What's on in the Penistone Area - 2018

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This big Events List is frequently updated (new entries highlighted) but you might have to re-load the page to see the updates. Sorry this site is not good on mobile devices, since it started in 2,000 AD, well before they were invented. Please visit Penistone's official website; the very excellent 'Visit Penistone.' Now, for more things to do, see: Event Goat, Penistone FM (Facebook), Look Local, B Chronic, BMBC Things to Do and PTC Community Centre. The Events Intro page has previous years, disclaimer, waffle, guff, etc. Advice 'For Organisers and Events Secretaries' is at the Page Bottom. Now read on to discover the wealth of community activities which are never listed in the 'What's On' pages of local newspapers. 'You read it here first.'


area mapNotable 2018 Events
I wonder what happened to Penistone Town Council's award of the 'Freedom Of Penistone' to a worthy resident of the area. It is long overdue.

The Paramount
In 1914, Penistone Town Hall opened as a theatre, dance hall and assembly hall, complete with a stage, proscenium arch, sprung floor and (at the time) a 500-seat capacity. It also became a 'Picture Palace' in 1915. Described upon opening as "Penistone's Coliseum" and "An attraction for miles around", the hall has lived up to the accolades and been in continuous service for more than a century. (See Town Hall History).

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

Dodgy Charities
Any serious charity will be on the charities register, which can be checked at the Charity Commission. Non-registered charities are more open to financial mismanagement, so beware of any 'charity' event which does not explicitly declare which charity will benefit from it or the name of the organiser. If in doubt, don't pay owt.


