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Friday January 13, 2017

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THE great and good of the game gathered to say farewell to a true football legend as Barnsley players past and present joined hundreds of mourners at Darton Parish Church for the funeral of Norman Rimmington yesterday. Norman, 93, known as Mr Barnsley, was associated with the club for more than 70 years first as a goalkeeper then as assistant manager, grounds man, physio and kitman. Mourners – among them Norman Hunter, Danny Wilson, David Hirst, Mick McCarthy, Ronnie Glavin, John Hendrie, Dickie Bird, Paul Heckingbottom, Adrian Moses, Eric Winstanley, John Dennis and Bruce Dyer – began to arrive at the church more than an hour before the ceremony was due to start. By kick off, the church was packed. Others stood outside listening to the service on speakers. I More pictures – page 8.

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agency supply staff. For secondary schools, annual spending on supply teachers totalled £46,968 and £918,286 was splashed out on agency workers. Council data shows spending has plummeted by almost £1m compared to the previous academic year in 2014/15 when the collective total paid out was £3,709,617. The information for 2015/16 reveals the biggest spenders out of the borough’s primary and secondary schools. Birkwood Primary at Cudworth and Holy Trinity at Athersley South came top for spending on supply teachers, paying out £57,228 and £47,103 respectively.

SCHOOLS in Barnsley are spending millions on agency staff and supply teachers, new figures show. A Freedom of Information request made by the Chronicle reveals that during the 2015/16 academic year, 53 primary schools and seven secondary schools collectively spent £2,780,192 on supply teaching staff and agency workers. Schools spent £447,236 on supply teachers directly employed by schools and £2,332,956 on agency staff. A further breakdown shows annual spending on supply teachers by primary schools was £400,267 and £1,414,669 on Sponsored by Tyke Racing

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Those same two schools also spent the most in 2014/15. Aside from Holy Trinity, which teaches youngsters aged three to 16, no other secondary school spent money on supply teachers in 2015/16. Dearne Goldthorpe Primary, on Main Street, Goldthorpe, had the biggest bill for staff hired through agencies, totalling £130,058, while secondary school Carlton Community College (now Outwood Academy Carlton) spent more than double that at £325,069. The council’s education spokesman, Coun Tim Cheetham, said recruitment of teachers, particularly to specialist subjects areas, remains a challenge nationally

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as well as in Barnsley. He said: “Barnsley schools are working innovatively to recruit high quality teachers. “Examples of this include the retraining of science and ICT teachers to become maths teachers at Barnsley Academy and in-house training of specialist teachers at Penistone Grammar School, which will be shared across Barnsley schools. “Last year Barnsley schools enjoyed some of their best ever results at all levels. “It is important that pupils experience consistently good teaching throughout the year. “We are committed to ensuring that all of Barnsley’s young people achieve their full potential in education.”

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SOS: Nicola Richardson.

Mum needs help with charity ball By Lynsey Bradford A MOTHER who has raised £185,000 since her son died of sudden infant death syndrome needs help to find a host for a charity ball which is being held in his memory. Nicola Richardson has organised Alexander’s Charity Ball for the last six years, and this year marks the tenth anniversary of Alexander’s death. But the man lined up to host the evening has had to pull out due to work commitments at Britain’s Got Talent with just four weeks to go. Nicola, 38, of Kirkhill Bank, Cubley, said: “We did have an MC, he’s done it for us before. But he’s the warm up on Britain’s Got Talent and the dates clash this year. “It was a little bit disappointing. He’s been so good to us, and he is very good. He can captivate an audience and he’s a good laugh. “It’s hard to find someone who will replace him that’s as good and who can get the best out of people “ I don’t know anyone and it’s thrown me all out of kilter. I’ll have to go back to the drawing board and see who’s willing to help us out. Nicola and husband Ian lost their son Alexander to the syndrome, known as cot death, in February 2007, when he was 17-months-old. The fundraising started at his funeral, where people could make donations, and the money was split between the Lullaby Trust and the Twins and Multiple Births Association. A couple of months later, Nicola organised a ‘memory walk’, and the

NEWSLINES Driver tested positive for cannabis A DRIVER who was pulled over in a routine police check tested positive for drugs Barnsley Magistrates’ Court was told. Zbiqniew Gielda was stopped during the early hours as he drove along Highgate Lane, Goldthorpe. Gielda then failed a swab test which showed he was above the specified limit for cannabis. Gielda, 33, who now lives in Henley Crescent, Leeds, pleaded guilty. He was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £415.

Drinkaware offers advice ADVICE on alcohol is being given out at Asda Barnsley today as the store teams up with charity Drinkaware. From 11am to 2pm, a Drinkaware stand will be set up at the store giving customers the chance to receive friendly advice and ask questions about drink. Visitors will be encouraged to take part in a quick alcohol assessment using Drinkaware scratch cards and can take home a free alcohol unit measuring cup and calorie wheel.

Paws appeal raised £2,383 ABANDONED pets didn’t go hungry this Christmas thanks to a Barnsley pet store. Pets At Home, at the Peel Centre, off Harborough Hill Road, raised £2,383 after an appeal to collect donations of food for unwanted and uncared for animals in the town. The Santa Paws appeal is part of an initiative by charity Support Adoption For Pets. The donations made for 4,789 dinners to local animals.

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first ball was held in 2010. It has previously been hosted by radio DJ Steph Hirst, who now has a radio show, Vinyl Heaven, on BBC Radio Manchester on Saturday nights. The theme for this year’s ball is the circus, and Nicola is also on the look out for donations of red or yellow fabric which could help transform the inside of the venue into a circus top. She already has a photographer with a themed-background, specialist centre pieces and is looking into performers from circus schools. Nicola also revealed that this year’s ball will be the last — for now. She added: “It has been a huge amount of work, and I’m not averse to hard work — we’ve done it for the last six years. “But we are relying on the same people year in, year out. I want to come back to it in five years’ time and make it a bigger event every five years, rather than trying to slog away every year and maybe not achieve as much as I’d like to. “There are so many people trying to achieve the same thing. We get a lot of people who can’t help us and I understand why — there are so many deserving people out there. “I will miss it. It was a really hardy decision to make, maybe that’s because of the reason we do it. “Alexander would be 11 now, I can’t believe he’s been gone ten years.” Nicola’s other sons are Tom, Jack, Alexander’s twin Harrison, and Joseph. I The ball will be held on Saturday February 11 at Magna in Rotherham. Anyone who could help should email alexanderscharityball@gmail.com

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NEWSLINES Police probe early morning robbery POLICE officers are investigating after a man was reportedly robbed in Clarendon Street, Barnsley early on New Year’s Day. A police spokesman said that at about 1am, the man was walking along Clarendon Street towards Racecommon Road when he was allegedly assaulted by an unknown number of people. The victim’s phone and an amount of cash was stolen during the incident. The man was also taken to hospital and treated for wounds to his head. Enquiries remain ongoing to identify those involved and anyone with information should call 101 or email enquiries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk quoting incident number 446 of January 1. I Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Birdwell shed destroyed A SHED on an allotment in Birdwell was destroyed by fire at the weekend. A fire crew from Tankersley Station arrived at the allotment site off Sheffield Road shortly after an alarm call was made at 5pm on Saturday. The crew arrived to find the shed was well alight and firefighters were at the scene for around 50 minutes. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the cause of the fire was deliberate.

Wheelie bin set on fire in Monk Bretton A WHEELIE bin was reported to be on fire in Monk Bretton on Saturday afternoon. A fire crew from Cudworth Station arrived in St Anne’s Drive. Monk Bretton shortly after a 999 call was made at 12.10pm. Firefighters were at the scene for around half- an-hour. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the cause of the fire was deliberate.

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School goes into special measures after inspection By Katia Harston A FAILING Barnsley school has been put in special measures following a damning report by education inspectors. Holy Trinity, on Carlton Road, Athersley South, was visited by Ofsted in November and has been found to be inadequate in three areas of inspection and requiring improvement in two others – judged to be ‘inadequate’ overall. This has triggered an ‘academisation order’ for the school, which will see it being turned into an academy – a move which is understood to be in the early stages. The school, which has 1,148 pupils aged three to 16, had been good overall when it was last inspected in 2014. However, a report published on Wednesday slams its performance, saying leaders are ‘overstretched’ and failing to ensure pupils achieve well enough, with too many pupils making inadequate progress. It found its primary curriculum is not broad or balanced and some subjects such as science, history and geography are ‘taught poorly if they are taught at all’. The secondary curriculum is also taught poorly and is ‘failing pupils’. It said the quality of teaching isn’t good enough. While there are pockets of good teaching, inspectors agreed with pupils when they said ‘too much depends on the luck of the draw’. Some primary pupils could not

remember the last time they learned anything in history or geography. The report says school leaders have an ‘inaccurate view’ of how well it is doing. “They believe the school remains good in the face of falling standards,” inspectors said. “Despite good intentions, leaders are failing pupils. Leaders have created a caring and nurturing school but pupils fail to achieve acceptable standards of work. “Leaders do not have an accurate grasp of just how poorly pupils are achieving. Many leaders believe that the school is doing well, despite the fact that underachievement is widespread.” There are problems with governance, which was branded ‘inadequate’. “Governors clearly love the school and want the best for pupils but they are out of touch with the depth and scale of weaknesses that exist,” the reports says. “Governors believe the school has ‘bounced back’ from very disappointing outcomes in 2015. “This is far from the case as there is currently widespread underachievement across the school.” Findings show a range of important policies including those related to child protection, safeguarding and e-safety, have not been reviewed ‘in a timely manner’. In some cases policies are

years out of date. Ofsted did find some strengths such as pupil behaviour and their positive attitude to learning. It also said by the end of key stage one, pupils, including the most able, achieve well in reading, writing and maths. The curriculum also provides children with opportunities to develop their ‘spiritual, moral and social awareness’. Headteacher Anna Dickson is deeply disappointed by the outcome but understood why inspectors felt it necessary as pupils have not made rapid progress. “Our immediate priority is to focus on making the improvements recommended in the report and build on the strengths identified to ensure our pupils are achieving to their full potential. “I can assure our parents and pupils that all our staff are determined to work tirelessly to address the issues raised in the report and ensure Holy Trinity is taken out of special measures at the earliest opportunity.” Bob Krause, chairman of governors, said: “As a school at the heart of our community, we look forward to working with parents, carers and the wider community to move Holy Trinity forward and to enable us to provide the best possible education for our young people. “The governors, leadership team and the rest of the staff are committed to making the necessary improvements at Holy Trinity.”

Apprentice shares experience By Gail Robinson A FORMER student on the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Prince’s Trust team programme, visited Barnsley fire station to share his learning journey and experience. Lee Niven was one of the first people to complete the

12-week programme which runs in collaboration with Barnsley College. Lee has now secured employment as an apprentice with Network Rail. The programme is a practical and engaging course that provides learners with the opportunity to gain practical skills and experience, secure qualifica-

tions and improve their employability skills. Lee said: “I would recommend this programme to everybody who needs a step up in life.Without the support of the Prince’s Trust, the fire service and Barnsley College, I would not have had the confidence to go for this role.”

TALENTED PLAYER: Roller hockey player Alex Oldale. Picture: Scott Bairstow. PD081924

Why Alex is on a roll... By Steph Daley HE’S only been playing for two years but now roller hockey player Alexander Oldale has the world in his sights. Alex, 12, has been chosen to represent Team GB as one of only two net minders in the under 12s’ team which will compete against teams from around the world in Los Angeles in July. The youngster, of Barnsley Road, Hoyland, who plays for Norton Cyclones in Rotherham, took up the sport with his older brother, Joseph, 17. Joseph also had trials for Team GB but as he was competing in the Under 23s’ section missed out on a place.

Dad Scott said Alex, who goes to Kirk Balk Academy, trains and plays at Simply Skate in Rotherham. He said he and wife Tracy were thrilled Alex had been chosen. “He’s only been playing for two seasons,” said Scott. “There are 12 players going and ten of them are out field players. He’s done really well.” He said Alex and Joseph were into inline and ice skating and had been asked if they had thought about trying hockey, which led to them joining the Cyclones. The family is now raising money to pay for the trip and will have to pay for their own and Alex’s flights, accommodation,

insurance and even training costs. Scott said Alex’s eventual aim is to become a professional and said he has already been approached to join the Bradford Bulldogs’ ice hockey team. “I’ve told him we’ve got enough on this year, but I’m sure he will start (playing ice hockey) next season. “The rinks they are playing on in Los Angeles belong to the Anaheim Ducks, which is a professional ice hockey team — they start out doing inline skating before they go on to ice skating in America, so hopefully that’s what Alex will do.” I To sponsor Alex, visit www.gofundme.com/iktkw

Man involved in ‘military-style’ shooting is jailed By Katia Harston A BARNSLEY man has been jailed for his part in a shooting outside a pub in Chapeltown. Jamie Lee Howden, 26, of Barber Street, Hoyland, was jailed for 13 years at Sheffield Crown Court last Friday after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. Lewis Michael Taylor, 21, of Shiregreen, was sentenced to six years and four months last month, after pleading guilty to possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence in relation to the same incident. Police were called to the Thorncliffe Arms, Chapeltown, at about 11pm on July 15 last year after members of the public reported

hearing shots being fired. Officers attended and after an extensive search of the area, a cluster of spent ammunition casings and one unspent live round was discovered. In the days that followed, detectives trawled through hours of CCTV footage from both the pub and nearby locations to piece together what had happened. Footage showed Howden and Taylor were sitting with other friends outside the pub when four men entered the car park and approached the group. After a brief conversation, the four men are seen walking away before Howden and Taylor follow. Detective Constable Steve Robinson, the investigating officer, said: “Howden then

ran from where he was standing outside of the pub, closely followed by Taylor. “Howden began by firing a single shot wild into the air across a car park full of cars. CCTV showed that some of these cars had people inside them who could be seen ducking for cover upon hearing the sound of gunshots. “Taylor is seen to do the same, but, it is believed, with an imitation firearm. Howden then, in what can only be described as military like style, uses his surroundings of parked cars to duck and take cover before firing multiple shots directly at the men he is pursuing. He then gives further chase before firing again. “In the frenzy, one of the shots he fires passes through a car, through the car’s back

seats and was recovered in the boot. “An extensive investigation was launched and through CCTV analysis and enquiries in the local area, we were able to identify those involved and piece together their exact movements. “Thankfully, no one was injured but this could have easily turned in to a fatal incident. “Being in possession of a gun does not give you status, it does not give you authority and anyone found to be carrying a firearm will be arrested and brought to justice.” DC Robinson added: “I hope this result sends out a clear message to both the members of the public, and those who consider carrying firearms, that we will continue working tirelessly to protect the public

JAILED: Jamie Lee Howden. of South Yorkshire and to identify those involved in armed criminality.”

Council to invest £5m in improving towns and villages SENIOR councillors have given their backing for £5m to be invested into Barnsley’s principal towns and villages to help them grow over the next few years. The move was agreed by the cabinet members on Wednesday and the cash will be used for communityled projects aimed at boosting the regeneration of district towns and villages. Coun Roy Miller said: “It will ensure our principal towns and local centres remain viable and attractive and create thriving high streets. “Individual projects will be agreed on a case by case basis and reported to cabinet.” The towns to benefit are: Cudworth, Hoyland, Wombwell, Goldthorpe, Penistone and Royston; while Athersley, Dodworth, Darton, Bolton-upon-Dearne, Darfield, Grimethorpe, Hoyland Common, Lundwood, Mapplewell, Stairfoot and Thurnscoe have been earmarked as centres to be targeted. A suggested minimum amount of £100,000 has been proposed for each of the towns and £50,000 for the other areas. Projects could include transport and car parking improvements, shop front schemes, signs and incentives for businesses. Now the plan has been rubber-stamped by council bosses, two project managers will be recruited whose job will be to work with communities to help shape ‘realistic and achievable’ projects that will redevelop and regenerate town centres.

Drop in average earnings AVERAGE weekly earnings in Barnsley fell by one per cent last year – in contrast to a 2.2 per cent rise nationally – latest figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal. Full time weekly earnings in Barnsley were £490.40, equating to an annual salary of £25,500. This was one per cent down from the £495.70 weekly pay seen in 2015. It means pay in Barnsley is now more than nine per cent behind national average weekly earnings of £540.20, or £28,090 annually. However when compared over two years, growth in earnings in Barnsley is above the national trend due to strong growth during 2015.


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Teens injured in smash man, suffered serious injuries and was also taken to hospital but has since been discharged. The driver of the car, a 20-year-old man, is thought to have left the scene prior to the emergency services arriving. He has since been arrested on suspicion of three counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop, failing to report a collision, no insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence. He has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries. Officers remain keen to hear from anyone who may have information about the accident. I Ayone with information should call 101 or email enquiries@southyorks.pnn.police.uk quoting incident 1 of January 6.

By Nick Ward THREE teenagers were seriously injured when a car in which they were travelling crashed off a road in Barnsley. The accident occurred just after midnight on Friday when a blue Peugeot 106 was travelling along Sandybridge Lane, away from Shafton. The driver failed to negotiate a bend in the road before going down an embankment. A passenger in the car, a 17-year-old boy, suffered potentially life-threatening injuries in the collision and remains in hospital in a stable condition. A 15-year-old boy who was also passenger in the car suffered serious injuries and was admitted to hospital. A third passenger, an 18-year-old

STUNNED: Church warden Bob Hawes at Staincross cemetery. Picture: Shaun Colborn.

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Grave problem averted FUNERALS at a Barnsley church were in danger of being cancelled because of a red tape wrangle about who was responsible for moving a car abandoned in the church yard. This silver BMW was dumped in the church yard at St John’s Church, Staincross, during a police chase last Friday evening – right next to the site of grave plots waiting to be dug on Monday for funerals to be held in the next two weeks. It took four days to eventually get the car shifted because of confusion about who should move it – the police, the church or the owner. Sue Hawes, whose husband is war-

den at the church and is responsible for the church yard, said the car had been driven to the bottom of the church yard, on Greenside, where it got stuck in the mud and was abandoned. Unfortunately it had been ditched on the last remaining tranche of land where graves can be dug and next to plots marked out for funerals due to be held in the coming weeks. Sue, 68, of Darton Lane, Staincross, said getting it removed has been a nightmare to sort out because of the muddle over who was responsible for, or allowed to, move the car. She was told by police that its officers wouldn’t handle the matter as it was classed as being on private prop-

erty and not causing an obstruction. A solicitor advised the couple that if the church organised for it to be shifted and damaged the vehicle – it would have to stump up for the repair bill. They were also told to leave the church yard gates open at all times so the owner could retrieve their car. Sue said it left them no choice but to put a notice on the BMW and sit and wait for the owner to collect it. In a desperate bid to avoid having to cancel burials they turned to local councillor Roy Miller. Within hours of him getting involved on Tuesday, police agreed to move the car. The delay was put down to a cock-up in communication. Sue said: “The funerals will go

ahead as planned. “We got a phone call mid-afternoon on Tuesday saying the car would be removed and it was not our duty. “Coun Miller had a right go at the police. “They came on Tuesday evening and took it away. “What we gather is the police should have moved it anyway and there had been a break down in communication.” Sue said there has been problems in the church yard before with people drinking but never anything like this. “I was furious when I found out,” she said. “We are going to keep the gates locked from now on.”

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THREE 15-year-old boys, a woman and a man appeared in court this week to deny the murder of a man whose body was found on moorland. Craig Nelson, also known as Craig Preston, of Montgomery Square, Wathupon-Dearne, was found dead off the A628 at the Woodhead Tunnels on August 22. Mohammed Shiraz Bashir, 41, and Leonie Mason, 23, from Huddersfield, appeared with the boys, who cannot be named due to their age, at Sheffield Crown Court. All five pleaded not guilty to murder and will face trial on February 27. A post mortem examination revealed Mr Nelson, 34, died as a result of head injuries.

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BIG changes are coming to the grounds at Cannon Hall thanks to a lottery grant worth nearly £3m. We asked We Are Barnsley Facebook fans for their thoughts... Robert Hayes: “I don’t understand why people are getting excited about this. They say it will take three years to complete the work, and when they do they’ll probably start charging people to get in to the gardens. Everything will become more expensive.” Dave Fowler: “Typical that some people have come out to pass negative comments on something great again. It's lottery money – just enjoy it. A beautiful place will be made even more beautiful for your enjoyment.” Ian Joustra: “Good in theory, as long as they don't mess it up and drive out ordinary folk like they did at Stainborough. I agree about the extortionate car parking charges – I always park at the garden centre as they have a £1 short term option rather than just having to pay a flat fee of £3.50.��� Diane Fellows: “Wonderful news. I hope they're going to dredge and restore the waterfalls that used to flow freely when I was a child and cull some of the Canada Geese that are fouling the area and taking it over. It used to be absolutely magnificent.” Steve Athey: “This is great news, it's something for the whole town and further afield to enjoy. It brings more people to our town. What's wrong with all you negative people? Even better still, why not go and use it and go for a walk.” Jackie Robson: “We always take our dog around here and think it’s a hidden gem. It can only get better because I didn’t think it really needed any refurbishment. Well done to all involved for getting the funding. I’m sure it will look excellent when the work is completed.” David Winstanley: “Excellent news about a local treasure - especially about the lakes which are an eye sore at present.”

Your VIEWS Bin men have to put up with some rubbish ANDREW BROWELL, High Street, Silkstone Several letters have been published over recent times in the Chronicle regarding the various waste management services provided by BMBC – mostly highly critical. In defence of the council, as a local resident of 30 plus years currently living in Silkstone and someone who admittedly previously worked within the waste management operation, the waste / recycling collection service is as good and reliable as I personally expect from my local authority. I am prompted to write this as

This operation delivers a kerbside collection to more than 80,000 households each week. That’s 240,000 people’s waste. Collection drivers and operatives and supervisors up from very early morning in all weathers and a small team handling constant enquiries from the public at the end of the phone/internet. And, believe me, they all – out on the streets and in the office – do have to deal with some very unpleasant behaviour from people, in different forms, on occasions during the performance of their jobs. From my perspective a very reliable and good quality service. Keep it up.

Norman Rimmington was one of our own... RONNIE STEELE, Broadway Norman Rimington was one of our own: He was a special type of bloke And I want the world to know That Rimmo needs to be honoured I’ll explain why this is so Not just because he loved this club Ever since he was a kid

Or for the length of time he served Or all the jobs he did Nor for the friendly, charming way He could relate a story (In the broadest of all local twangs) About failure or glory But the simple secret Rimmo had That was easy to detect… Whoever Norman came across He would treat with

great respect He knew exactly what to do To increase a man’s self-worth Because he could make his listeners feel Like the salt of Yorkshire earth No-one I knew disliked Rimmo They all thought him a gem And that’s because he didn’t hide A real respect for them

They have dubbed him Mr Barnsley and His record has clearly shown That he fully earned this accolade: Rimmo was ONE OF OUR OWN He was a large and humble man Who didn’t demand a fuss And always vowed to stay a Red Because he was one of us.

The inconvenience of closing Peel Street toilets GRANVILLE D CLARKE, Moorend Lane, Silkstone Common I note from last week’s Chronicle that plans are afoot to re-vamp the Peel Square area and destroy the Victorian toilet facilities that most folk in Barnsley see as a convenient release of bodily function, as well as a pleasing aesthetic part of Barnsley’s history and heritage. It is a bad decision to destroy, as it was when Will Alsop and the Planet London clowns came years ago to create an Italian approach to Barnsley – and wanted to also destroy. Are they not heritage listed? It is already a national disgrace that many short-sighted councils have closed toilets around the UK with the excuse of funding cuts.

Stella Smith: “Fantastic news. The lakes desperately need dredging. Slight worry over the woodlands being opened up more though. The owls, squirrels and rabbits are well established there.”

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Gemma Carter: “This is great news, I just hope the surrounding road infrastructure will be addressed to support the increased visitor numbers.”

THE BBC came up with an idea for a new TV programme which would see a West End choreographer head to a former mining community and see if they could get people dancing. What could possibly go wrong? Lots of things. Steve Elias and his camera crew could have come to Barnsley and made a beeline for the first row of boarded-up terraced houses they could find; they could have lined up interviews with people who could

Julia Davison: “Wonderful news, thanks to all concerned who helped to achieve this. Sad to see the odd negative comments which are least outweighed by all the positive ones.

the collection team has only just emptied my grey bin on Tuesday afternoon and run down the High Street on their way. They’ll have been on the go from around 6.30am or earlier leaving home getting to work. First class service over the Christmas period which always, for obvious reasons, places a huge pressure on the operation. I am well aware from my previous involvement that sometimes things go wrong, vehicles do break down, weather can interfere, employees can be ill etc etc. But let’s just take a breath and think how often have you been let down?

BMBC’s excuse here – ‘oh it will sort out the drug problem there’ – is pathetic. The drug problem is in many places with police response being negative when reported, ie Summer Lane, Sheffield Road, etc. Before BMBC decided not to employ someone on the premises, the Peel Square toilets were in immaculate condition and clean, and even the copper pipework gleaming. BMBC has millions annually from local tax payers and central goverment. It decides where the ‘financial cake’ is cut and how big the relative slices, normal criteria for political advantage. Some solutions: able-bodied unemployed persons can be employed on morning and afternoon shifts, including those serving community service

following thieving from society, many able bodied pensioners could be employed on morning and afternoon shifts to clean and monitor the toilets – returning them back to their original gleaming and disinfected condition. The toilets could be open again 9pm-12pm and policed by door security in dress suits to stop drunks unrinating in the Barnsley streets, when pubs close and toilets facilities are not available. This would attract national media attention and be brilliant PR for Barnsley, the cost could be allocated from the ‘financial cake’ or reducing the annual salary of the BMBC chief executive. Try to think outside the box you of the ‘beige society’ and flat pack mentality.

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No need to jump Friend found through hoops after appeal

JENNIFER DOYLEY, Rymer Place, Cleethorpes

GEOFFREY BROADLEY, Winter Avenue, Royston Who is in charge of waste management in Barnsley? I’ve tried to put a face to the person who thinks it’s OK to make council tax paying residents jump through hoops to recycle their waste at their own centres. Do we really think that there is such a massive influx of Sheffield or Wakefield residents, so desperate to rid themselves of waste that they need to travel to Barnsley to do it? If there is, then the council needs to present us with the figures. I’m guessing that for a minimal number of ‘cross border’ tippers we are looking for a way of identification that links a car to an address. So to do this, some dimwit has decided it’s OK to make every Barnsley resident who wishes to use their facilities, beg for the privilege. This really isn’t acceptable.

Can I say a big thank you to you and your Barnsley readers for helping to find my friend, Margot Harrison, after you kindly printed my letter recently. The power of the press and the lovely people of Barnsley have accomplished this in just a matter of days and I am grateful to you all. I now have Margot’s new address in Spain and will be writing to her shortly. Special thanks to her good neighbour Susan, of Leopold Street, and Aunty Frieda who were a great help. Happy new year to you and all your readers.

Show was great advert for town RICHARD WALKER, York I’ve lived away from Barnsley since 1974 but still have family including my mother, who is 98, residing within the boundaries, so I've still got attachments to my homeland. How proud I was of Barnsley when I watched Our Dancing Town on BBC 2. At last, a programme that made Barnsley shine (the sunshine helped as well) as opposed to some of the TV programmes of yesteryear that described

Barnsley and surrounding countryside as drab and dirty. The town hall in its magnificent Portland stone and many of the other buildings looked brilliant, making the town look vibrant, and the views from Locke Park southwards, from Stainborough Castle in the west, to the former Barrow Colliery site in the east, would be hard to beat anywhere in the UK. Of course the people were the crowning glory. Their friendliness and

plain honest speaking has not been lost over time – maybe not as broad in dialect tha nose – but nevertheless warm and welcoming. All of those involved put so much effort in, but in particular the younger generation who always seem to get bad press these days. Credit where credit is due. Well done to all those involved. A great programme well delivered by the cast, maybe it will become a classic like Kes!

EU not to blame for all our ills DR STUART PARKER, Gorse Close, Brampton In a previous letter I portrayed Mr Hardy’s claims as ‘unjustified assertions and non sequiturs’. His latest response helpfully duplicates these errors. Take his rejection of my claim that a democracy should impose a condition of reversibility on the referendum. His argument is the vote is irreversible because it is the decision of the electorate; and that decision is sacrosanct. Unfortunately his reasoning is fallacious; assuming as a premise the very point at issue. Avoiding this requires appeal to some general rule such as once any vote has occurred it cannot be challenged; which would, embarrassingly, also eliminate general and council elections! While not impossible to formulate the required rule it’s not easy to avoid ridiculous, anti-democratic consequences. Brexiters attempt to conceal these difficulties and show contempt for the electorate. Then there is the question of sovereignty which Mr Hardy, following the ‘celebrity’ Brexiters, is fond of evoking as if sovereignty were an absolute. It isn’t. All government decisions are circumscribed; through the application of international law, the rules governing trading agreements, membership of organisations such as NATO or the UN, and yes, the EU, and

by legal, moral and constitutional constraints internal to the UK. In the case of the EU, its Brexit fantasised restrictions to our sovereignty are misleadingly exaggerated. It takes some preposterously bizarre reasoning to hold the EU, rather than our elected sovereign governments, responsible for austerity, student fees, rail fares, underfunding of the NHS and education, Iraq, Trident, increasing inequalities of wealth and opportunity. But Brexiters love to inflate their sovereignty slogans by pretending that all social ills are the responsibility of the EU. Surprisingly, Mr Hardy asks what I would do. I’ve hardly been coy on this: throw out the corrupt, anti-democratic referendum and require any party wedded to Brexit to put it in their general election manifesto where they would be properly accountable. Further, contradicting Ms Tully’s letter, I’d argue that imperatives of consistency and integrity compel Mr Dugher to agree with me. He certainly cannot rely on the fallacies and myths employed by Mr Hardy to justify his metamorphosis from Remainer to Brexiter and urgently owes us an account of the reasoning precipitating his volte-face which does not rely on vacuous ‘The People’ slogans or fears about the shape of bananas.

