Festive display raises vital cash
A FAMILY’S home which was once again lit up in aid of charity helped raise more than £1,500 for charity at Christmas.
Each year for the past five years, the Baumber family have created a Christmas lights display each year at their home on Long Furlong, Penistone.
Their aim is to spread cheer and to help raise money for local charities in the process.
“Usually we raise a few hundred pounds,” said dad Stephen, 40. “I put up the lights as usual this year, thinking that everyone could use a bit of cheering up with the pandemic but I never expected the response it would get.”
Stephen created a Just Giving page to help raise money, and has raised £1,513.
“We were absolutely blown away when we saw how much money had been raised,” added Stephen. “Every year we try to beat how much was made the year before, and last year we raised about £850.
“We never expected to almost double the amount we raised this year, especially because of the pandemic.”
Some of the money will go towards creating a mental health bench and any money that is left will be donated to charity.
Tribute made to soldiers unable to return home for Christmas
A WREATH was laid by the Mayor of Barnsley at the town’s HM Armed Forces Walkway last week to remember serving members who were unable to return home for Christmas.
The dedicated space, located on Westgate by the college, was created for families and friends to remember those who have and are currently serving.
Since its launch last November, a further six flagstones have been laid featuring the names, service and regiments of local servicemen and women.
Mayor Caroline Makinson said: “Although we were unable to raise the curtain on the new flagstones this year, we wanted to pay tribute to our armed forces and their families during this time.
“Christmas is a time for family, and it’s important that we acknowledge those who won’t be home over the festive period, not only those who lost their lives to conflict but also those who continue to serve our country.”
Cortonwood volunteers comeback to local residents
VOLUNTEERS at a Cortonwood community group delivered food hampers to families and those who are isolated throughout the village.
The Cortonwood Comeback Community Centre, established in 1986 on Chapel Avenue, filled the hampers with essentials and treats for over the Christmas break.
On Wednesday, December 23, the volunteers spent the entire day delivering the hampers after generous donations from members of the community.
Denise Lelliott, who volunteers at the centre, said: “We were busy preparing our Christmas food hampers since dawn but they looked fabulous.
“I think we’ve given away around 180 selection boxes to folk which is brilliant to hear.
“It’s been a logistical nightmare with some of us working 14 hour days to get this done but it’s worth it.
“A huge thank you to everyone who has supported and donated - this couldn’t have happened without you.
“Especially to the Dil Brothers, Brampton Parish Council and Cortonwood Residential Estate for the kind cash donations that have contributed to our Winter Wonderland event and foodbank.
“This couldn’t have been possible without every volunteer who has given up their time this year, ensuring that our most vulnerable continue to be supported.”
Cudworth and Dearne cadets spread festive cheer
CUDWORTH and Dearne fire cadets have been spreading festive cheer by delivering Christmas gifts to care home residents across the borough.
The youngsters funded the gifts with £600 they raised through donations and the sale of handmade Christmas cards.
They delivered around 200 presents in total to residents at four different care homes across Barnsley.
Then they handed the remaining gifts out to members of their local community who were facing a lonely and isolated festive period.
Once they’d delivered the gifts they also took the time to talk to the residents and get them involved in a singing carols all in a Covid-secure way.
Fleur Holland, the watch manager, worked with the fire cadets on their project.
She said: “I’m so proud of them all for what they have done to raise £600 was one thing but to then buy and deliver around 200 gifts was an amazing gesture.
“Thinking about it still makes me emotional. The pandemic has limited what we can do but we refused to be beaten.
“It’s never been more important to share some Christmas joy and we’re glad, thanks to everyone who supported us, including our chief fire officer, we’ve been able to do that.”
Their latest effort, to raise the £600 for Christmas gifts, is the second fundraiser they’ve done this year. In May they raised £700 for The Fire Fighters Charity.
Fancy dress bikers spread festive spirit
A GROUP of Barnsley bikers brought a welcome dose of festive spirit to the streets with a fancy dress ride around the borough.
Hundreds turned out to watch Sunday’s Santa-led 80-strong procession of illuminated machines, which was the brainchild of husband-and-wife motorcycle fanatics Andrew and June Self.
The couple, of Chatsworth Road, Athersley South, are members of Chloe’s Crust Trikers and Bikers, a charity fundraising group which in normal times, meets regularly at the cafe of that name on Laithes Lane, Athersley.
Last year, members of the group donned Christmas-themed fancy dress to deliver presents to the children’s ward at Barnsley Hospital and donated £6,000 to the Tiny Hearts Appeal.