January    Feb - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - (Calendar).
This Month Recovering from the NY 2017 festivities. Then Snow White and her little friends trample the boards.
Mon 1st BH New Year's Day. (Time & Date)
Tues 2nd Back to Work - But the schoolies return on the 8th. Next school break is Friday 9th February to Monday 19th. See School Dates.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Library - Reopens today after the Christmas break.
Thurs 4th PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, Pendon House. Public meeting between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents. Monthly meeting between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents, where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. This one is in the old people's private residence. These meetings are seldom advertised but are under threat if not enough people attend, as in other parts of the SYP area. * This date was listed many months ago and is subject to change.
Fri 5th Christmas Trimmings Come Down (Historical Interest) - On the Eve of Epiphany, although many people do it on 1st January. Huddersfield Examiner explains it well: 'The traditional date to pack away the baubles is Twelfth Night, defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "the evening of the fifth of January, preceding Twelfth Day, the eve of the Epiphany, formerly the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking". The decision that Twelfth Night falls on the night of January 5th, the night before the Twelfth Day of Christmas, stems from the Roman Catholic practice of the day beginning at sunset, rather than midnight.
Sat 6th Stevie Moore (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL.
Mon 8th Introduction to Aromatherapy (Instructive Course) - 10am to noon, 8th January 2018, Penistone Library. Booking required. Costs £70 but can be free if you are on benefits. Call in the Library for more details and to book a place. Bring proof of benefits, where appropriate. Call 76 2313 to enquire. Organised by WEA.
  ,,   ,, Mindfulness Course (Five week course) - 6pm to 8pm, Café Crème, 8 High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Fee £35 for the full course or free to those on suitable benefits, booking essential. You can book on-line via the WEA site. This is a WEA course (ID C3672245) for you to explore relaxation and mindfulness in a friendly, relaxed environment and with an experienced tutor, Juliana Gilmartin (see her on Facebook and Twitter). For more information, call 01142 423 609 or Email: yhsouthwest@wea.org.uk. See Café Crème (Facebook).
Tues 9th Penistone Alehouse Kick-off Meeting - 6.30pm to 9pm, Penistone Bowling Club, (Upper) Back Lane, above Tesco. Access via Scholes Avenue by car, with a small off-road car park. The basic aim is just to get together, give an update on where we're at, and (hopefully) get you involved. Doors open from 6.30 and the meeting will be from 7pm to 9pm (-ish). Phil from the Bowling Club has kindly opened the bar for us, and we've sorted a barrel from Bradfield Brewery. We are getting the room hire for free as well, so please drink generously :-) Capacity is around 50-ish, and I would love to see a full house on the night. From Penistone Alehouse Facebook Event. The Bowling Club is a comfortable and affordable place to book for meetings, parties, pool or darts events and other activities.
Weds 10th Mountain Bike Run - 7pm, Cubley Hall, Mortimer Road, Cubley, Penistone, S36 9DF. This mountain bike run appears to go to Silkstone but you need to be signed up to Barnsley Mountain Bikers (Facebook) to read the details. Prospective Members may try BMB for free, for as many rides that they can attend for one month. Annual membership fee is £8, payable in January, and includes £1 donations to both Woodhead Mountain Rescue team and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. See also Cubley Hall.
Thurs 11th Digital Photography Course - 4.45pm to 5.45pm, 11th January, Penistone Library. Costs £63. Call in for details or to book your place. No further details on the poster.
Fri 12th Sheffield United versus Sheffield Wednesday (Football on TV) - 5.30pm, On Sky television, in a pub or in a club. There is some support for both teams in Penistone.
Sat 13th Penistone Church FC versus Ashley Recreation (NCEL Premier Division Football match) - 3pm, Penistone Church Football Club, The Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission: Adult £5, Concessions £3. See Pen Church FC (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Benjamin Loy (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. 'Fabulous young male vocalist.' Penistone RBL.
Sun 14th Eight Mile Circular Walk - Set off 10am from the Paramount Car Park, Shrewsbury Road. Unfortunately, Event Goat does not give the 'Who', the 'Why' or even if it costs anything. All we know is that it is a 'moderate' walk of eight miles following the Trans-Pennine Trail before climbing gently to Hartcliff. From there you can enjoy splendid views over Langsett and the reservoirs before returning downhill to Penistone. Don't forget to pack a camera, a drink, perhaps a sandwich or two and to dress suitably for the weather. It will be breezy and cold on the tops.
  ,,   ,, RBL Quiz Night - 8.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This is the first one for 2018, the next one is Sunday 28th. Penistone RBL.
Mon 15th Penistone Town Council Meeting - Moved to Monday 22nd.
Full meetings of Penistone Town Council are normally on the third Monday of each month except August, but the full meeting is sometimes moved to the following week if the first Monday of the month is a Bank Holiday. See 22nd January for more. Pen Town Council.
Tues 16th 'The History of Wortley Bells' (Talk) - 7.30pm, Wortley Hall, Wortley, S35 7DB. Admission £2 or free to members of the 'Friends of Wortley Hall Gardens' (FOWHG). This is a history talk by the Captain of the Wortley Bell Ringers, Andrew Beevers. All welcome. For more info, call 1142 882 100, Email: info@wortleyhall.org.uk. See Wortley Hall. Please note that this event was from 'Look Local' but was not listed in the group's 2017/2018 Newsletter (pdf).
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Sat 20th
'The Wizard of Oz' (Pantomime) - Evenings 7.15pm and a 2.15pm Saturday Matinee, Thurgoland Village Hall. Tickets: Adult £4 and £6, Child £2 and £4 (the higher prices apply to the Friday and both Saturday performances), call 0114 453 5139. This is another popular pantomime performance by the Thurgoland Thespians, which was founded in 1983. The show is likely to be popular, so be sure to buy your tickets early.
Weds 17th Rotherham Steelworkers (History talk) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Jeff Smailes and the first one for 2018. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs 18th Penistone FM Open Day - 10am to 2pm, Penistone FM, Suite 7, Penistone 1, S36 6DT. Access from Marsden's Square behind the Spread Eagle. Jimbo and Judge John will there. From PFM (slightly abridged): 'If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in a radio station, or wanted to look behind the scenes, or were intrigued about putting faces to voices heard on the radio, then why not come to our Open Day? We will be welcoming curious visitors on the day, so come and see a show going out live with Alex Barrett or Helen Townsend, and meet some of the presenters who bring you news and music every day. You never know; you might be tempted to join the team and take up a fascinating new hobby.' Visitors should read their Key Commitments (pdf) to see what the station aspires to do. Beyond the usual 'Pop & Prattle', the studios are also equipped for live music, round the table discussions or debates, radio plays and other live content. Direct phone calls are also available (but not being used) for guest interviews, live sports commentaries and listener phone-ins. A new training project, 'My Town, My Community' is aimed at retired people although Penistone FM is always looking for presenters of all ages and abilities and can provide training. For more info, call 76 4646. Penistone FM (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Penistone Archive Grand Re-opening - 10.30am, Neville Roebuck Archive Room, Lower Hall, Penistone Community Centre, Church Street. This will be opened by the BMBC Councillor Robert Barnard, who is also the Chairman of Penistone Area Council. The archive room has been updated with new equipment ready for more archive material. See the new photo board and a first exhibition of rare local photographs, which are mostly about the railway. You can aso buy their latest journal for £1. Penistone Archive Group can be found on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Tour deYorkshire Roadshow - Registration 5pm (for businesses only) for 5.30pm start, Barnsley Metrodome, Barnsley, S71 1AN. This is aimed at businesses who wish to support the 'Yorkshire Heritage' Stage 2 races on 4th May. They start from Barnsley and finish at Ilkley. Penistone businesses might also be interested. The Men's Race (149km) will loop around to approach Penistone from Hoylandswaine and pass through Bridge End into the steep climb to Penistone. It will leave via Spring Vale, Oxspring and Thurgoland. The Women's Race is shorter and and does not include our district. See the TdY Roadshow page for other events and dates. Details of this one is at Eventbrite. See also the Press Pack page.
Weekend
20th - 21st
Penistone Railway Line Closed - Buses will be laid on. See notices on the station or Northern Railway for details. This was notified in the current 'Penistone Line Express', the journal of the Penistone Line Partnership (aka 'PLP', also on Facebook).
Sat 20th Paul Reed (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL.
Sun 21st Wedding Fayre - 11am to 4pm, Wortley Hall, Wortley, Sheffield, S35 7DB. Free admission and parking. Everything but the shotgun for the big day. 'We welcome you to come along to our wedding open day to view the Hall and all it has to offer for your special day. You can also browse various wedding suppliers who will be exhibiting at the fayre to provide you with inspiration and ideas for your special day. We have photographers, venue stylers, florists, cars, cake makers and much more. Why not make a day of it with a Sunday Lunch in our bar and restaurant? The bar will be open all day too.' For more info, call 1142 882 100, Email: info@wortleyhall.org.uk. See Wortley Hall.
Mon 22nd Penistone Town Council Meeting - 7pm, Council Chamber, Penistone Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. First one of the year and probably busy. Please note that the date was changed from 15th. 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 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.
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves - 7pm except Sunday (1pm and 5pm), 2pm Saturday Matinees, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets: Adults £9, Concessions £6 (opening night special on Thursday 25th, when all seats are £5). Penistone Theatre Group treads the boards with another of their ever-popular pantomimes, which is about two hours long. Book early to be sure of a seat. Box Office open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook).
Thurs 25th Burns Night - Usually some pub events (The Huntsman?) to mark the famous Scot's birthday, involving Whisky, Haggis, Neeps and Tatties and Poetry. The Scottish poet Robert 'Rabbie' Burns (who wrote 'Auld Lang Syne') was born on 25th January 1759. See Daily Telegraph article. (Time & Date)
  ,,   ,, 'Community Café at the Beacon' - 10am to 1pm, Holy Trinity Church, Thurgoland. With refreshments, chat, crafts, advice, IT help and books. Everyone welcome. For more information, call Sue on 01142 888 501. From 'Look Local.'
  ,,   ,, Burns Night Supper - 7pm for 7.30pm start, Wortley Hall, Wortley, Sheffield, S35 7DB. £29.95 per person for a five-course Burns Night Supper,  including a complementary glass of wine or whisky, to toast the haggis and traditional piper. There is also a special accommodation rate for Burns Night Supper attendees - £110.00 for supper and overnight stay for two people sharing, with Full English Breakfast. See the Burns Night event for menu details.
Fri 26th New Over-50s Social Group - 2pm to 4pm, Weavers Court, Penistone (off Unwin Street or Ward Street). No booking needed, just turn up for a brew and a natter. This one is the first meeting, to establish the group, and will continue at the same time on the last Friday of every month. Bring someone with you if you like (who does not need to be 50+). The project is commissioned by Penistone Area Council and delivered by Age UK (Barnsley). This item advertised via Penistone Area Team (Facebook).
Sat - Mon
27th to 29th
The Great Garden Birdwatch, National Event. Open the RSPB bird counter app on your computer, tablet or smartphone then watch the birds in your garden or local park for one hour, recording the highest number of each type that lands together. Don't count the total over the hour as the same birds might visit more than once. Around 500,000 people took part in the 2017 birdwatch. See the RSPB website.
Sat 27th Penistone Church FC versus Parkgate FC (NCEL Premier Division Football match) - 3pm, Penistone Church Football Club, The Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission: Adult £5, Concessions £3. See Pen Church FC (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Linzi Hardy (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL.
Sun 28th Music and Readings Concert - 4pm, St John the Evangelist Church, Haigh Lane, HoylandSwaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection, refreshments available. Another popular concert, sub-titled 'If Candlemas be Bright' with Elizabeth Charlesworth (Soprano), Hugh Finnigan (Piano) and Margaret Houston, who does not appear to have a job on the Facebook advert. Readings from Keats, Hardy and others. For more information, please call (mobile) 07407 559 059. Plenty of on-street parking nearby.
  ,,   ,, RBL Quiz Night - 8.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Normally every fortnight. Penistone RBL.
Tues 30th Huddersfield Town versus Liverpool FC (Football on TV) - 5.30pm, On Sky television, in a pub or in a club. Penistone will have a lot of Town fans watching this match. "Hudders!"
  ,,   ,, 'Spiritualist Night with Debbie' - 7pm for 8pm start, to 11pm, Rafters (upstairs) Bar, Waggon and Horses, Sheffield Road, Oxspring, S36 8YQ. Ticket price £12 including supper, available from the Waggon or by calling 76 3259. All tickets must be paid for before the day. This is a return visit by Debbie Askew for a Spiritualist Medium Night. It ought to read "Back by popular demand" as Debbie has been to the Waggon many times before. There will be a break from 9pm to 10pm for a supper of home-made meat and potato pie (or the vegetarian option). Waggon & Horses (Facebook) - Tel: 76 3259.

