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BRIEFLY Parents worried about ‘rift’ at Darton High FOUR teachers are to leave Darton High in August as part of a settlement reached following industrial action by NUT members. Teacher and NUT representative at the school, Chris Page, told the Chronicle the decision was made after a series of strikes by NUT members over pay. “Four NUT members have now been offered a settlement which is the type you cannot refuse.” The news comes after worried parents contacted the Chronicle saying they believed up to nine teachers could be leaving the school because of a growing rift between staff and school management. But headteacher Simon Hill said: “This year a few more staff are leaving than normal. The school has already recruited excellent replacements.”

Thieves plunder railway line THIEVES have stolen thousands of pounds of metal from the Elsecar heritage railway line. About 40 ‘seats’, which attach the sleeper to the track, were taken last week. Police have warned scrap metal dealers they could be prosecuted if they are found to be in possession of stolen goods. PC Paul Davies said: “These are unusual items and should be identifiable. I would warn people not to accept scrap of this nature.”

Lights burn out GENERATORS powering traffic lights in Carlton were set on fire early yesterday. The mobile equipment on either side of the lights on Chapel Lane near the BP garage was destroyed, as were several traffic cones and a plastic barrier. Workmen were called out at about 3am to get the lights working again.



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A RETIRED council worker had half a lung removed after developing a disease caused by fungal spores which are released by rotting vegetation. Robert Stendall still gets tired easily and struggles to do physical tasks which previously were easy. Now he is supporting a campaign to block the creation of an industrial-scale compost heap near Hood Green — fearing the development would leave more people vulnerable to the same disease. Robert, 59, needed emergency surgery after a fist-sized ball was discovered in his left lung. It was feared to be cancer but it was only after surgeons removed half the organ they discovered the growth was aspergilloma — a fungal ‘ball’ caused when spores germinate inside the lung and grow. Until last year former social services officer Robert, of Cumberland Drive, Ardsley, was in good health. He said: “In February or March last year I started to cough up a bit of blood, which, being asthmatic, had happened before when I had coughing spells. What was strange was I hadn’t had a cough so the GP sent me for an x-ray.” Within two weeks he was told he had malignant lung cancer. “That was a dreadful shock. I have never smoked and could not under-

stand it but three weeks after I was having the upper-left lobe of my lung removed.” The growth was in fact aspergilloma caused by aspergillus fumigatus spores, produced by decaying organic material. The spores do not harm most people but anyone who has suffered lung damage is vulnerable to aspergilloma — which is treatable if identified early. A consultant from Barnsley hospital said aspergilloma is so rare that he had only seen one or two cases. Robert, who lives with wife Denise, was susceptible because of his asthma and believes the spores may have come from the Grange Lane depot. Compostable waste from green bins is dumped there before being moved to compost sites. He said: “I don’t know but it does make you wonder. Generally the wind direction comes in this direction from Grange Lane.” Now a year after his surgery Robert fears scores of people, including retired miners, would be at risk if a large compost heap is created near Hood Green. Spores from such a site could be blown across the village or into the nearby former mining communities of Dodworth and Gilroyd. He said: “There are a lot of people in Barnsley who have lung damage.

If they start breathing the spores who knows what will happen. We need to dispose of our waste economically but not at the cost of our health.” A campaign opposing the Hood Green site is underway and backed by MP Michael Clapham. He said: “We know we have a high incidence of asthma and lung disease in Barnsley. The aspergillus spores are a threat to people in that vulnerable position. It is a great concern.” Coun William Newman, development spokesman, was aware of concerns but said there was no reported evidence of significant increases in ill health near composting sites. He said a new site for organic waste was needed or the council would face hefty fines. He added: “Wherever decaying organic matter is present certain microbes occur naturally, including aspergillus fumigatus.” Coun Newman said people are routinely exposed to low levels and occasionally high levels of the spores without consequence. He said no composting takes place at Grange Lane but garden waste is stored indoors there and transferred within 72 hours. “At facilities where composting does occur, there are safe systems of work, and environmental monitoring.”

By Emma Spencer THE funeral of a pensioner, who died following a gas explosion at her home, will take place today. Margaret Wilson died on Sunday April 27, eight weeks after a gas explosion at the home she shared with husband Leonard on Cote Lane, Thurgoland. Plans had been made for a cremation service last Friday but they had to be postponed because police were still making enquiries. Mrs Wilson’s body was finally released to her family earlier this week and the funeral will be held today at 11am at Holy Trinity Church, Thurgoland, followed by cremation at Grenoside at 11.45am. Her daughter, Mandy Hawkins of Delph Edge, Green Moor, said it had been a rush to rearrange but wanted it to be held this week because some of the family are going away. She said: “Although it is a sunny day outside, it is not sunny in our little world.” Margaret suffered 30 per cent burns in the explosion hours after a stolen car was dumped and caught fire on the pavement outside the stone cottage. The 69-year-old had skin grafts but developed septicaemia and a post mortem revealed she died of multiple organ failure due to severe burning. An inquest will be held at a later date and Mandy says she has plenty of questions for the fire service who told the couple it was safe to go back in the house after they had dealt with the car fire. She added: “Being 99 per cent certain is not enough because that one per cent cost my mother her life.”

Terrible ordeal: Robert Stendall at his home in Ardsley. Picture: Scott Bairstow

Shock at three killings

Speed teen on track for glory

TWO Barnsley communities are in shock after two unrelated murders just days apart. In the first, on Friday, Tracey Grinhaff, 42, was found dead at her home at Aldham Crescent, Wombwell. The body of her husband Gary, 44, was found in Wombwell Woods soon after. Relatives of Gary cannot understand what made him apparently murder his wife and then kill himself. On her Facebook webpage Tracey wrote: “Been married for 16 years but together for 26! God, that makes me sound old. Currently splitting from my husband.” The couple had two daughters, aged 13 and three. On Sunday night Ian Stewart, 26, died from a single stab wound to the chest after an alleged incident near his home in New Street, Darfield. John Doran, 31, also of New Street, was remanded in custody at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with his murder. Mr Stewart, a gardener, had a ten-month-old daughter and his wife is expecting another baby.

SPEED teen Jac Ellis and her bashed up mini are on track for success. The 15-year-old Darton High pupil won the Yorkshire Shield ministox event on Monday, a victory which also made her the regional points champion. She has only been racing for a year and was given a handicap for the three heat competition but she still won more points on the day than anyone else. Jac, who will soon move up to Formula 2 class, works on the car herself and hopes to take mechanical engineering alongside law when she starts college later this year. Proud dad Chris says racing is a family love. The only problem is finding sponsorship. Jac, of Uplands Avenue, Kexborough, attends events around Britain and fuel costs are spiralling.

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By Steph Johnson

In the driving seat: Bringing a bit of glamour to stock car racing — Kexborough’s Jacklyn Ellis. Picture: Wes Hobson

Bail hostel could be built in town centre By Steph Johnson A PRIVATE contractor is looking for somewhere in Barnsley to put the the town’s first bail hostel. The search is on because the government has decided the borough needs a place to put defendants while they await trial. The hostel will also be used by people who are tagged while on home release from prison. The Chronicle understands

the most likely location will be around the town centre. Essex-based ClearSprings is running the project but noone at the company would discuss the matter with the Chronicle this week. A spokesman said staff were not allowed to speak to the press because all queries had to be directed to the Ministry of Justice. ClearSpring’s website says its Bail Accommodation

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Support Service buildings will house only occupants who would have been released into the community if they had a suitable address. ClearSprings has to consult with the council, police and probation service about where the hostel will be built — it is understood this process has not yet begun. A Ministry Of Justice spokesman said a site had not been identified and added:

“We are providing this service because prison should be reserved for those who need to be held in custody in order to protect the public or to ensure justice is delivered. Defendants are innocent until proven guilty. “The scheme will support the efficient use of public resources by saving prison places and costs of court escorts and of visits to prisons.”


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Friday: A mostly dry and bright day with just the small risk of a shower later. Light easterly winds. Max temp 21C (70F). Saturday: It will remain warm with a good deal of sunshine. An afternoon shower is possible. Light south-easterly winds. Max temp 22C (72F). Sunday: It looks set to be another fine and dry day. Warm again. Gentle easterly winds. Max temp 22C (72F). Monday: Settled weather continuing, with plenty of warm sunshine. Moderate easterly winds. Max temp 20C (68F). Tuesday: It is going to be bright and mainly dry with plenty of pleasant sunny periods. Light easterly winds. Max temp 19C (66F).

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2 – Barnsley Chronicle, Friday, May 9, 2008 Deaths BARON, June (nee Carty) – After a long illness bravely borne, June passed away at her home in Blackpool with her daughter and friends by her side on Sunday, May 4th, 2008. Loving wife of the late Dennis, dearly loved Mum of Andrew and Jane, Mother-in-law of Debbie and a much loved Grandma of Kara. June will be sadly missed by all her loving family and friends. Special thanks to Dr. Siva, Donna Denby, Lynn Redman, the Home Care Carers Team, District Nurses and the Marie Curie Nurses staff. Service and cremation to be held at Carleton Crematorium, Blackpool on Monday, May 12th at 3.00pm. No dark colours to be worn as requested by June. Family flowers only please, donations if so desired to Trinity the Hospice in Fylde or Marie Curie Nurses. All donations and enquiries please c/o D. Hollowell and Sons, Devonshire House Funeral Home, 287 Devonshire Road, Blackpool, FY2 0TW, tel 01253 355663 BOLTON, Mabel – In loving memory of Mabel, called to glory 2nd May, 2008. A wonderful wife and devoted Mum, Nanan and Great Grandma. ‘’Bold I approach the eternal throne, And claim the crown through Christ my own.’’ Greatly loved and greatly missed.

– By loving husband Clifford, daughter Ruth, son Peter, son-inlaw Martin and daughter-in-law Sally. Forever with the Lord. Grateful thanks to Len for his kindness and support. Our Nanan, sadly missed, Forever loved, now promoted to glory.

– From Elizabeth, Pete and ‘’bump’’, Louise and Graham, Helen and Lee, Philip, Amy and Holly BOLTON, Mabel – Ours is a simple prayer, God bless and keep you in His care.

– Love from neighbours and friends, Lambert Road BOLTON, Mabel – Proud to have known and been befriended by such a caring lady. Rest in peace Mabel.

– From Len BRADY, Sandra – On 5th May, 2008, peacefully at Barnsley District General Hospital and of Kexborough, Sandra aged 62 years. Dearly loved Mum of Lisa and her partner Dave, loving Nan of Cassie, sister to Barry and auntie of Sherry, Chris and family. Service at Kexborough Methodist Church on Wednesday 14th May at 11am, followed by committal at Ardsley Crematorium at 12 noon. All enquiries please to E. Bedford & Co, telephone 01484 863589 BRADY, Sandra – In loving memory of Sandra Brady, a much loved Mum and Nan. If we could have one lifetime wish, One dream that would come true, We’d ask with all our hearts, For one more day with you. Love you always

HEATH, Agnes (nee Sidlow) –

If roses grow in heaven Lord, Please pick one just for us, Place it in my Nanan’s hand, And tell her it’s from us. Say that we love her lots, And when she turns and smiles, Place a kiss upon her cheek, And hold her for a while.

No one sees the broken heart, That lies behind our smiles, No one knows the loneliness, That’s with us all the while. Silent tears do gently fall, That others do not see, For a kind and loving Mum, Who meant the world to us.

– Love from grandson Steven – From Lynn and Mick xxx. You always had a perfect touch, and Jayne. Of doing things that meant so much, CLARK, Joyce – Good night, God bless Nannan Joyce.

– Love from great granddaughter Lucy Jayne. CLARK, Joyce – To us you were so special, What more is there to say? We only wish with all our hearts Nan, That you were here today.

CLARK, Joyce

I sat beside your bedside, My heart was crushed and sore, I did my best to help you, Till I could do no more. In tears I watched you sinking, I watched you fade away, My heart was truly breaking, I wanted you to stay. Your memory is a keepsake, With which I’ll never part, God has you in His keeping, I have you in my heart.

- From loving daughter Joyce and son-in-law Bob CLARK, Joyce – You always said what would I do without you, But what are we going to do without you? Thank you for being the best Nan and Great Nan. Say hello to Grandad. Reunited for your 85th birthday. We’ll miss and love you always.

You would not wish for tears or fuss, Just to be remembered by us.

– From Kath and family. Silent thoughts of times together.

– From Becky CLARKE, Elsie – 29th April, 2008. The most wonderful wife, Mum and Grandma to Bertie, Anthony, Dianne and Geoffrey, Pat and Debbie, Sol, Matthew and Tom. We shared so much together, Laughter, joy and tears, You left a place no one can fill, We loved you and always will

Memories of you we will always keep. Rest in peace. With love.

– From Sherry and Chris To a great aunt

Generous, kind, gentle and true, Is how we will remember you.

– From sister Iris and family. CLARKE, Elsie – Precious memories of a much loved sister and auntie. A last goodbye we did not say, But in our hearts you will always stay.

– From Nancy, Phil, Philip, Gill, Katie, Peter and Pam. CLARKE, Elsie – Auntie Elsie.

God bless and keep you in His care. With love.

But somewhere in a better place, The chain will link again. Memories are not framed in gold, For all the world to see, They are safely locked within our hearts, Where you will always be.

– From sister-in-law Mo and partner Rick and niece Julie xxx BURGESS, Kenneth – In loving memory of a dear husband, – From your loving son Barry, Helen, David, Mark, Angie and Father and Grandfather. Kelly xx No farewell was spoken, CROWTHER, Eileen – We never said goodbye, – Love from Marjorie and family xxx CASSELL, Tony Glen – In loving memory of a dear grandson who passed away on the 4th May, 2008 aged 14 years,

Nan, you filled our lives with wonderful memories, We will always cherish and remember, You will live eternally in our hearts.

– From Clare, Nina and son-inlaw Raymond DEAVILLE, Raymond – Of Cobcar Lane, Elsecar, died, May Your suffering is over, 5th, aged 86. The dearly loved Your pain is in the past, husband of the late Betty. Sleep gently now dear Tony, Courtage to leave above In perfect peace at last. – From loving Nannan and residence 10.40am. Service Elsecar Church 10.45am. Grandad Cassell xxx Interment Elsecar Cemetery, CASSELL, Tony – May 12th 11.30am on Monday, A last goodbye we did not say, But in our thoughts you will always all enquiries to Cooks Funeral stay. Telephone 01226 Service, All that’s left are memories, 743283.

That will never fade away, God saw the pain in your face, And came and took it away, His angels came to take you, To His special place.

– From Mark and Sandra xxx CASSELL, Tony – Loving you is easy, We do it every day, But we didn’t want memories, We only wanted you to stay. God bless our Tony

– From Great Auntie Jean xx CASSELL, Tony – His weary hours and days of pain, His troubled nights are passed, In our aching hearts we know, He has found sweet rest at last.

– From Uncle Michael, Sara, Leo and Jayconnah xxx CLARK, Joyce – Passed away 30th April (the day before her 85th birthday), in Mount Vernon Hospital. Joyce’s family would like to thank everyone for their kind words and cards of comfort at this very sad time. Thank you to all the staff on Ward 4 at Mount Vernon Hospital and a special thank you to John and staff at Hyde’s Funeral Directors. CLARK, Joyce – Loving memories of a dear Mum. I sat beside your bedside, My heart was crushed and sore, I did my best to help you, Till I could do no more. In tears I watched you sinking, I watched you fade away, My heart was truly breaking, I wanted you to stay. Your memory is a keepsake, With which I’ll never part, God has you in His keeping, I have you in my heart. To me you were so special, What more is there to say? I only wish with all my heart, That you were here today. Of all the gifts I ever had, However great or small, To have you for a Mother, Was the greatest gift of all.

To lose a Nanan you dearly love, Is hard beyond belief,

We had a wonderful Nanan, And loved her to the end, We lost two precious things that day, Our Nanan and our friend.

A silent prayer sincere and true, Special thoughts from me to you, Thank you Ivis for the 40 years we shared together, The laughter and the tears, But most of all for being there when I needed you.

– Love from Barbara and family x NORRIS, Fred – Passed away – From Steve and Lisa, Vickie Friday, May 2nd, aged 76. Dearly and Eddy. loved husband of Jean and You will always be with us, Great loving Father of June, Carol, Nanan, John and David. Grandad to We will always love you. Louise, Michelle, Dale, Leanne – From Isabel and Olivia xx and Emma and Great Grandad HEATH, Agnes – to Jodie. Cremation at Ardsley Her weary hours and days of pain, Crematorium today, Friday 9th Her troubled nights are past, And in our aching hearts we know, May at 2 p.m. No flowers please. She has found sweet rest at last. Any donations will be going to – From Margaret and Pete, Anne Macmillan Nurses. and Paul and family All our love forever HIRST, George – OWEN, Denis OBE – Late of Words are few, thoughts are deep, High Street, Thurnscoe, died the Peace is yours, memories are ours. – From sister-in-law Leah and morning of April 29th, 2008, aged 75 years. Denis will be sadly families HOLT, David – In memory of a missed by family and friends. dear friend and neighbour, There will be a family only passed away peacefully on 3rd funeral, but a public Memorial Gathering will be arranged at a May. future date. Donations if desired, The Lord looked down from heaven, And saw your weary face, may be made to any of Denis’s The angels came to take you, three choices of charities, To that very special place. addresses follow. Sustrans, 35 Rest in peace Dave. Street, B51 4TZ, – From friends and neighbours, King U.N.I.C.E.F., Africa House, 64-78 Newstead Road x Kingsway, London WC2B 6NB, Medicins-Sans-Frontiers, 124132 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1R 5DJ PALMER, Margaret – Loving Please remember us in Mum, Grandma and Great your will or make a Grandma, passed away donation in lieu of flowers Saturday, 3rd May, 2008. Will be in memory of a loved one. sadly missed by all her family and friends. BARNSLEY



Rest in peace.


I had something very special, That money could not buy, I had a special husband, But we had to say goodbye. They say there is a reason, They say that time will heal, But neither rhyme nor reason, Can change the way I feel. They say hearts can’t be broken, But I know that’s not true, Because the day you left me, Mine just broke in two. And the gates of heaven were opened wide, Beautiful angels lined side by side, A ‘’special’’ guest was on his way, They day they took my love away, And now although we’re far apart, Forever you’ll stay in my heart. Good night, God bless sweetheart.

– From heartbroken wife Eunice xxx. God saw you getting tired, And a cure was not to be, So He put His arms around you, And whispered come to me. With tearful eyes we watched you, And saw you pass away, Although we loved you dearly, We could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, Hard working hands laid to rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best. Please know we will always love you, And no one will ever take your place, Good night, God bless Dad.

– From Michael, Janet, Linda, Richie, Anna, Kirsten, Andrew, Claire and Grace CLARKE, Elsie – Remembering – From your loving son Stephen a dear aunty. and daughter-in-law Lorraine Ours is just a simple prayer, xxx.

– From Susan and Brian CROWTHER, Eileen – Passed away suddenly at home on 5th – From Danni, Elisha, Daley and May, aged 82 years. Will be David sadly missed by all her family Your suffering is over, and friends. Beloved Mum, Nan, Your pain is in the past, sister-in-law, aunty and great Sleep gently now dear sister, aunty. Funeral service to be held In perfect peace at last. at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 13th – From brother Barry and sisterMay at Ardsley Crematorium. in-law Pauline God takes us one by one, BRADY, Sandra – And breaks our family chain,

You were gone so quickly, And only God knows why.

– From John and Janice xx.

LLOYD, Edward (Ted) – In SINGH, Evelyn – Mum, passed WILCOCK, Ellis – In loving memory of a dear Dad, Grandad away 30th April, 2008. loving memory of a dear friend. A wonderful Mum, woman and aide, A smile, a joke, a laugh or two, and Great Grandad who passed One who was better God never That’s how we will remember you. away peacefully in Mount Vernon – Love from Clara, Mary, Mary made, Hospital on May 1st. A wonderful worker, loyal and true, God gave us a wonderful Dad, and Arnie One in a million, that, Mum was you. We loved him to the end, MOORE, John Leslie – Passed Just in your judgement, always right, We lost two precious things that day, away on 1st May, 2008 at Honest and liberal, ever upright, A Dad and a best friend, Barnsley District General Loved by friends and all you knew, It broke our hearts to lose you, Hospital. Funeral service to take A wonderful Mum, that Mum was you. But you didn’t go alone, Part of us went with you, place on Wednesday, 14th May – Love from Angela xxx. The day God called you home. at Ardsley Crematorium at 2.30 SINGH, Evelyn – Grandma. We write this with a pen of gold, With love. pm. Family flowers only, And seal it with a kiss, donations in lieu of flowers to We write it for the Grandma we love, – From your loving daughter Diane and son Blair xxx. The British Heart Foundation The Grandma that we will miss, A special smile, a special face, We proudly speak your name with MRVOS, Ivis – A special Grandad we cannot replace.

– Funeral at Ardsley Crematorium on Tuesday, 13th May at 1 p.m. Tel: (01226) 244244 PARKER, Maureen (nee Boids) – Aged 68, passed away at home Registered Charity No. 700586 on 4th May. Funeral Service to – From Lisa, Richard, Sam and SHARE THE CARE AND take place at St. Andrews Robert. HELP US TO HELP OTHERS Church, Hoyland on 12th May, at Loves and hugs. – From your grandchildren INGHAM, Peter – In memory of 12 noon. We sat beside your bedside, Brandon, Ellis and Eve xxx a loving husband, Dad, Grandad Our hearts were crushed and sore, CLARK, Joyce – A dear sister- and Great Grandad who passed We did our best to help you, in-law and auntie. away on 4th May, 2008, aged 68. Till we could do no more,

God saw you getting tired, And a cure was not to be, So He put His arms around you, And whispered come to me With tearful eyes we watched you, And saw you pass away, And though we loved you dearly, We knew you could not stay, A golden heart stopped beating, You fought so hard to stay, Hard working hands are now at rest, God broke our hearts to prove to us, He only takes the best.

There’s much in life that’s altered, There’s much in life that’s new, But wanting that, will never alter, The memories we have of you.

A wonderful Mam and our best friend, Loyal and true right till the end. No more pain now, Mam, We know you are with our Dad, Thank you Mam for the great times we had. Love always.

– Love from granddaughter Kerry Your heart comes near to breaking, and Alan And no one knows your grief.

– From Lisa, Caffie and Dave xxx BRADY, Sandra – For a loving CLARKE, Elsie – Passed away April 29th, 2008. aunt. Words are few, thoughts are deep,

Little did we know that morning, God was going to call your name, In life we loved you dearly, In death we do the same, You left us beautiful memories, Your love is still our guide, And know that we still love you, Morning, noon and night, We thought of you with love today, But this is nothing new, We thought about you yesterday, And days before that too.

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CLARK, Joyce –

God called your name so gently, So only you could hear, And no-one heard the foot steps, Of angles drawing near, He took you when we wasn’t there, The reason now we know, He knows we thought the world of you, And would never let you go, God Bless you Dad.

God called your name so gently, So only you could hear, And no one heard the footsteps, Of angels drawing near. He took you when I wasn’t there, The reason now I know, He knows I thought the world of you, And would never let you go. God bless you Dad.

– From your loving son Malc and Clare x. We will never forget you Dad, Or the day you slipped away, The emptiness and heartache, Is much more than words can say. For you were so special Dad, Loyal and true, We just want to say, We thought the world of you.

In tears we watched you sinking, We watched you fade away, Our hearts were truly breaking, We wanted you to stay, To us you were so special, What more is there to say, We only wished with all our hearts, That you were here today, Of all the gifts we ever had, However great or small, To have you as our Mother, Was the greatest gift of all.

– Love from all your family. Love and miss you Nannan, Forever in our hearts.

– From all your grandkids RAWNSLEY, James – Passed away 22nd April, 2008. A very kind and gentle man, Who will be sadly missed, God bless you James.

– Love from Elaine xx RHYMER, Ann – In memory of my loving wife who passed away in Weston Park Hospital, after battling cancer for two and a half years. Special thanks to all the staff on Ward 4, who as Ann said, were all ‘’stars’’. So were you, ‘’sweetheart’’. I sat beside your bedside, My heart was crushed and sore, I did my best to help you, Till I could do no more. In tears I watched you sinking, I watched you fade away, My heart was truly breaking, I wanted you to stay. Your memory is a keepsake, With which I’ll never part, God has you in His keeping, I have you in my heart. To me you were so special, What more is there to say, I only wish with all my heart, That you were here today. Of all the gifts I ever had, However great or small, To have you for a wife, Was the greatest gift of all. Peace at last Ann.

– From your ever loving husband Dave RHYMER, Ann – A lovely sisterin-law and aunty.

– Love from Darcey, Joshua and Matthew x. If tears could build a stairway, And memories a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven, And bring you home again. It broke my heart to lose you, But you didn’t go alone, Part of me went with you, The day God called you home. Good night, God bless Dad.

Sleeping peacefully now, Free from pain, I would not want to wake you, To suffer that again. God grant her eternal rest, And let perpetual light shine upon her.

– From Marie xxx RHYMER, Ann – Thoughts go back to happy days, Spent with you in so many ways, Happy times we spent together, Memories of you we’ll keep for ever.

– From loving daughter Tracey – From Carole and Jim RICHARDSON, Connie – Ann. Peacefully on May 1st, aged 94 We stood at your bedside, Our hearts crushed and sore, years. At Inwood Residential We did our best to help you, Home, Horbury, formerly of Till we could do no more. Hoyland. The dearly loved wife of We watched you fade away, the late Clifford, much loved But we wanted you to stay, Mother of Ronald. The funeral We only wish with all our hearts, – From Amanda and Steve xxxx That you were here today. service takes place at Wentworth We write this with a pen of gold, You were the best Grandad, Parish Church at 2.00pm on And seal it with a kiss, That we could ever wish for, Monday, May 12th, prior to We write it for the Grandad we loved, You’re very truly missed, interment in the church grounds. The Grandad that we miss, All our love. Will friends please accept this We speak your name with love and – From your loving grandchildren intimation and meet at the pride, Claire and Craig and great But the eternal hurt lays deep inside, church. Flowers in memory of grandson Tyler-John xxxx. All our love. Connie may be sent to S. – From Marc, Fiona, Steve and Job’s a good ‘un Robertshaws Funeral Service, INGHAM, Peter – Claire xxxx 25, Queen Street, Horbury, Rest in peace. Nite, Nite, Cha, 01924 270912. – From sister Ann, Brian and telephone God Bless with love, Refreshments will be available at family – From Hannah Jayne xxxx The Norfolk Arms, Chapeltown INGHAM, Peter – Memories are like threads of gold, They never tarnish or grow old, A silent prayer for our dear brother. after the service Always in our thoughts. – From brother Edwin and family RIGGETT, Alfred Henry – In – From Susan and Eddy x and sister Joan and family loving memory of a special GRINHAFF, Tracey – INGHAM, Peter – Father and Grandfather, who A very special friend. Safely in the night, died suddenly on 29th April, The smiles the laughter, the chatter You heard a gentle call, 2008. we had, You took the hand of God, – From children Dawn, Margaret But no goodbye, was ever said, And quietly left us all. and Kevan, grandchildren Mark, So precious memories, The special years will not return, I’ll always have, David and Paula, Leah, Callum When family were all together, Gone but never be forgotten, But the love within our hearts, and Gage, friends Shaun and Will miss you loads. You’ll walk with us forever. Roger – Love from Melanie, Gary and Good night, God bless Pete, SHELDON, Frank – Joe xxx All our love. We did not meet up regularly, GRINHAFF, Tracey – – From Diane and Mick. That just was not our way, One for the girls. I look at my friends, then I look at me, Without my buddies, where would I be? My friends, my sisters, my shadows, my world, Where would I be without the girls? Giggles and tears, smiles and laughs, Late night text and photographs. We’ll be there together until our last days, Best girlies forever just won’t fade away. God bless you Tracey, You will remain in our hearts forever. Love always.

If we could have one wish, One dream that would come true, We would pray to God with all our hearts, For yesterday and you.

But that did not lessen the pain, The day you passed away, Words are few, thoughts are deep, Memories of you, we will always keep, A silent prayer sincere and true, A special thought from us to you,

– Love from Shareen, Scott and Sean INGHAM, Peter – – From Sandra, Anne and Carrie Memories are the loveliest things, xxx They’re with us every day, SIDEBOTTOM, Raymond – They can’t get lost, they don’t wear Died 24th April, 2008. Silently out, remembering a dear friend and And can’t be given away. colleague. Goodbye little soldier. – Love from Chris, George and – From Margaret, Fred and – Love from son Gordon and daughter-in-law Val. family – From Julia, Maria and Julie xxx families

I have only your memories, dear Dad, To remember my whole life through, But the sweetness will linger forever, As I treasure the image of you. With love.

– From daughter Debbie, Adrian and Gemma, Kaila, Kim and Jodie xxx GLOVER, Ged – Treasured memories of a dear brother. To us you were someone special, What more is there to say? We only wish in our hearts, That you were here today.

Birthday Memoriams BROOKES, Eric – The book of life you cannot buy, It’s very rare but true, It’s a special book called memories, The one I have of you.

MILLS, Norma – 13th May. You were always someone special, And that’s the way you’ll stay, Not only on your birthday, But each and every day. You always had a smile to share, Time to give and time to care, Those happy times we shared together, Memories that I will keep forever.

– Love from sister Jean, Donald – From your loving husband Ralph. and family xx This special day we cannot share, But in our hearts, you are always there.

– Love from Sheila, Jack and – Love from sister Joan, Fred family and family xx GLOVER, Gerald – With love. CADDICK, Vic – Birthday Another year unfolds, – From Paul and Karen xxx. memories of a darling husband, But memories last forever. Thoughts go back to happy days, Dad, son and brother-in-law on – Love from Lyndsay and Spent with you in many ways, – From brother Eddie, Eunice 8th May, 2008. Morgan xx Happy times we spent together, and family No matter how life changes, SINGH, Evelyn – Memories of you will stay forever. GOODLIFFE, Horace – A loving No matter what we do, Thoughts go back to happy days, With love. husband, Dad and Grandad, A special place within our hearts, Spent with you in many ways, – From Sharon, Carol, Bev, Bryn died 11th May. Also remembering Is kept there just for you. Happy times we spent together, and Martin xxx – From your ever loving wife Lil Memories of you will stay forever. his birthday, 15th May. WINDER, Florence – Precious I have so many memories, With love. and family xxx memories of a very dear friend To cherish my whole life through, – From Adrian, Dick and Leonard CLAYTON, Thomas – who fell asleep on 30th April, I will always love and remember you. SUNDERLAND, William (Bill) – It’s your birthday once again, 2008, aged 93. Reunited now My love always. Ours is just a simple prayer, And we love you so dear, with her husband Wilf. God bless and keep you in His care. – From Doreen. You’ll always be with us, Time and years pass gently by, – From James, Hilary and family, You would not wish for tears or fuss, So far, yet so near. Just to be remembered by all of us. Love and memories never die. Happy birthday. also sister Mary God bless and keep you in His care – Love from Hazel, Charles and SWEENEY, Rhoda – – Love from Jean, Andrea, Paul, Florence, family A last goodbye we did not say, Natalie, Daniella, Melanie and With all our love. But in our thoughts you will always HALL, David – In loving Whitney xx – From Mark, Mandy, Emma and stay. memory, who died on 14th May. CLAYTON, Thomas – – Love from great Kathryn xxx The hands of time keep turning, You were always someone special, granddaughters Lauren, Jade One year has slipped away, And that’s the way you’ll stay, You’re in our hearts forever, and Tracy Not only on your birthday, Loved and missed each day. TURTON, Barrie – In loving But each and every day, Lots of love. memory of a beloved husband, BEDFORD, Harold – Loving Missing you lots. – From Marie, Jimmy, Archie and Father, Grandfather and brother memories of a dear husband, – From Jean (Trouble) Marnie xxxx. who died on the 2nd May, 2008. Dad, Father-in-law and Grandad COPLEY, Len – Loving HALL, David – Ich liebe dich, memories of a much loved who passed away on 9th May, Memories are like leaves of gold, With love husband, Father and 2006. They never tarnish or grow old. – From Pam Grandfather who died on May Memories are forever, We have so many treasured – Love from Pat and family x Lasting all life through, 10th, 2001. memories, pride, But the eternal hurt lies deep inside, God bless Grandma.

If tears could build a stairway, And memories build a lane, I’d walk right up to heaven, And bring you home again. It’s lonely here without you, We miss you more each day, For life is not the same to us, Since you were called away. To your resting place we visit, Place flowers there with care, But no one knows our heartache, When we turn and leave you there.

– Love from your son Carl. Happy birthday to the world’s best Mum. Loving and missing you always.

– Love from David, Elizabeth and Matthew


You will remain in our hearts for ever, Love always.

– From Sara, Tala and Sean Rest in peace. With love

– From Nick and Christine TURTON, Barrie – He takes us one by one, And breaks the family chain, But somewhere in a better place, The chain will link again. Rest in peace, Nip. All our love.

– From Jacqui and Clive

WHITTAKER, HARRY Night, God bless Dad, Grandad and Grandad Great.

– From Hannah and Clarry, Jonathan and Philippa and baby Freya x.

Ours are very precious, Because they are of you.

– Love from Sheila, Gary, Neil, Jane, Alice, Joanna, Charlotte and Sam CARTER, Vivian James – In loving memory of a dear husband and Dad Jim, who passed away on May 9th, 2007 aged 87. Greatly loved and sadly missed

– Love from Ruby, Gillian and Tony xxx

CLARKE, Ben Passed away 13th May, 2006

‘A picture paints a thousand words’

Harry Whittaker 3rd August, 1923 – 30th April, 2008. Harry’s family would like to thank everyone for all their kind words and cards of condolence. Thank you to doctors and staff at Barnsley District General and Mount Vernon Hospitals. A special thank you to John Armin (Pals) for his patience, help and advice. To Father David, St. John’s Church, Newsomes Funeral Directors, Simon and staff at The Star Hotel, Cudworth. Thanks to all his brilliant neighbours for all the help and kindness shown over the years. To Lorraine Campbell and Tracey Marsden from Social Services. Our heartfelt appreciation to Dad’s adopted, loyal family of wonderful Carers, ‘The Super Team’ Julie Rawson, Pat Leech, Lynn Bailey, Tracey Hutchinson and their assistants. ‘’Thank you for being you.’’ Oh! P.S.... and not forgetting dear June! WHITTAKER, Harry – Always a smile, a joke or two, That’s how I will remember you. God bless you Harry.

Gone are the days we used to share, But in our hearts you are always there, The gates of memory will never close, We miss you more than anyone knows, With tender love and deep regret, We who love you will never forget.

Lots of love

- From Mum and Dad, Karen, Andrew, Helen, Astor, Lee and Eve xxx

you, Waiting to take your hand. Rest in peace Dad.

would not, Memories are the things we treasure, We’ll remember you Ben, forever and ever.

And neither will a million tears, I know because I’ve cried. You left behind some broken hearts, And happy memories too, I never wanted memories, I only wanted you.

That cannot be bought or sold, To me who loved you dearly You’re worth much more than gold, Love and miss you

Never more than a thought away, Loved and remembered every day.

– Love from daughter Mollie, son John Gary, Jean and Kathryn DOVE, Mary (Marie) – In loving memory of a loving wife, Mother and Grandma.

