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College merger plan faces collapse PLANS to merge Barnsley College with Doncaster College as part of a national review of further education appear to have collapsed after Doncaster College’s governors rejected the plan. Barnsley College’s board of governors agreed back in the summer to proceed with the recommendations of a government-commissioned review carried out by Sheffield City Region, but yesterday it appeared the plan had failed. “It’s very disappointing that Doncaster has decided not to partner with Barnsley,” said Coun Sir Steve Houghton.

Warning over Aldi’s latest plans PLANS for a new Aldi supermarket on the edge of the town centre could threaten the good work to redevelop Barnsley town centre, the chamber of commerce has warned. But leader of the council Coun Sir Steve Houghton said while there should be a ‘note of caution’ surrounding the planned new store off Old Mill Lane close to Wickes, he would be more concerned if it were one of the ‘big four’ supermarkets. “I’m confident that when the new market is finished, the supermarkets and Aldi won’t be able to compete,” he said. I Full story: page four.

Neighbours object to club’s scheme RESIDENTS living close to a live music venue have objected to a plan to extend its licensing hours to 2.30am because of repeated complaints about noise. The Polish Club on Blackburn Lane, Barnsley, is allowed to stay open until 11pm, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. But, objections from residents, and the council’s own pollution service, appear to have led to this request being scaled back, so the licensee is instead asking to stop selling alcohol at midnight and close at 1am. A decision will be made on Thursday.

By Katia Harston NERVES weren’t an issue for this Barnsley lass who stepped up for the Britain’s Got Talent auditions held in town this week. Charlotte Smith, 16, wasn’t at all fazed by the pressure of performing in front of talent scouts for the flagship ITV show, whose celebrity judges include music mogul Simon Cowell, actress Amanda Holden, singer Alesha Dixon and comedian David Walliams. Guitar-playing singer Charlotte, of Kingwell Road, Worsbrough Bridge, was among dozens hoping for a shot at stardom who turned out to audition for the show at Barnsley College’s Old Mill Lane campus. I Full story: page seven.

LOOKING FOR A BREAK: Barnsley College student Charlotte Smith who auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent this week. Picture: Scott Bairstow. PD081649

Hospital’s £31m payouts EXCLUSIVE By Lynsey Bradford MORE than £31m has been paid out by Barnsley Hospital in damages over the last five years, figures obtained by the Chronicle have revealed. They show there were 235 claims between April 2011 and March 2016 of which 152 were successful — leading to £23m in compensation being paid out and the hospital paying £8.4m in legal costs for itself and claimants. The claims include those relating to deaths, cerebral palsy, amputation, brain damage, psychiatric/psychological damage, unnecessary operations, joint and nerve damage, scarring and unnecessary pain. The figures do not identify those who have successfully sued the hospital but the Chronicle has previously covered the case of one couple who

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were awarded £8.5m as a result of their baby being starved of oxygen when she was born at Barnsley Hospital. The girl was left with cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, sight problems and needs round the clock care. Legal action resulted in a payout of £8.5m in 2013 – the payment to be made in instalments, with the family receiving a substantial sum plus annual payments to provide the specialist care the girl needs for the rest of her life. At the end of September the case of an unnamed woman who won £500,000 was disclosed. She had mistakenly been told she didn’t have breast cancer – but later needed to have both breasts removed after the disease was discovered. Her solicitor Andrew Harrison, who specialises in medical negligence, revealed

hers was not the only case of failure to spot breast cancer at Barnsley Hospital that he was investigating. He said: “The average amount of damages paid is quite high, which suggests that a good number of the claims are for very severe injuries. “It also seems that the majority of claims made were successful. The question is whether the hospital has learned from these mistakes. “The number of successful claims is increasing each year, but most concerning is the number of negligent deaths. This needs to be examined in detail.” A spokesman for the Litigation Authority – which handles negligence claims on behalf of NHS bodies in England and provided the figures to the Chronicle following a Freedom of Information request – said hospitals with maternity units tend

to have higher premiums to pay. Members pay a contribution to the authority’s negligence scheme towards the estimated costs of claims each year, which is determined by splitting the total amount to be collected between members according to their size, activity levels, recent contributions and history of claims. A spokesman for the Litigation Authority said: “Therefore Barnsley Hospital’s claims experience over the past five years will play a factor in determining the organisation’s contribution.” Over the same five-year period, one hospital in England paid out £103.6m. Although Barnsley Hospital does not feature on the list of hospitals with the ten highest payouts for damages and costs, Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis said he was concerned.

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A WOMAN who has just been made redundant is offering her services free to those in need during the season of goodwill. Shelley Phenix, 35, of Chapel Street, Hoyland Common, said: “I decided December wasn’t the best time to be looking for a new job, so I thought I’d start fresh in the new year. “But I’ve always worked so I’m not used to being at home. My mum doesn’t drive, so I tend to ferry her about quite a bit, and I thought there’s probably lots of people who don’t have anyone to do that. I’m open to anything really. I Shelley can be contacted via Facebook or email —


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Residents in parking fine ‘blunder’ told not to pay By Katia Harston RESIDENTS slapped with fines for parking on the pavement outside their homes have been told by a senior councillor they will not have to pay. In the last few weeks 11 fines have been handed out to people living in a row of terraced houses on Spark Lane at Mapplewell. Their homes front onto a stretch of the road which has a single yellow line restriction — covering both the road and the pavement — and prevents parking between 8am and 6pm. But cabinet member Coun Roy Miller, who represents the area, says they should never have been stung because ‘some years ago’ he organised for resi-



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dents to be able to park on the extra wide pavement outside their homes as there is nowhere else for them to go. Michael Kaye has lived on Spark Lane for more than a decade and says parking is of a premium. Mr Kaye, 46, was fortunate not to be hit with a fine but knows neighbours who were and described the situation as ‘a bit of an oddball’. He said: “We’ve been here more than ten years. “When we first moved in there was a bit of an issue and Coun Roy Miller sorted it out. “One of my neighbours who was fined contacted Coun Miller and he has said not to pay the fine. Apparently the parking team has changed.”

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Mr Kaye said there is no other solution to where residents — or their visitors — can park if they are not allowed to leave cars in front of their homes. Coun Miller put the blunder down to a new team being brought in to issue fines which has not been made aware of the agreement to allow residents to park on the pavement. He told the Chronicle: “It would seem another company has issued fines where it shouldn’t have done. The department has said it will cancel the fines.” But the confusion has continued after a council spokesman said the single yellow line restriction is still valid and enforceable. He added: “In consideration of

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the extra wide foot way on a section of Spark Lane, and the limited availability of parking for residents, discretion has been used where the footway is wide enough to accommodate a parked vehicle without detriment to pedestrians. “In recent weeks, 11 penalty charge notices have been issued on Spark Lane. Motorists may challenge any penalty charge notice which they believe has been issued incorrectly, or inappropriately, and the council will consider the circumstances relating to each case.” He said the council does not have the money to provide designated parking for residents and there is ‘no obligation on the council to do so’.

ly may relate to care some years ago. “We have an in-house solicitor who works with us to resolve claims, we are robust in our approach to claims and consider each one on its merits to ensure only legitimate claims are settled. “So far this year we have seen a reduction in the number of claims made which we think is due to the work we are doing around patient safety and quality. “We have also seen a reduction in other key areas such as patient falls and pressure ulcers thanks to the preventative work we have been doing in these areas. “Mortality rates have fallen significantly and whenever there is a legal claim, incident or complaint we try hard to identify what we can learn from it to improve our care.”

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He said: “I expect the highest possible standard of care for my constituents. “While it is right that compensation is paid out to patients where mistakes have been made, I am concerned by the number of payments made over the last five years, and particularly by the level of serious incidents that were reported between April and September this year. “I have therefore asked Barnsley Hospital to provide me with information about this matter so I can discuss it further with them.” A spokesman from Barnsley Hospital said: “Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong in healthcare and where that leads to legal claims, we do our best to respond quickly. “Many claims take years to work through the system so claims that are paid out current-

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Crunch talks held on holiday shake-up By Katia Harston UNION officials have met with the council’s education spokesman for crunch talks on controversial proposals to shakeup the school holidays. Barnsley Council’s plan to change the dates for the 2018 to 2019 academic year follows a uturn earlier this year on ditching the traditional long summer break in favour of having five weeks in summer and an extra week in October. It was abandoned amid a wave of criticism that teachers and parents had not been properly consulted. Schools, parents and unions have been asked to give their views on three options being considered for 2018 to 2019 during a six-week consultation that ends today. The results will be analysed before being considered by senior councillors in February. The council’s preferred choice is to shorten the summer break. The other two options are to keep the existing timetable or to fix the Easter break on an annual basis. Members of the National Union

of Teachers in Barnsley believe the council’s preferred option will cause chaos for schools and parents. Barnsley NUT division secretary Nicola Fitzpatrick questioned the validity of an online survey and ask for the consultation period to be extended. She said she has a productive meeting with the council’s education spokesman, Coun Tim Cheetham, at which Coun Cheetham said the decision to reduce the summer holiday had been based on research around shorter summer breaks and a TES (teaching network) survey of school leaders that revealed three quarters were concerned about learning loss. She said: “Barnsley NUT has asked them to produce evidence of this. “Coun Cheetham also felt that the biggest impact on school attendance was term time holidays and this might reduce as holidays were cheaper in October. “Barnsley NUT maintains that the proposed changes to the school holiday pattern will cause disruption and chaos for schools and parents.

“We also maintain that there is no strong evidence to prove that the current summer break leads to any learning loss. “One teacher told us that in his view the Barnsley online questionnaire was not a consultation, it was a hoop jumping exercise to enable the local authority to say they have consulted. “Deciding to change the school holidays should not just be based on having cheaper holidays but what is best for the children we teach.” Coun Cheetham told the Chronicle there are no plans to extend the consultation deadline. He said: “Before the consultation went live, the consultation process and time scale were discussed with NUT representatives and in fact the consultation is much more extensive than required. “The council is only required to consult with trade union representatives for staff in local authority maintained schools. “But we have chosen to widen the consultation so that parents, teachers and the wider community – including academies – can all give their views.”

IT’S UP: Barnsley Hospice’s Mandy Ibbotson with businessman Julian Bland installing their Christmas tree. Picture: Scott Bairstow. PD081549

A different kind of Christmas tree By Nick Ward A HUGE Christmas tree laden with hundreds of lights dedicated to the memory of loved ones will be officially lit up next week. Local businessman Julian Bland volunteered his time and the skills of his local business, Man with a Cherry Picker Van, to help put the 20-ft tree up and decorate it with lights ahead of the annual Light up a Life service for Barnsley Hospice. The lights on the tree at the hospice will be officially switched on at the Light Up a Life service to remember loved ones on Thursday at 7pm. This is the first year the hospice has held the Light Up a Life service outside and it promises to be a special occasion

with Dodworth Training Band brass band playing Christmas songs, the tree lights will be lit accompanied by soloist, Ada Davies, 11. Events fundraiser Mandy Ibbotson said: “We are very grateful to Julian from Man with a Cherry Picker Van for his help. “We have five special Light Up a Life Christmas trees, four at St Mary’s Church and one here at the hospice. “Due to the size of the tree at the hospice we were unable to put it up without having help so we are extremely grateful to Julian. “The tree looks absolutely stunning and we are very excited about holding our first outdoor Light Up a Life service as well as the traditional services

at St Mary’s Church on Sunday.” Once the lights have been switched on, they will remain lit until twelfth night. The names of everyone who has had a light dedicated to them will appear in the book of blessings which will be available at both services, and also available to view after the services at Barnsley Hospice and St Mary’s Church. Anyone wishing to dedicate a light on the Christmas trees can do so all the way through December by calling the fundraising team at the hospice on 244244 and making a donation, or by calling in to the hospice or any hospice shop and picking up a Light Up a Life form.

Normandy Veteran dies, aged 91 By Lynsey Bradford A NORMANDY veteran who was honoured by the French government for his efforts during the Second World War has died. Gordon Rhodes, of Tennyson Road, Monk Bretton, died on November 23, aged 91. Gordon landed on the beaches of Normandy the day after D-Day — 65 years later he received a medal from the French President. His daughter Sandra said: “We are very proud of his achievements, he was always there to give advice, support and encouragement to his daughters and extended families. He was a true gentleman to all who knew him and will be sadly missed.” Gordon was called up in April 1943 when he was 18 and was in the Royal Army Service Corps for more than four years. After landing on the beach at Arromanches, Gordon was told to put his foot down and drove up the beach under heavy gunfire. Many didn’t make it. He was later assigned to be the driver for Major General RG Fielding. Gordon met Cynthia Hall after the war and

WAR HERO: Gordon Rhodes, pictured left and right when he was in the army. they were married in January 1951. They had three daughters, Pauline, Margaret and Sandra. Gordon, who was originally from Sheffield, worked briefly in the brickworks before becoming a milkman in Sheffield for Express Dairy which was based in Barnsley. He became dairy manager in Barnsley in 1967, and the family moved to Barnsley. He retired in 1985 at the age of 60, after 30 years’ service and enjoyed working in his allotment. In 2009, he was invited to attend the 65th anniversary of the D-Day

Give pottery a spin FANCY trying your hand behind a potter’s wheel? That’s one of the attractions at a craft fair showcasing the work of more than 24 Barnsley-based craft businesses in town tomorrow. Visitors to the Digital Media Centre will be able to find out about the wide range of hand crafted goods which have been produced by independent artisans. There will also be live performances from Barnsley musicians throughout the day, food, drink and family craft activities including the chance to try working a potter’s wheel. The free event has been organised by Crafty Business Barnsley in collaboration with the Sheffield City Region Launchpad programme. It is the first time Etsy Made Local has been held in Barnsley and follows the success of Crafty Business Barnsley’s first Makers Market which took place in Penistone in October. It takes place at the Digital Media Centre, County Way, tomorrow, from 10am to 4pm.

landing where he was presented with his medal by Nicolas Sarkozy, who was the French Pesident at the time. Gordon and Cynthia were married for 64 years, until Cynthia died in January last year, aged 87. Gordon’s health deteriorated after the death of his wife and he went to live in Mapplewell Manor Care Home where he died. Gordon also leaves three granddaughters and three great-grandchildren. The funeral will be held on Monday at St Paul’s Church, Monk Bretton, at 2.30pm followed by cremation at Ardsley.




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NEWSLINES Teens charged with murder of Wath man POLICE have charged three 15-year-old boys with murder, in connection with the death of 34-year-old Craig Nelson. The teenagers, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Rotherham Youth Court charged with murder. They are now due to appear before Sheffield Crown Court at a later date. Craig Nelson, of Montgomery Square, Wath-upon-Dearne, who was also known as Craig Preston, was found dead on Monday August 22 on the moors off the A628 near the Woodhead tunnels. A post-mortem concluded he died as a result of head injuries. A 41-year-old man and 23-year-old woman have also been charged with murder. They have been remanded in custody pending further court appearances. A 15-year-old boy and girl who were arrested in connection with the investigation have been released on bail.

Hello Christmas fair held this Sunday ARDSLEY Community Events Group organisers of the welfare Picnic in the Park – are staging a ‘Hello Christmas’ fair on Sunday. There will be a carol singalong with Oakhill Junior school choir and music by Dearne Jazz Band. As well as festive gifts stalls, raffle and tombola visitors can join in gingerbread decorating, face painting and kiddies craft workshops. On offer for those a little peckish will be the usual refreshments, plus pie and peas and mince pies. The fair will be staged in Ardsley Community Centre on Sunday from 3pm to 6pm.

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Fresh supermarket plans for town By Katia Harston ALDI is the latest chain to make a bid to build a new supermarket on the outskirts of Barnsley town centre. Proposals have been submitted to Barnsley Council officials to transform a plot of land next to the Wickes store, east of Old Mill Lane, a stones throw away from rival supermarket chain Asda. If plans for the former National Grid site are given the green light, the new store will create 40 new jobs. A spokeswoman for Aldi confirmed a decision is expected in the new year with a view to discount supermarket chain buying the site in spring / summer 2017. The Aldi spokeswoman said: “Once the site is purchased then Aldi will outline the programme for construction of the new store. The brownfield site has been vacant for more than ten years, the proposals provide an investment opportunity to regenerate a site within

this commercial area and bring 40 local jobs to the area.” There have been four supermarkets proposed for in or around Barnsley town centre in the last few years. Approval for a 70,000 square ft superstore opposite Morrisons on Westway was given the go ahead by Barnsley Council in 2012 but plans were shelved earlier this year after no takers came forward. There were also plans submitted for a supermarket on Twibell Street and another on a site close to the bus station that houses Gala Bingo and the former YEB building. None have come to fruition. But Aldi appears confident in its application that there is demand for its food store. A design and access statement says a a pre-application meeting for the 1.62 acre site was held with councillors and officials from the planning department in January 2015 to discuss the development of the scheme and the impact on the

local area. Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce chief executive, Andrew Denniff, is concerned it could undo some of the time, money and energy spent on redeveloping the town centre. He said: “Not having seen the details of the Aldi proposal, the focus needs to be on what we are doing in the town centre and anything else detracts from that. All our efforts should be in the town centre.” The main design points raised were the idea that the site is a ‘gateway’ to the town centre and needs ‘strong boundary treatment’ and a sloping roof store – both of which have been incorporated into the proposal. The detailed design and access statement shows the development proposed is a single storey food store unit with car parking, servicing and landscaping. It will have 93 customer and staff car parking spaces includ-

ing six disabled and six parent and child spaces, two motorcycle spaces and ten cycle bays. The main access will be off the existing roundabout on the Burton Road bypass that leads to Wickes. The scheme will also incorporate pedestrian access off Old Mill Lane, connecting the food store to the existing public footpaths around the site. Ornamental shrubs and trees will be planted on the boundaries and car park areas.

PROPOSALS: Above: What the Aldi store would look like from the road. Left: The location of the store as seen from above.

£1.4m being paid out in extra benefits

MORE than £1.4m in extra benefits is being paid to residents of four council wards where anti-poverty advice sessions have been organised by local ward councillors. The North Area Council which includes Darton East, Darton West, Old Town and St Helens – agreed to pay for CAB and DIAL to run the weekly advice sessions which include benefits and debt advice. A LITTER pick will be held in Dodworth More than 1,000 individutomorrow with volunteers invited to go als have been supported through the sessions and along and help. David Andy from CAB said Dodworth Village Community Group it was an incredibly wellhas organised the event. Volunteers are asked to meet at 9.15am used service. “It’s a good situation but a outside Costcutter on Barnsley Road. sad situation that the servAll welcome, equipment will be providice is so well-used,” he said. ed.

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Many more people attend the sessions in Athersley and Mapplewell than the sessions in Darton or Gawber, but anyone living in the four council wards can attend any of the sessions, so people are being advised to go to the lessattended ones if they are able to travel. A report said 1,058 clients had been seen so far in the first year of the project. “The largest proportion of these have accessed the service for benefits advice, and in total we have secured an estimated total of £1,442,320 of benefit gains helping to bring additional income into the North Area. “This figure equates to a direct return on investment

of £20 for every pound invested in the project. “Year to date 41 clients have been referred on for specialist debt advice, and in total we have worked with clients with a combined indebtedness of £239,703. “As well as having a significant impact on the financial situations, we know that seeking advice has also led to an improvement in the health and well-being of the clients in the area. “Evaluation survey responses indicated that across the year 93 per cent felt less stressed after attending the drop-in sessions, and 76 per cent reported being more able to manage their own affairs.”

Coun Sharon Howard said: “I think this is an absolutely fantastic scheme. “Looking at the amount of extra benefits, £1.4m, this is making a real difference to people’s lives and it’s helping support Barnsley’s economy. I think it’s brilliant that we’ve been able to provide this service.” The sessions are at Emmanuel Church, Huddersfield Road, Mondays, 9am to 1pm; GOLDEN DAY: Members of the Wilthorpe Tea Dance join celebrating Mapplewell Village Hall, couple Glyn and Jennifer Tattersall. Picture: Shaun Colborn. PD081612. Wednesdays, 1pm to 5pm; The Darton Centre, Huddersfield Road, Thursdays, 9am to 1pm; Roundhouse Lifelong Learning Centre, Laithes Crescent, Athersley.

Royston couple waltz to golden wedding landmark

Chronicle reporter’s MP urges people to attend eye exams funeral is arranged THE funeral of long-serving Barnsley Chronicle reporter Ian Thompson will take place on Tuesday December 13. Ian, 59, of Bishops Way, Monk Bretton, started work at the Chronicle in 1978 and had been assistant editor for many years. His death was announced in last week’s edition. The funeral will take place at Ardsley Crematorium at 11.30am. Donations made in lieu of flowers will go to Cancer Research UK.

BARNSLEY MP Michael Dugher is urging people to avoid the risk of losing their eyesight after shocking figures revealed more than 5,000 people in the town missed important appointments last year. The MP for Barnsley East has encouraged people to make sure they turned up to appointments after discussing the problem with the Royal National Institute of Blind People. According to the latest figures from the RNIB, a total of 5,292 people in the area covered by

Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group failed to attend eyesight appointments or had appointments cancelled last year. The charity warned that early diagnosis was vital to prevent people losing their sight through conditions like age-related macular degeneration. In Barnsley, one in ten people did not attend their eye appointment last year. Of those 5,292 missed appointments in the town, a total of 484 – less than one per cent – were due to cancellation by the

DANCING couple Glyn and Jennifer Tattersall celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a little help hospital. Mr Dugher says the strain on busy hospital eye depart- from their friends at Wilthorpe tea dance. ments and NHS staff has The couple, both 68, of Church Hill, increased after a 40 per cent rise in eye clinic attendances over the last Royston, have been dancing for years, usually three times a week. decade. The anniversary was on November He added: “As well as risking 26, and they also enjoyed a evening their own health, people who fail meal out with family and friends. to show up prevent other patients “We really enjoy ballroom and being seen and cost the NHS sequence dancing, it’s a social thing. money. And we had a lovely meal, there were “I’m supporting the RNIB’s work 22 of us,” said Jennifer. to make sure people in Barnsley The couple met when they were 15get timely appointments and avoid years-old after Jennifer’s cousin took jeopardising their eyesight.”

TAKING OVER: Steve Pickup, Nicola Tiffany and Emma Casmir.

Digital firm HMA is bought out SENIOR managers at Barnsley based digital agency HMA have completed a management buyout from founders Rob and Diane Hill. The buyout has been funded by Nicola Tiffany (managing director), Steve Pickup (operations director), Emma Casimir (client services director) and HSBC. Now in its 20th year, HMA, based in Sackville Street, works with health, science and technology projects. The management team has launched a rebrand. Nicola, who has been with the agency since 2002, said: “It’s an exciting time for HMA and I’m delighted that we have been able to complete the buyout

Glyn to her house for tea. They courted for three years before getting married at St Matthew’s Methodist Church in Royston, which is now a gym. They lived in Penistone for a year before settling in Royston. Jennifer worked in wool mills and Glyn worked at Redfearns. Jennifer said: “We’ve always been good friends as well as man and wife. We’ve always got on really well. “No marriage goes without its problems, but you have to work at it. you can’t just throw the towel in because you’ve had an argument.” The couple have two sons and three grandsons.

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Court date missed A MAN who is alleged to have assaulted two police constables had the perfect excuse not to turn up at court to face the charges – he is already in jail. Dean Watson, of Burton Avenue, Monk Bretton, is alleged to have assaulted PC Jessica Hezseltine and PC Mark Oxley in Peel Square on Saturday July 16. He was due in at Barnsley Magistrates’ on Wednesday but the court was told he was unable to attend. When District Judge John Foster asked why, he was informed Watson, 35, had been sent to Doncaster Prison in October for other offences. He will now appear at on Tuesday via a video link from prison.

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at a time when digital transformation in the health, science and technology sectors is at the top of the agenda. “We’re really excited about the changes we’ve made, the challenges ahead and opportunities we can see for our clients and HMA. “The rebrand feels like just the start of a new phase that Steve, Emma and I are going to ensure takes the business to the next level.” Former chairman and founder Rob Hill added: “I have no regrets about moving on as I know the business and everyone there is in good hands. “I look forward to hearing about all the successes Nicola, Steve, Emma and the team achieve.”

DO YOUR kids fancy meeting up with Santa? Well a shop in Darton is offering the chance for them to do exactly that. And they can do it for free – though a donation to Barnsley Hospital’s Tiny Hearts Appeal would be welcome. Les Cadeaux Paint a Pot shop in Church Street is to hold its Meet Santa event on Sunday. And to prepare for the event the shop’s mascot Pierre the Bear and proprietor Neil Lockwood went to meet the hospital’s mascot Cheerio and learn more about the plans for building the new special baby care unit. Neil said: “As a family business we are always keen to support local charities, and as we have many babies come in to the shop for 3D castings or hand prints we have heard a lot this year about the great work that Tiny Hearts are doing. “For our Meet Santa Day we turn the shop into a grotto and invite children to bring a letter for Santa. “Then they are brought through by our mascot Pierre to meet him.

FRIENDS: Pierre the Bear and Neil Lockwood meet Cheerio. “Parents are welcome to take a photo and each child will be given some reindeer food with any donations given to the Tiny Hearts Appeal. “Last year we raised over £150 for Brainstrust, and this year we are aiming for £200 for Tiny Hearts.” The event will be held between noon and 5pm. Parents are advised to visit to book.

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By Lynsey Bradford FORMER world boxing champion Kell Brook will be in Barnsley tomorrow to talk about his career, his life and his love of the sport. Kell, from Sheffield, will give an insight into the highs and lows of being a professional boxer which include winning the welterweight world title in 2014, but being stabbed shortly after. Kell, 30, has been professional since 2004 and once boxed at the Metrodome. He has won 36 fights and lost one, and is currently injured after suffering a broken eye socket following his defeat to Gennady Golovkin for the middleweight world title. He told the Chronicle he was looking forward to coming to Barnsley, and said he considered the town his second home as it is just down the road from his native Sheffield. “I’ve been to Barnsley a couple times and I’ve had some good nights out there. I’m sure I will get a good reception there. “I’m looking forward to it. “People will get an insight into my career and what I’ve got left to give to boxing. “I will be talking about how I started boxing and what drives me and the highs and lows of boxing, the biggest punchers I’ve been in with and what is still driving me today.” On winning the world title he said: “It was the best moment in my boxing life, and to be in California winning that world title was fantastic.”

It was not long after that Kell was stabbed whilst away in Tenerife. He added: “It was a bad time, I had just won the world title and was away with my Mrs and kids. “You just don’t know what people are thinking and what vendettas people have got. I didn’t know if I would ever fight again. “It wasn’t nice at all, it’s definitely been a rollercoaster.” Despite this, Kell says he still has much to offer and wants big fights with big names. He added: “I’ve still got a lot to give to the sport. I want these great fights with great champions and I want to give the fans the best fight I can, to prove to myself that I belong to the highest level in the sport and prove I’m the best fighter in the world. It is a powerful drive for me.” I An Evening with Kell Brook will be held at Oakwell tomorrow.

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Choir tickets still for sale TICKETS still remain for a performance by the world famous choir of the Adolf Fredrik’s music school tonight. The young Swedish musicians are in Barnsley as guests of Barnsley Youth Choir and will perform their own concert at Emmanuel Church, 7pm. BYC musical director Mat Wright said: “People really won’t be disappointed if they come along, I guarantee it. Don’t miss it.” I For tickets call 07542 169074.

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By Mike Cotton VOLUNTEERS hoping to restore regimental flags carried to the Western Front by the famous Barnsley Pals soldiers 100 years ago are nervously awaiting the results of a study carried out by spe-

cialist textile conservators. Jenny Van Enckevort and Zoe Lanceley from the People’s History Museum in Manchester spent several hours at St Mary’s Church in town last Thursday inspecting and photographing the

regimental standards of the 13th and 14th York and Lancaster Regiment — also known as the 1st and 2nd Barnsley Pals. Within the next few weeks they will provide a report detailing what can be done to repair and pre-

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Centre bosses in hot water over swimmer snap photographs to be taken for the centre’s own promotion. BPL claims it had put signs up telling people that photographs would be taken during that day, but Theresa said she never saw them and it should have been made much clearer. “If I had any idea I was going to be photographed in my swim wear I would have immediately taken myself out of that situation,” said Theresa, 38, of Hoyland Common. “I really don’t think it is appropriate to take photographs of families in their swim wear unless those families themselves are aware.” A spokesman for Barnsley Premier Leisure said: “The latest issue of BPL’s Involved Magazine featured a photograph of our annual summer pool party. “We have since spoken to a customer who attended the event that was not aware of the posters and notices warning her of this on the day and was embarrassed by the picture we included.”

Society’s red letter day BARNSLEY Philatelic Society is hosting an open day when stamp dealer Andy Andrews will be in attendance, along with collector David Horner who will be showing his Queen Victoria 2d blue issues. The open day will be held on Saturday December 10 from 9am to 4pm at the Friends Meeting House in Huddersfield Road. Admission is free.

smoking ‘invisible’ to children is making parks smokefree, starting with Locke Park and Elsecar Park this month. It is then due to rolled out across the borough in spring next year — although this will only be on a voluntary basis. As well as reducing smoking, other areas identified for improvement include early help for mental health and services for older people which will look at high quality dementia care and work to prevent and minimise the impact of frailty and falls. Life expectancy differs widely from Penistone to Dearne, with Dearne residents dying, on average, six years sooner. The board collectively agreed what additional resources are needed where and how this can be achieved to make the greatest impact on health and wellbeing. The strategy also looks at building strong and resilient communities where people live in good houses and have a good education, and at putting more focus on prevention, and empowering people to improve their own health.



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MORE than 1,350 deaths in Barnsley were linked to smoking over a two-year period. The council’s draft health and wellbeing strategy for 2016 to 2020 states smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death – accounting for 1,355 deaths in Barnsley between 2012 to 14. It adds: “This equates to seven double-decker buses full of people dying in Barnsley as a direct result of smoking every year. “Smoking is a leading cause of health inequalities and is responA SINGING for memories sible for half the difference in life expectancy between the rich and group is to hold its last poor.” meeting before The strategy has been put Christmas. together by the heath and wellbeThe group, which meets ing board and its purpose is to help at the Venue, Barnsley people take better conStocksbridge, will be held trol of their health and wellbeing on Thursday from 1.30pm and to enjoy more enriching lives, to 2.30pm and anyone in safer and stronger communican attend. ties, whoever they are and wherever they live. Got any news? Call It was recently rubber-stamped Barnsley 734262 by senior councillors.

A PHOTOGRAPH showing a Barnsley mum and her children in their swimming costumes taken at the Metrodome without their knowledge has landed bosses of the leisure centre in hot water. The offending photograph featured on the front page of Barnsley Premier Leisure’s promotional magazine Involved, distributed free at BPL venues, and was also published on its website. It has now been removed from the website and all copies removed from the centres after complaints including one from Theresa Smith, who features in the foreground of the picture with her children aged four and six. It shows more than 20 adults and children frolicking in the Metrodome’s wave pool. Theresa said there are signs around the Metrodome informing customers they are not allowed to take photographs and called it ‘double standards’ that management allowed


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future of the Post Office as a matter of urgency’. Mr Dugher said: “While there is no immediate closure threat to our local post offices in Barnsley, the post office network is at crisis point over its future. “We have already seen many local bank branches close down and I fear some post offices face a similar fate, unless the government takes urgent action to safeguard them. “Ministers must come up with a robust strategy to help get post offices on a sound financial footing and help them grow their income if this cherished part of our community is to survive. The government should look at establishing a Post Office Bank to develop the financial services post offices already offer.”

BARNSLEY MP Michael Dugher is calling on the government to safeguard the future of local post offices. The move comes as fears grow that post offices across Yorkshire could be forced to shut due to falling incomes. His constituency of Barnsley East had already seen the closure of Wombwell Post Office earlier this year, although a post office counter has opened inside the Heron Foods shop on the High Street. In April, the Post Office announced plans to move around 60 branches across the country into WH Smith stores and shed up to 2,000 jobs. Mr Dugher warned the Post Office was now at a crisis point and called for government action. He has signed a Commons motion that demands that the government develops a ‘strategy to safeguard the

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BARNSLEY Council handed out nearly 10 per cent of all dog fouling fines in the UK last year, according to new figures. We asked We Are Barnsley Facebook fans for their thoughts: Mick Rise: “Well done Barnsley Council for this. My area used to be a bit of a nightmare for dog poo. Big improvement in last few months. The fines pay the wages of the enforcement staff so I don't see how other councils are saving money by not doing it.” Alan Acer: “Well done Barnsley Council, it's still a problem around here though. Recently a woman picked up but left half on the floor. and put it in my blue (card only) bin which had just been emptied. I have a neighbour at each side of me that pick up and store the bags in full display in their front gardens. Rebecca Dawson: “I'm fed up with walking our dog and standing in something. If you don't want to scoop the poop don't have a dog. One bloke walks five large dogs daily and I have yet to see him pick up. Spoils it for others.” Craig Shapcott: “Could have been more, too. It's disgusting people not picking up after their dogs.” Sarah Shaw: “Isn't it about time we started imposing harsher fines? That would make people pick it up I'm sure. How about three strikes? The fines get worse for every offence, then a prison sentence if you keep on doing it.” Carol Susan Mcilwrick: “More poo bins would be helpful. We've not all got little dogs, and carrying it around for over an hour is not fun.” Sandra Burns: “As a dog owner, I do clean up. But what if your dog has picked up something from discarded kebabs and pizzas, and worse, the polystyrene cartons? If ingested by a dog, it could result in a bad stomach. Then it's impossible to clean up.” Dennis Burns: “Don't get me wrong, as a dog owner and having kids I hate random dog poo in parks on streets, anywhere really, but in the last two months, three of the five only dog bins within 30 minute walk of my house have gone. No idea if it's vandalism or cutbacks. More people with more dogs and less bins equals loads of fines. But none of the money will be going to replacing or adding more bins.” Emma Robinson: “Too right, it's everywhere. I once did a count on our ten minute walk from home to nursery, and we had to dodge seven piles. Disgusting.” Polly Adams: “It's disgusting to see it around town. It's no wonder the council are at the top of the list because there’s loads of it. Well done for trying to reduce it. I think they should bring in harsher penalties though.”

