Gullies cleared by extra Barnsley workers
COUNCIL bosses have deployed extra staff to clear gullies across the borough this week ahead of severe flooding warning.
Three crews from Barnsley Council usually clean the gullies on a cycle every day Monday to Friday, except when called away on gritting duties.
There are more than 50,000 roadside gullies across Barnsley’s road network.
A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “This week we’ve deployed extra staff to make sure extra gully cleaning takes place in areas prone to flooding.
“Keeping gullies clear helps us reduce flood risk so it is important not to park cars over them.
“Thanks to all residents who think about this when they park their cars.
“Please note, if you look down through a grate into a gully, it is normal to see water. This is similar to the ‘u bend’ in a toilet or the trap under a sink and acts like a plug to stop smells coming up.
“Only when the water reaches the grate is there an indication of a problem.”
Travel company step in for the vaccine
A TRAVEL company that doesn't want people to miss their appointment is offering free journeys to those unable to get to their coronavirus vaccine.
Yorkshire Rose, based on Dodworth Road, will provide the service.
The driver will pick the residents up from their home address, take them for the jab, and return them home afterwards.
A spokesperson for Yorkshire Rose said: “All we ask in return is that you respect social distancing on our minibus and wear a face mask to protect the team.
“This service is available to anyone who lives in the Barnsley area subject to availability.
“Most of our team are sat around doing nothing and it’s driving us all mad.
“We are doing this because we care and in times like this, we all need to pull together and help each other out.
“What better way for the Yorkshire Rose to help out than to do what we do best, transport.”
Accidental bungalow fire in Carlton
MULTIPLE fire crews from Cudworth, Barnsley and Tankersley stations were called out to a bungalow fire in Carlton yesterday evening.
Firefighters arrived at 9.55pm (January 18) to tackle the blaze on Ridgeway Crescent.
The fire was accidental and caused by a fault to the electric supply at the bungalow.
There were no casualties and the fire was put out by 2.25am.
Elsewhere that night, firefighters from Barnsley station were called to a rubbish fire in Royston at 11.45pm.
The team tackled the blaze on Boulder Bridge Lane, which is believed to have started accidentally.
The team left at 1.10am.
Police help offer support with domestic abuse helplines
AS many of us now face spending more time at home, South Yorkshire Police have reached out to encourage anyone to seek help if home is no longer a safe space.
The force has released a list of local helplines to aid anyone who is living with domestic violence.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “If you're already living with domestic abuse, then the restrctions put in place while the government tries to slow the spread of the virus have probably left you fearful of being isolated in the house with your abuser and as if there is nowhere to go for help.
“You may not be able to see friends and family who usually support you, and some of the places where you go for hep or treatment may be closed or offering a reduced service.”
While some domestic abuse support lines are not offering face-to-face meetings, many provide help and advice over the phone.
To contact the Barnsley Independent Domestic Abuse Service phone 03000 11010.
For the Natioal LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline phone 0800 9995428, and for the Men's Advice Line contact 0808 8010327.
"Still attend screening appointments" urges hospital
STAFF at the hospital are urging people not to forget about cancer screening appointments, even during the pandemic.
Barnsley Hospital tweeted in support of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, which runs throughout this week and aims to help people to reduce the risk of cervical cancer and find out how to get screened for it.
Despite the lasting effects of the pandemic, staff want to remind the public to continue to attend the vital appointments – which could help detect cancer early.
A spokesperson for the hospital said: “We understand that we are in uncertain times, but we can't stress enough how important it is to attend your screening appointments when you are invited.”
Have you seen this man?
POLICE have launched an appeal to help find a man wanted in connection to a violent crime on Christmas Day in Barnsley.
Barnsley officers are searching for Ricky Taylor, 35, following an incident involving harassment, assault and criminal damage.
Ricky has a tattoo of the letter ‘C’ and ‘Ricky’ on his neck as well as the initials ‘RJ’ on the back of his neck.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “He has several tattoos on his arms including a fish surrounded by plants, the words ‘Dad, and ‘King’ on his left arm and ‘Ricky’, a Celtic band and ‘Mam’ on his right arm.
“He also has a cross tattooed on the ring finger of his right hand.
“Ricky is believed to have connections to the Balby area of Doncaster as well as Thurnscoe and Mapplewell in Barnsley.”
If you see Ricky, call 999 or pass the information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Quote incident number 487 of December 25, 2020 when passing on information.
