What's on in the Penistone Area - 2018

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This Events List is often updated (new entries highlighted) but you might need to re-load the page for the latest entries. Most are from posters in Penistone town centre, local websites and Facebook events. Sorry this website was never optimised for mobile devices, having started in AD 2,000 before they were invented. Please note that errors are possible (even likely) on this page. No responsibility is accepted by JB for inconvenience or consequential loss. Essential details are often omitted from posters and events might be modified or cancelled without notice. Now discover the wealth of local activities which don't make it to other 'What's On' pages. 'You read it here first'

For more What's On, see: Visit Penistone, We are Penistone (Facebook), 'Where Can We Go?', Event Goat, Look Local, Penistone FM (Facebook), BMBC 'Things to Do', and Penistone Community Centre. 'Welcome to Yorkshire's' Discover Penistone desperately needs some local input. Unfortunately, Barnsley Chronical does not have a Penistone reporter and its 'What's On' is now very sparse for our district. Love Penistone (Facebook) shows promise but has ignored some submitted events (two black marks so far and counting). The Events Intro page has previous years, waffle, guff, etc. My 'Advice for Event Organisers' is at the Page Bottom.


area mapNotable 2018 Events

The Paramount Theatre
Penistone can be proud of its Paramount Theatre, which was built in 1914 as 'Penistone Town Hall' with stage, proscenium arch, sprung dance floor and 500-seat capacity public hall. It was built as a theatre, dance hall and assembly hall from the beginning. With the arrival of a part-time projectionist in 1915, it also became a Picture Palace. Described upon its opening as "Penistone's Coliseum" and "An attraction for miles around", our public hall has lived well up to expectations and has been in continuous use. (See Town Hall History).

Later re-named the 'Paramount' after its cinema organ, Penistone Town Hall Cinema continues to show a full calendar of films, tribute bands, pantomimes, plays, comedy shows, organ concerts and satellite-relayed plays from London. Its organ concerts (2,30pm every Saturday) are highly popular. See Paramount (Facebook) for the latest news. (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). St Andrew's Church, next door to Penistone library, has organ concerts 1pm every Thursday.

PACT Meetings
These are 7pm monthly meetings where the Police meet with the public ('Police and Communities Together') on the first Thursday of each month. Venues alternate between Pendon House (the old people's residence) and Penistone Community Centre but the meetings are seldom advertised. See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley.'


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June    July - August - September - October - November - December - (Calendar).
This Month Penistone Parade Weekend, with a Folk Festival, Rock show, Comedy Show, Penistone Mayor's Parade and Penistone Gala.
Fri 1st 'Revolting Women' (Play about Suffragettes) - 7.30pm, Emmanuel Church, Huddersfield Road, Barnsley. Ticket £10 includes refreshments. This is a play by the Mikron Theatre Company. This Barnsley event is on this Penistone website because the poster has a heading of 'Penistone Women's Institute.'
  ,,   ,, Robert Drummond (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Award-winning, multi-intrumental vocalist, it says on the poster. 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 2nd Louise Lefervre (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. It is free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 3rd Closing Down Plant Sale - 10am to 3pm, Somewhere in Howbrook (the poster was not very informative). Everything must go, from pots to a gazebo in sealed bids - envelopes provided. All plants from 50p, raffle, tombola, bagatelle and refreshments. Proceeds to Yorkshire Air Ambulance and to Cancer Research.
Mon 4th Whit Monday (Historical note). Whit Monday was the bank holiday until the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971 moved it to the last Monday in May and effectively killed Whitsun off. A shame that, seeing as the Whitsuntide Parade was a big happening in most towns and villages in those days.
Weds 6th A View of Stocksbridge (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Penistone Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Dennis Pinder, from t'other side of t'hill (Stocksbridge History Group). He will be talking about Victorian children who worked down the mines at Hunshelf in the mid-1800s. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. All are welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs 7th Barnsley U3A Drop-in - Times not given, Penistone St John's Community Centre, Church Street. Learn more about activities organised by Barnsley U3A for our area. The group aims its activities at retired people to help expand their social circle and perhaps stave off isolation. There will be leaflets and advice on hand. For information about Penistone events by Barnsley U3A, please call Helen on 01226 891 130.
  ,,   ,, Seven-Week Digital Photography Course - 4.45pm to 6.45pm each Thursday for 7 weeks, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. This course costs £86.20 and includes short field trips and help with your camera. Book your place in the Library. If you are on certain benefits the cost might be halved or even be free. You will need to bring a camera or a smartphone with built-in camera to the sessions. See Penistone Library (Barnsley Council site), call 762313 or pay them a visit for details.
  ,,   ,, PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, Penistone St John's Community Centre, Church Street. Monthly public meeting 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. These public meetings are seldom advertised but are under threat if not enough people attend. See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley.'
Fri 8th
to Sun 10th
Penistone Parade and Gala Weekend - There were a few minor changes made for 2018 but the format is very similar to 2017. I have given the Gala weekend events a darker background so you can lump them together. This is always a big crowd-pleaser, with something for everyone. Please note that the Comedy night and the 'Ultimate 70s Party' are 'Adults Only' events. For full details of events, please visit 'Penistone the Musical' By the way, please ignore any BS that the Parade was: 'Originally set up by Penistone 3-9ers, Penistone Round Table and Penistone Town Council' - er, no it wasn't. Penistone Parade and Gala go back to before 1970, when the local council organised everything. These days, Penistone Parade weekend is supported by Penistone Scouts, Penistone Round Table and Penistone Ladies Circle with financial support from Penistone Town Council.
Fri 8th Comedy in a Tent - 7.30pm to 11pm, Showground Marquee. Penistone Gala Weekend Starts Here. Advance tickets £12, over 18s only. Bar and toilets available. Please note that this event is 'Adults Only'. The return of the Last Laugh Comedy Club, featuring Bob Rouse, Nina Gilligan and Richard Morton (line-up subject to change). See Comedy in a Tent for more details and tickets (25p on-line fee). This event is sponsored by CD Autos of Penistone.
  ,,   ,, Darts and Board Games Evening - Lounge, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This monthly event appears to be on the second Friday. Free admission but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Sat 9th Denby Dale Men's Sheds, Open Day - 10am to 4pm, Unit 9a, Nortonthorpe Mills, Scissett. Free entry. 'After more than two years of planning and building, our workshop is fully equipped for woodworking and metalworking. So, if you enjoy making and repairing, then come along and see what we have to offer.' Also visit the craft shop. Men's Sheds are catching on. Aimed at older men who might not get out much, the idea is to provide a social activity that can also be productive. Watch out for other Men's Sheds open days (such as Huddersfield Railway Station). It might be time for our district to set one up too. From a poster in DD.
  ,,   ,, Penistone X Run - Times according to event, Penistone Showground. 12.30pm Parent and Child Race (£20 for pair); 2pm Children's Fun Run (Ages 6yrs and up, £15 each); 3.30pm Penistone X-Run (16 yrs and above, £15 each). Something like an obstacle course, so be sure to dress appropriately - you might get cold and wet. See Pen X-Run for details and tickets (40p on-line booking fee). This event is sponsored by Simon Blyth Estate Agents.
  ,,   ,, Family Musical Festival - Noon to 5pm, Showground Marquee. Free admission, no ticket required. Featuring: 53 Degrees North, One Man Down, Quarterpastsax, Area9, Dave Gray, Georgie Harrison and LivEd (line-up subject to change). Refreshments available from the Tea Tent and the noisy Real Ale Bar. See Family Music Fest.
  ,,   ,, The Ultimate 70s Party - 7.30pm, Showground marquee. £10 Advance Tickets (down £2 on last year's price) over 18s only. Featuring Abba Fever. 'The five-piece live band, with five-part harmonies, transports you back to the 1970s through the biggest hits of the world’s favourite band.' See Ultimate 70s Party for details and on-line tickets (25p on-line fee). Please note that this event is 'Adults Only'. This event is sponsored by the Waggon and Horses, Oxspring.
  ,,   ,, Ryan Wiilingham (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. It is free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 10th

Penistone coat of arms
Penistone Mayor's Parade - Sets off Noon from Talbot Road near the almost-abandoned cop shop. The theme is 'Musicals Through the Ages'. The route is along Market Street and High Street, Clarel Street, Bluebell Ave, Park Ave, back along High/Market St to St Mary's Street roundabout and on to the Showground for judging by the Mayor, Cllr Gill Millner. This is always well-supported by our community, come rain or shine. The Gala on the Showground follows on from the Parade.

