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Pubs: Your guide to where's open

PUBS are allowed to reopen from today in line with government guidelines.

Here’s your comprehensive list of which pubs are reopening in Barnsley.

July 4:

The Fairway, Dodworth

The Eastfield Arms, Staincross

Spencer Arms, Cawthorne

Cawthorne WMC

The Rose and Crown, Darton

The Crown and Anchor, Barugh Green

The Millers Inn, Barugh Green

Strafford Arms, Stainborough

Blacksmiths Arms, Millhouse Green

Hoyland Nether WMC

Fox and Hounds, Shafton

The Pheasant, Monk Bretton

The Sun Inn, Monk Bretton

Dearne Tap, Bolton-upon-Dearne

Church House, Wath-upon-Dearne

Bluebell Inn, Wath-upon-Dearne

Crown Inn, Elsecar

Tap and Brew, Hoyland

The Star, Hoyland

The Beggar and Gentleman, Hoyland

The Miners Rest, Pogmoor

The Grey Horse, Pogmoor

Oaks WMC, Ardsley

The Silkstone Inn, Town Centre

The White Bear, Town Centre 

The Joseph Bramah, Town Centre

The Garrison, Town Centre

The Courthouse, Town Centre 

The Corner Pin, Town Centre

The Shakespeare, Town Centre 

The Pavilion, Town Centre 

July 5:

Hare and Hounds, Hoyland.

July 6:

Full House, Monk Bretton

Dodworth Central Social Club, Dodworth

The Chestnut Tree, Barugh Green

The Kings Head Inn, Mapplewell

July 9:

The Old Bakery, Mapplewell

July 13:

The Wentworth Arms, Mapplewell

The Talbot Inn, Mapplewell

July 21:

The Darton Tap, Darton

Old Moor Tavern, Wombwell

July 24:

The Ash Inn, Wombwell

July 29:

The Wentworth, Tankersley

July 31:

The Meadows, Wombwell

 
Traffic update: Wakefield Road
POLICE were called to Wakefield Road following reports of a collision.
 
Yesterday (July 3) police were called to reports of a collision involving three vehicles at around 6pm.
 
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “It’s understood that two vehicles collided and went on to hit a parked car.
 
"Neither driver was seriously injured during the incident.”
Police appeal for man wanted following assault

POLICE are appealing for information to help locate a wanted man.

Michael Clegg, 38, from Darfield is wanted in connection with an assault and reportedly making threats to kill.

The incident is alleged to have happened in Goldthorpe on Sunday, June 28 in the early hours of the morning.

Clegg is described as being of slim build, and is 5ft, 9ins tall.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “If you see Clegg, please do not approach him but instead call 101.

“If you have any other information about where he might be, please call 101 quoting incident number 139 of June 28.”

Pubs reopen after lockdown

PUBS can reopen their doors today (July 4) following a change in government advice.

 

The venues were forced to close in March after guidelines made it impossible to remain open during the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Large-scale events such as the popular multi-venue music festival, Barnsley Live, were cancelled due to the closure of all the venues in the town centre and beyond.

 

Now, due to the falling numbers of cases of the virus, and the Prime Minister’s plan for gradually reopening the economy, the announcement was made that venues across the country could begin to reopen as long as protective measures were put in place.

 

These measures include enforced social distancing guidelines, reduced numbers inside venues, and utilising the government’s ‘Track and Trace’ system.

 

However, the news has split landlords as some are itching to return and others are warier.

 

“People have missed pubs and although it’ll be a different atmosphere, I think most will just want to get out for a pint and the socialising aspect,” said Nigel Croft, of the Barnsley CAMRA group.

 

Some venues, such as the Old Bakery micropub in Mapplewell have chosen to opt for a ‘softer’ reopening to help phase in the new measures.

 

Speaking on social media, the pub said: “We have decided to do a softer opening on Thursday, July 9, weather permitting.

 

 

“This will give us time to see how it’s all going to work so we can keep everyone safe.”