Care home manager has helped to protect all of her residents
A CARE home manager who battled through a short illness to care for her residents has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award after not having a single positive coronavirus result at the home.
Lynsey Walker, the manager at Saxondale Nursing Home, made the decision to close the home two weeks before the first national lockdown was announced in March.
The 44-year-old, from Thurnscoe, believes the reason why there are no coronavirus cases at the home is the effort and determination of the team.
“There are no words to describe how difficult, challenging and heartbreaking this year has been,” Lynsey said.
“When we received the initial information about the virus – it was almost like panic mode. My main priority was making sure our residents were safe.
“I made the decision to close the home before the lockdown. This was putting my job on the line, but I have a care of duty to those I care for.
“We have since adhered to strict regulations and measures throughout which has luckily worked well for us.
“I can’t thank my team enough for the sacrifices they have made. When the world stayed apart, we all pulled together.
“I could not have been more proud of our entire team. I couldn’t have got through this without them.”
Earlier this year, Lynsey had to have a vital operation, but was adamant it wouldn’t stop her.
“In August, I had heart surgery so was in pain for a while. I was advised by my doctors not to return until I had recovered properly.
“But I couldn’t have sat there after the year we all have had, so was eager to get back to the home and to my residents.
“Together we’ve kept more than 25 residents Covid-free and all of our staff continually test negative as well. We hope that this continues.”
Thanks to her dedication, Lynsey has been nominated in the Exceptional Achievement category at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.
She added: “I’m really emotional about this. You often think you’re just doing your best but to be acknowledged is amazing.
“This is for the entire team and our residents.”
College students help give furniture new lease of life
CONSTRUCTION students from Barnsley College helped to upcycle a range of furniture for Barnsley Hospice.
The furniture was provided from the hospice's Dodworth distribution centre and the students put their skills to the test to transform the selection of tables, stools, and cabinets.
The finished products will be on sale to the public from the centre on the Fall Bank Industrial Estate.
Matthew Egginton, program manager for construction, said: “This has been an exciting community project for our students, we gave them free reign to showcase their artistic expression.
"In doing so, they have transformed broken and worn-down household items into vibrant furnishings.”
Men urged to speak up about their mental health
Today is Blue Monday – known as the most depressing day of the year – and a support group wants to encourage more men across the borough to speak up about their mental health.
Men Utd holds weekly online sessions which allow men to speak about their mental health and other worries they may have.
Suicide still remains the biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK, which is something Men Utd want to help combat within the town.
A spokesperson for the group said: “Our online men's group is a supportive and friendly place.
“We offer weekly Zoom meetings which are peer-led.”
If you would like to know more about Men Utd, email Jeff Platts on firstname.lastname@example.org
Flood warning in effect after snow
RESIDENTS are urged to be aware as a flood warning is in place following last weekend's snowfall.
As the snow has melted, river levels have risen and there is a flood alert in place for parts of the River Don.
A period of heavy rain is also expected tonight (January 18) which could help drive up river levels further.
A spokesperson for the government’s Flood Information Service said: “As the ground is saturated and river levels elevated, we are monitoring the situation closely and will be assessing whether we need to issue flood warnings from Tuesday onwards.
“Our operational staff will be out today checking our flood defences and clearing screens ahead of the rainfall.
“Please stay away from low lying roads, which may be flooded. Be aware of standing water which may make driving conditions hazardous.”
Residents who live in low-lying areas are being urged to be more aware of river levels and to make flood preparations where necessary.
Tot, three has a lucky escape after driver swerved to avoid roadworks
A MOTHER was distraught after her three-year-old son was knocked over by a car that mounted a kerb to avoid roadworks in Grimethorpe.
Joanne Merritt, from Grimethorpe, has hit out at the ongoing reckless driving at a roadworks site on Brierley Road.
The works, which started in the area on New Year’s Eve following a burst water pipe, led to congested traffic in the area.
The 33-year-old, who was out on a walk with two of her sons and partner Matt Fox, was shocked to see a car – said to be being driven by a woman – heading towards them on the pavement.
She said: “We were walking down the pavement and saw someone heading towards us.
“They literally mounted the full kerb and came straight towards us. My partner had to shout and tell them to watch themselves.
“I managed to get my middle son out the way but my little one, Frankie, was walking in front.
“He tried to get out of the way but he got hit by the wing mirror.
“He was very scared and shaken by this – it was a massive shock to all of us.
“My partner tried to stop the driver but she continued to head towards him, too.
