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INSIDE Fears over chapel Page 6 Runner will carry torch Page 9 Farmer bags a champion Page 10 Dad and son’s quest Page 12 Team’s touch of success Page 17

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Bid to save hall from bulldozers A CAMPAIGN is underway to save Penistone’s Fulford Hall school building from demolition amid plans for a big residential development. Sarah Catterall, a former student at Penistone Grammar School, has applied to English Heritage to have the 100-year-old building listed to stop it from being flattened. She said it was an important building and needed to be saved. It is on the former grammar school site which also includes the Weirfield and Stables buildings, workshops and a refuse depot. The 1.46-hectare site was put up for sale on behalf of Barnsley Council and is being advertised as a ‘residential development opportunity’, with a guide price of £1.3m. In a report prepared by the council, it states the site is being offered for sale because it is surplus to requirements. It also says the council is ‘happy’ with the principle of using the site as a residential development and a design and access statement has been produced.


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‘It is an integral as part of Penistone’s social history and has such an impact as a building’ – Sarah Caterall, campaigner It proposes the retention, re-use and conversion of the buildings surrounding Fulford Hall, such as Weirfield and the Stables, but to demolish and remove the hall along with other masonry and prefabricated buildings in the grounds, with the potential redevelopment of the Fulford site. Sarah, 32, said a lot of people in the town were under the impression the hall was a listed building and not under threat of demolition. “Someone mentioned something about it getting torn down for houses, so I thought I would see if I could get it listed.” In the meantime she has set up a Facebook page for the campaign. “I think it is an integral part of Penistone’s social history and has such an impact as a building,” said

Sarah, an artist. “We seem to have lost so much in the last few years when it comes to the heritage. “I know it’s all about modernising things but at what cost? “I’m in no way opposed to having the new school, it’s fantastic but I do wonder why we need to lose that building in the process. “It’s part of the heritage of this town and thousands of pupils have passed through its doors since it was built in 1911.” Sarah is hopeful it will be listed, or at least have limitations put on its use, to save it from being consigned to the history books. “You never can tell,” she said. “English Heritage can only take into consideration its archaeological and historical stance, so it’s going to have to speak for itself. “I will be gutted if it goes.” A spokesman for English Heritage said it has received an application to list the building and is processing the assessment, which could take up to six months.

Sally helps get woollies warmer with invention BY KATIA HARSTON SALLY Howe spent years watching her father warm lambs up in the oven. But they weren’t for eating, it was to save the lives of those born hypothermic. Now Sally, of Daisy Hill Farm, Flouch, has found a better way to keep them alive with her ‘Woollie Warmer’ invention. The mum-of-two rigged up a homemade device to warm them using a bucket, spade and a piece of rubber as a sling, which the lamb sits in to absorb the heat of the warm water in the bucket. It worked a treat, prompting her to design a prototype which she took to a plastic manufacturer. “It wasn’t easy to get the product launched because farmers are quite a reluctant breed especially with something invented by a woman. “But there is nothing to go wrong with

Nursing success: Sally Howe with her Woollie Warmer. Picture: Scott Bairstow the equipment, it has no electrics, it is light and small. You simply add water and you can leave it in the pen with the ewe.” The 40-year-old nurse hit on the idea after a bad lambing season a couple of years ago on the 4,000-acre moorland farm. Farmers across the country have bought them and Sally has even started exporting the Woollie Warmer to Sweden.

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Sheep marker: Penistone show organisers Nick Hoyland and Liz Walker with the majestic beast sketches by artist Michael Disley.

Getting sheepish about greeting visitors ‘Penistone’ sheep, better known as the white-faced woodland. The show committee has enlisted the help of sculptor Michael Disley, who has done some drawings of what it could look like. The plan is still in the early stages but the committee is now looking for suggestions on where to put it.