 

Nightclubs, casinos, tattoo parlours, and gyms will all remain closed until further notice.

'Miracle baby' Bethany turns 21

A ‘MIRACLE’ baby who weighed in at just over one pound when she was born in 1999 is set to celebrate her 21st birthday next week.

 

Bethany Sweetman was able to ‘fit in her dad’s hand’ – but 2020 is a year of celebration as she marks the milestone and is set to get married in November.

 

Her mum, Susan Sweetman, said: “It’s going to be an amazing year for her because in November she’s getting married to her fiance, Jordan, at Wortley Hall, and it’s something we’re looking forward to in these horrible times.

 

“She played with dolls that were bigger than her when she was younger and she could even fit in her dad’s hand when she was born – she’s come so far.

 

“She really has defied all expectations.”

 

Bethany appeared in the Barnsley Chronicle after her remarkable survival and has since been featured at notable points in her life.

 

She attended Kirk Balk Academy as a youngster and recently completed a course at Dearne Valley College where she was working on securing qualifications to help guide her into a career in nursing.

 

“She’s so happy and smiley all the time, she’s currently working on the checkouts in Asda and you can see she’s enjoying herself,” she added.

 

“I remember when we took her home she only weighed four pounds and back then it was really unusual for a baby that small to survive – she really is a miracle.”

Family have raised thousands for Louie George's life-changing goal

A FAMILY who have overcome various problems to raise thousands to help a seriously ill boy live a normal life have been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award.

 

Louie George Wood was born prematurely at 28 weeks and has quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy, periventricular leukomalacia (a type of brain injury in which cysts form on the brain) and global developmental delay.

 

The four-year-old has since defied doctors – last year saying ‘mum’ after Jodie was told he would never speak – as his parents, Jodie Morgan and Tom Wood, inch closer to raising the £120,000 needed for vital surgery to allow him to walk and home adaptations.

 

Despite blows in the form of lockdown halting all of this year’s fundraising activities, and Jodie having to start emergency treatment for kidney disease ahead of a dual kidney and pancreas transplant, the couple and Louie’s older brother Jake have continued to push ahead.

 

“You always think you’re not doing enough, as a parent,” said Jodie, 33, of Greenside, Mapplewell.

 

“We don’t look at ourselves as special – you’d hope any parent would try to do the same in your position.

 

“It’s lovely to be nominated. After all the hard work, it takes something like that to realise how far you’ve come.

 

“We’ve always talked about the awards and promoted people who are involved in it who have helped us.”

 

The family have so far raised more than £69,000.

 

They have had an ‘overwhelming’ amount of support from the village during lockdown, with family friend Mick Holmes raising hundreds with a sponsored walk and nine-year-old George Ibbotson running a marathon in a week and donating more than £1,000.

 

Two neighbouring pubs – The Wentworth Arms and The Talbot Inn – have also got on board with fundraising for the youngster, who will need to travel to America once a date for his pioneering surgery is confirmed by doctors.

 

“All the events we’ve had planned for this year have been cancelled, but still people are pulling together for us and keeping it ticking over,” said Jodie.

 

“Everyone’s still thinking of us even in these times, all these months down the line.”

 

Louie’s Pace has been nominated for a Charity Fundraising Team award.

Restaurant to close Barnsley stores

A WELL-KNOWN high street chain is set to close its two Barnsley restaurants, after stating that the coronavirus pandemic has “significantly impacted” business. 

 

The Restaurant Group - which owns Italian-American chain Frankie and Benny’s - released a statement last month, which warned of mass closures of the restaurant. 

This week, it was announced that 125 of its branches would not be reopening. 

 

Its two restaurants in Barnsley - at Stairfoot, and Cortonwood - are no longer listed on the Frankie and Benny’s website and are expected to close. 

 

In an email to managers, the company said: “Many sites are no longer viable to trade and will remain closed permanently. The Covid-19 crisis has significantly impacted our ability to trade profitably, so we’ve taken the tough decision to close these restaurants now.”

