What's on in the Penistone Area - 2018

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2018 Summary
Early in 2018, the Boundary Commission proposed to re-draw the Penistone parliamentary constituency boundary and attach us to Colne Valley and Holmfirth. There was a healthy response to their public consultation which resulted in some limited success. They agreed to keep the name of Penistone in the new constituency name, now to be called 'Colne Valley and Penistone.' Otherwise it would have kept its 'Colne Valley' name and, perhaps for the first time in a century, the name of Penistone would not be on the list of constituencies. A minor triumph but one worth fighting for.

All of the 2018 events listed above were important but I can pick some for special mentions. Penistone Arts Week (March) was new for this year, organised by the Penistone Ward Alliance (aka 'The Penistone Team'), which itself had been set up by the six BMBC councillors of the Penistone Area Council. In my view, it deserved more support from the public but their publicity campaign was weak. I always ponder how easy it is to put up a few posters in our town centre shops. Not everyone is on Facebook, reads the Chronicle or sees the Tesco noticeboard. It needed more effort.

As before, the Tour de Yorkshire drew enthusiastic crowds and, big surprise, our district and Penistone town centre were actually seen on television, unlike last time. In June, Penistone's Natwest Bank closed down. This was our last remaining bank, having lost HSBC in 2014. Assorted politicians made virtuous noises and set up petitions (thereby dividing the results) but no-one really expected the bankers to reverse policy. Oddly enough, the TSB had stated in national news that it valued its direct contact with its customers, that it would maintain branches and actually open some new ones. This followed a major hacking incident which exposed their customers to fraud on a grand scale, so their public response might have been hyped up somewhat. My email to them about the two empty bank properties in Penistone - was ignored.

Although Penistone Competitive Music Festival had enough entries from musicians and choirs to make it worth doing, this year's event could turn out to be the last one. As the Committee is rather elderly and the Secretary is retiring, it needs some new blood to ensure that it continues. The PCMF Committee is happy for an enthusiastic new Secretary to take the Festival in new directions and expand the repertoire.

One big event of 2018 was Penistone Remembers, commemorating a century since the Armistice of the Great War. As with most UK places, our district lost many good men in that conflict. A great deal of effort was put into day and night events to mark the centenary, and from a good number of volunteers. Even 'Yours Truly' played a small part in it. Special displays were set up inside and outside Penistone church. There was even a mock-up of a Great War trench in the churchyard. The large number of visitors demonstrated that the effort had all been worthwhile.

Of course, 2018 news was dominated by one topic: Brexit, how to implement it and negotiations with Europe. A good many people were sick of hearing about it. A fairly general response was 'Just get on with it.' .


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)
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.
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.
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).
Weds 17th
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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. 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
Railway Maintenance - No trains between Huddersfield and Penistone on 20th and 21st January weeekend. Buses laid on but the journey will take 1½ hours. See Northern for details. This was notified in the current 'Penistone Line Express', the journal of the Penistone Line Partnership (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. The date had been changed from the 15th January. 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. A short period is allowed before the meeting for questions from residents which, by a previous Council resolution, are included in minutes. Residents have the legal right to observe and take notes or record council meetings without prior permission but can be excluded under defined circumstances (Section 4, HMG Openness Guide 2014 - pdf). Pen Town Council.
Thurs 25th
Sat 3nd F
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).
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, and no return is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 28th Music and Readings Concert - 4pm, St John the Evangelist Church, Haigh Lane, HoylandSwaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection, refreshments available. 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.
Mon 29th PTC Precept Meeting - Time not stated, probably 7pm, Council Chamber, Penistone Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. Not advertised. From the Barnsley Chronicle: 'Penistone Town Council will meet on Monday to decide its budget for the next financial year.' The usual conditions apply for this meeting except public participation. Pen Town Council.
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. * This date was listed early in 2017 and cannot be verified.
Fri 2nd Candlemas (For historic interest) - A date on the church calendar and 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, and no return is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
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).
  ,,   ,, Paul Stewart (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, and no return is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (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.
Thurs 8th 'Have Your Say About Penistone' (Two drop-in sessions) - 10am to Noon, Penistone Market Barn - and - 4.30pm to 6.30pm, Penistone Tesco Food Store. Barnsley Council (BMBC) has a pot of £5m to spread around the Principal Towns, of which Penistone is one of six. With the success of Fox Valley and improvements to Barnsley town centre, the idea is to help the outlying towns which are losing out. This dual event is looking for improvement suggestions for Penistone and ways to make our area more of a magnet for visitors: 'Have your say about Penistone! We're working with local businesses, residents and community organisations to turn ideas into projects and improve the High Street.' From the Barnsley Chronicle and Facebook. See BMBC's Improving Your Local High Street.
Fri 9th to
Mon 19th
School Holiday - Officially Monday 12th to Friday 16th in the Barnsley area, but the dates listed here also include the weekends. Next school break is Easter, Friday 23rd March to return on Monday 9th April. See BMBC School Dates.
Sat 10th
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Sat 25th
Lambing Festival - 10.30am to 6.30pm, Cannon Hall Farm, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, S75 4AT. Admission: £7.95 Adult or Child, £30 family ticket (four people), under 2yrs free. Booking not required. See the website for more information. Lambing season is one of Cannon Hall Farm’s most exciting times in the farming calendar. Shepherds will care for 300 pregnant ewes who will have lambs over the two-week school holiday period and farmers will update the live Facebook broadcasts. 'We want to share the action with your family - as well as provide education and entertainment for our younger visitors.' - 'Join us and help us welcome our new lambs (and hopefully see a brand new life brought into the world) with our packed agenda.'
  • Daily talks from our shepherds about the lambs and sheep;
  • Lamb bottle-feeding demonstrations;
  • Tractor trailer rides;
  • Sheep and ferret racing;
  • Milking demonstrations;
  • Shire horse talks;
  • Meerkat feeding sessions;
  • Access to our amazing soft play centre.
See Cannon Hall Farm, Facebook.
Sat 10th Sheffield Utd. versus Leeds Utd. (Football match) - 12.30pm, on TV in a pub or club of your choice.
  ,,   ,, 'Live Music Spectacular' - 7.30pm, Thurgoland Village Hall. Tickets £5 each from Committee members or Email: events.tvw@gmail.com. Bar and Pie & Peas supper. The bands: Wilde Sammon (Indie, folk and roots music), also The Andy Cahill Quartet with new singer Nic McAllen (Smooth jazz and classics). This is a fund-raising concert 'In aid of the MUGA Project.' From Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Dave the Rave (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, and no return is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
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 giving up pleasures for Lent and starting to fast. 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).
  ,,   ,, Pancake Day Dinner - Noon to 2pm, Hoylandswaine Church Hall. Tickets £5 by calling 76 5579. Come and go as you please in the two hours of dinnertime. Enjoy good company and fresh pancakes with a choice of sweet and savoury toppings. Organised by St John the Evangelist Church, Hoylandswaine. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Shrovetide Dinner - Noon onwards, St Andrew's Church. Price not stated. As last year, Menu: Beef Stew and Yorkshire Pudding (no vegetarian or pancake alternative), choice of sweet, tea and coffee. Also a cake stall and a 'Bring and Buy' stall. This is a fund-raiser for the church. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Two Blood Donor Sessions - 12.55pm to 3.25pm, a break, then 4.15pm to 7.15pm, Penistone Grammar School, Huddersfield Road. Give up 'nearly an armful' of blood to save lives. Limited walk-in slots are usually possible but they prefer you to make an appointment, arranged via the 'Blood' website or call Freefone 0300 123 2323. Tea and biscuits provided. This item from the Barnsley Chronicle.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Alehouse Community Meeting - Door opens 6.30pm for 7pm start, to 9pm, Penistone Bowling Club, (Upper) Back Lane, above Tesco. Access via Scholes Avenue by car (by the Recreation Ground) or Tesco car park by foot. This public meeting is open to anyone supportive of a local alehouse being set up. It follows from their Start-up Meeting in January; 'To give people an update on where we're at, and where we're going next.' From Facebook Event.
Agenda:
1. Introduction (5 Mins),
2. Recap on progress (15 Mins),
3. Guest speaker, Mark Powell (20 Mins),
4. Steering Group update (20 Mins),
5. Your ideas update (20 Mins),
6. 'Sprint 3 Plan' and look ahead (15 Mins),
7. Next steps and questions (20 Mins), and
8. Any Other Business (5 Mins).
  ,,   ,, Pancake Day Tossers - 7.30pm, Spread Eagle, Market Street, Penistone, S36 6BZ. Join us for Pancake day - 'Who will be you local's biggest tosser?' A free shot to everyone who enters the contest. The person who tosses the most [pancakes] wins a gallon of beer. (Facebook)
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.
Thurs 15th Thurgoland History Group 'Project Evening' - 7pm, Thurgoland Village Hall. Admission £2. An evening with the project of your choice. From Look Local.
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 'Winter Fair' (Fund-raising event) - 9am to 11.30am, Penistone Leisure Centre (The old Drill Hall), Thurlstone Road, Penistone, S36 9EF. raffle, tombola, jumble sale, refreshments, stalls, a DJ and a children's bouncy castle. Stalls include: 'Love Lily'(glasses, gifts and cards), Clare Gittins (bespoke frames, childrens bows and fashion jewellery), PF Designs (Silver Jewellery), Craft table, lucky dip (supporting the local Rainbows group), Temple Spa (Cosmetics and Products) and other stalls. A family Skating Session follows on from noon to 2pm. This event is also an opportunity to see the newly-refurbished Gym Room and talk to the volunteers. The centre is always looking for new volunteers, so if you're looking to meet new people, give back to your local community and benefit from perks such as a free gym pass or kids' skating parties, then come down for a chat. If you are interested in volunteering, they have people on hand to tell you about the available roles. Also looking for prize donations for the raffle/tombola/jumble sale too. Email: info@penistoneleisurecentre.org.uk for more information. See Penistone Leisure Centre (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Martin McQuire (Singer) - 8.30pm, Crystal Palace, Towngate, Thurlstone, S36 9RH. He is a singer, entertainer and fun guy and he sings something for everyone from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s. Dance, disco, country music and more. All song requests accepted. See the Crystal Palace on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Terry Ryan (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, and no return is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 18th Wedding Fayre - 11am to 3pm, Shaw Lane Sports Club, Shaw Lane, Dodworth, S70 6HZ. Free entry. A bit outside the Penistone district but it is here because at least one local business will be exhibiting. See the Facebook Event.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Mayor's Curry Night - 6pm, Cinnamon Spice, Market Street, Penistone. Tickets £15 each available from the Town Clerk, 9am to 1pm, Penistone Town Clerk's Office, Penistone Community Centre. Also a raffle. Enjoy a curry with the current Mayor of Penistone, Cllr Roger Hinchliff and Consort, Cllr Brenda Hinchliff, in one of the last Mayoral events of his term of office. This is also a fund-raising event towards the Mayor's charities. Pen Town Council.
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. Minutes of meetings appear on the website after the next meeting. Pen Town Council.
Weds 21st Charity Coffee Morning - 11am to 2pm, Co-op Funeral Care, Park Avenue. This is in Penistone's comfortable new funeral parlour. Everyone is welcome and all proceeds will go to Millhouse Animal Sanctuary based in Fulwood, Sheffield. This sanctuary has rescued and cared for animals since 1948. Registered charity 512905.
  ,,   ,, The River Don (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Michael Spick. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Wedding Fayre - 6pm to 9pm, Cubley Hall, Mortimer Road, Cubley, Penistone, S36 9DF. Cubley Hall is a very popular wedding venue, with good facilities and scenic views. Wedding professionals will be on hand to offer any advice. To book your appointment, please Email: sandra@cubleyhall.co.uk. See Cubley Hall (Facebook) - Tel. 76 6086.
Thurs 22nd Digital Photography Course (Five weeks) - 4.45pm to 6.45pm, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. This five-week course costs £63 and includes short field trips and help with your camera. Bring your camera or smartphone to the sessions. From a poster outside the Library.
Sat 24th Little Sam Lyons (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, and no return is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
  ,,   ,, Coffee Morning - 10am to Noon, Denby Dale Methodist Church. Admission £1, includes tea or coffee and biscuits. Cakes, cards, tombola and a raffle. Organised by Huddersfield Mission Welfare Centre. From poster in Springfield Mill.
Sun 25th Ladies' Wear Sale - Noon to 4pm, Rafters (upstairs) Bar, Waggon and Horses, Sheffield Road, Oxspring, S36 8YQ. The poster says: French designer Captain Tortue, 50%off' Sale. 'Check out this season's new collections.' Waggon & Horses (Facebook) - Tel: 76 3259.
  ,,   ,, Imperial College String Ensemble Concert - 2.30pm, Geen Moor Church, Green Moor, S35 7DX. Tickets on the door, Adults £5, Students and under-18s free. Muffat: Sonata No. 5 from Armonico Tribute; Warlock: Capriol Suite. From a poster in Tesco.
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.
Weds 28th 'Poverty Lunch' - 12.30pm to 2.30pm, Hoylandswaine Church Hall, Haigh Lane, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JJ. A frugal lunch to raise awareness of poverty in the world. A collection will be taken in aid of the Delhi Brotherhood Society (Facebook), which is a Christian monastic NGO.
  ,,   ,, Tour de Yorkshire Roadshow - 5pm, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. This came from Facebook but did not make it obvious who was the target audience. Find all about the race and how you might become involved. This one arrived via Facebook but the Barnsley Council TdY site has not updated to include it. Race and Route details have been out for a while from the TdY site.
  ,,   ,, PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, Lower Hall, Penistone Community Centre, Church Street. Meeting between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents, where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. The meetings are seldom advertised but are under threat if not enough people attend. Very unusually, this one was advertised although only at Tesco's. One poster is not quite enough to tick the box saying 'We did our best.'

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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. Apologies for many of March's links being blank. It must have been a quirk of the editing program, or finger trouble. Who knows what happened there?
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 really cares.
  ,,   ,, PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, Pendon House. Given that there was a PACT meeting sheduled for the Community Centre on Weds 28th February, it is unlikely that this one will take place. Otherwise it is a public meeting between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents in the old people's private residence. This date was listed early in 2017 and is subject to change. No new dates are published.
Fri 2nd The Old Green River Band - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the monthly turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members, and no return is allowed within a month. Martin Bennett's Old Green River Band is 'internationally renowned. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Weekend
3rd - 4th
'Superhero Weekend' - 10am to 6.30pm, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, S75 4AT. Booking essential for a 1½ hour session, £9.95 per child and £7.95 for each accompanying adult (the ticket includes All-day Farm Admission). Under twos are £2 each. Sessions are at: 10am, Noon, 2pm and 4pm each day. From their website: 'The superheroes are flying back to Cannon Hall Farm for a weekend packed full of themed fun. Join the CopyCat Party Company as they host the biggest, baddest party on the block - complete with appearances from your favourite heroes. Join your DJ host in fun games and prize-winning and prepare to dance your superhero socks off. The superheroes will get the party started with an hour an a half session packed full of fun. There will be party games, dance-offs and lots of themed fun. Fancy dress is encouraged, but be sure to bring a change of clothes as your ticket also gets you full-day farm admission to experience all our amazing play areas, watch sheep and ferret-racing, take a tractor ride and more.' See Cannon Hall Farm, Facebook.
Sat 3rd The Great British Spring Clean - This is part of a national Keep Britain Tidy (Facebook) campaign from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March 2018. We have some local clean-ups on Saturday, 3rd March. All are welcome to join in:
  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm - Penistone Town Hall building (Those dangling wires?),
  • Noon to 1pm - Millhouse Green Institiute and
  • 10.30am to 1.30pm - Ingbirchworth Playground Spring Clean.
  ,,   ,, 'Boozy Birthday Bash' - 8pm, Crystal Palace, Towngate, Thurlstone, S36 9RH. OMG, it's that time again, boozy birthday bash, Buffet/food, Crazy cocktails. 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s music. Bring it on. See the Crystal Palace on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Luke Hoyland (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. No return is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 4th Music for Lent and Passiontide - 4pm, St John the Evangelist's Church, Hoyland Swaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. Vocals by soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth and organ by John Bashforth. Music by Gibbons, Bach, Handel and Ireland. Refreshments available. This is another of a series of concerts at the church. Good car parking on the street above the church. For more information, call (mobile) 07407 559 059.
Mon 5th The Penistone 60s Club - 2pm to 4pm in the Party Room, Penistone Leisure Centre. £2 admission includes Tea/Coffee/Biscuits. This is the first session of a friendly new group which will run fortnightly on the first and third Monday of the month. Sample dates: Mondays 5th, 19th March and 2nd, 16th April, etc. Come and listen, dance, sing or hand-jive to 60s music, and take part in the 60s quiz. This is a brand new group, so a brilliant opportunity to meet new people and make friends locally. See you there, Pop Pickers. See Penistone 60s Club at the Leisure Centre.
Weds 7th Pen History Group AGM and First World War Zeppelin Raids on Sheffield (History talk) - 1.45pm, Community Centre, Church Street. Treasurer's and Chairman's Reports will be read out and Committee posts will be decided. The annual subscription is now £12 (for 2018). The presentation by Graham Sykes follows on from the AGM at about 2.15pm. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs 8th 'Fairtrade Trail' - 10am, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Discover more about Penistone as a Fairtrade town. This starts at the Library and ends at the Penistone Paramount, after visiting various points in our town and 'with coffee on the way.' From poster.
Fri 9th Fairtrade Coffee Morning - 10am to Noon, Penistone Library, High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Free event. An opportunity to sample Fairtrade tea, coffee, sugar and biscuits, in league with St Andrew's Church next door and in co-operation with Penistone Fairtrade Group. This is a chance to meet with friends, meet new people and chat over a brew. Everyone welcome. Also a free quiz with a prize for the winner.
  ,,   ,, Alehouse Project Pop-up Planning Meeting - 5pm to 7pm, Cubley Hall, Mortimer Road, Cubley, Penistone, S36 9DF. 'We're getting together for a few beers, to throw some ideas about for some 'pop-up' events and start planning them in. Idea is to start making this thing 'real' for people...to create some real energy behind our project and give people a better idea of the type of thing we're trying to create. You're all welcome to join...all you need to bring is your ideas and enthusiasm...the more the merrier..' This project is gaining ground, having started with its first meeting in December 2017. See the Alehouse Project interest group on Facebook.
Sat 10th 'Susan's Challenge' Coffee Morning - 10am to 1pm, Penistone Parish Church, Market Place, Penistone. Coffee, tea, cakes, sandwiches, home-made soup and a 'lite bite' lunch. This is in support of Susan Halliday, who intends to travel to Lesotho in Southern Africa as part of her Girl Guiding role with the Africa's Gift charity (Facebook). Visitors to this event can learn about the project, 'wonderbags' and tree-planting in Africa. see also Penistone Church, Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Joint Music 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).
  ,,   ,, 'A Night at the Races' - First race 7.30pm, Penistone Church Football Club, Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. For more information, call Janet on 01226 370095 or just turn up and have fun. Everyone welcome. Pen Church FC, (Facebook)
  ,,   ,, Rachel Raynor (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, and no return is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (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. By the way, the clocks do not change on this date, see 25th March. See Date and Time.
  ,,   ,, Mother's Day at the Spread - 11am to midnight, Spread Eagle, Market Street, Penistone, S36 6BZ. Join us this Mother's Day. All mums will receive some chocolates and a glass of fizz on us! (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Legup Equestrian Show - Time not stated, Bromley Farm, Wortley, S35 7DE. Child-friendly event; 'Inhand, Ridden and a couple of Poles only SJ classes to finish the day. Great Rosettes and Sashes. A link and copy of the schedule will appear on this page as soon as finalized. Get the date in your diary.' See Facebook Event.
Mon 12th Ukulele Taster Session (First of three) - 10am to Noon, Thurgoland Village Hall, Thurgoland. Have a go at the Ukelele for nowt, with tuition by local folkmeister, Chris McShane. The next one (second of three) will be Monday 19th, same details. The last one (26th March) will have you managing some simple tunes. This is a WEA project. For more information, contact Thurgoland Village Hall or call Fliss on (mobile) 07966 254 331, Email: felicity.sanderson@wea.org.uk.
Tues 13th Volunteer Cleaner-uppers Wanted - 1.30pm, Tank Ramp off Green Road, near the bridge. Penistone Archive Group and Penistone Clean and Tidy group are looking for volunteers to help tidy up around the Tank Ramp.
Weds 14th Penistone Church FC versus Maltby Main FC (SHS Cup SF Football match) - 3pm, Penistone Church Football Club, The Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission: Adults £5, Concessions £3, Under 10s Free. See Pen Church FC (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Fashion Show - 7.30pm, Community Centre, Church Street. Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine) on the door or from Royal British Legion Reception desk. High Street brands, current fashions, all sizes, payment by card accepted. Organised by RBL Ladies' Section. Proceeds to Penistone First Responders.
Thurs 15th Tour de Yorkshire Roadshow - Registration 5pm, Starts 5.30pm, Cubley Hall, Mortimer Rd, Cubley, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 9DF. This is a free event for local businesses and community in preparation for the men's cycle race which passes through our district on 4th May 2018, with details of road closures, disrupted services, opportunities to get involved, the annual sportive and how to volunteer to become 'Tour Makers.' 'The session will include a short presentation, detailed information of the new route, advice on how to make the most of this world-class event and a Q&A opportunity. They will also give advice around brand guidelines and how your business and community can make the most of the opportunity.' Book via Pen TdY Roadshow. See also TdY on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Cricket Club AGM - 8pm, Cubley Hall, Mortimer Rd, Cubley, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 9DF. One hopes that it will not clash too much with the TdY Roadshow above. See Penistone Cricket Club on Facebook.
Fri 16th Cheltenham Gold Cup Day - Speculative, Spread Eagle, Penistone, S36 6BZ. This was last year's entry, included here as a rough guide to this year, should it take place: '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).
  ,,   ,, MGBC Quiz Night - 7pm, Millhouse Institute, Millhouse Green. This is a subscription and quiz night for members and prospective members of Millhouse Green Bowling Club. This item from Barnsley Chronicle, 9th March.
Sat 17th St Patrick's Day - Unlike St David's day, we can all join in and pretend to be Irish for the day, to be sure. 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.
  ,,   ,, Charity Car Wash - 10am to 2pm, Penistone Fire Station, Sheffield Road, S36 6HN. Come and get your car made sparkling clean by your local fire crew. Put some money in the bucket in support of the Fire Station. See Penistone Fire Station. From Facebook.
  ,,   ,, St Patrick's Day at the RBL - From opening, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. No doubt they will have decorated the place up with shamrocks and there might be some tall green Guinness hats around. The USP of this event is a free raffle ticket to all attending members, if they have their membership cards. Two winning tickets to be drawn with a bottle of Jameson's Whiskey for each. Remember, no member's card = no free raffle ticket. See Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, St Patrick's Day at The Huntsman - Stuff happening from 2pm into the evening, The Huntsman, 136 Manchester Road, Thurlstone, S36 9QW. Plenty happening, starting with Irish Stew and Champ served from 2pm to 5pm, the Six Nations England versus Ireland starting at 2.45pm, then there is Irish folk music from 8pm in the evening.The Huntsman, Facebook - Tel. 76 4892
  ,,   ,, Mike Johns (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, and no return is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 18th
to Sun 25th

Penistone coat of arms
Penistone Arts Week (PAW) - This is new for 2018 and sufficiently 'Community' for a Penistone coat of arms and a themed background. PAW appears to have been an initiative from the Penistone Ward Alliance (aka the 'Penistone Team') and funded by BMBC. The Launch Event is 2pm at Generations Café (see below). It will be a week of artistic events, including workshops in pottery, painting, night photography, with poetry and more. The organisers would like as many local people to be involved as possible.

