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INSIDE Sue dives into challenge Page 6 Daredevils jump in Page 16 Karen’s sew talented Page 18 Where Am I? Mystery Page 22 Greener future: Len Batty in Cawthorne Park woodland.

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BIRDS in Cawthorne Park woodland are in for a ‘tweet’ after the owner was given a £95,000 grant to improve their habitat. Len Batty, 65, of Ingbirchworth sees a greener future for the 265-acre woodland by using the Forestry Commission grant to transform it into ‘a valuable place for wildlife’. Cawthorne Park, between Kexborough and High Hoyland, is an ancient wood and archeological remains such as iron smelting date back to the Middle Ages. More than 20,000 tonnes of timber will be removed over the next five years to benefit birds such as the lesser-spotted woodpecker, hawfinch, willow tit, willow warbler, woodcock and garden warbler. The timber will be replaced by more broadleaf trees, open spaces and glades, in an effort to boost habitats for plants, animals and insects as well as birds.

‘It’s good to see woodlands worked rather than becoming neglected’ Len, who bought the woodland in 1998, is semi-retired and began life as a wood machinist before establishing his own businesses. He said: “It’s good to see woodlands worked rather than becoming neglected. There’s plenty to do at Cawthorne Park and by selling the timber for wood fuel the long-term management costs can be offset. The results will be a much better place for wildlife. It makes sound business and environmental sense.” He said much of the timber will be used as fuel, and could be sold to Barnsley Council, the first authority in the country to adopt a biomass fuel heating policy.

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Riding high: Robyn Weatherall with 14-year-old colt Scooby. Scooby to some friends for their daughter to ride but Robyn asked if she could borrow him for the competition. “We all love Scooby and see him regularly even though we no longer own him, so Robyn was thrilled when she was allowed to


ride him again. “She was elated when they won the pony open showjumping trophy.” The show took place at Beacon Hill Farm at Woolley Edge and attracted scores of competitors across three rings.

£8k a year to clean up skate park litter IT costs more than £8,000 a year to clean up litter at Penistone skate park, according to the town’s youth service. Residents who attended a PACT (partners and communities together) meeting said the amount of litter in the park was ‘the worst it’s been in years’. A representative for the youth service

said 17 sacks of rubbish are filled a week. When kids at the park were asked why they don’t pick up their litter, they told youth workers it’s because ‘there is a man that cleans it’. Sgt Darren Taylor told those concerned that if people are seen littering they will be fined and tickets issued.

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Apprentice builds a future for himself BY KATIA HARSTON BEN Mason is stacking up the awards for his bricklaying skills – with a little guidance from a Penistone firm. The 18-year-old, an apprentice at Nicholson Roberts builders, has been named apprentice of the year by Barnsley College’s construction department. Ben, of Mapplewell, was presented with the departmental construction award at the college’s third ‘excellence awards’ Since that and was also competition we had recognised by Ben’s name written winning the apprentice of the down in our office year title. and when the He said: “I didn’t opportunity came think I would get it, so yes I am really up we invited him to pleased.” come and work for Greg Roberts, of us the building firm, said Ben had – Greg Roberts, of Nicholson Roberts worked on a variety builders. of different projects while studying one day a week at college for an NVQ level three. “I am sure the experience he’s gained on site with us has contributed to his success and this reinforces our belief that apprenticeships work for both the business and our apprentices.” Nicholson Roberts has been established for nearly 40 years, and for 25 of those years it has recruited apprentices from the area. Ben was scouted by the firm at a bricklaying competition at the college last year. Greg said he stood out then as a highly skilled and focussed student by winning the competition. He added: “Since that competition we had Ben’s name written down in our office and when the opportunity came up we invited him to come and work for us.” Ben has since completed his level three qualification and is now hoping to progress further in the trade.

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Building a career: Bricklayer Ben Mason.

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School cook Brenda hangs up her apron SCHOOL cook Brenda Bostwick has served more than 3,000 meals during her time at Hoylandswaine Primary. Brenda, 60, has retired after ‘more than 20 years’ at the school. She started as a dinner lady putting tables out and washing up but soon made her way through the kitchen ranks to the position of head cook. “I was in the right place at the right time I guess,” she said. “It’s just a nice atmosphere and I’ve always enjoyed getting on with the children and getting to know all their names. “It’s been a pleasure working here and the staff have always been very helpful and I’ve met some good people over the years. “I will miss everyone.”

