What's on in the Penistone Area - 2018

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This Events List is updated most days (new entries highlighted) but you might re-load the page to see the updates. Sorry this website is not optimised for mobile devices, having started before they were invented. Please note that errors are possible (and likely) on this page. No responsibility is accepted by JB for inconvenience or consequential loss.

For more What's On, see: Visit Penistone, We are Penistone (Facebook), 'Where Can We Go?', Event Goat, Look Local, Penistone FM (Facebook), Holmfirth Events, Kirklees, BMBC 'Things to Do', and Penistone Community Centre. Given time, Love Penistone (Facebook) shows promise. The Events Intro page has previous years, waffle, guff, etc.


area mapNotable 2018 Events

Penistone Town Hall - 'The Paramount'
Panistone can be proud of its theatre which opened in 1914 as Penistone Town Hall ('and Council Rooms'). It was built as a theatre, dance hall and assembly hall with a stage, balcony, proscenium arch, sprung dance floor and 500-seat capacity. It became a 'Picture Palace' in 1915 with short, silent films accompanied by piano. Now called 'The Paramount', Penistone Town Hall was described in its opening ceremony as "Penistone's Coliseum" and "An attraction for miles around." Our public hall has lived up to all expectations and been in continuous service ever since. (See Town Hall History).

Now called the 'Paramount' after its cinema organ, Penistone Town Hall Cinema continues to entertain the public with a full calendar of films, tribute bands, plays, comedy shows, organ concerts, pantomimes and satellite-relayed plays. Please see their website for the latest news, Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).

Dodgy Charities
There are 'good causes' and there are 'charities.' Beware of any 'charity' events which do not declare who benefits from them or fail to name the organiser. 'Proper' charities are registered with the Charity Commission, where the public can find the declared purpose of each charity, names of trustees and perhaps the accounts.

PACT Meetings
These are monthly evening meetings where Police meets public ('Police and Communities Together') 7pm on the first Thursday of each month. Venues alternate between Pendon House (August and October) and Penistone Community Centre (July, September and November). These public meetings are rarelt advertised but are under threat if not enough people attend the meetings. See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley.'


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August    September - October - November - December - (Calendar).
This Month Yorkshire Day celebrates 'God's Own County', there are usually some local pub events, etc. A large event with thousands of visitors will be Wortley Hall's South Yorkshire Festival. Then Emley Show will prepare us for Penistone Show in September.
All Aug School Holidays - Continuing this month until they return on Monday 3rd September. Usually there are plenty of local activities, if you keep an eye on this Events List. Take a look at 'Things to do in Barnsley' on Trip Advisor and Sporting Penistone (Penistone Leisure Centre). The Paramount will have films for the younger ones, listen to 24/7 Event Line on 76 2004. The next school holiday will be at the end of October. See BMBC School Calendar.
Weds 1st
Yorkshire Day. Yorkshire people celebrate God's Own County on this day and by flying the Yorkshire flag. Ripon has been chosen for the celebrations this year but Penistone had its turn in 2006, with a parade of mayors, dignitaries and officials from all over the county, followed by a packed church service on a mid-week, rainy day. Oxspring Parish Council will fly the Yorkshire flag on their village flagpole. Y Ridings, YD Facts, Wiki. See also the Penistone Yorkshire Day 2006 page.
  ,,   ,, Good Cause Coffee Morning - Yorkshire Day, 11am to 2pm, Co-op Funeral Parlour, Park Avenue. Refreshments for sale include tea, coffee, buns, cakes and biscuits. There will also be a 'Guess the weight of the cake' competition, with the nearest guess winning the cake. Proceeds to Penistone Gateway Club (Facebook) for people with learning and physical difficulties.