As part of the week's events, Penistone Paramount will show two Willy Russell films: 'Educating Rita' and 'Shirley Valentine.' The week will culminate on Sat 24th March with 'An Audience with Willy Russell' (aka 'Educating Rita' meets 'Educating Yorkshire'), hosted by Channel 4's Johnny Mitchell. He did the 'Educating Yorkshire' documentary. Some events were purloined from the 'Hear My Voice Festival' - a three-year, Barnsley-based project of creativity, poetry and words managed by Barnsley Museums.

For more information or how to become involved, please contact Chrissie Yates, Chair of Penistone Arts Week, call 01227 773 012 or email: penistoneteam@barnsley.gov.uk.
  ,,   ,, 'Hens Teeth' Art Exhibition (PAW) - The Arthouse Café, Church Street. Entry is free, so pop in for a coffee and see their exhibits. Hens Teeth is an organisation of local artists and makers who perhaps are most famous for their annual 'Art at the Altar' exhibition at Penistone Church. They will be exhibiting at The ArtHouse Cafe as part of the new  Penistone Arts Week. See their Facebook Event.
Sun 18th The Comedy Train (PAW) - 1.19pm, Platform 2, Huddersfield Railway Station. This will arrive in Penistone at 1.49pm. Tony Vino is the comedian on the train. The Comedy Train is part of Penistone Arts Week but also helps celebrate 25 years of the Penistone Line Partnership (Facebook). See the Facebook Event for this and 'Penistone Arts Week'.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Arts Week Launch Event - 2pm, Generations Café Bar, St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Drop-in afternoon tea. Probably a bunch of suits milling around, trying to look important and hoping to be in all the photos. BMBC elections are in May. Others (like me) might turn up just to be nosey. For more information, call 76 1583, Mobile: 07780 292 727, Generations Café Bar, Facebook. Part of PAW, Penistone Arts Week.
  ,,   ,, PAW Launch Day Afternoon Tea - 3pm, Café Crème, 8 High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Something along the lines of sandwich, quiche, cake, tea, coffee, all for £12, booking essential. See Café Crème (Facebook). For more info, call 76 6118. Part of PAW, Penistone Arts Week.
  ,,   ,, 'Open Mike Evening with Penistone Poets' (PAW) - 7pm, Generations Café Bar, St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free to join in. For more information, call 76 1583, Mobile: 07780 292 727, Generations Café Bar, Facebook. Part of PAW, Penistone Arts Week.
Mon 19th Ukulele Taster Session (Second of three) - 10am to Noon, Thurgoland Village Hall, Thurgoland. Have a go at the Ukelele for nowt, with tuition by local folkmeister, Chris McShane. The last one is Monday 26th March at the same place and time. You will probably be able to belt out some simple tunes by the end of that one. This is a WEA project. For more information, contact Thurgoland Village Hall or call Fliss on (mobile) 07966 254 331, Email: felicity.sanderson@wea.org.uk.
  ,,   ,, 'Flash Fiction' Workshop (PAW) - 1pm to 3pm, Penistone Library. Price not stated, probably free. From Facebook: 'Flash fiction is extremely short story-telling. Come along and try your hand at Flash Fiction, in which a story can be told in just a few words. Bring a notebook, pen and motivation. Jackie Creek will provide the inspiration. Don't worry about spelling and grammar. It's all about the creativity.'Jackie can be found on Facebook. See the Facebook Event.
  ,,   ,, Junior Band Concert (PAW) - 4pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. All Tickets £3. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Details from Barnsley Wind Band. Their Spring Music Festival has performances by these young ensembles: Penistone Junior Band, Barnsley Junior Band, Barnsley Percussion Ensemble and Barnsley Guitar Ensemble. Event Goat also refers to Junior performances for school children in the early afternoon but the public concert starts at 4pm. See below for the evening concert. This event was originally found on Event Goat. Part of PAW, Penistone Arts Week.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Town Council Meeting - 7pm, Council Chamber, Penistone Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. A short period is allowed for questions from residents. This meeting will look at antisocial behaviour and littering in the Market Barn, an update on Penistone Mayor's Parade and Gala in June, the closure of Natwest in Penistone, the Tour de Yorkshire bike race in Penistone, Data Protection regulations, an update on Penistone NDP, appointment of a PTC representative on PGS Foundation Trust, plus the usual reports from the Paramount, Community centre and w.h.y. The Planning Meeting which follows on includes Penistone CC's application for a car park and the change of use of a building on St Mary's Street for drinking. The next meeting will be Monday 16th April.

This is the grass-roots Council and the first port-of-call for residents' concerns, which might 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. 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.
  ,,   ,, 'A Night at the Movies' (aka 'Barnsley Wind Bands and Friends', PAW) - 7.15pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets: Adult £5, Concession £3 (under 15yrs and 60+yrs, all areas). Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. A grand evening of band music from four ensembles: Barnsley Metropolitan Band, Barnsley Intermediate Band (Bsly Wind Bands), Wentworth Strings and Barnsley Town Concert Band (most of whom are slow to update their websites). The Box Office is open for bookings 10am to 2pm and during performances or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). Part of PAW, Penistone Arts Week.
Tues 20th Spring Equinox - Days and nights are about the same length today and warmer weather is on its way.
  ,,   ,, 'Growing Up in the 50s and 60s' (Talk, PAW) - 11am to 1pm, Penistone Library. Price not stated, probably free. From Facebook: 'Jackie Creek (Jackie's Fancy Dress) will be reading from her memoirs, from 'The Girl with the Emerald Broach' and from 'The Power of Love'. If you like watching 'Call the Midwife', you'll love Jackie's way with words as she tells her story, which is set in the same time period.' Jackie will also have signed and personalised copies of her books for purchase at discount prices. Jackie can be found on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Poetry Workshop (PAW) - 6.30pm, Café Crème, 8 High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Free to come along and join in. Refreshments available. See Café Crème (Facebook). For more info, call 76 6118. Part of PAW, Penistone Arts Week.
  ,,   ,, 'Oh Mr Porter' - (1937 Film, U Rating, PAW) 80th anniversary screening - 7.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £6.50 (conc £5.50, stalls only). Concessions for under 15yrs and 60+yrs. Run time about 1½ hours. This remastered film is being shown as part of 'Penistone Arts Week on the Big Screen' and stars Will Hay, Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt.

Story from IMDb: 'With the help of a relative, a hopeless railway employee is made stationmaster of Buggleskelly. Determined to make his mark, he devises a number of schemes to put Buggleskelly on the railway map, but instead falls foul of a gang of gun runners.' IMDb: William Thompson Hay was a most versatile entertainer. He was not only a good character comedian but also an astronomer who discovered the spot on Saturn in 1933. The Paramount Box Office is open 10am to 2pm and during performances for bookings, or call 76 7532.
  ,,   ,, Georgie Harrison (Pop vocalist, PAW) - 7pm until late, Generations Cafe, St Mary's Street, Penistone. Tickets £18.50 include a cold or cold Tapas with some veggie options (full selection on the door poster). For more information, call 76 1583.
Weds 21st 'PGS Reminiscence' - 10am to 4pm, Barnsley Museum. Listed as a Facebook Event from 'Experience Barnsley.' This is aimed at PGS alumni from the late 1960s: 'Did you or someone you know go to Penistone Grammar School? We're giving you the opportunity to see photos and documents from the school. Share memories, meet old friends, got photographs from your time there? Bring them with you!'
  ,,   ,, '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.
  ,,   ,, 'Project Touchdown' (Youth Arts Festival, PAW) - 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Penistone Market Barn. Free drop-in event, ample 2 - hour parking nearby. 'Project Touchdown' comes to the new Penistone Arts Week with a range of artistic activities aimed at young people. The event will feature rappers, street dancers and artwork from young artists, also free and healthy refreshments. Further information can found from 'Penistone IKIC Youth Centre' (IKIC = 'I Know I Can' = Penistone Youth Club) on 76 2728.
  ,,   ,, An Audience with Milly Johnson (Local author, PAW) - 7pm, White Heart, Bridge End, Penistone. Admission £12.95. For more information, call 76 2843. White Heart, Facebook. Part of PAW, Penistone Arts Week.
  ,,   ,, 'Educating Rita' - (Film, 1983, '15' Rating, PAW) - 7.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £6.50 (conc £5.50, stalls only). Concessions for under 15yrs and 60+yrs. Run time nearly 2 hours. This Willy Russell film is being shown as part of 'Penistone Arts Week on the Big Screen.' The Paramount Box Office is open 10am to 2pm and during performances for bookings, or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). Part of PAW, Penistone Arts Week.
Thurs 22nd 'The Typewriter Pool' (Drop-in session, aka 'Winston Plowes Typewriters' PAW) - From 10am to 4pm, (Vague 'Town Hall' location, probably the Council Chamber) Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. It is a free event which appears to be principally aimed at socially isolated people but everyone is welcome. This event is part of the Barnsley-based 'Hear My Voice Festival,' a three-year project of creativity, poetry and words, managed by Barnsley Museums and funded by Barnsley TUC Training Ltd.and is bundled with the new Penistone Arts Week, thus killing two birds with one stone. From Facebook Event: 'Join us to create a rainbow of words across Penistone with the wonderful Winston Plowes and his Typewriter Pool. From a 1920s Corona to more recent electric models, poet Winston's writing machines will be set to work, bringing warming words to the most socially isolated in this rural community. Drop-in and experience the joy of tapping out a letter, or just a line or two. This project is run in partnership with Age UK who will ensure that all letters are hand-delivered with love.' For more information, Email: hearmyvoice@barnsley.gov.uk.
  ,,   ,, Digital Photography (Drop-in Session, PAW) - 3.45pm to 4.45pm, Penistone Library. As part of Penistone Arts Week (Hence the 'PAW' in the title), you can ask questions about using your camera, have a go at photo editing (Photoshop, not Gimp) and find out about the six-week Digital Photography class at the Library, which starts on Thursday 19th April, 4.45pm to 6.45pm. The price for the six-week course is £74.60 each.
  ,,   ,, 'Julius Ceasar' (Live theatre from the NT, PAW) - 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. The Paramount Box Office is open 10am to 2pm and during performances for bookings, or call 76 7532. (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). Part of PAW, Penistone Arts Week.
Fri 23rd to
Mon 9th A
Easter School Holiday - Officially Monday 26th to Friday 6th April in the Barnsley area, but the dates in the list include the weekends too. Next school break is May Day, 7th May. For more information on Barnsley area school holidays, see School Terms.
Fri 23rd 'The Great Penistone Bunt Off' (Bunting-making) - Noon to 4pm, (Vague 'Town Hall' location, probably the Council Chamber) Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. This is aimed at schools, groups or members of the community willing to design and make bunting in support of the Tour de Yorkshire Men's Race on 4th May, which passes through Penistone (but not Thurlstone).

Unlike last year when it came right through our district to tumultuous crowds, Barnsley has now taken over the start of this one, from their grisly town centre. 'Come along and have a go at making some bunting and get ideas for dressing your local community.' It is being bundled in with BMBC's 'Penistone Arts Week'. And why not? To register your interest, to find out more or for an ‘In Gear’ toolkit, please email: tourdeyorkshire@barnsley.gov.uk or see Barnsley TDY.
  ,,   ,, Quiz Night - Time not stated, Cubley Hall, Mortimer Road, Cubley, Penistone, S36 9DF. The quiz is in aid of The Lullaby Trust. A raffle will also be held on the night. From Thurlstone Community Group (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, 'Shirley Valentine' - (Film, 1989, '15' Rating, PAW) - 7.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Run time about 1 hour, 50 mins. This item is a Willy Russell film as part of the new 'Penistone Arts Week', under the title of 'Penistone Arts Week on the Big Screen'. Box Office open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532.
Sat 24th Help Out Penistone Cricket Club - 9:30 start, Penistone Cricket Club, Queen Street, Spring Vale. With the season fast approaching we need as many hands to help get the facilities ready for the coming season. No DIY skills necessary. "Many hands make light work" - John Heywood. See Penistone CC on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Coffee Morning - 10am to Noon, Denby Dale Methodist Church, Cumberworth Lane, Denby Dale, Huddersfield, HD8 8QS. Admission £1 includes tea or coffee and biscuits. Stalls for cakes, cards and tombola. Also a raffle. The Minister is Rev'd Alan Wilthew, call 01484 862 572.
  ,,   ,, Charity Car Wash - 10am to 2pm, Penistone Fire Station, Sheffield Road, Spring Vale. 'Come and get your car made sparkling clean by your local fire crew.' See Facebook Event.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Church FC versus Hepworth Miners' Welfare (NCEL Premier Division Football match) - 3pm, Penistone Church Football Club, The Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission: Adults £5, Concessions £3, Under 10s Free. PCFC is currently in eighth position in their first ever season in the Northern Counties East League (NCEL), Premier Division.
  ,,   ,, An Audience with Willy Russell (or 'Educating Yorkshire' meets 'Educating Rita', PAW) - 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' (Facebook) and features Willy Russell, the acclaimed playwright and author. He is perhaps best-known for his films: 'Educating Rita', 'Shirley Valentine', 'Our Day Out' and the London West End play, 'Blood Brothers'. The evening is hosted by Jonny Mitchell, of Channel 4’s award-winning documentary 'Educating Yorkshire.' The Paramount Box Office is open 10am to 2pm and during performances for bookings, or call 76 7532.
  ,,   ,, Cluedo Evening - 7.30pm, The Pie Hall, 297 Wakefield Road, Denby Dale, HD8 8RX.. Tickets £12.50 pp, paid in advance, tables of six are ideal. This is a murder mystery evening and three-course meal of chili & spud or vegetarian option, etc. Also a licenced bar. Feel free to dress up for the occasion. This is a fund-raiser for the DD library and community building. The poster does not give the source of the tickets but is labelled as 'Denby Dale Community Library' and that must be a clue.
  ,,   ,, April Louise (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, and no return is allowed within a month. This is a return by the ever-popular singer.
Lady Day
Sun 25th
'Lady Day' (Historical Interest) - This used to be the official first day of the year in England; when contracts were settled and staff were hired. It still lingers on in the UK tax year, which is 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. Also - Clocks go forward one hour Sat/Sun.
  ,,   ,, 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.
  ,,   ,, 'I Can Play a Story' (Children's event of 'Movement and Imagination') - 11am, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. Tickets £3 per child, available from ‘Pride and Groom’ (Dog Grooming Salon), Shrewsbury Road, Penistone or via Amanda Cartwright on Facebook. Children must be accompanied by an adult and we ask all attending to bring along a cushion to sit on. From the Facebook Event: 'Step into the magical worlds of theatre and books for this special event for children aged 3yrs to 7yrs, and their families. Local author Amanda Cartwright is joining with children’s theatre company, Tell Tale Hearts, to bring to life a book, with fun, games and creativity through movement and imagination. Come along to enjoy this hour long workshop style activity for both little (and big) ones.'
  ,,   ,, 'The Age of Iron' (Poetry Session, PAW) - 1pm to 3pm, Wortley Top Forge, Forge Lane, Thurgoland, Sheffield, S35 7DN. Admission by £3 donation to Wortley Top Forge. To book a place, please Email: hearmyvoice@barnsley.gov.uk or call 01226 774 872. This is a 'Poetic Wander' around Wortley Top Forge with the poet Steve Ely. This event is part of the Barnsley-based 'Hear My Voice Festival,' a three-year project of creativity, poetry and words, managed by Barnsley Museums and funded by Barnsley TUC Training Ltd. It is also being bundled in with Penistone Arts Week. 'This epic, poetic journey crosses the centuries, from the Iron Age to the 17th Century, the Wortley family and pre-industrial revolution. Hear about the characters of Wortley, ‘The Master of Iron’, The Andrews family and Highwayman John Nevison (Wortley born and raised), and absorb the atmosphere of the Wortley Top Forge with its water wheels and water-powered drop hammers in motion. This fascinating, volunteer-run, heritage site provides an inspirational backdrop for writers and photographers alike.' For more information, Email: hearmyvoice@barnsley.gov.uk.
  ,,   ,, 'Music for Lent and Passiontide' - 4pm, St John the Evangelist's Church, Hoyland Swaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. Vocals by soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth and organ by John Bashforth. Music by Gibbons, Bach, Handel and Ireland. Refreshments available. This is one of a series of 'Sundays at 4' concerts at the church. Good car parking on the street above the church. As this event is identical to one for 4th March, that one was presumably postponed due to this date. For more information, call (mobile) 07407 559 059.
  ,,   ,, Thurlstone Brass Band AGM - 7pm, Millhouse Institute, Millhouse Green. Thurlstone Brass Band - Facebook
Mon 26th
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Church Events of Holy Week - In Penistone Parish Church (Sourced from Facebook). See also Penistone C of E.
  • Monday 26th - 9.45am Eucharist Service;
  • Tuesday 27th - 9.45am Eucharist Service;
  • Weds 28th
    - 9:45am Eucharist followed by Coffee and Catch up;
    - 10:30am Craft Group;
    - 7.30pm Bell ringing in the Tower (visitors & beginners welcome);
  • Maundy Thursday 29th
    - 10am Open Doors Coffee Morning;
    - 10:15am Little Fishes Baby and Toddler Group;
    - 6.15pm Bring and Share Supper;
    - 7.30pm Eucharist Service (stripping Altar & Watch);
  • Good Friday 30th
    - 10.00am Children’s Service;
    - 2pm Good Friday Liturgy and Communion;
  • Holy Saturday 31st - The Church is closed;
  • Sunday 1st April, Easter Day - 10.45am Eucharist (service with communion) with Baptisms.
Mon 26th Ukulele Taster Session (Last of three) - 10am to Noon, Thurgoland Village Hall, Thurgoland. Have a go at the Ukelele for nowt, with tuition by local folkmeister, Chris McShane. You will probably be able to belt out some simple tunes by the end of this session. This is a WEA project. For more information, contact Thurgoland Village Hall or call Fliss on (mobile) 07966 254 331, Email: felicity.sanderson@wea.org.uk.
  ,,   ,, Community Fund Advice - 2pm to 7pm, Probably the Council Chamber, Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. This is aimed at non-profit community groups to gain advice on funding. If you are in such a community group, book your place for a hour-long session by calling 01226 773 012 or by email: penistoneteam@barnsley.gov.uk. This was advertised at Penistone Area Team on Facebook.
Tues 27th Easter Egg Decorating - 10am to Noon, Penistone Library. A free session for children aged from 5 to 12 years. Egg painting and competition, face painting and egg-rolling competition.
Weds 28th PUDC Archives - 10am to 2pm, 'Former Council Offices' (probably the top office), Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY (It can't be the Council Chamber because that is being used). Free admission, no booking required. People interested in local history will enjoy this look at pre-1974 records from Penistone Urban District Council (PUDC) on view the first time, including rate books, building plans, Air Raid Precautions (ARP), housing records and posters. PUDC was the forerunner to Penistone Town Council which, in those days, had a wide range of responsibilities such as waste collection, council housing, libraries and more, largely passed on to Barnsley Council (BMBC) after Local Government Reorganisation Act in 1974. May I remind local residents to keep our area's history safe in the Penistone Archives, rather than lost or randomly on view in Barnsley. See also Barnsley Collections.
  ,,   ,, Information Drop-in and 'Sloppy Slipper Swap' - 2pm to 4pm, Crow Edge Community Centre, Victoria. Free and no appointment necessary, just turn up and feel free to bring someone with you to a support session for the over-50s. You can learn about the Good Neighbour Scheme, the Volunteer Driver Scheme and community transport. Tea, coffee and biscuits are on hand. This is for anyone over 50 years old who lives in a BMBC Penistone Ward. The 'Sloppy Slipper Swap' part allows you to bring your old slippers and exchange them for new ones, and for nowt. This event is part of a 'social inclusion project' to get the wrinklies out of the house and meet up with others.Funded by the Penistone Ward Alliance, aka the 'Penistone Area Team,' and operated by Age Concern of Barnsley. For more information, please call Karen on (mob) 07574 843 355 or email: k.dennis@ageukbarnsley.org.uk.
Fri to Mon
30th - 2nd Ap
The (Other) Penistone Beer Festival - The White Heart, Bridge Street, Penistone, S36 7AH. Unfortunately for the White Heart, the 'Penistone Beer Festival' title was first claimed by Penistone Parish Church, which still runs its own version. This one will still be a good one, being in walking distance of the town centre and with at least 40 cask-conditioned beers and craft ciders to sample. Good car parking for customers. See White Heart, Facebook. Tel. 76 2843.
  ,,   ,, Easter Bank Holiday Fun - The Spread Eagle, Market Street, Penistone, S36 6BZ. Friday 30th March, 'Back to School' Disco; Saturday 31st March, Joshua vs Parker (Boxing on tv); Sunday 1st April, Fancy Dress Disco with prizes to be won; Monday 2nd April, Football, football and more football on tv. Free food all weekend. The latest Spread Eagle events can be found on Facebook.
Fri 30th

