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Youngsters’ first school days snapped by Chronicle’s photographers
OUR photographers are currently working on getting around all of Barnsley’s primary schools and taking photos of every new starter. The photos will start to be published in next Friday’s newspaper.

Every year our photographers visit the town’s 90-plus primary schools to produce the souvenir for families of all the little ones as they start their school life.

Next week, Silkstone Common Primary, Thurgoland, Oxspring, Springvale, Penistone St John’s, Thurlstone, Millhouse and Hoylandswaine will be...
Harry Gration signs off career outside Barnsley Town Hall
VETERAN newsreader Harry Gration held back tears as he signed off for the final time at a live broadcast from Barnsley.

The popular BBC Look North presenter, who celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday, capped a 42-year career outside the town hall on Wednesday evening.

After the broadcast, in which long-time colleague Paul Hudson congratulated him and he received a round of applause from gathered crew members, Harry told the Chronicle it was ‘appropriate’ he’d said...
Barnsley to enter tier three restrictions at midnight
A SURGE in coronavirus cases across all age groups leading to ‘overwhelming’ pressure being placed on Barnsley Hospital will result in the town entering a second local lockdown for a minimum of four weeks from midnight - and revellers have been urged to avoid one last party before pubs close.

The escalation from tier two to three, announced on Wednesday, bans residents from socialising with anybody they do not live with in any indoor setting,...
MP blocks free kids’ holiday meals
A BARNSLEY MP has come under fire for voting against allowing free meals to be provided for more than 7,000 hungry schoolchildren across the borough during next week’s half-term break.

Penistone and Stocksbridge MP, Miriam Cates, was the only Barnsley MP to vote against the proposed plans to provide vouchers to struggling families.

Ms Cates was one of 318 Conservative MPs that vetoed the plans which were spearheaded by Manchester United and England footballer, Marcus...
Mass closures of schools across borough
JUST under a third of all primary schools across the borough have been forced to send pupils home this week as a result of coronavirus-related concerns.

Four primary schools - St Helen’s Catholic Primary School, Lacewood Primary School, Thurgoland CofE Primary School, and Kings Oak Primary School - announced this week that they would close fully until after next week’s half-term break.

Seventeen other schools have announced bubble closures, with some now closed until the...
Pub closures to hit borough
STRICT rules are set to cause chaos for the town’s traditional pubs as the government-imposed tier three restrictions will plunge the future of many businesses into doubt.

This comes following the announcement on Wednesday that the borough - along with the rest of South Yorkshire - will be placed into tier three lockdown restrictions from 12.01am on Saturday.

The move will force pubs and bars to close their doors, unless they serve food, meaning that...
MPs react to new tier three measures
THE borough’s MPs have backed Barnsley entering the government’s strict tier three restrictions in a bid to curtail an alarming rise in coronavirus cases.

Barnsley East’s Stephanie Peacock, Wentworth and Dearne’s John Healey and Penistone and Stocksbridge’s Miriam Cates all backed Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis, who announced the Sheffield City Region - of which he is the mayor - would have tighter restrictions.

Stephanie said: “I know the news that Barnsley is moving into...
Town hall closed due to outbreak
BARNSLEY Town Hall was urgently evacuated after four coronavirus cases were confirmed among the council’s staff yesterday.

The building will be closed to both staff and public until October 27 while a full deep clean is carried out across the building.

The immediate closure will disrupt upcoming weddings, registrars and archive appointments.

Council bosses will contact residents due to wed over the next four days to postpone plans.

The launch of the exhibition ‘I Grew...
Youngsters donate items to those in need
GRATEFUL students and families at a school have collected hundreds of items to donate to a foodbank.

Pupils at Parkside Primary School, on Midland Road in Royston, were encouraged to bring in tins and cans of food that could be delivered to Royston Community Foodbank with the Salvation Army.

Rachel Ward, the headteacher at the school, has thanked the foodbank for its vital help during school closures.

“It was tough for all schools across the...
Police uncover cannabis farm after burglary call
POLICE officers got more than they bargained for when they attended reports of a burglary and found a room full of cannabis plants.

Officers from D Group visited a property on Wath Road, Wombwell, at 12.20am on Monday.

On their arrival officers found that the property was reportedly used to grow cannabis plants.

Enquiries to find those responsible are ongoing.
Motorcyclist honoured with poignant escort
FELLOW scooter enthusiasts formed a poignant escort for a popular Barnsley man’s funeral procession.

Colin Chase, who died aged 59 on October 8, was a Dearne Valley Scooter Club stalwart who attended rallies in this country and abroad.

Various scooter club members rode with the cortege, passing his home on Church Street, Darfield, on the way to Barnsley Crematorium on Wednesday.

Colin, who worked for Northern Rail before retiring through ill health, leaves wife Karen,...
Educating Yorkshire head settles into new Netherwood role
NEW Netherwood Academy principal Jonny Mitchell has settled into the role, despite having to use his ‘crystal ball’ at times to decipher the government’s guidance.

The 48-year-old, who became a household name over the course of Channel 4’s 2013 documentary Educating Yorkshire, admits his stardom is a faint memory nowadays.

Jonny, from Dewsbury, will have had even less time to reflect having had his hands full since coming to Barnsley in the midst of the...
Barnsley to house Europe’s largest parcel hub
A PARCEL ‘super hub’ which will be the largest in Europe has been given the go-ahead by Barnsley Council’s planning board - despite campaigners accusing the local authority of ‘underhand and manipulative’ tactics in order to push the scheme through.

Hermes’ plan for ‘Colossus’ related to a former green belt site off Sheffield Road in Hoyland on land earmarked for employment use, and will be capable of processing 1.3 million parcels per day.