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February    Jan - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - (Calendar).
This Month The only month with 'Brewery' in its name, as in Feb-roo-ary. Saint Valentine will be bring romance to the month.
Thurs 1st PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - Noon, Lower Hall, Penistone Community Centre, Church Street. Monthly meeting between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents, where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. These meetings are seldom advertised but are under threat if not enough people attend, as in other parts of the SYP area. * This date was listed early in 2017 and is subject to change.
Fri 2nd Candlemas (For historic interest) - A date on the church calendar but included here as an excuse to repeat these traditional sayings:
"At 5 o'clock on Candlemas Day, You can see a white horse a mile away" and "On Candlemas Day, a farmer should have half his corn and half his hay".
  ,,   ,, Joe and Ann Gallagher (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.
Sat 3rd Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Last night, continued from January) - 7pm and a 2pm Saturday Matinee, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets: Adults £9, Concessions £6. Box Office open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. Penistone Theatre Group treads the boards with nother of their ever-popular pantomimes, which is about two hours long. Book early to be sure of a seat. Box Office open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Boozy Birthday Do - 8pm, Crystal Palace, Towngate, Thurlstone, S36 9RH. 'OMG that time again, boozy birthday bash, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s music. Buffet food and Crazy Cocktails. Bring it on.' See the Crystal Palace on Facebook.
Weds 7th Holmfirth Flood of 1944 (History talk) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Mike Wade (of Holme Valley Video Society). 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 to
Mon 19th
School Holiday - Officially Monday 12th to Friday 16th in the Barnsley area, but the dates listed for this item include the weekends.
Next school break is Easter, Friday 23rd March to return on Monday 9th April. See BMBC School Dates.
Mon 12th Collop Monday (For historic interest) - Part of traditional Shrovetide celebrations (the days preceding Lent) but this one had declined in the 19th century. Collop or Shrove Monday was the last day to cook and eat meat before a day of fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday, continuing throught the Lenten period. Collops were slices of bacon. According to John Ness Dransfield, local people would eat eggs and collops on Collop Monday. See Local Customs.
Tues 13th Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) - The last day when Christians can eat heartily before fasting and giving up pleasures for Lent. This is still currently observed but more as a traditional day for eating pancakes. 'Shrove' is the past tense of the English verb 'to Shrive', to obtain absolution for one's sins by Confession and doing penance. Religious or not, the old tradition of Pancake Day is still alive and well. Penistone Co-op always has bottles of instant pancake mix and an assortment of toppings such as: Maple syrup, chocolate sauce, lemon juice and others. Try orange marmalade with lemon juice. (Time & Date).
Weds 14th Saint Valentine's Day - Send a card and flowers to your dewey-eyed loved one or someone you have the hots for.  The origins are said to date back to the Roman festival of Lupercalia in mid-February. It marked the start of spring with fertility and marriage ceremonies. As Christianity spread to the UK, it transmogrified into the day to remember Saint Valentine, a Roman priest who had been martyred around this time in 270 AD.   Restaurants and hotels may be especially busy on the evening and nearest weekend, so early booking is essential.
Fri 16th First Anniversary of Penistone's Public Toilet - We don't have many occasions to celebrate in Penistone, so why not one that was flushed with success? Penistone Mayor of 2017, Cllr Paul Hand-Davis, officially opened Penistone's brand new Water Closet, with councillors and public proudly lending their support. The former Ladies' Toilet on the Bus Shelter was updated to become unisex and wheelchair accessible. It is coin-operated by 20p coin. Within a very short time, someone broke a window. The grand opening had followed a very long-drawn-out refurbishment. The former Gents' toilet was closed and sealed as some kind of perverse time capsule. As an aside, filming in the Paramount Theatre took place at exactly the time of the opening. Its star, Jim Moir (aka Jim Reeves), had noticed the loo ceremony and found it amusing.
Sat 17th Fund-raising Morning - Penistone Leisure Centre (The old Drill Hall), Thurlstone Road, Penistone, S36 9EF. Raffle, tombola, bouncy castle, refreshments and stalls. More details nearer as they emerge. See Penistone Leisure Centre.
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 certain 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, thereby discouraging the residents. Minutes of meetings appear on the website after the next meeting. Pen Town Council.
Weds 21st Pen History Group AGM (and film) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. Committee posts will be decided and probably a Treasurer's and Chairman's report. The annual fee is (or was) £10. A short film, 'The Penistone Line,' follows on from the AGM. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Mon 26th to
Sun 11th M
Fairtrade Fortnight - National event supporting fair prices for overseas food producers, in the hope of staving off poverty. 'Fairtrade in Penistone' is based at St Andrew's Church. Usually chocolate give-aways on Market Street, Fairtrade Coffee Mornings in Penistone Church and a 'Divine Chocolate Evening' at some point. See Fairtrade Foundation.

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March    Jan - Feb - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - (Calendar). When is Easter?
This Month There's Mother's Day and Tuby's funfair (if they turn up). Easter is at the end of the month.
Thurs 1st St David's Day - Patron Saint of Wales. The Welsh will pin a daffodil or a leek to their clothes to remind themselves, seeing as nobody else cares.
  ,,   ,, PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, Pendon House. Public meeting between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents. Monthly meeting between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents, where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. This one is in the old people's private residence. These meetings are seldom advertised but are under threat if not enough people attend, as in other parts of the SYP area. Please note that this date was listed many months ago and is subject to change.
Fri 2nd 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.
Weds 7th First World War Zeppelin Raids on Sheffield (History talk) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Graham Sykes. 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 10th Joint Concert - 7pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £10 all areas, no concessions advertised. Children in the Circle seating area must be accompanied by a responsible adult. A joint concert by Penistone Ladies' Choir (Facebook) and Hade Edge Band, appearing for their third successive year, to bring an evening of glorious sound.  See Paramount (Facebook).
Sun 11th Mothering Sunday - The fourth Sunday of Lent. This is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday. Don't forget to find a nice present for your mum or take her out for dinner, tea or supper. See Date and Time.
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Fri 16th
Cheltenham Gold Cup Day - Speculative, from 2017:
Spread Eagle, Penistone, S36 6BZ. Join us for this year's Cheltenham festival, 13th to 16th March. Prizes to be won each day and join us in fancy dress on on Gold Cup day to win an even bigger prize. Free pie and peas all week, so join us for some fun. Spread Eagle (Facebook).
Sat 17th St Patrick's Day - Unlike St David's day, we all join in and pretend to be Irish for the day. Then we put on a silly green hat and drink Guiness.
No, it is not to make fun of the Irish - it is to enjoy their festival along with them as mates.
Sun 18th
to Sat 24th
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Penistone Arts Week ('PAW') - Venues not yet declared. This is new for 2018 and sufficiently 'Community' to earn a little Penistone coat of arms in this list. They will initially be running workshops in pottery, painting and night photography, hosting poetry walks and open microphone sessions and it is likely to expand into other artistic fields, given the wide range of local talent in artistic pursuits. Oddly enough, they have not (so far) included music from local bands, literary work as in the former Penistone Literary Festival, performance art or theatrics from the thespians. This can all change.