COMMENT barely string a sentence together. In short, they could have reenforced every single stereotype that anyone has about Barnsley. But they didn’t. Instead, BBC2’s Our Dancing Town was 60 minutes of uplifting, joyous entertainment which, on paper, could easily have turned into car crash TV. But it didn’t. The programme shone a glorious light on Barnsley, its people, its spirit – and its scenery.

Any viewer couldn’t have been anything but impressed by the splendour of the town hall and the stunning views from Mount Vernon. Grim up north, eh? Steve will be made very welcome in Barnsley if he ever decides to come back to film a sequel. IT looks like cinema-goers will be spoiled for choice in the town centre – with both the council and the Alhambra centre breaking their

necks to get in first with a new cinema complex. The council has already said it is pressing ahead with its plans, but now the ante has been upped with the Alhambra confirming work will start on its ten-screen multiplex in the summer – with the aim of it opening by summer 2018. Either way, it’s good to see some movement on the issue, although where these cinema wars will leave the much-loved Parkway is unclear. It does seem strange that neither

the council nor the Alhambra, and its partner Empire Cinema, shows any sign of backing down. It could be that Barnsley ends up with three separate offerings for the cinema-going public but one suspects that one of the parties will try to back out without losing face. In the past, towns like Barnsley had several cinemas and changed their films twice a week to satisfy the local demand. That, however, was in a very different era.


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NEWSLINES Alterations made at roundabout CONGESTION around the Birdwell roundabout has prompted changes to the restrictions put in place during the roadworks. There were severe delays at the roundabout, at the junction of the A61, the Dearne Valley Parkway and junction 36 roundabout, on Tuesday and Wednesday, while work on a new link road between Hoyland Common and Birdwell is carried out. Now the council and its contractor ESH has agreed to reduce the level of restriction on traffic, although they have confirmed it will mean the work takes longer to complete.Future restrictions will involve the road being reduced to a single lane while the work is completed.

Inquest delay for curry death teen AN inquest on a teenager who died from a severe nut allergy after eating at an Indian restaurant has been delayed after his family appealed the decision not to prosecute anyone in connection to his death. Dylan Hill, 18, of John Street, Thurnscoe, collapsed an hour after eating in the restaurant in Barnsley in May 2015. An inquest was due to be held on Monday. But a spokesman for the CPS said he was aware Mr Hill’s family had submitted a ‘victims’ right to review’, and that the decision not to prosecute anyone in connection with Mr Hill’s death would be reviewed.

Metrodome theft POLICE are investigating after a woman’s car was stolen as she was swimming at the Metrodome. It is believed the woman was followed into the changing rooms and a man saw which locker she put her belongings in. He is believed to have broken into her locker, taken her keys and then driven off in her red Audi A4 car. Police attended the Metrodome in Barnsley at 6.20pm on Wednesday. A 27-year-old man was arrested shortly afterwards on suspicion of theft. The vehicle has been recovered. It is the second time in less than six months that thieves have struck in the same way. In August Jane Ogley’s Ford was stolen.

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Tax payers foot weekly £5k bill for fly tippers GREAT TURNOUT: Father Jon MacGillivray leads the procession at All Saints’ Church. Paying tribute: Norman Hunter, Mick McCarthy and Paul Heckingbottom arrive.

By Mike Cotton BARNSLEY’S beautiful countryside bears an ugly scar which council tax payers spend almost £5,000 a week trying to hide, the Chronicle has discovered. Fly tipping is a constant drain on council resources and a major blight on Barnsley’s countryside as highlighted by our feature on today’s front page. On Monday we asked followers of the Chronicle on Facebook and Twitter to send us photographs of any fly tipping spotted in Barnsley this week, and we quickly amassed dozens of images of locations across Barnsley, including Dodworth, Gawber, Worsbrough, Wombwell Woods, Lundwood, Platts Common, Cudworth, Hemingfield, Great Houghton, Shafton, Boltonupon-Dearne and Penistone. In Brinckman Street near town two old settees were dumped in a children’s play area. A dead-end road in Shafton off the A628 is littered with furniture and building waste including old baths and toilets strewn amid plenty of everyday rubbish. And among shameful amounts of junk dumped along the roads through Wombwell Woods is a good deal of catering waste including large drums which once contained cooking oil. While some might be commercial waste, plenty has originated from ordinary householders – some of it even contained name and address details which have now been passed on to the council. Fears have been raised that a decision to introduce a residents-only permit scheme for the borough’s four household waste recycling centres may exacerbate the problem. From Monday visitors to the sites have been asked to show

 Incidents of fly tipping in 2016: 4,209  Average incidents a day: 11.5  Average incidents a week: 80.7  Annual cost to clear up: £287,118  Average cost to tax their V5 vehicle registration document to prove the car is registered in the borough and will be given a car sticker for future visits. It is an attempt to crack down on ‘tip tourists’ travelling to use the borough’s dumps from other towns where their opening hours have been reduced. More than 1,000 of the permits had been handed out in the first three days of the scheme this week. It will become mandatory to have a permit from March 6. Commenting on the Chronicle’s Facebook page, Matt Rose said: “Barnsley Council are their own worst enemy, enrolling their clamp down on fly tipping just as they launch their new permit to dump scheme. I’d like to know who thinks up these clever ideas.” Adam Vamplew added: “It’s only going to get worse now we need permits. People won’t know how to get one or be bothered to get one so will just fly tip. “The council have made the problem worse by trying to stop a few people from Rotherham using our tips. It’s just blind bureaucracy.” And Trevor Wilkes said: “Drive through Wombwell wood any day of the week and there will be rubbish tipped along the road. “Beds, carpets, white goods, tyres, bin liners with God knows what inside them. “A beautiful place ruined, yet

payer per day: £786  Average cost to tax payer per week: £5,506  Amount of waste recovered last year: 380 tonnes  Cost of paying council to remove three-piece suite: £20 not a mile from a dump-it site.” But Darren Goodwin believes it is not difficult to obtain a permit to use the dump it sites and doesn’t think it will make any difference to those who choose to fly tip. “People who fly tip will always do it,” he said. “You will hear them using any excuse available because they don’t care about anyone else. The resident permit is not hard work – just turn up with your V5 and you get a sticker. The scrote fly tippers are just using it as an excuse to make what they do seem OK.” The council spends more than £285,000 a year clearing up fly tipping. That sum is only just scratching the surface and the countryside remains full of rubbish, as the number of photographs taken this week demonstrates. Last month the council launched a new campaign to try and tackle the problem and raise people’s awareness of how costly and damaging it is. It set up hidden cameras at various locations around the borough to catch fly tippers, and new signs warning people about tipping have been put up in 31 hotspot locations. The campaign began with a publicity stunt where fly tipping collected across Barnsley was dumped in front of the town hall. It was designed to cause a stir on social media.  Collection of large waste items by the council can be booked online – just search Barnsley Council bulky items.

Farewell to ‘Mr Barnsley FC’ By Nick Ward RAIN, sleet and snow did not deter them. The people of Barnsley and beyond turned up in their hundreds at All Saints’ Church, Darton, to celebrate the life of Norman Rimmington (BEM). The gathering saw a host of some of the best players to ever grace the green grass of Oakwell rubbing shoulders with ordinary Joes and Joannes. Many more stood outside as

the words of Father Jon MacGillivray were conveyed outside via a speaker system. The numbers bore testament to the popularity of the man. Sing Hosanna was sung before ex-Reds’ captain and now Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy paid tribute to a man who gave the biggest part of his 93 years to Barnsley Football Club. Mick’s reading “My mate Rimmo” preceded a poem read by Barnsley FC Chaplain Peter

Amos entitled Our Poem. Bruce Dyer’s wife Janine then sang Amazing Grace before prayers were read and the FA Cup Final hymn, Abide With Me was sang with gusto. Following the funeral a procession made its way past Norman’s beloved Oakwell to the crematorium. Then friends and family, famous and otherwise, gathered in the Legends Suite to raise a glass in memory of a truly remarkable man.

Funding target set for flag restoration By Mike Cotton ABOUT £13,000 needs to be raised to restore and preserve the historic regimental flags carried to the Western Front by members of the Barnsley Pals 100 years ago, a detailed inspection by experts has revealed. The regimental standards of the 13th and 14th York and Lancaster Regiment – also known as the 1st and 2nd Barnsley Pals – are kept behind glass in a cabinet in St Mary’s Church in the town centre. Local historian Jane Ainsworth warned last year that their colours were in dire need of attention. Working with the church she secured a grant of £500 from the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership to help fund a detailed inspection last month conducted by conservators from the People’s History Museum in Manchester. Their findings were that the flags can be restored but about £13,000 will need to be raised. St Mary’s Parochial Church Council agreed on Monday night to proceed with the project and Jane will now begin the process of trying to raise the money. “I’m absolutely thrilled to bits,” said Jane, of Victoria Road, Barnsley. “It’s a significant amount of money, clearly, but I do feel like it’s a manageable amount to raise. I think with a grant or two, and

WORK: Textile experts Jenny Van Enckevort and Zoe Lancely. with the support of a few individuals and organisations, it can be done.” Jane is already planning to put in an application to the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership, which funded the inspection. “The close inspection revealed the condition of the two Colours. One, which I assume is the original for the 13th York and Lancaster is in very poor condition and it has no insignia to identify it. “The colours for the Second Barnsley Pals, identified by the numerals XIV and Regiment, are in much better condition and this would appear to be because they were replaced in 1923. “The conservators have recommended that once preserved they should be displayed flat in special frames to provide full protection for the future and to make them more visible. “The cost of doing this will be approximately £13,000. There will

be additional costs of hanging the frames when a decision has been made about the most suitable place for them.” Jane said she would now look at how the funds could be raised to conserve both colours. “I am also investigating the possibility of commissioning a reproduction of the one for the 13th York and Lancaster, as was suggested to me.” Rev Canon Stephen Race, of St Mary’s Church, said: “The church council has agreed in principle to proceed with the restoration of the Barnsley colours, and authorised Jane Ainsworth to proceed with fund-raising. “We are very pleased to do so. It’s going to be a very long and slow process, but it will be good for the church and for Barnsley as a whole to have them restored and better presented.”  Anyone wishing to donate to the project should contact Jane on 217195 or St Mary’s Church.


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Summertime start for rooftop cinema plans By Katia Harston

RECYCLED VINYL: Royal British Legion’s Goff Griffiths with the poppy made from old vinyl records. Picture: Scott Bairstow. PD081974

Blooming great idea for a gift By Mike Cotton WHAT present do you buy for the Barnsley and District Group Branch Poppy Appeal organiser? Well this beautiful hand-crafted poppy created from old vinyl records seemed to fit the bill perfectly. Goff Griffiths, branch chairman of Barnsley Churchfield branch of the Royal British Legion, was presented with this ‘Secret Santa’ gift for Christmas. It was created by an artist, and needed

some minor touch up work as some of the delicate support structure had suffered in transit, but Goff has completed it this week. “It’s absolutely beautiful,” said Goff, of Willow Bank, Honeywell. “The petals are painted red, but you can still see all the grooves in the vinyl. It’s brilliant.” Goff’s family does a ‘Secret Santa’ due to the large number of adults, so he doesn’t know for sure who bought him the gift.

A NEW multiplex cinema to be built on the roof of the Alhambra is still going ahead but has been put back by a year, the developers have said. Empire Cinemas — the largest independently owned cinema operator in the UK — confirmed last May that it would be opening the multiplex cinema – developed in partnership with the Alhambra owners BMO Real Estate Partners in late 2017. Construction of the ten- screen multiplex — able to seat up to 1,244 cinema-goers and featuring Empire Cinemas’ large screen format known as IMPACT — was hoped to have started last year but BMO Real Estate Partners this week confirmed work is now anticipated to begin in the summer. The developers said detailed plans have now been finalised for the new cinema, along with five new restaurants, and it is due to open by summer 2018, a year behind the original schedule. A spokesman for BMO Real Estate Partners said demand for the cinema scheme ‘remains extremely strong’ and that it will take the shopping experience offered by the Alhambra to ‘an even higher level’. Reassurance the rooftop cinema is still going ahead means the race to open a multiplex in Barnsley has stepped up pace as Barnsley Council is due to make an announcement in the coming weeks on its own plans for a mul-

Ghana children enjoy Dodworth generosity By Katia Harston THERE is a little piece of Dodworth in a tiny village in Ghana. This football team in Abenta, a remote settlement two hours’ drive from Accra airport, were chuffed to be given the strips once worn by Dodworth Miners’ Welfare Junior Football Club. The young Ghanian lads were given the shirts and shorts by Steve Jessop from Dodworth, who visited the village in West Africa to carry out charity work with pal Steve Mount and his son James, from Ardsley. Mr Jessop, 43, embarked on the trip to help the Village by Village charity which works to reduce the needless suffering of African children living in poverty. The highways worker — who took two suitcases weighing 23kgs each packed with football kits, footballs, air pumps and Tshirts over with him — spent two weeks in Abenta often working in 40 degree heat to install drainage that would pre-

vent buildings from being eroded and washed away. Mr Jessop, of Rose Hill Drive, paid for the trip himself but also wanted to take something with him as a gift for the locals. He struck upon the idea of the football kits after seeing pictures of village kids playing the beautiful game — barefoot — and approached a couple of Barnsley teams for help. He said: “My son Jayden started playing football with Dodworth at five-years-old and I asked the the team if they had any old kits and they said there was a shed full and were kind enough to donate them. Shaw Lane Aquaforce also donated a couple of old kits too.” Mr Jessop said his time in Abenta was an unforgettable experience. “They are the nicest people you could ever wish to meet,” he said. “It was a real eye-opener. We have everything and they have ‘nowt’ — but they’re happy. We did a lot in two weeks. I’m over the moon with the job. “When we went out a school

OVERJOYED: The football team in their Dodowrth JFC kits taken over by Steve Jessop. there was close to collapse so we put some drainage in, we dug the channels and put the shuttering in ready for concreting. When it’s the rainy season all the water comes down and is washing away the football field, and the drainage we have put just takes that water away. “We also went and started building a school in another vil-

lage. It was 30 to 40 degree heat and we had to keep firing water down. “Everything was done by hand using shovels and picks, there were no machines because they’re too expensive.” Mr Jessop hopes to return to Abenta in a few years’ time to see how the village has progressed.

Price rise exceedingly bad news for cake fans By Mike Cotton CAKES made in Barnsley under the Mr Kipling brand are being cut down in size as the company also prepares to increase prices by about five per cent. The firm employs about 1,200 people at its plant in Carlton during its peak pre-Christmas

production as the world’s biggest mince pie factory. It also makes Mr Kipling cake slices and other products which are to be affected by price increases. National media also report that it will stop making some of its ‘four cake boxes’, but when asked if this would mean any job losses in Barnsley, a

NEWSLINES Town hall’s flag blunder ‘HUMAN error’ was blamed for the Union flag on top of the town hall being put on display upside down. The blunder was spotted by an eagle-eyed member of the public on Monday at about 9am who mentioned it to town hall reception staff. The flag continued to fly upside down for several hours until the Chronicle contacted the council’s press office and made them aware of the error. A council spokesman passed the message on to the team responsible for raising the flag. The spokeswoman told the Chronicle the gaffe was down to ‘human error’.

School league tables BARNSLEY schools will find out how well they have done when the national school league tables are published next week. The tables, published by the Department for Education on Thursday, show how every school in the country has performed in the 2015 to 2016 academic year. Barnsley is expected to have made some improvement after provisional data published last year showed the number of pupils in Barnsley achieving five GCSEs at grades A* to C including English and maths rose from 44 per cent in 2011, to 50 per cent last year and 55 per cent in 2016.

Furniture torched OLD furniture and a pile of waste in Wombwell went up in flames on Tuesday night. A fire crew from Cudworth Station arrived at the scene on waste land off Rutland Place at around 8.30pm. Firefighters were at the scene for around half-an-hour. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the blaze had been started deliberately.

Premier Foods spokesperson said: “I have heard nothing about this and have no further comment on this.” A statement read: “We take a blended approach to managing cost increases driven by currency and commodity factors. “We look to manage our own efficiencies, adjust promotional mechanics and formats where

appropriate and finally look at limited price increases where these can’t be avoided. “The situation on pricing differs between our different categories and brands and is currently under discussion with our individual retail customers. However, on average we are considering rises around the mid-single digit mark.”

ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: This image shows how the rooftop development could look when it opens. tiplex as part of the town centre redevelopment. Plans for the Alhambra multiplex were announced in August 2014 and planning permission was granted in November that year. Under those plans it had been due to open last year but never got off the ground. The council then declared its own plans to build a multiplex, pitting the two developments against each other. Jon Nutton, marketing director for Empire Cinemas, which operates 124 screens in 13 cinemas

across the UK, said: “We are very excited to be opening in Barnsley and are delighted with the final design of the new cinema which will provide a high-quality venue for the residents of Barnsley and surrounding areas.” BMO Real Estate Partners also said significant investment within the remainder of the scheme continues on schedule. The spokesman said: “Savers and Thomas Cook have already relocated into the shopping centre following displacement from the town centre’s Better Barnsley pro-

posals and advanced negotiations are underway which will see a further two retailers’ long- term future within the town centre secured by relocation from Cheapside into the scheme.” New equipment has already been installed in the Alhambra car park to allow credit card payments to be made, along with energy efficient LED lighting. Refurbishment and redecoration works also announced last year will begin on site in spring this year and be completed by the end of the summer. Advertiser’s Announcement

Big changes at Barnsley Auto Centre FOR a proud firm that are committed to offering excellent customer service, visit Barnsley Auto Centre for all your servicing and repair needs. The autoshop has been based on Pontefract Road Hoyle Mill for the past seven years after being formed by Gordon Wood, the founder of the renowned Gordon’s Tyres. With Gordon’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Wood now at the helm after taking on the role of director, this family firm also welcomes Paul Naylor as the new manager. With almost 30 years of management experience within a multi-national tyre and servicing company, he’s making a huge impact on the day-to-day running of the business making quality and customer satisfaction a distinct priority. “It’s about offering service with a smile and building a relationship with staff as well as customers” said Paul, a local lad who has even received token gifts from customers to show gratitude for his impeccable expertise and his friendly and inviting demeanour. Director Elizabeth said:“Paul has got off to a fantastic start here at Barnsley Auto Centre, we’re sure he will drive the business to new heights along with our new team, Aaron Smith and Danny Doyle, who are eager to please customers old

and new.” Barnsley Auto Centre offer all manner of car and van repairs and servicing at competitive prices, including MOT, tyres, diagnostics and much more including new laser four-wheel alignment. Offering an excellent range of tyre brands to suit all pockets and vehicles, their “Pick and Click” website allows you to view and compare prices, and even book online for next day fitting. If you are unsure what you are looking for, call on 01226 731311 for unbiased advice on what would best suit your particular needs.

For more information or to visit Paul and the team, call into Barnsley Auto Centre on Pontefract Road in Hoyle Mill.You can also call them on the number opposite or visit www.barnsleyautocentre.co.uk To celebrate the new start Barnsley Auto Centre are offering a service and MOT for just £115 (exclusions apply), simply mention the article to qualify.


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Hospital struggling to hit casualty targets By Lynsey Bradford BARNSLEY Hospital is on target to end the financial year with the planned £8.1m deficit – despite a setback which could see it miss out on £138,000. Michael Wright, the hospital’s director of finance, said although it can never be predicted exactly, the hospital was currently working to and achieving the £8.1m forecast. But it has struggled to meet the accident and emergency target of seeing 95 per cent of patients within four hours over the last few months – and bosses have assumed cash for hitting that target – which is £69,000 per month – will not be received for October and November. He said: “Our financial position is slightly better than planned. We are in deficit but our deficit is £53,000 less than

we expected at the end of November. We are just working out December’s plan, but we are quite pleased with the position. “We have an end-of-year forecast, which is £8.1m in deficit and we are currently working to that plan and achieving it. “From April to November we expected to have had a deficit of £5.814m but we have an actual deficit of £5.761m – that is the consolidated position for the trust. “It really depends on what happens in the rest of the year. The year-to-date position has always been on plan.” Michael said hospitals which provide emergency care get funding which is paid quarterly in arrears. Barnsley Hospital receives £69,000 per month for hitting the accident and emergency target. But he added: “Whenever we

have pressures or are struggling to hit the 95 per cent, which we have in the last two months, we would lose £69,000 funding per month. But we can appeal. “For the last two months, we have not included that funding – we have assumed we will not get it. “We can’t say whether we will or not. I think we probably would (appeal), but we will have to have that discussion.” Michael said hitting the targets had been a struggle because of winter pressures and the number of people attending hospital during the winter months, but said this was a national problem. The hospital will find out later this month if it will receive the funding. Despite this, it has managed to remain on track to end the financial year as planned.

Michael said this had been achieved through ‘tight control’ of agency spending which had reduced significantly compared to last year, particularly on locums and nursing. He said people were also choosing to have operations at Barnsley Hospital, which also generates income. “We’re managing to control costs, mainly pay costs and a big chunk of that is agency. “We are also performing well on clinical activity and that ARENA-BOUND: Barugh Green Primary School pupils Bradley Musgrave, Ben Allam, Alex translates into income. Guest, Charlotte Steel, Lasana Forde and Grace Mason are pictured preparing for their “For every patient who comes performance at Sheffield Arena as part of the Young Voices concert event. in, we get paid a set national Picture: Scott Bairstow. PD081956 tariff. “So the more people coming through the doors, the more we get paid, the more operations, the more we get paid. “We set a plan and at the moment, the number of people A POLICE sergeant has warned there is no way we are getting of neighbourhood policing was coming through the door is in that a new neighbourhood policanyone from response teams (who not a good idea and there is a excess of that plan.” ing unit covering a large part of deal with 999 emergencies) which drive to bring them back,” he said. Barnsley may not have any PCs is why we are recruiting because “We are the first step but withuntil September. we have to get the response teams out unlimited budgets we cannot A shake-up of neighbourhood up to strength to take the surplus just do it. We need to get PCs in policing is now underway in the for the neighbourhoods. and double the intake and as lenges ahead and their views borough on the recommendation “We are recruiting heavily and quick as we can get them out to on the plans. Whether it’s of South Yorkshire Police Chief we have got transferees from you, we will get them out.” attending a meeting or via Constable, Stephen Watson, folother forces and that’s quicker The reinstatement of bobbies on social media, we’d encourage lowing several peer reviews of the because it takes two weeks until the beat follows the axing of Safer people to get involved.” force. they (a transferred officer) are on Neighbourhood Teams last year Campaigners are also conOn Monday, members of a comthe ground but from scratch it to slash millions from the force’s cerned about changes to munity safety meeting covering can be six months before they are budget. stroke services and chilthe Old Town, St Helen’s, Darton safe to be out. It resulted in the Barnsley East dren’s surgeries and anaesEast and West wards were told by “That’s why I say September. It and Barnsley West Local Policing thesia services, which are Sergeant Brad Wynne that he will may be that we get one PC in Teams being set up in June 2015 currently being consulted be responsible for those areas April but it cannot be guarana move residents say led to a loss on. under the neighbourhood policing teed,” he said. of presence on the streets as Under proposals from model effective from April - along Members were alarmed at the neighbourhood officers were Commissioners Working with the Royston, Cudworth and prospect and Coun Jenny Platts moved from their usual villages to Together – a group of eight North East communities - supasked why there is such a shorteither the Churchfield or CCGs – Barnsley's hyper ported by a team of 15 PCSOs and age of PCs. Wombwell stations. acute stroke unit would close four PCs. Sgt Wynne explained it was simHowever, under the model, neighand patients would be taken However, he said it could be ply a case that the force stopped bourhood officers will work from to another hospital. The months before he gets any PC recruiting. ‘hubs’, with satellite bases in shake up of children’s surstaff because there simply aren’t “It has been recognised through Kendray, Royston and the Dearne geries would also see chilenough officers. reviews carried out on South as well as the centrally based dren shipped out of town for PLEA: Janet Williams during Thursday’s protest. PD081979 “At the present moment in time Yorkshire Police that getting rid staff. certain treatments.

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‘Save Our NHS’ campaigners keep fighting By Lynsey Bradford MEMBERS of Barnsley Save Our NHS campaign group yesterday lobbied health chiefs about plans to overhaul health services in Barnsley and the ‘state of the NHS generally.’ Campaigners with placards and banners gathered outside the meeting of the Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) at Hillder House in Gawber. They are concerned about the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Sustainability and Transformation Plan – which proposes to overhaul health services in Barnsley to save £90m. Campaigner Tony Nuttall

said: “The lobby was against the Sustainability Transformation Plan and the fact that no one knows what the hell is going on, and the state of the NHS generally. “We don’t want them to cut services to save £90m over the next few years. We want them to consult with people in Barnsley about the changes, which we say they are not doing.” A spokesman for the CCG said: “We’re really glad to see people are keen to help shape these plans. In February and March we’ll be working with organisations like local health watches and voluntary community groups to talk to local people and communities about the chal-

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SOLAR panels installed as part of a community energy project have generated almost £20,000 in their first year alone – which is being ploughed back STUDENTS’ into local groups across the borough. FAVE: Energise Barnsley is the biggest project of its kind involving residential Connie’s roof-based solar panels in the UK, and Corner in Barnsley four groups are set to Cafe receive funding through its community owner Ed cash fund. Dawson. The fund is made up of surplus Picture: money generated from the solar panScott els, allowing the project to give £18,500 Bairstow. back to local groups in its first year. PD081971. The energy project, involving Barnsley Council, Berneslai Homes, British Gas and Generation Community Ventures, has installed solar panels on 321 council houses and chrome legged tables and chairs and a 16 council-owned buildings, including bare brick feature wall near the schools and sheltered housing blocks entrance. over the last year giving local residents A look at the menu confirmed a huge cheaper energy and reduced bills. variety of breakfast dishes on offer. The groups that will benefit include From a toasted fruit teacakes at £1, to Age UK in Barnsley which will receive a full English at £3.95 and, for the very £5,000 to pay for 200 energy tariff hungry, a beast at £6... and it is a assessment sessions for the over-60s to beast. Three sausages, three bacon, help them choose their cheapest enerthree eggs, beans, tomatoes, mushgy tariff. This service will also be rooms, fried bread, hash browns, toast and tea or coffee, phew. There is even a student’s breakfast special – a small full English served on a bread cake for £2.50. BARNSLEY MP Michael Dugher is Our option, a sausage and tomato urging people living in cold homes to sandwich to be washed down by a latte. seek help with their fuel bills. Served on a large white bread cake, He says many people living in fuel the sausages were both tasty and plenpoverty this winter are unaware of tiful. The tomatoes piping hot. The cofthe support they could get to help fee was similarly hot and tasted strong with the cost of heating their homes. and delicious. And all this for a modest An estimated 189,400 households in £4.30. South Yorkshire get the annual All in all a very tidy breakfast indeed. Winter Fuel payment of between I We want you to nominate your £100 and £300 to help the elderly with favourite place for breakfast. their energy costs. Our task then will be to sample as But Mr Dugher warned that, due to many of your nominated breakfasts as the ‘broken energy market’, some possible then write a review for the people would turn off their heating paper. because they feared they could not Once we’ve tried a few we will then afford bills this winter. ask you to vote for your favourite by According to a survey carried out simply filling in the slips to be printed by poverty charity Turn2us, more in the paper in the coming weeks. than half of those quizzed (53 per To nominate a cafe email editoricent) were unaware that many eneral@barnsley-chronicle.co.uk or through our Facebook page.

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mobile for those residents who are housebound. Goldthorpe Development Group will be given £5,000 to ensure its skip and plant-bedding programme can continue. The skips have proven successful in removing fly tipping waste in the area. Local community groups in Goldthorpe that are part of an ongoing scheme to transform a railway embankment will also receive help in the form of time and resources. In addition, Wombwell Park Primary School has received a grant for a new playground and St Aidan community hall in Oxspring for solar panels and LED lighting. Since the programme began in August 2015, Energise Barnsley has installed £2m of solar panels in the local community, helping slash residents’ electricity bills by up to 50 per cent. Coun Jenny Platts, cabinet spokeswoman for communities, said: “We’re very pleased to see the success of Energise Barnsley in its first year. It is wonderful that residents are benefiting from reduced electricity bills and carbon consumption alongside increased support for local projects.”

Get help with fuel bills – MP gy suppliers offered help to some customers, particularly those on low incomes. And, two thirds (66 per cent) were not aware that some energy suppliers have charitable trusts to help certain customers struggling with costs. Mr Dugher urged people in Barnsley to see if they could benefit. He said: “Far too many people in Barnsley live in fuel poverty and simply cannot afford to turn on the heating as often as they need. “Thanks to our broken energy market, they are forced to live in cold homes and it is often the elderly and the most vulnerable who are the hardest hit. “I would urge people to see what help is available with their fuel bills.”

CAST: The actors featuring in Dick Whittington at the Dearne Playhouse.

Panto’s family affair starting By Gail Robinson THEY are getting closer and closer to opening night – oh yes they are! Mum and dad Juliet and Nick Piper and their two sons Louis and Charlie, are all heavily involved in this year’s panto Dick Whittington at the Dearne Playhouse. Juliet, 47, is directing the production, Nick, 48, is playing Dame Shufflebucket, eldest son 16-year-old Louis is the lead role Idle Jack, and

Charlie, 14, is Sniff the rat. Also taking part in recent rehearsals are youngsters from Fearons Middleton school of dance in Cudworth. The Dearne Playhouse panto, Dick Whittington, organised by Dearne Community Miners’ Welfare Society Theatrical Society, runs from tomorrow to January 21 with performances on January 14, 15 and 21 at 2pm and January 18 to 21 at 7pm. Box office Monday to Friday 10am to 2pm on 01709 894128.


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NEWSLINES People’s schemes THE following planning applications have been submitted to the council: Thistle Bank, 15 Stanhope Meadows, Cawthorne, erection of single-storey rear extension with a rear ward projection of 4m height to the eaves of 3m and a maximum height of 4m; 4 Dovebush Way, Barugh Green, single-storey side extension to side and rear; Ivy Cottage, 108 Upper Hoyland Road, Hoyland, conversion of existing annex into a single dwelling with associated amenity space, parking and new screen fence, plus new access to existing dwelling; 9 Harden Close, Penistone, erection of front and rear singlestorey extension to dwelling; 12 Martin Close, Birdwell, erection of rear single-storey extension to dwelling and detached garage.

