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Woman gets police apology after 39 years
A WOMAN continuously raped by her paedophile father - who was jailed for his despicable crimes decades later - has finally received an apology from the police force who continuously dismissed her claims for almost 40 years. Elliott Appleyard was found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting Carol Higgins, from Penistone, following a two-week trial at Leeds Crown Court in January 2019 at the age of 71. He had denied five counts of rape and...
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Scott honoured to play in Normandy on D-Day
A MEMBER of the world-famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band said he was honoured to play The Last Post in Normandy on D-Day. Cornet player Sergeant Scott Walker, of the British Army Band, performed at the Bayeux War Cemetery as part of the 80th anniversary commemorations of D-Day. While at the war cemetery, Scott met with Harry Birdsall. Harry’s son in-law is Steve Peacock, who is also a member of Grimethorpe Colliery Band. He was called up...
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Residents petition against children’s home
OBJECTIONS towards long-held plans to create a children’s home are flooding in after a fresh application was lodged with Barnsley Council. An online petition - which went live last week - has already garnered 70 signatures against the plan which relates to a home on Wood Walk, Royston. It is the second bid to convert the property after planning board members opted to refuse initial proposals two years ago, when just 14 objections were raised...
Jim hangs up walking boots after D-Day beaches mission
JIM Morton is finally planning to take a break from walking after raising a further £3,000 by walking the entirety of the Normandy D-Day beaches. The 64-year-old dad-of-three, from Penistone, set off in a motorhome with his wife Sue and dogs Shona and Maisie on April 12, 2021 - the day the Covid lockdown ended to undertake his walk of a lifetime. He spent 537 days on his trek around the entire British coastline to...
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Sisters walk to put cash in cat rescue kitty
TWO young girls from Mapplewell have raised more than £500 for a local cat rescue service after completing a ten-mile sponsored walk last weekend. Frankie Clark, nine, and her sister 11-year-old Eirian were hoping to raise £200 for Buttons Cat Rescue which supports animals across the borough. But they more than doubled their target after completing the walk on Saturday. Their mum, Carrie, told the Chronicle: “It was a rainy start to the walk but...
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Home plan set to get go-ahead despite concerns
PLANS to build almost 200 homes just a stone’s throw away from the M1 are set to be approved by Barnsley Council’s planning board despite dozens of objections being fielded by local residents - but the applicants will have to put more than £1m back into the community. Avant Homes have submitted the plans to build a total of 179 homes on land off Smithywood Lane and Calver Close in Gilroyd. The western parcel of...
New group offers safe space for women
A NEW women’s group open to all across Barnsley is set to host its first session later this month. Run by Grace Steadman and a number of other volunteers, locals are being encouraged to attend the first session at Kexborough Methodist Church on Wednesday, June 26 between 9.15am and 10.15am. Grace said the group will be a safe and inclusive space for women to talk about anything they wish to - including the menopause, anxiety,...
Daz brings it home with Euros' song release
BOLTON-UPON-DEARNE musician Daz Cadwallander has released his own Euros' song to spur on England. The song ‘Stuck In The Euros With Jude (Parody)’ is a parody of Steelers Wheel’s iconic 1973 single ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’, paying tribute to England’s superstars including John Stones, Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden and Declan Rice as well as manager, Gareth Southgate! Daz is hoping it will push the Three Lions to victory in Germany.
Trans Pennine Trail bridge to remain closed for a year
A TWO-YEAR-LONG closure order at a well-used bridge on the Trans Pennine Trail has been extended for another 12 months. Bullhouse Bridge, which carries the Trans Pennine Trail across the A628 at Millhouse Green, was closed to the public in May 2022 after inspectors uncovered a rotten deck. Government cash - totalling £150,000 - was secured last year which locals hoped would fast-track the fitment of a new deck to replace the current one, which...