Committee member Liz Walker said: “We wanted to have something in Penistone which speaks of the show throughout the year and be something that is a gift to the town.” It was Liz’s suggestion to use a ‘Penistone’ sheep and fellow committee members backed her. “He

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A ‘MAJESTIC beast’ will greet visitors to Penistone if the town’s agricultural show committee has its way. Members have come up with the idea to have a stone sheep sculpture made to mark the show’s origins in the town. The type of sheep will be a

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Bob a Job: Getting ready to litter pick are Penistone Scouts Eleanor Whitehead and Emily Hood.

Scouts prepare to blitz trail route THE Trans-Pennine Trail will be ‘adopted’ by Penistone Scout group as members prepare to blitz the route of rubbish as part of a community cleanup. They have decided to temporarily adopt the trail as part of Scout Community Week, which has replaced ‘bob-a-job’ week. On May 19 and 20 they will clean

a stretch, from Penistone Railway Station to St John’s Community Centre, and members hope to recycle as much of the rubbish as possible. They will also be having a plant, bee house and bird box sale at their Wentworth Road headquarters which the public can attend and have a go at making a

bird box. The Scouts will design posters to go on the trail after the blitz, asking people to keep it tidy and protect the environment. Group leader Steve Roach said members came up with the idea after going on a bike ride on the TPT. “We have tried to foster relations with the TPT and not long ago we

did a sponsored cycle from Liverpool to Hull over two days. The members noticed in some areas the TPT is tidy but in others it needs a bit of work. So we thought we would do our bit.” Steve is hoping for financial help from local businesses and Penistone Town Council so he can buy protective clothing and tools.

Dad of daughter diagnosed with breast cancer in sponsored wax THURGOLAND man David Denton has acted the fool on many occasions, playing the baddie in local pantomimes. But his popularity and efforts for the village thespians took on a more serious note when he organised a local auction on behalf of his daughter, Michelle Hudson, who was diagnosed with breast cancer just before Christmas. It raised more than £3,000 for Barnsley Macmillan Nurses, the chemotherapy ward at the

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hospital and Breast Cancer Awareness. Michelle, 39, a single mum-oftwo to Thomas, 15, and Megan, 11, has undergone surgery and is now hoping chemotherapy will help her make a full recovery. David and his wife Angela, of the Fir Tree Estate, along with friends, filled the Horse and Jockey pub to capacity as auctioneer John Aspin sold off donated goods. David said: “This is the family’s way of saying thank you for all

Grin and bare it: David Denton getting his chest waxed for charity. that has been done for Michelle. “Our thanks go to all who donated items to auction and all those who supported the event.” As well as the auction, a sponsored waxing and head shave took place, when David himself

succumbed to being shorn along with several other people including landlord Ben Adams and regular Craig Stacey, raising £350. Another regular, Karen Watson, had her head shaved and raised more than £300 in sponsorship.

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Landlord dishing up meals for a £1 BY CAROLYN THORPE A PUB landlord in Ingbirchworth is offering meals for £1 in an attempt to pull in more punters. Hundreds of people have already taken advantage of the Fountain Inn’s new landlord-cum-chef Dave Robson’s latest idea offering a cheap meal on Mondays. Dave hit on the idea to get people into the pub, which had been run down in recent years, to see what it could offer. Dave, who used to run a small foundry business in Halifax, moved to France ten years ago where he learned to cook and had his own bar

and restaurant. He hopes to return The Fountain Inn to its former glory — but in his own style. “From the French I learned not to waste food, and good housekeeping, so each week I buy £100 of mince and steak, a sack of vegetables and off we go. “I cook the £1 meal myself so I don’t have the chef to pay and that is all we serve on a Monday. “I change the menu every three weeks from beef stew to shepherd’s pie and Spanish pork.” To source his monthly French evening Dave even travels back to France to buy the produce.