– From loving son John and Always with us. daughter-in-law Julie x. – From Alan, Christopher and Grandad. family, Phillip and family God gave us a wonderful Grandad, FEARNLEY, Wilk – Treasured We loved him to the end, memories of our lovely Dad, We lost two precious things that day, Grandad and Great Grandad A Grandad and a friend. who died on 10th May, 1995. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn’t go alone, For part of us went with you, The day God called you home.

We want to tell you something Dad, Of which there is no doubt, You are so wonderful to think of, But so hard to live without. Missing you every single day.

– From Rachel, Lee, Josh and Rhianne x – From your loving family WHITTAKER, Peter – GLOVER, Gerald – Precious You were the best Dad in the world, memories of a dear husband, With ‘’Giv’’ now, Dad, Grandad and Great God bless. Grandad who died on 11th May, – From Anton and Liz xxx 2006. WHITTAKER, Peter – A thousand words won’t bring you We didn’t say a last goodbye, For this we do regret, All we have are memories, Treasured forever.

– Love from sister Mary, Roger and family WHITTAKER, Peter – Loving memories of a dear brother, brother-in-law and uncle. God saw you getting weary, And a cure was not to be, So He put His arms around you, And whispered come to me. No one knows the heartache, Or what the parting cost, But God in all His glory, Has gained what we have lost.

back, We know because we’ve tried, And neither will a million tears, We know because we’ve cried. You left behind some broken hearts, And happy memories too, We never wanted memories, We only wanted you. Love you forever, Love and kisses.

– From your loving wife Pauline, daughter Amanda, Danny, grandchildren Lee, Jake and Mollie xxx. As long as we have memories, As long as we have tears, You will never be forgotten, Never in a million years. Love and miss you always Dad. God bless.

– Love from Roland, Kitty and family WHITTAKER, Peter – A brother, – From your loving son Dean, Diane, Kyle and Luke xxx a friend. We think about you always, We will miss you dearly.

– From Tom, Maureen and family WHITTAKER, Peter – A smile, a joke, a laugh or two, That’s how we will remember you.

– From Lily and Frank

– From Mum and Dad, Wendy, Garry, Andrew, Lisa, Joe, Laura, Abbie, Sam and Gran xx.

We talk about you too, We have so many memories, But Dad, we wish we still had you. Love you Dad.

– From your loving daughter Julie, Rob, Dylan and Megan xxx

– From your ever loving wife Hilda and family xxx


Special birthday wishes for 7th May of a wonderful husband, Dad, Grandad and Great Grandad. A loving spray of memories, Sent to you above, To wish you happy birthday Jim, Tied up with all our love.

– From your loving wife Joan, all your loving family and pet Penny xxx. HIGGINS, Thomas – We’re round again to your birthday, Still lonely and lost, Lots of love.

Our hearts are filled with memories, With love we speak your name, Our lives go on without you, But nothing is the same. Remembering you is easy, We do it every day, Missing you is the heartache, That never goes away.

Never more than a thought away, Loved and remembered every day.

– From loving wife Doreen and son Barry. Always in our thoughts.

– From William, Karen and family INESON, Elizabeth – Dear Mum and Grandma who died May 8th, 1996. Time passes memories stay, Always just a thought away. All our love.

– From Mavis and Phil and Paula and Ian xxx MILTHORPE, Ivy – Treasured and precious memories of our dear Mum, Nana and Great Grandma. Missing you, loving you, Each and every day, But the emptiness without you, Never fades away. All our love.

– From Cynthia, Clive and family, Kathleen, George and family PICKEN, Margaret – Loving memories of a much loved wife and Mother, 12th May, 2002. So much in life has altered, So much in life is new, But one thing that will never change, Is the love we have for you.

– From your ever loving husband Len, Janet, Julie and families PRIESTLEY, Stanley – Precious memories on May 12th of a beloved husband and Dad. Loved with a love beyond all telling, Missed with a grief beyond all tears, God bless my darling Ange.


Who would be 28 on May 14th.

Always in our thoughts.

– Love from all your family xx

Seven years have passed, Since we last saw your smile, And were able to touch your hand, But we have so many happy memories, Of you we loved so much.

– From your loving wife Pam, daughter Julie and Ike. We love and miss you Grandad.

– From Chloe, Olivia and Bethany xxx.

– From your loving husband Mick xx. Mam, you are so very special, And that’s the way you’ll stay, We wish you a happy birthday, As we think of you today. Our love is always with you, In a very special way, Not only on your birthday, But every single day. Love always.

– From son Lee, Claire, Lisa and John xx. Birthday kisses sent to heaven above, Please give Nannan Shaz all our love.

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Sharon, my sister, my best friend, What I would give to be able to say, Happy birthday Shaz in the same old way. A love, a hug, a kiss or two, That’s what we always used to do. Miss you. All our love always.

– From Trish and John xx. We cannot share your special day, Or send a card with love, We cannot put our arms around you, Shaz, We only wish we could. Love always.

– From Paul, Lisa, Catherine and Jessica xx.

If we could come and see you, On your special day, Then maybe for a little while, The pain would go away. We’d put our arms around you, And never let you go, Wishing you a happy 28th birthday, Love and miss you so much, Donna.

– From Mum and Dad.

You were always someone special, And that’s the way you’ll stay, Not only on your birthday, But each and every day. All our love.

– From Emma, Neil, Jonny and Helen xx SEDGWICK, Alan – Loving birthday memories of a very special husband, Dad and Grandad who would have been 60 on 8th May. Your first birthday away from home.


If I could come and see you, On this, your special day, Then maybe for a little while, The pain would go away. I would put my arms around you, And never let you go. I would wish you happy birthday, I love and miss you so. One in a million Alan, that was you, All my love always.

CURRAN, Philomena – The McHugh family would like to sincerely thank staff on Ward 27, Barnsley District General Hospital, Hyde Funeral Directors for caring and professional servLook around your garden Lord, ices, Father Boyle, Parish Priest Find the ones we loved, Wish them happy birthday, of Holyrood, Father Attree of We only wish we could. – From your loving wife Susan Worsbrough and friends Also remembering a daughter and xxx. sister Ann on 30th May. To us you were so special, ELY, George Bernard – Molly – Love from wife Joan, Carol and What more is there to say? would like to thank family and family, Robert and family We only wish with all our hearts, friends for their cards of condoThat you were here today on your lence and for their generous 60th birthday. All our love always. donations in lieu of flowers. – From Nicola and David, Thanks also to the paramedics, Andrew and Joanne xxx. Capt. Mark Sawyer of Castleford Sending 60 kisses to our Grandad on Salvation Army for his lovely his birthday, service and to all the staff at We love and miss you always. – From David, James, Jordon Normington & Sons for their carBirthday memories of a ing and dignified funeral arrangeand Thomas xxx loving Wife, Mother, SEDGWICK, Alan – Loving ments Grandma and Daughter, birthday memories on 8th May. 56 years on 7th May. HINCHLIFFE, Winifred – A special day we cannot share, But in my heart you’re always there. Gordon, Derek and Tony thank – Love from Mam Mary, Carol, all who attended Winnie’s funeral Stewart and Steve and those who sent cards of condolence. Gratitude is expressed for all who helped her to live a long and lovely life, for her neighbours at Barugh Green, her friends at Barugh Methodist Church and for all who cared for Not a day goes by when I don’t her at Manor Court. Appreciation think of you. is given to the Rev. Pam Butler in Always in my heart, her conduct of a meaningful especially today. service and to E. Bedford Funeral Services, Clayton West – Love from for their caring funeral arrangeyour husband ments Eric xxx KITCHENER, George – Birthday memories of a dear husband, Dad and Grandad George, for 11th May.

LIDSTER, Felicity


LIDSTER, Felicity – A loving spray of memories, We’ve sent to you above, To wish you happy birthday Mum, Tied up with all our love. Thinking of you on your birthday.

Birthday memories of a special Dad and Grandad who would have been 76 on 15th May.

If birthday wishes could come true, Ours would be to still have you. All our love.

– From Harvey, Anthony, Sarah and Rachel xxx. Birthday wishes to a kind and loving Grandma, We miss you very much.

Your special day I cannot share, But in my heart you are always there.

Memories of a dear husband, Dad and Grandad who died on May 12th, 2001, aged 59.

My heart is filled with memories, With love I speak your name, My life goes on without you, But nothing is the same. Remembering you is easy, I do it every minute of every day, Missing you is the heartache, That never goes away. Happy birthday.


Your special day we cannot share, But in our hearts you are always there, Love always.

– From Imogen, Jake, Isabelle, Elliot and Eli xxx.


Loving birthday memories of a beautiful wife and Mam, Sharon, who would be 48 on 9th May, 2008.

– From Mick, Joan and family xx.

– From your ever loving Joan, Stephen and Georgina PRIESTLEY, Stanley – Loving memories of a dear brother-inlaw and uncle. – Love from Charlotte and Matt Time and years pass gently by, xxx. But love and memories never die. – Love from Kathleen and family WAKE, Beaty – Passed away May 8th 2006. Cherished memories of our dear Mam, Nan and Great Nan.


– From Phyll – From William and Jack Happy birthday to a dear Father, xx. who would have been 81 on 11th May. POSTILL, Sharon – Loving – From your son Patrick and birthday memories of a very family special sister and auntie.

My first long year has ended, Without you by my side, Many times I’ve needed you Dave, And many times I’ve cried. Miss you.

– From ever loving husband Fred. COLE, Pauline – – Love from Maureen, Stephen, As precious as a diamond, Janice, Neil and families xxx Or pearl from the sea, HOLLAND, William – Loving Nothing is as precious, memories of a dear husband, As what you mean to me. Dad, Grandad and Great Now all we have are memories, To help us get along, Grandad who died on 11th May, But life without you, 2002. Just seems to be so wrong. We can’t believe it’s a year.

So much in life has altered, So much in life is new, But one thing that will never change, Is the love we have for you.


Just the average family, We didn’t ask for more, Then life was changed completely, With that knock upon our door. This awful thing had happened, And none of us knew why, You were never coming back again, And we didn’t say goodbye. Our world just fell to pieces, We cried in disbelief, We had to stick together, To overcome our grief. We’ll never understand it, It all seems so unfair, We wish we’d hear that knock again, And see you standing there. They say the star that shines twice as bright, Will only live half as long. You are the brightest star up there, For you, we will stay strong. Love you and miss you every day. Keep smiling Dave. God bless. Lots of love.

– Love from Caine and Amy xxx COLE, Pauline – In memory of – From Martin, Susan and girls. Pauline, who died on 13th May, Thanks for our son, Kai David HENSHAW, Jack – Treasured 2007. memories of a loving husband, A thousand words won’t bring you back, Dad and Grandad who died on I know because I’ve tried, May 12th, 2007.

– From daughter Angela and – From your loving sister Elaine son-in-law Kev x. and Roy xx We sat beside your bedside, CROOKES, Ruth – In loving Our hearts were crushed and sore, memory of a dear Mum and We did our best to help you, Till we could do no more. Grandma who died on May 10th, In tears we watched you sinking, 1995. We watched you fade away, Our hearts were truly breaking, We wanted you to stay. To us you were so special, What more is there to say? We only wish with all our hearts, That you were here today.


HALL, David Steven (Ginner) – away 14th May, 2007. CLARKE, Ben – 13th May, Passed Words are few, thoughts are deep, 2006. Memories of you I’ll always keep. Sometimes things happen we can’t – From Pete stop, HALL, David – Sometimes things happen we pray

– Love from Gill xx Miss you loads. WHITTAKER, Harry – Passed – From daughter Carol, son-inaway 30th April, 2008. law Wayne and granddaughter A bouquet of flowers just for you, Softly as the leaves that fall, Emma Sprinkled with teardrops instead of Quietly remembered by us all – From your loving son Darrell dew, COLE, Pauline – – From Pat, Claire and June and daughter-in-law Anne xx. The hands of time keep turning, Placed in the centre a forget me not, WHITTAKER, Peter – In loving A year has slipped away, A little prayer to keep in touch, To say we love and miss you a lot. For Grandad we loved so much, memory of a dear Dad and But always in our thoughts, All our love. A kiss we’ll send to the sky so blue, Grandad who passed away on And missed every day. – From Nessa, Pete and Sally. Catch it Grandad, it’s just for you. Night night, God bless, 30th April, aged 73 years. – From son Robert, Lynn, Lots of love. grandchildren and great Love and kisses. Reunited with wife Giovanna. – From grandchildren Brandon grandchildren xxx – From Codey Lee x You always had a smile to share, and Charley Saffron. COOKE, Sandra – Loving RHYMER, Ann – To my dear Time to give and time to care, We hide our sorrows, at least we try, memories of a dear sister A loving nature, a heart of gold, friend Ann. To smile with others, alone we cry, These are the memories we will hold. Sandra, who died 12th May, I sat beside your bed, So from our hearts we whisper low, We picture a beautiful garden, 1992 and sister Rita who died And gently stroked your face, God bless you Dad, we miss you so. There at the gate you stand, 16th July, 2004. – From your loving son Mike and A traumatic sight to watch, Where loved ones have gone before As you fought to win the race, A sister is a priceless gift, Donna xxx. Good night, God bless Grandad Pete.

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– Love from Mother xxx. – Fond memories of a loving daughter-in-law. – From Margaret xxx MACDONALD, George – Dear husband, 70 on 11th May and son Paul, 44 on 18th June. Miss you both.

– Love from Brenda, Mum MASON, Alice (nee Wingrove) – In loving memory of a dear wife, Mother, Grandma and Great Grandma on her birthday 9th May, and our wedding anniversary 12th May. Thank you for the precious years, Of love we had together, The memories of these years, Are locked in our hearts forever.

God gave us a wonderful Dad, We loved him to the end, We lost two precious things that day, A Dad and a friend. It broke our hearts to lose you, But you didn’t go alone, For part of us went with you, The day God called you home.

– Love from all your family xxx. SMITH, Jean – Treasured birthday memories of a dear daughter for May 10th. If we could visit heaven, On this your special day, Then maybe for a little while, Our pain would go away, We could put our arms around you Jean, And never let you go, We would whisper happy birthday, And say we miss and love you so, Always in our hearts and minds.

– From your loving husband Irving, sons Steven and Stuart and families – Love from Mum and Dad xxxx

OWEN, Katherine – I would like to thank all family friends and relatives who attended the funeral service for Katherine at Ardsley Crematorium on Friday 2nd May, 2008, I am truly grateful for all the love and support given at this difficult time. Bless you all. Kind regards, Gary SIDEBOTTOM, Raymond – The family would like to thank Dr. Kakoty, Barnsley District General Hospital and Weston Park Hospital for their care of Raymond during the last month, also Rev. Geoff Holmes and Simon Anderson, Funeral Director. Thanks to family, friends and neighbours for their kindness and support at this sad time. Thank you also for your kind donations to Weston Park in lieu of flowers


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A MONK Bretton bricklayer who crashed his Mercedes when turning it round was later taken to hospital because of his high alcohol reading. Ian Robert Rowan was subsequently found to be four-and-a-half times the permitted drink-drive alcohol limit, Barnsley magistrates were told. Rowan, 47, of Parish Way, had admitted driving with excess alcohol at an earlier hearing at which he also admitted failing to surrender to bail. He was given a fourmonth prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and made subject to a community order, combining 12 months of supervision with six months’ alcohol treatment. He was additionally banned from driving for three years and ordered to pay £60 costs by Michael Eaton, presiding,

who told him he had come very close to going into custody. Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting, said the offence took place when Rowan’s car struck a parked vehicle in Canada Street, Worsbrough Common on April 13. He had to be helped from his vehicle. For Rowan, Brian Orsborn said he had accepted he had a drink problem and sought help from a local alcohol and drug advisory service prior to the accident. Since then he had spent a week in hospital detoxifying. He appreciated he had received a ‘wake-up call’ and had lived, since April 30, with a district judge’s warning that a custodial sentence was a possibility ringing in his ears. He promised nothing similar would happen again. A man of good character, Rowan told the magistrates he was ‘ashamed’ of what he had done and that he was now selling the car.


Drug dealer given prison sentence for his part in ‘wholesale’ smuggling By Adam Civico DRUG dealer Ian Blaver has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for his part in a gang that acted as ‘drugs wholesalers’. The group smuggled and supplied large amounts of drugs, including cocaine, speed and cannabis, across Britiain. A police investigation headed by the Serious Organised Crime Agency resulted in seizures of £3m worth of drugs, including 42 kilos of herbal ‘skunk’ cannabis, 159 kilos of cannabis resin, 17 kilos of cocaine and 90 kilos of amphetamine powder. And this week ten defendants including Blaver were sentenced in Sheffield and were given a total of 60 years behind bars. Blaver, 33, of Springbank Close, Carlton, was arrested after he

had been seen by SOCA officers in September last year driving from Woolley Edge to Royston in convoy with co-conspirator Mark Burbidge, of Chesterfield. They parked next to Royston WMC where boxes were removed from Burbidge’’s van and placed in Blaver’s Lexus. Blaver then drove to Calder Avenue, Royston, and unloaded the boxes in a garage. He made two similar trips. A police search of the garage found the boxes contained 41.9 kilos of skunk — the most potent form of cannabis with a street value of about £167,500. Blaver was found guilty of possession of a class C drug with intent to supply at a trial in January. Burbidge earlier admitted conspiracy to supply class C drugs.

Another Barnsley man with links to the gang was Leonard Quinn, of West End Crescent, Royston. He was arrested in July in possession of 65 kilos of cannabis resin by South Yorkshire police. He was jailed for three years and four months for possession with intent to supply in October. Including the previous convictions of a number of customers and couriers of the gang, the total number of sentences was more than 100 years. SOCA executive director Trevor Pearce said: “This was a prolific and organised criminal enterprise involved in a largescale drug dealing conspiracy involving the supply of controlled drugs in wholesale quanJailed: Drug dealer Ian Blaver. tities.”

First occupier set to check into former Queen’s THE first occupier of a business centre in the former Queen’s Hotel is expected to move in at the end of the month almost a year after renovation finished. Lancaster Property Services Limited will take three ground floor rooms at Queen’s Court, as the Victorian building, is called. The company’s ten staff had hoped to move from Eldon Street at the end of last year but the firm has been embroiled in lengthy negotiations. Director Richard Crossfield said terms of the lease had taken longer to iron out than expected. “As far as I am aware, we have almost got things sorted out and we move in at the end of the month.” The building has remained empty since it was opened last July by Barnsley West and Pensitone MP Mick Clapham. The renovation cost £3m. It had been hoped part of the building would be occupied by a bistro and restaurant but people behind the idea lost interest. A charity and a Leeds school for beauticians have said they would like to take offices. The hotel closed in May 2003 and renovation started in November 2005.

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Deputy clerk to retire after 20 years’ service THE deputy clerk of the Regent Street based South Yorkshire Joint Secretariat is retiring after more than 20 years of service. Mike Sanderson, who lives in Barnsley, joined the organisation which oversees fire, police and transport services on its formation in 1986. He became deputy clerk in 1999 and has pioneered ways of working in areas such as custody visiting, police community grants and developments in consultation. Some of his ideas have been taken up across the rest of the country. Mike previously

worked for Leicester, Preston and Bolton councils before moving to South Yorkshire County Council in 1979. He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my career but I felt that it was time to call it a day after 38 years. “I am very proud of the work I and my colleagues have done during my time at SYJS and it has been a pleasure working here.” Joint secretariat clerk and treasurer Bill Wilkinson added: “Mike has been a fantastic servant to South Yorkshire.”

Big break: Susan Mitchell.

A BARNSLEY woman has landed a character role in the soap Coronation Street and will make her debut on screen on Wednesday night. Susan Mitchell, 38, of Higham Common Road, Barugh Green, has filmed only one episode so far but she is hoping her character, Tina's mum, will be back soon. Susan has been a working

actress for about 13 years. She has done a lot of theatre work and was in an episode of Emmerdale last year. She said: “Corrie is one of those programmes that we’ve all grown up with, everybody knows it, so in that way, this is one of my highest profile and best jobs I’ve done. “I enjoyed it. All the cast and crew were absolutely brilliant and made me feel so welcome.

MP says doctors are discriminating against ex-miners MP Mick Clapham believes government doctors are discriminating against Barnsley ex-miners. The Barnsley West and Penistone member is worried about the low numbers of men being awarded disability benefits for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome. He suspects the fact that the men have been awarded compensation for their disability is hampering their claims to the Department of Work and Pensions. In October new eligibility rules were brought in to supposedly make applying for benefits easier for men with HAVS, the syndrome includes vibration white finger. But sufferers are not being approved at the expected rate and Mr Clapham will put pressure on the government to take action. He said: “I feel there is a prejudice in places like Barnsley because men were miners and have already been paid compensation under the common law system. “To me the obvious obstacle seems to be one

BRIEFLY Accused granted bail KIRI Anne Sykes had good reason for failing to attend court to answer a theft allegation. The 25-year-old had been jailed for 16 months at Sheffield Crown Court the previous day, Barnsley magistrates were told. Sykes, 25, of St Barnabas Road, Darfield, had been scheduled to appear alongside Ryan Peter Powell on a joint charge that they stole a handbag and contents, valued at £95, from Susan Tasker at Wilkinsons store, Wombwell, on February 26. Powell, 26, unemployed, of the same address, was granted bail as proceedings were adjourned for five days. Sykes is then due to make her appearance by means of video link.

Man denies offences A PENISTONE man has appeared at Barnsley magistrates’ court charged with threatening to kill his mother. Paul Calderbank, formerly of Chapel Field Lane but now living at Silver Street, Dodworth, is alleged to have committed the offence against June Calderbank on March 27. He is also charged with threatening to cause criminal damage to her home and with theft of a mobile phone and cash. Calderbank, who denies the offences, was told by deputy district judge Simon Hickey the matters would be heard at Sheffield Crown Court. He will make his next court appearance in five days time.

Resident faces trial A HOYLAND man charged with a house burglary offence and going equipped for theft was committed for crown court trial when he appeared at Barnsley magistrates’ court. Neil Cowlishaw, 31, of Booth Street, is alleged to have committed the burglary at an address in Welland Crescent, Elsecar, on March 9. He was granted bail with conditions he lives at an address in Sunny View, Huddersfield, does not contact Rachel or Laura Burns and does not go to Elsecar. He is due to make his first appearance at Sheffield Crown Court on May 22.

You would have thought I'd been there for years. “It is just one episode for now but hopefully I will be doing more.” Susan trained at the Arden School of Theatre in Manchester. She has done a number of TV adverts including one for McDonalds, as well as roles in BBC soap Doctors and Crimewatch reconstructions.

of attitude by the DWP doctors.” The Barnsley HAVS group will gather to discuss the problem at Highstone Road WMC tomorrow. There are more than 900 members and organiser Mick White hopes as many as possible will turn up to show their support. He said: “Our members are very unhappy about all the people who are being turned down, it is not fair, that’s why we have called this meeting.” Mr Clapham, who will be in attendance to back the miners’ cause, added: “This is six months in and we will give it another month then I will request a meeting with the minister. “The only way we can overcome this is if sufficient people voice their opinions strongly. “Hopefully that will draw attention to the fact that the amendment to the HAVS prescription is not working.” The meeting starts at 10.30am, new recruits are welcome.


Grim discovery: Police examine at the house at Longman Road. Picture: Jamie Lorriman.

Gruesome discovery at house By Steph Johnson THE badly decomposed body of a 56-year-old man was found yesterday at a house in the town centre. Police were called to the Longman Road address by South Yorkshire Ambulance staff just before 1am. The Chronicle understands

the body had been there for several weeks and a special response unit was brought in to deal with the incident. A police spokesman said: “His body has since been removed from the house and a post mortem examination is planned for this evening to establish the cause of his

death. “The man’s identity is not being released as formal identification has not yet taken place.” Neighbours say two brothers and a sister had lived at the address but none of the family had been seen for some time.






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BRIEFLY Driver, 33, denies speeding allegations A SMITHIES man alleged to have been driving at speeds approaching 90 mile an hour when involved in a collision with three vehicles in Rotherham Road is to face crown court trial. Barbara Marsden, presiding, ruled the matter too serious for summary trial when he appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court. Clive Elrington, 33, of Edgecliffe Place, denies driving dangerously in Rotherham Road on November 3 He was granted unconditional bail to August 1 when his case is scheduled for committal to Sheffield Crown Court.

By Steph Johnson

BOM tickets on sale TICKETS are available for this year’s BomFest music festival which will be held in Locke Park in July. It features several unsigned Barnsley bands which perform their own music, as well as some more established acts. This year’s event, on Saturday, July 19, will include a main stage and acoustic stage. Visit for details on where to buy tickets.

MP Jeff Ennis’ surgery BARNSLEY East and Mexborough MP Jeff Ennis will hold a surgery for constituents tomorrow. It will be from 10-11.30am at Darfield library.

Above: Having fun with a parachute are all who attended the community get together at the Arches pub in Pitt Street last Saturday. Right: Enjoying a game of croquet during last Saturday’s community get together at the Arches pub is four-year-old Matthew Skiffington.

BARNSLEY is to get its first walkin health centre as part of plans to boost the borough’s GP services. The clinic, based in the town centre, will open seven days a week from 8am until 8pm with booked appointments also on offer, the Primary Care Trust announced yesterday. PCT bosses have also revealed which areas will benefit from three new GP surgeries. One will serve the Cudworth and Monk Bretton wards, another will cater for residents in villages covered by the North East boundary and the third will be for those in the Dearne. The centre and surgeries will be treating patients by the end of next year. Although the exact sites have

yet to be determined the general locations have been selected because they have greater health inequalities than other parts of the town, such as high numbers of people suffering from long term conditions and who have a shorter life expectancy. A growing population has been another factor. Barnsley is receiving extra financial help from the government to fund the shake up of its GP provision because it does not have enough doctors and has been deemed an area of heath deprivation. The PCT will ask residents what they would like the practices to offer, such as minor surgery, longer opening hours, extra support and diagnostic services. Barnsley GP and chairman of the professional executive com-

mittee Dr Martin Sics says it is a unique opportunity to directly influence decision making. Consultation will take the form of public events, surveys and feedback through the PCT website. PCT assistant director of commissioning Ed Reilly said it is the launch of a new standard of healthcare for the borough. He added: “The people of Barnsley deserve world class GP and community services and we are committed to delivering that standard of care for everyone over the next few years. “To do that successfully we need to understand which services local people want and how and where they want them to be provided so that we can truly meet every person's needs,” added Ed Reilly. Call 0800 612 2182.

Hospital smashes waiting targets again By Steph Johnson BARNSLEY hospital has beaten its government set waiting time targets for the second year running. More than 98 per cent of patients in A&E have been seen, treated and discharged within four hours or less. It means the hospital has been ranked among the highest performers in the region. The success is being put down to commitment from staff, predicting peaks in demand, improved admissions procedures and closer working with other departments. The average number of patients

arriving in A&E is between 180 and 250 a day. General manager Steve Haigh said: “The team is always working exceptionally hard to not only beat the 4-hour target but in most cases is able to see, treat and discharge patients even sooner. “There can be exceptions such as during peak times or where it is clinically impossible to treat someone straightaway because they require extra tests but we keep waiting times to a minimum by bringing in more staff.” The hospital urges anyone who does not require immediate care to make an appointment with their GP or call NHS Direct.

Thief in screwdriver attack A MAN was attacked with a screwdriver after catching a thief searching his car. James Atkinson went to get in his vehicle and found another man sitting in the driver's seat. The thief was looking into the glove compartment on the passenger side of the Citroen C3 and when he was disturbed got out and confronted James — threatening to stab him with a screwdriver. James, 25, of Doncaster, had been visiting his girlfriend who lives in the Junction House flats, off Doncaster Road. He said: “I went to get in the car and there was a lad sitting in the driver’s seat. I challenged him and he ran at me with a screwdriver or something like that. “I struck out at him and got out of the way. It was the scariest situation I have ever been in, who knows what could have happened? I was quite lucky and I’m thankful I did not get knifed. “The stuff can be replaced but you could not replace a vital organ.” The offender ran off before driving away in a P-registered green Vauxhall

Suspect: An e-fit of the man police wish to interview. Corsa. The incident happened in the basement garage of the flats at about 11.30pm on Monday, April 14. A CD player and stereo and a 'sat nav' system were stolen. Detectives have released an e-fit of the suspect and anyone with information should contact 736030 or Crimestoppers, 0800 555111.

Man, 55, cleared of his charges A LITTLE Houghton man alleged to have assaulted a vehicle recovery operative by driving a car at him was pronounced not guilty following a trial at Barnsley Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Phillip Knight, 55, of Rotherham Road was also cleared of a charge of failing to stop after his Fiat Punto was involved in a road accident in Marsh Street, Wombwell on May 6.

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Pre-school goes green BARUGH Green preschool is going green-fingered this weekend. As part of its commitment to encourage young children to interact with the environment, Barugh Green Pre-School is holding a Little Green Fingers event on Sunday where children, with the help of parents, can plant fruit and vegetables. They will also be able to plant seeds of their choice to take home. The project is part of the five-month CSV Action Earth 2008 campaign supported by Morrisons Supermarkets and has been organised by national charity Community Service Volunteers (CSV). Barugh Green PreSchool Committee has coordinated the project to encourage more people to get into the community and spend time outdoors.

By Mike Cotton

Accused says not guilty A STAIRFOOT man appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on crutches when he entered not guilty pleas to two charges of assault. Adrian Mills, 42, of Wombwell Lane, is alleged to have assaulted Jill Platts and Phillip Sewell on February 5. He was granted unconditional bail as proceedings were adjourned to June 16.

Driver cleared of assault A LITTLE Houghton man has been cleared of assaulting a vehicle recovery man by driving a car at him. Philip Knight, 55, of Rotherham Road, had denied the charge and another of failing to stop his Fiat Punto after an accident. He was cleared after a trial at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday and both charges were dismissed.

Service to celebrate BARNSLEY museum service will be celebrating Museums and Galleries Month with events throughout this month. The programme will include free tours of the Newcomen Beam Engine at Elsecar Heritage Centre, a family bridge building challenge at the Cooper Gallery and sweet making in the Victorian kitchen at Cannon Hall. Contact number: 790270.

Floral tributes: Flowers left by friends and family outside Gary and Tracey Grinhaff's Aldham Crescent home.

LUCORUM will play host to a local derby next week as Barnsley favourites, The Jives, take on Rotherham's The Subs in the Battle of the Bands. The competition, which is raising money for the South Yorkshire Children’s charity Safe@Last, has had 15 bands from across Yorkshire battling it out over four weeks. Safe@Last events and fund-raising manager Mark Lees, said: “The competition is getting fierce now, the standards are so high that all the remaining bands need to be on top form to get through to the final.” Lucorum’s new owner, John Silker, said: “Hav-

THE heartbroken family of a Barnsley man thought to have killed his wife and then himself said this week: “We need to get their children through this, God willing.” Gary Grinhaff, 44, was found dead in Wombwell woods with self-inflicted injuries on Friday. The body of his wife, Tracey, 42, was found earlier at the couple’s home in Aldham Crescent. Neighbours and relatives of Gary, described as ‘Mr Perfect’, said they had no idea there were marital problems, but Tracey had written on her page on website Facebook that she was ‘currently splitting’ from her husband. One neighbour said she believed Tracey was seeing another man. Gary’s sister, Anne Marie Chirnside, 40, said: “There isn’t a word invented for how much it hurts. It’s very hard to believe it’s my brother. “Gary and Tracey, as far as we knew, were the perfect little family unit. “We had absolutely no idea anything was wrong. We just can’t make sense of it.

“They really did have everything to live for. What happened behind closed doors we’ll never know. We’ve got questions but there are only two people who could answer them and they’re not here. “All we can do now is look after those kids. We need to get them through this the best we can, God willing. They need us to be together.” Anne Marie said her two nieces, Chloe, 13, and Niamh, who turned three on Saturday, were being looked after by Tracey’s sister Ann. She said Chloe had gone back to Wombwell High School this week because she had SATs exams to do, and it would be what her parents wanted. A friend and former colleague of Tracey, who did not want to be named, said: “I just can’t get my head round it. “They were both such good parents. “I keep reading about it and seeing it but I still can’t believe it's Tracey. “I can still hear her voice. “If you were in trouble, Gary and Tracey were the people you could ring. It’s such a tragic

thing that's happened. “I honestly couldn’t think of a single bad word to say about Gary.” Gary's dad, Arthur, 79, of Great Houghton, said: “You ask anyone round here and they’ll say Gary was a good lad. “People are saying ‘no, not Gary Grinhaff?’ We used to call him Mr Perfect because everything always had to be perfect. “There is not one single bad thing I can say about him, and I mean that. I just don't know what happened.” Tracey trained as a hairdresser at Leslie Frances in Barnsley. She later worked at the salon 911 in Wombwell before leaving to have a family. Gary was involved in the Scouting movement and once made his own canoe. He also played the cornet in the Salvation Army Band. A collection for the family has started in Wombwell at Cole Brothers’ Cafe and tomorrow there will be raffle tickets on sale on the High Street. Last Friday a man was arrested in connection with Tracey’s death but later released without charge.

Court orders man to go on ‘calming’ course after outburst in pub By Ian Harley RICHARD Storrs saw red when Shane McGinn smiled at him and lifted his beer glass to indicate he was enjoying his drink. The reason, Barnsley magistrates were told, was that he had previously been ordered to pay Mr McGinn £2,000 in compensation when he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court charged with assaulting him. Storrs, a 21-year-old, felt Mr McGinn was rubbing salt into the wound and reacted with a spontaneous outburst, said solicitor Julian Brook. Storrs, of Wingfield Road, Athersley South, had admitted threatening behaviour at an earlier hearing. He was given a 12-month community order with supervision and ‘calm’ course requirements and made subject of a 9pm to 6am curfew to operate on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for three months. He was also ordered to pay £43 costs by Owen Gleadall, presiding, who said they had stopped short of custody because the offence was limited to threats and had not developed into violence.

ing a Rotherham versus Barnsley semi-final just gives the whole thing added spice. “We hope that all the band’ fans and music lovers everywhere will join us.” Barnsley band The Paradigms have also got through to the semis and will face Wakefield band Theory1. The winner of the competion will receive £2,008 sponsored by Carling and other prizes donated by the University Centre Barnsley. The semi-finals will take place on Thursday May 15 and 22. For more details visit tleofthebands

Cemetery rules change LARGER headstones will be allowed in Barnsley cemeteries thanks to a change in the types of foundations which are laid. Where ground conditions permit, a maximum height of 4ft 6in will replace the old limit of 3ft. The new rules are part of a revision of cemetery regulations, which will also standardise opening times across the borough. Other changes include the authorisation of relatives and friends to apply for burial over the phone and permission for temporary markers to be in place for 24 months.

Happier times: Gary and Tracey Grinhaff on their wedding day.

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Katie Rafter, prosecuting, said the offence took place at the Court House pub when Storrs entered and discovered the complainant drinking inside. Seconds later he was shouting that he was going to kill him and casting aspersions about his legitimacy. In police interview, Storrs admitted losing his temper and shouting threats but denied making threats to kill. He said he would have loved to hit him but, as he put him in a coma last time, would not have done so. Mr Brook said the earlier crown court sentence should have been ‘water under the bridge’ but that was clearly not the case. The complainant’s smile and wave of the glass was seen as provocation and produced a spontaneous reaction which the defendant now regretted. Storrs, however, appreciated his actions had caused concern to others and his behaviour was unacceptable. He accepted that drink had played a part in his offending and tended to promote outbursts. Custody, argued Mr Brook, would do nothing to help him address his behavioural problems.