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Man claims he is being ‘left to die’ over op refusal
AN ex-miner said he feels like he has been ‘left to die’ by the NHS who are refusing to operate on his aneurysm - which he describes as a ‘time bomb’ inside of him - due to his weight. Keith Elsworth, 61, of Lundwood, was told last year that he had an aortic aneurysm which measured six centimetres. An aneurysm is an abnormal swelling or bulge in the wall of a blood vessel, such as...
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Ice-cream van operators cool about new rulings
A ‘COMPROMISE’ struck between Barnsley Council and ice cream van operators who claimed their livelihoods had been threatened by plans to ban them from being anywhere near schools has been praised. Tuesday’s cabinet meeting saw councillors approve a 100-metre no-go zone for operators - much less than the 400 metres originally mooted. Coun James Higginbottom, cabinet spokesperson for environment and highways, said: “This is a very welcome amendment as it strikes the right
Appeal after antiques stolen from Barnsley business
POLICE are investigating reports of a theft of multiple high-value ornaments and antiques in Barnsley. On Sunday, it is reported that the items were stolen from Cannon Hall Garden Centre in Cawthorne. It is said that the items were then carried away from the property and loaded into two Ford Transit vans. Enquiries are ongoing and officers have released photos of the items reportedly stolen in the break-in. If you...
Labour pledges £700-a-year boost for ex-miners
BARNSLEY’S ex-miners whose pension pots have been ‘hijacked’ by the government to the tune of billions have been promised an immediate uplift in their payments. The Labour Party confirmed in its general election manifesto yesterday that it will review the surplus sharing arrangement and return the £1.6bn investment reserve fund to miners. The proposal will deliver an increase in the weekly pensions that miners receive by at least £14 per week, equating to more tha
Man wins telegraph pole fight as firm admits mistake
A WOMBWELL man has won his fight to get a telegraph pole removed after it was wrongly built at the end his driveway without any consultation. Philip Waller, 65, returned from a shopping trip last week to find that Connexin - a Hull-based broadband firm - had erected the pole outside his house in Dove Road. He said he had no idea this was going to happen, adding: “There was no notice that this was...
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George’s ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ date at Palace
A LONG-TIME volunteer at Parkinson’s UK has been recognised for his dedication with an invitation to attend the prestigious Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. Nominated by the chair of Parkinson’s UK Barnsley branch, Terry Kendall, 87-year-old George Spencer was honoured at Buckingham Palace for his years of service with the charity. For the past 22 years, George has been an active and dedicated member of the local Parkinson’s UK support group, playing a key...
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Plan for 500 new houses in Darfield
PLANS to build almost 500 new homes in Darfield are set to be submitted to the council in the coming weeks - and residents have been urged to have their say. On Saturday, many locals were shocked to see a leaflet posted through their doors from Keepmoat and Saul Homes which stated that a total of 467 homes - 267 of which will be built on one plot of land and a further 200 on...
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‘Inspirational’ school celebrates outstanding Ofsted rating
STAFF and pupils at Gawber Primary School are celebrating this week after being rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. At its last inspection in 2013, the school received the highest grading possible - and upon Ofsted’s return in May, they picked up the education watchdog’s top accolade yet again. The school has a total of 212 on its roll - and it’s been described as an ‘inspirational’ place for children to learn. The report, which was released...
Corridor care claims bring call for immediate action
‘SIGNIFICANT’ demand at Barnsley Hospital has resulted in healthcare bosses responding to claims that patients being treated in corridors due to overflowing wards has become the ‘new normal’ - after a nursing union declared the situation as an emergency due to a third of staff confirming they had witnessed it. The Royal College of Nursing’s report into care on corridors urged NHS trusts to sign up to mandatory reporting when a patient is treated without...
How’s Thi Ticker campaign’s a winner in national awards
A BLOOD pressure check campaign run by Barnsley Council has bagged a national award. How’s Thi Ticker has delivered more than 7,500 free checks to date, making it easier for people to find out their numbers and have important conversations about looking after their health. The scheme won the Local Government Chronicle’s public health award on Wednesday night. Anna Hartley, executive director for public health and communities, said: “We want everyone in Barnsley to be...