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Fears chapel could close VILLAGERS in Ingbirchworth fear the Methodist Chapel may close because of rising costs. Services are no longer held at the chapel, built in 1894, because there are only six members. But residents are worried its possible closure will have far reaching effects. The building is used by Ingbirchworth and Gunthwaite Parish Council, the Women’s Institute and Cafe Connect. It is also used as a polling booth on election days. The village’s shopkeeper, Arthur Holmes, said locals would be lost if it goes. “It is the only meeting place for functions as well as church services. “We are hoping that if the closure does go ahead it will be retained to use as a community centre if the village can raise enough money.” The church council plans to hold a meeting this month to decide its future.

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Market traders hope to get colour back in their cheeks BY CAROLYN THORPE THE new Penistone market is a magnificent oak timbered building, but it has been a cold, wet and miserable experience for some traders. However, they are a little warmer nowadays following the installation of reinforced glass glazing to the sides of the building. Although traders at the top end of the market still feel they have drawn ‘the short straw’ as their stalls stand directly in front of the entrance to the area, and wind whips through the gap. Trader Dave Carroll said: “I understand glass sliding doors are to be erected here. But it’s bitter cold on windy and rainy days.” Thousands of pounds have been spent erecting the glass protection in the ‘open’ market following complaints from traders.

Stall holder Stephen Price is hoping umbrellas could solve the drip problem and add some colour to the market. Penistone is known for its bitterly cold market days on the old site but the new building, although grand,

has been built on a higher site and catches all the wind coming across the hills, traders say. Not only that, traders get rained on. Stephen Price, a grocer with a stall on the market, said: “The roof is not insulated so raindrops eventually come through the roof. We have suggested that we might erect umbrellas over our stalls now that we no longer have the usual individual market stalls. “But the markets committee hasn’t agreed to that so far. “We feel it would look more colourful too. “At present the whole market looks like a flea market. “The old market had colour and character with the individual stalls so we are keeping our fingers crossed that our request might be considered.”

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torchbearer through the company’s banking partner, Lloyds. As a keen runner, he has fund-raised for The Stroke Association by taking part in the London Marathon in previous years and his reputation as Dransfield’s very own ‘marathon man’ made him the obvious choice. He will warm up for the job by taking part in the Sheffield half marathon later this month and said he feels ‘incredibly honoured’ to be chosen as a torchbearer. “I still can't really believe it,” he said. “To be part of the Olympics in this way and represent my area is just fantastic, and a little nerve racking, but I am looking forward to it.” His boss, Mark Dransfield, said staff will be out in force to cheer him along during his leg of the relay.


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Farmer outbids rivals to bag the champion lamb THIS farmer had a real ‘spring’ in his step after getting the champion lamb at a livestock market. It is only the second time James Peace, 40, of Cuckold Carr Farm, Gunthwaite, has been to the annual spring lamb show, an auction run by Bagshaw’s in Bakewell market. When he visited with his family he managed to outbid rivals to bag himself the champion Texel cross lamb to take home to his mixed beef and sheep farm. It cost James £4.24 per kilo, which is about £185 for the whole lamb, and while it would be possible to breed with it, James said Bakewell’s champion spring lamb is always ‘bred for the kitchen table’. “It’s a champion because of its shape,

size and position. It has good round rumps and a nice form with just the right amount of body fat to meat,” he said. “The kids asked if we can keep it as a pet but I am thinking it will be better off on a plate with potatoes and gravy, maybe even a little mint sauce.” Bagshaw’s sheep auctioneer, Peter Oven, said it was judged the best on the day out of 132 lambs put forward. “The champion spring lamb is basically a finished animal awaiting going for slaughter,” he said. “It was the best lamb in the show as chosen by a nominated judge, based on his opinion on the day. To decide if it is a champion he will have looked at the amount of meat on the lamb and its shape.”