Road crash victim dies A PEDESTRIAN who was struck by a car on the outskirts of Barnsley last month has died. Susan Mortimer, 63, died in the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield on Friday. She suffered severe head injuries following the accident on December 16 when a silver Vauxhall Zafira and a black Ford C-Max were involved in a collision on the A629 Jockey Road, in the Oxspring area. The Zafira then collided with Susan who had been walking on a path.

Fault caused house fire A FAULTY charger for an e-cigarette caused a fire in a house in Barnsley on Wednesday night. Two fire crews from Dearne Station were called to the house in Roebuck Chase, in Manvers at around 8.50pm. They discovered a small fire in the lounge and quickly dealt with it. No one was injured and fire-fighters remained at the scene for an hour. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the charger had ignited accidentally.

Ex-Chronicle reporter dies FORMER Chronicle reporter Ron Pell has died, aged 78. He joined the newspaper in the late 1950s and worked at the Wombwell office and later head office before moving to the Sheffield Telegraph where he became a sub editor. He worked at several national newspapers in Manchester and London, including The Daily Mirror and latterly The People, where he worked part time following full-time retirement. Ron, a former pupil of Holgate Grammar School, originated from the Hoyland area.

Drive Thru facelift THE McDonald’s Drive Thru restaurant in Barnsley has been closed all week due to building work. The outlet near Asda, off Old Mill Lane, was refurbished only last year but the latest works have centred on the floor. It is due to reopen tomorrow. A McDonald’s spokesman said: “Our Old Mill Lane restaurant is currently closed for a floor refurbishment and is due to reopen at 8am on Saturday.”

Choir holds rehearsal A NEW choir is holding its first rehearsal tonight and organisers want as many Barnsley people as possible to go along. Adults of all ages and abilities are invited to go along tonight to give it a try. It’s at Academy Theatre, Birdwell, at 7pm.

Parkinson UK gets £2,700 BARNSLEY and District Branch of Parkinson’s UK has been awarded a £2,700 grant from the South Yorkshire Community Trust. The money will be used to fund a trip to Blackpool for four couples.

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All change for traders as most of Cheapside and May Day Green closes to make way for Better Barnsley

More traders in town centre are on move By Mike Cotton MORE details have emerged about where businesses are moving to following the closure of most of one side of Cheapside and May Day Green in the town centre this month. More than 20 shops are being forced to close or move to make way for the Better Barnsley development which will see the Metropolitan Centre and indoor market refurbished and improved. Shops like WH Smiths are closing and have yet to find suitable replacement premises, meaning an end to their presence in the town centre. But many other businesses have found new homes. Last week’s Chronicle featured a roundup of where many were moving to. This week more details have emerged and been confirmed, including:  Game: Barnsley Council says Game will relocate to the Alhambra Centre, but a spokesman for Game said the process was still ongoing and it could not yet confirm exactly where the new

store would be. “We fully intend to continue trading in the town and are in the process of securing a new location for our Barnsley customers.”  Dancearama: Moving to the Victorian Arcade.  Charles Birch Shoe Repairs: Closing at the end of this month at May Day Green Arcade. The council explained that change was necessary to ‘create a thriving and vibrant economy’ and that some retailers were unavoidably affected. Coun Roy Miller said: “The retailers along the front of the Metropolitan Centre are signed up to different leases; some have been there a long time, prior to our plans to redevelop the town centre, others have taken occupancy on terms that clearly reflect the redevelopment proposals.” He said the advancement of the town centre scheme had been widely publicised and that termination notices should not have been a surprise to the affected retailers. “For the long-standing

retailers we held discussions with them a number of years ago and their interests were included in the 2006 town centre redevelopment Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO). As part of the CPO process, the majority of retailers agreed and received a compensation package which was paid to them at that time and they were also given a new lease at a reduced rent. These businesses were compensated and made fully aware they would have to relocate. “In the case of the newer retailers, they have taken leases at below market value rents, in the knowledge and on terms that reflected our redevelopment proposals.” Stores which moved earlier in the process include:  Greggs: Moved to May Day Green.  Greenwoods: Moved to the Alhambra.  The Three Store: Moved to the Alhambra.  Munjacks: Moved to Pitt Street.  GeeVee Travel: Moved to Eldon Street.

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Rebecca’s angry as card shop folds By Nick Ward SHE fears a future of being on the jobs’ scrapheap — and this lady blames the council. Last week Rebecca Dawson says she was forced to close the business she has so successfully built up from scratch for the past 13 years. During that time Rebecca rented a shop unit on the entrance walkway to Barnsley Market from where she sold cards and gifts from her business called Momento. She knew the market was to be redeveloped but always assumed she and the other independent traders who rented shops in the area would be found a place in the new market, But she was wrong. Late last year those traders were informed there was no provision for them as the council was looking to bigger brands

to be hosted in the new complex. And last Saturday was her last day of trading. She said: “It was a very emotional day for me. Customers I have made friends with over the years came in with flowers and chocolates to say their good-byes It will be the people that I miss the most.” Now she’s looking for a job and she’s hopping mad about it. Rebecca, 38, said: “I was left with little choice but to stop trading. “The council weren’t helping me at all to find another place and if I had waited six months or so to find somewhere suitable it would have cost me a fortune in storage fees alone. “I had a total of 38 card racks and two large cabinets, I just couldn’t afford to have them put into storage.

“So I closed the business and I am now looking for work. And there are precious few jobs to be had out there believe me. We have been through recessions and rode them out in premises which were less than ideal. “Then we were promised a ‘Better Barnsley’ but I have to question better for who? “Independent traders make a town what it is but we have been treated in a very shoddy way.” The council’s service director for assets Jeremy Sykes says the authority aims to develop an exciting and sustainable leisure and retail scheme that is attractive to the property investment market. He said: “The Better Barnsley scheme will attract more shoppers, diners and cinema goers into Barnsley in the day and evening.”

End of an era as WH Smith closes By Katia Harston IT will be the end of an era on Tuesday when one of the town’s oldest retailers closes. WH Smith is among a dozen businesses on Cheapside and May Day Green leaving the Metropolitan Centre this month so the council can press ahead with refurbishment of the building as part of the Better Barnsley regeneration. It has been in Barnsley since before the First Wold War — establishing itself as bookseller WH Smith and Son on Market Hill in 1906. It remained there until 1973 when the business moved to the newly-built Metropolitan Centre, where it has stayed. Staff at the Cheapside store were this week busy preparing for shut down, packing books into boxes on the upper floor and clearing shelves in readiness for the doors being locked for the final time. Staff said they were not able

FLASHBACK: The Market Hill store on the left. This image is thought to be from the 1920s. Picture: Tasker Trust. to comment on the closure or whether WH Smith would be relocating to other premises in the town centre — only that the nearest store will now be at Meadowhall. It is understood about a dozen or so staff are employed at the Barnsley shop and some have been there for the best part of 20 years. However, it is not known exactly how many workers

there are, if they will be losing their jobs, or whether anyone will be transferred to other stores, despite repeated requests for the information having been made to the WH Smith press office. The only official comment that has been made was in October when the closure came to light. At the time a spokesman said: “We are disappointed to

be losing our presence in the town, however we are continuing to look for another suitable viable location.” No further statement has been made since then on what will happen to staff or whether alternative premises have been secured. There was still a healthy footfall in the shop on Wednesday, with folk of all ages popping in to buy magazines, books, stationery — or to simply wish staff good luck for the future. Some customers have even broken down in tears. Shoppers told the Chronicle it was a ‘crying shame’ the long-standing retailer was shutting and feared reduced footfall would impact on other town centre stores. One woman called it a sad loss for the town. “It’s like the end of an era. It’s terrible,” she said. “Those poor people. They don’t seem to think they have jobs when you ask them.”

Church’s panto traditon to return — oh yes it will By Nick Ward OH no they won’t — oh yes they will. With less than six weeks to go, Barnsley churchgoers and people from their local community are pulling out all the stops to help bring about a revival of the church pantomime.

It’s been decades since there was a pantomime in St John’s Church Hall, Staincross. And last year the curate in the united benefice of Darton, Staincross and Mapplewell, Rev John Fisher decided to try and bring the tradition back — with a perform-

ance of Cinderella. He cast his net wide looking for young people and those young at heart to come and take part not only on stage but back stage, in make up, administration and front stage and was thrilled to get more than 30 people. He said: “I am blown

away by the support.” Tomorrow there will be a coffee morning fundraiser at Darton Church Hall from 10am noon to help raise much needed funds to make sure the panto is the best it can be. Already Fr John has roped in members of the church craft club and

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NEWSLINES Courses to start SPORT health, fitness and exercise is on the agenda at University Campus Barnsley. UCB is offering a level 5 HND in the subject, starting on January 27, covering subjects such as anatomy, physiology, injury prevention, sports massage and nutrition. Mark Ryan, sports programme manager at UCB, said: “The aim of the HND in Sport (health, fitness and exercise) starting in January is to provide a new and exciting opportunity for anybody looking to change direction in 2017.”

Waste set alight OLD furniture and a pile of waste in Wombwell went up in flames on Tuesday night. A fire crew from Cudworth Station arrived at the scene on waste land off Rutland Place at around 8.30pm. Fire fighters were at the scene for around half an hour. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the blaze had been started deliberately.

Mind to hold AGM MENTAL health support charity Mind is holding its annual general meeting. The Rotherham and Barnsley branch of the organisation will meet on February 3 at the John Smith Room at Rotherham town hall at 10am.

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Well worth a song and dance over By Mike Cotton REACTION to Barnsley’s turn in the limelight on new primetime BBC series Our Dancing Town has been universally positive. It featured West End choreographer Steve Elias’s trip to Barnsley where he tried to recruit a cast of hundreds to perform an ambitious choreographed dance routine through the town centre which celebrated the town, its people and its heritage. The end result was a stunning routine captured in one continuous unedited camera shot as the dancers processed from the town hall, down Regent Street and through the town centre to finish by the miner’s column at the transport interchange. It featured miners, majorettes, police officers, glass workers, office workers and Northern Soul dancers. The programme was ‘trending’ on Twitter while it aired on Tuesday night as thousands of people posted comments – most saying how well Barnsley and its people were portrayed in the programme. Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis praised the show, writing on Twitter: “Loving ?#ourdancingtown on ?@BBCTwo now -– showing the character (& dancing skills!) of the amazing people of #Barnsley.”

Meanwhile Barnsley Council also tweeted their praise for the show. It was also well received outside Barnsley, with the Guardian newspaper saying it ‘brought a lump to the throat’ and the Daily Mail already calling for a second series. One of the shows stars was Danny Skelton, a member of the RMC theatre company in Wombwell. He performed a stunt on his push bike while being chased by a police car down Regent Street before breaking into a solo dance break leading the procession. It was set to David Bowie hit Rebel Rebel. Danny, 19, an RCAT acting student from Mexborough, said: “It was a bit weird watching myself back. I’ve had a lot of random people on social media trying to get hold of me, lots of press trying to add me. I can’t walk through college now without someone mentioning it. “Everyone who saw it has said it was absolutely brilliant.” The routine was prepared in just a few weeks, and Danny, got together with his RMC colleagues in-between rehearsals to work on their steps in their own time. “I think everyone from RMC was brilliant and it made me feel really proud. I’d definitely do it again if they asked.”

Other stars were Joan and Ken Dawson. Joan had been a keen dancer as a child, but Ken now suffers dementia and as his carer Joan rarely doesn’t get much chance to dance any more. She performed a dance solo in Eldon Street as part of the showpiece stunt. Presenter Steve told the Chronicle it was ‘little gems’ like Joan who had made the programme worthwhile. “We met Joan at the BIADS dementia charity. They were doing a few circle dances, simple repetitive steps that she and Ken could do together. “I took that as a base and turned it into a duet for Joan and Ken. I managed to find three body builders to give her a lift as part of it. It was something to bring her out of her every day life, and she just blossomed.” Another soloist was Nick Wood, of Woody’s chip shop, who Steve met in the chippie when he called in to see if they knew any dancers. Nick, 21, had danced in competitions in his teenage years but gave up after losing his confidence. He Tweeted: “Great to get all kinds of people together from the town through dance,” he said. I The programme continues on Tuesdays, 9pm on BBC Two.

LET’S DANCE: Top: Members of the RMC theatre company who featured in ‘Our Dancing Town’. Above: Dancers on Regent Street. Right: Choreographer Steve Elias. Pictures: Kyte Photography.

First ‘mixed ability’ rugby team to be set up at Shaw Lane By Lynsey Bradford

OOPS: BBC presenters John Kay and Rachel Burden about to interview the wrong man. Below: Les Binns with Joe Wicks.

Interviewee mix up cuts Les’s TV appearance short By Mike Cotton A CLIP of an embarrassing mix up on BBC Breakfast where presenters began interviewing the wrong guest has made Everest hero Les Binns a global celebrity once again. Proud of Barnsley award winner Les hit headlines around the world last year when he gave up his mission to climb Everest just 400 metres from the summit to save the life of a stranger. He is now planning a second attempt raising money for the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity and was called to attend the BBC Breakfast studio on Saturday to talk about his second attempt. But as presenters John Kay and Rachel Burden introduced the story, with a picture of Les on a screen behind them, they failed to realise the man sitting next to them on the sofa was bespectacled and greying professor of political science at Nottingham University Dr Todd Langman -– not rugged war hero and mountaineer Les, from Manvers. “I think you have the wrong guest sir,” the professor calmly told the presenters. The mix up quickly went viral online and appeared in several national newspapers and on TV around the world. Les told the Chronicle: “I was in the green room having a chin wag with the TV chef Joe Wicks when it happened. “I had a selfie with him. He was asking me all about my story and seemed really interested, but there was a TV in there showing BBC Breakfast and I

the mixed ability team. Duncan, 75, of Darfield, said: “Over the last six months we have met a number of people and organisations aimed at establishing a mixed ability team. “It’s about integration. It’s not about having a special needs rugby team and an ablebodied team. The idea at Barnsley is that some of our veteran players will join in with the disabled, and people with learning disabilities in playing a game of rugby. “It is important because sport is a great opportunity. I started playing at school and still continue with the club. There is a sense of belonging at a sports club and rugby is good for building up cama-

WORK starts this weekend on widening a pathway from Oakwell to Barnsley town centre so it can be used by pedestrians and cyclists. Motorists are being warned to expect months of delays while work is underway to widen the footpath that runs from the entrance of the TransPennine Trail on Pontefract Road into the town centre. It comes after senior councillors agreed on Wednesday to introduce new peak time waiting and loading restrictions on Pontefract Road, between the saw my picture come up while I was junction with Bala Street and Oakwell talking to Joe. View, for Monday to Saturday, to “I thought it was strange but thought ensure it is a safe route for walkers and they must just have been talking about cyclists to use. what was coming up next. Coun Margaret Bruff said she wel“The next thing they’re rushing me comed the new link between the trail through to the studio, doing make-up and the town centre. She added: “It has in the corridor while I’m waiting to go been needed for a long time.” on.” Work begins on Sunday and is expectLes said he ended up getting cut a bit ed to take about four months to comshort because of the mix up, but ended plete. up getting more publicity for his fundThis involves reducing the road width raising than he would have anyway. to 7.3m so the footway can be widened “It’s gone viral. It’s been on TV and to between 2.5m and 3m, upgrading papers all over the world. pedestrian crossing points, replacing “I’ve got friends in Australia and even road signs and putting in more visible they’ve been watching it.” cycle signs and new street lighting. Les has already raised about £8,000 Other improvements include resurahead of his next Everest attempt in facing the existing road, putting in new April. For details of his mission see ‘Leslie Binns Everest Challenge’ on Facebook.

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tified some individuals who would benefit. Players must be over 18, and must be able to walk/run. Duncan said: “It’s very difficult to say what the limits will be. If you are mobile, the likelihood is you will be able to play. “The team we set up first will be a men’s team, but the intention is to see what we can develop from there. We want to provide sport for anyone and everyone at Shaw Lane.” A launch meeting was held just before Christmas where a number of organisations were invited to learn how it would work. Duncan said: “Between now and the end of the rugby sea-

son in April, we will recruit individuals and organisations and put on sessions where our qualified rugby coaches will work alongside specialists of mixed ability sport and build a team out of that. “When Stuart first raised it, I thought ‘yes, we can do that.’ What I hadn’t realised was that it is a slow, build-up process.” Duncan said the pair would be looking to enter the team into competitive mixed ability rugby as soon as possible – the next mixed ability rugby world championship will be in Spain. Once the team is established, the club will look at developing mixed ability teams in other sports.

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Pontoon! ‘Ville score 21 goals By Ashley Ball THE all conquering Westville football team may well have broken another record. The West Melton-based side romped to an incredible 21-0 victory over Ivanhoe, Conisbrough, on Sunday with the thumping believed to be a Mexborough Sunday Premier League record. Both ‘Ville manager Stuart Harper and club secretary Rob Furniss, who have spent many years in the game, believe it’s the biggest win they have ever seen and will seek to get confirmation from the league to confirm it. The club claimed two trophies at the New York Stadium in Rotherham last season – the acclaimed Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Sunday Cup and

the Rotherham Charity Cup. And this victory is another memorable moment for their scrapbook. Rob said: “It was 11 versus 11 and they were top of the league a few weeks ago. It wasn’t as if we were playing a third division team in the cup.” Stuart added: “In all my time in football I’ve never known a Premier League game finish with a score like that.” The goals were shared out among the team but Nicky Harper, Stuart’s son, bagged an incredible eight – which could also be a league record. Ashley Emmett also got a hat-trick in the match. Also scoring were: Jake Simon (two), Ben Day (two), Josh Dacre, Craig Jackson, Tom Wood, Joe Haywood, Kieran Hirst and Josh Moore.

Hospital governor is replaced BARNSLEY Hospital’s lead governor Joe Unsworth has stepped down after eight years and a new lead governor has been appointed. Annie Moody started in her new post earlier this month after being elected by the council of governors. Annie has been a public governor since January 2015 and takes over from Joe, who was a public governor for 12 years and the lead governor for eight. The lead governor acts as a spokesman for the council, represents governors as an observer at some executive director recruitment and is part of the nominations committee, which is responsible for the appointment and annual review of the hospital’s nonexecutive team, including the chairman. Annie said: “I am delighted to have been appointed, it is very flattering that my governor colleagues have elected me to this position and I hope I do them proud. “I am starting my position at an interesting and challenging time for the trust so I am looking forward to getting stuck in and using skills and experience from the civil service, in particular in customer service, HR and training, to help along the way.”

INCOMING: Annie Moody. Steve Wragg, the hospital’s chairman, added: “Annie has sat on our council since 2015 and is involved with activities across the trust, including volunteering at our charity events. Annie is the perfect candidate to step up to the role of lead governor and I am sure she will do a fantastic job. “I would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Joe Unsworth, who dedicated his time and effort to the role.” The council of governors is made up of public, staff and partner representatives who all help to shape the future of the Trust, based on the local community’s needs.


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NEWSLINES Bush Inn: Changes to proposal PLANS to convert a derelict pub into a new Co-op convenience store are still progressing despite several months of delay. The Brook Group — the developer behind the town centre’s Gateway Plaza development — applied for planning permission last August to convert the Bush Inn on Keresforth Hill Road, Barnsley. At the time the firm hoped to see it open early this year, subject to planning consent, but permission has still not been granted. This week Jason Brook told the Chronicle the delay was ‘largely at his firm’s door’. “We have been changing a few things that are specific requirements of the end user and the planning officer can’t deal with it until we have a fixed scheme. “I think we are not far off now and hopefully we can then progress. “It is still our intention to do so and we hope to make swift progress now, subject to planning, now we have commenced 2017.”

Jack Bradley: Funeral date FUNERAL details have been confirmed following the death of Jack Bradley, a man associated with the Barnsley Chronicle for 67 years. Jack, 83, of Carlton Road, Barnsley, began work for the Chronicle in 1950. In 1979 he set up a wholesale business which took over the distribution of the paper and he continued to play a part until only a year ago. A funeral will be held at Barnsley Crematorium, Ardsley, on Friday January 27 at 2.50pm, followed by a gathering at Shaw Lane Cricket Club. His son Rob said any donations made in lieu of flowers will go to Help for Heroes.

Town Hall’s memory cafe A MEMORY cafe will be held at the cafe in the town hall on Sunday. The event aims to give people with dementia and their families a fun place to socialise. A special arts and craft session run by Roxana Whiteman will feature as part of Sunday’s event at the Berneslai Cafe. Free tickets are available for dementia sufferers but need to be booked in advance. Call Kathy Markwick to book on 0114 2830827.

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Owner of out-of-control dog must pay compensation

Woman mauled by Staffy had horrific injuries By Nick Ward A BARNSLEY woman had her ear ripped in two and needed 50 stitches after she was attacked by a dog as she walked down the street. Barnsley Magistrates’ Court was told Lisa Wynn was walking through Cudworth with her Jack Russell terrier on a lead when she was attacked by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Mrs Wynn, 44, became aware that the Staffy was running towards her at speed and bent down to pick her own pet up fearing it would be attacked. But as she did so, the Staffy, which was being chased down the road by an elderly woman, bounded at her. It then either bit her or caught her ear with its paw, almost tearing it off entirely. She fell to the ground and was bitten several times by the Staffy as she tried to protect her own dog, A number of people on the street saw the attack and managed to stop the dog causing further damage. Mrs Wynn was then taken into a nearby shop for first aid. Soon after the woman who had been chasing the dog came into

the shop to apologise and explained it belonged to her son Paul Everard. She explained the seven-monthold Staffy called Buster had escaped from his back garden and she was trying to catch it. Mrs Wynn was taken to hospital with serious injuries and bruising to her head, ear, arms, legs and torso. Her own dog which she so bravely protected was uninjured. The court was told she is still receiving treatment almost four months after the attack. It was also explained that she is now too fearful to go outside on her own, At court Everard pleaded guilty to a charge that his dog was dangerously out of control. In mitigation his solicitor Sean Fritchley said Everard had rescued the Staffy from the RSPCA pound two months before the attack took place. The night before the attack he had been allowed home from hospital after having an adverse reaction to pain killers he was taking for a back injury sustained at work. He was in the house and his

mother, who was visiting him, was in the garden with the dog. She had not been aware that the back gate, which is usually shut, had been left open by someone who had probably visited the house while her son had been in hospital. Mr Fritchley explained the dog had shown no pervious aggression to either people or other dogs. And as soon as Everard was made aware of the attack he took the dog to a vet to be destroyed. Mr Fritchley said Everard had not known the extent of Mrs Wynn’s horrific injuries until they were shown on a screen in the court. He added “Mr Everard is deeply remorseful that a dog belonging to him had caused such serious injuries. “He wishes he could turn back the clock but unfortunately he cannot.” Everard, 44, of Barnsley Road, Cudworth, who has been unemployed since injuring his back, was placed on a curfew for ten weeks meaning he cannot leave his house between the hours of 7am and 7pm. He was also orderd to pay £350 in compensation to Mrs Wynn.

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Armed Forces Day will be a blast By Paul Whitehouse AN ARMED forces day being planned is expected to attract a crowd of around 10,000 when it takes place for the first time this summer. The event follows a smaller event organised at Penistone Royal British Legion Club last summer. That gave organisers the idea of creating a bigger event and they have now booked Penistone showground. There will be marching bands and it is hoped some big spectacles — possibly a fly-

Lung cancer rate higher in Dearne

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THE number of people in the Dearne North council ward who are diagnosed with lung cancer is three By Nick Ward times higher than that in THE former partner of a Penistone West. Birdwell man whose The latest figures in the body was found on council’s joint strategic Monday has described needs assessment - which him as happy-go-lucky assesses the current and before he succumbed to future health needs of depression. people in Barnsley — Christopher Thorpe, 56, show the rate in Dearne of Birdwell Common, North is 221.5 per 100,000 was discovered in people, compared to that SAD LOSS: Christopher Thorpe. Rockley Woods near of Penistone West which Ms Stoker said she was Mr Thorpe, who was Birdwell, just days after is 73.9. too upset to say what unemployed, also leaves being reported missing It states the number of had happened, but said: parents George and from home. people in Barnsley who “He used to be such a Barbara Thorpe who His former partner are diagnosed with canlive in Kendray. Karen Stoker, who is the happy-go-lucky kind of cer is 551.9 per 100,000, An inquest has been mother of their daughter a man but he fell into a which is significantly deep depression. opened and adjourned. Molly, 14, said she has higher than the national “He was having medMr Thorpe’s funeral been informed that Mr average of 507.5. ical help for that depresdetails are yet to be conThorpe may have taken The highest diagnosis sion but it didn’t help.” firmed. his own life. rates are for breast cancer and lung cancer. Between 2010 and 2014, there were 11,437 deaths in Barnsley, of which 3,267 were due to cancer. employees. It replaces the previous By Lynsey Bradford Lung cancer is responsi‘two ticks’ initiative which was awardBARNSLEY Hospital has been recogble for the greatest proed to the hospital more than 14 years nised as a ‘disability confident’ portion of cancer deaths ago. employer for being positive about disIt is able to use a logo which makes it in Barnsley — 25.8 per cent of all men and 25.1 abled people. clear to disabled people it is positive The status is awarded by the about them and their abilities, and wel- per cent of all women. The JSNA goes on to Department for Work and Pensions to comes applications from them. state the number of peoemployers who are positive about It also demonstrates to existing ple dying of cancer has opportunities for disabled people and employees that their work is valued, gone down, though there who have made commitments to and they will be treated fairly should are differences in cancer they become disabled. employ, retain, and develop disabled mortality within Barnsley. In 2010 to 2014, Wombwell had the highest cancer mortality rate and Penistone West has the lowest.

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Overall, mortality rates for cardiovascular disease and respiratory disease have also dropped. The majority of lung cancers — 42 per cent — are diagnosed as an emergency presentation, while cancer screening rates for breast, cervical and bowel cancer are all significantly higher than the national rates. Smoking related deaths are also higher than the England rate, but the 2012 to 2014 rate is lowest during the period 2007 to 2009 to 2012 to 2014. In Barnsley, deaths caused by smoking are more prevalent in the most deprived areas. As deprivation increases, so does the number of deaths caused by smoking. A council spokesman said: “There are huge smoking prevalence differences across the borough. “Reducing the rates of smoking will have a big impact on reducing cancer and reducing health inequalities across Barnsley.”

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A BARNSLEY MP is calling on ministers to introduce new measures to combat the soaring number of attacks on local police. The demand, from Michael Dugher MP for Barnsley East, comes after new figures reveal that assaults on local police officers have continued to rise dramatically. According to information released by South Yorkshire Police under a Freedom of Information request from the Barnsley Chronicle, there were 27 assaults on officers across all ranks in the Barnsley policing districts in 2015, up from 19 assaults in 2014. However, in the just the first nine months of 2016, the number of assaults soared to 31 already significantly higher than the whole of 2015. The attacks come in the wake of government cuts of £160m over five years to police budgets across the country that have put forces under increasing strain. More than £50m has been cut from South Yorkshire’s budget since 2010. Following a recent Commons vote, Mr Dugher is calling on PM Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd to adopt a three-point plan drawn up by Labour, led by fellow Yorkshire MP Holly Lynch, to combat the violence. Mr Dugher said: “I know that the individual men and women serving in our police force across Barnsley do a magnificent job working to keep local people safe.”

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Driver with ‘stagger’ gets ban By Nick Ward

OUT AND ABOUT: Pupils from Darton Primary learned about the outdoors during a Forests for Schools event. Laura Nash, team leader from the school’s early years and foundation stage, is pictured with pupils Amy Louise Wood and Bella Hawley and the rest of the year two class during the ‘outdoor learning’ trip. Picture: Shaun Colborn. PD081961

A BARNSLEY man who was found to be almost four times over the drinkdrive limit has been banned from driving for three years. Barnsley Magistrates’ Court was told police traffic patrol officers saw a Vauxhall Vectra being driven erratically in the Worsbrough area on December 16. The officers then saw Roy Simpson get out of the car and stagger to his front door. They asked him to take a breathalyser test which indicated he had 125mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath — well over the over legal limit of 35mcg. Besides being disqualified for 36 months, Simpson, of Dawcroft Avenue, was given a community order and placed on a curfew until February 14. The 63-year-old was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £85.

RESPECT: A group of students from Horizon Community College were among those who gathered in Pogmoor to commemorate the sacrifice of two airmen who died when their plane crashed yards from houses 75 years ago. Bomber pilot Sgt Alexander Hollingworth knew he would die but deliberately crashed into the quarry — now a field — to save lives on the ground, Air gunner Sgt Alexander Buchanan was also killed. Students from Horizon Community College gave readings as part of the ceremony in Cresswell Street last Friday. Picture: Luke Emsley.

COMMUNITY CALL Dodworth Dodworth Village Community Group A litter pick will be held on Sunday January 15. The meeting point is the car park at Dodworth railway station at 9.30am. All equipment is provided, everyone welcome. St John’s Church The lay service of the word was led by Michelle Robertson. Adrian Wilkinson was responsible for the music. William Johnson was on verger duties, Lynn Askey and Anne Lowery were on side duties. Bible readings were by Barbara Blackburn and Adrian Wilkinson, and Stella Hurst read the gospel. This type of service is held on the second and fourth Sundays of the month and will not include Sunday school. On Thursday Holy Communion is at the usual time of 9.45am and will be followed by the coffee morning at 10.15am. The toddler group will be held from 2pm to 3pm. The youth group will meet this evening at 6.30pm. Sunday Eucharist with Sunday school will be at 11am and Fr Keith Freeman will be celebrant. Until the end of March, the first and third Sundays of the month will be Holy Communion and Sunday School with Fr Keith at 11am, and on the second and fourth Sundays lay led services will start at 10am. RAOB Reg Hall lodge meeting was opened by ROH B Haigh. The lodge was handed over to ROH B Sutcliffe DGP elect, who went on to present ROH P Horbury and ROH S Lovatt with their ROH Jewels. Raffles for the meeting were donated by brothers K Hinchliffe, J Severn, B Haigh, R Taylor, J Taylor, P Horbury and B Sutcliffe, and were won by brothers in attendance. The lodge members enjoyed Christmas cheer. Fraternal greetings were given from the Tow’d Waggin Rooad lodge Barnsley Province, Eagle lodge Huddersfield Province. The toast to absent brethren took place at 2.15pm. The business of the lodge being ended the Worthy Primo ROH B Sutcliffe closed the lodge with a link of 15. Methodists Sunday morning worship was conducted by Rev Kristin Markay. Bible readings were by Peter Goodall and Keith Jowett. Silkstone Common members attended the service, organist was Edith Bird. The service on Sunday at 10.15am will be conducted by Rev Cameron Stirk, the service will include Lord’s supper. Carer and toddler group meets Wednesday from 9.30am to 11.30am. Rosehill Preacher for the service last Sunday was Mr Phil Hartshorn. Bible readings were by Mrs W Phillips, Mrs D Irwin, Mrs Sue Hartshorn and Mr A Kirk. Tonight Genesis group meets at 7.30pm. On Sunday a family service will be held at 10.30am led by Sue Hartshorn. Rosehill Rockers meet Thursday at 6pm.