'This means so much to us, as you all know we run entirely on donations, and sometimes trying to get ourselves out there at shows and galas has a cost to it. These generous offers of donations are what keeps us going as a group. So please guys, if you're in the area, call in and grab a coffee and cake, and dig deep into those wonderful pockets. As always, thank you from us all.'
  ,,   ,, No History Group Talk Today - Which are on the first and third Wednesday of each month except August. Next one is Wednesday 5th September. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs - Sun
2nd to 5th
The Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival - Thurs 2nd, 11am to 9pm; Fri 3rd and Sat 4th, 10am to 10pm; Sun 5th, 10.30am to 5.30pm, mostly St George's Square, Huddersfield. Highly-recommended and we can go by train from Penistone (Timetable) and grab a beer. Four days of more than 100 stalls, with a wide range of take-away food and confectionary, real ales, ciders and cookery demonstrations. Sponsors confirmed for 2018: The Boston Shakers, Spicy Kitchen Ltd., Piggie Smalls Hotdog Co. Just Jenny's Farmhouse Ice Cream, Black Dog wine agency, Smokin Blues, Irvin Confectionary, Yorkshire Hot Dog, Twisted Mojito Cocktail & Bar Hire, Burger Company, The Bosun's Brewing Co Ltd., Simply Wood Fired, Ryan Jepson Cheeses, Senor Churro, The Big Red Oven, Armitage Bridge Club, Gringos Mexican barbecue smokehouse, Byram Street Ltd - Zeph, Empire Brewing, Bella Paella, The Local Wine Company Ltd., Little Chilli and 'FOOD4FESTIVAL'. The 2016 festival attracted over 100,000 people and, in 2017, more than 125,000 people. Hudds F&D Fest (Facebook) and Huddersfield Examiner.
Thurs 2nd Children's Reading - 12.30pm to 1.30pm, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Free for children aged 5 to 11 years, booking required, call the Library on 76 2313. The 'Therapy Dogs' poster says: 'Come and read to Therapy Dog 'Lumi' or have a story read to you. For all children aged 5 to 11 who wish to increase their confidence in reading.' Children are encouraged to interact with the Therapy Dog by reading them a story. This encourages the children to communicate and feel comfortable around the dog. The Therapy Dog is a good listener, never judges or criticises but just wags his tail, giving a natural and simple opportunity to help them improve their literary skills and behaviour in a calm, relaxed way by interacting with the dog. Lumi will return to Penistone Library on these Thursdays: 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th August. Formed in 2016, 'Therapy Dogs Nationwide' (TDN) is a Registered Charity (no. 1167622) run by volunteers to provide various programmes involving their own temperament-tested Therapy Dogs. Volunteers cover Schools, Special Needs Schools, Hospitals, Hospices, Nursing Homes, Care centres and Prisons. See also Penistone Library (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. A monthly public meeting on the first Thursday of each month, between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents ('Police and Communities Together'), where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. Please note that the venue alternates between the Community Centre and Pendon House. This one was inferred from the previous one being scheduled for Pendon House (old people's residence). See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley.'
Fri 3rd Information Drop-in Session - Penistone Community Centre, Church Street, S36 6AR. This is the first of a series of monthly drop-in sessions on the first Thursday of each month, providing information on all manner of things, such as transport, local groups, benefits, etc. You will collect plenty of leaflets and, possibly, some free samples. I obtained a carton of soup at one of them. The poster refers to Barnsley AgeUK, the U3A and the sessions are funded by Penistone Area Council, aka 'The Penistone Team.'
  ,,   ,, Friday Forum - 8.45pm to 9.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This is for Penistone RBL members to discuss any aspect of the management of the club and offer useful and constructive suggestions. Opinions, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and complaints will be welcomed and valued and passed on to the full management committee for consideration as necessary. Friday forums are on the first Friday of each month at this time. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, Mike Lynskey (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Friday night turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Mike appears to be quite the showman, described on the poster as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist: guitars, mouth organ, tin whistle, saxophone, musical saw, and possibly the baked bean tin and the shovel guitar. Penistone RBL.
Sat 4th Emley's 100th Agricultural Show - Aim for Emley Moor TV mast(s) and you are there. Tickets: Adults (16 yrs +) advance tickets £8 (up to 3rd August) or £10 on Show day; Children under 16 yrs, Free (accompanied by an adult). Advance tickets may be purchased from Wyevale Garden Centre, Shelley or Emley Food and Wine Store, Emley. Emley Show is over 120 years old, with the first show held in 1893. It will have two new prestigious qualifying classes in the horse section this year. 'Re-training of Racehorses' (RoR) are sponsoring both the 'RoR Open in Hand' Class 39a and the 'RoR Amateur Ridden' Class 42 with terrific prize money and rosettes. The class-winning handler or rider will receive an exclusive RoR jacket. Meirion Owen’s sheep dog and duck demonstrations (the Quack Pack) will showcase the amazing talents of border collies and the communication between handler and dog. Northern Racing College will bring their fully-equipped training van and ever-popular Equisiser (Horse Simulator).  There will be a bigger poultry section than usual. Xtreme Stunts will show their dare-devil stunt and bike skills. There is better grandstand seating this year next to the main arena. All parking is free with the main area accessed from Westfield Lane, Emley. Emley Show is organised by Emley Agricultural Society. For more information, please call the EA Soc Secretary on (mobile) 0773 667 7700.
  ,,   ,, Charity Family Day - 1pm to 6pm, The Traveller's Inn (aka 'The Fours'), Four Lane Ends (top road crossroads), Oxspring. Music by the Bus Pass Buskers, barbecue, Target Shots (football), Beat the Keeper (football), Tin Can Alley, Splat the Rat, Roll a Penny, Name the Bear, Bouncy Castle, Cake Stall and Tombola. Prizes to be won. This is a fund-raiser towards 'Sarah's Goal' which is explained on Facebook. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Clair Harris (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Weds 8th Penistone Community Alehouse Interest Group (Meeting) - 7pm to 9pm, Tesco Community Room (ask at the desk). The organisers have identified a property which might be suitable. This meeting is not about Powerpoint slides but of gathering people together who have the skills and services to make it happen. If you’ve been waiting for something to happen before getting involved - now’s your time to jump in. Marc Cooling posted the message on Facebook: "If you’re able to come along, please let me know, so we know how many tubes of Pringles to get in. Otherwise, if you can’t make the date but still want to get involved, give me a shout and we’ll get together separately."
  ,,   ,, AFC Penistone Church versus Stocksbridge PS Development (Football match) - k.o. 7.30pm, Penistone Church Football Club, Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Pen Church FC, (Facebook)
Thurs 9th Children's Reading - 12.30pm to 1.30pm, Penistone Library. Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Free for children aged 5 to 11 years, booking required, call the Library on 76 2313. The 'Therapy Dogs' poster says: 'Come and read to Therapy Dog 'Lumi' or have a story read to you. For all children aged 5 to 11 who wish to increase their confidence in reading.' Children are encouraged to interact with the Therapy Dog by reading them a story. This encourages the children to communicate and feel comfortable around the dog. The Therapy Dog is a good listener, never judges or criticises but just wags his tail, giving a natural and simple opportunity to help them improve their literary skills and behaviour in a calm, relaxed way by interacting with the dog. Lumi will return to Penistone Library on these Thursdays: 16th, 23rd and 30th August. Formed in 2016, 'Therapy Dogs Nationwide' (TDN) is a Registered Charity (no. 1167622) run by volunteers to provide various programmes involving their own temperament-tested Therapy Dogs. Volunteers cover Schools, Special Needs Schools, Hospitals, Hospices, Nursing Homes, Care centres and Prisons. See also Penistone Library (Facebook).
Fri 10th Games Night - 7pm to 9pm, Lounge Room, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Please note that, as a private members' club, non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This is one of the RBL's monthly Games Nights, on the second Friday of each month. Scrabble, triominoes, upwords, rumicub and more. A Barnsley U3A activity encouraging more social activity for people at risk of social isolation. It is also said to be a fund-raiser for next year's Armed Forces Day (but not as part of RBL Branch funds which only be used for welfare). For more U3A information, please call Helen Dew on 01226 891 130. Penistone RBL.
Weekend
11th, 12th
Perseids Meteor Shower - Both nights. The Perseids Shower is a night-sky phenonemon when the earth passes through debris from the orbit of the Swift-Tuttle comet (17th July to 24th Aug), with this weekend being the peak time for viewing. With the moon at an early crescent, and with a clear sky, we could see shooting stars at a rate of around one per minute. The streaks of light hit the outer atmosphere at around 37 miles per second, which is batting on. Some years the rate has been as high as 150-200 meteors an hour (three or four a minute). Mars should also be visible. See Space and Wiki.
Sat 11th Buckingham Care Home Summer Fayre & Open Day - 1pm to 4pm, Buckingham Residential Care Home, Green Lane, Penistone, S36 6BS. This is just off the High Street opposite the top of Ward Street. Everyone welcome. With crafts and other stalls, tombola, raffle, bar, refreshments, hot food and more. It is also an Open Day with tours of the Home available on request. 72 spacious bedrooms with en-suite rooms, a hair and beauty salon, secluded garden, four restaurants, four lounges and a bar. We all call it 'Buckingham Palace' around here, as you might expect. For more information call 76 2092, email: buckingham@crowncaregroup.co.uk or see the Crown Care website.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Church FC versus Bootle (The Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round Football Match) - k.o. 3pm, Penistone Church Football Club, Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Pen Church FC, (Facebook)
  ,,   ,, Steve Miller (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 12th The South Yorkshire Festival - 11am to 5pm, Wortley Hall, Wortley, S35 7DB. Free admission but a £2 car park charge applies, for charity. Perhaps the largest local event after Penistone Show, with 5,000 visitors or more, yet most 'What's On' lists ignore it! Gift, craft and garden stalls, trades unions, barbecue, vegetarian food, outdoor bar, refreshments and assorted activists 'Say No to - - - -' (any current issue and loudly). Free family entertainment, live music, dancers, free donkey rides, free bouncy castles, free face painting and more. Some stalls are distinctively 'lefty-biased', supporting various basket-case banana republics (Eg. 'Friends of Cuba', Venuzuela, etc.) but there is enough going on to entertain 'normal' people. Most stalls are outdoors but there are indoors stalls for tea, coffee, cakes, fancy goods, etc. also a bar and toilets. For more info about the Festival, call 01142 882 100, Email, Wortley Hall.
Weds 15th 'Touch Down Yoof Festival' - 6.30pm, Market Barn, Penistone. No charge for admission. Aimed at the 11 to 19 yrs age bracket. Plenty of activities: a local rap star, free advice and information, free food and drink, 'Imagination Gaming and Summer Nights Music', a free draw and prizes to win. Supported by BMBC Barnsley Targeted Yoof Support, Tesco, 'I Know I Can' ('IKIC' = Youth Club) and Penistone FM. The poster has lots of unnecessary exclamation marks! just to look trendy!! like this !!!! (!) It is a good event for the Market Barn.
Thurs 16th Children's Reading Session - 12.30pm to 1.30pm, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Free for children aged 5 to 11 years, booking required, call the Library on 76 2313. The 'Therapy Dogs' poster says: 'Come and read to Therapy Dog 'Lumi' or have a story read to you. For all children aged 5 to 11 who wish to increase their confidence in reading.' Children are encouraged to interact with the Therapy Dog by reading them a story. This encourages the children to communicate and feel comfortable around the dog. The Therapy Dog is a good listener, never judges or criticises but just wags his tail, giving a natural and simple opportunity to help them improve their literary skills and behaviour in a calm, relaxed way by interacting with the dog. Lumi will return to Penistone Library on these Thursdays: 23rd and 30th August. Formed in 2016, 'Therapy Dogs Nationwide' (TDN) is a Registered Charity (no. 1167622) run by volunteers to provide various programmes involving their own temperament-tested Therapy Dogs. Volunteers cover Schools, Special Needs Schools, Hospitals, Hospices, Nursing Homes, Care centres and Prisons.
Fri 17th 'Gyrating Jeremy and Friends' - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission to the RBL but non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This is likely to be an open mike or karaoke evening (no details shown on the poster), in aid of Claire Throssell's 'Heads Together' fund for bereaved parents (not to be confused with the national 'Heads Together' registered charity for mental problems). Penistone RBL.
Sat 18th 'Paws for a Cause' - From Noon, Sands Recreation Ground, Holmfirth. Free admission. This event has family fun and games, local trade stalls, food and drink and includes the Holmfirth Mayor's Charity Dog Show ('15 Class'). From poster.
  ,,   ,, Grand Community Garden Opening - Noon to 4pm, New Royd Community Garden, off Royd Lane, Millhouse Green. It looks to be the next road up from 'Hell Fire Corner' and it's around the same time as the next item below - a funny carry-on altogether. 'Please come and see our brand new Garden, Royd Community Garden, Millhouse Green. We have Face-Painting, Cakes and Buns, Sweet Stall, Tombola, Raffle, Information stalls and entertainment. Come look at what we are doing and how you can get involved. Don't forget your picnic.' From Facebook Event and Royd Community Garden.
  ,,   ,, Summer Fair - 1pm, Millhouse Institute, Millhouse Green. An annual summer fair with plenty of stalls and children's activities, organised by Millhouse Green Village Community Association (MGVCA). See also the item above, which clashes. Stalls are £10 each to vendors, contact  Hel's Townsend (on facebook).
  ,,   ,, Cover2Cover (Live music) - 8.30pm, The George Inn, 114 Denby Lane, Upper Denby, HD8 8UE. Free entry. Good parking behind the pub. Call 01484 861 347 for more information. The George, Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Libbi Page (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the RBL Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 19th Monthly Car Boot Sale - From 10am, Dunford Parish Community Centre, Victoria, Nr Hepworth HD9 7TP. Just before what used to be the Victoria pub, on the right. Free Admission but a voluntary contribution upon arrival is welcome, for the upkeep of the Community Centre. Plenty of on-field parking but at the owner's risk. Also tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches in the Community Centre. Toilets available too. Vintage vehicles are always welcome (free admission). Vendors pay £5 a car. Dunford Parish Community Association is a Registered Charity, No. 1026536. For more info, call 76 2533.
  ,,   ,, Community Garden Open Day - 11am to 4pm, Spring Vale Community Garden, Off Sheffield Road, just before the bottom of the Dumpit Site lane,Spring Vale, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6HH. Free admission and everyone is welcome. Visit the garden: 'Physic Garden' tours, nature tours, music, stalls, produce, plants and refreshments. From poster.
Mon 20th No PTC Meeting - They don't meet in August. Penistone Town Council meetings are normally 7pm on the third Monday of each month except August, in the Council Chamber next door to the Paramount. The next one will be Monday 17th September. See Pen Town Council.
Weds 22nd 'Environmental Arts Club' - Children and teens, 10.15am to 11.15am; Adults, 11.30am to 12.30pm, Spring Vale Community Garden, Off Sheffield Road, just before the bottom of the Dumpit Site lane, Spring Vale, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6HH. No price advertised; which means it is either free or expensive. Reserve a place by calling Rosie Pearsall on (mobile) 07480 388 884. 'Be inspired by nature and do something good for the environment, capturing and preserving its beauty. Learn how to create art from natural and recycled materials, transforming them into something new.' From poster.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Church FC versus Barton Town (Football match) - Kick-off 7.45pm, Penistone Church Football Club, Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission £5, Concessions £3. This is a game in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League (NCEL) Premiere. Playing at home on the all-weather 3G pitch. Clubhouse with good beers and toilets. Good parking. Pen Church FC, (Facebook)
Thurs 23rd Children's Reading - 12.30pm to 1.30pm, Penistone Library. Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Free for children aged 5 to 11 years, booking required, call the Library on 76 2313. The 'Therapy Dogs' poster says: 'Come and read to Therapy Dog 'Lumi' or have a story read to you. For all children aged 5 to 11 who wish to increase their confidence in reading.' Children are encouraged to interact with the Therapy Dog by reading them a story. This encourages the children to communicate and feel comfortable around the dog. The Therapy Dog is a good listener, never judges or criticises but just wags his tail, giving a natural and simple opportunity to help them improve their literary skills and behaviour in a calm, relaxed way by interacting with the dog. Lumi will return to Penistone Library on 30th August.