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Council looks to speed up broadband BY KATIA HARSTON SLOW broadband speeds in Thurgoland are unlikely to be improved in the short term unless an alternative to the Digital Region project can be found. The issue was raised by residents at a meeting of the parish council where they were told Coun Robert Barnard is investigating different solutions to the problem. At a meeting held in February, the parish council was told it was very unlikely there would be any improvement in broadband performance in the foreseeable future, despite being included in the Digital Region project. Members were disappointed to hear the connection of the BT cabinet serving most telephone lines in Thurgoland had been deferred to a later phase. It comes after the parish council

We may not have such an impressive cliff top nearby but the tops of many of our local hills do provide clear lines of sight for wireless transmission to the villages troubled by poor broadband – Penistone Parish Council website

was told in 2010 that Thurgoland would be included in phase one of the Digital Region project, which aims to bring high speeds (40Mb per second, with a maximum 80Mb per second) to 67 per cent

of the country’s population by 2014. It will involve replacing copper wire connections from the exchange to the user with fibre optic cables, which transmit data faster without loss or distortion. An alternative solution suggested to try and improve speeds was to use a wireless local area network. It is already in use at Robin Hood’s Bay where a large version of a router is on the cliff top to serve the village below it. The parish council website stated: “We may not have such an impressive cliff top nearby but the tops of many of our local hills do provide clear lines of sight for wireless transmission to the villages troubled by poor broadband. “But of course the fact remains that this kind of system needs a good fast broadband signal to be available at the tops of the hills

which may not be much easier than at the users’ locations. “And of course, money will be have to be found. “But being a rural area it takes many miles of trenches and fibre optic cable to make much improvement in the proportion of the population covered. “The parish council is very disappointed by this situation not least because the announcement of the Digital Region project was one of the things that encouraged us to develop the parish council website so that all residents of Thurgoland would be able to enter fully into the ‘brave new world’ of digital communication. “We and our borough councillors are doing all we can to get the service upgraded but are not hopeful of any improvement in the short or even medium term.”

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BY KATIA HARSTON BEV Fox will close her eyes and hope for the best when she leaps 10,000 feet for a tandem sky dive – because she doesn’t like flying. She has decided to take on the challenge on May 19 to mark her 40th birthday, and raise money for Help for Heroes. Bev, 39, of Armitage Buildings, Penistone, chose to do the jump in Bridlington because if the parachute fails to open she can ‘aim for the sea’. “This year I turn 40 and I wanted to do something memorable for it. I think I might be having a mid-life crisis,” she joked. “I chose to raise money for Help for Heroes because I’ve got quite a few friends who were or are in the services and it’s heart wrenching what you see on the news. “When I’m up there, I’ll probably just close my eyes and hope to be pushed out. I don’t even like flying so it’s all going to be a bit of a challenge for me.” Donations can be made at

Testing time: Quest Taekwondo members Matthew Jones and his son Luke, ten, have gained their black belts.

MARTIAL arts runs in the family for this high-kicking duo from Thurlstone. Father and son, Matthew and Luke Jones, have both earned their first degree black belts after four years of training together. Matthew, 40, and Luke, ten, were presented with their Kukkiwon certificates by Master Mike McKenzie. Mr McKenzie travelled up from the London Olympic village to do the honours, taking a break from working as the technical operations manager for the 2012 games’ taekwondo event. The Jones were put through their paces in an all — day testing session held by the British Taekwondo Control Board and the certificates, sent from Korea, were presented to them at Quest Taekwondo Club, based at Penistone Grammar school. Matthew said: “I was interested in finding a sport that we could both do together, and taekwondo presented the perfect opportunity to do this, with the added bonus of keeping fit and healthy. “We are really fortunate to have one of the top taekwondo instructors in the country teaching classes in Penistone.”

Emotional goodbye as shop closes A LONG-SERVING newsagents in Penistone has shut following a nosedive in trade. Customers who turned up to Robinson’s News to buy their newspapers on April 15 were shocked to find it had closed, and the windows covered in brown paper and notices put up thanking customers for their trade. Owners, Julie and Ady Lomax, of Meltham, had run the business for nine years after taking over from the Robinson family, who had it for about ten years. In the week following the sudden closure, Julie told the Chronicle it had been ‘very emotional’.

