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MORE than 1.4 million GP appointments – which equates to five per person – were carried out in Barnsley during a year, new figures obtained by the Chronicle have revealed.
Approximately 80 per cent were face-to-face and nearly 50 per cent of all appointments happened on the same or next day.
The pandemic brought with it a rise in long-distance appointments and growing waiting lists, but the latest figures show numbers of face-to-face...
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Plans to build 5G mast slammed by community
CONTROVERSIAL plans to install a 5G communications mast – which will neighbour a grade I-listed church and ‘blight’ an historic setting – have been condemned by angry locals who have vowed to fight the bid.
An application, submitted on behalf of Three, was lodged with Barnsley Council and reveals the firm’s plan to erect an 18-metre-high pole on Shrewsbury Road, Penistone.
The location has irked locals given its close proximity to St John’s...
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Plans to bring back 'ghost' railway lines have broken cover
AMBITIOUS plans to revitalise ‘ghost’ railway lines – some of which have been closed to passenger services for half a century – thanks to a multi-million pound scheme to reconnect left-behind communities have broken cover.
Submissions – backed by Barnsley’s MPs – have been lodged with the government in recent years.
The Chronicle can now reveal that although a bid to reopen the defunct passenger railway line at Royston has been rejected in...
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New social group set up in Hoyland
A NEW social group to help combat loneliness has formed in Hoyland.
Simon Davies arranged new weekly meetings – held every Monday evening – in a private room at Belmont Working Men’s Club, West Street.
He told the Chronicle: “I desperately wanted to do this for a long time but I was worried about what people would say – I’ve struggled with mental health, drug and alcohol abuse but now I’m in full...
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Postal workers strike for a pay rise
BARNSLEY members of the Communication Workers’ Union formed picket lines to strike for a pay rise.
Strikes – which took place outside the town centre’s Royal Mail hub on Pitt Street at the weekend – had support from members of the Trades Union Congress.
Members are striking for a pay rise from Royal Mail that ‘fully addresses the current cost of living’.
CWU spokesman Andy Furey said: “Everybody knows there’s more than...
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'Unfair' fines rescinded by Barnsley Council
‘UNFAIR’ fines dished out to businesses for alleged breaches of waste removal guidelines have been rescinded by Barnsley Council following an outcry from owners.
Last week, fines of £300 and over were issued to a number of small businesses in the town centre, Wombwell and Hoyland for alleged recycling breaches.
The businesses, including dog groomers, hair salons and electrical shops, were unsatisfied with the way that enforcement officers from the council issued the...
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Number of religious people across borough revealed
THERE are around five times as many pagans living in Barnsley than there are Jews, new figures have revealed.
Fewer Christians are also living in Barnsley than thre were a decade ago.
Office for National Statistics data from the 2021 census shows 51 per cent of people in Barnsley said they were Christian – down 68 per cent from a decade ago.
The figures show more people in Barnsley identify as Muslim,...
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Local singer bags top award
A LOCAL songwriter who recently recorded singles at Barnsley Town Hall has bagged a prestigious award.
Tom Masters celebrated the release of new recordings – named ‘Breakthrough’ and ‘Separate Ways’ – in recent months before bagging the ‘Artists’ Choice’ accolade at the prestigious Real Life Music Awards.
He told the Chronicle: “A dream was to always sing something in Barnsley Town Hall.
“It’s the most breathtaking space to witness but has the...
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Local charity hosts warmth event for those in need
A BARNSLEY charity hosted a ‘Winter Warmth’ event in conjunction with a local church on Wednesday.
Age UK, based on Eldon Street in the town centre, hosted the event at Christ Church, Ardsley, for people to enjoy some company.
Chief executive of Age UK Barnsley, Debby Bunn, said: “We know how challenging this winter is going to be for the older people in Barnsley, with some facing the impossible choice between eating and...
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Urgent message to stop using self-feeders
BARNSLEY Council’s public health bosses have backed an urgent safety alert regarding baby self-feeding pillows.
The products are designed to be attached to a bottle so the baby can feed itself.
Anyone who has one is urged to stop using it immediately.
A spokesperson said: “The OPSS has identified that this category of product will always be dangerous due to its design and intended use and can never be made safe.
...
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Police looking for man wanted in connection to reported rape
POLICE are appealing for help to locate a man wanted in connection with a reported rape in Barnsley.
Mudasser Ahmed, 26, is wanted in connection to the incident which occurred in October 2019.
A police spokesperson said: “Officers have carried out extensive enquiries into this offence and are now asking for the public’s help to trace Ahmed.
“Police want to hear from anyone who has seen or spoken to Ahmed recently, or...