Formed in 2016, 'Therapy Dogs Nationwide' (TDN) is a Registered Charity (no. 1167622) run by volunteers to provide various programmes involving their own temperament-tested Therapy Dogs. Volunteers cover Schools, Special Needs Schools, Hospitals, Hospices, Nursing Homes, Care centres and Prisons. See also Penistone Library (Facebook).
Fri - Sun
24th to 25th
Summer Art Project - 10am to 4pm each day, 'The Magic Wood', Trans-Pennine Trail, 'Between Penistone and Dunford Bridge' access on foot or by bicycle. Download a map for the wood from the Trans-Pennine Trail Conservation Volunteers site. Hire a bike from the bike centre next door to Julie's Cafe, off St Mary's Street, which also has the Magic Wood map and plenty of free parking. To reserve your free space, contact Rosie Pearsall on (mobile) 07480 388 884 or Email: rosiepearsall@hotmail.com. The Summer Art Project is funded by Penistone Ward Alliance. The Magic Wood is maintained by the T-P Trail Volunteers.

The poster says:
'Come down to the Magic Wood, for creative inspiration;
'Wander through the winding paths, free your imagination;
'Build fairy doors and woodland homes, hunt for hidden gems;
'Discover a river made of stones, the magic never ends.'
Sat 25th Railway Strike Day - This is the first of three Saturday strike days in the latest round and is likely to affect the Penistone Line. These are: 25th August, 1st September and on Penistone Show Day, 8th September. The strike action is part of an on-going dispute by the RMT union concerning the train company's plans to save money and cut passenger safety and security by planning to remove guards on our trains. From 28th August, some Penistone Line stations (but not yet Penistone) will require that tickets be purchased from platform machines before boarding trains. The machine on Penistone station is 'Card only' and does not accept cash payments. Passengers from Penistone can continue to pay cash on the train for tickets, until they decree otherwise. See Sky News and Northern Railway about the strikes.
  ,,   ,, Gin Festival - 7pm, The Bridge pub, Bridge End. Details to follow. No price declared just yet. Gins are big just now. More than 40 gins to try out with six different tonic waters. James Worton has been booked to perform too.
  ,,   ,, John Belmont (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 26th Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone Market Barn. Open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses, with hot food and refreshments. This is one of a series of Sunday tabletop sales. Other dates are: 30th September, 28th October and 25th November. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. From Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Summer Garden Party - 1.30pm to 5pm, Hepworth Church, Hepworth Village. Free admission. Live band, barbecue, bar, cafe, games and more. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Andre Reiu's 2018 Maastricht Concert - 2pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Early bird tickets £13 and £11 (presumably concessions). Seeing as it is a big, flamboyant concert from Maastricht, it must be by satellite. Box Office is open 10am to 2pm and during performances to buy tickets or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
Mon 27th BH Late Summer Bank Holiday Monday - The last Monday of August. (Time & Date)
  ,,   ,, The Denby Dash - Two Junior races start 10.30am, the senior race at noon, The George Inn, Upper Denby, HD8 8UE. Senior race entry fee: £6 pre-entry (by 24th August) or £7 on race day; Junior race entry fee: £2.50 pre-entry (by 24th August) or £3 on race day, registration from 9.30am with hot or cold drinks, cakes and toilets available. 1. The Denby Gallop, a one-mile race for children aged 6 to 8 years; 2. The Pirate Ship Challenge, a two-mile race with a good climb, for children aged 9 to 16 years; 3. The Denby Dash, a 5½-mile gallop for seniors, through the Quaker Village and scenic country, with a steep climb. See the Denby Village Conservation Group for more registration and race details. Also, The George Inn (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Huddersfield Music Festival - Storthes Hall, near Kirkburton. Details later. This event will feature (from Huddersfield Examiner): 'Reggae, ‘80s British pop and newer bands bringing a post-millennial sound.'
Tues 28th Last Date for the Barnsley Local Plan Consultation - This ran from Friday 13th July to this date. You may read about it at the BMBC Modifications Consultation but you won't understand a single turgid word of it and will soon give up. See the BMBC Consultation list.
  ,,   ,, 'Annual Rally' - 2.45pm, Bullhouse Chapel. Their mysterious poster does not deign to explain what this event is all about beyond declaring that the Chairman is Barbara Green; that refreshments will be available and that Christine Johnson will do something about 'The Wonderful Life of the Bee' one way or another. We could enquire further by calling (mobile) 07947 897 234. Or hope for a more informative poster to appear. Limited parking.
Thurs 30th Children's Reading - 12.30pm to 1.30pm, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Free for children aged 5 to 11 years, booking required, call the Library on 76 2313. The 'Therapy Dogs' poster says: 'Come and read to Therapy Dog 'Lumi' or have a story read to you. For all children aged 5 to 11 who wish to increase their confidence in reading.' Children are encouraged to interact with the Therapy Dog by reading them a story. This encourages the children to communicate and feel comfortable around the dog. The Therapy Dog is a good listener, never judges or criticises but just wags his tail, giving a natural and simple opportunity to help them improve their literary skills and behaviour in a calm, relaxed way by interacting with the dog.

Formed in 2016, 'Therapy Dogs Nationwide' (TDN) is a Registered Charity (no. 1167622) run by volunteers to provide various programmes involving their own temperament-tested Therapy Dogs. Volunteers cover Schools, Special Needs Schools, Hospitals, Hospices, Nursing Homes, Care centres and Prisons. See also Penistone Library (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Children's Workshop - 2pm to 4pm, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. This is a drop-in session, so you don't need to book a place, just come along and join in the fun. This is an exciting new workshop running during the summer holidays for children aged three to eight years old. The workshop encourages children to get involved in 'STEAM' subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). There will be exciting activities involving such as Play-Doh circuits, scribble machines, mini-robots and even a fruit piano. From Penistone Library on facebook.
Fri 31st Recruiting Junior Girls Team Members - Penistone Church Football Club. The under-9s Girls squad practices on Mondays, 5pm to 6pm at Penistone Grammar School. They are looking for additional players 7yrs and 8yrs old. Please note that girls must not already be registered to any other SHGCL teams. Sessions are led by FA qualified and CRC-checked coaches. See their Facebook page.

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September    August - October - November - December - (Calendar).
This Month This busy month belongs to Penistone Show, Heritage Open Days, Tuby's Funfair and Penistone Competitive Music Festival. Also, remembering local lives lost at Paschendaele by the War Memorial. MacMillan Coffee mornings at the end of the month.
Weekend
1st and 2nd
Pop-up Shop - 10am to 5pm, Springfield Mills, Norman Road, Denby Dale, HD8 8TH. Stalls with homemade crafts, foods, jams, collectibles, cakes, etc. Vendors will need to bring their own tables and chairs. This first Pop-up Shop weekend is a discounted, introductory offer for vendors. Toilets available. Springfield Mills has a car park and there is on-street parking nearby. See Facebook event.
Sat 1st Railway Strike Day - This is the second of three, planned Saturday strikes to affect the Penistone Line. Thenext one will be on Penistone Show Day, 8th September. The strike action is part of an on-going dispute by the RMT union concerning the train company's plans to save money and cut passenger safety and security by planning to remove guards on our trains. From 28th August, some Penistone Line stations (but not yet Penistone) will require that tickets be purchased from platform machines before boarding trains. The machine on Penistone station is 'Card only' and does not accept cash payments. Passengers from Penistone can continue to pay cash on the train for tickets, until they decree otherwise. See Sky News and Northern Railway about the strikes.
Sun 2nd Annual Open Day - From 11am to 4pm, Wortley Top Forge, Forge Lane, Wortley, S35 7DN. From Penistone, turn right at Thurgoland traffic lights and they are up the hill on the left. Usually an entry fee (not advertised). Miniature train rides, steam and electric, miniature traction engines, 17th century ironworks and museum, working water wheels, engines and machinery. See Wortley MES and Facebook (Facebook Event).
Tues 4th 'West Africa' (first of a new series of social history classes) - 10am to 11.30am, Conference Room, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. The poster does not declare a fee, which makes it either free or expensive. This is a new U3A class which looks at the geography, history, culture and literature of West Africa, concentrating on Ghana and Nigeria. The tutor is Barbara Lukey MS. The class continues on the first Tuesday of each month.
  ,,   ,, Ukulele Club - 8pm to 10.30pm, Rafters (upstairs) Bar, Waggon and Horses, Sheffield Road, Oxspring, S36 8YQ. Admission £2. All welcome to the Rafters Ukulele Club. A fun night of singing and playing, with some solo performances from members. This session is themed on ghosts and the supernatural. For more information about the Club, see Chris McShane Music (Facebook). Waggon & Horses (Facebook) - Tel (Waggon): 76 3259.
New Ukulele Book Out Soon - 'Melodic Arrangements for Ukulele' by Chris McShane and Catherine Embleton will be available soon. This is an imaginative collection of 22 original and well-known pieces specially arranged for ukulele, complete with downloadable backing tracks. You can enjoy playing in a wide range of styles, including Classical, Folk, Samba and Ragtime. Chord symbols are also provided to help you develop your skills further. If you would like to receive a notification when it is available, please email Chris: info@chrismcshanemusic.co.uk
Weds 5th The Barnsley Archives and its Penistone Materials (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. Admission £2 includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Paul Stebbings, head of BMBC Archiving, who will tell us about what the Barnsley Archive holds for our town. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month, except August. All welcome. Annual Subscription is £10. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Fashion Show and Sale - 7pm, Penistone Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. Tickets - Advance £4.50 or £5 on the door, call Carol on (mobile) 07788 758 238. All welcome, with no obligation to buy. Designer High Street store and top ladies' garments for sale at a fraction of the normal price. Styles to suit all ages. Visa Cards accepted. The poster suggests Marie Curie as a recipeint of funds. This is a 'Blue Sky' fashion show, for the blue sky thinkers, no doubt.
Thurs - Sun
6th to 9th
and
13th to 16th
Heritage Open Days - Heritage Open Days take place throughout the country as free events to encourage people to take an interest in their local history and heritage. Most churches will be open for tours and you might gain access to places that you would not otherwise see, such as some Masonic Halls in the past. Check dates and times before travelling as not all venues will be open throughout each four-day period. To be honest, English Heritage usually repeats information from previous years which are no longer valid. Details for 2018 will become available around August.

