What was on in 2008

Local Events List
In 2008, Penistone Royal British Legion's club trip to Scarborough filled eight coaches, just like the old WMC days. Razzmatazz youth theatre group did well and spawned a senior section for mums and dads. The new James Bond film 'Quantum of Solace' showed on the general release day. Holmfirth and Huddersfield had big events for food and drink. Marsden had a Jazz festival and Birds Edge had its own festival. Nothing was rained off this year. Penistone Community Arts Festival was a new event for 2008 with performance and art events around town.

2008: Back Intro Page

Gala Crowd

Yorkshire Day

Reflection of parade crowd

Tuby's Funfair

A good pint

Milkmaid in Penistone Parade

Thurlstone Brass Band

Regal wave from mayoress

Cross crossing

Razzmatazz Banner

Sweet girlies

Cinema Ticket

Fairy Lights

Jan Tues 15th CAMRA Night - The Huntsman, Thurlstone 'Winter Pub of the Season'.
  Thurs 24th - Sat 2nd Feb. 'Snow White' Paramount. Panto from Penistone Theatre Group.
Feb Sat 9th 'Sharp Stories' Ian McMillan Orchestra, Paramount. First visit from the 'Bard of Barnsley'. (site1 site2)
  25/2/08 - 9/3/08 Fairtrade Fortnight - Various activities for developing countries.
Tradecraft stall in Community Centre every Market Day morning. (website)
March Sat 1st 'Fairtrade Fiesta', St Andrew’s. Live music, dance and magic. Lunch and refreshments. Fairtrade bevvies.
  • 10.30am Razzmatazz Community Youth Musical Theatre Group
  • 11.00am Suzanne Tomlinson, singer
  • 12 - 1 Nosh
  • 1.00pm Justin Middleton, magician
  • 1.45pm Organ Music
  • 2.30pm La Carpa Dancing School
  Sun 2nd Dave Cartwright’s Hartcliff Hill Charity Race, for Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association. (web diary)
  Fri 7th 'All Our Yesterdays' Paramount. Familiar song and dance numbers themed for each decade (website).
  Sat 8th Millhouse Green MVC Celebrity Concert, Paramount (I hope it's not Ant & Dec)
  Sun 9th St. Patrick's Parade, Huddersfield - so it is. Parade floats, Majorettes, disco, Irish pipe band and ceilidh, Irish dancers to be sure an all, fancy dress, fun, big 'orror. (website)
  Tues 11th - Sat 15th 'The King and I' Paramount. Penistone Centre Stage musical.
  Thurs 27th - Mon 31st Roger Tuby's Funfair on the Showground (Website)
April Thurs 3rd - Sun 6th French Continental Market New St. Huddersfield. With a bit of Dutch and German thrown in. Always worth a look. French cheese for American monkeys.
  Weds 16th 'Virgin Vie' Rafters Bar Wagon & Horses. Ladies' beauty products get-together. (VV. website)
  Fri 18th 'Sleeping Beauty' Vienna Festival Ballet. Paramount 2.30pm and 7.30pm.
May Fri 2th - Sun 4th Italian Market, Holmfirth Market Hall. Look for the waving arms.
  Mon 5th - Family day, 10am - 4pm. Scout Dike Activity Centre. Open day introducing this outdoor pursuits school, with lots of activities. (Kingswood Website)
  Thurs 9th - Sat 11th Holmfirth Folk Festival (Website)
  Sat 10th 'Tea by the Sea', Pennine Sailing Club open day in aid of 'Sail4cancer', noon - 4pm, Winscar reservoir, Dunford Bridge. Tea and cakes and the chance of a sail. Don't do as I once did and capsize the boat. (Website)
  Sun 25th 'Full Circle' 7pm. Live music at the Old Crown.
  Mon 26th (Spring Bank holiday) Family Fun Day - Cubley Hall. Face painting, music, bouncy kids and fun. (Website)
June Fri 6th 'A Night for Maria' 7pm Paramount. Jill Brooks' Dancing School.
  Sat 7th 'Proms in the Park' 1.30pm, Showground with LB Brass, Razzmatazz and Churches together.
  Sat 7th Rock Concert 7.30pm, Showground. With 'Acoustic Angels' and 'Tush', Licenced bar. (Website)
  Sun 8th Penistone Mayor's Parade. Theme was 'Fashion through the Ages.'
  Sun 8th Penistone Gala, Showground. Stuntman, dogs, Knights of the Crusade, fairground, beer tent, crafts, stalls, Dismal Dearne, classic cars and lots of family fun. (Round Table website)
  Sat 14th Honley Show Farnley Moor, Thurstonland Road, Farnley Tyas. It didn't rain. (Website)
  Sun 15th Well Dressing Ceremony - the only one in Yorkshire. Next to the White Hart. Theme is Children’s Literature. With the very well-dressed Thurlstone Brass Band.
  Penistone Church Events for 'St. John's tide' (put a shell to your ear and let it wash over you):
  • Tues 17th - St. John Singers, 7.30pm - £5 including holy wine to improve the experience
  • Sat 21st - Gift Day, 10am to 3pm - PGS Samba Band procession 10am, stalls, tower, Junior School art, food 11.30am