It will be a week of artistic events, culminating in 'An Audience with Wiily Russel' (otherwise titled 'Educating Rita Meets Educating Yorkshire') Saturday 24th March, hosted by Channel 4's Johnny Mitchell, star of the award-winning documentary, 'Educating Yorkshire.' The Paramount will be showing the popular Willy Russell films, 'Educating Rita' and 'Shirley Valentine'. They would like as many local people to be involved as possible. For more information or to become involved, please contact Chrissie Yates, Chair of Penistone Arts Week, via 'Penistone Area Team'. Call 01227 773 012 or email: penistoneteam@barnsley.gov.uk. More details as they arrive.
Mon 19th 'A Night at the Movies' (Music by 'Barnsley Wind Bands and Friends') - Time not stated, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets: Adult £5, Concession £3 (under 15yrs and 60+yrs, usually stalls only). This is a grand evening of music from Barnsley Metropolitan Band, Barnsley Intermediate Band (See Bsly Wind Bands), Wentworth Strings and Barnsley Town Concert Band (most of whom do not update their websites). Box Office open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
Tues 21st 'Oh Mr Porter' - (Film, U Rating) 80th anniversary screening - 7.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Run time about 1½ hours. This item is from the Paramount booklet for 'Penistone Arts Week on the Big Screen'. More details as they emerge. Box Office open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
Weds 20th 'Educating Rita' - (Film, 1983, '15' Rating) - 7.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Run time nearly 2 hours. This item is from the Paramount booklet for 'Penistone Arts Week on the Big Screen'. More details as they emerge. Box Office open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
Thurs 22nd 'Julius Ceasar' ('NT Live' theatre) - 7pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £15 and £18. 'Early Bird' tickets are available until four weeks before. This is a live theatre performance (by satellite), featuring Ben Whishaw, Michelle Fairley, David Calder and David Morrissey. From NT Live: 'Caesar returns in triumph to Rome and the people pour out of their homes to celebrate. Alarmed by the autocrat’s popularity, the educated élite conspire to bring him down. After his assassination, civil war erupts on the streets of the capital. Nicholas Hytner’s production will thrust the audience into the street party that greets Caesar’s return, the congress that witnesses his murder, the rally that assembles for his funeral and the chaos that explodes in its wake.' Broadcast live to Penistone from The Bridge Theatre, London. See Julius Ceasar at NT Live and Paramount (Facebook). Paramount Box Office open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532.
Fri 23rd 'Shirley Valentine' - (Film, 1989, '15' Rating) - 7.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Run time about 1 hour, 50 mins. This item is from the Paramount booklet for 'Penistone Arts Week on the Big Screen'. More details as they emerge. Box Office open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
Sat 24th An Audience with Willy Russell (or 'Educating Yorkshire' meets 'Educating Rita') - 7.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. All tickets, all areas £15, no concessions advertised. This live event rounds off the new 'Penistone Arts Week' and features the acclaimed playwright and author, Willy Russell. He is perhaps best-known for his popular films: 'Educating Rita', 'Shirley Valentine', 'Our Day Out' and the much-loved Lomdon West End play 'Blood Brothers'. The evening is hosted by Channel 4’s Jonny Mitchell, of the award-winning documentary 'Educating Yorkshire.' Box Office open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
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 certain 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, thereby discouraging public scrutiny. Minutes appear on the website after the next meeting. Pen Town Council.
Tues 20th Spring Equinox - Days and nights are about the same length today and the warmer weather is on its way.
Weds 21st 'Was King Arthur a Yorkshireman?' (History talk) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Gillian Waters, 'Knows, tha knows.' 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 23rd to
Mon 9th A
Easter School Holiday - Officially Monday 26th to Friday 6th April in the Barnsley area, but the dates for this item include the weekends.
Next school break is May Day, 7th May. For more information on Barnsley area school holidays, see School Terms.
Lady Day
Sun 25th
'Lady Day' (Historical Interest) - This used to be the official first day of the year in England; as the day to settle contracts and hire staff. The UK tax year is still based on Lady Day (always 25th March), with days added to accommodate the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. See why in entertaining detail and my lovely History Timeline page. There you go and now you know.
  ,,   ,, Eight Mile Circular Walk - Set off 10am from the Paramount Car Park, Shrewsbury Road. Event Goat does not give much info, or if there might be a fee. It is a moderate walk of eight miles, following the Trans-Pennine Trail before climbing gently to Hartcliff to enjoy splendid views over Langsett and the reservoirs, before returning down-hill to Penistone. Don't forget to pack a camera, a drink, perhaps a sandwich or two and to dress suitably for the weather. It will be breezy on the tops. For more information, call Pat White on (mobile) 07759 599 483.
  ,,   ,, Clocks go Forward in the UK - 1am Sunday morning, which becomes 2am in a flash. 'Spring forwards, fall backwards'. Get a radio-controlled clock and it does it for you. The Fire and Rescue people say it is a good time to change smoke and Carbon Monoxide detector batteries on this day. (Time & Date)
Thurs - Mon
TBC
Tuby's funfair - The dates previously announced did not match the calendar, hence the 'TBC'. They will get it right some day. From last year:
Thurs/Fri 6pm to 10pm, Saturday 2pm to 10pm, not open Sunday, Monday 6pm to 9pm, Penistone QEII Showground behind the Tesco. Free admission but rides cost money. Candyfloss, hot dogs and a range of fun rides and activities, from ducks to dodgems. Please note that Tuby's funfair Penistone booking has been very unreliable in recent years. See R Tuby (Facebook) or call (mobile) 07831 427 728 for more information. Print off their Discount Vouchers for price reductions on rides.
Fri 30th BH Good Friday - The day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the most important day of the church year, with Christmas coming a close second. This day and Easter Monday are Bank Holidays in the UK. The routine at Penistone Church will be something like the following. The Flour Ceremony involves the current Penistone Mayor. This is from last year:
  • 10 am - Messy Church with the Mayor of Penistone. All welcome.
  • Also the historic Flour Ceremony - see next item below.
  • 11.15am - Procession of the Cross. To Penistone High Street and meeting up with other Christians (this year organised by the Methodists).
  • 2 pm - Liturgy of the Cross.
  ,,   ,, Traditional Flour Ceremony - Following the 10am service, Lower Churchyard ('Sensory Garden'), Penistone Church. A very old local custom. In 1559 a local landowner William Turton bequeathed to each of 'The Poor of the Parish of Penistone' - a bag of rye flour, to be doled out every Good Friday. The details of the bequest are on a large panel by the south wall inside Penistone Church. It was originally conducted at the Church door by the vicar. After Penistone Town Hall was built in 1914 (renamed the Paramount), the ceremony was conducted on the Town Hall steps by the Town Clerk, with a blessing by the vicar. Somewhere along the line, rye flour became wheat flour and crossed the road into the Sensory Garden'. Penistone has had a mayor from 1974 and now the vicar blesses the proceedings and the Mayor distributes the bags. All good, clean fun. See Old Customs and Penistone Church (Facebook).