Penistone Mayor Cllr Gillian Millner and her Consort, Cllr Andrew Millner, will lead the Parade in an interesting vehicle, supported by schools, societies and businesses, such as Mountain Rescue, majorettes, thespians with a floppy-yet-dangerous-looking camel. Penistone's one remaining Fire Engine will rouse and douse the cheering mob and disseminate sweets to the ankle-biters. The tail-end will have vintage and classic cars, which will also be exhibited on the Showground. Do you fancy building a float and taking part in the Parade?  If so, please contact Penistone Town Council.  Tito magazine has elevated Penistone to city status, as in 'Lord Mayor's Parade'. See Parade & Gala.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Gala - After the Mayor's Parade, Showground. Admission: Adults £3.50, under 16's free. To participate in the the 'Marquee Games', a child must obtain an Activity Ticket (wristband), £3.50 in advance or £5 on the door. The Online ticket has no booking fee. The Gala has the usual stalls, arena events, charity stalls, fairground rides, a children's zone, bar, ice cream and a range of catering and trading stalls. See Parade & Gala.
  ,,   ,, Gala Weekend Spread Eagled Tournament - Starts 12.30pm (Weather permitting), Penistone Showground. Participants and watchers above 16yrs must have a Gala ticket. The Advance Team Ticket costs £20 (it's not obvious how to enter your team). Online tickets have a 40p booking fee. New for the 2017 Gala and is described as: 'Something a bit like that Wipeout game while wearing Star Wars fancy dress.'
This is ideal for a community group or sports team of up to eight people (10+ yrs). Contestants must use all their Jedi powers to dodge the rotating 'Arm of Doom'. Only one contestant can survive, to claim the inaugural Penistone Cup for their group. Sponsored by the Spread Eagle, Penistone. See SE Tournament (more details on Ticket site).
  ,,   ,, 'Myths and Legends' (Musical concert) - 4pm, St John the Evangelist Church, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. This is one of a series of 'Sundays at 4' concerts by soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth, and with Richard Taylor on piano. Music and song from Schubert to Sherwin - meet Gretchen, The Lorelei, Villa and the tale of the trout. Refreshments available. Plenty of parking on the road above. For more information, please call (mobile) 07407 559 059.
  ,,   ,, Charity Gig Night - Starts 7.30pm, The Smithy Arms, Bower Hill, Oxspring (opposite corner to the Waggon and Horses), S36 8QY. Pay by bucket collection. It's in the new pub. Andy Platt and his 'fabulously-talented friends' present an evening of original music. Featuring Andy Platt, Sharon Stacey, Claire Wakely, Sam Reid, Kev Sidebottom, Rachel Platt, Braham Hughes, Ian Rafferty and Ali Adair. Real ale on tap. This is a fund-raiser for 'Heads Together Barnsley' charity trust (not part of the national Heads Together charity). It was set up in memory of Jack and Paul Sykes who died as a result of a deliberate house fire caused by their father and raises money for local families who have suffered serious loss or trauma. Support a great cause, get an evening's entertainment and have chance to check out the marvellous Smithy Arms - the newest pub in the Penistone area - all rolled into one. See Heads Together Barnsley on Facebook.
Weds 13th Pat Hodges (Singer) - 2pm, St Aidan's Church Hall, Sheffield Road, Oxspring. Admission £2, which includes refreshments. Pat will encourage you to sing along to 'musical memories of the good old days' and a splendid time will be had by all. From Look Local.
Thurs 14th Debbie Askew (Spititualist Medium) - Opens 7pm for 8pm start, Rafters (upstairs) Bar, Waggon and Horses, Sheffield Road, Oxspring, S36 8YQ. Tickets £12 each, available from the Waggon or by phoning 76 3259. All tickets must be paid for before the day. There will be a break for an hour, 9pm to 10pm, for supper of homemade meat and potato pie (Vegetarian/Vegan option available on request). Waggon & Horses (Facebook) - Tel: 76 3259.
Weekend
16th, 17th
Fox Valley Food and Drink Festival - From 10am, Fox Valley Shopping Mall. Nearly missed this one, which is now on its second year. Much sorry. Please note that there will less parking than usual available at the shopping centre. The official website gives Lidl as an alternative. See Fox Valley.
Sat 16th Scarecrow Trail - Any time between 11am to 3.30pm, Millhouse Green Chapel. Entry forms (£1 each), refreshments, stalls and toilets at the chapel. Just walk around Millhouse Green and find the scarecrows. Family groups welcome. The theme is pantomime characters. Prize draw for all correct entries. Organised by Thurlstone and Millhouse Green Women's Institute. Updated details from poster.
  ,,   ,, Love Train 70s Party Night - Doors open at 6.45pm, Denroyd Farm, Upper Denby. Tickets £15 each (includes hot beef sandwich and chips but no vegetarian option advertised). Tickets from Denroyd Farm, Paul Schofield Butcher, Penistone and The George Inn, Upper Denby. With the cast of 'Love Train' and Bri Nylon (host), Berni Inns (warm-up DJ), Disco Dick and Polly Ester. See Facebook Event, Denroyd Fm.
  ,,   ,, Shane Stevens (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. It is free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 17th Father's Day. Get the cigars and whisky ready, it's Father's Day. This is on the third Sunday of June in the UK. The idea of a special day to celebrate fatherhood appears to have originated in the United States. As does chewing gum. See Time and Date.
  ,,   ,, 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 at the owner's risk. Tea, coffee, bacon sandwiches and toilets in the Community Centre. Vintage vehicles 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.
  ,,   ,, The Pennine Tractor Run - 10.30am, Dunford Parish Community Centre, Victoria. From Penistone, go through Millhouse Green, turn tight at Haslehead crossroads, and pass through Crow Edge, then keep a look-out on your right. The Parish Centre is just before the old Victoria pub (now closed) on a big field with plenty of parking, although the main area can become boggy in wet weather. You can get tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches for purchase in the morning before the set-off. The centre has toilets.

Originally organised by Twiford Motors, it used to set off from Holmfirth until a few years ago. This year's event has a new committee and new location. A new 41-mile route has been planned for 2018. The halfway stop is Our Cow Molly's ice cream shop, Cliffe House Farm, Hill Top Road, Dungworth, Sheffield, S6 6GW (only Ice cream and milk available), followed by a return trip to Dunford Parish Community Centre. Drivers need to take a packed lunch. Participants pay £15, with proceeds (including sponsors' input) going to three charities: Multiple Sclerosis, WYAMs and the Dunford Parish Community Centre. Tractor Guide Lines:
  • Only tractors registered prior to 1990 please,
  • Forms and payments to be returned by 8th June 2018,
  • All vehicles to be fully insured for road working,
  • The organisers do not accept any liability for loss or damage to any person or equipment, however caused, whist attending this event/
Application Forms have been sent out to previous participants. If you have not participated before, please Email: d.michael.fisher@gmail.com. For more information or an application form, please see Pennine Tractor Run (Facebook).
Mon 18th Tunisia versus England (World Cup Football) - Programme starts 6.15pm for 7pm, BBC TV. England's first match of the Cup, live from Volgograd in Russia. Penistone Church Football Club, (Facebook) is welcoming everyone to watch the England World Cup matches and charges £2 a pint for a hour before and after the games. They also have a promotional T-shirt offer and a barbecue advertised for this one. Families welcome. You can also watch World Cup footie at the Royal British Legion, the Spread Eagle and the Bridge pub.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Town Council Meeting - 7pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road, Penistone. The Penistone Area Council Manager, Elaine Equall, will give a presentation on a Penistone proposal for the 'Principal Towns Programme.' BMBC has some info on the programme (pdf).