From last year, as an approximate guide to this year (please check): Quaker Meeting House, High Flatts; Hoylandswaine Nail Forge; HoylandSwaine Church; Shelley Church; Silkstone Church; Holmfirth Blue Plaque Trail (presentation); The Victoria Tower, Huddersfield; Wortley Top Forge and Nigel Tyas' Ironworks on Lee Lane, Millhouse Green. If it is not busy, Penistone Church might also be open. See Heritage Open Days and events in the South Yorkshire region.
Thurs 6th PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, Pendon House (old people's residence). A monthly public meeting on the first Thursday of each month, between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents ('Police and Communities Together'), where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. Please note that the venue alternates between the Community Centre and Pendon House. This one was inferred from the previous one being scheduled for the Community Centre. See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley.'
Fri 7th Friday Forum - 8.45pm to 9.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This is for Penistone RBL members to discuss any aspect of the management of the club and offer useful and constructive suggestions. Opinions, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and complaints will be welcomed and valued and passed on to the full management committee for consideration as necessary. Friday forums are on the first Friday of each month at this time. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, Old Green River Band - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Friday night turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL.
Sat 8th Railway Strike Day - This last one of three strikes is likely to affect the Penistone Line and particularly with today being Penistone Show Day. The strike action is part of an on-going dispute by the RMT union concerning the train company's plans to save money and cut passenger safety and security by planning to remove guards from our trains. From 28th August, some Penistone Line stations (but not yet Penistone) will require that tickets be purchased from platform machines before boarding trains. The machine on Penistone station is 'Card only' and does not accept cash payments. Passengers from Penistone can continue to pay cash on the train for tickets, until they decree otherwise. See Sky News and Northern Railway about the strikes.

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Pen Agricultural SocietyThe 145th Penistone Show - Opens 8am but setting up for the first hour or so, Penistone QEII Showground, behind Tesco. Admission: Adult £12, Child £3 (5 to 15yrs), Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 children) £25. Advance tickets are cheaper but won't be available in local shops after the end of August. This is Penistone's big event of the year and a great family day out, with a huge list of things to see, do and enjoy, as well as critters of all description. It can attract as many as 18,000 visitors with its wide range of stalls, exhibits, mini-shows, bands, furry creatures and events, all organised and implemented by around 60 willing volunteers. Penistone Show is always on the second Saturday of September.

We can expect: vintage vehicles, children's rides, children's entertainment, helter skelter, brass bands, choirs, steam machines, car salespeople, tractor sellers, hardware, horsey people, horsey show jumping, horsey smells, goats, ferrets, poultry, ducks, cows, sheep, green wellies, hats, tweedy jackets, tweedy people, outdoor clothing, trading stalls, sweet stalls (with no prices!), walking sticks, horticulture, an apiarist with the hives, arts and crafts, military stands, Penistone FM tent, Penistone Theatre Group, Penistone Camera Club, the NFU (they aren't that bad), charities, assorted community groups, Trans-Pennine Trail Conservation Volunteers, Spring Vale Community Garden people, demonstrations, fruit & veg displays, all kinds of displays, all sorts of tranklements, binoculars, plants for sale, hot food, cold food, lukewarm food, veggie food for enlightened people, chips, good burgers, rubber burgers, ice cream, sandwich tent run by the Scouts, candy floss and beer in wobbly plastic glasses for wobbly bar-flies. Lots of food stalls to feed from or get a wristband and eat out in Penistone. Penistone Community Alehouse Interest Group will also have a stall. Brass bands have been booked, such as Thurlstone Brass Band (11am), Barnsley Concert Band (1pm) and Cawthorne Brass Band (time not announced). Also a members' tent (join on the day) with proper cooked meals and guarded by a very smart gentleman in uniform, who deserves respectful salutes upon passing. Free parking (follow signs) is well organised for the Showground. On-street parking in Penistone is difficult and a bad idea. The 'Town Centre Car Park' is owned by Barnsley Council but controlled by Tesco who will turn Show visitors away on the big day (only a miserable two hours parking for visitors to go shopping, eating and quaffing a pint). See Penistone Show and Facebook for tickets, travelling and other details.
  ,,   ,, RBL Harvest Festival Charity Auction - 8.30pm, Royal British Legion, St Mary's Street, Penistone. Free admission but non-members must be signed in at the Reception desk by current members. This replaces the usual Saturday night turn. Always a lively evening with a wide range of bits and bobs to bid for, such as: wines, vegetables, beers, home-made cakes and pies, T-shirts, lady's nick-nacks, tranklements, indescribable items, flowers in vases, mystery prizes and lots of useful, interesting and novelty items. Half of the fun is watching the auctioneer. All donations gratefully received, auctioned to raise money for charity. Penistone RBL.
Sun 9th Joe Dale Memorial Day - Silkstone Recreation Ground, Noblethorpe Lane, Silkstone. This event is fund-raiser for some of the organisations which had helped the popular local lad, Joe Dale, who died in 2017 after an asthma attack. It celebrates what would have been his 18th birthday. Three football matches are arranged, which will feature some of Joe's friends: 10am for Under 15s; Noon for Under 18s and 2pm for Over 45s. Also: cricket, stalls, bouncy castle, music/DJ, food and refreshments. All proceeds to the Asthma charity, Bluebell Wood children's hospice and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. On-line donations to virginmoneygiving.org/Team/JoeDale27. Prospective stall vendors, please call 07971 889 436. From poster.
  ,,   ,, 'More Myths and Legends' - 4pm, St John's Church, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. A concert featuring soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth with Daniel Lewis on piano. This is one of a series of concerts at Hoylandswaine church. The next one will be 'Autumn Leaves' - 4pm, Sunday 7th October. More details may be found in a little booklet available at Penistone Library.
Tues - Fri
11th to 14th
Six WEA Courses - Founded in 1903, Workers' Educational Association (WEA) is the largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in Great Britain (not NI) and one of the largest GB charities (See WEA Approach, pdf). It provides educational courses often in partnership with community groups and local charities. These are ten and twelve-week courses, listed below: 11th Sept., 'Ukulele and Folk Fun' (10 wks, Thurgoland); 13th, 'Painting and Drawing' (12 wks, Penistone); 13th, Folk Ensemble with a Difference (10 wks); 14th, 'Exploring Your Art' (12wks); 14th, 'Beginner's and Intermediate Painting and Drawing' (12 wks); and 14th, 'Advanced Painting and Drawing' (12 wks). Fees are £70 for ten-week courses and £84 for twelve-week courses, which can be waived if you are on certain benefits listed on the WEA website and in their booklet. For more information about the courses listed here, please call the Flis Sanderson, local Education Co-ordinator, on (mobile) 07966 254 331 or email: felicity.sanderson@wea.org.uk. For general information about WEA courses, please call 01142 423 609 or email: southwest@wea.org.uk. Information on these courses was provided by Flis Sanderson on the WEA stall at Penistone Gala.
Tues 11th Ukulele and Folk Fun (Start of ten-week WEA Course) - 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Thurgoland Village Hall, Thurgoland S35 7AA. Fee £70 for the ten-week course tutored by Chris McShane, book via the WEA website. Learn basic melodies or improve your playing technique on the ukulele. The tutor has some spare instruments to lend.
Weds 12th 'Level Two Award in Food Safety in Catering' (Training session) - 9.30am to 4.30pm, Penistone Library, High Street, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6BR. Fee is £65 but there are no further details on the poster. Please visit Penistone Library or call 01226 762313 for more information (Facebook).
Thurs - Mon
13th to 17th
Tuby's funfair - Weekdays 6pm to 10pm, Saturday 2pm to 10pm, not open Sunday, Penistone Showground behind Tesco. Free admission but rides cost money. The dates are subject to change without notice. Fun rides and activities from ducks to dodgems. Also candyfloss, hot dogs and hot/cold drinks. See R Tuby & Son (Facebook) or call (mobile) 07831 427 728 for more information. Print off Discount Vouchers for vouchers woth £5.
Thurs 13th 'How we used to Live' (first of a new series of social history classes) - 10am to 11.30am, Conference Room, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. The poster does not declare a fee, which makes it either free or expensive. This is a new U3A class which looks at the period 1920 to 1970 and concentrates on social history and literature with references to such as George Orwell and Winifred Holby. The tutor is Barbara Lukey MS, assisted by Linda Dale. The class continues on the second Thursday of each month.
  ,,   ,, 'Painting and Drawing for All' (Start of twelve-week WEA Course) - 1.30pm to 3.30pm, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone, S36 6AR. Fee £84 for the twelve-week course tutored by Jane Lazenby, book via the WEA website, Course ID C3671467. In a friendly, welcome environment, this course will help you gain skills and confidence and will improve your painting and drawing techniques.
  ,,   ,, 'Folk Ensemble with a Difference' (Start of ten-week WEA Course) - 5.15pm, Penistone Grammar School. Fee £70 for the ten-week course tutored by Chris McShane, book via the WEA website. Play and improve your musical skills in a group, learning and performing under the guidance of an experienced and friendly tutor.
  ,,   ,, An Introduction to Tea Blending - 6pm to 8pm, Cafe Creme, Hight Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. The class costs £25, bookings in person at the cafe or via Eventbrite: 'Learn about the different types of teas, and be introduced to the art of blending by creating your own unique loose tea with Angie from Craft Tea Company.'
Fri 14th 'Exploring Your Art' (Start of twelve-week WEA Course) - 1pm to 3pm, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone, S36 6AR. Fee £84 for the twelve-week course tutored by Philip Baxter, book via the WEA website. In a friendly, welcome environment with an experienced tutor, this course will help you gain skills and confidence and will improve your painting and drawing techniques.
  ,,   ,, 'Beginner's and Intermediate Painting and Drawing' (Start of twelve-week WEA Course) - 10am to noon, Parish Rooms, Cawthorne, S75 4DW. Fee £84 for the twelve-week course tutored by Jane Lazenby, book via the WEA website. In a friendly, welcome environment, this course will help you gain skills and confidence and will improve your painting and drawing techniques.
  ,,   ,, 'Advanced Painting and Drawing' (Start of twelve-week WEA Course) - 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Parish Rooms, Cawthorne, S75 4DW. Fee £84 for the twelve-week course tutored by Jane Lazenby, book via the WEA website. In a friendly, welcome environment, this course will help you gain skills and confidence and will improve your painting and drawing techniques.
  ,,   ,, Games Night - 7pm to 9pm, Lounge Room, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Please note that, as a private members' club, non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This is one of the RBL's monthly Games Nights, on the second Friday of each month. Scrabble, triominoes, upwords, rumicub and more. A Barnsley U3A activity encouraging more social activity for people at risk of social isolation. It is also said to be a fund-raiser for next year's Armed Forces Day (but not as part of RBL Branch funds, which can only be used for the welfare of RBL members). For more U3A information, please call Helen Dew on 01226 891 130. Penistone RBL.
Mon 17th Penistone Town Council Meeting - 7pm, Council Chamber, Penistone Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. The first full PTC mmeting after the August break, so the agenda will be full. A short period is allowed for questions from residents. This is the grass-roots Council and the first port-of-call for residents' concerns, which can be dealt with locally or passed on to BMBC, where appropriate. Residents may observe and record council meetings, without prior permission, but can be excluded under certain defined circumstances (HMG Openness Guide 2014 - pdf). Penistone Town Council meetings are normally on the third Monday of each month, except August. Minutes appear on the website after the next meeting. Pen Town Council.
Tues 18th 'Family First Aid' (Training session) - 9.30am to 11.30am, Penistone Library, High Street, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6BR. Fee is £75 but there are no further details on the poster. Please visit Penistone Library or call 01226 762313 for more information (Facebook).
Weds 19th An Elizabethan Lady's Wardrobe (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Maureen S Taylor, who works at Hardwick Hall and was involved in last year's grand costumery exhibition at Cannon Hall. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Fri 21st Last Date for BMBC Libraries Survey - This is the third Barnsley Council's consultation of recent years on BMBC libraries, which includes Penistone Library (BMBC news), following on from 'Let’s Talk Libraries' in 2016, a flawed questionnaire of 2017 which could not be completed on-line without agreeing to out-source library facilities to churches, schools and pubs (Question 17). The current one is the 2018 Libraries Review (pdf).

