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Head coach custard pied in fundraiser
THE head coach of a football team for children with disabilities and learning difficulties was custard pied 11 times to raise funds to help with pitch hire costs.
Connor Rollinson, who runs the Springwell Learning Community-based South Yorkshire Superheroes team, also plays football for Dodworth Miners’ Welfare.
The 29-year-old, from Cudworth, said: “While I ended up absolutely covered in cream it was great to see all the children with smiles on their faces....
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MP slams no consultation on using hotel to house asylum seekers
A BARNSLEY MP has slammed the Home Office after it extended its exclusive contract with a local hotel to house asylum seekers until October 2023 – without any community consultation.
Holiday Inn’s Express branch, on Manvers Way, Wath-upon-Dearne, will continue to be used, according to the Home Office, having previously accommodated Afghan families.
John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, has invited the senior Home Office director in London to visit the site...
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Barnsley teen shortlisted for young writers' award
A BARNSLEY teenager has been shortlisted for the 2022 BBC Young Writers’ Award.
Elena Barham, 19, was among the shortlist of five young writers announced live on BBC Radio 1’s Life Hacks on Sunday with entrants from the north of England dominating the list.
Her entry ‘Little Acorns’ is set in the 1940s and was written when Elena was only 16 and was originally planned as a start to a novel.
Elena...
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Council vow to be transparent after failures at children's home
COUNCIL bosses have vowed to be transparent into what is being done to improve an under-fire children’s home – just weeks after inspectors revealed ‘widespread failures’ had been found.
The home, which the Chronicle cannot name, was ranked ‘inadequate’ for a second time by Ofsted following a two-day inspection in July and has been discussed by councillors in two senior meetings.
Having been brought up at last week’s cabinet meeting, it went before...
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Barnsley Museums shortlisted for prestigious award
BARNSLEY Museums have been shortlisted in the prestigious Fantastic for Families awards.
Now in its ninth year, the award is an annual programme open to UK-based cultural organisations who provide opportunities to older or family audiences.
Barnsley Museums were nominated for the audience impact and innovation award, which recognises the achievements of organisations who have demonstrated innovation to reach and make a difference to families in need.
Coun Robert Frost, cabinet spokesperson...
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Hospital urging mask wearing on site
BARNSLEY Hospital bosses are asking visitors and patients wear a face mask when attending the site due to an increase in the number of Covid-19 patients in their care.
Face masks were reintroduced as a requirement for all staff whilst in hospital last weekend.
As a result, bosses are now asking residents to do the same.
A spokesperson said: “Surgical masks should be worn covering the nose and mouth at all times,...
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Barnsley nature reserve hit by arsonists
POLICE, council and fire bosses have appealed for information after arsonists struck at an award-winning Barnsley nature reserve described as the jewel in the town’s crown – narrowly avoiding a ‘catastrophic event’.
Carlton Marsh, which has bagged numerous awards over the decades thanks to tireless reclamation work from volunteers and Barnsley Council, was hit late on Sunday night.
The fire – believed to have occurred at about 9.30pm – saw a crew from...
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Man jailed for assaulting former partner
A BARNSLEY man has been jailed for assaulting and coercively controlling a former partner.
Ben Paul McMichael, 26, formerly of Lindrick Close, was sentenced to three years in prison after a prolonged campaign of mental and physical abuse against a woman he was in a relationship with.
PC Kayleigh Banks said: “The victim in this case has shown tremendous strength and conviction of character, from first reporting the awful abuse she suffered, supporting...
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Darton man to run marathon as a viking
A DARTON man is hoping to raise £1,000 for Barnsley Hospice – by running the York Marathon in full Viking armour.
Paul Bedford, 57, is used to running long distances, but says he’s never faced a challenge quite like this one.
His wife Julie is currently attending sessions at the hospice, and Paul wanted to give something back to them.
He told the Chronicle: “I wanted to do something for Barnsley Hospice...
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Police appeal following aggravated robbery
A POLICE investigation is underway after an aggravated robbery led to a collision on the M1 near Barnsley.
On September 14, it is reported that a taxi driver picked a man and a woman up from Fothergill Drive in Doncaster to take them to Barnsley.
