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Bus services set for axe
SOME bus routes in Barnsley could be axed from as soon as next weekend - prompting local leaders to urge the government to step in.
Operators have announced a scaled-back service schedule from next Sunday - a decision blamed on the government cutting post-pandemic handouts.
South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard said: “This is a disaster for our communities and we have been warning about this for months.
( “With operators just walking away from some...
Life expectancy ‘significantly lower’ than national average
LIFE expectancy for both men and women in Barnsley is ‘significantly lower’ than the national average.
Barnsley men have an average expectancy of 75.9 years and women 80.9 years - both about two years lower than the national average.
This issue is mostly down to lifestyle factors, and the higher percentage of poverty in the area, in comparison with other areas in the country, a cabinet report - which was discussed on Wednesday - revealed....
Summer’s fly-tipping reports decrease
FLY-TIPPING reports across the borough have plummeted over the summer, new statistics have revealed.
Councillors said this week that there’s been a 27 per cent reduction in cases.
Coun James Higginbottom, cabinet spokesperson for environment and highways, said: “Reported cases of fly-tipping continues to fall.
“We want to encourage people to recycle wherever possible, and our household waste recycling centres are integral to how we achieve that.”
Top comedian’s role thrills Jack
WELL-KNOWN comedian Billy Pearce started his role as a bin man in Jack Land Noble’s new play yesterday.
Taking place at the Lamproom until October 1, Thrashed explores the depth and complexity of four lost souls who find themselves on life’s scrapheap.
Famous Barnsley face Jack said he was delighted to be working with his idol.
He added: “Like countless childhood dreamers, absorbed with the smell of the greasepaint and roar of the crowd, I...
36,000 have heart-related issues
BARNSLEY residents’ health inequalities with heart and circulation issues have been laid bare in a shock new report which reveals more than one in ten are now living with related conditions.
About 36,000 people in the town have associated issues, with 55 deaths attributed to heart disease in Barnsley per month - the equivalent of someone dying every 14 hours.
More than 60 per cent of adults in Barnsley are obese or overweight, according to...
Success for Hoyland charity event
A CHARITY event which benefitted several causes was held in Hoyland last weekend.
Organised at the Potters Wheel pub by fundraiser Pat Hardcastle - alongside friends Alison Hunt and Marie Haugen - cash was pledged to charity Enya’s Leukaemia Support Fund, Springwood School and the children’s oncology unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Hoyland girl Enya Haugen Jackson, eight, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in July 2020 year and has since undergone chemotherapy as part...
Midfielder sets sights on play-offs
MIDFIELDER Herbie Kane says he wants to go ‘one step further’ than his loan spell at Oxford last season and make it into the top six.
The Reds signed the 23-year-old from Liverpool in 2020 for a reported £1.2m - but injuries and not fitting certain manager’s style of play has seen his chances limited at Oakwell.
He picked up his first 90 minutes of the season at Barnsley’s 3-0 win at Cambridge last weekend,...
Famous Barnsley actor’s plaque unveiled
A LIFETIME dream finally became reality when a former pupil of beloved Barnsley actor Brian Glover unveiled a plaque commemorating his life - 25 years after his death.
Ronnie Steele, who was taught by the film and theatre star, wanted to create a permanent tribute to Brian, who went on to become one of the country’s most loved actors after his first film appearance as PE teacher Mr Sugden in Kes.
He attended and later...
Police vow to eradicate female violence
A STATEMENT of ‘intent’ was signed by police in Barnsley yesterday in an attempt to stamp out cases of violence committed against females across the borough - which will result in more officers being tasked with dealing with growing issues.
The new initiative will support women and girls of Barnsley aged between 18 and 35 - creating ‘male upstanders rather than bystanders’ - and was launched by South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Alan...
Fundraising bid launched for teen’s bionic arm
AN inspiring Darton youngster who was born without part of his left hand is hoping to raise thousands for a ‘life-changing’ bionic arm - which will help him finally carry out day-to-day tasks.