Council Agenda in brief: Update on the Ward Alliance/mini-council, Approval of Joe Unsworth on the Ward Alliance, Correspondence, Expenditure, Report on the Community centre, Report on the Paramount, Update on Pen NDP, Report on the Gala and Parade, Approval of GDPR regulations and not much else at this meeting. A short period is allowed before it starts for residents' questions. The public and press may observe and record all council meetings (including the Ward Alliance, Penistone Area Council and other committees, if you can discover them), without prior permission, but may 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 of meetings appear on the website after the next meeting. For more information, see Penistone Town Council.
Tues 19th 'The History of Wortley Bells' (History talk) - 7.30pm, Wortley Hall. This is a talk by Andrew Beevers, the Captain of Wortley Bell Ringers, for Friends of Wortley Hall Gardens. Keep a watchful eye out for Heritage Open Days in September when you might have a chance to visit the recently-refurbished bells at Wortley church. All are welcome. If you are interested in attending, please call Barry on 01142 830 056.
Weds 20th The English Civil War (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a presentation by Gillian Waters with particular reference to the part that our own district played in the conflict. Take a look at the English Civil War maps at Texas University Library, showing areas controlled by each side (Eg. 1st January1643 and 1st May 1643). The Group's Journal No. 4 is now available to buy. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs - Mon
21st to 25th
Tuby's funfair - Weekdays 6pm to 10pm, Saturday 2pm to 10pm, not open Sunday, Penistone Showground behind Tesco. Free admission but rides cost money. 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 worth £5. They return to Penistone in September.
Thurs 21st Summer Solstice - The longest day of the year. The days get shorter from now on. (Time & Date).
Also, Cubley Hall was said to have opened on this day in 1982, making it their 36th anniversary.
  ,,   ,, Jumble Sale - 9.30am, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone, S36 6AR. Visit the Jumbly stalls, then pop in to see the Archive Group in the same place. Refreshments and toilets will be available in the building. Organised by St Mary's RC Church (Talbot Road).
  ,,   ,, 'Sheffield Blitz' (History talk) - 7.30pm, Thurgoland Village Hall. This is a talk by Corey Garner for Thurgoland History Group. All are welcome. For more information, please call Maurice on 01142 883 482 or Margaret on 01142 885 037.
Fri 22nd 'Royal Ascot Day at Cawthorne CC' - Noon until late, Cawthorne Cricket Club, Dark Lane, Cawthorne, S75 4HA. Tickets £30 per person includes a top class buffet lunch and pie & pea supper. Tickets available by calling either (mobile) 07969 897 567 or (mobile) 07795 900 167. Free drink on arrival. Gine and prosecco bar, Prize for the best-dressed lady and gent on the day. Live evening entertainment from the Goodfellas. For information about CCC, please call (mobile) 07929 206 257. See Cawthorne CC which does not give their location (Facebook)
Sat 23rd to
Sun 8th Jy
East Peak Outdoors 2018. This used to be called the 'East Peak Walking Festival' but I see a cycling event in there too, hence the name-change. It is mostly guided walks through our scenic countryside. Some have been included in the list below. Please note that the Penistone Line timetable changes on 20th May and the times shown might vary, but not usually by much. Also, many of the links from the EPIP page are broken (possibly typed in by hand without checking, something I would never do). Where possible, I have included working links. See East Peak Outdoors 2018.
Sat 23rd Stage 7 of Peak District Boundary Walk (Holme to Langsett Reservoir) - 9.30am, The Fleece Inn, Holme, Bus no. 314 from Huddersfield at 8.45am on Saturdays, arrives Holme 9.23am. Booking required, call Contact Julie Gough or David Gates on 0114 279 2655 or 07731 644026. This is a moderate 10½ mile walk from Holme village to Langsett Reservoir but not well-served by public transport at either end. It passes a series of small reservoirs, via Dunford Bridge and part of the Trans-Pennine Trail, to finish at Langsett reservoir. Rated 'energetic' with an ascent of 852 ft., a mix of moorland paths, bridleways and surfaced lanes. Some bogginess expected and one careful crossing of the busy Sheffield to Manchester, A628 road. Public toilets and refreshments available but very limited parking at the pub. The pub is noted for good, if expensive, food. EPIP says: 'We will need to liaise re lifts, getting back to the start, or arranging transport. Community buses are a possibility. There will be a cost involved if we have to arrange transport.' National Express 350 bus leaves Langsett to Sheffield at 3:25pm and 8:20pm only. Part of East Peak Outdoors 2018.
  ,,   ,, Charity Car Boot/Tabletop Sale - 11am to 2pm, St Saviour's Church, Thurlstone. Free admission. Fund-raiser for 'Jason and Emma's Challenge.' Their Just Giving explains the background: 'We lost our second son Alfie through a stillbirth in 2008. In 2006 our eldest son Oscar was diagnosed with Type 1 Neurofibromatosis and then in 2009 he was diagnosed with autism. Then in 2015 he was diagnosed with epilepsy. In 2010 our eldest daughter Poppy was also diagnosed with Type 1 Neurofibromatosis and in 2017 she was diagnosed with autism. To mark Alfie’s 10th birthday, we have set ourselves a challenge to raise £10,000 to split between the four charities.' These are: SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society), Sheffield Children’s Hospital, The Neuro Foundation and The National Autistic Society. Stallholders pay £8 a table inside or £5 for a car or table outside, call (mobile) 07961 552 196. From poster.
  ,,   ,, The 'Pen Den Trail' (Country walk) - Congregate 1.50pm, Penistone Railway Station. No booking required but you might call Paul Clarke on (mobile) 07827 665495 or 01484 861499 as a courtesy. A varied and scenic 5½ mile walk from Penistone Station to Denby Dale Station via the Trans-Pennine Trail and public rights of way, with not much road-walking. Very well-behaved dogs are permitted at owner's risk but must be closely controlled and on a short lead where the route crosses farmland (a detour may be necessary if cattle are present). Both stations are on the Penistone Line with hourly trains in both directions, so you can return from DD by train. Parking available at both stations. The 13:12 from Huddersfield (13:35 Denby Dale) arrives in time, while the 12:35 from Sheffield (Barnsley 13:03) arrives about 30mins early. Trains are mostly one hour apart (Timetable) so you might visit Penistone town centre for toilets, cafes, shops or pubs. Denby Dale has a good gastropub and limited shops, although you can buy walking boots from Springfield Mill. The Pen Den Trail (pdf) is a very popular route, leaflet available from Penistone Library, Huddersfield station and Denby Dale charity shop. Part of East Peak Outdoors 2018 and a Penistone Line Partnership (Facebook) walk. The PLP celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
  ,,   ,, Book Signing - 3pm to 4pm, The Arthouse Cafe, Church Street. Children's author Amanda Cartwright will be there in person. See Facebook Event.
  ,,   ,, Louie Stephens (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. It is free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 24th Armed Forces Day (National Event) - In Liverpool this year. Penistone's Grand Military Show will return on Saturday 29th June 2019. For more information (details from 2017), please see Penistone Armed Forces Day, Pen AFD Facebook, Spike's Facebook and Armed Forces Day. Otherwise, Email: penistone.armed.forces.day@gmail.com.
  ,,   ,, The Nativity of St John (Historic Note). Penistone Church is dedicated to St John the Baptist and, except for Christmas, this is the only other church event which celebrates a birth rather than a death. In 506 AD, the 'Council of Agde' listed the 'Nativity of Saint John' as amongst the highest feasts of the year, when the faithful would attend Mass and abstain from servile work. The Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:36, 56 - 57) states that John was born about six months before Jesus; therefore, the Feast, Festival or Nativity of St John the Baptist was fixed as 24th June, six months before Christmas Eve. Penistone Church will have its own 'Festival of St John the Baptist', but not necessarily on the official date. This website is nothing if not educational.