Flour bequestTuby's funfairRick DaCostaTown Council Assembly

April    Jan - Feb - March - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - (Calendar).
This Month This month has St George's Day, the elusive 'Annual Town Assembly', fools, spring fairs, duck races, showers etc.
Mon 2nd BH Easter Monday - Bank Holiday, UK. A nice lie-in for the workers - but it doesn't matter when you are retired.
Weds 4th The History of Printing (History talk) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Alan Powell, former Editor of the Sheffield Star. 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 6th Crazy Heart (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. Crazy Heart is led by Penistone's own Chris MacShane. Penistone RBL.
Sat to Sat
7th to 14th
Evita - (inc. matinees) St Saviour's Church, Thurlstone. A professional performance by the Endellion Theatre Company (Facebook), 'Evita' is directed by Jonathan Walker-Kane [of Thurlstone], Musical Direction by Robert Owen and choreographed and staged by John Cumberlidge. Key players are: Eva Peron - Fiona Walker [Newcastle], Juan Peron - Mark Holmes [Sheffield], Augstin Magalidi - Robert Flewitt [Sheffield], Ché - Matthew Walker [Sheffield], The Mistress - Gina Townend [Sheffield]. For more info: fantasticksyorkshire@gmail.com.
Sat 7th MGMVC Choral Concert - 7.15pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre. Annual Celebrity Concert with Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir and special guests  Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.
To Mon 9th End of Easter School Holiday - Back to school after the Easter holidays. Next school break is May Day, 7th May.
For more information on Barnsley area school holidays, see School Terms.
Thurs 12th
to
Mon 16th
Tuby's funfair - These details from last year: Saturday 2pm to 10pm, not open Sunday, Monday 6pm to 9pm, Penistone QEII Showground behind the Tesco. Free admission but rides cost money. Please note that Tuby's funfair booking has been very unreliable in recent years. The dates are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Candyfloss, hot dogs and a range of fun rides and activities, from ducks to dodgems. See R Tuby (Facebook) or call (mobile) 07831 427 728 for more information. Print off their Discount Vouchers for price reductions.
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, where 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. Details of sub-committees are not advertised, thereby discouraging public scrutiny. Minutes appear on the website after the next meeting. Pen Town Council.
Tues 17th Third Anniversary of the Dedication of the QEII Field in Trust - The 'Showground'. A plaque was unveiled in 2014 in a ceremony celebrating the field's protected status. In planning circles, the word 'Protected' means 'Reserved for future development' but, in this case, it is in the Queen's English and means 'Protected in perpetuity from being built upon'. The field may be used by the people of Penistone for recreational purposes. See Fields in Trust.
Weds 18th Lady Arbella, The Lost Queen (History talk) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by David Templeman. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs 19th PFR ManPFR Hartcliff Hill Race - 7.30pm, Starts and finishes about ¾ mile from Langsett Barn, S36 4GY (A616, 1 mile SE of the Flouch Roundabout, grid ref: SE211005). Entry £4 on the day – register at Langsett Barn. Minimum age 14. Course Records (current course since 2015), Male: Andy Swift, Penistone, 2016, 17:00; Female: Caitlin Rice, Glossopdale, 2016, 19:21. See PFR for full details.
Date TBC
Penistone coat of arms
Penistone Annual Town Assembly - 7pm, Lower Hall, Community Centre. The annual meeting where Penistone Town Council meets the local electorate, presents the Mayor's Report for the previous year and hears matters of concern to local residents. Please come along and raise your local issues with the council. They are primed and ready for it and will devote more time for residents' matters than can be accommodated at a normal council meeting. The Agenda will look something like this:
  • To elect a Chairperson.
  • To receive apologies for absence.
  • To approve Minutes from the previous Town Assembly of April 2017.
  • Mayor's Report for the municipal year ending March 2018.
  • Audited Statement of Accounts for the same period.
  • To receive Public Questions. Comments and Suggestions from the Electorate of the Penistone Town Council catchment area.
Sat 21st HM The Queen's 92nd Birthday - No beacons this year, unlike the big community event of 2016 for her 90th birthday. Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21st April 1926 and christened Elizabeth Alexandra Mary in the chapel of Buckingham Palace. Princess Elizabeth was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Our Queen is married to Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, with a total of four children and eight grandchildren. She has reigned for more than five decades. HMQ acceded to the throne at the age of 25 to become Head of State of the UK and 15 Commonwealth realms.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Line Partnership'On a High' (Station to Station Walk) - Start 9.40am from Denby Dale Railway Station. This is a pleasant 10-mile walk led by Joy Rawlings of the Penistone Line Partnership (aka 'PLP', also on Facebook). The walk goes via Upper Cumberworth and will finish at Penistone Railway Station. For Denby Dale, catch the 9.13am train from Huddersfield to arrive in DD at 9.36am or the 8.36am train from Sheffield (9.18am from Penistone) to arrive at 9.24am. Both stations have car parks but Penistone's is usually full. Railway timetables can be found at Northern Railway. This walk was from the PLP booklet and is promoted by the Rambler's Association. More PLP walks can be found in their Spring 2018 Walks leaflet (pdf).
Mon 23rd England's FlagSaint George's Day - The national saint's day for England. Dandelion Wine is traditionally brewed on this day: Collect dandelion flowers and leaves (no stalks) on this day, clean them and dry them. Unlike St Patrick's Day in March, St George's Day does not have a high billing, but not as low as St David's Day. Usually some events in the Thurlstone pubs. The St George Cross is the flag for England. See St George's Day. (Time & Date)
Fri 27th,
Sat 28th
'Mystery Gin Festival' - 6.30pm both days, Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone, S36 6AR. Tickets are £13.60 each available on-line. No proper details on the poster except a link to the anonymous Mystery Gin Festival website, registered to: Jonathan Paul Gilbert (Property) Ltd. (from whois.net) who has an address on Green Road, Penistone. Good parking for visitors to the Community Centre. From poster.

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May     Jan - Feb - March - April - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - (Calendar).
This Month 'Spaw Sunday' is the old tradition and the 'Beating of the Bounds' with walkers circumnavigating Oxspring, Penistone or Thurgoland at around the same time. Penistone Town Council AGM is also this month.
Weds 2nd Blast from the Past?, Vulcanology (History talk) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Richard Wright of Penistone History and Archive Group. The history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Fri 4th
Updated
Tour de Yorkshire 2018 - Stage 2 'Yorkshire Heritage' is likely to be well-supported in our district. The Men's Race (149km) will approach Penistone from Hoylandswaine, to pass through Bridge End on its climb into Penistone. The peloton will leave us via Spring Vale, Oxspring and Thurgoland. The Women's Race is shorter and and does not include our district. It is also 'Star Wars Day', as in, "May the 4th be with you." See LeTour Yorkshire (Facebook) and the Press Maps page.
  ,,   ,, Natalie (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. Natalie is a local singer who was very popular at Penistone Gala Weekend. Penistone RBL.
Rogation
Sunday
6th
Rogation Sunday is the traditional Sunday in the UK for boundary walks and observed in towns and villages throughout the country (see Wikipedia). The Penistone Boundary Walk fell on the correct date last year but this is not always so. Historically, the Rogation Days (the three days up to Ascension Day) were a period of fasting and abstinence for Christians, beseeching God’s blessing on the crops for a bountiful harvest.