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CHRONICLE COMMENT A proud moment for ex-miner Len IT IS a fair bet that when Mayor Coun Len Picken recalls his year of office a ceremony in memory of nearly 60 men killed in one of Barnsley’s last big pit disasters will be his proudest moment. He successfully campaigned to have a winding wheel memorial, depicting rescue attempts following the explosion at Wharncliffe Woodmoor pit in 1936, moved to a more prominent location at the entrance to Wharncliffe Business Park. He was a miner for more than 40 years and his voice faltered with emotion when the memorial was re-dedicated this week. A hundred people turned out for the ceremony but more impressive still was that Carlton Primary children have been learning about the disaster. It is important that the young learn the price that previous generations paid for digging coal on which the town’s prosperity was built. Those who died in disasters like that at Wharncliffe Woodmoor must never be forgotten. Teaching youngsters about it ensures the suffering of the past will be respected well into the future. LURID headlines from other parts of the country about patients stuck for hours on hospital trollies show how hard it is to make excellence the norm in the NHS. We seem to be doing rather better in this neck of the woods. Barnsley hospital has beaten waiting time targets for the second year running. More than 98 per cent of casualty patients have been treated and discharged within four hours or less. The success has been put down to the commitment of staff, predicting peaks in demand, improved admissions procedures and closer working with other departments. Targets and rankings, of course, are merely lines on paper. What matters is what is called these days the ‘patient experience’. No amount of paper chasing can substitute for that. But well done to the hospital for making a fraught time in casualty more bearable.


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Why Labour must listen to electors GARY ROWLEY, Aldham House Lane, Wombwell SO, Barnsley council leader, Steve Houghton, attempted to blame last week’s disastrous election results upon fallout from the abolition of the 10p tax band. He has a point, naturally. Once again, the so-called party of the working classes has hit those least able to afford it. But surely even Mr Houghton must realise that it doesn’t stop there, and it isn’t just low earners who are feeling the pinch. The cost of living has rocketed. Householders have seen disposable incomes decimated by soaring utility, fuel, mortgage and grocery costs, but are continually brow-beaten into believing that inflation is running at 2per cent. Adding to the misery is a tax burden widely recognised as being the highest in history. Yet still the government demand more. I am sure they would tax fresh air if they thought they could get away with it. And then we have the unfair council tax. Talk now is of rebanding properties to eke even more money out of people. Just the kind of tonic we need. I wouldn’t mind, but we can’t even get our bins emptied once a week. Immigration is another contributing factor to Labour’s

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‘College Fields estate roads in appalling state’ JOHN R BOWER, Beaumont Road, Kexborough ON behalf of the residents of the College Field development I wish to record my disgust at the appalling state of the estate roads and footpaths. I have spent a lifetime in the construction industry and my firm was proud of its reputation for fast and efficient construction of multi-

Locked loo IT was Ferret’s friends’s worst nightmare: locked in a public loo. The offending high-tech toilet is

people have been in residence over three years. Persimmon demands payment in full before handing over keys, promises speedy completion of outstanding works then fails to deliver. It was reported last week that Persimmon had decided to mothball all new projects pending an upturn in demand. Let us hope the lack in activity prompts them to finish those already started.

JIM STEINKE, Northern Refugee Centre, YVONNE CASS, South Yorkshire Refugee Community Forum, MAGGIE PROCTOR, Refugee Education and Employment Project WE are obviously concerned about local election results in Barnsley where it is evident that there has been a significant vote for parties that are hostile to migrants. This may not be surprising if you consider the hostile media coverage towards migrants and the widespread ignorance of benefits that migration brings to

the region. We are concerned that there could be a reaction by other mainstream political parties locally and nationally to believing that the economic regeneration of Barnsley can be maintained without continuing migration to the area. What we need to sort is how we all share the benefits of migration. Perhaps what is needed is a time for reflection by mainstream parties then an honest debate about the pros and cons of migration and we hope that this is possible within Barnsley over the coming months.

WE are the parents of Simon, one of the injured in the accident on Sheffield Road. We would like to thank Mr Trotman for his comments in the Chronicle last week and agree wholeheartedly. Although we did not want the lorry driver to suffer a custodial sentence, we would at least have liked his ban and fine to reflect the seriousness of the accident and the trauma it has caused to us. We were sorry to learn that the driver had a sick child, but he nearly took our son away from us. However, because of his actions we too had a disabled child, and although he is recovering well, the trauma still stays with him and we daresay it will do so for a long time yet, as we have been told that it will take him about another

eighteen months to get back to his pre-accident fitness. We were particularly concerned about the comments made by the judge that the lorry driver was suffering from stress and found it difficult to concentrate because of his child’s ill health. While we can sympathise with this, surely if he is suffering from stress it is questionable whether he should be driving. Why is a person who suffers with stress and is now on his 9th motoring conviction be allowed to drive a 32 Tonne lorry? A three-month ban seems laughable when drivers suffer more serious punishment for far less. We would like to thank all those who have written in support of Simon, and especially to those who have given their personal time assisting him with his studies in the run up to his GCSEs.

Where was visor supervisor? STEVE LEWIS, South Kirkby WITH reference to the photograph in last week where members of Wombwell junior wardens paid a visit to Brampton Fire Station. I applaud the authorities for this innovation and it is important for children to learn citizenship and about health and safety issues.

Therefore it came as a surprise to see that the child seen tackling the fire in the photograph is wearing a helmet with the visor up. Surely it is a requirement of health and safety rules that personal protective equipment is to be used correctly? As PR, it is in serious danger of falling flat on its face.

on Barnsley railway station. To use it, travellers need to press a button and, through a microphone, tell a male operator that it is needed. A few crackles later, the door is unlocked and you are able to enter. After observing a young lady shouting three times into the mouthpiece: “I want to use the toilet,”(much to the amusement of other passengers), Ferret’s friend decided she’d have a go. But once in, she couldn’t get out because the door was locked. Another passenger came to the rescue and yelled at the toilet operator that someone was trapped. It only took a few seconds to be free, but it seemed like hours. Give us a penny in the slot any time.

Patchy job IT’S had the residents of Clyde Street scratching their heads in

disbelief. Trev Lovett complained to two council representatives about the state of his pavement outside his home. It had had been dug up so many times by the utility companies that it needed repairing. The workmen came along and put down a 5ft long by two ft wide patch of tarmac, then went on to a job elsewhere. It covers a small area near his doorstep. The workmen did not touch the rest of the uneven pavement outside his house and in the remainder of the long terraced street. Trev told Ferret. “It's so silly. Why did they bother?”

Mark of wisdom FERRET went looking for the home of a journalist on Saturday. He knew the name of the street

Glad at refusal of plans ANDREW COCKER, Cross Street, Worsbrough TOP marks to the council’s planning committee for rejecting Beatson Clark's proposal to build houses on its former Stairfoot site. The company, its owner and greedy developers will not now profit as planned from the apparently unnecessary closure of the glass container factory. What a shame the company spent money on demolishing the premises only to be dealt this outcome. While the committee members decision had to be arrived at objectively, it does make you wonder if deep down they feel angry at Beatson Clark’s destruction of people's livelihoods and its hasty decision to remove yet another piece of Barnsley’s manufacturing industry to farflung corners of the globe in pursuit of monetary gain. This should serve as a lesson. Sometimes things come back to bite.

Missing link MICK COLDRON, Derry Grove, Thurnscoe CONTRARY to your assertion that the Dearne Towns Link Road is complete and links the M1 and A1, in your Then and Now feature last Friday, I should point out that the road is not complete and only links Goldthorpe to the M1 (or vice versa). As anyone who has to contend with reaching the A1 and all points east, will tell you, the bottleneck at Hickleton hardly complies with anything built since the middle-ages never mind the 21st century. Perhaps some-one should remind Doncaster council that the red-flag law limiting the progress of motorised vehicles was repealed over 100 years ago and that it should spend some cash at this end of their borough improving the infrastructure.

Open ballot JOHN FLETCHER, Oaks Farm Drive, Darton

Terrific team: PCSO’s Rob Evans and Helen Dundas with New Lodge’s Michael Moore. MICHAEL MOORE, Langsett Road, New Lodge TWO police officers came to my house on Tuesday night to tell

me that my son who lives in Eire had been trying to phone me for a fortnight and as I am 80 he was worried. They took the trouble to see me and get

me to phone him. I mention this because while a lot of people call the police when shove comes to push there is a caring, serving side to them.

Barnsley market still the best in Yorkshire DERYCK DOBBS, Fearnville Grove, Royston. I READ that the leader of Council says: "The people want to see bulldozers and the market is the big one that everybody is waiting for, including me." Does he shop in the market now? Does he know what some of the

traders say? Well perhaps I can tell him. At least two people, who trade as fruit and veg, have told me when asked if they will go into the new market: no way. In fact one told me it would be cheaper in Meadowhall. I shop in the market every week and while it may not be as good as it was I still rate it

as the best in Yorkshire. So Steve Houghton we will wait and see how wrong you are. If it is not broken then don't mend it. You also say discussions are still progressing with contractors and the funders. please let us all know how much the funders are prepared to loan and how much the council has to pay back.

This is no longer party of the working class COUN PETER MIDDLETON, Old Town Ward WELL done Mr Geoff Sagar for highlighting the plight of many low-paid workers following the Labour Government’s abolition of the 10p tax rate (Chronicle May 2). Indeed, he is one of many thousands in Barnsley that will suffer perhaps more than anywhere else because one third of the workforce here is part-time and more than two thirds earn less than £19,000. I doubt there will be very little change as a result of the compensation measures forced by

It’s now or never as Eric gets all shook up FERRET hears it on good authority that Eric Illsley MP does a fine Elvis impression. Apparently it began when a fulltime Elvis impersonator failed to show up once and the microphone ended up coming his way. Ferret sensed Eric was not bestpleased when his wife Dawn revealed this fact to two of Ferret’s colleagues at the end of a long election night at the Metrodome. Apparently, Eric said in a very slow and deliberate manner: “Dawn, love, these people are reporters.” Ferret looks forward to seeing the act one day. Perhaps during Prime Minister's Questions?

million pound projects. Persimmon are months if not years behind schedule. At the back end of last year, it promised, in writing, to complete roadworks by April this year. Not only has it failed to do so but has made no attempt to start. My daughter and granddaughter moved onto Roundacre, an upmarket road of 30 odd houses on the site, over a year ago; some

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showing. The people of Barnsley are tolerant, but feel ill at ease with the negative impact the continued influx of foreign nationals is having. Let them come by all means. But surely a quota system needs to be set up. And then there is crime. The government says reported incidents are on the decrease. Maybe so. But do you feel safer walking the streets than, say, 20 years ago? I don’t, and can only attribute the downward trend to feelings of apathy, a belief that no one in authority cares any more – unless you happen to stray a couple of miles over the speed limit, or take your child on holiday during school term, or drop a toffee wrapper. Then you become a criminal and are dealt with punitively. Why? Because fine, honest, decent, upstanding members of society always pay their dues, providing valuable extra revenue for the government to fritter away on another rung of seemingly endless enquiries and quangos. Add on plans for national identity cards, congestion charging, pay-as-you-throw rubbish charges, looming green taxes and it doesn't paint a pretty picture. The message for Labour is: listen to what people are saying or face the consequences.

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the Labour rebels. Restoring the 10p rate of tax would cost the treasury an estimated £7 billion compared to the hundreds of millions for the concessions proposals. You don’t have to be very bright to work out that the majority of the lower paid workers will still be worse off. The compensation measures will appease only the retired and workers with children, therefore low paid single workers and couples are still in danger of losing out. Labour was once the party of the working class, but not any more. During the last ten years

place. The problem: His pal had gone out.

No no party DURING the election Jack Brown was walking around with a ‘No Party’ rosette pinned to his coat. Even though the party no longer exists. His wife, Grace, was first elected as a No Party candidate but is now Independent. “I de-registered the party because it was costing so much to keep it registered,” he told Ferret. “But I have got a box of ‘No Party’ rosettes so I thought I would use them.”

THE FERRET but not the number. How did he find it? He spotted a note pinned to the door ticking off the meter man for not arriving as promised and referring to “losing a day’s wage.” Few people, apart from old hacks, know how to use an apostrophe and Ferret realised he had got the right

Hip accessory FERRET was charmed to see a small, pink, cuddly hippo perched on top of a postbox on Market Hill on Wednesday. At first he thought it was a new Royal Mail mascot but he hasn't seen any others since and the Market Hill hippo had disappeared yesterday.

Kes returns FERRET is delighted that one of his distant relatives has been

the gap between the rich and poor has widened. The cruel reality is that New Labour has abandoned the traditional lower paid Labour supporters in favour of middle England, where the marginal seats are won. Making money away from the lowest paid workers to give to the better off is obscene and has to rank as one of the worst political decisions I have witnessed. Therefore, it is not surprising that Labour have suffered major defeats through out the country in the local elections. The message is, treat the electorate with contempt at your peril.

I HAVE just returned from my local polling station and was shocked to see that we are now denied a secret ballot. I was amazed that my name was recorded on a pre-numbered register and I was handed a ballot paper bearing on the reverse the number my name was recorded against. Did I fall asleep and miss the legislation that was passed denying us a secret ballot or is this yet another dictat handed down to us from Brussels? Or maybe the Government is compiling details of our voting habits alongside our property details and the other personal information that they seem determined to compile on us all. Non-Labour voters should take note, maybe our names may be being collected so we can be re-programmed to vote the way our masters want.

I MR AND MRS BARRON, Park Road, Worsbrough THANK YOU to the lady who accidentally ran over my dog on Tuesday. Our car was broken down and she promptly got my husband and injured dog to the vet and went back for them later and brought them home. I was in too much shock to think to ask her name Thank you so much, you’re a true samaritan.

reunited with her owner following an appeal in last Friday's Chronicle. Jemma Dolan's pet, Kes, went missing after someone broke into the garden and set her free. On Friday morning the Chronicle offices were contacted by someone saying they had rescued a ferret from a nearby street and taken it to a rescue centre in Wakefield. Jemma, of Pond Street, drove to Wakefield and was reunited with Kes.

Cab rage FERRET has always quite liked taxi drivers, especially their small talk as they drive him about. But Ferret was driving through Hoyle Mill this week and was nearly run off the road by a taxi. He thinks it may have been a revenge attempt after Ferret revealed the registration number of a taxi driver who ran a red light a few weeks ago. Ferret had heard a rumour that somebody in authority gave that driver a telling off following the report. Sadly, Ferret cannot identify the Hoyle Mill driver. He was doing about 165 mph on the wrong side of the road as he came around the bad bend on the bridge towards him.

MP Eric Illsley as Ferret thinks he may look as Elvis Presley He quickly became a dot in Ferret's rear-view mirror.

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BRIEFLY Partner smashed pot and window ANTHONY Newton lost his temper when he discovered his partner was enjoying a night out in Wakefield and was not keen to return early. The 26-year-old’s response was to threaten damage to her home if she did not return home promptly. And it was a threat carried out when he hurled a plant pot through a downstairs window, magistrates were told. Newton, unemployed, of Grange Lane, Stairfoot, admitted criminal damage. He was conditionally discharged for 18 months and ordered to pay £43 costs. For Newton, Jack Danaher said he and the complainant had had a relationship which produced two children. They were now back together and he had paid for the window to be repaired. Newton, added Mr Danaher, was a man with a history of depression and mental health problems who had already spent several hours in police custody as a result of the offence.

Duo’s case adjourned A TEENAGE girl and a male juvenile have appeared before Barnsley magistrates accused of wilfully assaulting, illtreating or neglecting a child. Natasha Louise White, 18, and the youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are alleged to have committed the offence at Hoyland between April 1 and April 10 last year. They were readmitted to bail as proceedings were further adjourned to May 20. The proceedings are then earmarked for committal to Sheffield Crown Court.

Accused faces trial A DODWORTH man accused of using raciallyaggravated threatening behaviour was committed for crown court trial when he appeared before Barnsley magistrates. Scott Rowley, 39, of Bowden Grove, is alleged to have committed the offence towards Mohammed Jarrall on March 2. He elected trial crown court trial at an earlier hearing. Rowley was granted unconditional bail by Barbara Marsden, presiding, who ordered him to make his first appearance at the higher court on May 20.

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Benefactor gives £100,000 house to help hospice By Steph Johnson A KIND-HEARTED man has donated a house to Barnsley hospice. The property is said to be worth more than £100,000 and hospice board members will decide this week how to make the best use of their new asset. The most likely option will be to sell. Chief executive Ian Carey says he cannot offer enough thanks to the generous benefactor, who is alive and well but insistent on remaining anonymous. Ian said: “It was a big surprise and a tremendous gesture, we are always grateful to receive donations large or small but it is not usual to receive anything of

this magnitude. “The house came from someone who has not had a direct relationship with the hospice, which shows that people feel the work we do is of great importance even though they do not have palliative or end of life care needs.” Ian believes the donation will be a great help in shifting the hospice’s finances from a stable to a comfortable position. After the former chief executive Loraine Turner left by mutual consent last year there were non-medical redundancies as the board took action to bring down the rising costs of running the charity. Since then the budget has been brought into line and Ian says

Shafton barmaid bound over to keep the peace By Ian Harley A SHAFTON woman who struck out at an exboyfriend told police she did so because she feared he was going to attack his current partner. Vicky Hulme, 29, of Manor View, admitted using threatening behaviour towards David Holt at Barnsley on March 30. She was fined £100 and bound over to keep the peace for 12 months in the sum of £100 by district judge Michael Rosenberg who also ordered her to pay £60 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. He also told Hulme, a barmaid: “It you can’t take your drink, cut it out or cut it down.” Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting, said the offence took place after the defendant and Debra Osbourne had met the man at the Chicago

Rock night-spot. A CCTV camera picked the trio up as they were arguing outside and showed the defendant punch the man to the face, causing him to fall back. The recording also showed the man then walk back to the two women, grab them by the hair and bang their heads together. In mitigation, Brian Orsborn said Hulme was a single parent with no previous convictions against her name who had given the man time to clear the area before leaving the premises with Ms Osbourne. It was, he said, an offence committed after taking the ‘demon drink’ and when she feared the other woman would be assaulted. To her credit, she had co-operated with the police and entered a guilty plea at the earliest opportunity.

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the unaudited accounts for 2007 to 2008 show a significant improvement on the figures for the previous 12 months. In fact, according to Ian, the situation at the hospice is looking good overall. Sales of its lottery tickets are on target and in the next few weeks work will start on converting a four-bed bay into four single rooms. The project is being funded by a Department of Health grant. Once complete all residential patients will have the privacy they need. Ian added: “We’re moving in the right direction. “Last year was painful in many respects but the decisions made were the right ones.”

Sculptor turns Dickie Bird into Les Dawson

Dawson delight: Graham Ibberson’s latest statue of the late comedian Les Dawson.

GRAHAM Ibbeson is modelling a £60,000 bronze sculpture of Lancashire comedian Les Dawson. It is expected to be completed this year and will go on display at Lytham St Annes where he lived with his wife Tracey. Graham said: “Tracey has been over to see the clay model and she burst into tears: ‘That’s Les,’ she said. I was greatly relieved. “I had to put all his character into a simple pose. With the Eric Morecambe statue, I had him dancing around and the Dickie Bird statue had a raised finger. “With Les I have got his hands clasped and it’s more difficult to get the character. “He did like jewellery. I have had to model a bracelet and Rolex watch — it’s the nearest thing

I’ll get to a Rolex, in clay. “I always liked his humour and I wanted to model him even before the Morecambe statue.” The money for the project has been raised over nine months and has included a concert with big stars at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, a golf match and donations. Graham has used the same clay as in the Dickie Bird statue. “I have seen Dickie Bird change into Les Dawson,” he joked. Les was born in Collyhurst, Manchester, and started his career in working men’s clubs, often as a double act with Bernard Manning. He made his break into television in the 1960s and hosted Blankety Blank in the 1980s. He was born in 1934 and died in 1993.


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MPs say more must be done to stop repeat of flooding By Steph Johnson

A budding songstress hit the right notes during a recent singing exam. Doncaster Road primary school pupil Jessica Meegan, nine, scored 98 percent in her grade 2 singing exam. She has been singing for five years and is taught by singing teacher Rachel Stamper who has studios on Victoria Street.

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MPS have warned that not enough is being done to stop a repeat of last summer’s floods and have criticised a lack of clarity over who is responsible for what. A report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee published on Wednesday states there was a total lack of awareness about vulnerability to flooding until it happened. Barnsley was hit twice by the rains. Homes and businesses across the borough were evacuated as the fire service, police and council battled to bring the situation under control. The EFRAC argues that government plans to spend £34m on flood prevention schemes across the country will fall short of the mark. The committee states: “This settlement looks far less impressive under close analysis and is not fully adequate to cope with the risks the country faces. Nor does it come fully into effect for

‘Government plans to spend £34m on flood prevention schemes across the country will fall short of the mark’ another two years.” The EFRAC found that flood defence measures were concentrated on rivers and coasts, infrastructures to cope with heavy rainfall elsewhere were deemed ‘unclear’ and ‘chaotic’. One of its recommendations is for councils take responsibility for surface water drainage and the Environment Agency to take the lead on providing advice and guidance. But the committee says it must first be established who owns the different

drainage systems in each area. It has called for the introduction of an ownership register which also contains details about the conditions of the drains. Council leader Steve Houghton said: “We are considering the details of the recommendations contained in the report. What is apparent after an initial inspection is that should these recommendations be adopted, it will have serious financial and resource implications for all local authorities. “The report does not appear to be successful in clarifying overall responsibilities should the events of June 2007 be repeated, as the existing confusing roles and responsibilities remain. The council considers that increased liaison between all parties is the best way forward in flood management.” The Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water have welcomed the EFRAC’s findings.

Man on mallet assault charge A 36-YEAR-old man has appeared in court accused of assaulting a man within days of receiving a suspended prison sentence for confronting him when in possession of a wheelbrace as an offensive weapon. Wayne Michael Baxter, formerly of Furlong Road, Bolton-uponDearne but now of St Mary’s Road, Rawmarsh, is charged with assaulting Mark Jones on Tuesday. He is further charged with possessing a piece of breeze block as an offensive weapon at premises in Gosling Gate Road, Goldthorpe and with possession of a mallet as an offensive weapon during the same incident. Baxter was remanded in custody by district judge Michael Rosenberg and is to make his next court appearance by means of video link on Wednesday. Applying for bail, solicitor Stephen Smith said the police had been called to the scene by the defendant who maintained he had no idea he was likely to come into contact with the complainant when he attended the premises as part of his employment.

Young climbers set their sights high

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By Carla George TWO young climbing enthusiasts will be putting their skills to the test when they climb Mount Snowdon for charity in July. Vanessa Thompson, 13, and Charlie Thompson, eight, from Penistone, have wanted to climb the highest mountain in Wales for a while and decided to raise money for Barnsley Beacon as an incentive. Barnsley Beacon was set up in 2002 and offers individual counselling sessions for families affected by drug and alcohol abuse. Their mother, Pauline Hitchens, said: “I recently started working at Barnsley Beacon as a student counsellor. The children knew we were struggling to raise funds and suggested they helped with this climb.” The children, who both attend schools in Penistone, will be climbing on July 12 and anyone who wishes to sponsor them can pick up a form from the Barnsley Beacon offices on Doncaster Road, Barnsley.

Going up: Brother and sister Charlie and Vanessa Thompson

Pulling power of punks, pigs and prawn cocktail By Adam Civico DO you remember flared trousers, the Bay City Rollers and kipper ties? University lecturer, Professor Paul Ward, does and he will be giving a talk on the decade at the University Centre Barnsley. His seminar, ‘Punks, pigs and prawn cocktails: Britain in the 1970s’ studies the decade using a variety of written, visual and musical sources. He will consider what historians can learn from The Clash, The

Sweeney and the Berni Inn pub chain and whether it is possible to take an objective perspective of a decade in living memory. Prof Ward said: “These sources are everywhere – people who lived through the period, the massive expansion of journalism and other media since the end of the Second World War.” His lecture will be held at UCB, Church Street, on Monday, May 19, from 6 to 8pm. Contact Josie Harvey on 644250 or e-mail

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A HOMELESS man has appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court accused of threatening his mother with a lock knife before pushing her to the ground. David Ronald Hesketh was sent in custody for trial at Sheffield Crown Court and will make his first appearance there by means of video remand link on Wednesday. Hesketh, 28, is charged with assaulting Anne Moore at her Cudworth home on Tuesday. He is further charged with entering her Cudworth home as a trespasser and stealing a can of lager, and with possessing a lock knife as an offensive weapon in Carlton Street, Cudworth, the same day. Hesketh was legally represented by Jack Danaher who said there would be no application for bail at this stage.

Fashion show A FASHION show, with clothes for sale at the end, will be held at East Dene club on Thursday. The show has been organised to raise money for the Barnsley branch of the Alzheimer's Society and clothes will be provided by SD Fashions of Nottingham. Tickets can be bought on the night or are available from The Alzheimer's Society, 5 Doncaster Road, Barnsley or call 296301.

Drink-driver gets prison sentence A PENISTONE man involved in a road accident which put another motorist in a wheelchair for more than two months was found to have drunk almost three times the permitted drink-drive alcohol level. Jake Town’s Volkswagen Polo — like the other car — was an insurance write-off following the Sunday-afternoon smash at Huddersfield Road, Penistone on March 2. He suffered a broken collar bone and ankle as a result but the other driver fared far worse, Barnsley magistrates were told. He was still in a wheelchair having suffered a broken leg which needed pinning and screwing during surgery as well as suffering broken ribs and a punctured lung. Town, a 23-year-old mechanical engineer, of Sheffield Road, admitted driving with excess alcohol. He was given a threemonth prison sentence, suspended for 12 months by Owen Gleadall, presiding, who also ordered him to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and made him subject of a 9pm to 7am curfew, to operate daily for three months. Town was additionally banned from driving for 28 months but was offered the opportunity of reducing that by a quarter through success-

ful completion of a drinkdriver rehabilitation scheme. Katie Rafter, prosecuting, said a blood sample revealed 238 mgs of alcohol in 100mls — the legal limit being 80. Town told the police he had consumed four or five pints of Guinness before driving. Mr Gleadall told Town: “Your solicitor has told us that your attention was distracted because you were thinking about your young son being unwell. “But you weren’t thinking about him when you were drinking four or five pints of Guinness. Your were out having a drink without consideration for anybody and certainly not for other roadusers. “This was a deliberate act of driving after consuming four or five pints of a strong beer. You knew you would be over the limit but you took the risk that Sunday afternoon. “What you didn't expect was to run into somebody. With such a crash and injuries on such a scale, we are fortunate we are not talking about deaths.” Asked to modify the curfew to enable Town to take a holiday booked before before the offence took place, Mr Gleadall declined saying: “I doubt the victim will be holidaying in Spain.”

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Castle boss departs THE director of Wentworth Castle Trust is leaving to take charge of the Beamish Open Air Museum in County Durham. Richard Evans, 35, has been at Wentworth for five years and led phase one to rejuvenate the listed gardens and parklands. The £16m project attracted acclaim after being featured on the BBC2 series Restoration Richard said: “I would like to thank everyone who has supported the project, it has been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to work at Wentworth Castle and witness the sheer beauty and drama of the transformation that has taken place. “It has been a very difficult decision to make, and it will be very hard to leave Wentworth behind, but there is every reason for Wentworth Castle Gardens to look forward to the future with great optimism.”

By Emma Spencer THERE are hundreds of hounds, several spaniels, an abundance of Alsatians and loads of Labradors. They say dogs are a man’s best friend and judging by the vast array of breeds in our competition they certainly are in Barnsley. We have also got a few Pugs, a Basset Hound, English Bull Terriers, Jack Russells, Yorkshire Terriers and Staffys. This is the last chance to enter your own canine companion in the Chronicle’s Dandy Dog competition before the closing date on Wednesday at 5pm so don’t delay. Simply fill in the attached entry form and return it to us with a recent photo of your dog. Top prizes have been lined up for the winner and runners up and the main sponsors once again are Vets4Pets of Wilthorpe Road. They are giving the winning dog £500 worth of free veterinary treatment and nine runners up a single free booster vaccination. Associate sponsors Stan Plus Stan 2 professional photographers of Shambles Street are offering the winner a session and 12 x 10 photograph worth £170. Nine runners up will get a session and framed 5 x 7 picture worth £100.

Rich list BARNSLEY-BORN businessman Paul Sykes has been ranked 146th in this year’s Times Rich List. Sykes, who was born in Cudworth and started his business career dismantling old buses, is listed as having £550m. His wealth is reported to have grown from the £520m listed last year, although he has slipped three places. The 64-year-old made the bulk of his money when he sold his share of the Meadowhall shopping centre. Barnsley FC benefactor Patrick Cryne, who appeared when he sold his shares in hospital IT developer iSoft, has dropped out of this year’s list.

A SHEFFIELD man has appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court charged with a serious sex offence on a local woman. Richard Scott Sellars, 20, of St Michael’s Crescent, Ecclesfield, is alleged to have committed the offence on February 24. He was bailed to appear at Sheffield Crown Court today by district judge Michael Rosenberg. Conditions of bail are that he does not contact the complainant and does not enter Royston.

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Supersheds of Wakefield Road will provide the winning dog with a dog kennel and enclosure worth up to £250 and Angela Tubb Fine Artist ( a specialist in pet portraits is offering a professional portrait of the winning dog in oil on stretched canvas up to the value of £200. All the entries received will be included in a special supplement free with the Chronicle on Friday May 23. Ten finalists, chosen by phone and text votes, will take part in a Crufts style final at the Metrodome on Monday June 16 and an overall winner will be selected by a panel of judges.

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MP for Barnsley West and Penistone, Mick Clapham, will hold a surgery at 18, Regent Street, Barnsley, today, from 3pm to 4.30pm.

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CHEMISTS open for late night/additional dispensing of medicines etc this week are: Lloyds Pharmacy, 32-34 Midland Street, Barnsley: today and tomorrow 6pm to 8pm; Sunday 10am to 6pm and Monday to Thursday 6pm to 8pm. Asda Pharmacy: tomorrow 7am to 10pm; Sunday 10am to 4pm; Monday 8am to 11pm and Tuesday to Friday 7am to 11pm. Police Headquarters: 0114 220 2020. Hospital visiting: Barnsley Hospital: All wards daily from 3.30pm to 5pm and 6.30pm to 8pm. Open visiting is allowed on the children’s ward, but relatives must be accompanied by one of the child’s parents. There is also open visiting on the maternity wards for fathers and other children. Visiting at the intensive care unit is from 12 noon to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm and at the coronary care unit from 10am to 12 noon, 3pm to 5pm and 6pm to 8pm. Visiting at other times may be allowed at the discretion of the Ward Sister/Charge Nurse. Kendray Hospital: Open visiting. Mount Vernon Hospital: Open visiting at the discretion of the Ward Sister. Telephone numbers for Barnsley hospitals: Barnsley 730000. NHS Direct 24-hour health helpline: 0845 4647. Barnsley Samaritans emotional crisis hotline: 202222. Barnsley Domestic Violence Group helpline: 249800. Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis helpline: 298560. Barnsley Mental Health helpline (Tuesday to Sunday 6.30pm to 9.30pm): 203330. Town Hall: 770770. For information about Barnsley Council services: telephone 773377.

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A CUDWORTH man accused of assaulting one woman and using threatening behaviour towards another entered not guilty pleas when he appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court. David Holt, 36, of Pontefract Road, is alleged to have committed the offences against Debra Osbourne and Vicky Hulme respectively on March 30. He was granted bail to June 10 with a condition that he does not contact Debra Osbourne.

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Please send your entry to Cherry Martin, Dandy Dog Competition, Barnsley Chronicle, 47 Church Street, Barnsley S70 2AS. Or email it to It must reach us by 5pm on WEDNESDAY MAY 14. If you wish your photograph to be returned, please write your name and address on the back of the photograph and enclose a stamped addressed envelope. E-mail entries must contain the dog’s name and your name and address. All postal entries must include an original copy of this form.

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Man rented house to grow cannabis AN ARDSLEY man who rented a house in which he grew cannabis plants was told he would not receive an immediate custodial sentence when he appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court. Scott Christopher Kirkup, however, was warned that he faced a ‘substantial suspended sentence’ — in line with Lord Chief Justice recommendations — as district judge Michael Rosenberg adjourned sentencing for the preparation of reports. Kirkup, 27, of Mount Street, admitted cultivating 12 cannabis plants at a house in Wombwell Lane, Stairfoot, on February 7. Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting, said police officers executing a search warrant discovered plants being cultivated by means of a hydroponics system with eight lights and air filtration system at an upstairs ‘room within a room’. Arrested at an address in Ardsley, Kirkup said: “All I was doing was growing weed.” He also admitted he had rented the property with that purpose saying he used half an ounce of cannabis a day to calm himself down. At that point, he was in breach of the ‘at risk’ period of an earlier prison sentence by 21 days. For Kirkup, Gerard Casey said he was the subject of a 12-month community order with 100-hour unpaid work requirement following conviction for a damage offence at Sheffield Crown Court in March. Kirkup was granted bail to May 8.

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BRIEFLY New committee members for Cawthorne Council CAWTHORNE Parish Council has held its annual meeting to appoint new committee members for the next year. The council met at the village hall on May 1 and appointed parish council members for the planning committee, the recreation ground trust, village hall committee and approved two nominations for the road safety committee. A report was given on the progress of the Yorkshire in Bloom competition which the village has entered and a discussion was held to consider reprinting the Cawthorne Footpaths Guide. Cawthorne Children’s Centre, on Taylor Hill, made a request to the parish council to consider a grant towards landscaping the grounds at the centre. The next meeting will take place on June 5 and members of the public wishing to speak must contact the clerk to the council, Frank Johnston, in writing before 7.30pm on the day.

Hospital audiology team to visit Alhambra BARNSLEY hospital staff will be at the Alhambra next week to help people who fear they are going deaf. Members of the audiology team will be giving out advice between 9am and 5pm on Tuesday.

Car booters needed STALLHOLDERS and car booters are wanted to take part in this year’s Worsbrough Common Community Association. It will be held on June 28 from 11am to 3pm at the top recreation ground, Highstone Lane and bookings are being taken by Vera on 206174.

Move to promote safety SOUTH Yorkshire fire and rescue is working with a chemist to promote safety in the home. Referral cards for fire safety checks and smoke alarm fittings are being given out with prescription bags at branches of Weldricks.