BMBC has set an arbitrary target to reduce library spending by £872,000 before 2020. From the Barnsley Chronicle, BMBC now spends £947,000 on councillor allowances (phones, perks and expenses not included in the total) as the basic allowance for each of 63 councillors is a very generous £10,870, which is rather more than the state pension, plus extras for extra responsibilities. This does not include the costs of their legitimate expenses. According to the same Barnsley Chronicle issue, BMBC has also lost nearly £250,000 through fraud. The new glass-and-concrete Barnsley centre rebuild also needs our money.

Back to the survey. It is very easy to do and does not ask taxing questions. In essence, they hope that you might agree with their Draft Libraries Strategy (pdf) or give reasons for disagreeing. The Survey runs from 21st June to Friday 21st Sept and needs your input. Don't be complacent; use it or lose it.
Sun 23rd Autumnal Equinox. Wikipedia has a good article on Equinoxes. It's usually heading towards cold after this time. "Winter draws on, Summer pants away."
  ,,   ,, Car Boot Sale - From 10am, Dunford Parish Community Centre, Victoria, Nr Hepworth HD9 7TP. Just before what used to be the Victoria pub, on the right. Free Admission but a voluntary contribution upon arrival is welcome. Plenty of on-field parking but at the owner's risk. Also tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches in the Community Centre. Toilets available too. Vintage vehicles are always welcome (free admission). Vendors pay £5 a car. Dunford Parish Community Association is a Registered Charity, No. 1026536. For more info, call 76 2533.
Weekend
29th, 30th
Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival - 10am to 6pm both days, Around Holmfirth. Now in its 13th year, with more than 75 stallholders (65 in 2017). Whether you are a serious foodie, a real ale connoisseur or someone looking for a great day out, there is something for everyone at the Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival. Fair and Funky is taking over Holmfirth Market Hall with ethically-sourced and eco-friendly food stalls. Also, street artists, festival trails, face-painting and more. Bring your camera, there will be live music and some rather quirky street entertainment adding to the festival atmosphere. There are usually free workshops and activities for children. This year, the festival is ‘plastic clever’, with a ban on plastic straws and the target of all take-away containers being eco-friendly. Disabled car parking is available at Crown Bottom (Co-op) and Huddersfield Road Car Park next to Holmfirth Market Hall. Holmfirth beats Penistone into a cocked hat for its public events. see H Food and Drink Fest and Facebook, to see how it is done.
Sat 29th
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Penistone 50th Annual Competitive Music Festival - From 9.30am, Amphitheatre, Penistone Grammar School, Huddersfield Road, Penistone, S36 7BX. Amateur musicians, solo singers, Male Voice Choirs and Ladies' Choirs are invited to take part in this well-established annual music event (now in its 50th year, Registered Charity No. 511148). Please contact the Secretary, David Wilkinson, for a copy of the syllabus or download it from PCMF. The closing date for entries is Monday 20th August. This is a window on musical talent, for amateurs only, as they compete in each category against each other and the World's Noisiest Refrigerator in the foyer. The following times are from 2017, as a rough guide to this year's event but details and times will change for 2018. Come along and enjoy the music. Penistone Mug from Hallmark Card Shop
  • 10.30am - Junior Piano Solo
  • 11.30am - Intermediate and Senior Piano Solo
  • 1.30pm - Solo Instrumentalists
  • 1.55pm - Junior Singing
  • 2.35pm - Oratorio/Sacred Song
  • 3.00pm - Songs from the Shows
  • 4.30pm - Choirs
The adjudicator this year is Marilynne JR Davies BA MEd LRAM PGCA FRSA. Light refreshments and biscuits are available from the snack counter up to around 6pm. Plenty of toilets nearby. PCMF organisers welcome new patrons to make contributions, however small, towards the costs of running this event. The costs can be quite high and continue to rise each year. See the Patron's Form (pdf). The PCMF was founded by Millhouse Green MVC in 1969. This event is always on the last Saturday of September. Further details on PCMF website or by Email.
  ,,   ,, Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone Market Barn. Open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses, hot food and refreshments. This is one of a series of Sunday tabletop sales. Other dates are: 28th October and 25th November. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. From Facebook.

