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INSIDE Boost for sailing club Page 5 Alan’s voyage to aid sick Page 8 Sabine shows she cuts it Page 12 Rugby Club’s refurbishment Page 14 Outdoor art: Creating art on Pye Flatts Meadow artist and musician Granville Danny Clarke and Silkstone Common Primary’s Georgette Baxter, Ruby Hepplestone, Sam Casadei, Callum Fisher, Elle Walker and Grace Wilson. Picture: Wes Hobson

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A TV artist has been using his wildflower meadow at Hoylandswaine to inspire children into taking up art and poetry. Granville Danny Clarke, of Silkstone Common, made his name on TV show Watercolour Challenge. He has been using his Pye Flatts meadow on Cooper Lane, a site of special scientific interest (SSSI), to inspire schoolchildren into ‘rekindling a rural education’ while enjoying outdoor classes in poetry and drawing. He has taken pupils from Silkstone Common Primary back to nature and into the meadow to use it as inspiration for poems and artwork. Granville is hoping local groups and associations will also want to visit to remember times past when rural studies and wildflower walks were part of everyday education. He said: “Penistone Camera Club has recorded ‘Days in the Life of a Meadow’ there for posterity and for resource exhibition purposes next year.

“The meadow is home to many plant species of grasses and flowers including common spotted orchid and Yorkshire Fog. “It provides an ideal habitat for wildlife, where moths bees and butterflies and more all thrive in seven acres of a nonchemical natural environment." Danny was a prominent member of the national environment project for the west of Barnsley, called CARE, when he bought the meadow more than 20 years ago. He said traditional management and the meadow’s SSSI listing has ensured its survival as one of only three per cent of wildflower meadows left in the country. The wildflower project has been sponsored by Natural England which means Granville can host walks and talks in the meadow until late August. A free booklet which lists plant species and the history and heritage of Pye Flatts is given to all groups who go. For details on booking a visit contact Danny on 790860 or 07966 507 626.


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Grammar school’s changes to dress code cause anger PENISTONE Grammar School has been accused of being dictatorial after sixthformers were given a dress code to ‘fit in with the new building’. Jeans, hoodies, leggings and trainers have been banned in favour of smart trousers or skirts, shirts or blouses and shoes from September. The new rules for post-16 pupils has caused anger among some students and parents who argue it takes away their identity. Eric Maidl, 66, whose daughter is in year 12, said it was unfair on students who were already in the sixth form. “I think its absolutely stupid,” he said. “Surely these kids have rights about what they want to wear. They are attending higher education off their own backs but can’t choose what clothes to wear. It’s ridiculous. They have already made their minds up whatever you say against it. It’s a dictatorship.” Headteacher Jo Higgins said the changes to the sixth form dress code were in-keeping with the rest of the school.

She said the school would be introducing a new uniform for pupils in years seven to 11 as a celebration of the new Advanced Learning Centre. They will wear a black suit jackets with new crest designed by students, white shirts or blouses with school trousers or skirt and smart shoes. She said students had been consulted and research had been carried out at schools with various uniform codes. As a result the school had gone for the ‘middle ground option’ for A-level students. “They can still wear what they like, it’s just within reason,” she said. “Because they wanted to retain their freedom we looked at a dress code that is more formal rather than a uniform. They are an important part of the school and role models for the younger pupils. We can’t have students in hoodies and faded jeans when the rest of the school is in smart suits. The younger students wouldn’t view them in the right way.”

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New safety officer has big impact BY KATIA HARSTON PENISTONE has a new community safety officer and he’s already having a big impact on the town months into the job. Craig Dyson is working with the Penistone Safer Neighbourhood Team and goes into the community to work with residents. He has an enforcement role and concentrates on anti-social behaviour and environmental issues such as graffiti and littering alongside the Safer Neighbourhood Team. Craig is also involved with community groups and works with young people in youth clubs and on junior warden schemes. One of his key powers is to issue fixed penalty notices for things such as littering and dog fouling. His time is split between Penistone and Hoyland, and Craig has been busy during the short time he’s been in town. “In the first couple of weeks based here I issued three fixed-penalty tickets to young people drinking and littering in the skate park and showground — one of those went to magistrates’ court for failing to pay his fine,” he said. “We’ve confiscated a lot of alcohol and one male is being dealt with for supplying young people with alcohol. “I can give advice to people under tenyears-old and between ten and 17 they can be fined and if someone is ten or under they can be made to do a litter pick.” ■ Members of the town council wished Craig well in his new role and said they were pleased with his presence in the town.