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Brave Sue dives into channel challenge SUE Derbyshire lived life in the fast lane when she swam the busiest shipping lane in the world. The former teacher trained over the summer for the 22mile swim across the English Channel, which on a typical day sees more than 400 vessels travel through the Straits of Dover. Sue, 55, of Thurlstone, had always fancied the gruelling challenge and said it was ‘now or never’ if she was going to do it to raise money for spinal injury charity Aspire. “A couple of years ago I did a pool-based one where I swam 22-miles,” she said. “Off the back of that I was sent a newsletter asking if I wanted to do the real thing. So I said yes. “I do enjoy swimming, it’s something I have done on and off for years and used to do swimathons because if I have something to aim for it keeps me going. “The nearest distance is 22 miles but with tides and currents it can be as much as 27 miles. “Some of my friends have said I’m barmy and others have gone ‘wow that’s amazing’.” Sue was given 36 hours warning before the challenge took place and trained hard at Stocksbridge Leisure Centre to build up her strength. Unlike pool-based challenges she has done before where she could ‘top-up’ the miles at her leisure, swimming the channel was one long slog with no stopping.

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Anger over the lack of allotments BY KATIA HARSTON A ‘DEADLOCK’ over securing more land to grow in Penistone has sparked anger from the town’s allotment society. Rebecca Maunder, secretary for Penistone and District Allotment Society, said the claim from Penistone Town Council that its hands are tied in granting new plots ‘misrepresents the situation’. “Coun Chris Pilkington said there is no land – but there is land behind Green Park adjacent to St John’s playing field. It used to be temporary allotments and has lain unused for more than 40 years,” said Rebecca. “There is land behind the leisure centre – not the flood plain but the sloping land. Neither have been built on as suggested by Coun Pilkington.” She said a Barnsley Council green space strategy created in 2008

showed there was a shortage of green space in Penistone, which ‘reduces the quality of life’ for local people. “Yet it appears that whatever green space remains has been earmarked for housing. “The allotment waiting list holds 67 people, many more have informed us that they have been deterred from adding their name to the list because it’s unlikely they will ever get one.” At a Penistone town council meeting Coun Steve Marsh said he had met with residents on Berrywell Avenue and said some were against the plans for the site, which was formerly a play area. He told members there was a shortage of allotments but confirmed the town council’s ownership of a strip of land at Berrywell. “We are in a bit of a quandary. There is land from Barnsley Council

small ones are better than nothing at all. It’s up to us what we provide.

The allotment waiting list holds 67 people, many more have informed us that they have been deterred from adding their name to the list because it's unlikely they will ever get one – Rebecca Maunder, secretary for Penistone and District Allotment Society

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Community group hopes to build soldiers’ memorial SOLDIERS from Thurlstone and Millhouse Green who never returned from war will be remembered on a memorial monument if plans are approved. Thurlstone Community Group is overseeing the project after regular meetings with residents who suggested the idea. Secretary, Tracy Yates, said: “They kept asking why the village does not have a war memorial. “There is a remembrance book in

the church with every soldier’s name in who served in both wars and there are 25 who never came back. So we wrote to Fr David Hopkin at the church and Margaret Crossland, who is a churchwarden at Thurlstone. “We asked if it’s possible, if we raise enough funds for a memorial, for it to be placed in the church grounds.” Tracy said a meeting is being held with the PCC and if the idea is

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okayed it will go to the Diocese of Wakefield for final approval. “We do not expect the church to do anything, just to tell us where we can have it and work with them regarding size and design. “The community group will pay for yearly maintenance and raise all the money to pay for it. We think it will cost about £12,000 and we want to use Thurlstone Quarry stone.” The group would like to see the

project launched on November 11 and the monument up within a year. “The plan is to get a few designs together and for residents to vote on which they like the best. “We also want to trace any living relatives of the people who did not come home from the wars so they can have a say on things too.” A decision is expected this month.