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October    August - September - November - December - (Calendar).
This Month Mr Fox makes his annual and strange appearance, then it's the usual Hallowe'en hullabaloo from across the pond.
Weds 3rd A Victorian Murder Trial (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Ian Morgan. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs 4th PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. A monthly public meeting on the first Thursday of each month, between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents ('Police and Communities Together'), where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. Please note that the venue alternates between the Community Centre and Pendon House. This one was inferred from the previous one being scheduled for Pendon House (old people's residence). See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley.'
Fri 5th Friday Forum - 8.45pm to 9.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This is for Penistone RBL members to discuss any aspect of the management of the club and offer useful and constructive suggestions. Opinions, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and complaints will be welcomed and valued and passed on to the full management committee for consideration as necessary. Friday forums are on the first Friday of each month at this time. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, The Joe Gallagher Noise (Band) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Friday night turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL.
Sun 7th 'Autumn Leaves' - 4pm, St John's Church, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. A concert featuring soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth, contralto Naomi Jahoda and John Bashforth on piano. This concert is described as a pot pouri of solos, and one of a series of concerts at Hoylandswaine church. The next one will be 'Now the Guns Have Stopped' - 4pm, Sunday 4th November. More details may be found in a little booklet available at Penistone Library.
Fri 12th Games Night - 7pm to 9pm, Lounge Room, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Please note that, as a private members' club, non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This is one of the RBL's monthly Games Nights, on the second Friday of each month. Scrabble, triominoes, upwords, rumicub and more. A Barnsley U3A activity encouraging more social activity for people at risk of social isolation. It is also said to be a fund-raiser for next year's Armed Forces Day (but not as part of RBL Branch funds, which can only be used for the welfare of RBL members). For more U3A information, please call Helen Dew on 01226 891 130. Penistone RBL.
Sat 13th Organ Concert with Nigel Ogden - 2.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. More details later. Box Office is open for bookings 10am to 2pm and during performances or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). This item is from 'Tito' magazine, June 2018.
Sun 14th Car Boot Sale - From 10am, Dunford Parish Community Centre, Victoria, Nr Hepworth HD9 7TP. Just before what used to be the Victoria pub, on the right. Free Admission but a voluntary contribution upon arrival is welcome. Plenty of on-field parking but at the owner's risk. Also tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches in the Community Centre. Toilets available too. Vintage vehicles are always welcome (free admission). Vendors pay £5 a car. Dunford Parish Community Association is a Registered Charity, No. 1026536. For more info, call 76 2533.
Mon 15th Penistone Town Council Meeting - 7pm, Council Chamber, Penistone Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. A short period is allowed for questions from residents. This is the grass-roots Council and the first port-of-call for residents' concerns, which can be dealt with locally or passed on to BMBC, where appropriate. Residents have a legal right to observe and record council meetings, without prior permission, but can be excluded under defined circumstances (HMG Openness Guide 2014 - pdf). Penistone Town Council meetings are normally on the third Monday of each month, except August. Minutes appear on the website after the next meeting. Pen Town Council.
Weds 17th 'The Workhouse System' (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Susan Deal, who might well refer to the group's Penistone Workhouse booklet during the talk. The booklet is on sale at meetings. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs - Sat
18th to 20th
The 73rd Annual Holmfirth Music Festival - Various times, Holmfirth Civic Hall, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AS (almost opposite the Fire Station). The 2018 competition will include the eighteenth competition for the Rotary Club of Holmfirth Millennium Trophy, which is open to musicians aged 14 to 25 who have a local connection, or who have been previous competitors at Holmfirth, and who aim to use the £250 prize to further their musical studies. A high standard of performance is expected, and each competitor offers a 15-minute programme. Adjudicator: John Pomphrey. Parking in Crown Bottom Car Park - down School St, or Crown St. off Huddersfield Rd. opposite the Civic Hall). This is along the same lines as Penistone Competitive Music Festival, with a range of classes to assess. See HMF for times and syllabus.
Fri - Mon
26th to 5th
School Holiday - Officially Monday 29th to Friday 2nd November, but my dates include the weekends. The next school break is for Christmas, starting on Friday 21st December. These dates were published in 2017. See BMBC School Dates.
Sat 27th Penistone Hallowe'en - 5pm to 7pm in the Spooky Market Barn. Admission same as last year: £4 on the door, advance tickets £2.50 per child (wristband). Lots of family fun and 'spooktacular' activities (included in ticket price) for children 4 to 11 years old. Fancy Dress competition and Carved Pumpkin competition. Open to everyone with food and drink available. Don't forget to bring the kids in fancy dress with their carved pumpkins for the competitions. Organised by Penistone Round Table and sponsored by Butcher Residential and CD Autos. See Penistone Round Table.
Sun 28th British Summertime (BST) Ends in the UK - Clocks go back one hour, 2am on Sunday morning. 'Spring forwards, fall backwards' (or 'Winter draws on, Summer pants away'). Fire and Rescue people suggest the clock-change time to check your smoke detectors.
  ,,   ,, Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone Market Barn. Open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses, hot food and refreshments. The last one in this series is on Sunday 25th November. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. From Facebook.
Weds 31st All Hallows Eve or 'Hallowe'en'; the evening before the more respectful 'All Saints Day' on 1st November, and therefore somewhat less saintly. Dictionary Entry, Hallow/ˈhaləʊ/: Verb: Honour as holy; Noun: A saint or holy person. Saints are 'Hallowed', you see, and 'Evening' is shortened to 'E'en' and needs an apostrophe for the missing letter. Hallowe'en dates from about 1745 and is of Christian origin from the UK, with carved turnips as Jack o' Lanterns. Americans found pumpkins more plentiful and easier to carve and they didn't have Bonfire Night so Hallowe'en caught on over there. And chewing gum.

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November    August - September - October - December - (Calendar).
This Month Bonfire/Guy Fawkes Night, the Remembrance Parade and Ceremony and the PGS Remembrance Ceremony. This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on Armistice Day and marks a century since the end of the Great War of 1914 - 1918.
Thurs 1st All Saints Day or 'All Hallows Day' and the reason for Hallowe'en (All Hallows Evening), which needs the apostrophe for the missing 'V'.
  ,,   ,, PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, Pendon House (old people's residence). A monthly public meeting on the first Thursday of each month, between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents ('Police and Communities Together'), where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. Please note that the venue alternates between the Community Centre and Pendon House. This one was inferred from the previous one being scheduled for the Community Centre. See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley.'
Fri 2nd Friday Forum - 8.45pm to 9.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This is for Penistone RBL members to discuss any aspect of the management of the club and offer useful and constructive suggestions. Opinions, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and complaints will be welcomed and valued and passed on to the full management committee for consideration as necessary. Friday forums are on the first Friday of each month at this time. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, Sabre (Local Band) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Friday night turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This one will be a popular night with Penistone's very own four-piece group playing their popular selection, with Peter Lee at the helm. The original Sabre line up in 1964 was Peter Lee on vocals, Roy Walton on bass, Dave Thorp on lead guitar and Brian Fearnley (now deceased) on drums. The band started playing in Thurlstone British Legion (now flats), mostly playing Beatles music. Penistone RBL.
Sat 3rd

Penistone coat of arms
Penistone Community Bonfire - Details from 2017 as a guide to 2018:
Penistone Mug from Hallmark Card ShopGates open 6.45pm, Bonfire Lit 7.15pm-ish, Fireworks from 7.30pm, Penistone Showground. Admission £5 (up 25% on last year's £4), free for under-16s, £3 advance tickets from the Round Table. Always a popular event and with perhaps 3,000 people warming their nethers by the fire as it is usually a bitterly cold evening. Children will wave sparklers around. Hot snacks and drinks, possibly bonfire toffee and parkin. Penistone FM provides backdrop music. The old and continuing tradition is to make a Guy Fawkes effigy (or several) for the bonfire.

The idea is to remember the treasonous plot by Richard Cadesby, Guy Fawkes and others to blow up parliament in an early act of terrorism. The Observance of the Fifth of November Act (since recinded - see Wiki) made it law for church bells to be rung and bonfires lit throughout the land on 5th November. The tradition has been upheld for hundreds of years and holds fast to this day, for most people. Calling this traditional event 'Fireworks Night' undermines the tradition and literally 'Loses the Plot'. In fact, 'I see no reason why gunpowder, treason should ever be forgot.'

The Round Table ('RT') is an active organisation which arranges those events that the local council used to do in the distant past, such as: Penistone Mayor's Parade, Penistone Gala, Penistone Community Bonfire, Santa's Sleigh Run and the Christmas Lights Switch-on ('Decorated Pine Tree' Switch-on, RT?). The RT does an excellent job using unpaid volunteer members and is always on the look-out for new male members under 45 years old. Penistone Town Council is to be commended for allocating funds to make those events possible. This event will generate gate receipts in the region of £10k - £12k, which the RT will donate to local good causes. See the Bonfire page for history and tradition. Here's the Gunpowder Plot Story and an HMG guide for 'Celebrating Bonfire Night'.
  ,,   ,, Handel's Messiah at Bullhouse Chapel. Always on the first Sunday of November.
Sun 4th 'Now the Guns Have Stopped' - 4pm, St John's Church, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. A concert featuring soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth, Hugh Finnigan on piano and John Porteous. This concert is themed upon the Great War, which is topical just now and the penultimate one of a series of concerts at Hoylandswaine church. The next one will be 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' - 4pm, Sunday 16th December. More details may be found in a little booklet available at Penistone Library.
Mon 5th Guy Fawkes Night - The Penistone Community Bonfire is on the Saturday nearest to Guy Fawkes Night, see above, but it is likely that there will be other bonfires in our district on Guy Fawkes Night, such as Thurgoland, Thurlstone and Ingbirchworth. For those of us who still appreciate the old British traditions, we recite these words (all together now):

"Remember, Remember the Fifth of November,
Gunpowder, Treason and Plot.
I see no Reason why Gunpowder, Treason,
Should ever be Forgot."

And we still remember more than four centuries later. Please see the Bonfire page for more about the history and tradition.
Weds 7th Curiousities and Connections (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by John Taylor. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Fri 9th
PGS Remembrance Ceremony - 10.45am, War Memorial Stone by Penistone Grammar School's road entrance. Ample off-road parking. The memorial has a roll of honour of PGS alumni who fell in the Great War of 1914-1918. The ceremony will have an address by PGS Principal Jo Higgins and Penistone Mayor Cllr Paul Hand-Davis, with Father David and others. Also a wreath-laying and the Roll of Honour will be read out, followed by two minutes' reflective silence at 11am, for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. This event is on the Friday before Remembrance Sunday and drops on Armistice Day this year. 'For our today, they gave their tomorrow'. See PGS.
  ,,   ,, Games Night - 7pm to 9pm, Lounge Room, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Please note that, as a private members' club, non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This is one of the RBL's monthly Games Nights, on the second Friday of each month. Scrabble, triominoes, upwords, rumicub and more. A Barnsley U3A activity encouraging more social activity for people at risk of social isolation. It is also said to be a fund-raiser for next year's Armed Forces Day (but not as part of RBL Branch funds, which can only be used for the welfare of RBL members). For more U3A information, please call Helen Dew on 01226 891 130. Penistone RBL.
Sat 10th 'Rule Britannia' (Organ and Band Concert) - 2.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. More details later. With Kevin Grunhill on the organ, assisted by Barnsley Metropolitan Band. Box Office is open for bookings 10am to 2pm and during performances or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). This item is from 'Tito' magazine, June 2018.
Sun 11th
Penistone coat of arms
Penistone Remembrance Parade and Ceremony - The Parade will assemble 10.20am by Penistone Bowling Club, Back Lane, to process at about 10.40am. The Remebrance event remembers and gives respect to those who gave their lives in the defence of our country, in all conflicts but particularly the Great War of 1914 - 1918, as this year is the centenary of its ending. 'Penistone Remembers' is a community project for the centenary based on Penistone St John’s Church. Others involved will be Penistone Town Council, Penistone Show Committee, Penistone Armed Forces Day Committee, Penistone Round Table and others. A £3,900 fund has been allocated by Penistone Ward Alliance for this purpose but without details of the co-ordinating committee and how it will be accounted for. The involvement of the Show comittee suggests an event on the Showground. Early information (in August) is that the Paramount will show the film 'War Horse' in keeping with the event.

