Hi folks.  If you don’t know the name ‘Barry Hines’ who is one of Barnsley’s most famous sons… then one word ‘Kes’.  I can see your eyes light up with recognition.

Barry was a terrific writer – and an inspirational teacher.  He wrote some amazing works, Kestrel for a Knave being his most famous novel.  Sadly he died in 2016 terribly ravaged by Alzheimers – a very cruel disease.

January 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of the book.  An idea time to start the project to build this in bronze…





One of his ex-pupils, inspired by Barry to become a teacher  himself, Ronnie Steele had the idea of building a statue in honour of Barry.  A statue featuring the life-size, but very fragile, Billy Casper and his kestrel and our own Graham Ibbeson is the only sculptor to do it, no one else is better (famous for doing the Les Dawson, Eric Morecambe, Victoria Wood statues).

We need £106,000. We will raise this £1 at a time.  Obviously if you’re a business and want to give us a stack of cash, then feel free… but we are as grateful for any amount, because that takes us nearer to our goal.  The statue will stand in Barnsley and there can be no more fitting tribute to a man who was a mighty force in literature. Please help us.  Please be part of this community project.   You will own a little piece of it if you do – you will be able to say ‘I helped to build that for Barry.’  We were delighted to hear that Willy Russell recently donated his appearance fee of £1100 for appearing at Penistone Arts Week because he knew Barry and admired him and felt his loss greatly.

Please follow our progress on our website (which will soon be up and running)  www.barryhinesmemorial.com   Or on Twitter  BarryHinesStatue  And on Facebook – where we post details of fundraising events and news. Please let us know if you can contribute a raffle prize for one of our events or think you can help in any way.  Or know of any company who might wish to put in a large drop – or any money floating around for which we, as a group, may apply.

Should you wish to contribute a large or small amount… we have a crowdfunding page here

And a PayPal link  here

If you donate £10 or over, please contact us and we will send you a certificate in appreciation.

If you would like to contact the group – you are welcome to use my contact page or email: BarryHines50th@gmail.com