Joshua Sanders, 15, has spent his life adjusting to his situation and is not one to complain about what life has given him.
He plays cricket for Kexborough and even plays the guitar, but his dad - 41-year-old Craig - says the...
Christmas lights display to go ahead - despite soaring bills
A PENISTONE family whose house has become a festive attraction in the town has vowed that their Christmas spectacular will go ahead despite the energy crisis - albeit with a few cost-saving tweaks.
Stephen Baumber starts planning the display, at his home on Long Furlong, every September and he admits that each year he tries to outdo himself but this year, the rising cost of energy bills has had to be considered.
“The soaring cost...
Teen’s debut goal ‘biggest moment of career’
YOUNG Jack Butterfill said scoring on his professional debut in front of his family was the ‘biggest moment of his career’ so far.
The 18-year-old striker was signed from Leicester City in the summer and immediately began scoring for the under 21s.
There’s always a worry young forwards won’t be able to convert their form in the academy into the senior squad, but on Tuesday night Butterfill did just that.
Coming on in the 70th...
Council leader lauds Evri’s arrival
THE opening of Europe’s largest parcel distribution hub - which cost £60m and has brought more than 1,000 jobs to the borough - has been praised by Barnsley Council bosses.
Hermes - now known as Evri - opened their state-of-the-art facility, dubbed ‘Colossus’, in Hoyland on Tuesday.
Cabinet members - who met on Wednesday - praised the firm for choosing the borough as a base.
Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said: “The opening Evri is...
Donations needed at foodbank
A CHURCH-RUN foodbank’s volunteers have urged the public to donate to the cause to secure its long-term future.
Gateway Church’s foodbank, based on Mottram Street, opened in 2013 and has since provided meals to more than 15,000 in-need residents.
Due to staff shortages, volunteers are worried about the foodbank’s future, and are uncertain as to whether it will be able to remain open.
Pastor Mark Reasbeck said: “The foodbank has made a tremendous difference to...
Youngsters’ lives to be remembered at grave site
A MEMORIAL for almost a thousand stillborn babies and children is set to be unveiled next month after a tireless campaign to create a fitting tribute to their lives.
The shocking scale of the number of children buried in the public grave at Penistone-Stottercliffe cemetery was revealed last year by local man Richard Galliford, sparking local councillors to set up a fundraiser.
Donations flooded in and more than £7,000 was generated within weeks, paving the...
Best-dressed Katie in running for award
FASHION designer Katie Newsam is in the running to be crowned the best-dressed lady in Yorkshire.
Katie, 34, from Shafton, won the best dressed lady title at Ladies’ Day at Doncaster Races earlier this month and is now in the final vying against the winners from the other eight race courses in Yorkshire.
The Doncaster title netted Katie £1,000, a clothing voucher as well as flowers and champagne and, should she win this county-wide title,...
Inspectors praise nursery in report
A BARNSLEY nursery is celebrating after receiving a ‘good’ rating in its latest Ofsted report.
Lime Tree Nursery, based on Laithes Lane in Athersley, were inspected by Ofsted on July 27.
All four effectiveness ratings - the quality of education, behaviour, personal development and leadership - were marked good during the inspection.
The nursery, which has space for 90 children up to four, is a full-day care site.
During the inspection, staff were spoken to...
Hospital chief to take part in skydive
BARNSLEY Hospital’s chief executive will take to the skies next week for a 15,000 feet leap of faith.
Dr Richard Jenkins will take part in his first skydive in aid of Barnsley Hospital Charity and Rotherham Hospital, where he doubles up as its chief.
A consultant specialising in diabetes and endocrinology, Dr Jenkins has set a target to raise £1,000 from Thursday’s jump, which will take place in Hibaldstow, Lincolnshire.
He said: “Both charities are...
Ghost-hunting group stop off in Barnsley
A YORKSHIRE paranormal group has been to Barnsley on its latest ghost-hunting mission.
