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SOAP STAR NEEDS YOUR VOTE BY MIKE COTTON CORONATION Street star Katherine Kelly hopes folk will vote for her in the National TV Awards. Katherine – Becky McDonald – is one of four nominees for best performance in a serial drama – three of them are Corrie stars including

Simon Gregson, who plays her onscreen husband Steve McDonald. She said: “Simon’s the perfect gentleman and he doesn’t mind me taking all the Yorkshire vote. “It’s very flattering and great for the show that three of the four nominees are from Coronation Street, but it works against us in a way, because it sort of splits the

Corrie vote. There’s one girl from Eastenders, so she might just walk away with it if she gets all the EastEnders’ fans votes. “Hopefully people will get behind me so I can bring another trophy back to Barnsley.” She says the National TV Awards are like the ‘Oscars of British TV’. The ceremony will be on ITV

tonight, presented by Dermot O’Leary. Last year Katherine, 30, won £30,000 for the Lamproom Theatre when she appeared on All Star Family Fortunes. She has performed for the theatre both before and after she found fame. Votes can be cast free at

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HOSPITAL WARD’S NOROVIRUS BUG A BARNSLEY Hospital ward has re-opened after an outbreak of Norovirus. Ward 27 was closed after 19 patients and staff began showing signs of the sickness and diarrhoea bug last week. Swabbing tests confirmed it was the highly contagious norovirus so the general medicine ward, which specialises in respiratory illnesses, was closed last week. It re-opened at the weekend. Hospital chief executive Sandra Taylor said measures had been taken to stop the spread of the virus. “We have been very fortunate over the last eight weeks as we haven’t had norovirus but unfortunately we’ve now had an outbreak,” she said.

“We immediately closed the ward to new admissions because of the potential of new patients getting the virus. “Staff have followed the infection control barriers and procedures and we are confident it has been contained. “It has not spread to any of the other wards.” Relatives have been asked to restrict visiting to two people at a time or stay away completely. Anyone who has had sickness, diarrhoea or flu-like symptoms in the previous 72 hours has been told not to visit. Health officials said visitors should always use the alcohol hand rub when entering and leaving wards and wash hands with soap and water after contact with patients. Acting chief nurse Sharon

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Making his mark AN ART historian wants former college course mates to get in touch. Mark Schwalbe, 49, studied on a 12-week clerical course in January 1977. He says he made a promise to fellow students that when he was ‘rich and famous’ he would let them know. Mark is neither but would still like to hear from people who were on the course at Barnsley College. He remembers Karen Reynolds, Lynn Sands and Kevin Gough. He said: “It was the first thing any of us had done since leaving school the previous summer. “I promised everybody if I ever got to university or did something with my life I would let them know.” He joked that he was not rich but was ‘semi-famous’. He is originally from Hoyland and attended Kirk Balk School. After living in Manchester he now lives at Grimethorpe and worships at St Luke’s Church.

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The National Swine Flu Vaccination Programme has been extended to include children aged between six months and five years. Parents of children in this age group in Barnsley should wait to be contacted by their local GP who will be providing the vaccine. Young children are being offered the vaccine to protect them from swine flu and its possible complications. Extending the vaccination programme to young children is supported by the panel of experts that provide advice on vaccination issues – the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. This is because children under five years of age are more likely than other groups to be hospitalised if they become ill with swine flu. Even if your child is healthy, it is important to get them vaccinated against swine flu. The vaccination will help: • Protect your child against swine flu. • Protect your family and other people who are close to your child as it is less likely they will pass on the virus. • Protect your child against future waves of infection caused by the swine flu virus. • Reduce the spread of the virus. GP’s will be in contact with parents of six months to five year olds to offer the vaccine. If parents haven’t been contacted in the next few weeks they should contact their GP direct to arrange an appointment. Parents of children who are entitled to be vaccinated, who are experiencing problems obtaining a vaccination appointment should contact NHS Barnsley on 01226 327164. For further information please visit the NHS Barnsley website at and download the information for parents leaflet.

The application was already controversial having attracted a 41 signature petition. Albany Close resident Terry Bentham said it was the worst road in Barnsley and wildlife habitats already depleted by the Tesco extension would be further affected. Coun Dyson said: “I had a problem with the access and attended the site visit but didn’t know I couldn’t.”

Car theft warning POLICE officers found scores of cars around Stairfoot which were easy targets for thieves. The Kendray and Worsbrough SNT checked 233 and found 64 had items like mobile phones, laptops and handbags on show. SNT supervisor Emma Glover said: “The aim of this operation was to educate car owners about the risks of leaving valuables on show. “It’s not worth risking it and we encourage members of the public to come and visit their local police teams to receive advice on safety.”




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COUNCIL PAYS £9MILLION TO CONSULTANTS BY KATE PICKLES BARNSLEY Council has spent more on outside consultants than any other council in Yorkshire. Classic rock: Brian Shaughnessy, of Mascot: Early 20th century photograph of Barnsley FC mascot Barnsley band Seventh Son, with the jacket Amos the Donkey outside the Clarence Hotel, Sheffield Road, (S) worn by Saxon guitarist Paul Quinn. (S) Barnsley.