“She squashed him between a fence and her car and just drove off. She didn’t have a care in the world at all.”
Morrisons Utility, the firm that carried out the work on behalf of Yorkshire Water, installed further safety measures during the week to try and deter drivers disregarding the road closure and alternate routes.
A spokesperson said: “We are sorry to learn of the alleged incident involving a member of the public on Breirly Road, Grimethorpe.
“The road closure was in place during essential network maintenance that was being undertaken in the area.
“This work began on December 31 and was successfully completed on January 7.
“Throughout this period, the site was fully compliant with the appropriate signage, lighting and guarding in place to make the road closure and corresponding diversion clear to local residents and passing motorists.
“Incidents such as this show how important it is for motorists and pedestrians to follow our signage in order to keep themselves and our people safe.”
College raises £943
STAFF and students at Barnsley College have teamed up to raise almost £1,000 for a local radio station’s fundraising campaign which aims to improve the lives of children and young people across the region.
The Cash for Kids initiative, set up by Hallam FM, supports those who are affected by poverty, neglect, illness or have additional needs in South Yorkshire, and all money that is raised stays in the local area.
The college managed to raise a total of £943 for the programme, with each department fundraising in a different way – beauty students had a Christmas jumper day, foundation learning students held a raffle and childcare students hosted a virtual movie night.
Melinda Schofield, station director at Hallam FM, said: “This year when looking for commercial partners for our Cash for Kids initiative, Barnsley College came on board immediately and wanted to work with the team to help support the children of South Yorkshire.
“Having worked closely with them on many other campaigns historically and even more closely having to adapt through the Covid-19 crisis we knew they had a great understanding of the importance of local charity and would fully get behind supporting us at Hallam FM.”
Resurfacing works will begin tomorrow near Monk Bretton
ROADWORKS will begin next week in the Monk Bretton area as road resurfacing works will be carried out.
The works will affect Burton Road, from Byron Drive to Cliffe Lane and from Newlyn Drive to Cliffe Lane and will begin from tomorrow (January 18).
They are set to last for six weeks and will be carried out in a mixture of day and night work.
Day work will take place from January 18 to February 7 as the crossroads at Burton Road and Rotherham Road will b affected, and the carriageway from Byron Drive will be resurfaced.
Temporary traffic lights will be in place from 9.30am to 3.30pm on weekdays, and from 7am to 3.30pm on Sundays.
From February 7 to February 28, Burton Road will be closed to traffic between Newlyn Drive and Cliffe lane as the carriageway will be resurfaced.
Access to properties will be maintained.
If you have any queries contact email@example.com.
New rail timetable introduced
COMMUTERS travelling by train may have to alter their commute times as a new rail timetable comes into effect from tomorrow.
Northern Rail announced that the changes would be made in response to lockdown changes.
A spokesperson from Northern Rail said: “If you choose to travel by train, please travel safe.
“You must wear a face covering on board the train and in the station (unless a medical condition or disability prevents you), try to avoid busy times varying your usual travel times to prevent crowding and check the times of your journey before you travel.”
To view the updated Monday-Saturday timetable, click here.
To view the upated Sunday timetable, click here.
"Don't abandon your car in snow" urge police
SOUTH Yorkshire Police are urging drivers to be considerate of where they leave their cars in adverse weather after they found several abandoned after yesterday's snow.
Throughout the past 24 hours, the police have dealt with a combination of collisions and vehicles that have been abandoned – sometimes both.
The appeal comes after a Volkswagen was found on the central barrier at Dearne Valley Parkway.
The car was left unlocked and facing oncoming traffic – something the police said could have caused an accident.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “We understand that lots of people found themselves stuck in motoring situations they didn’t want to be in over the last day, but if you need help, particularly if it means your car is left looking it’s part of the aftermath of some Hollywood action film, please let us know.
“We have been busy, but we will always do our best to help. Even if you just leave a note in the window. At least then we know you are ok and in one piece, and where to contact you about your car if we need to.”
Police warn to stay vigilant as vehicle theft continues...
POLICE in Wombwell have urged residents to lock their doors at all time - following a car theft in the area after keys were stolen from a home.
Barnsley South police officers have reported that on January 8 at around 9.10pm, a vehicle was stolen from John Street after getting access to the keys from an unlocked rear door.
The car was found the following day a few streets away.
Now, police have issued a reminder to residents to keep doors locked at all times - even during the day.
A spokesperson for the team said: “Please do not think that it will never happen to you.
