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Care homes agree to employees’ pay hike
MORE than two dozen care homes have agreed to implement an increased pay structure for hundreds of employees across the town.
Barnsley Council agreed to implement its ‘Excellence In Care’ initiative that will workers’ pay increase to £9.72 an hour - £1 above the national living wage.
According to a report, 26 out of 46 facilities in the town have agreed to the deal, which amounts to an annual rise of about £3,000 per year....
School to cost £25m
A NEW school which will open in two years’ time in order to cater for growing demand will be a ‘state-of-the-art’ facility costing in excess of £25m, leaders behind the project told the Chronicle this week.
Trinity Academy St Edward’s was set to open a temporary venue to 180 year seven students on September 1 on the grounds of a former NHS site near Broadway, Kingstone.
However, it will instead be temporarily housed at a...
Immediate action required in miners’ pension row
SEVEN weeks after a damning parliamentary report said ex-miners should receive a cash windfall from a ‘grossly unfair’ pension scheme, the Barnsley MP who sparked the inquiry has demanded ‘immediate’ action.
Barnsley East MP Stephanie Peacock wrote to prime minister Boris Johnson this week requesting an urgent follow-up from the cross-party Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee report published in April.
The report heavily criticises the government’s claiming of at least £4bn from...
Greggs staff save woman’s life
A WOMBWELL woman wants to thank the Greggs staff who saved her life through their quick-thinking after she went into anaphylactic shock.
Ellie Burrows, 22, of Mont Walk, was on her way into Barnsley with her partner, Jack Ford, when they got off of the bus outside Greggs at Stairfoot.
At the time Ellie had no known allergies and so when she felt a tickle in her throat, she didn’t realise how serious the matter...
Nurse awarded MBE by Queen
A NURSE who has dedicated her life to promoting women’s voices across the NHS has been recognised with an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.
Margaret Stubbs, of Huddersfield Road in Penistone, was awarded an MBE for her tireless work as a nurse for more than 50 years.
The 73-year-old left her Jamaican home as a teenager to work in the NHS where she championed diversity, gender equality and the voices of her patients....
Fresh calls for action on road
AN incident in which a motorcyclist slid ‘at least 30 yards’ after losing control of his vehicle at a danger junction has resurrected calls for action.
Petitions have been launched to urge highways bosses to look more seriously at the junction of Paddock Road, Shaw Lane and Staincross Common in 2016 and then last year.
But the most recent incident, on Sunday afternoon, has again brought to light that little has been done to allay...
HMO measures agreed
NEW measures for tighter control over large properties being converted into houses of multiple occupation (HMOs) have been brought in by Barnsley’s ruling cabinet.
Members agreed on Wednesday to make a direction - known as ‘article four’ - which would require all new HMOs to gain planning permission, therefore giving the council the power to say no if it meant losing a larger family house or if too many HMOs would be clustered together.
Red-handed fraudster told to pay back cash
A FRAUDSTER caught red-handed with seven million smuggled cigarettes faces paying back more than £87,000 within three months - or a further nine months in prison.
Russell King, 58, of The Green, Royston - who used a Shafton storage unit as a base for an international smuggling operation - was given the ultimatum at a confiscation hearing held at Leeds Crown Court.
He was jailed for 28 months in January 2019 after HM Revenue and...
Scout members join litter-picking event
SCOUTS joined a community group on a huge litter-picking event as part of the ‘Great British Spring Clean’.
Silkstone’s CARE Group welcomed around 60 scouts as members took on the area around Silverwood Scout Camp, a known fly-tipping hotspot.
On Saturday, the group started at an area near the camp often used by BMX riders before heading into Silkstone Common, and the following day did the camp’s entrance and Silkstone.
CARE co-ordinator for Silkstone Common,...
Painstaking home search ends for brass band
A BRASS band forced out of the building they had called home for decades have found a new base - after a painstaking two-year search.
Strata Brass Band, founded in 1889, have existed in various guises and played - and, naturally, won - at countless national and regional competitions in their storied history.
And their most recent base of operations, for almost 40 years, has been at Hoyland Methodist Church on Duke Street.
But with...
Barnsley schools identified in sexual abuse study
SIX schools in Barnsley - including two primary schools - are listed among almost 3,000 nationally that have reportedly been sites of sexual harassment and abuse.
The Everyone’s Invited campaign urges youngsters to share their stories and experiences online anonymously, and has now published the names of schools disclosed in more than 42,000 testimonies from past and current pupils.
The list - which names Brierley C of E Primary School and Burton Road Primary School,...
Town’s heritage sites need ‘urgent support’
BARNSLEY’S industrial heritage sites will require urgent support in a bid to help them bounce back following more than a year of closures, according to an MP.
Stephanie Peacock, who represents Barnsley East, chaired a Parliamentary meeting on industrial heritage last week in a bid to form a roadmap for venues such as Elsecar Heritage Centre for its post-Covid revival.
Speakers included Dr John Tanner, project manager at Elsecar Heritage Centre, who has also led...
Family’s tribute to scooter rider
THE family of a scooter rider who died in a fatal collision in Cubley last week have paid tribute by releasing a photo of the beloved family man.
On June 2, Mark Jenkins was riding a Piaggio on Mortimer Road before colliding with a black Land Rover Discovery at 8.15pm.
The 58-year-old was taken to hospital but died from his injuries the following week.
A 47-year-old man from the Stocksbridge area was arrested on suspicion...