I read with interest the article in the edition of November 25 that the council has been awarded a ‘gold accreditation for its commitment to high performance’. The chief executive is quoted as saying: ‘it’s another great example of how our staff are leading the way’ and that the council is ‘keeping our customers at the heart of all we do’. What the article fails to mention is that the council’s staff appear to be totally defunct in responding to any questions regarding the recent Local Plan Publication Draft 2016 consultation exercise and the council’s failure to understand or acknowledge the concerns that the local community has in relation to the proposals contained therein.

The council has been conspicuous by its silence in not reporting on the results of the Local Plan consultation exercise, or the many thousands of comments that have been made thereon. How this compares to the chief executive’s quoted comments above is difficult to understand. What is clear from information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, is that the council continues to work closely with private developers and the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority outside the Local Plan Publication Draft 2016 consultation exercise in preparing detailed proposals for the development of designated greenbelt land between Pogmoor, Gawber, Redbrook, Barugh Green and Higham identified as Site MU1 in the Local Plan document, in the full expectation that the

Local Plan will be approved by the Planning Inspectorate. Indeed this expectation is compounded on page ten in the council’s Capital Programme Performance report submitted to Cabinet on Wednesday. This is despite the strong objections to these proposals and before the Local Plan examination in public stage has even begun. There is also a report on the same cabinet agenda which appears to move the goal posts after the event in relation to existing council policy and the interpretation of the National Planning Policy Framework, such that the expectations mentioned above can be implemented and which will assist developers in bringing future planning applications forward for development on greenbelt land and edge of settlement locations. Need I say more?

Stop the moaning and let’s get on with BREXIT RAYMOND LEVITT, High Street, Worsbrough Dale Dr Parker’s letter in last week’s Chronicle stated that lies were used to manipulate the opinions of the electorate in the recent Brexit referendum thus in his opinion we, the people, got it wrong. He may well be correct that some lies were told although he did fail to indicate which particular lies he was referring to. The government’s leaflet that was distributed to every household in the UK painted a very gloomy

picture about the perils that awaited us should we leave the EU. On the other hand UKIP and the other pro-leavers painted an equally gloomy view of what would happen if we voted to remain. But as in every ballot whether it is a referendum or a general election voters are left to sum up the arguments and cast their vote as their conscience dictates, it’s called democracy not fascism. My own reason for voting to leave was mainly due to the lack of democracy in the EU, for when Dr Parker talks of

the tyranny of the minority is that not the case where countries who are net contributors to the EU can be held to ransom by those countries who are the greatest recipients of EU cash? The demography of the UK referendum showed clearly the tyranny of the minority when the Celtic countries who receive greater amounts of cash per person under the Barnet formula than England voted to remain. The parts of the UK that voted to leave were generally the parts that felt neglected by

both the UK government and the EU. As for Mr Mosley and his claim that we may not have known what we were voting for, I could not disagree more. It is only now after the result which went against the government’s wishes that all these obstacles have suddenly appeared. I believe that if the British people can get behind the government and cut out all this in fighting then Brexit could be the best thing that’s happened to this country since the end of WW2, so let’s get on with it.

MPs who defy constituents will pay the price H BARRON, Flouch, Hazlehead There are times when I read some comments in the letters page of the Chronicle and I am not sure whether to laugh or cry. On November 18, for instance, we had a lecture on truth and democracy from Dr Parker. A convoluted lecture to say the least, firstly, he accuses MPs of conceit for claiming to speak for the people and says they should stand by their own opinions and disregard the wishes of their constituents even if they disagree. He goes on to describe the ‘will of the people’ as a myth and nothing more than a point of view, and even manages to turn the majority for Brexit into a minority opinion because, he claims, it is

based on lies. Any MP who consistently defies the will of his constituents will soon find himself out of work and it was lies that took us into the EU in the first place. When Ted Heath was asked: “Is it intended to make it a federal superstate?” he said: ‘No, of course not’. when asked the same question 35 years later, said: “Yes, of course, what else could it be?” So according to Dr Parker we were deceived by sleight of hand in 1975 when we voted to stay in the common market and that cannot be called democratic. We also have Mr Mosley defending the judiciary and the sovereignty of our Parliament. The truth is our Parliament

doesn’t have any sovereignty, it comes under the jurisdiction of Brussels. You may call them British laws, but one of the problems of Brexit is that we are ruled by EU legislation and this will probably take years to sort out. Our so-called independent judges are also an integral part of the EU legislature and will most certainly be biased against having to leave the EU. When Parliament voted six to one to leave the decision to the people, David Cameron made it perfectly clear that it was an in or out decision – not advisory or arbitrary – but a final decision. He hoped to use it to quieten his backbenchers but it backfired.

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Film showing was Where has a perfect tribute Harry gone?

NORMAN J HAZELL, Woolgreaves Drive, Wakefield

COUN LINDA BURGESS, Mayor of Barnsley Could I take this opportunity to thank all those involved last weekend in two great fundraisers for the Mayor’s Charity, which will improve the quality of life for those living with dementia. On Friday, Music in the Round provided a wonderful chamber music concert at Emmanuel Church to celebrate their 10th anniversary of performing in Barnsley and to contribute to the Mayor’s Charity. Thanks are due to the musicians for great performances of an audience choice piece as well as their own and a Mayor’s choice. I must also thank Emmanuel Church for providing not just a comfortable venue but also the refreshments. The concert was followed on Sunday afternoon at Penistone Paramount with a special showing of the film Kes based on Barry Hines’ novel ‘A Kestrel for a Knave’. The film was preceded by a talk on Barry’s contribution to literature by Dr David Forest of Sheffield University and the reading of a letter from director Ken Loach commending Barry’s work. The audience was pleased to see Dai Bradley who played the part of Billy Casper in the film. Dai’s contribution to the auction held in the interval, of a signed personal copy of his script from the film, was much appreciated. Barry’s widow had donated some very personal artefacts of Barry’s and I’m grateful to Dan Jarvis MP for stepping in to auction these really interesting mementoes. I would also very much like to thank Brian Barnsley and the team at Penistone Paramount who made sure the afternoon ran smoothly. Finally, and most importantly, a huge thank you to all who came along to both events and in so doing contributed to the Mayor’s Charity and the improved support for those living with dementia. I am extremely grateful for everyone’s involvement at bothe events.

After attending the funeral of Duncan Sharp at Cawthorne along with my good friend, Dickie Bird, we found ourselves discussing another former great Barnsley player, goalkeeper, Harry Hough. Although only a casual visitor to Oakwell, I saw Harry play and what a sound keeper he was. I later came to know him better when Christopher, my son, joined Wakefield Golf Club, where Harry was a top player and always willing to help beginners. Later, he went to live at Filey, where he became a member of that fine club. A keen Barnsley supporter at the funeral told Dickie and I that he’d called into Filey Golf Club this summer, only to be told Harry had left and gone back to live in Wakefield, or somewhere. He hasn’t been to his old club and even as a former Mayor of the city, I haven’t been able to trace him. I wonder if anyone in Barnsley has bumped into him? Dickie would love to meet him so if anyone could let me have his number, a reunion can be arranged.

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Silence on dumpit policy is rubbish W COBB, Church View, Crescent, Penistone Mr Graham Young, the refuse and recycling manager at Barnsley Council, was asked to clarify the legislation his department enforces which prevents pedestrians entering recycling centres without first obtaining a permit (Chronicle letter October 28). Mr Young’s failure to comply with this request is unhelpful. This debate was widened after the recent disclosure by a member of Mr Young’s staff that pedestrian permits to enter BMBC recycling centres would not be issued to car owners. This would seem to confirm that Barnsley Council has a determination to identify all those entering recycling centres under their control with a strong bias to force the use of registered motor vehicles. The easing of traffic congestion in these centres appears not to be a priority. Mr Young’s continued silence on this matter increases speculation that this may be another local government strategy being assembled to bring in future charging for recycling. Retrospectively Barnsley Council is one of the many Labour councils which readily embraced the Thatcher / Conservative policy of setting a high level of council taxation and then enforcing extra charging for using some

services already paid for. Despite council tax charges more than doubling since 1993, BMBC still levies a significant charge for the removal of each item of discarded household furniture and appliances. More recently, Barnsley Council’s attempt to covertly roll out a fleet of wheelie bins fitted with electronic devices which are a vital component of a proposed ‘Pay as you Throw’ scheme was exposed by Barnsley residents and featured in the Chronicle in 2006. Although that scheme has been suspended but not cancelled, this and other examples reveal an ongoing agenda by both central and local government to extract extra revenue from the public use of such vital services which should be adequately covered by the basic level of taxation. Mr Young takes an income from the revenue raised through local taxation and as such, a response from him is expected. Mr Young needs to fully explain why such a comprehensive identification system is being used to monitor public usage of BMBC recycling centres, also why are car owners prevented from obtaining a pedestrian recycling permit? Finally, can Mr Young mitigate concerns of a future extra charging policy for the use of his department’s services?

CHRONICLE COMMENT THERE was a time when hardly a month seemed to go by without new plans for a supermarket. The wave of applications and announcements calmed, but this week’s plans for an Aldi on the edge of town near Wickes – and near Asda – represent the fourth planned edge-of-town supermarket in the last few years. That’s not counting Lidl, the one which did come to fruition and opened at Town End in 2012. The other plans never came off, but

given the rise of the discount stores and Aldi’s surge to prominence, it would be a shock if it didn’t come together pretty quickly. It will, of course, first need planning permission. But assuming Barnsley Council does give its blessing, diggers will probably be on site before the ink is dry. The big question will be does yet another supermarket pose a risk to the prosperity of the town centre and our beloved market? Steve Houghton, leader of the

council, thinks the market is strong enough and will be so attractive to shoppers once the Better Barnsley redevelopment is complete that Aldi will struggle to compete. The town centre is already surrounded on all sides by supermarkets, so the likelihood is the new kid in town is likely to steal business from the likes of Asda, Morrisons and Lidl rather than the market and town centre. Remembering that planning permission was granted for a huge

store just across from Morrisons just a few years ago, which never materialised, it would be difficult to argue the town couldn’t support another supermarket. Let’s just hope the jobs it creates don’t come at the expense of existing jobs elsewhere. ONE of the most popular shows on TV is to return to our screens in the new year. And this time it may feature a few talented people from Barnsley.

Scouts from Britain's got Talent have been casting their eye over what the town has to offer at auditions held at Barnsley College. There was the usual mix of impressionists, magicians, dancers and singers. And what a show they put on. Lee Warris who is registered blind gave a very emotional performance of The Living Years. Let’s hope Lee and others from Barnsley get to share their talents with a national TV audience.

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NEWSLINES Pub assault: Man hit with a bottle

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A BARNSLEY man lost two teeth and suffered serious facial injuries after being struck in the face by a bottle. Police report that a 29year-old man was assaulted at the New Bank pub, Doncaster Road, Goldthorpe, at around 11.50pm on Sunday. Officers believe the man was struck in the face by a bottle after a fight broke out near the smoking area door inside the pub. A man who is thought to have thrown the bottle has been described as white with short ginger hair, of stocky build and was wearing a dark coloured top. He is also thought to be linked to a dark coloured Mercedes car that was in the car park at the time of the incident. I Information to police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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Agency told to improve AN AGENCY which provides care to people in their own homes has been told it requires improvement. Health inspectors from the Care Quality Commission found medicines were not always safely managed and recorded by staff at TLC Homecare, based on Stocks Lane, Barnsley. Most people felt most staff were caring and respected their privacy and dignity although some relatives claimed complaints did not always bring improvements Inspectors praised the agency for being caring and found most people felt staff were caring and respected clients’ privacy and dignity. They found staff knew to always maintain confidentiality, and that care workers knew the people they provided care for well.

FAME GAME: Fluidity Dance Group and Barnsley College students Victoria Ridgway, Libby Aston, John Gordon Lane, Kayleigh Lee, Ellen Fleming, Callum Malyan, Autumn Caress, Paige Roberts and Chloe Thornton who auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent this week. Picture: Scott Bairstow. PD081649

A shot at stardom ... By Katia Harston IMPRESSIONISTS, magicians, dancers and singers were among those who lined up for a shot at stardom in TV’s Britain’s Got Talent auditions held in Barnsley this week. Locals flooded a special fenced off area inside Barnsley College’s Old Mill Lane campus where they waited patiently to be called up in front of talent spotters for the flagship ITV show. One of the first to step up and audition for the 2017 series of Britain’s Got Talent was a nine-piece dance group from the college who performed a routine to Janet Jackson’s Burn It Up, choreographed by dance teacher Karl Newsam. Musical theatre student and member of the dance group, Libby Aston, 17, said they were nervous at first but soon

got into the swing of things. Libby, of Bayford Way, Wombwell, said: “They asked a lot of questions but made us feel comfortable when we went in. We channelled our excitement into the dance and gave it our all. “On February 19 we should find out and if we do not hear anything we’ve not been successful. “I think we did really well and have a fighting chance.” Lee Warris was the 13th in line and is hoping that makes him lucky. The 42-year-old, who is registered blind, wanted to impress judges with his rendition of Paul Carrack’s The Living Years which is a sentimental song for Lee — it reminds him of his late father Norman who died ten years ago, aged 68. Lee, of Totley Close, Athersley South, said: “When my dad died, The Living Years

was quite a poignant song to me as he died in the morning and I wasn’t able to be there. He died before I had a chance to see him. “The lyric is ‘I wasn’t there that morning, when my father passed away, I didn’t get to tell him, all the things I had to say’. “To get through would mean everything to me. “My dad was one of my biggest supporters.” Charlotte Smith, 16, of Kingwell Road, Worsbrough Bridge, was there to sing and play guitar. She is a member of Barnsley Youth Choir. “I really want to be a musician and sing. “That’s why I have come,” she said. Adam Noble, 28, of Queens Drive, Dodworth, wanted to give the auditions a go a few years back but didn’t have the confidence.

He sang Hushabye Mountain from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. “I thought I would do something a bit different and the song is from a film I grew up with and loved. “I have always wanted to sing since I was little and never really had the confidence.” Gabriella Colasurdo, one of the talent spotters for the show, told the Chronicle a raft of talent had been through the door in just the first hour of auditions. She said: “We’ve had dancers, magicians, musicians, impressionists. We have a quick chat with them, they do their act and then we take the footage back to London to show the producers. They make the decisions who goes forward in the competition and if someone is successful they get called back.”

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Man hurt in street attack A 25-YEAR-OLD Barnsley man suffered serious injuries when he was attacked on a street during the early hours. Police are appealing for witnesses after the man was hospitalised following the attack. Officers say that at around 1.20am last Sunday, the man was walking along Strafford Avenue in Elsecar when he was assaulted. Anyone who witnessed the incident should call 101.

Ava’s joy at taking first in contest By Katia Harston PRIMARY pupils have helped name a new roundabout being built as part of major improvements to reduce congestion at the Birdwell motorway junction. Hoyland Common kids were asked by Barnsley Council to come up with possible names for the roundabout and the winner was Fitzwilliam Roundabout by young Ava Evans, which she came up with in a nod to the area’s historical links to Earl Fitzwilliam. Representatives from the council presented Ava, seven, with a certificate of achievement, and runners up also received certificates of recognition at a school assembly. Signs for the roundabout will now include the new name Fitzwilliam Roundabout and are expected to be put up in the new year. The A61 Birdwell improvement scheme involves a major realignment of the road system, including the construction of two new roundabouts and traffic lights. There will also be a direct link from the motorway onto the local road network, which will reduce existing traffic congestion improve bus services and cut down journey times.

SHAKE-UP: Shaking hands are Len Collett, chairman of Age UK Barnsley, and the chairman of Barnsley and District U3A Alan Swann. The two charities have agreed to work together in a

new partnership it is hoped will benefit the town’s older citizens. U3A will now use space at the Age UK Barnsley shop on Eldon Street as an outlet from which its members can pick up information

and newsletters about U3A activities. Members of the public will also be able to pick up leaflets and other information about the U3A from staff and volunteers at the Age UK shop.

A DRUNKEN row which resulted in a broken window led to a court appearance for a 26-year-old Barnsley man. And at the hearing two very different versions were given to the court of what went on prior to the brick going through the window. First Barnsley Magistrates’ Court was told Dale Payne and his girlfriend were drinking at his mate’s home in Tower Street, Worsbrough Common. Later that evening Payne got into a confrontation with his friend’s father who the court was told was asleep upstairs when he was woken by a noise at 8.30pm. The father, who the court was told was in bed because he had to be up early the next day for work, went downstairs to ask his son and Payne to keep the noise down. He then returned to bed. But a short time later he got up again as the noise continued. The court was told Payne was then asked to leave but he refused and the police were called. As the row escalated the father and his son managed to bundle Payne outside. But as he left Payne picked up an object and threw it through the window causing £200 in damage. At court Payne pleaded guilty to criminal damage.


But in mitigation his solicitor Robert Campbell gave a far different account of what had happened on that night Mr Campbell told the court that the father had returned from the pub worse for drink and joined the party. He said the father chatted to Payne’s girlfriend and was so drunk he then exposed himself in front of her. The court was told he was then asked by his own son and Payne to go to bed. But he returned shortly afterwards with a baseball bat at which point Payne decided to leave. Mr Campbell said: “As he was leaving, as a parting shot, he picked something up and shouted at his friend’s father ‘you shouldn’t have chatted up my girlfriend’. “He then threw what he had picked up at the window.” Unemployed Payne, of Day Street, Worsbrough Common, who the court was told had mental health issues caused by a head injury, was given an 18-month conditional discharge. Judge John Foster also made a restriction order which means Payne should not visit the address in Tower Street for the next 12 months. Payne was also ordered to pay compensation of £200, costs of £50 and a £20 victim surcharge.

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NEWSLINES Council sets up new posts NEW posts have been created at Barnsley Council as part of a restructure to save £400,000. The council is advertising for a ‘workforce and vocational development manager’ paying up to £39,000, a ‘head of business improvement and intelligence’ on a salary of up to £53,000 and three, £36,000-a-year business intelligence advisor posts. The head of business improvement and intelligence needs to ‘provide clear, visible and professional leadership to drive and support the performance culture’. A workforce and vocational development manager will take a lead role in ‘developing and implementing the wider workforce strategies and plans’, while the business intelligence advisors will ‘support continuous service improvement through effective provision of business intelligence and insight’.

Pledge over roll of honour A PROJECT to create a roll of honour for all Barnsley people killed during the First World War which was in danger of collapsing will definitely be finished according to a former Mayor who stepped in to rescue it. Coun Ken Richardson officially became chairman and named officer of the Barnsley War Memorials Project at an extraordinary general meeting last week. The meeting was called to agree key changes to its constitution which allow it to function without a secretary. “The job is 90 per cent complete and we’re going to make sure we see it through,” said Ken.

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Hospital patients’ beds were pushed together

Devoted couple spent final hours holding hands ... By Lynsey Bradford A COUPLE who were married for 54 years spent their final moments together holding hands. Audrey Fleetwood had been in hospital for about 24 weeks and was on end of life care when her husband Dennis was admitted after becoming unwell. As the end neared for Dennis, caring hospital staff moved them into the same room and pushed their beds together so they could be near each other. Their son Paul, 48, of Wakefield Road, Barnsley, said: “Dad was struggling until we told him mum was there and he died holding her hand, peacefully. He just seemed to let go. “He had been saying he didn’t want to live without her and he didn’t know what he would do without her. It was my mum’s birthday when he went into hospital on November 17, and then he died the next day. And then mum died two days later. We had told her about dad, but we are not sure how aware she was.” Audrey, who had mild dementia, had been in hospital following an operation to remove a gall stone. But her health deteriorated following a number of infections. Dennis, who had been treated for bladder tumours, was

‘Dad was struggling until we told him mum was there and he died holding her hand,

peacefully...’ admitted to hospital after becoming unwell and died of aspiration pneumonia — a lung infection that develops after food or liquid is aspirated into the lungs. The couple were both originally from the Kexborough and Barugh area and met at a dance, likely to have been at Barnsley Baths. Dennis, 85, and Audrey, 77, were married on December 26, 1961 and they had lived in their home on Victoria Crescent West for all their married life and it is the house where he was born. Audrey used to work at Barnsley Canister Company and later became a lollipop lady and did playground duties at St Matthew’s Infant School which is now Summer Lane Primary. Dennis had various jobs from


working in his parents’ butchers shops to Lindhurst Lodge care home and car dealer Ted Johnson. Until his retirement, he worked for Barnsley Council keeping the town hall gardens tidy. Paul added: “They seemed to know everyone in town. “My mum talked to everyone and every animal, she was a big animal lover. They used to go ballroom dancing a lot, mum was a qualified teacher when she was younger. “And dad loved gardening, he was always in the garden come day or night. They also used to take all three of us around the country swimming because we all swam for Barnsley. “They looked after my daughter Olivia from her being three months old so we could work, and practically brought her up, along with us. She was really close to them.” A joint funeral will be held for the couple on Wednesday at Ardsley Crematorium at 10.50am. The couple also leave another son, David, 46, of Glasgow and daughter Susan Robinson, 51, of Rugby. Dennis has a brother Terry, who lives in Portsmouth and Audrey also leaves a brother Michael King, who lives in Southampton.

TOUCHING STORY: Dennis and Audrey Fleetwood and inset — the pair pictured as a young couple.

Robbery: Cops want to trace man Woman’s

All aboard for a rail walk ... By Gail Robinson FANCY starting a nice walk with a quick train ride? The latest Pennines rail walk will be held tomorrow with a railway ramble with the Penistone Lines Partnership. The delightful eightmile walk starts in Dodworth and passes via the Dove Valley Trail, Worsbrough Mill and Wombwell Woods to finish in Wombwell. Take the train departing Penistone at 9.44am or Wombwell at 9.55am or Barnsley at 10.01am to Dodworth. The walk starts at 10.15am from Dodworth station, all welcome. Details on or call 07908 450444.

CAN YOU IDENTIFY ANYONE? Images released by police following a robbery in Manvers.

DETECTIVES have an image of a vehicle in connection to a robbery in the Manvers area in which a 48-year-old man suffered serious injuries. The victim was pulled from his vehicle by an unknown man at Fairfields Business Park on Sunday, October 2, at around 6pm and assaulted leaving him with two fractured eye sockets. The man then stole his car, which is a distinct 2008 Nurburgring Edition, white Vauxhall Astra VRX. The car has black chequers running along the bonnet and over the car customised, black alloy wheels. Detectives are keen to trace the man in the CCTV images as they think he may have vital information that could assist the investigation. The vehicle pictured, a black Vauxhall Astra, is also thought to be connected to the robber. However it’s believed the registration plates are false and may be switched to another vehicle. Information to 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 1002 of October 2.

Stagecoach’s smartphone app is just the ticket By Gail Robinson

FLAT CAPS & MUFFLERS The Art of Being a Yorkshireman By Ian McMillan, Illustrated by Tony Husband

RRP £9.99 - £7.99 with Chronicle Voucher Offer ends 31st December 2016 Since 2008, author, poet and presenter Ian McMillan and awardwinning cartoonist Tony Husband have entertained readers of Dalesman magazine with their unique, humorous take on life in the White Rose county. Now, for the first time, these columns are brought together in one hilarious volume. You’ll learn all about the essence of Yorkshireness, find out how to “dress proper” and the correct way to greet a Yorkshireman. You’ll discover the secret of the perfect cup of Yorkshire tea and learn why the flat cap is always “on trend” in God’s Own Country. Back by popular “Yorkshireness is more than an accident of demand birth and an ability to whip up a Yorkshire Friday pudding because you’ve got Yorkshire wrists,” 9 December says Ian. “It’s a state of mind.”

STAGECOACH bus passengers across Barnsley can now instantly buy and download day tickets to their smartphone. The bus operator has introduced mobile ticketing, which means customers can purchase dayrider tickets using PayPal or a debit or credit card through the Stagecoach app. It provides an additional payment option, alongside existing StagecoachSmart cards and cash, and will make it even easier for customers to

buy and use their bus tickets by combining mobile ticketing and journey planning information on one app. The free Stagecoach app was introduced earlier this year for Apple and Android mobile phones, offering a number of journey planning tools including interactive maps, a smartphone GPS system to help customers identify their nearest bus stop and the most suitable bus service. Passengers can also access additional information such as fare options, live running

times and journey length and location, helping them determine where they are on the route. Matt Davies, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “As well as our existing payment methods, we’re pleased to be able to offer customers the chance to download dayrider tickets straight to their smartphone taking away the need to travel with cash or change. “It’s one of a number of ways we are working to make bus travel as easy and conven-

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ient as possible and we hope it will help to encourage more people out of their cars and onto public transport.” The Stagecoach app is part of a major investment by the company in its digital strategy. Investment has included the launch of a new website as well as the introduction of real-time technology on all buses. Stagecoach recently announced plans to deliver contactless payments on all vehicles by the end of 2018.

CASH DONATION: Students from Barnsley College join Emma McDonald-Brown, fourth from left, her son Sherratt, front left, and daughter Arrabella, front right, to hand the cheque to Lisa Calvert, far right.

Black tie event helps Tiny Hearts By Gail Robinson BARNSLEY College students marked World Prematurity Day by handing over a cheque for £650 to Barnsley Hospital’s Tiny Hearts appeal. Students and staff from the college’s childcare and education professions department raised the money by hosting a black tie and ball gown charity ball at the Holiday Inn. The department chose to support the Tiny Hearts Appeal as tutor Emma McDonald-Brown’s four-year-

old son Sherratt was cared for by the special care baby unit at the hospital when he was born prematurely at 31 weeks. The unit also cared for Emma when she was born at 32 weeks. Emma is the national coordinator for Little Miracles UK, a charity supporting the families of premature and sick babies. Emma said: “Sherratt wouldn’t be here without the care and monitoring I received during my pregnancy up until delivery and the medical attention he

received during labour and after delivery. “This money is valuable as the SCBU is trying to purchase new equipment to provide an even better standard of care for the special care babies and the most comfortable environment possible for families and staff. “The update and expansion will allow parents to have proper bonding time with their babies which would be of huge benefit after the recent study conducted regarding the mental health of parents of premature babies.”

A DRUG abuser who has been injecting heroin for half his life has been put on a rehabilitation programme and must report back to Barnsley Magistrates’ Court in January to assess progress with the course. The court was told Shane Greenwood, 30, of Burton Crescent, Monk Bretton, had a ‘horrendous’ record for dishonesty and he had issues with heroin and crack cocaine use, having injected heroin from the age of 15. He pleaded guilty to stealing groceries worth more than £90 from the Aldi store at Barugh Green last month and was given a 14-week jail sentence, though that was suspended for a year. But he was also told to take part in a rehabilitation programme and must return to court in early January to assess his progress with that. District Judge John Foster told him: “With the rehabilitation programme, the answer is that having been given that opportunity, you respond in a positive way. “You do want to live a better quality life. “You do want to repay your parents for their support,” he told him. Greenwood was also ordered to pay compensation of £93 and a victim surcharge of £115.

antics to ‘scare’ backfired A WOMAN who intended to ‘scare’ an acquaintance by moving around items in her home ended up with a burglary conviction. Jemma Musson, 30, of Lytham Avenue, Monk Bretton, pleaded guilty to burglary at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court after using a key to enter a house in Tower Street to take items including pictures and ornaments. Prosecutor Julie Grant told the court that Musson had a key to the house and had authority to take some property, but not the items stolen. The victim had described the missing items as being of sentimental value, having been given to her by family and friends. Although there was no connection to Musson, the house was later subject to an arson attack, leaving the occupant without a home, the hearing was told. Items she had taken were later returned to their owner and in mitigation her solicitor Jamie Barton said: “She intended to scare her by moving furniture and never thought of the consequences. She feels ashamed and didn’t realise how serious it was.” The court was told a probation officer regarded Musson as vulnerable and that she had post traumatic stress disorder. District Judge John Foster sentenced her to a community order for 12 months, which will include up to ten days rehabilitation, including attending a women’s group. She was also subject to a curfew from 9pm to 6am for eight weeks and ordered to pay £170 in costs and a victim surcharge.

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railway station could be moved along the track to a new ‘park and ride’ site close to the motorway if talks between the council and transport bosses are successful. The council has bought land at the side of the track near junction 37 for a bus link to the town centre and it hopes in time the station will be moved on site to complete the scheme. Council leader Steve Houghton said: “It’s not going to happen tomorrow but it is one of our long-term aims.”

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Distraught mum’s desperate to get tot home for Christmas By Mike Cotton THE mum of a little girl who has spent almost all of this year in hospital is facing a race against time to complete specialist training she needs in order to bring her home for Christmas. Jess Stocks, two, had a bone marrow transplant six months ago after being diagnosed with leukaemia. At her last check-up she was ‘leukaemia-free’ but the various medication she requires to help stop her immune system rejecting her donor’s bone marrow has made her seriously ill. She was able to spend a few weeks at home in Dodworth over the summer but has been back in Sheffield Children’s Hospital for the last eight weeks. She’s suffered serious side effects including a spate of seizures. She is unable to eat or drink and has to be fed through a tube through her chest directly into her bloodstream — the main reason she cannot come home. Today her distraught mum Mel Stocks is hoping to begin a training programme which will enable her to operate Jess’s feeding equipment from home. “I’m really hoping to have her home for Christmas,” said Mel, 37, of Mitchelson Avenue. “It’s her sister Macy’s birthday on December 11 and that week before Christmas we’d booked to go to Center Parcs as a family.

I Mel eager to undergo training to help feed her sick daughter “It was all booked before Jess came back into hospital, but we just don’t know whether we’ll be able to go. I really hope so.” Mel has previously fed Jess through an ‘NG’ tube when she was allowed home in the summer, but the tube she currently has fitted – a double lumen broviac line – needs much more expertise and the intensive training is expected to last about three weeks. “It’s not something that’s normally done, as basically I’m going to be trying to learn what nurses spend years training for in just a few weeks. “They tell me it takes about three weeks, but I’m here 24-7 anyway, so hopefully I’ll be able to get through it a bit faster. “She’ll probably still have to come to hospital three or four times a week, but at least we’ll be able to get her home.” Jess featured in the Chronicle earlier this year when friends and strangers alike launched an appeal to raise funds for Jess to go to Disney World in Florida, as she was too young to be considered by charities which often provide such trips for poorly children. Christian and Alex Lawlor didn’t know Jess or Mel, but met the family while their son was receiving treatment at the children’s hospital and decided to organise a charity night in the Funky

18 firms relocate to town IMPROVING: Jess Stocks at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

IN TRAINING: Jess Stocks with big sister Macy and mum Mel at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

Budda pub. Dodworth Central Social Club also did fund-raising. Another friend set up a GoFundMe page, and in total £5,000 was raised. “That money will sit in an account and won’t be touched until she’s ready to go,” said Mel.

“Hopefully it will be because she’s better and ready to go, but one way or another, she’s definitely going.” Mel tearfully explained that if the time ever comes where Jess’s condition deteriorates and she’s told there is nothing more that can be done, she will be taking

By Katia Harston A MUSIC store owner is lopping off his long locks so they can be used to make wigs for children with cancer. Ross Mason, 28, who owns the Barnsley Loves Music shop on Eldon Street North, is making the hairy donation to the Little Princess Trust a week tomorrow. The trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment. The charity works with specialist suppliers and experienced hairdressers who offer wigs tailored to the individual child’s needs to give the most realistic look and feel possible. Ross said: “I was familiar with an American charity called ‘Locks of Love’ that do the same type of thing. “Given that I’ve been tying my hair up for most of the last year anyway I decided to research UK equivalents

By Lynsey Bradford

CUTTING IT: Ross before the chop.

Scores of Santas join dash PREPARE to see tens of dozens of Santas in Elsecar in a couple of weeks. Runners will be dressing up as the man himself to take part in a five-mile Santa dash. The event has been organised by ‘It’s Grim up North Running’ which was launched at the start of this year and has hosted several events across Yorkshire. It is run by Cath Hirst and Diane Shaw from their homes in Barnsley and Leeds respectively. Cath, 46, of Queensway, Gawber, said: “We wanted to get Barnsley on the map and so we’re doing this Santa dash. We’re trying to raise the profile and we want to get some Barnsley runners to

know about us and get involved in our events. We specialise in doing multiple distances, and at this event the distances are five miles or a one-mile fun run. “We’d prefer people to dress up as Santa, because we want to make it fun too.” The route starts in the grounds of Elsecar Heritage Centre and will take participants along the Trans Pennine Trail. “We’re hoping to put fairy lights on the trees to make it Christmassy,” added Cath. All finishers will receive a medal and goody bag. The race will be held on December 18 and will start at noon. I To enter, visit:

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A JOBS and skills fair for disabled people focusing on helping delegates find work, together with support available in the workplace, will be held next week. The event at the Digital Media Centre, County Way, is on Wednesday from 10am and 3pm. It will provide an opportunity to meet employers positive about offering jobs for disabled people. There will also be an opportunity to find out about learning and skills providers who offer training courses and work placements. Presentations will run during the day looking at support for people with disabilities in the workplace, facts around working, and how to improve your chances at the application stage. I Anyone wishing to attend who has a disability access need contact Julian Horsler, equality and inclusion manager by email or call 787638.

BARNSLEY Folk Club will hold it annual meeting at the Trades Club in Racecommon Road on Monday. The meeting commences at 9.15pm and items on the agenda include reports from the bookings secretary, treasurer, and publicity officer. There will then be discussion on the future of the club. Other items include: I An agreement on how decisions will be made and who is eligible to vote. I What do members want from the club? I When and where do members want to meet? I Who does the club need to make this happen? And finally, the possible dissolution of the club.

Jess and Macy straight to Florida. “I just cannot thank people enough for what they’ve done. I’ve just been amazed at what complete strangers would do for you to help. “Everyone has just been so fantastic and I can never say thank you enough.”

Lock how kind Ross is ...