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Five-day walkout planned by junior doctors
JUNIOR doctors are set to go on strike yet again later this month. Following months of industrial action, the British Medical Association announced last month that it had agreed to enter externally mediated talks with the government in an effort to reach a ‘credible solution’ over the long-running pay dispute. But after Rishi Sunak’s decision to call a general election on July 4, the BMA has now confirmed junior doctors will go on strike. Co-chairs...
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Cash allocated for new SEND facility
ALMOST £500,000 has been set aside to create a new special educational needs facility in Kendray. Following a previous decision made by Barnsley Council’s ruling cabinet members, approval was given for the demolition of the former Stairfoot Family Centre in order to create a new facility to accommodate up to 15 children. The council will develop and commission provision on site at Hunningley Primary School, a council-owned site which previously operated as Stairfoot Family Centre..
£1.6m boost to help pupils achieve more
A TOTAL of £1.6m in funding is set to be used to improve the educational outcomes of children in what has been described as a ‘huge opportunity’ for youngsters by Barnsley Council bosses. At this week’s cabinet meeting, councillors discussed the plans which bosses hope will support local kids to achieve more than they currently are. The project will aim to provide a universal ‘offer’ with existing and new providers that give opportunities for children...
Dealership ditches Sheffield over ‘clean air zone’
A MOTORBIKE dealership has abandoned its site in Sheffield city centre and moved to Barnsley to avoid pressures caused by the city’s ‘clean air zone’. Via Moto was located on Shoreham Street in Sheffield, however is now in the process of moving its operations to Wombwell’s Everill Business Park. The change comes in response to owner Matthew Gilder’s fears regarding the zone, which enforces charges on large commercial vehicles travelling in Sheffield. While there
Abortion figures hit all-time high - latest figures
ALMOST 1,000 abortions were carried out in Barnsley, according to the latet figures. The Department of Health and Social Care figures show there were 977 of the procedres carried out in 2022 - up from 877 the year before and an increase from 722 in 2012. Of the abortions in 2022, 40 were for under 18-year-olds. There were a total of 251,377 abortions for women in England and Wales in 2022. This was the highest...
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TV show highlights beds crisis at A&E
IT’S a busy start in the Barnsley Casualty department in tonight’s Casualty 24/7: Every Second Counts (Channel 5, 9pm). Running the shift today is Sister Jane alongside Consultant Doctor, Dave Walker. In a clip from tonight’s episode, Dr Walker explains: “There’s always a crisis in the emergency department, there’s always something unexpected, it’s unpredictable. It’s slightly chaotic.” Click here to view the clip.
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Man charged after objects thrown at Nigel Farage
A CHESTERFIELD man has been charged by South Yorkshire Police after an object was thrown at Reform UK leader Nigel Farage yesterday. Josh Greally, 28, of Damsbrook Drive in Clowne, has been charged using threatening, abusive, insulting words and behaviour with intent to cause fear or provoke unlawful violence following an incident in the town centre. Farage was touring the town with local candidates throughout the day and when he arrived in the town...
Long-lost sketches uncovered in summer house
WHILE sorting out her relative’s belongings a woman from Shafton discovered some long-lost sketches from a former Chronicle artist. Robyn Eaton was clearing out her mother-in-law’s property when she came across the 1932 clippings, featuring news and sketches from Kenneth L Graham. The sketches show off Swaithe House, Stores Inn on Shambles Street and The Tom Treddlehoyle Inn in Pogmoor - the first two of which are missing from our digitised collection. It is believed...
Cyclist spends three months in saddle to raise hospice funds
A LOCAL man cycled spent three months cycling to the bottom of the world to raise funds for Barnsley Hospice. Wayne Exley cycled over 4,000 kilometres from Santiago in Chile, to Ushuaia in Argentina - the southernmost city in the world. Inspired by the care his sister-in-law received at the hospice, Wayne took on this challenge to give back to the charity, beginning his ride in December and completing it mid-March, all while raising £1,600....