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Bevin Boys rewarded for their hard toil By Adam Civico DAVID Broadhead was a teenage air cadet who dreamed of joining the RAF in the war. But instead of flying Lancaster bombers or Spitfires he was conscripted as a Bevin Boy and his contribution to the war effort was several years spent down the pit. David, 81, recalls: “I had been an air cadet for two years and we had been going to Lindholme (Doncaster) where they used to take us flying. “Then I got this letter ordering me to go down Askham pit for six weeks training, which was a complete waste of time. “I was so keen on joining the RAF my parents said I should refuse to go down the pit. “I wrote a letter and refused to go until the point came when they were going to arrest me.” So, it was off to Askham colliery where he was put up in a mission hut with hundreds of other young men, chosen at random to be conscripted

‘I think the badge is worth about 30p but it is about having it’ down the pits. David says: “It was quite ridiculous — the person I ‘palled’ up with had been uprooted from training as a doctor but they were desperately short of coal.” It was that shortage that had prompted the conscription of Bevin Boys — named after Ernest Bevin, the former trade union official and Labour Party MP who was Minister of Labour and National Service in the war-time coalition government. The coal crisis had arisen because, by December 1943, so many miners had been sent to the front-line there were not enough to go underground. And even though the coal mined by the Bevin Boys may have kept the country going

they never received a medal for their efforts. Nor were they allowed back to their old jobs, unlike armed services personnel. But 60 years after the programme was wound up recognition has come and David and several other Barnsley Bevin Boys were invited to a ceremony at the National Coal Mining Museum, near Wakefield, last Friday where they received a medal. David, of Stanhope Avenue, Cawthorne, was not overwhelmed by the medal but said it was good to get recognition. “I think the badge is worth about 30p but it is about having it. “It’s insignificant really but I have to look at it from the point of view of having a medal, not its value. “In a way it is an acknowledgement.” Gordon Dack, of Brown Royd Avenue, Royston, and Jack Walker, of Waycliffe, Monk Bretton, also received medals at Friday’s ceremony.

By Adam Civico SOLAR panels and a wind turbine have been stolen from road safety signs that operate on the Woodhead Pass near Barnsley. The electronic signs, which warn drivers travelling at excessive speed to slow down, have been rendered useless because they are getting no power. Officers based at Wombwell are investigating the thefts and PC Pete Kowalsky said three of the signs are situated near the Dunford Bridge turn off on the A628. Derbyshire police are also investigating similar thefts on the other side of the county border. Les Harris works for the contractor that fitted the signs and said it was possible to take the power units and use them elsewhere.

Dynamic duo: Donald Goodge and Bill Pratt, both 81, of the Yorkshire Bevin Boys’ Associaiton who received medals last week.

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Jobless dad stole pre-pay television to raise cash ROBERT Key stole his partner’s pre-payment television to raise cash. He took the £400 Sanyo 32-inch LCD model by bus to a store in Barnsley town centre where he gained £100 for it. He also made an agreement that he could buy it back for £130 during the next 28 days. The problem was,

Barnsley magistrates were told, that employees of the Buy As You View company arrived to collect money from the television before he had redeemed it. Key, 22, unemployed, of Cemetery Road, Jump, admitted theft of a television and criminal damage to its money box. He was conditionally

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discharged for 12 months by Barbara Marsden, presiding, who also ordered payment of £100 compensation to Cash Converters. Key, who had ten previous convictions, was represented by Alan Greaves who described him as a man with ‘poor domestic budgeting skills’ who had turned to the television for cash. It was, he said, a ‘blip’ by a man who had committed minor offences in the past to finance a drug habit but was now on the methadone programme and showing signs he was settling down. He had, added Mr Greaves, supported his partner and their two children through work until losing his job.

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By Ian Harley

Special event: The Doncaster Road Primary School Choir perform for the guests at the Charity Musical Evening staged at Ardsley House Hotel last Wednesday night by The Inner Wheel Club of Barnsley.

A CARLTON woman wept quietly as she admitted harassment of a man through telephone calls and messages. Tina Foster, 34, is alleged to have have committed the offence against Darren Akeroyd on dates between March 16 and March 20 this year, magistrates were told. She also admitted sending a message that was grossly offensive by means of a public electronic communications network on February 2. District judge Michael Rosenberg told Foster she would receive maximum credit for her prompt guilty plea as he adjourned sentencing for the preparation of reports. Despite that, he warned, all sentencing options had to remain open as the offences put her in breach of a deferred sentence imposed as recently as March. Joanne Milner, prosecuting, said the deferred sentence had been imposed on March 13 for a similar offence of breaching a court restraining order. For Foster, Gerard Casey said the offensive-message offence was committed against her sister. While the defendant did not deny the text of the phone calls and text messages to Darren Akeroyd, she could not recall what she was supposed to have said.

Visiting hours are cut By Steph Johnson VISITING hours on Barnsley hospital’s maternity unit have been shortened to give new mums a chance to catch up on their sleep. A two hour later start in the morning was given the go-ahead after a successful three-month trial. Head of midwifery Sue Gibson says the move means staff will have more time to spend with patients and added: “Mums who have had a poor night are getting more rest in the mornings because the wards aren’t as busy first thing. “Dads are satisfied that they too can get some rest and not feel pressurised to be with their partner from 8am.” The new hours are 10am to 8pm for partners and children, 2pm to 5pm and 6.30pm to 8pm for other visitors.

TA day PEOPLE in the Barnsley area are being encouraged to spend a day with the Yorkshire Regiment TA this month. The day will be held on May 17 for anyone between the ages of 17 and 44 who have an interest in the armed forces. For details call 200116 or visit www.yorkshirereg

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More display dates at park By Katia Harston YORKSHIRE Sculpture Park has announced more exhibitions and workshops for the national Museums and Galleries Month. The park is staging a range of exhibits, activities and events throughout May as part of the national celebration to increase public access to the visual arts. On May 11 from 11am to 4pm the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will give a demonstration of traditional techniques. A craft workshop will take place on Wednesday, May 14 from 11am to 3.30pm with textile artist Gemma Nemer. An Insight into current Iraq will take place Saturday, May 17 at 10am to 5pm. It is a free presentation using music, film and writing created by international artists who were inspired by a trip to Kurdistan-Iraq. A Sarangi and Tabla performance takes place on Sunday, May 18 at 2pm to 4pm. It’s traditional Asian music provided by Shri Surjeet Singh. British artist Nigel Hall will discuss his work and current exhibition at the park on May 28 at 7pm. Finally a free artist dropin session will be held by the Bob Levene Artist Residency on May, 29 at 7.30pm. He uses sound and recording techniques to create original sculpture, installation and video. For more information contact the park on 01924 832631.

Barnsley Chronicle, Friday, May 9, 2008 –

Labour gets close call at election BREAKDOWN There are 63 seats on the council. Following Thursday’s elections the breakdown is as follows: Labour: 32 Barnsley Independent Group: 22 Conservative: 6 Non-aligned Independent: 2 Lib-Dem: 1

of planning and a member of the council for 26 years. The other had belonged to Labour stalwart Arthur Whittaker (Grimethorpe) in the North East. The Conservative vote rose by 14 per cent and the party claimed back the Penistone West seat from Brenda

BRIEFLY Laptop thief remanded A KENDRAY man who stole an £878 laptop computer from Barnsley College was further remanded in custody when he appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court. Christopher Charlton Lister, 23, of Swanee Road, had admitted theft at an earlier hearing. He also admitted possession of diamorphine as a class A controlled drug and theft of a £99 vacuum cleaner from Sukhden Chataora. District judge Michael Rosenberg told Lister he was impressed at the contents of a letter that he had written to him but was not impressed by what he had done. Mr Rosenberg remanded Lister in custody to May 9 as he ordered preparation of reports and assessment of his suitability for a drug rehabilitation requirement. Lister, who committed the offences in breach of an eight-month suspended prison sentence, was represented by Eric Bray who said he was victim to a drug cycle he did not appear to be able to get himself out of.

Cash boost for school THE annual fund-raising efforts of members at the East Dene club culminated with a motown and soul concert. The show, featuring The Fantastics, was held on Thursday, April 24, and a cheque for £1,600 was presented to two pupils from Greenacre school. Members raised the cash by supporting a Christmas raffle and various other events. Each year a local charity is chosen by the club.

Great show AN ACOUSTIC ‘circus’ held at the Academy theatre, Birdwell, raised £400 for Barnsley Hospice. The show was organised by Scott Heald, 29, and Danny Jennett, 34, who perform as the 'Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican'. Several other acoustic musicians also played at the event which Scott said was, “the greatest show on earth… in Barnsley.” I view barstewardsons to watch the live show online.

Results from town wards * Denotes standing councillor

Central Andrew Barr (Con) 202 Doug Birkinshaw (Lab) 775 Noel Cowdell (BIG) 660 Eddie Gouthwaite (Lib Dem) 243 Peter Marshall (BNP) 621 LAB GAIN

Labour clung onto power at the town hall but its majority in the council chamber has slipped to one. Steph Johnson analyses the statistics. NATIONAL issues such as immigration and the abolition of the 10p income tax rate are being blamed for Labour’s close call at last week’s elections. The number of votes cast for the party across the borough was down about 20 per cent on the previous year and only a Labour gain in Central, where former LibDem leader Ian Guest retired from his seat, prevented a hung council. The turnout was only up by one per cent to 34 per cent and Labour’s share of the vote fell to 29.9 per cent. So where did those votes go and who benefited from backlash? The Barnsley Independent Group vote went up by seven per cent and it won two seats. BIG took one in Worsbrough from Labour’s Terry Bristowe, who was chairman

Concert time: Geoff Morrey.

Geoff takes up the baton of Dodworth choir DODWORTH Male Voice Choir will have new members and a new musical director at its concert with Dodworth Colliery MW Brass Band tomorrow. That programme will be directed by Geoff Morrey who recently took over the choir after 12 years as relief conductor. The son of George Morrey, a former secretary of the Barnsley British Co-operative Society, he was born in Worsbrough Dale and attended Barnsley Grammar School before becoming an agent for the Co-operative Insurance Society at Elsecar. He has run his own firm of insurance brokers in Doncaster for some 40 years. His musical career started with the Salvation Army’s Junior Band at the age of eight. At 17, he was appointed conductor of the band which was in great demand for concerts throughout the country.

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Hinchliff, who switched from Tory to independent the morning after her last election. But the biggest increase in vote was for the BNP, which failed to win any seats but increased its ballot by 32 per cent. The BNP’s popularity grew most in Monk Bretton, where an extra 272 voters came out in support of nationalism. Meanwhile the number of independent candidates increased from four to nine and the total votes that went to people unaligned to any political party went up by 14 per cent. There is a two-year wait before Barnsley goes to the polls again, Labour intends to use the time to turn around public feeling - but the opposition will be all out to capitalise on the discontent.


Dodworth Phillip Birkinshaw* (BIG) 1,444 Pauline Haigh (Lab) 654 George Hill (Con) 456 Nick Parker (BNP) 414 BIG HOLD

Kingstone Kath Mitchell (Lab) 565 Malcolm Price* (BIG) 1,016 Peter Robinson (BNP) 407 Geoffrey Turvey (Con) 155 Frank Watson (Ind) 80 BIG HOLD

Monk Bretton

Losing candidate: Labour’s Arthur Whittaker (left), who was a councillor in North East before the election, closely watches the count last Thursday night with Barnsley East and Mexborough MP Jeff Ennis and colleague Coun Dorothy Higginbottom.

Grace Brown* (Ind) 911 Jane Hubbard (BNP) 668 Peter Murray (Con) 241 Nadia Richardson (Lab) 664 Ken Smith (Lib Dem) 247 IND HOLD

Old Town (two seats)

Daniel Cooke (BNP) 564 Phil Davies (Lab) 721 Bill Gaunt* (BIG) 1,503 Elizabeth Hill (Con) 306 John Love (BIG) 1,255 Lancer White (BNP) 424 Alexander Wilkinson (Con) 227 BOTH BIG HOLDS

St Helen's Lisa Brooksbank (BNP) 635 Dennis Kelk (Ind) 299 Len Picken* (Lab) 965 Michael Toon (Con) 200 Lab hold Stairfoot Fred Clowery* (BIG) 1,218 Susan Harris (BNP) 350 Steve Redford (Lab) 706 Clive Watkinson (Con) 224 BIG HOLD

Worsbrough Terry Bristowe* (Lab) 926 Gill Carr (BIG) 1,264 Pat Durie (Lib Dem) 219 Peter Hamer (Con) 217 BIG GAIN I Results for other wards are carried in our district editions. The full results appeared in some of our later editions last week.

12—Barnsley Chronicle, Friday May 9, 2008




Our Woolley Colliery series continues with memories and pictures this week from the Tovey family


Tracky buses, pit owners, and coal in prams DEREK Tovey remembers life as a lad in the village. “I have fond memories of falling off walls and ingesting damp plaster on the half demolished Old Row a few years after we moved into the new house. Both top and bottom Old Rows had been built by the pit owners, Fountain and Burnley in the 19th century. Sadly they were built from local quarried sandstone from Woolley Edge. “You'd think that colliery engineers would realise that sandstone is porous, wouldn’t you? To compound this fault they seemed to think that a damp course was to make sure the building allowed water to track all the way to the roof space, and the ground floors were sandstone paving slabs. It was a bit like moving into a recently-emptied swimming pool. You had to be made of tough stuff to be a miner in those days, or a minor come to that. “Everything seemed to be in short supply. For years after the war goods were still rationed and only a pit employee whose name was on the rent book could receive concessionary coal. “Now Grandma thought this unfair because we had Uncle Bill living with us and he worked full time at the pit. One day Grandma marched westward to the pit offices just at the end of the row ready for a scrap. “Armed with her pinny and sleeves rolled up she went to the office of the then owner, Sir William Sutherland, one of whose minions explained procedures. “Grandma, far from satisfied, started to storm out of the office

Young Derek Tovey (Toveys) when Sir William said something along the lines of, ‘So you see Mrs Crossley, it is not possible for you to receive any concessionary coal. You must pay the full rate of £16 per ton. “To this Grandma replied, ‘I’ll see thy bloody coffin dance afore I pay that.’ This led to the local tradition of dads and mums taking babies for a nocturnal outing in their prams. They’d walk to the sidings, next to the stables, roughly where the local bus stop is now, or the other sidings just to the right of the lowest point of the road. “Here babies were pulled out of their prams as they were filled with some of the best steam coal. Baby and blankets were then put back in the pram and the cargo quickly taken home. Soon after this dad gave up his job in Sheffield and started at the pit, so the coal was no longer an issue. “Living where we did you’d get used to the scrape and clop of boots and clogs as miners came to and left the pit along the bottom Old Row. Most of these travelled in ‘Tracky’ double deckers in the early mornings, early afternoons and late evenings as

‘The buses all carried a pall of blue smoke from the last desperate fags of the travelling miners and little puddles of spit and phlegm where they had been inspecting the contents of their throats and lungs’

Carlton Primary school pupils performing to the people gathered to commemorate the Wharncliffe Woodmoor disaster. Full story P15. Picture: Alex Butler

shifts changed. “Locals used the buses to get into Barnsley or Darton. The buses all carried a pall of blue smoke from the last desperate fags of the travelling miners and little puddles of spit and phlegm where they’d been inspecting the contents of their throats and lungs. “Grandma used the bus frequently and when mam was pregnant she’d be dragged along too so that she could be pushed to the front of the queues in the market. On one occasion, without me mam, grandma was on the bus and it stopped to pick up Mrs B at the Welfare. “Now Mrs B was a bit of a snob, not the sort of thing you usually find on the pit bus. She was built like a stair-rod, carried her handbag in front of her like a sporran with a broken strap and wore a hat all the time, which, if red, made her look like a Swan Vesta. “On this occasion she asked grandma to move up in her seat to make room, despite the fact that other seats were free. “She then followed this up with her observation along the lines of, ‘You know Mrs C, for people like you, who take up so much room, they ought to charge extra.’ Now this was about as silly as sneaking up from behind and scratching a boil on a pit pony’s arse. “Grandma's riposte was quick and sharp, ‘If they charged by the weight they wouldn’t even stop to pick thee up.’ I’m not sure whether they carried on their journey in companionable silence or not.” *Next week, the final instalment in our special Woolley Colliery feature will have extracts from contributors to the book Ar It Woh. It recalls a village life lost and is packed with pictures and memories from the former mining village and was put together by the Woolley Colliery Locality Study Group. It is available to buy from all local shops, supermarkets, Mapplewell Village Hall and Barnsley market. Cost £6

Derek Tovey as a baby with Molly Tovey, Olive Brown, May Crossley, June Blackburn, Kathleen Blackburn and Barry Tovey. (Browns)

Derek Tovey, front row, right, with his Woolley Wanderers team mates (Browns)

COMMUNITY CALL Athersley Sign Language taster On Wednesday 21 May for six weeks from 6pm to 8pm, at the Roundhouse Lifelong Learning Centre. Turn up on the first night or call 280717 .

Councillors Surgery On Saturday from 10am to 12noon there will be a walkabout around the New Lodge Estate. To contact councillors or to arrange home visits please ring Jenny Platts on 07814615715, Len Picken on 07714325049 or David Bostwick on 07894806315.

Keep-fit session

kids club meets from 3.30pm young people aged 5 to 11 years welcome. Cost 50p includes refreshments. On Sunday the service will be at 10-30am at Emmanuel and will be the Pentecost Circuit Service. On Tuesday May 20 at 3pm Ordinands Testimony Service for Deacon Sue Langdale will be at Wath Trinity Methodist Church.

Blood Pressure Check Free blood pressure checks will be available all day at the Roundhouse Lifelong Learning Centre, Laithes Crescent on Wednesday. At 2.30pm Book Start Bear will be doing Story & Rhythm Time for pre-school children.

Athersley Recreation Centre Premier Leisure, Newstead Road. Suitable for all abilities and age groups from 5 to 5.45pm every Monday at the Centre, £1.50 per session. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Jane on 731297 or call in at New Lodge Community House.

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Age concern

At the Senior Citizens’ Club at the Roundhouse Centre, Laithes Centre each Tuesday from 1.45pm to 3.15pm members New members welcome just come along any Tuesday. 30p plus bingo tickets

Are you 50+ with nothing to do on a Monday 10 to 12? Call in at the Romero Centre where a warm welcome awaits. Come along for information on age related services and share your ideas for other activities or just for a coffee and a chat and meet new people. For more information call in or telephone, Caroline or Margaret on 770390.

At the Romero Centre, St Helen’s Church, Laithes Lane, Athersley every Tuesday from 1pm to 5pm. If you have a problem paying bills and don’t know where to turn then why not make an appointment. Call in or ring 770390.


Tree top café In the grounds of Athersley North Primary School is open daily, with a full range of healthy food and drinks, specials are served daily.

Karate classes

Athersley Cares

Tomorrow from3.30 to 5pm at St Helen’s Church, Laithes Lane. The classes are suitable for children aged 5 upwards right through to adults. £3.50 per person, with family discounts for two or more. New people welcome, just turn up.

The girls have been planning their activities for the summer holidays. Year 9 did not attend the Build it project on Laxton Road this week,as they have been taking their SATs exams. A group of year 10 students have been continuing with team building activities.

Recreation Centre Premier Leisure, Newstead Road. Various classes run at the centre from step and aerobics to circuits and mini gym. For further information ring 299907.

Slimming World Slimmer of the week with a three and a half pound loss was Anita Fish. Eight new members were welcomed this week and the group loss was three stone three and a half pounds. The new consultant is Donna Selwood and the group meet each Wednesday from 6.30pm to 8pm in St Helen’s Church Hall. Ring Donna on 714032.

Alcoholics Anonymous Open meeting at the Romero centre every Thursday from 1pm to 2.30pm. Are you worried about the amount you drink? There is a way out. A member of Alcoholics Anonymous will be on hand to offer help, advice and support. This is an open meeting and all are welcome.

St. Helen’s Parish Church Today mass will be at 7pm. Tomorrow at 10am followed by Parish Office for enquiries for baptism and weddings from 10.30am to 11.30am. At 5pm there will be a Vigil Mass of Pentecost at 5pm. On Sunday masses to celebrate Pentecost will be at 8am. At 5pm there will be Vespers

Roundhouse Community Partnership Will meet on Monday at 5.15pm in the Romero Centre in St Helen’s Church. If you are interested in Athersley, New Lodge and Smithies come along to the meeting and have your say. Contact Father Rodney Marshall partnership Chair on 245361 or Jenny Platts on 07814615715 for further information.

Rainbow Shine group

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For parents and carers of children on the autistic spectrum monthly meeting is on Wednesday at the Children’s Centre Lindhirst Road thersley. Call 296969.

On Tuesday the Senior Citizens Luncheon Club met from 12noon and New to You Shop was open from 1pm to 2pm for information about these contact Ivy Buckley on 234998. On Thursday from 9am to 11 am the Honeypot Playgroup met. Cost is £1, drop in for coffee and a chat any Thursday, new members welcome. In the afternoon the

Has a collection point at Romero Centre St Helen’s Church Laithes Lane, every Thursday from 10am to 11.30am. This is a friendly place to save and borrow money. If you borrow £50 from a doorstep caller you usually pay back £85 plus but if you borrow £50 from Barnsley Credit Union you only pay back

Barnsley Credit Union

£53.35. It does make sense. Call in and have a chat.

Blessed Sacrament Church On Sunday Mass for the Feast of the Pentecost is at 11:00 a.m. On Monday there is a service of the Word and communion at 9:30 a.m. and Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament from 7:00pm to 8:30 p.m. On Tuesday there is a Service of the Word and Communion at 6:30 p.m. followed by a parish meeting. On Wednesday Tots and Tykes parent and toddler group meets at noon and the after-school club at 3:45. No evening Masses this week.

After School Provision

to support any young person aged 13-19 Contact Louise on 07757 507513. Louise has drop-in sessions on Thursday’s 2.30-4.00pm in the New Lodge Community Centre. Next meeting of New Lodge residents’ association is on Wednesday at New Lodge Community Centre, New Lodge Crescent. Contact Terry on 289484.

Boxing Non contact each Tuesday 4.30pm to 5.30pm in the New Lodge Community Centre for boys and girls. All welcome. Contact Eric on 290663.

Welfare rights

Secret Garden Centre

Giddy Kids

A free confidential and impartial service, available at Community House, Kirkstall Road. Appointments needed. Call 731297. The group meets each Thursday 9am to 12noon and for children up to 3 years and their parents. New members are welcome. Cost is 50p per child & adult, which includes healthy snacks, healthy eating is encouraged and parents are asked not to bring junk food. Parents are asked to bring a small donation for raffle prizes. Contact Dawn on 07874321167.

Lifelong Learning Centre

Community Study Support Network

The Centre offers free internet access and email accounts particularly handy if you don’t have access to the internet at home. It also offers a Senior Citizens’ Club Tuesdays from 1.45 to 3.15pm, including bingo and a raffle which costs 30p. On-site crèche facilities are available for children 2 to 8 years. Contact 244528.

If you are aged between 8 and 16 and want something to do after school come along to the Community House in New Lodge on Wednesdays, contact Kim Leigh on 0796765512.

Looking for Work? The Options Team can help. If you would like help completing job applications or making up a CV, job search and interview technique call into the Romero Centre any Friday from 10am to 3pm. This is a free service.

Arabic Dancing Come along and learn to Belly Dance. Sessions are £5 per head. The group meet each Tuesday 7.15 to 8.15pm in St Helen’s Church Hall Laithes Lane. All ages welcome.

New Lodge New Lodge Junior F.C. Need players for the season 2008-2009. for a new under 8s and 9s team also new managers as well as 10s – 17s and under 15s girls. All managers hold junior team managers award and volunteers are CRB checked. Contact Stephanie Bettley on 292869 or 07756586893.

Community Centre Available for hire for meetings, groups, parties etc. Contact Pat Hardcastle on 242106. Young people’s group meet on Monday in the Community Centre. New members are welcome. 20p per session. Parent volunteers also welcome.

Connexions A Personal Advisor is available

Junior Cricket


If you have children aged between 8 and 16 contact Kim Leigh for information on 07967655121 or call 284223 and ask to be put through to the house to Kim. The centre in the grounds of Athersley North Primary on Lindhurst Road offers childcare services and community activities and opportunities including; a mum’s group aimed at helping mums experiencing post-natal depression, conversational classes for nonEnglish speaking families, and a pensioners’ luncheon club. Some services are available at a low cost, others are free. Call 296969.

entertains Throrncliffe at Park Road in the South Yorkshire league and wickets are pitched at 2pm.

Keep-fit Every Wednesday from 5.45pm to 6.30pm at New Lodge Community Centre. £1.50 per session. All welcome. Contact Jane 731297

New Lodge Community House Offers free Health Drop In sessions ach Thursday from 9.30am to 11am get fit, have your Blood Pressure checked and enjoy a free small healthy breakfast.Telephone 731297.

Councillors’ Surgery Saturday from 10am to 12noon there will be a walkabout around the New Lodge Estate. Ward Councillors will be available to deal with local issues and concerns.To contact councillors or to arrange home visits please ring Jenny Platts on 07814615715, Len Picken on 07714325049 or David Bostwick on 07894806315.

New Life Church Wakefield Road (near New Lodge WMC) offers young people’s activities two nights a week. On Tuesdays, 6.30pm to 8pm for ages 13 to 19 and on Wednesdays, 6.15pm to 7.30pm for children age 4 to 8 years. All welcome. 213607 for more information.

Citizens Advice Bureau At Community House, Kirkstall Road. A confidential service for local people. Contact Caroline or Margaret at the Romero Centre on 01226 770390 for an appointment.

Worsbrough Mill Worsbrough St Thomas and St James’ On Sunday the holy communion service will be be lead by Rev Trevor Keightley and Mary Keightley. Lessons will be read by Joan Hoyland and Kathryn Crowther. At 6pm the congregation are invited to attend the community church, Worsbrough Dale, to celebrate a Pentecost service entitled “Christians Together”. On Wednesday at 2pm Rev Keightley, helped by Ivy Kilburn, will hold an informal service at Rockley Dene nursing home. For enquiries about any of the services or to arrange weddings, baptisms or away banns contact Rev Keightley on 286505.

Jumble Sale Tonight there is a jumble sale in the parish hall at 5.30pm. Proceeds are for church funds.

Wives’ Group The wives’ group meeting will be in the parish hall on Monday when the speaker’s subject is “The History of Glass”.

Concert As part of St Thomas’s 150th anniversary there will be a concert by the church choir “Church Music Throughout the Ages”. The concert in the church starts at 7pm on Friday May 16 and tickets are available. For information contact Mrs Johnson on 207366.

Cricket A refreshing weekend last week for Worsbrough Bridge cricket club. On Saturday the first XI team lost by 19 runs against a very strong Whitley Hall side. Skipper Mark WIlkinson was in tremendous form scoring 96 not out in Worsbrough's score of 170 against the hosts 189. On Sunday, in the President Cup competition, Worsbrough were victorious against another very strong team – Treeton. Worsbrough batted first and scored 213 for 4 wickets and again, skipper Mark Wilkinson, was on brilliant form scoring 103 not out. The hosts were bowled out for 188 (junior Liam Hague 3 for 24). Tomorrow Worsbrough first XI team play Rossington away in the South Yorkshire league. Wickets are pitched at 2pm and the match ball sponsor is Cycle Promotions, West Street, Worsbrough Bridge. Last Saturday the second XI team scored a convincing victory over visitors Freshville. The visitors batted first and scored 103 with junior Adam Freeman taking 4 for 24 runs. Worsbrough replied with 104 for 2 wickets, and junior Dan Osborne (57 not out) played a brilliant innings to give Worsbrough the points. Tomorrow the second XI team

Worsbrough Bridge cricket club junior team fixtures for next week are as follows: under-13s in the eight-a-side, Sunday, May 11 v Wombwell away; under-13s in the 11-aside, Tuesday, May 13 v Barnsley away; under-15s Central team on Thursday, May 15 v Rockingham away.

Community Church The speaker at the 10.30am Sunday Pentecost celebration will by Cynthia Bryant. On Monday the fellowship group will be led by Emma Wilcock at 2pm. On Thursday there is a pop in and chat session from 10am-12noon and a prayer gathering at 7pm. The community cafe will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30am for coffee and between 11.30am1.30am for lunches.

Slimming Hygeia Slimming and Weight Control held at the sports development club, Worsbrough on Thursdays at 2pm. Weight loss of the week went to J Brown with a 3lb loss. For information call 217357.

Mapplewell & Staincross Darby and Joan The meeting was opened and the hymns sung accompanied by Marjorie Haigh. Birthday greetings were sung to Emily Ogley. The choir 'Singing for Pleasure' were accompanied by Isobel Bickerstaff and the musical director was Jeff Tyler. The soloists were Margaret Rattenbury, Wilf Oxley and the recitations were by Peter Radford. Raffle prizes were donated by Winnie Hoyland, Marlene Glover, Marjorie Haigh, Betty Exley, Beryl Smith, Arthur Branston and Sheila Priestley. The winners were Jack Green, Ann Foster, Connie Broadhead, Marie Alderson, Edna Stead and two choir members. The closing hymn was accompanied by Isobel Bickerstaff. Next week is a games night. New members welcome.

Methodist Church Last Sunday afternoon several members went litter-picking in the village, an event organised by Hope 08 in Barnsley. The Sunday morning service, which included Holy Communion, was led by Rev John Morton. Organist was Jenny Squires. Preacher at the evening service was Helen Bellamy, of Cudworth, and Brian Richardson was pianist. There was no women's fellowship meeting on Monday because of the Bank Holiday, but there was tea and toast as usual on Tuesday morning and a meeting of the ladies' group in the afternoon. There was a prayer meeting yesterday. On Sunday morning there will be no service at the church. Instead, members will attend a circuit family service at Emmanuel Church, Barnsley, which starts at 10.30am. An evening service at Staincross will be led by

Rev Sylvia Corney and will include the sacrament of the Lord's Supper. The recent coffee evening raised more than £300 for the Supportdogs charity and the classical concert given by Adam Collett and Rachel Mathieson raised nearly £300 for church funds.

North Gawber Male Voice Choir The choir's annual concert will take place at Staincross Methodist church on Saturday, May 17 at 7.15pm. It will feature guest soloist Kelly Marie Ellis, from Wombwell. Tickets cost £5 including refreshments and are available from choir members or by ringing Alwynne Oxley on 383511 or Keith Lodge on 206766.


the Emmanuel Church at 10.30am. On Sunday at 6pm a united service will be held at the Methodist Church conducted by the three churches of the village. On Saturday May 17 there will be a fashion show in the Methodist Church at 2pm. Admission £1.

RAOB Bro J Bennett opened and closed Reg Hall Lodge 10514 on May 3. Raffles were donated by Bros I Armitage, S Corby, B Sutcliffe and K Hinchcliffe. Winners were Bros K Hinchcliffe, P Lowes, B Sutcliffe, J Bennett and P Robinson. Fraternal greetings were given from Honest Dodworth Lodge 10632, Victory Lodge 7670 and Towd Waggin Rooad Lodge 9788 Barnsley Province and Albert Mountain Victory Lodge Huddersfield Province.

Slimming World The group meeting at the Methodist Church last Wednesday had a total weight loss of 40lbs, Half-stone awards went to Helen Birks, Tracy Machen, and Janet Turton. Slimmer-of-the week was Janet Turton. The group welcomed three new members.

Miners' Welfare Rugby Club The rugby club is holding its presentation night tomorrow at The Tappers. Tickets £10 from the bar.

Welfare Scheme A meeting of the management and trustees committee will be held on Sunday in the sports and social club at 5.30pm.

Band The miners' welfare brass will be holding its AGM on Sunday May 18 at 10.30am in the band room. The band along with Dodworth Choir are in concert at the Emmanual Methodist Church, tomorrow, at 7.15pm. Tickets £7, concessions £6.

Christian Aid Will commence on May 12 when members from the three churches of the village will be collecting at various points.

St John’s Church Last Sunday parish eucharist was celebrated by Rev Richard Weller. Organist was Harold Bolton. Readings were given by David Allen and Margaret McBeath. The offertory was presented by John Shepherd and Margaret Woolston. The chalice was administered by Lynn Askey who was also sidesperson. On Sunday parish eucharist with Sunday school will be at 10am. On Thursday holy communion at 9.30am and toddlers at 2pm.

Methodist Church The speaker for the fellowship last Thursday was Mr D Haynes, Nora Harrison presided and pianist was Edith Bird. On Sunday morning the holy communion service was conducted by Rev H Bowes. Lessons were read by Nora Harrison and Kathleen Thorne. Organist was Edith Bird. Flowers were donated by Pat Harrison. There will be no morning service on Sunday as members are invited to a circuit service for Pentecost at

Lundwood Courses A seven-week aromatherapy course starts at Burton Grange Community Centre at 1pm on Monday May 19. A free beginners’ Spanish course starts at St Helens Primary School, Monk Bretton at 1pm on Wednesday. A free lunch event takes place at Burton Grange Community Centre from 111.30pm on Wednesday May 21 where adults can try sewing, crafts and healthy lunchbox activities. Free English and maths classes for adults can be joined by attending a meeting with a tutor in Lundwood. Please ring for an appointment. A free European Computer Driver Licence course takes place at Priory School, Lundwood on Wednesday afternoons from 3-4pm. There are computers beginners’ courses on Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings at Priory Campus. A seven-week Understanding Children course starts in Royston in June on Friday mornings. There are health and fitness classes at Priory Campus including boxercise and Latin dancing. For information ring Chris or Sylvia on 280717.

Darby & Joan Birthday wishes were sent to Freda Pritchard and get well wishes to Elizabeth Tolan.

St Mary Magdalene Church Tomorrow and Sunday is the 75th anniversary of the church. A garden party takes place tomorrow from 2pm to 6pm, featuring South Kirkby Brass Band and Crystal Lights Majorettes. On Sunday there is a celebration service with the crowning of the May Queen and whitwalk at 10.30am. The preacher will be Rev Mel Garside, former vicar of Lundwood. After the service the May Queen and King will be crowned and lead the village Whitwalk. After the walk they will return to the church for a buffet.

Ward Green Church Preacher for Sunday at 10.30am is Frank Parnham. On Monday at 6.30pm the Kingwell Club for children aged seven to 11 is held. A course of study known as 'Emmaus' will start on Wednesday at 2pm, repeated at 7.30pm. It is designed to introduce people to the Christian faith and to the life of the church. Prayers for all at today at 9am.

Worsbrough Common St Luke's Church On Sunday the 11am service will be Holy Communion and the preacher and officiant will be Rev Trevor Keightley assisted by Joan Davies. The lessons will be read by Mrs M Rushforth and Miss S Davies. On Monday at 7.30pm the PCC meets in the church for their regular meeting. A treasurer and secretary will be elected for the coming year and forthcoming events will be discussed. On Tuesday at 2.30pm the Ward Green Ladies' Guild meets in the church hall for their monthly meeting. There will be a speaker from the National Heritage talking about York Minster. On Wednesday at 1.15 pm the Oasis group meets in the church hall for their regular fellowship meeting, new members welcome. On Thursday at 2.30pm the St Luke's Pensioners' club will meet in the church hall for their meeting for bingo and refreshments. The last time they met the prizes were won by M Briscoe, H Wragg and A Hickling.

Ardsley Crime and Safety A meeting of the Ardsley and Stairfoot crime and safety group will take place at the community centre on Monday at 6.30pm. Residents of Ardsley, Stairfoot and Wombwell Lane are welcome to discuss any crime and safety issues.

Wesleyan Reform Harry Burnley was the preacher on Sunday morning. Flowers were provided by Mrs Garlick. Yesterday the funeral took place of church member Mabel Bolton, wife of Clifford Bolton. There will be a service at 11am on Sunday. On Saturday May 17. a tea at 4.30pm will be followed by a concert by the Andco Singers with the theme of 'The Circus Comes to Town'. John Barnes will perform his juggling act.

Stairfoot & Ardsley Constitutional Club This week's winning numbers in the members' draw are: No 1, 143; No 2, 347. Free draw number was 394.

Keel Inn The ladies' darts team beat visitors from the Rose and Crown, Worsbrough Common, by 4-2 in the second round of the cup competition last Tuesday, but they were beaten

4-2 on their visit to New Road Club, Staincross, in the first round, first leg of the Rose Bowl competition last Thursday.