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7 Nursery Rhyme kittens

Please meet our 7 stunning hand-reared babies. 

The kittens – pictured at just 7 weeks old – were found alone in a field, cold and hungry and without a mum.  Their eyes had only just opened, and they were very little. 

After weeks of bottle-feeding and careful attention, they’ve grown into strong, confident and energetic mini-cats. 
We have 4 girls, and 3 boys and all are looking for a new home by the end of November. 

Tom is the smallest boy and he’s a little timid.  He likes hanging with the girls.  Humpty is a typical big boy cat full of confidence and daring.  Jack is a real character who has to be in the middle of everything, and loves to snooze with the girls in a hammock. 
Suki is a pretty little girl and very gentle, she likes to hang out with Polly and Twinkle Star. 
Polly is a little quiet and didn’t want to pose for photos.   
Twinkle Star is gentle, but loves to be in the thick of the action.
Lucy Locket is definitely head girl and has Tortie attitude – she loves attention and cuddles. 

The kittens are available at 9 weeks old, after a vet check and first vaccinations. 

Applications are invited in advance, with kittens available for viewing on Saturday 3rdnd December by appointment. 

We cannot reserve kittens before they have been viewed. 
Applications for pairs of kittens are preferred.

APPLYING:
You must be within one hour's drive of Barnsley Centre.
Please apply using our ONLINE PERFECT MATCH FORM ONLY, remembering to press the submit button.

We carefully review every single form we recieve, but that can be up to 100 per cat- so please be patient, do not send repeat forms, or call, send follow up texts etc.
We will choose the person who is the perfect match within two weeks of advertising date, and regret we can only contact the successful applicant.
Thank you for your support.

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Cinders

Cinders is our very lovely 6 – 9 month-old kitten.  She has the sweetest personality, and is desperate for love, affection and gentleness.

 Cinders really is the belle of the ball now – she has soft sleek fur, huge green eyes, and long long legs but she's still slender and little.  It’s a huge change from how she came to us – one of the thinnest cats we’ve ever seen, barely alive, sick with a parasitic disease and found staggering along a road.  She very nearly didn’t make it – and it took many weeks of treatment to bring her back to her full and beautiful health.

 Cinders is so very sweet, and friendly and willing to live with other cats.  She does need someone who can give her time and attention, she truly deserves it.

 Cinders has been spayed this week – so she’s had some fur shaved off, but it will soon grow back.  She is ready for her new home now.


APPLYING:
You must be within one hour's drive of Barnsley Centre.
Please apply using our ONLINE PERFECT MATCH FORM ONLY, remembering to press the submit button.

We carefully review every single form we recieve, but that can be up to 100 per cat- so please be patient, do not send repeat forms, or call, send follow up texts etc.
We will choose the person who is the perfect match within two weeks of advertising date, and regret we can only contact the successful applicant.
Thank you for your support.

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Patches and Garfield

Patches (white and ginger) and Garfield (ginger) are beautiful, friendly 15-week brothers.  They are amazingly cheerful and fun, and of course they love cuddles and playing.  They are confident and brave, and are into everything.

The kittens were found alone in a woodland, far away from any houses, and were rescued by a kind passer-by.  They have been in our care for a few weeks, while we tried hard to try to find any owners -  and so are now ready to find a new home.

Due to their history, we would like to rehome these brothers as a pair. 

The kittens will be ready to go to new homes from 19th November, and we are looking for applicants who do not have any holidays or overnight trips away booked in their first 6 weeks.  They will need to return to Barnsley for second vaccinations in three weeks' time.

APPLYING:

You must be within one hour's drive of Barnsley Centre.
Please apply using our ONLINE PERFECT MATCH FORM ONLY, remembering to press the submit button.