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She claimed a new one-way system, which came into force in January, had played a part in the shop’s demise because it had affected parking near the business. “That coming in knocked at least £300 a day off of our takings,” she said. “We just couldn’t carry on because the takings were not covering the shop’s outgoings. “The supermarket has not helped either and has affected a lot of businesses in the town, not just ours.” She said after Tesco opened in 2010, takings were down by a third to a half. “We were hoping business was

building up again but then the one-way system came in and knocked us back down again. We had no choice but to shut. It’s definitely a sign of a declining high street.” Julie said they had made a lot of friends in the town and lots of people had wished them well for the future. “As we’ve been emptying the shop this week, the amount of people who have come in and said they are sorry to hear what’s happened and wishing us well has been lovely. “It’s been very emotional for us saying goodbye.

“We’ve enjoyed our time there and we will both miss the customers, but we have bills to pay too and it just wasn’t working.” The couple also ran a drycleaning service at the shop and Julie reassured people with outstanding items that they will be delivered to Green Kleens, on Shrewsbury Road, for people to collect. The closure sparked questions over the future of independent shops in the town. Resident Trevor Myers said: “I think it raises fundamental questions about what the future might hold for Penistone.”

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Heritage group gets folk on the wagon trail

Crowning glory: Sean Kay, landlord of the Green Dragon in Thurgoland preparing to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Pub looks to make it a double A PUB landlord is on the hunt for a Royal look-alike to preside over its diamond jubilee celebrations. The Green Dragon, on Cote Lane, Thurgoland, has launched a competition to find its own Royal VIP who will carry out regal duties at the pub’s bank holiday party on June 4. Landlord, Sean Kay, said: “Obviously a Queen look-alike

would be the ultimate guest, with a William and a Kate being a close second, but the competition will be open to all Royal look-alikes that live in or around Barnsley and Sheffield. “On the Queen’s jubilee bank holiday Monday, we will arrange for the winner and a companion to be collected from their home and delivered to the pub, where we will

ask them to carry out their royal duties and officially open the event.” Sean will offer a £50 prize to entice the right person. Look-alike pictures can be submitted by email to or posted to the pub. Heats will be held and the winner chosen on June 1.

A HERITAGE group is appealing to anyone who has found artefacts on Silkstone Waggonway following an archaeological survey of the track. Colin Bower, secretary of Heritage Silkstone, helped organise the survey last November. It was carried out by ArcHeritage to survey stone structures from the start of the waggonway at Huskar Pit to its end at Barnby Canal Basin. During the work a solid iron corf wheel was found from an underground tub used at the time. Mr Bower is now appealing to anyone who has discovered other artefacts on the waggonway so they can be added to a ‘master map’ of finds. “We know of Silkstone residents who have bits and pieces from the waggonway found on their walks,” he said. Such finds tell us something about the waggonway, about the design of stones, rails and wheels.” If you can help contact Colin on 790416 or Jim Ritchie on 790695.

Inspectors rate ‘disrupted’ £35m school satisfactory PENISTONE’S £35m flagship school has been rated as ‘satisfactory’ following an inspection by Ofsted. Inspector John Rutherford visited Penistone Grammar School ALC over two days in February. Pupils moved into the new building in April last year and since an inspection carried out in 2009, Mr Rutherford said there had been ‘considerable disruption’ to staffing and leadership at middle and senior levels.

In his report he said: “This disruption is not yet fully resolved.” The key findings of the report show the school provides a ‘satisfactory quality of education’ and, in key stages three and four, students’ achievement is satisfactory overall. Mr Rutherford states it represents an improvement during the last year and is the result of an urgent drive by the principal and senior leaders to raise the quality

of teaching. He found the least progress being made is in mathematics, stating: “The quality of teaching shows insufficient improvement and students’ achievement is rarely better than satisfactory.” However, the quality of education in the sixth form is ‘good’ and students make progress at a ‘better-than-expected’ rate. Students’ behaviour was also rated as good and this contributes to their improving progress in

lessons. Mr Rutherford added: “They (pupils) feel safe and happy in school. “The curriculum makes a strong contribution to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.” He goes on to state that schools whose overall effectiveness is judged satisfactory, like Penistone Grammar ALC, may receive a monitoring visit by an Ofsted inspector before its next full inspection.