Thurlstone Brass Band will lead the parade followed by the banner bearers, service and ex-service men and women, Fire & Rescue, Scouts, Guides (and juniors), councillors and other leading citizens, RBL members and the public. The Police have taken part in previous years. The parade will join the War Memorial assembly outside Penistone Church. The outdoor ceremony will have prayers, hymns, wreath-laying, the Roll of Honour and two minutes' silence at 11am to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. A Service of Remembrance will follow inside Penistone Church.

Some History:

The first two minute silence in Britain was held on 11th November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am on Armistice Day. The first Poppy Day was held on 11th November 1921. Penistone War Memorial was built and opened in 1924. It was thoroughly cleaned up this year. See the Remembrance page on this website. Facebook also has a 'Lest We Forget' page. Penistone Church (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Remembrance Service - Gather from 10.30am, St Andrew's Church, next door to Penistone Library.
  ,,   ,, Remembrance Service - Gather from 10.30am, Ingbirchworth War Memorial. Wreath-laying and Roll of Honour of the fallen followed by two minutes' silence at 11am to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.
  ,,   ,, Remembrance Service - Gather from 10.30am, Thurgoland War Memorial. Wreath-laying and Roll of Honour of the fallen followed by two minutes' silence at 11am to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.
  ,,   ,, Thurlstone Remembrance Ceremony - 10.30am at Thurlstone War Memorial. Wreath-laying and Roll of Honour of the fallen followed by two minutes' silence at 11am to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. Thurlstone Community Group.
  ,,   ,, Oxspring Remebrance Ceremony - 2pm, St Aidan's Church, Oxspring. A short ceremony by the new Wall Plaque will be followed by a piece of music entitled 'The Battle of the Somme' and performed by local volunteer musicians. For more information, please contact the Clerk of the Parish (email: clerk@oxspring-parish.com). See Oxspring Parish.
Mon 19th Penistone Town Council Meeting - 7pm, Council Chamber, Penistone Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. A short period is allowed for questions from residents. This is the grass-roots Council and the first port-of-call for residents' concerns, which can be dealt with locally or passed on to BMBC, where appropriate. Residents have a legal right to observe and record council meetings, without prior permission, but can be excluded under defined circumstances (HMG Openness Guide 2014 - pdf). Penistone Town Council meetings are normally on the third Monday of each month, except August. Details of sub-committees are not advertised. Minutes appear on the website after the next meeting. Pen Town Council.
Weds 21st History of the RAMC (History talk on the Army Medics) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Yvonne Timmins. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs to Sun
22nd to 25th
Art at the Altar - 10am each day; to 8pm Thurs/Fri and to 5pm weekend, Penistone Church. (Preview 7.30pm to 11pm, Weds 21st). Free admission. Refreshments available. This ever-popular arts and crafts event from local artists has not diminished with the years. Hen's Teeth was established in 2005 by local artists and friends. 20% of sales go to charity each year and they have raised over £35,000 over the years. I rather hope they won't display a pentagram in the church this time, as it insults the Christian faith. See Hen's Teeth (Facebook), S Catterall Jewellery.
Sun 25th Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone Market Barn. Open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses, hot food and refreshments. This one is the last one in this series, which is likely to return in 2019. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. From Facebook.