“Unfortunately a ‘sneak in’ burglary is a common method used by offenders and can easily be prevented if residents take simple steps.
“Similarly, during these cold icy mornings, please do not leave vehicles unattended whilst the engine is running and the windscreen de-icing etc.
“Offenders are always on the lookout for such easy targets. Please do not be their next victim.
“Enquiries are ongoing into the above offence.
“Should any person have information regarding this offence please call 101 and quote 14/13528/21.”
Children's charity shop receives nasty donation
A WOMBWELL charity shop set up in memory of a little girl who died of cancer had a nasty surprise this week after they thought they had received more than ten bags of donations – but they turned out to be full of dirty nappies and rotting food.
Briony’s Gift, on High Street, aims to provide gifts for seriously ill children in hospital, and was set up by parents Meayla and Darron Woodward after the death of their three-year-old daughter Briony in 2007 from neuroblastoma.
This week a number of black bin bags were left in their donations section outside the store and were at first thought to be donations, but upon a closer look Meayla realised they were bags of fly-tipped rubbish.
She said: “Over the weekend I arrived at the shop and I saw that there were ten bags and I thought they were donations, so before I went in I checked them it and it was full of dirty nappies and rubbish.
“I posted it on our Facebook page and then when I arrived at the shop today someone had done the same thing and we have to go and dump all the rubbish ourselves.
“For me this is personal because the shop is in memory of my daughter so there isn’t a head office – we have to deal with everything internally.”
In a year where Meayla has been unable to fundraise due to Covid restrictions, she says implementing CCTV is now a must though it is a cost they could do without.
“It’s tough enough as it is without people doing things like this because we’ve been unable to fundraise this year due to Covid,” she added.
“The people who dump at our shop must think they’ve got it made because no one bats and eyelid because they look like donations.
“We are going to get CCTV but it’s another cost that we could do without.”
Superjam set to take to the online stage
A BARNSLEY social group which was forced to take its monthly tea party events online due to coronavirus concerns is hosting its latest Facebook event tomorrow.
The monthly Great Get Together and Superjam events, which focus on helping people across the borough to socialise, had to cancel the sixth anniversary event which was due to be held at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth, in August.
Instead organiser Kathy Markwick took the event to Facebook so that people wouldn’t miss out.
There will be live entertainment from singer Jessica Mary Brett to help raise funds in honour of Macmillan’s 30th anniversary.
The online celebration will start on Sunday (January 17) from 2pm on Jessica Mary Brett’s Facebook page.
Barnsley babies born in December
BARNSLEY Hospital has revealed that more than 220 babies were born last month with more than half of the newborns being boys.
The midwifery unit at the hospital reveal monthly figures detailing the different types of births throughout the month.
The team reported that 226 women gave birth throughout December, with the busiest days being December 3 and December 21 where 11 babies were born on each day.
There were more boys born than girls, with 117 compared to 111.
During December, there were four water births, one home birth, and two sets of twins were born.
The heaviest baby weighed 11 pounds, whereas the smallest was born two pounds and eight ounces.
Bus driver makes journey go smoothly
A BUS driver from Kendray has been nominated for a Proud of Barnsley award for his kindness by making disabled youngsters smile whilst driving to Greenacre School every single day during the pandemic.
Adam Wiggan, of Colley Crescent, works for Wyatt Coaches and drives students to the school, on Keresforth Hill Road, and back every day.
During his trips to school, the 35-year-old dons a variety of costumes to cheer the students up – which he believes is most important during the pandemic.
“It’s been a tough year for everyone but especially for the group of students who may not like change,” Adam said.
“I felt it was my job to make the transition to school as smooth and as fun as possible which hopefully I did.
“I absolutely love my job and the kids I see every single day. If I have to wear a silly wig and dress up like Santa to make them smile, then it’s the least I can do.
“We always try to have fun the best we can, so I’m always singing and chatting away which I hope they enjoy. I absolutely love it.
“Hopefully, it helped kick-start the day in a positive way for our coaches. I can’t wait to think of more costumes to surprise them in the future.”
Adam’s selflessness has landed him a nomination in the Children’s Champion category at this year’s Proud of Barnsley awards.
“I’m completely overwhelmed by this nomination. It’s completely unexpected but a really amazing surprise.
“I feel like I’m just doing my job so to be recognised for it, is wonderful.
“It’s all down to our amazing kids and their parents who have been brilliant throughout this difficult time.”