WAH Paranormal, a Maltby-based group which investigates haunted places, visited Gee Vee Travel’s coach depot at Stairfoot, last Thursday night.
Andrew Pollard, 49, who formed the group with neighbours Wendy Whitehouse, 65, and her daughter Hayley, 38, said: “Wendy’s husband Barry is a coach driver at Gee Vee and he told us that one of the mechanics had said that he didn’t...
Council to be grilled on replacement homes
BARNSLEY Council will be grilled about their plans to replace the homes lost in the Woodland Drive fire next week.
At Thursday’s full council meeting, a question by Coun Peter Fielding, who represents the Dodworth ward, will raise the question of replacing the council houses on the street.
The fire, on Woodland Drive, Kingstone, began at 3.40pm on July 19 and left four homes destroyed with two more badly damaged.
A ‘major incident’ was declared...
Family’s chalk artwork pays tribute to Queen
A WORSBROUGH family has chalked up another unique talking point by creating a giant tribute to the Queen.
Richard Simpson, 43, of Underhill, Worsbrough, along with daughters Darcey, eight, and Robyn, six, decided that they wanted to do something special in memory of Queen Elizabeth to mark her passing.
Richard said: “We wanted to do something nice to remember the Queen and I suggested to my daughters that they draw some pictures but they wanted...
Health bosses urge women to book screening appointments
HEALTHCARE leaders in Barnsley have joined forces in a fresh attempt to encourage more women aged 50 and above to attend the town centre’s ‘lifesaving’ cancer screening hub.
Medics and staff from the council and hospital will be on hand at the Glass Works today to signpost women towards the new NHS diagnostics centre, which is situated within the £210m leisure complex due to its easy-to-access location, and what it offers.
More than 10,000 screenings...
Plans for former bank met with concern
PLANS to convert a former bank in Penistone into five new retail units have been met with caution by two local councillors, who say the last thing the area needs is ‘more empty units’.
The former Natwest bank on Market Street closed in 2018 and, despite numerous planning applications to change the use of the site in a bid to improve the area’s infrastructure, it has remained vacant.
Earlier this month, a planning application was...
Football comes home to once-neglected sports ground
FOOTBALL’s coming home to a local village after 20 years following a four-year campaign to restore a neglected recreaton ground.
Young footballers played the first competitive matches in two decades on the Silkstone Common community football ground on Sunday.
Silkstone Common Miners Welfare Football FC hosted the historic games which marked the revival of grassroots football in the village.
The under eights team kicked off against St Joseph’s of Worksop, in the Sheffield and Hallamshire’s...
Siblings take top archery prize
A BROTHER and sister duo both picked up medals last week as the UK’s finest archers assembled in Nottingham for the National Tour finals.
Taking place at Wollaton Hall, both Adam Carpenter and his sister Izzy were successful as they continued their fine form.
In the Compound Men competition Adam shot to gold, beating Khai Thomas-Prause and won his third consecutive National Tour title.
Adam is a member of Barnsley Archery Club, on Shaw Lane,...
Hilda marks 100th birthday
A BIRTHDAY celebration was held at Buckingham House care home last weekend.
Hilda Irvine - now 100 years old - originally from Denby Dale, celebrated the milestone last weekend at the care home in Penistone.
Mrs Ivine was a resident of Ingbirchworth for 50 years where she lived with her late husband, David, a miner.
Hilda was a dinner lady at several local schools for many years including Denby Dale, Scissett and Penistone Grammar School....
Yobs’ behaviour blasted by plaza volunteers
ANTISOCIAL behaviour has been blasted by locals who have worked tirelessly to improve a community facility in Thurnscoe.
Youngsters were caught on CCTV ripping up newly-planted flowers at Thurnscoe Plaza last weekend, which was recently refurbished.
Big Local Thurnscoe have CCTV footage of those who are responsible, and are taking action by passing the footage to the police to deal with.
A spokesperson for the organisation said: “We are asking the community of Thurnscoe to...