Museum calls for memorabilia A ROCKER’S leather jacket, a 17th century cannon ball and the match ball from the 1912 cup final will be displayed in Barnsley. The diverse objects are among those donated to the Experience Barnsley museum and will be exhibited on Barnsley History Day on Saturday. Project manager John Tanner said the cannon ball had been discovered near Penistone, the ball had been used when Barnsley FC won the cup and the jacket was worn by Barnsley-based band Saxon. An ornamental glass epergne, made by Wood Brothers and

sent to the Great Exhibition in 1851, will also be shown. Experience Barnsley bosses want people to bring items of memorabilia that could be included in the museum when it opens in two years. Terry Sykes, chairman of the project’s steering group, said: “It promises to be a fantastic day. It’s not only a wonderful opportunity to see how the plans for the new museum are coming along, but for people to bring along their things to be included, and to get involved.” As well as the exhibits on display

at the library, town hall and Cooper Gallery, there will be a series of talks about Barnsley’s past and exhibitors from outside the borough will be bringing items for display. On the same day, the Cooper will launch its exhibition, Creative Connections, exclusively featuring work by artists from Barnsley. The old art collections will be opened up for visitors as part of a reinterpretation project. There will be free parking in all town centre car parks and activities will be between 10am and 5pm.

Freedom of Information figures revealed the council spent £9m in less than two years on outside expertise. Consultants were brought in for projects including Building Schools for the Future which cost the council £1.6m alone. Chief executive Phil Coppard denied the costs were an issue and said most of the money had come from government funding. He said the expenses incurred, which rated above Leeds and Wakefield, were ‘just doing the job of the local authority’. “It is not a formal designation so different authorities will treat it differently in terms of what they count as consultancy costs. The figures are not at all comparable,” he said. “The £9m over two years does catch a lot of things that you wouldn’t normally associate with being consultants.” He said the three large expenditures were the £0.5m audit fee, which has to be done externally, a government funded ‘supporting people programme’ and

Building Schools for the Future, also largely government funded. He said specialists were brought in for a number of reasons. “If we have a temporary gap in the workforce then we employ temporary staff. The other reason is where there is expertise we need which we don’t have because we don’t regularly use it. Inevitably that is quite pricey because you are buying in very high level expertise.” But Independent councillor Bill Gaunt declared it an ‘outrageous waste’ of taxpayers’ money. “Whether it comes from council tax or outside sources such as a government grant, it’s still the tax-payer’s money at the end of the day,” he said. “We ought to be employing people who can do the jobs of consultants or the selection process is not doing its job. Why on earth are we employing people on massive salaries if you have to employ consultants to do the tricky bits? “To spend that amount of money is horrific and irresponsible in this financial environment.” ● In October 2005, the Chronicle revealed that the council had spent £7.3m on consultants over three years.

Home takes care to improve rating A CARE home rated as poor in an inspection six months ago has improved to good. Willoughby House in Cudworth was given the lowest ranking by the Care Quality Commission in July but is now two stars. Manager Chris Nicholson said the dramatic improvement was down to the hard work of staff at the home.


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AN ANAESTHETIST is to attempt an ironman triathlon for charity – at the hospital where he works. Dr Cris Swinhoe will cycle, ‘swim’ and run a course around Barnsley Hospital to raise money for Sport Relief. The consultant anaesthetist will swim 2.4 miles on a swim trainer, cycle 112 miles on an exercise bike and run 26 miles by completing 46 laps around the hospital. “It’s something I have wanted to do for a while,” said the 53year-old.

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We would like to invite applications for two posts of Receptionist/Clerical Assistant. Each position will involve working on our Children’s Centre Reception, welcoming visitors and families, and working as part of a small team to deliver administrative support to the School and Children’s Centre. For both posts it is essential that you have experience of working in a people focused environment; are confident in the use of IT; have good numeracy and literacy skills; and can communicate effectively with a variety of people.

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For further details and an application pack please contact Mrs. S. Hull, by emailing or by telephoning 01226 722153. Please specify which post you are interested in when making contact. Closing date for receipt of applications Friday 29th January 2010. Interviews to be held on Thursday 4th February 2010. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted on Monday 1st February 2010. We regret that we will not be able to contact unsuccessful applicants. The successful candidates will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records at an enhanced level. Royston Meadstead Primary School and Children’s Centre is an equal opportunities employer.