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Parish Church On Sunday morning at Christ Church a service of Holy Communion was led by the vicar, Rev Fiona Kouble. The organist was Betty Monkman; a solo was sung by Gemini; the Bible passages were read by John Hewitt and Joanne Proud, and the prayers were led by Madeline Wall. In the afternoon there was Messy Church. Families enjoyed associated crafts and activities, after which there was a short act of worship and then a meal of pie, peas, beans and a pudding. The next Messy Church will be on Sunday February 12, at 4pm. Morning prayer took place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It was followed on Wednesday by WOW, when tea/coffee and toast were served, and Bible Fellowship group meetings in the morning and evening. Tomorrow there will be a Messy Church planning group meeting at 10.30am. The communication group will meet at 2pm, when members will be looking at the Magazine, Barnsley Chronicle, Blog and Facebook, to see how things can be improved. On Sunday, at 10.45am, there will be a service of all age worship and baptism, led by the vicar. The preacher will be Rev Dr David Dewey. There will be morning prayer on Monday (8.30am to 9.30am), Tuesday (8.30am) and Wednesday (8.30am) and on the latter occasion there will also be Welcome on Wednesday from 9.30am to 11am, when tea/coffee and toast will be served, and Bible Fellowship group meetings at 11am and 7pm. Thursday’s morning prayer at 8.30am will be followed at noon by the luncheon club, and at 8.30pm the quiz team will be competing at the Oaks WMC. Wesleyan Reform Preacher at the Stairfoot Hunningley Wesleyan Reform Church on Sunday morning was Mr Robert Booth, who also administered the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Flowers for the communion table were provided by the church. There will be a service on Sunday at 11am, when the preacher will be Mr Philip Nuttall. Black Bull A home fixture for the men’s darts team against Cudworth Village Club in the Gawber and District League last Friday evening resulted in a 9-3 victory. They followed this with a 4-2 success when visiting The Pheasant in a Townend and District League encounter on Monday. Keel Inn The ladies’ darts team drew 3-3 on their visit to The Pockets for a John Smith’s League fixture last Thursday, but the men’s team went down to an 8-4 home defeat at the hands of New Lodge Club in the Gawber and District League the following evening. Oaks WMC Gateway Church Ronnie Morrow won the weekly On Sunday Gateway Church quiz last Thursday evening by meets at the Outreach Centre, providing 33 correct answers to with cuppa from 3.30pm and the 40 questions set by quesservice at 4pm. Worship leader will be David Hirst and preacher tion master Bob Stansbury. The will be Janet Steele, the service Sunday lunch time members’ is followed by buffet. On Monday free draw now stands at £54, the youth group for young people while the Open the Box prize money has risen to £590 as a aged nine and over meets from result of this week’s number 6pm to 7.30pm. At 8pm there being unclaimed. The quizzes will be Gateway Faith and Fitness. Contact Paul on 07941 are held every Thursday at 9pm 470441. From 11am to 1pm on and there are also bingo sessions every Friday at the same Thursday the foodbank and clothes bank will be open, cotime. ordinated by Steph AplinVictoria Almshouses Wakefield and team. From 7pm Victoria Almshouses on Field to 9pm the Life Explored course Lane, Stairfoot, have a vacancy will continue. For details contact for a detached bungalow suitPastor Mark on 07913 386543. able for one or two people. Applicants should be retired, living in the Stairfoot and Ardsley ward and have a need for housing. Anyone interested should Wesleyan Reform Church contact the clerk to the trustees On Sunday afternoon worship at on 207748 or Mr F Clowery on 3pm will be led by Mr Graham 217150. Evans, all welcome to attend. Over 55s The Girls’ Brigade meets at At a meeting in the Ardsley Oaks 6.30pm on Tuesday, new memWMC on Tuesday afternoon the bers always welcome from the club raffle prize, donated by age of five. At last week’s meet- Betty Thompson, was won by ing the girls enjoyed a quiz on Janet Craft, and bingo winners Girls’ Brigade and played were Janet Lancaster, June games. On Thursday the wives’ Parker, Joan Simpson and Val group meets at 7.45pm. Darwin.

Mapplewell & Athersley Correspondent Staincross Pat Padgett Mapplewell Bowling Club The club will hold its AGM at Staincross WMC on Wednesday, commencing at 7.30pm. Existing members, prospective new members and anyone interested in joining are welcome. St John the Evangelist Today morning prayer is at 9am. On Sunday parish Eucharist is at 9am. Morning prayer is on Monday at 9am, Crafty Critters meet at 1.30pm, and pantomime rehearsals are at 7pm, both these activities are open to all members of the community. On Tuesday choir practice is at 6.45pm, with new members welcome. The start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is on Wednesday when morning prayer is at 9am and mass is at 10.30am, followed by coffee and cake from 11am. Methodist Church The annual covenant service on Sunday morning was led by Rev Marian Olsen, who also administered the Sacrament of the Lord’s supper. The organist was Jenny Squires and Bible passages were read by Janet Pye, Philip Whitehall and John Birkinshaw. Mavis Ellis talked about ‘Looking Back and Looking Forward’ at the women’s fellowship meeting on Monday afternoon, while Kathleen Wilkinson chose the hymns and also accompanied the group at the piano. Staincross Ladies’ Choir held a rehearsal in the evening. The ladies’ group met on Tuesday afternoon, and at 5pm there was the first meeting of a tenweek Alpha course. On Wednesday there was the toddler group in the morning and indoor bowls in the afternoon. Yesterday afternoon it was Messy Church time again and in the evening Mapplewell Singers held a rehearsal. The service at 10.30am on Sunday will be led by Stephen Franklin and will be followed immediately by a church meeting. Council surgery Darton East Councillors representing Staincross will be holding an advice surgery at Wesleyan Reform Church, Spark Lane, Darton from 10am to 11am tomorrow.

Gawber St Thomas’s Church Services for Sunday: 11am Service of the Word; 6pm joint covenant service at Higham. On Thursday at 9.45am Holy Communion (said) followed by tea/coffee in the DB Room. Community Centre On Monday at 7.15pm Gawber WI will meet for a talk by Emma Atack entitled Style Confidence How You Dress Affects How You Feel.

Telephone 321018 Councillor surgery The advice surgery tomorrow will be from 10am to noon and will be a walkabout around the Raven Royd, Stoney Royd, Woodpark View, North Royds Woods areas. Athersley Cares The Little Big Group families enjoyed breakfast followed by colouring, games and singing on Tuesday. New members are welcome bring babies and toddlers aged up to four along on Tuesday to St Helen’s Church Hall from 8.45am until 10.30am. Kids in the Community meet in the Roundhouse Lifelong Learning Centre each Tuesday and Wednesday from 3.30pm to 5pm. This week families returned after the Christmas break to enjoy crafting led tea candle holders made from lolly sticks and built up their scrapbooks. For information contact Kim Leigh 07967655121. St Helen’s Church Fr Rodney Marshall was celebrant at mass at 8am. The parish mass at 10.30am was celebrated by Fr Alan Parkinson from Rawmarsh. Melvin Gumbrell and Trevor Kitching was the altar server and John Kenyon played the organ and sang the Gloria and the gospel acclamation. On sides duty were Christine Scott and Hilary Brown. Gloria Hesford gave the first Bible reading and the responsorial psalm was sung by the choir, the second Bible reading was given by Pat Padgett. Fr Parkinson gave the gospel reading and the address. The intercessional prayers were led by Rita Gough. The offertory was presented by Denise Kitching and Frank Scholey. Sue Burton and Jennifer Hulme administered the chalice, Communion was taken to the sick and housebound by Gloria Hesford. On Monday mass was at 9am and on Tuesday was at 10am. On Wednesday mass was at 10am celebrated by Fr Stuart Ramsden, followed by coffee in the Romero Centre. On Friday Holy Hour was from 11.15am, finishing with mass at 12.15pm. There will be no mass tomorrow. On Sunday there will be a mass at 8am and the parish mass will be at 10.30am. Blessed Sacrament There will be bingo tonight at 6.30pm, refreshments will be available in the interval. Mass on Sunday will be at 11.30am. Guides The group restarted after the Christmas break on Thursday. New members are welcome, contact Pat Padgett on 321018 or go to the guide website girlguiding.org.uk. New Hope Methodist Church The service on Sunday was at 11am and included the Lord’s Supper, led by Rev Eileen Sanderson. The Monday club met from 1 to 3pm. The Caterpillar parent and toddler

group met on Wednesday from 9.15am to 11.15am, followed by the dance group from 1pm to 3pm. The Community Cafe served snacks and light lunches from 11am to 2pm. The Kids’ club was open from 3.30pm to 5pm, new members welcome. Today the music group will meet from 10am to noon. On Sunday the service will be at 11am and will be led by John Foster.

Worsbrough Mill Worsbrough St Thomas and St James’s Church There is a jumble sale tonight at 5pm in the Parish Hall. The 9.30am Sunday service is Holy Communion and preacher is Revd Brian Cranwell, prayer leader is Joan Hoyland, the lessons will be read by Pauline Dupere and Tony Swales and on side duty are Steven and Karen Kilburn. The Mothers’ Union meets at 2pm on Monday in the Parish Hall. Our Lady and St James The vigil mass will be celebrated tomorrow at 6pm preceded by confessions and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 5.15pm. Bingo sessions restart on Tuesday at 2pm at the community centre behind Asda Worsbrough. All welcome. Rosary devotions take place in church every Friday at 10am. The prayer group restarts on Wednesday at 7.30pm. The Parish Life group will meet on January 25 at 7pm in the Parish Room. Items for the food bank are still being collected, place any items for the food bank in the box in the porch area of the church. Worsbrough Community Church On Sunday members meet at 10.10am for prayer prior to the service at 10.30am to share fellowship and discuss what will be happening this year. The Resource Centre is open Monday to Wednesday 10am to 2pm and Saturday 10am to noon. The Coffee and Chat is on a Wednesday 10am to 11.30am. All are welcome.

Monk Bretton Cliffe Bridge Church Last Sunday’s service was conducted by Pastor Ian Newton. On Sunday Cliffe Bridge Kids will

meet at 11am. The service at 6pm will be led by Rev K Jefferson and will feature musical items by the group. Methodist Church Janet Crossley conducted the Sunday morning service when organist was Rose Denman. The sanctuary flowers were given by the church and readings were given by Jean Elvin, Marie Rushton, Geoff Gregory, Karen Houghton and Alison Hurst. The knit and natter group met on Tuesday and in the evening the 45th Barnsley Brownies and 27th Barnsley Guides met at the church. Yesterday the one stop shop held a session and in the afternoon the women’s fellowship met. There was circle dancing in the evening. Tomorrow at 10.30am there will be a coffee morning, and on Sunday the service will be at 10.45am. The church has a collecting box for the Barnsley Food Bank. Council Surgery Surgery is held from 5pm to 6pm today at the Silverdale Community Centre, in Silverdale Drive, Monk Bretton, Councillors Margaret Sheard, Ken Richardson and Steve Green will hold an advice surgery. At the same time next Friday the session will be held in the parish hall, Carlton. Scout Support The Central Barnsley Scout Active Support Group met on Monday in the Air Scout Centre when Nigel Wootton was chairman. Central chairman Adrian Eggleston attended the meeting and outlined local scouting issues. Members outlined the quiz evening next May which will be open to the South Yorkshire SAS groups. The district night hike next March was also discussed. Over 50s’ Club When the club met last Thursday in St Paul’s Church centre, members’ draw winners were Lesley Brown, Iris McNair, Ann Sixsmith, Brian Chappell, Joan Corbett and Jennifer Warner. Games winners were Sadie Wilkin, Winnie Hepplestore, Elsie Brown, Elaine Worley, Iris McNair, Margaret Charlton, Marjorie Jones, Sandra Walshaw, Pauline Davis, Joyce Eastwood, Dorothy Parker, Josie Pickering and Jean Grainger. St Paul’s Church Fr Brian Bell was celebrant, read the gospel and gave the address at Sunday’s family mass at the parish church. Other readings were given by Doreen Ibbeson and Pauline Rowland, with the intercessions led by Don Booker. The chalice was administered by May Bullock and Raymond Webster and the offertory was taken by Lorraine Francis and Dianne Greaves. Side duties were carried out by Eileen McClure and Brenda Cawthrow and altar servers were Ralph Drewett and Stephen Brown. Robert Rowland was organist, and Daphne Woffinden and the choir sang the psalm and gospel acclamation. In the evening Fr Brian led benediction and also on Tuesday was celebrant at mass which was followed by a meeting of

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the church council. There was line dancing on Wednsday and yesterday the mass was followed by a coffee morning. The mass on Sunday will be at 10am. Ladies’ Night Sharon Penn was beetle drive winner at Tuesday’s ladies night at Monk Bretton Cross Street WMC when the general knowledge quiz was won by the ‘stormtroopers’ team. The session is held weekly at 8pm and all are welcome. Buskers’ Night Jimmy Alexander was on stage at last night’s buskers’ event at the Pheasant Inn and next Thursday at 9pm Aaron Fury will entertain. Bygones is Back The Monk Bretton historical book ‘Bygones’ is available after a reprint following public request. More than 10,000 copies of the book, edited and written by Don Booker, have been distributed since it was published in 1998 and has raised money for Barnsley Hospice and St Paul’s Church. The latest issue includes four added pages including an inside photograph of the Yorkshire Water underground reservoir near the cricket field. It also contains details and photographs of the parish and Methodist Churches. It is free and obtainable from churches, clubs, shops, pharmacy and post office. It is sponsored by Monk Bretton Ward Alliance and is also available at the Town Hall archives department.

January 23. Suggestions and ideas will be welcome for the future running of the club. Speak to a committee member if you would like to serve on the committee or help in any way. The club is now on Facebook. The members sang happy birthday to Harry Ellis, who has celebrated his 91st birthday. Joan Roebuck has received a letter from the Crohn’s Disease Society, thanking the club for its donation, the letter was read out. Julie Brown has organised several outing and events up until March. Members are invited to play bowls at Carlton on January 18. There will be a Robbie Burns’ Night meal on January 25 at the Barnsley College restaurant from 1pm to 4pm. Details for February and March will follow. Susie Macnamee had everyone moving energetically to lively music in her exercise class. She is now part of Be Well Barnsley, which is concerned with health and well being and is free to attend. After tea members played two games of Oyi. Joan Roebuck won the Open the Box raffle. The next meeting is on Monday when singer Nigel Harris will provide the entertainment. Darton News Council surgery Local councillors will be holding an advice surgery at Wesleyan Reform Church, Spark Lane from 10am to 11am on Saturday. Council surgery Darton East Councillors representing Darton will be holding an advice surgery at Wesleyan Reform Church, Spark Lane, Darton from 10am to 11am tomorrow.

Worsbrough Common Cawthorne All Saints’ Church Tomorrow the church is hosting a coffee morning concert in the Village Hall at 10am to noon in aid of church funds. Please carefully note the January calendar for church services as the times have altered for the first three months of the year due to Rev Maureen going on her sabbatical. On Sunday the Holy Communion will be at 8am. The church warden will be Miss A Crossley. There will be a service at 10.30am at the Methodist Chapel. The evening prayers will be on Thursday at 4pm, everyone welcome. Methodist Church On Sunday the covenant service will be at 10.30am and conducted by Rev Dr Philip Bee. This service will be a United Churches Together service. On Thursday the coffee morning will be on from 10am to noon in the chapel schoo lroom, all welcome. Parish Magazine The deadline for the February issue is on Monday, take all articles to the Post Office or email the editor. Neighbourhood Plan A public meeting will be held on Saturday January 21 at 11am in the village hall, where residents can voice their views on the future of Cawthorne. If you would like information about the meeting contact Tony Butterworth on 790712 or abtecgroup@aol.com

St Luke’s Church On Sunday the 11am service will be Holy Communion. Rev Brian Cranwell will preside assisted by Sally Davies. The lessons will be read by Lisa or Dominic and Joan Davies and Sheila Rimmington will lead the prayers. On Tuesday the Exodus group will meet in the church hall at 5pm to 7pm for their weekly Kidz Klub. On Thursday the pensioners will meet in the church hall at 2.30pm for their weekly fellowship and bingo, followed by refreshments and a raffle.

Kexborough Kexborough Methodist Church The service on Sunday at 10.30am will be led by Rev Kristin Markay, and at 6pm by Mrs Helen Neal. On Monday at 9am there is tea and toast, and at Tuesday at 6.30pm the Girls’ Brigade meets. The luncheon club meets on Wednesday at noon, and Wednesday fellowship is at 7pm. Cricket Club The lucky numbers in the 250 Club draw were 43 (£100) and 205 (£50). The winners have been informed. The junior signing on night is today at 6pm in the clubhouse.

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CAMP RULES: Foundation class children at Burton Road Primary set up camp in school as part of a new ‘light and dark’ project. Their indoor camp site includes tents, trees, animals and a 'virtual camp fire'. Pictured are Abigail Richardson, Emmie Rodgers, Daisy Mai Goodman, Teddie Ryan and Owen Utley. Picture: Shaun Colborn. PD081959

Shafton RAOB Last week’s meeting was held at the Fox and Hounds on Friday at 7.30pm. Winner of the raffle was Steve Gasgoine. Shafton WMC Tonight’s entertainment Hayley Rose, tomorrow it’s Virtue and on Sunday it’s Tony Munroe. Tuesday’s quiz winner was Don Pearson, head-to-head Steve, card was won by Steve Taylor and Janice Giles won stand-up bingo. Wednesday’s bingo winners were Jennifer Poucher, Leslie Dudley, Joy Allen and Brenda Ramsden. Raffle numbers were 471, 465 and 752 (all claimed). Friday’s raffle number was 752. Saturday night’s rutter board winners were 190 Keith Cullen, 93 Kay Clapham, 158 M Priestley, 154 E Tench and 160 K McAlly. Raffle number was 654, bonus ball number was 38 and the winner was Barry Morgan. Sunday afternoon’s members’ draw was 313, raffle numbers were 976, 756 and 761 (all claimed), Tony won the quiz and Phil won the bingo. Sunday night’s raffle number was 791 and tote numbers were 24 and 32.

Brierley Brierley Methodist Church Sunday’s service will be at 10.15am. Monday’s knit and natter is at 2pm, Bible study on Wednesday is from 7pm and pop-in on Thursday is from 9.15am until 11am. Last week’s raffle winners were Elizabeth Hambleton, Jackie Middleton, John Draper and Pam Fewster.

Measbrough Dike Measbrough Dyke Church Sunday worship will be at 11am and 6pm conducted by Rev Philip Rawson. These services will be held in the back school room. Girls’ Brigade will be on Wednesday at 6.30pm for all girls aged four plus.

Darton All Saints’ Church Tomorrow there is morning prayer at 9am and the benefice baptism preparation group at 11am. On Sunday parish mass is at 10.30am, and on Tuesday there is morning prayer at 9am, mass at 7pm, and office halfhour for the joint benefice, for making enquiries and arrangements about baptism, calling banns, marriage, at Darton from 7.30pm to 8pm. Morning prayer is on Thursday at 9am, mass at 9.30am, choir practice at 6.30pm, new members welcome, and a PCC meeting at 7.30pm. Afternoon Club Lesley Warden opened the meeting and welcomed members back after the Christmas break. She reminded members about the AGM, which takes place on

Monday was followed by parish office and morning prayer was said on Wednesday and Thursday. Rev Patricia Taylor was celebrant and preacher at the said eucharist on Wednesday morning, which was followed by a meeting of the intercessions group led by Janet Blair, and Fr Bullimore was celebrant and preacher at the Thursday evening eucharist. The knit and natter group will meet at Meadow Crescent Community Centre today from 10am to noon. Darby and Joan President Tom Heaton said the next outing would be to Millstones and lists would be out soon. Bonus ball winners were Brenda Shaw with 12 and Edith Devenport with 25. Food was prepared by Valerie Mason with Jenny Jubb setting up the tables with crockery, milk and sugar. Malcolm Cooper sold bingo tickets and was assisted by Jenny Jubb. Margaret Griffiths did the members’ draw and winners were Gwen Ratcliffe, Bob Lindley and Betty Cooper. Ray Wright called the early bingo while Betty Fawcett brewed the tea which was distributed by volunteers who also cleared away and washed up later. Malcolm called the second bingo session and the flyer with Betty Cooper and Betty Fawcett paying out the winners.

Royston Royston St John the Baptist Church Saturday’s coffee morning raised £250 for church funds. Fr Matt Bullimore was preacher and celebrant at both the 8am said Eucharist and 9.15am sung Eucharist on Sunday. Readers were Joan Blackburn and Edward Jackson, organist was Peter Arblaster, sidespersons were Nina Platts and Beryl Dunkley, prayers were led by Jo Wiles, the offertory was taken to the altar by Christine Arblaster and Elizabeth Jackson and the chalice was administered by Ann Burton. The singing group, led by Geoff and Ruth Haywood, sang one of the hymns. In the afternoon, Fr Matt baptised Teddy George Evans. Evening prayer on

Pogmoor Methodist Church Sunday worship is at 3pm and will be taken by Rev Kristin Markay. Community coffee morning on Thursday between 10am and 11.30am. All welcome.

Carlton Bowling club The club’s AGM takes place at Westfields, Dole Avenue, Royston, on Thursday at 6.30pm.

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STRONG GALES: Barnsley Council staff members clear away the tree at Darton after it was blown over in the strong winds. Picture: Scott Bairstow. PD081978

Police officer works with schools By Josh Timlin A POLICE officer is working in partnership with two local high schools to improve safety and behaviour. PC Clair Mount divides her time between Outwood Academy in Shafton and its sister school in Carlton as part of the Safer School Partnership (SSP), which was introduced in high schools by The Police Foundation following the 1995 murder of London headteacher Philip Lawrence. PC Mount, who began her role at the start of the new year, has focused on reducing victimisation, crime and antisocial behaviour within the schools and their local areas according to Cara Ackroyd, principal at Shafton. She said: “I used to work at Outwood Academy in Adwick and saw firsthand how well it can work. The PC there ran a summer school and put on events throughout the year to keep kids engaged. “It helped the reduce antisocial

POLICE PRESENCE: PC Clair Mount, who works at Outwood Academy in Shafton and Carlton, pictured with Mayor Coun Linda Burgess. behaviour around times such as ‘Mischief Night’ in particular and PC Mount has worked similarly to prevent crime before it actually happens. “Kids can get into trouble when they’re bored so during the recent half-term holidays PC Mount came into school and opened the gym up for kids’ use. “Her presence also helps to improve relationships between the police and youngsters. They know her face and her name and it will encourage them to report anything untoward.”

A spokesman from The Police Foundation added: “Before SSPs were introduced, police presence in most schools amounted to little more than the provision of occasional lessons and responding to calls about incidents. “The introduction of SSPs has resulted in a greater police presence in schools and a step change in school-police relations. “The headteacher and his or her staff retain responsibility for school discipline and most behaviour, with the police providing advice and support as well as a physical presence. “SSPs constitute a formal agreement between the police, a school and other agencies to work together to keep young people safe, reduce crime and the fear of crime, and improve behaviour in and around a school. “The underlying assumption is that by reducing bullying, truancy and exclusions from school, SSPs will impact indirectly on offending and antisocial behaviour.”

INTERNATIONAL AWARD: From left Angela Smith MP, Tankersley School’s head teacher Jayne Proctor Blain, John Rolfe from the British Council, year six pupils Ellis Tattershall, Harry Fretwell, Daniel Miles, Chloe Roberts-Jennings and teacher Yvette Cooper.

School presented with top award PUPILS from a Barnsley school have been presented with a prestigious award by their MP and a representative of the British Council. Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith and John Rolfe from British Council presented pupils at Tankersley St Peter’s Primary School with their International School Award on Friday. The school was chosen for the

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By Paul Whitehouse RESIDENTS in Tankersley have been warned of a year of traffic disruption while engineers work on a £4m scheme to improve a water treatment works. Yorkshire Water is behind the project at the Tankersley Waste Water Treatment Works, which is accessed via a track off Lidgett Lane. They say the work is necessary to ensure the company meets its obligations to protect the environment and contractors are due to move on site on Monday. Residents have been warned they are likely to see more traffic accessing the site and they are restricting construction traffic to times between 9.30am and 2.30pm. The access, alongside Knoll Cottages, has limited visibility and Barnsley Council’s highways department has agreed that a three-way traffic light system should be installed to guarantee safety. The lights are expected to be in place for around eight months. It is possible there will be other traffic disruption in the area at the same time, if building work starts on sites earmarked for large new housing estates nearby. One is opposite the Knoll Cottages junction, though access will be from the opposite side of the site, in New Road. The other is at the junction of Lidgett Lane and Pilley Green, where the access will be off Lidgett Lane.

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honour in acknowledgement of its ‘excellent global learning programme’. Teacher Yvette Cooper, who leads the programme in school, said: “It is a great honour for our school to achieve the award and to be specially selected to have it presented in person. “As a local expert centre we continue promoting the learning about global issues with our network of schools and we organise

many different projects which enable our pupils to learn about different countries and cultures. “We are extremely proud of this award and remain very committed to developing new initiatives including the Energy Heroes project, working towards an eco school award and collaborating on an e-twinning project with a school in Finland.”

FLYING MONKS: The 12th Barnsley Monk Bretton Air Scout Group has been adopted and affiliated by the Barnsley Branch of the Royal Air Force Association. The air force has raised about £350 for the Royal Air Force Association Wings Appeal recently, and members of the branch visited the Beaver section of the group this week where the certificate was handed over by the association. The Beaver section was chosen as it raised the most money for the appeal with its coffee evening Brew for The Few.

Buckley Methodist Church At 10am tomorrow the usual coffee morning will be held with various stalls and a raffle. On Sunday at 10.30am morning worship will be led by Mrs H Bellamy. In the school room the ladies’ group will meet at 2pm on Monday and the writers’ workshop on Thursday at 10am. Church of the Nazarene On Sunday at 9.45am there is a free breakfast club, and at 10.30am church service with Sunday school. On Monday at 6pm the Allsorts Youth Club for children aged five to 12 meets. There is a crime and safety group meeting on Wednesday at 6.30pm, followed by a residents. meeting. The Oxford Street art group meets on Thursday at 9.30am. Trinity URC The service on Sunday will be at 10.30am led by Mr Clive Parkinson and will include Holy Communion. There will be a performance of the pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, at 2pm in the church hall. The panto, by Trinity Players, continues on January 20 at 7pm, January 21 at 2pm and 6pm. Gateway Church At 4pm on Sunday Gateway Church meets at Mottram Hall, on Mottram Street. Worship leader and preacher is Pastor Mark Reasbeck. There is tea and coffee from 3.30pm and the service is followed by a free buffet. All welcome. A children’s club, Shine, is on at the same time co-ordinated by Nicola Tweedle. From 11am to 1pm on Thursday the foodbank is open at Mottram Hall co-ordinated by Janet Crownshaw and team. Barnsley Spiritualist Church Tomorrow healing service at 6.15pm, is followed by an open circle, with a visiting medium, 7.30pm to 8.30pm. On Sunday there is a divine service from 6.15pm to 7.30pm taken by Kathy Hurst. On Wednesday there is a demonstration of mediumship from 7pm to 8pm, the speaker will be Susan Ellis. Thursday healing clinic, 1pm to 2.30pm. St Mary’s with St Paul’s Services: St Mary’s, Sunday 11am, Monday noon, Wednesday 7pm. St Paul’s, Sunday 9.30am, Tuesday 10am, Friday 9.45am. There will be a shoppers’ coffee morning in St Mary’s today from 10am to 11.30am. On Wednesday the Mothers’ Union annual meeting will be held at 2pm in the parish hall. There will be a buffet.

Salem Church Last Sunday, members attended Hunningley Wesleyan Reform Church when the preacher was Mr Robert Booth. On Sunday, the service at 2.30pm will be conducted by Mr Andrew Hewitt. On Wednesday, the Brownies will meet from 6pm to 7pm, followed by the Guides until 9.15pm, next Friday, Rainbows from 6pm until 7pm. Barnsley Baptist Church Sunday worship, including Communion, at 11am will be led by Rev Ken Jefferson. The children and young people will join in the beginning of the service before going into their own groups. The lunch club meets from noon on Tuesday. Our Bible study groups meet on Wednesday at 1pm at the church and at 7pm at the Manse, 173, Park Grove, Barnsley. On behalf of the church and the Barnsley Concert Band, a cheque for £220 has been presented to Barnsley Hospice. The money was raised at the community carol concert in December. The Word for the Week series is a short, weekly message of encouragement from Pastor Ken. The church office is now open on Tuesday to Friday mornings. Visit barnsleybaptistchurch.btck.co.uk or call 285431. St Edward’s Church On Sunday Parish Eucharist is at 9.15am with celebrant and preacher Rev Pat Taylor. On Monday at 5.30pm to 6.30pm there is a Kingstone councillors’ surgery, and at 7pm keep fit. On Wednesday at 10am Holy Communion BCP. On Thursday from 11am to 2pm the Friendship Club meets. St George’s Church Services on Sunday: 9am Holy Communion; 10.45am morning worship led by Canon David Munby and preacher Pepsy Ngole on vision for prayer; 6.30pm Youth Fellowship. Monday, Knit and Natter 10am to 3pm; Tuesday, 10am community garden project, 1pm to 3pm toddlers’ group in the hall, 5.45pm to 7pm Kidz Klub, 7.30pm to 8.45pm Rock Solid; Wednesday, 10am to 11am zumba class, 7.30pm Wednesday Church in English and Farsi, baptism preparation course; Thursday, 10am Holy Communion with Rev Sue Rose, 5.45pm to 9pm Beavers, Cubs and Scouts; Friday 8.45pm to 10.45pm prayer meeting in church.