A CAT rescue centre inundated with abandoned kittens is feeling the pinch from the recession with fewer people coming forward to adopt the animals. Maureen Fieldsend, who runs Maureen's Penistone Cat

Rescue with husband Richard, said things have got so bad she is overrun with cats and kittens at her Westacre home which doubles up as the rescue centre. “People are just dumping litters here, there and every-

where. All the big charities are full and I cannot say 'no', as usual," she said. She is desperate for folk to come forward to rehome the animals but understands the recession and recent government cuts has hit families

hard. "People are not coming to rehome them because of the credit crunch, recession, cuts — it's having an effect.” ■ If you can help with food or money donations contact Maureen on 761872 or visit www.penistone-cat.co.uk

Midhope and Langsett are the focus of memories project MIDHOPE and Langsett are the focus of a memories project to try and record the relationship between the people and the moors around the Peak District. The oral history project is being carried out by the Moorland Memories partnership to collect memories of people who have lived and worked in the moorland areas, particularly those in the

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water industry or who have used it for leisure through the years. Michael Parker, of HEC Associates which is collecting the memories for the partnership, said: “We would like to hear about the changes to the landscape and way of life you may have witnessed, and also hear from those who remember significant events connected with the moorland areas.

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Funding boost to keep sailing club afloat IT’S anchors away after Pennine Sailing Club was awarded a £10,000 grant to buy new training boats. Club members are looking forward to a busy season at their Winscar Reservoir base, at Dunford Bridge, thanks to the cash from Sport England. The club plans to use the money to purchase two new twoman dinghies and is putting £5,000 forward in match funding to make sure it can buy them. The dinghies will help the club provide Royal Yachting Association training in an effort to introduce new people of all ages to the sport. The club, which is affiliated with the RYA, is an accredited training centre for dinghy sailing courses as well as powerboat and first aid training. Membership secretary, Ann Whitfield, said anyone interested in learning to sail should not miss the club’s annual open days. For details visit www.penninesc.co.uk

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Developer makes a U-turn on plans BY KATIA HARSTON

Clean and tidy: Kieren Johnstone and Jeanette Edwards, chairman of Penistone West Crime and Safety Group, get stuck in at a litter pick event in Penistone.

A ‘LANDMARK’ business development in Penistone could include shops, restaurants and cafes after the developer made a U-turn over the original proposals. Dransfield Properties applied for permission in February to create six commercial units, up to 21 office units and car parking on a derelict patch of land which fronts St Mary’s Street near the roundabout. The proposals stated the new development would house financial and professional services such as banks and building societies. However Dransfield amended its plans last month to include shops, restaurants, cafes, businesses as well as financial and professional services. The reversal comes after pressure from Penistone Town Council which said it supported the plans, despite

concern over the proposed access on Back Lane, but felt a mixed use development including retail was more suitable. But not all town council members were convinced. Town councillor Harry Barron said: “I can see the possibility of empty shop units down there that no-one wants. “It’s about caution really in a period when retail is struggling.” The reason Dransfield allocated the development for financial and professional service use only is because grants to fund construction depended on the likes of banks and building societies using the floor space – not shops. Plans show the commercial units will range in size from 1,200-sq ft to 2,400sq ft and will include up to 21 first floor office units for start-up businesses. The development also promises employment opportunities which could bring as many as 80 jobs to the town.

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Lead roles: Terry Frank, who played Tom, John Ramsdeon, ‘Dick’, and David Denton who played Harry. At the front is Nicola Dickinson who played Linda. Picture: Nick Hibberd

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Guides honour for long-serving leader BY KATIA HARSTON

Milestone: Guides leader Maxine Bashforth.

