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Community concerns aired
A LOCAL MP recently met with Silkstone residents to hear about their concerns - including the upcoming sale of a church and planned boundary changes. Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, met with Nigel Matthewman, Chairman of Trustees for Silkstone Common Sports and Recreation Association, and Chair of Silkstone Parish Council Lesley Gill at Silkstone Common Methodist Church. She said: “The church is such a central part of the communities of Silkstone and Silkstone...
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It’s okay to talk at new library sessions
ANDY’S Man Club will have more than 180 groups running across the country when new sessions at Wombwell Library begin next month. The men’s mental health and social group began in 2016, after 23-year-old Andrew Roberts committed suicide despite never expressing any struggles with his mental health. Following the tragedy, his family came up with the idea for the group, which allows men to openly talk about their emotions without fear of judgement. Barnsley group...
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Junior doctors set to strike again
JUNIOR doctors will go on strike once again at Barnsley Hospital this weekend - with the industrial action running into the middle of next week. The strike will start on Saturday at 7am until 11.59pm on Wednesday, a total of five days. A spokesperson said: “The care and safety of people who use our services is our highest priority, and it is important that people continue to use our services when they need them. “Some...
Barnsley-born artist returns home with new exhibition
A TATE Gallery-featured photographer has returned home to showcase a new exhibit of his work. Andy Dunkley, originally from Oakwell, has had a vibrant career which has taken him all over the nation developing his own unique style. Studying photography at Barnsley Arts College, before moving onto Hull University, the Barnsley native got into professional photography in an usual way. He told the Chronicle: “We had a technician in Hull who’d settled back there after...
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Controversial planning application’s fate set to be decided
BARNSLEY Council’s planning department are set to rule on an application to build seven new industrial units in Birdwell. The application, which was submitted in August, seeks to build the commercial units - ranging from 3,300 square feet to 18,600 square feet - on the Dearne Valley Parkway. A target date had originally been set for November 29, 2023 but Barnsley Council’s planning board have deferred the plans. An extended target decision date has now...
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A and E waiting times revealed
JUST over half the people who sought medical assistance at Barnsley Hospital’s accident and emergency department were seen within an NHS-set target of four hours last month. NHS figures obtained by the Chronicle show there were a total of 8,808 visits to A and E in January and of them, 4,884 were seen within four hours - accounting for 55 per cent of arrivals. It means the trust fell significantly short of the recovery target...
Rate My Takeaway star returns to new-look town centre
BARNSLEY’S social media star Danny Malin returned home to document the changes to the town centre. The 44-year-old Rate My Takeaway sensation shared a video on his other successful YouTube channel - Mr and Mrs Yorkshire - which he runs alongside his wife, Sophie. He documented how it’s changed from his childhood to today following the Glass Works’ completion. Danny said: “I first became familiar with the Glass Works in the run-up to Barnsley Fashion...
First-time buyers paying much more
FIRST-TIME buyers in Barnsley spent £36,900 more on their property in December than they did five years ago, new figures have revealed. By comparison, former owner-occupiers paid £182,900 on average in December - 26.6 per cent more than first-time buyers who spent an average of £144,500. Owners of terraced houses saw the biggest fall in property prices in Barnsley in December - they dropped 3.9 per cent in price, to £126,008 on average. Over the...
Town centre pubs go up for sale
TWO pubs in Barnsley town centre have gone up for sale after administrators were called in at their parent company, The Court House and The White Bear are up for sale following the news from Wear Inns, whose previous portfolio consisted of 25 pubs across the north of England. This comes after the appointment of administrators from Interpath Advisory in November last year. According to agents Avison Young there has already been strong interest in...
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Calls for sleeping councillor to resign
CALLS have been made for a councillor to resign after he fell asleep in a meeting about child sexual exploitation. Wath’s Coun Alan Atkin reportedly fell asleep during a meeting with other Rotherham councillors regarding work to tackle child sexual exploitation. Following the grooming scandal and subsequent Jay report in 2014, Rotherham Council has held regular meetings to update councillors on work being done to ensure children are safe. Coun Atkin said: “I’m a human...
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Coalfield cash ‘essential’ for ex-mining communities
A TASKFORCE of MPs who represent former coalfields communities such as Barnsley could help fast-track government investment to boost ex-mining areas’ future prosperity after decades of decline. Stephanie Peacock, the MP for Barnsley East, recently attended a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Coalfield Communities. The group undertake regular projects and look into issues concerning ex-coalfield communities like Ms Peacock’s constituency, which includes Grimethorpe, one of th
Young ice hockey star overcomes the odds...