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December     August - September - October - (Calendar). Remember the slogan: 'If it's not December, it's not Christmas.'
This Month MagiChristmas dominates the month, having started on television in October and in the shops in November, but don't forget: 'Christmas is the reason for the Season' and 'If it's not December, it's not Christmas.' Otherwise, December is a feast of Concerts, Carol Services and Church Events, then it's on to New Year's Eve and the aspirins.
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Late Night Shopping - From last year: This is for the Fox Valley shopping area in Stocksbridge. Plenty of shops to choose from (particularly for clothes) but all you really need is the truly wonderful 'Home Bargains' store and Aldi. See Fox Valley.
Sat TBC Christmas Fair - This one was from 2017 but could happen again on the same day as the Christmas lights. From last year:
10am to 1pm, Penistone Parish Church. Cakes, preserves and pickles, crafts and Christmas decorations, hand-made jewellery, bottle stall, tombola and raffle. Refreshments and Light Lunches will be served. Penistone Church, Facebook.
Sat 1st
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Penistone Christmas Lights Switch-on and Carols - 4pm by the Christmas tree outside Penistone Church. As a proper day for the community, it will start in the morning with a Saturday Market in the Market Barn. This year's Penistone Mayor, Cllr Gillian Millner, has declared that the Christmas Carols will return to the Barn this year. Then, as the afternoon progresses, it will be time for the Christmas Lights outside Penistone church. Penistone Round Table will bring Santa and his (or her) rosy-cheeked helpers on the RT sleigh to meet with the Mayor, hovering around the plunger with an assortment of shivering ankle-biters to help the count-down. Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook) will incite the carol singing. Also in attendance will be Penistone FM. Penistone's Christmas Lights Switch-on is always on the first Saturday of December, unlike some other places.
Sun 2nd Christmas on the Green - Millhouse Green. Always the first Sunday of December, organised by Millhouse Green VCA (Facebook).
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Santa's RT Sleigh Run - These dates and times are from last year as a rough guide for 2018:
Santa will tour our area on the Round Table's shiny new sleigh to Christmas music and rattling collection boxes. Note that some of the 4pm times have been moved a bit earlier on the latest poster to 3.45pm. Times are subject to variation:
  • Friday 1st December: - 5.45pm, Hoylandswaine Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Saturday 2nd:
    - 4pm, Christmas Lights Switch-on, outside Penistone Church,
    - 5pm, Silkstone Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Sunday 3rd:
    - 3.45pm, Millhouse Green Christmas Lights Switch-on, Millhouse Institute (was 4pm),
    - 5pm, Spring Vale Santa's Sleigh Run (was 3pm),
  • Wednesday 6th: - 5.30pm, Oxspring Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Friday 8th: - 5.30pm, Thurgoland and Green Moor Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Saturday 9th: - 3.45pm, Cubley Santa's Sleigh Run (was 4pm),
  • Sunday 10th: - 3.45pm, First Dodworth and Gilroyd Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Friday 15th: - 5.45pm, Wentworth Road Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Saturday 16th: - 3.45pm, Penistone Town Centre Santa's Sleigh Run (was 4pm),
  • Sunday 17th: - 3.45pm, Second Dodworth and Gilroyd Santa's Sleigh Run (was 4pm),
  • Thursday 21st: - 5.45pm, Ingbirchworth Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Friday 22nd: - 5.30pm, Silkstone Common Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Saturday 23rd: - 3.45pm, Thurlstone and Millhouse Green Santa's Sleigh Run (was 4pm).
This annual event raises a lot of money for local charities and other good causes. See Penistone Round Table and Facebook.
Weds 5th An Elizabethan Christmas (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Maureen S Taylor. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs 6th
TBC
PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. A monthly public meeting on the first Thursday of each month, between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents ('Police and Communities Together'), where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. Please note that the venue alternates between the Community Centre and Pendon House. This one was inferred from the previous one being scheduled for Pendon House (old people's residence) but, being in the run-up to Christmas, anything might happen. See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley.'
  ,,   ,, AngelOfficial Start of the Christmas Season.
Real Christmas starts here and the tree, trimmings and received Christmas cards are supposed to be put up from this date.
Most gifts should have been already purchased, allowing us to concentrate on the actual Christmas Season.
Except for specific requests, local radio Penistone FM does not play Christmas records until December has started.
Don't forget to send any Christmas cards to foreign lands around this time or before mid-December to make sure they get them in time.
Perhaps a Yorkshire calendar too, then they can see what they have been missing.
Fri 7th Friday Forum - 8.45pm to 9.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This is for Penistone RBL members to discuss any aspect of the management of the club and offer useful and constructive suggestions. Opinions, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and complaints will be welcomed and valued and passed on to the full management committee for consideration as necessary. Friday forums are on the first Friday of each month at this time. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, Kev Kendricks (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Friday night turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL.
TBC 'A Compton Christmas Cracker' (Organ and Band Concert) - This one is an annual favourite. Details from 2017 as a guide to 2018:
2.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. All Tickets £10. This is a grand concert of 'Music and Mirth', with Andrew Nix and Kevin Grunhill takimng turns on the Mighty Compton Cinema Organ, with special guests Thurlstone Brass Band ( Facebook). Paramount Box Office is open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. This event has been organised by the Penistone Cinema Organ Trust. Also see the 7.15pm evening Grand Christmas Choral Concert in the Paramount (next item below), and make a day of it. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
TBC Grand Christmas Choral Concert - Details from 2017, as a guide to 2018:
7.15pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £10. This is indeed a Grand Concert, with New Mill MVC, Skelmanthorpe Band and local soprano, Ann Wilkes. Tickets from the Paramount; Clark's Cemist or by calling either: John Purvis (D Dale Rotary Club) on 01484 665 900; Richard Green (New Mill MVC - and Robin Hood?) on 01484 684 649; or Graham Crossland (Shat Band) on (mobile) 07990 615 765. Paramount Box Office is open from 10am to 2pm and during any performances. Call the Paramount Box Office on 76 7532 (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). This event has been organised by The Rotary Club of Denby Dale. See Paramount (Facebook). See also the other grand concert in the Paramount this day at 2.30pm, above.
Sun TBC Christmas Carol Service - 2.30pm, Bullhouse Chapel, off Manchester Road, Bullhouse (above Millhouse Green). 'You are warmly invited to join us.' This lovely chapel was built in 1692. They say that their car park has been improved. Look out for the proverbial chapel hat-pegs, on the wall.
Sun TBC Carol Service - 3pm, St Ann's Church, Deepcar. From 'The Bridge' church magazine.
Weds 12th History Group Christmas Dinner - Cubley Hall. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of most months. The annual subscription is £12. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Fri 14th Games Night - 7pm to 9pm, Lounge Room, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Please note that, as a private members' club, non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This is one of the RBL's monthly Games Nights, on the second Friday of each month. Scrabble, triominoes, upwords, rumicub and more. A Barnsley U3A activity encouraging more social activity for people at risk of social isolation. It is also said to be a fund-raiser for next year's Armed Forces Day (but not as part of RBL Branch funds, which can only be used for the welfare of RBL members). For more U3A information, please call Helen Dew on 01226 891 130. Penistone RBL.
TBC Christmas Carols Around the Christmas Tree - From 6.30pm, The Village Green, Upper Denby. Time to get the Village of Denby into the Christmas spirit with our annual Carols. We are very privileged to have Shepley Band for the evening. The Denby Dale Lions have arranged for Santa and his Elves to arrive at around 6.30pm. They are not real lions, btw. Complimentary Mulled Wine and Mince Pies on arrival at the Village Green. Then it is Homemade Pie & Peas at The George Inn for £4.95 per person (booking essential, call 01484 861 347). The George, (F'book).
Weekend
TBC
Christmas Tree Festival - 1pm to 3.30pm, St John the Evangelist Church, Haigh Lane, HoylandSwaine, S36 7JQ. Except for refreshments being available, 'Look Local' freebie newspaper does not tell us what is actually going to happen.
Sun TBC Community Carol Service - 6pm, Penistone Parish Church, Penistone. Free admission. This event will be supported by the presence of Penistone Mayor and civic guests. Everyone welcome and you will enjoy the Christmas carols. Penistone Church, Facebook.
Sun 16th 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' - 4pm, St John's Church, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. A concert featuring soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth with Hugh Finnigan on piano. This is the last of a series of concerts which have been held at Hoylandswaine church. More details may be found in a little booklet available at Penistone Library.
Mon 17th Penistone Town Council Meeting - 7pm, Council Chamber, Penistone Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. A short period is set aside for questions from residents. The public can observe and record proceedings of the full council and most sub-committees (see HMG Openness Guide 2014 - pdf). PTC meetings are nominally on the third Monday of each month, except August. Minutes appear on the website (but not Library) after the next meeting. Penistone Town Council.
  ,,   ,, Millhouse Institute Christmas Concert. With Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir (Facebook). Usually on the third-ish Monday of December.
Fri - Mon
21st to 8th
School Holiday - Officially Monday 24th to Friday 4th January 2019, to return on Monday 8th, but my dates include weekends. These dates were published in 2017. Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year. See BMBC School Dates.
Tues 25th Christmas Day - A special day in the year to gather the family round for Christmas Dinner, prezzies and mulled ǝuıʍ. Listen to uncle's bad jokes, laugh at the wrong moments and applaud ironically. No, just joking, you are all there to enjoy the day.
If you will be alone on Christmas Day, there's a Christmas Dinner (time not given but probably noon to 2pm, at a guess) at Penistone Community Centre, to get you out of the house on the big day, with a warm welcome by 'Penistone Bumping Spaces'. Various community organisations will be there to make it more special, with people from Thurlstone Community Group, Patchwork Support and Tesco. For more information, call Karen on (mobile) 07540 748 809.
Weds 26th Thurlstone Brass Band - 9.30pm to 12.30pm, Around Thurlstone. The band will meet at St Saviour's Church before doing the rounds of Thurlstone. Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook)
  ,,   ,, Boxing Day Meet (Traditional Fox Hunt gathering) - 11am. The George Inn, Upper Denby. Usually a large crowd will gather to watch the toffs in their finery, proudly mounted on magnificent horses. See The George, (Facebook). Always on Boxing Day. R Harriers.
Mon 31st New Year's Eve - Time to celebrate with fermented beverages in a local hostelries. With folded arms, grab the nearest sweaty hand, then it's: 'Should Auld Acquaintance be Forgot, etc.' Full story at Scotland.Org. For the English translation lyrics, read the 'Auld' text file.
TBC NY Eve Ceilidh - 8pm to Midnight, St Aidan's Church, Oxspring. Admission: Adults £10, Children 5-11yrs, £5, available from Oxspring Post Office. Music provided by the Retford ceilidh band 'Pinch O' Snuff'. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Don't forget to sing 'Auld Lang Syne'.
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Advice for Event Organisers:
You want your big day to be a success, don't you, but that will only happen if you can get the word out. For local events, that means posters, social media and other outlets. A little bit of time spent on promoting the event can be well-rewarded. I have been a Club Secretary and I know a few tips. Posters ought to go up two or three weeks before the day. Certainly no less than a week. Too early and people will forget what they have read, or your poster might be covered up by someone else's. Too late or not enough posters or relying on word-of-mouth - then you deserve to fail.

For events to appear on this Events List, simply put up some posters around Penistone town centre (not just Tesco or the Community Centre) and include all of these Essential Details:
  • Descriptive Event Name - What's happening?
  • Date - Day of the week too or we will need a calendar.
  • Start Time - Very often omitted on the posters! They need to know when to arrive, dumkopf. You do want them to turn up, don't you?
  • Location - Postcode for Satnav? Directions? Parking? Disabled access?
  • Ticket/Admission - How much? Where from? Agency fees? Concessions? Age limit? Accompanied by adult? Hidden costs?
    If you fail to give a price, I will suggest it is either expensive or free. Be honest or they will never come back.
  • Organiser - Who is running it? Website? Contact details?

Choose your fonts, colours and backgrounds to be easily read through a mucky window. A bright blue background is particularly tricky as our eyes don't focus on it easily. If it's an Arts, Crafts, Festive or Clean-up event, please say what to wear or what to bring. Will we get dirty? Do we need pots, tools, shovels, pens, etc.? If it's for a Charity or a Good Cause, please name it - as people are very suspicious about money. Please avoid 'Military Time'; it is ugly and wastes space (19:00hrs = 7.00pm = 7pm) and can be confusing. By the way, '12 noon' is the same as 'Noon' - as you never see '12 midnight' do you?

Extra zeros just clutter up the poster, so Admission £10.00 is the same as Admission £10. Put some gaps in any phone numbers for clarity. Use a UK spell-check and get someone to read it through. A few drawings or pictures can make it appealing. If you are putting it on-line, you might add a link to a map, if necessary.

Some organisers think that a single poster is enough for everyone to see it. Well, it isn't and you are being lazy. Good poster places are: Hallmark Cards, Paul Schofield Butcher, Ward's Chip Shop, Café Crème, Community Centre, Penistone Library, Post Office (might have to pay), Penistone Co-op (charities only), Clark's Chemist (sometimes), Council Noticeboards and Tesco's inside wall. Some other shops and cafés might also oblige. Please provide some Blu-tak for the posters to avoid any window mess from sticky tape.

Then update your website and encourage people to 'share' on Facebook, as that is free and very effective if kept up to date. You can link a website to a Facebook Event. It helps if you will respond to enquiries and keep the Facebook page active. If your club or society is not already on Facebook, it makes sense to consider doing it, then people can 'share' event details and you can elicit some feedback. Some people use Twitter but I'm not on it and cannot give any advice. Also contact these sites: Visit Penistone, Barnsley Comical, Event Goat, Look Local, Holme Valley Revue, Visit Barnsley, Hudds Examiner and Pen FM.

Event Venues:
Pub function rooms are great venues and some will be free or hiring fees can sometimes be waived (by negotiation) if enough people are coming (see Pubs page). Sports clubs, Church Halls and Village Halls are all possible. You could try these: Penistone Scout Hut, Penistone Church FC Clubhouse, Penistone Bowling Club, Thurgoland Village Hall, Hoylandswaine Sports Club, Millhouse Institute, Millhouse Green Methodist Church Hall, Thurlstone School and so on. Penistone Community Centre can be booked via Pen Town Council and it has a bar room, Tel. 01226 370 088. For meetings of up to 30 people seated, Tesco's little-known 'Community Room' is free to use, call Mandy on 07528 438 799.

Disclaimer - Whilst every effort is taken to be accurate, some errors are inevitable. Sources are often vague on details (such as where and when!) and will sometimes change them or cancel without notice, making me look inept. The webmeister accepts no liability for inconvenience or consequential loss arising from items on this website.

Next Year:
Brexit Day - 29th March 2019;
Penistone Armed Forces Day - June 2019. The PAFD committee has a very good stash of money and is going to put on a belter of a show.


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