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Touch of joy as tag team reaches final BY KATIA HARSTON

Silkstone Primary tag rugby team members Sam Brankin, ten, Molly Airstone, 11, and Tyler Watson, ten, with their trophies. Picture: Scott Bairstow. PD24330

THIS lot certainly ‘try-ed’ when it came to the final of a tag rugby competition. The youngsters are part of a team of nine pupils from Silkstone Primary who competed in the last round of a competition held at Shaw Lane in Barnsley. The team was up against schools from across the borough and took on Summer Lane primary for the final — claiming victory at a final score of 4-1. Silkstone Primary will now go on to the Yorkshire tag rugby finals on the June 15 at Pontefract Rugby Club. The team was also named the winner at a rugby festival held at Wortley on the last day of term. The youngsters were coached by Silkstone teacher Alex Simon and Andy Appleyard from Wortley Rugby Union FC.

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Why Penistone Pop-in Club is alive and kicking Penistone Pop-In Club meets every Tuesday at Pendon House and has been going for more than 30 years. Katia Harston met members. THE first words uttered to me by the treasurer and secretary of Penistone Pop-In Club were: “When people join the club, they do not leave.” She sounds menacing but all jokes aside, Sheila Hunton is referring to the popularity of the club which has been running for 32 years. In its heyday it had more than 100 members, and although the group may be down to 32 regulars, it is still going strong and continues to meet every week at Pendon House. “We’re a friendly lot,” says Sheila, 77, as she nods to another member coming through the door. The meeting room is a hive of activity, with cups of tea and coffee circulating, and chatter doing the same. “Some people have been here for nearly 30 years,” says Sheila. “It’s for anyone, ladies and men, and is not just for people of ‘a certain age’ as many might think.” But what do they do once they're all together in the same room? “It all depends really,” Sheila explains. “We have a little nearly-new stall that people bring things for and they are sold to other members.

“We do the same with books and people pay to read them and take them home, then they go to charity. “We play four games of bingo every week, run two football card games and have a raffle and a mini-tote. It’s all done by members and they donate the prizes for the raffle and other things.” But it’s not all about bingo and raffles, the group also prides itself on conversation and laughter which pours out of their meeting room. Sheila thinks it is important to get people to meet because for many it is the only social time they have through the week. Gladys Bottwright, 70, has been going for 15 years and values the time she spends there. “I think it’s because we get together and sit and chat. It passes a couple of hours. Some people live on their own and that’s why it is important for us to keep going because it’s about company and meeting each other. “When we’ve not seen each other for a week we always have a lot to talk about and catch up on.”  The group is always on the look out for recruits and anyone interested in joining should contact Sheila on 761445.

Dedicated: Treasurer and secretary Sheila Hunton.

Stalwart: Penistone Pop-In Club assistant treasurer Dennis Hudson.

Railway group’s summer walks to boost train travel A RAILWAY group has organised summer walks along the Penistone line to encourage more people to use trains to get into the countryside. The ‘Take the Train for a Walk’ guide has been published by the Penistone Line Partnership and has the support of the Ramblers’ Association.

It has been put together to encourage more people to make use of the train service between Sheffield and Huddersfield, as a way of visiting the countryside in South and West Yorkshire. The Penistone Line Partnership has recorded increasing numbers of participants on its walks, and puts it partly down partly to fea-

turing on the BBC TV show, Countryfile. Neil Bentley, chairman of the Penistone Line Partnership, said: “Our guided walks programme has proved particularly popular over recent months. “We have some beautiful countryside right on our doorstep, and our guided walks are an ideal way

to discover it. “Just don't forget your flask and sandwiches.” The guide can be downloaded from the group’s website by visiting Walks are free but train fares apply.  For details more details call 07912 753817.