AN ‘inspirational’ ice hockey star who overcame bone cancer in his childhood - which resulted in him becoming a leg amputee - has set his sights on achieving his dream of representing Great Britain on the world stage. Ben O’Brien, from Wombwell, was diagnosed at just nine years old and had to undergo an amputation just two years later. Now 21 and playing for the Sheffield Steelkings, Ben’s been selected for the Great Britain squad...
Coal Authority withdraw key objection at 1,500-home site
CAMPAIGNERS’ decade-old hopes that a controversial scheme to build 1,500 homes on a giant site along the M1 corridor would be quashed due to its ex-mining past have been dealt a huge blow - after the Coal Authority withdrew its previous objection to the plan this week. Site MU1, which separates communities such as Barugh Green, Higham and Pogmoor, is the subject of plans to build 1,500 homes, a new primary school, warehouses for business...
Enforcement action taken against HMO landlord
A BID to convert a property into a house of multiple occupation - which was turned down by Barnsley Council - has been ignored by a landlord. Applicant Azad Jarrah was denied the planning permission required to change the Dodworth Road property’s use in December 2021. However, according to the council’s planning enforcement team, the refusal was ignored and the house was turned into a multi-occupancy unit. Action has been taken, according to a report,...
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Charity auction features special jersey
A CHARITY auction is set to feature a unique Barnsley FC prize from their brief time in the Premier League. The event, at the Holiday Inn, will take place on March 16 to raise funds for hospices in both Barnsley and Rotherham. An auction will include a special prize - a signed shirt worn by mascot Toby Tyke in 1997 when the Reds enjoyed their only stint in the top flight. A spokesperson from Barnsley...
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Pharmacists being used to ease GP backlog
RESIDENTS across Barnsley will now be able to get treatment for seven common conditions at their high street pharmacy without needing to see a GP - as the government and NHS roll out the scheme in a bid to cut waiting times. The scheme is part of the NHS and government’s primary care access recovery plan, which committed to making accessing healthcare easier for millions of people. The major expansion of pharmacy services will give...
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Tributes paid to firm’s lifelong employee
A LIFELONG employee of Barnsley’s longest-running building firm has died from Covid-19. Bryan Panks died at Barnsley Hospital on January 4 at 91 years old - he was a colourful man, whose varied life allowed him to explore countless activities. Yet, for all of his working life he was loyal to CD Potter and Sons Building Ltd, who he joined as an apprentice bricklayer when he was only 16 and worked through the ranks to...
Councillor: ‘Residents’ views will be heard in housing row’
A LOCAL councillor is working to ensure a 235-home development in Wombwell is completed with residents in mind - following concerns about the loss of green space. Planning permission was originally granted for the development on Lundhill Road - the former Darfield Foulstone School site - in 2020. Work has already commenced on the scheme with construction works currently ongoing. Miller Homes purchased the site after the approval of the original planning application. As Miller...
Grandfather embarks on 180-mile trek
A BARNSLEY Hospital volunteer will set off on a 180-mile walk in memory of his granddaughter. Jeff Cole, from Hoylandswaine, starts the walk on Sunday and will continue on a selection of different local routes up to March 6. The 55-year-old, who is a serial fundraiser for Barnsley Hospital Charity, is walking for Esther Grace Spencer Cole - who died in March 2018 at just a few weeks old. On March 4, 2018, she was...
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GP surgeries dealing with hundreds more patients
BARNSLEY’S crammed GP practices now have hundreds more registered patients than a decade ago - despite there being less doctors available to see according to new analysis into the ‘crisis’. The Royal College of GPs said action is needed to recruit more doctors and keep them in the profession longer as patient lists become ‘unsustainable’. NHS Digital figures show 119 full-time equivalent, fully-trained GPs were working at surgeries in the borough in November - in...
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Work on youth choir’s new home to pick up pace
OFFICIAL plans have been submitted to the council to create a permanent home for the world-renowned Barnsley Youth Choir - with the scheme set to pick up pace in the coming months. Barnsley Council was successful in its bid to receive more than £10m in levelling up funding in January 2023 - paving the way for a host of town centre projects to pick up pace. Cash will be used to fund an activity park...
Barnsley’s Tom favourite for Love Island crown
BARNSLEY lad Tom Clare is the bookies’ favourite to win the Love Island final on Monday night. The 24-year-old, who attended Darton College as a youngster, has been in the South African villa for the last month and is currently coupled up with model Molly Smith. Molly’s ex-boyfriend is Callum Jones, who is also in the villa - he’s also one of the favourites to take away the £50,000 cash prize. The former Barnsley FC...
Saved bus service may not be replicated elsewhere
AN axed bus service which is set to be reinstated after county bosses stepped in due to a campaign led by pensioners may not be able to be repeated at other impacted locations due to the cost - leading more calls to be made for a government bailout to put passengers’ needs first. A new service - the 33 - will replace the former Stagecoach-operated 43 and 44 which served the Broadway area. Funded by...
