Wednesday, September 14, 2011
COUNCIL workers will be encouraged to take time off to volunteer during the Olympics and Paralympics next summer. The council’s cabinet will agree a policy today designed to ensure a ‘consistent and equitable practice’ in granting time off for people who wish to volunteer to help run the games. A council report says: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for individuals, a unique experience from which to learn and develop. Line managers should be supportive of any requests from employees who wish to volunteer.” The report says managers should approve applications for annual leave, special unpaid leave and flexitime wherever possible.
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DOG SURVIVES 16 DAYS STUCK IN RABBIT HOLE BY KATE PICKLES A MISCHIEVOUS dog who got stuck in a rabbit hole was rescued – 16 days after he went missing. Jack the Jack Russell was on walkies with his owner on the Trans-Pennine Trail in Penistone when he ran off chasing a rabbit. Owners Erika and Carl Toutenhoofd, spent days searching for him but found no trace of the nineyear-old. “I thought I was never going to see him again, it was awful,” said Erika, 40. “Every now and then he would go after a rabbit but he’d be back in half-anhour. This time he didn’t come back. “After a few days I was really worried about him and the longer it went the more I thought he was not coming back.” Erika told regulars at the
Spread Eagle pub she runs on Market Street, Penistone, he was missing and asked other dog-walkers to look out for him. Friend Louise Bedford, 33, was walking her five dogs when she heard whimpering coming from a banking near where Jack went missing. She thought one of hers had got stuck in some brambles but realised it was Jack when she brushed them aside and saw his head poking out. “I’d been looking for him for days but had nearly given up,” said Louise, of Church Street, Penistone. “Then I saw him stuck down the rabbit hole. I put my jumper over my hands to protect them from the brambles and started to dig him out. I grabbed hold of his shoulders and out he popped. He just collapsed in my arms.” Louise carried him back to
the pub and told staff to get Erika who was upstairs. “When I got downstairs and she was stood there with Jack wrapped in her jumper I just burst into tears,” Erika said. “I can’t believe he was alive after 16 days. I can’t believe a dog could survive underground for that long without food and water.” He was taken to a vet where he was given glucose for his severe dehydration. He was allowed home but faces losing one of his eyes which has developed ulcers. Now Erika, who also has an Alsatian cross, Billy, and a Cocker Spaniel, Valentino, said she will never let him off the lead again. “He’s put the weight back on that he’d lost and has perked up a lot. We will definitely keep him on a lead from now on. I never want to go through this again.”
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BRENT CHIPS IN LOW-FAT MEAL BY MIKE COTTON SCIENTIFIC tests have revealed a portion of fish chips and peas from a Barnsley chippy is 93.2 per cent fat free. Brent Watson, of Y-Pas in Kexborough, said he was tired of the humble chippy getting a battering in the press for being unhealthy, so he sent a portion to a laboratory in Gloucestershire. He said: “Whenever there’s a story about obesity or unhealthy lifestyles on the TV or in the national press, they always show someone coming out of a chippy. “They never show them coming out of McDonalds or any other big chain. “That’s because we’re all on our own as independents, we’re seen as a soft target.”
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He said he was pleased that the results confirmed what he already knew. They were lower in fat than the average for fish and chips, and significantly lower than other popular takeaways such as pizza, burger and chips or doner kebab. “There was only 6.8g of fat per 100g. That’s 93.2 per cent fat free. “I’m not saying they are a health food you should eat every day, but it’s fine to eat them a couple of times a week.” I Video report on this story, at ChronicleOnline.co.uk
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“Nobody can get their heads around why they’re doing this – they’re not getting direct budget cuts like the council.” Highfield Grange has 39 beds and takes in elderly people for residential stays either to prevent them having to go to hospital or to help them come home from hospital sooner. Lee said it was 'the last of its kind' in Barnsley and the private sector was unlikely to be able to pick up the slack. He said: “It’s going to be very hard for these people to find other work – many of them have been moved four or five times already as all the other centres in the borough have closed. “As such we are joining with other trade unions in a campaign to do whatever we can to keep Highfield Grange open.” An NHS spokesman said: “We are in continuing dialogue with our staff about this. “When the Council has reached a decision on the future of Highfield Grange the Trust will consider the implication of the decision and how this will affect any of our NHS staff.”
