Man who tried to murder four children with a hammer to be sentenced today

A man who attempted to kill four young children by hitting them with a hammer and then crashing a car into a wall is to be sentenced.
Oxfam's water programme in Haiti before the charity became engulfed by scandal.

Jayne Dowle: Don’t stop giving to Oxfam, but demand radical change

THE scandal engulfing the Oxfam charity is desperately sad, but awfully inevitable. If you’ve ever found yourself in the company of the kind of people who make charitable work their career, you’ll recognise two distinct types.

Should pupils sit more exams?

Jayne Dowle: Increasing exam pressure on pupils is not the answer

IT’S half-term this week, which means only one thing in our house; how to persuade my Year 11 son to start revising in earnest for his GCSEs, which loom ever closer on the horizon. It’s not an easy task, for either of us.


The Barnsley pit village that may have been cradle of the Industrial Revolution

For years it was a pit village, an important cog on the wheel of coal that kept the West Riding turning.

Barnsley poet Ian McMillan

Pen poems with Bard of Barnsley at festival

THE ‘BARD of Barnsley’, poet Ian McMillan, will hold a poetry writing workshop for members of the public as part of the town’s literary festival.


It’s official: Paul Heckingbottom is the new man in charge at Leeds United

Leeds United have named Paul Heckingbottom as their new head coach on an 18-month contract.

Dickie Bird was a childhood friend of Manchester United hero Tommy Taylor who died in the Munich air disaster 60 years ago today.

Tommy Taylor: The Busby Babe from Barnsley who supped pints with Dickie Bird

THE 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster will be particularly poignant for legendary cricket umpire Dickie Bird.

Under the dryers at a Nottingham salon in 1996. Picture by Honey Salvadori.

Hair special: Celebrating salon culture with Andrew Barton (and win a haircut with him)

As an exhibition celebrating modern hairdressing opens in Barnsley, Andrew Barton talks to Stephanie Smith about his career and the culture of the salon. Plus win a hair make-over with Andrew later this month.

Justine Greening is the former Education Secretary.

Jayne Dowle: No science teacher since September - a parent’s perspective on Northern education

THIS Government is full of mysteries, but nothing is quite as perplexing as the loss of Justine Greening as Secretary of State for Education. No politician has been better placed to understand the concerns of parents, teachers and young people in our region than this Rotherham-born politician, the first Education Secretary to be taught entirely in the comprehensive system.

Dan Jarvis is the outstanding choice to be Labour's candidate in the Sheffield City Region election

The Yorkshire Post says: A true leader for Yorkshire – the special qualities of Dan Jarvis MP

THERE are few public figures in Yorkshire – or further afield – with the leadership qualities of Dan Jarvis.

It is intended the statue would be based on the character of Billy Casper and his kestrel Kes

Campaign to build 'Kes' statue in memory of Barry Hines takes flight in Barnsley

Fundraising has begun in an attempt to build a statue in memory of one of Yorkshire’s most famous authors in his home town of Barnsley. Chris Burn reports.

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis is bidding to become mayor of Sheffield City Region.

Dan Jarvis MP: Why I’m standing to be mayor of Sheffield City Region – exclusive column

SOUTH Yorkshire is entering a pivotal period in its development. The challenges posed by austerity, automation and post–Brexit uncertainty are huge.

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A flu outbreak is the latest challenge to confront the NHS.

Jayne Dowle: Too frightened to call for help from troubled NHS

I’VE just survived one of the worst weeks of my life. Still, I should count my blessings. Unlike 155 people so far in the UK, I’m still alive to recount the true horror of contracting Australian influenza.

Boris Johnson en rotue to this week's Cabinet meeting where he called for more funding for the NHS.

Jayne Dowle: Boris’s bluster on NHS won’t help as the cuts hit child health

IF Boris Johnson really wants to help the NHS, he could do worse than turn his attention to the latest report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

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Patrick Cryne

Barnsley FC in mourning after death of Patrick Cryne

Patrick Cryne has passed away, Barnsley FC confirmed on Monday morning.

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Patrick Cryne, right, pictured with former Barnsley player, Hugo Colace.

Tributes paid to Patrick Cryne from Barnsley fans

TRIBUTES have poured in from Barnsley fans following the death of Patrick Cryne, who owned the club for 14 years.

Barnsley FC

Aston Villa v Barnsley: Reds are talking way out of trouble

IT is good to talk – certainly as far as Barnsley are concerned.

Mike Ryal

Showbiz pals including Tony Christie attend funeral of South Yorkshire musical director Mike Ryal

Showbiz pals including singing legend Tony Christie and TV comedy veteran Tommy Cannon joined family and friends at a packed South Yorkshire church to say goodbye to former musical director Mike Ryal.
Jayne Dowle is still waiting for a smart meter to be fitted.

Jayne Dowle: So much for a smart plan for energy meters

I’VE heard of not having the “right” type of accent or even failing to wear the “right” kind of shoes, but until recently I had no idea that both my house and my gas and electricity arrangements are not fit for purpose.

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Ian McMillan: chapter and verse

When I first went to North Staffordshire Polytechnic in 1974 to ‘read’ (as they say on University Challenge) Modern Studies, it was quite a revelation to meet people from mysterious places like the Midlands and the South and the Far North. There was a curly-haired lad from Egremont in Cumbria, a place I’d never heard of, and there was somebody who came, as he memorably said on the first night of Freshers’ Week, ‘from a little manor just off the Mile End Road.’ I realised, almost straight away, that by ‘manor’ he didn’t mean ‘manor house’.

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