We carefully review every single form we recieve, but that can be up to 100 per cat- so please be patient, do not send repeat forms, or call, send follow up texts etc.
We will choose the person who is the perfect match within two weeks of advertising date, and regret we can only contact the successful applicant.
Thank you for your support.

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Dan Jarvis urges education minister to support SEND kids in Barnsley
BARNSLEY Central MP Dan Jarvis has called on the education minister to ensure Barnsley kids with special educational needs get the support they need.
In Parliament this week, Dan asked the minister to ‘move heaven and earth’ to support SEND pupils.
He added: “It’s shameful that one in three children in Barnsley live in poverty.
“What’s more concerning is children from low-income backgrounds are more likely to have a special educational need,...
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Barnsley MP calling for more to be done in schools
BARNSLEY’S only Conservative MP is pressing for more to be done to stop schools preventing parents from viewing teaching materials.
Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, spoke to the head of Ofsted regarding ‘concerning reports’ of schools restricting parents.
She said: “I was pleased that HM Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman agreed with me that schools should be sharing learning materials with parents without restriction, and that claims of copyright infringement should not...
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Take responsibility to double up with seasonal jabs
Experts warn that COVID-19 and flu pose an even greater risk this year. So stay safe, protect yourself and your loved ones this winter and get jabbed now
BOTH COVID-19 and flu spread more easily in winter with older people as well as those under 50 with underlying health conditions more at risk of serious illness and hospitalisation. The protection that the COVID-19 vaccine provides decreases over time and the flu virus can change...
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Barnsley artist to perform on French TV show
A BARNSLEY artist is set to perform on the French equivalent of the US Late Show.
Delilah Bon, Hands off Gretel star Lauren Tate’s alter ego, was invited by host Alain Chabat and flown to Paris last month to perform on the show.
Her performance will be aired as part of ten special broadcasts on TF1, the largest TV channel in France, directly following their daily World Cup coverage.
The first show...
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Seats finally installed at Wombwell Operatic Society
NEW seats at a local operatic society have finally been installed following fundraising efforts.
Wombwell Operatic Society, who are based on George Street, were hoping to raise £3,000 for its new seats, after sourcing them from Peterborough.
They have been running in the local community for almost 90 years, and have their own venue.
The centre is also hired out by other groups in the community to enjoy.
The seats were...
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Bus service problems highlighted in Parliament
A BARNSLEY MP has highlighted the problems of local bus services in Parliament – calling the post-pandemic environment a ‘perfect storm’ for transport in rural areas.
Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said a number of residents have been in touch to discuss the problems they are facing in Penistone and Dodworth.
She highlighted that passenger numbers have fallen ‘sharply’, fuel prices have increased and the South Yorkshire Combined Mayoral Authority’s bid...
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Deeply concerning antidepressant figures revealed
BARNSLEY has been ranked in the top ten communities with the highest rates of anti-depressant prescriptions.
Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, said the new statistics from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation were ‘deeply concerning’.
He added: “I know that while our NHS and local mental health charities are doing their very best to provide vital services, they are struggling to cope with demand and thousands are struggling with their mental health, not least...
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Fire-hit property could be demolished
A FIRE-HIT antisocial behaviour hotspot building could soon be demolished much to the delight of a local councillor.
The former youth centre, on Overdale Avenue in Bank End, has long been a target for gangs of youths intent on causing damage in the local area.
The land is currently owned by South Yorkshire Police as the two semi-detached properties on the site housed officers on the site.
However, following the youth centre’s...
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Christmas toy swap to help out over festive period
BARNSLEY Museums has teamed up with the National Trust to host a community toy swap to help people with the cost of Christmas.
The event will take place at Wentworth Castle Gardens next Thursday and Friday, and then at the Glass Works’ museum on December 8 and 9.
Residents are being encouraged to attend and swap their old toys from some new gifts.
Those donating toys to Wentworth Castle will receive free...
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Fundraising hero content with final total
FUNDRAISING hero Duncan Owen-Elmer has rattled his final bucket after smashing his target.