Penistone Charity Boundary Walk
- (Speculative for 2018). Details from last year, as a rough guide for 2018:
9am, Cubley Hall (Start and finish in the car park). £5 suggested donation for entry, as a fund-raiser for Sporting Penistone and the Trans-Pennine Trail Conservation Volunteers, (Facebook). The full 16 Mile walk is well-trodden and way-marked, or you can do a reduced 8 Mile route, which is still plenty. Register on the day at Cubley Hall or by Email: penistoneboundarywalk@gmail.com. Cubley Hall car park has a Boundary Map display board or you can find it at Visit Penistone and Google Maps. be sure to dress for the weather, put some good boots on, take sandwiches, plenty to drink and have your binoculars and camera ready for our scenic views. See the Customs page for more about this old tradition.
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Spa ('Spaw') Sunday - Gunthwaite Spa (see map). One of those quirky ancient traditions which still continues, depending on the weather. On a good day, thirty or more people might gather. According to tradition, the sulphurous (and smelly) spa waters have miraculous healing properties, but only if imbibed in the forenoon. The water is thought to be a cure for scurvy, gout, baldness and worse. On a good day, you might see thirty of more people by the Spa or just up the road where there is more space. Usually someone sets up a stall for tea and buns and some kind soul provides plastic cups for the spa water, as nobody ever thinks to bring their own. By the way, the waters have been deemed safe to drink by Barnsley Council.

Part of this very old tradition was to have parades of farm workers and gentry, led by a band. At one time, it had been banned by the gentry after descending into a bawdy and drunken festival by workers who seldom otherwise would have a day off from working. These days, Thurlstone Brass Band continues the band tradition (weather permitting) from 2.30pm to 4.30pm (ah, but after the Spa waters are inert). At 5pm, the band trundles off to the George Inn, Upper Denby, for more music and beers. 'Spaw Sunday' is always the first Sunday of May. See the Local Customs page.
Mon 7th May Day Bank Holiday - 'Early May Bank Holiday' is the first Monday of May and a one-day school holiday, returning on Tuesday 8th. There are always some local village galas on this weekend and May day. Even the occasional maypole dancing. The next school break starts on 25th of this month. For more information on Barnsley area school holidays, see School Terms. Also see Time & Date and C of E Calendar.
Date TBC Sailing Club Open Day - Noon to 4pm, Pennine Sailing Club, Winscar Reservoir, Dunford Bridge, S36 4TF. Speculative, details from last year:
No admission price on the poster but 'Proceeds to Sail4cancer.' An opportunity to 'push the boat out' with experienced sailors. 'All ages welcome' in a safe introduction to dinghy sailing, with buoyancy aids provided. Refreshments available. Sailors can bring their own boats to try out on the reservoir. Bring a change of clothes and old or soft shoes as you are likely to get wet. See Pennine Sailing Club and their Youtube drone video.
Weds 16th Behind the Iron Curtain (History talk) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Cory Garner of Thurnscoe LHG. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Fairport Convention 2018 Tour - 7.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. All tickets £25, no concessions advertised. This one will be a belter of an evening and will feature old Fairport favourites and new material. Fairport Convention has been around since Methuselah was a lad (or at least fifty years), as the first British folk-rock band. They played their first-ever concert in a church hall in May 1967.

The line-up changed over time and Sandy Denny (lead vocals) left, returned and left again. Founder member Ashley Hutchings quit to form Steeleye Span in the 1970s. The current line-up features two original members, Simon Nicol (guitar and vocals) and Dave Pegg (still on bass guitar after 34 years). Also in the band are: Chris Leslie (lead vocal, fiddle, bouzouki, banjo, mandolin and woodwind), Ric Sanders (of Soft Machine and virtuoso of the violin) and Gerry Conway (drums and percussion). That is still a very worthy line-up. The band won the 'BBC Lifetime Achievement Award' in 2002. According to their website, "Fairport did for real ale what the Grateful Dead did for LSD." For ticket bookings, the Paramount Box Office is open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. See Paramount, Facebook (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004) and Fairport Convention.
Fri to Sun
TBC
Shepley Spring Festival - Shepley Village. Speculative, details from last year:
Tickets online from the website, by calling 01484 604 704 or from Shepley Newsagents. Adult tickets in the range of £35 to £90. Not cheap but it is a big event with too many performers to list here. Beer Tent with Real Ale, stalls and Children's Festival. Train from Penistone at around 20 past the hour. Last trains back from Shepley Stationare: Friday/Saturday 10.36pm, Sunday only 7.37pm. Parking, accommodation and a campsite for tents and caravans. See Shepley Spring Festival and Facebook. I had trouble accessing the website pages.
Sun 20th Whitsuntide (Pentecost Sunday) - This used to be the time of great church parades in towns and villages. Within living memory, Penistone's Whitsun Parade used to be a grand occasion with banners and all of the church or chapel groups. It was also when people wore their new 'Sunday best' clothes. Whitsun was more or less killed off when the UK government introduced 'Late May Bank Holiday' (see below). See C of E Calendar and Local Customs.
Mon 21st Penistone Town Council Meeting and AGM - 7pm, Council Chamber, Penistone Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. This meeting follows the Annual Town Assembly of April. The Agenda is likely to include these items, although not necessarily in this order:
  • Former Penistone Mayor Cllr R Hinchliff will pass the chain of office to the new Mayor.
  • Cllr Gillian Millner to be inaugurated as Penistone Mayor. (Moment taken aside for photographs).
  • The new Mayor will take up the Chair to preside over the meeting.
  • Deputy Mayor to be chosen. The previous Mayor traditionally becomes Deputy Mayor.
  • Mayor-elect for 2018/19 to be chosen.
  • Sub-committee members to be chosen. Current members (various changes occurred during 2017):
    • Town Services Committee: Cllrs Mrs. Rusby (Chair), Hinchliff (Vice-Chair), Cutts, B. Hinchliff, Hayler, Mrs. Millner.
    • Development and Regeneration Committee. Cllrs Marsh (Chair), Hand - Davis (Vice-Chair), Chadburn, Ms. Kimberley and Ogle.
    • Leisure and Amenities: Cllrs Cutts (Chair), Mrs. Hinchliff (Vice-Chair), Unsworth, Hinchliff, Hand – Davis, Chadburn and Ogle.
    • Financial and General Purposes: Cllrs. Millner (Chair), Marsh (Vice-Chair), Cutts, Mrs. Rusby, Unsworth and Ms. Kimberly.
    • Planning: All members eligible.
  • Representatives appointed to various boards and bodies. Board members from 2017 AGM:
    • National School Trustees, Cllrs S Marsh and J Unsworth;
    • Samuel Wordsworth Charity, Cllr R Hinchliff;
    • Yorkshire Local Councils Associations (YLCA), Cllr J Hayler;
    • Hoylandswaine Almshouses, Cllr S Marsh.
  • Annual contribution to Penistone Round Table to be approved (typically £5k).
  • Sub-committee Minutes.
  • Various reports to be received.
On conclusion of PTC business, the new Penistone Mayor is likely to invite us to her 'Mayor-making' in the Council Chamber, perhaps with biscuits and a glass of wine to celebrate it. PTC meetings are usually on the third Monday of the month except August. Minutes appear on the website after the next meeting. Penistone Town Council.
Fri - Mon
25th to 4th
School Holiday - Officially Monday 28th to Friday 1st June, to return on Monday 4th June, but my dates include weekends. The next school break is The Big One, starting from Tuesday 24th July, when all of the holiday prices go up. Barnsley was going to change the calendar in 2016 for the six weeks' holiday, but had cold feet in the end and it did not happen. These dates were published in 2017. See BMBC School Dates.
Mon 28th BH 'Late May Bank Holiday' - Colloquially, it is simply called "Spring Bank". In 'The good old days' (formerly known as 'These trying times'), this Bank Holiday used to be on Whitsuntide Monday. Now it falls on the last Monday of May.