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Holiday)
Good Friday - The day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and the most important day of the church calendar, with Christmas Day a close second. In the UK, Good Friday and Easter Monday are also Bank Holidays, which means that there will be plenty of people available to join in. See Penistone Church, Facebook. The Penistone routine will be something like the following (times might vary):
  • 10am - 'Messy Church' in Penistone Church with the Mayor of Penistone. All welcome.
  • The traditional Flour Ceremony (see the item below). The mayor will distribute flour to the 'poor of the parish.'
  • 11am - Procession of the Cross (aka the 'Walk of Witness'). Starting from outside the Tesco, the procession is interdenominational, with clergy and members from all of the local churches. It will proceed through the Market Barn to congregate for a while outside Cherrydale Chinese take-away. The ultimate destination will be Penistone Church.
  • 2 pm - Liturgy of the Cross service at Penistone Church.
  ,,   ,, 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 (now 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 was substituted by wheat flour and the event 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.
  ,,   ,, Procession of the Cross - 11am - Starting from outside Tesco, the Procession of the Cross (aka the 'Walk of Witness') is interdenominational, with clergy and members from all of the local churches and chapels. It will proceed through the Market Barn to congregate for a while outside Cherrydale Chinese take-away. From there, the cross will traverse the crossing to its ultimate destination of Penistone Church. As always, they distribute hot cross buns to all and sundry on the route, including me.
  ,,   ,, The Bus Pass Buskers - 9pm, Green Dragon, Thurgoland. 'This will be a great night at the Dragon' - from Look Local.
Sat 31st Penistone Church FC versus Liversedge FC (NCEL Premier Division Football match) - 3pm, Penistone Church Football Club, The Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission: Adults £5, Concessions £3, Under 10s Free. PCFC is currently in eighth position in their first ever season in the Northern Counties East League (NCEL), Premier Division. See NCEL and Pen Church FC (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Jonathan Redfern (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. No return is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)

Flour bequestTuby's funfairRick DaCostaTown Council Assembly

April     Jan - Feb - March - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December - (Calendar).
This Month Starting with Easter and All Fools Day, then St George's Day, the elusive 'Annual Town Assembly', spring fairs, duck races, showers, etc.
Sun 1st Easter Sunday and the Centenary of the RAF being formed from the earlier Royal Flying Corp. Schedules for Easter Sunday services might be found on the Methodist and Penistone Team Ministry websites when (or if) they update them. See also Penistone Church on Facebook. The first of April is also All Fools Day, when people do mischievous little pranks on each other, then call out "April Fool" to the hapless victim if they are taken in. Like Spa Sunday (first Sunday of May) you are not supposed to do it after noon.
  ,,   ,, Easter Egg Hunt - 1pm to 6pm, Spread Eagle, Market Street, Penistone, S36 6BZ. Free event. Bring the kids for some Easter fun. Not only an Easter egg hunt but also an egg painting competition, where prizes can be won. Free food also be available. Facebook
Mon 2nd BH Easter Monday - Bank Holiday, UK. A nice lie-in for the workers but, if you are retired, it doesn't matter.
Weds 4th The History of Printing (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. Talk and presentation by Alan Powell, former Editor of the Sheffield Star newspaper, about the history of print from Roman times to present day electronic systems of type. Alan explains the secret printers' terms and looks at fonts/styles. It should be most interesting. 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) - First set at 8.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Friday night monthly turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Crazy Heart is led by Penistone's very own folkmeister, Chris MacShane. For more information about the band, please see Chris's website or call 76 6911. Penistone RBL.
Sat to Sat
7th to 15th
'Evita' (Musical Play) - 7.45pm each evening and 3.45pm matinees on 8th, 14th and 15th, St Saviour's Church, Thurlstone. There are no performances on Monday 9th. Tickets are from £15 to £20, on the door or on-line (no booking fee). This is a professional performance by the Endellion Theatre Company (Facebook) and is destined to achieve 'Belter' status, so don't miss out. Key players are: Eva Péron - Fiona Walker [Newcastle], Juan Péron - Mark Holmes [Sheffield], Augstin Magalidi - Robert Flewitt [Sheffield], Ché - Matthew Walker [Sheffield], The Mistress - Gina Townend [Sheffield]. 'Evita' at the 'Theatre Impromptu' is Directed by Jonathan C Walker-Kane [of Thurlstone], Musical Direction by Robert Owen, Choreography and Staging by John Cumberlidge, Lighting by Simon Lord and Sound Design by Roy Fairhead. Having been played elsewhere, it was originally Directed by Harold Prince. For more info, email: fantasticksyorkshire@gmail.com.
Sat 7th Pre-season Working Party - 9.30am, Penistone Cricket Club, Queen Street, Spring Vale. Penistone CC needs volunteers to get everything ready for the beginning of the cricket season. The clubhouse needs some TLC. See the Facebook Event.
  ,,   ,, 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.
  ,,   ,, Amy Carnell (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. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 8th 'Moonlight and Roses' - 4pm, St John the Evangelist's Church, Hoyland Swaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. Vocals by soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth. Roses from Picardy, Tralee or the last of their kind, be they red, white or damask. Moonlight by Faure, Schubert and Quilter. Refreshments available from 2.30pm and during the Interval. This is one of a series of 'Sundays at 4' concerts at the church. Good car parking on the street above the church. For more information, call (mobile) 07407 559 059 or email: mec.elizabeth@gmail.com. From the local Church magazine 'The Bridge.'
To Mon 9th End of Easter School Holiday (BMBC Region) - Back to school after the Easter holidays. Next school break is May Day, 7th May. The Huddersfield and the Sheffield zones are a week later. For more information on Barnsley area school holidays, see School Terms.
Tues 10th Penistone Wind Band Open Rehearsal - 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Drama Studios, Penistone Grammar School. If you are a wind musician and are interested in attending or joining, please call Clare on (mobile) 07884 930 123 or email: mailpcwband@talktalk.net. This item is from Look Local freebie newspaper.
Weds 11th Information Drop-in and 'Sloppy Slipper Swap' - 1pm to 3pm, HoylandSwaine Village Hall. Free and no appointment necessary; just turn up and feel free to bring someone with you to a support session for the over-50s. Tea, coffee and biscuits are on hand. Learn about the 'Good Neighbour Scheme', the 'Volunteer Driver Scheme' and Community Transport. This is for anyone over 50 years old who lives in a BMBC Penistone Ward. Bring your old slippers for the 'Sloppy Slipper Swap' and exchange them for new ones, for nowt. This event is part of a 'Social Inclusion Project' to get the wrinkles out of the house and meeting up with others. It is funded by the Penistone Ward Alliance, aka the 'Penistone Area Team' and is operated by Age Concern of Barnsley. For more information, please call Karen on (mobile) 07574 843 355 or email: k.dennis@ageukbarnsley.org.uk.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Church FC versus Pickering Town FC (NCEL Premier Division Football match) - 7.45pm, Penistone Church Football Club, The Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission: Adults £5, Concessions £3, Under 10s Free. PCFC is currently in eighth position in their first ever season in the Northern Counties East League (NCEL), Premier Division. See NCEL and Pen Church FC (Facebook).
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Mon 16th
Tuby's funfair - (Weather permitting) The usual times are: Saturday 2pm to 10pm, not open Sunday, Monday 6pm to 9pm, Penistone QEII Showground, behind Tesco. Free admission but rides cost money. The dates are subject to change without notice and can be affected by adverse weather. With a range of fun rides and activities, from ducks to dodgems. Also candyfloss, hot dogs and hot/cold drinks. See R Tuby (Facebook) or call (mobile) 07831 427 728 for more information. Print off their Discount Vouchers for price reductions. They will probably return to Penistone from 13th to 17th September.
Thurs 12th Get Online Help with 'My Bentax' - 9.30am to 1pm, Penistone Library. No, it isn't a washing machine or a fancy camera, it's Barnsley Council getting people to use the internet for official business; thereby saving paper, automating everything and cutting the staff you might otherwise talk to. This event is to help residents to sign up and use BMBC's 'My Bentax' system for paying Council Tax and checking payments. If you are on benefits, you will need your NI and Housing Benefits numbers to log in. See BMBC's hint on Direct Debit and watch their jolly Youtube Video animation.
  ,,   ,, Community Cafe - 10am to 1pm, Holy Trinity Church, Thurgoland. Refreshments, chat, IT advice, books and more. This item is from Look Local freebie newspaper.
  ,,   ,, PFR'Walk to Run' Session - 5.30pm, Skate Park, Trans-Pennine Trail (parking near Julie's Cafe). Sessions are free, no age limit. This is the first of the season, with another each Thursday at the same time. It is organised by Penistone Footpath Runners and aimed at gradually getting couch potatoes from a gentle walking pace to be fit enough for a 5km run, over a ten-week period. 5 kilometres is just over three miles, which is shorter than the old 4 mile Fun Run. Participants will be coached by a qualified member of the club. Just turn up in suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions, typically jogger bottoms and trainers. You might like to pack a bottle of water too. See PFRAC.
  ,,   ,, Folk Music Concert - 7pm to 8.30pm, Penistone Grammar School. Admission £2 on the door. This is an evening with the Penistone Folk Ensemble, uder the direction of local folkmeister, Chris McShane, with special guest and Northumberlad Piper, Pauline Cato. Proceeds to the PGS Performing Arts Dept. This item is from Look Local freebie newspaper.
  ,,   ,, 'Musical Evening' - No time given, Traveller's Inn (The Fours), Oxspring. They don't tell us what sort of music or whether it is live or recorded. There is no mention of it on either The Traveller's Inn or their Facebook. This incomplete item is from Look Local freebie newspaper. Remember what the prison warden said to Cool Hand Luke: "What we have here... is a failure to communicate." There will be a collection for Oxspring School.
Fri 13th Games Night - Time not stated, probably 8pm, Lounge Room, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This is the first of the monthly Games Nights, to continue on the second Friday of each month. It includes darts, cribbage, other card games, board games and probably dominoes. Please note that, as a private members' club, non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL.
Sat 14th Bowling Taster Session - 10am to noon (Probably 'weather permitting'), Denby Dale Bowling Club, Cuckstool Road, Denby Dale. Free taster session for all ages. Wear flat shoes and comfortable clothing and the Club will lend you the bowls and show you how. For more information, please call Pat on 01484 862 477. DD Bowling Club.
  ,,   ,, Fry-up Brunch - 10.30am to 1pm, St Aidan's, Sheffield Road, Oxspring. £5 for the Fry-up Brunch with tea or coffee, £2.50 for children under 11 years. Or a Bacon Bap for £2.50. No vegetarian option. All are welcome. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Church FC versus Pontefract Collieries (NCEL Premier Division Football match) - 3pm, Penistone Church Football Club, The Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission: Adults £5, Concessions £3, Under 10s Free. PCFC is currently in eighth position in their first ever season in the Northern Counties East League (NCEL), Premier Division. See NCEL and Pen Church FC (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Thurlstone Brass Band Season Opener - Doors open 6.45pm for 7.15pm start, Penistone Parish Church. Tickets £6 on the door or from the band. This is the first concert of the season, playing traditional and contemporary favourites, including solo pieces and featured instruments and players. See Thurlstone Brass Band - Facebook. Also see Penistone Church, Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Wine Tasting Evening - 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Hoylandswaine Village Hall. Tickets £10 each or £50 for a table of six, please call 76 4797 or (mobile) 07407 559 059. The evening has a 'Call My Bluff' quiz; as in 'Who is telling the truth?' Then there are four wines to taste, followed by a cash bar and food for sale. This one was discovered on the Hoylandswaine Village Festival Facebook page. Also on a Tesco poster.
  ,,   ,, Keith's Karaoke Birthday - 8pm, Crystal Palace, Towngate, Thurlstone, S36 9RH. Everyone is welcome to join the annual birthday bash and boogie. See the Crystal Palace on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Leah B (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. It is free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 15th Charity Bonanza - According to a poster in Tesco, a note says is cancelled, but there are posters all over Penistone which do not have that message. Doors open 10am, finishes at 2pm, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone, S36 6AR. Admission 50p. Refreshments available. An event featuring a wide range of local charities, including Beryl's Bunnies and probably Fairtrade, all raising funds for their good causes. Bring plenty of carrier bags. If you would like to set up a stall, please call Freda on 76 7070. From Barnsley Chronicle, 9th March.
  ,,   ,, Car Boot Sale - From 10am, Dunford Parish Community Centre, Victoria, Nr Hepworth HD9 7TP. Just before what used to be the Victoria pub, on the right. Free Admission but a voluntary contribution upon arrival is welcome. Plenty of on-field parking but at the owner's risk. Also tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches in the Community Centre. Toilets available too. Vintage vehicles are always welcome (free admission). Vendors pay £5 a car. Dunford Parish Community Association is a Registered Charity, No. 1026536. For more info, call 76 2533.
Mon 16th Penistone Pottery Group Session (First of the new term) - 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Bar Room, Penistone Community Centre, Church Street. £15 per session upon attending. All materials, glazing and firing included. Full tuition provided, for all levels of ability. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Town Council Meeting - Councillors to arrive 6.30pm for the official Town Council photograph, 7pm start of meeting, Council Chamber, Penistone Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. A short period is allowed for public questions. The Agenda has the usual stuff, plus a report on Penistone NDP progress, a request for funds from the Round Table, the Tour deYorkshire, new Data Protection regulations and the newly-filled Casual Vacancy. Penistone Town Council meetings are normally on the third Monday of each month, except August. Minutes appear on the website after their next full 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 'My Journey Through a Murder Mystery Book' (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration, for 2pm start, Penistone Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes a tea and a biscuit. Please note that this one has changed. The originally-booked speaker could not attend, so this replacement talk is by the Penistone Archive member, Sue Curtis. The original talk would have been: 'Lady Arbella, The Lost Queen' 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 Digital Photography Course - 4.45pm to 6.45pm, Penistone Library. First of six sessions. Costs £74.60 for a six-week course and the last session is Thursday 24th May. You need to bring your digital camera, although a smartphone with camera will do. The course will use Photoshop and includes some short field trips. Please leave your name with the Library staff. This has been set up by BMBC 'Adult Skills Community Learning', seeing as nothing is able to function properly these days without being put in a pigeon hole of some sort.
  ,,   ,, 'PCFC's Annual Sportsman's Dinner 2018' - Doors open 7pm for meals to start at 7.45pm, Shaw Lane Sports Club, Shaw Lane, Barnsley, S70 6HZ. Tickets £25 per person, available from PCFC Clubhouse or call 01226 370095 (Tables for ten people each). This is Penistone Church FC's Annual Sportsman's Dinner, with Master of Ceremonies Malcolm Lord and guest speaker Dean Windass. Dean was has served several football clubs during his long playing career, including Hull City, Aberdeen and Bradford City. He will have some interesting anecdotes to impart during his after-dinner oration. Okay, it's not really a 'dinner' at that time of the evening when you are in Yorkshire (and it ought to include sportswomen too) but it is a very good way to support your Community Football Club and have a good night out. Pen Church FC, (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, 'Signs, Symbols and Secrets' (History talk) - 7.30pm, Thurgoland Village Hall, Thurgoland. Admission £2. This is a talk by Pat McLoughlin for Thurgoland History group. This item is from Look Local freebie newspaper.
  ,,   ,, 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 is £4 each on the day, with registration at Langsett Barn. Minimum age is 14 years. Course Records (for the current course since 2015):
Male, Andy Swift, Penistone, 2016, 17:00;
Female, Caitlin Rice, Glossopdale, 2016, 19:21.
See PFR for full details of this and many other races.
  ,,   ,, Crazy Heart (Local folk ensemble) - Probably evening, Cubley Hall, Mortimer Road, Cubley, Penistone, S36 9DF. Details added as (or if) they emerge. Cubley Hall (Facebook) - Tel. 76 6086.
Fri 20th 'A Lady of Letters' and 'Bed among the Lentils' (Alan Bennet plays) - 7.30pm, Hoylandswaine Village Hall. Tickets £10, please call Tony on (mobile) 07554 002 102. This is a 'Two Talking heads' performance by the Library Theatre Group, from the Hoylandswaine Village Festival Facebook page.
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. God bless her.
  ,,   ,, 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).
  ,,   ,, 'Sing for St George' - 4pm, The George Inn, 114 Denby Lane, HD8 8UE. Free admission, good parking behind the pub. 'Local Folk' present their annual session of Songs, Tunes and Stories to mark St.George's Day. All contributions of English-themed folk welcome, and if you just want to come along to listen, then you're equally welcome! The George, Facebook, call 01484 861 347.
  ,,   ,, Charity Race Night - Opens 7pm, First race at 8pm, Rafters Bar, Waggon & Horses, Sheffield Road, Oxspring, S36 8YQ. Ticket £6 (includes pie and pea supper) available from the pub or call 76 3259. This evening will proudly support 'World Challenge Nicaragua' and the 'Tiny Hearts Appeal' at Barnsley Hospital (BDGH). Waggon & Horses (FB)
  ,,   ,, Benefit Gig - 7.30pm, Penistone Parish Church. Advance tickets £8 (call 01226 370 452 between 7pm and 9pm) or £10 on the door. The concert is to remember the Oxspring lad, Liam Dickinson, who took his own life in 2016. The performers are 'Area 9' (covers band), Toby Burton (singer - songwriter) and 'Quarter Past Sax' (saxophone quartet). This is to help raise awareness of drugs and mental health problems in the young and to raise funds towards setting up a Garden of Remembrance in the churchyard, as a place of reflection to remember loved ones and particularly those who have died young. The Just Giving page has the background story. Any proceeds above the £5,000 will go to a mental health charity. Penistone Church, Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Keith Lovelle (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. It is free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 22nd Thurlstone Parish Dinner - Noon for 12.30pm start, The Huntsman, 136 Manchester Road, Thurlstone, S36 9QW. This is by parishioners of St Saviour's Church but perhaps for all in the parish. The Huntsman, Facebook - Tel. 76 4892. From the local Church magazine 'The Bridge.'
  ,,   ,, 'Sing for St George' - 4pm, The George Inn, 114 Denby Lane, Upper Denby, HD8 8UE. Free admission, good parking behind the pub. 'Local Folk' present their annual session of Songs, Tunes and Stories to mark St.George's Day. All contributions of English themed folk welcome, and if you just want to come along to listen then you're equally welcome! 'Keep Music Live' The George, (F'book), call 01484 861 347 for more info.
Mon 23rd
England's Flag
Saint George's Day - Probably some pub activities on the day. This is national saint's day for England and Dandelion Wine is traditionally brewed on this day. To Brew: Collect dandelion flowers and leaves (no stalks) on this day, clean them and dry them. Unlike St Patrick's Day, St George's Day does not have a high billing, but not as low as St David's Day, which nobody cares about. Usually some events in the Thurlstone pubs. The St George Cross is the flag for England. See St George's Day. (Time & Date)
Tues 24th
Penistone coat of arms
Penistone Annual Town Assembly - 7pm, Lower Hall, Penistone Community Centre, Church Street. This is the mandatory annual meeting where Penistone Town Council meets with the local electorate, presents the retiring Mayor's Report and hears matters of concern to local residents. Please come along and raise your local issues with the council as there is plenty of opportunity to discuss them and councillors are often very knowledgeable about how to deal with them. The council is also able to devote more time to hear residents' concerns at this meeting than at normal council meetings. Unusually, details of this meeting were announced in good time. They have now been 'shared' on social media. although some have removed it but it is not displayed on the council's own website or (as always) Penistone FM's What's On.