 

 

It’s believed some closed branches may reopen as Wagamama, also owned by the group.

 

NHS celebrations to take place at the Hospital

CELEBRATIONS to mark the 72nd anniversary of the NHS will take place at Barnsley Hospital.

 

On July 5, 1948, health minister, Aneurin Bevan created the National Health Service to provide free healthcare at the point of access. 

 

Throughout the past few months, a strain has been placed on the NHS and its resources due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

But in recognition of the historical feat, and to celebrate the hard-working frontline staff during the pandemic, the hospital will be lit up blue tomorrow. 

 

On Sunday there were also be a nation-wide ‘Pause for Applause’ at 5pm, which encourages people to recognise the support the NHS has provided during the past months. 

Despite the celebrations taking place, the hopsital has urged people to maintian social distancing rules, and has asked that no crowds gather outside the hospital. 

Grieving dad's long journey to help out charity

A GRIEVING dad – who wanted to support the charity that supported him after the death after his unborn son – has raised more than £650.

 

Matthew Jones, of Wakefield Road in Staincross, has donated to £680 to Aching Arms, a charity that donates toy bears to grieving parents.

 

The 35-year-old dad cycled more than 100 miles for the charity, and doubled his initial fundraising target.

 

Matthew told the Chronicle: “In 2016, my son Harry was diagnosed with a brain condition at his 20-week scan.

 

“After another six weeks of testing, Harry’s medical conditions worsened and we were forced to make the hardest decision of our lives and heal him. 

 

“We never got to bring him home, watch him grow, or spend the rest of our lives with him. 

 

“The bike ride was a way to raise money for Aching Arms a charity that very kindly gave us a beautiful bear to fill our aching arms when Harry passed.”

 

Matthew challenged himself to cycle the 100 miles in under two days, and so began training weeks before the bike ride.

 

“I was supported on the ride by my friend Dan Laws who helped me train for the ride beforehand and was the voice beside me that kept my legs going.

 

“It was incredibly challenging at times but people’s support helped to push me through.

 

“In the first day alone, we cycled 88 miles and more than 12 miles on the second day. It was very tiring but so rewarding.

 

“I’m completely humbled with the amount of people who got behind this. I thought it would just be our loved ones that donated, but we got people donating who I didn’t even know.

 

“This money will help the charity buy around 60 bears for grieving parents which is amazing.”

 

To donate to Matthew’s fundraiser, visit Harry’s 100 miles bike ride on the Go Fund Me website.

Teen Rio to take the mic after overcoming bullies

A BULLIED teenager who overcame her confidence issues through singing has been invited to entertain crowds at a local football club, once it is permitted and safe. 

 

Rio Chandler, 14, of Athersley, has always been a shy youngster, but through her singing at the Angel Voices performing arts academy in Darton has managed to prove her doubters wrong by landing an entertainment gig at Athersley Rec once crowds are able to attend games. 

 

Her mum, 35-year-old Selina Chandler, noticed her daughter had a talent for singing when she was younger, but it wasn’t until she recorded Rio singing in her bedroom last year that she was confident enough to attend singing lessons. 

 

She said: “She’s always been really shy and a little bit of a bedroom singer, so that’s when I decided to secretly record her singing and we decided that she should attend singing lessons in April last year. 

 

“She started singing at Angel Voices and it definitely helped with her confidence – when she’s singing she goes to her safe place. 

 

“When I got the message that she’d been offered to be the entertainment I didn’t think she would take it up, so I was shocked when I realised that she really wanted to do it.”

 

The Holy Trinity pupil had been the victim of vicious bullies during her time at school, but her mum feels that this will only help build her confidence going forward. 

 

“I don’t think she realises how good she actually is when she’s singing, this whole thing is building up her confidence for sure,” she added. 

 

“She’s set to entertain the fans when the football season gets back up and running and she’s even been offered to perform at a music festival. 

 

“I’m so proud of her, from where she was a couple of years ago to now, I’d have never thought she’d have come this far.”