Homing Wayne Ellis took first and third places and Steve Ellis second and fourth places in Stairfoot Homing Society's race from Buckingham last Saturday.

Parish Church Wendy Pepper conducted the all-age worship service on Sunday morning. She was assisted by Rev Roger Evans. This Sunday there will be holy communion at 10.30am. The fellowship group meets on Monday at 1.30pm and Wednesday at 7.30pm. Also on Wednesday there will be a coffee morning from 10am, when the church will be open for prayer. The luncheon club meets in the Acorn room at noon on Thursday.

Over 55s Club The Leader Brothers will be the speakers at a meeting in the Ardsley Oaks WMC on Tuesday at 1pm.

Surgery Stairfoot Ward Councillors Fred Clowery and Jim Smith will be holding a surgery in the Ardsley and Stairfoot community centre on Tuesday between 7 and 8pm.

Ladies' Social The Ardsley branch of the National Association of Women's Clubs attended the South Yorkshire AGM in Barnsley Hospital Social Club last Tuesday. All the officials were re-elected, along with a new assistant treasurer, Gillian Willis, from the Honeybunch Club. The evening included a fashion show by The Complete Clothing Co Leeds and there was a Chinese raffle. At the weekly meeting in the community centre last Thursday Nan Clegg, Pat Pickering, Madge Beverley, Kath Keegan and Rita Jones organised an evening with speakers Barbara and Jean from Barnsley Hospice. They also brought items to sell which raised £264. The club donated a further £25 for hospice funds and £54.10 from a raffle. The prizes had been donated by the organisers and other members. A total of £343.10 was raised during the evening. The club raffle prize, donated by Mary Downend, was won by Joan Shaw. At next Thursday's meeting at 7.30pm there will be a demostration by the Body Shop.

Oaks WMC Norman Hilton was the winner of the domino handicap. Malcolm Johnson was runnerup. Quiz team winers last Thursday got 33 correct answers out of a possible 40. Question master was Bob Stansbury. Ian McGregor won the Sunday quiz by answering 13 of the 15 questions correctly. Questions were set by Eric Redford. The Sunday lunchtime members' free draw now stands at £68. Open the box number was 53005. Bingo today at 9pm. The Bank Holiday Monday talent competition was won by Joshua Steer. Chloe Frost was second and Maddison Redford was third. There was also a children's disco.


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History: May 12 Trevor Massey will give a talk on the coal industry at Silkstone Lodge at 7.30pm. Everyone welcome.

EVENTS Gardeners' Choice Tours at Wentworth Castle Gardens, today, 11am. Guided Garden Tours at Wentworth Castle Gardens, tomorrow and Sunday 2pm. Musical Evening The ladies' group presents a musical evening at Buckley Church, off Sheffield Road, Monday, 7.30pm. Coffee evening with a Christian Aid presentation by the Brownies and Guides at Monk Bretton Methodist Church, Tuesday, 5.45pm to 7.15pm.

MEETINGS/SOCIETIES Pat McLaughlin will give a talk on 'Castles and Abbeys in South Yorkshire' at the Cooper Gallery, Barnsley, Monday, 7pm for 7.30pm. White Rose Organ Society at Silkstone Lodge, Tuesday, 7.30pm. A concert will be given by Penny Weedon. Friends of Wortley Gardens:

Michael Kleperer will give a talk on 'The Architecture of a Victorian Kitchen Garden' at Wortley Hall, Tuesday, 7.30pm. Alliance of Professional Landlords at Chill Champagne Bar, Market Street, Barnsley, Wednesday, 6.30pm.

MUSICALS 'South Pacific' at the Academy Theatre, Birdwell, Monday to Saturday May 17, 7.15pm. Matinee on May 17 at 2.30pm. 'Fiddler on the Roof' at the Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley, today, 7.15pm; tomorrow, 2.15pm and 7.15pm.

FAIRS Spring fair at Birkwood School, Cudworth, tomorrow, 2pm. Antiques and Collectibles Fair at Elsecar Heritage Centre, Sunday, 10am to 4pm.

OUTDOORS Nine-mile walk around Ashford-onthe-Water (meet Birdwell, tomorrow, 8.30am) ring 382685. Twelve-mile walk around Bradfield (meet Birdwell, Sunday, 9am) ring 715306.

COFFEE MORNINGS Coffee morning at Pogmoor Methodist Church, tomorrow, 10.30am to 12.

FESTIVALS Flower Festival at Trinity UR Church, tomorrow, 10.30am to 4pm; Sunday, 11.30am to 4pm. Trinity age-well spring event in the lounge, tomorrow, 10.30am to 12.

CONCERTS Dodworth Spring Harmony with Dodworth Male Voice Choir and Dodworth Colliery MW Brass Band at the Emmanuel Methodist Church, Barnsley, tomorrow, 7.15pm.

LIVE MUSIC Jimmy Echo at the Shaw Inn, Racecommon Road, Barnsley, today, 9pm. Barnsley Jazz with the Forest New Orleans Jazz Band at Silkstone Lodge, Monday, 8.30pm. A Musical Evening with Barnsley Co-operative Concert Band at Barugh Green WMC, Thursday, 7.30pm.

We invite readers to tell us about forthcoming events under headings such as events, music and activities for all the family. Please send, in writing, a brief description of the event, the place and time to Cherry Martin, c/o Newsroom, Barnsley Chronicle, 47 Church Street, Barnsley S70 2AS or fax us on 01226 734455. Entries should reach us no later than midday on Tuesday of the week before publication.

Cawthorne Stop 'n' Surf The Stop'n' Surf Internet bus is part of the Surf 'n' Snack Shack project run from the Penistone Youth Internet Cafe. Evening sessions are run for young people only, while the day time sessions are for communities and businesses, providing free basic computer training in the form of eCitizen and the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL). It will be at Cawthorne village hall from 10.30-12.30pm.

All Saints’ Church On Sunday the services will be 8.30am Holy Communion BCP. Please assemble at 10.20am at the Parish room for the start of the United Walk of Witness ending at the Chapel. Evensong will be at 6.30pm. On Wednesday the church will be open at 8.30am for morning prayer and on Thursday at 4.30pm for evening prayer.

Methodist Church On Sunday the service will be at the end of the United Whit Walk. On Wednesday the walking group will meet at 1.30pm in Horncroft, open to everyone. Also on Wednesday 6pm to 7.15pm ‘Choices’ Christian Youth Club for children 7 to 11 years. On Thursday 10am to 11.30am is the Open Door Coffee Morning, many thanks to everyone who loyally supports this weekly event. Everyone warmly welcomed.

Stop & Surf The Stop & Surf Mobile Internet Project bus provides internet access on Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Village Hall car park. For more information call 762800 or visit

Cawthorne Club Bingo now every Monday from 8pm in the Bottom Club with cash prizes. New members always welcome.

and Tap (age 3 minimum), 4.00-4.45pm, Gymnastics (basic), 4.45-5.30pm, Street Dance, 5.30 -6.30pm, Dancercise, 6.30-7.30 pm, Adult Tap, 8-9pm, Thursdays: Cheerleading, 4-4.45pm, Dance/Gymnastics (advanced), 4.45-5.30pm, Grade 3 Modern, 5.30-6.30pm, Bistro open, 10am-2pm, weekdays serving light snacks, jackets, paninis, sandwiches and home made cakes. Orders can be phoned in on 744442 Volunteers needed for help with backstage, front of house, hair and makeup, costumes and chaperoning. If you would like to get involved call 744442.

Methodist Church There will be no service on Sunday at Birdwell as the congregation will be attending the united service for Pentecost at Emmanuel Methodist Church on Huddersfield Road, Barnsley, at 10.30am. There will be a women's network service at Birdwell at 2.30pm on Wednesday for the dedication of Easter offerings. This service will be taken by Deacon Janet Thomas.

Gawber St Thomas's Church Services on Sunday: 8am Matins; 10.30 Parish Eucharist; 12noon baptism of Nathan Dean Dickinson and Fraser Simon Stables; 6pm Evensong (united service with Higham Methodist, for Christian Aid week, at St Thomas's Church). On Monday at 8pm the Monday Club meets for a mystery box quiz, with the Leader Brothers in the community hall. On Wednesday at 12 the luncheon club meets in the community hall. On Thursday at 1.30pm the craft group meets in the community hall.

Cannon Hall The Wider Picture, an exhibition from the Textile Art group will begin on Wednesday until Saturday 14 June, free admission. For more details please contact 790270.

Victoria Jubilee Museum The Museum will be open Tomorrow and Sunday 2pm to 5pm.

Mothers’ Union On Tuesday the Mothers’ Union will be having their prayer meeting at 10.30 a.m. in the parish room. Everyone very welcome.

Jumble Sale Tomorrow at 1.30pm the Village Hall will be hosting a Jumble Sale for the Village Hall Refurbishment Funds. Any volunteers will be most appreciated, please contact Cynthia Hindley. Admission 20p.

Parish Magazine The deadline for the June magazine is on Wednesday, please take all article to the Post Office.

Christian Aid Week From Sunday 11 May to Saturday 17 May. Please give generously and thank you to all the volunteer collectors. Please let your collector know if you will add Gift Aid to your donation.

Smithies Wesleyan Reform Sunday School anniversary event is at 3pm, when the speaker will be Mr P Nuttall. The children will worship in song, drama and verse. The Sunday School will meet at 10.45am. On Monday the WA meets for an open meeting at 2.30pm. On Tuesday the Girls' Brigade meets at 6.30pm. On Thursday the Wives' Group meets at 8pm.

Higham Methodist Church On Sunday at 6pm members and friends from Higham Methodist Church will join the congregation of St Thomas' Church, Gawber, for worship to mark Christian Aid Week. The sermon will be given by Rev Jon Bellfield. Tea and toast will be served in the hall from 9.30am to 11am on Monday. The Monday fellowship meets at 2pm when the speaker will be Rev Jon Bellfield. The junior youth group meeting is on Monday at 6.45pm followed by the senior youth group at 7.45pm.

MacMillan Walk On Thursday starting at 10.30am at the Spencer Arms car park, the Walk hopes to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support.

Birdwell Academy Theatre South Pacific by Take 2 theatre company will run from May 1217. There will be an evening with Kelsey Ellison and the Peter Donegan Band (son of Lonnie Donegan) on May 18. Weekday dance classes now running: Mondays: Take 2 Tots Dance and Movement, 2.152.45pm, Grade 3 Ballet and Tap, 4.00-5.30pm, Wednesdays: Juvenile Ballet

Pigeon Racing Club Starting point for Sunday's race organised by the Bridge Inn Miler Pigeon Racing Club was Carlton's Long Row. Winner was Eric Pickersgill in 1 minute 15 seconds and second was Mick White in 1 minute 20 seconds. The 11am race on Sunday will be from Cudworth's Pinfold.

Over 50's Club Members met on Tuesday in the community centre when birthday greetings were sent to Marion Bell. Games winners were Loll Tighe, Mary Hyde, Phyllis Chapman, Carol Broadhead, Rita Williams, Elaine Worley, Janet Sanson, Margaret Rhodes, Tony Williams, Janet Stafford, Doreen Cawley, Jean Eagan and Lesley Brown. Raffle winners were Rita Perkin and Carol Broadhead.

Monk Bretton Methodist Church The Christian Aid family service on Sunday morning was led by Janet Crossley. Daniel Hurst and John Wilcock read lessons. Organist was Rose Denman. The flowers were presented by Edie and Gordon Johnson. A hunger lunch followed. In the evening there was a joint service with Cudworth Church led by Deacon Janet Thomas. On Monday the youth club was supervised by Helen Walker and on Tuesday the 45th Barnsley Brownies and 27th Barnsley Guides were led by Jayne Wragg and Lynn Smith. The women's fellowship met yesterday when the speaker was Rev Percy Allen. Tomorrow there will be a coffee morning at 10.30am and on Sunday at 10.30am there will be a circuit service at the Emmanuel Church, replacing the usual Monk Bretton service. At 6pm

one and a half stone award and club 10 award were given to Lisa Sellers. Slimmer of the week in the 5pm group was Joyce Hines, losing 2lbs, and slimmer of the week in the 6.30pm group Lewis Glover, losing 3lbs. Call Christine Melhuish on 381348.

Methodist Church On Sunday the preacher at the 9.45am all-age service was Rachel Marsden. Pianist was Pearl Fawcett. Refreshments were served by Florence Hinchliffe and Clive Cawthrow. The 6pm service was conducted by Rev Andy ChislettMcDonald. Organist was Roy Jackson.

Christian Endeavour The Christian Endeavour and youth club met on Tuesday evening at Barugh Methodist Church. The leaders were Gloria Dawson, Margaret Banks and Sheila Cawthrow.

Local History Group On Tuesday the local history group will meet on Tuesday at 2pm in the village hall when Fred Thompson will give a talk on 'Holy Island'.

Butchers' Arms The pool team beat Ashfield WMC last week in the Smithies League. Team was Steve and Elleanor Rose Wainwright, Jim Hamilton, John Lees, Gary Annetts, Lee Naylor and Craig Jackson.

Monk Bretton WMC Playing in the Smithies League last week, the pool team beat Great Dane 4-3. Team was Glyn Ashton, Keith Perry, Dave Smith, Ian Gannon, Steve Rennison, Jimmy Paton and Martin Rennison.

Pogmoor Methodists Tomorrow there will be a coffee morning from 10.30 to 12 noon, with the usual stalls. Sunday service, 6pm, will be led by Rev Mark Reasbeck. Ladies' Guild meets on Monday at 7.30pm. On Thursday there will be a coffee morning from 10 to 11.30am.

Tomorrow the Portuguese Assemblies of God worship from 4-6pm. On Sunday 9.15am early morning worship will be led by Rev Derek Hinchliffe. All age worship for Pentecost at 10.30am will be a circuit service with preacher Rev Andy Day. This will include a crèche for under threes. Rev Mark Reasbeck will be the preacher at Sunday at Seven contemporary worship. Time for Prayer is on Monday at 9.15am and mothers and toddlers meet at 10am. Iranian Christian Fellowship meet at 4.30pm for worship and Bible study in Farsi. Christianity Explored, a course exploring different aspects of the Christian faith, continues at 7.30pm led by Mark Reasbeck. On Tuesday community coffee morning is between 10.30am and 12 and includes stalls. Tuesday Club for ages five-11 meets at 3.45pm. Little Fishes toddler group meets on Wednesday at 1pm. On Thursday brownies meet at 6pm and guides at 7.30pm. A membership course for those interested in becoming members of Emmanuel continues at 7.30pm. For information contact Mark Reasbeck on 207208.

Church of the Nazarene Sunday worship is at 10.30am with Des Haynes. On Monday junior youth club from 6pm for children aged six to 11 and the senior club 7pm for those aged 12 to 18. On Tuesday the Fellowship is at 1.30pm with Bible study, prayer and encouragement. On Thursday watercolour painting is at 10am. For more details 0113 2525620

Trinity URC Trinity age-well spring event tomorrow from 10.30-12. On Sunday the service at 10.30 will be led by Rev Nick Percival. Charity coffee morning after the service will be hosted by Miss Caroline Lindley and friends for St Dunstan's Hospital for the Blind. Bible study is in the lounge on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Trinity age-well meets on Wednesday in the lounge from 10.301pm.

Salem Church On Sunday divine service was conducted at 10.30am by Mr O Wright and at 6pm by Mr F Race. Organist was Mrs J Dore. Communion was taken during the evening service. The flowers for the communion table were provided by

Mrs Warsop. On Sunday divine services will be conducted at 10.30am by Mr B Steele and at 6pm by Rev P Sawyer. On Tuesday the beaver scouts and cubs will meet from 6-7.15pm, followed by the scouts until 9.15pm. On Wednesday brownies will meet from 6-7pm, followed by the guides until 9.15pm. Next Friday the rainbows meet from 6-7pm. approved healers will be in attendance.

Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) Barnsley Quakers meet at 10.30am every Sunday for an hour of peaceful worship at their Meeting House on the corner of Western Street and Huddersfield Road. All welcome.

Barnsley Baptist Church Tonight drama group meets 5-7. Gideon's International Barnsley branch annual Friends' meeting and buffet at 7.30 all welcome. Tomorrow morning coffee served in the chapel 10.15-11.45, all welcome. On Sunday Rev William Shaw will conduct a Communion service at 11. Christian Aid service will be at 4.15 at St Edward's Church. On Monday the speaker at the Sisterhood meeting at 2 will be Rev Kevin Brown. Junior club meets 7-8. On Tuesday lunch club dine at 12noon. On Wednesday parents and toddlers meet 9.15-11.15.

Buckley Church Tomorrow the usual coffee morning will be held with tabletop sales of bric-a-brac, clothing, greetings cards and cakes. There is also a raffle. On Sunday there is no service at 10.30am, the ladies' group anniversary service at 6pm will be led by Rev J Morton. On Monday at 2pm the women's fellowship meets and at 7.15pm the ladies' group presents an evening of music, featuring Eric and family. Tickets are available on the door. On Tuesday line dancing is at 12 and on Wednesday night the Steppin Time School of Dance meets. There is a writers' workshop on Thursday at 10am.

St Peter's Church Healing mass is tonight at 6.30. Solemn mass will be sung on Sunday at 9.30 with celebrant and preacher Fr Derek Birch. Mass is said daily throughout the week, details on 282220. Mary Skelley and Kath Charlesworth take greetings of Pentecost from the church to the people of

Ap-pealing for new bell ringers By Katia Harston A NINE-YEAR tradition could soon become a distant echo of the past unless Darton church finds more bell ringers. Trevor Ledger is leader of the All Saint’s church bell ringers and is appealing to anyone willing to pull a bell or two on a Sunday morning to keep the tradition alive. In 2004 the group had 18 bell ringers but are now down to five, and with six bells to be rung the future is looking bleak for Darton’s Sunday morning chorus. He said: “The situation is fast becoming critical. “It will soon be the case that when two or more ringers cannot attend, due to holidays and the like, the bells will not ring out at all on a Sunday.” Trevor said it would be a great pity if the bells are silenced as the ringers have had many compliments from locals since they were restored to working order nine years ago. He added: “I’m sure many

Darton folk would miss hearing them if they weren’t rung regularly and we desperately need people to come forward. “It’s very easy to learn and can be done by anyone who has a certain amount of strength and is active enough. “As a guideline to age I’d say anyone from ten to 70 should feel comfortable coming and having a go. “However, I won’t turn anyone away who thinks they can do it and are worried there is some criteria they have to meet – that is not the case. “I would also like to stress that we do not expect people to stay for the church service as I know this can put some people off even getting in touch to find out.” He insists the ancient skill of bell ringing is easy to pick up and no experience is necessary as full training will be given. They meet at the church every Wednesday at 7.30pm to practice and if you would like to have a go contact Trevor on 07876 731650.

Britannia House flat. Their prayer-partner is Eileen Poxon. Seventh-day Adventist Church Sabbath school tomorrow begins at 10am and includes activities for the children and youth. Divine service at 11.15am will be taken by Dr David Marshall from Grantham, all are welcome.

St Edward's Church On Sunday at 10am Parish Eucharist is held with celebrant and preacher Rev Canon Stuart Ramsden, readers L Taylor-Kent and J Guest and intercessions G Fletcher. At 4.15pm the Christian Aid Week launch service is held with leaders F Thompson and Rev W Shaw. On Monday keep fit is at 7pm. On Wednesday at 10 Holy Communion 1662 is held with celebrant Rev Stephen Race. On Thursday at 12 vestry lunches are served. Streets to be prayed for this week: Branksome Avenue, Grosvenor Drive, King Edward Gardens, Willow Street, Sandford Court, Rob Royd Lane, Keresforth Court and Claycliffe Terrace.

WeightWatchers The group meets every Tuesday at Barnsley library at 9.30am, 10.30am, 12pm and 5pm. Half-stone awards went to: Kevin Nichols, Beatrice Hall, Michelle Armitage, Kieron Howe, Julie Howe. One stone: Joan Beattie, Kathleen Jones, Lynn Reading. Two stones: Jackie Corke, Tracy Hill.

Weight Wise Barnsley Free ten-week NHS run weight management course covering many different subjects to help lose weight at a steady rate. Contact the Weight Wise Team on 432093/432606.

Rood. At 1.15pm in the Church of the Nazarene, off Sheffield Road, the SA Cameo group meets. On Sunday at 2pm in the same church worship is held, everyone is welcome. Any enquiries to 291276.

Weigh In Slimmers meeting last Wednesday at the Central Library in Shambles Street lost a total of 147lbs. Slimmer of the week on Wednesday morning was June Worth who lost 3lbs, and on Wednesday evening was Christine Johnson (5lbs). Congratulated on reaching weight loss milestones were Sue Holladay (first half stone), Julia Lomax (one stone), Rebecca Kilner and Tina Windsor (stone and a half) Janet Higgins (two stones) Liz Williams (three stones) and Pam Crow (three and a half stones). Classes are at Barnsley Library on Wednesday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

Barnsley Probus Club The next meeting of the Barnsley Men's Probus Club is on Wednesday in the community hall of the YMCA, Pitt Street. The speaker will be Pamela Hill and the subject is Macmillan Cancer Support. Coffee will be available from 10.30am and the meeting will start at 11am. Men who are retired from paid work are welcome to join. Spiritualist Church, Pitt Street West Tomorrow at 6.30pm there will be a healing service, followed by an open circle at 7.30pm. On Sunday divine service is at 6.15pm. The speaker will be Pat and Simon Cemm, of Filey. On Wednesday the clairvoyant service is at 7pm and the speaker will be Fay Lang, of Leeds. On Thursday healing clinic is from 1-2.30pm.

Slimming World The group meets at Barnsley library every Friday 10am and 12noon. The group welcomed seven new members. Half-stone awards went to: Andrew Bogg, Sandra Morgan, Avril Goodall, Dawn Taylor, Paula Tyas, Eunice Nutton. One stone: Karen Man. Slimmer of the week in the 10am group was Karen Man, losing 7lbs. Slimmer of the week in the 12noon group was Eunice nutton losing 3lbs. Any enquiries call Christine Melhuish on 381348.

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Today the church is holding a coffee morning from 9.30-11.30 in the church hall at Holy

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Members of the Barbarian Explorer Scouts rest up after an energetic game of outdoor laserquest at Zone Combat near Ripon last weekend. The scouts meet at Low Barugh every Wednesday and for more information contact Charlie Wilkins on 388271.

St Paul's Church Sunday's Ascension Day family mass was celebrated by Father Nigel Holmes. Readings were given by Don Booker and Sue Burton who also led the prayers. Side duties were carried out by Joyce Harston and Bessie Forrest. The offertory was taken by Kath Bland and Don Booker. The chalice was administered by Charles Wraith and Clifford Woffinden. Organist was Robert Barraclough. Janice Bamford played flute and the psalm and gospel acclamation were sung by Jack Birkett. Today there will be a mass at 6pm, tomorrow a vigil mass at 6.30pm and the family mass on Sunday at 10am to mark Pentecost. The summer fair will be on June 7 at 11.30am.

‘Outstanding’ school earns praise from Ofsted inspectors By Carla George

Christian Aid Events for Christian Aid will continue on Tuesday at the Methodist Church between 5.45pm and 7.15pm. There will be a presentation by Brownies and Guides with games and competitions. Refreshments will cost £1.


When we grow up: Thurgoland Chuch of England pupils on a school activity.

THURGOLAND Church of England School has been awarded the highest grade possible following an Ofsted inspection carried out last month. The report, which described the school as outstanding, praised the headteacher and teaching staff for fulfilling their aim to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere in which children’s self-esteem and respect for others can develop. Pupils’ achievement was described as outstanding, with standards by the end of Year 6 well above average, and most pupils exceeding their very challenging targets. The school was praised for the care, guidance and support given to pupils and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development was described as ‘excellent’’. Pupils were seen to benefit from an impres-

Cricket Club Saturday's bonus ball was four. The first XI entertain Linthwaite, wickets pitched at 1.30pm; match sponsor, the bonus ball committee. The second XI travel to Linthwaite. On Sunday the club entertains Mexborough in the Barnsley League, wickets pitched at 2pm. The second XI go to Hall Bower in the Paddock Shield, postponed from last Sunday. The next committee meeting is on Monday. Last Sunday's lottery numbers were 4, 10, 11, 13, 15 and 19. There were no winners and this week's jackpot is £600. Pool numbers were 1,147 and 2,377.

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Cricket Club Tomorrow sees the 1st XI at home against Edgerton and Dalton in the Huddersfield Central League Premier division. The match ball sponsors are Simon and Dennise Marsh. There are refreshments including a licensed bar available during the game. Cawthorne 2nd XI play Bradley and Colne 1st XI at Bradley in section 'B' of the HCCL and both games start at 2pm. On Sunday at 10am the Under 13s play away at Darton, and on Wednesday at 6pm the Under 17s junior team play Darton under 17s at Cawthorne, match ball sponsored by the Tivydale Club.

there will be a joint service at Cudworth Church led by John Foster. At 5.45pm on Tuesday there will be a Christian Aid coffee evening and on Saturday May 17 at 7pm a beetle drive and supper.


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On Sunday Rev Jon Bellfield. led 10.30am service The 6pm service was taken by Rev Pam Butler. On Monday Karers and Kidz met at 9am. The Girls' Brigade met on Tuesday at 6.30pm. On Wednesday the luncheon club dined at 12 noon and there was the area Pentecost fellowship at 7.15pm. Today there is a meeting of the Gideon's International at Sheffield Road Baptist Church at 7.30pm, speaker Graham Schofield. On Sunday at 10.30am Pentecost circuit service will be at Emmanuel Church. 6pm service will be led by Rev Andy Chislett-McDonald. There is a light lunch on Saturday May 17 at 12 noon. Tickets £2. Proceeds to Christian Aid

Barugh Green Slimming World The group meets at Barugh Green community centre every Tuesday at 5pm and 6.30pm. The group welcomed five new members. The half stone loss award went to Caroline O’Brien and Val Wilkinson, the one stone award w to Andrea Moody and Lynda Jackson. The

New writing group to work on radio themes By Katia Harston MEMBERS of a writing group could soon have their literary creations aired on the radio. Mapplewell Writers has organised a special workshop on radio broadcasting techniques which will be led by Mel Jacques, station manager of Radio Nightingale in Rotherham. Graham Rippon, tutor and secretary for the group, hopes members will take part in a recording session at the hospital-based station on June 16. He said: “We learn about and write stories,

Houghton Mr S Cotter A marriage partnership of more than 50 years was broken on April 26 by the death in Barnsley General Hospital of Stephen Cotter, aged 78, of Thurnscoe Lane, Great Houghton. Born in County Cork, Eire, he was from a family of 14. At the age of 16 he moved to South Yorkshire and went into the mining industry and was a miner at Dearne Valley colliery. Formerly of Pleasant Avenue, he had lived at his last address for four years.

poetry, scripts, articles – whatever members want in each term. “We are anticipating writers will then record some of their own poetry and prose for broadcast to the hospital’s patients.” The free open workshop begins at Mapplewell and Staincross village hall on Thursday, May 15 at 10am. It will meet there every Thursday for the next 30 weeks. To take part contact Graham on 01709 372875 or the village hall on 381006. He leaves a wife Jean (nee Jarvis), daughter Tina, son Michael, son-in-law Mick, daughter-in-law Marion and granddaughters Brooke and Amy. He is survived by his sisters Phyllis, Annie and Maureen. Cremation is today at Ardsley, following a service conducted by Rev Brian Davies. Funeral arrangements were by D H Maccabe funeral Services, Rotherham 893152.

Pilley St Paul's Church On Sunday at 6.30pm Paul will be the reader at Evensong.

Unbeatable: Hoyland Town under-11s who received medals from the exBarnsley, Sheffield United and Leicester boss Dave Bassett. The team were runners up in the Cleethorpes classic tournament despite not losing a single game. They lost out on points after competing in four hours of football over the two days festival and won the Fair Play trophy for outstanding sportsmanship. It is their first year in the Charles Rice League winning the Premier league with a game to spare then winning the league cup on Sunday April 27 in a 5-3 thriller.

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sive range of additional activities, including keeping fit and theme days that tie in with the topics they have learnt that week. The headteacher, Mrs Rebecca Davies, who has been described as utterly committed to the success of the school, said: “The report is a tribute to the hard work and commitment of all our pupils, staff, governors and parents. I would just like to thank everyone who contributes to our school.” Mrs Sharon Cook, chairpman of the governors, said: “I read the Ofsted report with immense pride and satisfaction.” The inspectors felt that the Foundation Stage had improved since the last inspection and now established a firm basis for learning higher up the school. On improvements to be made, the report commented that there were no further issues to add.

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Moz brushes up her art treasures McMILLAN’S BARNSLEY

An evening class in pottery to get a break from the kids led to a new career in fine art for Moz Collier. Joanne Wright went to meet her. Ian McMillan

“I DON’T name my paintings, I want people to form their own opinions and not just see what I see.” Moz Collier of Manchester Road, Thurlstone, is in full flow about her art and her approach to materials “I pick up from all over the world that most people would think is rubbish, sea shells, old house keys, anything. It is like treasure to me, and I take inspiration from it,” she says. But her penchant for other people’s cast offs almost got her in trouble on one occasion. An Arabic newspaper brought back from her travels to stain and use on one of her hand-made cards caused a bit of a stir at a London exhibition. One art lover gave her a peculiar look when perusing her work, then turned to her and said the story on the Arabic newspaper was about a woman who had set her husband on fire for having an affair. “I just thought the lettering was beautiful, I had no idea what it meant,” she smiles.

I put lots of time in to be very helpful I WAS just settling down to watch Diagnosis Murder, the special edition DVD that’s been dubbed into that sub-branch of Lancashire Dialect called Gormless Lancashire (‘Do you not think there’s summat up with him, Dr Sloan? After all, he were found in th’abbatoir were he not?’ Marvellous!) When the phone rang; a rich Yorkshire voice, a nice change after all that Lancashire, said ‘Heyop: does tha know what time it is?’ It seemed a strange request to me: why ring somebody up to ask the time? But I’m a helpful soul so I glanced at the clock and told him. “Five and twenty past three” I said, in the old Barnsley way. “Would you say that again?” he said. I was getting a little worried, I must admit; was I being coldcalled by a clock fetishist? Still, as readers of the previous paragraph will know, I’m a helpful soul, so I said “It’s just after five and twenty past three.” There was a little silence at the other end of the line and then he said “Is it more or less just after five and twenty past three?” And I said “No: it’s just after five and twenty past three precisely.” I heard him laugh and then he revealed who he was and the plans he’d got for me. It turned out he was Frank Billingley, chairman (CEO, they call them sometimes) of Uncle Frank’s Delicious Yorkshire Puddings, a firm that sold pre-cooked Yorkshires to the modern market. By some sleight-ofhand in the stock market (or the gravy market, as they

‘He didn’t have access to a recording studio so I had to answer each phone call from home’

call it Up North) he’d bought the franchise for The Speaking Clock and he said “Now, when they ring up to ask the time, they’re going to get you.” I nodded and smiled; this wouldn’t be a bad job to do. All I had to do was nip into a recording studio for a couple of hours and record phrases like ‘Twelve o’clock’ and ‘ten seconds’ and ‘The time sponsored by Uncle Frank’s Delicious Yorkshire Puddings will be...’ and then clever engineers would edit it all together and, well, Frank’s your Uncle. Frank also said that every time someone rang up for the time, I’d get two pence. Now, that doesn't seem a lot, but I worked out that it would soon add up. If a hundred people an hour (which isn’t a lot out of a population of fifty-odd million) rang for the time that would be two quid an hour, forty eight quid a day, for doing nowt. If a thousand people an hour rang up (which isn’t a lot, out of a population of fifty-odd million) that would be twenty quid an hour, four hundred and eighty quid a day, for doing nowt. “Where do I sign?” I said to Frank. After I’d signed it turned out that Frank’s franchise wasn’t all I’d thought it was. He didn’t have access to a recording studio so I had to answer each phone call from home, in real time, with a clock next to me. I sat there in the front room and the phone rang. As soon as I picked it up I glanced at the clock and said, following my script “Reyt. After’t pips the time sponsored by Uncle Frank’s Delicious Sizzling Yorkshire Puddings will be two-forty five and ten seconds precisely Tha Knows. I then hit a glass measuring jug with a knitting needle three times, because Frank couldn’t afford a pips machine. There was a silence at the other end of the line. ‘Wrong number’ said a voice. I’ve done six so far today. Twelve pence. Anybody want to know the time?

SIX THINGS Yo u m a y n o t know about: MARK SILCOCK Mark, a policeman for more than 20 years, works with the Penistone Safer Neighbourhood Team. I He saved up his leave last year and spent six weeks in Australia and New Zealand with his family over Christmas and while there he did a bungee jump and paraglided off a 3,000-ft high mountain. I He collects malt whisky and has more than 60 bottles ranging in age from 20 to 40 years. The most expensive cost over £100. I He met the former head of MI5 Dame Stella Rimington last year, unfortunately she didn’t tell him any national secrets. I Before his police service he spent five years in the Royal Navy.

I He is a qualified chef and as well as cooking in the Royal Navy he has worked in hotels. I It is his ambition to try the hottest curry in the world and he has tried vindaloos in countries as far and wide as America and Australia.

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‘Art relaxes people and is another form of communication’

Pottering about: Thurlstone artist Moz Collier.

Moz says working at different ends of the art spectrum complement each other well and that she switches effortlessly between the two. Going from the fun, but physically challenging, art working with children to the delicate porcelain art that represents some of her personal thoughts and is much more mentally taxing. She also does commission work for weddings and Christenings. Her latest piece is for her daughter’s Vietnamese restaurant in Ilkley that features chillies made out of glass. This is her first piece of fine art for almost two years after caring for her mother who had two severe strokes and needed 24hour care. “I’m just getting back into it now and having a workshop fitted in our house. I’m going back to basics and incorporating more drawing into my work. “Original art is so important. People don’t want something that is mass produced, it means so much more when you know someone has put time into it.” She has just started working on a nature mosaic for a school in Huddersfield and new work to exhibit at the Holmfirth Art Week to be held in July.