By Lynsey Bradford

NEWSLINES Jobs fair for disabled people

Folk club’s general meeting

‘Sharp fall’ in yobbish antics YOBBISH antics have dropped in the Measbrough Dike area after the ringleader of a group who plagued the streets with antisocial behaviour was jailed. Brenden Steer, 18, of Measbrough Dike, was jailed for 26 weeks after being convicted of a racially aggravated public order where he was abusive towards a woman and her children in a park off Doncaster Road. A civil injunction which was imposed to curb his behaviour will stand when he is released. It bans him from entering Sunderland Terrace, the playing field/park off Doncaster Road or the cemetery; associating with three younger people; throwing stones at vehicles; or acting in an antisocial way. Since Steer was sent to prison, PCSO Rob Peacock said there had been a ‘dramatic reduction’ in antisocial behaviour. At a community safety meeting, he said: “There has been a dramatic reduction in antisocial behaviour crime since Brenden went to prison. “We are keeping an eye on things, but it has dropped. “There were a few outstanding jobs and there’s a couple still outstanding from before he went to prison.” Police inspector Julie Mitchell added: “I think it has sent a strong message that this is what happens, you get sent to prison.” Earlier this year the Chronicle reported how buses had to be diverted from the area because of youths hurling rocks and stones at passing vehicles on Doncaster Road near the junction with Cemetery Road. It led to bus company First diverting its 22 service. Local residents witnessed gangs of youths standing on the cemetery wall throwing stones at cars and buses, shouting abuse and swearing, and said it was part of a campaign of antisocial behaviour in the area. Steer was named and shamed by Insp Mitchell following his court appearance. Tasking officer Steve Batty said: “I don’t think we’ve ever seen such a good result from one person being sent to prison. “Generally, there is a person who wants to carry it on but the difference has been remarkable, especially considering we’ve had the mischief period.”


and found Little Princess Trust. “I think the fact that they can make full, long-hair wigs for girls if you have 12 inches of hair or more to donate — my hair must be easily over that — so it seemed like an opportunity to do something. It’s not often that a person has their hair that long and even less who’d be willing to cut it off so I thought I’d better step up. “I’m sure some young girl would appreciate the wig that can be made much more than me when I’m just tying it up all the time. I know a few people who have battled cancer and worn wigs due to losing hair as a result of the treatment so all these light bulbs turned on randomly one day.” The cut itself will be kindly undertaken by a hairdresser from the neighbouring business Style Corner and anyone wishing to witness the trim can turn up on Saturday, December 10, at 11am.

A REPORT reveals 18 companies relocated to Barnsley between July and September, creating 33 jobs. The council had a target to encourage 15 companies to come to Barnsley during the financial year, but beat that target in just that three month period. It means £8.2m of private sector investment was secured in the borough, and £1.3m from the Regional Growth Fund was awarded to three expanding firms during the period. The figures were presented to Barnsley Council’s cabinet this week.

Vehicle destroyed by fire A VAUXHALL Corsa parked on a road in Barnsley was destroyed by fire on Wednesday night. Firefighters from Cudworth Station were alerted to the blaze in Priory Road, Lundwood, at around 9pm. A crew arrived shortly afterwards to find the car well alight. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the fire was deliberate.

Landfill target beaten LESS than three per cent of all household waste in Barnsley went to landfill in the last three months, latest figures show. According to the council’s corporate plan performance report which covers the three months from July to September, 97.3 per cent of all household waste was diverted from landfill, compared to its target of 96.5 per cent.

Blood donor session at hall THOSE wanting to donate blood can do so at Holy Rood Parish Hall later this month. The donor session will be held on December 21 from 1.10pm to 3.40pm and 4.30pm to 7.15pm. I Visit

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NEWSLINES Form a cue for snooker tickets THE BEST snooker players from across the globe will be in Barnsley next weekend hoping to qualify for a major international tournament. It is being held at the Metrodome on Tuesday over three days and will see competitors attempt to gain entry to the German Masters Event in February. The likes of Ronnie O’ Sullivan, John Higgins and Mark Selby have taken part in previous years. The qualifier is one of several high-calibre sporting events to have been hosted inside Barnsley Metrodome. Richard Bailey, the Metrodome’s events manager, said: “It’s great to be able to bring high level sport to the people of Barnsley. Having the capacity to host events like this inside The Metrodome is something we’re extremely proud of and fully intend to continue to do.” I Tickets are free and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The first session on each day starts at 10am.

Digger torched by arsonists FIREFIGHTERS from Dearne Station attended two separate fires involving vehicles in Mexborough within a few hours. The crew was first called out at 7.25pm on Tuesday after reports that a motorbike was on fire in Addison Road. They were then called out at 1.15am on Wednesday after receiving reports of a fire in North Gate. They arrived to find a small mechanical digger well alight. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said both fires had been started deliberately.

Vehicles set alight in Lundwood TWO vehicles were destroyed in a fire early on Wednesday. Firefighters from Cudworth Station responded to an alarm call at around 12.45am. They arrived in Lang Avenue, Lundwood, shortly afterwards to discover a Mercedes van and a Mini Cooper were well alight. They left the scene at 1.20am. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the blaze had been started deliberately.

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Jack follows in family hoofs By Katia Harston

FAMILY WAY: Jack Mayes with father Roger and grandfather Brian.

to know people and it is just a good job to be in. It’s a job for life. There’s never going to be a shortage of horses.” Jack will be studying for two farriery degrees at Myerscough College starting next September which he believes will make him one of the highest qualified in the area. Dad Roger, 56, is very proud of his son for carrying on the skilled trade which his own father Brian, 84, started in 1946 and went on to run Foulstone Forge, Wombwell in 1960 for 25 years. He retired aged 72. “I have been strict with him but it has paid off,” said Roger. “The poor lad was confused as to whether I was his boss or his dad. I’ve been hard on him. The first two years was difficult and the last two years he said to me ‘we’ve got on well’. “He has had to put in a hell of a lot of work. “He’s now put his name down for two degrees starting in September next year and if he passes them he will be the highest qualified for miles around.”

‘We don’t want people to be intimidated’ – police chief

‘Not all interchange disorder problems get reported’ claim By Lynsey Bradford INCIDENTS of antisocial behaviour and criminality at Barnsley Interchange are going unreported, according to a police inspector. Insp Julie Mitchell made the remarks at a community safety meeting following an operation at the interchange to stamp out antisocial behaviour and knife crime in the town. Insp Mitchell said the highest crime levels in the Central area – which covers the town centre and outlying areas – were antisocial behaviour, with 173 incidents in one month. She said: “Most of it is in town. We had lots of incidents at Barnsley interchange, and had a week long operation. “We had information that a small number of young peo-

ple may or may not have been carrying knives. We did a knife awareness event to highlight the dangers of carrying knives. “Some of the young people who we have got names of have been referred to the youth offending team for follow up work. “What is clear is there are lots of unreported incidents happening in the interchange. “It’s potentially a lot busier than our figures suggest. Surrounding businesses have said their businesses have been affected by large numbers congregating. “We do get groups congregating because it is light and warm and it is somewhere to hang out. “We’ve got to make sure people are using the interchange properly because we

don’t want people to be intimidated. It’s something the town centre team continue to look at.” In the same period, there were four house burglaries, 11 burglaries of other buildings and eight vehicles were stolen – which Insp Mitchell said was ‘higher than usual’. There were nine thefts from vehicles and 42 criminal damage offences. Antisocial behaviour was also top of the list of crimes reported in Stairfoot with 59, and there were also eight burglaries (house and other buildings), 16 vehicle crimes (theft of and from) and 24 criminal damage incidents. Insp Mitchell added: “Seven of these were fires, arson offences predominantly in Kendray where we have had wheelie bins set on fire on Swanee Fields, Chestnut

Amanda makes kids’ Christmas By Mike Cotton THIS ‘Mother Christmas’ has never forgotten the Christmas her daughter spent in the children’s ward at Barnsley Hospital and found out nurses had bought her a present. It was nearly 20 years ago – but Amanda Oglesby is determined the nurses’ generosity is repaid. She has for the last few years been delivering hundreds of presents to the ward in time for Christmas. It started when she used to spend a week’s wage on as many presents as she could, but since she became sales manager at KDA Wholesale in Dodworth a few years


THIS young farrier is keeping it in the family. Jack Mayes, 20, has just completed a four year diploma in the ancient craft, making him a third generation farrier following in the footsteps of his father Roger and his grandfather Brian who are both highly skilled in the art of horse shoe making and fitting. The former Penistone Grammar School pupil had to do a pre-farriery and equine course at Myerscough College in Preston before undertaking the diploma and apprenticeship under the watchful eye of his dad. It’s been a tough four years but there is no doubt in Jack’s mind it has all been worth it and he is proud to be carrying on the family tradition. Jack, of Lidgett Lane, Pilley, said: “I have always wanted to be a farrier. My granddad did it, my dad has done it. “It’s the social aspect I enjoy and the animal welfare aspect, the customers, getting

Crescent, there were two arsons on Thornton Road where bins were pressed up against the gate, and Colley Crescent.” In Worsbrough, there were three house burglaries and two burglaries of other buildings; one vehicle was stolen and three thefts from vehicles; six incidents of criminal damage and 37 of antisocial behaviour. There were 87 antisocial behaviour problems in Kingstone and 26 of criminal damage, with ten burglaries (house and other) and 11 vehicle crimes (theft of and from). Dodworth saw some of the lowest figures with just 15 antisocial behaviour problems and one of criminal damage. There were three burglaries and five vehicles crimes.

RAISING THE DOUGH: Sue Miller, Sam Nixon, Trevor Taylor and Sam Silverwood celebrate Billington’s success in the Hospice Bake-off.

Bakers rise to challenge TELEVISION presenter Sam Nixon knows a thing or two about what tastes good. The finalist on celebrity Masterchef is also presenter of Junior Bake Off. So Sam was obviously the best person to present Billington Holdings with the title of star baker following the Big Barnsley Bake Off for Barnsley Hospice. Billingtons topped the fundraising leaderboard with their fantastic bakes, raising £1,516.29 from their Bake Off. Sam met the team at Billington Holdings in Wombwell, shared baking stories and had a tour of their offices to meet many of the star bakers working for the company. Barnsley Hospice assistant fundraising manager, Sam Silverwood, said:

“We want to say congratulations to Billington Holdings PLC for winning the coveted star baker award and raising such a fantastic amount for the hospice. “We are really grateful to Sam Nixon for his support and thrilled to announce that he has agreed to be the face of the campaign in 2017. “I would also like to thank the other groups who took part in this year’s Bake Off, we really appreciate the hard work that went into organising your events. “Every pound raised makes a huge difference to our patients and their families.” I The Barnsley Hospice Bake Off was sponsored by Whites Bakery and raised more than £3,500.

Cafe owner Kev beefs up competition by offering breakfasts for vegans...

I Our quest to find Barnsley’s best brekkie takes a meat-free twist By Paul Whitehouse

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY: KDA Dodworth sales manager Amanda Oglesby with Sonya Hurdess from the play team and children Oscar Rushforth, one, Buddy Harrower, three, Freddie Taylor, one, and Lucas Ward, ten. PD081623 ago she and the company have been delivering hundreds of gifts each year to children on the ward.

“When I found out the nurses had paid for the presents out of their own pocket, I knew that one day, I’d make sure I

paid them back tenfold,” said Amanda, 48, of Beacon Hill, Silkstone Common. “It’s just nice to give something back.”

Scale of NHS cuts being kept secret – claim THE Barnsley Save Our NHS group claims plans to slash around £90m from local health and social care budgets are being kept ‘under wraps’. NHS commissioners published the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Sustainability and Transformation Plan, (SYBSTP) last month which will lead to major changes in health and social care services in Barnsley. The plan says there is a gap in funding for health and social care services across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw of £571m over the

next few years. However, Barnsley Save Our NHS says the document that has been published does not give any detail of how this will be achieved. Tony Nutall said: “If the savings were applied on a pro rata basis to Barnsley, this would imply cuts of around £90m. “It is obvious therefore that the real plans are being kept under wraps, away from any kind of public or democratic discussion. “This is unacceptable and it is the responsibility of the elected and non-elected representatives to

bring these plans into the open.” At its meeting on Tuesday the Barnsley Health and Well Being Board will receive a brief summary version of the SYBSTP and the Barnsley Plan. However, neither document gives any idea of what actual changes in health and social care services are proposed or how those savings are to be achieved. Mr Nutall added: “We believe that Barnsley cannot sustain £90m of cuts without major damage to the health and well-being of the population.”

IN A town which spawned the Barnsley chop and Albert Hirst pork pie, it takes a bold cafe owner to stake his morning takings on luring in customers with a vegan breakfast. That rules out the bacon, sausage, black pudding and even eggs, which might leave the uninitiated wondering just what will be left on the plate. Over at Shut Up and Eat in Agnes Road – open since the Spring – Kev Hornby doesn't call his breakfast the ‘full English’ but he could quite easily get away with that description. The meal has a generous portion of three non-meat sausages, mushrooms, baked beans, grilled cherry tomatoes and – perhaps controversially – scrambled tofu, arguably taking on the role that eggs would fulfil for those eating in a greasy spoon. Tofu, and we'll stick to that pronunciation rather than toefoo as some southerners prefer, gets a bad press among many meat eaters. It’s more of a staple in Asian cookery and can be 'scrambled' very nicely. Tofu's a bit of a blank canvas and Kev's version gets its zing from turmeric, which also

serves to brighten up the plate, and garlic among other flavourings. If it’s a meal that resembles an English breakfast, then it needs tea – but don't expect milk at this cafe, which is fully vegan, meaning no animal produce of any sort. That's not a problem, because the tea is clearly high quality and doesn't need anything to alter its taste. There are no hotplates in this cafe, so everything is cooked fresh to order. Kev apologised for the delay, but there really was no need, and when the food arrived it was piping hot and very nicely cooked. The cherry tomatoes may have benefited from a moment longer under the grill, but that really is just quibbling. Cooked breakfast enthusiasts may be disappointed to see a lack of hash browns or toast with this meal – possibly omitted on health grounds. Nothing more was really needed for a satisfying – and interestingly different – breakfast, which ruled out the need for another meal until much later in the day. Shut Up and Eat offers its breakfast as an all-day option, along with its other vegan dishes, including burgers and pizza.

RIBBON-CUTTING: Mayor Coun Linda Burgess with owner Mel Strawbridge at the opening.

MEAT-FREE: Shut Up and Eat’s Kev Hornby with his vegan breakfast. Picture: Wes Hobson. PD081639 The cafe is airy and in a pleasant location on the corner of Agnes Road, with easy parking on the side streets nearby. Kev may have aimed at a niche market with this breakfast offering, but he has come up with a unique option in Barnsley which should attract the area's foodies, if not those for whom only bacon will do. His vegan breakfast is £5.95 and can be served all day, with a pot of tea at £1.40. I We want you to nominate

your favourite place for breakfast. Our task then will be to sample as many of your nominated breakfasts as possible then write a review for the paper. Once we’ve tried a few we will then ask you to vote for your favourite by simply filling in the slips to be printed in the paper in the coming weeks. To nominate a cafe, you can email or visit our Facebook page.

GRAND OPENING: Darfield Upperwood School pupils are shown with Mayor Coun Linda Burgess singing Christmas carols at the official opening of Strawbridge’s Garden Centre, Darfield on Wednesday. PD081648

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NEWSLINES Ex-Premier League ‘keeper at dinner TICKETS are now on sale for next year’s Barnsley Rockley Rotary Club Sportsman’s Dinner. Guest speaker at the 24th annual event will be Mark Crossley, assistant manager at Notts County. Mark was born in Barnsley and played in goal for eight clubs including Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday and Oldham Athletic and earned eight international caps for Wales. Since the inaugural event almost £100,000 has been raised for both local and international charities. Charities to benefit from next year’s event include Aquabox which works to provide safe drinking water and welfare aid items to communities affected by man-made and natural disasters, Yorkshire Cancer Research, and The Exodus Project, which helps children and young people in less advantaged communities around Barnsley. It’s on Friday March 17 at the Holiday Inn Dodworth. For tickets or information call 07729 528844 or email

800 new homes built in area in 2016 BARNSLEY is on target to see a total of 800 new homes completed during this financial year, councillors were told this week. There were 239 homes completed during ‘quarter two’ from July to September, and 456 have been completed so far this year. This leaves the council on track to meet its target of 800 new homes during the year. The figures were reported in the council’s quarterly corporate plan performance report. “This brings about £6m into the council,” said Coun Roy Miller, who welcomed the news.

Christmas event

Barnsley Chronicle, Friday, December 2, 2016 –

An alternative view of life... By Lynsey Bradford STREET photographer Adam Summerscales has captured the world as seen from a wheelchair – a world of bums, tums, bags and children’s faces. Adam was born with cerebral palsy and his work aims to give a different perspective on everyday life, highlighting the frustration and invisibility a disabled person might feel. Adam, 23, of Top Fold, Ardsley, said: “This is how I see things. All I see is people’s bums and tums and people pushing. “I can’t see any buildings, but I remember being in my scooter and people forcing me in different directions because I can’t see where I’m going. “This is the whole point – I want to show able bodied people what I’m seeing, the world as I see it.” Adam was born 10 weeks prematurely and faced a long, tough fight for life. He pulled through, but it resulted in him having cerebral palsy and being profoundly deaf. He can only walk short distances and uses a mobility scooter to get about. He is currently studying for a masters in digital media at Huddersfield, having completed a degree in photography. As a teenager, he studied printbased media at York College and won an award for his photograph of a small child, alone on a platform in New York, boarding a train.

A collection of his work, entitled Human Forest, is currently being shown at the Dean Clough Galleries in Halifax. It is his first major solo exhibition, and the first time the gallery has exhibited the work of a student. The photos were taken from his final year degree project. He used a special tripod attached to his mobility scooter which allowed him to capture pin-sharp images. After experimenting in Barnsley, Adam travelled further afield to cities including York, Sheffield, Chester and Newcastle to take his photos. His camera allowed people to go about their daily life as he took thousands of photos with a remote control. Most of the pictures are of people’s bums, backs, bellies or shopping bags, though a photo of a small girl stands out. Adam points out the girl and other children of her age and height are the only others who see the world as he does. He added: “Because a child is so small, they see things exactly how I see things. But adults don’t realise how vulnerable children are at that level. “When I take the pictures, I’m trying to freeze the subjects and not create anything blurred. “I try to think like an able-bodied person who has never seen that perspective before.

NEW LOOK: Images captured by disabled photographer Adam Summerscales (below). “People keep saying to me ‘you should do them in colour, they would be more vibrant’, but the reason I do the photos in black and white is because I think there would be too many distractions if they were in colour. I want people to focus on one point.” Adam said he was nervous and excited about his first exhibition, but has had lots of positive feedback. Last year his work was recognised by the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield when he was selected to be one of eight UK students invited to the gallery to talk about his photography. His images can be seen at Dean Clough until January 22.

By Nick Ward

TARA meeting

in Hoylandswaine after being taken there from the Wakefield dog pound. Norman was surprised he had not been contacted by the kennels as Goochie had a tag on her collar with his telephone number on it and had also been chipped. He has now been reunited with Goochie – but only after paying £150 to readopt his dog. Norman, 68, a retired machine operator said: “Goochie is a rescue dog, a Staffy cross whippet. I have owned her since she was six months old. “I was delighted to find out where she was but surprised no one from the kennels tried to get in touch.” Maxine Hird told the

Chronicle: “They stated the chipped details were not up to date so we checked and her details were all up to date. “The dog was still wearing the collar the old gentleman had bought with a tag with his telephone number on. They stated they couldn’t read it but we can. What is the point of having legislation stating dogs should be chipped not to use it correctly?” Cliffe Kennels owner owner Denise Ball said the dog should have been scanned when it was taken in seven days earlier by the dog warden. After seven days Goochie was taken to Cliffe Kennels from where an appeal was

made for the dog to be rehomed to save it from being destroyed. Denise insists it is not the kennels’ responsibility but Wakefield Council’s to scan the dog for chips. Glynn Humphries, service director at Wakefield Council, said: “We are pleased to hear that Mr Jones has been reunited with his dog. We did find the dog but unfortunately errors were made in reading the microchip, which meant that we had the incorrect contact details. “We are sorry for the delay this caused to Mr Jones in being reunited with his dog and we will be in touch to discuss this with him.”

Burlesque Whisky thief returned to jail beauty

By Nick Ward NOW here’s a lady who has really come out of her shell. A shy Barnsley lass that has transformed to become a champion Burlesque dancer. It was just two years ago that Lisa Nicklin decided it was time for her to find a way to keep fit. So she trawled the web looking for fitness classes and came across a site which made her aware that a great way to keep in shape is to take up burlesque dancing. Lisa, of Allen Road, Darton, went along and now recalls being a little bit timid when she first tried it. And that’s not what you would expect a burlesque dancer to be. “I was very shy about it,” she says. “At first I would go to the back of the class to hide. But then my confidence began to grow and I started to do shows and was told I was quite good at it and that I enjoyed.” Not only is she quite good at it – she’s the best. Lisa – whose stage name is Sugar Velvet – entered her very first competition and returned home having won Miss Classic Burlesque category of the

Open Stage Night UK Chair Dance Burlesque Finals in Doncaster. She also took second prize in the choreography category. Lisa, 39, who is a member of Barnsley dance class Ellie Etoile isn’t simply a dancer – she has much more than one string to her bow. A car spray painter by trade, she also makes her own sexy costumes. Tassels, the lot. Oohh la la. She will now hold her dancing title for a year and is looking forward to defending it for years to come. But next on the agenda is Ellie Etoile's Christmas Cracker Extravaganza on December 11 at the Trades Club in Racecommon Road when Lisa and the other seven ladies in the troupe will put on a two hour show, She says “I have to practise a lot but I really enjoy dancing burlesque.” And now that the practice is beginning to pay off leaving this Barnsley lady with a big ambition. “One day,” she says. “I would like to be a professional burlesque dancer.” Tickets for the Christmas burlesque show are available via the ticketsource web site of from behind the bar the Trades Club.

A BARNSLEY shoplifter who stole 21 bottles of whisky from the same supermarket in two days just weeks after being freed from prison will spend Christmas behind bars after being sent back to jail. Barnsley Magistrates’ Court was told Keiran Oliver, who will be 32 today, was caught on CCTV picking up four bottles of whisky valued at £100 before leaving the Morrison’s supermarket in Lower Thomas Street without paying for them on Monday. He was recognised as he entered the shop again on Tuesday and this time he was seen to take 17 bottles of whisky valued at £337 which he put in his bag and made his way to the exit. But as he left, he was approached by a security guard and put the bag down and began to walk off.

But he was apprehended and arrested by police. He spent the night in custody before his court appearance on Wednesday when he pleaded guilty to two charges of theft. His solicitor Eric Bray said Oliver had been found a place in a hostel in Doncaster upon his release from Doncaster Prison earlier this month following four years inside for burglary. He explained that as Oliver had no friends or family in Doncaster he did not want to stay there and chose to come back to Barnsley instead. And as he had no fixed abode or entitlement to benefits he stole the whisky to sell so he could simply survive. District Judge John Foster sent Oliver down for a total of 32 weeks.

Police recover stolen vehicle POLICE on duty in Darfield have recovered a car thought to have been stolen in a burglary. At about 9pm last Friday PCSOs attended a collision in St Barbara’s Road, where a blue Citroen C3 collided with a wall. A man driving the car is believed to have run from the area and got into another car, a silver Citroen C4, which was later found nearby. After completing checks on the car, PCSOs discovered that the car was being driven on what are thought to be cloned plates and had been stolen from a house in Dryden Road, West Melton the day before.

It was then seized by the officers.  In a separate incident, the following evening, at about 7.30pm, PCSOs saw a blue Peugeot 206 driving along Woodhall Road. The car is thought to have been exceeding the speed limit. Officers found the car abandoned close to Verona Rise and it was seized under the Police Reform Act. Work remains ongoing to identify those involved and. Anyone with information about these incidents should call 101 quoting incident number 1001 of November 26, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

New figures should be a source of shame to all of us LAST week the Office for National Statistics released figures showing that over the course of winter last year a staggering 24,300 people died from mostly preventable causes. Over the last five years more than 152,000 of the most vulnerable people up and down the country have died over the winter months. That’s like losing the combined population of both the Barnsley Central and Barnsley East constituencies. In a modern Britain that’s completely unacceptable. Yet to a greater or lesser degree both Labour and Tory governments have seemed to simply accept that thousands of older, vulnerable people will die every winter because they can’t properly heat their homes, or get the care and support they need. That has to be a source of great shame for us all. So-called excess winter deaths are calculated by

HONOUR: Prof Joann Fletcher with Dr Stephen Buckley.

OAP was unaware his dog had been found

A PENSIONER whose dog THERE will be an evening of Christmas ran off when it was scared by fireworks is questioning readings, songs and music in the why no one at the Barnsley church at Darton on Thursday. kennels where it was taken The evening begins at 5.30pm with the let him know she was there. music in All Saints’ Church and there Norman Jones’ dog Goochie ran off on will then be a craft fair in the church Hallowe’en and he was so hall from 6.45-8.45pm. sick with worry he was There will be a visit from Father unable to sleep for the two Christmas, a raffle, mince pies and teas weeks she was missing. and coffees served. Norman who lives in Normanton, Wakefield, was subsequently contacted by Maxine Hird who operates A MEETING of Redbrook Tenants and Residents’ Association will be held next the Yorkshire Animals Lost and Found website which week. aims to reunite owners with The meeting is open to residents of their pets. the Redbrook area only. Maxine told him his eightIt takes place at the Chestnut Tree year-old Goochie was up for pub on Monday at 6.30pm. adoption at Cliffe Kennels

CHAMP: Lisa Nicklin.


measuring the number of people who die during the period between November and March every year, and comparing that figure against the summer months. In common with most countries, in Britain more people die over winter than summer. However, our record compared with much colder countries like Germany and Norway is poor. Even across the UK there are huge differences in the numbers affected, with people in the south west much more likely to die during winter than in the east of England. All too many deaths over the winter are preventable; better heating, health and housing are the key to reducing excess winter deaths. It’s time to address this quiet crisis. The mark of a civilised society is how we treat our older citizens. This is a problem we can and must solve, but it’s also a problem that no govern-

 Cold weather deaths are preventable – Dan Jarvis MP ment has paid enough attention to. The government has responded to my criticism by pointing to their ‘Cold Weather Plan’. That ‘plan’ fails to direct all of the many resources of government to addressing this problem. If their Cold Weather Plan was effective we would not have seen so many thousands of unnecessary deaths since it was introduced in 2011. No one claims that all of the solutions to the excess winter deaths crisis are easy. Yet many of those solutions are within reach of government ministers if they had the political will to grasp them: better insulation for colder homes, more help for those living in fuel poverty, and support for lonely or iso-

lated people to connect with their local communities. Here in Barnsley, the council is trying to tackle the alarming fact that over 11,500 of households across the borough live in fuel poverty. It recently won funding for its Stay Warm and Well This Winter campaign and is bringing together a range of organisations to support people living in fuel poverty. The campaign will be launched next Friday at the Better Barnsley shop in town, from 10am until 3pm. The bulk of responsibility for tackling these issues, however, lies with government. They must take excess winter deaths seriously but their response so far has been nothing short of complacent and irresponsible. And it’s costing lives.

RESPONSE: MP Dan Jarvis. That’s why I’m engaging with the major energy companies, housing providers and charities to address this problem and challenging them to do more this winter to reduce excess and protect our most vulnerable friends and neighbours. If we want to save lives this winter, we need action now. And I for one am determined to make sure we get it.

Gallery named after professor A GALLERY of ancient Egyptian artefacts has been named after world renowned Egyptology professor Joann Fletcher and Dr Stephen Buckley. It is based at the Museum of Wigan Life and contains items such as a face mask from a gold coffin, other ancient Egyptian coffins, perfume bottles, and other objects relating to daily life. They came to light a few years ago after being locked in storage, but not much was known about them. Prof Fletcher, who was raised just off Dodworth Road at Town End, said: “They found some amazing Egyptian things which they didn’t know much about, and they asked us to go through things and see if they were genuine. “There is a face mask from a golden coffin, and it is absolutely beautiful. When I did the Immortal Egypt series for the BBC, we filmed it and it was in a lot of the publicity for the series. I’ve been doing a lot of analysis of the other things, it’s got the whole spectrum really. It’s a lovely collection.”

Prof Fletcher said that whole section of the museum was given a makeover to allow the artefacts to be put on permanent display. Both she and Dr Buckley were unaware the gallery had been dedicated to them, and were given the nice surprise before a lecture they were due to give. Jo added: “We had absolutely no idea, they wanted to surprise us with the naming of it. It was officially opened when we were there and they pulled this curtain to reveal a plaque. I burst into tears because I didn’t know it was going to happen, it was amazing. “The leader of Wigan Council, Lord Peter Smith, was so nice – he even mentioned Barnsley in his speech which made a very positive impression on me.” Prof Fletcher said she was pleased there was another ‘brilliant’ ancient Egyptian collection in the north of England, as it meant people didn’t have to travel to London to see such artefacts.

E-mail blunder from hospital A HOSPITAL newsletter had to be recalled after a blunder in which members’ personal e-mail addresses were shared. Members are people who have joined up to have more of a say on how the hospital is run. Last week’s membership letter was issued via e-mail but instead of ‘blind copying’ the recipients’ e-mail addresses – which means you can’t see them – they were revealed to other members. A hospital spokesman said the error was noticed immediately and the messages recalled, meaning ‘a great number’ were not received. The incident has been logged through the appropriate internal system and an apology has been issued to members explaining the error and asking them

to delete the earlier e-mail. No other personal or sensitive details were released. A spokesperson for Barnsley Hospital said: “We would like to reassure the public that Barnsley Hospital takes data protection and confidentiality very seriously. “The incident has been logged on the Trust’s reporting system and is in the process of being investigated. “The investigation will uncover how the incident occurred, what lessons have been learned and what actions can be taken to prevent an incident of this nature happening again in the future. “We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to any members affected by this incident.”

12–Barnsley Chronicle, Friday, December 2, 2016


NEWSLINES Smoker before court

Town DISTRICT NEWS Man in ‘toxic’ relationship admits assault by beating A BARNSLEY man was convicted of assaulting his former partner after the bruises she sustained were discovered by medics on a visit to hospital. Craig Mooney, 30, of Princess Street, pleaded guilty at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court to assault by beating after he inflicted injuries on his then partner during a row. The court was told they were living together at the time and during a hospital visit for another matter, the woman’s bruises were discovered. The account given by Mooney was that they had been arguing and that escalated into physical contact with him grabbing her, causing her to fall. On the ground she kicked out at him, and he accepted kicking her. He eventually pushed her out of the door and locked her out. When she later knocked to be allowed back in, he pushed her ‘until she stumbled over,’ prosecutor Chantel LoweryGreen told the court. She had facial injuries which were sustained during that fall.

Mooney, unemployed, described his relationship with the woman as ‘toxic’, solicitor Jamie Barton told the hearing. “There was infidelity on the part of the complainant which has led to him having low self-esteem,” she said. “He was in a relationship where he did not feel he could trust her and that may have resulted in the behaviour he has disclosed.” Mooney was sentenced to a community order requiring rehabilitation work for 20 days and to take part in a respectful relationships programme. He was also subjected to a four-week curfew, from 9pm to 6am, with costs and a victim surcharge payment totalling £135. Mooney was told by District Judge John Foster: “You have not been before a court previously. “I want you to understand, and you have probably been told this already, that domestic violence is regarded very seriously.”

A CAWTHORNE woman caught dropping a cigarette end in Barnsley ended up before magistrates although she had already paid a fixed penalty issued against her. Katie Crossland, of Spencer Croft, Cawthorne, left a cigarette end in Honeywell Street, on February 1 and was issued with a fine. That was not paid immediately and legal proceedings were started which resulted in a hearing at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court, but because she had paid by that point, she was given an absolute discharge, meaning no further penalty or action.

Estate inspection date THE Athersley Lundwood housing management team will be carrying out an estate inspection on Tuesday. They will meet at New Lodge Community Centre and starting at 10am, will cover: Beverley Close, Cayton Close, Marston Crescent, Murdoch Place, Stainton Close, Ganton Place, Elland Close, New Lodge Crescent and Standhill Crescent up to Burn Place, Kirkstall Road, Hatfield Close, Newland Road, Thorne Close, Langsett Road.

Coffee event raises £300 A COFFEE morning for the Royal British Legion has raised nearly £300. The event was at Worsbrough library and raised £296.45 and all raffle prizes have been claimed.

Residents invited to talks RESIDENTS in the North area of Barnsley are invited to discuss issues of crime and antisocial behaviour in a community safety meeting next week. The North Area Community Safety (PACT) meeting is open to residents of four council wards — Darton East, Darton West, Old Town and St Helen’s. It will be held at Alder Close Community Centre, Mapplewell, on Monday at 11am.

JOB DONE: Overseeing the launch of the new technology display is teacher Mike Rooke and Couns Joe Hayward and Steve Green. Picture: Shaun Colborn. PD081618

Outwood celebrate students’ work By Josh Timlin A SCHOOL is celebrating its creative students’ hard work — by opening its very own design and technology gallery. Outwood Academy in Shafton launched the new gallery last Thursday and local councillors including Joe Hayward, Steve Green and Margaret Sheard were

all bowled over by the display. The work students have done during term time is now on show and their expertise in the subject prompted the school to create a dedicated space to showcase their talent. Dawn Wragg, head of technology, said: “The gallery offers an opportunity for students’ work to

be displayed and viewed by all who attend and visit the school. “We believe in celebrating the success of our students and want to share this with all who come to Shafton. On display is a crosssection of work that has been produced by students in resistant materials, graphics and electronics.”


