Barry Hines Memorial Statue Project - Billy Casper hanging from crossbar

Barry was a terrific writer Kestrel for a Knave being his most famous novel, turned into the film ‘Kes’ by director Ken Loach.  Sadly he died in 2016 terribly ravaged by Alzheimers – one of the cruellest of diseases.  Any excess of money made will be donated to dementia charities and relevant local causes.

January 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of the book.  An ideal time to start the project to build a statue in his honour 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, Dickie Bird, Victoria Wood statues amongst others).

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 over £1100 for appearing at Penistone Arts Week because he knew Barry and admired him and felt his loss greatly.

Please follow our progress on here, or on Twitter  (@BarryHinesStat1) 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 PayPal option here. Or please check out the DONATIONS page for how to send in a cheque

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 – please use the form on the main contact page or write to BarryHines50th@


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