  ,,   ,, Stage 8 of Peak District Boundary Walk - 9.30am, Langsett Reservoir car park. 8.15am National Express 350 bus from Sheffield, returning by Bus No. 62 from Low Bradfield to Sheffield at either 3:19pm, 5:19pm or 7:19pm (Sunday timetable). Booking is required for this walk; call Julie Gough or David Gates on 0114 279 2655 or 07731 644026. The walk is rated 'energetic' with an ascent of 1346 ft. It is Stage 8 of the Peak District Boundary Walk, from Langsett reservoir to Low Bradfield via the Anglo-Saxon village of Bolsterstone (with a good pub and affordable food) and Bradfield, famous for its brewery and Tour de Yorkshire connection. This 10½ mile walk has some steep climbs in and out of narrow valleys, plus plenty of stile-hopping across fields and a little road-walking. Public toilets, refreshments and parking available. Part of East Peak Outdoors 2018.
  ,,   ,, Psychic Fair - 10am to 4pm, The White Heart, Bridge Street, Penistone, S36 7AH. Free admission. Unique gifts, such as crystals, candles, tarot cards, books and more. Also readings by tarot, spiritual, angel and aura. For more information, see Harmony 9 (Facebook), or call (mobile) 07773 202 753. 'Harmony 9' also runs workshops and sells goody bags to suit various life aims. White Heart, Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Lower Denby, Gunthwaite Circular Walk - 10:30am, Dunkirk Inn Car Park. Leisurely 5½ Mile walk with moderate gradients but may be muddy in places. It is mainly on footpaths and tracks with short sections on country lanes. The terrain is gently undulating with superb views. Several short cuts are available in case of doubtful weather. Stout footwear is advisable. A range of stile types will be encountered. Refreshments available at the Dunkirk Inn. Contact Mike Mortimer on 01484 861216 (No booking required). Part of East Peak Outdoors 2018.
  ,,   ,, Charity Car Boot Sale - 10.45am, Hade Edge Football Club, Penistone Road, Hade Edge near Holmfirth, HD9 2JG. Free admission for shoppers. Hot food and drinks available. Toilet facilities. Disabled parking. Ample FREE parking for buyers in the field next to the football ground. These sales are held every last Sunday in the month, May to August, and have been running for ten years. Stall holders to arrive 10.30am, Cost: cars £8, vans £10, to be paid on arrival (booking advisable). Contact telephone: 01484 684 924 or (mobile) 07765 125 567, call to check latest times or cancellations. See Where Can We Go.
  ,,   ,, Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone St John's Community Centre, Church Street. Free admission and open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses and refreshments. This is one of a series of Sunday tabletop sales. Other dates are: 29th July, 26th August, 30th September, 28th October and 25th November. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. From Facebook.
  ,,   ,, England versus Panama (World Cup Football) - 1pm, BBC TV at home or local pubs and clubs. Our second match in the Cup, live from Nizhny Novgorod in Russia. The stadium has a capacity of 45,000 and was opened in April this year. You can watch the World Cup games with some atmosphere at Penistone Church FC, the Royal British Legion, the Spread Eagle and the Bridge pub.
  ,,   ,, Traditional Cream Teas - 2.30pm to 4.30pm, The Old Vicarage (next to St Saviour's Church), Thurlstone. Full afternoon tea with strawberries and cream, £7. Strawberries and cream with a cream scone, £3.50. Tickets and enquiries, please call 76 3260 or 76 6390. Enjoy fresh home-made produce, including freshly-filled cream and jam scones, a selection of savoury sandwiches and a drink. Last year's event was organised by St Saviour's Mothers' Union. From poster.
Tues 26th Music Train - 6.15pm from Huddersfield on the Penistone Line. Music by 'Fishing for Compliments' which will go on to play at The Station Inn, Silkstone Common and on the return journey. See Penistone Line Partnership (Facebook), which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
  ,,   ,, 'The Future of Community Rail' - Tuesday 26th June, (Time not stated) University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, HD1 3DH. A conference celebrating 25 years of the Penistone Line Partnership and considering where 'Community Rail' (not defined) might go next. To book a place, please contact Rowena by Email: penistoneline@gmail.com. See Penistone Line Partnership (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Heritage Trail of Upper Denby (Walk) - 6.45pm, The George Inn, 114 Denby Lane, Upper Denby, HD8 8UE. The walking is free but Pie and Peas cost £5.50 (served on return to the George), which must be booked by 25th. This is a gentle walking tour of the Village Conservation Area of Upper Denby, led by the local Historian and hursuit herbalist, John Hislop. An easy walk, mainly on paved paths around the Village and part of East Peak Outdoors 2018. No public toilets on the route. Good parking behind the pub. The George, Facebook, call 01484 861 347.
Weds 27th Natwest Bank Closure - Wednesday 27th June 2018 for the Penistone branch, as announced in December 2017. It is clear that they will manage quite well without any Penistone customers (other Banks are available). See the Barnsley Chronicle article and Natwest.
  ,,   ,, Information Drop-in and 'Sloppy Slipper Swap' - 2pm to 4pm, (Sloppy 'Town Hall' location, probably the Council Chamber) Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Free and no appointment necessary, just turn up and feel free to bring someone with you to a support session for the over-50s. You can learn about the Good Neighbour Scheme, the Volunteer Driver Scheme and community transport. Tea, coffee and biscuits are on hand. This is for anyone over 50 years old who lives in a BMBC Penistone Ward. The 'Sloppy Slipper Swap' part allows you to bring your old slippers and exchange them for new ones, and for nowt. This event is part of a 'social inclusion project' to get the wrinklies out of the house and meet up with others.Funded by the Penistone Ward Alliance, aka the 'Penistone Area Team,' and operated by Age Concern of Barnsley. For more information, please call Karen on (mob) 07574 843 355 or email: k.dennis@ageukbarnsley.org.uk.
  ,,   ,, High Flatts History Trail (walk) - Meet 6.30pm, The Quaker Meeting House (brown sign on Penistone Road), High Flatts, HD8 8XU. You might be best parking on Windmill Lane across the main road and walking down the lane to Quaker Bottom. Booking is not essential but would be appreciated for refreshments, call David Cook on 01484 606865 or 07510 606668. A leisurely 3-mile walk, from High Flatts at 1,000 feet a.s.l, via the historical works of 18th century road builder, Jack Metcalfe (Blind Jack of Knaresborough), New House Farm and a stroll through the Upper Dearne Woodlands. Refreshments served on return at the Quaker Meeting House. Toilets and parking also available there. Mr Cook is very knowledgeable about the local Quaker movement and history. Part of East Peak Outdoors 2018.
Thurs 28th
to Sat 30th
'42nd Street' (Theatrical musical) - 7.15pm each day and a 2pm Saturday matinee, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets: £12, Concessions £10 (all areas). Performed by the young cast of Junkyard Theatre (Horizon Community College, Barnsley), this ever-popular musical tells the story of a talented young performer who gets her big break on Broadway. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
Thurs 28th 'Bosvilles and Bell Horses' (Historic talk) - 6.30pm, Oxspring School. Free admission, donations welcome for school funds. Julia Thomson and Dave Perkins will tell you where there was an abandoned manor house in the village, Romans in the area and other matters. Light refreshments provided. From poster.
  ,,   ,, England versus Belgium (World Cup Football) - 7pm, ITV. Our third match in the Cup, live from Kaliningrad. The stadium opened in March this year with a capacity of 35,000. You can see the World Cup games at Penistone Church FC, the Royal British Legion, the Spread Eagle and the Bridge pub.
Fri 29th