The Agenda is something like this:
  • To elect a Chairperson.
  • To receive apologies for absence.
  • To approve Minutes from the previous Annual Town Assembly.
  • The retiring Mayor's Report for the municipal year ending March.
  • Audited Statement of Accounts for the same period.
  • To receive public questions, comments and suggestions from the Electorate of the Penistone area.
The local councillors do a good job in support of our district and local facilities. They put something back into the community without so much as a thank-you. In return, I think we could make the effort to attend the annual meeting, and perhaps offer them a vote of thanks.
  ,,   ,, New Penistone Rotary Club - 7.30pm, Cubley Hall, Mortimer Road, Cubley, Penistone, S36 9DF. (From CAP on Facebook):
'Anyone who is interested in having fun, whilst supporting the community (locally and internationally), Penistone Rotary is for you. We are now up and running and meet every 2nd Monday and every 4th Tuesday at Cubley Hall at 7.30pm. If you are an adult and live in the surrounding area of Penistone, you could be a founder member of this brand new club and shape how Penistone Rotary will work for you and your community. Interested? Please come a long and meet us. Or, if you know anybody who may be interested, please pass this message on to them.'
Weds 25th Information Drop-in and 'Sloppy Slipper Swap' - 2pm to 4pm, Thurgoland Community Centre. Free and no appointment necessary, just turn up and feel free to bring someone with you to a support session for the over-50s. You can learn about the Good Neighbour Scheme, the Volunteer Driver Scheme and community transport. Tea, coffee and biscuits are on hand. This is for anyone over 50 years old who lives in a BMBC Penistone Ward. The 'Sloppy Slipper Swap' part allows you to bring your old slippers and exchange them for new ones, and for nowt. This event is part of a 'social inclusion project' to get the wrinklies out of the house and meet up with others.Funded by the Penistone Ward Alliance, aka the 'Penistone Area Team,' and operated by Age Concern of Barnsley. For more information, please call Karen on (mob) 07574 843 355 or email: k.dennis@ageukbarnsley.org.uk.
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.
Sat 28th Coffee Morning - 10am to noon, DD Methodist Church, Cumberworth Lane, Denby Dale, HD8 8QS. Admission £1. Tea, coffee and biscuits. Also: bacon butties, raffle, tombola, cake stall and more.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Church FC versus Clipstone FC (NCEL Premier Division Football match) - 3pm, Penistone Church Football Club, The Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission: Adults £5, Concessions £3, Under 10s Free. PCFC is currently in eighth position in their first ever season in the Northern Counties East League (NCEL), Premier Division. See NCEL and Pen Church FC (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Joint Spring Choral Concert - 7pm, Penistone Parish Church. Tickets £7 on the door or book on-line via the Penistone Ladies' Choir website, or call 76 4281. The Spring Concert is a joint performance by Penistone Ladies' Choir (Facebook) and Hobson's Chorus (MVC).
  ,,   ,, 'For the Fallen' (Music concert) - 7pm, St Mary's Church, Bolsterstone, S36 3ZN. Admission by ticket ony, Adult £10, under 16 free, obtainable by calling Kathryn on (mobile) 07769 252 724 or email: bookings@waldershelfsingers.org. This is a concert organised by the Waldershelf Singers to commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great war, with music and poetry, including choral music from 'The Armed Man – a Mass for Peace' by Karl Jenkins. Musical Director, Rachel Atkinson; Pianist, Claire McCauley; Solo Baritone, Simon Johnston and a guest chamber orchestra. See Waldershelf Singers.
  ,,   ,, Lee John (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. It is free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 29th Penistone Tractor Run - Opens 9am, Carr Lane Farm, Gunthwaite, Nr Penistone, S36 7GB. Arriving from 9am, tractors will set off 11am and pass through Penistone town centre. Around Noon and onwards, tractors will take a Pit Stop at High Lea Farm, Hoylandswaine and we can all go and look. From around 1.30pm for a few hours, will tractors return to Carr Lane Farm, where an afternoon of family fun includes a bar, barbecue and bouncy castle for children. This event is in support of 'Embrace Yorkshire and Humber Infant and Children's Transport Service.' For more information or to register your tractor (or stall?) and be part of the fun, please call Sam on (mobile) 07729 054 301.
  ,,   ,, 'The Big Blow' (Brass Band Contest) - Times not stated on poster, Holmfirth Civic Hall. Tickets £5 on the door. This is the Holme Valley Brass Band Contest, with more than twenty northern bands competing. See Holme Valley Brass Band Contest (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Family Fun Day - 1pm to 3pm, Wortley Rugby Club, Finkle Street Lane, Wortley, S35 7DH. No admission charge shown on the poster. Activities include: Tug-o'-War, Sack races, Rugby Egga 'n Spoon, Dunking Chair, Golf Chip Challenge, Archery, Fitness Challenge Course and a Kids versus Adults 'Nerf Fight' (bring your own guns). Everybody welcome. NB. Activities undertaken at your own risk. For more information, please call Mick on (mobile) 07599 802 668 or Paul on (mobile) 07740 996 617. See Wortley RUFC, Facebook, also Wortley RUFC Juniors (on Facebook)
  ,,   ,, 'Sundays at 4' Concert - 4pm, All Saints Church, Cawthorne. (From similar concerts) Retiring collection instead of ticket. One of a series of concerts by local soprano singer, Elizabeth Charlseworth, which usually take place in Hoylandswaine. Refreshments from 2.30pm and during the interval. For more information, call (mobile) 07407 559 059 or email: mec.elizabeth@gmail.com. From the 'The Bridge' magazine.

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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 and the new Penistone Mayor, Cllr Gill Millner, will take up office.
Weds 2nd RAF Wortley (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation about WWII armed forces activities in our area and the Scout Dyke ammunition dump (details of speaker to follow). History talks are on the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs 3rd BMBC and Mayoral Elections - This is for BMBC Penistone Wards (Notice of Election - pdf) and the Election of a Mayor for the Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority (Notice of Election - pdf). Penistone West candidates and results of previous Penistone Ward (East and West) elections can be found on the BMBC page. A new 'Regional Election' page has been created on this website for the Sheffield City Mayoral Election and the BMBC devolutuion referendum.
  ,,   ,, Winston's Pennine Jazz and Guests - 8.30pm, The George Inn, 114 Denby Lane, Upper Denby, HD8 8UE. The George, Facebook, call 01484 861 347.
Fri - Sun
4th to 6th
Bullhouse Chapel Flower Festival - Bullhouse Chapel, up the Manchester Road hill from Millhouse Green, lane to your right (probably signed). Please note that parking is somewhat limited. If you are interested in the Flower Festival (which is very good) and this fine old dissenters' chapel, Saturday might be the best choice, as there will be people on hand to show you round. The chapel is open at these times:
  • Friday 7pm, for the Penistone Ladies' Choir Concert;
  • Saturday from 10am to 4pm for open viewing and
  • Sunday at 2.30pm for the special Flower Service.
Fri 4th
Penistone coat of arms
Tour de Yorkshire 2018 (Stage 2 'Yorkshire Heritage') - Men's Race at 2.45pm -ish. Penistone Market Barn has children's activities, with face-painting, tea, coffee, burgers, ice cream, cheese stall, a bar, cakes, arts & crafts stall, music, Penistone Community Alehouse Group, the local scout group and a plasma screen to follow the race. Hoylandswaine's Rose and Crown has a barbecue and Penistone British Legion is selling certain beers and lagers £2 a pint (halves at normal price). Barnsley Town Hall is the start location for this stage. The promotional caravan leaves noon-ish to reach Penistone about 12.20pm. The Men's Race starts 2.20pm, reaching Penistone about 2.45pm. Route: the Men's Race (149 km) approaches Penistone from Hoylandswaine, passes over Penistone Bridge and climbs into Penistone town centre, to exit via Spring Vale, Oxspring, Thurgoland and the strange lands beyond. The Women's Race is shorter and avoids our district. See LeTour Yorkshire (Facebook), the Spectator's Guide and Press Maps page. It is also 'Star Wars Day' as in, "May the 4th be with you."
  ,,   ,, Charity Football Match - Friday 4th May, 7pm kickoff, Penistone Church Football Club, Memorial Ground, Church View Road, S36 6AT. Recommended £2 donation (or more) for admission. This is a fund-raiser for the Lullaby Trust, a charity which provides support for bereaved families and researches into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot deaths). See Pen Church FC, (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Choral Concert - 7pm, Bullhouse Chapel, up the hill from Millhouse Green and look for a lane on the right of the road. Tickets £7. This is a concert by Penistone Ladies' Choir (Facebook), trying to raise the roof on this 400+ year old chapel, which is also celebrating its Flower Festival. For more information about the concert, call (mobile) 07947 897 234. Well worth a visit. Limited parking. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Natalie B (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. Local singer Natalie has been a popular attraction at Penistone Gala Weekend. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Sat 5th Vince Shaw (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. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Rogation
Sunday
6th
Rogation Sunday (Historical note) - This is the traditional day for UK boundary walks throughout the country (see Wikipedia). The Penistone Boundary Walk fell on the correct date last year but this year's organised walk has moved to 20th May. You can still do the walk yourself (for free) but perhaps with less fun than as a group. Historically, 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. See the Customs page for more about the old 'Beating the Bounds' tradition.
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Penistone coat of arms
Spa ('Spaw') Sunday - Healing am, Band pm, Gunthwaite Spa (see map). One of those quirky and ancient traditions which still continues to this day, weather permitting. According to tradition, the sulphurous (and smelly) spa waters have miraculous healing properties as the 'cure' for scurvy, gout, baldness and worse, but only if imbibed in the forenoon. On a good day, you might see thirty of more people gathered by the Spa or nearby where there is more space. There is usually a stall for tea and buns and some kind soul might provide 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's Environment Officer. In the olden days, the farm workers and gentry would be led to the Spa by a band, as a rare break from working in the fields. It was banned for a time after descending into a bawdy and drunken festival. Thurlstone Brass Band continues the band, alas not bawdy, tradition (weather permitting) from 1pm (but the Spa waters will be inert by then). See the Facebook Event. At 5pm, the band will be at the George Inn, Upper Denby for beers and more music. See the Local Customs page and an item below. 'Spaw Sunday' is always the first Sunday of May.
  ,,   ,, 'Market on the Farm' - 10am to 4pm, Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream Co., Delph Farm, Ingbirchworth, HD8 8XY. One of a series of markets at this venue. Browse the stalls, ranging from local artists, bakers, photographers, home accessories, chutneys and more. There is a different mix of producers at each market. Come along and find some unique goodies. For more information or to set up a stall, call 76 2551. See Yummy Yorkshire (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Spa Sunday Pie & Pea Walk - Set off 1pm, The George Inn, 114 Denby Lane, Upper Denby, HD8 8UE. Join us for a very special 'Pie and Pea Walk' as we explore the ancient foundation of Gunthwaite, home of the Bosvilles, former Lords of the Manor and steeped in history with the annual ceremony at Gunthwaite Spa dating back to medieval times. Taking a leisurely stroll via some of the area's most important places of historic interest. Following a short blessing at the Spa, we head on to meet Thurlstone Brass Band for 2.30pm (weather permitting) at the Dam. Refreshments will be available here in the form of Tea, Coffee & Cake. We'll have plenty of free time to sit and listen to the band, explore the area, before heading back to The George for Homemade Pie & Peas. Thurlstone Brass Band will also be returning with us and playing from 5pm into the early evening. Pie & Peas at £7 per person must be booked in advance to avoid disappointment. The George, Facebook, call 01484 861 347. Good parking behind the pub.
  ,,   ,, Special Flower Service - 2.30pm, Bullhouse Chapel, up the hill from Millhouse Green and look for a lne on the right side of the road. They do a lovely job of decorating this 400+ year old chapel with flowers for the occasion. Your mum will love it. Limited parking. From poster.
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.
Weds 9th Psychic Evening - 7pm, Crystal Palace, Towngate, Thurlstone, S36 9RH. No price given. One-on-one readings. See the Crystal Palace on Facebook. Call 76 6331 for more info.
Thurs 10th 'Get On-line' Session - 10am to 1pm, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. The 'Digital Champions' (something like Power Rangers with glasses) will offer you help with such as:
  • Setting up an email account,
  • General use of the internet,
  • On-line safety and keeping your personal information away from scammers,
  • Using Barnsley Council's online services for payments, dustbin information and more.
See Penistone Library (Barnsley Council site) for Penistone Library.
  ,,   ,, T20 Cup Cricket Game - 6pm, Penistone CC, Spring Vale. This is Penistone CC versus Thorpe Hesley CC. From a last-minute pop-up on Facebook.
Fri, Sat
11th & 12th
Holmfirth CC Beer Festival - 6pm to Late, Holmfirth Cricket Club, Bridge Lane, Holmfirth. Local ales, heated patio. Regular booked musicians upstairs from 8pm, followed by 'anything goes' session for anyone to sing, dance or play an instrument. Also a league cricket match on Saturday afternoon. From poster. See also Holmfirth Events.
Fri to Sun
11th - 13th

Holmfirth Festival of Folk - Various times and at either the Parish Church or the Civic Hall in Holmfirth (Map). Tickets range from £6.60 fee to £11, available via the Holmfirth Festival of Folk website (also see Facebook). For more information, call 01484 682 496. See also Holmfirth Events.

  • Friday - 7.30pm, Holmfirth Parish Church, Kalandra and Rob Sharp;
  • Saturday - 2.30pm, Holmfirth Parish Church, Roger Davis and his Band, Fran Wyburn;
    - 7.30pm, Holmfirth Parish Church, Dave Bainbridge and Sally Minnear;
    - 7.30pm, Upstairs, Holmfirth Civic Hall, Blues at the Civic with The Rusty Nails Blues Band, The 844s and Flock of Three;
    - 7.30pm, Holmfirth Civic Hall, Ceilidh at the Civic with Powerhouse and John Brown;
  • Sunday 13th - 2.30pm, Holmfirth Civic Hall, Flossie Malavaille, Keith Donnolly and (both together) as Dark Horses.
Fri 11th Spring Concert - 7.30, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £10, Concessions £8 (usually for for under 15yrs and 60+yrs and possibly 'stalls only'). This is a joint concert with Bolsterstone MVC and Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook). Box Office is open 10am to 2pm and during any performances, call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). From poster.
  ,,   ,, Darts and Board Games Evening - Lounge, 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. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Sat 12th Coffee Morning - 10am to noon, and Light Lunch - Noon to 2pm, Penistone Parish Church. In support of Christian Aid Week (13th to 19th May). Penistone Church, Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Kevin Kitchen (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. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Sun 13th Sailing Club Open Day - Noon to 4pm, Pennine Sailing Club, Winscar Reservoir, Dunford Bridge, S36 4TF. Sailability Open Day. Come along and see what we can offer to less-able sailors and non-sailors who want to sail. 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.
  ,,   ,, 'Grease' (Musical film, PG Rating) - 2pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £6.50 (conc £5.50, stalls only) Concessions are for under 15yrs and 60+yrs. Run time is just short of two hours. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, 'Grease' is the word, a musical about teens in love in 1950s California. Greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta) meets Australian Sandy Olson (Olivia Newton-John) and they fall in love. Danny's the greasy leader of the T-Birds, while Sandy hangs with the 'Pink Ladies'. When the two groups clash at a school dance, Danny is still playing the tough guy to save face with his mates. The rest is magic. This film has several memorable songs, such as 'You're the One That I Want', made famous by Arthur Mullard and Hilda Baker (See Youtube). You may dress up. This is one of a series of musical films at the theatre. Box Office is open for tickets 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
  ,,   ,, Motown and Soul Evening - 8pm, Crystal Palace, Towngate, Thurlstone, S36 9RH. Superb Soul-Motown duet with Together Insoul. See the Crystal Palace on Facebook. Call 76 6331.
Weds 16th

Dambusters Fly-past - Noon-ish, Upper Derwent Valley. The RAF Lancaster bomber is returning to commemorate the 617 Squadron Dambusters operation's 75th Anniversary. Flown by regular, serving RAF Aircrew, the Flight operates six Spitfires, two Hurricane Mk 2Cs, a Lancaster and a C47 Dakota and two Chipmunk aircraft (primarily used for training).

  • Lancaster Flight Schedule:
  • 11.30am - Depart CGY
  • 11.40am - Scampton
  • 12.05pm - Derwent Valley
  • 12.45pm - Eye Brook Reservoir
  • 1.05pm - Land CGY
Organised by RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Facebook), the Lancaster will make two passes over the Derwent Reservoir from 12.05pm. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is based at RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, so it will arrive from a southerly direction. As it turns out, The Dambusters film is also being shown the day after, 4.10pm, Thursday 17th May on the Film 4 tv channel. Please note that there is a strict 'No Drone' policy in force for safety reasons. The fly-pass will be cancelled if any drones are in the air.
  ,,   ,, Behind the Iron Curtain (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by 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 ban: 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.
Thurs 18th Fracking (Film show and discussion) - Thursday 17th, 1pm and 7.30pm, The Venue, Stocksbridge. Free event. The film is 'The Bentley Effect' about 'how a community became a social movement' introduced by Carol Gibson (Chapeltown resident), followed by a discussion on fracking. Whilst Penistone is not directly affected, being just outside the geological area for fracking, Stocksbridge, Silkstone and Barnsley are all within designated fracking zones.
Fri to Sun
18th to 20th

Shepley Spring Mini-Festival - 7.30pm to 11.30pm, Village Hall (St Paul's), Shepley. Following the sad death of organiser James 'Mac' McKinley and with it now falling to his wife, this year's event has been scaled down but the two essentials are still included: Good Music and Good Company.