Town’s house prices continue to grow
HOUSE prices increased by more than 15 per cent in Barnsley in the last year, new figures show.
The average house price in the town in July was £166,778, Land Registry figures show - a 2.5 per cent increase on June.
Over the last year, the average sale price of property in Barnsley rose by £22,000 - putting the area fifth among Yorkshire and the Humber’s 21 local authorities with price data for annual growth....
Sale is ‘reely’ good news for town centre cinema
A TOWN centre building which houses a popular cinema - set to be auctioned off this week before last-minute talks - has had its long-term future secured after operators struck a deal to buy it.
Parkway’s building, on Eldon Street, has been rented since 2005 but was due to be auctioned by Mark Jenkinson and Son on Tuesday.
However, director Rob Younger told the Chronicle negotiations held prior to the auction were successful.
“Following lots...
Inspectors: Council-run kids’ home still failing
INSPECTORS have condemned ‘widespread failures’ at a Barnsley Council-run children’s home - just a year after local authority bosses vowed to put things right after the £600,000-a-year service was judged inadequate.
The home, which the Chronicle cannot name but is permitted to care for five children, was ranked ‘inadequate’ for a second time by Ofsted following a two-day inspection in July.
Due to the findings, a restriction of accommodation notice - which prevents other children...
Cost-of-living crisis impacts business
SPIRALLING energy costs have forced a long-established town centre fish and chip shop to close part of their business.
Mermaid Fish and Chips, based on Burlington Arcade, has seen a major rise in their energy bills, forcing them to make changes to their model.
Lisa Wright, shop manager, told the Chronicle: “We sadly had to announce the closure of the restaurant side of the business to focus on the takeaway.
“This was a decision forced...
Almost 1,000 sign condolence books
ALMOST 1,000 people have paid tribute to the Queen through Barnsley Council’s condolence books.
A total of 616 residents had visited Barnsley Town Hall as of yesterday to sign the book in person, while a further 329 had signed the online version.
Well-wishers have until Monday to sign.
Brian Glover’s plaque to be unveiled
WORLD-RENOWNED director Ken Loach will return to Barnsley next week to unveil a blue plaque in Brian Glover’s memory on the 25th anniversary of his death.
The group behind the project originally wanted the tribute to be placed outside the Civic Hall, as it was the place where Brian appeared as a professional wrestler.
However it will now be placed outside the Chennells Bar on Wellington Street, as it was there that Brian was filmed...
Decision due on ‘levelling up’ bid
BARNSLEY’S bid for more than £26m in so-called ‘levelling up’ cash - set to improve areas of the town centre and Elsecar - could be decided on by the government as soon as next month, it was revealed this week.
According to a report - due to be discussed by ruling cabinet members on Wednesday - the government will mull over schemes titled ‘Barnsley Futures’ and ‘Elsecar Forging Ahead’ in the autumn.
A new 3,140...
Reds players learn about area’s mining history
BARNSLEY FC players visited the National Coal Mining Museum last week.
The Reds learnt more about the town’s heritage as a mining town and were given a tour of the site, before being lowered 140 metres to experience the conditions directly on the coalface.
They learnt about the struggles coal miners suffered from working in poor, cramped and dusty conditions everyday.
Michael Duff, head coach of Barnsley FC, said: “We came to get an understanding...
Protecting vulnerable children is ‘top priority’
BOARD members made up of council, hospital and police bosses in Barnsley have reiterated their commitment to protecting local children from harm following an inspection into the service.
Watchdog Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) looked into the Barnsley Safeguarding Children Partnership (BSCP) and said the service demonstrates ‘ambition and commitment’.
However, inspectors noted it was ‘too early’ to see consistent progress due...
Runner raises cash for charity
PENISTONE runner Lucy Clough ran her first half marathon at the Great North Run last Sunday and managed to raise over £800 for a Barnsley charity dear to her family’s heart.
Lucy, 22, who recently graduated from Northumbria University, runs regularly but has only been training specifically for the Great North Run since returning from holiday at end of July.