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AND THE NORTH YORKS RAILWAY Explore fascinating Beamish, ‘The Living Museum of the North’, where the past really comes to life, enjoy some sea air in the delightful resort of Whitby and journey through stunning scenery on the steam-hauled North Yorks Moor Railway. It all adds up to a wonderful weekend! Includes  Return coach travel  Three nights’ half-board accommodation at the St. Georges Hotel, Darlington  Admission to Beamish – The Living Museum of the North  A ride on the North Yorks Moor Railway  A visit to Whitby, Harrogate and Richmond  The services of a Tour Manager

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This is your chance to experience all the magic which is the Cheltenham Festival – one of the highlights of the sporting year. Enjoy the drama and excitement of the National Hunt’s Blue Riband event, on this great value two-day break. Includes  Return coach travel  1 night’s B&B at a 3 hotel within coaching distance of the venue  Admission to Best Mate Enclosure on the last two days of the festival including The Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup (upgrade to Tattersalls available at a supplement)  The services of a Tour Manager


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The spectacular performance of the Cirque du Soleil has to be seen to be believed. This year as they celebrate 25 years of Cirque du Soleil they present Varekai, a blend of astonishing acrobatics, awesome ariel acts, spectacular sets and eccentric characters with flamboyant costumes – all set to wonderful music. Includes  Return coach travel  One night’s bed and continental breakfast accommodation at a three-star hotel in the Heathrow/Slough area  A circle ticket for ‘Varekai’ performed by the Cirque du Soleil at The Royal Albert Hall (stalls and box ticket upgrades are available for a supplement)  Time in central London for January Sales shopping and sightseeing  A visit to Windsor




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Make the most of Easter and join us for an outstanding value six day break to the magical German Valleys – an area steeped in history and breathtaking beauty, with winding rivers, fairytale castles, miles of vineyards and pretty riverside villages just crying out to be explored! Includes  Return coach travel  Return overnight P&O Ferries’ crossings between Hull and Rotterdam, with accommodation in two-berth inside cabins with private facilities  Three nights’ bed and continental breakfast accommodation at a traditional hotel in the Rhine or Moselle Valley area  The services of a Tour Manager


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Experience the drama of the world’s greatest steeplechase on this great value two day break to The John Smith’s Grand National. This is your chance to be present at one of Britain’s most exciting sporting occasions, truly a unique experience. Includes  Return coach travel  One night’s bed and English breakfast accommodation at a good quality hotel in the Manchester area  Admission to the Steeplechase Enclosure at Aintree (Tattersalls upgrade available at a supplement)  A short visit to Chester  The services of a Tour Manager

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Forget Africa – here’s your chance to visit Longleat Safari Park, as featured on the hugely popular BBC TV series ‘Animal Park’, with Kate Humble and Ben Fogle. Enjoy some incredibly close encounters with giraffes, zebras, monkeys and lions from the comfort of the coach. Includes  Return coach travel  One nights’ dinner, bed & English breakfast accommodation at a comfortable hotel in the Swindon area  Entrance to Longleat Safari Park  A visit to Bath  The services of a Tour Manager


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LONDON THEATRE BREAK Our superb value break gives you the chance of seeing one of the hottest shows in the West End – The Lion King. Multi award-winning director, Julie Taymor has transformed Disney’s phenomenally successful animated film, creating a breathtaking spectacle of animals, each one miraculously brought to life by a cast of over 40 actors.

Sardinia is a perfect holiday isle and one of the Mediterranean’s best-kept secrets, with rugged mountainous landscapes and truly stunning beaches fringed by warm, turquoise waters. Our chosen resort Alghero, where we offer a choice of excellent quality accommodation, is a delightful blend of Italian style mixed with Spanish influences. Includes  Return flights to Sardinia from East Midlands & Leeds Bradford  Airport to hotel transfers  Seven nights’ B&B at the three-star Mistral Hotel (upgrade hotels are available at a supplement)  The services of a Tour Manager

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This is your chance to soak up the unique atmosphere of the world’s premier Grand Slam tennis championships, as you wander around the outside courts, savouring those famous strawberries and cream - with perhaps a glass of Champagne or Pimms - spotting those tennis celebrities and well known personalities, before taking your seat on famous Number One Court, to watch the stars of tomorrow and yesteryear compete in the Junior and Veterans’ events. Includes  Return coach travel and Wimbledon transfers  One night’s bed and continental breakfast accommodation at a three-star hotel in the London area  A full day at Wimbledon with a reserved seat on Number One Court  A visit to Windsor  Services of a Tour Manager throughout

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YOUNGSTER KEIRA STRIKES PERFECT GAME A BOWLER has almost certainly become the youngest ever British woman to record a perfect game of 300 points. Keira Reay, aged 13, bowled 12 consecutive strikes in the Rosebowl League at Barnsley Bowl on Carlton Road. In fact, the she made it a baker’s dozen as the last bowl of her previous game was also a strike. The teenager started the sport five years ago after her mother Erica got job at the bowling alley. Keira bowls for clubs in Barnsley and Leeds, where she works with the Yorkshire Juniors.

Her coach at Leeds, and the Chairman of the Yorkshire Juniors, Phil Daggett says he is sure that Keira is the youngest person to achieve the record. “I am quite convinced that she is the youngest ever girl to bowl a 300. We are waiting for it to be confirmed but I know the previous holder was about 15 so Keira will have done it.” Keira said: “It feels great. I am really proud of myself. I didn’t get too nervous until the last shot. “Then I was in shock when I got it because I didn’t think I would.”


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