  • Friday - Don’t Feed the Peacocks, Shepley Singers. Jack Rutter and Blackbeard’s Tea Party.
  • Saturday - TradMad, Nicola Beazley and Alex Cumming, Estbel and Klonk!
  • Sunday - 11am to noon, Church Service includes Shepley Singers.
See Shepley Spring Festival (Facebook). There will be no campsite accommodation this year.
Fri 18th 'An Evening with Graham Porter' - 7pm, Holy Trinity Church, Holmfirth. Admission £6 includes a glass of wine. Graham Porter is a gardening expert of the Sunday gardening programme on BBC Radio Leeds (a good show too). From poster. See also Holmfirth Events.
Sat 19th Spring Plant Sale - From 10am, Outside Holy Trinity Church, Holmfirth. From poster.
  ,,   ,, The Royal Wedding - Noon, St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle (on UK TV). The wedding of the year, when Prince Harry marries the American actress, Meghan Markle. Political leaders are not on the guest list, so neither the PM Theresa May nor US President Donald Trump will be attending. Best man is the Duke of Cambridge. Pubs and bars are allowed to extend their opening hours on the day and there are likely to be some street parties here and there, but perhaps not locally. See Royal Wedding.
  ,,   ,, Free Taster Art Workshop - 2pm, Lyndene Art Studio, 30 Ward Street, Penistone. Call Paul on (mobile) 07495 629 160 or email: lyndene30@gmail.com to book a place. There will be daytime and evening sessions to give everyone a chance to take part. Lyndene Art Studio does watercolours, acrylics, drawing, sketching, mixed media, still-life, making, sculpture, portraits, wildlife, scenery and more. The business also appears to be a bed and breakfast accommodation. The full courses are for all levels of proficiency and degrees of commitment.
  ,,   ,, Hobson's Chorus - 7.30pm, Thurlstone and Millhouse Green Methodist Church. Admission £5 including refreshments. This is a concert by Hobson's Chorus, a male voice choir led by Jane Hobson. Some off-road parking. From poster.
  ,,   ,, 'Mojitos and Motown' - Evening, Rafters (upstairs) Bar, Waggon and Horses, Oxspring, S36 8YQ. £15 per person by ticket only, from the pub or by calling the number below. Kevin Curtin will be singing Motown, Soul and Funk. For carnivores, a pork sandwich with roasted potatoes and coleslaw from 'Propig Hog Roast' is included and will be served between 7pm and 8pm. The veggies will go hungry. Waggon & Horses (Facebook) Tel: 76 3259.
  ,,   ,, Rachel Saunders (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. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
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.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Charity Boundary Walk - 9am, Cubley Hall (Start and finish in the car park). This is an organised version of the old tradition. Register on the day at Cubley Hall or by email: penistoneboundarywalk@gmail.com. £5 suggested donation for entry. The full 16-Mile walk is way-marked or you might prefer the easier 8-Mile route, which is still plenty. Completers will get a badge. Unlike the older version of this tradition, nobody will slap little boys so that they remember the boundary stones. A Boundary Map is on display in Cubley Hall car park or download it at Visit Penistone and Google Maps. Be sure to dress for the weather; put good boots on, take sandwiches, plenty to drink and have your binoculars and camera ready for our scenic views. The walk is organised by Penistone RT, Ladies Circle and Cubley Hall (see Facebook Event). This year's charity is Barnsley Tiny Hearts Appeal. See the Customs page for more about this national and local tradition.
  ,,   ,, Car Boot Sale - From 10am, Dunford Parish Community Centre, Victoria, Nr Hepworth HD9 7TP. Just before what used to be the Victoria pub, on the right. Free Admission but a voluntary contribution upon arrival is welcome. Plenty of on-field parking but at the owner's risk. Also tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches in the Community Centre. Toilets available too. Vintage vehicles are always welcome (free admission). Vendors pay £5 a car. Dunford Parish Community Association is a Registered Charity, No. 1026536. For more info, call 76 2533.
Mon 21st Annual Town Council Meeting - 7pm, Council Chamber, Penistone Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. Residents and press may attend to observe this meeting, which is equivalent to the Annual General Meeting. It always follows after the Annual Town Assembly of April. The Agenda is approximately to this formula, although not necessarily in this order:
  • Electing the Mayor - Former Penistone Mayor Cllr R Hinchliff will pass the chain of office to the new Mayor.
  • Cllr Gillian Millner inaugurated as Penistone Mayor, 2018-19. (A 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. Mayor is ex-officio on all committees. Current members:
    • Leisure and Amenities, currently: Cllrs, Cutts (Chair), Mrs. Hinchliff (Vice-Chair), Unsworth, Hinchliff, Chadburn, Kimberley and Vacant.
    • Town Services, currently: Cllrs, Mrs. Rusby (Chair), R Hinchliff (Vice-Chair), Cutts, B Hinchliff, Saunders, Hayler, Mrs. Millner.
    • Development and Regeneration, currently: Cllrs Millner (Chair), Webber (Vice-Chair), Hand-Davis, Marsh, Chadburn, Kimberley, Saunders and Vacant.
    • Financial and General Purposes, currently: Cllrs. Millner (Chair), Marsh (Vice-Chair), Chairs and Vice-Chairs of committees, Cllrs Saunders and Ms. Kimberley.
    • Planning: All members eligible, currently: Cllrs, Unsworth (Chair), Hinchliff (Vice-chair).
  • Representatives appointed to various boards and bodies. Current board members, from 2017 AGM:
    • National School Trustees, currently: Cllrs S Marsh and J Unsworth;
    • Samuel Wordsworth Charity, currently: Cllr R Hinchliff;
    • Yorkshire Local Councils Association (YLCA), currently: Cllr J Hayler;
    • Hoylandswaine Almshouses, currently: Cllr S Marsh.
  • Annual contribution to Penistone Round Table approved (typically £5k) for the Gala, Hallowe'en and other community events. The RT arranges public events which used to be organised by the council.
  • Sub-committee Minutes,
  • Mail,
  • NDP progress,
  • Various reports received.
On conclusion of PTC business, the new Penistone Mayor will invite us to her 'Mayor-making' at Penistone Bowling Club. 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.
Tues 22nd Penistone Church FC versus Shaw Lane AFC (Football match) - Kick off 7.45pm, SUFC Ground, Barmall Lane, Sheffield. The Sheffield and Hallamshire Senior Cup Final, played at the home of Sheffield United on Bramall Lane. "Cheer the Black and White Wizards on to Glory" it says on the poster. See Pen Church FC, (Facebook).
Thurs 24th Local History Book Launch - 11am, Penistone Historic Archive, Lower Hall, Penistone Community Centre. 'Penistone and the Peak District in Wartime' by John Ownsworth will be launched by Penistone's new Mayor, Cllr Gill Millner, as her first mayoral event. The book can be purchased for £25 (softback) or £32 (hardback). See Pen Archive Group f'book. From 'Look Local' freebie paper.
  ,,   ,, Chris While and Julie Matthews (Singing duo) - Time not stated, The Barn, Cubley Hall, Mortimer Road, Cubley, Penistone, S36 9DF. Tickets £12 + £1.20 fee = £13.20 from We Got Tickets. Free parking and disabled access. See While and Matthews and Cubley Hall - Tel. 76 6086.
Fri 25th to
Mon 4th J
Local School Holiday - Officially Monday 28th to Friday 1st June, to return on Monday 4th June, but my dates includethe weekends too. 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 a dose of cold feet and it did not happen. These dates were published in 2017. See BMBC School Dates.
Fri 25th History Presentations - 7pm, Cawthorne Village Hall, SE75 2EH. Admission £5 includes light refreshments. The presentations are listed as: 'Inrush of Water', 'The Huskar Pit Disaster 1838', 'Inrush of Water' (again!) and 'The Lofthouse Colliery Disaster 1973.' Proceeds to the Norcroft Colliery Memorial. From poster.
Sat 26th Charley Travis (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. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, 'Dogs on Cat Hill' (10 mile Walk) - 9.20am, Dodworth Railway Station, Dodworth. Trains run every hour both ways, so you could catch the 8.42am train from Penny to arrive in Dodworth at 8.51, then twiddle thumbs for half an hour before the start. This is a good ten-mile walk in mixed countryside, led by Peter Watson. It finishes at Penistone Railway Station. A Penistone Line Partnership (Facebook) guided walk. The PLP celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
  ,,   ,, Spring Fayre - 10am to 11.30am, St Mary's RC Church, Talbot Road. Admission 50p. Tea/Coffee + cake for £1. In aid of CAFOD and Christian Aid.
Sun 27th 'Vintage Antique' Market - 10am to 4pm, Holmfirth Market Hall, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth. Admission £1.50. This is advertised as a Fox and Moon Fair, for vintage, antique and collectables in Yorkshire and the North of England. For enquiries and vendor bookings, call (mobile) 07515 507 801 or email: tony@foxandmoon.co.uk.
  ,,   ,, Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone St John's Community Centre, Church Street. Free admission and open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses and refreshments. This is the first of a series of Sunday tabletop sales. Other dates are: 24th June, 29th July, 26th August, 30th September, 28th October and 25th November. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. Please note that this series was removed for a while but has been re-advertised. From Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Pop-up Hat Shop - Noon to 4pm, The White Heart, Bridge Street, Penistone, S36 7AH. Hand-made British Cappello millinery, hats and bridal headpieces. For more information, please call (mobile) 07739 420 748. See White Heart, Facebook. Tel. 76 2843. From poster.
  ,,   ,, West Side Story (Musical film, PG) - 2pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £6.50, Concessions £5.50, stalls only, under 15yrs and 60+ yrs. Classic 1961 musical starring Natalie Wood, which gained ten Academy Awards. Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love but tensions build toward tragedy. About 2½ hours run time. Music by Leonard Bernstein and (uncredited) Irwin Kostal, with the memorable songs: 'America', 'Somewhere' and 'Tonight'. Box Office is open 10am to 2pm and during performances for tickets or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
  ,,   ,, Forester's Fest - 3pm, The Forester's Arms, 2 Shelley Woodhouse Lane, Lower Cumberworth, HD8 8PH. Live music with Thunderbridge, Twisted Tubes, Michelle Veasey, Michael Sellers and Dan Greenwood. Large marquee with barbecue and bar. Children's entertainment, with Magician Luke Robson, also face-painting and glitter tattos by Nuttynicky.
Mon 28th
BH
'Late May Bank Holiday' - Colloquially, it is simply called "Spring Bank". In 'The good old days' (also as 'These trying times'), this Bank Holiday was Whitsuntide Monday. Now it falls on the last Monday of May.
Weds 30th Information Drop-in and 'Sloppy Slipper Swap' - 1pm to 3pm, Silkstone Common Methodist Church. Free and no appointment necessary, just turn up and feel free to bring someone with you to a support session for the over-50s. Not a very salubrious title but this is for anyone over 50 years old who lives in a BMBC Penistone Ward. The 'Sloppy Slipper Swap' part allows you to swap your crusty old slippers for new ones, and for nowt. You can learn about the Good Neighbour Scheme, the Volunteer Driver Scheme probably some other 'Scheme' and community transport. Free refreshments of Tea, coffee and biscuits will be at hand. This event is part of a 'social inclusion project' to get the wrinklies out of the house and meet up with others.Funded by the Penistone Ward Alliance, aka the 'Penistone Area Team,' and operated by Age Concern of Barnsley. For more information, please call Karen on (mob) 07574 843 355 or email: k.dennis@ageukbarnsley.org.uk.

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

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

Penistone Mayor Cllr Gillian Millner and her Consort, Cllr Andrew Millner, will lead the Parade in an interesting vehicle, supported by schools, societies and businesses, such as Mountain Rescue, majorettes, thespians with a floppy-yet-dangerous-looking camel. Penistone's one remaining Fire Engine will rouse and douse the cheering mob and disseminate sweets to the ankle-biters. The tail-end will have vintage and classic cars, which will also be exhibited on the Showground. Do you fancy building a float and taking part in the Parade?  If so, please contact Penistone Town Council.  Tito magazine has elevated Penistone to city status, as in 'Lord Mayor's Parade'. See Parade & Gala.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Gala - After the Mayor's Parade, Showground. Admission: Adults £3.50, under 16's free. To participate in the the 'Marquee Games', a child must obtain an Activity Ticket (wristband), £3.50 in advance or £5 on the door. The Online ticket has no booking fee. The Gala has the usual stalls, arena events, charity stalls, fairground rides, a children's zone, bar, ice cream and a range of catering and trading stalls. See Parade & Gala.
  ,,   ,, Gala Weekend Spread Eagled Tournament - Starts 12.30pm (Weather permitting), Penistone Showground. Participants and watchers above 16yrs must have a Gala ticket. The Advance Team Ticket costs £20 (it's not obvious how to enter your team). Online tickets have a 40p booking fee. New for the 2017 Gala and is described as: 'Something a bit like that Wipeout game while wearing Star Wars fancy dress.'
This is ideal for a community group or sports team of up to eight people (10+ yrs). Contestants must use all their Jedi powers to dodge the rotating 'Arm of Doom'. Only one contestant can survive, to claim the inaugural Penistone Cup for their group. Sponsored by the Spread Eagle, Penistone. See SE Tournament (more details on Ticket site).
  ,,   ,, 'Myths and Legends' (Musical concert) - 4pm, St John the Evangelist Church, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. This is one of a series of 'Sundays at 4' concerts by soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth, and with Richard Taylor on piano. Music and song from Schubert to Sherwin - meet Gretchen, The Lorelei, Villa and the tale of the trout. Refreshments available. Plenty of parking on the road above. For more information, please call (mobile) 07407 559 059.
  ,,   ,, Charity Gig Night - Starts 7.30pm, The Smithy Arms, Bower Hill, Oxspring (opposite corner to the Waggon and Horses), S36 8QY. Pay by bucket collection. It's in the new pub. Andy Platt and his 'fabulously-talented friends' present an evening of original music. Featuring Andy Platt, Sharon Stacey, Claire Wakely, Sam Reid, Kev Sidebottom, Rachel Platt, Braham Hughes, Ian Rafferty and Ali Adair. Real ale on tap. This is a fund-raiser for 'Heads Together Barnsley' charity trust (not part of the national Heads Together charity). It was set up in memory of Jack and Paul Sykes who died as a result of a deliberate house fire caused by their father and raises money for local families who have suffered serious loss or trauma. Support a great cause, get an evening's entertainment and have chance to check out the marvellous Smithy Arms - the newest pub in the Penistone area - all rolled into one. See Heads Together Barnsley on Facebook.
Weds 13th Pat Hodges (Singer) - 2pm, St Aidan's Church Hall, Sheffield Road, Oxspring. Admission £2, which includes refreshments. Pat will encourage you to sing along to 'musical memories of the good old days' and a splendid time will be had by all. From Look Local.
Thurs 14th Debbie Askew (Spititualist Medium) - Opens 7pm for 8pm start, Rafters (upstairs) Bar, Waggon and Horses, Sheffield Road, Oxspring, S36 8YQ. Tickets £12 each, available from the Waggon or by phoning 76 3259. All tickets must be paid for before the day. There will be a break for an hour, 9pm to 10pm, for supper of homemade meat and potato pie (Vegetarian/Vegan option available on request). Waggon & Horses (Facebook) - Tel: 76 3259.
Weekend
16th, 17th
Fox Valley Food and Drink Festival - From 10am, Fox Valley Shopping Mall. Nearly missed this one, which is now on its second year. Much sorry. Please note that there will less parking than usual available at the shopping centre. The official website gives Lidl as an alternative. See Fox Valley.
Sat 16th Scarecrow Trail - Any time between 11am to 3.30pm, Millhouse Green Chapel. Entry forms (£1 each), refreshments, stalls and toilets at the chapel. Just walk around Millhouse Green and find the scarecrows. Family groups welcome. The theme is pantomime characters. Prize draw for all correct entries. Organised by Thurlstone and Millhouse Green Women's Institute. Updated details from poster.
  ,,   ,, Love Train 70s Party Night - Doors open at 6.45pm, Denroyd Farm, Upper Denby. Tickets £15 each (includes hot beef sandwich and chips but no vegetarian option advertised). Tickets from Denroyd Farm, Paul Schofield Butcher, Penistone and The George Inn, Upper Denby. With the cast of 'Love Train' and Bri Nylon (host), Berni Inns (warm-up DJ), Disco Dick and Polly Ester. See Facebook Event, Denroyd Fm.
  ,,   ,, Shane Stevens (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. It is free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 17th Father's Day. Get the cigars and whisky ready, it's Father's Day. This is on the third Sunday of June in the UK. The idea of a special day to celebrate fatherhood appears to have originated in the United States. As does chewing gum. See Time and Date.
  ,,   ,, Car Boot Sale - From 10am, Dunford Parish Community Centre, Victoria, Nr Hepworth HD9 7TP. Just before what used to be the Victoria pub, on the right. Free Admission but a voluntary contribution upon arrival is welcome. Plenty of on-field parking at the owner's risk. Tea, coffee, bacon sandwiches and toilets in the Community Centre. Vintage vehicles always welcome (free admission). Vendors pay £5 a car. Dunford Parish Community Association is a Registered Charity, No. 1026536. For more info, call 76 2533.
  ,,   ,, The Pennine Tractor Run - 10.30am, Dunford Parish Community Centre, Victoria. From Penistone, go through Millhouse Green, turn tight at Haslehead crossroads, and pass through Crow Edge, then keep a look-out on your right. The Parish Centre is just before the old Victoria pub (now closed) on a big field with plenty of parking, although the main area can become boggy in wet weather. You can get tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches for purchase in the morning before the set-off. The centre has toilets.