The Worsbrough man, 69, started out back in 2016 and initially hoped to raise £53,000 – enough to fund a Macmillan nurse for the year – but surpassed it with ease and his final total stands at an incredible £86,357.
He wanted to ‘give back’ after Macmillan nurses helped his first wife before she died of cancer.
He was...
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New portrait added to Cooper Gallery
A NEW portrait by a renowned local artist has been added to the Cooper Gallery’s historic collection.
Birdwell-based artist, Richard Kitson, was chosen from several applicants to create a portrait of Paul Elmhirst, long-standing chair of the town centre gallery, to be displayed and accessioned into the permanent collection.
Richard was previously a teacher of fine art at Barnsley Sixth Form College and participated in Sky Arts’ Portrait Artist of the Year, where...
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Town centre gallery set to close after a decade
A TOWN centre gallery will shut up shop in January – a decade after it originally opened to customers.
The Newburgh Gallery, on Dodworth Road, was opened by portrait artist Shaun Rowley, 48, in 2013 as a way of selling his work and promoting local artists.
But ten years on Shaun says he wants to ‘live a little more’ and so he’ll be closing his doors for the last time at the end...
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Stop-searches result in dispersal notices
A BARNSLEY drugs operation brought positive results this week.
Officers from Barnsley’s Central Neighbourhood Policing Team scoured the town centre on Wednesday as part of a proactive drugs operation.
They clocked more than three miles patrolling and conducted a total of 14 stop-searches under the Misuse of Drugs Act.
Of those searched, two people were issued 48-hour dispersal notices.
PC Neil Crossland, who led the operation, said: “Despite the weather it...
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Reds travel to Port Vale in Papa John's Trophy
BARNSLEY travel to Port Vale tonight in the Papa John’s Trophy.
A win for Michael Duff’s side will see them one step closer to the final at Wembley next year.
Port Vale had the best record in the group stages as they won all three games.
Barnsley only won two of their games, losing 3-0 in the first game against Lincoln City at Oakwell.
The game kicks off at 7.30pm tonight.
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Police appeal launched for missing man
POLICE are appealing for information which will help find a missing Barnsley man.
Connor, 24, was last seen off Sidcop Road in Cudworth, between 10pm and 11pm yesterday.
A spokesperson said: “He is described as white male, 185cm in height, skinny build with blonde hair slicked back.
“He was last seen wearing dark clothing with a blue jacket.
“Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for Connor’s welfare and want to speak to...
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Council encourage residents to stay safe during World Cup
BARNSLEY Council is encouraging residents to stay safe during the World Cup.
They’ve shared tips on how to ensure football lovers have the best time.
A spokesperson said: “We’ve joined forces with South Yorkshire Police and our licensed premises to make sure everyone can enjoy the game safely.
“Drink responsibly and be considerate of others - they’re there to enjoy themselves too.
“Speak to our town centre wardens if you need...
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John Stones features as England win World Cup opener
JOHN Stones played the full 90 minutes as England beat Iran 6-2 in their World Cup opener.
The former Barnsley player, from Thurlstone, started at centre back in the game in Qatar.
He gave away an injury time penalty, which was scored by Iran.
Ex-Reds Kieffer Moore and Adam Davies could also make an appearance tonight in the Wales game against USA.
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Police release CCTV image following burglary
POLICE in Barnsley are appealing for information following a burglary last month.
It’s reported that at around 7.35pm, on October 28, a number of suspects forced entry into a property on Lansdowne Crescent in Darton.
The occupants weren’t home and the suspects ransacked the house, taking a number of valuable items including a silver pocket watch marked with paratrooper insignia.
Police have released CCTV footage of a man they would like to trace...
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The Glass Works dubbed profitable
BARNSLEY Council are repaying £5m a year for a loan for the Glass Works – but council leader Sir Steve Houghton has insisted the venture is making money.
A Freedom of Information request, seen by the Chronicle, shows the scheme’s annual capital costs are £5m – the equivalent to around £400,000 every month.
The Chronicle previously reported that £139.3m was borrowed for the £210m venture which has attracted big-name favourites including TK Maxx,...
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Youngsters get involved with bike ability
BARNSLEY schoolchildren are taking their bikes to the road this month to practice the skills they have learnt through a national cycle training scheme.
Churchfield Primary, in Cudworth, signed up to the Bikeability scheme to encourage their pupils to build confidence and promote active travel.
Teacher Clare Taylor told the Chronicle: “Bikeability were absolutely amazing from start to finish – they are really passionate about what they do and that shone through.
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