A HOYLANDSWAINE Guides leader awarded for her 30 years’ long service has no plans to stop yet. Maxine Bashforth, of Barnsley Road, marked the milestone at the annual general meeting for the guides held in Oxspring. The 54-year-old said she may be three decades into her service with the group but is no way near ready for retirement. She added: “I joined

the Brownies when I was seven and went all the way through until I became a leader. “I’ve stayed so long because I really enjoyed my time as a brownie and guide and I want to pass on some of that enjoyment.” Maxine wasn’t the only leader recognised for her services. Guides from Oxspring, Hoylandswaine and Cawthorne were awarded their Baden Powell Trefoils and Alison Scargill was

recognised with a training qualification. Long-service awards went to Claire Dodsworth, of Cawthorne Guides, for her five years with the group and Ann Coles for 20 years with Oxspring Guides. A new president was introduced, Hilary Smith the former head teacher of Springvale Primary, will replace Cynthia Clough who stood down after 12 years, resigning on health grounds.

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Charitable Alan gets on board to help sick AN ANAESTHETIST from Thurgoland has returned from a three-week trip volunteering on the world’s largest charity hospital ship. Alan Kershaw was aboard the Africa Mercy as part of a 450-strong team providing medical care in Sierra Leone. It was his first time on the vessel, run by the Mercy Ships charity, which gives free medical care and humanitarian aid as part of a ten-month outreach in the West African country. Alan was part of a volunteer medical team performing free surgeries such as tumour removal, cleft lip and palate correction, cataract removal, orthopaedics, skin grafts for burns victims, and dental care. He said: “I volunteered because I wanted to use my skills to help those less fortunate in the world. “It was so wonderful to see the postoperative pictures of patients I had operated

on and to see the hope and happiness on faces where previously there was suffering. “Mercy Ships consists of large numbers of people, committed to helping others. All the staff are out of their ‘comfort zone’ but dedication pulls it all together. “It is a very humbling experience and it was my first time volunteering for Mercy Ships, but since my return I have already signed up to volunteer again." The Africa Mercy was converted from a Danish rail ferry into a state-of-the-art hospital ship, with six operating theatres, X-ray facilities and CT scanner, a pharmacy and a laboratory. It can hold 78 inpatients with four wards and a small intensive care unit, as well as accommodation for the volunteers. Judy Polkinhorn, executive director of Mercy Ships, said volunteers like Alan are the lifeline of the charity and without them it would not exist.


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Walk like an Egyptian: Penistone St John’s School pupils Millie Barker, Olivia Dawson, Daisy Lamb, Digby Churchill and Nathan Pearson who took part in an Egyptian day at the school.

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In need of help: Members from the Scouts, Brownies and dancing groups in Silkstone and Silkstone Common, who are hoping to raise enough money to build a new hut to meet in.

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Groups need £200k to replace old Scout hut GROUPS who use a Silkstone Scout and Guide hut say it is in such a state of disrepair they want to raise more than £200,000 to build a new one. About 250 children aged between two and 18 use the building, which is behind the petrol station on Barnsley Road. Maria Penrose, who holds dancing classes there, said she and other users are concerned it won’t survive another winter and if it were deemed unsafe there would be nowhere in the village for groups to meet. She said: “It’s in a dreadful state of disrepair and is becoming very costly to keep safe and watertight. “We’re going to be lucky to get another winter out of it. “The building needs a new floor, roof, just about everything to be fair so we need all the support we can get.” A committee has now been formed which wants to demolish the existing hut

and replace it with a new one for recreational and educational activities. The committee has researched various options for the new build and is considering a pre-assembled unit which would be delivered complete with the electrical, plumbing and heating fittings already installed. The only additional cost would be preparation of the site. Committee member, Linda Jackson, said the new centre would have two large activity rooms, a meeting room, kitchen and toilets. She added: “Currently the total cost is projected to be about £220,000 and we’re applying for grants as well as appealing for donations. “It will be used by the Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Cubs and Maria Penrose Dance, but will also have the potential for renting out to toddler groups, private parties and other community groups.”