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

Council Agenda in brief: Update on the Ward Alliance/mini-council, Approval of Joe Unsworth on the Ward Alliance, Correspondence, Expenditure, Report on the Community centre, Report on the Paramount, Update on Pen NDP, Report on the Gala and Parade, Approval of GDPR regulations and not much else at this meeting. A short period is allowed before it starts for residents' questions. The public and press may observe and record all council meetings (including the Ward Alliance, Penistone Area Council and other committees, if you can discover when they are), without prior permission, but may be excluded under certain defined circumstances (HMG Openness Guide 2014 - pdf). Penistone Town Council meetings are normally on the third Monday of each month, except August. Minutes of meetings appear on the website after the next meeting. For more information, see Penistone Town Council.
Tues 19th 'The History of Wortley Bells' (History talk) - 7.30pm, Wortley Hall. This is a talk by Andrew Beevers, the Captain of Wortley Bell Ringers, for Friends of Wortley Hall Gardens. Keep a watchful eye out for Heritage Open Days in September when you might have a chance to visit the recently-refurbished bells at Wortley church. All are welcome. If you are interested in attending, please call Barry on 01142 830 056.
Weds 20th The English Civil War (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a presentation by Gillian Waters with particular reference to the part that our own district played in the conflict. Take a look at the English Civil War maps at Texas University Library, showing areas controlled by each side (Eg. 1st January1643 and 1st May 1643). The Group's Journal No. 4 is now available to buy. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs - Mon
21st to 25th
Tuby's funfair - Weekdays 6pm to 10pm, Saturday 2pm to 10pm, not open Sunday, Penistone Showground behind Tesco. Free admission but rides cost money. Fun rides and activities from ducks to dodgems. Also candyfloss, hot dogs and hot/cold drinks. See R Tuby & Son (Facebook) or call (mobile) 07831 427 728 for more information. Print off Discount Vouchers for vouchers worth £5. They return to Penistone in September.
Thurs 21st Summer Solstice - The longest day of the year. The days get shorter from now on. (Time & Date).
Also, Cubley Hall was said to have opened on this day in 1982, making it their 36th anniversary.
  ,,   ,, Jumble Sale - 9.30am, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone, S36 6AR. Visit the Jumbly stalls, then pop in to see the Archive Group in the same place. Refreshments and toilets will be available in the building. Organised by St Mary's RC Church (Talbot Road).
  ,,   ,, 'Sheffield Blitz' (History talk) - 7.30pm, Thurgoland Village Hall. This is a talk by Corey Garner for Thurgoland History Group. All are welcome. For more information, please call Maurice on 01142 883 482 or Margaret on 01142 885 037.
Fri 22nd 'Royal Ascot Day at Cawthorne CC' - Noon until late, Cawthorne Cricket Club, Dark Lane, Cawthorne, S75 4HA. Tickets £30 per person includes a top class buffet lunch and pie & pea supper. Tickets available by calling either (mobile) 07969 897 567 or (mobile) 07795 900 167. Free drink on arrival. Gine and prosecco bar, Prize for the best-dressed lady and gent on the day. Live evening entertainment from the Goodfellas. For information about CCC, please call (mobile) 07929 206 257. See Cawthorne CC which does not give their location (Facebook)
Sat 23rd to
Sun 8th Jy
East Peak Outdoors 2018. This used to be called the 'East Peak Walking Festival' but I see a cycling event in there too, hence the name-change. It is mostly guided walks through our scenic countryside. Some have been included in the list below. Please note that the Penistone Line timetable changes on 20th May and the times shown might vary, but not usually by much. Also, many of the links from the EPIP page are broken (possibly typed in by hand without checking, something I would never do). Where possible, I have included working links. See East Peak Outdoors 2018.
Sat 23rd Stage 7 of Peak District Boundary Walk (Holme to Langsett Reservoir) - 9.30am, The Fleece Inn, Holme, Bus no. 314 from Huddersfield at 8.45am on Saturdays, arrives Holme 9.23am. Booking required, call Contact Julie Gough or David Gates on 0114 279 2655 or 07731 644026. This is a moderate 10½ mile walk from Holme village to Langsett Reservoir but not well-served by public transport at either end. It passes a series of small reservoirs, via Dunford Bridge and part of the Trans-Pennine Trail, to finish at Langsett reservoir. Rated 'energetic' with an ascent of 852 ft., a mix of moorland paths, bridleways and surfaced lanes. Some bogginess expected and one careful crossing of the busy Sheffield to Manchester, A628 road. Public toilets and refreshments available but very limited parking at the pub. The pub is noted for good, if expensive, food. EPIP says: 'We will need to liaise re lifts, getting back to the start, or arranging transport. Community buses are a possibility. There will be a cost involved if we have to arrange transport.' National Express 350 bus leaves Langsett to Sheffield at 3:25pm and 8:20pm only. Part of East Peak Outdoors 2018.
  ,,   ,, Art Exhibition and Gift Collection - 10am to 2pm, Penistone Parish Church, Market Place, Penistone. Refreshments and toilet available. Also a collection of the 'Gift Day' envelopes delivered to local homes. Penistone church is there when we need it and not just for those special occasions but also for community moments of joy or pain. It is also gives support to the vulnerable. The church costs around £80k a year to keep going, without any state or other funding. Please give generously to help keep it going. Penistone Church, Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Charity Car Boot/Tabletop Sale - 11am to 2pm, St Saviour's Church, Thurlstone. Free admission. Fund-raiser for 'Jason and Emma's Challenge.' Their Just Giving explains the background: 'We lost our second son Alfie through a stillbirth in 2008. In 2006 our eldest son Oscar was diagnosed with Type 1 Neurofibromatosis and then in 2009 he was diagnosed with autism. Then in 2015 he was diagnosed with epilepsy. In 2010 our eldest daughter Poppy was also diagnosed with Type 1 Neurofibromatosis and in 2017 she was diagnosed with autism. To mark Alfie’s 10th birthday, we have set ourselves a challenge to raise £10,000 to split between the four charities.' These are: SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society), Sheffield Children’s Hospital, The Neuro Foundation and The National Autistic Society. Stallholders pay £8 a table inside or £5 for a car or table outside, call (mobile) 07961 552 196. From poster.
  ,,   ,, The 'Pen Den Trail' (Country walk) - Congregate 1.50pm, Penistone Railway Station. No booking required but you might call Paul Clarke on (mobile) 07827 665495 or 01484 861499 as a courtesy. A varied and scenic 5½ mile walk from Penistone Station to Denby Dale Station via the Trans-Pennine Trail and public rights of way, with not much road-walking. Very well-behaved dogs are permitted at owner's risk but must be closely controlled and on a short lead where the route crosses farmland (a detour may be necessary if cattle are present). Both stations are on the Penistone Line with hourly trains in both directions, so you can return from DD by train. Parking available at both stations. The 13:12 from Huddersfield (13:35 Denby Dale) arrives in time, while the 12:35 from Sheffield (Barnsley 13:03) arrives about 30mins early. Trains are mostly one hour apart (Timetable) so you might visit Penistone town centre for toilets, cafes, shops or pubs. Denby Dale has a good gastropub and limited shops, although you can buy walking boots from Springfield Mill. The Pen Den Trail (pdf) is a very popular route, leaflet available from Penistone Library, Huddersfield station and Denby Dale charity shop. Part of East Peak Outdoors 2018 and a Penistone Line Partnership (Facebook) walk. The PLP celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
  ,,   ,, Book Signing - 3pm to 4pm, The Arthouse Cafe, Church Street. Children's author Amanda Cartwright will be there in person. See Facebook Event.
  ,,   ,, Louie Stephens (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. It is free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 24th Armed Forces Day (National Event) - In Liverpool this year. Penistone's Grand Military Show will return on Saturday 29th June 2019. For more information (details from 2017), please see Penistone Armed Forces Day, Pen AFD Facebook, Spike's Facebook and Armed Forces Day. Otherwise, Email: penistone.armed.forces.day@gmail.com.
  ,,   ,, The Nativity of St John (Historic Note). Penistone Church is dedicated to St John the Baptist and, except for Christmas, this is the only other church event which celebrates a birth rather than a death. In 506 AD, the 'Council of Agde' listed the 'Nativity of Saint John' as amongst the highest feasts of the year, when the faithful would attend Mass and abstain from servile work. The Gospel of Luke (Luke 1:36, 56 - 57) states that John was born about six months before Jesus; therefore, the Feast, Festival or Nativity of St John the Baptist was fixed as 24th June, six months before Christmas Eve. Penistone Church will have its own 'Festival of St John the Baptist', but not necessarily on the official date. This website is nothing if not educational.
  ,,   ,, Stage 8 of Peak District Boundary Walk - 9.30am, Langsett Reservoir car park. 8.15am National Express 350 bus from Sheffield, returning by Bus No. 62 from Low Bradfield to Sheffield at either 3:19pm, 5:19pm or 7:19pm (Sunday timetable). Booking is required for this walk; call Julie Gough or David Gates on 0114 279 2655 or 07731 644026. The walk is rated 'energetic' with an ascent of 1346 ft. It is Stage 8 of the Peak District Boundary Walk, from Langsett reservoir to Low Bradfield via the Anglo-Saxon village of Bolsterstone (with a good pub and affordable food) and Bradfield, famous for its brewery and Tour de Yorkshire connection. This 10½ mile walk has some steep climbs in and out of narrow valleys, plus plenty of stile-hopping across fields and a little road-walking. Public toilets, refreshments and parking available. Part of East Peak Outdoors 2018.
  ,,   ,, Psychic Fair - 10am to 4pm, The White Heart, Bridge Street, Penistone, S36 7AH. Free admission. Unique gifts, such as crystals, candles, tarot cards, books and more. Also readings by tarot, spiritual, angel and aura. For more information, see Harmony 9 (Facebook), or call (mobile) 07773 202 753. 'Harmony 9' also runs workshops and sells goody bags to suit various life aims. White Heart, Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Mayor's Civic Service - 10.30am, Penistone Church. Unfortunately, there had not been any publicity for this beyond a last-minute message on Facebook. See PTC.
  ,,   ,, Lower Denby, Gunthwaite Circular Walk - 10:30am, Dunkirk Inn Car Park. Leisurely 5½ Mile walk with moderate gradients but may be muddy in places. It is mainly on footpaths and tracks with short sections on country lanes. The terrain is gently undulating with superb views. Several short cuts are available in case of doubtful weather. Stout footwear is advisable. A range of stile types will be encountered. Refreshments available at the Dunkirk Inn. Contact Mike Mortimer on 01484 861216 (No booking required). Part of East Peak Outdoors 2018.
  ,,   ,, Charity Car Boot Sale - 10.45am, Hade Edge Football Club, Penistone Road, Hade Edge near Holmfirth, HD9 2JG. Free admission for shoppers. Hot food and drinks available. Toilet facilities. Disabled parking. Ample FREE parking for buyers in the field next to the football ground. These sales are held every last Sunday in the month, May to August, and have been running for ten years. Stall holders to arrive 10.30am, Cost: cars £8, vans £10, to be paid on arrival (booking advisable). Contact telephone: 01484 684 924 or (mobile) 07765 125 567, call to check latest times or cancellations. See Where Can We Go.
  ,,   ,, Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone Market Barn. Open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses and refreshments. This is one of a series of Sunday tabletop sales. Other dates are: 29th July, 26th August, 30th September, 28th October and 25th November. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. From Facebook.
  ,,   ,, England versus Panama (World Cup Football) - 1pm, BBC TV, at home or local pubs and clubs. Our second match in the Cup, live from Nizhny Novgorod in Russia. The stadium has a capacity of 45,000 and was opened in April this year. You can watch the World Cup games with some atmosphere at Penistone Church FC, the Royal British Legion, Penistone Cricket Club, the Spread Eagle and the Bridge pub.
  ,,   ,, Traditional Cream Teas - 2.30pm to 4.30pm, The Old Vicarage (next to St Saviour's Church), Thurlstone. Full afternoon tea with strawberries and cream, £7. Strawberries and cream with a cream scone, £3.50. Tickets and enquiries, please call 76 3260 or 76 6390. Enjoy fresh home-made produce, including freshly-filled cream and jam scones, a selection of savoury sandwiches and a drink. Last year's event was organised by St Saviour's Mothers' Union. From poster.
Tues 26th Music Train - 6.15pm from Huddersfield on the Penistone Line. Music by 'Fishing for Compliments' which will go on to play at The Station Inn, Silkstone Common and on the return journey. See Penistone Line Partnership (Facebook), which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
  ,,   ,, 'The Future of Community Rail' - Tuesday 26th June, (Time not stated) University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, HD1 3DH. A conference celebrating 25 years of the Penistone Line Partnership and considering where 'Community Rail' (not defined) might go next. To book a place, please contact Rowena by Email: penistoneline@gmail.com. See Penistone Line Partnership (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Heritage Trail of Upper Denby (Walk) - 6.45pm, The George Inn, 114 Denby Lane, Upper Denby, HD8 8UE. The walking is free but Pie and Peas cost £5.50 (served on return to the George), which must be booked by 25th. This is a gentle walking tour of the Village Conservation Area of Upper Denby, led by the local Historian and hursuit herbalist, John Hislop. An easy walk, mainly on paved paths around the Village and part of East Peak Outdoors 2018. No public toilets on the route. Good parking behind the pub. The George, Facebook, call 01484 861 347.
Weds 27th Natwest Bank Closure - Wednesday 27th June 2018 for the Penistone branch, as announced in December 2017. It is clear that they can manage quite well without any Penistone customers (other Banks are available). See the Barnsley Chronicle article and Natwest.
  ,,   ,, Information Drop-in and 'Sloppy Slipper Swap' - 2pm to 4pm, (Sloppily given the 'Town Hall' location, probably the Council Chamber) Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. In Penistone, 'Town Hall' has always referred to the big public entertainment hall (the Paramount).

Free and no appointment necessary, just turn up and feel free to bring someone with you to a support session for the over-50s. You can learn about the Good Neighbour Scheme, the Volunteer Driver Scheme and community transport. Tea, coffee and biscuits are on hand. This is for anyone over 50 years old who lives in a BMBC Penistone Ward. The 'Sloppy Slipper Swap' part allows you to bring your old slippers and exchange them for new ones, and for nowt. This event is part of a 'social inclusion project' to get the wrinklies out of the house and meet up with others.Funded by the Penistone Ward Alliance, aka the 'Penistone Area Team,' and operated by Age Concern of Barnsley. For more information, please call Karen on (mob) 07574 843 355 or email: k.dennis@ageukbarnsley.org.uk.
  ,,   ,, High Flatts History Trail (walk) - Meet 6.30pm, The Quaker Meeting House (brown sign on Penistone Road), High Flatts, HD8 8XU. You might be best parking on Windmill Lane across the main road and walking down the lane to Quaker Bottom. Booking is not essential but would be appreciated for refreshments, call David Cook on 01484 606865 or 07510 606668. A leisurely 3-mile walk, from High Flatts at 1,000 feet a.s.l, via the historical works of 18th century road builder, Jack Metcalfe (Blind Jack of Knaresborough), New House Farm and a stroll through the Upper Dearne Woodlands. Refreshments served on return at the Quaker Meeting House. Toilets and parking also available there. Mr Cook is very knowledgeable about the local Quaker movement and history. Part of East Peak Outdoors 2018.
Thurs 28th
to Sat 30th
'42nd Street' (Theatrical musical) - 7.15pm each day and a 2pm Saturday matinee, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets: £12, Concessions £10 (all areas). Performed by the young cast of Junkyard Theatre (Horizon Community College, Barnsley), this ever-popular musical tells the story of a talented young performer who gets her big break on Broadway. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
Thurs 28th 'Bosvilles and Bell Horses' (Historic talk) - 6.30pm, Oxspring School. Free admission, donations welcome for school funds. Julia Thomson and Dave Perkins will tell you where there was an abandoned manor house in the village, Romans in the area and other matters. Light refreshments provided. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Charity Ceilidh - Doors open 6.30pm, Dancing from 7pm, Junior School, Silkstone Common. Admission £5. Featuring the music of the WEA Folk Ensemble. Family-friendly event. Soft drinks on sale, also BYOB (bring your own alcohol). Barbecue (food to purchase). Raffle, £2 per strip with good prizes. This event promotes an attempt on the Three Peaks Challenge by Kathryn Smith, Maureen Boswell and Helen Simms, raising funds for 'Mind' the mental health charity.
  ,,   ,, England versus Belgium (World Cup Football) - 7pm, ITV. Our third match in the Cup, live from Kaliningrad. The stadium opened in March this year with a capacity of 35,000. You can watch the World Cup games with some atmosphere at Penistone Church FC, the Royal British Legion, Penistone Cricket Club, the Spread Eagle and the Bridge pub.
Fri 29th

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

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

Cycling Over Hill and Dale - 10am, Denby Dale Railway Station. Booking required, call David Wilde on 07939 446581 or Julia Earle on 07984 640878. This cycling event includes some hill climbs but which are hopefully not too strenuous. Using cycle/bridleways where possible and quiet roads, it is a seven-mile circular route, taking in Denby Dale itself, Upper and Lower Denby, Scissett and Clayton West. Most of the route is in the beautiful countryside between the villages, with splendid views. A refreshment stop is included and a glimpse (but not admission) of other attractions such as the Skelmanthorpe Textile Heritage Centre, Kirklees Light Railway and, if time permits, a visit to the magnificent viewpoint at Denby Delf. Limited parking available is at DD station although there is usually no problem arriving with a bike by train on the Penistone Line. Toilets at the refreshments stop. Part of East Peak Outdoors 2018.
  ,,   ,, Neighbourhood Watch Reboot - 10am to 12.30pm, Tesco Food Store, Penistone. Tesco has a 'community room' somewhere, so it might be in there. Headings on the one poster read: Free crime prevention items; Discover Volunteering opportunities; Get information on forming a new Neighbourhood Watch; Meet local representatives. Come along and meet your local team and existing Neighbourhood Watch members.
  ,,   ,, 'RAF 100' Centenary Commemoration - arrive 10.45am for 11am, Penistone War Memorial, Penistone Church. Commemorating the founding of the Royal Air Force in 1918, with the support of Father David of Penistone church, Angela Smith MP, Penistone Town Council, Joe Pinguey and Penistone FM.

"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few" - the grateful words of WWII Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in relation to the RAF's 1940 'Battle of Britain' against the German Luftwaffe. The Battle of Britain marked a turning point when Britain stood alone against Hitler's seemingly unstoppable military expansion. Please visit the BBC's 'Battle of Britain' page.

In Penistone, there will be wreath-laying at the War Memorial followed by a half-hour service in the church, conducted by Father David Hopkin, with an introduction by Penistone MP Angela Smith. Military associations, cadets and standard bearers will take part. Following the service, there will be refreshments and a display board by John Ownsworth, author of a new book about the military history of our district. No doubt the book will be on sale (£25). Toilet available in the church. Joe Pinguey has been central to many military commemorations in Penistone.
  ,,   ,, Birdsedge Gala - From noon, by Birdsedge School, Huddersfield Road, Birdsedge. Free admission. Lots of family fun and stalls. Also a stage, bar, refreshments. Toilets in the school. Parking on the side road.
  ,,   ,, Fund-raiser Race Night - First Race 8pm, Penistone Scout Hut, Wentworth Road, Penistone. Tickets £5 include Pie and Peas, Children £2.50, by calling (mobile) 07766 380 897 or email: crookes_a@sky.com. Bring your own drinks (alcoholic or other), tea and coffee will be available to purchase. This is a Jamboree fund-raiser for the local Scouts. From poster.
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Keeley May (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This was originally planned to be Chelsea Radford but Keeley May will be at the RBL, celebrating Armed Forces Day. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)

Mayor Carol BBarn serviceDarren of PFMParade
 
July     Jan - Feb - March - April - May - June - August - September - October - November - December - (Calendar).
This Month The Summer is here and it is a good month for Festivals and Galas. Village Galas in Thurlstone, Hade Edge and Thurgoland are all worth a visit, the Yummy Fest too and Underneath the Stars in Cawthorne. The Caribbean Carnival in Huddersfield is always good fun, if loud.
Sun 1st 2001 A Space Oddyssey (Film) - 2pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £6.50, Concessions £5.50, stalls only, for under 15yrs and 60+ yrs. Box Office open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
Mon - Sat
2nd to 8th
Rail Safety Week 2018 - School visits arranged by the Penistone Line Partnership. 'Last year we delivered the rail safety message to over 1500 children, this year we would like to do the same. Schools and youth groups can contact Rowena to book their free Rail Safety presentation. We can also organise activities for small groups. Email Rowena on penistoneline@gmail.com.' See Penistone Line Partnership and Facebook.
Weds 4th The Enclosures Act (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Yvonne Timmins, on a subject which still divides opinions. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are on the first and third Wednesdays of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs 5th PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, Pendon House (old people's residence). A monthly public meeting on the first Thursday of each month, between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents ('Police and Communities Together'), where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. Please note that the venue alternates between the Community Centre and Pendon House. This one was inferred from the June one being held at the Community Centre. See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley.'
Fri to Sun
6th - 8th
Hoylandswaine Village Festival. These details were found in the programme for Penistone Parade weekend and may be subject to modification. Except for the Scarecrow Trail, the other items on Sunday were not confirmed. Refreshments will be available throughout the weekend at places throughout the village. See Hoylandswaine Village Festival's Facebook Event page.
Friday 6th:
Evening - Hoylandswaine Hill Races - For children 15yrs and below from the Cricket Club. Also a barbecue at the Cricket Club.
Evening - Junior Cricket Event - Cricket Club.
Saturday 7th:
10am - Tiny Tunes, 10am - Bird Walk, from the Rose and Crown,
Noon - Teddy Bear Zipwire and Parachute, Parish Church,
1.45pm - Opening of the Church Bell Tower,
Afternoon - School Fayre,
7pm - Hoylandswaine Music Festival, Village Hall. Ticket event (price not given). With the local band Sundance,
Sunday 8th:
All Day - Scarecrow Trail,
1pm - Well-dressing blessing with songs by Tiny Tunes,
2pm - Silkstone Brass Band outside the Rose and Crown,
2pm - Samba Band. Walking through the village.
  ,,   ,, Wortley Beer & Music Festival - Times not stated, Wortley Village, Sheffield, S35 7DB. Free entry all weekend. Camping is £15 per night, per pitch. Over 30 Artistes and Bands on two Stages and over 70 Beers and Ciders on tap. Clubhouse, marquees, food stations, children's entertainers, pet station and camping. Where Can We Go lists only Friday 6th but the text reads 'all weekend' so take your pick.
Fri 6th Friday Forum - 8.45pm to 9.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This is for Penistone RBL members to discuss any aspect of the management of the club and offer useful and constructive suggestions. Opinions, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and complaints will be welcomed and valued and passed on to the full management committee for consideration as necessary. Friday forums are on the first Friday of each month at this time. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, Dolcé (Singing duo) - First set at 8.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. 'Come along and have a great night of live music with a brilliant duo' says their poster. Free admission for the Friday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL.
Weekend
7th, 8th
Denby Dale Scarecrow Trail - This is throughout Denby Dale. Admission is free. Entry forms can be downloaded from Denby Dale and District Lions' Facebook (See the Form). The theme is 'Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes'. Completed entries can be submitted via the special postbox outside the White Hart, Denby Dale, by 25th June. Scarecrows will be judged by the public and there will be cash prizes for the best three. Proceeds go to the Denby Dale Centre and Denby Dale Community Library. The main base for the event is at the White Hart, DD. This event is kindly sponsored by Butcher Residential. BTW, the Denby Dale and District Lions also organise the Penistone Beer Festival.
Sat 7th 'Ready Teddy Jump' - 11am to 12.30pm, Hoylandswaine Church. £1 fee. 'Is your teddu brave enough to perform a death-defying parachute jump from the church tower? If so, bring them along, pay a pound and cross your fingers they will survive the jump.' NB. All teddies will be checked over by a medic before being returned to their owner with a certificate. Organised by Hoylandswaine Village Festival.
  ,,   ,, Bolsterstone Village Fair - 2pm, Village Hall and Playing Field, Bolsterstone. Stalls, games, children's play area and classic cars (includes a Simplex Car). Also an art show in Bolsterstone Church, with guest organist playing. From Look Local.
  ,,   ,, Sweden versus England (World Cup Football) - Kick-off 3pm, BBC television. After the Tuesday 3rd July win against the Colombian wrestling team, England beat Sweden 2-0 in Quarter Final 3 in a much cleaner game than with Colombia. The other Quarter Final (QF4) saw Russia and Croatia draw 2-2 but Croatia won 4-3 on penalties. England will next play against Croatia, 7pm, Weds 11th July. The winner of that game plays in the World Cup Final, 4pm Sun 15th. Watch footie with some atmosphere at Pen Church FC, Pen Royal British Legion, the Spread Eagle or The Bridge pub.
  ,,   ,, 'Swaine Fields' (Live music event) - Doors open 7pm, Hoylandswaine Village Hall, Haigh Lane, Hoylandswaine, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S36 7JJ. Tickets £10 (includes hot pork sandwich, no veggie alternative), please email Swainefields@gmail.com. Cash bar for over-18s. This is an evening of music from local acts. Main act is 'Sundance'. See 'Where Can We Go.'
  ,,   ,, Robert Craig (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. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 8th Tractor Run - From Bradfield. This one was by word of mouth and there are no posters around to tell us more. Penistone Young Farmers are somehow involved.
  ,,   ,, Jack & Paul's Third Fun Run (1¼ Miles) - 10.30am, Penistone Bowling Club. Entry fee £6.50 per person. Please ensure all under sevens are accompanied by a paying adult. Enter with one of the application forms in local shops or via Racebest. This is a 2 km fun run on grass and the Trans-Pennine Trail. Wear bright colours. Be aware that the run crosses a stream and any baby buggies would need to be carried across. Prizes for first three under 18 boys and girls. Also age category prizes for boys and girls: Under 7yrs, 8 to 10yrs and 11 to 15yrs. This is a fund-raiser for 'Heads Together Barnsley' charity trust (not part of the national Heads Together charity), set up in memory of Jack and Paul Sykes who died as a result of a deliberate house fire caused by their father. It raises money for local families who have suffered serious loss or trauma. See also Heads Together Barnsley on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Thurgoland Family Fun Day (Wizard of Oz theme) - 10.30am to 5pm, Playing Field, Thurgoland Village, S36 7AA. Free admission. A family-themed, fun day with lots of games for the children, a scarecrow competition, fancy dress and Hathersaage Brass Band. 2018 is sure to be 'Somewhere over the rainbow' with the magical 'Wizard of Oz' theme, music and laughter, and the warmth of the community. Plus, of course, all the lovely people local and far who support us on the day. Put it in your diary folks. New for 2018 is a Gin and Prosecco bar. Main attractions are: Children's rides, Bouncy castles, Pot breaking, Coconut Shy, Raffle, Treasure Hunt, BBQ and Licensed Bar, School Stalls, Gift & Craft Stalls, Penistone Co-op Funeral Parlour, Refreshments in the Village Hall, games in the Main Square, fancy dress competition, Stamper dance display, and more to be confirmed.
  • 10.30am - Pet Show in the School Yard. Get your pets groomed and dressed up for the occasion. Always on the look out for Toto! Bacon butties served by Mary in the kitchens.
  • 1pm - Gala starts around now on the field.
  • 1.30pm - Village Parade. The float will tour Thurgoland with this year's annual gala queen and all the lovely children being paraded around the village, accompanied by Hathersage Brass band and a host of people.
  • 2pm - Opening Ceremony. An undisclosed VIP make the announcement and various thank-yous.
For stallholders: This is an outdoor event and you need your own table and gazebo to fit into a 3 x 3 metre pitch, correct weights must also be used to stop everything blowing away, it can be very windy. There is no electrickery, so you might need a generator. Vendor fees (in 2017): Craft and gift stalls, £15, Charity Stalls £10. All stallholders must hold a valid public liability insurance certificate at the time of the event. Payment up front before the day. Contact via Facebook, email: keekee20@hotmail.com or call (mobile) 07985 322 907.
  ,,   ,, PCC Annual Funday - From 11am, Penistone Cricket Club, Spring Vale. Springvale Primary School v Penistone Cricket Club with a T20 game. Funday then commences afterward 1pm to 4pm with a barbecue, bar, bouncy castle, duck race and games. All welcome to come and enjoy the day. From Facebook and nowhere else.
  ,,   ,, Vintage Car Rally - Noon to 4pm, Wortley Hall. Admission: Adult £4, Child under 14 £1, Family £10. Classic cars, motorbikes and other vehicles, gift and craft stalls, bouncy castle, barbecue, outside bar and a range of activities. Features displays by the Jaguar Owners' and Ford Owners' Clubs. Organised by Wortley Rotary Club, with proceeds to Sheffield Children's Hospital and other charities. This item from the 'TITO' magazine.
  ,,   ,, 'Denby Dawdle' (5-mile walk) - Noon, The George, Upper Denby. This is one of the George's Pie & Pea walks and is listed in the EPIP Outdoors leaflet. An easy amble following the route of the Denby Dash annual race, mostly through fields and woods. Under-control dogs are welcome but there is likely to be livestock in some fields. Parking and toilets at the pub. Please book Pie and Peas in advance (Pie, peas and gravy - £5.50 per person; Pie, peas, poptatoes and gravy - £7 per person). For more about the walk or to book Pie & Peas, please call Dean on 01484 861 347. See The George, Facebook.
Wed 11th
England versus Croatia (Semi-final, World Cup Football) - 7pm, on television. Our team will now play against Croatia in this semi-final. The winner of this game plays in the FIFA World Cup Final, Sun 15th, 4pm. The World Cup footie can be watched with a vibrant atmosphere in all of these fine local venues: Penistone Church FC, Penistone Royal British Legion, the Spread Eagle and The Bridge. Penistone Church FC is doing beer at £2 a pint for an hour before and an hour after the game, also pizza and chips (please note - no dogs allowed).
Fri, Sat
13th and 14th
'Near and Far' (Art Exhibition) - 10am to (Fri) 4pm and (Sat) 1pm, St Andrew's Church, next to Penistone Library. Free admission. This is described on the poster as 'A colourful munitimedia art exhibition by Liisa Bramhall' (their spelling). With paintings, collages, ceramics and textiles. This event is in support of Fairtrade, with Fairtrade refreshments available. Presumably the artworks are for sale.
Fri 13th Barnsley Local Plan Consultation - This runs from Friday 13th July to Tuesday 28th August. You may read about it at the BMBC Modifications Consultation but the whole caboodle is turgid reading and you will soon give up. As with any long-winded BS, it is always a good idea to take a peek at the far end to see what they want you to miss. The gist is that BMBC is required to find building land for the national housing shortage, which is worse in the south. See the BMBC Consultation list.