Record-breaking sales for town centre shop
A HISTORIC Barnsley menswear shop which bounced back from insolvency and pandemic closures to prolong its 82-year existence in the town has achieved record sales.
Staff at Frank Bird, in the town centre, now own the business after it fell into receivership just a few months before the pandemic struck.
The senior management trio - Neil Tennant, Mary Smith and Mark Rayner - who between them have more than 100 years’ service at the designer...
Army veteran to raise RBL cash
AN army veteran from Goldthorpe is hoping to raise £2,500 for the Royal British Legion - and he’s going to extreme lengths to do so.
Richard Ottewell, 32, of Rowan Close, served in the British Army for six-and-a-half years, touring Afghanistan twice and working in Canada, France and Egypt.
He’s hoping to raise more than £2,000 for a charity which is close to his heart, but he’s not going about it in the most conventional...
New York trip for cancer-surviving youngster
A YOUNGSTER whose story inspired hundreds of Barnsley residents to donate to fund pioneering treatment has returned to New York to continue a medical trial in a bid to stop his cancer from returning.
Oliver Stephenson, five, jetted to the USA for the first course of the bivalent vaccine at New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in April.
The vaccine, which costs £210,000, will require Oliver to make four trips this year.
It is...
School road closed in bid to alleviate parking woes
A ROAD outside a Hoyland primary school was closed yesterday to encourage families to leave their car at home.
Shaftesbury Avenue, outside Springwood Primary, was closed from 7.30am until 4.30pm to mark the launch of ‘School Streets’.
It’s hoped that the project will improve road safety and reduce harmful air pollution from cars.
Funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will allow nine more road closures outside schools across the borough...
National award for charity
A BARNSLEY charity which has been supporting children and young people for more than 20 years has claimed a prestigious national award.
Exodus, whose headquarters are in South Hiendley, has been recognised as a 2021 Weston Charity Awards winner.
Having been chosen from 150 applicants from across the UK, all of which are frontline charities, Exodus will now have the chance to invest in its future with a grant of £6,500 from the Garfield Weston...
Safety measures announced at ‘dangerous’ quarry
URGENT safety measures will be taken at a Stairfoot quarry after reckless swimmers who flocked to the waters earlier this month.
On June 1, dozens of youngsters were caught taking a dip in the stagnant water, off Wombwell Lane, as the heatwave took hold.
Onlookers condemned those responsible who feared that it would encourage more people to risk their lives.
Coun Andrew Gillis, who represents the Stairfoot ward, has been working alongside Hanson UK -...
2,000-home consultation begins
CONSULTATION on the future of swathes of land in Carlton - which will bring 2,000 homes to the area - started this week.
It will run until July 28 and residents can view the proposals - and sign up to a live question and answer session - on Barnsley Council’s website.
A spokesperson for the council said: “Carlton’s new development will deliver a sustainable new community, focused around Wharncliffe Woodmoor as the key green space....
Balancing books a ‘miracle’
BALANCING the books has been an ‘absolute bloody miracle’ after a tumultuous year for finances, Barnsley Council’s leader said.
A finance report, introduced by Coun Robin Franklin at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, revealed the council’s operational overspend for the last financial year was £3.1m - far less than anticipated due to austerity and the coronavirus pandemic.
Leader Sir Steve Houghton said: “Given what the council has been through with austerity, balancing the books is not ordinary...
Care home fee rise approved
CARE home fees across Barnsley will rise by 5.6 per cent - and top almost £600 per week - after cabinet bosses approved the plan.
Barnsley currently has 46 residential and nursing homes, and the council funds 783 placements across those homes and 97 placements out of borough at a net cost of £20.451m.
It’s envisaged the increase fees will secure a ‘better way of life’ for residents at homes hit by the uncertainty of...
Dutch masterpiece arrives in town centre
A DUTCH masterpiece from the 18th century has found a new temporary home in Barnsley Market - in a move described as a ‘real coup’ for the town.
Jan Van Huysum’s ‘Flowers in a Terracotta Vase’ is now in situ at Unit 13 on the market’s ground floor, as part of a National Gallery tour placing the almost 300-year-old painting in unusual surroundings.
A flower trail guides people from the painting to another Van Huysum...
Little miracle’s revolutionary operation is a success
A BABY boy with ‘no immune system’ has become one of the first in the country to have a life-saving revolutionary operation - and his family, who he’s yet to meet, are fundraising to thank the doctors who saved his life.
Ellis Melhuish was born with CHARGE syndrome and has for the first 16 weeks of his life known nothing but hospital wards, doctors and nurses.
CHARGE syndrome - which causes issues with sight and...
Stop smoking scheme set to save lives
A GROUND-BREAKING stop smoking programme - which Barnsley medics believe has the potential to save up to 2,000 lives and 4,000 hospital admissions a year - has been launched.
The scheme - QUIT - is being delivered by South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Integrated Care System (SYB ICS) in partnership with Cancer Research and Barnsley Council.
Rather than seeing smoking as a lifestyle choice, hospitals in eight NHS trusts - including Barnsley Hospital - will now...
Youngster’s baking helps ease his anxiety
AN autistic youngster who discovered his love of baking earlier this year has launched his own cake business to raise funds for local mental health charities.
Tyler Taylor, from Darfield, who has autism and learning difficulties, first started baking in December last year after making Christmas biscuits for the family.
From there, the 12-year-old started baking an array of sweet treats including cheesecakes and cupcakes to help ease his anxiety.
This week, Tyler’s mum Laura,...