The pandemic put the brakes in this year’s fundraising plans, but Andrew and June still wanted to provide a yuletide spectacle.
An invitation to friends and fellow motorcycle fans to join them brought an an enthusiastic response, and as well as Athersley and New Lodge, the four-hour outing took in Smithies, Lundwood, Cudworth, Monk Bretton, Carlton, Royston, Mapplewell, Shafton, Brierley and Grimethorpe.
“It was brilliant,” said June. “We had members of various motorcycle groups getting involved, and to go from just Andrew and myself to around 80 riders was amazing and really provided a colourful sight.
“The response we got from members of the public made it more than worthwhile. Seeing so many people come out of their houses to watch and young kids jumping up and down with excitement was amazing.
“When we got to Mapplewell, we saw some social media messages from people in Shafton, Brierley and Grimethorpe asking us to go there, so we extended the ride.
“It’s been a tough year, and hopefully after the disappointment of Saturday’s government announcement, we gave folk a little bit of festive cheer.
“Hopefully by this time next year, things will have settled down a bit and we’ll be back to the fundraising.”
Oh yes they do... residents get to enjoy a pantomime after all
IT was finally curtain call for staff at a Thurnscoe care home who took to the stage in their own rendition of the pantomime Cinderella.
Staff at Dearnlea Park Residential Home, on Park Road, made residents smile as they performed for those who had to miss out on the usual annual antics because of the virus.
Earlier in the year, the team asked for costume donations from the community to ensure the show went ahead.
Kim Davies, the activities coordinator at the home, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic day and the residents loved it.
“We’ve spent weeks rehearsing to make sure it was all ready to go.
“It’s been an unprecedented and uncertain year and a lot of the residents have been unable to see their families. We wanted to uplift their spirits and raise a smile.
“Despite a terrible year, I hope we made people forget about that for a while.
“The residents were laughing and some crying with happiness. I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.”
Festive season is lit up...
A FAMILY transformed their van into a reindeer sleigh to bring some Christmas cheer to families who haven’t been able to meet Santa this year.
Stacey Richardson, her partner Wayne Essex, niece Deon Sales and partner Chris Pearson, from Bolton-upon-Dearne, have teamed up to make residents smile in the run-up to Christmas.
The group have transformed their van into a reindeer sleigh whilst making their own festive costumes including Mr and Mrs Clause and his elves.
In the evenings this week, the crew have been driving around different neighbourhoods smiling and waving at families who haven’t been able to visit Santa this year.
Stacey said: “This started off as a funny idea over the dinner table but it quickly escalated until we actually started planning it.
“We made a Facebook group and told people our plans. Amazingly, it had a great response from people wanting something to look forward too.
“We’ve made the decorations and costumes ourselves from scratch and are really pleased with how it came out.
“We started in Bolton-upon-Dearne and the reception was overwhelming. Loads of families were waving and cheering at Santa and jaws were on the floor.
“Because of the demand, we’ve also visited Goldthorpe and Thurnscoe.
“One person said that it was the highlight of their year. It’s things like this that put it into perspective.”
The crew believe that the idea of making other families smile was the thing that inspired them.
“It’s been such a difficult year for everyone and we wanted to play our small part in making people smile,” Stacey added.
“We’re hoping that this helped in cheering people up across the community.
“I think we’ll have even bigger and better plans for next Christmas.”
Grimethorpe church takes to the streets to tell the tale of the nativity
ALTHOUGH the main event is over, a church in Grimethorpe has made a Nativity Trail for families to take part in during the festive break.
St Luke’s Church, on St Luke’s Road, has swapped its annual Christingle service for the great outdoors by setting up its Nativity Trail across the village.
Families have been encouraged to get outside after Christmas and remind themselves of the nativity story.
Fr Thomas Bates-Bourne, from the church, said: “If you have young families at home and are looking for something safe to get them out in the fresh air, this may be for you.
“You’ll find all the characters of the nativity hiding around the front of St Luke’s. Each one has a little activity and a QR code of crafts to download.”
Recycling centres closed during Christmas
BARNSLEY’S recycling centres will be closed for a short period this weekend in their new Christmas hours.
The four centres across the borough will close on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Smithies Lane, Springvale in Penistone, Nicholas Lane in Goldthorpe and West Street in Worsbrough will be closing slightly earlier at 3pm today, December 24, and New Year’s Eve.
Previously, the centres closed at 4pm during the winter months.
The times will return to expected in the new year.