Record numbers working to restore Barnsley’s moorlands
A RECORD number of volunteers have been braving the elements throughout the winter to restore vital moorlands in Barnsley’s most rural outposts. ‘Moors for the Future’ members have been working at the once-damaged landscape around Dunford Bridge, bringing it back from a state of degradation caused by centuries of industrial pollution. Teams of volunteers took to the hills to plant sphagnum moss, a plant which is vital to the repair of damaged moorland as it...
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Isabella uses huge social media following to build business
A YOUNG businesswoman has been using her fame on social media as well as the reputation she earned from her victory at this year’s Miss British Isles to build up a new clothing line. Isabella Fleur, from Darfield, took home the crown at the prestigious Miss British Isles modelling competition back in April - making her modelling dream come true on her first attempt. Thanks to this - as well as her 320,000 followers on...
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Council performance outlined in latest report
LESS than 100 antisocial behaviour incidents were recorded in the town centre over the latest three-month period, according to the council. Barnsley Council’s latest performance report shows that that two per cent of the workforce are apprentices - above the initial target. Whilst more than 173,000 in-person and online visits have been made to libraries over the last quarter, surpassing the target. Only 85 antisocial behaviour incidents were recorded in the same time frame, against...
Film records village’s links to Indian Ocean island
A FILMMAKER will be providing the bridge between the village of Elsecar and the Indian Ocean island of Réunion for a celebration of the 200th anniversary of a major piece of Victorian engineering. The Isle of Bourbon’s suspension bridge was designed by pioneering engineer Marc Brunel and crafted at the Hartop, Sorby and Littlewood Ironworks in Elsecar before being shipped to the island now called Réunion, where it was opened in 1824, spanning the Sainte-Suzanne...
Nigel Farage's visit sparks town centre protest
NIGEL Farage was greeted by protesters as he arrived in Barnsley town centre earlier today - with one man being arrested as he reportedly threw objects at the Reform UK leader. It was only minutes after Farage’s arrival at Eldon Street that counter protesters gathered outside his open-top bus, chanting and calling him a fascist. The situation quickly escalated, with Farage heading back inside the bus to avoid any attempts by protestors to...
Road casualties rise by a fifth
THE number of people getting hurt on Barnsley’s roads rose by nearly 20 per cent last year, new figures have revealed. Provisional figures from the Department for Transport suggest there were 509 road casualties in Barnsley in 2023 an 18 per cent rise from 430 the year before. However, it was a decrease from 832 in 2014, which saw the most injuries in the last ten years. In Barnsley, 165 people were seriously injured on...
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Mum spends quarter of a century tending to cemetery
PRAISE has been heaped on a woman who has been helping keep Carlton Cemetery presentable for the last 25 years - and she’s showing no signs of stopping yet. Wendy Ogley, 60, has been cutting the grass at the cemetery - as well as keeping the area neat and tidy for those who visit - for a quarter of a century. Her daughter, Stacey Louise Ogley, died in 1993 aged eight and ever since Wendy...
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Hundreds pay D-Day respects
HUNDREDS of locals paid their respects on the 80th anniversary of D-Day in Penistone last week. Taking place at the Penistone Showground, there was music from the 1940s, the local cadets and vintage cars. A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “A highlight of the evening was lighting of the D-Day beacon which the Mayor of Barnsley John Clarke had the honour of lighting. “It was such a poignant moment of reflection and remembrance of all...
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Clothing firm moves manufacturing overseas after 60 years in Barnsley
AFTER 60 years of manufacturing clothes here in Barnsley, Denby Dale Clothing is having to move its operations abroad - leaving employees who’ve been with the company for decades without work. Founded in 1963 as a subsidiary of a larger company before going independent in 1965, the family-run manufacturer - based in Barugh Green - has been producing businesswear and schoolwear locally. However, due to increased financial pressures, as foreign producers keep providing cheaper and...