A Summer Soirée - 7pm, Penistone Parish Church, Market Place, Penistone. Tickets £10 per person (limited in number), from the Church Office (Weds, Thurs, Sat, 10am to noon, tel. 01226 370 006) or call Rosa on 76 2201 (Email: changgold@aol.com). This event is a fund-raiser for the Church Roof Appeal. The poster says: 'We invite you to a Summer Soiree to savour the loveliness of the long days,' with artisan cheeses, wine, crackers, celery and grapes. There will be a musical interlude by 'No Mean Feet' then it's prosecco, strawberries and cream. Toilets are available in the church but no weightscale. Later a raffle to Raise the Roof of Penistone Church. Raffle Prizes:

  • 1st Prize - Six-course authentic Chinese meal for the winner and three guests (at Rosa Chang's home in Thurlstone, by arrangement),
  • 2nd Prize - Two bottles of wine, a round of cheese and accompaniments, and,
  • 3rd Prize - One bottle of wine, a round of cheese and accompaniments.
See Penistone Church, Facebook.
Sat 30th

Cycling Over Hill and Dale - 10am, Denby Dale Railway Station. Booking required, call David Wilde on 07939 446581 or Julia Earle on 07984 640878. This cycling event includes some hill climbs but which are hopefully not too strenuous. Using cycle/bridleways where possible and quiet roads, it is a seven-mile circular route, taking in Denby Dale itself, Upper and Lower Denby, Scissett and Clayton West. Most of the route is in the beautiful countryside between the villages, with splendid views. A refreshment stop is included and a glimpse (but not admission) of other attractions such as the Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre, Kirklees Light Railway and, if time permits, a visit to the magnificent viewpoint at Denby Delf. Limited parking available is at DD station although there is usually no problem arriving with a bike by train on the Penistone Line. Toilets at the refreshments stop. Part of East Peak Outdoors 2018.
  ,,   ,, 'RAF 100' Centenary Commemoration - 11am, Penistone War Memorial, Penistone Church. This commemorates the founding of the Royal Air Force in 1918, with the support of Penistone Town Council, Penistone FM, Father David of Penistone church and Joe Pinguey. Wreath-laying and a church service will take place. The half-hour service will be conducted by Father David Hopkin, with an introduction by Penistone MP Angela Smith. Military associations and cadets will be represented and the standard bearers will take part. Following the church service, there will be refreshments and a display by John Ownsworth, author of a new book about military history in our district. No doubt the book will be on sale (£25). Joe Pinguey has been central to several military commemoration services in Penistone.
  ,,   ,, Birdsedge Gala - From noon, by Birdsedge School, Huddersfield Road, Birdsedge. Free admission. Lots of family fun and stalls. Also a stage, bar, refreshments. Toilets in the school. Parking on the side road.
  ,,   ,, Fund-raiser Race Night - First Race 8pm, Penistone Scout Hut, Wentworth Road, Penistone. Tickets £5 include Pie and Peas, Children £2.50, by calling (mobile) 07766 380 897 or email: crookes_a@sky.com. Bring your own drinks (alcoholic or other), tea and coffee will be available to purchase. This is a Jamboree fund-raiser for the local Scouts. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Chelsea Radford (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. It is free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)