'Gold Cup' and 'Masters' in Virtual Games

THE Barnsley Virtual School Games took place this week as kids from across the borough took part in a bid to keep fit during lockdown. 

 

Coinciding with National School Sport Week, the virtual games took place as a way of keeping the residents of Barnsley fit following the closure of schools during the ongoing pandemic. 

 

Events for the week were designed to copy other sporting events that should have happened this year but were cancelled due to Covid-19. 

 

Adam Rogers, 34, who helped organise the games, said: “We’re doing loads of different challenges throughout the week and the idea is to get as many schools involved as possible. 

 

“There’s events such as an obstacle course which we’ve called ‘The Barnsley Gold Cup’ to emulate the actual Gold Cup and we’ve done a foot golf competition called ‘Barnsley Masters’ as well. 

 

“The main aim is to try and promote kids being healthy and active.”

 

All primary and secondary schools across the borough were sent event packs explaining what students will have to do, and Adam believes there will be big support for the scheme. 

 

“Obviously we’ve sent the packs out to all the schools in Barnsley and we’re hoping that they will get involved,” he added. 

 

“We’ve got lots of different people promoting the event online as well, we’ve shared a video of the mayor advertising the week and we’ve even got a Paralympic champion to support us.

 

“There’s going to be a leaderboard throughout the week and then a winner will be picked at the end of the week.”

 

Head over to the Team Activ social media pages for more information on the event. 

Teachers bask in limelight for video

STAFF at a secondary school drew inspiration from a popular documentary series to create a video to help cheer up students amid lockdown.

 

Each year, staff at Astrea Academy Dearne create a fun video to mark the end of the school year, and to bid goodbye to year 11 students who will leave the school.

 

“This year it was a bit weird because of the coronavirus,” said performing arts teacher at the school, Gary Oliver. “Normally we have an assembly where we show the video and photos from the students’ time in school but because there has been limited students in school we thought we would go all out to make an extra special video.

 

“We put a bit more effort into the video and used green screen because we couldn’t film together because of social distancing.

 

“In the past we have done Saturday Night Fever, Game of Thrones and Killing Eve. We basically do anything that is popular at the time.”

 

This year the video focused on the popular Netflix series, Tiger King, which follows zoo owner Joe Exotic and staff dressed as the eccentric characters involved as they brought the action to the Dearne.

 

“Our senior vice principal, Eddie Child, played Joe Exotic and he grew the moustache to get into character,” said Gary.

 

“It was wonderful to see everyone involved have so much fun and help make memories for the kids.

 

“I edit the videos each year and I really love doing them. We regularly do things like this, at Christmas we did carol singing and every year we make a video to say goodbye to our year 11s.”

 

The video can be viewed on the Astrea Academy Dearne YouTube page.

Gnome appeal gets care home residents gardening

A CARE home in Darfield has thanked local residents for the response to an appeal asking for garden gnomes.

 

Last week, staff at Thornhill House, on Church Street, appealed for donations of any unused gnomes, garden furniture or plants for residents in a bid to get them gardening.

 

Since the appeal, 55 gnomes and 100 plant pots were donated to the care home which kept the residents busy in the warm weather.

 

Christian Whiteley-Mason, the manager at the home, said: “People have been so kind by donating these items and it’s a true testament to the community spirit of Darfield.

 

“Families have been dropping off items as well as local councillors who have also shown their support.

 

“I’ve been so happy to see our residents stimulated by doing up our garden. 

 

“We want to thank people for their generosity during this time.”

Rescue at Fleets Dam due to fractured ankles

A WALKER who injured himself at a Barnsley pond had to be taken to hospital after being helped by Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team.

 

The team was called out to the Fleets Dam at 7am on Monday.

 

A spokesman for the service said the man had reportedly landed awkwardly after crossing a stream and sustained fractures to both ankles.

 

“The casualty was packaged into one of our casualty bags for warming and secured onto our stretcher,” they said.

 

“Due to limited access to the area, the stretcher carry involved hand over hand to cross streams to get the casualty to the ambulance and his onward journey to hospital.