Concern ‘one in one out’ access could halt business scheme A LANDMARK business development in Penistone could stall unless changes are made over access to the site, according to a councillor. Plans show access to the six commercial buildings and 21 office units will be off Back Lane, which is also the pedestrian entrance to the market. David Hayle from Dransfield Properties, the firm carrying out the Gateway project, spoke on the subject at the last Penistone Town Council meeting. Members are concerned about Back Lane being used and asked for plans to be revised and the access changed. But they were met with disappointment when Mr Hayle outlined alterations the firm had made. He said: “Back Lane will still be the main entrance and exit to the scheme. “Bollards will allow pedestrians to walk to where the market area is and they will

be collapsible to allow traffic in and out of the site.” Coun Steve Marsh said the town council supported the development but having Back Lane as the access road to the units was ‘a non-starter’. “A ‘one in and one out system’ is beyond me,” he said. “Dransfield does not seem to want to come back with any changes, you’re just forcing it through. “Unless there is a ‘plan b’ for access it’s just going to stall again.” Mr Hayle said the firm looked at having access of the roundabout up to Tesco but because of the work involved it ‘did not stack up financially’. The matter has been referred to Barnsley Council’s highways department and Dransfield’s is awaiting a response on using Back Lane.

Youngsters play up at the market KIDS are turning Penistone’s covered market into a makeshift play area. Jeanette Edwards, chairman of the Penistone West crime and safety group, said youngsters are moving bollards into the market to jump over them and are building ‘dangerous’ ramps on bricks to use bikes and skateboards on. She said: “A ramp was built in the market the day before the official opening and kids were

going up and down it. “PCSOs told them they had to move it when they were done but it was still there after they’d gone.” Sgt Darren Taylor, of Penistone Safer Neighbourhood Team, said officers ‘cannot stop there all night’ to watch youngsters but agreed it was not a place for kids to play.

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Nikki wins her chance to swim with celebrities A PENISTONE teenager has won a place in a celebrity relay swimming team alongside the likes of Sir Richard Branson and Ronan Keating. Nikki Fraser will swim the Irish Sea with a shoal of famous faces after beating more than 30 swimmers to net one of two public places in The Swim team. The 18-year-old proved she has what it takes to join the team, which aims to raise £1m for Cancer Research UK, after enduring gruelling swimming trials, including a two-hour swim in the sea off the Brighton coast. Nikki, who has been swimming competitively since the age of eight, and took part in her first

open water event at the age of 11, is more excited than nervous. “I love a challenge, I feel right at home in the sea, the only thing I don’t like is jelly fish but I’ll just have to swim right past them. “I’m really looking forward to it and the fact I’m getting to do this with celebrities makes it even more exciting.” The Stocksbridge Pentaqua club member also has a more personal reason for wanting to take part her granddad has recently been treated for a second bout of cancer. “He was diagnosed with bowel cancer six years ago and was treated with surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy,” she said.

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‘Watch out for cold callers’ HOME OWNERS in Silkstone have been urged to be vigilant after ‘doorstep sellers’ were spotted in the village. Resident Keith Hopkins, of High Street, was approached by a cold caller at his home and is warning others to be wary. “It’s the more vulnerable people in the village that we need to look out for such as the elderly,” he said. At a community meeting PC Nichola Garbutt, based at Penistone police station, agreed to give Mr Hopkins ‘cold calling’ advice leaflets and stickers to hand out.





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A ‘FLIPPING’ good time was had by youngsters who took part in a pancake race at Penistone Skate Park. It was organised by Barnsley Youth Service as part of a programme of activities for kids to enjoy over the summer holidays. Youth service workers held a mini-

Olympics and ‘art in the park’ session in the skate park as well as a penalty shootout and jewellery making. Teenagers James Sidebottom and Jacob Wainwright, pictured above, made the most of the afternoon sunshine and took on the pancake race challenge.

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Garden opens, motherworts and all MARSHMALLOW, comfrey and motherwort were some of the herbs on display in Penistone’s ‘physic’ open garden. The herb garden had only opened to the public once before in its three-year history, and event organiser John Hislop led tours around eight raised beds growing herbs supposed to benefit different parts of the body. “It contains herbs for first aid such as comfrey for bruises, and marshmallow for skin problems, mullein and elecampane for the lungs, motherwort for the heart, bearberry for the bladder, agrimony and dandelion for the liver, vervain and valerian for the nerves and stress.” The garden is off Sheffield Road next to the Britannia pub, and for more details visit

Herbivore: John Hislop organised an open garden event at the ‘physic’ garden, off Sheffield Road, Springvale.

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Table talk: David Parrott and Bob Prigmore at the pool table.