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July    June - August - September - October - November - December - (Calendar).
This Month Summer has arrived and it is a good month for Festivals and Galas. Village Galas in Thurlstone, Hade Edge and Thurgoland are all worth a visit, the Yummy Fest too and Underneath the Stars in Cawthorne. The Caribbean Carnival in Huddersfield is always good fun, if loud.
Mon - Sat
2nd to 8th
Rail Safety Week 2018 - School visits arranged by the Penistone Line Partnership. 'Last year we delivered the rail safety message to over 1500 children, this year we would like to do the same. Schools and youth groups can contact Rowena to book their free Rail Safety presentation. We can also organise activities for small groups. Email Rowena on penistoneline@gmail.com.' See Penistone Line Partnership and Facebook.
Weds 4th The Enclosures Act (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 Yvonne Timmins, on a subject which still divides opinions. 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 to Sun
6th - 8th
Hoylandswaine Village Festival. These details were found in the programme for Penistone Parade weekend and may be subject to modification. Except for the Scarecrow Trail, the other items on Sunday were not confirmed. Refreshments will be available throughout the weekend at places throughout the village. See Hoylandswaine Village Festival's Facebook Event page.
Friday 6th:
Evening - Hoylandswaine Hill Races - For children 15yrs and below from the Cricket Club. Also a barbecue at the Cricket Club.
Evening - Junior Cricket Event - Cricket Club.
Saturday 7th:
10am - Tiny Tunes, 10am - Bird Walk, from the Rose and Crown,
Noon - Teddy Bear Zipwire and Parachute, Parish Church,
1.45pm - Opening of the Church Bell Tower,
Afternoon - School Fayre,
7pm - Hoylandswaine Music Festival, Village Hall. Ticket event (price not given). With the local band Sundance,
Sunday 8th:
All Day - Scarecrow Trail,
1pm - Well-dressing blessing with songs by Tiny Tunes,
2pm - Silkstone Brass Band. Rose and Crown,
2pm - Samba Band. Walking through the village.
  ,,   ,, Wortley Beer & Music Festival - Times not stated, Wortley Village, Sheffield, S35 7DB. Free entry all weekend. Camping is £15 per night, per pitch. Over 30 Artistes and Bands on two Stages and over 70 Beers and Ciders on tap. Clubhouse, marquees, food stations, children's entertainers, pet station and camping. Where Can We Go lists only Friday 6th but the text reads 'all weekend' so take your pick.
Fri 6th 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.
  ,,   ,, Dolcé (Singers) - 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.
Weekend
7th, 8th
Denby Dale Scarecrow Trail - This is throughout Denby Dale. Admission is free. Entry forms can be downloaded from Denby Dale and District Lions' Facebook (See the Form). The theme is 'Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes'. Completed entries can be submitted via the special postbox outside the White Hart, Denby Dale, by 25th June. Scarecrows will be judged by the public and there will be cash prizes for the best three. Proceeds go to the Denby Dale Centre and Denby Dale Community Library. The main base for the event is at the White Hart, DD. This event is kindly sponsored by Butcher Residential. BTW, the Denby Dale and District Lions also organise the Penistone Beer Festival.
Sat 7th 'Ready Teddy Jump' - 11am to 12.30pm, Hoylandswaine Church. £1 fee. 'Is your teddu brave enough to perform a death-defying parachute jump from the church tower? If so, bring them along, pay a pound and cross your fingers they will survive the jump.' NB. All teddies will be checked over by a medic before being returned to their owner with a certificate. Organised by Hoylandswaine Village Festival.
  ,,   ,, 'Swaine Fields' (Live music event) - Doors open 7pm, Hoylandswaine Village Hall, Haigh Lane, Hoylandswaine, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S36 7JJ. Tickets £10 (includes hot pork sandwich, no veggie alternative), please email Swainefields@gmail.com. Cash bar for over-18s. This is an evening of music from local acts. Main act is 'Sundance'. See 'Where Can We Go.'
TBC Caribbean Parade - Starts 1pm, Through the streets of Huddersfield. Beware of a possible railway strike at the weekend. The date is the second weekend in July. It will finish in St George's Square near the Railway Station (very convenient for railway to Penistone if they are not on strike). Bright costumes, loud drumming, loud music, fun and great excitement. Also a 'Glow Parade' on Friday 7th evening, with performers marching through Huddersfield with 'glow in the dark' items, as you do. Huddersfield Carnival.
TBC Hade Edge Gala - 1.30pm to 11.30pm, Hade Edge Football Ground, Penistone Road, Hade Edge, HD9 2JH. Free entry. Fun-packed day of country-style entertainment for all the family. Gala theme is 'By the Sea'. Bar with draught bitter, hog roast, stalls, classic cars, motorbikes, tractors and dog show. Evening party and children are welcome. See Holmfirth Events (Hade Edge Facebook)
Sun 8th Tractor Run - From Bradfield. This one was by word of mouth and needs more information. Penistone Young Farmers are somehow involved.
  ,,   ,, Jack & Paul's Third Fun Run (1¼ Miles) - 10.30am, Penistone Bowling Club. Entry fee £6.50 per person. Please ensure all under sevens are accompanied by a paying adult. Enter with one of the application forms in local shops or via Racebest. This is a 2 km fun run on grass and the Trans-Pennine Trail. Wear bright colours. Be aware that the run crosses a stream and any baby buggies would need to be carried across. Prizes for first three under 18 boys and girls. Also age category prizes for boys and girls: Under 7yrs, 8 to 10yrs and 11 to 15yrs. This is a fund-raiser for 'Heads Together Barnsley' charity trust (not part of the national Heads Together charity), set up in memory of Jack and Paul Sykes who died as a result of a deliberate house fire caused by their father. It raises money for local families who have suffered serious loss or trauma. See also Heads Together Barnsley on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Thurgoland Family Fun Day (Wizard of Oz theme) - 10.30am to 5pm, Playing Field, Thurgoland Village, S36 7AA. Free admission. A family-themed, fun day with lots of games for the children, a scarecrow competition, fancy dress and Hathersaage Brass Band. 2018 is sure to be 'Somewhere over the rainbow' with the magical 'Wizard of Oz' theme, music and laughter, and the warmth of the community. Plus, of course, all the lovely people local and far who support us on the day. Put it in your diary folks. New for 2018 is a Gin and Prosecco bar. Main attractions are: Children's rides, Bouncy castles, Pot breaking, Coconut Shy, Raffle, Treasure Hunt, BBQ and Licensed Bar, School Stalls, Gift & Craft Stalls, Penistone Co-op Funeral Parlour, Refreshments in the Village Hall, games in the Main Square, fancy dress competition, Stamper dance display, and more to be confirmed.
  • 10.30am - Pet Show in the School Yard. Get your pets groomed and dressed up for the occasion. Always on the look out for Toto! Bacon butties served by Mary in the kitchens.
  • 1pm - Gala starts around now on the field.
  • 1.30pm - Village Parade. The float will tour Thurgoland with this year's annual gala queen and all the lovely children being paraded around the village, accompanied by Hathersage Brass band and a host of people.
  • 2pm - Opening Ceremony. An undisclosed VIP make the announcement and various thank-yous.
For stallholders: This is an outdoor event and you need your own table and gazebo to fit into a 3 x 3 metre pitch, correct weights must also be used to stop everything blowing away, it can be very windy. There is no electrickery, so you might need a generator. Vendor fees (in 2017): Craft and gift stalls, £15, Charity Stalls £10. All stallholders must hold a valid public liability insurance certificate at the time of the event. Payment up front before the day. Contact via Facebook, email: keekee20@hotmail.com or call (mobile) 07985 322 907.
Fri 13th Ghana Outlook Reunion - 7.30pm, Cubley Hall, Mortimer Road, Cubley, Penistone, S36 9DF. From Facebook, 'Twenty years ago this summer, we went on our first trip to Ghana. It was the start of something amazing, which saw the transformation of education for thousands of children in Ghana. Richard Galliford has suggested that we have a twentieth anniversary get together to celebrate everything that Ghana ‘98, and subsequently Ghana Outlook, has achieved. If you have been involved in the projects in Ghana over the last twenty years, please consider yourself invited to this reunion. Please spread the word to anyone you know who has been involved too! Looking forward to seeing everyone!'
  ,,   ,, 'Music on a Summer's Breeze' - 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Thurgoland. Tickets £6 (under 16s free), call Elaine on 01142 845 494. This is a concert by Thurgoland Community Choir and guests, including 'The Clangers' hand bell ringers. Musical Director Dan Timmins, Accompanist Claire MacAuley. From poster.
Weekend
TBC
Yummy Fest 2017 - (Speculative for this year) Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream Parlour, just above Ingbirchworth. If it happens, details from 2017 as a rough guide: Admission free but a minimum £2 parking donation. This follows on from the success of previous tractor fests. A weekend of farming fun, food and entertainment for all ages. A 'Made and Found' market will take over the barn, showcasing local artistic talent. There will space for camping. Yorkshire Air Ambulance is this year's charity. See also the Yummy Fest Party entry below. See Yummy Yorkshire (Facebook).
Sat 14th Thurlstone Village Gala - 1pm to 4pm, St Saviour's Church, Manchester Road, Thurlstone. Always a good family fun afternoon in the outdoors, with: stalls, tombolas, face-painting, basketball tournament, raffles, refreshments, Penistone Children's Choir and Thurlstone Training Band. The Huntsman beer tent has soft drinks, lager and Real Ale. Toilet available in a side door of the church. The Gala is also the HQ and registration point for PFR Thurlstone Chase, which starts at 3pm (see next item below). Gala organised by Thurlstone Community Group (Facebook), raising funds for: Thurlstone & Millhouse Green Beevers, Cubs, Brownies and Rainbows, also Thurlstone School, Daisy Chains Pre-school and Thurlstone Brass Band. Park on the main road. See the Event Page on Facebook. Organised by Thurlstone Community Group (Facebook). From poster.
  ,,   ,, PFR Thurlstone Chase - Sets off 3pm, Thurlstone Sports Ground, High Bank, grid ref: SE226036. Entry £4.50 on the day, minimum age 16 years. Registration and HQ at Thurlstone Gala, at St Saviour's Church. Thurlstone Chase is a BS category fell race: 4 miles with 600 feet of ascent on a marked and marshalled course. £25 cash prize for the first male and female breaking the course record. See PFR (Race).
  ,,   ,, Summer 80s Party - Doors open at 6.45pm, Denroyd Farm, Upper Denby. Tickets £10 from Denroyd Farm, Paul Schofield Butcher (Penistone Market Street) and the George Inn (Upper Denby). Featuring the 80s tribute band, Atomic, and including a beach party theme, Fancy dress encouraged but not mandatory. Also a DJ on and off throughout the evening. Cocktails, prosecco and gin on tap. From poster.
Sun 15th Saint Swithun's Day (or St Swithin) - According to national tradition, any rain on this saint's feast day (always 15th July) will continue for forty days. St Swithun was an Anglo-Saxon Bishop of Winchester who died around 862 AD. This tradition could be on shaky, as well as wet, ground. Royal Met Soc. Very odd that a Winchester bishop used a Scottish dialect: "St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain, For forty days it will remain, St Swithun’s day if thou be fair, For forty days ‘twill rain nae mare."
Mon 16th 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, as appropriate. Residents have a legal right to 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.
Weds 18th Brass Bands (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 Fred Etherington, who has been involved in award-winning bands from when Mathuselah was a bairn. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month, except August. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Fri - Sun
TBC
Underneath the Stars Festival (Music Festival) - Speculative for this year. Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne. See last year's details as a rough guide:
A complicated ticket system, typically £50 each day (Eg. Adult, Saturday), with concessions for over-60s and children. You only see the price after clicking 'Book Now'. Sneaky, wot? However, you can gain free entry by volunteering to help. Described as: 'A family-friendly festival of music and arts in the heart of Yorkshire.' You will be able to hire a tent in the Glamping Village. Under S Fest, (Facebook, Twitter).
Sat 21st 'Over the Water to Skye' (9m Walk) - 10.15am, Silkstone Common Railway Station. Trains run every hour both ways, so you could catch the 9.43am train from Penny to arrive at 9.50am. This nine-mile walk (led by John Harker) is from the River Don to the Little Don in Stocksbridge, using two sets of stepping stones if the water is not too high. Return travel from Stocksbridge might be a problem as there are no trains back. A Penistone Line Partnership (Facebook) guided walk. The PLP celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Sun 22nd 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 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 23rd Penistone Pictorial - This website's birthday from the year 2,000. "Hip - hip.....". Mine's a pint.
  ,,   ,, Music Train - 6.15pm from Huddersfield on the Penistone Line. Music by 'Hokum' from Huddersfield to Sheffield and on the return to Huddersfield. Also a real ale bar on the train. See Penistone Line Partnership (Facebook), which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Tues 24th
to Mon 3rd
Sept
Six Weeks' School Holiday - Returning 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. These dates were published in 2017. See BMBC School Calendar.
Weds 25th RBL Club Trip - The trip goes to Bridlington this year. Application forms are available from the Reception desk. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Thurs 26th 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 come back to Penistone Library on these dates (all Thursdays): 2nd, 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).
Fri and Sat
27th, 28th
Dyslexia Screenings - Fri, 9.30am to 4pm (with lunch break); Sat, 9am to noon, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Each one-hour session costs £30, by appointment, and is for adults or children. Ask a member of the library staff or call 76 2313 and you will be contacted for an informal chat. If you think you or your child might have dyslexia, then a screening is a way to find out, before committing to a full diagnostic assessment which could cost £500. These screenings are being run by 'Managing Dyslexia' which might be a private company. See also NHS Dyslexia and Penistone Library (Facebook).
Sun 29th Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone St John's Community Centre, Church Street. Free admission and open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses and refreshments. This is the first of a series of Sunday tabletop sales. Other dates are: 26th August, 30th September, 28th October and 25th November. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. From Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Andre Reiu's 2018 Maastricht Concert - 3pm, 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. They wouldn't fit on our stage anyway. 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).