£70m paid off council debts but more borrowing may be ahead
MORE than £70m was wiped off Barnsley Council’s debts last year - but finance bosses have warned more may need to be borrowed to plug predicted gaps in the next two years. A report into the local authority’s expenditure, which will be discussed by ruling cabinet members on Wednesday, revealed no new long-term borrowing was undertaken in 2023/24 following warnings previously issued about rising debt levels. However, the council managed to pay off £73.4m last...
Extra Barnsley GPs ‘simply not enough’
MORE GPs are now working in Barnsley than last year but health bosses have warned the increase simply isn’t enough. Figures from the House of Commons Library based on NHS Digital data show 156 full-time-equivalent GPs were practising in the town as of April. Of them, 119 were fully qualified, while the rest were still in training. This was more than the same time the previous year, when 145 GPs were working in the area,...
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Town is illegal vaping hotspot - research
BARNSLEY is one of the worst-impacted places for youngsters seeking to buy illegal vapes in the country, new research has uncovered. The study, which analysed monthly Google searches for illegal vapes by using banned varieties to cross-reference searches by location, put Barnsley eighth in the national list. The town had an average monthly search volume of 262 per 100,000 people, with frequent searches for ‘Crystal Pro Max’, which accounts for 117 of Barnsley’s vape searches.
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Emma’s abseil challenge in memory of best friend
A THRILL-SEEKING woman will abseil from 400 foot later this year to raise funds for Andy’s Man Club in memory of her best friend - described as a ‘larger than life’ character - who took his own life. Adam Burd, 35, from Brampton, died in April and one of his best friends 34-year-old Emma Holmes said the rippling effects from this was heartbreaking. On August 17 Emma, originally from Little Houghton, will abseil 400 feet...
Hospital staff achievements celebrated at Heart Awards
BARNSLEY Hospital staff who have gone above and beyond their roles in the last year were awarded for their efforts. The Heart Awards - which celebrate employees’ special achievements - received over 200 nominations in 14 categories. Held at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth, the event was hosted by radio DJ Stephanie Hirst. Emma Parkes, director of communications at the hospital, said: “The evening was about us coming together to celebrate and share the successes of...
Demolition of eyesore pub finally underway
ONE of the final pieces of the puzzle in the long-running redevelopment of Goldthorpe could soon be on its way after work to tear down a derelict ‘eyesore’ pub finally began last week. The Goldthorpe Hotel, on Doncaster Road, is an Edwardian-style building which closed its doors to the public in 2009. It was a hive of activity in the 1970s where pit workers from the nearby colliery would frequent its three bars but has...
Coppard ‘more 101 than 999’ says angry councillor
MAYOR of South Yorkshire Oliver Coppard has been slammed by a local councillor after cancelling a recent meeting - stating his approach to policing is ‘more like dialling 101 than 999’. Mr Coppard was re-elected as the South Yorkshire Mayor earlier this month, and part of his role now encompasses the Police and Crime Commissioner responsibilities. He cancelled the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel, which was due to take place on June 10 -...
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Concern at rising drink deaths
ALCOHOL-RELATED deaths recorded in Barnsley have increased by more than a third over a five-year period. Public Health England released new figures this week, which revealed a ‘disturbing’ upward trend in the town. The data ‘underscores the urgent need’ for comprehensive public health strategies to address this growing crisis, addiction specialists said. Most recent statistics, which cover the period from 2018 to 2022, reveal a consistent increase in the number of deat
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Sculptor Graham unveils Ken Dodd tribute
RENOWNED Barnsley sculptor Graham Ibbeson says he’s ‘chuffed to bits’ to be able to unveil a bust in memory of the late Sir Ken Dodd. Graham, now 72, was originally commissioned by the Friends of the Grand Theatre to sculpt a portrait of the legendary comic which was unveiled last year. Lady Anne Dodd, Ken’s widow, is donating her personal sculpture to the Leeds City Varieties Music Hall - which saw its auditorium renamed in...