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Cops unable to check speeds due to health and safety rules POLICE cannot measure vehicle speeds on a ‘dangerous’ Hazlehead road because of health and safety rules. Officers are not allowed to monitor speeds with a handheld camera on national limit roads because it poses a risk to them, said a police spokeswoman. As a result, safety campaigners at Hazlehead have been told traffic calming measures are unlikely. They were told Whams Road is too risky for police to measure vehicle speeds, and poor lines of sight on the approach to its junction with Bents Road also posed a problem. There has been a string of accidents on the road. Suggestions to improve safety included reducing the speed limit from 60mph to 40mph, traffic lights or a mini roundabout.

‘As a result, there are no proposals to amend the current speed limit on Whams Road’ They are also worried a brewery and wind farm being built nearby could lead to further accidents at the junction’s crossroads. Residents were given the news by Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith who wrote to Hazlehead and Dunford residents with the results of a speed limit investigation by Barnsley Council. The safety demands come after Sam and June Ellam, of Mottram, died at the junction in May last year. There have been several accidents since. It was hoped the coroner would make recommendations to improve

safety and residents were ‘flabbergasted’ when that didn’t happen. However, they were told Barnsley Council would carry out its own investigation which Darren Richardson, of Barnsley Council, said is continuing. Mr Richardson said: “Barnsley Council has recently completed a full review of the speed limit on all A and B class roads throughout the borough. This review took place following a directive from the Department for Transport. “As a result, there are no proposals to amend the current speed limit on Whams Road. It has been

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Council ‘beaten’ but not bowed in bid to secure show land BY KATIA HARSTON A BLUNDER over securing extra land for Penistone Showground is ‘not over yet’ and meetings are planned with the owner. The assurance came from Coun Andrew Millner at a town council meeting and follows the failure of a goodwill gesture by Dransfield Properties to buy the extra land. Dransfield offered to purchase an area known as ‘the paddock land’ as part of its Tesco build and intended to sell it to Barnsley Council to be used for recreation and the annual Penistone Show. However, the deal fell through because a company called Yorkshire Land had first option on the site and bought it. The issue of green space was raised by Penistone town councillor Peter Starling who said the town council appeared to be ‘getting it in the neck’ over the showground blunder. Coun Millner responded by saying the failure to secure the land was ‘rather old news’ and told members: “Yorkshire Land owner Stephen Green had an option to buy that land, despite the efforts by Barnsley councillors who had the best interests of Penistone at heart. “We thought it would be purchased and were let down, or rather Stephen Green exercised his right. “Had he not, then that land would be in public ownership under the council. But we are not finished yet and there are ongoing negotiations with Yorkshire Land. “We were beaten to the game on a legal technicality but it’s not over yet.” As recompense Coun Millner said the town council had made a bid for funding to make the showground a Queen Elizabeth II playing field which would secure it for future generations. He also said a meeting is planned with the Yorkshire Land owner and Barnsley Council officers would be present. Town Coun Steve Marsh said members had been ‘sold down the river’ over the extra land. He added: “It was negotiated and this piece of land was going to be bought for about £100,000 and we were assured all legalities had been checked. “We were told it had been all sorted out.”

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Sabine shows she cuts it in glass craft

A PENISTONE arts group member has proved she is a real ‘glass act’ after winning a national award for her intricate bead work. Sabine Little, a member of the Pennine Artists’ group, is celebrating after being awarded silver in a national craft design award ceremony. She works with glass using a torch and kiln to create jewellery and sculptural pieces inspired by her Pennine surrounds.


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Touch of glass: Sabine Little has achieved national recognition for her glass work. Progressing from a hobby, her work won silver in a competition run by a leading craft magazine.

Sabine, 35, said winning a national award for her hobbyturned-career is great recognition. "It's an annual competition run by a leading professional craft and design magazine. So for someone like me, who is a late career starter without a degree in it, I was so chuffed to win an award. "To be recognised like this is great, especially in a field that I did not think I would stand a chance in.