New-look Royston Library reopens
ROYSTON Library reopened its doors to the public following a month-long closure to refurbish the site. The library has been closed since late December to allow for the makeover to take place. It included an enhanced children’s area, more comfortable seating and a new local history wall. The wall showcases the rich heritage of Royston, including a donated sign from the old Royston railway signal box that has been restored and is on loan from...
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RSPCA to use Barnsley sparrowhawk shooting case as an ‘example’
INVESTIGATORS from the RSPCA have vowed to use a recent conviction - which saw a Barnsley pensioner receive a four-figure bill for gunning down a protected sparrowhawk - as an example in a Yorkshire-wide campaign to help reverse dwindling bird of prey numbers. Peter Smith, of Clifton Close, Barnsley was charged with killing a sparrowhawk at Hope Street Allotments, Mapplewell, in February last year. The 77-year-old, who pleaded not guilty, was convicted following a trial...
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Town hall bosses to accept back-to-work funding
BARNSLEY Council are set to accept more than £1.7m in funding to help boost employment opportunities for the almost 40,000 residents out of work - with leaders admitting if they ‘do nothing’ the town will ‘continue to lag behind’ the regional and national averages. Approval is being sought at next week’s cabinet meeting to accept a total of £1.713m from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund - with the council also putting in £354,000 in ‘match...
Well-known farmer dies
A JUDGE of royal pig shows who was an endlessly enthusiastic farmer has died at 83 years old. Barry Tue, the former owner of Bromley Farm in Wortley, came from humble beginnings as the only child in a mining family. With his wife Glenda, Barry built up a small holding at Westwood High Green, becoming one of the most respected pig farmers in the nation, being invited to several committees and to judge at royal...
Armed robbery attempt sparks police probe
A POLICE investigation has been launched following an attempted armed robbery in Kendray on Wednesday. It’s reported that at around 8pm on Birk Avenue, two men wearing white clothing entered a convenience store brandishing a knife and demanding the victim open the till. A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “The suspects left the store empty handed and enquiries to find those responsible are ongoing. “No-one was injured during the incident. “Anyone with information is...
Call for more XL Bully guidance
A BARNSLEY MP has called on the government to issue further guidance to XL bully owners who have been unable to register their dogs. Stephanie Peacock, who represents Barnsley East, was contacted by a constituent who was unable to get their dog neutered for an unexpected amount of time and was therefore unable to register the dog before the government-set deadline. The introduction of the policy on XL bullies, while necessary and welcome according to...
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College maintains Microsoft status
BARNSLEY College has yet again maintained its Microsoft status. By maintaining the status, it shows the college has a continued commitment to digital technologies and integrating these into the classroom, fostering creativity, critical thinking, accessibility and collaboration. Representatives from the college attended the global gathering Bett - a leading conference for education technology advocates in London, speaking at workshops and networking with senior Microsoft staff. Digital innovat
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Habitat ‘bank’ plan gains approval
LOCAL councillors discussed plans to introduce a habitat bank to the town last week. The creation would provide a way for landowners to create or restore a habitat in advance and ‘bank’ the resulting biodiversity units. These units can then be purchased by developers in order to comply with the mandatory ten per cent biodiversity net gain, where this can’t be achieved on the site of a new development. Details of where the site will...
Out-of-pocket parents condemn company’s silence
EXPECTANT parents have lost thousands of pounds after paying deposits for items from a Barnsley-based company which went into liquidation. Direct2Mum announced through a Facebook post last weekend that it would be closing and that anyone who had made a deposit on unfulfilled orders with a credit card, or through their bank’s chargeback scheme, would be able to apply for a refund. However, this does not cover the many people who paid with cash, with...
BRIT Award-winning Tom Walker to perform in town centre
BRIT Award winner Tom Walker will perform two free sets in the town centre this weekend. The multi-platinum selling pop star, whose hits include Leave A Light On and Head Underwater, will be in the Glass Works square on Saturday at 11am and 1pm. Tom asked his fans on social media where he should perform, asking for towns which are often left out of mainstream tours. Barnsley came out top of the list and Tom...
Sexual health clinics struggle with rocketing cases
‘UNPRECEDENTED’ demand is being seen in Barnsley sexual health clinics due to rocketing cases of gonorrhoea - with figures more than quadrupling in a decade. Analysis from the Local Government Association (LGA)s show 256 cases of gonorrhoea were most recently recorded in Barnsley, an increase of 126 on the year before when there were 130. In 2012, there were 59 cases but since 2017, cases of gonorrhoea have climbed by 197 per cent. Despite both...