Cawthorne Coffee morning Tomorrow the wives will be hosting their Christmas coffee morning at 10am to 11.30am in the parish room. There will be a variety of stalls, cakes, tombola, bric-a-brac, preserves and a raffle. Admission tickets include a coffee and a mince pie. Choral Society Tomorrow night the Choral Society will be presenting a Christmas concert in All Saints’ church, Cawthorne, at 7.30pm. Doors open at 6.45pm. The Choral Society will be joined by Cawthorne Brass Band. The tickets are available from Cawthorne Post Office, Village Stores and choir members. Refreshments will be served after the concert. All Saints’ Church On Sunday the Holy Communion service will be at 8am. Mr J Lees will be the church warden. The Parish Communion is at 9.15am with Mrs S LeBreton and Mrs C Butterworth on side duty and Mrs A Eyley will be the church warden. Olivia Biggs will be baptised at 1pm. The prayer meeting will be on Thursday at 4pm. Methodist Church On Sunday the service will be at 9am led by Rev Dr Philip Bee. A cooked breakfast will be served after this service, everyone is welcome and there will be no charge. The Coffee morning will be on Thursday at 10.30am to 11.30am. All welcome. Cawthorne Brass Band The band invites everyone to their Christmas hat concert in the village hall on Sunday from 2pm to 4pm. Go along for a singalong to your favourite carols and other favourite music. There will be prizes for the best Christmas hat and anything goes from paper to homemade creations. Refreshments will be served. Museum Society On Monday the Museum Society will be in the parish room at 7.30pm for Dr David Allen speaking on how the city of London is run by its livery companies. The talk is titled ‘London, its Livery and its Freemen’, entrance fee includes refreshments. Spirit of Christmas The church will be open for the village organisations to decorate their trees, on Tuesday at 9.30am to noon, and Wednesday and Thursday evening from 7pm to 9pm. The Spirit of Christmas service will be on Friday December 9 at 7pm — a service for all the family to enjoy. Mothers’ Union On Tuesday at 10.30am the MU will be having a prayer meeting in the parish room followed by a Christmas lunch at Woolley.

Ardsley Correspondent Pat Lodge Telephone 206766 Residents meeting An Ardsley Residents Association ordinary meeting will be held in Ardsley WMC on Monday at 7pm followed by a small Christmas celebration. Contact any member or see or for more information. ‘Hello Christmas’ Ardsley Community events group will be saying ‘Hello Christmas’ with a Christmas fair at the Community Centre on Sunday from 3pm to 6pm, when there will be a carols singalong with the Oakwell Junior School Choir, accompanied by the Dearne Jazz Band, gingerbread decorating, Christmas gift stalls, raffles, tombola, face painting, a kiddies’ craft workshop, pie and peas, mince pies, other light refreshments and lots more. Admission is free.

Crime and Safety A meeting of the Ardsley and Stairfoot Crime and Safety Group is to be held at the Tesco Store on Wombwell Lane at 6.30pm on Monday. Access to the meeting is by the security desk at the main entrance to the store. All residents of Ardsley, Stairfoot, Wombwell Lane and Aldham House Lane are welcome to attend to discuss any crime and safety issues. Parish Church On Sunday morning at Christ Church a service of All Age Holy Communion was led by the vicar, Rev Fiona Kouble. The organist was Betty Monkman and the prayers were led by Margaret Brown. In the afternoon people from Ardsley gathered with others from the Mission Partnership Darfield, Thurnscoe and Great Houghton for afternoon tea at Great Houghton. This was followed by Advent Praise. On Monday there was morning worship with prayer and, in the evening, a meeting of the Parochial Church Council. There was also morning worship on Tuesday and Wednesday. On the latter occasion it was followed by Welcome on Wednesday (WOW) when tea/coffee and toast were served, and Bible Fellowship meetings, one in the morning and the other in the evening. Yesterday there was morning worship and then the luncheon club. Tomorrow there will be a Christmas coffee morning from 10am until noon, when there will be refreshments, stalls, home baking and bacon sandwiches. There will also be a Christmas choir practice at 10.30am. On Sunday, at 10.45am, there will be a service of All Age Communion, led by the vicar. Morning worship from 8.30am to 9.30am on Monday will be followed by a Messy Church planning meeting at 10am. Tuesday sees morning worship from 8.30am to 9am, Craft and Chat from 10am to noon, Bible Fellowship at 2pm and a worship team meeting at 3pm. On Wednesday it will be morning worship from 8.30am to 9am, WOW from 9.30am to 11am and Bible Fellowship meetings at 11am and 7pm. Morning worship from 8.30am to 9am on Thursday will be followed by the luncheon club Christmas dinner at noon, and at 9pm the quiz team will be competing at the Ardsley Oaks WMC. Luncheon Club Ardsley Luncheon Club meets at Christ Church at noon every Thursday, when a main course, sweet and drink are served to people aged 60 and over. Unfortunately the Club is very short of helpers and are looking for volunteers who might be interested in preparing food, cooking, serving, washing-up and clearing away. This would involve committing time from about 9.30am to 2pm once a month. If you think you could help, please contact the vicar, Rev Fiona Kouble, on 9504643 or Margaret Brown on 206597. There are also vacancies for anyone wishing to attend the luncheon club. Again, if you would like to have lunch and fellowship every Thursday, contact one of the numbers above. Wesleyan Reform Preacher at the Sunday morning service at the Stairfoot Hunningley Wesleyan Reform Church was Graham Evans. The flowers for the communion table were provided by the church. This coming Sunday the annual toy service will be held at 11am, when the preacher will be Keith Lodge. The service will be held downstairs. Black Bull Entertaining the Barnsley Conservative Club in a Gawber and District League fixture last Friday evening the men’s darts team recorded a 5-4 victory. Two teams from the Black Bull won through to the three-man team final on Monday. Keel Inn The ladies’ darts team went down to a 4-2 defeat on their visit to The Commercial in a John Smith’s League encounter last Thursday evening, but the men’s team beat The Trades Club 7-2 at home in the Gawber and District League the following evening. Oaks WMC Sue’s team won the quiz last Thursday night on a tie-break. Question master was Bob

Stansbury. The Sunday lunchtime members’ free draw now stands at £48, while the open the box prize money has increased to £740 as a result of this week’s winning number (56035) being unclaimed. A quiz, including a free buffet, is held every Thursday at 9pm and there are also bingo sessions every Friday at 9pm. Over 55s A social afternoon was held in the Ardsley Oaks WMC on Tuesday afternoon when the club raffle prize, donated by Marie McGrath, was won by Pam Guy, and bingo winners were June Parker, Janet Lancaster and Carol Rollin (2).

Mapplewell & Staincross Council surgery Darton East councillors are to hold a surgery at Staincross Methodist Church tomorrow from 10am to 11am. Lights switch on Tonight the lights will be switched on the tree at the Old Police Station, Mapplewell. Meet at 5.30pm for carol singing and switch on at 6pm. St John’s Church Today morning prayer is at 9am. On Sunday (Advent 2) Parish Eucharist is at 9am. On Monday morning prayer is at 9am. Crafty critters meet at 1.30pm. Pantomime rehearsals are at 7pm. Both these activities are open to members of the wider communities of Staincross, Mapplewell etc. On Tuesday choir practice is at 6.45pm, new members welcome. Office halfhour for the arrangement of weddings, the calling of banns, enquiries about baptism, etc is from 7.30pm in Darton church. On Wednesday morning prayer is at 9am. Mass is at 10.30am, followed by coffee and cake, refreshments at 11am. Next Friday Mapplewell school nativity in church at 9am (attendance only for school-authorised visitors). Mass in the church hall is at 7pm. A PCC meeting is at 7.30pm in the church hall. Over 55s’ Club Nora Purseglove opened the meeting and welcomed members to an evening of entertainment featuring a 45-strong ladies’ choir, the Horbury Singers. The choir was led by new musical director and compere Edward Whelan. Alan Franks played piano. Solo performances were given by Pauline Binns, Janice Edmund and Amanda Richardson. A piano duet was performed by Edward Whelan and Yaiza Ruiz, Raffle donations were kindly made by Betty Exley, Kath Ashton, Jenny Waring, Ann Wilson, Allen Bell, Betty Kenny, Audrey Greensill, Marian McConnell, Anita Smith and Brenda Hunter. Lucky winners were Jenny Waring, Margaret Rimmington. Sheila Priestley, Florence Parry and eight members of the choir. Next week the entertainment will be provided by Brian Richardson who will be joined by guest singers to perform a selection of singalong carols. Methodist Church Morning service on Sunday was led by two of the stewards, John Birkinshaw and Chris Dand. The organist was Anne Birkinshaw; Bible passages were read by Christine Richardson, Brian Walker and Janet Pye; prayers of intercession were led by Caroline Whitehall; and Sally Andrews lit the first of the Advent candles. The junior church also launched their Christmas gift appeal in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Volunteers met on Monday morning to decorate the church for Christmas and the Women’s Fellowship met in the afternoon, when Mavis Ellis presided, Kathleen Wilkinson accompanied hymn singing at the piano and Bible passages were read by Kathleen Wilkinson, Eunice Exley and Yvonne Martin. There was a meeting of the ladies’ group on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday there was the toddler group in the morning, indoor bowls in the afternoon and the Exodus Youth Club in the evening. Mapplewell Singers held a rehearsal yesterday evening. Today there will be Advent Study Group meetings, led by Rev Marian Olsen, at 10.30am and 7.30pm. There will be a coffee morning tomorrow at 10am, including a

Christmas stall and raffle. The church will celebrate its anniversary at 10.30am on Sunday, when the service will be led by Rev Inderjit Bhogal, a former president of the Methodist Conference, who started his ministry as a probationer at Staincross. Margaret Greene A Thanksgiving service for Margaret Greene, a former member of Staincross Methodist Church, will be held at the Bents Green Methodist Church, Sheffield, at 2pm on Monday. A Village Christmas North Gawber Male Voice Choir and Mapplewell Singers will be joining forces for ‘A Village Christmas’, a concert of Christmas music, at the village hall on Thursday December 22 at 7pm. The audience will be invited to join in carol singing, there will be a raffle, and light refreshments will be available. Tickets can be obtained from members of the two choirs, but it will also be possible to pay at the door on the evening of the concert. Musical director for both choirs will be Keith Lodge and the accompanists will be Joan Jackson and Jean Elvin.

Darton All Saints’ Church Tomorrow morning prayers are at 9am, and the wedding of Mark Padovan and Jamella Adams is at 11am. On Tuesday, St Nicholas, Darton School nativity is to be held in church at 9.30am, attendance only for school-authorised visitors. Mass is at 7pm. There will be an office half-hour for the arrangement of weddings, the calling of banns, enquiries about baptism, etc, from 7.30pm to 8pm. On Thursday, The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, morning prayer is at 9am. Mass is at 9.30am. Voice for Darton Christmas carol-singing in church at 5.30pm. Surgery Darton East ward councillors will hold a surgery tomorrow at Staincross Methodist Church from 10am to 11am. Afternoon Club Ada Ellis opened the meeting and made some announcements. Members were asked to vote on an increase in admission fees, in view of an increase in rent early next year. The vote was in favour of an increase. Christmas charity donations will be collected from homes. In the event of bad weather, necessitating a cancellation of a club meeting, each table will have a representative, who will telephone the others on that table. Julie Brown and Lesley Warden asked members to fill in the forms for the Lamproom panto and the Barnsley College panto respectively. Open the Box was not won this week. There will be an open day at the Town Hall tomorrow from 10am to 2pm. There will be various stalls and a chance to tour the town hall. The club is open to and welcomes those from other areas, who would like to join.

Kexborough Methodist Church Tomorrow from 10am until noon is the Christmas fair and coffee morning. On Sunday at 10.30am worship will be led by Dawn Webster and then at 6pm by Rev Kristin Markay. On Monday at 9am is tea and toast. On Tuesday at 6.30pm it’s girls’ brigade, Wednesday at noon is luncheon club, and at 7pm Wednesday Fellowship. Kexborough Cricket Club Last Sunday’s lucky numbers in the 250 Club draw were 50 (£100) and 162 (£50). The winners have been informed. Members are reminded the winter nets begin in January. For further details contact Neil on 382166.

Pogmoor Methodist Church Sunday worship at 10.30am will be taken by Rev Kristin Markay and members from Buckley will join in this service. Members will be holding a Carol service at Orchard Views Residential Home, Gawber Road, on Wednesday at 2pm, taken by Rev Kristin. Community coffee morning on Thursday between 10am and 11.30am. All welcome.

Dodworth Village Community Group A litter pick will be held tomorrow, meet at 9.15am outside Costcutter on Barnsley Road. All welcome, equipment provided. A Christmas coffee morning will be held on December 10 at the Pollyfox Community Centre between 10am and 12.30pm. There will be a raffle with a chance to win a Christmas Hamper and an array of other prizes. Entertainment will be provided by members of the training band from Dodworth St Luke’s Church On Sunday at 11am service will Colliery Miners Welfare Brass Band, which will be playing a be a baptism service. Chaise selection of Christmas carols. Lee will be baptised by Rev Proceeds will go towards buying Brian Cranwell, he comes from plants and shrubs and to makTotley in Sheffield. The lesson ing other improvements around will be read by Emily Fullerton and Sheila Rimmington will lead the village. the prayers. On Monday the PCC Slimming World Three new members were welwill hold its monthly meeting in comed at last Wednesday’s church at 7pm. On Tuesday the group meetings, and 101lbs had Exodus group will meet in the been lost. Half-stone awards church hall at 5pm 7pm for their went to Louise Wade, Annette weekly Kidz Klub. Also on Firth, Karen Travis and Helen Tuesday the Advent course will Swift, one stone Amanda continue at 7.15pm at Mount Lockwood, and Christine Hitchen Vernon Road, hosted by Anne who also reached her personal Hickling, and Rev Sue Rose will target weight. Two-and-a-half lead the course. On Thursday stone Stephen Gilroy. Three the Pensioners club will meet in stone and target went to Harriet the church hall for their Sharp. Slimmer-of-the-week in Christmas party at 2.30pm. Last the 5pm group was Stephen Gilroy losing 6.5lbs in the 7pm week’s prizes were won by A group Amanda Lockwood losing Hickling, S Rimmington and L 4.5lbs Fitzgerald. RAOB St Thomas and St James’ Reg Hall Lodge 10514 meeting Church was opened by ROH K A Christmas fair will be held Hinchliffe. Raffles for the meettomorrow from 11am to 2pm in ing donated by brothers K the parish hall. The 9.30am Hinchliffe, R Taylor, W Dyson Sunday service is Holy Communion. Leader and preach- and M Hartley were won by brothers M Hartley, W Dyson, R er is Rev Brian Cranwell, the Taylor, B Haigh and R Crossland. prayer leader is Pauline Dupere, Fraternal greetings were given the lessons will be read by from Tow’d Waggin Rooad Lodge Janette Meek and Malcolm Barnsley Province, Eagle Lodge Smith and on side duty are Edna Huddersfield Province, Langold Kaye and Dorothy Curd. On Victory Lodge Retford Province, Monday at 2pm in the parish A1 Lodge Harrogate Province hall, the Advent house-group and Harmony Lodge Leeds continue to discuss Living in the Province. The toast to absent Light. Pauline Dupere and Joan brethren took place at 2pm. The Hoyland will lead an Informal business of the lodge being ended the Worthy Primo ROH K Holy Communion at 2pm at Maltas Court, Worsbrough Dale. Hinchliffe closed the lodge. St John’s Church Fr Keith Freeman celebrated Eucharist and William Johnson was responsible for the music. St Mary Magdalene Church Bible readings were by Stella Celebrant and preacher at the Hurst and David Allen. Vergers’ service on Sunday was Fr duties were undertaken by Stephen Oakley who also read William Johnson and David the Gospel. Sub deacon and cru- Allen, Lynn Askey and Pauline cifer was Mick Mellor. Altar Parker were on side duties. servers were June Crossland Margaret Woolston and Jean Turnbull presented the offertory and Sylvia Hine. Maisey and the Communion Assistants Tattershall took the offertory and side duties were performed were Lynn Askey and Anne Lowery. Sunday school teacher by Mary Denton and Maisey Margaret MacBeath. Sunday Tattershall. The lessons were read by Richard Burns and inter- Eucharist will be at 11am and cessions said by Ann Oakley. On Holy Communion is on Thursday at 9.45am followed by coffee Monday morning the top to toe and cakes at 10.15am and todaerobics met in the church hall dler group will be at 2pm. The and in the afternoon the luncheon club met and raised £43.50 Youth Group will meet tonight at 6.30pm. The Christmas fair is for church funds. Mass on tomorrow in Church from 2pm to Thursday morning was conduct5pm. All welcome. ed by Rev Jean Daykin when les- Rosehill sons were read by Richard Preacher for last Sunday’s servBurns who also administered ice was Mr P Hartshorn, flowers the chalice. Coffee was served were donated by Mr and Mrs D afterwards. This Sunday the Coupland. Tonight Genesis service will be conducted by Fr group meets at 7.30pm. There David Munby. will be a service on Sunday at 10.30am, preacher Mr B Steel. At 6pm on Sunday a village carol service will be held in Rosehill with special items by Wesleyan Reform Church Keresforth Primary school and On Sunday afternoon worship at St John’s primary school. 3pm will be led by Mr P Everybody welcome. Rosehill Hartshorn, all welcome. The Rockers is Thursday at 6pm. Church carol service will be held Methodist on December 18 at 3pm led by Thursday’s fellowship last week the wives’ group. On Tuesday was an evening of favourite hymns and readings. Poems the Girls’ Brigade will hold a were recited by Christine Christmas party on the last Mulrooney and Pat Harrison. meeting of the year. At last Peter Mulrooney read the bible. week’s meeting the girls made Christmas sweets. On December Margaret Hodnett told the story 10 the 1st Yorkshire District will of the first Sunday school. Margaret also presided and hold an activity day at Smithies when the girls will do crafts, wor- pianist was Edith Bird. The ship and enjoy the real meaning Christmas festival held last Saturday was a busy and enjoyof Christmas. Members of the able occasion, special attracwives group will meet at 7.45pm tions were Keresforth Road on Thursday for final preparachoir, there was a good variety tions for the carol service. of stalls also refreshments were served. All raffle prizes were claimed on the day. Over £500 was raised for church funds. St Thomas’s Church Sunday morning was a united service at Silkstone Common On Sunday service is at 11am, Parish Eucharist and SFM. There led by Rev Kristin Markay. On Sunday at 10.15am worship will will be a WI carol service at be conducted by Mrs Helen 4pm. On Thursday at 9.45am is Bishop. At 6pm the village carol Holy Communion (said) followed service will be held in Rosehill by tea/coffee in the DB Room. arranged by Dodworth Christian Community Centre council. Children from the two Next Friday Gawber History schools of the village will take Group meets at 6pm. part. Readings etc will be given by members of the three churches of the village and other organisations of the village. Carer and toddler meet Wednesday 9.30am to

11.30am. Dodworth Miners’ Welfare Brass Band On December 11 the annual Christmas concert will be held in the banqueting suite at the Fairway Inn, Dodworth. Doors open at 6.45pm, concert starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on 246148 or any member of the band.

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Reasbeck. A kids’ club, Shine, is on at the same time co-ordinated by Mary Sue Reasbeck, for ages three to 11. The Gateway youth club will meet at 6pm to 7.30pm on Monday. Monday is also pizza night, make, bake and eat your own. The foodbank and clothes bank is open on Thursday from 11am to 1pm coordinated by Steph AplinWakefield and team.

Athersley Correspondent Pat Padgett Telephone 321018

West Bretton Bretton Over 50s’ Club Members of West Bretton Over 50s’ club recently had an organised three day coach trip to Norfolk and they attended the Thursford spectacular, a show which is the biggest in Europe. The trip was organised by member, Ian Benn. On the way down there was a visit to King’s Lynn and the day after there was a chance to look around Norwich before making their way to Thursford for the show. Everyone enjoyed the two night stay at the Brook Hotel and the visit to the show crowned everything. On the way back they called at Spalding for a visit to a retail outlet. On Monday members will have their Christmas lunch at Millstones restaurant in Harrogate and on Wednesday there is the monthly social afternoon in the village hall. Bowls Presentation Night West Bretton bowling club held its annual presentation night last Friday in the village hall. Leonard Bartle organised a quiz which began the proceedings and after a pie and pea supper the presentation of trophies was made by chairman, Ian Fisher and secretary, Leonard Bartle. Award winners were Richard Stead, Carol Stephenson and Steve Darby, Ossett and Horbury A, B and C team average winners respectively. Richard Stead and Eddie Morton were Wakefield Workshops A and B team average winners and Ian Fisher won the Wakefield Saturday league averages. In 2016 a team was accepted into the Wakefield Veterans league in division 3 and under the leadership of Bob Calton, won all its fixtures. Bob Calton won the league veterans singles trophy and with John Wright won the doubles trophy. John Wright won the club’s veterans’ averages. One club internal trophy was played for, the John Burton Greenkeeper trophy, was won by Bob Calton and Marshall Hirst. After bingo, Ian Fisher organised a potato bowls competition and this was won by Eddie Morton and Don Wolford. Ecumenical Partnership There was no service at the church in West Bretton last Sunday but there was a Big Sing at Skelmanthorpe Methodist church in the evening. On Sunday Rose Murray will conduct morning worship at 10.30am. Posada During Advent each year the crib figures of Mary and Joseph leave the church and make a journey around the village where they spend a night’s lodgings in residents’ homes before returning to church at the Christingle service on Christmas Eve. This is a re-enactment of the search for lodgings by the Holy Family in Bethlehem and it is a Mexican tradition called La Posadas.

New Lodge Christmas tree lights The lights will be switched on the Christmas tree at the New Lodge community centre on Thursday. The event will start at 4.30pm and there will be refreshments and carol singing from children at the local primary school. Over 60s club New members are welcome at the club which meets every Thursday from 1pm to 3pm in the New Lodge Working Men’s Club. Gateway Church At the service at 4pm on Sunday at Outreach Centre, Wakefield Road, the worship leader and preacher is Pastor Mark

St Helen’s Church The parish mass on Sunday was at 10.30am celebrated by Fr Rodney Marshall. Melvin Gumbrell and Trevor Kitching were altar servers, and John Kenyon played the organ and gave the gospel acclamation. Penny Marie Gumbrell lit the first candle on the Advent wreath. On sides duty were Christine Scott and Hilary Brown. The first Bible reading was given by Don Booker, Fr Marshall sang the responsorial psalm and Gloria Hesford gave the second reading. Fr Marshall gave the gospel reading and the address. The intercessional prayers were led by Rita Gough. The offertory was presented by Margaret Mitchell and Joyce Kellett. Trevor Kitching and Bettie Dunning administered the chalice, while Melvin Gumbrell took Communion to the sick and housebound. Susie Gumbrell led the Kids For Christ Club which met in the Romero centre from 10.30am and presented their work to Fr Marshall at the end of mass. The monthly raffle was drawn and the winning tickets were 776, 456, 715, 778, 492 and 788. On Monday mass was at 9am and on Tuesday at 9am. On Wednesday mass was at 10am followed by coffee in the Romero Centre. Yesterday mass was at 9am. Today Holy Hour will be from 11am followed by mass at 12.15pm. Mass tomorrow is at 10am followed by parish office for baptism and wedding enquiries from 10.30am to 11.30am. On Sunday masses will be at 8am and 10.30am. The Christmas fair will be held on Saturday December 10 from 1pm to 4pm in New Lodge Working Men’s Club. There will be games, crafts, Christmas novelties and refreshments. It is in aid of St Helen’s church and the grand Christmas draw will take place, tickets available from Fr Marshall or church members. Councillor Surgery There will be no surgery tomorrow due to the town hall open day. Councillors will be available to answer questions on Monday at the TARA office on Mansfield Road from 10am to 11am. Blessed Sacrament On Sunday mass was celebrated by Fr Damian Humphries. Bible readings were given by Max and Pauline Bristowe. The offertory gifts were presented by Margaret O’Brien and Meg Sykes. The Communion minister was Helen Cunliffe and Esther Nicholson. On Wednesday evening service there was a service of readings and music to reflect on in memory of the dead, led by Fr Damian with readings given by Max and Pauline Bristowe, Frances Peckowski, Christine Dennis, Monica Austwick and Marie McKinney. Tonight there will be bingo at 6.30pm, Refreshments will be served in the interval. All are welcome. On Sunday mass will be at 11.30am. New Hope Methodist Church The service on Sunday was at 11am and included the Lord’s supper and led by Rev Marian Olsen. The Monday club met from 1pm to 3pm, new members are welcome. On Tuesday the senior citizens’ luncheon club was at noon finishing with Thought for the Day at 1pm. The Caterpillar parent and toddler group met on Wednesday from 9.15am to 11.15am. The dance group met from 1pm to 3pm. The Community Cafe was open yesterday from 11am to 2pm. The kids’ group met on Thursday at 5.30pm. Today the music group will meet from 10am to noon. On Sunday the service will be at 11am and will be led by Rev Eileen Sanderson. The Barnsley Christian Endeavour Christmas service will be at

Barugh Methodist Chapel on Friday December 9 at 7pm. Christmas tree lights The lights will be switched on the Christmas tree at the Community Shop, Lindhurst Road, on Tuesday December 13 at 4.30pm and on Wednesday December 14 at St Helen’s church at 4.30pm. There will be refreshments and Carol Singing from children at the local primary school. This event has been organised by the St Helen’s Ward Alliance. Athersley Cares The family group for parents and their pre-school children meet every Tuesday in St Helen’s Church Hall from 9am to 10.30am. The families are going to enjoy a Christmas party with a twist at next week’s session with a visit from Santa too. Breakfast is included in the session and it is free. Kids in the Community is each Tuesday and Wednesday in the Roundhouse Lifelong Learning Centre from 3pm to 5pm. Christmas decorations continued this week with DIY paper Christmas trees being made. Under eights are welcome with an adult but eight to 16 can just come along. The Twilight Club for the elderly will meet in St Helen’s Church Hall on Wednesday from 1.30pm to 3pm. Richie will be the entertainment singing well known songs, there will be a buffet, bingo and raffle.

Shafton Methodist Church Tomorrow Shafton Methodist Church will host a special Christmas coffee morning from 10.30am. It will include the usual home-made cakes, bacon butties and free refills of coffee. All are welcome. Slimming World The meeting is held every Thursday at Shafton Primary Academy at 5pm and 7pm. A two-stone award went to Sandra Starkey, Lewis Askin got his three stone award and a nineand-a-half stone award went to Susan Woodall. Slimmers-ofweek were Julie Roberts with 5lb loss and Stephen Goddard and Susan Hart with 3lb loss. Slimmers-of-the-month were Susan Woodall with 23.5lb loss and Chantelle Stapleford with an 11lb loss. Danielle Tallant reached her club ten award. RAOB The meeting was held at the Fox and Hounds last Friday at 7.30pm. Winner of the raffle was Mick Joburns. The Singing Man pub Tonight’s entertainment is Junction 34. Shafton WMC Tonight’s entertainment is Holly Tanny, tomorrow it’s Steve Beyer and on Sunday it’s Darren York. Tuesday’s quiz winner was Malc Thornton, card was won by Carol Taylor, head-to-head winner was Tony Arkwright and Janice Giles won stand-up bingo. Wednesday night’s bingo winners were Helen Dudley, Steve Hardacre, Peter Makinson and Elsie Ellsworth. Raffle numbers were 695, 477 and 419 (all claimed). Friday’s rutter board winners were 58 Rose Parry, 110 Dave Halstead, 13 Sue Gregory, 155 Chris and Andrea and 121 Pat, raffle number was 447 (claimed), bonus ball was number 17 and the winner was Caz Ruth. Sunday afternoon’s members’ draw was 58, raffle numbers were 750, 758 and 815 (all claimed), quiz winner was Walt Hulme and Dave Thornton won bingo. Sunday night’s tote numbers were 5 and 31. Raffle numbers were 765 and 824 (both claimed).

Wilthorpe Tea Dance A tea dance is held at Wilthorpe Community Centre every Monday and Thursday from 2pm to 4pm, with sequence and modern dancing. There is also tea and biscuits.

Cundy Cross Christmas Fair Cherry Trees Care Home, on Cherry’s Road at Cundy Cross, is holding a Christmas fair tomorrow at 2pm. Father Christmas will be there. It is free entry into the home and there will be lots of stalls including tombola, crafts and cakes. Everyone is welcome.


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Town Talk Church of the Nazarene On Sunday at 10.30am there will be a Christingle family church service. On Monday at 6.20pm Allsorts Youth Club meets at Galtee More Care Home to sing carols. On Thursday at 9.30am Oxford Street Art Group meets. For more information call 07446 352 503. Buckley Methodist Church At 10am tomorrow the usual coffee morning will be held with various stalls and a raffle. On Sunday morning members will be joining with friends at Pogmoor Methodist Chapel at 10.30am for a united service, which will include the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Rev Kristin Markay is the speaker. In the schoolroom the ladies’ group will meet at 2pm on Monday and the writers’ workshop will meet on Thursday at 10am. Barnsley Spiritualist Church Tomorrow healing service is at 6.15pm, followed by an open circle, with visiting medium Shelia Gravel, 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Sunday a divine service, 6.15pm to 7.30pm, this will be taken by Sue Smith and Tracy Chapman. On Wednesday a demonstration of mediumship takes place from 7pm to 8pm, the speaker will be Margaret Pearson. On Thursday healing clinic is from 1pm to 2.30pm. Salem Church Last Sunday the service at 2.30pm was conducted by Michael Greenwood. Jenifer Dore was the organist. Next Sunday, the uniformed groups’ carol service at 6pm will be conducted by Philip Nuttall. Next Tuesday, the Beaver Scouts will meet from 6pm to 7.15pm and the Scouts until 9.15pm. Next Wednesday, the brownies will meet from 6pm to 7pm, followed by the Guides until 9.15pm. Next Friday, the Rainbows meet from 6pm until 7pm. Gateway Church Tomorrow at 7.30pm is Movies@Mottram, showing The Mask (PG). Free admission includes ice cream. Doors open 7pm. On Sunday at 4pm Gateway Church meets at Mottram Hall, on Mottram Street, with teas/coffees from 3.30pm. Worship Leader is Janet Morris and preacher is

Tankersley & Pilley Senior citizens Tankersley Community Association’s senior citizens group met for their tea and games session on Tuesday, with the following winners: Raffle: Joy Boyden, Margaret Levitt, Fergus Clegg, Sophia Crouch, Betty Wright. Bingo: Stuart Falconer, Alan Harding, Pat Clegg, Molly Haywood, Doris Speight. Methodists Beetle drive winner at Pilley Methodist Church on Tuesday was Tim Rodber with the booby prize going to Molly Cooper. Raffle winner was Lorraine Brooks. On Sunday the service will take place at 3pm, to be conducted by Mr Bill Marsden, of Darfield. Worsbrough View A house on Worsbrough View, Pilley, could be extended with a two storey side extension and another to the front of the property, with a double garage going up, if Barnsley Council agree to plans which have been submitted. Mark Thompson wants approval for the work and a decision will be made later. St Peter’s An all age Holy Communion and baptism service was held at St Peter’s Church, Tankersley, on Sunday, conducted by Canon Keith Hale, who also led a Holy Communion at Pilley St Paul’s. Primary school The knitting group at St Peter’s primary school has been producing Christmas stockings to be hung on Christmas trees, each containing a small surprise, which are being sold for 50 pence, with proceeds going to the Bloodwise organisation. In school, nursery children have been working on the theme of birthdays, starting to count down on an Advent calendar to Jesus’ birthday and they will be performing their Nativity play on December 12 at 2.50pm. Reception children will be performing their show the following day at 2.30pm. Class two pupils in English have focused on the story Starlight and have been writing their own versions of what happens to Rosie and her hobby horse. In maths they have worked on multiplication and division. Design and technology has involved making hand puppets and in art they have been painting wintry images. Class three has visited a mosque and mandir this week and written about their experiences in English. In maths they have completed work on the topic of time. Class four visited Old Gainsborough Hall on Wednesday and in literacy has continued work on The Tunnel by Anthony Browne. In numeracy work has involved calculating perimeters of rectangular shapes. They have followed the route of rivers to the sea in geography and in religious education have considered why Jesus is described as a light in the world. Class six has had an assessment week, which has involved writing a postcard from Pompeii and doing an arithmetic and reasoning quiz as well as preparing food and answering the question of why the birth of Jesus is important to Christians. Christingle A Christingle service will take place at Tankersley Welfare Hall on Tuesday, with a carols by candlelight service at the same venue on Sunday December 11.