"For someone like me who's come at it from a different tack it's already very competitive, and to have an award to my name for the first time is amazing. "The other thing I found, which makes me particularly happy, is I started as a glass bead maker and then moved into more sculptural work which the judges really liked so that's very encouraging. "Really, it's shown me it is worth trying something new in life to

challenge yourself with." Sabine, whose studio is based in Bolsterstone, wasn't always glass worker and maker. She trained as an opera singer and since then has worked as a teacher, lecturer, and an educational developer. She is now a full-time lampwork artist and jewellery designer and is best known for her sculptural rose and butterfly beads. She regularly exhibits over here and in Germany.

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Floored it: Wortley Rugby Club members Bob Ballard, Adam Hemingway, Tim Elliott, above, and Richard Goldthorpe, left, start on the refurbishment.

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AN ENGLAND and Great Britain legend and a star of the current side helped with much-needed repairs at Wortley RUFC after the club won a national competition. World Cup winner and England’s most capped player of all time, Jason Leonard, visited Finkle Street Lane along with Tom Palmer who was part of the side which won this year’s Six Nations. Seven years after being formed, Wortley was chosen from hundreds of English clubs to receive the £5,000 support package and host the Royal Bank of Scotland’s RugbyForce weekend. RugbyForce is a national community volunteer programme which helps local rugby clubs to improve their facilities. This meant Wortley could afford repairs and the two England stars joined the eager volunteers to do the work. They also held coaching sessions. Tasks completed over the weekend included re-laying the road into the club and fixing the ladies’ toilets which had been out of order for two years. The changing rooms also underwent a revamp as the ceiling was replaced, new benches fitted, a new floor laid and walls were re-plastered. Outside, the goal posts were painted

and work on the pitch was completed. Leonard said: “Despite being a very young club, the spirit of the members is that of an established rugby club. “They are determined to make their club a great place to play. “I really enjoyed visiting Wortley RFC and hope the work we achieved as part of the RBS RugbyForce programme will help to ensure the club can continue to grow, and provide a lasting legacy to the community for years to come.” Wortley RFC spokesman Richard Goldthorpe said: “We started out as a group of friends playing an annual game welcoming anyone, whatever their ability, to come and play rugby. “We’re now a much bigger group of friends and our ethos of inclusive rugby remains strong. “We’ve taken rugby into local schools and youth groups and have an active interest in the life of the local community.” Wortley is certainly an unusual club in that the players train in the Thurgoland Tunnel, a disused and floodlit railway tunnel that is now a feature of the popular Trans-Pennine Trail. The club members do their circuit training around the Romtickle Viaduct.


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Club is praying for new players PENISTONE Church Football Club is looking for some new talent for its under-18s’ team. Training on the artificial turf starts this month and the club needs players for the team which plays in the Sheffield and District DB Sports U18s’ league. Team manager, Andy Green, said: “We’ve got ten players and we just want to top the team up." For details contact Andy on 07722 614 719 or email greenam@talktalk.net

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46-metre-high wind turbine approved despite objections BY KATIA HARSTON A WIND turbine to power the new Penistone ALC has been approved despite objections it is in green belt land and will impact on the landscape. Barnsley Council’s planning board approved an application for the 46m turbine which will be built in an agricultural field close to the school. It will replace a previous permission granted for two smaller 25m turbines which would have been located next to playing facilities within the school’s boundary. Objections were made by Penistone Town Council on the grounds the 46m turbine was too high and would have a detrimental impact on visual amenity. Four letters of objection were also received expressing concern over

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access to the turbine being off Old Anna Lane, which is only three metres wide and could pose problems during the construction. Other worries included no trees to screen the turbine, making it visible from surrounding roads, footpaths

and bridleways. A final concern was that an approval for a turbine in green belt land would make it difficult to resist further ad hoc proposals. On the back of the decision, Coun Steve Webber, of the Penistone West ward, asked how separation distances between turbines and properties is decided. He raised the issue because the school turbine is only 50m away from the building whereas other domestic and industrial turbines tend to be sited further away. Planning officer Matthew Smith said it depended on background conditions and the noise created. Mr Smith said: “If a turbine is four times higher than another it does not mean it will be four times noisier. It depends on the type of turbine.”