 

“We wish the gentleman a speedy recovery.”

Funds for burned-down Wakefield Road cafe

A FUNDRAISER has been set up to help support a cafe which was subjected to an arson attack last Thursday night.

 

The Taylor Made Cafe, situated on Wakefield Road, has been in business for around ten years but last week its owner, Stuart Taylor, saw his cafe burn to the ground.

 

Mike Hall, 29, of Carr Furlong in Athersley, regularly attended the cafe on his way to work and he saw first-hand the destruction that had been caused by the arsonists.

 

He told the Chronicle: “I always call in there to get some grub but this time when I was walking up I could see some black dust on the floor which is when I saw that the outhouse had burnt down, but it wasn’t until I walked up further that I saw the whole cafe had been alight.

 

“I know Stuart who owns it – you could see how devastated he was, he’d just started to get the ball rolling and get some regular customers in and now this has happened.

 

“Due to the location of his cafe he wasn’t able to feasibly get any insurance for it, so anything that was inside he now has to pay for – that’s why I decided to set up the fundraiser.”

 

Mike set up the Go Fund Me page last Friday, and he managed to raise hundreds within the first few days – though he is hoping to raise around £2,000 to help Stuart’s business.

 

“There’s been a pretty good response to the fundraiser so far and the we had a great first couple of days,” Mike added.

 

“We managed to raise around £400 in the first day or so and now we’re at just over £700 – our target is £2,000 because that’s around about the sort of money he needs to get it back up and running.

 

“We’re determined to get him back and obviously any sort of publicity we can get to help is great.”

 

To donate to the fundraiser, click here

Scuttle's the star as online videos go viral

A LOCAL man has kept the borough smiling in lockdown by turning his hand to comical vlogging.

 

John Marsh, from Old Mill Lane in Thurgoland, has been uploading daily video diaries to his wife’s Facebook page in a bid to raise spirits during the lockdown.

 

The 59-year-old has since garnered a new legion of fans, who have even sent him T-shirts with his catchphrase printed on the front – ‘keep two whippet lengths apart’.

 

John plays a character called Fred Scuttle who gives his comical take on national issues from a Barnsley perspective. 

 

John, who started his videos late in March, said: “The response from people has been absolutely fantastic.

 

“The aim is to make people laugh and give people something to smile about which was important during these last couple of months.”

 

Caroline, John’s wife, films and posts the videos onto her Facebook page for people to watch.

 

“He was incredibly bored one day and decided to give this a go, and I think they’re hilarious.

 

“You can always hear me laughing behind the camera as he makes them.

 

“The comments and views continue to grow every day and I sure it’s something he’ll want to continue after lockdown as long as people want it.”

 

To watch Fred Scuttle’s videos, visit Caroline Marsh’s Facebook page.

Boundary runners raise almost 2k

RUNNERS from across the borough raised nearly £2,000 after completing the Barnsley Boundary Challenge which saw 35 teams run 2,555 miles over the course of a week. 

 

The challenge, which consisted of groups of ten people running different legs, saw a total of £1,940 raised for the Barnsley Hospital Charity. 

 

Gareth Cooke, 26, of Locke Avenue in Kingstone, organised the run and ended up competing in two teams, one of whom, ‘Team Unknown’, won the challenge. 

 

He said: “It’s a 73-mile run around Barnsley in teams of ten and each person runs a different distance, so for example leg one runs five miles and leg nine runs 10.5 miles. 

 

“it’s usually around Barnsley but we had someone who competed in Dusseldorf as a part of the teachers team, and he even had to get a train to a more hilly part of the area to replicate what it would be like to run around Barnsley. 

 

“In total 350 entered the competition and our team ended up winning with a time of eight hours and one minute.”

 

The group decided to raise money for the Barnsley Hospital Charity following the efforts of staff during the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

“It’s a big thing at the minute the work that the staff are putting in and it’s certainly in the public eye, so we wanted to say our thanks to them,” he added. 