Birdwell Correspondent Helen Whitehouse Telephone 740454 Ladies’ Club Birdwell Ladie’s Club met for a games evening on Tuesday, with the following winners: Dominoes, Mrs Woodhead; beetle, Mrs Camps; raffle, Mrs Sommerville; members’ number, Mrs Westerman; bingo, Mrs Ward, Mrs Dobson, Mrs Chapman, Mrs Andrews, Mrs Hinchliffe. St Mary’s The VIP club for young worshippers met on Sunday morning, with a sung Eucharist service to follow and evensong later in the day, both conducted by Rev Alison Earl. On Sunday sung Eucharist will take place at 11am with evensong at 6.30pm. Sidespersons will be Mrs A Jacques and Mrs M Moore, with church cleaners for the weekend Mr and Mrs Burkinshaw and Mrs J Cameron. A holy trinity/fellowship service will take place from 10am on Wednesday with the drop in coffee morning running on Thursday from 9.30am to 11.30am. Methodists Sunday’s service at Birdwell Methodist Church was conducted by Mr Michael Sanderson and this Sunday’s service will be united, with members of the Hoyland congregation invited to attend. It begins at 10.45am and will be conducted by Mr Allan Wearmouth. On Monday the healthy bones group will meet from 10am with the kids club, for five to eight-year-olds, at 3.45pm. On Tuesday the Little Fishes pre-school group meets from 9am to 11.30am and on Wednesday a coffee afternoon takes place between 2pm and 4pm. On Thursday the Exodus Kidz Klub meets from 5.30pm with the Rock Solid group for over 11s’ meeting from 7.30pm. Brownies Birdwell Brownies meet this evening at Birdwell Methodist Church from 5pm. The group is working towards a craft badge and are recruiting adult helpers. Advent An Advent challenge organised at St Mary’s Church, Worsbrough Village, resulted in more than 40 carrier bags of food for the needy being donated. The food went to the Gateway food bank, which has fed more than 6,000 people since it was established in 2013. Quiz league The Edmunds Arms ‘A’ team in the Hoyland and District Quiz League won its latest round in the 2016/17 season, 47-40 against the Furnace, Hoyland. The ‘B’ team scored the same points but lost to the Wharncliffe Arms, Burncross, Sheffield, who won with 49 points. Pool league Birdwell Venue lost in the latest round of the Hoyland and District Pool League, with a score of 4-3 against the Albion pub, Hemingfield.

Tankersley & Pilley St Peter’s A Holy Communion service took place at Tankersley St Peter’s Church on Sunday morning, led by Canon Keith Hale, with lay reader Lena Brown conducting an evening praise service at Pilley St Paul’s in the evening. On Sunday Mr Hale will conduct a holy communion at Tankersley from 9.30am and evening praise at Pilley will take place at 6.30pm, to be led by a reader. Senior citizens Tankersley Community Association’s senior citizens group met for a tea and games session on Tuesday afternoon with the following winners: Raffle, Yvonne Payne, Betty Wright, Molly Haywood, Elaine Green, Aileen Crouch, Margaret James. Bingo: Betty Wright, Doris Speight, Yvonne Payne, Molly Haywood, Joy Boyden. Primary school This week nursery children at Tankersley St Peter’s School will be learning about toys and will have a show and tell day on Thursday. Reception children are

WELL DONE: Left to right: Alan Toon, Poppy Westrop, Lucy Collins, Sophie Walker, Olivia Smith, Stirling Trent, Pastor Ken Jefferson, Elliot Jones, Jack Haigh, Ben Waller, Andrew McDonald, Hugh Mackie, Hope Geraghty, James Fryers, Toni Walton and Sarah Hattersley.

Hospice sings praises of fundraisers By Oliver Dyson BARNSLEY Hospice is singing the praises of Barnsley Baptist Church and Barnsley Town Concert Band after a successful fundraising concert last month.

The band teamed up with the church to put on the concert, which raised £220 for the hospice. Morrisons and Tesco Stairfoot donated mince pies as refreshments after the concert.

Pastor Ken Jefferson, Alan Toon and members of the Town Concert Band presented Barnsley Hospice community fundraiser Sarah Hattersley with the cheque on Monday.

Gawber Primary School pupils with Mayor Coun Linda Burgess, back centre, when they visited Barnsley Town Hall. The pupils are pictured with some of their artwork which is currently on display at the town hall. Picture: Scott Bairstow. PD081883 working around the question ‘what makes it winter’, looking at elements including ice and researching using non-fiction books. Class two’s English focus has been poetry and pupils have worked on place values in maths, looking at the work of Florence Nightingale in history and explaining what it means to have faith in religious education. Class three has been reading George’s Marvellous Medicine in English and has been looking at the inverse of multiples in maths. This term’s topic is ancient Greece. Class four has been use the book I am the Mummy HabNefert in English and looking at fractions in numeracy. Geography has focused on the River Nile. Class five has been looking at narrative poetry in literacy and has worked on fractions in numeracy. The current topic is mining and materials, looking also at local history. Class six is using Macbeth as a stimulus for learning and has a theme of geometry in maths. In history children are learning about the Great Plague and in RE have been examining the importance of churches to Christians. Methodists Sunday’s service at Pilley Methodist Church will start at 3pm and will be conducted by Mr Keith Lodge.

DIAMOND EVENT: George and Hazel Kirk, of Newland Avenue, Cudworth, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. Picture: Wes Hobson. PD081939


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NEWSLINES Baby book packs on offer at libraries BOOK packs for babies are available from Barnsley’s libraries. They contain two books, a nursery rhyme sheet and information for parents on sharing books with babies and young children as well as the benefits it can have on their development. The Bookstart packs, which can be picked up from local libraries, are part of a national programme to inspire a love of books in every child. They are free for babies aged up to 12 months and are usually gifted by health visitors at a child’s eight to 12 month health check. For information email bookstart@barnsley.gov.uk or visit www.bookstart.org.uk.

Underground gig BARNSLEY band Black Vines has been lined up as one of the support acts for a foot-stomping Barnsley gig taking place this month. It has been organised by Dead Man’s Finger and Indiemand promotions with Black Vines stepping up as support for Sheffield band Bear Chest. The bands will be on stage at The Underground live music venue, which is on Graham’s Orchard in Barnsley town centre, on Saturday, January 28. Tickets can be bought on the door or at a discounted price online via seetickets.com. Doors open at 7pm.

Drier caught fire TWO fire crews from Dearne Station attended a fire in Swinton on Sunday night. The crews arrived in Low Wood Close soon after receiving the call at 8pm. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the fire was in a house and was caused when a tumble drier accidentally ignited.

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£3m to help jewel sparkle again By Katia Harston A £3M grant has been handed to Cannon Hall to fund a major restoration of the grounds and bring them back to their former Georgian glory – including rowing boats on the lake and a woodland adventure trail. The 70 acres of park and gardens surrounding the historic hall in Cawthorne will be transformed using the cash boost, which has been secured from Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Parks for People’ programme. The ambitious plan is to restore and repair original features, some of which have never been seen by the public, with the eventual aim of putting the attraction firmly on the tourist map. The three-year programme of work includes revealing an intact ice house built in the 1700s and opening a two-acre area of woodland behind the walled garden so it can be used for educational tours and activities. The park’s lakes will be dredged and restored to improve their appearance and water quality and, once completed, visitors will be able to hire rowing boats and fishing equipment. bringing to life

popular Georgian pastimes. New paths will be created around the site, allowing wheelchair access to areas such as the lakeside, and an adventure trail will run through the wooded area from the deer shelter to the museum. The gardener’s cottage is to be restored to create a base for volunteer activities and a ‘midden’ – an early example of an outside toilet – will also be on display. Work to overhaul the grounds will begin this year and is expected to be finished by early 2020. Two years of planning, research and consultation has gone into the funding application, called ‘Restoring the Glory’, and more than 100 people were involved. Volunteer group The Friends of Cannon Hall has raised more than £40,000 in match funding for the lottery bid by holding major events, fairs and activities. Richard Emerson, chairman of the Friends group, said: “The grant is a major boost for a historic recreational site and is absolutely fantastic news for the Barnsley community and beyond.

“This incredible result follows years of long hours and detailed preparation and is vitally important, enabling much needed restoration and improvement of the park and gardens. “Our local heritage is of great importance to us all, it defines who we are and the character and identity of our communities and must be protected.” The funding forms part of the Parks for People programme, a joint effort between the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund, which awards grants of between £100,000 and £5m to revitalise historic parks and cemeteries. Ros Kerslake, chief executive of HLF, said: “Public parks play a vital role in our health and well-being. With this investment from National Lottery players, there is real opportunity for the rejuvenated Cannon Hall grounds to deliver huge benefits to the whole community.” The Friends of Cannon Hall are calling for more volunteers to help with the improvements and restorations. For more details email cannonhallfriends@gmail.com or call 790270.

OLDEN DAYS: An image of the lake and grounds at Cannon Hall from circa 1820.

MAJOR BOOST: The friends of Cannon Hall’s chairman Richard Emerson.

Hall among top tourist attractions By Katia Harston CANNON Hall is considered one of the jewels in the crown of Barnsley’s premier tourist attractions. The stately home, which dominates the Cawthorne landscape and opened as a museum in 1957, was owned by the Spencer-Stanhope family for 300 years. Its grounds were designed in the 18th cen-

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tury by renowned Georgian landscape architect Richard Woods. Fairyland, part of the hall’s pleasure gardens, was built in the 1870s and features arches and pillars built from stone taken from the ruins of local churches. It is said to be inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite painter Roddam SpencerStanhope.

Another feature popular with visitors is the ‘Pinery’, a greenhouse built in the 1700s to grow pineapples and exotic fruit. Work to attempt to grow pineapples again will begin this year. The walled gardens are also home to a 200-year-old Muscat grapevine, which is a descendent of today’s Australian fine wines.

Homeless man smashed van window to get warm By Katia Harston A HOMELESS man who ‘accidentally’ smashed a van window trying to get inside to shelter from the cold has pleaded guilty to criminal damage at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court. Andrew James Barr, 36, was arrested by police on January 5 after he was spotted on CCTV breaking the window of a Vauxhall commercial van in a car park opposite Treadles wine bar in the town centre. The court was told Barr was captured on CCTV walking through Peel Square at about 2.20am. He then went to Peel Parade before entering the car park at about 3.12am.

Jessica Randell, prosecuting, said Barr tried the door handles of two vans and that one of those vans belonged to Philip Booth, who had left the vehicle there at 6pm the previous evening. She said Barr was seen ‘raising his arm’ and smashing the passenger side door window. CCTV operators alerted police to what they had seen and officers were dispatched. Barr left the car park and walked into Peel Street where he was stopped and detained by police. Ms Randell told the court: “He was arrested and in response said: ‘I accidentally smashed the window to sleep

inside it. I wasn’t trying to cause damage.’.” The court was told Barr had previous convictions including criminal damage. In mitigation, Eric Bray, said Barr became homeless after splitting up with his girlfriend in August last year and had been on the streets early last Thursday because he had nowhere to sleep. Mr Bray told the court it didn’t seem right that in 2017 there are still people homeless and on the streets with nowhere to turn. He said that while his client had been ‘appreciative’ of a warm night in the cells he did not want to be back before the court.

“It was particularly cold and he was wandering and looking for a suitable place to sleep,” said Mr Bray. “CCTV kept an eye on him and tracked him to Peel Parade where two large vans were parked side by side. “He decided to try the doors and they were secure. He simply wanted to get to get his head down and go to sleep and get out of the cold.” Mr Bray said Barr tried to force the door of the van open but the pressure caused the window to crack and break. It caused the inside of the van to be covered in broken glass which made it ‘too uncomfortable’ to stay and Barr ‘gave it

up as a bad job’. He told magistrates the unemployed father-of-one is ‘in a bit of spin and needs to get out of it but can’t do that at the moment given his difficult circumstances’. Mr Bray said: “He is no stranger to the courts but has been nowhere near in the last six years. “He is disappointed in himself that he is in this position today. It is the inevitable consequences of a long period of homelessness and a lack of finance.” Barr was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £180 in compensation and £40 costs.

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JOURNEY: Harrison with his dad Martin and daughter Molly.

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Hero Harrison completes huge cycle By Lynsey Bradford IT was a tough road, but it only made nine-year-old Harrison Dainty more determined. Harrison, of Racecommon Road, Barnsley, fulfilled his vow to cycle almost 4,000 metres to the summit of Mount Teide, a volcano on Tenerife which is the preferred training route of many Tour de France competitors. His reason for doing so was to raise money for Team Cystic Fibrosis - a charity set up to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust by his father Martin, whose daughter, and Harrison’s sister, Molly was diagnosed with the condition at five weeks old. Martin, a former Team GB cyclist, said there were a few wobbles along the way, but Harrison completed the 29-mile uphill ride in four hours. He said: “I have been a cyclist forever and it was probably the most extreme thing I’ve ever witnessed in my life. “It was zero degrees and it was snowing. If an adult looked at trying to do this it would be outstanding. For a child to do it is on the absolute edge of acceptable. December 21 is a date I will never forget.”

Harrison has raised just short of £4,000. He was accompanied by Martin and Steve Clauge, who was on hand to offer assistance. Harrison’s mum Julene and Molly, now 11, followed in the support car. Within ten minutes Harrison had asked Martin how much further they had to go. “At that point I knew we were in trouble,” said Martin. “I thought, I’m not going to say anything, and we stopped off at a little shop a bit further up where he cried. Had Steve not been there at that point I would have pulled the plug. “About half way in I said ‘you’ve gone quiet’ and he said he couldn’t change gears and that his fingers felt like they were dropping off. So we put him in the car and put his fingers on the heater. I said we could put the bike in the car and go home, but he said no, he wanted to get to the top. “Things got better after that, but there wasn’t much talk. We were going to the top and that was that. Steve was helping and making sure everything was ok. We certainly wouldn’t have managed it without the support car driven by Julene and the encouragement of Molly.

“But he did it, and there is a photo of us drinking champagne at the top. “The response has been incredibly positive for Harrison – he went to school and everyone thinks he’s a hero. There is not an ounce of regret in him – he knew 100 per cent that he wanted to do it. I’m certain he’ll do something like this again.” Martin set up the team in 2009. Over the next couple of years, he encouraged others to buy and ride in his team colours. In 2012, the team completed the coast to coast ride – their first annual challenge which raised £2,000. Every year the team organises the 65 Roses Holme Moss Classic a 65-mile challenge which is named so because young children find 65 roses easier to say than cystic fibrosis. To help raise the profile of Barnsley in the cycling world, the team also relaunched the Barnsley Criterium Road Race. The team has raised around £150,000 over the last three years through its cycling efforts and Martin was nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award two years ago.

THE following recent house sales have been recorded with the Land Registry: 4 Hall Royd Court, Hall Royd Lane, Silkstone Common, terraced, £402,500; 2 Stanhope Meadows, Cawthorne, detached, £390,000; 3 Mickleden Way, Pogmoor, detached, £290,000; 171 Darton Lane, Mapplewell, detached, £217,000; 17 Long Acre, Carlton, detached, £187,000; 3 Sycamore Court, Royston, detached, £180,000; 4 Church Hill, Royston, detached, £173,000; 16 Mount Vernon Crescent, semi-detached, £171,000; 15 St Helens Place, Barnsley, detached, £155,000; 10 Laithe Croft, Dodworth, semi-detached, £152,950; 29 Rockingham Road, Dodworth, semi-detached, £135,000; 11A Nottingham Close, Ardsley, semi-detached, £129,950; 45 Hay Green Lane, Birdwell, semidetached, £125,000; 34 Springwood Road, Hoyland, semi-detached, £110,000; 44 Worsbrough Road, Blacker Hill, semi-detached, £95,000; 13 Old Row, Elsecar, terraced, £95,000; 2 Braithwaite Street, Staincross, terraced, £90,500; 12 St Hilda Avenue, Barnsley, semi-detached, £90,000; 71 South Road, Dodworth, semi-detached, £90,000; 31 Redhill Avenue, Kendray, semi-detached, £82,000; 21 Clifton Close, Barnsley, semi-detached, £80,000; 22 Saltersbrook Road, Darfield, semi-detached, £80,000; 175 Weetshaw Lane, Cudworth, terraced, £78,000; 12 Coronation Street, Darfield, terraced, £72,000; 128 King Street, Hoyland, terraced, £69,000; 209 Cemetery Road, Jump, terraced, £68,000; 94 High Street, Shafton, terraced, £65,000; 35 Park Road, Barnsley, terraced, £62,000; 17 Oak Road, Shafton, terraced, £60,000; 206 Cemetery Road, Jump, terraced, £60,000; 40 Highstone Avenue, Barnsley, semi-detached, £57,500; 18 Eshton Court, Mapplewell, semi-detached, (leasehold) £52,000; 29 Victoria Street, Stairfoot, terraced, £51,000; 30 Meadow Street, Barnsley, terraced, £50,000; 6 Sunderland Terrace, Barnsley, terraced, £45,000; 13 Newland Road, New Lodge, semi-detached, £43,000.

Man ordered to attend partner’s inquest By Lynsey Bradford A MAN who failed to turn up to the inquest on his girlfriend has been issued a witness summons by the coroner, ordering him to attend. Emma Burrows, 32, of Windham Close, Honeywell, died in December 2015, and Elsworth Maynard had been listed as a witness at the inquest which was due to go ahead on Friday. But the summons was issued by assistant coroner Louise Slater after he failed to turn up. She said: “Mr Maynard has been written to and invited to attend.

On information from South Yorkshire Police, I think it is likely he has simply forgotten to attend. “The (police) officer in court has had reasonable dealings with him and is reasonably confident in her judgement that he would have come because he has answered any other appointments he’s had. “I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt. “I’m going to prepare a witness summons for him to attend on March 21. “The officer is going to go round and pick him up and bring him here. In the event something hap-

pens and he doesn’t attend – if he’s not at home or we can’t find him – I will issue a warrant for his arrest.” Another witness who failed to attend was Home Office pathologist Dr Phil Lumb. Dr Lumb accepted he had not entered the date of the inquest in his diary, and Ms Slater said she could not proceed without him. Detective constable Michelle Hardy, of South Yorkshire Police, was in attendance along with Ms Burrows’s father who is from Worksop. The inquest has been rescheduled for March 21.

HOLD UP: The scene between junctions 37 and 38 on Saturday afternoon.

Drivers delayed by fire MOTORISTS travelling north on the M1 during Saturday afternoon faced long delays due to a lorry fire. Two fire crews from Barnsley Station arrived at the scene between junction 37 and 38 near Darton shortly after an alarm call was made at

2.10pm. The crews arrived to find that a HGV with a trailer full of hay was well alight. Two lanes of the motorway were blocked and fire-fighters remained at the scene until 8.50pm. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined by investigators.


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A WOMAN with a long history of criminality has been jailed for shoplifting and attempting to burgle a restaurant while under the influence of ‘legal highs’. Rebecca Elizabeth Powell, 35, was sentenced at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty at earlier hearings to three charges of theft from a shop and a further charge of attempted burglary. The court was told Powell, of Holden House, Race Street, Barnsley, stole £147 of cosmetics from Boots on Cheapside, Barnsley, on August 14 last year, A BARNSLEY man who became a £49.99 watch from Maplin in aggressive towards police officers Barnsley on August 21 and perafter a night out drinking in fume and gift sets from the town has appeared before Boots store on October 20. Barnsley Magistrates’ Court. Five days later she was caught The court was told Sean on CCTV on October 25 trying to force open the doors of the Kitching, 36, of Osmond Place, Worsbrough Bridge, was arguing Old Chemist restaurant on with his girlfriend in Peel Square George Yard, Barnsley, at about 1.45am. at 11.30pm on Saturday Jessica Randell, prosecuting, December 10. said Powell made four attempts Things got really heated and to prise open the restaurant’s the officers went to try to calm doors using a piece of wood him down Kitching began to before giving up and walking shout and swear at them and was away. arrested. The court was told Powell has At court he pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly and told the bench he was so intoxicated he had no memory of the night. He was given a 12 month condiBy Josh Timlin tional discharge and ordered to pay £85 along with a £20 victim AN inquest into a drug addict’s surcharge. death has been adjourned so further evidence can be heard. Dean Needham, of Hopwood Street, Barnsley, died on May 15 MORE than 200 people are using last year and a post mortem, the public wifi at Barnsley which was carried out by Dr Hospital per day. Kim Suvarna, concluded that Patients and visitors received heroin played a role in the 39greater access following the year-old’s death. implementation on December 19. The inquest last Thursday at Hospital papers show it had the Medico Legal Centre in received positive feedback, and Sheffield was told that the posistate: “Having originally been tion of Mr Needham’s body’s in planned as a one week trial, the moments before he died there were no plans to withdraw was a leading factor, with the system at this point.” asphyxiation being the cause of death because of the way he was slumped, having taken Do you have an opinion on drugs. a story you have read in Mr Needham’s parents, Jane this week’s paper? Why not and David, were in court for send us a letter to: the hearing and revealed their editorial@barnsley-chronison was being prescribed cle.co.uk methadone and had a dedicated

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a string of previous convictions for offences committed between 1994 and 2015, including 32 burglary offences, and had also been jailed for two years for a dwelling burglary. In mitigation, Philip Howard, said when the unemployed mother-of-two was released from prison in June last year she was homeless and living on the streets. He said she found accommodation at Holden House but was struggling to get by due to the time it took to process her benefit application and had shoplifted to buy ‘essential items’. She was also relying on ‘street methadone’ because she couldn’t obtain a prescription from her doctor. Mr Howard said calling the incident at the Old Chemist an ‘attempted burglary’ was to ‘give it grandeur’. He said Powell – who has never had a job – had been making her way home to Holden House with two others and was under the influence of Spice, the synthetic cannabis substitute known as a ‘legal high’ before such substances were banned. She ‘vaguely’ remembered picking up a piece of wood and

trying to break through the restaurant’s doors. “It was a fruitless attempt. All she did was cause damage to the door.” Mr Howard said Powell had already lost ‘a great deal’ because of her criminal behaviour and asked magistrates to give her a chance to show she can stay out of trouble. “She has managed to turn herself around and is no longer taking legal highs,” said Mr Howard. “There is every chance she will at long last break the cycle of offending that’s gone on for 20 years. She is very much at the crossroads now and has to make something of herself.” Magistrates said they were ‘troubled’ by the attempted burglary given Powell’s previous record and that the other offences had been committed while she was still on licence following her release from prison. They ordered her to be locked up for 26 weeks for attempted burglary, and six weeks for each shoplifting offence, to run concurrently. She must also pay a £115 victim surcharge.

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drug worker – something the court was not aware of – which led coroner Louise Slater to adjourn the inquest until March 2. Ms Slater said: “I have a responsibility to do this job right and we need to establish which drug worker was involved with Dean. This should have been checked before the inquest got underway and I apologise that it hasn’t, but I know if this was my lad I’d want to hear from the person or persons involved. “We might not end up with a different conclusion but it’s still important so further enquiries will have to be made. I would like to know the level of support Dean was receiving and if anything else could have been done to prevent his death. “Methadone was picked up on in Dr Suvarna’s toxicology report and we have found out

that Dean was being prescribed this, but we have no GP report to reference. “Taking this into account, I am not happy to proceed until all the relevant material is before us.” Mum Jane added: “I was expecting to see Dean’s drug worker in court so it came as a bit of a shock when nobody turned up and the court was not aware that he even had one. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else so although the picture might not change with their thoughts, I think it’s right that someone is here. “Dean was in the system for years and we weren’t aware he was using heroin again. We knew he was on methadone but that was being prescribed on the basis that he was not using – his drug worker should have known and we should have been made aware if he was.”

Rotary Club’s project will help wildlife flourish By Gail Robinson SCHOOLS, nursing homes and voluntary organisations in Barnsley have benefitted from an environmental project to help wildlife. Bird boxes and bird tables have been created by members of Barnsley Rotary Club and then given away. It all started when Rotarian Tony Murray decided to make a few bird boxes in his new shed. After he had given a few away, Tony decided to ask if any fellow Rotarians were interested and so a small group got together and eventually had built 60 bird boxes. By then Barnsley Rotary’s environmental group was involved and under

its chairman, Rob Walker, decided it would be a nice idea to donate the bird boxes to schools and nursing homes. The aim is to help improve the environment, teach children about wildlife and allow older residents to enjoy watching the birds. Once all the birdboxes had been given away Tony came up with a new project – building bird tables. He explained: “All the wood we use is reclaimed and it’s nice to craft something we know is going to be useful and bring enjoyment to people. “We have also been giving bird food with the bird tables so we hope they CRAFT: Sam Silverwood accepts the bird box at provide lots of enjoyment for people.” Barnsley Hospice.

Calendar girls’ top effort By Mike Cotton A GROUP of women who meet every week at an aqua aerobics class at the Metrodome have posed for a swimwear calendar raising more than £5,500 for charity. Tracy Gibson said she and her friends set themselves the ambitious target of raising £5,000 for the Weston Park Cancer Charity through the calendar and other charity events they’ve organised over the last six months. “It was a big target, but we’ve smashed it raising just over £5,500,” said Tracy, 48, of

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NEWSLINES Police warn about dog poisoning POLICE have issued a warning following the death of a dog after it had eaten chicken allegedly laced with poison. The death of the dog near Woodland Drive, off Broadway, was reported on Facebook over the weekend. The Chronicle tracked down the owner of the dog who did not wish to speak about it. Temporary Sergeant Matthew Duffy said: “We urge everyone to be vigilant about what their dogs may pick up and eat, as it could contain something harmful and cause them to become ill. “South Yorkshire Police work with a number of partner agencies to investigate cases of cruelty and harm to dogs, and based upon the information gathered through different lines of enquiry appropriate action will be taken. “If you have any concerns relating to a dog please don’t hesitate to contact police on 101.”

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Briggs Street, Carlton. “We chose Weston Park because I think everyone knows somebody who’s been affected by cancer. “We had a lot of fun doing it, and I think we all feel proud of what we’ve managed to raise. “I’m officially signing up this week to be an official supporter of Weston Park so I’ll be doing lots more fund-raising.” There were 14 women in all who took part in the calendar, of which all 200 copies have been sold. The gang will be presenting the cheque to the charity at FUNDRAISING: Tracy Gibson with the calendar. the Metrodome today.

TRIBUTE: Top: Members of the Royal British Legion lower their standards. Above left: The Royal British Legion’s Aubrey Martin-Wells, Mayor of Barnsley Coun Linda Burgess, and MP Dan Jarvis. Above right: Elwyn Parry. Pictures: Luke Emsley. PD081848.

Pogmoor plane crash remembered By Mike Cotton A VETERAN of the Second World War was among almost 100 people who turned out to honour the sacrifice of two airman killed in a plane crash in Pogmoor 75 years ago. Elwyn Parry, 91, saw the stricken Whitley bomber as it circled the skies above Barnsley looking for a ‘safe’ place to crash on January 6 1942. It was piloted by Sgt Alexander Hollingworth, of the Australian Air Force, who deliberately crashed into a quarry to avoid hitting the houses just yards away in Cresswell Street. He was killed instantly. Three of Sgt Hollingworth’s crew had parachuted to safety, landing in the Broadway,

Dodworth Road and West Road areas. But the fourth man to bail out, Sgt Alexander Buchanan of the Canadian Air Force, was also killed when his parachute struck a chimney on his descent. “They wanted medals as big as dustbin lids those lads for what they did,” said Elwyn, of Berkley Close, Ward Green, who was himself given a round of applause at the memorial service in Cresswell Street last Friday for turning out in his wheelchair in near freezing conditions. “I just wanted to be here to pay my respects,” he told the Chronicle. “I was 16 when it happened. I could see it was in trouble. It

Stroke unit consultation is extended By Lynsey Bradford A CONSULTATION on changes to hyper-acute stroke units and children’s surgery and anaesthesia services has been extended. New proposals for both services have been developed by the Commissioners Working Together, a group of eight NHS clinical commissioning groups and NHS England. Under the proposals, Barnsley and Rotherham’s hyper acute stroke units, which provide the first 72 hours of critical care after a stroke, would be closed and anyone who suffers a stroke would initially be taken to either Doncaster, Sheffield or Chesterfield. The shake-up of children surgeries and anaesthesia services will also see some children sent out of town for operations, at night, at weekends or when they need to stay overnight in hospital. Will Cleary-Gray, director of sustainability and transformation for South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, said: “Although we took account of the Christmas period in our planning, we can see from our data and from conversations we’ve had, it’s been a very busy period for people.