How club gives folk a spring in their step It’s good to talk. It’s also good to eat cake, as Katia Harston finds out at Oxspring. COFFEE, conversation and cake is always a winning combination for an afternoon with friends – and there’s plenty of it at the Oxspring Pop-in Club at St Aidan’s Church. It was launched after the village’s Good Companions’ group folded last year due to a lack of members – and Rev Matthew Joy was keen to get something going in its place. He enlisted the help of a group of volunteers led by Chris Sharp, who admits she had no experience of running a social group until now. But her motive for taking on the task is simple. “Village life is slowly dying out but we will not allow it to happen here,” she said. “We want to be able to use our full potential and everyone here has their own little niche. It’s not just about attracting a certain age group, we want people of all ages to come along and join in.” They meet for two hours every Wednesday and regularly attract up to 20 members – but Chris says they want more. “We do all sorts to get people involved, it’s all very relaxed here. “We’ve done balloon modelling and origami and no-one quite knew what to do but it was a good laugh.

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I suppose people think groups like this are just for the older end, but it’s not there’s something for everyone.” On the afternoon I visit, members warm up with a picture quiz where they have to guess the character and real names of people from TV show Last of the Summer Wine. It’s no easy feat as regular to the group Joan Hawke, 87, of Oxspring, tells me. “I’ve been coming since it started a bit back and I enjoy it very much,” said the 87-year-old. “I’m still waiting to win though. “It’s good to be able to come somewhere and meet up with everyone and have a cup of tea and a cake and enjoy the things we do – even though sometimes I do not know the answers to some of the quizzes. “Being able to have somewhere to talk and mix is the most important thing and as time goes on different people are coming. “You couldn’t wish for anything better.” Mabel Semley, 91, was a regular at the Good Companions’ group and loves the Pop-In Club. “It is the most important thing in

All smiles: Freda Shaw plays table tennis as Angela Parrott, Veronica Fox, Angela Fox, Betty Bramall and Elizabeth Slater sit down for scones. your life as you get older to be able to talk to people and interact. “It’s a good group of people and everyone talks and keeps us entertained with different things.” As Chris and her team of volunteers come round with coffee, tea, cakes and scones – all home-made – members are gearing up for the unknown – a game of animal bingo. Despite no-one in the room playing it before they all steam ahead and only stop to allow a breather after breaking into fits of laughter at Chris’s attempts to act out the animals on the bingo cards. As they play two chaps have a game of pool at the back of the

hall, casually chatting between themselves. It is the third visit for Stephen Parkin, also of Oxspring. He comes because he has MS. “Because of my condition I can’t work and it’s an afternoon out for me. It’s all very good-natured fun and everyone has a laugh. Also, it’s very nice cake.” The atmosphere here is key to what makes it a success, and that is down to the volunteers and those who go. As long as the club continues as it is, there is little risk of village life dying out in Oxspring – they have too much passion for it.

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Planting project is really the bee’s knees

Medieval market ceremony ‘a farce’ BY KATIA HARSTON PENISTONE’S landmark medieval timber market was given its official opening by the Town Mayor. About 20 people gathered at the market entrance to see Mayor Coun Steve Webber cut the ribbon alongside Barnsley Mayor Coun Karen Dyson, as the regular Thursday market took place. The two mayors welcomed dignitaries to the ceremony, including Penistone ward councillors and representatives from construction company Carpenter Oak. Coun Webber spoke about the market being the largest oak structure in the country to be accessed by the public and how it had made it to the finals of a design competition to be held in London. “It’s a first class facility for Penistone residents and many visitors to the town,” he said. “To me it’s more than a market, take the fantastic folk concert held in here recently when upwards of 500 people attended proving its worth as a community facility. “I know there have been issues and it opened early and people complained about weather proofing but the town council is so proud of it and we want to see it used, especially by community groups.” After the ceremony, invited guests enjoyed refreshments in a marquee at the side of the market, which annoyed some stallholders who felt they should have mingled more with the traders. One stallholder, who did not want to be named, said: “If I’d

Cutting the ribbon: Opening the new Penistone Market are Penistone Mayoral couple Lynette and Steve Webber, and Barnsley Mayoral couple Karen and Martin Dyson.

been involved in doing this I would be embarrassed. It’s cost £1m to do and for what? “It’s money wasted and this lot are here patting each other on the back for what a ‘wonderful’ job they’ve done. “It’s not about design awards and having something that looks nice, it’s about building something fit for purpose, and it’s not.” Mr and Mrs Lillyman, who run a card stall on the market, said the

ceremony was ‘a farce’ and seven months overdue. “It would be better as a church with the way it looks. The atmosphere is like a car boot. We’re still waiting for them to put in an upstairs because it’s so high.” Nathan Thompson, of Marks’ Bakery, echoed their thoughts and said it is not fit for purpose. However, he admitted the opening ceremony had brought more customers in to the market.