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August     June - July - September - October - November - December - (Calendar).
This Month Yorkshire Day is back and it celebrates 'God's Own County', there are usually some pub events, etc. A large event in the area which attracts thousands of visitors is Wortley Hall's South Yorkshire Festival. Then Emley Show prepares us for Penistone Show in September. Watch for some Princess Diana commemorations marking twenty years since she left us.
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 will celebrate God's Own County in various ways on this day and by flying the Yorkshire flag. Apart from Penistone Royal British Legion, nothing is happening locally to mark the special day for 'God's Own County'. Penistone was proud to host the county's Yorkshire Day event in 2006, with mayors, dignitaries and officials from all over the county on a mid-week, rainy day. Oxspring Parish Council usually leads the way by flying the Yorkshire flag on their new village flagpole. In 2016, only one Yorkshire flag was obvious on the day in Penistone, on the RBL flagpole. Y Ridings, YD Facts, Wiki. See also the Penistone Yorkshire Day 2006 page.
  ,,   ,, 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 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).
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. 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 is one of the best-attended and respected agricultural shows in Yorkshire, and a great day out for all the family. It is also good practice for the bigger Penistone Show in September. Emley Show will have two new prestigious qualifying classes in the horse section. '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, right 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.
Thurs - Sun
2nd to 5th

Updated
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 2018, more than 125,000 people. Hudds F&D Fest (Facebook) and Huddersfield Examiner.
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).
Thurs 16th 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: 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.
Sat 18th or
25th TBC
Denby Dale Village Féte - These two dates were proposed in February this year, to be confirmed. Looking to set up all of the usual ingredients of a Village Féte. According to their notice in Springfield Mills, their Parish Council, local councillors, churches, DD Lions and the 'Friends of Church Field' are all on-board with it. They also want sponsors. No contact details.
  ,,   ,, Summer Fair - 1pm, Millhouse Institute,. Millhouse Green Village Community Association (MGVCA) are having their annual summer fair, with stalls and children's activities. Stalls are £10 each. If anyone would like a stall, please inbox me Hel's Townsend.
Sun 19th 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 20th No PTC Meeting - They don't meet in August. Penistone Town Council meetings are normally on the third Monday of each month except August. See Pen Town Council.
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).
Date
TBC
South Yorkshire Festival - Noon to 5pm, Wortley Hall, Wortley, S35 7DB. Free admission but a £2 car park charge for charity. Perhaps the largest local event after Penistone Show, with typically 5,000 or more visitors. A mix of family entertainment, with: live music, dancers, donkey rides, bouncy castles, children's rides, arts and crafts, gifts, incense, vegetarian foods, barbecue, beer tent, trades unions, armed forces charity, animal handling and brass band. Some stalls are distinctively 'lefty-biased' and 'politically correct', with support for various banana republics (Eg. 'Friends of Cuba', Venuzuela, etc.) but it is not all political and there is enough going on for most people to be happy. Most stalls are outdoors but tea, coffee, cakes, bar and toilets are indoors. For more info about the Festival, call 01142 882 100, Email, Wortley Hall.
Sun 26th Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone St John's Community Centre, Church Street. Free admission and open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses and refreshments. This is the first 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.
  ,,   ,, 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)
  ,,   ,, 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.'
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).

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September    June - July - 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.
TBC Silkstone Common's Second Summer Fair - Speculative for 2018
Noon to 3pm, Recreation Ground, Silkstone Common. Free admission. 'Silkstone Parish Council invites all residents to their first summer fair to be held at Silkstone Common Recreation Ground.' Attractions include: horse rides, mega-raffle, arena displays, bouncy castle, refreshments, stalls and games. The early 'Mega-Raffle' prizes include: a £50 Pookie voucher (Potting Shed), £20 meal voucher for the Potting Shed Café, assorted Co-op vouchers and a Cut & Blow voucher for the 'Time for Me' hairdressers. Probably more prizes and attractions nearer the time (this was typed in mid-August). This event is a fund-raiser to provide defibrillators. For more information or to set up a stall, contact the Parish Clerk, Karen Canadine on 01226 391 343 or Email: silkstoneclerk@ymail.com. See Facebook.
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. Check dates and times before travelling as not all venues will be open throughout each four-day period and, to be honest, English Heritage sometimes repeats old information which is no longer true. Details for 2018 will become available around July.

From last year: Sheffield HOD Leaflet (pdf), 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.
Weds 5th The Barnsley Archives and its Penistone Materials (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 Paul Stebbings, head of BMBC Archiving, who will tell us about what Barnsley holds on behalf of our town. 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 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

Penistone coat of arms

Penistone Mug from Hallmark Card ShopThe 145th Penistone Show - Opens 8am but there's not much happening for the first hour or so, Penistone QEII Showground. Admission: Adult £12, Child £3 (5 to 15yrs), Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 children) £25. This is Penistone's biggest event of the year and a great family day out, with a huge list of things to see, do and enjoy, as well as animals of all description. It can bring in as many as 18,000 visitors with a wide range of stalls, exhibits, mini-shows, bands and events, all organised by around 60 willing volunteers. The Show also has well-organised off-road car parking (don't try to park at Tesco), just follow the signs and the marshals' directions. Vintage vehicles, entertainment rings, children's rides, children's entertainment, helter skelter, bacon sandwiches, brass bands, choirs, steam machines, horsey people, horsey rings, horsey smells, goats, ferrets, poultry, ducks, cows, sheep, wellies, hats, trading stalls, sweet stalls (no prices), walking sticks, tweedy jackets, tweedy people, outdoor clothing, horticulture, an apiarist with the hives, arts and crafts, military stands, NFU (they aren't that bad), Penistone FM, Penistone Theatre Group, Penistone Camera Club, charities, assorted community groups, Trans-Pennine Trail Conservation Volunteers, Spring Vale Community Garden, demonstrations, fruit & veg displays, all kinds of displays, tranklements, binoculars, plants, hot food, cold food, lukewarm food, veggie food, chips, good burgers, rubber burgers, ice cream, sandwich tent, candy floss, and beer tent with wobbly plastic glasses for wobbly bar-flies. Lots of food stalls or get a wristband and eat out in Penistone. A few brass bands have been booked, such as Thurlstone Brass Band (11am to 1pm), Barnsley Metropolitan Band (10am to noon) and Barnsley Concert Band (1pm). Cawthorne Brass Band has not given a time when they will also be playing. Also a members' tent (join on the day) with proper cooked meals and guarded by a very smart gentleman in uniform. On-street parking in the town centre is a bad idea but there is well-organised, free parking (follow signs) for the Showground. The 'Town Centre Car Park' is owned by Barnsley Council but controlled by Tesco with 2-hour and 3-hour zones. But, Show visitors will be turned away. Penistone Show is always on the second Saturday of September. 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.
Tues 11th
Fri 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.
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 '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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Penistone coat of arms
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 St John's Community Centre, Church Street. Free admission and open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses and refreshments. This is the first 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.