Remy Richards, followed by a free buffet. All welcome. Also a children’s club, Shine, is on at the same time co-ordinated by Nicola Tweedle. The food bank is open on Thursday 11am to 1pm for people in crisis at Mottram Hall, on Mottram Street, co-ordinated by Janet Crownshaw and the team. St Mary with St Paul St Mary’s services are at 11am on Sunday, noon on Monday (at Churchfield Close) and 7pm on Wednesday. St Paul’s services are Sunday at 9.30am, Monday at 2pm (Advent reflections), Tuesday 11am and Friday at 9.45am, also on Friday shoppers’ coffee morning in St Mary’s 11am to 11.30am. Tomorrow in St Mary’s there will be the Santa Dash registration from 11am to 1pm. On Sunday in St Mary’s the Barnsley hospice light up a life services at 3.30pm and 7pm. On Monday night in St Mary’s the Adolf Fredricks Choir from Sweden will present its Lucia concert. Emmanuel Methodist Church Tonight at 7pm there will be a concert performed by the Adolf Fredriks Swedish music school’s children’s choir. Tomorrow from 10am until noon there will be a family film session. On Sunday at 9.15am be still, 10.45am morning worship led by Rachel Marsden, Sunday@seven led by Rev Cameron Stirk. On Monday at 9am to 1pm there is a CAB advice point. At 10am it’s toddler group, 5pm one way, 6pm reboot, 7.30pm IT help with Mick and David. On Tuesday at 9.30am is baby chat, and 10.30am coffee morning. On Wednesday at 1pm is Little Fishes. On Thursday at 1.30pm shake rattle and praise led by Lucy Stirk. Next Friday and Saturday at 7pm Barnsley youth Choir’s Christmas concerts take place. Holy Rood RC Church The parish priest is Rev Fr Damian Humphries OSB, and the parish deacon is Rev Deacon Derek Walton. This Sunday Fr Damian says the 9.30am Mass. On Monday at 10am there is morning prayer and the Rosary. On Wednesday there is usually mass at noon in Barnsley Hospital. On Thursday at 10am there is Rosary and Exposition

with church cleaners Mr and Mrs Burkinshaw and Mrs J Cameron. Methodists A Lord’s Supper service at Birdwell Methodist Church on Sunday was conducted by Rev Mick Neal and this week there will be no Sunday service at Birdwell, with congregation members invited to a united service at the Hoyland church, from 10.30am, to be conducted by Mrs Helen Bellamy. On Monday the Healthy Bones group meets from 10am with the kids club for five to eightyear-olds from 3.45pm. On Tuesday the Little Fishes preschool group meets from 9am to 11.30am and on Wednesday a coffee afternoon takes place from 2pm to 4pm. On Thursday the Exodus Kidz Klub meets from 5.30pm for five to eightyear-olds, with the Rock Solid group for those aged over 11 from 7.30pm. Planning application A planning application has been submitted to Barnsley Council for changes to a house in Worsbrough Village, which is needed because the house is listed. Chris Davis has asked for permission to extend the house, with an address just as Worsbrough Village, including the addition of a pitched roof to a single storey extension. It would also involve work to the windows and the removal and painting of rendered walls. Barnsley Council’s conservation officer will be consulted before a decision is made on whether to allow the work. Brownies Birdwell brownies hold their last meeting before the Christmas break this evening and will be joining a lantern procession from Birdwell Methodist Church to the community garden at the Sheffield Road junction with Worsbrough Road for the lighting of the village Christmas tree at around 6.30pm before returning for a Christmas craft evening. Their next meeting will be January 6 when they will hold a pamper party. The group is needing new leaders and anyone interested in registering should use the GO girl guiding website. Primary school Birdwell primary school raised £477 for the Poppy Appeal this November. Next week, Christmas performances take place with the KS1 Christmas play on Tuesday at 2pm and 5pm, following on Wednesday and Thursday by the KS2 children’s performance at 6pm each day. On Thursday and Friday at 9.30am the reception Nativity play will take place. The school Christmas dinner also takes place next Friday.

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Methodist Church The Sunday morning Advent service was led by John Pearson and readings were given by Geoff Gregory, Gaynor Clark and Audrey Grant, with a Christmas story related by Janet Crossley and Jean Elvin. Rose Denman was organist and the sanctuary flowers were given by Sheila Duerdon. On Monday there was a club for seven to 12-year-olds and on Tuesday a session of the knit and natter group. On Sunday December 11 a carol Correspondent service will be led by the Guides Helen Whitehouse who will also provide a curry Telephone lunch. The Christmas coffee 740454 morning will be on Saturday December 10 at 10.30pm when Ladies’ club Wellgate School will entertain. Birdwell Ladies’ Club met on There will be a Christmas conTuesday for their games cert on Thursday, December 15 evening, with the following winners: Dominoes, Mrs Woodhead; at 7.30pm when Barnsley beetle, Mrs Andrews; raffle, Mrs Concert Band will entertain. Flesher; members’ number, Mrs Over 50s’ Club Andrews; bingo, Mrs Smith, Mrs When the club met last Thursday members’ draw winners were Ward, Mrs McDonald, Mrs Elsie Brown, Margaret Rhodes, Pickup, Mrs Dobson. Hazel Ellis, Margaret Rawson, St Mary’s Joyce Eastwood and Dennis A family service and advent Rhodes. Games winners were carol service took place at St Jean Parker, Elaine Worsley, Mary’s Church, Worsbrough Sandra Walshaw, Ann Sixsmith, Village, on Sunday, both conPat Inman, Dennis Rhodes, ducted by Rev Alison Earl. On Sunday a sung Eucharist service Sadie Wilkin, Iris McNair, Betty Steele, Edna Hamer, Pat will take place at 11am with Radford, Margaret Horner,May evensong at 6.30pm. Swift, Janet Downing, Marion Sidespersons will be Mrs A Bell and Janet Stafford. Sellars and Mrs M Shepard,


of the Blessed Sacrament. On Friday there is mass at 10am and anointing of the sick at 10.30am. On Saturday there is mass at 10.30am followed by Exposition and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. If you are going into Hospital let Fr Damian know tell the officials at the hospital and that you want to be visited by the RC priest or deacon. Last Sunday Caelan Kelvin McNiffe was Baptised into Christ’s Body. The next Foodbank collection is on Sunday. Barnsley Baptist Church Sunday worship is at 11am and will be led by Rev Ken Jefferson. This will be the second Sunday service for Advent. At 6pm, there will be a community carol concert entitled Sing Christmas. Barnsley Concert Band is special guest. Admission is free, though there will be a collection with proceeds donated to Barnsley Hospice. On Tuesday, lunch club will take place and after children from the Barugh Green Primary School will sing. On Wednesday, Bible study will take place at 1.30pm at the church and at 7pm at the Manse. There are no language classes until next year. St George’s On Sunday: 9am Holy Communion; 10.45 all age service with Steve and Joce Burton 7pm men’s Bible study. Monday Knit and Natter is from 10am3pm and on Tuesday at 10am community garden project, 1pm to 3pm toddlers’ group in the hall, 5.45pm to 7pm Kidz Klub, 7.30pm to 8.45pm Rock Solid. At 7.30pm there is Wednesday Church in English and Farsi and on Thursday at 10am Holy Communion with Canon David Munby, and from 5.45pm to 9pm Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. St Edward’s Church Tomorrow from 11am to 2pm the Christmas fair will be held. On Sunday Parish Eucharist at 9.15am with celebrant and preacher Rev Jenny Barnes. On Monday keep fit is at 7pm. On Wednesday at 10am Holy Communion BCP with celebrant Fr Craig Tomlinson. On Thursday from 11am to 2pm it is the Friendship Club Christmas dinner. On December 9 at 7.30pm there will be carols and mince pies.

Ladies’ Night Joan Foster was beetle drive winner at Tuesday’s ladies night at Monk Bretton Cross Street WMC. The general knowledge quiz was won by Alan Laybourne. There was bingo and games and the sessions are held weekly at 8pm and are open to all. Parish Church Fr Brian Bell was celebrant, preacher and read the gospel at Sunday’s family mass at St Paul’s Church. Daphne Wofifinden read both lessons and also sang the psalm and gospel acclamation with the choir. Side duties were carried out by Eileen McClure and Brenda Cawthrow and the offertory taken by Liz Jubb and Charles Wraith. Prayers were led by Doreen Ibbeson and altar servers were Lynda Brown, Ralph Drewett and Stephen Brown. Organist was Robert Rowland. The chalice was administered by Ralph Drewett and Mary Bullock. On Tuesday Fr Brian celebrated mass and then led the first Advent course. There was line dancing on Wednesday and yesterday the mass was followed by a coffee morning and session of the arts and crafts group. Tomorrow starting at 11am the Christmas fair will be held in the centre with stalls, Father Christmas grotto and hot sandwiches for lunch. The Sunday mass will be at 10am. Christmas Events St Paul’s Church has a busy programme of events leading to Christmas. On Tuesday St Helen’s School will have a carol service at 10am and on Friday at 1.30pm there will be a joint schools’ Christingle service. It will be followed at 4pm with carol singing and mince pies in church and at 5pm the switching on of the community Christmas tree lights. On Monday, December 12 at 9.45am Burton Road School carol service will be held. The public are welcome at all the school events. First Defeat The Monk Bretton Miners soccer team lost their first game of the season last weekend, losing 2-1 to Potters Wheel in the Barnsley league. Pheasant Inn Performing last night at the Pheasant Inn buskers’ session was Stewert King and on Thursday at 9pm Britt will be on stage. On Sunday the Pheasant will have entertainment from 2pm with Paul Nixon and Johnny Walman on stage. Play-off Win The Pheasant Inn pool team continued its winning ways in the play-off final of the Champions of Champions event in the Smithies League. They beat Darley 4-3 and Ardsley Oaks 4-3 and will now meet Portcullis in the final. Pheasant team was Ian Sunderland, Lewis Prince, Josh Juhasz, Steve Juhasz, Mick Wollerton, John Cornwall and Les Price. ’Bygones’ is Back Monk Bretton ‘Bygones’, a book on the village past, and first published in 1998, has been reprinted and on free offer at churches, public houses, clubs and shops. The book is edited and compiled by Don Booker and more than 10,000 have been sold to raise money for Barnsley Hospice and St Paul’s Church. This time it has been sponsored by Monk Bretton Ward Alliance. Don has added extra pages with some photos appearing for the first time. This includes the first interior shots of inside the Yorkshire Water underground storage reservoir in the former castle fields. Local cricket and football teams are recorded along with a review of Redfearns glassworks. There is also a range of photos from Monk Bretton Colliery, including one showing the manager at the pit bottom with his pet dog. There is also extensive coverage of St Paul’s Church and Methodist Church history.

Hall gift date LAST week we reported that Great Houghton Welfare Hall was built in 1923 and was given to the Parish Council by the council two years later. It was, in fact, gifted in 1925 to the parish council by the miners who built it.


CHRISTMAS FAIR: Keeping the seasonal goodies flowing during last Saturday’s busy Christmas fair at Tankersley Welfare Hall are Hazel Lindley, Angela Taylor, Joy Boyden and Janet Hale. Picture: Wes Hobson. PD081632

Wombwell Fair A Christmas bazaar and craft fair will be held tomorrow in the Parish Hall of St Michael’s RC Church Park Street from 1pm to 4pm. There is Santa’s Grotto, various stalls including crafts, cakes, tombola, cafe and grand draw with first prize of £100. Coffee A Christmas coffee morning with mince pies, cake stall and bric-abrac stall will be held tomorrow from 10am at Summer Lane Methodist Church. Surgery Coun Richard Wraith will hold his council surgery on Saturday December 10 in the Wombwell Centre, Barnsley Road, from 10.30am to noon. Darts Fixtures for the 701 league to be played on Monday are: Goldthorpe Reform club v Prince of Wales A, Station Lane club v Barley Sheaf A, Prince of Wales B v Wombwell Main club, Wombwell Conservative club v Houghton Arms and Barley Sheaf B receive a bye. Results of Mondays matches are: Barley Sheaf A 6-0 Goldthorpe Reform club, Wombwell Main club 4-2 Station Lane club, Wombwell Conservative club 6-0 Barley Sheaf B and Prince of Wales a received a bye. Carols Wombwell Christians Together will be Carol singing on Wombwell High Street on Saturday December 10 at 10.30am. League Fixtures for the Wombwell 501 darts league to be played on Monday are: Houghton Sports and Social club B v Flying Dutchman, Queen Vic v KG Sports and Social club A, Keel Inn v Last Orders A, Last Orders B v Union Jack MC, KG Sports and Social club B v Bulls Head A, Bulls Head B v Ash Inn, Little George v Houghton Sports and Social club A and Darfield Village club receive a bye. Houghton Sports and Social club B team have now changed their name to Thurnscoe Coronation WMC and KG Sports and Social club B team have withdrawn from the league. The next delegates’ meeting is on Saturday December 10 at the Last Orders at 7pm. At this meeting the Christmas raffle will be drawn and the Pairs KO draw sheets will be handed out. Apostolic Church A service for the Latvian community will be held in church tomorrow from 7pm. On Sunday the 10.30am breaking of bread will be led by Gillian Beech. Family service 6.30pm will be taken by John Hartley. Bible study meeting on Monday at 7pm, led by Pastor Jonathan Black. Pool Fixtures for the Wombwell league to be played on Wednesday are: KG Sports and Social club B v Horse and Groom, Alma Inn v KG Sports and Social club A, Houghton Arms Main v Queen Vic, Barley Sheaf v Houghton Arms Dearne, Thawleys v Little George, Wombwell Cricket club v Wellington club, Highgate club v Darfield Conservative club and Station Lane club v Last Orders. Parish Church The 10am service of Holy Communion on Sunday at St Mary’s church will be led by Anne Eastwood and preacher is Rev Jane Box who will administer Holy Communion. Members will be attending the 6.30pm confirmation service at Christ Church Brampton. On Thursday the 9.30am service of Holy Communion will be taken by Rev Box. Library A free Christmas sand art craft session will be held at the library on December 22 at 2pm and booking is essential. Wombwell WMC Drum draw numbers drawn at the weekend were 227, 255, 143 and 499. Tote was 18 and 23, 6 and 15 accumulator 25.

Wombwell Mixed Probus Club Guest speaker at the November meeting held in the Community Hall Church Street was Tina Green, a glass artist who gave a demonstration of her work. It was reported that members enjoyed dining out at the Open Kitchen at Barnsley College and a five day holiday at Llandudno. Carpet Indoor bowling continues on Monday at the Scout Hut on Wainwright Place from 10am to noon and on Friday is shuttle board and curling from 10am to noon. The December meeting will be held on Tuesday at the Boatman’s Rest at 11am, followed by Christmas lunch at 12.30pm. Salvation Army Capts Vaughan and Julie Bovan will conduct the 10.30am service on Sunday at the Citadel and Messy Church for all the family is at 4pm. Home league meeting is on Monday at 2.30pm and children’s Gap club Wednesday at 5.15pm. Exercise Keep fit and agile gentle exercise class is held on Mondays from noon to 1pm in the Community Hall, Church Street, organised by Osteherprosy 2000. The class is aimed at improving balance, posture and help prevent falls. For details ring 01142 344433. Prince of Wales Winners of the 200 club drawn at the weekend are: £100 P Crossland 140, £30 M Jubb 47 and £10 D Bennett 125. Tote was £70 13 and 21, £30 21 and 41. Hough Lane Wesleyan Reform Church On Sunday the 4.30pm service will be led by members. Bible study is on Tuesday at 8pm, Busy Feet Thursday from 9.30am to 10.30am and parent and toddler Friday 9.15am to 11am. The Little Fishes Nursery is Monday to Friday 8.30am to 11.30am and 12.30pm to 3.30pm with lunch club 11.30am to 12.30pm. Barley Sheaf General knowledge quiz winner on Sunday was Jessica. Winners of the 150 club drawn at the weekend were £75 Quinny 115, £30 Gill 98, £10 Claire 114 and £10 Madge 90. On Monday the darts A team were at home to Goldthorpe Reform Club in the Wombwell 701 league and won 6-0 and the B team were away to Wombwell Conservative club and lost 6-0. The pool team on Wednesday played the Old Thawleys team in the Wombwell league and won 4-3. Wombwell National Spiritualist Church A ticket only trans-medium evening with Eric Cargel and Gerald Oahar will be held tomorrow in church. On Sunday medium Sharon Fenton will be on hand with doors open at 5.30pm and the divine service starts at 6.30pm. Open Circle is on Wednesday with doors open at 6pm, healing 6pm to 7pm and the service starts at 7.15pm. Choir Wombwell Mixed Voice Choir will hold a concert on Monday December 12 in Summer Lane Methodist church at 7pm. Tickets include refreshments. Summer Lane Methodist Church Elizabeth Haigh, of Hemsworth, will conduct the 10.45am service on Sunday. Service at 6pm will be led by Rev Neil Bishop of Hemsworth. The rainbows meet on Wednesday evening followed by 25th Brownies. On Thursday the 18th Brownies meet followed by Guides. Slimming World Slimmer-of-the-week at the 5pm session held on Thursday in the Community Hall Church Street was Maureen Donald losing 5.5lbs and at the 7pm session was Chris Johnson losing 6lbs. A half-stone award was presented to Chris Johnson, Lauren Clarkson, Emma Goodinson and Adele Hewitt, stone award to Dominique Buck, one-and-a-half stone award to Diane Dunn and Sue Cawthorne and club ten award to Dawn Sykes, Naomi Mitchell and Diane Dunn. Slimmer-of-the-month at the 5pm session was Maureen Donald losing 9.5lbs and at the 7pm session was Kelly Houghton losing 9.5lbs.

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Darfield Christmas Fair A Christmas Fair will be held in Darfield All Saints Church Hall tomorrow at 11am, featuring lots of stalls and corned beef hash and Yorkshire puddings served in the supper room. Go along and grab a bargain. Darts The KO final of the Darfield league will be played tonight at Middlecliffe club when Last Orders B play Queen Vic. Results of last Friday matches are: Station Lane club 2-5 Last Orders B, Jump club 6-1 Middlecliffe club, Queen Vic 6-1 Wombwell Conservative club A, Wombwell Conservative club B 07 Houghton Sports and Social club and Last Orders A receive a bye. League positions after 14 games are: Queen Vic 28 points, Last Orders B 22, Jump club 20 (played 16 matches), Houghton Sports and Social club 16, Middlecliffe club 14, Wombwell Conservative club B 12, Station Lane club 12, Wombwell Conservative club A 4 and Last Orders A nil. The next delegates’ meeting is tomorrow at 6.30pm at Last Orders. Fair Darfield church Christmas fair is tomorrow in the church hall from 11am. There will be various stalls, games etc. refreshments and hot luncheons. Singers The Andco Singers are to give a concert, Christmas past in Victorian words and songs, tomorrow at Darfield Wesley Methodist church Barnsley Road at 7.15pm. Admission includes refreshments and proceeds are for BIADS. Party Darfield Branch Labour Party Christmas social evening is tomorrow in the Community Centre, Illsley Road, featuring Lucas Primmer. Tickets include a light buffet and are available on 07809101847, doors open at 7.30pm and there is a bar. Library Christmas Open Day at the library is on Thursday at 10am. There will be handmade gifts and cards, raffle, book stall, bric-a-brac stall, guess how many sweets in a jar and children’s activity table from 3.30pm. At 7pm the Andco Singers will be giving readings and carols and refreshments will be available. Women’s Institute The next meeting of Darfield WI is on Tuesday December 13 at 7pm in Darfield library and is the Christmas party with bran tub and faith supper. Carols Darfield Churches Together will be carol singing at the Cross Keys Darfield on Wednesday at 7pm and then later at Darfield Village club. Amenity Darfield Area Amenity Society will hold a Christmas event on Thursday at 2pm in the church hall. There will be home grown entertainment and buffet. Forthcoming event is on Monday December 19 with carols on the patio of the Darfield Museum at 7pm. Parish Church Morning prayer service on Sunday at 11am at All Saints’ Church was led by Wendy Chorlton and preacher was John McMillan. Duty warden was Peter Robinson, lesson reader Stella Firth, intercessions John McMillan and organist Derrick Emson. Welcome team was Granville and Pat Bentley, sidespersons Ann O’Keefe and Enid Vaines, prayer ministry Pam Emson and Sue Lee, and hospitality Marilyn and Brian Haynes. In the afternoon members attended the 4forMission partnership faith tea at St Michael’s and All Angels’ Church, Great Houghton, followed by service at 6pm led by Rev Fiona Kouble. Tomorrow is the Christmas fair from 11am in the church hall. On Sunday the 11am service of Holy Communion will be led by John McMillan, preacher is Rev John Barrett who will administer Holy Communion and duty warden is Peter Robinson. The 6pm service of evening praise will be led by Brian Ogley, preacher is

Sally Davies, reader at St Luke’s church at Worsbrough Common, and duty warden Celia Underwood. Cricket Club General knowledge quiz winners on Wednesday were the Knee Bros and pints of beer winner Jerry of the Jolly club. Card bingo winners were Chris Ibbotson £46, Siobhan Harper £27 and Tracy and Simon Winstanley £27. Friday members’ draw winner number 175 was Maureen Greaves not claimed and the jackpot now stands at £15. Saturday lottery bonus number winner was C.H. with number 17 scooping £50. Quiz winner on Sunday was Vic Woodward and card bingo winners Glyn Naylor £20, David Lloyd £20, Joan Marsh £20 and Megan £20. At the annual general meeting held on Tuesday officials elected were: Chairman Melvin Spurr, vice chairman Mark Roebuck, secretary Jason Taylor, treasurer June Kilner, management committee Gary Sutton, Kevin Clemit, Joan Marsh, James Butcher, Peter Clarke, Terry Barras, Mitchell Phillips and Shelly Tonge. Cricket section: chairman Mick Potter, secretary Lyndsay Pepper, team manager Shaun Waldron, junior secretary Lyndsay Pepper. The next committee meeting will be held on Tuesday at 7.15pm. Last Saturday at the club, Ebony Clarke had her long hair cut to donate to the Little Princess Trust and with still some sponsor money to come in, she has raised more than £1,000. Mothers’ Union Darfield church Mothers’ Union will hold a carol service on Thursday December 15 at 6.45pm in the church hall led by John McMillan. Wesley Methodist Church Morning service on Sunday was led by members. Steward was Margaret Perkins assisted by Margaret Heptinstall and organist was Beryl Platts. In the evening members attended the Barnsley Methodist churches circuit service at Valley Methodist church led by Rev Cameron Stirk and preacher was Tim Baker. The wives’ group met on Monday evening and the topic was holiday gifts. Darfield Churches Together Drop-In coffee morning was held on Tuesday followed in the evening with the brownies and guides. At the companions’ group meeting on Wednesday afternoon guest speaker was Mr Garner and his subject was Behind the Iron Curtain. Line dancing was held on Wednesday evening. On Sunday members will be attending the united 10.30am service at Valley Methodist church led by Rev Mick Neal. Get Together Club Twenty three members attended the club held on Thursday in the Community Centre, Illsley Road. Birthday greetings were expressed to Ethel Greenwood. Raffle winners were Sheila Toward, Tess Cuthbert, Jean Creighton, Ann Copeland and Margaret Ward. Lodge Bro Scott Unwin opened the meeting of the Darfield RAOB Legionnaire Lodge held on Sunday at Darfield Village club. Raffle prizes donated by bro Michael Buckle and Glyn Naylor were won by bro Paul Milner and bro Andrew Buckle. The lodge was closed by bro Alan George with 8 registrations. Conservative Club Members’ draw winners on Saturday were Male Steve Cunliffe 337 £10, Female Maxine Clayton 162 £14 and Life Jack Duggan 174 £2. Wednesday mini tote was white ticket 8 and 27 for £40. Saturday Open the Box draw ticket 3060 was won by Frank Crossland winning £30 but he failed to select the right key and the jackpot now stands at £140. Sunday open the box draw ticket 3303 was won by Irene Ford winning £30 but she failed to select the right key and the jackpot now stands at £320. The card bingo jackpot of £430 was won. Quiz winners on Tuesday were music and general knowledge Harry Butcher, TV Betty Chappell and Picture Roxie. Card bingo winners were Betty Chappell, John D, Dave, Sarah Dodds and John H. Valley Church Morning service on Sunday was led by Janet Lowrie. Steward was Bill Marsden and organist Geoff Shone. In the evening Rev Cameron Stirk led the Barnsley Methodist Churches Circuit service and preacher was Tim Baker of Ackworth who is the regional organiser for the Methodist

A MAN bombarded his estranged partner with 300 text messages over six days after she broke the news she was in a relationship with another man, a court was told. Dean Haywood, 29, of Long Causeway, Monk Bretton, pleaded guilty to harassing Natalie Mann, when he appeared at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court last Thursday, by sending unwanted text messages as well as turning up at her place of work and making numerous phone calls. He was sentenced to 120 hours unpaid work and also told he must attend rehabilitation sessions totalling up to 20 days. A restraining order was also imposed for the next year, barring him from having any contact with her, either directly or through a third party, other than through a solicitor. Haywood was also ordered to pay £170 in costs and a victim surcharge. In mitigation, solicitor Kathryn Lill, said: “He tells me that he deeply regrets his action and believes he acted in an immature fashion. “He said the relationship had broken down with attempts from both sides to rekindle it. He believed the relationship was to be rekindled. “He was told she had started a relationship with someone else. She told him to look in her car because her new partner’s clothes were there,” she said. District Judge John Foster described Haywood’s behaviour as ‘completely over the top’. He told Haywood: “You have described yourself as adopting an immature attitude to the breakdown of this relationship. “I think it says something about your own view of yourself that you have felt the need to behave in the way you have. “It suggests you don’t have a particularly good opinion of yourself,” he said.

Relief Fund. On Monday children from Valley Outwood Academy went into church for the Christmas Open the Book. This afternoon from 1.30pm is the Christmas craft session. Tomorrow is the men’s breakfast meeting at 9am. On Sunday the 10.30am united service with members from Darfield Wesley and Great Houghton churches attending will be led by Rev Mick Neal. On Wednesday members will be carol singing at the Cross Keys and Darfield Village club. The Christmas fair held last Saturday was a great success, all prizes were claimed and thanks are expressed to all who helped and supported the event. Village Club Winners of the 170 club drawn at the weekend were £70 Brian Marshall 73, £30 Dave Hirst 158 and £10 John Holmes 141. Members draw winner was Roy Hazeldine number 134. Saturday tote was £50 4 and 23, £10 19 and 27 and Sunday tote £70 4 and 8, £30 6 and 10. On Monday the pool team played the Full House in the Barnsley league and won 5-1. Slimming World Slimmer-of-the-week at the 3pm session held on Monday at Valley Methodist church was Louise Mycroft losing 6lbs, at the 5pm session was Karen Dyson losing 3.5lbs and at the 7pm session was Kevin Johnson losing 2.5lbs. A half-stone award was presented to Adrian Watson, Emily Pilley, Natalie Jenkinson, Burca Parker and Clare Mynett, one-and-a-half stone award to Kevin Johnson, Melanie Whitmore and Dawn Richards, two stone award to Karen Dyson, two-and-a-half stone award to Vicky Cole and club ten award and personal achievement target to Kevin Johnson who is now a free life member. Slimmer-for-the-month of November at the 3pm session was Margaret Heeley losing 8.5lbs, at the 5pm session was Karen McCallam losing 10lbs and at the 7pm session was Kevin Johnson losing 10.5lbs. At the Tuesday morning group slimmer-of-the-week were Natalie Allen and Pat Townsend each losing 2.5lbs. A half-stone award was presented to Tina Botham, one-and-a-half stone award to Natalie Allen and club ten award to Lauren Adams, Jacqueline Shipley and Natalie Allen. Slimmer-of-the-month was Tracy Wale losing 8lbs. Sportsman Winners of the 200 club drawn at the weekend were £100 Alan and Billy and £50 Darren Wheeler. Football card winner with Everton FC was Ronnie and mixed grill winner was Janet Wheeler. Saturday lottery bonus number winner was Jeff Goldthorpe with number 17 scooping £59. Darby and Joan Club Twentyfour members attended the club held on Tuesday in the Community Centre Illsley Road. Raffle winners were Kenny Barrett, Jean Creighton, Joan Johnson, Cynthia Holliday and Mary Taylor. Queen Vic On Wednesday the pool team were away to KG Sports and Social club A team in the Wombwell league and lost 6-1 and the Old Thawleys team lost 4-3 at home to the Barley Sheaf. Thursday bingo quiz was won by team Ween with 15 questions right out of 17 winning a gallon of beer.

Hemingfield Mr B Emson A marriage partnership of 51 years was broken on November 26 by the death at home of Bernard Emson, aged 75, of Lady Croft Lane, Hemingfield. Born at Wombwell, he attended Park Street Junior School and Wombwell Modern School. On leaving school he went into the mining industry firstly at Wombwell Main then later Barnsley Main and Barrow Colliery where he stayed until the pit closed. His main hobby was bird watching and he was a member of the RSPB along with his wife. He was formerly of Roebuck Street and Dove Road, Wombwell. He leaves his wife Kathleen, nee Hoyle, sons Shaun and Martin, daughter Julie and six grandchildren. The funeral service will be held on Monday December 12 at Ardsley crematorium conducted by Neil Keer followed by cremation.

Houghton Pop-In Club Nine members attended the club held on Thursday and special prize winner was Pat Tinker. Prize bingo winners were Sheila Lingard, June Bragg, Pat Tinker, Mary Grinhaff and Christine Hickling. Competition winners were Sandra Loxton, Mary Grinhaff, Fran Taylor and June Bragg. St Michael’s Church Morning praise service on Sunday at St Michael’s and All Angels church was taken by John McMillan. Lesson reader and organist was Joyce Fielding and intercessions Connie Spencer. Following the service tea and coffee were served by Olive Shaw. In the afternoon the 4forMission Partnership Advent Praise Tea was held followed by the 6pm service led by Rev Fiona Kouble of Ardsley. Preacher was Ali Dorey, lesson reader Connie Spencer, intercessions Hilda Jobling and music by the music group of All Saints’ church, Darfield. The Knit and Natter group met on Tuesday afternoon followed in the evening with the JAM Gang. On Sunday the 9.30am service of Morning Praise will be taken by Rev John Barrett and evening service is at Darfield church. Forthcoming notice is the Carols by Candlelight service at 6pm on Sunday December 11. Luncheon Club Val Pilkington was winner of the football card and raffle at the club held on Tuesday in the Tank Hill C of E. TARA At Great and Little Houghton TARA bingo session held on Friday in the Welfare Hall raffle winner was Ann Marie Guthridge and Joe-Ninety winner Sheila Spurr. Methodist Church Morning service on Sunday was led by members. Steward was Maureen Roebuck and pianist Nancy Lyth. The friendship group met on Tuesday morning and there is no friendship group on Tuesday. The art group met on Wednesday afternoon. Open House coffee morning was held yesterday from 9.30am. Tomorrow is the Christmas fair from 2pm. On Sunday members will be attending the united 10.30am service at Valley Methodist church led by Rev Mick Neal. Sandhill Pop-In Club Bonus winners at the club coffee morning held on Saturday in the John Street Estate Office were Shaun Stott and Betty Matthewman. Raffle winners were Olive Parkinson and Maureen Wright. Slimming World Slimmer-of-the-week at 5pm session held on Wednesday in the Welfare Hall was Jackie Martin losing 2lbs and at the 7pm session was Lynn Lacey losing 1.5lbs. Emma Matthews received her stone award and Jackie Martin reached her Target and is now a free life member. From December 14 the group will move venues to the Methodist Church on High Street and will still be at 5pm and 7pm on Wednesdays.

Jump St George’s Church Rev Jane Box will conduct the 5pm service of evening praise on Sunday. Wesleyan Reform Church A prayer service will be held on Sunday at 11am and service at 6pm will be taken by Lesley Sullivan. Bible Study is on Tuesday at 7pm. On Saturday December 10 members will be joining in the Wombwell Christians Together carol singing on Wombwell High Street at 10.30am. The Christmas Show entitled Christmas spells Christmas will be held on Sunday December 11 at 3pm and 5.30pm and a buffet tea will be served during the break of both performances.

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NEWSLINES Lundwood plant helps lower emissions YORKSHIRE Water has revealed that the Lundwood sewage plant has helped the company lower its carbon emissions by 4.3 per cent in the past three years. Investment in a renewable energy technology known as anaerobic digestion has played a leading role in the reduction, with 18 of the company’s major sewage treatment works each generating electricity from this renewable source. This includes the Lundwood sewage treatment works which generates 45 per cent of its energy from renewables. Erica Lack, one of Yorkshire Water’s energy and recycling managers, said: “To achieve a reduction of over four per cent in carbon emissions within the last three years demonstrates we are serious about improving the environmental performance of the business. “Water and waste water treatment is a hugely energy intensive process, but thanks to advances in technology and lots of hard work from colleagues across the business, we are making major reductions in operational emissions.” Anaerobic digestion works to convert human waste into biogas which is then used to make electricity. The company also utilises wind turbines and hydro-turbines to generate green power.

‘Pop-up’ cafe opening for the elderly A POP-Up Christmas friendship cafe for the elderly will open in Barnsley today. Age UK Barnsley says ‘no one should have no one at Christmas’ and so is launching the project to tackle loneliness. Chief Executive Pauline Kimantas said: “Christmas is a time of year when the companionship and support of friends and family seems to mean even more and loneliness is more keenly felt. “For around 2,500 older people in the Barnsley area loneliness is a daily reality. “In response, we will be opening our ‘pop-up’ Christmas friendship cafe where older people can pop in for a free hot drink and mince pie.” The Mayor of Barnsley, Coun Linda Burgess, will officially open the Christmas Friendship Cafe today at 10am. It will be based in Age UK Barnsley’s One Stop Shop on Eldon Street, Barnsley town centre. All older people are welcome to pop in for a cuppa and a chat. The Christmas Friendship cafe will be open from 10am to 2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in December. Tesco is donating hot drinks for the cafe.

Footfall report is due COUNCIL bosses will be given a report on the authority’s plans to increase footfall at town centres across the borough. The ‘Principal Towns Programme’ is included in Barnsley Council’s forward plan of key decisions, a detailed report outlining major decisions and schemes the council will be doing over the next three months. Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesman, said: “A proposal that aims to increase footfall on the high streets of our principal town centres by making various improvements, in order that that they remain vibrant and attractive, is scheduled to be presented to cabinet. “Further details of the proposals, including how the Principal Towns Programme might be delivered, will be set out in the report.”

Group’s meeting A MEETING of the Ardsley and Stairfoot Crime and Safety Group is to be held next week. All residents of Ardsley, Stairfoot, Wombwell Lane and Aldham House Lane are welcome to attend to discuss any crime and safety issues. The meeting at 6.30pm on Monday takes place at the Tesco Store on Wombwell Lane. Access to the meeting is by the security desk at the main entrance to the store.

