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Award nomination for top school
LAITHES Primary School has received a Proud of Barnsley nomination for School of the Year thanks to their friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The school in Athersley, which is part of the ECM Trust, has built a caring relationship with its children, ensuring the health and wellbeing needs of all its pupils are met and children not only feel safe, but excited to attend school. This goal has pushed the staff to constantly enhance their methods...
Heroic dad nominated for award
A FATHER and son duo who have been completing fundraisers to raise money and awareness for an autism charity have been left ‘overwhelmed’ following their Proud of Barnsley nomination. During lockdown, 37-year-old Robert Campbell from Monk Bretton started to notice some changes in his four-year-old son Harry’s behaviour. After going through the correct avenues, Harry was eventually diagnosed with autism in January. Robert said he wanted to do his bit alongside his son to make
Karate coach Paul picks up award nomination
KARATE has been a huge part of Paul Barradell’s life for many years but it was just after Covid-19 that he decided to become a full-time karate coach. With the help of a very supportive wife, he gave up his job working at a glassworks and threw himself into his new career. “Covid had been tough on everyone but particularly children. The kids had been locked away on their computers and laid on their beds...
Proud of Barnsley nomination for caring George
GEORGE Spencer has made a major contribution to local life, particularly to those suffering from Parkinson’s and their families. Terry Kendall, chair of the Barnsley branch of Parkinson’s UK, and Bronia Warden of Healthy Bones who works with the branch providing exercise sessions have nominated 86-year-old George for a Proud of Barnsley award and submitted this nomination. For the past 22 years George has worked tirelessly for the Barnsley branch of Parkinson’s
Rules for entry
  • If you wish to nominate in more than one category, separate forms must be submitted for each category.

  • Entries will be judged by a panel of reputable, independent and impartial adjudicators.

  • The decision of the panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

  • There will be three finalists in each category.

  • All shortlisted finalists must be able to participate in photo and video sessions in the run up to the award ceremony.

  • Entries will not be returned.


To enter, you can simply complete the form below or email jh@barnsley-chronicle.co.uk with the following information: 


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Name of nominee

Reason for nomination

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The judging panel will assess each nomination based on the information you provide, so the more details you can include about the person or group you are nominating, the better.
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Over the last few years, our town’s unsung heroes have been recognised thanks to the Proud of Barnsley Awards and 2023 will be no different.

The search is on once again to find people who make Barnsley a great place to live, work and visit. And we need your help.

Do you somebody who goes above and beyond to help others? Perhaps you know someone who keeps a local park, green space, or area tidy? A young person who is excelling in their chosen field?

May of these people will believe they don’t deserve any kind of recognition at all. But we disagree. So if you know someone who fits the bill, you need to nominate them.

The categories for our 2023 event are: 


  • Carer of the Year
  • Charity Fundraiser
  • Charity Fundraising Team
  • Charity of the Year
  • Children’s Champion
  • Community Group
  • Community Hero
  • Exceptional Achievement
  • Green Hero
  • Hospital Hero
  • Love Where you Live
  • School of the Year
  • Sporting Achievement
  • Triumph Over Adversity
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Superstar
  • The Mayor’s Special Award 


Dan Jarvis - MP for Barnsley Central

During my time as the MP for Barnsley Central, I have met thousands of Barnsley residents – both young and old, from our schools, hospitals, local businesses, places of worship and community groups – and nearly all of them have one thing in common. Whatever our differences, whatever our political or personal views, we can all unite around our shared sense of pride for our Barnsley community.

The Proud of Barnsley awards are built on this shared pride and is why we launched the campaign in the first place. It is an opportunity to shine a light on those who really make a difference to our community, who go that little bit further to help others and contribut

e to the good of the town and our people.

By recognising these contributions, we hope that it will inspire others to step forward and continue their good work – as well as reminding all generations that nothing should prevent them from realising their aspirations.

These are challenging economic times. Whatever commemtators say about the national picture, we know that here in Barnsley people are still finding it difficult to make ends meet. So the Proud of Barnsley awards provide us with an opportunity to highlight the positive work that is being done in our town, despite these difficulties. Our people have the grit, determination, imagination and ingenuity to overcome these obstacles and give something back to their community. This is what we will celebrate.

I am incredibly honoured to call Barnsley my home – it is a great place to live, work and raise a family.  

Let's encourage everyone to join with us and the Barnsley Chronicle and get behind the Proud of Barnsley awards – once again showcasing our fantastic achievements to the world.

 - Dan Jarvis - MP for Barnsley Central