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Council backs plan for community to run leisure centre BY KATIA HARSTON PENISTONE Leisure Centre could reopen to the public as soon as October. A committee set up to save the axed Barnsley Premier Leisure centre met with Barnsley Council and officers from BPL on Monday. The committee’s vice-chairman, Martyn Housden, said it was a positive meeting and Barnsley Council has agreed to support the reopening of the centre as a community-run foundation. Martyn said: “BPL will let us keep at least some of the sports equipment there such as free weights. “Hopefully we will be able to reopen the building by autumn before frosts start and we might have problems with building maintenance. “In any event, the very idea of being able to reopen the leisure centre by about October is very welcome indeed.” The committee was set up to look into running the leisure centre as a community venture. It came after the doors closed last month by BPL due to a funding crisis. More than 30 people attended a public meeting to discuss the options available to keep it running. Sports coach at the centre, Eric Feek, and campaign leader Martyn Housden, called the meeting and those present voted unanimously to retain the leisure services at the centre and form a committee to investigate all options. Eric said it would mean working with BPL, Barnsley Council and Penistone Town Council to try and secure its long term future for the benefit of the community. “It is not going to be easy,” warned Eric. “At this point if we form a committee, whatever anyone brings to it will be some type of skill. “The more people we get into it the better.” Eric was made chairman and Martyn vice-chairman of the committee. Martyn said he and Eric had looked at

■ Centre closed after funding crisis. ■ Committee looks into running centre as a community venture. ■ Positive meetings with Barnsley Council. the centre’s finances and the ongoing upkeep but it would be the job of the committee to study them in more detail. Martyn, who put together a 1,500 signature petition against the centre’s closure, said there were various forms of funding available to help with start-up costs and legal fees should they go ahead with the venture. Penistone resident Paul Bridges, who works for a national charity supporting community groups, told those present he specialises in community enterprises and asset transfers. He said: “A group of people who live and work in Penistone are likely to run one building better than an estate manager looking after 50 buildings. “We have to come up with a business plan that’s actually viable. “A lot of people in community groups are looking at funding for these types of thing and it gets very competitive. “But I have to say there are examples of people making a success of something like this. I am happy to help in any way I can.” Eric said a visit to Chapeltown Baths in Sheffield had given him hope something could be done. “We went to the baths for some useful info because Sheffield City Council was going to close it down and it’s now being run as a joint venture between the council and the community.”


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Petition calls on council to install road crossing MORE than 300 residents signed a petition calling for a pedestrian crossing in Millhouse Green. It was organised by the Millhouse Green Community Association and asked for a crossing on Manchester Road so residents, especially children, can cross safely. They said it will make it easier for residents to get to the school, post office and village stores. Chairman of the association, Ingrid Law, who handed over the petition to Barnsley Council, said: “We have a 40mph limit through the village, often with cars exceeding that, and my concern is that there will be a serious accident before too long.” She said road safety was one of the issues highlighted in a survey carried out when the association was set up earlier this year. “We can’t promise this petition will be successful or sort all the problems out, but it is a start. It also indicates the strength of feeling in the village that so many people have signed it.” The association was set up to tackle issues raised by people living in Millhouse Green. So far it has liaised with Barnsley Council’s dog wardens to stop dog foul-

Safety call: Ingrid Law with the petition outside Barnsley town hall. ing and organised a litter pick. It’s also secured funding for a new ‘village centre’ opposite the Institute and is considering designs for a village sign and landscaping. Coun Andrew Millner told members of Penistone Town Council that officers from Barnsley Council’s highways team ‘keep coming up with reasons’ not to have a pedestrian crossing in the village but gave assurance Penistone councillors would keep trying for one.

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A REPORT has been commissioned by Penistone Friends of the Earth on the hydroelectricity potential of weirs on the Upper Don. It has been based on an ‘on-the-ground’ survey of all 15 weirs, or former weirs, stretching from Dunford Bridge to Deepcar. The survey was carried out by Pete Hill, of Power from the Landscape, which is based at the alternative energy centre at Hebden Bridge. Mr Hill presented a summary of his findings at a public meeting held last month at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Penistone. Those who attended heard details of how the survey was carried out and which sites offer the most potential for developing small scale hydroelectricity projects, including the amount of power available and the likely costs.