“To make sure as many people as possible are given the opportunity to take part in the consultation and have conversations about the proposals we are therefore extending the deadline until Tuesday February 14.” Commissioners Working Together says depending on where people live, some patients have better experiences and access to services than others. If the proposals are approved, the stroke units at Barnsley and Rotherham Hospitals would close, and there would be changes to children’s surgeries and anaesthesia services at Barnsley, Rotherham and Chesterfield Hospitals. Others would become specialist centres for the whole region. Dr Peter Anderton, stroke consultant at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, and stroke lead for Commissioners Working Together, said: “By changing the way you receive care after having a stroke, we can make our services safer and of a higher quality while also reducing your chances of living with a disability afterwards.” He said CWT had been working with the ambulance service to ensure all patients will be taken

The Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts that by 2020 the number of children growing up in poverty will increase by 50 per cent. That is a shocking failure because every child has a right to the best start in life, so they can achieve success in their future. When the Prime Minister stood on the steps of Downing Street, and pledged to “fight against burning injustice” this included a clear pledge to “do everything we can to help anybody, whatever your background, to go as far as your talents will take you.” I plan to hold her to her word and introduce a Bill to Parliament on February 3 to test the government’s willingness to deliver on that commitment. My Bill seeks to establish in law, a child poverty target. In order to build a consensus, my approach will be to establish the principle of a target, rather than being prescriptive about the measures it includes. This piece of proposed legislation

POLICE investigating an armed robbery and an attempted armed robbery in Swinton have arrested two men. Two local men, aged 38 and 34, were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of robbery in connection to two separate incidents. They have since been bailed pending further enquiries. Detectives are treating the incidents as linked. The first robbery took place 7am on Wednesday January 4, when two men are reporthed to have walked into McColls newsagents in Thomas Street, with one of them threatening

the shop worker. The man made demands for cash and was carrying a red handled kitchen knife. The men left the shop and ran up Edward Street with a small amount of cash and cigarettes. The man allegedly carrying the knife is described as white, about 5ft 7ins, of average build, in his 30s and spoke with a local accent. He was wearing a black jumper with the hood up, grey jogging bottoms, black trainers with lighter soles, black woollen gloves and a black woollen ribbed hat. The second man is also described as white, in his 30s and

I I will hold Theresa May to her word – Dan Jarvis MP has its origins in Barnsley and stems from the child poverty reduction campaign that was run here last year. But I am not confident the government will agree to my proposal because, whereas Labour pledged to abolish child poverty, the Tories abolished the child poverty unit. So faced with more children living in poverty, currently their response is no target, no investment in what works, and no intention of ending child poverty. Not a record which matches the Prime Minister’s rhetoric. And worryingly, for too many families work now no longer pays. Every week I speak to people locally who, despite working hard, simply cannot afford to pay their bills. We know that two-thirds of children in poverty grow up in a home

to the most appropriate hyper acute stroke service unit. After the first 72 hours, or sooner if possible, patients will be transferred to their local stroke ward. Rehabilitation services, such as speech and language therapy and physio and occupational therapies will also remain closer to where people live. The proposals for children’s surgery and anaesthesia affect some types of surgery when a child needs to be sent to sleep (under general anaesthetic) or they need to stay overnight in hospital. Dr Tim Moorhead, Sheffield GP, clinical chairman and advisor to CWT, said: “Across the region, there is only a small number of children needing operations for the services we’re proposing to change, which means our staff aren’t being used in the best way, which, combined with a national shortage of expert staff who are qualified to operate on children, means that in the future, your child may not have access to the high quality care they need.” A final decision expected in April. Visit www.smybndccgs.nhs.uk or call 0114 3054487.

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Child poverty bill will test government’s willingness to deliver change HOW can we achieve our full potential as a town and as a country, when more than one in four of our children are held back because they live in poverty? Growing up in poverty means you are more likely to fall behind in school, less likely to secure a stable job in the future, and more likely to suffer from ill health in later life. That is why no child in Barnsley or in Britain should grow up in poverty. The last Labour government demonstrated what can be achieved and delivered a huge improvement by lifting one million children out of poverty. It didn’t happen by accident, but as a result of political choices: investment in high quality early years education, childcare and Sure Start children’s centres was increased four-fold. Support was expanded for families so they had more control over their lives and greater financial security. Today, the goal of ending child poverty grows ever more distant.

was really low down, you could see all the camouflage. It was circling and leaning over to one side. “I lost sight of it before it came down and I didn’t find out what had happened until that night when everybody was talking about it.” Within months Elwyn was in the Navy serving in the Pacific. Mayor of Barnsley Coun Linda Burgess and Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis both spoke during the service, which was organised by Pogmoor Area Residents’ Association and also attended by The Royal Air Force Association, Royal British Legion, other service organisations and students from Horizon Community College.

where at least one parent works. So tackling in-work poverty is critical. That will require policies to promote more secure work and offer real support to lower earners so that they can move into better paid jobs. The importance of a child’s early years in forming their life chances is widely agreed. Smart investments in building the evidence base on effective early intervention should therefore be a priority. Parents would also benefit from the support provided by more flexible childcare that is available when and where parents need it. If, as the Prime Minister has pledged, we are to build a country that really works for everyone, then every child must have the very best start in life.

That means setting a target to end child poverty, because while children may be 20 per cent of the population they are 100 per cent of our future.

was wearing a long sleeved salmon coloured top. The second incident happened at about 6.30am on Friday January 6, when two men entered the Select Store in Queen Street, before threatening the shopkeeper. One of the men was thought to be armed with a knife, however no one was injured in the incident. The men left the store empty handed, in the direction of Charnwood Street. Information to 101 quoting incident number 84 of January 4 or incident number 116 of January 6.


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NEWSLINES Two people hurt in traffic collision TWO people suffered serious injuries and were taken to hospital following a road traffic collision. The accident occurred on Monday at around 5.45pm, on the A629 Halifax Road between Thurgoland and Wortley. Police received reports that a silver Ford Fiesta had been travelling from Thurgoland towards Wortley, when it was in collision with a silver Honda and white BMW on the opposite side of the carriageway near to the junction with Crane Moor Road. The drivers of the silver Ford Fiesta and the BMW were taken to the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield, with serious injuries. Police are appealing for any witnesses, who saw the collision or the silver Ford Fiesta travelling along the A629 prior to the collision, to come forward. Information to 101 quoting incident number 823 of January 9.

Apartments plan wins approval PLANNING permission has been approved for the building of four apartments in Barnsley. The new building will be on the corner where Beech Street meets Cope Street. The plans, submitted by Jennifer Garwood in November, were approved by planning officials this week. Four parking spaces will be provided within the development.

Support for families on the agenda SUPPORT for troubled Barnsley families will be discussed by a council watchdog group when it meets on Tuesday. The overview and scrutiny committee will be held at 2pm in Barnsley town hall when councillors who sit on the group will consider reports on the support that is given to families, including those on the Troubled Families Programme, and how the new family centres which replaced the borough’s children’s centres are performing following the changes.

Merry Hell on at Old School House LIVE music will be on at the Old School House in Blackburn Lane, Barnsley, tomorrow night. Old School House manager Marcus Ward describes his headline band Merry Hell as ‘utterly brilliant’. They will be supported by acoustic Headsticks, Maelor Hughes and Under the Banner. Doors open at 7.30pm, tickets on the door or via www.seetickets.com

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Rise in ‘street sleeping’ is no shock to charity which provides hot food and drinks three times a week from its base on John Street. It has also offered sleeping bags, warm clothing and toiletries to those who need it and volunteers have even stepped in to wash clothes for those living on the streets long term. Kate told the Chronicle: “It’s incredibly sad that our service is so badly needed. We see people every week who are living on the streets, who have nothing. “It’s heartbreaking that there is no solution to offer them. We do what we can, with the help of our supporters and volunteers. And it can be very moving. “I have had a young man break down in tears because of the kindness we showed him by offering a sleeping bag. The smallest act of compassion can have a life-changing impact.” One client said in a letter to the project last year that without its care and support ‘many of us would not have made it through the winter’. Kate said the project has noticed a marked rise in rou-

By Katia Harston A BARNSLEY charity which has been feeding the town’s homeless for almost 15 years says a rise in rough sleeping ‘comes as no surprise’ and reflects the increased support it has been giving in recent years. Rough sleeping or ‘street sleeping’ is where people are homeless and spend the night without accommodation, for example resorting to bedding down in shop or church doorways or park benches. The Chronicle reported last week how numbers for the borough had trebled according to official government figures. They showed that in 2015 — the latest data available — there were nine rough sleepers, an increase on the three recorded in 2014 and at the highest level since 2012, when there were five. Kate Raynor, chairman of the Barnsley Churches Drop-in Project, which was set up following the death of a young man in a churchyard in Barnsley, said the increase ‘does not come as a surprise’ to the project,

gh sleeping in recent years, as well as a general increased use in the service they offer. “We see people coming to us for so many reasons. “Some are very lonely and isolated and come for company — others are struggling to feed themselves or their families. “We had a man come for the first time a couple of weeks ago who lost the job he’d had for 30 years. It can be very easy to find oneself suddenly desperate for help.” There has been some success stories — several previously homeless clients have become volunteers at the project. One woman, who was homeless and addicted to heroin, later began volunteering with the project which then led to a career working within the substance misuse treatment system. The 35-year-old, who did not wish to be named, said: “If it wasn’t for volunteering at BCDP I wouldn’t be working in this field today. It gave me, an ex-user, the foot up I needed to apply for a professional job.”

Keen sportsman dies, aged 89 By Gail Robinson A WELL-KNOWN Staincross man has died, aged 89. Derrick Colman, of Moorland Avenue, died on Monday in Barnsley hospice following a long illness. Father-of-two Derrick had lived alone since the death of his wife Mavis 11 years ago. The couple had been married for 52 years. Keen golfer Derrick was a warehouse manager for Corah’s in Worsbrough Bridge, BHS in the town centre and Sugden’s in Summer Lane, where he was known by everyone as Mr Flat Cap. He started playing his

golf at Barnsley Links, but then moved to Silkstone golf course where he played for more than 30 years. After the death of his wife, Derrick became involved in the University of the Third Age, played bowls, was a keen competitive card player and looked after his garden. He leaves two children Martin and Karen, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. His son Martin said: “He was a charmer and a gentleman.” The funeral will be held at 1.40pm on February 3 at Wakefield SAD LOSS: Derrick Colman. Crematorium.

MAKiNG MOVES: Horizon students during the dance workshop.

Pupils hotfoot it to workshops perform their own routines. The workshop began with a warm-up before the pupils performed a dance run and a contemporary dance repertoire, before choreographing their own performance. The session also gave them the opportunity to find out about the dance programmes on offer at the college. Bronwen Martin, dance teacher at Horizon, said: “It is always a pleasure to have Karl

By Gail Robinson PUPILS at Horizon Community College were given the chance to strut their stuff when Barnsley College tutor Karl Newsam put them through their paces during a specialised dance workshop. Karl visited Horizon to give the group of year ten students a taste of the dance tuition offered at Barnsley College and to allow them to produce and

in to teach workshops to our students, he is a fantastic teacher with charisma and outstanding subject knowledge. “The students thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and really benefited from his expertise and technical ability. “We can’t wait for another workshop.” I Visit www.barnsley.ac.uk to find out more about the dance programmes on offer at Barnsley College.

Can you join the Great North Run? By Gail Robinson BARNSLEY Hospice is looking for people who want to be part of the world’s largest half marathon, the Great North Run. The hospice has secured 20 places for people who want to experience the carnival of running and soak up the amazing atmosphere while raising money to help fund specialist compassionate care in Barnsley. Runners will join 57,000 others in the event on Sunday September 10. Sarah Hattersley, hospice community fundraiser, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer our sup-

porters the opportunity to take part in the Great North Run. “It is the most amazing experience. “All we ask from our runners is a £25 registration fee and a pledge to raise a minimum of £350 for the hospice, money which is vital to provide compassionate expert care for patients with a life limiting illness and their families across Barnsley.” For registration and information email sarah.hattersley@barnsleyhospice.org or call 323627. Lottery winners: £500, 384133; £50, 018746; £10, 014842, 023562, 026248, 028050, 781805. No rollover winner, jackpot will be £1,300.

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Leaders falling in 4 All Games will alter love with tunnel plan By Mike Cotton THE proposed Trans-Pennine Tunnel would be good for the economies of not just Barnsley, Manchester and Sheffield, but the whole country, a group of local business leaders have agreed. More than 100 business leaders met to hear the results of the Sheffield City Region Quarterly Economic Survey for the fourth quarter of 2016. The event included a debate on the feasibility of the proposed Trans-Pennine Tunnel which would link Manchester to the M1 in the Barnsley area. More than 300 businesses completed the survey, with more than half favouring a combined road and rail Trans-Pennine Tunnel in bringing the best economic return for the region, followed by just a road tunnel. Businesses called for ‘one

regional voice’ to advocate for the proposed Trans-Pennine Tunnel. Keynote speaker Dr Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said that the QES is the most significant and credible business survey in the UK that national decision-makers listen to and act on. He said now is the time for the business community to push for big infrastructure projects as the national government believes that infrastructure is one of the keys to the UK’s success postBrexit. “The QES creates impact and traction with national decisionmakers and city regions working closely with local business is the key to success,” he said. “Yorkshire must display a unity of purpose to get the vital investment it needs.”

Darren Oldham, study lead for the Trans-Pennine Tunnel Study Team, said: “A new TransPennine tunnel would benefit the whole country so everyone needs to back it.” The proposed tunnel is expected to cost £16bn. Five potential routes have been identified, and four of those would put the eastern end of the new road somewhere in the Barnsley area. Plans for the tunnel — which would be around 18 miles long — were announced by David Cameron’s government and then chancellor George Osborne put £75m into the planning stages alone. It is estimated the tunnel would slash 30 minutes from journey times across the Pennines and would also have result in a major reduction to traffic levels in the Peak District National Park, according to the government.

Event will help small local firms By Gail Robinson THE Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre is to host an event designed to help local small businesses. Special guest speaker will be social media author, trainer and digital management consultant David Taylor. David is a senior communications leader with more than 20 years’ experience in strategic multichannelmarketing consulting, in-house media management and social media strategy and management. He will be speaking at an event organised by the Federation for Small Businesses on Friday February 3 and give a presentation called ‘social media for your business… helping you to connect and grow’. A spokesman for FSB said: “As with so many other areas of business PR, marketing, recruitment, internal communications — social media is impacting massively on sales performance. “With this in mind we have been working to identify ways in which businesses can collectively upskill their staff to sell effectively on sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter and even Facebook, as well as using traditional methods.”

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way sports are played By Lynsey Bradford THE parents of an autistic man have teamed up with a Paralympic double gold medallist to launch a sports programme for both able-bodied and disabled people. Emma and James Swallow-Gaunt are launching the 4 All Games which allows people of all abilities and backgrounds to compete against each other. The couple’s company, E and J Educational Services, runs the 4 All Programme. They have specifically selected four sports — fencing, archery, football and goalball — because of their mentally challenging nature and because they can be easily adapted for all skill levels and abilities. They have been trialled at a number of schools across the county. Emma, 39, and James, of Ward Street, Penistone, have now teamed up with Danielle Brown, who won gold medals at the Beijing and London Paralympics in archery. Danielle told the Chronicle: “The whole reason I’m involved is because I think it is an amazing idea. I don’t think sport at the moment is truly inclusive. “I’ve got my own businesses now and I work in schools a lot, and you do see disabled and special educational needs kids shoved to the sidelines or competing against each other and that is not truly inclusive. “I guess people aren’t aware of what to do or how to approach it, and I think the 4 All Games is bridging that gap whether you’re able bodied or disabled.” Danielle said she hoped to be actively involved in different aspects of the

Liam and Ethan.

Ethan Swallow-Gaunt. games, from helping to roll out the programme nationwide to seeking sponsorship to support it. James and Emma’s son Liam struggled

to fit in at school, and found it difficult to join in sporting team activities. The couple were told his problems were ‘behavioural’ but Emma knew something wasn’t right. When Liam tried to take his own life, the couple took him to Barnsley Hospital where he was on suicide watch. He was eventually diagnosed with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, at the age of 11. James, 42, said: “Liam is 21 now, and we are always looking for opportunities for him. He’s currently been signed off not fit for work, believe it or not. “We want to get him involved, not just to get him a job, but as the games grow throughout South Yorkshire, we’ll be looking to create job opportunities. “We’re excited for Barnsley, because there hasn’t been a lot out there. A lot of kids have missed out on activities because they can’t play. “We’ve been careful about the games we’ve included. “When we tried to find Liam opportunities in sport, coaches didn’t know what they were doing. “It’s got better over time, but it’s about trying to make games more inclusive.” The couple have another son, Ethan, nine, who also has special educational needs. The 4 All Games will be launched on January 24 and 25 at the Disability Sports Yorkshire in Wakefield. James added: “The games are going to change the way sport is played.” A number of Barnsley schools have already shown interest or signed up to start sessions when the games start.

Firm aims to clean up recycled coffee cup market By Gail Robinson LITTER and recycling bin manufacturer Wybone, has introduced a cup recycling unit to its vast range of products. The new unit, created at the company’s Platts

Common headquarters, was inspired by the recent revelation that only 1 in 400 coffee cups are recycled in the UK. The recycling unit has the capacity to hold up to 430 large takeaway cups. Chef and campaigner Hugh

Fearnley-Whittingstall has been publicly advocating the recycling of coffee cups after it was revealed that an estimated 2.5 billion paper cups are being thrown away in the UK each year. A spokesman at Wybone

said: “We are passionate about recycling and we believe that by providing organisations with adequate and innovative recycling units, we can help to improve on the poor state of cup recycling across the UK.”


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EVO-STIK DIVISION ONE SOUTH Spalding United v Shaw Lane AFC NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST LEAGUE Athersley Recreation v Maltby Main Penistone Church v Nostell MW Worsbrough Bridge v Knaresborough Town COUNTY SENIOR LEAGUE North Gawber v Houghton Main Swinton Athletic v Athersley Recreation R High Green Villa v Grimethorpe Sports Silkstone United v AFC Dronfield Houghton Main R v Euroglaze South Kirkby R v Working Wonders SHEFFIELD FA ASSOCIATION CUP Skelmanthorpe v Dodworth MW South Elmsall United v Penistone Church R SHEFFIELD FA JUNIOR CUP Royston Cross v Stocksbridge Park Steels R

The Ducks are on the march 6-0 win at Lincoln makes it 18 unbeaten ahead of vital match

Sunday BARNSLEY SUNDAY LEAGUE New Lodge v G/Force Motors Royston Railway v Wombwell Main Worsbrough Common v Darton Liberal Club Cudworth West End v The Crown Grey Horse v Sandhill Tavern Hoyland Nether v Cobcar Ward Green v Lundwood and District Honeywell v Carlton Athletic KG Sports Bar v Northside New Inn v Swaithe Potters Wheel v Pockets Star v Fitzwilliam Wombwell Main Youth v Queen Vic

Tuesday EVO-STIK LEAGUE CUP Tadcaster Albion v Shaw Lane AFC

Lethal Lucy hits five for Reds SHEFFIELD GIRLS’ LEAGUE LUCY Watson scored five goals as Barnsley under 13s came from 2-1 behind at half-time to win 7-3 against Wickersley. Maddie Foye and Imogen Poxton got the other goals. Barnsley under 12s Blue beat Rovers Foundation 8-3 with Marcie Heckingbottom hitting a hat-trick. Ella Duffield added two while the other scorers were Lily Beevers, Ellie Newsam and lass of the grass Frances Pearmain, who netted her first goal for the club with an 18-yard volley. The captain was Jessica Loxton. Barnsley under 12s Red lost 1-0 at Sheffield Wednesday, with Leah Coley lass of the grass. Barnsley under 15s lost 5-1 at Sheffield Wednesday. Charlotte Cook got the goal while lass of the grass was Chloe Louise Allott. Jen Handy was lass of the grass for Barnsley under 11s, captained by Beth Rosser, in their derby with Sheffield Wednesday. Barnsley under tens faced Wickersley with Brogan Hughes the captain and Mina Clarke the lass of the grass. Barnsley under nines Reds took on the challenge of an older side in Handsworth under tens. Lass of the grass for the Reds was Ria Wilding.

Hoyland win a game of 4 pens SHEFFIELD BOYS’ LEAGUE BOTH sides scored two penalties as Hoyland Common Falcons under 13s beat Wickersley Wanderers 5-2. Hoyland took the lead through Ellis Durose’s superb fourth-minute strike and went further ahead with a penalty from Jacob Galloway-Moreton. Wickersley pulled one back with a spotkick then Tyler Hawley’s double put the Falcons 4-1 up at half-time, including another penalty. Wickersley replied with the game’s fourth penalty before Durose secured the win. Player of the match was Kian Hall. Joe Wicks hit a hat-trick as Wombwell JFC under 14s drew 3-3 at home against Chesterfield Junior Blues. Man of the match for Wombwell was Euan Clayton. Man of the match Josh Haigh netted a hat-trick for West Green under 13s but they lost 8-3 at Beighton. Junior Tykes under 11s won at Staincross Rangers. Matthew Abbott scored five goals while there were four each for Keaton Limbert and Leo Firth. Nathan Taylor also netted.

Gawber net six CHARLES RICE LEAGUE NORTH Gawber Colliery under sevens beat Wakefield FC 6-1. Gawber were 5-0 up at half-time with Ollie Chapman-Stott netting a double while there were goals from Oliver Wigley and Mase Redhall and an own goal. Wakefield pulled one back after the break but then scored another own goal. Goalkeeper Connor Wilson was Gawber’s man of the match for a great performance including a penalty save. Jacob Harris hit a hat-trick as Brierley Cubs under 12s battered Pontefract Sports 6-0. Reece Godsmark netted a double and Bradley Green also scored. Man of the match was Lee Cartwright.

Six Curtis golds SWIMMING CURTIS Harper won six golds and two bronzes while competing for Borough of Barnsley at the City of Leeds Swimming Club’s New Year Meeting. Megan Sharp also collected gold while bronze medals went to Georgia Lee and Ella Minogue. Other swimmers were Ella Gibbs, Charlie Clark, Kalum Smart, Matthew Selous, Jasmine Ball, Neve Booth, Eleanor Valentine-Bull, Jessica Richardson, Harriet Ostrowski, Megan Firth, Millie Hamby and Georgia Clarke.

Fantastic Finley HUDDERSFIELD JNR LEAGUE TWO GOALS by Finley Hunt, the second a terrific bicycle kick, helped North Gawber under 14s to a 4-2 win at Hepworth. Thomas Woodhouse and Joe Griggs also scored to keep Gawber top of Division Two.

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Goal: Jack Tuohy scores for Shaw Lane AFC against Market Drayton Town on Saturday.

EVO-STIK DIVISION 1 SOUTH SHAW Lane AFC have taken their unbeaten run to 18 matches, including 17 wins, and are three points clear in first place ahead of their top-of-the-table clash at Spalding United tomorrow. The Ducks won 3-1 at home to Market Drayton Town on Saturday then crushed hosts Lincoln United 6-0 on Tuesday to make it 11 unbeaten in the league. They are now three points clear of second-placed Spalding who have played three games more than the Barnsley side. There is then a further four points to the rest of the chasing pack, most of whom have played several more matches than the Shaw Laners, who have only lost one league game all season and none at all since September. Ducks manager Craig Elliott said: “Spalding are a strong physical team

who, by all accounts, play on a horrendous pitch which helps them a lot. “It’s a bigger game for them than it is for us. They need to win it. “If we win, we’ll be in a really strong position – six points clear with three games in hand. “The run we are on would be incredible at any level and everyone at the club should be proud. To be 18 games unbeaten is one thing but to win all but one of them is something I have never known. “It will be difficult to maintain that run but we will give it our best shot. “We are halfway through our league games so there is a lot of football left.” Seventh-placed Witton Albion are 14 points behind the Ducks and could catch them if they win all five of their games in hand. But Elliott, whose side have been in Witton’s position in previous

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seasons after having a host of games called off, would rather have the points than matches in hand. He said: “It’s not impossible because we nearly got promoted from that sort of position last season but it’s a massive challenge physically and mentally. “Witton are one of the teams who can catch us but I am very happy with the

position were are in.” In Lincoln on Tuesday, centre-back Ryan Qualter twice headed in corners from Alex Byrne in the first 16 minutes to put the visitors 2-0 ahead. The Ducks then finished the hosts off with four goals between 52 and 69 minutes as top-scorer Gavin Allott netted twice while Gary Burnett and Spencer Harris also struck. Mid-table Lincoln had missed a penalty at 3-0. “It was a superb win, one of our best of the season. I was nervous before the match because they are a good side, but every one of our players was absolutely fantastic.” Against Market Drayton Town on Saturday, Harris and Jack Tuohy netted either side of the break then Byrne got his 14th of the season late on before the lowly visitors pulled one back.

Church gutted after loss at Emley NCEL DIVISION ONE

Local derby: Action from Euroglaze against Working Wonders, in orange.

Glaze beat Wonders in derby COUNTY SENIOR LEAGUE EUROGLAZE beat Working Wonders 4-1 in the all-Barnsley Division Two derby. Kyle Snowden, Daniel Henighan and Richard Shipley netted while Ricky Berry scored a penalty. Grimethorpe Sports battered Brinsworth Whitehill 7-0 in Division One. Grimethorpe are seventh, but only four points off the top with up to five games in hand on the sides in front of them while there are three promotion places available. Richard Dey and Alex Butcher were the hat-trick heroes for Silkstone United

in their 6-0 win over Hemsworth reserves. North Gawber won 4-1 at Millmoor Juniors in the Premier Division. The hosts scored an own goal while the other goals were by Luke Marsden, Jake Bedford and Lee Elsworth. Wombwell Main lost 4-0 at home to Jubilee Sports while Athersley Rec reserves were beaten 4-1 by Handsworth reserves. Penistone Church reserves won 3-1 at home to Stocksbridge Park Steel reserves. Sam Scrivens and Tim Council netted for the hosts and the visitors added an own goal.

PENISTONE Church are still targeting first place despite falling eight points behind AFC Emley, who beat them 2-1 in a bad-tempered top-of-the-table clash. A huge crowd of 418, the biggest in that league this season, watched Brett Lovell give visitors Church the lead before Penistone’s Ryan Johnson and Emley’s Kieran Ryan were both sent off following a mass brawl. The hosts then scored twice in quick succession in the second half and Church fell two days short of a full year unbeaten away in the league. Penistone are still in the second automatic promotion place on goal difference and are ten points clear of the sides outside the top six play-off places. “I’m absolutely gutted for the players,” said Church boss Ian Richards, whose side have won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six league matches after a 29-game unbeaten run. “When the game was 11v11 there was only one team going to win and that was us. It wouldn’t have been a disservice if we’d have gone in 3-0 up at half-time. “The 400 plus who came to watch saw an outstanding performance by Penistone and we showed we are one of if not the best team in this league. We dominated the team who are top of the league and came away with nothing. “The sending offs changed the game.

Alan and Jane organise their final Locke Park 5k ATHLETICS EXTRA ALAN and Jane Mills organised their final Barnsley ParkRun in Locke Park on Saturday. They started the weekly 5k race along with the Friends of Locke Park group almost six years ago and have also introduced a 2k weekly junior race on Sundays. Both races regularly attract 100 or more runners. In this week’s race, Barnsley Harrier Katie Roberts ran well to finish as first woman. Her club-mates Christine Capewell, Ruth Blackburn, Sara Booth, Rachel Roddis, Alison Hilton and Alexandra Kilner all recorded new personal best times. Results from the Locke Park 5k on January 7: 1, G Cooke 17-25 pb; 3, D Hanks 19-08; 4, S Fowler 20-09; 5, A Lavelle 20-15; 6, M Robertson 20-19; 7, P Needham 20-22; 8, M Yates 20-25 pb; 9, D Harling 20-28; 10, D Baldwin 20-30; 11, J Batty 20-44 pb; 12, D Goodwin 20-44 pb; 13, I Neville 20-45; 14, T Webster 20-54; 15, P Fieldsend 21-26 pb; 16, G Holmes 21-30; 17, J Shepherd 21-42; 18, M Rawnsley 21-45 pb; 19, S Phillips 21-51; 20, S Kelly 21-59 pb; 21, I Jessop 21-59; 22, J White 22-17; 24, T Morgan 22-25; 25, S King 22-33; 26, M Goodwin 22-33; 27, M Currie 22-41; 28, S Swallow 22-42; 29, M Swift 22-43; 30, K Roberts 22-44 (1st lady); 31, M Wood 22-46; 32, M Coldwell 22-47 pb; 33, D Bradley 22-55; 34, J Pierrepont 22-56 pb; 35, T Fryers 22-58; 36, J O'Hanlon 22-59 pb; 37, D Cowgill 23-03; 38, S Dickinson 23-11; 39, K Brice 23-25; 40, G Mitchell 23-36 pb (2nd lady); 41, P Jackson 2343 pb; 42, D Scott 23-44 pb; 43, C Lloyd 23-47 (3rd lady); 44, M Lloyd 23-47; 45, M Lloyd 23-48; 46, S Charnley 23-48; 47, K Wood 23-53; 48, D Spence 24-20; 49, D Broadhead 24-25; 50, P Newton 24-30; 51, K Sharman 24-31; 52, H Skipper 24-33; 53, J Denton 24-35; 54, L Lavelle 24-39; 55, J Hurd 24-40; 56, J Fryers 24-40; 57, P Fryers 24-40; 58, J Chisholm 24-44; 59, T Hughes 24-47; 60, M Graham 24-49; 61, A Nicholson 24-53; 62, D Needham 24-57; 63, G Halliday 25-00; 64, D Oliver 25-02; 65, J Hallam 25-03; 66, Z Goddard 25-04; 67, C Horsfield 25-07 pb; 68, J Hewitt 25-07; 69, G Stroud 25-10; 70, S Holder 25-15; 71, S Jones 25-24; 72, M Walsh 2526; 73, F Sidebottom 25-29; 74, I Sutcliffe 25-32 76, D Lavelle 25-38; 77, R Jardine 25-41; 78, S Ellis 25-42; 79, K Thompson 25-47; 80, D Lee 2558; 81, T Driver 26-05; 82, M Brain 26-10; 83, S Jones 26-13; 84, S Howes 26-17; 85, S Smith 2617; 86, D Batty 26-20; 87, P Conlan 26-23; 88, A Fowler 26-29; 89, R Shelley 26-32; 90, M Mitchell 26-39; 91, G Beardshall 26-40; 92, H Lodge 26-41 pb; 93, M Helliwell 26-53; 94, D Howes 27-01; 95, L Slater 27-04; 96, T Hayward 27-07; 97, CCapewell 27-07 pb; 99, J Carr 27-09; 100, A Wood 27-09; 101, J Galloway 27-11; 102, L Dixon 27-19; 103, T Wade 27-23; 104, R Blackburn 27-23 pb; 105, C Pease 27-26; 106, S Beevers 27-28; 107, T Burrows 27-28; 108, J Sykes 27-39; 109, X Luo 27-42; 110, J Moss 27-45; 111, W Roberts 27-56; 112, I Holmes 27-56; 113, C Deacon 27-57; 114, T Hickman 27-58; 115, M Deacon 28-20; 116, A Everett 28-10; 117, C Wood 28-12; 118, E Jones 28-16; 119, T Speight 28-17;

Final race: Alan and Jane Mills. 120, P Wheatley 28-21; 121, J Styan 28-24; 122, L Mackie 28-29; 123, L Doak 28-33; 124, G Birch 28-34; 125, M Currie 28-35; 126, R Brown 28-41; 127, B Warren 28-42; 128, J Fielding 28-49; 129, J Batty 28-49; 130, B Turton 28-50; 131, Z Mitchell 28-54; 132, L Mitchell 28-54; 133, S Booth 29-16 pb; 134, B Roy Harrod 29-16; 135, E Moorhouse 29-17; 136, L Bower 29-26; 137, A Smith 29-28; 138, R Sanderson 29-33; 139, E Beasley 29-34; 140, M Geal 29-50; 141, S Everett 29-56; 142, S Holt 30-00; 143, A Selwood 30-10; 144, A Dakin 30-04; 145, H Shaw 30-07; 146, L Bullock 30-09 pb; 147, J Spencer 30-19; 148, G Barker 30-22 pb; 149, K Barker 30-24; 150, P Stephenson 30-26; 151, S Shorthouse 30-34; 152, L Bennett 30-49; 153, K Scarth 30-51 pb; 154, S Mitchell 30-53; 155, S Shaw 30-54 pb; 156, G Carr 31-08; 157, J Mainon 31-19; 158, N Cole 31-19; 159, C Beaumont 31-23; 160, A Lambert 31-26; 161, J Brankin 31-29; 162, V Styan 31-32; 163, V Skipper 31-34; 164, K Elliott 31-37; 165, R Clay 31-42; 166, R Roddis 31-58 pb; 167, E Exley 32-02; 168, R Marsden 32-03; 169, C Walker 32-04; 170, I Von Haaren 32-08 pb; 171, S Moore 32-18; 172, O Jensen 32-23; 173, L Jensen 32-24; 174, R Pursley 32-38; 175, O Sweeney 32-48; 176, A Hilton 32-51 pb; 177, C Fraser 32-59; 178, A Sweeney 33-06; 179, L Shaw 33-21; 180, E Swift 33-31; 181, J Gough 33-35; 182, W Porter 33-36; 183, F Lawson 33-37 pb; 184, G Miller 33-39; 185, N Savage 33-42; 186, J Hodgson 33-48; 187, J Cotton 33-58; 188, D Richards 34-24; 189, P Smith 34-25; 190, S Lavender 34-36; 191, M Hemingway 34-58; 192, A Kilner 34-59 pb; 193, C Thompson 35-00; 194, J Lane 35-06; 195, C Kerhomen 35-53; 196, J Eley 35-54; 197, G Barlow 35-58; 198, S Johnson 36-09; 201, N Meynell 36-33; 202, D Parkin 36-33; 203, N Aghajani 36-47; 204, L Lawton 37-59; 205, F Steel 38-43; 207, G Smout 38-45; 208, A Rahim 38-56; 209, S Hill 39-29 pb; 210, A Willis 39-54; 211, J Evans 39-54; 212, J Johnson 40-03; 213, A Radley 40-18; 214, R Mckenna 40-20; 216, H Nicholson 40-33; 217, J Drafz 40-42; 218, D Wombwell 43-22; 219, C Atkinson 43-23; 221, D Dransfield 46-25; 222, L Dransfield 46-31; 223, C Harris 46-44; 224, D Horsfall 47-44.