WILDFLOWERS are being planted in and around Penistone to reverse falling numbers of wild bees. Penistone’s Friends of the Earth and Oxspring Parish Council have joined forces for the project which will see them plant flowers around the area to encourage pollination. They have identified several sites in the parish for planting to provide nectar and pollen for insects, particularly honey bees, bumble bees and other bees, that are vital in pollinating most fruit and vegetables. Pete Riley, of Penistone Friends of the Earth, said most butterfly species are also dependent on wild plants to lay their eggs and feed their caterpillars. “Over the past four decades thousands of acres of wild flower meadows and grass verges have been lost to agricultural changes, poor management or development. Crops such as apples and strawberries need bees to pollinate them.” Barnsley Council gave the go ahead for them to plant in the grass verge at the old river bridge at the foot of Bower Hill. The Friends of the Earth group is raising funds so it can continue to plant wildflowers over the next year. Pete said pollen and nectar need to be available from early spring to the autumn to give pollinators the best chance. “We are delighted with the support we’ve received from Oxspring Parish Council and Barnsley Council and we are look forwarding to working alongside local people to increase the numbers of flowering plants in the area,” he said. “We are looking for more sites to plant and donations to buy more plants. “Our diet would be pretty plain without foraging bees pollinating fruit and vegetables.”

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‘Never stop flying,’ Olympic champ tells Penistone kids BY KATIA HARSTON OLYMPIC champion Sir Steve Redgrave told students to ‘never stop flying’ when he opened Penistone Grammar School ALC. The five-times gold medallist rower was at the £32m advanced learning centre to perform the ceremony. Mr Redgrave, 49, told a packed lecture theatre how fortunate pupils were to have the ‘impressive learning environment’. He added: “But it’s what’s inside and how it’s brought out by the teachers that counts. “You can always be better than you are, it’s about enthusiasm and drive. “Some of the people in this room could make a change to world society.” To end the ceremony, pupil and official London Olympics 2012 Choir member Sophie Daniels sang Natasha Beddingfield’s ‘Unwritten’, which head-

teacher Jo Higgins said was a nod to the ‘unwritten’ future of the school. The 16-year-old, a member of the Huddersfield Choral Society’s junior choir, won her place in the Olympic choir by beating off competition from 3,000 other hopefuls in the auditions. She will sing at national events in the build up to the games and be part of the week of the opening ceremonies. “I’m over the moon,” she said before nervously taking to the stage to sing. Mum Alison, of Tennyson Close, said she was happy for her daughter because she had worked hard to earn the place and was excited for her performance in front of sporting ‘royalty’. “We are really proud of her, she puts a lot of work in and does a lot of singing and is committed to it.” Sophie will join 120 other youngsters from across the country who make up the official choir.

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Storm of opposition over scheme for wind turbine BY KATIA HARSTON PLANS for a 255-ft wind turbine in Green Moor have been met with ‘tremendous opposition’ from residents who won a campaign 18 months ago to stop a wind farm at Sheephouse Heights. The new plans are for land at Chapel Farm, on Tofts Lane, close to the Sheephouse Heights site where the five-turbine farm was rejected in 2009. They have been submitted to Barnsley Council by Harry Bond, of Temporis Wind, through agent Arcus Renewable Energy. Mr Bond is working with Yorkbased firm Arcus Renewables to propose the turbine, which would be sited between two electricity

‘There is tremendous opposition from residents and at the next meeting we are expecting to discuss the application further’ pylons and linked to the national grid. Mr Bond would receive payments via a ‘feed in tariff’ scheme. He, along with Andrew Mott from Arcus Renewables, met with Hunshelf Parish Council and residents to discuss the plans. Clerk to the parish council, David Horsfall, said: “They came in and made an outline of the plans and said how good their system was, and came to us thinking they were dealing with a bunch of hillbilly

country bumpkins. “But they got pinned to the wall with searching questions which they could not answer about noise problems and decibels. “There is tremendous opposition from residents and at the next meeting we are expecting to discuss the application further.” Resident Barry Tylee is against the plans because there is already a small turbine already in place at Windy Bank.