Braford Accordion BandThis is cold tea.Spitfire at the Show

October   June - July - 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.
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.
Sat TBC Mr Fox Fire Dance - 8.30pm, near Waggon & Horses, Langsett. An annual procession of rather weird, masked dancers, twirling fire sticks and marching to the tavern. This folk event occurs on the Saturday nearest to the 'Hunter's Moon' in October. See Mr Fox for the story and the Waggon & Horses.
Thurs - Sat
TBC
The 73rd Annual Holmfirth Music Festival - (Incremented for 2018) Details from last year:
Various times, Holmfirth Civic Hall, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AS (almost opposite the Fire Station). This is along the same lines as Penistone Competitive Music Festival, with a range of classes to assess. See HMF for times and syllabus.
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.
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 St John's Community Centre, Church Street. Free admission and open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses and refreshments. This is the first of a series of Sunday tabletop sales. 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    June - July - August - September - December - (Calendar).
This Month Bonfire/Guy Fawkes Night, the Remembrance Parade and Ceremony and the PGS Remembrance Ceremony.
Thurs 1st All Saints Day (or 'All Hallows Day') and the reason for Hallowe'en.
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

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Penistone Community Bonfire - Details from 2017 as a guide to 2018:
Gates 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'.
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.
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
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Penistone Remembrance Parade and Ceremony - The Parade will assemble 10.20am by Penistone Bowling Club, Back Lane, to process at about 10.40am. This is for service and ex-service men and women, Fire & Rescue, Scouts, Guides (and juniors), local dignitaries, RBL members and the public. Thurlstone Brass Band will lead the parade, to join the War Memorial assembly outside Penistone Church. The ceremony takes place there with prayers, hymns, wreath-laying and 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 follows in Penistone Church.
Some History:
The first two minute silence in Britain was held on 11 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 opened in 1924. Seethe 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.
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.
Sun 25th Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone St John's Community Centre, Church Street. Free admission and open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses and refreshments. This is the first of a series of Sunday tabletop sales. This one is the last one in this series. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. From Facebook.
Dates
TBC
Art at the Altar - Details from 2017, as a guide:
Opens 10.15am each day; to 8pm Thurs 23rd and Fri 24th and to 5pm on Sat 25th and Sun 26th, Penistone Church. (Preview 7pm, Weds 22nd). Free admission. Refreshments available. This ever-popular arts and crafts event has not diminished with the years. I can recommend their cloth bags, which are hard-wearing and great for shopping. 'Please go and shop local from local artists. Every sale makes us jump up and down a little bit xx.' Hen's Teeth was established 2005 by local artists and friends. 20% of sales go to charity each year. See Hen's Teeth (Facebook), S Catterall Jewellery. I rather hope they won't display a pentagram in the church this time.

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December    June - July - August - September - October - November - (Calendar).
This Month MagiChristmas dominates the month, having started in October, but don't forget 'It's the reason for the Season.'December is always a feast of Concerts, Carol Services and Church Events (and some will clash), then it's on to New Year's Eve and the aspirins.
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Late Night Shopping - From last year:
This is at 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. They also have an Aldi. Alas, there are no buses to Stocksbridge from Penistone. See Fox Valley.
Sat 1st
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Penistone Christmas Lights Switch-on and Carols - 4pm by the Christmas tree outside Penistone Church. The afternoon starts with a Saturday Market in the Market Barn and this year's Mayor has declared that the Christmas Carols will return to the Market Barn this year. Then it will be time for the Christmas Lights. Penistone Round Table will bring Santa and rosy-cheeked helpers on the RT sleigh to meet with Penistone Mayor Cllr Gillian Millner, 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.
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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.
Sat TBC Christmas Fair - 10am to 1pm, Penistone Parish Church, Market Place, Penistone. 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.
TBC Christmas Lights - 4.30pm, Westfield Avenue, Thurlstone. The Facebook Event does not give the house number but it will probably be obvious. Someone from West Yorkshire Dog Rescue will be attending with some of the dogs in their care and there will be sweets for the children.
TBC Christmas Carol Train - 7.15pm to 10pm, On the Penistone Line. From Penistone, buy your tickets on the train. Penistone Line Partnership's Facebook event says: 'Come along on the Penistone Line Partnership Christmas Carol train. Join Gledholt Male Voice Choir on the 19.16 from Huddersfield to Silkstone Common. There will then be carols around the fire at The Station Inn, Silkstone Common.' A splendid time will be had by all. Penistone Line P.
Thurs 6th AngelThe Proper Start of the Christmas Season. It's early December and the start time for the 'Reason for the Season'; aka Real Christmas.
  • 'TV Christmas' - This started mid-October, with the re-naming of certain satellite TV channels and showing nothing but Christmas-themed films. The same goes for pop TV channels playing to death the familiar Christmas favourites.
  • 'Commercial Christmas' - Started in November with shops selling baubles, trimmings and Christmas gifts and some places having Christmas Lights ceremonies too early (but to our credit, not in Penistone).
  • 'Real Christmas' - Can now start. The tree, trimmings and received cards can now go up. Most gifts will have been already purchased allowing us to concentrate on the actual Christmas Season. Except for specific requests, local radio Penistone FM doesn't play Christmas records until December. Don't forget to send early any Christmas cards to foreign lands.
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.
TBC Christmas Party - Details from 2017, as a guide to 2018:
Noon to 3pm, Weaver's Court, Off Unwin Street, Penistone, S36 6EH. Free but booking is required by calling Karen on (mobile) 07574 843 355. Aimed at Penistone-area people aged over 50yrs. With 'buffet and drinks, good company and entertainment', all are welcome. Weaver's Court is a sheltered housing block of 30 flats for people aged over 55yrs, which opened in 1993. It has a spacious lounge and a community spirit. Being Penistone, you can be sure that everybody knows everybody, including you. The organisers might be able to help with local transport if anyone has difficulty. Organised by Age UK (Barnsley).
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, Cllr Roger Hinchliff nad Cllr Mrs Hinchliff, along with 'civic guests'. Everyone welcome and you will enjoy the Christmas carols. Penistone Church, Facebook.
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.
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 can be great venues. Their hiring fees might be waived (by negotiation) if enough guests 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. Apparently, Tesco also has a 'Community Room', which is not much used (perhaps because nobody knows about it).

Disclaimer - Whilst every effort is taken to be accurate, some errors are inevitable. Sources might be 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.

Dodgy Charities
Any serious charity will be on the Charity Commission register. Non-registered charities are more open to financial mismanagement and a lack of accountability so beware of any 'charity' event which does not explicitly declare who will benefit from it, or fails to name the organiser.

Next Year:
Brexit Day - 29th March 2019;
Penistone Armed Forces Day - June 2019.


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