Results from the Locke Park Junior 2k on January 8: 1, B Nutter 8-01; 2, J Currie 8-36; 3, A Bc 8-39; 4, S Taylor 8-42; 5, O France 8-55; 6, M Currie 9-09 pb (1st girl); 7, F

Smith 9-14; 8, P Harrison 9-18 (2nd girl); 9, J Taylor 9-25; 11, J Wakelin 9-34; 12, J Brown 947; 13, L Reed 9-53; 14, L Hanks 9-57 pb; 15, S Parkin 9-59 pb; 16, N Butterley 10-02 (3rd girl); 17, C Burton 10-08; 18, S Armstrong 10-09; 19, C Hinchcliffe 10-11; 20, E Stephenson 10-19; 21, E Royce 10-20; 22, I Prest 10-28; 23, A Koniuszewska 10-31 pb; 24, L Hughes 10-34 pb; 25, E Hurd 10-41; 26, J Timms 10-43; 27, R Booker 10-55; 28, J Ball 11-01; 29, J Mccaffrey 11-04; 30, E Crowe 11-05; 32, D Coldwell 11-17 pb; 33, S Wakelin 11-21; 34, C Westgarth 11-25 pb; 35, E Brown 11-27 pb; 36, N Johnson 11-27; 37, H Hunter 11-29 pb; 38, M Lees 11-32 pb; 39, F Parkes 12-14 pb; 40, C Jones 12-30; 41, H Mann 12-33; 42, M Booth 12-38; 43, F Wilkes 1242 pb; 44, B Bc 12-44; 45, PiHickman 12-44; 46, F Holder 12-51; 47, L Thompson 12-51; 48, J Bc 1254; 49, A Hinchcliffe 12-57; 50, L Roberts 12-58; 51, E France 12-59; 52, G Jones 13-03; 53, M Ellis 13-08; 54, N Evans 13-14; 55, J Mitchell 1315; 56, J Westgarth 13-21 pb; 57, C Williams 1331; 58, D Gibbs 13-48; 59, L Kay 13-51; 60, C Mitchell 13-55; 61, B Wilson 13-58; 62, E Robinson 14-10; 63, S Ellis 14-16; 64, N Steele 14-16; 65, B Ellis 14-20; 66, J Harrison 14-22; 67, D Harness 14-25; 68, R White 14-27; 69, J Bowmer 14-30; 70, N Johnstone 14-31 pb; 71, J Watkins 14-41; 72, J Storey 14-51; 73, L Storey 15-23; 74, D Smith 15-31; 75, Jl Pease 15-44; 76, J Seward 15-46; 77, M Seward 15-47; 78, J Townsend 15-49; 79, R Christie 15-55; 80, M Ellis 16-19; 81, A Booth 16-53; 82, E Shaw 17-00 pb; 84, A Hanks 17-22; 85, L Hughes 17-23; 86, L Emms 17-25; 87, T Harness 17-43; 88, A Johnson 18-16; 89, HWilkes 18-17; 90, M Coldwell 18-30; 91, AMann 19-05 pb; 92, O Howard 21-14; 93, G Booth 23-28.

ATHERSLEY Rec’s manager is delighted with his side’s habit of netting late goals which they showed at Harrogate Railway. Top-scorer Kai Hancock got a 90thminute winner in 4-3 thriller which was also his 24th goal of the season. Rec are now eighth with 43 points from 27 games while they are unbeaten in six games since November, drawing three and winning three. Rec boss Sean Margison said: “It’s a good habit to keep scoring late goals and it can’t be a coincidence. Even at 3-2 down I thought we would win it. We put three forwards on at 3-3 and we went for it. “We’re happy with the run we have been on and we could have got even more points. There is a real buzz and a lot of confidence around the squad.” Hancock opened the scoring with a header from a corner then the hosts levelled but Lee Garside put Athersley 2-1 ahead after 18 minutes. Harrogate equalised with a penalty just before the break then took a 3-2 lead early in the second half. Ryan White levelled midway through the second half then Hancock tapped in Garside’s cross to win it. Rec now have four home games in a row.

Keel’s first win BARNSLEY SUNDAY LEAGUE KEEL Canal got their first points of the Division Three season with a 2-1 victory over Queen Vic which was sealed by a 30yard stunner from Daryl Farrelly with the final kick of the match. Nathan Armitage scored first for Keel, followed by an equaliser through a Jack Thomas own goal. Keel had lost all eight of their previous games and are still bottom of the table but just two points behind second-bottom Fitzwilliam who drew 3-3 with Pockets. Potters Wheel are top after a 4-1 beating of Star. New Inn won 4-0 at Carlton Athletic in Division Two. Isaac Beardsall netted twice while Joe Jackson and Andy Cowgill also scored. OTHER RESULTS: Premier Division: New Lodge 0, Highstone Road 0; Worsbrough Common 1, Royston Railway 3. Division One: Commercial Inn 1, Ward Green 3; Cudworth West End 1, Sandhill Tavern 3; Grey Horse 0, Cobcar 5; Portcullis 2, Hoyland Nether 0. Division Two: Northside 0, Swaithe 10; The Ship 2, Honeywell 3.

Ryhill victory WAKEFIELD LEAGUE

Home loss: Worsbrough Bridge’s match against Yorkshire Amateur. “They’re a team who like to play with a lot of space and, when you are down to ten on a big pitch, you can do that “I think the referee didn’t handle the situation as well as he could have. “Ashley Flynn could have easily been sent off in that melee and Jordan Coduri should have gone earlier on when he grabbed and pushed Duncan Richards. “But we should put it into context – it’s three points in January and that’s what we’ve got to use to use as a motivator now. We still have 15 games left and 45 points to play for.” At the other end of the table, Worsbrough Bridge lost 2-0 at home to Yorkshire Amateur and remain one place and one point clear of the drop zone.

RYHILL Seniors won 3-2 at home to Snydale Athletic. The visitors took the lead but Marega Junior levelled within a minute. Snydale scored again just after halftime but a defence-piercing pass by Ashley Young put Danny Young through to round the goalkeeper and make it 2-2. Ryhill claimed all the points when a free-kick was spilled by the Snydale ‘keeper and man of the match Steven Slater netted the winner. Royston Cross won 2-1 at home to Durkar in the League Cup.

Norbury treble BARNSLEY HOSPITAL CUP LUKE Norbury’s hat-trick put Wombwell Main into the third round with a 5-3 win at The Crown. Ryan Holdsworth and Kieran Scargill also netted while Simon Chadburn missed a penalty.

Trio win country prizes

Third place: Alice Feetham swimming during her triathlon. THREE pupils from Silkstone Common Junior School have finished in the top three for their categories in the Yorkshire Triathlon season-long junior series. Imogen Wolff, ten, won the ‘tri star one’ category with maximum points, ahead of schoolmate Alice Feetham, nine, who was third. Eight-year-old Ed Wolff was third in ‘tristart’. All three are from Silkstone Common.

The junior series is based on nine events. Five are triathlons which feature swimming, cycling and running – three including open water swims. There are two duathlons which involve cycling and running as well as two aquathons with swimming and running. The series was hotly-contested with 1,826 finishers from across the Yorkshire region while the results are based on the best five races with at least three of those being triathlons.

WInner: Imogen Wolff.

Good run: Ed Wolff.

TRIATHLON

Barnsley Harriers results from the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships: 73, Paul Johnson (M) 39-01; 89, Richard Spooner (M) 39-57; 128, Paul Dodd (V35) 42-07; 170, Scott Briggs (M) 43-59; 209, Richard Singleton (V35) 46-44; 285, Justin Goodyear (V40) 64-01.

Barnsley AC results from the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships: U13 girls (2,600m): 59, Charley Glennon, 10-56. U13 boys (2,600m): 16, Sonny Boy Hughes, 9-23. U15 girls (3,800m): 54, Fankie Cook,18-11. U15 boys (4,350m): 4, Scott Nutter, 14-04; 10, Josh Ward, 14-35; 16, Rowan Briscoe, 15-15; 44, Charlie Goacher, 1633. Women (7,800m): 48, Kerry Storrar, 36-45; 94, Naomi Biddlestone, 41-13. Junior men (7,800m): 10, Ethan Godridge, 29-34. Senior men (10,400m): 85, Stuart Wilson, 39-44; 283, Ray Archer, 62-47.

Joe hits 23 but Leaders lose BASKETBALL

Barnsley AC results from the Temple Newsome ten-mile off-road race: 378, Alison Noble, 1-32-34; 402, Gemma Micklewaithe, 1-33-29; 554, Linda Westlake, 141-46; 704, Laura Mills, 1-53-02; 715, Gaynor Goodman, 1-54-12.

Barnsley Harriers results from the Temple Newsome ten-mile off-road race: 94, Adrian Gough (V40) 1-16-12; 405, Claire Boswell (LV35) 1-34-12; 576, Janie Kitching (LV55) 1-42-45; 680, Julie Wright (LV50) 1-50-15; 685, Claire Cordon (LV40) 1-5048.

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Top-scorer: Joe Hatfield.

BARNSLEY Leaders under 16s lost 68-63 at Durham despite 23 points from Joe Hatfield who is two years younger than that age group. The Leaders led 21-13 at the end of the first period then fell nine behind but recovered to go 59-58 ahead in the final session before the hosts came back to win. Captain Ben Day scored 17 points while William Holgate sank nine and there were five each for Harrison Wildie and Ben Minogue. James Topp scored four points while the other players were George Hartshorne and Gabriel McNea. Tomorrow the Leaders return to action at Netherwood ALC when the visitors are Danum Eagles from 11am.


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What is to come for Barnsley sport in 2017? After a year of medals and world class performances, some of the town’s top sportspeople go over their plans for the next 12 months with Doug O’Kane OLIVER ROWLAND OLIVER Rowland thinks his position as one of the top-ranking British drivers will increase his chances of being selected for his dream ride in Formula One. The 24-year-old former Penistone Grammar School student, who lives in Dodworth, led the GP2 standings, one below F1, at the halfway point before a disappointing second half of the season saw him finish ninth overall. He is one of several young British drivers who finished in the top ten of GP2 and hopes that a change of team and good results in 2017 will help him be the one who is selected to drive alongside the biggest names such as Lewis Hamilton. Rowland told the Chronicle: “Hopefully I will get noticed more because there aren’t that many British drivers around. It has dried up a bit and Hamilton, although he is still one of the best, is in his 30s now. “If I can keep improving and winning races, then who knows? “I learned a lot in 2016. “The first half of the season was great then the second half was not ideal but we had a bit of bad luck and nothing really seemed to go our way. We had a few problems at pit stops. “We didn’t really have the right amount of speed to compete all year and I think a lot of people were surprised that I was leading at halfway with that team and in that car. “I’ve left that team now and hopefully I will join one of the top teams in GP2 and win the title in 2017 then see what my options are. “My target is to race in F1. I just need to keep impressing people and try to

be in the right place at the right time because you need a bit of luck.” Oliver is on Renault’s ‘young driver programme’ and, after a three-week holiday in Thailand over Christmas and New Year, he is set to return to their base in Oxfordshire for an eight-week pre-season camp. He said: “I will be cycling, rowing and circuit training and working with my personal trainer then I will start racing again in March.” Rowland says he has spent just one day in his Barnsley home since the

final race of the GP2 season in Abu Dhabi with various post-season events and holidays including a trip to Monaco with teenage superstar Max Verstappen who finished fifth in F1 last season. “Hopefully I will spend a lot more time at home when the season starts again. I like being back in Barnsley, it’s a lot more relaxed and it’s where I grew up. “I am quite close friends with Verstappen. I used to coach him and we’ve known each other for years.

“He’s done really well and I would love to get where is in in the future.” The GP circuit has fewer races but it follows the F1 calendar. Rowland said: “The two sets of drivers and teams are quite separate and you just focus on the job you have to do. “But it was nice to be around the top

level of the sport and for teams to see what I could do. “Hopefully I impressed a few people and that will stand me in good stead in the future.”

AFTER receiving an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list, the three-time Olympic gold medallist has begun 2017 competing in some road races in Australia with his team JLT Condor. The 31-year-old, who added team pursuit victory in Rio last year to his titles in London and Beijing, is targeting a golden quadruple at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The British Track Championships are due to take place in Manchester at the end of this month with the European Championships set for Berlin in October.

AZEEM RAFIQ THE CRICKETER has been nominated for UK Sport Inspirational Performance at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards. The 25-year-old spinner returned to Yorkshire CCC two years after being released by the club amid a battle with anxiety and depression. He helped them to the Twenty20 Blast finals day and earned his County Cap before playing in the last day of the season when the Tykes just missed out on a third successive County Championship title.

SUE GILROY THE FIVE-TIME Paralympian from Dodworth is hoping to bounce back this year from her heart-breaking defeat in the Rio bronze medal match. The table tennis star’s main targets in 2017 are the World Team Championships in Slovakia in May and the European Championships in Slovenia in late September. She is still yet to confirm whether she will aim for a sixth Paralympics in Tokyo in 2020.

KATHERINE BRUNT

LUKE CUTTS

IAN SAGAR

THE CRICKETER could set records and reach milestones this year but all she really wants is to win the 2017 World Cup with England on home turf. The 31-year-old fast bowler from Dodworth was part of the side that won the 50-over 2009 World Cup in Australia, the same year in which they won the Twenty20 version. She hopes to recreate those glories at the Lord’s final in July. Brunt, who is currently playing for Perth Scorchers in the Women’s Big Bash in Australia, said: “I have been looking forward to this World Cup for a long time. The last time we played a World Cup in England was the Twenty20 in 2009 and we won it so I have a lot of fond memories. “It has all been geared towards getting to the Lord’s final and winning again. “That is what every day is leading up to. There’s a long way to go but that’s what we’re looking forward to.” Brunt is likely to reach a century of One Day Internationals this year as she is currently on 94. The former Barnsley CC junior has 120 ODI wickets, three behind her team-mate and record-holder Jenny Gunn, while she is seventh in the all-time list from all countries.

MISSING out on funding for this year has just made the Rio 2016 pole vaulter more determined to succeed, says his coach Trever Fox. Cutts, 28, from Thurnscoe, reached his first Olympics last year but failed to make the final and was left out of the funding list for athletes building towards Tokyo 2020. “UK Athletics don’t think he’s good enough to get to Tokyo and that’s made him very determined to prove them wrong,” said Fox. “That’s an even bigger inspiration than going to Rio and the good memories he has from that. “Not getting the funding was a big knockback and it means he has had to get a full-time job as a vehicle fitter, which is a big problem when he is trying to train for top class competitions. But Luke is very resilient and he’ll bounce back.” GB record holder Cutts is expecting to attempt to retain his British Indoor Championships in Birmingham next month, which is also the qualifying event for the European Indoor Championships. The British Outdoor Championships and the World Championships in London follow later in the year.

THE RIO bronze medallist is hoping to make history with a fourth successive gold in the European Championships as he begins another four-year cycle in the build-up to the 2020 Paralympics. The 34-year-old from Hoyland Common top-scored for the GB Bulldogs as they finished third in Brazil and is now back in Italy where he plays professionally for Braintea84 Cantu. Sagar will compete with his club in the Euro Cup, Copa Italia and the Italian League over the next five months before reuniting with GB for the European Championships in Tenerife in June. They will look to win the event for a fourth time in a row, equalling the record set by France in the 1980s and building momentum towards Tokyo in 2020 where Sagar hopes to reach his first Paralympic final. He said: “2016 was the pinnacle of my career. It was great to get that bronze and remove some of the pain and heartache from four years earlier in London when we lost at that stage. “But I still have a bit of pain and heartache left because we didn’t get to the final and I am desperate to get there in Tokyo which could be very special.”

Wheelers finish 100k audax ride

Skipper Shaw hits hat-trick in Reds’ 8-2 victory HOCKEY

CYCLING BIRDWELL Wheelers Steve Myatt, Roger Holmes, Rob Parkes, Bob Waterhouse, Austin Watson, Dave Hudson and John Woodhouse joined 200 riders on the hilly ‘Hopey New Year’ annual 100k audax event which included 1,750m of climbing. The route took them from the Hope Valley to Bakewell, Ashbourne and Longnor then back through Tideswell to Bradwell. They all completed the route within the time limit and the weather stayed fair. The Wheelers’ AGM is tonight at the Birdwell Community Centre on Rockingham Street from 7pm. Sunday’s club run will meet at 9.15am at the Brewers Fayre roundabout in Brampton. The ride will be approximately 50 miles in total. Visitors are welcome. Details at www.birdwellwheelers.org.

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Big win: Action from Barnsley Ladies’ victory. Picture: Richard Saunders.

BARNSLEY HC began 2017 with a 8-2 thrashing of Sheffield Hallam 6th XI at Darton College. The Reds moved five points clear of the two-team relegation zone and are ninth out of 12 teams in Yorkshire Division Four South. Barnsley did not look rusty in their first game for six weeks as they netted with only two minutes on the clock when Robert McCarthy found Neil Carr to deflect the ball in. Chris Dare netted a deflected second goal and James Shaw scored a fine third then Connor Massey added another before setting up John Hunt who made it 5-0 at the break. Hunt and Dare set up Shaw for the sixth but Hallam pulled one back. The Reds made it 7-1 when Paul Winstanley diverted in a cross from McCarthy who had three assists – doubling his tally for the season.

Goal-scorer: Barnsley captain James Shaw nets. Shaw completed a hat-trick of goals following good work from his brother Chris and Andrew Booth. Hallam pulled one back late on. Captain and man of the match James Shaw said: “I was overjoyed with the result. We looked sharper and fitter than we have all season.” The Reds are due to visit league leaders

Picture: Wes Hobson.

Brigg 3rd XI tomorrow. Shaw said: “The previous game against them was very close and we were very unlucky not to get anything out it. “The games against Brigg are always very physical but if we play like we did against Hallam then we can definitely take all three points back to Barnsley.”

Ladies continue perfect start Barnsley Woolley with big win over Isle of Man Ward Green woman takes Yorkshire title nets start tonight CRICKET BARNSLEY Woolley Miners CC’s junior nets begin tonight at Holy Trinity School. The mini hitters – for children from five years old – the under nines and the under 11s train from 5-6pm and while under 13s and under 15s train at 6-7pm. Higham Cricket Club’s senior teams will also net at Holy Trinity School on Thursdays from 5.30-7pm. Higham will be playing in the South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League for the first time in 2017 as well as running a Sunday side in the Barnsley and District Cricket League so they are looking for new members. For further details, contact club secretary Ian Lake on 07984 511 140 or ianlk2@aol.com. Details can be found at www.highamcc.co.uk.

Trev pips Trev ANGLING TREV Parkin won at Elsecar Reservoir with 4lb, 4oz which put him two ounces clear of runner-up Trev Renwick. Adrian George was just behind in third place with 3lb,12oz. Dave Howett won the next match with 21lb, 10oz. Peter Parkin (10lb, 12oz) was the runner-up, one ounce ahead of thirdplaced Mark Turton.

Worsbrough AGM BOWLS WORSBROUGH Dale BC will hold their AGM on Tuesday. It will take place from 6pm at Worsbrough Dale Park pavilion. Old and new members are welcome.

WOMEN’S RUGBY UNION

BARNSLEY Ladies continued their fine form into 2017 with a 52-0 win over Isle of Man Vagabonds. The team have now won all eight of their matches in National Challenge One North, which they lead by eight points. Due to fog at Manchester airport, the visitors were late so only had a tenminute warm-up before the game but the hosts also showed some rustiness early on in their first game for six weeks. The Shaw Laners finally made the breakthrough when Jess Sayles then Sarah Palmer both got their first tries of the season.

Katie England scored the third try to make it 17-0 at the break. Simone Saunders touched down within a minute of restart then Sally Wenham’s try secured a bonus point. Chanelle Rushforth was next to cross then England scored her second before Fran Copley completed the best move of the day for the final try. After missing two of her three kicks in the first half, Alix Taylor converted all five tries in the second half. Forward of the match went to Palmer, while back of the match was awarded to Rosie Whittaker. Barnsley are due to host third-placed Chester Devas on Sunday from 2pm at Shaw Lane.

Late Copley try rescues Shaw Laners and ends losing run MEN’S RUGBY UNION BARNSLEY RUFC eased their relegation worries and ended a four-match losing run with a 21-16 success at Old Crossleyans in Halifax. The Shaw Laners moved up to eighth in the 14-team Yorkshire League Two, 13 points clear of the two-team relegation zone. Barnsley raced into a 10-0 lead as Aaron Foye scored a penalty then a conversion after Mark Fisher had scored the opening try. The hosts’ kicker slotted two penalties then traded three-pointers with Foye as the score moved on to 13-9 to the Shaw Laners. Old Crossleyans then scored a converted try to lead 16-13 but Eliott Copley’s touchdown won it for the visi-

tors. Coach Mark Smith said: “We started really strongly but errors started to creep in and Crossleyans started to apply some pressure either side of half-time. “But we’ve a good group of lads who don’t give up and keep digging in and that paid off as we regained the lead. “We then withstood a final period of pressure.” Eight of Barnsley’s remaining ten matches are at Shaw Lane including tomorrow’s clash with bottom club Sheffield Medicals. Smith said: “It’s great to play at Shaw Lane and we’re nobody’s pushovers so we will be looking for a big last ten games. “We have an exciting group of players and they’re all heading in the right direction so we’re looking forward to this next phase of the season.”

ATHLETICS JULIE Briscoe from Ward Green became Yorkshire Cross Country champion on Saturday at Lightwater Valley. Racing against women who are half her age, the England international led the race from start to finish to win by a comfortable margin. Penistone Footpath Runners were the most successful Barnsley club in the senior men’s and women’s categories. The women’s team finished 17th with Lesley Latchem 29th, Julie Darigala 82nd, Sarah Walch 114th and Jude Matthews 116th. The men’s team finished 18th with Shaun Dimelow 62nd, Damian Kilpin 80th, Jon Waller 96th, Richard Mackie

Champion: Julie Briscoe. 137th, Robin Clough 164th, Simon Pike 189th, Gary Dean 226th and Chris Deacon 234th. Morgan Crussell ran a spirited 12-18 to finish 87th under 13 girl.

Penistone’s Richard Hayes fought a hard battle at the No Walk in the Park 5k road race in Chesterfield, finishing with a big course PB of 17-30. I More athletics on page 19.

Town team names riders for 2017 MOTORSPORT

Team: Charlie Atkins, above, Tom Alexander, left, and Max Cook, right.

WILSON Racing, a Moto3 team set up by Gary Wilson from Barnsley, are about to embark on their second year in the Hel Performance Motostar British Championship standard class. The Moto3 series is a support class to the British Superbike Championship and the town team will take an expanded squad of three riders to some of the best circuits in the country in 2017. Charlie Atkins, 13, will ride for the team again after coming eighth in his category last season with two podium finishes as well as a superb victory at Assen. The new signings are Max Cook, 14, and Tom Alexander, 13, who have both enjoyed great success in other competitions. Gary Wilson said: “I am delighted with the team and it’s going to be an exciting year.”


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The Reds superstars eyed by other clubs JAMES BREE ANY TEENAGER playing week in, week out in the Championship is going to attract the attention of bigger clubs and there are growing rumours of Premier League bids for the 19-year-old. The right-back, who has been bizarrely overlooked for a call-up to England’s youth teams, seems to have – at least temporarily – overcome his injury problems with a 15-game run in the side. You can see his confidence growing in every match as he improves both going forward and in defence. He is one who possibly should have been given a longer contract with his current deal due to run out in the summer, although the Reds would get a compensation fee if he left. His fellow full-back Andy Yiadom will be at the Africa Nations Cup on ITV4 for the next several weeks, where he could attract the attention of scouts from around the world.

MARLEY WATKINS WITH six goals and six assists despite being mostly used on the right wing instead of his preferred position up front, the Welshman has adapted to the Championship far quicker than he did to League One last season. The Reds rejected a bid for the 26-year-old from Ipswich last summer and Mick McCarthy is rumoured to be interested again as well as his former head coach Lee Johnson’s Bristol City. Watkins is out of contract in the summer.

JOSH SCOWEN THE LITTLE number six seems to cover an extraordinary amount of ground in every game and his tireless performances must have been noticed by rival clubs. Reds owner Patrick Cryne has said Scowen – the second most fouled player in the Championship – is the type of person he would like to stay at the club for many years to come, but the southerner is rumoured to want to move nearer to home. He is another who is out of contract at the end of the season.

ADAM DAVIES THE GOALKEEPER has made the most saves in the Championship, while he needs just four more to make it 100 for the season. The Reds will be keen to keep hold of the 24year-old and have an option to extend his contract in the summer.

MATCH PREVIEW FULHAM V BARNSLEY Likely line-ups Fulham: (4-1-4-1) Button; Odoi, Sigurdsson, Ream, Malone; McDonald; Fredericks, Cairney, Johansen, Piazon; Aluko Reds: (4-4-2) Davies; Bree, Roberts, MacDonald, White; Kent, Scowen, Hourihane, Hammill;Watkins, Bradshaw

TEAM NEWS Barnsley: Out injured: Sessi D’Almeida. Doubts: Saidy Janko. International duty: Andy Yiadom. Fulham: International duty: Floyd Ayite, Neeskens Kebano. Out injured: Tomas Kalas. Injury doubt: Michael Madl.

PREVIOUS MEETINGS Cottagers 5, Reds 1 – September 10, 2000 Louis Saha netted either side of a controversially disallowed goal for Barnsley’s Mike Sheron then completed a first half hat-trick from the penalty spot after Kevin Miller’s foul. The hosts added two more with Matty Appleby hitting the Reds’ reply. Mitch Ward received a second yellow card but referee Andy Hall did not realise he should have been sent off for three minutes until being reminded by the fourth official. Fulham won the league.

Cottagers 1, Reds 3 – November 13, 1999 The home side dominated early on and took the lead through former Germany and Liverpool striker Karl Heinz Riedle, who was then the Fulham player/manager. But Kit Symons scored an own goal before Bruce Dyer and Robin Van Der Laan netted within a minute for Dave Bassett’s Wembley-bound Reds.

Cottagers 1, Reds 1 – May 4, 1985 This was an entertaining game considering both sides were in mid-table with a week left in the season. Fulham took the lead early on but Calvin Plummer levelled within a minute.

Cottagers 2, Reds 3 – January 16, 1981 Norman Hunter’s Barnsley, who would eventually go up, went top of the Third Division for the first time while they extended their superb unbeaten run to 19 matches. Goalkeeper Gary Pierce came off after eight minutes with a bad gash to his knee and was replaced by outfielder Glyn Riley who conceded within five minutes but then helped the visitors to a famous win. Trevor Aylott and Derrick Parker netted either side of the break before Ian Banks made it 3-1 then Fulham pulled one back late on.

OPPOSITION VIEW Paul Warburton, Get West London website FULHAM had an OK August, a ropey September, a middling October and then a good November and December. They really seem to be in the ascendancy now with their sights very much fixed on a play-off place. The squad took a long time to gel after a lot of summer signings but they are working well now despite key player Floyd Ayite going to the Africa Cup of Nations and top-scorer Chris Martin going on strike because he wants to end his loan and go back to parent club Derby County.