The language used is not at all accessible to the public. For example:
'The changes are set out in the following documents: Schedule of Proposed Main Modifications - including Annex 1 Proposed Main Modifications Policies Map Changes and Annex 2 Examination Consultation Omission Sites); Proposed Main Modifications Sustainability Appraisal - and - Proposed Main Modifications Habitats Regulations Assessment.' This includes closed but not opened brackets. Wot?
  ,,   ,, Games Night - 7pm to 9pm, Lounge Room, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Please note that, as a private members' club, non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This is one of the RBL's monthly Games Nights, on the second Friday of each month. Scrabble, triominoes, upwords, rumicub and more. A Barnsley U3A activity encouraging more social activity for people at risk of social isolation. It is also said to be a fund-raiser for next year's Armed Forces Day (but not as part of RBL Branch funds, which can only be used for welfare). For more U3A information, please call Helen Dew on 01226 891 130. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, Ghana Outlook Reunion - 7.30pm, Cubley Hall, Mortimer Road, Cubley, Penistone, S36 9DF. From Facebook, 'Twenty years ago this summer, we went on our first trip to Ghana. It was the start of something amazing, which saw the transformation of education for thousands of children in Ghana. Richard Galliford has suggested that we have a twentieth anniversary get together to celebrate everything that Ghana ‘98, and subsequently Ghana Outlook, has achieved. If you have been involved in the projects in Ghana over the last twenty years, please consider yourself invited to this reunion. Please spread the word to anyone you know who has been involved too! Looking forward to seeing everyone!'
  ,,   ,, Immersive Classical Concert - 7.30pm, Hoylandswaine Church. Tickets £13, Under-18s and students £8, available from Barnsley Civic or on the door. Barnsley Chronicle adds that 'kids go free but must be accompanied by an adult.' A concert of music by Mozart, Beethoven, Ravel and Rebecca Clarks by internationally-renowned musicians on violin, viola, cello and clarinet. 'Ensemble 360' is an eleven-member chamber group taking its name from its base at the Crucible Theatre. The Barnsley Chronicle (Fri 6th July) referred to them playing '... with the audience surrounding them for a unique musical experience.' A Hoylandswaine Arts concert.
  ,,   ,, 'Music on a Summer's Breeze' - 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Thurgoland. Tickets £6 (under 16s free), call Elaine on 01142 845 494. This is a concert by Thurgoland Community Choir and guests, including 'The Clangers' hand bell ringers. Musical Director, Dan Timmins; accompanist, Claire MacAuley. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Glow Parade - Evening, through the streets of Huddersfield, with performers marching through Huddersfield with 'glow in the dark' items, as you do. This is part of Huddersfield Carnival weekend, second weekend in July. Huddersfield Carnival has the map (Facebook).
Sat 14th The Denby Ladies' Summer Extravaganza - 10am, The George Inn, Upper Denby, HD8 8UE. With: Craft Stalls, Tombola, Cakes, Raffle and Books. With lashings of Tea, Coffee & Biscuits. All proceeds go to the village in support of its Senior Citizens. See The George Inn (Facebook)
  ,,   ,, Thurlstone Village Gala - 1pm to 4pm, St Saviour's Church, Manchester Road, Thurlstone. Always a good family fun afternoon in the outdoors, with: stalls, tombolas, face-painting, basketball tournament, raffles, refreshments, Penistone Children's Choir and Thurlstone Training Band. The Huntsman beer tent has soft drinks, lager and Real Ale. Toilet available in a side door of the church. The Gala is also the HQ and registration point for PFR Thurlstone Chase, which starts at 3pm (see next item below). Gala organised by Thurlstone Community Group (Facebook), raising funds for: Thurlstone & Millhouse Green Beevers, Cubs, Brownies and Rainbows, also Thurlstone School, Daisy Chains Pre-school and Thurlstone Brass Band. Park on the main road. See the Event Page on Facebook. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Huddersfield Carnival (Caribbean Parade) - 1pm onwards, through the streets of Huddersfield. It will finish in St George's Square near the Railway Station (very convenient for railway to Penistone). A riouous display of sound and movement with bright costumes, loud drumming, loud music, fun and great excitement. Always a fun occasion. The date is the second weekend in July. Huddersfield Carnival has the map (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Hade Edge Gala (Including a classic vehicle show) - 1.30pm to 5pm, Hade Edge Football Ground, Penistone Road, Hade Edge, HD9 2JH. Free entry. Fun-packed day of country-style entertainment for all the family. Stalls, children's rides, circus skills, birds of prey, fantasy slides, Punch and Judy, Bar with draught bitter, hog roast, classic cars, motorbikes, tractors and dog show. Also, an evening party (see below) and children are welcome. See Hade Edge Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Church FC versus Sheffield FC (Pre-season friendly football match) - Kick off 3pm, Penistone Church Football Club, The Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission: Adult £5, Concessions £3. Cheer on the Black and White Wizards against our neighbours from the Evil-Stik League. See Pen Church FC (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, PFR Thurlstone Chase - Sets off 3pm, Thurlstone Sports Ground, High Bank, grid ref: SE226036. Entry £4.50 on the day, minimum age 16 years. Registration and HQ at Thurlstone Gala, at St Saviour's Church. Thurlstone Chase is a BS category fell race: 4 miles with 600 feet of ascent on a marked and marshalled course. £25 cash prize for the first male and female breaking the course record. See PFR (Race).
  ,,   ,, Summer 80s Party - Doors open at 6.45pm, Denroyd Farm, Upper Denby. Tickets £10 from Denroyd Farm, Paul Schofield Butcher (Penistone Market Street) and the George Inn (Upper Denby). Featuring the 80s tribute band, Atomic, and including a beach party theme, Fancy dress encouraged but not mandatory. Also a DJ on and off throughout the evening. Cocktails, prosecco and gin on tap. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Party in the Park - 7pm, Hade Edge Football Ground, Penistone Road, Hade Edge, HD9 2JH. Ticket price not advertised, available from Brindon Addy's Butchers Shop. Or call (mobile) 07841 752 973 or (mobile) 07818 078 324. No details about the party on Hade Edge Facebook. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Karen Kristen (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. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (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 used a Scottish dialect: "St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain, For forty days it will remain, St Swithun’s day if thou be fair, For forty days ‘twill rain nae mare."
  ,,   ,, FIFA World Cup Final (France versus Croatia) - Kick off 4pm with tv build-up on BBC/ITV. The FIFA World Cup Final played at the Luzhniki stadium, Moscow, which might best be watched with a vibrant atmosphere at either Penistone Church FC, Penistone Royal British Legion, the Spread Eagle, The Bridge or Penistone Cricket Club.
  ,,   ,, Summer Concert - 7.15pm, Holmfirth Methodist Church, School Lane, Holmfirth, HD9 7EQ. Tickets £6, under 16s free. This is a concert by Holmfirth Choral Society with the Clifton Handbell Ringers performing a selection of shorter pieces from the choir, including works by Parry, Stanford, Mascagni and Orff. Please note that Holmfirth Co-op car parking is free at that time. See Holmfirth Events.
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 either be dealt with locally or passed on to BMBC, as appropriate. Residents may observe and record council meetings, without prior permission, but can be excluded under certain defined circumstances (HMG Openness Guide 2014 - pdf). Penistone Town Council meetings are normally on the third Monday of each month, except August. Minutes appear on the website after the next meeting. Pen Town Council.
Weds 18th First Aid for Dogs - 10am to 1pm, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Admission £29 per person, booking required, call Karen on (mobile) 07423 713 623 or Email: info@dogfirstaiders.co.uk. This three-hour course prepares you to take quick and confident action in the event of an emergency with your dog and looks at the most common pet-related injuries, accidents and illnesses. For more informtion, please visit Dog First Aiders. From poster. (Library Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Brass Bands (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Fred Etherington, who has been involved in award-winning bands from when Mathuselah was a bairn. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month, except August. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Fri - Sun
20th to 22nd
Underneath the Stars Festival (Music Festival) - Cinderhill Farm, Barnsley. A complicated ticket system, typically £50 each day (Eg. Adult, Saturday), with concessions for over-60s and children. Volunteers get in free but have to work for it. Featuring: Steve Earle and the Dukes, Kate Rusby (founder of this festival), George Hinchliffe's Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Lau, Yves Lambert Trio, The California Feetwarmers, Joanne Hharris & The Storytime Band, Damien O’Kane & Ron Block, Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards, Maya Youssef, Grace Petrie, Melrose Quartet, The Adventures of Andy Kershaw, Fat Suit, Honeyfeet, John Metcalfe, Kizzy Crawford, Estbel, Amythyst Kiah, Jack Rutter, Midnight Skyracer, Lori Watson, Jack Harris, Howlin’ Ric & The Rocketeers, Stables, Pitou, L – R, Barnsley Youth Choir, I See Rivers, and Kate & Sally Have a Chat. Described as: 'A family-friendly festival of music and arts in the heart of Yorkshire.' List of performers subject to change. See the website for camping arrangements. Under S Fest, (Facebook, Twitter).
Sat 21st 'Over the Water to Skye' (9 Mile Walk) - 10.15am, Silkstone Common Railway Station. Trains run every hou so you could catch the 9.43am from Penny to arrive at 9.50am. This nine-mile walk led by John Harker is from the River Don to Stocksbridge's Little Don (or Porter), using two sets of stepping stones if the water is low. Walkers will have to arrange return travel from Stocksbridge as there are no trains back from there. A Penistone Line Partnership (Facebook) guided walk. The PLP celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
  ,,   ,, Garden Party - 2pm, Carlecotes Hall and Church, Carlecotes. Tickets: Adults £6, under 16s £3. A delightful afternoon of family fun and relaxation, with Hade Edge Band, games, classic cars, woodland walks, strawberries & cream, and licenced bar. Tickets available on the door, from Penistone church, Goldthorpe's Corn Mill, Lee Lane or by calling (mobile) 07788 190 262, email: enquiries@carlecoteshall.co.uk. From an obscure poster.
  ,,   ,, Adam Press (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. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 22nd Monthly Car Boot Sale - From 10am, Dunford Parish Community Centre, Victoria, Nr Hepworth HD9 7TP. Just before what used to be the Victoria pub, on the right. Free Admission but a voluntary contribution upon arrival is welcome towards the upkeep of the Community centre. Plenty of on-field parking at the owner's risk. Also tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches in the Community Centre. Toilets available. Vintage vehicles are always welcome (and with free admission). Vendors pay £5 a car. Dunford Parish Community Association is a Registered Charity, No. 1026536. For more info, call 76 2533.
  ,,   ,, Car Boot Sale - Time not declared on poster, The White Heart, Bridge End, Penistone. No further details at White Heart.
  ,,   ,, 'Songs with Strings Attached' - 4pm, St John's Church, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. Concert with soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth, George Moulson on guitar and John Bashfoth on organ in a journey through time and space; from Tudor England via Italian Baroque to Spanish flamenco. This is one of a series of concerts at Hoylandswaine church. The next one is 'More Myths and Legends' - Sunday 9th September at 4pm.
Mon 23rd Penistone Pictorial - This website's birthday from the year 2,000. "Hip - hip.....". Mine's a pint.
  ,,   ,, Music Train - 6.15pm from Huddersfield on the Penistone Line. Music by 'Hokum' from Huddersfield to Sheffield and on the return to Huddersfield. Also a real ale bar on the train. See Penistone Line Partnership (Facebook), which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
Tues 24th to
Mon 3rd Spt
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.
Tues 24th Barnsley MB Council Jobs Fair - 10am to 3pm, Barnsley Town Hall. Drop-in to find out more about working for the council. View the latest jobs, meet teams from across our range of services, ask any questions, and register for personal jobs alerts. We have a number of jobs available now at BMBC Jobs. Come along on the day to find out more about our recruitment process and how to easily apply online. See Facebook Event.
Weds 25th RBL Club Trip - Arrive 8.20am for 8.30am departure from Penistone Tesco, Return trip 5.20pm for 5.30pm departure to Penistone. Six coaches organised by the British legion are visiting Bridlington this year. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Thurs 26th Children's Reading - 12.30pm to 1.30pm, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Free for children aged 5 to 11 years, booking required, call the Library on 76 2313. The 'Therapy Dogs' poster says: 'Come and read to Therapy Dog 'Lumi' or have a story read to you. For all children aged 5 to 11 who wish to increase their confidence in reading.' Children are encouraged to interact with the Therapy Dog by reading them a story. This encourages the children to communicate and feel comfortable around the dog. The Therapy Dog is a good listener, never judges or criticises but just wags his tail, giving a natural and simple opportunity to help them improve their literary skills and behaviour in a calm, relaxed way by interacting with the dog. Lumi will come back to Penistone Library on these dates (all Thursdays): 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th August.

Formed in 2016, 'Therapy Dogs Nationwide' (TDN) is a Registered Charity (no. 1167622) run by volunteers to provide various programmes involving their own temperament-tested Therapy Dogs. Volunteers cover Schools, Special Needs Schools, Hospitals, Hospices, Nursing Homes, Care centres and Prisons. See also Penistone Library (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Penistone Church FC versus Stocksbridge PS (Football match for the Purdey Cup) - Kick off 7.30pm, Penistone Church Football Club, The Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission: Adult £5, Concessions £3. Cheer on the Black and White Wizards against our neighbours. See Pen Church FC (Facebook) and the Facebook Event.
Fri and Sat
27th, 28th
Dyslexia Screenings - Fri, 9.30am to 4pm (with lunch break); Sat, 9am to noon, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Each one-hour session costs £30, by appointment, and is for adults or children. Ask a member of the library staff or call 76 2313 and you will be contacted for an informal chat. If you think you or your child might have dyslexia, then a screening is a way to find out, before committing to a full diagnostic assessment which could cost £500. These screenings are being run by 'Managing Dyslexia' which might be a private company. See also NHS Dyslexia and Penistone Library (Facebook).
Sat 28th Chris Lawford (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. No return by non-members is allowed within a month. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 29th Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone Market Barn. Open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses, hot food and refreshments. This is one of a series of Sunday tabletop sales. Other dates are: 26th August, 30th September, 28th October and 25th November. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. From Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Andre Reiu's 2018 Maastricht Concert - 3pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Early bird tickets £13 and £11 (presumably concessions). Seeing as it is a big, flamboyant concert from Maastricht, it must be by satellite. They wouldn't fit on our stage anyway. Box Office is open 10am to 2pm and during performances to buy tickets or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
  ,,   ,, Cream Teas - 3.30pm to 5pm, Vicarage Garden Silkstone, S75 4JN. £5 buys you delicious cakes, scones, strawberries and cream, with tea or coffee (or £7 if you add a glass of prosecco). Described as 'A cream tea and a little light music for a summer's afternoon.' This is a fund-raiser for MIND National Three Peaks Challenge. From poster.
  ,,   ,, No Quiz Night (Cancelled) - 8.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Due to other commitments, some of the usual quiz night gang will not be available on this date, so it is cancelled. The next Penistone RBL quiz night will be 8.30pm, Sunday 12th August.
Tues 31st Cake Sale - From 1.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. This is in aid of Marie Curie cancer support and is available for a showing of Mamma Mia (film runs from 20th July to 2nd August). The film on this day starts at 2pm. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). From poster.

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

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

Formed in 2016, 'Therapy Dogs Nationwide' (TDN) is a Registered Charity (no. 1167622) run by volunteers to provide various programmes involving their own temperament-tested Therapy Dogs. Volunteers cover Schools, Special Needs Schools, Hospitals, Hospices, Nursing Homes, Care centres and Prisons. See also Penistone Library (Facebook).
Fri - Sun
24th to 26th
Penistone Mug from Hallmark Card ShopSummer Art Project - 10am to 4pm each day, 'The Magic Wood', Trans-Pennine Trail, 'Between Penistone and Dunford Bridge' with access on foot or by bicycle. Download a map for the wood from the Trans-Pennine Trail Conservation Volunteers site. It is free but you need to reserve your space, contact Rosie Pearsall on (mobile) 07480 388 884 or Email: rosiepearsall@hotmail.com. Hire a bike from the bike centre next to Julie's Cafe (off St Mary's Street roundabout), which also has the map and free parking, then a cup of tea at Julie's afterwards. The Summer Art Project is funded by Penistone Ward Alliance. The Magic Wood is maintained by the T-P Trail Volunteers.

The poster says:
'Come down to the Magic Wood, for creative inspiration;
'Wander through the winding paths, free your imagination;
'Build fairy doors and woodland homes, hunt for hidden gems;
'Discover a river made of stones, the magic never ends.'
Fri - Mon
24th to 27th
Cannon Hall 4th Food Festival - Thursday 24th to Monday 27th August. 10am to 6.30pm daily, Cannon Hall Farm, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, S75 4AT. Admission is free (farm admission is not included) but £5 parking charge applies per car. The event is over four days and has craft, health healing and well-being, food product and catering and alcohol exhibitors. Lots going on including live entertainment and food demonstrations. Too much happening to list here. See Cannon Hall Farm and Facebook Event for details.
Sat 25th Railway Strike Day - This is the first of three Saturday strike days in the latest round and is likely to affect the Penistone Line. These are: 25th August, 1st September and on Penistone Show Day, 8th September. The strike action is part of an on-going dispute by the RMT union concerning the train company's plans to save money and cut passenger safety and security by planning to remove guards on our trains. From 28th August, some Penistone Line stations (but not yet Penistone) will require that tickets be purchased from platform machines before boarding trains. The machine on Penistone station is 'Card only' and does not accept cash payments. Passengers from Penistone can continue to pay cash on the train for tickets, until they decree otherwise. See Sky News and Northern Railway about the strikes.
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Mines and Monsters - and - Stocksbridge Comic Con - 10am (Family and Early Bird), 11am (Pay at the Door entry) to 4pm, the Venue, 650 Manchester Road, Stocksbridge. Door admission £6 12+, £4 under 12, or under-fives free with a valid ticket-holding adult. 'Early Bird' tickets £6 from The Venue or Online for £6 per person plus flat rate £2.95 p&p (again, under-5s free with ticket-holding adult ). Early Bird Tickets allow entry an hour before general entry to beat the queue.