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From Tango to real ale AN ACTOR who was once painted orange for a Tango advert has opened his own brewery. Pete Geeves, 55, of York Street, Cudworth, opened the Geeves micro brewery in Stairfoot two months ago with his son Harry, 21.
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Ladies grin and bare it BY KATIA HARSTON THESE brave ladies strip off to begin preparation for their stage version of Calendar Girls. Barnsley-based LS Theatre Productions will be one of the first amateur groups in the country to perform the play when rights are relaxed next year. It is based on the true story of 11 Women’s Institute members who posed nude for charity. It was made into a film
starring Helen Mirren. Producer Lee Semley said: “It’s the first time this play has been released to amateur groups and we are so excited to be involved.” It will be staged at the Academy Theatre, Birdwell, from September 1 next year. It can only be performed by the original company before that date. A donation of proceeds from the show will go to the Leukaemia Fund, while money raised on opening night will go to Barnsley Hospice.
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home in Lundwood using a house which is leased from a third party. The lease on that house was due to expire and it was not possible to renew or extend it despite attempts to do so. This meant the council had to look elsewhere to provide a home for the five young people. Coun Charlie Wraith said: “They have occupied two converted bungalows on Pontefract Road for years and there’s never been a moment’s problem whatsoever. “We can understand the fears of adjoining neighbours but I can assure them that if it’s run like the one it’s relocating from there will not be a moment’s problem.” Coun Ken Richardson said the home would be ‘an extended family unit’ and Coun Grace Brown said she understood residents were concerned about anti-social behaviour. But planning officers said this would not be a problem because there would only be five young people living there and staff on site for 24 hours a day.
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Is your baby a top tot? I The countdown is on to find Barnsley’s Baby of the Year. Entries have been flooding in for a chance to win a host of top prizes: Stan Plus Stan Two Professional photographers are giving the winning baby a photo session and 20x24in framed portrait. Nine runners-up will also receive a photo session and a 5x7in portrait. Green Nippers (www.greennippers.co.uk), an organic baby and children’s clothing label, will give the winner a £100 voucher to spend on its own brand organic products and an invitation for a private visit to its Barnsley showroom. The second and third placed babies will receive a Green Nippers organic baby grow or outfit of their choice. Asda, Old Mill Lane, Barnsley, is
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IRONMAN RAISES £900 FOR CHARITY A BARNSLEY man raised £900 for a child cancer charity by completing a half ironman triathlon last Saturday. Richard Price, 38, of Smithies Lane, swam 1,900m through open water, cycled for 80k and finished with a 20k run in the Virtuvian triathlon around Rutland Water in Leicestershire. He finished in a time of 5-03 despite having to repair a puncture during the bike section. The money was raised for Pippa Jones Little Treasure Trust which was set up in 2010 and supports families who have children with cancer. It also provides financial help with childcare costs to ease the pressure on families juggling the care of their ill child with the care of their other children. The charity was set up by Louise Jones of Barnsley, who lost her daughter Pippa. Richard received a large donation from his employer Cryostar UK, which is in Rotherham, and other donations from
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TEN pin bowling sensation Keira Reay picked up five gold medals at a competition in Dublin last weekend, but was disappointed to miss out on a sixth. The 15-year-old St Michael’s School pupil dominated the girls’ under 16s section in the Triple Crown competition, while representing England against the other home nations. She won gold in the singles, doubles, team and the ‘all event’ category, where bowlers’ scores from the weekend are added together. She then won the masters event against the five other best-performing girls. Keira missed out on a super six when she finished second in the trio’s – and said she was ‘gutted’ not to have completed a 100 per cent golden weekend.