  • Sat 28th - Junior Schools' Concert, 7pm free entry, refreshments available
  • Sun 29th - Vicarage Tea Party, 2pm to 5pm, games, stalls and strawberry teas to buy, free entry
  Fri 20th & Sat 21st 'Alien to Us' 7pm, and 'The Secret Rooster' 7.45pm, Paramount. Thespian nippers. £7 for both plays.
World Premier by Penistone Theatre Group Juniors.
  Sat 21st to Sat 28th Bradfield Festival of Music. (Website)
  Sat 28th The People's Prom, Greenhead Park, Hudds. Huddersfield Choral Society give a free concert (Website)
July Sat 5th - Sun 6th Midhopestones Village Charity Gala 2008. Just by the old 'Club Inn'. (now the Mustard Pot eatery). This event was flooded out last year. (Website)
  Sat 5th South Yorkshire Festival - Wortley Hall, from noon. Parking £1. Family fun day. (Website)
  Sun 6th Vintage Car Rally - Wortley Hall, from noon. (Website)
  Fri 11th Born to Run 7.30pm - Springsteen tribute band see Birdsedge Festival below.
  Sat 12th Birdsedge Festival - starts noon for an afternoon of plenty happening. 7pm Evening concert See website (website).
  Sat 12th Huddersfield Caribbean Carnival, from Town Hall, Huddersfield. (Website)
  Sun 13th Children's Day and Workshops - bring your overalls. Part of Birdsedge Festival, see above
  Sun 13th - Sun 20th Penistone's First Community Arts Festival week. Sights, artistic displays and sounds from local groups to whet the imagination. (Yes, it is spelt 'whet' - it means 'to sharpen', not 'wet' which means 'to dampen'.)
  • Weds 16th - Fri 18th, Art Exhibition in Penistone Church 1pm - 5pm each day.
  • Weds 16th - Sat 19th 'The Wiz' (-ard of Oz), 7.15pm Paramount. Razzmatazz's upbeat version of the classic.
  • Tues 15th An Evening Concert by Penistone Centre Stage Musicals at Penistone Church.
  • Weds 16th Open Console - by the Organ Trust, Noon - 4pm, St. Andrews.
  • Thurs 17th Lunchtime Organ Concert with Kevin Grunhill, 1pm, St. Andrews.
  • Fri 18th Open Afternoon Penistone Community Centre.
  • Sat 19th 3 Choirs Concert, 7.30pm in Penistone Church. A musical evening presented by
    Bolsterstone MVC, Millhouse Green MVC and Penistone Ladies' Choir
    . (which was sold out several days before)
  • Sat 19th 'The Wiz' 2.15pm and 7.15pm (details above).
This website was first to announce it in 2007. (PDCP website)
  Tues 29th The British Legion Club Trip - Eight coaches to Scarborough this year. Non-members came too.
Aug Fri 1st 'Yorkshire Day' celebrated at Guisborough this year (Redcar council), with over 250 mayors and council officials.
  Sat 2nd The 90th Emley Show - still the 90th and not the 91st as previously advertised, seeing as last year's 90th show was cancelled through flooding. Note the new location. (Website)
  Sat 10th Cannon Hall Country Fair 10.30am - 4pm. Arts and crafts, kids activities, traditional entertainment.
Sept Sat 6th Victorian Soiree - 7pm. Music in Penistone Church. Entry by ticket only - £10 inc. buffet.
  Sat 13th The 136th Penistone Show. (see my Show page)
  Sat 13th Wortley Top Forge - Open Day, 11am - 4pm. Steam machines, water wheels and ancient machinery.
New this year: nature trail and great-grandma doing her washing. (Also visit www.heritageopendays.org)
  Sun 14th Hoylandswaine Nail Forge - A rare Open Day, 11am - 4pm (also see www.heritageopendays.org)
  18th - 21st Roger Tuby's Funfair, Showground - Print the discount vouchers (Website)
  Sun 21st Thurlstone Brass Band 1.30pm in the White Heart car park.
Oct Fri 10th- Sun 12th Marsden Jazz Festival - various venues. (website)
  Fri 10th- Sat 11th Variety Show - Penistone Theatre Group
  Sat. 25th Ghost story Evening (for adults) - 7.30pm Rafters Bar, The Wagon and Horses, Oxspring. Local author Allyson Bird and assorted writer friends, including Gary McMahon. (very successful for a first effort)
Nov Sat 8th Bonfire Night 6.45pm on the Showground, £3 adults.
  Weds 26th - Sat 29th Razzmatazz present Sweeney Todd - Paramount 7.15pm each night (also 2.15pm Sat) Adults £9.
  Sun 9th Remembrance Parade to Penistone Church, service of remembrance. Usual time and place.
To commemorate those who gave their lives in defence of our country.
  Sun 23rd Yorkshire Films: Yorkshire Stories - Paramount Cinema 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm and 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm. £3 entry.
A programme of archive films that capture life in Barnsley and South Yorkshire over the past 100 years. (website)
  Thurs 27th - Sun 30th Art at the Altar, Penistone Church. See Visit Penistone.