“My fear is you start putting individual ones up and start putting them in-between things and before you know it you have a whole bank of wind farms.” Plans for the 0.47-hectare site show the 255-ft turbine, with a power capacity of up to 500kW, is likely to be pale grey with a semimatt finish to reduce glare. A new access track will be constructed off Tofts Lane into the field where the turbine would be sited. Associated infrastructure will also be built including turbine foundations, crane hardstanding, a pole mounted transformer and associated cabling.

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Brownies step to it to replace Scout hut

Jumping for joy: Parachute jumpers, from left, Tammy Edwards, Emma Gladwin, Joanne Mellor and Lee Waddington.

SILKSTONE Brownies raised hundreds of pounds for a community centre project in the village. The group set off on a sponsored walk and sing in Langsett last month and covered five miles. They took on the challenge as part of their efforts to raise cash for a new community centre to replace an old Scout hut behind Silkstone petrol station where the girls meet. Brownie leader Tracy Hinchliffe said it was a great day and the girls worked hard to raise more than £500 towards the £220,000 project.

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A BAND of friends jumped 10,000 feet out of a plane to raise money for a brain tumour charity. Penistone nurse Emma Gladwin enlisted the help of three friends and her boyfriend to take on the hair-raising challenge for

the Brains Trust charity. She chose the charity because her brother David Gladwin died of a brain tumour last year. Emma and her boyfriend Lee Waddington, 28, joined Joanne Mellor, Elaine North, 41, and Tamerscene Edwards, 34, for a tandem sky dive in Bridlington.

She opted to do a sky dive because it made ‘a bigger impact’ than a sponsored walk or swim despite being scared of heights. Once all the sponsorship has been collected they hope to have raised about £400 each.

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£175k to return All Saints to its former glory BY KATIA HARSTON A GRANT for £175,000 has been handed to All Saints’ Church, Silkstone, so volunteers can return its listed interiors to their former glory. The Heritage Lottery Fund money will be used to restore a marble monument to Sir Thomas Wentworth and 20, 19th century leaded windows, some of which contain shields dating from the 14th and 15th century. Heritage Silkstone and the Parochial Church Council are running the project. As well as the restoration, members also want to create an ‘education space’ called the Bramah Gallery to display the village’s his-

‘The Bramah Gallery will bring opportunities to observe the church interior’ toric heritage. Colin Bower, secretary of Heritage Silkstone, said the funding will allow the group to achieve what it could only have imagined in its wildest dreams. “The enchanting Wentworth monument and the church windows of All Saints will be safeguarded. “The Bramah Gallery will bring exciting opportunities to observe the church

interior and the surrounding heritage from new perspectives by providing a much needed space for workers and visitors.” The church dates back to the 12th century and was extensively rebuilt in 1495 and partially rebuilt in 1857. Its many plaques, monuments and graves reveal much about Silkstone’s social and industrial past such as a white marble sarcophagus monument to Sir Thomas Wentworth, who was commander of the forces of King Charles I in Ireland. It is thought the sculptor was Jasper Latham, who was employed as a master mason under Sir Christopher Wren and also worked on St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Students get cash vouchers to ‘eliminate sloppy clothes’ BY KATIA HARSTON SIXTH form pupils at Penistone Grammar School ALC have been given a £29 voucher to buy ‘smart clothing’ for a controversial new dress code. The decision was made by the school’s board of governors in July and follows a student petition against changes being made to the sixth form dress code. It is understood the chairman of governors, John Gostelow, told protesters the school wanted to ‘eliminate sloppy clothing’ and believes sixth formers must set an

example to younger pupils. He ruled out a ballot among students and said the school would not compromise its standards. Clothes such as jeans, graphic T-shirts, hooded sweatshirts and trainers will be banned for sixth-formers. Instead they will wear more formal ‘business attire’ such as smart trousers or a skirt, a polo shirt or blouse and smart shoes. A sixth-form student at the school said £29 was not enough to buy the clothes and the offer felt like students were ‘being bought off’.