Lucy said: “I’m so happy to have crossed the finish line and raise money for...
Remarkable recovery for motorbike ace
A BARNSLEY motorbike racer has won a race - just six weeks after suffering life-threatening injuries in a horror crash.
Adam Sheriff and his son Kaine both entered the pre-electronic injection class race at Darley Moor in Ashbourne.
Adam won the race and achieved the two fastest laps which was a dramatic upturn in his fortunes after a difficult start to the year.
Adam said: “Things all went very wrong at the start of the...
Tonnes of cigarette waste collected
STUBBED-OUT cigarettes dropped by smokers yields almost 3.5 tonnes of waste in the worst-hit area of Barnsley, a council report has claimed.
The North East Area Council - which covers Cudworth, North East, Monk Bretton and Royston wards - revealed 3.4 tonnes of cigarette-related litter was collected over a year.
The report - which adds that there are approximately 8,000 smokers in the area - says societal costs due to smoking now tops £10m in...
Double theft prompts police appeal
SOUTH Yorkshire Police officers want to speak to two men in connection with a theft that took place last month.
At around 6pm on August 29, officers were called to a report of a theft at a business premises on Whaley Road where a trailer storing metal worth thousands of pounds was stolen.
The following day at around 9pm, another trailer containing expensive metal was stolen.
A number of lines of enquiry have already been...
Ex-youth hub to become SEND school
A FORMER youth centre is to be repurposed into a ‘much-needed’ facility which will cater for 40 youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities to reduce costly out-of-borough placements, the Chronicle can reveal.
Plans unveiled this week show Elmhirst Youth Centre, in Worsbrough, will undergo a £1.3m refurbishment ahead of its reopening, which will include a new multi-use games area, interior remodelling, classroom extensions and ramped access.
The Department for Education allocated Barnsley £3.82m for...
Warning issued over busy hospital period
BARNSLEY Hospital’s emergency services are likely to be a ‘lot busier than usual’ following the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
NHS and care leaders are advising the community to make sure they order and collect their prescriptions or stock home medicines as some pharmacies in the community may close for the holiday.
Staff at Barnsley Hospital are working to ensure the patients who are well enough to spend the holiday at home, can be discharged by...
HMO woes brought to light by group
‘UNSAFE’ living conditions could endanger lives in unregistered HMOs in the Central ward, according to a concerned resident.
The Crux of the Matter community group meeting last month was attended by two elected councillors, Coun Summer Risebury and Coun Janine Moyes.
In the meeting, Coun Risebury provided figures of the number of registered HMOs in the Barnsley Central ward, declaring there to be 66 registered HMOs, and a further 28 suspected HMOs in the same...
Two more Covid deaths registered
TWO more Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in Barnsley, latest statistics show.
A total of 1,172 people had died in the area when the UK coronavirus dashboard was updated on September 8 - up from 1,170 on August 31.
The figures include anyone who died within 28 days of a positive test result for Covid-19, and whose usual residence was in Barnsley.
Barnsley singer sets off on national tour
BARNSLEY singer Delilah Bon embarked on a nationwide tour this week.
Delilah, the alter ego of Lauren Tate from punk band Hands Off Gretel, kicked off her tour in Birmingham last night and will be playing 11 venues including Brighton, London and Glasgow as well as at the Leadmill in Sheffield and on September 29 and the Key Club in Leeds on October 1.
The tour follows on from festival appearances at Kendal Calling, Maui...
Europe’s largest parcel hub to open
Europe’s largest parcel distribution hub - built a stone’s throw from the M1 in Hoyland - is set to officially open next week and welcome 1,400 employees. Reporter Lucy James was given a look behind the scenes..
HERMES - now known as Evri - built their state-of-the-art facility, dubbed ‘Colossus’, on fiercely fought over land which was allocated for development in Barnsley Council’s local plan development blueprint.
Given its former green belt status, campaigners blasted...