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M E M O R I E S Kath Parkin


Flashback to the Yotar football teams’ glory years THE Yotar Sports football teams from the 1950s to the 1970s were highly-successful. The team, formed in 1950, represented Yorkshire Tar Distillers of Stairfoot, and appeared in numerous finals, winning several trophies and taking runners-up spot on umpteen occasions. Yotar, which competed in the Barnsley Works League, the Barnsley Junior League and, later, the Barnsley Association League during that period, won every possible trophy, with the exception of the Barnsley Beckett Hospital Cup, although they reached the final twice. Several seasons later, they won the Doncaster Premier League, the Premier KnockOut Cup, Doncaster Challenge Cup and the Mexborough Montagu Cup and the Wombwell Walton Cup. One of their finest achievements was when they beat Lowshire Amateurs in the final of the 1953 to 1954 Sheffield Junior Cup. It was the second time in three years that the cup had been won by a Barnsley team, Kendray Sports having earned the distinction the previous season. Despite being two goals down in the first half, Yotar fought back strongly in the second half with three goals from Jeff Wilkinson, Walter Pratt and Abe Logan to win the trophy. A photograph of the team shows (back row) left to right: J Edwards (trainer), F Rooke, A Bonell, O Mann, K White, B Leach, J Wilkinson, and Harry Haynes. Front row: K Butcher, W Evans, W Pratt, W Bird, C Pratt, A Logan, H Deacon (president). The previous season Yotar had been involved in a remarkable 4-4 draw with Bank End CA in the semi-final of the Barnsley Junior League. Charlie Pratt, Walter Pratt (2) and Frank Butler scored for Yotar, with Gordon Gray (2) and Ken Swift (2) replying for Bank End. Yotar won the



Moz, 52, originally from Newcastle, came to Yorkshire to study fine art at Bretton Hall College 12 years ago. Her evening class in pottery led to an A-Level in art and it carried on from there. After her degree she went on to do a masters in the subject and then began teaching at Barnsley College. “I became interested in porcelain even though it is not a traditional material for fine art. During my degree my daughter was suffering with anorexia so my final project symbolised what she was going through. “Porcelain seemed to work because it was so fragile but so strong at the same time and my love of the material began.” She then got into community art projects working with children from pre-school age to troubled teenagers who attend special schools. Moz said: “Art relaxes people and is another form of communication. For some it is just fun but for other people it can be a release and encourage them to open up about their problems.”

replay 2-1. One member of the team, Ken White, who was captain, has loaned to Memories several photographs of Yotar’s successful teams. The 1957 to 1958 season was an exceptional one for Yotar. In that year alone they carried off the Sheffield Junior Cup after beating Jump United 4-2. They also won the Barnsley Challenge Cup final overcoming Jump United again by two goals to one. They drew the Barnsley Association League final with Worsbrough Bridge Athletic, but won on the toss of a coin. They were also runners-up and semi-finalists in other competitions in the same year. The 1958 to 1959 season was also a special one for the team. They reached the final of the Sheffield Senior Cup, being runners-up to Bentley Colliery and were also finalists in the Barnsley Beckett Hospital Cup, losing out by the single goal to Jump United. But they won the Barnsley Nelson League, winning the final against West Green WMC by 3-0, the Lundwood Charity Cup beating Worsbrough Bridge by the convincing scoreline of 5-1. Mr White, who played at centre half for Yotar from 1951 to 1961, said: “Local football at that time was very enjoyable, especially in the Association League which was very competitive. “There were some very good teams and many hard-fought matches. “I won many medals and trophies, but never had a Beckett Hospital cup winner’s medal, although I had runners-up medals. “When I was a junior I also played for Worsbrough Dale St Thomas’s in the 1947 to 1948 season.”


CHRONICLE 75 Years Ago G The miners’ welfare association is to buy an ambulance for Worsbrough. G A telephone kiosk is to be erected at Blacker Hill. G Barnsley rates are reduced by 6d in the pound. G The council is to consider the advisability of having a Barnsley Day at the Wakefield Pageant.

50 Years Ago Cup final: The Yotar Sports FC team which beat Lowshire Amateurs 3-2 in the final of the 1953 to 1954 Sheffield Junior Cup.

G A memorandum seeking the abandonment of opencasting is approved by Barnsley Chamber of Commerce. G Hansons Carpets is opening additional premises in the town centre. G Albert Shepherd of Monckton is to meet the Queen. G Gus Glanville has resigned as captain and team secretary of Barnsley Rugby Club.

40 Years Ago G A new £51,000 adult training centre is opened in Broadway. G Barnsley nurse Corinna Beardshall is awarded the Bushby Memorial Medical Prize. G Harold Rushforth is appointed headmaster of Wilthorpe Junior School. G Barnsley Philatelic Society has awarded honorary membership to Roy Mason.

30 Years Ago Trophy success: The highly-successful Yotar Sports football team of 1957-58 with their hard-earned trophies.

G A new £2m superstore is to be built by Barnsley Co-op on Peel Street. G It is hoped to turn the former Barnsley Beckett Hospital into an extension of Barnsley College. G Barnsley Council Labour members are all re-elected unopposed. G Yorkshire County Cricket Club play a one day match against Surrey at Shaw Lane.

20 Years Ago G A new door-to-door minibus service for the elderly has started in the area. G Tesco is to open a superstore at Stairfoot. G Five players are sent off in the soccer challenge cup final replay between Ward Green and Lundwood.

Yotar days: Another Yotar Sports team. Ken White is fourth from the left on the back row.




G Woolley Colliery soccer team has played its last match as the colliery is to close.


ARIES (March 21/April 20) There’s a profit to be made at every turn. Your challenge will be finding the opportunities that are best suited to your talents. It’s possible you’ll make money from a brilliant invention or technological breakthrough.

GEMINI (May 22/June 21) Getting a little peace and quiet should be your first priority. You’re a social person by nature, but even you have your limits. Set a few hours aside to read, write, or meditate or the smallest things could set you off.

LEO (July 24/August 23) Your leadership skills are obvious. People are strongly attracted to your ways. If you own a business, one of your employees could fall head over heels for you. Beware of mixing your personal and professional lives.

LIBRA (September 24/October 23) You attract admiring glances like honey draws bees. This is your big chance to lure your beloved into a web of intrigue. Don’t feel too pressured to buy this person’s affection.

SAGITTARIUS (November 23/December 21) Organisation isn’t your strong suit, but that doesn’t matter this week. Somehow, you will be expected to make order out of chaos. Spend this week catching up on phone calls and errands.

AQUARIUS (January 21/February 19) An urge to put down roots could prompt you to change your solitary ways. Combining households with a romantic partner is one possibility; getting a room mate is another. You may even add a baby or relative.

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TAURUS (April 21/May 21) Your leadership abilities have never been stronger. People find comfort in your practical, calm ways. It’s possible you’ll be asked to lead a large group. Although some members of your team will be quite eccentric.

CANCER (June 22/July 23) You’re sure to be finding friends at every turn. People with exotic backgrounds are especially entranced by you. One of your new friends may prompt you to study a foreign language or take a long distance trip.

VIRGO (August 24/September 23) Adopting a philosophical approach to life is the best course of action. If something goes wrong, remember that every cloud has a silver lining. A failed relationship could lead to a fulfilling alliance.

SCORPIO (October 24/November 22) Whether you like it or not, you’ll have to operate as one of a twosome. Don’t make a move without consulting your partner. If you’re single, you could have a chance to go on a romantic vacation.

CAPRICORN (December 22/January 20) Your creative juices are flowing freely. There’s never been a better time to launch a blog, write a story, or compose a piece of music. Inspiration seems to come out of thin air.

PISCES (February 20/March 20) Usually you’re pretty reluctant to share your thoughts with others. That won’t be the case this week. People are eager to hear your opinions on a variety of topics from politics to entertainment to sports.

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BRIEFLY Scooter man died of head injuries AN ELDERLY man who fell from his mobility scooter died of head injuries, a post-mortem has revealed. Ernest Hewitt, 79, of Greno View, Hoyland, struck his head on the pavement near Tesco on April 30. He was taken to Barnsley hospital and died of his injuries early on May 1. Shop workers said Ernest and his pet dog were a familiar sight around Hoyland. They said: “He was well known around the area for the little dog he would often have on his lap. “It’s tragic this has happened.”

College to get support

Big day: Fr Rodney Marshall, above, blessed the Wharncliffe Woodmoor memorial which was opened by Barnsley mayor, Coun Len Picken

NORTHERN College is to be supported by a network of other colleges which have been chosen for their use of technology. The adult learning college at Stainborough will get specialist support from the ten ‘exemplar’ colleges which use innovative technology, including some originally developed for the military. Northern College was selected from more than 250 applicants to receive the mentoring through the ‘Technology Exemplar Network’.

Bleak days: The rescue team at Wharncliffe Woodmoor.

Len leads tribute to pit disaster dead One morning 72 years ago Carlton and Athersley awoke to a pit disaster in which 58 miners were killed. This week the tragedy was recalled. Emma Spencer reports. AT the age of 85, Harry Owens made a trip from Cambridge to Barnsley to pay tribute to his father who was killed in a pit disaster. Harry was 12-years-old when there was an explosion at Wharncliffe Woodmoor Colliery on August 6, 1936. Nearly 60 men perished in what was one of the last big mining disasters in Barnsley. He said: “I wondered what was going on, everyone was in the street.

Group lands cash boost A NEIGHBOURHOOD watch group have been boosted by £1,000 donation. The watch on Priestly Avenue, Kexborough were given the money by Barnsley Rotary Club. The group plan to spend the funding on CCTV cameras in and around the area. A spokesman said: “We were delighted to be presented with the money by Graham Bell. We can finish off installing the CCTV.”

“My next door neighbour Thomas Smith was in it as well.” Harry has lived in Cambridge for 42 year and came back on Tuesday to witness the unveiling of the relocated memorials to the disaster. “I never got to see the other memorials. This is the first time I have seen them and I wasn’t going to miss it,” he said. He was joined by a crowd of at least 100 to witness the completion of a project by the Mayor of Barnsley Coun Len Picken.

He had campaigned for the winding wheel and a brick sculpture depicting the rescue to be moved from Athersley Memorial fields and St Edwin’s Campus to a more prominent location at the entrance to the new Wharncliffe Business Park. Local representatives included council leader Coun Steve Houghton, deputy leader Coun Jimmy Andrews, chief executive Phil Coppard, and author Mel Dyke. The original Wharncliffe Woodmoor miners’ banner made its

first public appearance for years. Fr Rodney Marshall read out the 58 names of the dead before saying a prayer; he also paid tribute to today’s miners, the NUM and exminers who suffered ill health and disability and then re-dedicated and blessed the wheel and sculpture. He said: “This disaster reminds us of the cost of coal and the dedication and courage of generations of miners and their families. “May this be a permanent reminder of what our community owes to generations of miners.” Coun Picken recalled how as a boy growing up on Honeywell Street he got up one morning to be told what had happened. Along with his brothers and sis-

ters and other childred he made his way across Honeywell fields to the pit to be greeted by a horrific scene. Three of the dead came from the close-knit community where he grew up. He wanted during his mayoral year to see a permanent memorial. He thanked, among others, former councillor Roy Butterwood who dismantled the sculpture brick by brick and rebuilt it with the help of trainees from Barnsley Community Build, and local historian Brian Elliott who researched and wrote the information board. His voice faltering, Coun Picken added: “I was a mine worker for 42 years and I know what these men we are commemorating today must

Tree-felling application THE following planning applications have been submitted to the council this week: Mrs I McGuiness, 89 Church Street, Gawber, felling of trees within tree preservation order. Harron Homes (Yorkshire) Limited for 2.4-metre high metal fencing to school boundary adjacent St Helen’s Way, Monk Bretton (St Helen’s Primary School). Coal Authority to alter hours of access between 0700 to 1830 at former Stafford Colliery site, Smithy Wood Lane, Stainborough. Terry Bramley, new showroom at Harratts of Barnsley Limited, 1a Malthouse Road, Barnsley. John Martin, 9 Mysten Croft, College Fields, Barnsley, single-storey extension to rear of property. Michael Rattigan, 3 Clarke Street, proposed replacement of conservatory and and increase in height of boundary wall. Mr M Kenworthy, c/0 White Agus Partnership for single-storey rear extension to dwelling at 53 Wharfedale Road, Barnsley. Miss Heather Cadman, 16 Leopold Street, Barnsley, single-storey rear extension to dwelling. Christian Smith, 9 Windsor Crescent, Monk Bretton, two-storey side extension.

Berneslai meeting BERNESLAI Homes will hold its next customer panel on Wednesday at 6pm in the Metrodome. The theme of the meeting will be homeseeker lettings and service standards, all tenants are welcome to join the panel and share their views with staff. Call Joan Gaines on 774379 to book a place.

have gone through.” Children from Carlton Primary have spent the last month learning about the disaster and at a reception following the unveiling their project work was on display. They acted, read poetry and sang a song written by themselves. It was a fitting end to the day’s events, said Jean Mellor, now 78, whose father Joseph William Harold Abbot, was killed when she was five. She said: “The sad thing is he shouldn’t have been working that night but went in anyway. “It was a sad time and doesn’t seem like 72 years ago. “This was a lovely service and brought back memories.”

Partner punched out car window By Ian Harley

Just marvellous: The cast of 'Dahling You Were Marvellous' which Barnsley College performing arts students have performed at Honeywell this week.

A BARNSLEY man claimed he head-butted a car window because his partner would not allow him to watch football on their television, Barnsley magistrates were told. Shane Pointon not only smashed the window of a car, parked near his home in Tune Street, but then tried to punch out the remaining glass, suffering blood loss from a cut from which he was forensically linked with the offence. Pointon, 35, unemployed, had admitted criminal damage to a VW Golf owned by Darren Atkinson at an earlier hearing. He was made subject to an 8pm to 8am curfew, to operate daily for three months, as part of an 12-month community order also containing a ‘think-

first’ requirement. He was also ordered to pay £80 compensation. Joanne Lewis-Crooks, prosecuting, said Pointon was arrested four weeks after the March 8 offence and admitted damage, saying he had consumed five of six cans of lager. In mitigation, Vicky Melloy conceded Pointon had an unenviable record of offences linked to misuse of both alcohol and drugs. Happily, his addiction to drugs was now under control and he was on a methadone prescription. A custodial sentence, added Ms Melloy, would not help his rehabilitation and both his partner and his baby son would suffer from his incarceration.

CHRONICLE REVIEWS: Lamproom Theatre/Cooper Gallery

Enthusiastic cast raises roof at the Lamproom with a polished Fiddler

Love blossoms on stage By Steph Johnson CAST member Wendy Prew is expecting a baby. Wendy met husband Chris when he auditioned for a part in Annie three years ago and the Dodworth couple are now awaiting the birth of their first child. She said: “We’ve got another cast member.” Wendy, who plays Fruma Sarah, has been involved in amateur operatics for 15 years and her debut appearance was in a production of Fiddler on the Roof.

Top roles: Wendy and Chris Prew.

FIDDLER on the Roof opened on Broadway in September 1964, and no one could forecast that its record-breaking run of 3,242 performances would net a whopping 1,574 dollars for each one invested in it. Its popularity was a tribute to the music of Jerry Brock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stain, based on the writings of Sholem Aleichem. So musical theatre societies have to think hard whether they have the cast and the qualities to do it justice. Happily, the Lamproom Musical Theatre Company did not disappoint with the show which opened on Monday and closes tomorrow. A 45-strong cast under the direction of Peter Foster and musical leadership from Maria Willis are the life-force of a show which delights in every aspect. Indeed the combination of the youthful with the most-

mature gives a new dimension to mixed-voice choir singing particularly with he opening number Tradition and Anatevka. Steve Rennison’s performance as Tevye, the Jewish milkman whose life in 1905 Tsarist Russia is complicated by his three eldest daughters each choosing husbands far removed from those deemed suitable, is compelling in every aspect. And I say that despite the fact, he doesn’t quite manage the famous Topol ‘shimmy’ and, on a couple of occasions, I considered his accent more Bronx than Bratislava. It’s even more commendable considering that just two weeks ago, he was starring in A Chorus of Disapproval. Happily, Pat Demetriou as Tevye’s long-suffering wife, Golde, and Jenna Galley, Kelly Wragg and Lily Jane Stead as their three eldest daughters ensure this is not a one-man

tribute show through polished performances. They are complemented by equally commendable routines from youngsters: Alex Clifford, Paul Lonsdale, Adam Wollerton and Oliver Dyson; not to mention their more experienced colleagues Gary Burgin, Jo Smith, Peter Mayson, Bill Moss, Edmund Bell and Adrian Smith. While the full-cast numbers remain my favourite, mention should be made of Tevye’s dream sequence which was also thoroughly memorable. The Tuesday-night visit resulted in enthusiastic applause allround. It was only at that point that I noticed a smattering of empty seats. What a shame when you remember how the society, when known as the Co-op Amateurs, were almost guaranteed to fill the seats of the Civic Hall for three nights a few years ago! Ian Harley

Mark’s artwork goes down a storm Quality of exhibits at South Yorkshire’s most prestigious art show is high. But Ian Thompson takes issue with the judges. THE painting by the winner of the South Yorkshire Open Art exhibition at the Cooper Gallery is admirable. ‘Far and Wide’ by Stephen Court, a lecturer at the Open College of the Arts at Redbrook, is easy on the eye and well executed.

But it is drab when compared with two entries by Mark Wilson. Mr Wilson has been ‘highly commended’ by judges for his '’Evening Sunlight, Sheffield’. But it is Mr Wilson’s ‘Storm Skylight, Tinsley’ which draws the attention because of its beautiful,

brooding nature. He manages to make an unlovely part of Sheffield lovely and, for that alone, Mr Wilson should have been handed the big prize. Elsewhere, the standard of exhibits is astonishingly high. John Ledger is named as ‘Young Artist of the Year’

but could just have easily won the prize for the longest title. His pen picture is called ‘This Hole Cannot be Filled in a Car Park Overspill’. A few photographs are among the entries. The best by Paul Schatzberger portrays the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in London. The sheer variety of the exhibits makes this show worth a visit. ● The show runs at the Cooper until June 13.

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Ofsted praises St Dominic’s for its leadership By Adam Civico A CATHOLIC primary school is hampered by pupils starting school with ‘well below’ average levels but good leadership is helping it improve, according to a government inspection. St Dominic’s school is ‘satisfactory’ but Ofsted inspectors said, “This is an improving school, largely because of very good leadership by the headteacher.” Data suggests pupils are on target to do much better this year but achievement remains below average and ‘results in science have been especially poor and too few pupils achieve the higher levels in any of the core subjects’. Inspectors last month found teaching was improving but the school needed to: ■ Raise standards and achieve-

ment, especially in science and for more able pupils. ■ Improve the proportion of good teaching. ■ Extend pupils’ understanding of how to improve their work. A major problem for the school is that many pupils’ skills are ‘well below’ average when they start school — particularly communication and language. The report states, ‘a significant number of children still operate below national expectations in important aspects of literacy and mathematics on entry to year one and this becomes a barrier to improvement as they move through school’. To address this the standard of teaching needs to improve and ‘the headteacher understands that’. The report states that head-

teacher Catherine Flood has made many changes since her appointment two years ago, ‘and this is contributing to better progress by pupils’. Mrs Flood said she was delighted many good points had been identified in the report. She said: “Where there are points for development Ofsted recognised these had been identified and we were implementing clear plans to address them. It was pleasing to note Ofsted stated we are an improving school with a good capacity to make improvement.” St Dominic’s is strongest at personal development and the behaviour of pupils was outstanding. Pupils enjoy school, understand about making healthful choices and older pupils show an awareness of the dangers of smoking, drinking and taking drugs.

Man with ‘bellyful of ale’ attacked officer and steward By Ian Harley

Then: Mitchell Main pit between 1918 and 1925. The photographer was probably in Barnsley Road, Wombwell.

Why not sign up for It’s a Knockout TEAMS are being urged to sign up for this year’s It’s a Knockout tournament for Barnsley Hospice. It will be on July 5 in Locke Park and feature all the usual fun with giant inflatables, water and foam. For more information contact Sue Miller on 244244 extension 260. The hospice has joined with Rotherham, Ashgate, St John’s and St Luke’s hospices and Radio Sheffield to promote Will Power, a month long campaign to encourage people to make a will. During the next few weeks you can make an appointment with participating solicitors to have a simple will made free, in return

for a donation to the hospice. For details contact Theresa Barrett on 244244 extension 261. The ladies only midnight walk is on June 14. TV presenter Sam Nixon is performing the countdown at the start which will see hundreds of balloons released. Ladies are asked to wear pink. If

you are unable to take part but would still like to release a balloon in memory of a friend or loved one please contact Sue Miller at the hospice. Winning lottery numbers: £500, 336680; £20, 10266, 261714, 324862, 703425, 731927; £10, 10910, 11473, 11729, 12796, 13233, 522953, 601295, 616252, 628514, 890562. To join call 779382. Donations of raffle prizes are still appreciated. Donations: Painting, Mrs Jean Harris; £377.34 Asda Store Old Mill Lane; £25 Mr and Mrs Batty sale of hostess trolley; £70 in memory of Wilf Moore from the Banks family.

Jobless driver admits stealing red diesel JAMIE Pendlebury thought he could save himself a lot of money by filling his car from a diesel tank situated within a yard at Grimethorpe. But the 23-year-old had failed to complete his task when another motorist arrived and blocked his exit as he phoned the tank’s owner to see if he had permission to fill-up. Pendlebury appeared before

Barnsley magistrates and tendered a guilty plea to a charge of stealing £30 worth of red diesel from Alan Thompson. Pendlebury, 23, unemployed, of Ollerton Road, Athersley North, was fined £50 with £43 cost and ordered to pay compensation of £30 and a £15 victim surcharge. Joanne Lewis-Crooks, prosecuting, said the defendant had previous convictions against his name

but none for dishonesty. In mitigation, Philip Howard said the offence was not premeditated. Pendlebury, he said, was simply driving past when he spotted the tank in the yard with its gate wide open. It was, he said, a cheeky offence which had been admitted straight away. He offered his apologies to the owner of the yard.

Now: Photographer Wes Hobson captures the scene today — the old spoil heaps are in the distance.

Then and Now: Mitchell Main IT may now look a quiet and attractive corner of Wombwell but this area had a highly-productive coal mine, streets of workers’ houses and a nearby pub. Mitchell Main Colliery sunk two shafts to the famous Barnsley Bed seam in 1870 and for decades was a major coal producer and employer. Its sister pit was Darfield Main. Mitchell Main was the predominant colliery before the Second World War but in the 1950s the situation changed. Mitchell Main was closed on the grounds there was not enough room to expand on the surface and Darfield Main was redeveloped. It survived until the last pit

closure programme. The nearby terraced streets were demolished in the mid-1960s. A few yards away was The Half Way House Hotel (later White Rose). It once boasted two football teams, three darts teams, an angling club and a weight lifting club in the former stables. It was for a time the crazy house, the home of volcanic merriment. The town comedian, Alan Beck, was the resident bar room lawyer. He was called in when one of the lads gave his mates a lift to the fair but, when they were not looking, left them stranded and drove off. The driver was hauled before the kangaroo court in

the music room. Former customer and exclub comedian Neville Goodwin, 63, who now lives in Cheshire, recalls Alan was the chief prosecutor but cannot remember the name of the defence counsel — was there one? Old Bill Auckland, who looked bookish, was given a pen and paper and a large piece of paper marked ‘Press’ was stuck on his head. A jury from the tap room was sworn in, the evidence was pored over and the accused was fined four pints. ● The pub has been demolished to make way for apartments. John Threlkeld

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for 56 days and ordered to pay £100 compensation to each of the assault victims and £250 compensation to the owner of the car. Joanne Lewis-Crooks, prosecuting, had told the earlier hearing that Heppenstall lost his temper when a car he was travelling in encountered heavy football traffic near his home when Barnsley FC hosted Sheffield United on March 22. The assaults took place after he had attacked a vehicle owned by Christopher Bowart. Heppenstall, who suffered a broken leg when being placed in a police vehicle, subsequently admitted he had drank ten pints of beer when his usual amount was ‘five to eight’. For Heppenstall, Jack Danaher said he had suffered injuries to his arms as well as his leg. The offences were very much out of character for a man with no previous convictions and he was ‘thoroughly ashamed’ of himself.

A 54-YEAR-OLD man who kicked a police officer and headbutted a football club steward has been given a suspended prison sentence. Alan Heppenstall appeared before Barnsley Magistrates’ Court on crutches having suffered a broken leg later in the same incident. He had admitted assaulting PC Steven Walker and Terence Walls and criminal damage to a motor car at an earlier hearing. District judge Michael Rosenberg told him he could not believe that a man of his age who ‘had never darkened a court’s doors before’ had had such a ‘bellyful of ale’ that he could not remember assaulting police officers in the manner described. It was only through the fairness of the police and Crown Prosecution Service, he said, that had stopped the matter going to the crown court. Heppenstall, of Grove Street, Oakwell, was given a threemonth sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also made subject to an 8pm to 7pm curfew to operate on

Territorial Army to celebrate 100 years THIS year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Territorial Army and the men and women of Barnsley who dedicate themselves to their duties. During this centenary year the Barnsley Division of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) will be thanking those who serve or have served in the TA, with their continued support for soldiers and their families. Ken Harrison, divisional secretary at the association, said: “We provide practical and emotional support before and during deployment, return and for the rest of

their lives.” The SSAFA have helped 38 cases already this year, providing funding for expenses such as, stair lifts, mobile scooters, council tax and rent. Mr Harrison said: "The soldiers experience situations that may be unimaginable to many of us, when they return they can find it difficult to settle back in to civilian life." The SSAFA was set up after the Crimean War to help support families and soldiers after returning home. Both the TA and the SSAFA will be represented at the Barnsley Pals Recreation this weekend, starting on Saturday at 10am.

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This week’s Chronicle sport pages kick off here with a tribute to the town’s football finalists Oakwell Sunday League Cup Final round-up

Cudworth Star slipped to defeat against Tom Treddlehoyle in the Trophy final.

Barnsley Schoolboys under 15s, who reached the final of the Green ’Un Cup but lost to York. (S)

Cup final joy for schoolboys By Nathan Hemmingham BARNSLEY Schoolboys under 15s lifted the Yorkshire Shield following an excellent 3-1 victory over Hull in the final at Pocklington, York. Hull set off the brighter of the two sides and ’keeper Oliver Green was called into action early on. Green's assured handling kept Hull at bay in the early stages, while the defence of Sam Bedford, Tom Copping, Arran Tate and Jamie Shirtliff were also tested. The young Reds eventually settled and a strong run down the right from striker Jansen Berry took him past two Hull defenders and into the 18 yard box. His low cross found Kyle Shirt on the edge of the area but Shirt's effort failed to trouble the Hull ’keeper. Barnsley broke the deadlock on 20 minutes. Good work from Gareth Byron Wright found Berry in space. His first time pass into the path of winger Zach Lycett sent Lycett through on a one-on-one situation with the Hull defender. He used his pace to good effect before slotting the ball home to give his side a 1-0 lead at the break. Barnsley started the second half quickly and within 10 had doubled their lead. Another strong run by Berry outpaced the Hull defender and his cross was cutely dispatched into the net from close range by Mattie Roberts. Hull hit back straight away from a corner, when the linesman deemed the ball to have crossed the line, but with five minutes remaining the young Reds put the game beyond doubt when a neat ball from Oldham

found Roberts and Berry who linked up well down the right. Berry then drove into the box and crossed for the ever-alert Lycett to slip the ball under the ’keeper’s body and into the net. Man of the match was Arran Tate. Meanwhile, Barnsley Schoolboys under 11s played three games in a week. They beat Hull away in the semifinal of the Green ’Un Cup to secure a place in a final for the first time at under 11 level in six years. The game started at a frantic pace with both teams looking to gain the early advantage. It was Barnsley who struck first in the 19th minute when Fitim Kastati lobbed the ball over the ’keeper after winning a 50-50 challenge. The second half saw Hull come out with renewed vigour. They pressed Barnsley back into their own half and were unlucky not to have equalised on a number of occasions. The pressure took its toll when Luke Marsland Gray was unlucky to concede a penalty but fortunately for Barnsley, man of the match goalkeeper Josh Swift made an excellent diving save to his left. However, the linesman flagged for an infringement. The penalty was retaken and although kick this time went to Swift’s right, he was again equal to it, producing another great save. Hull were awarded another penalty on 55 minutes but fortunately the kick sailed high over the bar. As a result Barnsley held on to book a place in the final. Before that, they had a date with Scarborough away in the West

Yorkshire League. Brad Walker opened the scoring on 10 minutes with a header. Phil Haynes then made it 2-0 and although Scarborough pulled a goal back, Kai Hancock restored the twogoal cushion at the break. Haynes bagged his second on the resumption before further goals from Danny Lomax and man of the match Arron Bettley secured a 6-1 victory. Barnsley went into their cup final against York at Pocklington Sports Club in confident mood, but York had other ideas and ran out comfortable winners. Barnsley again had Josh Swift to thank for a series of saves early on but he could do nothing about York’s opener. The Reds then found themselves 3-0 down and were shell-shocked but they almost came back into it through Kastrati, who was denied by the goalkeeper, while a shot from Connor Hewitt flashed just wide. In the second half, Barnsley shuffled the pack in an attempt to play themselves back into the game. This did lead to better football but unfortunately for Barnsley, it did not help reduce the deficit and York added three more goals to seal a comfortable victory. After three superb performances, the final proved to be one game too far the brave, young Reds. The cup run saw them beat three strong teams in Leeds, Derby and Hull. Barnsley did pick up the runners-up shield for their efforts, which was collected by joint captains Andy Tonge and Max Phillis. Man of the match was Luke Marsland Gray.

Tom Treddlehoyle won the Supplementary Trophy 3-0 at Oakwell. (D)

Redfearns in Danny tribute Athersley Rec beat Royston Steelers 4-2 in the final of the Hospital Cup. (D)

10-man Steelers have last laugh ROYSTON Steelers battled back from a goal down with only 10 men to stun Rotherham-based side The Joker at Bramall Lane in the final of the Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Challenge Cup. Having lost in the final last year, Royston were keen to go one better this time round but it looked like Joker would hold all the aces when they went 1-0 up on 35 minutes. The writing was on the wall five minutes later when the Steelers were reduced to 10 men following a reckless challenge but the Steelers showed great determination to come back. They were given hope on the stroke of half-time when Paul Jackson scored a superb goal but it looked as though the

extra man would take its toll on Steelers in the second half, when Joker got on top and regained the lead. It was almost game over for Royston but goalkeeper Andy Joburns somehow pulled off a tremendous save to keep his side in it. That save proved to be a key moment in the game, as Royston managed one last twist to a thrilling final. Glen Walton equalised with 10 minutes to go and then, with only three minutes remaining, a well-taken goal by striker Andy Hayward secured a 3-2 victory. That result means manager Scott Ledger has won the competition as both a player and now as a manager. That result came off the back of a 4-2 defeat to Athersley Rec in the final of the Barnsley Hospital Cup at Oakwell.

REDFEARNS JFC under 14s manager Robin Caulfield, with the assistance of Glentoran supporter and author Roy France, organised a trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland to play in the inaugural Glentoran Community Trust-sponsored Blanchflower Cup 2008. The Cup is to commemorate the link between Glentoran FC and Barnsley FC in 1949, which is mainly down to Irish star Danny Blanchflower. While at Oakwell, he played 68 league games, scoring twice, before he signing for Aston Villa in 1951.

The game was played at Glentoran FC and Redfearns won an exciting match 2-0. Both goals were scored by Jack Portman. The cup was presented by David Blanchflower (Danny's cousin) and the man of the match, presented by Glentoran FC captain Paul Leeman, went to Ben Severn. Redfearns' team was: Josh Bailey, Gareth Cooke, Joel Burton, Aaron Reynolds, Tom Flanagan, Jordan Gill, Ben Severn, Edward Caulfield, Josh Coulson, Jack Portman, Lewis Harston, Jack Owen, Aiden Reeson and Mitchell Wilshire.

Redfearns under 14s, who visited Belfast on an end of season tour.

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CRICKET f i x t u r e s Saturday ECB YORKSHIRE LEAGUE Castleford v Barnsley GLADEDALE SOUTH YORKSHIRE LGE (Premier Division) Barnsley B v Hallam Collegiate v Darfield Houghton Main v Whitley Hall Treeton v Wath Shiregreen v Elsecar (Division One) Rockingham v Aston Hall (Division Two) Dearne v Bradfield Elsecar B v Sheffield United B Wath B v Maltby (Division Three) Bradfield B v Barnsley C Rossington v Worsbrough Frecheville v Houghton Main B (Division Four) Dronfield v Rockingham B (Division Five) Maltby B v Dearne B Worsbrough B v Thorncliffe B

Sunday ARROW HUDDERSFIELD CENTRAL LGE (Premier Section) Cawthorne v Edgerton & Dalton A Cumberworth A v Thurstonland A Hoylandswaine A v Holmbridge A Mirfield A v Green Moor A (Section A) Penistone A v Heck and Carl A Woolley A v Higham A Azaad B v Denby Dale A (Section B) Bradley and Colne A v Cawthorne B Almondbury Wes B v Hoylandswaine B Denby Dale B v Nortonthorpe A (Section C) Leymoor B v Penistone B Thurstonland B v Mirfield B (Section D) Higham B v Silkstone A (Section E) Heck and Carl B v Woolley B KEEGAN SPORTS BARNSLEY LEAGUE (Division One) Bradfield v Silkstone Rockingham v Wath Saville Gym v Thorncliffe Rotherham Phoenix v Taj Mahal (Division Two) Maltby v Grimethorpe Doncaster Town v Whiston (Division Three) Conisbrough v Tichill Kexborough v Mexborough Kilnhurst v Upper Haugh Higham v Thurgoland (Division Four) Warmsworth v Fishlake Houghton v Brodsworth Darfield v Rossington Stocksbridge v Stainborough

Te a m s WORSBROUGH Bridge 1st X1 v Rossington (South Yorkshire League) away: Wilkinson, Lockwood, Smith, Stubbings, Marsland, Hague, K Matthews, L Matthews, Dyson, R Levesley, Osborne, Leigh.Match ball sponsor Cycle Promotions, West Street, Worsbrough Bridge. Players meet Welfare 12.30pm. WORSBROUGH Bridge 2nd X1 v Thorncliffe (South Yorkshire League) home: S Levesley, Osborne, Oliver, L Levitt, M Levitt, Freeman, Leigh, Farmer, Thornton, M Mills, Hunt, Harper, Newton, Needham. Meet 1.15pm. DARTON 1st X1 v Upper Haugh (Pontefract League) home: Whittlestone, Lee, Damms, Shaw, Greatrix, A Burkhill, T Burkhill, Moore, Beaumont, L Hawley, Darlow. Meet ground 12.30pm. DARTON 2nd X1 v Streethouse (Pontefract League) away. Burkhill, Morley, D Hawley, S Hawley, Foster, A Wood, B Wood, O Burkhill, Khokker, Simons, Moore. Meet car park 12.15pm. DARTON 1st X1 v Rothwell (Sunday) away: Greatrick, Beaumont, Shaw, G Whittlestone, Micklethaite, Wilson, Batty, T Burkill, A Bukill, Hurst, Turner. Meet car park 1pm. DARTON 2nd X1 v Whitley Bridge (Sunday) home: K Burkill, Morley, L Hawley, S Hawley, O Burkill, Graham, J Moore, B Wood, Foster, Baxter, Naylor. Meet ground 1.15pm. WOOLLEY 1st XI v Higham (Huddersfield Central League) home: Atkinson, J Crowcroft, Norton, Taylor, Howarth, Broadhead, White, French, Kelly, Nottingham, Bird. Meet club at 1pm, match ball sponsor iDmA. WOOLLEY 2nd XI v Heckmondwike & Carlinghow (Huddersfield Central League) away: S Jones, K Johnson, Utley, B Jones, Chapman, Garner, Ellis, Margison, Baker, M Crowcroft, Simms. Meet club at 12.30pm. MONK BRETTON CC 1st XI v Whittley Bridge (South Yorkshire League) away: G Kilburn, A Clayton, C Speed, P Copping, S Gaskell Jnr, J Madigan, C Saynor, R Hazelhurst, C Heppinstall, S Iredale, A Scully. Meet ground 11.45am. Same team v Streethouse on Sunday in cup with C Dixon in for C Saynor and L Hazelhurst in for R Hazelhurst. Res: S Dixon. Meet ground 12 noon. MONK BRETTON 2nd XI v Barnby Dunn (South Yorkshire League) home: R Ogden, C Brown Snr, A Mitchell, J Taylor, A Iredale, C Wainwright, M Wainwright, T Bower, M Lax, D Ogden, S Dixon. Res: J Charlesworth. Meet ground 12pm. Same team v Barnby Dunn home with C Brown and A Mitchell replaced by A Taylor and S Gaskell snr. Res J Palmer. Meet ground 12 noon. ROYSTON OLD TOWN v Allerton Bywater away on Saturday and against South Kirby in the cup on Sunday at home, from: McDermot, Chapman, Gascoigne, Japp, Baranowski, Stott, Hemingway, Burke, Bailey, Street. Sponsor for Saturday Steven Pat Barnes. Sponsor for Sunday Miles McDermot. BARNSLEY 1st XI v Castleford (Yorkshire League) away: Lawson, Widdup, Nuttall, Morris, Booth, Ellis, M Wilson, Batty, G Wilson, A Wilson, Carrington. Scorer: K Motley. Meet Catsleford at 10.45am. BARNSLEY 2nd XI v Hallam (Sth Yorkshire League) home: O Whittaker, Bullingham, Jordan, Beck, Muzawazi, Green, T Whittaker, Fletcher, Beardshall, A Ivill, G Nuttall. Scorer: D Holmes. Meet Shaw Lane 12.30pm. BARNSLEY Clarence XI v Bradfield (South Yorkshire League) away: Harrison, M Clayton, Walters, Shaw, Rafiq, Hemingway, Benson, Price, Berry, Barnes, Ali. Scorer: J Mills. Meet Shaw Lane 12.30pm. Same team v Whitley Hall away on Sunday but Shaw, Benson and Ali, replaced by Beck, L Bullingham and Green. Meet Shaw Lane 12.15pm. BARNSLEY Beechfield v Sandal (Pontefract League) home: Wakefield, M Brunt, Hampshire, Macey, D Clayton, Goddard, Saad, Gray, Shaw, Cranston, Goldsby-West. Res: Adil, Azfar, L Wilson. Scorer: J Smith. Meet Shaw Lane 12.30pm. Same team v Yorkshire Main away on Sunday but Macey is replaced by Ali. Meet Shaw Lane 12.15pm.