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A THURGOLAND pensioner is worried a new medical centre being built in the village will overshadow his home and knock thousands off its value. Stuart Grainger is staggered at the size and scale of the new centre which is adjacent to his Trinity Meadows home. The 72-year-old is not opposed to the new surgery, part of the Penistone Group Practice, but is concerned the two-storey building will overshadow his house and garden. “It was a big shock coming into the garden when the first piece of steel went up. We had no idea it would be this big or close,” he said. “A one-storey building we could have accepted and it would have looked right, but no consideration has been given to the surrounding environment or residents. “It must be the second biggest building in the village after the church.” Stuart always knew there was going to be a new surgery to replace the old Roper Lane building, and only objected to the original plans because of the building height and roof type. “All the neighbours said it was too big and too high. The developer amended the plans and reduced the height and gave it a flat roof instead of a pitched one, which we were pleased about,” he said. “But seeing it now, stood in my garden, it's got to be at least 30 feet high. “You realise that on a plan it doesn’t really look anything like it is going to look until you actually see

Towering structure: Stuart Grainger in his garden. Picture: Brett Carr. PD23868 it built. We’re not going to get any light through the windows on one side of the house. “We really are not against the surgery and knew there was going to be one but not a structure of this scale. “There is not a lot we can do and I’m sure it’s knocked thousands off the value of the house.” The medical centre will replace the old Roper Lane surgery and is being created to relieve pressure on the Penistone branch. In the new centre, on the ground floor, there will be

four doctors’ consulting rooms, a nurses’ consulting room, two utility rooms, a treatment area, a dispensary, interview room, reception, lobby and toilets. On the first floor there will be a general office, meeting room, staff room, kitchen, store rooms and a training room. Stephen Moralee, of Barnsley Council’s planning department, said the council is aware of concerns and officers are visiting the site to ensure the development is being built in accordance with the approved plans.

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Pensioner calls for volunteers PENSIONER Margaret Wainwright has decided to call it a day as Dunford’s youth club leader and is making an urgent appeal for someone to step in to prevent it folding. Margaret, 70, set up the club about six years ago and now about 25 youngsters meet at Dunford parish community centre every Friday evening. “The club is the only chance most of these kids get outside of school to meet up with friends and socialise,” she said. “It’s been a very hard decision to make but I'm moving to Shropshire soon and have no choice. The kids have pleaded with me but I cannot carry on forever. “I’m getting a little anxious about it now but I know a lot of youth workers have been laid off recently because of cuts, so may be there is someone out there.” Qualifications are not necessary and Margaret was told training can be provided through Penistone Youth Centre.  If you can help email

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Messy business: Warden Colin Winterburn next to some of the hanging dog mess.

Water firm sick of ‘foul behaviour’ MOST dog owners ‘bag it and bin it’ but at Langsett reservoir they seem to be more in favour of ‘bag it, hang it’. There is a growing problem of owners hanging bags filled with dog mess on tree branches, rather than disposing of them in dog bins. It has been highlighted by Yorkshire Water and the firm is becoming ‘increasingly exasperated’ by the inability of a few to do the right thing. YW estimates that it removes tonnes of dog mess from its 120 recreational sites every year, even though most have dog bins. A spokesman for YW, Matt

Thompson, said the Langsett and Ingbirchworth sites are becoming problem spots and had reached ‘epidemic proportions’. “So far this year, there has already been more than a dozen occasions where company wardens have had to clear areas of some sites which have been practically carpeted in dog muck,” he said. Geoff Lomas, recreation and catchment manager for Yorkshire Water, said millions of pounds had been spent opening up some of the reservoir sites and was dismayed at irresponsible dog owners spoiling it for others. “It’s incredibly sad that despite

our best efforts, we're hearing reports that on occasions people are having to spend more time watching where they’re walking rather than actually enjoying their walk and taking in some of the incredible views on offer,” he said. “Not only does such irresponsible behaviour make it harder for everyone else to enjoy our beautiful sites, but it’s also very unpleasant for the people who have to clear it up. “Our message to them is simple: please do the right thing and make sure you always clean up after your dog and dispose of any mess in the correct way.”