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June    Jan - Feb - March - April - May - July - August - September - October - November - December - (Calendar).
This Month Penistone Parade Weekend has a Folk Festival, Rock show, Comedy Show, Penistone Mayor's Parade and Penistone Gala. Later on, Penistone Armed Forces Day could become second only to Penistone Show as an annual event, if it is efficiently organised.
Fri 1st Robert Drummond (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.
Mon 5th Whit Monday. Whit Monday was the bank holiday until the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971, moved it to the last Monday in May and more or less 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) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Dennis Pinder from t'other side of t'hill (Stocksbridge History Group). 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 8th Comedy in a Tent - Speculative for 2018, details from last year:
7.30pm to 11pm, Showground Marquee. Penistone Gala Weekend Starts Here. £12, Advance tickets, over 18s only. The Online ticket has a 15p booking fee. Bar and toilets available. Please note that this event is 'adults only'.
Sat 9th Gala Weekend, Penistone X Run - Speculative for 2018, details from last year:
11.30am to 4pm, Around Penistone Showground. See Pen X-Run.
  ,,   ,, Gala Weekend Family Musical Festival - Speculative for 2018, details from last year:
Noon to 5pm, Showground Marquee. Free event, no ticket required. A great family musical entertainment which builds on previous Penistone Folk Festivals. A noisy Bar and toilets available. See Pen Musicfest.
  ,,   ,, Gala Weekend Ultimate Party - Speculative for 2018, details from last year:
7.30pm, Showground marquee. £12 Advance Tickets (Over 18s only). See Ultimate Party.
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Penistone coat of arms
Penistone Mayor's Parade - Sets off Noon from Talbot Road, near the cop shop. The theme will be 'Musicals Through the Ages'. The route is along Market/High Street, Clarel Street, Bluebell Ave, Park Ave, back along High/Market Street to St Mary's Street roundabout and the Showground for judging by the Mayor. 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 Mayor's Consort, Cllr Andrew Millner, will lead the Parade supported by schools, societies and businesses, along with Mountain Rescue people, majorettes, thespian groups and a dangerous-looking camel. Penistone's remaining Fire Engine will rouse and douse the cheering mob with water-sprays and sweets. The tail-end will have vintage and classic cars, which will be exhibited on the Showground.

Do you fancy building a float and taking part in the Parade?  If so, please contact Penistone Town Council.  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. This is 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).
  ,,   ,, Penistone Gala - Follows on from the Mayor's Parade, around 1pm, 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 will have the usual stalls, charities, bar, ice cream and amusements. See Parade & Gala.

  2pm to 3pm - New for this year's Gala, the Star Wars-inspired Marquee Games, aimed at children aged from 4 to 11yrs, expected to include:
  • Destroy the Deathstar high riser
  • Nerf Gun Stormtrooper training
  • Navigate through Hyperspace (buzz wire game)
  • Make your own light sabre
  • ... and much more.
TBC Oxspring Duck Race - 6pm, Bower Dell, Oxspring. The poster bulls this one up nicely, with: 'Awesome food and drinks, epic games, fun stalls and a Duck Race' - so it should be fun (but is it 'racist', D'oh).
Dates
TBC
EPIP Walking Festival, aka 'East Peak Outdoors 2017' - Details from last year:
Various routes in the Penistone, Denby Dale, Kirkburton and North Sheffield areas. These walks are on the EPIP website (download the Walking Festival Leaflet, pdf). No booking required, except where stated, but you might call them anyway as a courtesy. Walks with Pie and Peas and the Kirklees Light Railway need to be booked. Limited parking at both Penistone and Denby Dale Railway Stations. The PLP Walks page has other walks listed and there's a Hunshelf Heritage Walk (pdf). The EPIP Walks Leaflet (pdf) and Denby Dale Walkers have some good links for walkers. Penistone Line Timetable (pdf).
Sun 17th Father's Day. Get the cigars and whisky ready. It's Father's Day. This is held 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. See Time and Date.
Weds 20th The English Civil War (History talk) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Gillian Waters. Take a look at maps showing areas controlled by each side at Texas University Library (such as 1st January1643 and 1st May 1643). Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs 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 35th anniversary.
Mon 18th 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 certain 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, thereby discouraging public scrutiny. Minutes appear on the website after the next meeting. Pen Town Council.
Sun 24th Armed Forces Day (National Event) - The national event is in Liverpool. Penistone has its own Grand Military Show on Saturday 30th (see below).
  ,,   ,, 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.
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.
Sat 30th
Penistone coat of arms

Penistone Armed Forces Day - Grand Military Show and Parade - Details to follow. Last year's adult tickets were £5 each. The 2017 PAFD event was a huge success. With an estimated 6,000 tickets sold last year, donations, fund-raising and council grants (Eg. £3,500 from Ward Alliance), and with volunteer time and materials donated free last year, the balance sheet will be at least £30,000 in surplus, ready for another belter show in 2018. For more information (details from last year), Email: penistone.armed.forces.day@gmail.com. See Penistone Armed Forces Day, Pen AFD Facebook, Spike's Facebook and Armed Forces Day.

Mayor Carol BBarn serviceDarren of PFMParade

July       Jan - Feb - March - April - May - 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 a good one.
Weds 4th The Enclosures Act (History talk) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 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 6th
to Sun 8th
Hoylandswaine Village Festival - Details to follow.
The dates were announced on the Hoylandswaine Village Festival's Facebook Event page.
Fri 6th Dolce (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
8th and 9th
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.
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 TBC Thurgoland Family Fun Day ('To Space and Beyond') - 11am to 5pm, Playing Field, Thurgoland Village. Free admission. Children's rides including the swing boats and spinning ride, Hathersage Brass Band, Photography Competition, Rocket Building (eh?), Inter-galactic Games (does SETI know?), 'Design an Alien' (now you have lost me!), Bouncy Castles, Pot Breaking, Coconut Shy, Raffle, Space Hunt, Huge BBQ and Licensed Bar, School Stall, Craft and Gift Stalls. Main Square to hold the games, fancy dress competition, Stamper Dance display, Karate Display, Majorettes Display. Also a Village Parade and refreshments in the adjacent Village Hall. Beware of light sabres being brandished by small aliens.
  • 10am - Pet Show in the School yard
  • 1pm - (Gala starts)
  • 1.30pm - Village Parade. The float will be dressed up in a Space theme, carrying this year's Gala Queen, accompanied by Hathersage Brass band and a host of people from Majorettes, Cheerleaders and the odd Darth Vader or Stormtrooper.
  • 2pm - Opening Ceremony. The man on the mike will get the family fun party started.
Penistone Scout Group will be attending and helping out on the day. See the Facebook Event. For stallholders: This is an outdoor event and you need your own table and gazebo to fit the 3 x 3 metre pitches, correct weights must also be used. Don't forget it can be very windy up there on the field. There is no electrickery. Vendor fees: Craft and gift stalls, £15, Charity Stall £10. All stallholders must hold a valid public liability insurance certificate at the time of the event. Contact via Facebook, email: keekee20@hotmail.com or call (mobile) 07985 322 907.
Sat 14th
(*See text)
Thurlstone Village Gala - 1pm to 4pm, St Saviour's Church, off Manchester Road. * 2018 date assumed from the Thurlstone Chase, below.
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. 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. See the Event Page on 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).
Weekend
TBC
Yummy Fest 2017 - Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream Parlour, just above Ingbirchworth. 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).
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 might use 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, where 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. Details of sub-committees are not advertised, thereby discouraging public scrutiny. Minutes appear on the website after the next meeting. Pen Town Council.
Weds 18th Brass Bands (History talk) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 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) - Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne. 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? You can gain free entry by being a volunteer. This event is 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).
Mon 23rd Penistone Pictorial - This website's birthday from the year 2,000. "Hip - hip.....". Coming of age?
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.