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Main men up and running in the Premier Division By Nathan Hemmingham and Jim Beachill HOUGHTON Main recorded their first Premier Division win and provided the shock of the day as they beat Wickersley OV at Northfield Lane. Wickersley were invited to defend first and after both openers had left with 48 on the scoreboard, accurate bowling by Nick Bisby restricted their progress to 77 for five. Former Wickersley favourite Rob Jones then polished off the remainder to close the Wickersley innings at 132. Bisby took four for 14 and Jones four for 11 in 11 overs. The Houghton reply was in severe difficulty and heading towards defeat at 59 for seven against a varied Wickersley attack – but the foundations for victory were ultimately laid by stubborn resistance from Australian Leigh Brennan, who kept his wicket intact while partner Andrew Joburns scored freely, hitting seven fours in reaching 35 from 30 balls. His demise took the score to 95 for eight and the Houghton cause again looked lost. Step forward Mick Townsend, who joined Brennan until the winning runs were reached to the delight and relief of the Houghton contingent. Townsend had reached 25 not out from 47 balls and Brennan eight not out from 62 deliveries to record a famous victory. Elsecar delivered a statement of intent with a comprehensive victory over former champions Treeton at Armroyd Lane. The visitors decided to bat first and looked in good form, first at 40 for one after 10 overs and then at 78

for two after 24 overs. It was at this point where Elsecar came back into the match. Spinner Alan Shore was introduced into the attack and he quickly claimed two wickets in successive overs. Captain Ian Swallow (six for 29) then brought himself on to bowl with further success and Treeton were reeling at 104 for five. Daryl Guy held the innings together with a fine innings of 36 to take the total to 167 all out. Treeton struck quickly in Elsecar’s response, dismissing both openers with just 25 between them. This brought Brett Hunsley to the centre to join Ian Swallow. The two batsmen battled resolutely to begin with and then produced a delightful array of shots to compile a matchwinning partnership of 90. Brett Hunsley was stumped for 41 and Swallow eventually retired for 69. Elsecar reached their target with six wickets and five overs to spare. Barnsley B's miserable start to the season continued as they slipped to the bottom of the league following their home defeat to Darfield. The hosts batted first and looked to be heading towards a good total at 91 for one with 17-year-old Luke Bullingham batting doggedly, eventually reaching a well earned 57. The fall of the second wicket began a Barnsley collapse and the whole side had retired for 136 with the last nine wickets tumbling for just 45 runs. Paul Wilkinson bowled well for a reward of four for 30. Darfield's reply was not all plain sailing and at 82 for five the match was well poised. Simon Potter batted purposefully to score 40 not out and guide Darfield to victory with three wickets spare. The game at Town Fields between

Doncaster B and Wath was dominated by the two team’s overseas players who both recorded centuries. Doncaster batted first and their debutant Pakistani Shahnawaz Adeel came in at the first wicket to fall and finished on 100 not out. Doncaster closed at 198 for six. Shumraiz Azam was the pick of the Wath bowlers with three for 32. Wath opened with Indian Vinay Devishetty who produced a cultured innings with 14 fours in his 104, achieved in 115 balls. Matt Burrows struck 33 to take Wath to the brink but they fell just short by eight runs at 190 for six. Rockingham are joint leaders of Division One after they beat Warmsworth at Hoyland Common. The hosts were in difficulties and could only muster 121 against an accurate Warmsworth attack. Opener John Ashton top scored with 30. Andy Moore then had the Warmsworth attack in all kinds of trouble, with a remarkable seven for 27 from just 10 overs to send the visitors packing for just 51. Elsecar B are among the leaders in Division Two and they completed a club double after beating Treeton B by six wickets. Treeton took first knock and posted 161 for eight with 16-year-old Chris Pedler bowling well for Elsecar taking four for 31. Elsecar’s opener Adrian Meadows hit 57, ably assisted by fellow opener Ethan Gray who reached 29. Wicket-keeper Richard Kirk came in to finish the task with 38. Elsecar achieved their victory with 10 overs spare. At Goldthorpe Dearne tied their game against Maltby. Dearne asked their visitors to bat first and captured the first two

Maltby batsmen for ducks. Maltby recovered to end their innings at 127 for nine. Andy Whaley was the pick of the Dearne bowling with four for 22. Andy Froggatt opened with 30 for Dearne and Whaley took them towards the win with 28. The last two Dearne batsmen were run out without scoring to leave the game tied with Dearne at 127 for eight. At Cortonwood, Bradfield asked their hosts Wath to bat first. Patrick Desborough batted well for 30 and Matthew Hays reached 28 as Wath were all out for 133. In reply, Bradfield could find little answer to either the conditions or the bowling of Wath teenager Daniel Hyner (18), who took three for eight and last season’s Readers Award winner Nathan BaileyDavies (17) who span his way to success with four for 20 as Bradfield crumbled to 66 all out. In Division Three, Barnsley Clarence went down to early leaders Rossington. Barnsley took first knock at Shaw Lane and in difficult conditions were all out for 118. Tom Shaw battled to reach the highest Barnsley score of 27. At 95 for eight, the game was still in the balance but 24 not out from 17-year-old Kevin Wheatley took Rossington over the finish line. Andrew Barnes took five for 50 for Barnsley. In an enthralling contest at Whitley Hall B, the hosts achieved a narrow victory over Worsbrough Bridge. Whitley batted first and their innings closed at 189 for nine. Liam Hague had Worsbrough’s best bowling return with three for 22. With the first three batsmen leaving with

just nine between them it was left to Worsbrough’s skipper Mark Wilkinson to lead the run chase. Unfortunately, the next three batsmen could only contribute 10 in total and the cause looked lost at 54 for six. Assistance came from Karl Matthews who recorded 26 and Lee Matthews who scored 21 and the total had reached 154 when Lee fell for the eighth wicket. The last two batsmen could only stay until 170 was reached and the Worsbrough innings fell short by 19 runs. Mark Wilkinson’s day ended in frustration with him on 96 not out at the close including six fours and seven sixes. At Middlecliffe Lane, Houghton Main B lost by five wickets to Norton Oakes B. The Barnsley team batted well with Jack Parkinson stroking 52 and Andrew Higginbottom run out for 36. Norton took just 28 overs and used five wickets to achieve the win. In the Division Four clash at Green Lane, hosts Parkgate ran out easy winners against Rockingham B. Batting first, the home side amassed 215 for seven at the close with Andrew Mellor claiming the best figures for Rock with three for 39. In their turn at the centre Rockingham were unable to make much progress against some accurate Parkgate bowling and eventually closed at 114 all out. Rob Moorhouse was top scorer with 24. Dearne B returned from Division Five rivals Thorncliffe B with a comfortable victory. Despite putting on 24 for the first wicket, Dearne crashed to 43 all out. Thorncliffe needed only one wicket

and just 11 overs to reach the total. Worsbrough Bridge B enjoyed a good win over Frecheville B at Park Road. Frecheville batted first and were all out for 101. Worsbrough’s Adam Freeman claimed four for 25 and Scott Leigh three for 18. Seventeenyear-old Danny Osborne opened and scored 57 not out to pave the way for a seven-wicket win for Worsbrough. In the President's Trophy, Mark Wilkinson was the star of the show as he smashed 108 not out in Worsbrough's opening total of 213 for four. Hosts Treeton B got off to a good start but found the run-rate too high and the innings ended at 186 all out after a good chase. Liam Hague took three for 40 and Karl Mathews three for 39 for Worsbrough, who are at home to Hallam B in the second round.

COCKSPUR CUP ELSECAR'S National Cockspur Cup home clash with Bridlington was played in constant drizzle and the game was reduced to 30 overs. Bridlington opted to bat first and reached 135 for seven. Elsecar lost a quick wicket with the score at eight but then Tim Farmer and Matt Thewlis added 51 before Farmer left for 30. Lesroy Weekes joined Thewlis and they guided the game to conclusion with Thewlis not out on 48 and Weekes on 40 not out. Elsecar won by eight wickets with eight overs to spare. Elsecar now travel to Yorkshire League club Driffield in the next round scheduled for Sunday, May 18.


Six of the best secures league title for Gawber By Nathan Hemmingham and Kath Parkin NORTH Gawber Colliery under 13s beat Bradford 6-2 to clinch the Huddersfield RCD League Division One title at the first attempt. Gawber, needing a point for the title, started superbly and were 30 up within 10 minutes. Lewis Akeister played in Jamie Thornton to put the Young Colliers 1-0 up. Liam Adams headed home an Akeister corner to make it 2-0. Tom Adams slid in Thornton to make it three. Then, provider Tom Adams turned scorer as he hit a cracking 20-yard shot to make it four and also drove home the fifth. Dan Nicols got in on the act with five minutes to go with a long-range effort. Bradford's late consolation goals didn't spoil Gawber's party as the whole team were awarded the man of the match to celebrate winning the league. Silkstone United under 15s played their last two matches of the season over the weekend. The first away against Wyke Wanderers saw a fantastic team performance, possibly the best of the season. George Charlesworth constantly harried their defence and man of the match Andrew Wells scored his sixth hat-trick of the year. The first latching onto a through ball from Tom Horsfield and lobbing the keeper before slotting in a Charlesworth pass.

The third came from a poor clearance by the Wyke defence. David Hardwick and James Elenor defended brilliantly and with John Smith and James Stafford working tirelessly in midfield Silkstone had dominated a team that beat them earlier in the season to run out 3-1 winners. The second match at home to Ossett saw another victory. Elliott Crossland put Silkstone ahead with a well struck penalty and Elenor scored with a shot from distance but Ossett scored twice – the first from a rebound after Oliver Pearson had saved a penalty. After the break Horsfield headed in from a Wells corner and Charlesworth made sure of the victory with a late goal. Man of the match David Hardwick was again superb in defence and Silkstone have finished their season in third place in the second division. Barugh Juniors under 15s ended their campaign with a fine 4-2 victory over Longcroft Lions in a pulsating match. Barugh fell behind early in the first half but battled back to equalise when Daniel Berry ran on to an excellent through ball from Matthew Dove and beat the keeper from 10 yards. Barugh dominated the second half and quickly went 3-1 up as Berry completed his hat-trick. First he converted an excellent cross from man of the match Callum Kirby and then he hit a 25 yard screamer which gave the keeper no chance.

The visitors reduced the deficit but Ashley White put the game beyond doubt when he crashed home a shot following good work from Alex Redfern and Ben Godley. Barugh Boys under 10s recorded a couple of convincing victories in their final matches of the season. First up were Barugh A who secured a 9-0 victory over Skelmanthorpe A. Scorers were George Bland (3), Jake White (3), Jack Outhwaite (2) and Jacob Atkinson. Man of the match went to Jake White in his final game for the team. Barugh B had an easier time of it, running out 17-0 winners. Scorers were Luke Dodson (2), Richard Buckley (2), Dan White (2), Luke Ackroyd (4), James Exley and man of the match and top goal scorer Joel Dixon (6). The 'B' team finished the season unbeaten. Silkstone United under 12s made a great start to their final game of the season at Battyeford. An early goal from Joshua Jackson gave them the lead, but the home side replied with two quick goals to lead at the break. The second half was end to end, with Silkstone having much of the possession but Battyeford got a third to put the result beyond doubt. Ward Green under 15s closed their Charles Rice League, Premier Division campaign with a 4-3 home win over Sherburn White Rose. Sherburn broke the deadlock on


FOOTBALL f i x t u r e s Sunday BARNSLEY SUNDAY LEAGUE (Premier Division) Steelers A v Worsbrough Common Tom Treddlehoyle v Athersley Rec (Division One) Blackerhill Rovers v Crown and Anchor Dodworth v Gawber Kendray v Steelers B (Division Two) Elsecar Markets v Longcar Inn Sturdy’s v North Gawber Coll Falcons v Cudworth Star Birdwell v Browns Bar (Division Three) The Engineers v Lucorum Athersley Arms v Dutchman Wilthorpe v Elsecar B (Division Four) Ardsley Athletic v Little Un Moulders v Rose and Crown Queen’s Head v K and G (Division Five) Shaw v Barley Sheaf Olde Bridge v Pheasant Elsecar Ship v Fitzwilliam Trades v Full House

Thursday (Premier Division) Athersley Rec v Wombwell Main

R e s u l t s Barnsley Sunday League, Premier Division: Wombwell Main 2, Worsbrough Common 0; Steelers 10 New Lodge 1; Tom Treddlehoyle 1, Hoyland Town 2; Wombwell 7, Lundwood 0. Division One: Mansfield Road 0, Gawber Road 4; Dodworth MW 4, Great Dane 2; Old Town 0, Blackerhill Rovers 2; South Hiendley 1, Royston Steelers B 0; Travellers 8, Mansfield Road 2. Division Two: Longcar Inn 0, Cudworth Star 4; North Gawber 7, The Cross 1; Sturdy’s A 2, Falcons 0; The Cross 2, Cudworth Star 3. Division Three: The Engineers 1, Old Hall 4; Lucorum 2, Prince of Wales 3; Dodworth Station 9, Wilthorpe 4; Elsecar B 3, Athersley Arms 3; High Street 2, Darfield 2 Division Four: Little Un 2, Queen’s Head 1; Moulders Arms 3, Ardsley Athletic 2. Division Five: Fullhouse 1, Shaw 4; Olde Bridge 3, The Ship (Elsecar) 1; Falcons B 2, Trades 3; Olde Bridge 3, Barley Sheaf 1


Monks not so merry after defeat Barnsley Sunday League, Division Two side North Gawber Colliery in their strip which has been sponsored by Ken Banhan Driving Academy. Training tops have been sponsored by Ricco’s Pizza. the half hour mark but Green fought back and Jack Traynor's cool finish made it 1-1 at half-time. Traynor then crossed for Scott Jewkes to force the ball home on the resumption and although a Sherburn defender hooked the ball out and Tom Lowe made certain from close in, the visiting linesman had already ruled that the ball had crossed the line. Play switched to the other end and Nathan Pickles' last-ditch clearance saved a certain goal with 'keeper Ben Lunn grounded. Sherburn then equalised when the Green defence failed to deal with a corner, but a good ball out of midfield from Adam Lingard was put into the box by Lowe where Sam Fearon beat two men to score with a right-foot shot and put the home team into a 3-2 lead. Midfielder Sam Shambley crowned an all-action display when he broke into the area and scored to make it 4-2. Sherburn scored again to set up a tense finish but captain Simmons held the defence together. A great one-handed save from Lunn denied the visitors a late equaliser and Green held on to win 4-3. Bretton Boys Greens under 15s put themselves into a good position for a league and cup double after reaching the final of the Trophy League Cup at the expense of Dale Juniors. Bretton got off to a good start with two well-taken goals from Mark Waddell, the second one just

inside Dale's half, but Dale made a fight of it and pulled a goal back. Bretton turned up the gas and two quick-fire goals from man of the match Ben Cameron put the game back into Bretton's favour, but Dale pulled a goal back. Bretton extended their lead just before half-time with a superb finish from Haydan Scallan. The second half was evenly fought and it was well into the half before Joe Airstone scored with a left-foot volley. Dale would not lie down and pulled a goal back before Waddell completed the scoring at 7-3 to Bretton. Mapplewell Mavericks under nines had two tough away games. Firstly they travelled to Wrenthorpe Rangers and the yellow team ran out 5-0 winners. Man of the match Harry Andrews was the main tormentor with four goals. Also on target was Thomas Clare. The green team had a good day on their travels also, winning 7-2. Dawson and Thomas Hobson scored two apiece with the others coming from an own goal, Ben Briggs and man of the match Conor Remington. The second game of the week saw Mapplewell Mavericks travel to Stanley and they came away with two more victories. The yellow team won 10-0. Clare bagged four and Lee Jordan got two to make it 6-0. After the break Owen Wildblood, Harry Lockwood (2)

and Clare completed the scoring. Thomas Hobson walked off with the man of the match award. The green team found the going a little bit tougher but still won 30. Zach Dawson grabbed the first and then turned provider for man of the match Joe Braithwaite to head home. The last goal came from first half goalkeeper Matthew Davies, who came out for the second half and turned on the style with a fine finish after a mistake by the home keeper.

BARNSLEY LGE Right to the wire THE Barnsley Sunday League Premier Division title chase will go right to the wire. Athersley Rec will play Wombwell Main on Thursday, May 15 knowing they must beat Wombwell to stand a chance of winning the title. Should they beat Wombwell, they will then need three points against Royston Steelers A on Sunday, May 18 to clinch the championship. However, the title will be heading to Wombwell if they beat Athersley on Thursday. Meanwhile, Lundwood suffered an embarrassing defeat at Wombwell, losing 7-1. John Stacey’s goal was a consolation for Lundwood.

MONK Bretton A slipped to a lowscoring defeat at Frickley. The Monks took first knock and went from 31 for one to 73 all out. Captain Graham Kilburn top scored with 17 and Andrew Clayton chipped in with 13. Simon Gaskell with 14 was the only other batsman to reach double figures. Frickley almost slipped up in their reply. They were stuggling at 17 for four before the middle order led them to a three-wicket victory. Anthoney Scully bagged three for 22, while Jason Madigan, bowling left arm over took two for 18. Richard Hazelhurst also chipped in with two for nine. Darton A were left counting the cost of missed chances in their game at South Kirkby. Accurate seam bowling from Park and Whittlestone had Kirkby reeling at 30 for five and heading for an early finish but Wolsley (93 not out) made the most of his good fortune, being dropped on a number of occasions before he reached double figures. In reply, Darton's openers Lee (54) and Damms (18) added 70 by drinks and Greaterix added 20 but the middle order fell away as batsmen tried to keep up with the scoring rate before finally falling an irritating seven runs short. Darton B went down to defeat against Sykehouse. Batting first, Darton posted a slightly below-par score of 167 for eight with veterans D Hawley, Baxter and skipper Burkhill reaching the 30s without really going on to make a score. The visitors, realising victory was only a matter of scoring steadily without losing silly wickets reached the target with seven overs to spare. Lewis Hawley was the pick of the bowlers.



Higham a cut above after Hospital victory By Nathan Hemmingham

Ready to pounce: Barnsley’s young Panthers Elliot Mann, Jordan Preston, Jason Paylin and George Smith. Picture: Scott Bairstow.

Meet Barnsley’s young Panthers FOUR youngsters from Barnsley have teamed up with a team in Sheffield and helped them dominate their league. Thorpe Hesley Panthers under 12s have walked away with the A Division title in emphatic style, with 21 wins from 22 games and just one defeat. They have found the net

a staggering 177 times, and conceded just 15 goals. Part of their success is down to Barnsley boys Elliot Mann (Wombwell), Jordan Preston (Elsecar), Jason Paylin (Jump) and George Smith (Tankersley). It is goalkeeper Elliot’s first season between the posts and he has kept 14 clean sheets.

Jordan has finished as the leading goalscorer with an incredible 55 goals and George Smith also found the net on 16 occasions. As a result of their performances this season, all four have attracted the interest of Barnsley and Sheffield United Academies.

HIGHAM A made it two wins from two with a home victory over Nuffield Hospital. Skipper Alan Roebuck won the toss and invited the visitors to make first use of the wicket and his decision proved a good one as Andy Danks bowled opener Kamran in the second over. From this point wickets fell at regular intervals with only Nazar and Ali showing any real resistance both scoring 20 as Nuffield were bowled out for just 85 inside 24 overs. The Higham bowlers proved the virtue of bowling straight as nine of the 10 wickets to fall were either bowled or leg before. Chris Prior again led the attack taking an impressive five for 19 from his five overs, while Danks claimed two for 18 from eight overs with Paul Wroe (two for 28) and Joe Thornton (one for 16) also among the wickets. Despite the loss of three wickets Higham were never in any real danger of throwing this away especially when Prior took the attack to the bowlers hitting three

fours and three sixes in his 19 ball unbeaten 35. Andy Robbins provided the anchor role with a rather more sedate 29 not out. The Higham B youngsters took centre stage in a resounding 46run victory over Calder Grove A. After losing an early wicket Neil Heppenstall and 15-year-old Corey Roebuck steadied the ship with a 56-run second wicket partnership. Roebuck fell for 33 and Heppenstall followed for 27 but two more 15-year-olds helped bat out the overs. Matthew Darlow showed an increasing maturity with a patient 15 while Matthew Thornton scored an unbeaten 14. Seventeen-year-old Dan Bamforth then came to the fore bowling opener Downes with his first ball on the way to five for 17 from 11.2 excellent overs. Jez Wroe took four for 28, his second four wicket haul in successive games, while Roebuck picked up the other wicket. The Higham ground fielding was excellent throughout. In Section E, Woolley B returned to winning ways with a six-wicket

win over Old Almondburians B. Winning the toss, Woolley elected to field and straight away the opposition were struggling with a fantastic opening spell from youngster Liam Margison (four for 12). On a damp wicket, veteran Paul Hampshire (three for seven) and

tall left-armer Steve Jones (three for one) restricted Old Almondburians to a woeful 38. Despite making heavy weather of such a low total, Woolley reached their target losing four wickets, with Phil Garner (14) and Paxton Ellis (15 not out) top scoring.

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Winners Nomads unbeaten

Lenzkes team see brakes put on podium hopes By Nathan Hemmingham and Dave Couldwell

THE final Barnsley and District Table Tennis tables for the season 2007/08 are: PREMIER DIVISION P W D L F A Pts Nomads 17 16 1 0 148 22 63 YMCA A 17 13 2 2 126 44 53 BNE 17 12 1 4 114 56 50 YMCA 16 12 1 3 113 47 49 Nomads A 18 9 2 7 94 86 37 West Melton 17 8 1 8 86 84 36 Nomads B 17 3 1 13 46 124 15 Nomads C 18 3 1 13 46 124 15 Higham 18 2 0 16 43 137 12 YMCA B 17 2 0 15 35 135 10

Meanwhile, the leading individual player averages for the season (based on a minimum of six matches played) are: Ian Denton (YMCA A) sets played 39, sets won 38, average 97.4 per cent; Sean O'Neill (Nomads) 48, 45, 93.8; Duncan Abbott (Nomads) 51, 46, 90.2%; Ray Hurst (YMCA) 48, 43, 89.6; Roy Battye (BNE) 36, 28, 77.8; Colin Jones (BNE) 33, 25, 75.8; Ian Hepworth (YMCA) 24, 18, 75.0; Brian Isam (Nomads) 39, 29, 74.4; Debbie Firth (YMCA A) 24, 17, 70.8. Two wins from Ray Hurst helped an England Veterans squad to victory over Malta in the recent invitation two day international event on the island. Players and officials should note that the annual league presentation and buffet evening will be held on Friday, May 16 at Shaw Lane Sports Club. There is a bar and entertainment will be provided. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for juniors, available from club secretaries or exec committee members.


Dieter is a record beater ON a sunny night Dieter Droger once again beat his own event record in a time of 11.32, improving on last week's effort by 22 seconds. James Allen was the first of the Birdwell Wheelers riders home just two seconds off his course pb with 12.20. Darren Gill came second and set a new pb of 12.42 and Tony Wright improved by 31 seconds to take 10 handicap points. The early points series leaders being Darren Gill on 26 points followed by Richard Oxley on 18 points. Trevor Mayne competed in the 4stage, 3-day Tour of the Abberleys race for veterans in Worcestershire. He was only 15 seconds down on the leader after the 1.2km hill climb prologue time trial. On the second stage he got in the lead group which stayed away for half the race before being reeled in with one lap to go. The third stage began in torrential rain and the bunch split with Mayne eventually coming home in the third group on the road. The final stage found Mayne struggling to keep in contention as he suffered from a stomach bug and the hilly course took its toll but he managed to finish a commendable fifth overall. Meanwhile, James Allen competed in the Southwell Sprint Triathlon and his cycling prowess enabled him to come 17th out of 480.


Good run AS a warm-up for the British Elite Triathlon Championships in two weeks time, Dann Brook competed as a guest in the British University Triathlon Championships in Wiltshire last weekend and produced the second fastest run section of the day to finish in second place overall. Brook, who has concentrated on improving his run performance over the past 12 months was looking for a good test of his run speed, and completed the 5k course in 16 minutes 46 seconds, but was just unable to overhaul the eventual winner. Dann completed the 750m swim section in third place in a time of eight minutes and 41 seconds and was well placed in the top five after the bike section but had just left himself a bit too much to pull back on the run leg.

Ben Barrett was doing well before losing grip on his back tyre and had to settle for 24th out of 30.


he managed a 1-53.328 but had problems when braking with the front forks coming out and he came in with 10 minutes remaining. He had some adjustments made to the forks and engine by his team manager Steve and went back out and managed to do four more laps but could not better his time. In his second qualifying his SP125Racing/Lowerdale Autos team made some changes to his bike but it was no good as the whole session was wet and he could not improve his time and qualified in 32nd. In the race Ben made up four positions on the first lap and after the second lap he was up to his team mate Jordan Malton and had a race long battle with him, swapping places but in the last five laps of the race young Ben started to feel the back tyre losing grip and the bike sliding so he sat behind his team mate and worked out were he was going to get past on the last lap. To his credit, he did put a good pass on Jordan and was in front off him going in to the last turn on to the start and finish straight but Jordan slipped streamed him over the line and beat him by 0-007 seconds. Ben finished 24th out of 30 finishers.


Depleted Barnsley still grab fourth By Nathan Hemmingham A DEPLETED Barnsley AC finished fourth at the National Young Athletes League, Northern One East Meeting at Doncaster on Sunday. With no under 13 boys and only two under 17 men Barnsley finished with 229.5 points, although with the quality of the Barnsley athletes they were able to hold third place for a while just 40 points adrift of second. There were also 23 AAA grades from Grade 1 to Grade 4 and 53 first and second places. Once again Laura England improved her javelin best with a Grade One throw of 36.15m to take under 15 female field athlete of the match. Results: Under 13 Girls, 75m A: 2, K Horbury 11.3 PB G4; B: 2, E Broughton 11.6 PB G4: 150m A: 2, C Shaw 22.1 G4; B: 2, E Broughton 23.3; 800m A: 4, K Horbury 3-03.1; B: 3, B Hawley 3-25.2. Long Jump A: 3, C Shaw 3.77m G4; B: 2, K Horbury 3.39m; Shot A: 1, C Shaw 7.50m G2: B: 1, E Broughton 5.18m. Under 15 Girls 100m A: 2, L Bird 14.0 PB G4; B: 1, K Foster 14.4; 200m A: 1, L Frid 27.6 PB G3; B: 1, E Ibbotson 29.4; 800m A: 4, F Evans 255.4; B: 4, M Pattinson; 1,500m A: 3, B England 5-28.7 G4; B: 2, K Foster 539.0 PB; 75m hurdles A: 1, B England 13.0 PB G3; B: 1, C Wignal 13.9 G4; Long Jump A: 2, C Wignal 4.27m G4: B: 2, L Bird 3.61m; High Jump A: 2, B England 1.38m PB G4; B: 1, F Evans 1.30m. Discus A: 1, L England 22.23m PB G2; B: 3, E Ibbotson 12.55m PB; Javelin A: 1, L England 36.15m PB G1. Shot A: 1, L England 9.09m G2; B. 2, D Bates 6.97m G4: 4 x 100m relay: 2, C Wignal, L Bird, L Frid, K Foster 55.3. Under 17 Women 100m A: 3, J Deakin 13.8; B: 2, H Frid 14.2; 200m A: 3, Deakin 28.2; B: 2, H Frid 28.6. 300m A: 3, L Sykes 46.7. B: 2, A England 47.6; 800m A: 2, E Stacey 242.8; B: 3, A England 3-13.9; 300m hurdles A: 1, L Sykes 52.8; Discus A: 3, A Street 14.08m; Shot A: 1, A England 7.35m G4. B: 2, A Street 5.25m; Javelin A: 2, E Stacey 20.15m PB. B: 2, R Hirst 14.05m. Long Jump A: 3, J Evans 3.62m; B: 1, E Stacey 3.56m. Triple Jump A: 2, J Evans 8.58m. High Jump A: 2, J Evans 1.38m. 4 x 100m relay: 1, J Deakin, E Stacey, H Frid, R Hirst 53.8. 4 x 300m relay 3, J Evans, A England, L Sykes, J Deakin 3-16.0. Under 15 Boys 100m A: 1, J Molyneux 12.6 G4; B: 1, R Broughton 12.8 G4 PB; 200m A: 1, J Molyneux 25.6 G3; B: 3, J Parker 28.1 PB; 400m

A: 1, K Bruce 58.0 G4; 800m A: 2, K Bruce 2-12.7 G3; Hammer A: 1, M Oxley 19.96m. B: 1, J Buckingham 6.74m PB; Discus A: 1, M Oxley 22.86m PB G4; B: 1, C Moxon 14.47m; Shot A: 1, R Broughton 8.73m PB; B: 2, C Moxon 4.72m PB; Javelin A: 2, M Oxley 31.33m PB G4: B: 1, C Moxon 29.04m G4: Long Jump A: 2, J Molyneux 4.52m. B: 2, R Broughton 4.07m; High Jump A: 2, J Buckingham 1.25m. Under 17 Men 200m A: 4, A Lennox 26.08; 400m A: 4, A Lennox 64.8; Discus A: 2, J Carter 24.42m G4; Shot A: 3, J Carter 9.08m.

The third event in the South Yorkshire Road League 5 mile races took place at Dinnington, near Sheffield. First home for the Senior men and the club was Mark Hurrell in 31.07 in 21st position. Linda Westlake FV50 (35.16) and Lesley Noon FV40 (33.59) upheld their competition by finishing second again in their respective categories. Results for Barnsley AC were: Senior men: 21, M Hurrell 31.07; 28, S Pickersgill 31.45; 33, D Cooper 32.47; 41, M Crofts 33.57; V50 men: 17, G Bateson 34.09; 24, K Leak 37.57. V55 men: 3, D Bennett 33.34; 4, J Wroe 35.28. V60 men: 5, M Casey 32.55; 12, R Scholes 36.25. Senior ladies: 6, F Davies 33.35. V35 ladies: 5, H JonesCroft 38.05. FV40 ladies: 2, L Noon 33.59. FV45 ladies: 9, K Brankin 39.37. FV50 ladies: 2, L Westlake 35.16; 10, A Bennett 41.44.

The ladies' teams are currently in second position for the whole competition and the senior men's team are in fourth. The final race of the series is at Worsbrough on May 14. Ten Barnsley Harriers also competed in the race. In the men's over 40 section, Stephen Whiteley produced another splendid run to finish in third place on the night and also third overall after three legs, with club mate Shaun Clarkson finishing in fifth place on the night, but in fourth overall with one leg remaining at Worsbrough. Over 40 lady veteran Joanne Birkinshaw recorded another personal best time for the distance when she dipped below the 45 minute mark for the first time, finishing in 44.48 – an improvement of 22 seconds. Results: Senior men: 23, P Watson 31.15; 46, T Ripley 35.05. Vet men O/40: 3, S Whiteley 30.55; 5, S Clarkson 31.45. Vet men O/45: 24, G

Nock 46.54. Vet men O/55: 8, I Meade 38.15. Vet ladies O/35: 9, A Morris 47.54. Vet ladies O/40: 8, J Birkinshaw 44.48pb; 9, H Ripley 46.54; 10, R Gray 47.51.

The Harriers men's veterans' team finished 9th out of 13 teams on the night but are still seventh overall. Penistone Footpath Runners and AC's Ladies Super Vet O/50 Julie Buckley once again dominated the third leg of the race. Julie came home as first lady overall, finishing 37th in the race, in a time of 31.17 and now leads the overall Championship for all age categories by over four minutes with only one more race to go. She leads her V50 category by 13 minutes from Barnsley AC's Linda Westlake. She also helped her team mates retain third position in the series. First home for the Club was Lee Storey in 15th in 30.30. Other results: 39, R Lees 33.18. Vet 45-50: 7, I Charlesworth 31.49; 16, I Wragg 34.55. Vet 50-55: 7, S Woodhead 32.11; 11, A Knox 32.53; 21, G Dimelow 36.31. Vet 55-60: 5, K Gordon 35.45. Vet 60-65; 9, M Cartwright 36.09. 13, S Millwood 37.28; 17, P Parkin 43.01. Vet 65+: 3, R Brown 37.55. Ladies Vet 40-45; 3, A Beresford 38.05; Vet 45-50; 7, S Charlesworth 38.36; 10, J Cockerton 40.03. Vet 50+: 1, J Buckley 31.17; 7, S Higham 40.30; 8, B Haigh 40.45.

Other PFR and AC members have been in action. At the Coiners Fell Race from Mytholmroyd, Jim Bell (PFR 2nd claim) came 8th and 1st Vet 40 in 53.17; Steve Storey (PFR 2nd claim) came 9th and 1st Vet 50 in 53.28 and Ricky Sunman (PFR 1st claim) came 11th in 53.57. First PFR member home in the Ravenstones Brow Fell race from Tanners Mill Greenfield was Steve Roebuck, who came seventh overall in 1-09.49. Other results: 11, S Storey (PFR 2nd claim) 1-13.14; 13, D Kilpin 114.21; 46, J Rowe 1-27.00; 69, D Foster 1-32.46; 86, G Dimelow 137.05; 101, B Nixon 1-44.57. Katy Davies made an incredible improvement at the Coniston Fell Race, improving on last year's three hours plus to finish the tough course in two hours and 05 minutes. Wombwell Sporting AC competed in the first fixture of the season in Division 4EC of the North of England Track and Field League at Scunthorpe.