Pete Riley, a member of Penistone Friends of the Earth, said: “We are very pleased to publish the report and we hope it will stimulate interest in developing one or more of the sites to feed renewable electricity into the grid or power a local business.” Mr Hill said his survey results revealed about half the sites he looked at had potential for installing hydro-generators and one has already been developed. “In the report we’ve tried to provide a realistic assessment of what could be possible if finances were available.” His report was funded by a grant from Eaga through the South Yorkshire Community Foundation. The power of the Upper Don’s flow was previously harnessed to drive mills between Bullhouse and Soughley Bridge, near Deepcar.


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Painter seeks tradesmen for portraits PAINTER Ann Parkin is appealing for Thurgoland tradesmen to come forward and have their portrait done for her new project. The Thurgoland artist has already painted four portraits including a local builder, electrician, garage owner and lorry mechanic but is hoping to do at least ten and possibly more. The idea behind the new project is to create a record of the village's ordinary working classes. "I feel over the years the value of ‘dirty hands' sort of work has taken second place to more high-falluting careers," said Ann. "It's this raft of ordinary working-class tradesmen who keep the rest of us afloat so I thought I would make a record of that by painting them." Ann, who has lived in the village more than 30 years, would like to see the portraits displayed locally. ● If you can help contact her on 0114 288 6972.

Brush strokes: Artist Ann Parkin with portraits of tradesmen she has painted. Picture: Scott Bairstow

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Here comes the bride... PUPILS at St John's Infants got a taste of married life when they took part in a mock wedding at the school. Youngsters from year one gathered in the hall for the mock-up as part of their studies on celebrations. It was organised after the children visited St John's Church to investigate

the features of a church and learn in detail about different celebrations that take place there – including weddings. Rev Anne Parr, of St John's Church, Penistone, led the ceremony which saw pupils George Illingworth, best man, Phoebe Lee, the bride, Oliver Bullivant, the groom and Billy Marley, father-ofthe-bride, take part as they were watched on by friends and parents.

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LIFE-SAVERS: These youngsters know how to save a life after they were given training from St John Ambulance Service. The girls are members of the 63rd Brownie group based in Silkstone and did the life saving training to earn their first aid Brownie badge. They had a little help from Trevor Polson from St John Ambulance who showed them the basics. Tracey Hinchliffe, Brownie group leader, said all 24 girls completed the training over two weeks and at the end were presented with their badges. She added: “The girls learned how to make the difference between a life saved and a life lost. The training included learning how to put on a bandage and doing the recovery position, they practised CPR on a special resuscitation dummy, and were shown how to handle nose bleeds and scalds. They are a fantastic group of girls and did really well.”

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One-way system for Penistone will cause havoc, says councillor A ONE-WAY traffic system planned for Penistone could be ‘a disaster’ if it is not given a proper trial first. The warning came from Penistone Town Councillor Steve Marsh who is worried the proposed system for the Shrewsbury Road area will add to congestion in the town centre – not take it away. He said: “There are concerns. This is a market town and it’s bringing all the traffic into an area where it does not need to be. “Barnsley Council’s answer if it does not work: it can be reversed – but it will cost us money. “I can tell you now it is not going to work. In that town centre it is going to be havoc during the day so I suggest we try and ensure we get a trial, otherwise it’s going to be a disaster.” Coun Harry Barron, who also sits on the town council, said proposals were pushed through earlier this year on the grounds it had to be done before the end

of the financial year in March. He added: “Now it’s been put off to another year will we get a public consultation we asked for at the time?” Coun Andrew Millner, of the Penistone West ward, expressed his disappointment it had been delayed but said money had been rolled over to this financial year. In response to Coun Barron’s request for a public consultation, Coun Millner said: “A public consultation is going on now as we speak, look at the notices provided in the square-about area around Market Place and Shrewsbury Road. “Members were also asking for the possibility of a trial period using sandbags and temporary signs and Barnsley councillors tried to push it through but it was turned down.” Mayor Coun Steve Webber said the town council had not given up on getting a trial of the one-way traffic system before it is put in place.


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