 

“In regards to the run it isn’t too bad to do as an individual, I personally ran two legs as I was part of two teams, but all the miles do end up adding up.”

 

To donate to the fundraisers efforts click here.

Crucial system fighting to win war against virus

 

The NHS Test and Trace service brings together testing, contact tracing and outbreak management into an end-to-end service to stop the spread of the virus and help us move out of lockdown. It is central to the UK Government’s coronavirus recovery strategy and will enable life to return to as close to normal as possible, for as many people as possible, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care. The primary objective of NHS Test and Trace is to control the rate of reproduction, to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

 

 

HOW NHS TEST AND TRACE WILL CONTACT YOU

You’ll be contacted by email, text or phone.

Email will come from NHS Test and Trace.

Text messages will come from NHStracing.

Calls will come from 0300 0135000. 

 

 

  

Data on positive laboratory tests is fed into the contact tracing system, which automatically contacts people with COVID-19 by text or email and invites them to log into the system and provide a range of information about where they have been and who they have met. People with confirmed COVID-19 will receive a phone call from a health professional if, for instance, they are unable to use the web-based system, they only have a landline, are under 18 years old or have not responded to emails and texts. If a person with COVID-19 works in or has visited a venue like a care home, school hospital or prison this can be considered for escalation to a Public Health England (PHE) health protection expert. Once the person with COVID-19 has inputted the details of their any close recent contacts (or a health professional entering details on their behalf ) these contacts would themselves receive a text or email notification, explaining the need to self-isolate and inviting them to use the webbased system to receive further information.

 

Once contacts log-in, it will provide them with appropriate health advice including what to do if they experience symptoms. Call handlers will follow up any contacts who can’t be reached by text or email. As the NHS Test and Trace service progresses, it is looking at the feasibility of asking people with symptoms of COVID-19 to use the web-based system from the moment they order a test so that information on their contacts is ready immediately if as soon as a positive result is confirmed, or their test result is delayed. The UK Government says the NHS Test and Trace service will provide protection for family, friends, colleagues and community. It is here to keep all of us safe. Before a vaccine can be found to beat coronavirus, it says contact tracing is the most effective way of controlling the spread of the virus and is being used around the world alongside social distancing and hygiene measures.

 

  

 IMPORTANT MESSAGE: The NHS Test and Trace messaging on a high street billboard.
 IMPORTANT MESSAGE: The NHS Test and Trace messaging on a high street billboard.

 

 Everyone will need to play their part

To stop the spread of coronavirus, everyone will need to play their part by isolating if symptomatic, booking a test as soon as possible and identifying their close contacts if asked to do so.

  • Anyone displaying symptoms should book a test as soon as possible at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.

  • The symptoms are a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change in sense of smell or taste.

  • People should isolate if they are symptomatic, or if asked to do so by NHS Test and Trace.

  • Share information about recent close contacts with NHS Test and Trace if you test positive.

 

CASE STUDY

SARAH HARTLE

Sarah Hartle had been studying to become a dental hygienist in Manchester for almost three years and on Monday, March 23 she finally qualified and was preparing to start her new career. But almost immediately England was in lockdown. The 34-year-old (below) said: “It was literally a few hours after I had qualified. I had been studying since 2018 and it had all been building to this but now I had nothing, no means of earning plus I had two young children who suddenly weren’t at school.”

 

“Then I got this email through from the professional dental council, asking for healthcare professionals to join the virtual frontline. I had a look and being an NHS Clinical Contact Caseworker seemed like the perfect job for me. “I could choose my hours and work from home – so I could do 8am to noon on weekdays and spend the afternoon helping the children with their school work. Then I’d be able to put in a couple of eight hour shifts at the weekend.” Sarah says the work has been rewarding and opened her eyes to how all sorts of people can suffer in isolation. She said: “One lady said to me: ‘Please can you call me every day because this has made me feel so much better’. “It is just having someone to listen. I can’t understand what they are going through but I can give them a platform, a place where they can vent their frustration or talk about their anxiety and I can tell them everything they are doing is okay.  