Christmas Events in Penistone Church:

  • Mon 1st - Advent Carols 7.30pm
  • From Fri 5th - Christmas Tree decorated by local schools and organisations, also see below.
  • Sat 6th - Charity Carol Singing, 10.15am
  • Sun 7th - Carol Service with local Freemasons, 6pm
  • Mon 8th - Carol Service with the Scouts, 6.45pm
  • Tues 9th - Centre Stage Musical - see below
  • Sat 13th - Christmas Dinner at noon (that's 'lunch', if you are from the south)
  • Sun 14th - Civic Service with the Mayor, 6pm
  • Mon 15th - Carol Service with PGS singists, 7pm
  • Thurs 18th - Christmas Concert with St. John's Juniors, 2pm
  • Christmas Eve (Weds) - Christingle Service, 6.30pm
  • Christmas Eve (Weds) - Midnight Mass, starts 11.30pm
  • Christmas Day (Thurs) Eucharist, 10am
  • Sun 28th Christmas Musical 'The Inn Crowd', 4.30pm
  Sat 6th Christmas Lights turned on 4pm, Outside Penistone Church. Much singing and jollity.
  Sat 6th Grand Christmas Concert - Shat (aka Skelmanthorpe) Band and Bolsterstone MVC, Paramount 7.15pm.
  Tues 9th An Evening of Christmas Carols and Readings - Penistone Centre Stage Musical Theatre, Penistone Church 7pm.
For more information of this theatre group, call 01226 763597 or 01226 370121.
  Sun 21st - Christmas Quiz Night at the British Legion. Members must present a current membership card at the door.
  Sun 28th Storm Bringer - Live band played its last gig ever at the Old Crown after a 12-year run. (Website)

Christmas in Penistone
These pictures show die-hard Carol Singers hiding under their brollies at a very rainy Farmers' Market, with the Mayor and consort cheering them on. The lower pictures are from Steve Baumber's highly trimmed up house (Baumsville) in Shelley Close, with another group of locals braving sub-zero temperatures to hold a house party. They were accompanied by some Sheffield musicians. An ITV news-gathering unit turned up with Gaynor Barnes and it went out live on 'Calendar'.

Carol Singing in the RainThe Mayor and Consort
Fairy LightsBaumbsvilleGaynor Barnes

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