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August      Jan - Feb - March - April - May - 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 - They are usually on the first and third Wednesday of each month except August. Next one is Wednesday 5th September. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Fri 3rd 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 Show - Practice for Penistone Show in September.
Thurs - Sun
TBC
The Huddersfield Food and Drink Festival - Thursday 11am to 9pm; Friday and Saturday 10am to 10pm; Sunday 10.30am to 5.30pm. Mostly around St George's Square, Huddersfield. More stalls down Northumberland Street and elsewhere in town. Highly recommended and definitely worth a visit, with a wide choice of cuisine from 'God's Own County' and around the world. About 90% is from Huddersfield and Yorkshire. It has a wide range of food and confectionary stalls, real ales and ciders and various cookery demonstrations. Yummy Yorkshire is usually there too. The 2016 festival attracted over 100,000 people. On Fri/Sat from 6pm, there are children's workshops and children's entertainments and a 'Festival of Dusk' featuring local acts. See Hudds F&D Fest and Huddersfield Examiner.
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.
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.
Mon 27th BH Late Summer Bank Holiday Monday - The last Monday of August. (Time & Date)

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September     Jan - Feb - March - April - May - 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 a notable event by the war memorial and Penistone church, remembering local lives lost at Paschendaele. 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
Dates TBC
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 (Sheffield and Cockerham Lane, Barnsley this year, Penistone in the past), for example. Check dates and times before travelling, as not all venues will be open throughout the four-day period. See Heritage Open Days and the Sheffield HOD Leaflet (pdf download). Quaker Meeting House, High Flatts (see below), Hoylandswaine Nail Forge (which I can never find), HoylandSwaine Church, Shelley Church, Silkstone Church, Holmfirth Blue Plaque Trail (presentation), Victoria Tower, Huddersfield, Wortley Top Forge (FB Event) and, for the first time, Nigel Tyas' Ironworks on Lee Lane, Millhouse Green. If it is not busy, Penistone Church might also be open.
Weds 5th The Barnsley Archives and Penistone Materials in it (History talk) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Paul Stebbings, head of BMBC Archiving, who will tell us about what they hold for 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 The 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.
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 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. Details of sub-committees are not advertised, thereby discouraging public scrutiny. Minutes appear on the website after the next meeting. Pen Town Council.
Weds 19th An Elizabethan Lady's Wardrobe (History talk) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 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."
Weekend
TBC
Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival - From last year:
10am to 6pm, Holmfirth. More than 65 stallholders. Plenty to see: Frumptarn Guggenband (of Barnsley) will be making some very loud sounds, street artists, festival trails, face-painting and more. Live music, brewery tours and some rather quirky street entertainment adding to the festival atmosphere, with plenty of free workshops and activities for the younger ones. Disabled car parking 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 49th Annual Competitive Music Festival - From 9.30am, Amphitheatre, Penistone Grammar School, Huddersfield Road, Penistone, S36 7BX. A well-established window on musical talent, for amateurs only. The following times were on the poster and are subject to change. More details can be found in the Programme (£1.50). Come along and enjoy the day. Details from 2017, as a rough guide to this year. Penistone Mug from Hallmark Card Shop
  • 10.30am - Junior Piano
  • 11.30am - Intermediate and Senior Piano
  • 1.30pm - Solo Instrumentalists
  • 1.55pm - Junior Singing
  • 2.35pm - Oratorio/Sacred Song
  • 3.00pm - Songs from the Shows
  • 4.30pm - Choirs
Light refreshments and sandwiches available to around 6pm. Further details from PCMF website or Email. The Penistone Competitive Music Festival was founded by Millhouse Green MVC (Registered Charity No. 511148) in 1969 and has taken place in St Paul's Church (rebuilt as St Andrew's) and the Town hall (renamed the Paramount) in different years. The Music Festival organisers welcome new patrons to make their contributions, however small, towards the costs of running this event. The costs can be quite high and continue to rise year on year. See the Patron's Form (pdf). This event is always the last Saturday of September.

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October    Jan - Feb - March - April - May - 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) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 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 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.
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. Details of sub-committees are not advertised. Minutes appear on the website after the next meeting. Pen Town Council.
Weds 17th The Workhouse System (History talk) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 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.
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    Jan - Feb - March - April - May - 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 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 own four-piece group playing their popular selection, with Peter Lee at the helm. The 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) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 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.
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) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 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.
Dates
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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      Jan - Feb - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - (Calendar).
This Month MagiChristmas dominates the month, having started in October, but never 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 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) - Opens 1.45pm registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 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 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 - Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of most months. 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
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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
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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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For Organisers and Events Secretaries:
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 a few posters, social media and other outlets. I suggest the posters go up about two or three weeks before the day. Certainly no less than a week. Not too early either or your poster might be covered up by someone else's on top.

For events to appear on this page, put your posters around the town centre (not just the Community Centre) and include the essential details: Event Name (What's happening?), Date (Day too, or we need a calendar), Start Time (Often forgotten!), Location (Postcode for Satnav? Directions? Parking? Disabled access?), Ticket/Admission (How much? Where from? Concessions? Age limit? Accompanied by adult?) and Organiser (Who? Website? Contact details?). By the way, if you won't state the price, I will suggest that it is either: a) Expensive, or, b) Free.

Choose the fonts, colours and backgrounds to be easy to read through a mucky window. If it's for Arts, Crafts, Festive or a Clean-up, say what to wear or what to bring (will we get dirty?) If it's for Charity or a Good Cause, please name it or people will wonder where the money goes. Please do not use 'Military Time'; it is ugly, takes up space (19:00hrs = 7.00pm = 7pm) and can be confusing. 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.

Some organisers think that one poster in such as the Community Centre is enough for everyone to see it. It isn't. Good poster places are: Hallmark Cards, Paul Schofield Butcher, Ward's Chip Shop, Café Crème, Community Centre, Pen Library, Post Office (might have to pay), Co-op (charities only), Clark's Chemist (sometimes), Council Noticeboards and Tesco's wall. Other shops and cafés might also oblige. Provide some Blu-tak to avoid any sticky tape mess. Update your website and encourage people to share on Facebook. If your club or society is not on facebook, it makes sense to consider it as it is free and can reach the community. Also contact these: 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, such as: Penistone Scout Hut, Penistone Church FC Clubhouse, Penistone Bowling Club, Thurgoland Village Hall, Hoylandswaine Sports Club, Millhouse Institute, Millhouse Green 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 much used (perhaps because nobody knows about it).
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