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Barnsley’s Sam spreads some joy
CHILDREN in Hull were thrilled to receive a visit from Barnsley’s own Sam Nixon. Known for hosting CBBC shows like Copycats and Sam and Mark’s Big Friday Wind-Up, Sam is also a trained chef and serves as the ambassador of bread makers Jacksons of Yorkshire. Last week he made a trip to McMillan Nursery School to let people sample the company’s new tiger loaf, which was created in partnership with Judith Kerr’s picture book ‘The...
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Four disgraced officers lost jobs
A TOTAL of 96 per cent of allegations made against police officers resulted in no action being taken - but four Barnsley-based PCs lost their jobs as a result of investigations into their wrongdoing. Home Office figures show 3,086 misconduct allegations were made against South Yorkshire Police officers and handled under the formal complaints process in the year to March 2023 - significantly up from 2,305 the year before. Of these, 3,054 were either not...
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Historic race to return to town’s streets
THE Barnsley 10K race is set to return to the town this summer - exactly 50 years since the first Barnsley Marathon took place. Taking place on Sunday, June 30, the race will begin in the Glass Works’ public square at 9am. It will then take participants through Barnsley town centre, Wilthorpe and Redbrook before looping back around at the Claycliffe Road area before arriving back in the square for a sprint finish. There are...
Safety fears over lighting issues
A COUNCILLOR has called on the local authority and Barnsley Hospital to work together to solve lighting issues in his ward. Coun Phil Lofts, who represents the Old Town ward, has been working with the council’s street lighting team to solve the lighting problem - which is down to a bush blocking the light on West Road. The street light at the end of West Road, near the access path to Stocks Lane, is vital...
Healey promises u-turn on ‘decade of decline’
A DECADE of decline in apprenticeships and training opportunities being available to youngsters in Barnsley has been laid bare by an MP - and plans are being made to reverse the trend to boost future aspirations. John Healey, who represents Wentworth and Dearne, said Labour analysis showed there were 1,670 take-ups in 2022/23 - almost half the figure that was seen in 2013/14. The figures have declined year-on-year, with only 2018/19 registering a slight climb...
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Trust counts cost of strike action
STRIKE action at Barnsley Hospital has cost the trust more than £2m over the last year, the Chronicle can reveal. Both senior and junior doctors took industrial action at the Gawber Road site last year for dozens of days, as they sought a better pay offer from the government. A report, which has been seen by the Chronicle, shows that over the latest 12-month period strike action has cost the hospital’s trust an additional £2.3m....
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Schools running at financial deficit
A NUMBER of schools in Barnsley have revealed they ran a financial deficit over the latest academic year, new figures have revealed. Schools are required to disclose details of their finances to the Department for Education, although not all of them do so, meaning only an incomplete picture is available. The figures show four of the 35 local authority-maintained schools in Barnsley which did provide information were in a financial deficit in 2022/23 - however,...
Ward proposals would ‘split up’ communities
PROPOSALS to create new council ward boundaries will ‘split up’ communities, it has been claimed. The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) are currently reviewing Barnsley’s 21 boundaries having last done so in 2003. Approval to press ahead was granted by the council’s ruling cabinet last month but the town’s Liberal Democrats have objected to the council’s plan - which notably saw Silkstone moving from Penistone East into the Dodworth wa
Barnsley man jailed for fatal stabbing
A JURY needed less than an hour to find a Barnsley man guilty of murder after he stabbed a young dad to death near the town centre. Daniel Balazs, 21, of Heelis Street, was found guilty of murder at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday. He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday and will serve a minimum of 20 years. On August 9, at around 9pm, he stabbed 28-year-old dad-of-two Daniel Micska to...
Serious accidents prompt safety talks
HIGHWAYS bosses are investigating how to make a junction safer after a series of collisions. The junction of Keresforth Road and Stainborough Road was discussed at last week’s full council meeting after the issue was brought up by Coun Sam Christmas, who represents the Dodworth ward. It’s reported that cars have been parking on the bend, causing motorists to use the other side of the road to pass. Recently, a female pedestrian sustained life-changing injuries...
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Town’s first fashion week raises cash for charity
BARNSLEY Fashion Week helped raise cash for a cancer charity. The main show, held at the Metrodome, was the highlight of the week and attracted a large audience, with more than 90 different glitzy outfits hitting the runway. Organised by Victoria Reddington, with support from Barnsley Rockley Rotary Club members, the event aimed to showcase local talent while supporting charitable causes such as Marie Curie, which received Her dad, Alwyn Richards, is the president of...
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Josh in the frame to take on world champ
A FORMER youth pool superstar is turning professional to take on the current world champion at this year’s Ultimate Pool tour. Josh Juhasz, 36, from Grimethorpe, was covered in the Chronicle when he became an under-18s European champion for a second time. Yet it’s only now that the eight-ball player will turn pro as he is set to play in the TNT Sports-televised tournament in April. When I was young I watched my dad play...