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Tribute finished in Nick of time By Gail Robinson A STONEMASON in Barnsley who stepped in at the last moment to save a new war memorial has been described as ‘tireless, brave and oh so kind’ by the mother of a fallen soldier. Nick Roberts was drafted in just days before a gigantic granite information table was due to be unveiled alongside an existing £37,000 war memorial in Sheffield. Organisers feared the massive stone table which explains the symbolism and message of the memorial in Shiregreen cemetery could never be finished in time after the original stonemason was taken ill. But Nick, from Roberts Memorial in Racecommon Road, Barnsley, a friend of the original stonemason, was adamant that the job should be finished on time and completed the task with just hours to spare – and without charge. Nick, 50, whose great-great-grandfather was a stonemason, said: “It was all very rushed and very last minute. “But I knew how important it was for so many people who were going to be at the service and I was determined not to let anyone down. “There was around 12 hours of lettering work at least after sandblasting the granite which was around

five feet long and four feet wide, plus there were 700 plus letters to be embossed. “I managed to trap my hand between the giant stone slab and the legs when it was being lowered into place in the cemetery the day before it was unveiled – so my hand is still sore, but nothing is broken and it will heal in time. “It’s nice to hear that the lady who organised everything is grateful, I was delighted and honoured to be asked. I don’t like to brag or boast about what I do.” The Chronicle was contacted by Nicolette Williams whose son Christopher Bridge was killed aged 20 in Afghanistan in 2007. She helped raise the money for the war memorial and then for the new information table and a granite poppy box to hold poppy crosses on Remembrance Day. Nicolette said: “I want to say a huge thank you. Nick worked extremely hard to make sure everything was ready in time. “He very kindly took over and skilfully created the stone information table and shared the original vision. “He worked tirelessly to be ready for Remembrance Day when we honoured the brave servicemen and women, including my son, who gave their young lives. “Even though he suffered an acci-

PRAISED: Stonemason Nick Roberts. PD081672. Inset: Grateful Nicolette Williams. dent and hurt his precious hand by carrying out the work, he did not stop until it was all ready so words of gratitude seem insufficient for such a lovely caring man. “I would like to say a very very big

thank you to Nick Roberts for the fantastic hard work he carried out to create that very big information table explaining about the memorial. “He worked so long and so hard so I wasn’t disappointed and to honour

all the brave service personnel. “I am eternally grateful to him, he is oh so kind and a highly skilled craftsman who did an excellent job. He made me and everyone else very proud.”

‘Surprised’ winner Sybil receives Proud of Barnsley award By Lynsey Bradford SHE IS 85 and suffered strokes and a heart attack. But Sybil Davey still cares for her 53-year-old daughter Lorraine, who has Down’s Syndrome and dementia, at home. Sybil’s courage and determination to care for Lorraine at home, along with her sheer love, loyalty and admiration for her daughter, saw her named Carer of the Year at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards. Sadly, Sybil could find no one to care for Lorraine on the evening of the awards ceremony, which meant she was unable to attend. But her trophy, certificate and flowers were delivered to her at her home in Eaden Crescent, Hoyland.

Sybil said: “I just can’t believe it, I could cry. I feel a bit ignorant having won and not being there to collect the award – I really hope people understood. I really didn’t think I would win because there were other people just as deserving as me. But I’m thrilled, I really love the award. “And I can’t thank the Chronicle enough. It’s been a pleasure to deal with everyone from the Chronicle, they have been so kind and have really helped me.” Despite her joy, Sybil said Lorraine wouldn’t be aware she had won an award. “Thankfully she still knows me, but people who have been in her life for a long time get upset because she doesn’t know them. They say it’s such a shame. “Alzheimer’s is a funny thing.

She can go to bed one night and get up in the morning and not know who she is or where she is, but some days she gets up and she can be wonderful and you think ‘this is great’ because she’s not complaining and she’s talking.” Every year for Lorraine’s birthday on November 14, Sybil has thrown her a party. But she doesn’t believe she enjoyed it this year because she did not realise what was happening. “She didn’t know it was her birthday, or what was going off, or why she was outside in the dark. It took three of us to get her out of the car and half a dozen of us to get her back in,” said Sybil. Sybil says she saves the taxpayer £4,000 a month by caring for Lorraine at home rather than

putting her into full time care. Lorraine does have carers, as Sybil can no longer do certain things such as take Lorraine out on day trips. Sybil has had no help for herself, but now does receive two hours of care on a Friday from Crossroads Barnsley. She choses to pay someone, from her own savings, to do her ironing due to a loss of movement in her hands after her strokes. Sybil added: “I can’t let Lorraine go. I just couldn’t see her leave here with her things in a case, I just couldn’t do it. If anyone does anything for me, I don’t know what to say because I’ve always been the one in charge. “But I’m 86 next month and I can feel it now.”

Six arrests following car stopping operation

Bands booked in... By Nick Ward FOUR local bands will perform at Barnsley’s Whispers sports bar tomorrow night. Performing at the Christmas Rock Ball are Omicron Movement, StreetStoneSonic, Type 93 and Death of Man. Omicron Movement started in early 2015 as a two piece consisting of Rik Holmes on Spanish acoustic and James Green on steel string. After writing a few tracks for the first EP, a search for a vocalist began. A spokesman for the band said: “After trying the set with a few people we asked good friend and ex-band mate Mash Abraham to try out. “It was a perfect fit, we then worked out the live set together and started gigging. “After a few months of gigging, we began recording our first EP The Oneric Wayfarer, after recording for two months we had a finished product.” StreetStoneSonic were formed in 2009 by two ex military veterans who wanted to form a protest band. Now a three piece progres-

sive grunge outfit, the band’s lyrical content is ‘dripping with conspiracy theory’. Type 93 combine youthful eagerness with aged to perfection hard rock veterans. A spokesman said: “Type 93 are as decimating as the Japanese flame thrower that they're named after. “They've been creating their monster for a little under a year now, and are ready to release the beast at their first show.” Death of Man are a heavy metal band, from Barnsley, formed in 2013 from the ashes of punk band Krakengun. Their music contains elements of doom, punk, thrash, with a twist of ‘black metal’. A spokesman for the band said: “Our music is all original due to our main directive, which is to create, experiment and deliver a unique brand of music to a variety of people, from all walks of life.” Doors at the Regent Street venue open at 7pm with the first band on stage at 8.30pm.

WINNER: Sybil Davey with her daughther Lorraine.

By Nick Ward

WEEKEND GIG: Top: StreetStoneSonic and above: Omicron Movement.

POLICE in Barnsley stopped 129 vehicles and arrested six people in a week long operation targeting foreign national offenders. Of the cars stopped in Barnsley during Operation Trivium, 29 were seized. The operation focussed on foreign national offenders who cross borders to commit crimes including modern day slavery, theft, drugs offences and other criminal activity. The operation, which took place across South Yorkshire, saw a total of 568 vehicles stopped, 94 were seized, and 32 people were arrested. Officers from the Joint Specialist Operations Unit achieved these results by conducting patrols and executing warrants in Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham. Arrests made in Barnsley included that of a man who had been wanted for several months for committing a burglary. Two other men were also arrested for drug driving offences and £16,500 was recovered in fines from HM Court warrants issued

under the operation. Chief Inspector of the specialist support team Glen Suttenwood said the operation was successful. He said: “I am extremely happy with the successful results we have been able to achieve over the week long operation. “The operation was set up to catch offenders who are using our roads and borders to commit offences “Tthe work that has been achieved by South Yorkshire Police, has contributed to the nationwide operation to keep our roads and residents safe. “I would like to give a special thank you to all officers that worked tirelessly on the operation as without them we would have not been able to achieve what we did.” The week-long operation is now over but Chf Ins Suttenwood insisted that their work to catch offenders of this nature will remain a priority for the police. He added: “Although the operation was only a week long, work will still continue to catch offenders who are breaking the law, engaging in illegal activity such as modern day slavery.”

Intruders at a Dodworth High Street office took nothing By Katia Harston

PRIZE: Shoppers Dawn Turner and Emma Charlesworth.

Alhambra shoppers rewarded THE Alhambra kicked off its late night shopping and ‘random acts of kindness’ Christmas campaign on a high when two lucky shoppers were chosen to win their shopping totalling more than £200. Last Wednesday Dawn Turner and Emma Charlesworth were shopping in Primark when they were approached by the Alhambra management team who explained they would like to pay for their

said: “It affected us massively. “Word got round to service users about what happened and made them feel quite insecure because they thought their data had been hacked into. “We had people phoning up about it and we reassured them that all their data was kept locked up and was safe.” Chloe said the break-in had left staff feeling uneasy. “It’s not nice thinking someone was in here,” she said “The door was kicked straight through and they had a bit of a look around and came into the main office and noticed the cameras and legged it. “We’re not sure what they were looking for.

manager, said: “Our random acts of kindness Christmas campaign is a fantastic way to reward our customers, especially at this time of year when buying presents can be quite stressful. “The two ladies in Primark were overjoyed with the outcome, and were equally as thrilled even though one amount wasn’t quite as high as the other.” Throughout December By Gail Robinson parking is free at the Alhambra after 3pm. MORE Barnsley workers are getting on their bikes thanks to an award winning project. The Inmotion partnership between Barnsley Council and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport er value stock. Executive has scooped the national Berneslai Homes director of corposustainable travel award. rate services, Alison Rusdale said: Since 2013 the project has been work“Here at Berneslai Homes we know ing with Premier Foods in Monk how important it is to involve our Bretton to improve cycling support for customers in shaping our services.” employees after 12 bikes were stolen Log onto: from the site in Fish Dam Lane in one month, causing commuting by bike to -panel or call 774276 to book your fall by 90 per cent. place. Over the past three years facilities

shopping, as part of the random acts of kindness Christmas campaign. Dawn’s shopping came to £178.50 and Emma’s was £27. You could be next. Every Wednesday and Friday until December 16 the Alhambra will be opening late until 8pm. Anyone shopping in the centre on one of these dates between 6pm and 8pm could win their Christmas shopping. Steph Higham, Alhambra marketing

Customer panel organised BERNSESLAI Homes’ tenants are invited to the next customer panel. The panel will be hosted at Priory Campus on Wednesday December 14 at 6pm when an update on Berneslai Homes’ budget for 2017/18 will be given. There’s also a chance to hear the latest on the changes to social housing; pay to stay and the sale of high-

TWO intruders caught on camera during a break-in at a care provider’s offices left empty handed, staff have told the Chronicle. Stars Social Care at Dodworth was struck at about 5.25am on Friday November 18 and the damage they caused getting in affected services that day. Staff had to take temporary measures to board up a broken door and window until it could be fixed. The business, on High Street, has about 80 clients and provides outreach, children’s contact services, social work, social housing and social care. Chloe Appleby, from the firm,

“There were computers and a TV on the wall and they have not actually taken anything. “We think they might have come in to see what they can take next time. “We have never been targeted before. “We’ve been here nine years and never had a problem.” The incident has been reported to police and the CCTV footage handed over to officers. A police spokeswoman confirmed officers are investigating the incident which was reported at about 5.15am last Friday. She said: “Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 214 of November 18.”

IMAGE: An intruder is caught on CCTV.

Workers get in the saddle thanks to award winning scheme have been vastly improved, including a new secure bike shelter, solar powered security lights, and upgraded showers and helmet lockers. Employees were also encouraged to take advantage of the Cycle-to-Work bike buying scheme, Cycleboost bike loans and on-site Dr Bike repair clinics. Future planned projects include an outdoor repair station and tyre pump and an on-site cycle lane to increase safety. Lee Haughton, company environmental management coordinator at Premier Foods, said there has been a big increase in those commuting in on the saddle.

He said: “Since the new cycle enclosure and racks were built we’ve had no bikes stolen and commuting to work has increased fivefold, from 30 people per day to more than 150. “Staff at the site have organised cycle clubs and taken part in a coast to coast charity bike ride for Cancer Research, raising more than £5,000. “This scheme is now being rolled out to the other nine Premier Foods sites across the UK.” Barnsley Council also came runner up in the same award category for its work with Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. There the project refurbished and upgraded changing rooms with lock-

ers, energy efficient LED lighting with infrared sensors, a new shower, together with new WCs, sinks, new ceiling, towel radiator and changing benches. New security cameras have also been installed to monitor the bicycle shelters. The improved facilities have helped increase the number of cyclists at the trust. Coun Roy Miller, cabinet spokesman, said: “This award is great recognition of how the Inmotion partnership is working hard with employers and their staff in Barnsley to improve facilities and break down the barriers that discourage people from cycling, helping them lead healthier, happier, more active lives.”

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NEWSLINES School gets share of carrier bag cash A BARNSLEY school is to get a £12,000 boost for its garden plans after bagging a share of a £12.5m supermarket carrier bag charge fund. Tesco teamed up with environmental charity Groundwork to launch the second round of its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants raised from the 5p bag levy awarded to outdoor community projects. Shoppers were given tokens to vote for their favourite local scheme and in Barnsley it was Athersley South Primary School that got the top spot. The school will receive a £12,000 grant for its quiet/sensory garden and play area project. The runners up were Springvale Community Garden which bagged £10,000 and £8,000 will go to Greenfield Primary and Hoyland’s Dream Team volunteers — who are going to create a community growing area. A Tesco spokesman said: “We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and it’s been great to give people a say on how the money will be spent.”

Colliery disaster: Your chance to lay a cross at special ceremony ... By Katia Harston MINERS and people with a family connection to the Oaks Colliery disaster are being urged to come forward and lay a cross for every man and boy who perished in the catastrophe 150 years ago. A special ceremony will take place in the shadow of the Barnsley Main headgear on Sunday, December 11, between 11am and 2pm. Barnsley Main was chosen as the venue for the service as it eventually took over the workings of the Oaks Colliery.

The poignant gesture is the brainchild of the Barnsley Main Heritage Group, which is hosting the cross placing ceremony in commemoration of the hundreds of souls killed when two explosions devastated the mine. While the official death toll is 361, recent research shows 22 more lives were claimed in the disaster and this is why 383 crosses will be laid at the ceremony. The group would like anyone with a family connection to the disaster — or those connected with the mining industry — to come forward and help place a

cross in remembrance of those who lost their lives. The event has gained momentum with both Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis and Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher attending and Coun Brian Mathers, who came up with the idea of having wooden crosses for those who perished, similar to those seen at Remembrance Day services, with the names and ages of the dead written on them, will say a few words before the crosses are placed. I If you would like to lay a cross contact 772069 or email

When the Oaks Fired tells the story of the terrible tragedy ... By Katia Harston A POWERFUL new exhibition exploring the Oaks Colliery disaster has gone on display in Barnsley. Experience Barnsley museum is hosting ‘When the Oaks Fired’ which opened on Wednesday and runs until February 8. It tells the story of the the tragedy through the experiences of those who witnessed it. At 1.15pm on December 12, 1866 a huge explosion was heard throughout

‘The catastrophe, which killed at least 361 men and boys, was the worst mining disaster in Victorian Britain’ Barnsley and word spread quickly ‘the Oaks has fired’. The catastrophe, which killed at least 361 men and boys, was the

worst mining disaster in Victorian Britain and remains the worst in English history. This year marks its 150th anniversary of the tragic accident and the formidable exhibition, which has put together by the council and the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership, focuses on the human stories of the disaster such as who was involved, how it affected families and communities and the legacy it left behind. Free admission.

DELIGHTED: Tom Bagley is presented with the best apprentice of the year Rose Bowl by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, The Lord Mountevans.

HUMAN STORIES: Barnsley Museum archivist Stephen Miller with some of the up and coming Oaks disaster exhibits.

Union sets up helpline for ASOS workforce

Why apprentices are feeling topping TWO apprentices from Barnsley have topped national awards Tom Bagley, 23, a machine repair fitter at Ardagh Glass in Monk Bretton, has been named 2016 apprentice of the year in the annual British Glass Focus awards. Against stiff competition, Tom was singled out for his exceptional attitude and highly professional approach to work, where, according to the judges, he has made a ‘measurable impact on efficiency and productivity’. At the same time 20-year-old electrical engineering apprentice Chloe Miller has received the highly prestigious Institute of Engineering and Technology student of excellence award for 2016. Her award is in recognition of her record as the most productive, motivated and high-achieving student in her year.

By Josh Timlin

Call for views on mental health PEOPLE’S views on young people’s mental health services in Barnsley are being sought. Young people, their families, professionals and the public who have an interest in children’s mental health are invited to an event being held by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. It will also be an opportunity to learn how organisations come together across Barnsley to support young people’s emotional and mental health. Dave Ramsay, deputy district director, said: “A big part of our role in the community is to listen to the views of the people who use our services and those who work alongside us in health, social care and education. Whether it’s young people, their families, GPs, schools, charities or partners, we’re keen to bring together as many people together to hear their views.” The event is being held at New Street health centre on Thursday between 3.30pm and 6pm.


ROSES FOR SALE: Singing a haunting song from the musical Oliver at last Saturday’s Victorian Arcade event is 12-yearold Olivia Ellis. Picture: Wes Hobson. PD081489

A TRADE union has launched a 24-hour whistle-blowing helpline for workers at ASOS. But the Grimethorpe-based firm has hit back at the suggestion it exploits workers and says it has ‘nothing to hide’. GMB, the union for ASOS employees, marked ‘Black Friday’ last week by launching its confidential line to allow anonymous reporting of concerns about working practices at the online fashion retailer’s Park Spring Road warehouse. Neil Derrick, regional secretary at GMB, said: “ASOS was so focused on making a fast buck on Black Friday that they appear to have forgotten that as an employer their first responsibilities are delivering a safe, decent workplace and fair terms and conditions for their own workers. “We know it can be difficult and intimidating to raise concerns about an employer — that’s why we have launched the

confidential helpline for ASOS workers to report their experiences without fear of reprisal. “Too many ASOS workers have reported dark days when employed by the company. “We encourage anyone with concerns to call 0330 041 4849 where they will be able to speak in their own time and in the strictest of confidence.” Nick Beighton, the chief executive of ASOS, hit back at the GMB’s latest scheme after it alleged that zero-hour contacts, invasive CCTV and pay docking are commonplace for the firm’s 4,000-strong workforce. “We want every single person who works with ASOS directly, or for one of our partners, to have a great experience and feel respected and valued,” he said. “I lead the ASOS management team so I know how seriously we take our responsibilities as an employer. “I take huge exception to the idea that we are secretive and exploit our people. “We have nothing to hide and

much to be proud of. “We deliberately chose to locate our warehouse in Grimethorpe because of the unemployment created by the closing of the village’s coal mine, and we believed we could make a difference in the area. “Since opening in 2011, we have invested a total of £81m in the site. “That money is part of a rolling programme of improving the workplace and we have another £23m earmarked for investment over the next 12 months. “We are the largest private employer in Barnsley and have paid more than £200m in salaries since 2011, no doubt providing a welcome stimulus to a community that had been deprived of employment. “We don’t pretend to be perfect and we are learning all the time. We learn, re-set and go again — that’s the way we do things at ASOS.” ASOS say that rumours about zero-hour contracts are untrue,

claiming that they have never used them, and new employees’ six-month probation periods have been reduced to three following consultations with its inhouse workers’ forum. Terry Green, the chairman of the workers’ committee, added: “I’ve worked at the warehouse for five-and-a-half years and it means a lot to me that I’ve been elected to represent my colleagues. “This campaign by the GMB to spread false information has been going on for years and we are all tired of it. “We are part of a team where proper training is given, new incentives are being brought in regularly and the building we are working in has gone from strength to strength. “It is insulting and annoying for all of us to continue reading things that are so untrue, and so different than what our day-today reality is. “We are really proud of what we do together here and just want to get on with our jobs.”

Buggy push helps Tiny Hearts By Lynsey Bradford THE parents of a little girl who weighed just 3lbs when she was born have helped raised more than £2,000 for the Tiny Hearts Appeal. Little Elizabeth Foulkes was born seven weeks early. She was cared for on the special care baby unit at Barnsley Hospital for five weeks. Her early arrival, in April last year, was down to her mum Emma Pickersgill, for-

merly of Cudworth but now living in Emley, unexpectedly being diagnosed with preeclampsia — high blood pressure. Because of the care they both received, Emma has organised a year of events to raise money for the Tiny Hearts Appeal which aims to raise £1m for a new baby unit. Emma, 33, organised a buggy push at Locke Park last Saturday. She said even though a

few people may have been put off by the weather, a great day was had by all. The total raised was £811, and a £1,000 cheque from Frozen Value Foods now takes the total to more than £2,000. The next event is a Christmas fair at Cudworth Valley Community Centre tomorrow from 11am to 3pm. I To donate, visit: thstinyhearts

FUNDRAISING: Emma Pickersgill and Craig Foulkes with their daughter Elizabeth at the buggy push.

Give the gift of time, says YBS support for Marie Curie and spread a little festive cheer by buying a set of YORKSHIRE Building Society is askChristmas tree decorations with all ing local people to give the gift of time proceeds supporting the campaign. this Christmas for its ‘final hour of The branch is also hosting a guess need’ campaign fundraiser in aid of the weight of the Christmas cake comMarie Curie. petition. The campaign was launched in 2014 The Penistone branch, on Market and has so far raised more than £1m. Street, will host a fundraiser on Every £20 raised funds one hour of Monday when people can take part in Marie Curie nursing care and custheir book and cake sale and also buy a FESTIVE MATCH: Matthew Newton and co-organiser James Hague. tomers and colleagues at the branches reindeer nose lollipop. in Barnsley and Penistone have so far Michael Fisher, manager of the funded 249 hours of care by contributBarnsley branch, said: “We are so ing £4,993 to the campaign. proud that customers in Barnsley, The Barnsley branch, on Cheapside, Penistone and the surrounding comturned into the Christmas Classic. By Gail Robinson will be hosting a Christmas party munities have helped us to make this James co-organised the event with me IT started out as a chat between mates event next Friday when people can the society’s most successful ever for the two previous years and together after a charity ice hockey match and enjoy some festive treats, show their national fund-raising campaign.” we’ve raised more than £7,500.” has become a major festive fund-raising Players from as young as six to skaters event. in their mid-50s have signed up to take Later this month Ice Sheffield will be part and are currently hard at work taken over by Christmas puddings and with their individual fund-raising. was a brief argument in crackers when 46 supporters of the By Nick Ward Funds from Matthew’s event on Children’s Hospital Charity take to the the takeaway prior to POLICE investigating an December 19, will be match funded by ice for the third annual ‘Christmas the alleged assault and alleged assault outside a Graham Royle of the GRI Group meanClassic’ ice hockey match. The match, are asking for anyone Barnsley takeaway have ing every pound raised through who was in the shop and organised by 34 year-old Barnsley dad released CCTV images of Matthew’s event will be instantly douwho saw what happened Matthew Newton, is set to raise thoua man they would like to bled. In previous years the teams have sands for Sheffield Children’s Hospital to come forward. speak to. played in full elf and Father Christmas and also Christmas presents for chilOfficers also want to The man pictured costumes and this year will be playing dren in Barnsley hospital. Matthew, hear from you if you could hold important in Christmas pudding and Christmas from Lilac Crescent, Hoyland, spent recognise the man picinformation about the cracker inspired outfits. some time when he was a baby in the tured as they believe he incident, which hap“The money is raised mainly through Children’s Hospital and his son James, could help with pened between 1am and Just Giving but we’ve also got tickets 11, has also been a patient in Barnsley enquiries. Anyone with WANTED: Man wanted 2am on November 5. sales, a raffle that will be held on the and Sheffield. “I was sat with my information should call following assault at A 23-year-old man was night, cake sales and a cash prize which friends Craig Smith and James Hague 101 quoting incident takeaway. everyone who buys a ticket will be reportedly assaulted by number 133 of November after a charity ice hockey match and we entered in for,” said Matthew. a man he did not know He suffered minor just said ‘we should try and put on one 5. You can also pass I Details can be found on the group’s facial injuries as a result while outside the takenear Christmas time and raise even information to of the incident. page at faceFacebook more for the charity. So a conversation away in Station Road, Crimestoppers anonyPolice believe there between three lads having a beer Wombwell. mously on 0800 555111.

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NEWSLINES Two cars torched in one evening

TV presenter wowed by designs

FIRE-FIGHTERS were called to two car fires in Barnsley during the early hours of Sunday morning. A crew from Barnsley Station were first sent to Osmond Drive, Worsbrough, at around 12.45am to find a Rover well alight. They were at the scene for about 20 minutes. Then at 4.45am the crew was called to Yews Lane, Kendray after a Ford Focus was said to be on fire. They were at the scene for around half an hour. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue said the cause of both fires was deliberate.

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More raised for Tiny Hearts campaign CLIENTS and carers who are part of the Shared lives project have raised around £2,000 for Barnsley Hospital’s Tiny Hearts Appeal. The group, based in New Hope Methodist Church in Laithes Crescent, Athersley North, raised the money by taking part in sponsored walks and holding raffles. They presented the proceeds to a representative of Barnsley Hospital at their Christmas lunch on Thursday. The Tiny Hearts Appeal aims to raise £1m to help fund a new special care baby unit at the hospital.

Dementia awareness event on Tuesday THOSE who want to find out more about dementia are invited to an ‘awareness training session’ being held by a dementia support charity. Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support is holding the event for those who have friends or relatives with the disease, or just want to know. The session is being held at BIADS’ support centre at Joseph Exley House on Dean Street on Tuesday at 2pm. It will last two hours. Please 280057 to book a place.

Brass band books in Christmas concerts THE world famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band will be giving Christmas concerts in Barnsley later this month. The concerts will be held at the Emmanuel Methodist Church in Huddersfield Road on Thursday and Friday December 15 and 16. The concerts start at 7.30pm, tickets from the Emmanuel Church on 321511 Monday to Friday 9am to noon. Tickets are already selling well and the Friday is almost sold out.

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TV PRESENTER Maggie Philbin believes Barnsley can become a ‘centre of innovation’ after she witnessed first hand the ingenuity of the town’s budding young designers. The former Tomorrow’s World host visited Barnsley this week to help the town’s young people understand how they can shape the world of tomorrow. It was part of the TeenTech panel which met at the Digital Media Centre on Monday to judge ‘smart building’ designs created by pupils from Outwood Academy Carlton, Horizon Community College and Holy Trinity. The idea behind TeenTech is to give young people an insight into the industries of the future and the skills they need to take advantage of them. The 11 and 12-year-old pupils were asked to design futuristic buildings that explore the endless potential new technologies have to transform lives and build the architectural models on the footprint of an A4 piece of card using recycled materials within a budget of £10. Maggie, who also presented science show Bang Goes the Theory as well as Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, was on hand to judge the kids’ ideas looking at the concept, research, design and

vision of each ‘smart building’ and consider how they will make a difference to how people live, work, and play. She told the Chronicle she was very impressed by the ingenuity shown in the designs and believes there is no reason – with such a pool of local young talent – for Barnsley not to become a centre of innovation. “It’s good to encourage them to see they are capable of developing their own ideas,” she said. “It is about sowing the seeds early.” A big part of TeenTech is about helping young people to understand real job opportunities in contemporary industries such as science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Maggie said: “It’s lovely to be part of it and helping young people really understand what they can do is incredibly exciting. “It is helping them to surface some jobs which are invisible, particularly in construction and engineering. |I am now quoting a construction firm who said people think it is all about ‘thickie brickies’ but the thing is buildings have become very clever and really high-tech and we need highly skilled people. “We’re helping young people understand they can help shape the world

VISIT: TV presenter Maggie Philbin meets school pupils Meg Moffat (Holy Trinity), Tyler Mirfin (Outwood Academy) and Andrew Thomasson (Horizon College). Picture: Wes Hobson. PD081628 of tomorrow.” Ideas included futuristic leisure centres, children’s play areas and a hotel that was half above ground and the rest underwater. Maggie added: “There’s been some interesting ideas. “In terms of what makes the world better for 12-year-olds – they are

the experts. “Their minds work differently and are very blunt about what they want to do.” All ten teams of students have been chosen to go to the TeenTech final in London to be held at the Emirates stadium on January 11 next year. Maggie added: “I am very much hop-

Council could offer to help break the language barrier for migrants By Katia Harston AN idea to help migrant workers help themselves with things like council tax queries has been mooted by a senior councillor. It was put forward by Coun Margaret Bruff at a meeting of the Central Area Council which covers the Kingstone, Central, Worsbrough, Stairfoot and Dodworth wards – who wanted to ask members their thoughts on having such a service and whether they would agree to her taking it forward. Coun Bruff said two of the wards covered by the area council – Kingstone and Central – are home to the largest population of migrant workers and other minority groups in Barnsley, and she would like to see a designated place where they can get help with things they may not understand, such as council tax queries. Coun Bruff said: “I think we are all aware of the changes happening and changes in population and

all that sort of thing and I have been discussing an idea of how we could have someone to help people help themselves. “I know we have got lots of organisations with Citizens Advice Bureau and welfare rights but we do, between two wards, have the largest population of migrant workers and other minority groups and I would like to have a place where someone can go if say they receive a letter they do not understand, for example council tax, and someone can help them with that.” She said there may be scope to put someone in an existing Polish Library service in the town centre who can work with its interpreters to help people with queries or sign post them to the right service. She added: “We have a Polish library running in the town centre and I am told it is very well attended and not just by Polish people but from all minority groups and my idea would be to

help them to help themselves and see if we can fund someone in there to sign post for information. “If we could get permission from the people who organise the Polish Library to use their interpreters at no cost – and that would be them volunteering towards it – would members agree to employing a worker to help work with these groups? “It’s mixing the skills of someone who has the knowhow of our system with the languages available within that community that meets, so we are not employing translators but someone who has the skills to ring the council tax office up for you. “The idea is to help people help themselves who can then go and tell neighbours how to do it.” Chairman of the area council, Coun Donna Green, said the proposal had promise and could be looked at further, whether that be by the area council or somewhere else within the council.

ing Barnsley will provide a coach to take as many of these kids down there as possible. “From the point of view of the employer it is like a talent spotting exercise. “They can see the young people who are really good and that in five to ten years they want to be employing.”

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SHAVE: Ann Smith after the cut. PD081601.

New look in aid of charity By Nick Ward YOU’VE got to be brave to face the shave. And Ann Smith proved she is exactly that when she had her luscious locks lopped off for charity. Ann, 45, of Samuel Road, Gawber faced the challenge to raise money for Barnsley Hospice and MacMillan. She hopes her new look hair style will raise around £500 to be equally divided by the two good causes. Ann said: “Six years ago I promised a friend I would have

all my hair cut off for charity and I never break a promise. “When my dad died last month I thought that the time was right to keep that particular promise.” Ann, who works for Tesco had her new do done at the store in Stairfoot. And her friends and family all think she has been incredibly brave in doing so. Ann said: “Because I used to wear my hair up a lot of the time, my new haircut doesn’t really feel any different. “But I suppose I will do when the weather turns really cold or I get caught in the rain.”

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Mapplewell CoOp transformed

Popular wishing machine to make welcome return

THE Co-op in Mapplewell officially reopened this morning after a £1m transformation creating seven new jobs. Pupils from Mapplewell Primary did the honours at the store on Blacker Road where the refurbishment coincides with Co-op’s new membership offer. It gives Co-op members an automatic five per cent personal reward back on purchases of its own-branded products and services, with a further one per cent reward supporting local community groups and charities. Groups set to benefit in the Mapplewell area are Barnsley Cancer Aftercare, Domestic Abuse Refuse Support Group and Friends of Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens. Members of the Co-op can choose which of these causes they wish to

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support online. Money will be raised over a six month period. The store will also highlight its community pioneer roles where members of the food store team, Beryl Sykes, Sam Phillips and Ryan Anderton, will work to get involved in community activities. A new community room will be available at the store, which will provide a free venue for local groups to use as a meeting place. The room will be available to use whenever the BACKING: Distinction Doors’ CEO Andrew Fowlds, operations director Gareth Williams and finance store is open. Micaela Bethel, store director Vickie Brown with Lloyds’ director of Global Transaction Banking Andrew Gaunt and relamanager, said: “We are tionship director Lee Bloodworth. thrilled to have made such a significant investment in Mapplewell, and delighted that we have a fantastic new food store with which to serve the community it is an exciting time for the whole team.”

£11.5m cash boost will open doors for local company By Gail Robinson A LOCAL importer, manufacturer and distributor of composite doors, has secured an £11.5m finance package from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. Distinction Doors Ltd is planning to use the asset-based lending facility to help build stock for a new door product range which will be launching in 2017. With a turnover of £42m Distinction Doors is the leading supplier of composite doors in the UK and employs 112 people at its Wentworth Industrial Estate site. In 2014, the company featured in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 list. The business operates 24 hours a

day, five days a week, and ships products across the UK and Ireland. It is looking at international exporting opportunities in the near future. Vickie Brown, finance director at Distinction Doors, said: “Since we formed in 2004, Distinction Doors has been going from strength to strength, now holding more than half of the composite door market share in the UK. “We began talks with Lloyds Bank prior to a management buyout in January 2015 and they were happy to support and advise us even while they weren’t our bank. “They demonstrated a strong understanding of the nature of

our business, and how working capital is paramount to manage the lead times we have with customers and suppliers.” Andrew Gaunt, director at Lloyds Bank Global Transaction Banking, said: “As well as providing asset finance to help manufacture the new product range, the asset based lending facility will help Distinction Doors continue its rapid growth while keeping on top of cashflow. “Awareness of asset-based lending, while on the rise, is still relatively low with UK businesses. “This form of lending allows businesses that have capital tied up in stock, plant or property to use these assets to access cash.”

A WISHING machine made in Barnsley and installed at the Junction 32 retail outlet last year proved such a hit it has returned for this festive season. The magnificent, custom-built steam punk-inspired Wishing Machine takes pride of place at the Castleford outlet manned by two ‘wishmakers’ who will help shoppers deposit their Christmas wishes. Dan Walsh, creator of Tankersleybased sculpting company Sculptzilla, said: “We wanted to create something

quirky and a bit different. “It is based on the steam-punk theme, featuring theatrical lighting and animation. “I’ve worked on a lot of Christmas events in the past, which have all been very traditional Santa’s grottos or ice palaces, so it was brilliant to get a chance to move away from the conventional greens and reds and make something unique and memorable.” Children will be able to make their wish and post it into the machine every Saturday and Sunday until December 18.

Tesco branch gives backing to party for foster kids By Gail Robinson LISA Hammond, the Tesco Barnsley community champion, has once again backed the annual Christmas party for Barnsley’s foster children. By donating more than 120 selection boxes to the Association of Barnsley Foster carers Tesco ensured all the children in foster care will be treated at their annual Christmas party. On behalf of the association, Carlo van de Watering said: “The local authority is trying to recruit as many Barnsley people to try and make sure that children from Barnsley that go into care can stay in Barnsley. “It is fundamentally important to keep these children in the local area. “As an association we try to organise annual events such as the Christmas party to get all the children together.

GIVING: Carlo van de Watering and Lisa Hammond with some of the donated selection boxes. “We heavily rely on local businesses to support us, Tesco’s gesture has once again been fantastic.”