The club finished in 6th place with a total of 169 points. On the way to this total the members recorded one first, six second and seven third places along with six personal best performances. Dave Allemby was the club’s only winner of the day in 1,500m B race with a time of 5-44.4. He backed this up with third place in the 800m B race in a time of 2-48.4 and second in the 5,000m B Race in a time of 20-55.5. Samantha Johnson had a successful day with second place in the 800m A race with a personal best time of 2-35.4 - an improvement of 5.4 seconds, second in the 1,500m A race in a personal best time of 5-36.1 an improvement of six seconds and third in the 3,000m A race in a time of 11-54.9. Carl Hulett finished second in a close finish in 1,500m A race in a personal best time of 4-32.7 and this was backed up with third place in the triple jump A with a leap of 9.71m. Darren Naylor set two personal best performances while finishing second in the 3,000m steeplechase A race in 11-38.9 and third in the 5,000m A race in 18-13.4 - an improvement of 15 seconds. Adam Murray continued his good start to the season with third place in long jump B with 4.77m and personal best performances in the 100m B race where he finished 4th in 13.3 and in the 800m A race where he finished 4th in 233.9 - an improvment of 15 seconds. Andy Hughes scored well for the club with second place in the high jump B with a 1.55m clearance and third places in the hammer A 24.48m and Javelin B 24.24m. Lee Silcock finished second in the triple jump B with a leap of 9.22m and Paul Sagar finished third in the high jump A with a clearance of 1.55m - he had to withdraw due to injury. Other results: Mens: 100m: A: 5, L Silcok 13.3. 200m: A: 5, A Hughes 27.3; B: 4, C Hulett 26.4.400m: 6, L Silcock 67.4; B: 6, D Allemby 78.4. 4 x 100m relay: 5, L Silcock, D Allemby, C Hulett, D Naylor 55.9. Discus: B: 5, D Naylor 11.18m. Hammer: B: 4, P Sagar 18.07m. Javelin: A: 4, L Silcock 37.37m. Shot: A: 4, L Silcock 8.13m; B: 4, A Hughes 6.48m. Long jump: A: 6, A Hughes 4.83m.

Hoyland Town captain Craig Mott receives the Kelly Cup from Mark Crossley. (S)

Harling is Hoyland’s cup hero HOYLAND Town took the honours in the 101st Kelly Cup Final against Blackerhill Rovers. Both sides had chances in an entertaining game but Mark Harling scored the only goal on the half hour mark. The second half was played at the same pace and Matthew Higginbottom almost equalised for Rovers after running the length of the pitch but Hoyland held out to win 1-0. After the game, the presenta-

tion was held at the Market Hotel at Elsecar with Oldham and former Wales goalkeeper Mark Crossley doing the honours. Man of the match was picked by veteran and local footballer Brian French and Blackerhill's James Birkinshaw just pipped both keepers for the honour. The referee was Gary Skiffington and his assistants were Chris Moore and Steven Taylor. The trophies were funded by Gary and Sheila Manterfield,

proprietors of the Market Hotel, Mark Mallender and Stuart Hall from triple M Motors and Philip Rouse from PSG Recruitment and Training Ltd The Kelley cup is open to all teams that fall within a six mile radius of Hoyland Town Hall. If anybody is interested in next season’s competition call chairman David Kilner on 07884 027832.



MAN of the match Paul Lawson inspired Notton A to an emphatic victory over Tong. Put in to bat, Tong struggled against some tight Notton bowling on a damp and slow surface. They managed to reach a respectable 136 all out with Lawson the pick of the bowlers, finishing with impressive figures of four for 31. Skipper Andy Hughes also bagged four for 51. In reply, Notton’s openers struggled against the new ball, managing to put on 20 in 16 overs. However, once the opening bowlers were seen off, Lawson took charge and guided Notton to victory on 73 not out. He received good support from Matthew Nordon (16) and Kelvin Lee (34 not out).

New coach for town club


BARNSLEY Lawn Tennis Club have recruited a new club coach. Steven Johnson replaces Calvin Betton who has moved onto pastures new. Steven is an LTA licensed coach with proven pedigree and four years of coaching experience in the Wakefield area. David Caddies, Junior Development Manager, is confident that Steven will be a real asset to the club. Steven starts junior group coaching on Thursday evenings from June, as well as being available for junior individual coaching. David will supplement Steven, coaching on a Saturday morning from this weekend. Johnson will be around for two junior events in May. On Thursday, May 15 current and

past junior members aged 13 and above will be able to take on the club's best in a competition from 6pm to 8pm. The competition is free and there's a chance of winning a tennis racket and free group coaching sessions. On Thursday, May 22, Steven and David will be providing a one hour free junior group coaching taster sessions for those aged five to 13, following on from the Junior Fun Evening. There is also the chance to win a racket and free group coaching sessions. Anyone interested should preregister by email at or contacting him on 07896 049844 by May 18 at the latest.

ANGLING Greece is the word for Garland Wood lands top spot

JUNIOR CRICKET DARTON under 13s began the season with a comprehensive victory at Penistone. Batting first Joe Bullock (30) and Will Turner (22) got the team off to a great start. Liam Adams (14) and Joe Wilkinson (31) contributed to a score of 122 for six. Tight bowling all round kept the score down with Penistine managing 29 for nine. Turner, Butcher and Lowe all on target.

THE Bank Holiday weekend provided mixed fortunes for the Barnsley teams at Oulton Park, with only one rider finishing a race. The conditions proved difficult for the riders, with sun all day on Saturday, rain on Sunday and a bit of both on Monday. The Lenzkes Superstock 1000 team only had one rider fit to race as Derek Gulbrandsen, rider and team owner, had still not recovered from breaking his ankle at the last round, so it was up to Howie Mainwaring. In the qualifying sessions Howie was looking very good and finished in 9th out of 37 riders with a time of 1-41.208 on the big Suzuki 1000 – tuned and looked after by Gary Wilson of the One Stop Race Shop in Barnsley. For Jonathan Howarth on his Tilen Electrics Suzuki 1000 he had a bad time trying to qualify high up the time sheets with a bike that would not handle well. He tried different set ups but with the weather changing he could not set up his bike as he would have liked and he did manage to get up to 19th in a time of 1-42.308. However, with five minutes left in the second qualifying session Jonathan had a

big high side and was thrown off at high speed and broke his thumb and very badly bruised his leg and shoulder. He has since had an operation to wire up and pin his thumb. In the race at the picturesque Oulton circuit with very fast straights and tight chicanes, Howie got off to a flyer and was up to fifth by the end of the first lap and running with the leading bunch. After the race had settled down, Howie started picking off the riders in front of him and got up to a magnificent third with seven laps remaining and was looking good to win but his brakes started to fade. He slowed down to save his brakes and was alright on the fast flowing curves but braking from 140mph down to 40mph for the Hislops Chicane was difficult and he had to retire on the 12th lap. A very disappointed Howie at his home curcuit could not make a comment but a very upset Lenzkes team said: “We are going to look at the brakes on the bike ready for the next round this weekend at Brands Hatch.” With the big boys out it was left to young Ben Barrett on the SP125Racing / Lowerdale Autos Honda GP125 in the first free practice. Ben put in a good time of 1-56.173 and finished 23rd out of 45 riders. In qualifying

Stephen Garland is heading to Greece for the World Grand Prix Championships in Ayia Napa.

MOTOR jet skier Stephen Garland is hoping for great things when he takes part in the World Grand Prix Championships in Ayia Napa, Greece, next week. Stephen has recently acquired a four-stroke turbo charger Hydrospace, which is capable of speeds of up to 65mph and he is hopeful that it will give him his first chance of becoming a world champion. On his return, he will take part in the first round of the British Championships which are to take place at Stockton-On-Tees. Last year he took second place in the UK on a two-stroke limited. Stephen wishes to thank his sponsors and, especially, his wife Victoria for their support. If anyone would like further information regarding the sport, he can be contacted on 07952111588.

STEVE Wood was the winner of Barnsley and District AAS match on Smithies Reservoir last Sunday. Steve weighed in with 24lb of carp from peg 30 on the bomb and pellet. Geoff Brown was second from peg two with 22lb 4oz of carp caught on the pellet and pole. Daniel Micklethwaite from peg 22 came third with 13lb 11oz of skimmers and roach on the pole fishing maggot. There is a Barnsley and District AAS open match on Tinkers Pond this Sunday (May 11). Draw is at 8pm and fishing is from 9am to 2pm.

Anyone interested should contact G Brown on 297169. Meanwhile, Gary Holland was the winner of an open match at Twybell Street Canal on Thursday night. Gary caught small tench, crucian carp and small stockies for a weight of 34lb 12oz. Steve Wood came second catching small skimmers and a couple of bream late on to record 17lb 10oz and S Spacey was third with 14lb 6oz. The match takes place every Thursday night and the draw is at 4pm, with fishing from 5pm to 9pm. Entry fee is £13.

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Andrew Lodge

Barnsley Chronicle, Friday, May 9, 2008 –


Successful season – but time never stands still HOW many of us view Barnsley’s 2007-2008 season as a success? I do. There are some supporters who may well disagree, but Championship safety secured with 55 points, and an appearance in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley, is something to be applauded. Credit where credit’s due. Simon Davey, his management staff, and all the players have done a very good job. Yes, it has been a rollercoaster ride, with twists and turns along the way, but surely we would agree there have been more highs than lows? But trooping away from Cardiff on Sunday, the magnificent, diehard Barnsley supporters who had made the long trek to Wales when there was nothing at stake, were 'just a little bit gutted' that their team had fin-

ished below local rivals Sheffield Wednesday in the final table. A low-key loss at Cardiff, combined with Wednesday’s walloping of Norwich at Hillsborough, had seen the Owls leap-frog the Reds on goal difference. One Barnsley supporter of my acquaintance even remembered he would lose £10 in a bet he'd had with a Wednesday mate of his, over which club would finish ahead of the other. At the start of the season my hope was that the Reds would be well away from the relegation dogfight. It didn’t turn out that way but they got there in the end. Meanwhile, they also went on a wonderful cup run and who will ever forget those wins over Liverpool at Anfield and Chelsea at a frenzied

Oakwell – or the trip to a new-look Wembley for a semi-final. I’m happy with that – although there is still that nagging feeling deep down inside of me that we should have been looking forward to an FA Cup Final appearance in just over a week’s time. We had the opportunity to see off Cardiff at Wembley and secure a crack at Portsmouth in the final of one of the most famous football competitions in the world. It may never come again in my lifetime – and it still hurts that it escaped our clutches, because Barnsley, on the day, were slightly the better side against the Bluebirds. But time never stands still. The Reds now have to look forward – and this summer I expect a number of

new signings at Oakwell, particulary a goal-getter to play alongside Jon Macken. I also hope that Davey can hold on to his best players – stars like captain and leading scorer Brian Howard – and make sure that the agreements to permanently sign on-loan men Luke Steele and Lewin Nyatanga are binding and adhered to. Get Anderson De Silva and Heinz Muller back fit as quickly as possible; add to that some astute new signings; and Barnsley’s squad could be even more competitive next season. Middle of the table anyone?

Club needs the fans WHILE the Oakwell Club has a bright future – well, that’s according to first team boss Simon Davey any-

way – I feel that the Reds need as many supporters backing them at Oakwell as possible. The decision by Barnsley owner Patrick Cryne to cut the price of season tickets was a marvellous gesture and I hope he will be rewarded by new fans coming through the turnstiles. The Reds could do with bumping up their average attendance figure in the Championship because they could well have the second-lowest in next term, behind Blackpool. This term they have had the fourthlowest home average, behind the Tangerines and the now relegated pair of Scunthorpe and Colchester. They will, in all probability, be surpassed by the newly-promoted sides from League One, Swansea and

Nottingham Forest. And what if Leeds come up through the play-offs? They’ll beat Barnsley’s figure too, as will the sides tumbling down from the Premier League, Derby, and any two from Reading, Birmingham and Fulham. So it is imperative that the fans turn out in force to support the Reds come August. No matter what people say about the quality of the Championship, especially in contrast to that in the top flight, there is no doubt that the second tier of English football provided most of the thrills and spills this season. The game between top and bottom was small. And it promises to be as tight and as tough next term too. So let’s get along to Oakwell and support the lads.

Bank Holiday double maintains Barnsley Cricket Club’s winning start to the summer

Three and easy for title hopefuls By Nathan Hemmingham SO FAR, so good. Three games, three victories and a two-point lead at the top. The season has started as expected for Barnsley first XI. A Bank Holiday double over Sheffield United and Rotherham has made Barnsley the early front runners in this season’s Yorkshire League. The sight of the town team sitting pretty at the top, at this stage in particular, is no surprise to their supporters. Captain Graham Wilson will be well aware that his work starts when the wet wickets come but for the time being, the sun is shining on Barnsley, who have opened in red hot form. Bowlers Joe Ellis and Mark Lawson are proving too hot to handle with the leather. Both have snapped up 10 wickets each from the opening three games. Junior Adam Wilson has also started the season brightly and has six wickets to his credit. However, although the bowling department has started in fine form, both the good and the bad of the batting was on show over the weekend. Five out of the top six weighed in with a match-winning 195 runs between them on Saturday, with only Simon Widdup failing to show with the bat. Yet, five of the same top six then failed to reach double figures against Rotherham just two days later. Only a superb knock from Alex Morris saved their blushes. That is now two successive home games where the top Red hot: Bowler Joe Ellis has been in top form during the first three fixtures.

order have disappointed. Some could argue this looks slightly worrying. Others, however, may point to the fact that they have three wins from three games, without firing on all cylinders – surely a sign of a good team! New signing Jason Booth began to pay back some of the faith shown in him with a sparkling knock of 59 at Sheffield. He was unable to take that form into the home clash with Rotherham just two days later though, when he was out for a duck. Yet, despite two departures for a combined total of just six, Saturday’s knock showed Booth could be an inspired signing if he can have more days like the former, and not the latter. After winning the toss and deciding to bat first at Shaw Lane on Monday, visitors Rotherham were all out for 94. Barnsley made regular inroads into the batting with Ellis and Lawson both claiming three victims each. There was also a welcome return among the wickets for Andy Carrington. The opener suffered with injury towards the end of last season but followed up his double from Saturday with two more. Greig Batty also bagged a brace to set up what should have been a routine and comfortable victory. Indeed, but for an unbeaten 31 from Jordan Lowe, coming in at number eight, the target would have been even easier. Yet, Barnsley’s top order struggled to make an impression in the damp conditions, caused by rain on Sunday night. Needing only 95 from 76 overs, this should have been the

Steven Nuttall (above) fell just five runs short of a half-century at Sheffield United on Saturday.

innings where Lawson and Widdup cemented their new partnership but Barnsley were in disarray at 12 for four after just seven overs. Fortunately, Ellis and Morris steadied the ship with a 24-run partnership before Ellis was the last wicket to fall. Morris then joined Matthew Wilson and the pair took the side to victory. First to go was Widdup (six) off the first ball of the sixth over. Greg Norton then had captain Wilson and co sweating as he claimed three wickets in just four balls in the seventh. Lawson went for three after seeing his off stump go tumbling; Steven Nuttall failed to score and lasted two balls before his pads were hit for lbw and Booth went the same way with the following delivery for a first ball duck. Ellis survived the hat-trick ball and began to rescue the innings with Morris, who by this time, must have wondered if his eyes were deceiving him as his teammates trudged back to the pavilion. The pair constructed a much-needed 24 to move the score to a slightly healthier 36 for five when Ellis departed for six and the third lbw of the innings. Barnsley still had a lot to do but it was at this point where Morris ‘stepped up to the plate’ and showed his county class. With Norton taken off the bowling, fortunately for Barnsley, his replacements were not up to much. After failing to score with his first 16 shots, Matt Wilson then sent Paul Malone for three successive boundaries and Morris

then hit Mathew Higgins for 18 in his first over, as the pair raced the score from 47 to 88 in just four overs. Morris took his score to within just two runs of a half century when the total was reached, with seven fours in his knock of 48. Wilson also enjoyed a fruitful innings, reaching the boundary rope five times in his 31-ball knock of 22. The pair added 61 for the sixth wicket to send their side two points clear at the top. The batting performance on Monday was in stark contrast to the one that had preceded it at Sheffield United’s Bawtry Road ground on Saturday. The home side won the toss and asked the visitors to bat. Unfortunately for Widdup, his surprisingly poor start to the season continued as he was again out without troubling the scorers. He weighed in with just four before he was caught behind. Fortunately for Barnsley, the rest of the batting order were up to the task and in the end, put together over 200 runs. Lawson and Morris slowly moved the total forward with a partnership of 50 to steady the nerves. However, just two runs later Lawson was caught out of his crease and saw his bails whipped off for his highest score so far of 22. Morris, who smashed two fours and a big six in his 36 joined Lawson five overs later, adjudged to have been caught behind much to his disbelief. At 80 for three, the foundations were there for a big score and two of this season’s new additions, Nuttall and Booth, certainly accepted the invitation. Junior Nuttall has flirted with the first XI over recent seasons but looks to have staked a claim for a regular spot. He joined new signing Booth and they added 82 for the fourth wicket to move Barnsley onto an impressive 162 for four. Both hit their best scores so far and Nuttall was heading for the team’s first 50 of the season but he swiped at a Tom Fletcher delivery and was out for 45. Booth went on to reach the 50 though and also notched his side’s highest total of the campaign with a 67-ball knock 59.

Give over Brian!

All smiles: Alex Morris is the leading scorer with 98 runs from three games. (D)

The good start and the productive last partnership meant that Ellis could come to the crease in relaxed mood. And he duly took advantage, hitting a quickfire 33 from just 21 balls with half of his score coming from just three shots (two sixes and a four). At 216 for five, Barnsley knew only a sloppy showing in the field could deny them victory. And it came as no surprise to see United in trouble early on. Opener Nick Armstrong was caught by Batty off Ellis for a duck and three for one soon became seven for two when Carrington claimed his first wicket of the season. From then on, it was a steady

stream of dejected batsmen walking away from the centre. The innings was wrapped up with 25 overs still to play and United all out on 99. Ellis was the leading wickettaker, with four for 35, but junior Adam Wilson had a great return with three for 20 from just 6.5 overs. Carrington (two for 27 from eight overs) and Lawson (one wicket, one over) also played their part. Barnsley travel to Castleford tomorrow, looking to extend their winning streak to four. Should Joe Ellis bat on Saturday, it will be his 100th innings at first team level for his hometown club.

SHEFFIELD Wednesday manager Brian Laws, after ‘masterminding’ the Owls to Championship safety on the final day of the season, reckons he’s better than Jose Mourinho. Laws said after Sunday’s 4-1 win over Norwich, which ensured Wednesday’s survival and even saw them finish above Barnsley in the final table, that not even ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho could have done a better job. “I’m not patting myself on the back but if Mourinho was here I don’t think he could have done any better,” said Laws. Tell you what Brian. If you think you compare to Mourinho, Dugout reckons we will have to start comparing the manager of a certain FA Cup semi-final side with the late, great Brian Clough....

If this man (above) is really Jose Mourinho, then the manager below is Brian Clough.....

 It was interesting to note that there were hardly any officials from Barnsley FC in attendance at Ninian Park on Sunday afternoon.  The only one Dugout spotted was general manager Don Rowing. Cardiff chairman Peter Ridsdale said he was disappointed to miss the chance of catching up with old friends.....

Another Fozzie winner

Mark Lawson in action during Monday’s home clash with Rotherham. Lawson claimed three for 24 to take his tally to 10 wickets.

 WHILE Barnsley’s Stephen Foster was being crowned as the Supporters’ Oakwell Player of the Year, it appears that another Fozzie, Barnsley-born to boot, has also been in the honours. Dugout was contacted by Peter Foster who wanted us to know that his son Luke, a former captain of Barnsley Boys when they won the English Schools Trophy, has been voted the Supporters’ Player of the Year – and Players’ Player – at Blue Square Premier League club Oxford . It is the first time the two

Barnsley-born star Luke Foster. awards have gone to the same player. The 22-year-old, who still has a house in Barnsley, had a spell with Sheffield Wednesday.


On behalf of my young son, thanks a lot you super Reds and keep up the good work AS an Oakwell season ticket holder I would like to thank everybody at Barnsley FC for giving me and my nine-year-old son (also a season ticket holder) a fantastic 2007-2008 campaign. Not only has my lad seen the Reds play at Wembley in an FA Cup semifinal, but he’s also been to Anfield and seen his team win in dramatic circumstances. He has also seen us beat Chelsea – plus he has been a mascot when we played Stoke City at home. To top it all off he will be watching the Reds next season, in the same division, free of charge.Once again thank you BFC – and keep up the good work.

FC have reduced season ticket prices for the forthcoming season. We are particularly pleased that the football club are offering free season tickets for under 11s if purchased with one full paying adult ticket. We have met with the football club recently to discuss ticket prices and how we can work together to increase the family atmosphere at Barnsley – and encourage the Barnsley community to come along to Oakwell and be part of the Barnsley FC family. We see the season ticket price reduction as a very important move. We would urge all supporters to renew their season tickets and encourage their friends and family to come along.

Delighted with reduced prices

Optimistic about Reds progress


JOHN HOBSON, Cawthorne:

THE Supporters Trust are delighted with the announcement that Barnsley

NOW that the season is over I would like to look ahead to next term.

LEE CHAP, via e-mail:

Barnsley’s 16-year-old debutant Jamil Adam fires in a shot against Cardiff on Sunday. Fans are hoping for similar attacking excitement next term. Picture: Keith Turner.

Our main aim has to be pushing up the Championship table next season, with the play-offs perhaps an outside bet. Who knows, the way we are progressing under Simon Davey, a return to the promised land of the Premier League is not out of the question in the near future. I hope Davey stays at Oakwell for a long time – as we could not have any better qualified coach. I also hope Rob Kozluk stays at Oakwell for the remainder of his career. A club needs someone with his sense of humour to help keep team morale high in the dressing room. Plus he don't half make a crunch of a tackle! I hope Heinz Muller recovers swiftly too. Before his horrific injury he constantly performed heroics for us. Our only major worry this season has being a lack of goals. If we can get at least one striker like Hull loan star Frazier Campbell then I’m sure the

goals will start flooding in. I am very optimistic about Barnsley’s progress under Davey.

Give Davey some real credit now BARRY ASKHAM, via e-mail: AFTER a successful season can we now fully support the bloke who has put together the strongest squad of players since the promotion-winning side to the Premier League? Yes, I think the cup run was a distraction to our league form but I think all Reds’ fans would have settled for 55 points and an FA Cup semi-final place, having knocked out the Champions League finalists and semi-finalists. Some of Simon Davey’s signings have not been effective (eg: Mossto) but I think he has come in for some unduly harsh criticism. What about the signings of De Silva, Souza, Muller, Macken and bargain of the decade Foster?

Ccan we give the manager some credit now instead of all the negativity about how poor we are up front? It is not easy as a small club to bring in a 20-goals-a-season scorer. If only we could find another journeyman of the calibre of John Hendrie. I would like to thank the boys for the thrills at Anfield and Chelsea – and for the great day out at Wembley. I will be renewing our season tickets again and am looking forward to our bright young manager searching across Europe for a player who can get us the goals that we have missed.

Rimmo’s the man PAUL GODDARD, Wombwell: IF Patrick Cryne is reluctant to be the new Reds chairman can I suggest he asks Norman Rimmington to be Honourary Chairman? After all, Rimmo has done every other job at the club and knows it inside out!



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It has been a great campaign

By Andrew Lodge

IT HAS been a great campaign for everybody connected with Barnsley Football Club, despite finishing on a disappointing note with Sunday’s final-day defeat at Cardiff. We looked to make ourselves more competitive in the Championship and we have done that. You have to look at the season as a whole and we have reached an FA Cup semifinal at Wembley, secured our status in the Championship and improved as a team. It is not nice to lose but let’s look at the positives from the match at Ninian Park. We finished the game with a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old and both Jamil Adam and Jacob Butterfield did well. I thought we passed the ball about pretty well in the first half. Cardiff scored a good goal but we were well in the game. But then we had something that has not happened to us all season when Luke (Steele) dropped a clanger. We had four good shots on target and two of those came from young Butterfield, who played the full 90 minutes. Jamil had the other two and was unlucky not to get a goal. We had to shuffle things around and had to play a system to include all the fit players we had.

M AT C H f a c t s Cardiff (4-4-2): Enckelman; McNaughton, Johnson, Loovens (Purse, 60 mins), Capaldi (Ramsey, 56 mins); Whittingham, Rae, McPhail, Ledley; Parry (Thompson, 70 mins), Hasselbaink. Unused subs: Oakes (gk), Sinclair. Corners: 6. Shots on: 8. Shots off: 10. Booking: Loovens. Goals: Parry (43 mins), McNaughton (49 mins), Ledley (63 mins).

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No respect for reputations: Seventeen-years-old Jacob Butterfield, on his first start for the Reds, goes in hard on exOakwell ace Stephen McPhail at Ninian Park on Sunday. (S).

‘I will strengthen but this time there will be only three or four coming in.’ – Davey best players, most of whom are under contract, but captain and leading scorer Brian Howard, who missed the last game of the season at Cardiff through an ankle injury, is being tracked by a number of clubs. He has a year left on his Oakwell deal but there has been speculation this week that his agent has been approached with an offer that may

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PREMIER League side Wigan have again been put on Barnsley's pre-season agenda. Steve Bruce's team have been pencilled in to play a friendly at Oakwell on Tuesday, July 29 – 11 days before the start of the new Championship campaign. Other friendlies being drawn up are away at York, Rotherham, Glossop and Buxton. Dates have yet to be officially announced. The Reds squad and coaching staff have this week been on a break in Spain.

Trio will be fit for pre-season BARNSLEY have been boosted by the news that injured trio Heinz Muller, Stephen Foster and Martin Devaney will all be fit to start pre-season training. Muller is well on the mend after suffering a cruciate ligament injury, while both Foster (torn calf muscle) and Devaney (thigh strain) will also be ready to resume after their holiday break. The only long-term casualties are Muller’s fellow cruciate colleagues Anderson De Silva and Michael Coulson. Brazilian midfielder De Silva is recovering well from a knee operation and has started his rehabilitation programme. He will be back in Barnsley for pre-season training but is likely to miss the start of the season. Young striker Coulson may have to wait until the end of the year before he is fit and ready to stake a renewed claim for a place in Simon Davey’s first team squad.

Keeper course

A FIRST team debut against the FA Cup finalists has crowned a memorable couple of weeks for Barnsley’s 16-year-old rising star Jamil Adam (above at Ninian Park). Adam came on as a 78th minute substitute for Istvan Ferenczi in Sunday’s defeat to Cardiff, and that debut followed on from his call-up to the Nigerian under 20 squad, as well as him being named the Oakwell Cub’s Academy Player of the Year. Picture: Keith Turner.

Low-key end to topsy-turvy season THE hard work doesn't stop now. Perhaps it gets even harder. As Barnsley's season finished with a whimper rather than a bang at Ninian Park on Sunday, despite the promising efforts of up-and-coming youngsters Jacob Butterfield and Jamil Adam, Reds boss Simon Davey will have realised some tough decisions will now have to be made. The Swansea-born manager, who came in for some rough second half treatment from raucous Bluebirds fans – as the Reds played second fiddle to the FA Cup finalists – has managed to keep the Oakwell Club in the Championship. He got them to pocket more points than they did last season. And he steered them to a cup semifinal at Wembley. So for most people, Davey included, the 2007-2008 campaign will be judged a

pretty big success. But trooping away from Cardiff on Sunday, the magnificent, diehard Barnsley supporters who had made the long trek to Wales when there was nothing at stake, were 'a little bit gutted' that their team had finished below local rivals Sheffield Wednesday in the final table. A seventh from bottom position at the end of the season is not to be sniffed at – but has got fans thinking that Barnsley have plenty of work to do before August comes back around. Who stays, who goes, who comes in. For the record, Sunday's tussle with the team who ended Barnsley's cup dream was one of only two final-day Championship fixtures (already relegated Scunthorpe-Colchester was the other) that did not have a bearing on promotion, play-offs or relegation issues. It showed, especially in Barnsley's play.

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SPORT s h o r t s Wigan lined up for Reds friendly

Teenagers shine but Barnsley again play second fiddle to FA Cup finalists

Cardiff City 3, Barnsley 0 By Andrew Lodge

Barnsley (5-3-2): Steele 7; Van Homoet 7, Hassell 7 (Togwell, 50 mins 6), Souza 6, Nyatanga 6, Kozluk 6 (Mattis, 70 mins 6); Campbell-Ryce 6, Butterfield 7, Leon 6; Macken 6, Ferenczi 5 (Adam, 78 mins 7). Unused subs: Christensen, Letheren (gk). Corners: 4. Shots on: 3. Shots off: 8. Bookings: Souza, Kozluk, Togwell, Van Homoet. Referee: Clive Penton (East Sussex). Attendance: 14,469.


BOSS Simon Davey is predicting a bright future for Barnsley FC. The Reds chief believes that emerging youngsters, together with three or four planned summer signings, will make his squad even more competitive in the Championship next season. Davey gave 17-year-old midfielder Jacob Butterfield his first start for the club in last weekend’s final game at Cardiff – and also handed a debut to 16-year-old winger-cum-striker Jamil Adam, who came on as a 78th minute substitute. The Welsh manager is optimistic that both players will continue to progress and become an integral part of his first team planning – and he also has high hopes for other youngsters on the Oakwell production line, such as defender Luke Potter and under 15 starlet Reuben Lazarus. Said Davey: “We saw some kids at Ninian Park on Sunday who showed that the future at this club is bright. Both Jacob and Jamil did very well. “We can now look forward and plan for next season.” Davey will sit down with his squad today and discuss their part in his future plans. However, the manager is not contemplating the wholesale changes to his playing staff that he opted for last year, when the number of new signings went into double figures. “I felt we needed a lot of new players last year,” Davey admitted, “but that is not the case this time. Yes, I will strengthen in the summer but this time there will be only about three or four players coming in. “We might also look to move a couple on because we have to make sure we improve again.” Davey is keen to keep hold of his

well double his current wages. Luke Steele, Lewin Nyatanga and Daniel Nardiello’s loan deals have now finished, but the Reds have agreements in place to sign both Steele and Nyatanga permanently this summer. Nardiello is set to leave his club QPR and Davey will have to decide if he wants to pursue his signature. Two young players have been shown the Oakwell exit door his week. They are 19-years-old Academy graduate Rhys Meynell, who has been on loan at Scottish Premier League crisis club Gretna from February, and ’keeper Kyle Letheren. Meynell did not feature for Barnsley’s first team while Letheren, also 19, played half a game when coming on as a substitute in the cuptie with Blackpool. Meanwhile, Davey has urged fans to take advantage of the reduction in season ticket prices to turn out in their thousands next term. “For me we've had a great season and I hope the supporters feel that too,” said the Reds boss. “We retained our Championship place and reached the FA Cup semi-final. “Our supporters have been terrific. They backed us all the way and we had one of the best home records in the division because of them. “We now need them to buy season tickets in their thousands. We want them to bring their kids, their kids’ friends and everybody else and pack this place out.” Paul Reid is back with Barnsley and will not feature for Carlisle in their League One play-off against Leeds. He was on loan at his hometown club but played only once after suffering an ankle injury. Despite still having a year left on his Reds contract, the 26-year-old is likely to leave Oakwell this summer.

Impressive teenager Jacob Butterfield tries to escape the attentions of Cardiff’s Joe Ledley. Match pictures: Keith Turner.


They were neat and tidy in possession during the first half, with 17-years-old Butterfield, handed his first start for the club, particulary prominent in a three-man central midfield department alongside Diego Leon and Jamal Campbell-Ryce – the latter surprisingly picked despite a so-called ankle injury which had required pain-killing injections. Davey had gone with a 5-3-2 formation, with Bobby Hassell dropping back to centre-half. But while defence and midfield looked okay for the opening 40 minutes, the forward pair of Jon Macken, captain in the absence of Brian Howard, and Istvan Ferenczi, made no impact. There was no real cutting edge at all. Once Paul Parry had put the Bluebirds ahead just before the break it was pretty much game over. Cardiff comfortably dominated after the break, and added two more goals through right-back Kevin McNaughton and the excellent winger Joe Ledley, to put real gloss on their win and put them in a fine frame of mind ahead of their cup final date with Portsmouth. One of Barnsley's main successes this season, Brazilian free transfer Dennis Souza, was booked inside two minutes for a deliberate handball, while Butterfield, eager to make an impression, received a stern talking-to for his heavy challenge on Gavin Rae. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink did force a good save from Luke Steele in the fourth minute, and then went close with a fizzing right foot curler, but for the majority of the first half Barnsley coped comfortably enough with Cardiff's attacking threat, and Butterfield produced a cracking 29th minute effort that was well turned away by City’s on-loan 'keeper Peter Enckelman. Eight minutes later Butterfield was again to the fore, dispossessing Rae in central midfield, bursting towards the Bluebirds box and drilling a low, left-

footed shot just wide of the far post. The action was warming up. Peter Whittingham's magnificent drive hit the top of the bar, while Steele saved well from the lively Parry. But the deadlock was broken in the 43rd minute, by a glorious team goal from the hosts. The ball was played through midfield and centre-back Glenn Loovens, who had ventured forward, picked out Ledley on the left edge of the box. He duly played in Parry who guided the ball, first time, beautifully beyond Steele's despairing dive. Four minutes into the second period it was 2-0, McNaughton's hanging cross slipping out of Steele's grasp and over the line, despite the 'keeper and Hassell trying desperately to keep it out. From then on it was all too easy for the Bluebirds, and Ledley put the icing on the cake in the 63rd minute with a cool, close range finish. Davey began to attract the attentions of the Cardiff 'supporters', who kept mentioning the manager's waistline. The unflustered Davey, in turn, sent on the fit-again Dwayne Mattis for the injured Rob Kozluk, and then introduced 16-year-old Jamil Adam for his Barnsley debut in the 78th minute, replacing the ineffective Ferenczi. And Adam, small in stature but a real speedster, gave glimpses of his potential. One clever one-two with Macken led to Adam's shot being deflected over, while in the last minute of normal time the teenager, charging through the middle, got his shot away but Enckelman produced a decent save. Shortly afterwards the whistle went – and a long, rollercoaster season was officially over. PS: Daniel Nardiello, down as a substitute, was injured in the pre-match warm-up and so was replaced on the bench by fellow striker Kim Christensen. Unsurprisingly, the out-offavour Dane never got on......

IN conjunction with Barnsley FC’s Academy, pre-season goalkeeping schools for male and female shotstoppers are being held on Tuesday evenings (5.30pm to 6.30pm) at Shaw Lane Rugby and Cricket Club. The price is £6 per one hour session. For further details contact Steve on 07885 381011.

Athersley aces in treble triumph TOP local football side Athersley Recreation are celebrating a quickfire treble triumph. The Rec, who have a proud, illustrious history in the Barnsley Leagues and beyond, completed a remarkable cup final treble at Oakwell – winning three finals in the space of four days. Firstly the Rec overcame local rivals

Lundwood WMC 3-1 in the Barnsley Sunday Rose Bowl Final. Twenty-four hours later they returned to Oakwell to beat Hollinsend Amateurs 1-0 in the Sheffield Rosehill Association Cup Final, and then secured the hat-trick by toppling Royston Steelers A 4-2 to lift the Barnsley Hospital Cup.

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