Jingle bells with festive event tonight
BARNSLEY residents are being invited to ring a bell outside their home on tonight to help beat loneliness this festive period.
The idea was formed by Mary Beggs-Reid who wanted to bring festive cheer to her Harrogate hometown.
Similar to the Clap for Carers event throughout the summer, Mary hopes that people will take to their doorsteps on Christmas Eve to ring bells and applaud – all in the spirit of Christmas.
The event has been supported by Prime Minister Boris Johnson which has seen more than 400,000 responses worldwide.
The Christmas Eve Jingle will take place at 6pm today.
Subway gives back to emergency services this Christmas
A BRANCH of a popular sandwich chain will offer free sandwiches to emergency service workers this Christmas Eve.
The Subway store at Stairfoot will offer free six inch subs to anyone who holds a Blue Light Card to thank them for their hard work during the year.
Owner of the store, Sunil Mehan, said: “We have done a lot for our community since we reopened after lockdown.
“We want to show our thanks to frontline workers for everything they have done this year and this is our way of giving something back for their sacrifices.
“We know many police officers, doctors and nurses, and ambulance drivers will be working on Christmas Day and want to make sure that they can get some food if they need it.”
The offer will be available on Christmas Eve, from 5pm to 7pm.
The owner of the Blue Light Card will be required to claim the offer in person and will only be available in the Stairfoot store.
Changes made to Christmas bubbles
CHRISTMAS Day is just around the corner and families across the borough will be hoping to form a bubble to celebrate the festive season – but what are the new rules?
Previously the government announced that families could meet for up to four days over the Christmas period, but due to a rising number of reported cases the decision was made to restrict visiting to just one day – Christmas Day.
Now up-to three households will be permitted to spend Christmas Day together.
Under the new rules you must:
Keep your bubble as small as possible
NOT join a bubble with anyone from a tier four area
Only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes, gardens, places or worship, or in public outdoor spaces
Only see your bubble on Christmas Day and do not stay overnight
Anyone over the age of 70, or who is classed as clinically vulnerable, is asked to consider the risks of the virus and where possible to meet family members outdoors and to keep a distance from anyone you do not live with.
For more information about creating a Christmas bubble, click here.
Drive-through carol service free in Goldthorpe
A CHURCH in Goldthorpe is holding a free drive-in carol service for those wanting to get in the Christmas mood despite tier three restrictions.
Hope Church, currently based at the former Job Centre on High Street, is holding a free event for households to drive-in and sing along to traditional carols.
The service will be hosted by the church and the carols will be led by Worsbrough Brass.
This comes after carol services across the borough have been forced to cancel due to current coronavirus restrictions.
The event takes place on Sunday December 20 from 3.30pm.
To book a slot, click here.
** This photograph was taken before Covid-19 restrictions were in place.
Barnsley College students bring smiles to Worsbrough care home
COLLEGE students have been spreading festive cheer in the community by sending colourful messages to residents at a Worsbrough nursing home.
Elderly residents at Autumn House Nursing Home have received handmade cards with Christmas celebration messages created by level one health and social care students at Barnsley College.
Nichola Crossland, a student on the course, said: “The residents may not be able to see family or friends and it will be lonely this Christmas.
“I enjoyed making my card knowing that it may bring someone some happiness and make them feel loved.”
Danielle Robinson, a health, science and social care tutor, added: “Our aim is to let the residents know that although they have had a very lonely and isolated year, they have not been forgotten about.
“We hope that by making these cards, we can spread a little Christmas joy, and cheer up some residents by letting them know that our college community cares for them and is thinking about them at this difficult time.”
Big mission for Athersley kids...
PUPILS at an Athersley primary school are attempting to run more than 800 miles this week to raise money and awareness for Barnsley Animal Rescue.
Students at Laithes Primary, on Laithes Lane, decided to take the challenge after a year five class, Grey Owls, took part in a social action project run by Reds in the Community (RITC).
Gareth Cooke, 26, of RITC, said: “I’ve been working with pupils and as part of that the kids have to run a social action project which is completely led by them.
“They decided to try and raise money for Barnsley Animal Rescue Charity because they knew that they weren’t able to open their shops.
“They’re doing a lot less PE than they usually would so they asked if we could try and raise some money by doing the run which is where the idea came from.”
This week pupils from all year groups decided to get together in a bid to run 810 miles – the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
“The kids have been doing a daily mile because that’s something that they used to do before Covid,” he added.
“They’re wanting to run the distance as a school before Friday and I think that they’ll succeed but it just depends on the weather.”
