund Hill Lane in Royston, is a 64-hectare site located on the former colliery yard and spoil heap of the Monckton Colliery which closed in 1989.
It’s home to an array of wildlife - including protected newts, snakes and herons - but this week it was...
Order to be discussed in a bid to prevent serious blazes
PROPOSALS are set to be put forward to stop residents using disposable barbecues and fireworks on the town’s moorland to help prevent wildfires - with those flouting the rules being fined up to £1,000.
Barnsley Council will put forward the proposals, which will cover all publicly-accessible moorland areas in the borough, subject to the agreement of private landowners.
The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) would mean that anyone lighting a fire, fireworks or disposable barbecue...
M and S unveil plan for foodhall
MARKS and Spencer has revealed details of its plans to open a new foodhall just weeks after announcing the closure of its town centre store.
The retail giant announced last month that it will close its Queen Street store - ending its 90-year presence in the heart of the town - and is readying a move to Peel Retail Park, on Harborough Hill Road, where it will open a foodhall store with 60 per cent...
Heroic Lois weds after prognosis worsens
A MUM-OF-THREE with terminal cancer got married last Friday after her prognosis worsened in recent months.
Lois Walker, 38, was joined by her three sons Cole, Ronnie and Ray and a small number of friends and family at the town hall where she wed partner Dale Wistow.
“The wedding was lovely, a really nice day. I went to my friend's house first to get ready so it was all organised. We didn’t want anyone there,...
Creative care home raises awareness of cancer
KEXBOROUGH House care home are back again with another creative way to raise awareness of cancer - in the form of ‘Patsy Poop’, a giant poo emoji.
Jane Penvose, team leader at the care home, has been busy working with residents to create the giant board since last Friday.
“We just keep following up from the ones we’ve done previously. The residents are doing their own versions as well, but of unicorns instead.”
Previous efforts...
July’s Covid deaths rise
FOURTEEN residents died within 28 days of a positive Covid test in July.
More than 1,150 residents have died since the start of the pandemic within a month of testing positive for the virus.
Three people died on July 11, making it the deadliest day for the virus last month.
Passport backlog irks local MP
SUMMER holiday plans for families across the borough have been left in ruins because of the passport processing backlog, according to one MP.
John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, says he has been dealing with around 30 passport problems a month since mid-April.
He said: “People have been working hard and deserve to be able to take a break without having the stress and worry of waiting to see if their passport will arrive...
Police vow to clamp down on off-roaders
POLICE officers are beginning to crack down on off-road bike-based crime.
The bikers can cause a nuisance and are also linked to serious crimes.
Off-road biking crime is on the rise and police are now using plain clothed officers in unmarked cars to catch the offenders out. They are part of a full-time Off-Road Bike Intervention Team.
Road Policing Inspector Craig Clifton said off-road bikes are one of the biggest concerns to communities.
Inspector Clifton...