At a...
Youngsters filmed throwing fireworks
EMERGENCY services have issued an urgent warning for people to be sensible ahead of a ‘very different’ bonfire period - after youngsters were apparently filmed hurling fireworks at each other.

The shocking footage was taken at Milton Forge playing fields between Elsecar and Hoyland on Sunday evening, and appears to show a large group of youngsters - one of which, thought to be aged 19 or 20, is chasing another while throwing fireworks.

Hoyland officers...
MND sufferer announces charity skydive
A WOMAN who suffers with motor neurone disease is set to take to the skies to raise money for a life-changing wet room for her home.

Michelle Lumb, from St Michael’s Avenue in Monk Bretton, has started an online fundraiser in a bid to help raise £4,000 by doing a skydive.

The funds will be split between the wet room conversion and a donation to the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.

The 48-year-old believes a...
Drug-related deaths at ‘highest-ever’ levels
DRUG-related deaths in Barnsley are at their highest-ever levels, according to worrying new government figures.

Deaths due to drug misuse have more than quadrupled since 1993, the earliest year on record - from four, to 23 deaths in 2019.

Misuse accounts for the vast majority of total drug poisoning-related deaths in the borough, at 82 per cent, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The latest figure for Barnsley is the third-highest of the...
Students’ mental health impacted by government’s decision making
STUDENTS’ mental health was needlessly jeopardised by the government’s ‘wholly inappropriate’ handling of A-level results which had seen 63 per cent of Barnsley College’s youngsters’ marks downgraded, according to an MP.

Stephanie Peacock, who represents Barnsley East, made a speech in Parliament on the results scandal and called for more support to be provided should education settings enter a second forced spell of closure.

August’s results saw almost two-thirds of students at Barnsley College receive...
Ex-headteacher becomes a lockdown author
A WOMAN has found an unexpected new pursuit after thinking up ways to connect with her new great-grandson in spite of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Former headteacher, Jean Mason, was unable to see baby Jack due to coronavirus restrictions and decided to write a book about his adventures, which she hopes to share with him as he gets older.

The book, titled Jack’s Midnight Adventures, follows Jack as he visits the Queen, Father Christmas and takes...
Penny Pie Park campaigners set for crunch meeting
CAMPAIGNERS who have secured a crunch meeting with Barnsley Council will tell the local authority to halt its controversial scheme to create a one-way road system through a much-loved park next week, new documents have revealed.

A recent cabinet decision relating to the road at Penny Pie Park - which is in its early groundwork stages - to make an extra £3m available to complete the road has prompted a fresh wave of complaints from...
Man in critical condition following town centre ‘assault’
A MAN remains in ‘critical’ condition in hospital after a suspected assault at a town centre taxi rank.

A suspect was arrested on suspicion of assault and released on bail in connection with the incident.

Last Saturday at 11pm, town centre police were called to Peel Square outside Halifax bank following reports of an assault.

A 25-year-old man was taken to Barnsley Hospital with serious head injuries where he remains in a stable but critical...
Musicians use lockdown as an inspiration for new record
LOCKDOWN has been bleak for artists and performers - but a Barnsley impresario and his musical collaborator have found a ‘silver lining’ amid the clouds.

Jack Land Noble has reunited with Holmfirth musician and composer Rob Cooper to record The Coalfield Symphony’s debut album, ‘Virtue and Villainy’.

With their diaries unfortunately cleared - Jack had been looking forward to a number of projects at the Lamproom Theatre - the pair found the flame reignited for...
Peel Square arrest made in ASB crackdown
INCREASED town centre police patrols in an effort to stamp out rising antisocial behaviour led to an arrest.

Last Monday, the Barnsley Central policing team tackled drug abuse and criminal behaviour on Market Street, Peel Square and Peel Street following multiple reports.

A spokesperson for the Barnsley Central team said: “A male had previously been issued a PSPO notice by council wardens for behaving in an antisocial manner on Peel Square, including urinating in plain...
Acrophobic Tina takes to the skies for youngster
A WOMAN who is terrified of heights faced her fear by jumping 300ft for a local youngster with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

On Saturday, Tina Moule, from Hoyland, took to the skies to raise funds for young Louie George from Mapplewell.

Louie was born prematurely at 28 weeks and has quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy, periventricular leukomalacia - a brain injury where cysts form on the brain - and global development delay.

His family are trying...
66-years-married man nurtures rose after wife’s death
AN avid gardener has planted a rose bush in memory of his wife and nurtured it throughout lockdown.

Colin Tindle, 89, of Clarney Avenue, Darfield, was happily married to his wife, 86-year-old Irene Tindle, for 66 years before she died last December.

He planted the rose bush at the start of this year - remembering Irene by displaying her favourite flower.

His daughter, 65-year-old Linda Hampton, told the Chronicle: “His gardening has always been something...
Local football club blasted for signing convict
A NON-LEAGUE football club from Barnsley has been criticised for signing a convicted domestic abuser who beat a woman with an iron bar.

Reece Thompson played for Wombwell Town in a home match against South Elmsall United Services on Saturday and could make a second appearance away to Kiveton Park tomorrow.

The forward’s move to the Sheffield County Senior League side comes a month after another Yorkshire non-league club, Selby Town, backtracked on a decision...
Policing team helps fraud victims claw back cash
AN anti-fraud policing team helped claw back thousands of pounds stolen from vulnerable residents who had been duped out of their savings by criminals exploiting self-isolating pensioners during lockdown.

Operation Signature has been rolled out by police across the town - focusing on protecting those deemed to be at high risk of fraud - which has seen each of Barnsley’s six neighbourhood policing teams tasked with advising vulnerable people about the potential pitfalls of fraud....