Constructive relationship BARNSLEY Football Club has announced that local company Palmer Construction will continue to be North Stand and back of shirt sponsor for a further two years. The sponsorship deal, which originally started at the beginning of the 2015/16 season, will now continue until the end of the 2018/2019 season. Over recent years Palmer Construction has rolled out a number of community initiatives, includ-

ing the donation of sports equipment to local schools. Simon Dennis, managing director of Palmer Construction said: “It’s been a fantastic time to be involved with the club, especially throughout the recent successes, we’ve really enjoyed being part of it. “We’re delighted to extend our support of the club by announcing our new deal today.”

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Saturday EVO-STIK DIVISION ONE SOUTH Shaw Lane AFC v Leek Town NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST LEAGUE Athersley Recreation v Albion Sports Penistone Church v Hallam Worsbrough Bridge v Dronfield Town COUNTY SENIOR LEAGUE CUP QUARTER-FINALS Houghton Main v Athersley Recreation R Swallownest v Euroglaze Brinsworth Whitehill v Penistone Church R COUNTY SENIOR LEAGUE Denaby United v Wombwell Main North Gawber v Denaby Main Hemsworth R v Grimethorpe Sports Millmoor R v Silkstone United Dodworth MW v Bawtry Town Hepworth United v Working Wonders South Kirkby Colliery R v Wombwell Main R

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

Fantastic four for Ryhill side WAKEFIELD LEAGUE RYHILL thrashed Alverthorpe Lions 4-1 to progress in the cup. James Beaton opened the scoring in the second minute then Ryhill also started the second half quickly by winning a penalty which Richard Taylor converted for 2-0. Kieran Young made it three on the hour then Alverthorpe pulled one back before Marega Junior completed the rout with one of his solo trademark runs and excellent finishes. Karl Reynolds was man of the match.

Lights won’t go out on us, insist Worsbrough Dark day: The scene during Worsbrough Bridge’s 1-0 home to defeat to Brigg Town after the floodlights on the left side had failed. Pictures: Wes Hobson.

NCEL DIVISION ONE WORSBROUGH Bridge are facing more problems on and off the pitch but their manager and chairman are determined that they will make a success of the club. Bridge lost 1-0 at home to Brigg Town on Saturday then 6-0 at high-flying AFC Emley on Wednesday to leave them two points and two places above the relegation zone having played the most games of any side in the division. The floodlights on two towers would not turn on when they were needed in the second half of Saturday’s game, leaving one half of the pitch very dark. The match was completed but the club are now desperately trying to fix the lights before tomorrow’s home game. Manager Josh Wright said: “The committee is doing a fantastic job to keep the club alive. “It’s a week by week situation. “There have been big debts from last season but things are getting better. “As players and playing staff, we are just focusing on saving the club from relegation. Things like the floodlights going out can be hard but we try to brighten

Tackle: Action from Worsbrough’s game on Saturday. things up. They are a good set of lads and performances are improving.” The Briggers are applying for funding for new floodlights as well as a new drainage system as they are still struggling with the River Dove, which flooded onto the pitch again last week. Chairman Peter Schofield said: “As soon as we sort one thing out, something

else goes wrong. “We worked all week to clear the pitch of water after the river flooded then we get to the matchday and the floodlights don’t work. “We are financially better off than we were but there are still a lot of problems left over from the previous regime. “We’re all committed and we have

good people who are determined to make it work. “This club has been here for almost 100 years and it needs to be part of the community.” Bridge are averaging crowds of 40 this season, with one match attracting just ten. Schofield cited just one victory at Park Road in 19 months and a turbulent 2015/16 season in which the previous chairman took them to Grimethorpe and Maltby to play their home games, as the key reasons for the drop in attendances. “We are getting the word out about our matches on social media and in the press but the crowds we are getting are not good enough for a club of our size. “The results we have had in the last few years won’t have helped and moving away last season meant that regular fans went to watch other teams like Shaw Lane AFC and never came back.” Wright has been told he will remain as interim manager until the New Year before a decision is made on whether to make his position permanent. Bridge already have more points this season than last season when they came last but were spared from relegation.

Rec look to end bad home run Church Ladies after last-minute away victory NCEL PREMIER DIVISION

beat Socrates WOMEN’S FOOTBALL PENISTONE Church Ladies won 2-1 at home to Socrates. Tibbz Ariff opened the scoring after 20 minutes then Kirsty Bradley doubled the lead just after the break. Socrates pulled one back with ten minutes left but Church held on. Barnsley FC Ladies’ top-of-the-table clash with Norton and Stockton Ancients was called off.

ATHERSLEY Recreation will be looking to end a three-month wait for a home league win after a good away victory this week. Rec’s last five league wins have all been away while they have not triumphed at home in the league since August, like Barnsley FC. They picked up an excellent 2-1 win at fellow mid-table side Bottesford United near Scunthorpe in heavy fog on Saturday. Lee Garside gave Athersley the lead after 18 minutes then the hosts levelled

with a quarter of an hour to play before the returning Kieran Scargill netted a dramatic last-minute winner. A Bottesford man was sent off late on. Rec then lost 3-1 at leaders Cleethorpes Town at Wednesday. The hosts took the lead then former Barnsley FC reserve McCauley Shillito levelled for Athersley but Cleethorpes netted twice more. Sean Margison’s men are ninth with 31 points from 21 games. Rec will look to end their five-match winless run at Sheerien Park tomorrow when they host Albion Sports, who are in sixth place.

Lodge draw 5-5 thriller after trailing four times BARNSLEY SUNDAY LEAGUE NEW LODGE came from behind on four occasions in their 5-5 draw at home to Worsbrough Common in the Premier Division. The visitors went 2-0 up before Chris Lee and Kyle Allen levelled at 2-2. Worsbrough then took the lead, scored an own goal and made it 4-3. Daniel Henighan levelled then did so again after Common had scored a fifth. G/Force FC continued their undefeated run with a 7-3 win over Wombwell Main.

Steve Bennett’s brace put G/Force ahead but Danny Frost netted twice to level. After half-time, Steve Bennett completed his hat-trick before his older brother Tony Bennett made it 4-2. Simon Chadburn brought it back to 4-3 from the penalty spot after Frost was fouled in the area. Man of the match Tony Bennett lobbed the Wombwell goalkeeper from 30 yards before completing his hat-trick then Steve netted his fourth. Highstone Road WMC won 4-1 at

Royston Railway. New Inn won 3-1 at home to KG Sports in Division Two. James Byford netted all three goals from James Rogers corners. OTHER RESULTS: Division One: Cobcar 2, Cudworth West End 3; Hoyland Nether 0, Sandhill Tavern 6; Portcullis 1, Commercial Inn 2; The Crown 1, Ward Green 3. Division Two: Carlton Athletic 8, Northside 4; Honeywell 3, Shaw Inn 2. Division Three: Keel Canal 2, Star 5; Monk Bretton Miners 1, Potters Wheel 2; Wombwell Main Youth 5, Pockets 0.

DARFIELD under 15s reached the semifinals of the Cannikin Cup with a 5-1 win over Aston Swallownest. Dylan Briggs netted twice with the other scorers being man of the match Leo Gardner, Chris Powell and Brandon Spreckley. Darfield then beat Chapletown Athletic 11-0 in the league. Lleyton Martin and Ethan Lee struck twice each with goals from Briggs, Powell, Gardner, Spreckley, Michael Jackson, George Guest and Jack Collins. Tom Collinson was man of the match for Darfield. Junior Tykes under eights dominated their game against Kiveton with a fantas-

tic passing display. Mason Coles performed well as goalkeeper in the first game while Jack Bennett bagged a hat-trick. Alex Faherty-Hirst and Phillip Smith also got on the scoresheet alongside man of the match Samuel Jones. In the second game, Jacob WeinrichCooke played superbly as a defender while Callum Appleyard and Harley Reid impressed from the bench. Thomas Gill and Elliott Hume got among the goals alongside man of the match Dylan Fisher. Dodworth under eights were on fire against Swinton Athletic. There were plenty of goals from the home team but goalkeepers Thomas Burland and Charlie Holt were the men

of the match. Redfearns under 16s went out of the cup with 3-1 loss against Wisewood. Owen Pearman netted for Redfearns while Daniel Walker also impressed. Penistone Church under 18s came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Killamarsh. Lewis Kirk netted twice and Reece High scored once. West Green under 13s won on penalties in their cup quarter-final at Sheffield Rangers. The visitors’ goal came from Lucy Watson as the match finished 1-1 after extra-time. Ben Swinerd then saved a penalty in the shoot-out. Man of the match was shared between Tiki Nebiji and Bailey Sanderson.

GIRLS’ FOOTBALL Second place: Dodworth MW.

Picture: Keith Turner.

High-flying Dodworth MW hit neighbours Wonders for six COUNTY SENIOR LEAGUE DODWORTH MW spanked Barnsley rivals Working Wonders 6-1 in Division Two North. Aaron Brotherton and Ryan Barlow got two goals each with Danny Barlow and Jamie Gray also netting. Dodworth are second, six points behind the leaders with two games in hand, while charity side Wonders are second bottom having lost ten out of their 11 games so far. Carey Welford’s goal gave North Gawber a 1-0 win over Handsworth Parramore reserves in the Premier Division. Gawber are ninth with 19 points from 14 games, putting them seven clear of

the relegation zone. Wombwell Main are in the relegation zone after they lost 3-2 at Swinton Athletic while Houghton Main slipped to seventh after a 2-2 draw at tenthplaced Athersley Recreation reserves. Penistone Church reserves are the highest-placed Barnsley team in this league after they battered Denaby Main 5-0 to move up to fifth. Sam Scrivens bagged a brace with the other goals coming from Tim Council, Mitch Savage and Adam Dewsnap. Penistone are unbeaten in their last four league games, scoring 18 goals in the process. Silkstone United drew 1-1 at home to Oughtibridge and are in the Division One relegation zone.

CUP KINGS: Hoyland Common Falcons under sevens are through to the semifinals of the Knockout Cup against Pinfold Reds. They are sponsored by Fleetwood Roofing.

ATHLETICS EXTRA BARNSLEY AC results from the Barnsley 10k: 4, Brendan Moody, 33-50; 9, Darren Middleton 35-12; 27, Melvin Wallace, 3719; 71, Liam Tart, 39-30; 93, Beth Massey, 41-55; 127, Dave Allemby, 43-22; 169, Gail Colville, 4433; 189, Roy Hart, 45-28; 212, Mark Wood, 46-25; 245, Katie Shaw, 47-12; 280, Alan Noble, 48-31; 283, Gemma Thickett, 47-18; 314, Alison Noble, 49-40; 370, Faye Lund, 51-33; 382, Anna Austin, 51-57; 454, Graham Stroud, 54-29; 536, Ray Archer, 58-41.

Barnsley Harriers results from the Barnsley 10k: 18, Alan Ford (V40) 36-49; 45,

MARTIAL ARTS: Anshin Karate Club, pictured left, won 28 medals at the Shindo Kai National Championships in Honeywell.

They claimed ten golds, seven silvers and 11 bronzes. Lisa Burkinshaw of Mapplewell club Fight Unit, pictured right, won gold

at 16 plus. Leah Burkinshaw claimed gold and bronze at 10-12 while James Holliday just missed out on a medal.

Joe and George top-score for Barnsley Leaders BASKETBALL BARNSLEY Leaders under 15s lost all four games but gained plenty of experience with a young team at the York College tournament on Sunday. They lost 30-22 to York Vikings, 51-34 to York Eagles under 15s and 50-43 to York Eagles under 14s. Joe Hatfield hit 33 points while George Hartshorne added 25. Charles Batte recorded 14, Nigel Moyo sank ten, Gabriel McNea added nine and Ben Minogue scored eight. The other players were Reece Smith, Artin Elyasvand, Toby Philpott and Jacob Holland. Barnsley Leaders under 16s lost 59-50 to Leeds Tigers. The Leaders were 18-14 up after the first

Two on one: Barnsley Leaders’ William Holgate in action this week. period then drawing 32-32 at half-time before missing out. Captain Ben Day top-scored with 16 points while William Holgate added 14. There were six points each for Harrison

Wildie, James Topp and Ben Minogue while Joe Hatfield scored two. The other players were George Hartshorne and Gabriel McNae. On Sunday, the Leaders under 16s travel to take on Sheffield Sharks.

PENISTONE Church have come through the first half of the season at the top of the league with just one defeat and will start the second half at home to title rivals Hallam tomorrow. After reaching the halfway point with a 5-3 success at Winterton Rangers, Church have lost just one out of 21 games, winning 15 and drawing five for a total of 50 points. Ian Richards’ side, who are two points clear at the top, now face a huge game tomorrow when they host sixthplaced Hallam. The Church manager said: “We have reached the halfway point of the season and, if someone had said to me that we would be top of the league with 50 points and only losing one game, I probably would have taken it. “The players are credit to me, Duncan (Richards, his brother and assistant) and the football club. “We have had a week’s rest and start the second half of the season with a brilliant home game against Hallam.” Dale Kelly opened the scoring early on for the third successive game then Winterton levelled on 14 minutes. Luke Johnson put Penistone 2-1 ahead just before the break but Rangers equalised again early in the second half. The turning point was Adam Rhodes’ penalty save at 2-2. Church then leapt into a 5-2 lead thanks to goals from Brett Lovell, Ash Ellis and Kelly again before Ryan Johnson scored an injury-time own goal as Winterton pulled one back. The three goals Church conceded matched the amount they had let in in their previous eight league games, but they still have the best defensive record in the division. Penistone have been drawn at home to Hallam in the quarter-finals of the Sheffield Senior Cup.

Ellie and Lily net trebles in 7-3 victory

Darfield reach cup semi-final with 5-1 victory then hit 11 in league thrashing BARNSLEY SUNDAY LEAGUE


Steve Fowler (V50) 38-39; 46, A Thomson (M) 3841; 186, Katie Roberts (L) 44-10; 216, Stacy Dyson (L) 46-15; 291, Aoife Dyson (L) 48-33PB; 330, D Needham (V50) 49-45; 345, S Lovidge (V35) 50-26; 348, Shelly Brookes (L) 50-34; 355, J Hewitt (V70) 50-44; 356, R Jardine (LV45) 50-54; 358, Amanda Fowler (LV40) 51-03; 388, Kelly Ford (LV35) 51-45PB; 408, M Anderson (M) 52-29; 410, C Boswell (LV35) 52-31; 439, N Binnie (M) 53-41; 459, J Wright (LV50) 54-52; 461, H Andrews (LV45) 54-58; 463, D Howes (M) 55-28; 496, J Mills (L) 57-04; 501, J Fielding (LV35) 57-18PB; 503, Lincon Roberts (L) 57-25PB; 530, L Melling (L) 58-07; 535, V Levitt (LV45) 58-59; 542, L Bibby (L) 59-20; 556, Sally Gray (LV55) 60-13; 560, Lisa Isam (LV45) 60-21; 561, Lloyd Isam (V50) 60-22; 577, R Blackburn (L) 61-44; 582, Rachel Gray (LV50) 61-48; 586, I Christopherson (V65) 61-55; 609, Loraine Brookes (LV50) 64-53; 626, S Taylor (LV55) 68-10; 655, A Hilton (LV45) 71-50; 659, C Fraser (LV40) 73-35; 660, S Booth (LV40) 73-37; 667, T Hyland (LV45) 75-04; 669, A Kilner (LV40) 75-21PB.

Kingstone Runners results from the Barnsley 10k: 66, Ian Mason 40-39; 89, Gavin Sanderson, 41-15; 97, Daniel Hayward, 41-56 PB; 100, Jonathon Hall, 42-10; 121, Mark Bray, 43-09; 137, Martin Swift, 42-28 PB; 141, Jason Shepherd, 43-55 PB; 164, Dean Bradley, 44-15; 204, Stephen Holder, 46-08; 247, Paula Newton, 47-17; 257, Tom Sweeney, 47-29; 258, Gavin Beardshall, 47-54; 272, Katie Sharman 48-21; 295, Stephen Jones, 48-43; 324, Zoe Goddard, 49-32;

THERE were hat-tricks for Lily Beevers and Ellie Newsam as Barnsley under 12 Blues won 7-3 against Rovers Foundation. Marcie Heckingbottom got the other goal while the captain was Isabel Senior and lass of the grass was Caitlin Ramsden. Barnsley under 12 Reds smashed Wickersley 6-0. Gabrielle Jarvis netted three with Emboni Makinson adding two and Sammy Wray also scoring. Barnsley under 13s drew 3-3 at Doncaster Belles. Chloe Freeman put the Reds ahead at the break then the Belles led 2-1 and 3-2 but Lucy Watson equalised each time. Callie O’Sullivan saved a penalty but could not stop the rebound going in. Barnsley under tens visited Allsports with Eliza Holland as captain and player of the match. Emily Bowen was lass of the grass and Fallon Connolly-Jackson captain as Barnsley under 11s played at Beighton. Aleise Lawrence captained Barnsley under nines Blues against Worksop while she also shared lass of the grass with Alice Asquith. Barnsley under nines Reds played at Greasborough with Ria Wilding as the team captain.

Cubs defeat Castleford CHARLES RICE LEAGUE BRIERLEY Cubs under eights beat Castleford Town 3-0. Loui Whitehead netted twice while Kendon Hickey also struck. Reece Godsmark scored all the goals as Brierley Cubs under 12s beat West End Terriers 3-2. Man of the match was Jack Hinchcliffe. 329, Doug Scott, 49-21; 385, Andrew Hall, 51-56 PB; 446, John Sellers, 54-00; 448, Samantha Jones, 54-14; 453, Donna Allen, 54-31 PB; 482, Jonathan Gratton, 55-09; 512, Jayne Hallford, 5743; 538, Natalie Marlow, 58-35; 544, John Downing, 59-02; 546, John Exley, 59-02; 610, Julie Hodgson, 1-04-48; 618, Dawn Richards, 1-06-21; 635, Adam King, 1-08-50; 638, Gemma Ellis, 1-0912; 66, Katie Lee, 1:15:26; 668, David Lee, 1-15-27; 682, Christina Scott 1-20-01.

Kingstone Runners results from the Florence Marathon 66, Chris Wells, 2-45-07 PB; 458, David Hanks, 3-04-38; 8168, Jackie Wallace, 5-44-49.

Results from the Locke Park 5k on November 26: 1, D Hanwell 17-48 pb; 2, A Lake 18-21; 3, G Cooke 19-7; 4, D Hanwell 17-48 pb; 5, A Lake 18-21; 6, M Robertson 20-17; 7, A Lavelle 2023; 8, D Harling 20-36; 9, T White 20-40; 10, C Skipper 20-45; 11, I Neville 20-56; 12, J Hallam 2105; 13, J Walshaw 21-23; 14, D Goodwin 21-31; 15, J Shepherd 21-40; 16, S Sanders 22-21; 17, M Sill 22-28 (1st woman); 18, S Harrison 22-37; 19, D Glover 23-35; 20, C French-Harling 23-41 (2nd woman); 21, E Duckett 23-49 (3rd woman); 22, D Cowgill 23-52; 23, N Handley 23-59; 24, F Sidebottom 24-17; 25, Z Erskine 24-24 pb; 26, X Luo 24-27; 27, D Harrison 24-31; 28, J Denton 2432; 29, G Mitchell 24-38; 30, D Spence 24-44; 31, D Scott 24-45; 32, S Lister 25-6; 33, J Beever 25-11; 34, D Oliver 25-15; 35, D Needham 25-22; 36, G Beardshall 25-48; 37, Ley Lavelle 25-52; 38, R Jardine 26-19; 39, D Baldwin 26-20; 40, A Etherington 26-26; 41, J Birkinshaw 26-27; 42, C Pease 26-30; 43, Z Goddard 26-30; 44, S Howes 2643; 45, J Fisher 27-00; 46, S Smith 27-03; 47, D Batty 27-16; 48, H Hoyland 27-17; 49, K Sharman 27-18; 50, T Hayward 27-19; 51, B Hitchen 27-22; 52, T Burrows 27-29; 53, M Ellis 27-30; 54, O Jensen 27-50 pb; 55, L Jensen 27-51 pb; 56, B Cooper 28-3; 57, S Beevers 28-7; 58, A Fowler 2815; 59, J Padgett 28-19; 60, D Howes 28-29; 61, J Howard-Coles 28-37; 62, E Pearson Bowles 28-55; 63, M Mitchell 28-57; 64, J Stephenson 28-59; 65, G Hurd 29-00; 66, P Wheatley 29-05; 67, A Smith 29-07; 68, E Jones 29-11; 69, K Bradley 29-21 pb; 70, O Sweeney 29-22; 71, R Blackburn 29-23; 72, J Downing 29-28; 73, I Kendal 29-38 pb; 74, L

Bower 29-57; 75, C Holburt 30-25; 76, S Higham 30-33; 77, L Doak 30-33; 78, V Skipper 30-44; 79, E Willoughby 30-47; 80, K Heskett 31-1; 81, K Elliott 31-02; 82, C Hoyland 31-05; 83, K Hanks 31-06; 84, M Walshaw 32-17; 85, N Wright 32-41; 86, K Horsfield 32-55; 87, C Hollins 33-02; 88, A Lambert 33-29; 89, R Booker 33-55; 90, A Morris 34-10; 91, M Harrison 34-13; 92, B Isam 34-19; 93, A Dent 34-22; 94, E Exley 34-51; 95, M Booker 3452; 96, J Gough 34-54; 97, Janice Dyball 37-19; 98, John Dyball 37-20; 99, Katie L 37-26; 100, C Robinson 37-27; 101, R Walshaw 37-50; 102, A Glover 39-02; 104, A Radley 40-03; 105, N Sweeney 40-08; 106, N Sweeney 40-12; 107, T Sweeney 40-12; 108, L Balmer 40-45; 109, E Robinson 43-04; 110, L Robinson 43-05; 111, D Osinski 45-43 pb; 112, N Pearson-Bowles 47-21; 113, C Harris 47-21.

Results from the Locke Park junior 2k on November 27: 1, J Taylor 8-31; 2, S Taylor 8-47; 3, J Guy 9-09; 4, S Chambers 9-20; 5, Fynn Smith 9-23; 6, P Harrison 9-27 (1st girl); 7, J Wakelin 9-32; 8, J Brown 9-47; 9, L Reed 9-52; 10, S Armstrong 10-07 (2nd girl); 11, J Exton 10-17 pb (3rd girl); 12, B Carlisle 10-19 pb; 13, J Timms 10-20; 14, E Parkes 10-21; 15, M Johnstone 10-32; 16, A Pinder 10-37 pb; 17, R Booker 10-52 pb; 18, O Dickinson 10-58; 19, S Plummer-Ingall 11-02 pb; 20, F Guy 11-02; 21, E Crowe 11-11; 22, M Capel 11-19; 23, L Hughes 11-35; 24, N Pratt 1138; 25, W Armstrong 11-48; 26, E Brown 11-49; 27, O Royce 11-53; 28, R Turfrey 12-08; 29, S Connelly 12-12; 30, A Connelly 12-19; 31, M Dimler 12-29 pb; 32, D Gibbs 12-34; 33, J Ashton 12-48 pb; 34, B Charlesworth 12-53 pb; 35, K Bebb 12-56; 36, N Evans 13-14; 37, N Steele 13-29; 38, J Bowmer 13-34; 39, M Christie 13-36 pb; 40, J Storey 13-40; 41, C Jones 13-45; 42, L Storey 1348; 43, O Dimler 14-01; 44, J Harrison 14-04; 45, A Charlesworth 14-31; 46, N Edwards 14-43; 47, T Johnson 15-12; 48, D Smith 15-28; 49, C Westgarth 15-42; 50, L Bebb 15-58; 51, H Hunter 16-22; 52, J Bebb 16-24; 53, N Johnstone 16-44; 54, J Brusby 17-25; 55, J Westgarth 19-34; 56, Z Harding 19-37; 57, P Harding 22-4; 58, E Ashton 22-47.

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Cian misses out but Star duo get byes AMATEUR BOXING By Ashley Ball Goal joy: Gavin Allott, right, after scoring for Shaw Lane AFC in their 3-1 FA Trophy win over Nantwich Town on Saturday. He is also shown below celebrating with his teammates. Pictures: Shaun Colborn.

Ducks hope run of wins will include Lincoln shock NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL By Doug O’Kane SHAW Lane AFC are hoping their spectacular winning run, currently at 13 matches, will continue until and beyond the ‘biggest game in the club’s history’. The Ducks have been drawn at home to Lincoln City – leaders of the National League, formerly the Conference – in the first round of the FA Trophy. The match is due to take place on Sunday, December 11 at 1pm. The FA Trophy has a Wembley final and is for non-league clubs from the National League down so it is the most difficult draw which could possibly have been handed to Shaw Lane, who play three divisions below Lincoln. Craig Elliott’s side continued a twomonth winning run with an excellent 3-1 home success over higher division opposition in Nantwich Town in the final qualifying round on Saturday. He said: “It’s a great draw and it will be the biggest game in the club’s history. “I wish it was away from a financial aspect and a day out. But they will bring a lot of fans to our place. They are a massive club and a really good team. “Lincoln are full-time so fitness will be a massive factor because all of our lads have jobs as well as playing. “But I always believe we can win against anyone and this is no different. “They won’t be looking forward to coming to Shaw Lane, seeing that we









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have won all of our matches in the FA Trophy there so far against teams from leagues above us. “It would be huge if we could win and you can’t rule it out.� Lincoln spent much of their 132-year history in the Football League before dropping down to non-league football in 2011. City are more used to coming to Barnsley to visit Oakwell as they have played the Reds 70 times, the most recent being in 2009 – two years before Shaw Lane were founded as a Saturday side. Lincoln are expected to take a large following to Shaw Lane as they are the third best-supported team in the National League and average more than 3,000 fans per home match at their 10,000-capacity Sincil Bank. If they were to overcome the Imps, the Ducks would have to get through the second, third and fourth rounds as well as a two-legged semi-final to reach the

Wembley final on May 21. The Ducks lost out on a place at Wembley when they were beaten in the last eight of the FA Vase last year while they were making their way up the league structure with four successive promotions. While Lincoln are currently on a 14match unbeaten run, the Ducks have won 13 in a row. Elliott said: “It’s quite remarkable. “We have had some tough games in that run but we have come through them all and it is a massive credit to the lads. I have had runs of 19 or 20 unbeaten games in my managerial career but not a winning run like this. We just want to keep it going for as long as possible including the Lincoln game.� The victory against Nantwich came courtesy of Gavin Allott’s brace. The striker opened the scoring when he headed home a cross from Ben Algar

after half an hour. The visitors levelled early in the second half to end the Ducks’ run of five successive clean sheets. But new signing Andy Gascoigne restored the hosts’ lead with a deflected effort which was his first goal for the club. Nantwich then had a man sent off for an off-the-ball incident before Allott secured the win with his second of the game and 13th of the season which makes him the Ducks’ top-scorer. Shaw Lane have now beaten three sides in the division above them in the last three rounds while they have been drawn at home in all five games. Elliott said: “They were the best team we have played so far in the competition. “We had a few players missing and we weren’t at our best but we did what we had to and deserved to win. “We were disappointed to concede a goal and lose our clean sheet record but it was a good day overall. “I am really proud of everyone involved with the club.� Shaw Lane are top of Evo-Stik Division One South on goal difference ahead of second-placed Newcastle Town, with one automatic promotion place available. There is then a gap of six points to the rest of the chasing pack. The Ducks, who host mid-table Leek Town tomorrow, have been drawn at home to Sheffield FC in the quarter-final of the Sheffield Senior Cup.

Billy going for Oliver finishes series ninth the quadruple after Abu Dhabi puncture ICE SKATING


BILLY French-Wilson is hoping to complete a quadruple of 2016 British titles in the next week. The 13-year-old from Royston is already the ice dancing champion for his age in both solo and couples competitions. He has now turned his attention to the ice skating British Championships and won the novice men category on Tuesday. He will now compete in the basic novice couples at the weekend with his partner Paige Shore. Billy is hoping to make a career out of his beloved sport and is targeting the 2022 Winter Olympics.

A PUNCTURE in the final race in Abu Dhabi meant Oliver Rowland slipped down a place and finished ninth overall in the 2016 GP series. The 24-year-old from Penistone, who led the standings at the midway point in the season, qualified in fifth at the

Title defence: Barnsley Squash Club’s world champion Laura Massaro.

final event of the season in Abu Dhabi before tire trouble finished his campaign in disappointing fashion. Rowland, who lives in Dodworth, is hoping to be selected as a Formula One driver in the future and is currently competing in the sport’s second highest level.

Barnsley win while Massaro competes in Team World Cup SQUASH BARNSLEY Squash Club gained an impressive 16-7 victory at Abbeydale in the Yorkshire Premier League. Champions Barnsley will finish 2016 in fifth, 47 points off top spot but with a game in hand on leaders Pontefract. Dec James and Chris Fuller gained 3-0 wins for the Shaw Laners while Miles Jenkins triumphed 3-1.

Disappointing end: Oliver Rowland, right.

Ice star: Billy French-Wilson.

Josh Greaves and Phil Bowker lost their games but won a set towards the overall scoreline. Meanwhile, Barnsley’s star player Laura Massaro is defending her title representing England at the World Team Championship in France this week. Massaro is currently world number two and a three-time Commonwealth Games silver medallist.

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THERE were 684 finishers at the annual Barnsley 10k Road Race in Royston on Sunday. Brendan Moody, of organising club Barnsley AC, finished fourth in 33-50. Barnsley AC’s Beth Massey was first over45 woman while second in their categories were Dave Allemby, Darren Middleton, Melvin Wallace and Gail Colville, with her best time for more than four years. Personal bests were achieved by Barnsley AC runners Melvin Wallace, Liam Tart, Katie Shaw, Alan Noble, Alison Noble, Gemma Thickett, Anna Austen and Graham Stroud. Penistone Footpath Runner Shaun Dimelow finished seventh overall and first over45 man with a time of 35-02. Alan Ford led home the 38 Barnsley Harriers, finishing in 18th place overall which earned him third over40 prize.

A YOUNG boxer from Cudworth club Hard and Fast ABC ran a double-champion close but was narrowly eliminated from a national competition. Cian Smith-Dickens, 15, went out of the National Association of Boys and Girls’ Clubs Championships at the pre-quarter final stage to Barney Stokes, from Burnley club Sandygate. Stokes has twice been a national champion and also won in Europe in the past but was given a scare by Smith-Dickens in Liverpool. Coach Fred Gummerson said: “What an effort he put in. “Their lad had a lot more experience and is being fast-tracked for Team GB but Kian took him to a split decision and did very well.� Barnsley’s hopes of producing a national champion now rest entirely with Doncaster Road club Barnsley Star ABC whose two fighters James Metcalfe and Liam Richardson received byes for the third straight round. They are now due to fight in the scheduled finals next week. Star had other amateurs in action over the week with a win in Hull for impressive debutant Alton Woodhall, 13, from Grimethorpe. Woodhall impressed coach Trevor Schofield as he coasted to a unanimous win over Tommy Uscroft from City of Hull ABC. Another debutant, Nathan Smith, 15, from Smithies, was beaten in Hull by Ben Jacks-Mundy from St Paul’s. Callum Simpson, 20, from the town centre, suffered a broken hand in his defeat by split decision against Will Simpson of Sheffield City ABC. Also defeated was Tom Smith, 14, from Carlton, who lost in Sheffield to Sheffield City’s Leon Moulds.  Barnsley Star will host an evening of amateur boxing at the Highstone Road WMC next Friday from 7pm. Tickets will be available on the door.

Shaw thing for the Reds HOCKEY BARNSLEY moved further away from the Yorkshire Division Four South relegation zone with a 4-2 home success over Hull University 2nd XI. The Reds are now two places and five points clear of the two-team drop zone following back-to-back victories. Hull took the lead from a short corner but the Reds were soon on level terms when a pin-point pass from Robert McCarthy found Paul Winstanley who beat the goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation. The Reds were awarded a penalty flick for obstruction which was converted by James Shaw then, seconds later, his shot was deflected in by his brother Chris Shaw for 3-1. Hull pulled one back but Neil Carr made it 4-2 with his first goal of the season after a fine run from man of the match James Shaw. McCarthy was shown a yellow card minutes from the end but the Reds held on to win.

Heaviest loss of the season RUGBY UNION BARNSLEY conceded the most points of any game this season as they were beaten 40-13 at Ripon. The result leaves the Shaw Laners eighth in Yorkshire League Two after winning five and losing seven of their 12 matches so far this season. Barnsley have gone back behind their local rivals Wath who are seventh following a 14-11 success at home to Leodiensian. Barnsley host 11th-placed Old Grovians tomorrow while Wath visit West Park Leeds.  Barnsley RUFC are hoping to form a ‘mixed ability’ team including disabled players next year and are holding an information evening on Tuesday at Shaw Lane from 7.30pm. For more details contact Duncan Gawthorpe on 07703492483 or Stuart Bennett on 07710224143 or

Clarke double ANGLING

Category winner: Beth Massey of Barnsley AC. Harrier John Hewitt was the over70 champion. Harrier Lincon Roberts ran well to reduce her PB by 2-59, with Julie Fielding knocking 39 seconds off her PB. Aoife Dyson, Kelly Ford and Alexandra Kilner all ran well in their first ever 10k race. Three Kingstone Runners completed

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the 33rd Florence Marathon in Italy. On a picturesque course winding through the historic city, Jackie Wallace completed her first marathon in 5-44-49. Chris Wells ran a PB of 2-45-07 to finish 66th and David Hanks ran a strong time of 3-04-38 for his third marathon.  More athletics on page 17.

LINDSAY Clarke gained two victories at Elsecar Reservoir. Lindsay landed 5lb, 2oz to beat Dave Howett (3lb, 1oz) in the first success then caught 8lb, 14oz to finish ahead of Ernie Pymm (8lb, 5oz) and Ray Howett (5lb, 2oz). Peter Parkinson won another match at Elsecar with 9lb, 5oz ahead of Trev Parkin (6lb, 13oz) and Mick Axon (4lb, 14oz). Trev Rymer won Sunday’s silverfish match on Fleets Dam with 15lb on peg 53 with skimmers and roach. He finished ahead of Lee Harrison (14lb, 5oz), Dave Micklethwaite (11lb, 6oz) and Tony Tarff (9lb, 5oz).