KEY PLAYER

Tom Cairney

THE 25-YEAR-OLD midfielder has been linked with a move to Newcastle this week but Fulham are expected to want at least twice the £4million they paid for him. Cairney dictates play and is at the heart of Fulham’s passing style. Norwegian international Stefan Johansen plays alongside Cairney in an attacking midfield position and, after a poor start, has hit form with five goals in his last seven matches. Ryan Sessegnon, a 16-year-old born in the year 2000, is also being linked with big moves to Premier League clubs. He has been competing for a place at left-back with Scott Malone who assisted three goals in the 4-2 win at Oakwell and in October and scored the other.

By Doug O’Kane IT’S FEEDING time for the talent-hungry and cash-rich vultures from England’s top football clubs and Oakwell has one of the most in-demand menus in the country, with an array of young stars whose contracts are close to expiry. Every week different clubs are linked to at least four or five Barnsley players while the likes of Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce, who was at Blackpool apparently to watch Conor Hourihane, are allegedly lining up huge bids for Oakwell’s prize assets. Reds players have won two of the five Championship Player of the Month awards this season while they are topping various statistics columns ahead of many better-paid and better-known rivals. Sam Winnall’s move to Sheffield Wednesday seems like one the club did not have to make, with money in the bank from previous sales of Alfie Mawson and John Stones and a transfer to bitter local rivals always going to be controversial. The reported fee of £500,000 is extremely low when you consider that former Reds trialist Scott Hogan is being linked with a multi-million move to West Ham after a similar season to Winnall. If Barnsley were going to sell him, it seems as though the club would have at least been better off waiting for a bidding war to drive the price up later in the January window. But you never know what is going on behind the scenes and Winnall may have forced this move through or there

CONOR HOURIHANE THE CAPTAIN’S statistics are frightening. As well as 30 goals since arriving from Plymouth Argyle two and a half years ago, he has registered a half-century of assists. Barnsley have never won a game without him since he came to Oakwell as a free-kick and longrange shot specialist who was often bypassed in matches. Now, with just months to run on his contract, he is the heartbeat of Barnsley’s midfield and is in the Championship top two for tackles per match, which used to be his weak spot. Surely every club in the Championship, and many in the top flight, would love to add to their squads a 25-year-old who gets 20 assists a season, scores spectacular goals and can play every kind of pass from a raking crossfield switch to a defence-splitting throughball. He pushes ‘sportsmanship’ to the limit at times, constantly throwing himself to the floor at the slightest touch from an opposition player to win free-kicks on the right wing, where he has curled in numerous crosses for team-mates to head in. He has also wound up opponents into getting themselves sent off. But those are just examples of him being a wily professional and giving everything to the cause. He admitted after his screamer at Nottingham Forest that he doesn’t score tap-ins and proved it with two glaring misses at Blackpool. His close range finishing may need a tiny bit of work but he is clearly one of the best midfielders in the Championship.

MARC ROBERTS

Top targets: Conor Hourihane, left, with Marc Roberts.

THE CENTRE-BACK still has another year on his contract but is being linked with multi-million pound moves to Premier League clubs. The 26-year-old from Penistone, who was a nonleague player until 18 months ago, has won the most aerial battles of any Championship player. He is second in the list of most clearances, with team-mates Adam Jackson and Angus MacDonald third and fourth. Instead of opting to sign defenders with plenty of experience at this level as most newly-promot-

may be another bigger reason behind it all. The fee is also likely to rise to more than the half a million which has been reported. It’s still a sickener for the Reds when keeping the squad together through January and getting wins in massive games against Fulham and Leeds could have made them genuine promotion contenders. Now the question is: who else will go? The exit of key player Winnall could tempt others into forcing departures of their own. Most of the Barnsley squad are still on wages that are decent for League One but way below the Championship average of about £9,000 per week. While the Reds will certainly offer to increase those wages, they won’t be able to compete with the many clubs who are eyeing up their best footballers. There is likely to be an exodus in the summer but the Reds fans should not be too critical of the club for not tying down the stars on long-term deals after promotion. Despite Hourihane’s claims to the contrary, there is no guarantee that the stars would have signed up last summer while it would have been difficult for the Reds to judge what portion of their small budget to offer before the players had shown what they could do in the Championship. Everyone at the club deserves praise for putting together such a successful side who have provided a fantastic journey, no matter how long it lasts.

ed sides do, the Reds have relied on a young trio who had never played a Championship game before this season. Although that means they will be inconsistent, they have the potential to grow into top defenders. While he has some poor games, such as against Birmingham on New Year’s Eve, Roberts can also be magnificent like in the reverse fixture against the Blues or last season’s League Cup tie with Everton. He is the kind of hometown talent that it would be arguably more of a shame to lose than any other player.

Barnsley not at best in dull draw but booing from supporters is bizarre Blackpool 0, Barnsley 0 By Doug O’Kane IT IS difficult to understand the mentality or expectations of what sounded like hundreds of Barnsley fans who booed their side off at half-time and full-time and also targeted Adam Hammill when he was substituted. It has to be immediately mentioned that even more of the visiting supporters reacted to the boos straight away with chants of ‘we love you Barnsley, we do’ and by singing Hammill’s name. But it is very surprising that a large negative minority still exists while the club is enjoying one of the greatest spells in its history and has a team the fans can be more proud of than nearly any that have gone before them. This was definitely a frustrating afternoon for the Reds supporters and their heroes were far from their best, but booing a side that has lost once in eight games and once in seven on the road is totally unjustified. Maybe the boos came mainly from part-time fans who went to the seaside for a weekend away rather than to see the team they support week in, week out. If the Barnsley supporters needed an example of how well-run their club is compared to others, the hosts were a perfect case study with Blackpool fans boycotting as a protest against the hated Oyston family, who have overseen two relegations in the last two seasons. The huge Reds following outnumbered the approximately 1,000 home fans by more than three to one while thousands of bright orange empty seats lit up an otherwise gloomy and foggy day at the seaside. It was more like Blacker Hill than Blackpool, or Oakwell-by-the-sea. Anyone unfamiliar with Blackpool’s situation would have thought the larger crowd were the home fans, especially when they started chanting ‘we want Oyston out’ as they spoke for the boycotting Tangerines supporters. A year ago the two clubs were separated by just two points and two positions in the bottom third of League One but now Barnsley get to play Newcastle United at St James’ Park while Blackpool have to head in the other direction to St James Park to take on Exeter City. But, although the Reds showed glimpses of their superior talent, overall you would not have been able to tell which team was two places off the playoffs to the Premier League and which was in midtable in the EFL’s basement division. Paul Heckingbottom was one of Darlington’s ‘lucky losers’ in 1999/2000 when they were put back into the FA Cup after a second round loss – due to Manchester United’s withdrawal to play in the World Club Cup which created an odd number of teams in the world’s oldest cup competition. The Reds head coach would have been a lucky winner had his captain Conor Hourihane snaffled one of his two glorious chances in the dying minutes, after Barnsley barely created anything else. This was the Reds’ first FA Cup game since their disastrous 1-0 loss at Altrincham, the ultimate low point of an alarming slump which has been so emphatically arrested in the last 14 months. Although the club has progressed hugely since that dreadful day, they could easily have succumbed to another cup shock at Bloomfield Road as the hosts had the better chances.

Heckingbottom admitted his side subconsciously and unintentionally lacked the same motivation they have shown in their successful Championship campaign when they came up against a side 50 places below them in the league structure. That was typified when Hammill sprayed a nice pass from the left flank to the right side of the box where Marley Watkins volleyed the ball tantalisingly across the unguarded net. But neither Sam Winnall or Tom Bradshaw had made the run for a tap-in as they surely would have if three precious Championship points had been at stake. Although his priority is the Championship and he spent the morning of the cup tie watching a replay of tomorrow’s hosts Fulham’s recent game against Brighton, Heckingbottom had told his players before the match that ‘careers have been made out of the FA Cup.’ Any of them eyeing the top levels of the game will surely have been determined to dispatch a League Two side before causing some shocks in the later rounds to further enhance their growing reputations. Although Winnall still got a move. If they needed any extra motivation or a reminder of how important the FA Cup is, the huge visiting crowd must have provided it. But that did not seem to be the case as Barnsley barely attacked for the first 20 minutes then, when they did, their passes were very obvious and slow so easily intercepted while Blackpool defended well in what was a big game for them. The pitch was not as sandy as in previous years but nowhere near the usual standard at Championship grounds, although that was no excuse for a performance which was well below Barnsley’s usual levels. Winnall, Bradshaw, Watkins, Hourihane and Josh Scowen all seemed flat compared to their normal energetic, all-action performances. Barnsley’s best moments for most of the game were created by the delivery of Hammill, although the former Blackpool man was very quiet in the first 30 minutes and generally did not have as much joy as you would expect for a winger of his skills running at a League Two defence. Hammill’s scream into the cold Lancashire air after being substituted summed up Barnsley’s afternoon, as did Scowen being booked for a cynical foul then shouting angrily at his captain Hourihane. This was just not the Barnsley we have seen soar up the leagues in the last year. Heckingbottom possibly should have brought on Ryan Williams – who impressed in his start at Nottingham Forest – or prodigal son George Moncur to play just behind a striker and cause problems between the well-organised lines of Tangerine-clad League Two players. Adam Jackson was also unlucky to drop out after a good performance at Forest, but Heckingbottom brought back Marc Roberts as he picked his strongest possible side after seven games with at least one player suspended. Roberts dominated in the air as usual but the Reds defence struggled with Blackpool’s movement and passing which created some good chances, while those in front of the back four did not provide their usual protection. Andy Yiadom will have tracked this game from Ghana’s training camp in Africa after Black Stars manager Avram Grant – whose Chelsea side lost in the FA Cup in 2008 on one of Oakwell’s greatest

Two on one: Sam Winnall is tackled by Blackpool players. Below: Conor Hourihane is denied by Blackpool ‘keeper Sam Slocombe late on. Pictures: Keith Turner.

days – denied Barnsley’s requests for him to play at Blackpool. His replacement Aidy White slotted in well on his return from injury and, after skipping around a sliding tackle with great skill in the first couple of minutes, he produced some good bursts forward. White, who will now probably play in the replay when ideally he would be eased back to fitness with only one game a week, said the players got a ‘kick up the bum’ from Heckingbottom at the break. But – although they pressed better in the second half, coped better with their hosts’ 3-5-2 and had much more of the ball – they still looked a bit complacent and Blackpool continued to create chances. Adam Davies – yet to concede a goal in 2017 – kept the Reds in the cup. The goalkeeper was involved in a personal duel with Blackpool striker Kyle Vassell who tested him four times including a tip over the bar from a close range effort midway through the second half. Davies also threw himself to his right to make a fine stop from Brad Potts’ 20-yarder. Jim McAlister should have scored in the first half when he volleyed wide from close range after meeting a cross by Andy Taylor, one of the home wing-backs who had success as Pool used their extra width very well against an uninspiring Barnsley 4-4-2. Jamille Matt, who surprisingly replaced the impressive Vassell, then blazed over a glorious opportunity in the 94th minute, after Barnsley should have won it through Hourihane. The Reds skipper could not replicate his late heroics of five days earlier at Forest when he net-

ted from 30 yards late on as he missed two much easier chances. First, in the 87th minute, he volleyed wide from the edge of the box after Winnall and substitute Stefan Payne flicked on a long ball to play him clean through. Then, in the second minute of injury-time, he was denied from much closer range by an excellent Sam Slocombe save after meeting a pass by lively substitute Ryan Kent. Before the skipper’s two bad misses, his side had really struggled to create opportunities with the away fans only getting really excited about headers from Bradshaw and Watkins which went narrowly wide. The only other shots on goal were from long range and straight at Slocombe, who was the substitute goalkeeper for Oxford in last season’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final. If the Reds are to get anywhere near Wembley this season – or at least enjoy a good run with some glamourous fixtures – they will have to be far more like their normal selves in next week’s replay and then at Blackburn in the next round. Blackpool (3-5-2): Slocombe; Aimson, Aldred Robertson; Mellor, Potts, McAlister, Payne (Pugh 74mins), Taylor; Cullen (Osayi-Samuel 69), Vassell (Matt 69). Unused: Lyness, Redshaw, Philliskirk, Gnanduillet. Barnsley (4-4-2): Davies, mark out of ten: 8; Bree 7, Roberts 7, MacDonald 7, White 7; Watkins 6, Hourihane 6, Scowen 6, Hammill 7 (Kent 76); Winnall 6, Bradshaw 6 (Payne 76). Unused: Townsend, Evans, Jackson, Williams, Moncur. Yellow card: Scowen. Attendance: 4,875. Referee: Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire).

THE GREATEST SEASON: Reds hero Davis breaks leg 20 years before sacking by Crewe The latest look back at Barnsley’s promotion to the top flight 20 years ago in the 1996/97 campaign QPR 3, BARNSLEY 1. January 11, 1997 A year which would include Barnsley’s historic promotion to the top flight and battles against some of the best players and teams in the world began with a disappointing loss at Loftus Road. QPR, who were the first team to beat Danny Wilson’s side earlier in the season, repeated the scoreline to do the double and put a dent in the Reds’ promotion challenge. The visitors took the lead late in the first half when captain Neil Redfearn marked his return from injury by netting his 11th goal of the season, a low free-kick into the bottom corner. But the Reds conceded an equaliser on a counter-attack from their own corner in first half

injury-time through Scotland striker John Spencer, who then completed his hat-trick after the break. Spencer’s other contribution was a tackle which ended the Barnsley career of Steve Davis. The popular centre-back, who played 119 matches for the Reds in seven years at Oakwell including 28 appearances in 1996/97, suffered a broken leg and would miss the promotion run-in and Premier League season. He played another couple of seasons at lower levels before going into coaching and was the fourth-longest manager in the Football League before he was sacked by League Two Crewe Alexandra this week. Barnsley then booked themselves another trip to Queens Park Rangers, in the fourth round of the FA Cup, after winning 2-0 at home to Oldham Athletic. Three days after losing at Loftus Road, the Reds

played some excellent football in this Tuesday night win although they had another player stretchered off with injury after a bad tackle and lengthy stoppage as Jovo Bosancic left the field early on. It looked like another broken leg to follow Davis’ but the news that the Serb only had severe bruising added more joy after the comfortable victory. Redfearn missed a penalty at 0-0 after John Hendrie was fouled but Martin Bullock opened the scoring with an 18-yard shot into the top corner before Clint Marcelle got his first goal since October. The result was revenge for a Barnsley side who had lost at Boundary Park due to a controversial penalty the previous season in the same competition. The Reds would host Ipswich Town in their next league match before the cup game at QPR.

Final Barnsley game: Steve Davis.


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Winnall first to go with Sam set for Wednesday move

‘We need more from academy’

PAUL Heckingbottom admits Barnsley’s academy has not produced enough first team players recently but he believes it can start filling gaps in his squad and save the club money. Romal Palmer became the latest young player to sign a professional deal last week but currently James Bree is the only first team squad member who came through the Oakwell youth set-up. The Reds pump an estimated £1million into the academy every year and it has produced John Stones and Mason Holgate whose sales to Everton – as well as the sell-on fee for Stones’ British record move to Manchester City – have earned the Reds more than £10million. But, since Bree broke into the side, no youth product has successfully made the step up. Heckingbottom said: “Our academy is vitally important. “At the moment we have James Bree who is in our first team and has come all the way through, but we want more than that. “If we can get them into the first team, we can fill gaps which we would have to spend money to fill with other players. “I have come through the academy myself and I know the importance of it. “I know what it means to the club and community. It’s not doing enough at the moment but it has in the past. “Two of the defenders who we sold to the Premier League and made us a lot of money (Stones and Holgate) were from the academy. “Those players don’t come along that often but we need to be bringing through players who are good enough for our first team squad.” Barnsley under 23s lost 3-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday. Gary Hooper got two early goals then Cole Kpekawa was sent off for the Reds. Barnsley under 18s drew 3-3 at home to Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, having led 3-1 with seven minutes left. After Wilberforce Ocran gave away a penalty which helped Bolton into the lead, Louis Rowe’s brace and a Matty Wolfe header put the Reds 3-1 ahead. But the Trotters got a second penalty to pull one back before a late leveller. The under 18s are due to visit Nottingham Forest tomorrow while the under 23s are scheduled to play at Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

By Doug O’Kane

Wait goes on for Morsy Wait: Sam Morsy with Paul Heckingbottom, who is trying to sign him, on his last appearance for the Reds on Boxing Day. Picture: Sally Hegarty. SAM MORSY’S talks with Barnsley over a permanent move are still ongoing almost a fortnight after a fee was agreed between the Reds and Wigan. The 25-year-old midfielder was man of the match for his parent club on Saturday as he played in their FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest on Sunday. That was after the Latics recalled him from a successful loan at Barnsley which was due to last all season but included a January recall clause. The Reds have offered the fee agreed in the original deal and can sign the Egypt international if they agree personal terms. With Wigan’s budget thought to be larger than the Reds, Morsy may have to take a paycut. Head coach Paul Heckingbottom told the Chronicle: “I have got to be confident that it will happen. I want him

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here and I am sure Sam wants to come here. “But it’s difficult because he has played for Wigan and he’s not our player yet.” He added: “He is their player until he signs for us. We just need to get it over the line with personal terms. It’s between us and Sam and it is ongoing.” Second-bottom Wigan, who are six points adrift of safety, have half as many points as eighth-placed Barnsley. Morsy, who has committed the most fouls per game of any player in the Championship, has impressed in his 14 matches for Barnsley. Heckingbottom said: “Politically it didn’t look great for them with Sam doing well in our team and winning games and them struggling at the bottom of the league.”

THE BREAK-UP of Barnsley’s promotion squad began yesterday with Sam Winnall agreeing a move to local rivals Sheffield Wednesday while other Reds stars continue to be linked with moves away. The Owls are also understood to be trying to sign Barnsley captain Conor Hourihane with Manchester City among many top flight clubs chasing teenage right-back James Bree while the likes of Marc Roberts and Marley Watkins are also attracting attention. Wednesday and Barnsley are understood to have agreed an initial £500,000 for the striker, who has passed a medical at Hillsborough while pictures emerged of him signing a contract with the Owls. But the Reds were delaying confirming the move yesterday as they focused on Norman Rimmington’s funeral. Winnall, who turns 26 on Thursday, scored 48 goals in 116 games for the Reds including a run of seven in his last seven league games which earned him Championship Player of the Month for December. He has 11 for the season and now looks set to join Wednesday who are two places and four points above the eighth-placed Reds. The concern for Barnsley now is that more clubs may come in for their other stars who could follow Winnall’s lead and move on for much larger wage packets than the Reds can offer them. Barnsley are expected to hunt for a new striker, with Grimsby’s 18-goal Omar Bogle understood to be on their radar. They are also looking at full-backs with Andy Yiadom at the Africa Cup of Nations for up to six weeks. Head coach Paul Heckingbottom is yet

Local move: Sam Winnall.

to comment on Winnall but said previously that he would be ‘very disappointed’ if any of his players were sold. He also believes it will become increasingly difficult for the Reds to sign players from the lower leagues and develop them into Championship stars as they have done with great success in recent years. An example is Alfie Mawson, who went to Premier League Swansea for £5million in August, as well as his replacements at centre-back Angus MacDonald and Adam Jackson who came in from non-league Torquay and Middlesbrough’s reserves respectively. But Heckingbottom says the club cannot be expected to keep replicating that. He told the Chronicle: “It gets harder and harder. “Everyone seems to think because we have done it, we can do it again. “We sold Alfie for millions to the Premier League and we are plucking players from the Conference Premier and an under 23s squad, no disrespect to Angus MacDonald and Adam Jackson. “We knew those players and we’d watched them a lot. They have stepped up and done fantastically well. But that doesn’t mean we can just go and find

another one. I can’t just go into my back garden and pull one off a tree. It takes a long time to find them and develop them. “And the more times you do it, the more you are bleeding the well dry. “That is the way we want to go but it can be dangerous if we think we can keep doing it. Now we have to find a way to get to the next level.��� The Reds boss said it was frustrating to not know exactly which players would be with him until the end of the season and beyond. He said: “The difficulty is that you need to know what is happening with your players. In an ideal world, you would keep everyone and maybe add one or two. “But, if players might or might not be leaving, we don’t know who we need. “The plan is everything and, when you’re not in control of that, it brings problems. “We’d like to know whether players are leaving or staying as soon as possible. “We want to do things on our timeframe and bring players in and move others on when we feel the time is right.” I See the Chronicle website for reaction at today’s press conference.

Reds to visit ‘best home team in Championship’ Barnsley subconsciously slipped at Blackpool TOMORROW’S hosts Fulham are the most difficult side to play away from home in the Championship, says Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom. The London club have more wins and points away from home than at Craven Cottage and lost their last match there against leaders Brighton. But that was a first home defeat in six games, a run which included 5-0 thrashings of top four sides Reading and Huddersfield. The Cottagers are one of Barnsley’s direct rivals in the race to catch up with the top six as they are two places and two points behind the Reds in tenth, with a game in hand. “It’s going to be tough,” said Heckingbottom, whose side have picked up 19 points from their last ten away games in the Championship which is more than Barnsley managed in the whole of their last full season at this level. “Fulham are arguably the best team at home in this league. “I watched their game against Brighton and they were really unlucky to lose. “Brighton had long spells without the ball but they were clinical when they got the chances. “We know we are going to have to be set up right at the back, be patient and work

First meeting: Barnsley celebrate Marley Watkins’ opener against Fulham at Oakwell in October. as hard as possible to stop a good Fulham side.” Barnsley have not lost in London in seven trips across more than three years since Scott Wiseman’s own goal at Millwall in November 2013. As well as the two Wembley victories last season, they gained an epic 3-2 victory at Millwall and drew 0-0 at Leyton Orient under Lee Johnson in 2015. They even triumphed at Charlton Athletic just before relegation in 2014. On their previous journey to the capital this season, the Reds beat Brentford 2-0. Barnsley have only won three of their 17 trips to Fulham since the Second World War, losing nine, and they were spanked 5-1 on the last visit in 2000. The Cottagers got promoted that season and spent 13 years in the Premier League

but have finished 17th and 20th in their first two seasons back in the Championship after relegation. Heckingbottom says the 4-2 home defeat to Fulham in October was one of his side’s worst displays of the season. It was an important result for Slavisa Jokanovic’s men as it ended a sevenmatch run without victory and got them back into regular winning form, which they continued with a 2-1 FA Cup success at Cardiff City on Sunday. Only Oakwell has witnessed more Championship goals than Craven Cottage this season. Fulham have two former Barnsley loanees. While David Button is an ever-present in league games, midfielder Ryan Tunnicliffe has not played since October. Barnsley winger Saidy Janko was due back in training this week after injury.

PAUL Heckingbottom admits his side subconsciously let their standards drop at Blackpool and knows they cannot do the same in next week’s replay. The Reds laboured to a 0-0 draw against the League Two side on Saturday and are now due to host them on Tuesday with the prize a fourth round game at Blackburn Rovers on the last weekend of the month. Heckingbottom says his side were ‘no where near’ the form that has put them eighth in the Championship and that facing a side two divisions below them meant they did not play with their usual intensity. He said: “It’s not a conscious decision to do that, but it can affect you subconsciously. We spoke about going from the hunter to the hunted. “We have been the underdog in most of our games and we thrive on that. “I am pleased to still be in the cup. “I would have rather have won the first game but at least we’re not out.” The Reds boss says his side will need to be their usual selves from the start at Oakwell in the replay. He told the Chronicle: “The first half cost us. We weren’t good enough and it gave Blackpool a lot of belief. “We need to be better at breaking

Away crowd: Barnsley fans at Blackpool on Saturday. through their defence and we have to lock them out and snuff out their counter-attacks quicker. “I think they will come to Oakwell and be exactly the same, as determined and as dogged. “It’s the first time they have gone away from home in the FA Cup this season so it will be different for them.” The winners of the replay will travel to Blackburn who are in the Championship relegation zone and lost 2-0 at Oakwell on Boxing Day. Heckingbottom said: “An FA Cup run would be another experience. “Usually the further you go the more

likely you are to play a real big team and get a real good day out for the fans. “But we can’t focus on anything more than Blackpool at home in the replay.” Heckingbottom admitted it was strange to be at an away game with treble the number of Barnsley fans compared to Blackpool supporters, many of whom are boycotting matches in protest against the club’s owners. The Reds boss said: “Warming up, I’m thinking ‘when are the Blackpool fans coming in?’ We’ve always brought good support to Blackpool but the fact that our fans are enjoying the season meant even more came.”

Adam wants double promotion push Dawson dumped out early Aidy determined to stay fit this time ADAM Armstrong hopes both his parent club Newcastle United and loan team Barnsley are in promotion contention when they meet at St James’ Park for the final game of the season on May 7. The 19-year-old striker is expected to spend at least the next couple of weeks on the sidelines after injuring his ankle in training on Friday, the day after extending his loan until the end of the season. With three goals in 14 games so far, he has helped the Reds to eighth in the Championship – six places behind Newcastle – and he believes both have a chance of playing in next season’s Premier League. “The last game of the season will be very interesting to see where Newcastle and see where we are,” Armstrong told the Chronicle. “Hopefully we are both going for promotion. “If you don’t want to get in the top six or get promoted then it’s pointless being a footballer.” The England under 20 player added: “Coming from League One, no one really expected us to be this high. We’re that close now that we want to try to get there and everyone is giving 100 per cent in training which is coming through in games. There’s a buzz around the place and it’s a good environment to be around.” The table-topping Magpies are the top-

scorers in the Championship with 48 goals, while Barnsley are next with 43. Armstrong said: “The two teams are similar. They both have a lot of goal-scorers. There’s quality in both sides. “For Barnsley it’s all about getting the goals and keeping clean sheets and getting as high up the league as we can.” Armstrong is hoping to help defeat title rivals of his parent club Newcastle, where he is due to return in May. “I am playing teams who Newcastle are playing so if I can help beat them then it’s good for us and Newcastle. “I will be back at Newcastle next season and you never know where I will end up. “I want to play in the Premier League and stay in the England set-up at the senior level. While I am here, I will give everything for Barnsley. “It was a no-brainer to come back. “I knew Newcastle didn’t need me at this stage so I am over the moon to be back at Barnsley for the rest of the season.” Head coach Paul Heckingbottom admitted Barnsley fans still haven’t seen the best of Armstrong on a consistent basis. He added: “We’re delighted to have got him. Some of the goals he has scored have been excellent. We know there is more to come from Adam. “We’ve made a really big commitment in keeping him which shows how much we value him.”

By Ashley Ball BRIAN Dawson feels a lack of consistency resulted in his first round defeat at the BDO World Championships. Thurnscoe’s ‘Doggy’ Dawson, 48, exited the Lakeside competition with a 3-2 loss against Canadian Jeff Smith live on BT Sport on Monday night. A frustrated Dawson saw his lead slip to ‘The Silencer’ who also defeated him at the Surrey venue last year. “I started badly, played brilliantly in the middle and then finished badly,” admitted Dawson. “He has beaten me twice there now, but I have beaten him in other tournaments. It’s something I will have to rectify. It’s frustrating that I wasn’t consistent on my doubles or finishing. “I need to play more often to get that consistency. I know I have it in me and I have shown it, but not enough. “I have to keep the standard I showed

Inconsistent: Brian Dawson. in the middle of the match up.” Dawson fell behind but led 2-1 before losing the final two sets. “It’s a massive shame because I was looking forward to playing Martin Adams in the next round but it wasn’t meant to be this time,” added Dawson, who was playing at his third world championships. “I will go again but I really need to get the consistency and the mindset.”

Reds win 10-0 ahead of crucial clash BARNSLEY Ladies prepared for their crucial top-of-the-table clash on Sunday with a 10-0 thrashing of Scunthorpe and Bottesford Ladies. Kathryn Smith led the way with a hattrick while Brittany Sanderson and Amy Woodruff bagged braces and other goals came from Drew Greene, Laura Shepherd and Holly Findlay. The Reds are top of

the North East Regional League, three points clear of second-placed Norton and Stockton Ancients who have three games in hand and host Barnsley on Sunday. Penistone Church Ladies won 2-0 at home to Millmoor Juniors Ladies in Sheffield and Hallamshire Division Three. Kirsty Bradley netted twice in five minutes early in the second half.

AIDY White is hoping for a prolonged run in the first team after returning from his latest spell on the sidelines during an injury-plagued Barnsley career. The 25-year-old left-back made his 29th Reds appearance since signing for the Oakwell club 16 months ago in the 0-0 FA Cup draw at Blackpool on Saturday. After missing large chunks of the promotion season in League One, White started the first eight games of their return to the Championship before limping off against Reading in September. He told the Chronicle: “It has been frustrating this season. It was an injury I had for about six months. “It was a low hernia in my abdomen. It was getting to a point where it was restricting me so I had to have an operation. “It set me back a few months but I am back now and hopefully I will play for the rest of the season. “Hopefully we have got it all sorted now and the injuries are behind me.” White is delighted that his teammates have kept the club riding high in the Championship. “It’s fantastic,” he said of Barnsley’s

current placing in eighth. “All credit to the lads, the manager and the staff. We’ve definitely hit the ground running. Things will get difficult in the second half of the season but hopefully we can keep it going.” White has come into the side in place of Andy Yiadom, who had been converted from right-back to left-back but has now left to play for Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations. White said: “Andy has been fantastic when he has filled in but I have a few games to get my fitness back up and hit the ground running hopefully.” Head coach Paul Heckingbottom wanted to keep Yiadom for the trip to Blackpool, but he said: “We couldn’t do it. It’s the first time we have dealt with the Ghanian FA and it has been difficult to get information from them. “Yids supplied me with a lot of information from them. He was told that he had to be on the training camp or he wouldn’t get in the squad. “We’re not going to stand in his way. It was just difficult getting the information and it still is in terms of finding out when we will be coming back if they get knocked out at certain points.” Ghana start their campaign on Tuesday against Uganda.

Back in action: Aidy White.


Barnsley Chronicle | 13th January 2017