 

  

So much of it is about reassurance. “One of my first cases was a poor mum whose family had the virus and she seemed to feel so guilty about it. The whole family tested positive for it – the dad, a toddler and a young baby and she was convinced she had given it to all of them and felt so bad about it. “She was so emotional and it was one of those where she just needed some support. Her partner couldn’t get out of bed. He was so ill and the whole family was really struggling. “They were all isolating and she just needed someone to listen to her. I told her of course it was okay that the whole family wasn’t having proper meals – and that just grabbing something to keep them going was just fine during this time. “So not only am I there to talk symptoms and advice on the medical side, but also the mental side too – offering emotional support. “And then there is letting them know about the practical support that is out there too – like whether the council can help with the grocery shop.” Sarah says there is no typical day as a Clinical Contact Caseworker because no two calls are the same.

 

Some need very little assistance and it can be a very quick call but others need to be handled with a lot of time and care. She said: “On a busy day I may do eight or nine calls in an eight hour shift. You can be done with taking all the details sometimes but then end up spending an extra half an hour on the phone talking about what they are having for tea! It’s that human interaction that people need when they are suddenly in isolation like this.”

 

NHS contact tracing went live on May 28. Between June 11 and 17:

6,923 people who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) had their case transferred to the contact tracing system.

70.3% of these were reached and asked to provide details of recent close contacts.

1,791 people (25.9 per cent) could not be reached. An additional 263 people (3.8 per cent) could not be reached at all as no communication details were provided for them.

30,286 people were identified as close contacts between June 11 and 17. Of these, 24,734 people (81.7 per cent) were reached and asked to self-isolate.

 

 

Trial date set in murder enquiry

A TRIAL date has been set in a Barnsley murder enquiry. 

 

Two people appeared in Sheffield Crown Court earlier today (July 2) following the death of Stephen Riley. 

 

Martin Wilson, 37, of Monsal Crescent, Athersley, was charged with murder, and Julie Evans, 40, also of Monsal Crescent, was charged with assisting an offender. 

 

The pair will return to Sheffield Crown Court with a trial date being set for December 7. 

 

Mr Riley died in hospital of a stab wound to the chest last Saturday, after officers were alerted to Darley Avenue in Athersley following reports that he was seriously injured. 

 

A spokesperson from the police said: “As enquires continue, detectives remain keen to hear from anyone with information. 

 

“You can call us on 101 or if you prefer to stay completely anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling their UK contact centre on 0800 555111.

 

“The incident number to quote is 1227 of June 26.”

Firm gives help to get kids online

UNDERPRIVILEGED children at a Tankersley school have received a donation of a new laptop thanks to a national company.  

 

The laptops were donated to St Peter’s Primary School by open space management company, Meadfleet, as well as ‘bug hotels’ to help encourage outdoor learning.

 

Headteacher at the school, Jayne Proctor-Blain, said the laptops will help support families who don’t have access to technology.

 

“With lockdown and the current situation, it has highlighted to us that some students have struggled to access resources to complete their school work at home,” said Jayne.

 

“Meadfleet reached out to us and offered to donate four Chromebooks to the school, as well as some wildlife packs to help the children to get into nature.

 

“We are really thankful that we have been chosen to receive the equipment and I think it’s nice that a national company hasn’t forgotten its roots and has helped a local school.”

 

Tankersley St Peter’s is the first school to receive donations from the company, with more planned across the country – according to Meadfleet relationship manager, Lucy Gibson.

 

She added: “As a company we are always looking at how we can give back to the communities in which we work, and we chose the school because our chairman, Paul Miller, is from Barnsley.

 

“During the pandemic we recognised the challenge faced by schools in continuing to educate children whilst having to make numerous and continual adaptations to follow government guidelines and keep children and staff safe.

 

“With several estates in our portfolio in and around the Barnsley area we contacted Tankersley St Peter’s and donated four laptops to help children struggling to get online at home.”

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