As the taxi driving was waiting at the lights at junction 33, one of the suspects got a knife and made the driver get out of the car,...
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Dan Jarvis launches new campaign
A LOCAL MP has launched a new campaign in a bid to improve Lundwood.
Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis announced the scheme - Love Lundwood - to celebrate all that’s good about the area.
He told the Chronicle: “As the local MP, I’ve always stood up for my constituents and represented the issues that matter most to them.
“From demanding more police on the streets to combat the scourge of antisocial behaviour,...
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Council partners with NHS to help parents
BARNSLEY Council has come together with the NHS to share lifesaving messages for parents.
The second annual ICON week aims to raise awareness of how newborn babies crying is normal.
Research suggests that some parents can lose control when a baby’s crying becomes too much.
Some go on to shake the baby with devastating consequences.
ICON is an evidence-based programme consisting of a series of brief interventions.
Coun Caroline Makinson,...
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Five fire crews tackle Thurnscoe blaze
FIVE fire crews attended a deliberate blaze at a derelict building in Thurnscoe on Sunday night.
Upon arrival on Houghton Road, at 6.05pm, crews from Dearne, Adwick, Edlington, Maltby and Parkway stations tackled the blaze.
They left the scene at 9pm.
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Fundraiser sees hundreds gather for young Carter
A FUNDRAISER in aid of a five-year-old who is battling cancer saw about 750 attend last weekend.
Carter Jones has a Wilms tumour – a rare childhood cancer which affects just 80 children every year – and subsequent scans have shown that the cancer has spread to Carter’s vena cava, the main vein to the heart.
A fundraising day was held at The Bridge Inn, Monk Bretton, organised by family friends Samantha Peacock...
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Foodbank appealing for public's help
A CHURCH-RUN foodbank’s volunteers have urged the public to donate to the cause to secure its long-term future.
Gateway Church’s foodbank, based on Mottram Street, opened in 2013 and has since provided meals to more than 15,000 in-need residents.
Due to staff shortages, volunteers are worried about the foodbank’s future, and are uncertain as to whether it will be able to remain open.
Pastor Mark Reasbeck said: “The foodbank has made a...
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Violence against women tackled in new strategy
A STATEMENT of ‘intent’ was signed by police in Barnsley yesterday in an attempt to stamp out cases of violence committed against females across the borough – which will result in more officers being tasked with dealing with growing issues.
The new initiative will support women and girls of Barnsley aged between 18 and 35 – creating ‘male upstanders rather than bystanders’ – and was launched by South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Dr...
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Celebration for Athersley nursery
A BARNSLEY nursery is celebrating after receiving a ‘good’ rating in its latest Ofsted report.
Lime Tree Nursery, based on Laithes Lane in Athersley, were inspected by Ofsted on July 27.
All four effectiveness ratings – the quality of education, behaviour, personal development and leadership – were marked good during the inspection.
The nursery, which has space for 90 children up to four, is a full-day care site.
During the inspection,...
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Children's memorial set to be unveiled
A MEMORIAL for almost a thousand stillborn babies and children is set to be unveiled next month after a tireless campaign to create a fitting tribute to their lives.
The shocking scale of the number of children buried in the public grave at Penistone-Stottercliffe cemetery was revealed last year by local man Richard Galliford, sparking local councillors to set up a fundraiser.
Donations flooded in and more than £7,000 was generated within weeks,...
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Fashion designer up for top award
FASHION designer Katie Newsam is in the running to be crowned the best-dressed lady in Yorkshire.
Katie, 34, from Shafton, won the best dressed lady title at Ladies’ Day at Doncaster Races earlier this month and is now in the final vying against the winners from the other eight race courses in Yorkshire.
The Doncaster title netted Katie £1,000, a clothing voucher as well as flowers and champagne and, should she win this...
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Council to be asked about plans to replace Woodland Drive homes
BARNSLEY Council will be grilled about their plans to replace the homes lost in the Woodland Drive fire next week.
At Thursday’s full council meeting, a question by Coun Peter Fielding, who represents the Dodworth ward, will raise the question of replacing the council houses on the street.
The fire, on Woodland Drive, Kingstone, began at 3.40pm on July 19 and left four homes destroyed with two more badly damaged.
A ‘major...

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