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One-roomed village club is thriving with 100 members BY KATIA HARSTON IT might be the smallest working men's club in the Penistone area but Crane Moor WMC still has a 100strong membership. The one-roomed club, on Lionel Hill, is doing so well it employs a full-time live-in steward, despite most of its members no longer living in the village. While the village has seen some expansion over recent years, it is these former residents who are keeping the club alive. The village no longer has a shop, post office or pub and apart from the remaining chapel, the WMC is the only social hub where people can meet. It hosts regular quiz and bingo nights, has the occasional guest artist or singsong around the piano, and holds fund raising events such as race nights. The long-serving president is John Aspin and friend Mike Horton has been secretary and treasurer at the club for 40 years. Mike said each year pensioner members are entertained at a Christmas meal and a trip to the coast is organised for children in the village. The annual harvest festival and auction also remains a popular event. “We don't do discos here,” he added. The club was founded in

Dad and son back from aid mission BY KATIA HARSTON

Cheers: The club's oldest member Kath Shepherd having a drink with secretary and treasurer Mike Horton. 1916 in a building at Crane Moor Nook, which was formerly the Rose Inn. “We are still a member of the Club and Institute Union, and in our heyday when the pits were running, we had 300 members,” said Mike. “You had to arrive early to get a seat. We decided to buy the club from Barnsley Brewery when we were faced with bills we were struggling to pay as

well as rent. “In fact we robbed Peter to pay Paul, paying one bill one week and the other when more funds came in the following week. “Once the brewery proposed putting up the rent substantially, the committee decided we would be better off owning it.” Some members travel from Birdwell, to meet up with other regulars whose

families have always been members of the club. “There are lots of new houses in the village, but few visit the club,” said Mike. A party was thrown recently for the club's oldest member, Kath Shepherd, 90, who is a regular on Saturday nights. “It is such a friendly place with lovely people,” she said.

A FATHER and son have returned to Thurgoland having volunteered on the world's largest hospital ship. Alan, 56, and Jack Kershaw, 17, both of Cote Lane, were among hundreds of volunteers on board the Africa Mercy to provide free medical care and humanitarian aid to people in the African country of Togo. The duo were part of medical teams on board the ship, which is part of the international charity Mercy Ships. They worked for nothing to give life-changing and lifesaving treatments to thousands of patients who would never normally have access to healthcare. It is the second time Alan, an anaesthetist at Barnsley Hospital, has volunteered for the role after serving on the ship last year in Sierra Leone. He found the experience so moving he asked his son to join him on the next journey. Jack added: “Dad came back last year with so many amazing stories about the patients that I was keen to volunteer and experience it for myself.”

Governor leaves so the ‘younger ones’ can take over BY KATIA HARSTON A GOVERNOR who retired from Silkstone Common school after 21 years said the job was ‘an honour and a pleasure’. Ron Stier, 70, of Beech Avenue, Silkstone Common, started out as

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a school governor in 1990 after sitting on the PTA, and later became chairman. He was responsible for the school's finances, helping shape the direction the primary took and appointing new staff.

“I have left it in a very healthy financial position,” he said. “We were the first Barnsley school to be rated ‘outstanding’ in every area by Ofsted and I've never had an argument with the headteacher.”

He has chosen to leave so ‘younger ones’ can take over the helm but said he would miss his colleagues. He was presented with a voucher from staff and given cards by the youngsters who told him to ‘put his feet up and have a drink’.




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