Curtis, Megan and Jasmine all Mayne wins five VTTA awards take medals at gala in Sheffield CYCLING

SWIMMING BARNSLEY Swim Club had great success at City of Sheffield’s Snow Thrills Gala. Curtis Harper claimed six golds and a silver, Megan Sharp took three golds and two silvers while Jasmine Ball won a silver and bronze. Mille Hamby returned from injury to finish in the top ten twice. Personal bests went to Maea Hamby,

Jonathon Wightman, Isabeau Snee, Harriet Ostrowski-Jones and Jess Ford. There were top ten finishes for Nathan Billingham, Lucy Bratley, Megan Firth, Eleanor Valentine-Bull, Lucy Wightman and Ella Minougue. Holly Northam also competed. The swim club will host their own Christmas Sprint tomorrow with more than 400 swimmers attending the gala at Ponds Forge.

BIRDWELL Wheeler Trevor Mayne received five trophies at the North Midlands VTTA awards presentation. He received the Unity Cup for group 100-mile events, the Watson Trophy for the prestige points competition and the Colin Bell Cup for middle distance best all-rounder. He also took home the Brian Beardsley Memorial Cup for group 12-hour events and the Ethel Scothern Cup for best allrounder over 25 miles, 50 miles, 100 miles and 12 hours.

Wheeler Paul Heggie was third in the Unity Cup, Watson Trophy and the Colin Bell Cup. The club’s next meeting is tonight at Birdwell Community Centre on Rockingham Street from 7.30pm. Prospective members are welcome. Sunday’s club run to Misterton will start at 9.15am from the Brewers Fayre roundabout in Brampton. The last club run saw Steve Myatt, Roger Bacon, Rodger Holmes, Rob Parkes, Bob Waterhouse, John Woodhouse and Phil Adams complete a 75-mile ride to the Seedlings Cafe near Snaith.

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Likely line-ups Birmingham: (4-4-2) Kuszczak; Cogley, Morrison,

Barnsley Chronicle, Friday, December 2, 2016 –

How Reds are holding their own

Shotton, Grounds; Cotterill, Tesche, Kieftenbeld, Davis; Donaldson, Jutkiewicz Reds: (4-4-2) Davies; Bree, Roberts, Jackson, Yiadom; Kent, Hourihane, Scowen, Hammill; Winnall, Armstrong

Although Barnsley are slipping down the Championship table with a run of one win in 11, statistics suggest many of their players are among the best in the division in some areas. Doug O’Kane goes through the data

TEAM NEWS Reds: Suspended: Marley Watkins. Out injured: Sessi D’Almeida (knee). Doubt: Aidy White (groin) Stefan Payne (foot). Blues : Suspended: Jon Spector. Out injured: Paul Caddis (shoulder), Rhoys Wiggins (knee).



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Blues 0, Reds 5 – September 22, 2012 Craig Davies became the first Barnsley player to net four in a game since David Currie in 1988. He was the first to score four away from home since 1934 and the first ever to get them all in one half. Davies netted his goals between 54 and 72 minutes after Stephen Foster opened the scoring in the Sky-televised mauling.

14.3 14.1 358 71.4 per cent 49 per cent 35 red, 2 yellow 38.1 17.3 15.2 12.5 10.9 24.4

TACKLES PER MATCH 1 Massimo Luongo Queens Park Rangers 3.8 2 Chris Cohen 3.4 Nottingham Forest 3 CONOR HOURIHANE BARNSLEY 3.4

Blues 4, Reds 1 – August 28, 2000


City got revenge for their 4-0 home humbling in the first leg of the play-off semi-finals three months earlier. The hosts raced into a 3-0 lead then Matty Appleby replied but Chris Morgan was sent off for an elbow and Birmingham netted a fourth.

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Blues 0, Reds 2 – March 5, 1994 Birmingham manager Barry Fry said Barnsley were the worst side he had seen all season despite them beating his team. Brendan O’Connell and Andy Rammell got the goals while Danny Wilson cleared off the line twice.

Christophe Berra Lewis Dunk Ben Turner Adam Webster Timm Klose CONOR HOURIHANE Kyle McFadzean Matthew Connolly ANGUS MACDONALD

Ipswich Town Brighton Burton Albion Ipswich Town Norwich City BARNSLEY Burton Albion Cardiff City BARNSLEY

4.9 3.9 3.4 3.4 3.3 3.3 3.3 3.2 3.2

SHOTS OUTSIDE BOX PER MATCH 1 Tjaronn Cherry Queens Park Rangers 2.1 2 CONOR HOURIHANE BARNSLEY 1.8 3 Jacob Murphy Norwich City 1.8

Blues 3, Reds 5 – October 1, 1988 Barnsley gained their first win over Birmingham in 14 meetings since 1947 in spectacular style. John Beresford Julian Broddle, Currie, Tony Rees and Steve Lowndes got the goals for Allan Clarke’s men, who were always ahead.



Ranking highly: Barnsley captain Conor Hourihane, left, and goalkeeper Adam Davies.

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Brian Dick, Birmingham Mail

BARNSLEY Reading Rotherham United

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BARNSLEY Wolves Blackburn Rovers Derby County BARNSLEY BARNSLEY

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Dominic Ball Adam Webster Liam Moore Jake Buxton ANGUS MACDONALD

Rotherham United Ipswich Town Reading Wigan Athletic BARNSLEY

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CROSSES BLOCKED PER MATCH 1 Derrick Williams 2 Aly Cissokho 3 ANDY YIADOM

Blackburn Rovers Aston Villa BARNSLEY

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Wigan Athletic Brighton Huddersfield Town Nottingham Forest BARNSLEY Aston Villa Fulham Preston North End Leeds United

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THE BLUES don’t play scintillating football but they are extremely gritty and a big, physical, powerful side. They are very well-organised and they often seem to come out on the right side of very tight matches, like they have done in their last two games. They have got new owners and had more money to spend in the last year so they have been able to break through a glass ceiling – which has seen them finish tenth twice in a row – and mount what looks to be a serious play-off challenge.


Ryan Shotton

THE FORMER Barnsley defender has played every minute of the season and scored the winner at Brentford on Saturday, from a free-kick by his fellow ex-Red David Cotterill. Shotton mainly played on the right at Oakwell but has been a central defensive rock for the Blues, with his leadership qualities particularly impressive as many fans have picked him out as Player of the Year so far. Main strikers Clayton Donaldson and Lukas Jutkiewicz each have five goals this season.

THE GREATEST SEASON: Watson denies Blues as Reds draw two games The latest look back at Barnsley’s promotion to the top flight 20 years ago in the 1996/97 campaign BIRMINGHAM 0, BARNSLEY 0 – Dec 3, 1996 EXACTLY two decades before tomorrow’s trip to St Andrew’s, Barnsley sneaked a valuable point thanks to a superb penalty save by David Watson. The Reds stopper – who would go on to make his name as a coach at Birmingham – capped a magnificent display with the spot-kick save from Steve Bruce, who later became manager of the Blues. After a 12-minute delay due to a floodlight failure, City gained the 20th-minute penalty after a foul by Arjan De Zeeuw but Bruce’s miss inspired Barnsley and they had several good chances and penalty appeals. But the Reds were not at their fluent best as strong winds whipped through a stadium which was in the process of being developed. The result left Danny Wilson’s side third in the table, one point behind second-placed local rivals Sheffield United and six adrift of leaders Bolton Wanderers – who they had drawn 2-2 with three days earlier. Barnsley were within an unlucky 88th-minute goal of inflicting leaders Wanderers’ first home defeat of the season. Nathan Blake had put the Trotters in front but Neil Redfearn levelled from the penalty spot after a foul on John Hendrie by John Sheridan, playing against his brother Darren. Redfearn then put the visitors ahead with a superb 79th-minute strike into the top corner from 20 yards out but Steve Davis’ sliced clearance fell perfectly for Alan Thompson to fire in for 2-2 late on.


WHEN Conor Hourihane was named by Sky Sports and other media as statistically the best player in the Championship last week, eyebrows may have been raised considering his comparatively humble reputation in a division packed with famous big-money players. Those eyebrows would have shot up even higher when Hourihane was helpless to stop his team suffering a 5-2 thrashing at home to Nottingham Forest on Sky on Friday, meaning they now face the longest wait for a home win in the division. But, while the only stat that matters is the final table, Barnsley players performing among the best in the league will keep them out of the bottom three and that is what appears to be happening in many areas. Hourihane’s superb pass for Marley Watkins’ goal on Friday was his fifth assist of the season, making him the league’s joint best goal-provider. The defensive side of his game is also impressive. Barnsley’s captain puts in the third most tackles and is the only non-defender in the interceptions top ten. The Reds have three players in the top six for clearances and their goalkeeper has made the most saves, clearly showing they are having to defend a lot. We also need to remember where these players have come from – three of the regular back four played non-league football within the last two years while ‘keeper Adam Davies didn’t even have a Wikipedia page when he signed as a total unknown in 2014. After the shambles against Forest, there may be a recall for Angus MacDonald who is the top ten for blocks, clearances and interceptions. Barnsley are top for ‘successful dribbles’ as a team while Andy Yiadom and Ryan Kent, who have played much of the season on the same flank, both feature in the individual top ten. Kent is also eighth for ‘unsuccessful touches’ as he attempts to improve his end product, although it may surprise Reds fans to learn that his passing accuracy is the best in the squad. Yiadom is also highly-placed for stopping crosses which has been stressed heavily by the coaching staff and, combined with his dribbling and increasingly good delivery, he seems to be turning into decent full-back at this level. Overall, the Reds are still in a good position but their situation could get worrying heading into the Christmas period with the gap between them and the relegation zone being gobbled up like selection boxes and mince pies will be in houses around the UK. The home games against Wigan and Forest were a chance to end a poor home run and move further away from the scrap at the bottom. But they defended well in the first game while lacking an attacking threat then did the total opposite six days later, meaning they will not have won at Oakwell for 105 days by the time of their next game there. The trick is to put a good defensive and offensive performance together at the same time, and it needs to happen soon.

Fans illuminate and entertain but defence crumbles on harrowing night Barnsley 2, Nottingham Forest 5 By Doug O’Kane IF POINTS were given out for wickedly funny chants or touching supporter tributes to ill owners, then Barnsley would have soared into the Championship’s top ten on Friday night, instead of continuing a miserable run of form and being dragged closer to the relegation scrap. But points at this level are achieved by good defending, cool heads and a bit of luck – none of which were present for the Reds on a night which seemed to bring moments of genius off the pitch, and a couple on it, but mainly some dreadful play by the home back line. Real comic talent is often found on football terraces and – while Forest supporters were adapting Status Quo and The Righteous Brothers – one of the best ever examples was Barnsley fans’ message to former head coach Lee Johnson to the tune of Wham’s Last Christmas. They were heard to sing: “Last year, I gave Lee my heart, but the very next day he gave it away. This year, to save me from tears, I’ll give it to Heckingbottom.” That was belted out with real gusto as Barnsley took the lead twice in the first 14 minutes – the second time just 73 seconds after Forest levelled – and it felt like party time at Oakwell again. But the frequency and passion of the hilarious chant began to diminish as the visitors had the last laugh by quite literally scoring with every attack in the first two thirds of the game despite having just a third of the possession George Michael, who sang Last Christmas, would probably encourage the Reds fans to have ‘Faith’, but it is not easy when you are watching your team’s heaviest home defeat for more than three years and, as will be the case for most fans who go to home games only, you have not seen them win since August. The touching 65th-minute to ill owner Patrick Cryne, when Oakwell was again lit up by thousands of mobile phone lights while his name was chanted, was overshadowed somewhat as Forest had just got the killer fourth goal. When Marley Watkins was sent off minutes later, the luminous pinpricks in the evening dusk disappeared as quickly as Barnsley’s chances of avoiding defeat. By the end of the match, only a few thousand home fans remained to clap the shell-shocked Reds off the pitch and, while the Oakwell faithful are from turning against a side they love, this was a harrowing night as their team got thumped on national television. Last year’s games on Sky Sports were epic blockbusters with pleasing endings for the Reds but this one belonged on the horror channel and will have had any Barnsley supporters watching at home

Equaliser: Adam Davies and his defence watch the ball float in for 2-2. Pictures: Keith Turner. cowering behind the sofa. Marc Roberts – who kicked the ball straight out for a corner early in the second half – said prematch that Barnsley could be nightmare for Forest, but instead it is he and his defensive colleagues who are more likely to have woken up in a cold sweat thinking about their freaky Friday. Heach coach Paul Heckingbottom called the game a ‘wake-up call’ and he must be tempted to make several changes, with Tom Bradshaw, Sam Morsy, Ryan Kent and Angus MacDonald all possibly coming into the side for Birmingham. In Bradshaw, loaned-out George Moncur and ‘not ready’ Cole Kpekawa, they have £1.5million of summer signings barely playing at all. That is more than the cost of the entire starting line-up. Heckingbottom seemed deflated in the postmatch press conference but answered questions in his usual polite and thoughtful manner. He summed the game up well when he said: “It was disappointing. “We gifted them the game. “They scored five goals from seven attempts and we gave them every one of them. “We did the 60-yard run back but didn’t stop the cross, we did the sprint to close a player down but didn’t win the ball, we marked the striker but didn’t get across him so he scored, we sprinted back to stop the counter-attack but didn’t mark properly in the box. “I look through individual bits and there are loads of positives but the result is what matters.” The goals were a catalogue of errors. Adam Davies moved too far to his right then could not stop Henri Lansbury’s free-kick finding the bottom right corner to level at 1-1. The goalkeeper was left stranded for the 2-2 goal when the ball bounced luckily off the knee of his former Everton club-mate Apostolos Vellios and looped in after a cross by Danny Fox, whose run was not tracked by Conor Hourihane.

That completed a frantic first 24 minutes which brought four goals, after the Reds had not scored or conceded in almost a month For the third Forest goal on the stroke of halftime, Josh Scowen, who looked unsteady on his feet all night, slipped in the centre circle. That allowed Forest to break then, with the two centre-backs watching the Dan Osborn cross drift over them, Andy Yiadom tried to karate kick the ball away from Lansbury instead of challenging for the header which was powered into the net. The fourth was probably the least embarrassing as a good cross from Michael Mancienne was headed in well by the unmarked Osborn. Barnsley were lacking cover in their box as Adam Jackson was lying winded on the floor near the halfway line after losing a header earlier in the move. That goal came at a terrible time after the Reds had started the second half well and Sam Winnall had come close with two headers. Referee Oliver Langford – who once sent Andy Yiadom off for a tackle on Josh Scowen – produced his first red card of the season after Marley Watkins waggled his foot across the midriff of Thomas Lam. It was hardly a Lam to the slaughter, and it certainly wasn’t a stamp, but there was no need for Watkins to make any contact and give the referee a decision to make. Forest have a squad full of Championship and Premier League experience with six internationals in the starting line-up and six more on the bench. Barnsley face older and more experienced sides every week and that has not been a big problem for the Reds this season, but they did start to look like boys against men during this match. Heckingbottom was rightly furious that his side collapsed pathetically every time they were attacked, after having to work very hard and produce moments of real quality to take the lead twice early on. James Bree – easily Barnsley’s best player on the

night as he burst forward often to outflank Forest’s back three – floated in one of several fine crosses in the fifth minute for Winnall to open the scoring with a fine diving header. Watkins then copied Winnall both in netting his fifth goal of the season and by showing great movement to get behind the away defence, beating the offside trap to chest down a superb Hourihane pass and volleying in. The Reds – who had 19 shots to Forest’s nine – had other chances with 71-cap Serbian international goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic making easy saves from Adam Hammill and Winnall in the first half then an incredible one-handed stop from Josh Scowen at 5-2. The noisy away fans seemed focused on the past – singing about their European Cup wins almost 40 years ago while exchanging chants about the miners’ strike with the home supporters – as well as the future as they belted out songs about their next away trip to fierce rivals Derby County. But their team were totally focused on the present – defending well, soaking up pressure then counter-attacking brilliantly against some very poor Reds defending. And all this was without their key attacking threat Britt Assombalonga who was injured again. Although they have not kept a clean sheet at Oakwell in 16 visits since 1952 and will be disappointed with Barnsley’s second goal, Forest showed organisation, application and a desire to protect their net which was just not present in the home defence. As well as – and because of – the defensive errors, the usually excellent Hourihane and Scowen looked jaded as the goals flew in, while Adam Armstrong’s insipid display was summed up when he ran the ball out of play with awful control after winning the ball in the box at 2-1. Hammill – back in the side for Kent – Winnall and Watkins all started well and caused problems with their good movement before fading as Forest took control. Forest are now halfway through a surprising run of four successive games on Sky Sports, while Barnsley will go back to the unbroadcasted battle to avoid a relegation scrap. Barnsley: (4-4-2): Davies, mark out of ten 6; Bree 7 (Janko 75mins), Roberts 5, Jackson 5, Yiadom 6; Watkins 6, Hourihane 6, Scowen 5, Hammill 6; Winnall 6 (Williams 88), Armstrong 5 (Bradshaw 64). Subs: Townsend, MacDonald, Morsy, Kent. Red card: Watkins. Goals: Winnall 5, Watkins 14. Forest: (3-5-2): Stojkovic; Mills, Perquis, Worrall; Mancienne (Vaughan 86mins), Lam, Lansbury, Kasami, Fox (Cash 79); Osborn, Vellios (Bendtner 71).Unused: Henderson, Carayol, Lica, Grant. Yellow card: Fox. Goals: Lansbury 13, 45, 82 (pen), Vellios 24, Osborn 63. Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands) Attendance: 13,180 (1,165 Forest fans)

Unpredictable genius Futcher was a class act in time of cavemen and never equalled at Oakwell Barnsley FC historian David Wood pays tribute to Reds legend Paul who died last week aged 60 ‘FUTCHER – (Futt-chair). Adjective. To dribble calmly around your own box, causing fans to have kittens, while being in total control.’ Following the sad death of Paul Futcher last week, I am indebted to Barnsley fan Stewart Casswell for providing the above definition on Twitter. A light-hearted comment maybe but, for those of the generation that saw Paul’s time at Oakwell, it captures the rollercoaster of emotions when he embarked on yet another mazy dribble out of

defence to place a perfect pass forward. In a time of cloggers, cavemen, thugs and row Z merchants, Paul was cultured and thoughtful, stylish and cool, masterful and sublime – a Rolls Royce of a player with the ability to read the game and his opponent which has probably never been equalled at Oakwell. Just like a Rolls, he was not the quickest vehicle around, but he was seldom exploited for his lack of pace because of his superior positional play. But, as is the way with all geniuses, he was flawed and this took the form of a tiny streak of unpredictability. His momentary losses of concentration stood out like beacons in the night, for they were so rare and usually spectacular.

My personal favourite aberration came at Oakwell in 1982 when Paul scored his one and only goal for Barnsley – while playing for Oldham. A throughball was heading towards his advancing keeper Martin Hodge when he suddenly beat his colleague to the ball and inexplicably chipped home high into roof of the Ponty End goal. Within 18 months of that game, and following a disappointing spell at Derby, he was allowed to discuss terms at Oakwell under the proviso of ‘don’t bother coming back if you don’t sign’.

The deadline day move was made, and nine days later, Paul was instrumental in a Barnsley performance that saw his previous employers thrashed 5-1. In the next six years Futch played another 266 games for Barnsley in what would be the longest club spell of his career. He was Player of the Year twice and never lower than third in the voting. The goal still escaped him as only the sheer class of Everton’s goalkeeper Neville Southall could prevent a 30-yard Futch pile-driver from equalising for the Reds in the FA Cup run of 1989. He even took part in three penalty shoot-outs but missed each time. The odd rush of blood was still there as I recall Clive Baker being a stranded spectator to a wayward backpass against West Brom and, in a game

at Reading, Futcher sought out and punched Trevor Senior who had been involved in an altercation with his twin brother Ron the previous week. At the age of 33, with the emergence of Gerry Taggart at centre half, he was given the option of a free transfer by Barnsley and moved on to Halifax Town. That should have seen him out to retirement but, within six months, he joined Grimsby Town where he became a legend, with their fans recently voting him as the club’s greatest player of all time. So, in summing up the career of a footballer who was twice called up to the England squad only to pull out through injury, we celebrate a classy, consistent, reliable player who had a superior technical ability coupled with a cool, cool head. As cool as Futch. RIP.


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BAD TIMING: Barnsley fans’ light tribute to Patrick Cryne continues despite Nottingham Forest celebrating their fourth goal in front of the away end. Marley Watkins was also sent off during the tribute to the Reds’ owner who has cancer. Head coach Paul Heckingbottom said: “It was a nice touch but it was a shame it came at the same time as the killer goal and the red card for Marley.”

Boss hopes for quiet transfer window

Changes for ‘ruthless’ Reds By Doug O’Kane PAUL Heckingbottom says he will be ‘ruthless’ with his team changes as he looks to recover from what he says was the most disappointing result in his nine months as Barnsley’s head coach. The 5-2 home loss to Nottingham Forest on Friday means the Reds have now conceded more goals at home than any Championship side while they have not won at Oakwell in seven games and have just one victory in their last 11 overall. They are in 18th place – their lowest position since the opening day of the season – four points clear of the relegation zone and seven adrift of the playoff positions. The Reds now face a difficult trip to fourth-placed Birmingham City tomorrow with Heckingbottom tempted to drop several of the side that was beaten by Forest.

Frustrated: Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom.

He told the Chronicle: “We will make changes because we have to find a team that gets wins. “We need to find the team that will be difficult to beat but poses a goal threat as well. “We have been able to do that at times and competed in every game but we have to start picking up the wins. “We will be changing the team around until we find that magic spark. “No one is going to be playing every game because we have a really busy period coming up. “We have to be ruthless and not rely on the same people every week. “We need to nip this bad run in the bud and start picking up wins and points.” Heckingbottom says matching a good defensive performance with a good

be near the bottom but it’s up to us to buck that trend and finish as high as we can.” Heckingbottom says he used the harrowing defeat to Forest as a warning to his newly-promoted team but that they have now moved on. “It’s the most disappointed I’ve been with a result since I have been in this role. I honestly believe we could and should have won that game. “We got a lot of things right but we got the absolute fundamentals wrong. “The defending was criminal. “We have got to use it as a learning curve and a reminder. We have jumped up a league and we have to step up again. “If they don’t they won’t be Championship players for long. “We want to stay in this league. “I hope we have made all the errors in the same game. “We pride ourselves on our defending and we weren’t good enough so it is a wake-up call. I said at the start of the season we wouldn’t be a pretty team which loses games but that’s what we were against Forest. “But the players have responded really


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well in training. We put the Forest game to bed on Monday in our debrief. “We are all still on a high.”

Reds hope to continue good away record at Blues

Hecky: ‘Marley let his mates down’ Mixed night: Marley Watkins celebrates his goal before being sent off. MARLEY Watkins ‘let his mates down’ when he was sent off on Friday, according to his head coach. The 26-year-old Welshman was dismissed during the 5-2 loss at home to Nottingham Forest for an alleged stamp and has been handed a threegame ban. Reds boss Paul Heckingbottom said: “When we saw the incident live, everyone was outraged. But when we watched it back there is definitely a thought in his mind to do what he got sent off for. It’s a lack of discipline and he’s let his mates down. They had to play for 35 minutes without him and

attacking display will be vital after the 52 loss followed two 0-0 draws. He is aware that his side’s youth and inexperience at this level means they will be inconsistent but knows they cannot afford this run to continue much longer. “We have to be better at both ends of the field,” said the Reds boss. “We have to be looking to be taking all our chances while limiting sides at the other end. “We know we can do it, it’s just been a big, big jump up in class. “A lot of Championship clubs have got players who are used to this league or have been able to spend money on players who are used to it. But we are a work in progress and probably always will be. “There is a lot of talent in our dressing room but it’s not about looking good, it’s about being good. “We just have to find a way to compete as a football club on the pitch, commercially and financially because we want to bridge that gap and become established in this league. “You would think that the clubs with the biggest budgets will be up near the top and those with smaller budgets would

now we will be without him for three games when he had just come into some really good form. He’s suffering and the team is suffering. “He may as well have stamped on him because the thought was there to do it and that’s what the ref has seen.” Watkins has been one of Barnsley’s key attacking players this season as he is the joint top-scorer on five with Sam Winnall while only captain Conor Hourihane has more assists than his four. Heckingbottom added: “He’s got something that we don’t have elsewhere in the squad with his pace power and physical attributes. It’s a big loss.”

BARNSLEY’S two-month run without conceding a goal or losing a game away from home will be tested tomorrow when they visit fourth-placed Birmingham City. The Blues are unbeaten in four, having won their last two at home to Bristol City then at Brentford on Saturday. They have not lost at home since August 20, winning five of their last seven games at St Andrew’s. The Reds have not conceded away from home in more than two months since the 2-1 loss at Leeds United on October 1. They have kept clean sheets in each of their two away games since then – a 2-0 win at Brentford followed by a goalless draw with Burton Albion. Their last three victories have all been away from home. Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom is expecting a tough game at St Andrew’s. He said: “Birmingham are really disciplined, well-organised and they work their socks off. “Things seem to have settled down for them off the pitch which can only benefit the players and coaches. “They are very robust but they also have good players and they are on good form so they have that winning habit and mentality. It’s going to be difficult. “They have got a good bench now which always makes things more difficult. “It’s no fluke that they are up there near the top of the league.

Ex-Reds: David Cotterill, left, and Ryan Shotton who are now at Birmingham. “In their last two games, the opposition would have thought ‘how have we not won that game?’ “But Birmingham have a resilient nature, they put bodies on the line and they make it really difficult for you to play against them.” Barnsley have not lost at St Andrew’s since 2008 with 1-1 draws either side of a famous 5-0 win on Sky TV in 2012. City have won ten of the last 15 fixtures between the clubs, losing only two. The last meeting was a 1-1 draw on New Year’s Day 2014 with Jacob Mellis levelling for the Reds. Ex-Reds David Cotterill and Ryan Shotton have been regulars in Gary Rowett’s side this season. Welsh international winger Cotterill

played 11 games and scored one goal on a short-term contract at Oakwell in 2012 while Shotton made 31 appearances on loan from Stoke in the 2009/10 season. After tomorrow’s game, Barnsley host Norwich City, who have fallen out of the play-off places after a run of six straight defeats, before visiting Sheffield Wednesday for a midweek local derby. They then face a long trip to second-bottom Cardiff City before completing their year with home games against Blackburn then Birmingham again. Striker Stefan Payne is back in training and due to play in the next couple of under 23s matches while left-back Aidy White could return to training today but is understood to be at least a week away from first team contention.

PAUL Heckingbottom is hoping for a quiet transfer window next month with a few players coming in and none of his stars going out. Striker Adam Armstrong’s loan from Newcastle United runs out in January while he has several key players who are out of contract next summer. Central defender Marc Roberts has been linked with Premier League West Bromwich Albion this week. Heckingbottom said: “I can’t see too much happening. I would love to keep everyone and add one or two. “We have to be prepared and, if players do leave, then that would just provide an opportunity for someone else whether that is a new signing or a player who is already in the building. “We’re not sure what is going to happen with Adam Armstrong yet. Newcastle probably don’t know yet. He’s getting an opportunity here so hopefully things carry on as they are.” Heckingbottom will also have a decision to make on the future of George Moncur. The 23-year-old signed in the summer for £500,000 from Colchester but, after not starting in the first five league games, he engineered a loan move to League One Peterborough. Moncur, who can play up front or in midfield, netted two goals on his full Posh debut in September but has failed to score in League One since then and has only made two substitute appearances in the last seven weeks. He is due to return in January. Heckingbottom said: “It will be a decision between myself, the club and George. We listened to George’s thoughts and feelings on it in the summer. He wanted to go out on loan and that hasn’t panned out as he hoped that it would. “He is still our player and we have to make sure we give him the best opportunity to succeed whether that is here or somewhere else on loan. “I want players to fight for a place but he wanted to go out and play football which is fine and that is the way I was as a player too. But he has found that you are never guaranteed a place at any football club. “He may have had more gametime if he had stayed here than he has had at Peterborough. We had a spell when we only had one central midfielder, we wouldn’t have been in that situation if we had George here.”

U18s and u23s both suffer defeats BARNSLEY under 18s and under 23s were both defeated this week. Chris Harsley’s under 23s lost a quiet game at Leeds United on Tuesday, with the only goal coming midway through the second half. Barnsley under 18s suffered a second successive defeat as they lost 3-1 at home to Crewe Alexandra. Reds striker Jeff McGowan levelled after Crewe had taken the lead. Louis Rowe, who recently scored four goals in a game, had to come off with an injury and was replaced by Tom Clare who hit the post. But Crewe took the lead then secured the win. The under 18s visit Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow while the under 23s host Bolton Wanderers today.

Barnsley in FA Cup draw on Monday BARNSLEY will find out their opponents for the third round of the FA Cup on Monday. The second round ties take place across the weekend before the draw is live on BT Sport from 7pm. Championship and Premier League sides come in at the third round stage on the weekend of January 7.

‘We need to change how we play at home’ Memories of ‘crazy year’ keep Scowen believing JAMES Bree’s 50th game for Barnsley brought his first official man of the match award but he admits the atmosphere was ‘not nice’ after the 5-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest and that the Reds may have to change their approach to home matches in the future. The right-back reached the half-century of appearances the month after he turned 19 and is now in his fourth season of first team action after coming through the Oakwell academy. He believes teams have changed their approach to playing the newly-promoted Reds after they made a blistering start on their return to the Championship. Bree, the youngest player in the division’s youngest side, told the Chronicle: “I think we have shown what we can do and teams are coming to Oakwell set up to defend against us and break on the counter-attack. “We have got to break teams down a lot more and it’s down to us to change our game so we get more points. “There are a lot of young players in our team but we are mature enough to deal with this run and turn it around. There are a few older lads who can help us.

Fifty games: James Bree.

“This league has been as tough as everyone said it would be. “The quality is much higher and the tempo is a lot quicker. All the players have made the step up well. It’s just a case of settling down now and getting a good run of form and we’ll be all right.” Bree was quite pleased with his individual performance against Forest after he set up the opening goal for Sam Winnall and continued a recent trend of being more attacking, prompting the supporters to vote for him as man of the match. Earlier in the season he suffered one of the regular hamstring injuries which have plagued the early stages of his career but he has played the last seven games. He said: “It’s pleasing to get man of the match for the first time. “I played well but I could have done better. “Hecky (head coach Paul Heckingbottom) has been telling me to believe in myself, drive forward and help the team. “It’s good to keep the ball but sometimes you

have to make things happen yourself. “I am trying to change my mindset to getting forward and getting goals and assists. “Hopefully I will get my first goal soon because I need to add that to my game. “I have been slowly progressing going forward and I think I am getting better defensively as well. It’s been good for me to get a nice run of games and I haven’t been injured recently.” Bree was one of the few defensive players to come out of the heavy loss to Forest with credit. He said: “It was a really tough one to take and it wasn’t a nice atmosphere in the dressing room after the game. “It was one of those up and down games. We played quite well in the first half but a few silly mistakes cost us. “We weren’t as solid as we usually are. Hecky told us that he doesn’t want us to be a side that plays pretty football but gets beaten. That’s exactly what we did against Forest. “They got very lucky with their chances. They only went forward two or three times in the first half and scored every time. We’ve been really solid recently but maybe not thriving as much going forward. It turned on its head against Forest. “We were quality going forward but we let ourselves down at the back.”

THE PROGRESS made by Josh Scowen and Barnsley FC in the last year gives the midfielder confidence that they can recover from their current slump. A year ago, the Reds were bottom of League One and Scowen was facing several months on the sidelines after injuring his knee in the FA Cup loss to nonleague Altrincham. The 23-year-old returned to the side as a makeshift right-back during the run to promotion and has been a regular in his natural position of central midfield this season. Scowen said: “I was injured and it was one of the worst times of my career but now it is one of the best times because we are in the Championship and I am playing most of the games. It’s crazy to go from bottom of League One to holding our own in the Championship. “It’s been an unbelievable climb. “The boys are always positive even though we are on a bad run. You need to look at where we were last year and how we dug deep and where we are now. “There are some big characters in he dressing room who will get us out of this. I am not saying we will get promoted this season but we can turn our form around.” Scowen is one of several players whose contract is due to expire at the end of the season, along with Conor Hourihane, Marley Watkins and Sam Winnall.

Confident: Josh Scowen. Asked if negotiations were progressing, he said: “I am still waiting to hear. I am in the side so that is a good sign. I am happy here but who knows? “When you are out of contract you have got to up your game to either get a new contract with your current club or with one of the bigger clubs. You have a real incentive to do as well as you can. “Conor Hourihane probably has massive interest with the way he has been playing. He is a pleasure to play with and it makes the game easy for you when you play with him. We’d love him to stay but when big clubs come calling it is hard to keep hold of players.” Scowen, who is in the top ten most fouled players in the Championship, is

happy with his performances this season. He said: “I am doing fairly well considering it is the first time I have played in this league. I am enjoying it. “I don’t feel out of place or like I don’t belong at this level. The best way to learn is to keep playing well and try to pick up as many points as we can. “If we keep learning the way we have been then we will be in a good position at the end of the season.” Scowen has played in 16 of Barnsley’s 19 matches this season, missing three due to suspension following his red card against Fulham in October. His team-mate Marley Watkins will now sit out three matches following a sending off in the 5-2 loss to Nottingham Forest on Friday. Scowen said: “It’s not nice. You never want to be sat there watching, especially when you are suspended. But Marley is a good player and he will hopefully come back nice and fresh to help us kick on for the second half of the season.” Scowen was disappointed with the thrashing against Forest. He said: “We went away from our gameplan and all their goals were from mistakes by us. “It was quite embarrassing and I think a few of the boys felt that way. “But we are big enough and strong enough to go again.”

Barnsley Chronicle | 2nd December 2016