Changes to Christmas bin timetable
BIN collection days have been rescheduled over the Christmas period and Barnsley residents have been urged to double-check to avoid being caught out.
Bins that are scheduled to be collected on Christmas Day and New Year's Day will be rescheduled.
Homes in Mapplewell will have their grey bin collected on December 23 and some homes in the town centre will have their grey bin collected on December 21.
The last bin collection before Christmas for some residents in Wombwell will be the brown bin on Christmas Eve.
Coun Chris Lamb, cabinet spokesperson for environment and transportation, said: "We understand how celebrations at this time of year can create more waste than usual.
“To help keep the borough clean and green, we're encouraging residents to be responsible with their festive waste and continue to recycle where possible. Barnsley has already shown that it's fantastic at recycling, but reducing and reusing our waste is important too."
"Our waste and recycling sites based throughout the borough will also be open as normal over the festive period, apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day, for any additional waste or recycling.”
To find out your last bin collection, click here.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle Christmas waste
AS CHRISTMAS rapidly approaches you may be left wondering what to do with the rubbish you accumulate throughout the season, and maybe those pesky baubles that broke.
Barnsley Council has released a handy guide of where and how you can dispose of everything from Christmas trees to mince pie trays.
Items such as Christmas trees and Christmas lights, and batteries can be disposed of at household waste recycling centres across the borough.
Christmas cards, broken baubles, and finished crackers can be put in your grey bin.
Where possible, the council wants to urge residents to reuse and recycle items to help lessen the impact on the environment.
For the full list of how you can dispose of Christmas items, click here.
Police help spread Christmas cheer with food hampers
BARNSLEY’S police officers have been spreading the festive cheer by creating food hampers for those in need across the borough.
The hampers contain essential items including toiletries and food to ensure those most vulnerable have a meal over the Christmas period.
Secretary Tamara Craven, who works with Barnsley District Commander Chf Supt Sarah Poolman, proposed the idea.
She said: “After a difficult year I wanted to spread some cheer and help those with without essentials to get by.
“Barnsley’s team have provided items and officers from across the borough have highlighted those in our communities who would benefit from the hampers.
“Any additional hampers will be donated to the local foodbank.”
Youngsters on the good list getting rewarded by Santa
A COUPLE have been lifting the spirits of families across the borough by dishing out certificates for children on the ‘good list’ this Christmas.
Chloe Clarke and her husband Charlie, from Cudworth, have been travelling around Barnsley dressed as Santa and his elf delivering a box of festive goodies to families who need a boost.
Chloe set up the Facebook group ‘Printssy’ where residents have been contacting her to book visits for their children.
Chloe has been going out every week with her partner and delivering gifts including reindeer food and a personalised certificate to tell the kids that they are on Santa’s ‘good list’.
Chloe said: “It’s been a rough year for everyone at the moment and we wanted to do something to help lift the mood.
“I’ve been making gift boxes for the kids with personalised certificates inside which has gone down really well.
“I have a full-time job and a three-year-old but want to spend my spare time helping others in our community.
“So far, we’ve had more than 50 people get in touch to visit their children so we’re gearing up for more visits.
“I’ve loved doing it so far and have had a great response from the kids we’ve visited. We’re going to continue to do this until the end of the year.”
Cudworth is switched on...
MEMBERS of a Cudworth street didn’t let lockdown stop them from spreading the festive cheer as they helped to raise more than £500 with a Christmas lights switch-on.
Johnny Key has held a fundraising event at his home on Southfield Road for the past five years and had no plans to slow down his fundraising efforts this year.
“It started off because I put up my Christmas lights and all my neighbours wanted to know when I would be putting up my lights next year, and they brought their children and it became an event,” said Johnny.
“Then we started organising raffles and stalls to help raise money for a local charity and now people look forward to it every year.”
Despite the ongoing pandemic, Johnny helped organise a walk-by Santa and a raffle to help generate funds for mental health charity, MIND.
“I wanted the kids to be able to see Father Christmas this year so we organised a walk-by event which went down really well, and I even dressed up as Tina Turner and did a dance which helped to raise more money.
“Each year we choose a local charity to donate the money to because I think it’s important to give back, especially at Christmas.”
The event, which took place last Saturday, raised £500.
Despite its success, Johnny is already looking towards next year’s event.
“It takes me a good year to organise the event, and I start putting up the lights in October to get it all ready for Christmas. I’m hoping next year Covid will be gone and we can make the event bigger and better than this year.”