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Sad farewell: Sue Davies. Picture: Brett Carr

Music teacher retires after scaling highs at Hoylandswaine school MUSIC teacher Sue Davies has tinkled the ivories for the last time at Hoylandswaine Primary ahead of her retirement. The 60-year-old waved goodbye to pupils on the last day of term after nine years at the village primary school. “It’s been great fun,” she said. “I’ve taken the kids to the Young Voices event in Sheffield three times, we’ve got pupils throughout the school learning recorder, hand chimes and we now have lots of children who sing. We’ve also done Hoylandswaine Harmony which is a CD the kids have recorded.” Sue, of Talbot Road, Penistone, is particularly fond of the year six pupils who left this year because she taught them from being in year three.

“I said to them that we would go out together,” she added. She has made some good friends at the school over the years but admits she won’t have time to be bored. “I’m looking forward to spending time with my three grandchildren and it also means I can see mum and dad more and look after them. I also have a lot of books and sewing and knitting to catch up on and lots of other things to do that have been piling up.” The music teacher has certainly left an impression on her pupils who presented her with a special book of memories which they put together themselves. They also handed her a token for a watch and a ‘digibox’ to record TV programmes on.

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Talented businesswoman in the frame for photography A seamstress by trade, Karen Watkins is blessed with a natural eye for design and runs her own haberdasher shop. But out of hours she sees life through a different lens. Katia Harston met her. TUCKED away in a tiny cottage off the main high street in Penistone is Karen Watkins’s haberdashery shop. It is a cramped and colourful bazaar of threads, buttons, zips and fabrics which comes complete with a chaotic sewing workshop upstairs. As a seamstress and costume designer, Karen, 50, has spent years creating and making outfits for theatre companies and productions. She even made undergarments for the film Elizabeth, starring Cate Blanchett, and a canary mascot for Norwich FC. She is a former laboratory technician who started sewing at an early age but only took it up professionally after having children. “I’m not an academic type. I’d have made a good surgeon though, stitching people up,” she jokes. “I left school and worked as a laboratory technician at Shelley high school and then had children quite young. I’ve always sewn and was making my own clothes at junior school. “I was the fabric cupboard monitor at school so I blame my teacher for it all,” she says. Karen started out by helping to make costumes at a fancy dress shop and later taking up a post as an assistant designer in the fashion

Talented lady: Karen Watkins. industry. “It wasn’t until she reached her 30s, and after some prompting from her designer boss, that she decided to do a fashion degree at Leeds University. “I keep my hand in now and then with making costumes, mainly for friends or family. “I like to do them as gifts for people, or for something special.” The bubbly businesswoman often turns heads in the town with her Victorian costumes and oneoff themed hats she makes — especially when she wears them out. But it is her photography that is grabbing customers’ attention of late. “Last year was my big birthday, one with a zero on the end, and I've always wanted to be a photographer but could never afford to do it at the time.

“So I bought a camera for my 50th and told my husband I wanted to go to Africa and shoot wildlife photography in Kenya. “We were out there ten days and I saw absolutely everything and got some brilliant pictures — giraffes, lions, leopards, elephants, wildebeests, you name it. We drove 3,000 miles in a week.” When she returned to work, customers were keen to see her holiday snaps and a lot of them wanted to buy copies. “I really didn't expect that, I mean there are enough photographers about doing things like this. But people said they were really good so I made the photos into gift cards and sold them in the shop. “The high street is dying and everyone is struggling so the only way to survive is to diversify in what you can do.

“I don’t make much money from the cards but it's fun to do and people keep coming back.” Since returning from her safari holiday last October, she has swapped the plains of Africa for the rolling hills of the Pennines as her subject to capture. “I have done other stuff now and it's all Yorkshire-based so I’ve kept it local. “I'm not blowing my own trumpet but it’s just seems to be something I'm good at. “My husband has a camera, this big fancy thing, and he says I have a natural eye for what makes a good photograph. “I suppose that’s true because I am art trained. I have a design eye and see things differently I guess, and don't need to take hundreds of pictures just to get a good shot. “That’s probably why I’m not allowed to use his camera.”

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Soccer club will pitch in

Remembering Josie: After a special assembly commemorating the life of former dinner lady Josie Robinson, Millhouse Primary staff and pupils handed over a cheque for £90 to the Macmillan Nurses. Here at the event are deputy head Matt Ritchie, Macmillan Nurses’ Katy Yockney and Ray Bradley, Brian Robinson, Yvonne Smith, and pupils Joe Taylor, Amy Hewling, Lizzie Yockney and Harvey Leacock.

Council tries to be flushed with pride BY KATIA HARSTON PENISTONE Town Council is hoping to have toilets ‘it can be proud of’. Town Coun Steve Marsh reminded fellow members of an £8,500 donation it received from builder ISG Pearce as part of the Tesco supermarket development. It decided to use the pot of cash to refurbish the town centre toilets, even though they are owned by Barnsley Council.

The town council plans to re-tile and paint the interior of the toilets, install ultraviolet lights to prevent drug use, steam clean the building and possibly put a device on the door charging 20p to get in. However, a quote from a Penistone firm enlisted to do the work was ‘a little higher than expected’ and Coun Marsh is hoping to renegotiate. “We’re going to have another chat,” he said. “We don’t do things by half measures and want toilets we can be

proud of. I think it’s essential there are toilets we can use. “It’s something we have to look at in depth and the town council may take the view it’s worth spending that much anyway. “We’ll have to look closely to see whether we may have to take over the running of the toilets.” Mayor Coun Steve Webber said if Penistone is going to be a tourist area the town needs facilities people can use.

OXSPRING football club will help out the parish council with labour and fund-raising instead of paying rent to use its pitches. The decision was made at the last parish council meeting when football club chairman John Crowther met with councillors about the condition of the pitches. The discussion centred on the field, at the side of the Waggon and Horses, not being playable for a lot of last season due to waterlogging. The parish council told Mr Crowther it provides the pitches for free and had spent a lot of money on improving the field, but members 'only get complaints in return'. Mr Crowther explained the finances of the club and how it couldn't afford to pay for pitch hire, despite other clubs which don't own fields paying rent for pitches. Instead Mr Crowther, on behalf of the club, offered to contribute in other ways such as providing labour for jobs in the village and fund-raising for the upkeep of the field.

Shake up of bus services in Penistone and surrounding areas A SHAKE up of bus services in Penistone and the surrounding areas has gone ahead following a review by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive. The changes follow the end of a rural bus subsidy grant received by the SYPTE and sees two new services included in the plans. Stagecoach will run the 21 and 22 buses, and changes have been made to their timetables. New journeys for the 22 have been introduced on Sunday during

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the day but the 21, from Cubley to Barnsley via Penistone and Silkstone, will no longer serve Hoylandswaine. Most other services have been taken over by Tate’s Travel. It has replaced the 23 bus with a new 23 and 23A service, running Monday to Saturday between Barnsley and Penistone via Dodworth, Gilroyd, Hood Green, Thurgoland, Deepcar, Stocksbridge, Midhopestone, Cubley, Penistone, Thurlstone and

Millhouse Green. The 23A goes from Barnsley to Crow Edge via Dodworth, Gilroyd, Hood Green, Thurgoland, Deepcar, Stocksbridge, Midhopestone, Cubley, Penistone, Thurlstone and Millhouse Green. It will run Monday to Saturday evenings and on Sundays. The 24 service from Barnsley to Penistone has been revised to operate between Barnsley and Denby Dale via Dodworth Gilroyd, Hood Green, Thurgoland, Green

Moor Oxspring, Penistone, Ingbirchworth and Upper Denby to Denby Dale. The bus will operate during the day, Monday to Saturday. Finally Tate’s is putting on a number 25 bus from Penistone to Holmfirth to replace most of the route the number 20 bus covers. It will go via Thurlstone, Millhouse Green, Flouch, Crow Edge, Victoria, Dunford Bridge and Hade Edge.

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WHERE Am I? With Karen Watkins

Around town with haberdasher Karen DO you know where this picture was taken? Amateur photographer and full-time haberdasher Karen Watkins is challenging you to try and figure out where it was snapped. The first person to pop in to her shop with the right answer will get a copy of the photograph on a handmade card. It is part of new feature being run in Penistone in Particular and each edition will show a different picture which has been taken by Karen somewhere in or around the town. Karen came up with the idea and said they won't be too easy to guess but anyone who knows the area well is in with a good chance of getting it right. She said: “Hopefully it will get people out and about with their eyes wide open and get them involved in the town. Keep your eyes peeled.” G If you think you know where the above picture was taken, pop in to Image:In, 17 High Street, Penistone with your guess. The winner will be announced in the next edition of Penistone in Particular.

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