Two Conventions, two stages, and two ways to enjoy the August bank holiday weekend with just one entry ticket. Various stalls and food available. In the Minecraft room, learn how to battle Creepers and Zombies with the Minecraft Sword Training classes. In the Stocksbridge Comic Con area, train up to wield a lightsabre with lightsabre training lessons, like a true Jedi knight. Both taught by 'Path of the Chosen' Combat Academy and reserved via Mines Stocks Cons. See Facebook Event and The Venue and get dressed up. Traders please enquire via: traders@savagebeastonline.co.uk.

  • 'Mines and Monsters' - The popular children's Minecraft convention, full of Minecraft activities and competitions, Minecraft special guest character Steve, Minecraft gaming, Minecraft lego-style free play, Minecraft display scene, children’s magic show, balloon modelling, Minecraft colouring-in, Minecraft sword-fighting classes and more.
  • 'Stocksbridge Comic Con' - A medium-sized convention for all ages, with all the general fun of a Comic Con, including superhero costumers, cosplay competitions, geeky trader tables, close-up magician, face painting, pirates with parrots, Aliens display, petting zoo and more.
  ,,   ,, Gin Festival - 7pm, The Bridge, Bridge End. No prices declared. Gins are big just now. More than 40 gins to try out with six different tonic waters. James Worton has been booked to sing.
  ,,   ,, John Belmont (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 26th Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone Market Barn. Open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses, with hot food and refreshments. This is one of a series of Sunday tabletop sales. Other dates are: 30th September, 28th October and 25th November. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. From Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Summer Garden Party - 1.30pm to 5pm, Hepworth Church, Hepworth Village. Free admission. Live band, barbecue, bar, cafe, games and more. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Andre Reiu's 2018 Maastricht Concert - 2pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Early bird tickets £13 and £11 (presumably concessions). Seeing as it is a big, flamboyant concert from Maastricht, it must be by satellite. Box Office is open 10am to 2pm and during performances to buy tickets or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
Mon 27th BH Late Summer Bank Holiday Monday - The last Monday of August. (Time & Date)
  ,,   ,, The Denby Dash - Junior races 10.30am Senior race at noon, The George Inn, Upper Denby, HD8 8UE. Senior race entry fee: £6 pre-entry (by 24th August) or £7 on race day; Junior race entry fee: £2.50 pre-entry (by 24th August) or £3 on race day, registration from 9.30am with hot or cold drinks, cakes and toilets available. See the Denby Village Conservation Group for more details. Also, The George Inn (Facebook).
1. The Denby Gallop, a one-mile race for children aged 6 to 8 years;
2. The Pirate Ship Challenge, a two-mile race with a good climb, for children aged 9 to 16 years;
3. The Denby Dash, a 5½-mile gallop for seniors, through the Quaker Village and scenic country, with a steep climb.
  ,,   ,, Huddersfield Music Festival - Storthes Hall, near Kirkburton. Details later. This event will feature (from Huddersfield Examiner): 'Reggae, ‘80s British pop and newer bands bringing a post-millennial sound.'
Tues 28th Last Date for the Barnsley Local Plan Consultation - This ran from Friday 13th July to this date. You may read about it at the BMBC Modifications Consultation but you won't understand a single turgid word of it and will soon give up. See the BMBC Consultation list.
  ,,   ,, 'Annual Rally' - 2.45pm, Bullhouse Chapel. Their mysterious poster does not deign to explain what this event is all about beyond declaring that the Chairman is Barbara Green; that refreshments will be available and that Christine Johnson will do something about 'The Wonderful Life of the Bee' one way or another. We could enquire further by calling (mobile) 07947 897 234. Or hope for a more informative poster to appear. Limited parking.
Weds 29th AFC Penistone Church versus Stocksbridge PS Reserves (Football match) - Kick-off 7.45pm, Penistone Church Football Club, Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6AT. Free admission for this one. Hot drinks, hot snacks and light meals available in the Club House Bar, open from 6pm. It is also well-stocked with beers, etc. and soft drinks. PCFC is multi-screen venue with Sky and BT Sports. Everyone is welcome but no dogs are allowed at Penistone Church FC. Good parking. See Facebook Event for the background to this match and Pen Church FC (Facebook) for more information about the club.
Thurs 30th Children's Reading - 12.30pm to 1.30pm, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Free for children aged 5 to 11 years, booking required, call the Library on 76 2313. The 'Therapy Dogs' poster says: 'Come and read to Therapy Dog 'Lumi' or have a story read to you. For all children aged 5 to 11 who wish to increase their confidence in reading.' Children are encouraged to interact with the Therapy Dog by reading them a story. This encourages the children to communicate and feel comfortable around the dog. The Therapy Dog is a good listener, never judges or criticises but just wags his tail, giving a natural and simple opportunity to help them improve their literary skills and behaviour in a calm, relaxed way by interacting with the dog.

Formed in 2016, 'Therapy Dogs Nationwide' (TDN) is a Registered Charity (no. 1167622) run by volunteers to provide various programmes involving their own temperament-tested Therapy Dogs. Volunteers cover Schools, Special Needs Schools, Hospitals, Hospices, Nursing Homes, Care centres and Prisons. See also Penistone Library (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Last Organ Concert at St Andrew's - 1pm, St Andrew's Church, High Street, Penistone. Be sure to attend. Other performances at the Paramount and the Astoria Centre (Barugh Green) will continue as normal. The St Andrew's organ will eventually end up at the Astoria Centre. Organ Trust (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Children's Workshop - 2pm to 4pm, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. This is a drop-in session, so you don't need to book a place, just come along and join in the fun. This is an exciting new workshop running during the summer holidays for children aged three to eight years old. The workshop encourages children to get involved in 'STEAM' subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics). There will be exciting activities involving such as Play-Doh circuits, scribble machines, mini-robots and even a fruit piano. From Penistone Library on facebook.
Fri 31st Recruiting Junior Girls Team Members - Penistone Church Football Club. The under-9s Girls squad practices on Mondays, 5pm to 6pm at Penistone Grammar School. They are looking for additional players 7yrs and 8yrs old. Please note that girls must not already be registered to any other SHGCL teams. Sessions are led by FA qualified and CRC-checked coaches. See their Facebook page.

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September     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 the Penistone Competitive Music Festival (which is looking for a new Secretary). Some MacMillan Coffee mornings at the end of the month.
Weekend
1st and 2nd
Pop-up Shop - 10am to 5pm, Springfield Mills, Norman Road, Denby Dale, HD8 8TH. Stalls with homemade crafts, foods, jams, collectibles, cakes, etc. Vendors will need to bring their own tables and chairs. This first Pop-up Shop weekend is a discounted, introductory offer for vendors. Toilets available. Springfield Mills has a car park and there is on-street parking nearby. See Facebook event.
Sat 1st Railway Strike Day - This is the second of three railway strikes. The next one will be on Show Day, 8th September. The strike action is part of an on-going dispute by the RMT union concerning the train company's plans to save money and compromise passenger safety and security by planning to remove guards on our trains. From 28th August, some Penistone Line stations (but not yet Penistone) will require that tickets be purchased from platform machines before boarding trains. The machine on Penistone station is 'Card only' and does not accept cash payments. Passengers from Penistone can continue to pay cash on the train for tickets, until they decree otherwise. See Sky News and Northern Railway about the strikes.
  ,,   ,, Shelley FC versus Penistone Church FC (Football game) - Kick-off 3pm, Stafflex Arena, Storthes Hall Complex, Storthes Hall Lane, Kirkburton, HD8 0WA. Penistone Church FC visits our near-neighbours Shelley FC in The Buildbase FA Vase, First Qualifying Round. Storthes Hall is an easy 10-mile journey from Penistone. Take the A629 to Huddersfield and turn left immediately after The Spring Grove, Kirkburton. The entrance is on your left on Storthes Hall Lane. Food and drink available at the Arboretum (bar run by students, so service is always slack and inaccurate, watch your change as they can't add up). Plenty of parking below the Arboretum but please respect the one-way system; the exit being at the top end. The Facebook Event has some background to this match and Pen Church FC (Facebook) has information about Penistone Church FC. See also Shelley FC and Hallmark Security League.
  ,,   ,, AFC Penistone Church versus North Gawber Colliery (Football game) - Kick-off 3pm, Penistone Church Football Club, Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Free admission to this game. If you can’t make it to the Shelley away game on this day, then come along and see Lenny’s Lions at the PCFC ground instead, in Pete’s Patisserie County Senior Premier Division. The Clubhouse is open from noon with hot drinks and snacks available from around game time. Good parking. Pen Church FC, (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Carlo Santini (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 male vocal entertainer. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 2nd 'Market on the Farm' - 10am to 4pm, Yummy Yorkshre Ice Cream Co, just above Ingbirchworth, A629. Market with the following bakers, makers, artists and generally talented traders: Bizzy Bakes, Made in Holmfirth, Pennine Threads, Lily Pickles of Holmfirth, Beckham & Burrell, Crafted Buy Us, The Dog House, Sue Eliphant, Noses & Poses, The Cheese Shop, Georgie Porgie Little Miss Muffit, Elizabeth May Jewels, Dayzidoo Crafts, The Yorkshire Handbag Company, My Favourite Things, Nourished Farmacy, Glam Fairy, A Stitch in Time, Made at the Meadow. See Yummy Yorkshire.
  ,,   ,, Annual Open Day - From 11am to 4pm, Wortley Top Forge, Forge Lane, Wortley, S35 7DN. From Penistone, turn right at Thurgoland traffic lights and they are up the hill on the left. Usually an entry fee (not advertised). Miniature train rides, steam and electric, miniature traction engines, 17th century ironworks and museum, working water wheels, engines and machinery. See Wortley MES and Facebook (Facebook Event).
  ,,   ,, Picnic in the Park - 2pm to 4pm, Churchfield, Denby Dale. Free to join in, but there will be a collection. Bring your Sunday afternoon picnic, rugs, chairs and picnic tables and be entertained by the young musicians of Skelmanthorpe Brass Band Training Academy. Raffle and collection with the proceeds to be shared between Shat Traing Band and the Friends of Churchfield.
Tues 4th 'West Africa' (first of a new series of social history classes) - 10am to 11.30am, Conference Room, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. The poster does not declare a fee, which makes it either free or expensive. This is a new U3A class which looks at the geography, history, culture and literature of West Africa, concentrating on Ghana and Nigeria. The tutor is Barbara Lukey MS. The class continues on the first Tuesday of each month.
  ,,   ,, 'Take a Stand Against the Scams' (Talk) - 6pm, Cubley Hall Barn, Cubley. Free admission, refreshments available. This is a talk by National Trading Standards' Scams Team. Learn how scammers think and avoid being a victim. It appears to be sponsored by Natwest Bank.
  ,,   ,, Ukulele Club - 8pm to 10.30pm, Rafters (upstairs) Bar, Waggon and Horses, Sheffield Road, Oxspring, S36 8YQ. Admission £2. All welcome to the Rafters Ukulele Club. A fun night of singing and playing, with some solo performances from members. This session is themed on ghosts and the supernatural. For more information about the Club, see Chris McShane Music (Facebook). Waggon & Horses (Facebook) - Tel (Waggon): 76 3259.
New Ukulele Book Out Soon - 'Melodic Arrangements for Ukulele' by Chris McShane and Catherine Embleton will be available soon. This is an imaginative collection of 22 original and well-known pieces specially arranged for ukulele, complete with downloadable backing tracks. You can enjoy playing in a wide range of styles, including Classical, Folk, Samba and Ragtime. Chord symbols are also provided to help you develop your skills further. If you would like to receive a notification when it is available, please email Chris: info@chrismcshanemusic.co.uk
Weds 5th The Barnsley Archives and its Penistone Materials (History talk)
Please note that Paul Stebbings is ill and this talk will not take place. He is replaced by Martin Johnson, subject not advertised.

1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. Admission £2 includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Paul Stebbings, head of BMBC Archiving, who will tell us about what the Barnsley Archive holds for our town. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month, except August. All welcome. Annual Subscription is £10. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Fashion Show and Sale - 7pm, Penistone Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. Tickets - Advance £4.50 or £5 on the door, call Carol on (mobile) 07788 758 238. All welcome, with no obligation to buy. Designer High Street store and top ladies' garments for sale at a fraction of the normal price. Styles to suit all ages. Visa Cards accepted. The poster suggests Marie Curie as a recipeint of funds. This is a 'Blue Sky' fashion show, for the blue sky thinkers, no doubt.
Thurs - Sun
6th to 9th
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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. For the first time, it is on two weekends, there being another open day weekend, 13th to 16th September. Most churches will be open for tours and you might access places that you might not otherwise, such as some Masonic Halls in the past. Check dates and times before travelling as not all venues will be open throughout each four-day period. To be honest, English Heritage usually repeats the same information from previous years, some of which will not be valid. Details of local open days are thin on the ground this year. Last year's list is an approximate guide to this year: Quaker Meeting House, High Flatts; Hoylandswaine Nail Forge; HoylandSwaine Church; Shelley Church; Silkstone Church; Holmfirth Blue Plaque Trail (presentation); The Victoria Tower, Huddersfield; Wortley Top Forge and Nigel Tyas' Ironworks on Lee Lane, Millhouse Green. If it is not busy, Penistone Church might also be open. See Heritage Open Days and events in the South Yorkshire region.
Thurs 6th PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, Pendon House (old people's residence). A monthly public meeting on the first Thursday of each month, between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents ('Police and Communities Together'), where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. Please note that the venue alternates between the Community Centre and Pendon House. This one was inferred from the previous one being scheduled for the Community Centre. See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley.'
  ,,   ,, 'Jazz at the George' - 7.30pm, The George Inn, 114 Denby Lane, Upper Denby, HD8 8UE. Free admission. An evening of live Jazz in The Lounge with Winston's Pennine Jazz & Guests. Home-made Pie & Peas are served before the band starts and during the interval at 9.30pm (veggie option available). Real ale available. There are no table reservations, so be sure to arrive in good time if you'd like a prime position. Good parking behind the pub. The George, Facebook, call 01484 861 347.
Fri 7th 'Let's Talk Libraries' (Drop-in Session) - 2pm to 4pm, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. Drop-in session to 'share your views and ask questions,' no booking required. This is the latest Library Consultation looking to reduce Barnsley Council's out-goings by a huge amount. See the '2018 Libraries Review' (pdf). The current survey is easy to do without difficult questions but it needs a postcode. The survey asks if you are happy with current opening hours and with their Draft Libraries Strategy (pdf). If we do not agree, a reply box is provided for reasons why. This Survey runs until Friday 21st Sept. Penistone Library, 01226 762313 (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Friday Forum - 8.45pm to 9.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This is for Penistone RBL members to discuss any aspect of the management of the club and offer useful and constructive suggestions. Opinions, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and complaints will be welcomed and valued and passed on to the full management committee for consideration as necessary. Friday forums are on the first Friday of each month at this time. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, Old Green River Band - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Friday night turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Matin Bennett's Old Green River Band is 'Internationally renowned.' Penistone RBL.
Sat 8th Railway Strike Day - This last one of three strikes is likely to affect the Penistone Line and particularly with today being Penistone Show Day. The strike action is part of an on-going dispute by the RMT union concerning the train company's plans to save money and cut passenger safety and security by planning to remove guards from our trains. From 28th August, some Penistone Line stations (but not yet Penistone) will require that tickets be purchased from platform machines before boarding trains. The machine on Penistone station is 'Card only' and does not accept cash payments. Passengers from Penistone can continue to pay cash on the train for tickets, until they decree otherwise. See Sky News and Northern Railway about the strikes.

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Pen Agricultural SocietyThe 145th Penistone Show - Opens 8am but setting up for the first hour or so, on the Penistone QEII Field in Trust (Showground) behind Tesco. Admission: Adult £12, Child £3 (5 to 15yrs), Family Ticket (2 Adults, 2 children) £25. Advance ticket prices: £9 Adults, £2.50 Children 5 to 15 yrs, £20 Families until the end of August. Pre-show tickets are now available at Argo Feeds, Clark's Chemist, Penistone Post Office, Home Cooking in Spring Vale and Kaye's Store in Millhouse Green. This is Penistone's big event of the year and a great family day out, with a huge list of things to see, do and enjoy. It can attract as many as 18,000 visitors with its wide range of stalls, exhibits, mini-shows, bands, furry critters of all description and various events of all kinds, all well-organised and implemented by around 60 willing volunteers. We can expect: vintage vehicles, children's rides, children's entertainment, helter skelter, brass bands, choirs, steam machines, car salespeople, tractor sellers, hardware, horsey people, horsey show jumping, horsey smells, goats, ferrets, poultry, ducks, cows, sheep, green wellies, hats, tweedy jackets, tweedy people, outdoor clothing, trading stalls, sweet stalls (with no prices!), walking sticks, horticulture, an apiarist with the hives, arts and crafts, military stands, Penistone FM tent, Penistone Theatre Group, Penistone Camera Club, the NFU (they aren't that bad), charities, assorted community groups, Trans-Pennine Trail Conservation Volunteers, Spring Vale Community Garden people, demonstrations, fruit & veg displays, all kinds of displays, all sorts of tranklements, binoculars, plants for sale, hot food, cold food, lukewarm food, veggie food for enlightened people, chips, good burgers, rubber burgers, ice cream, sandwich tent run by the Scouts, candy floss and beer in wobbly plastic glasses for wobbly bar-flies. Lots of food stalls to feed from or get a wristband and eat out in Penistone. Penistone Community Alehouse Interest Group will also have a stall. Brass bands have been booked, such as Thurlstone Brass Band (11am), Barnsley Concert Band (1pm) and Cawthorne Brass Band (time not announced). Also a members' tent (join on the day) with proper cooked meals and guarded by a very smart gentleman in uniform, who deserves respectful salutes upon passing. Free parking (follow signs) is well organised for the Showground. On-street parking in Penistone is difficult and a bad idea. The 'Town Centre Car Park' is owned by Barnsley Council but controlled by Tesco who will turn Show visitors away on the big day (only a miserable two hours parking for visitors to go shopping, eating and quaffing a pint). 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 by current members. This replaces the usual Saturday night turn. The Harvest Festival Auction night is always a very lively time 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, stalks in vases, mystery prizes and lots of useful, interesting and novelty items. Half of the fun is watching the auctioneer, John Aspen (a man who can sell you owt). All donations will be gratefully received and then auctioned to raise money for this year's charity, 'Penistone First Responders.' Penistone RBL.
Sun 9th Joe Dale Memorial Day - Times, see below. Silkstone Recreation Ground, Noblethorpe Lane, Silkstone. This event is fund-raiser for some of the organisations which had helped the popular local lad, Joe Dale, who died in 2017 after an asthma attack. It celebrates what would have been his 18th birthday. Three football matches are arranged, which will feature some of Joe's friends:
10am - for Under 15s;
Noon - for Under 18s and
2pm - for Over 45s.
Also: cricket, stalls, bouncy castle, music/DJ, food and refreshments. All proceeds to the Asthma charity, Bluebell Wood children's hospice and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. On-line donations to virginmoneygiving.org/Team/JoeDale27. Prospective stall vendors, please call 07971 889 436. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Heritage Open Day Tour - 10.30am, Textile Heritage Centre, 6 Queen Street, Skelmanthorpe. Free tour of the wonderfully-preserved Hand Loom Weaver's Cottage, showing the life of a Shat weaving family around 1899-1900. As such, it is an insight into similar cottage industries nearer to home, particularly Thurlstone which had many family enterprises like this one. Althought he tour is free, donations are gratefully received to keep it going. Parking, refreshments and toilets are available at the nearby Skelmanthorpe Youth and Community Centre.
  ,,   ,, 'More Myths and Legends' - 4pm, St John's Church, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. A concert featuring soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth with Daniel Lewis on piano. This is one of a series of concerts at Hoylandswaine church. The next one will be 'Autumn Leaves' - 4pm, Sunday 7th October. More details may be found in a little booklet available from Penistone Library.
Mon 10th New Pottery Season Starts - 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Penistone Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. Costs £15 for each session you attend, includes all materials, glazing and firing. This is the first session of Penistone Pottery Group's new term. All levels are welcome and tuition is provided in the art. For more information, please call Dave Helm on (mobile) 07708 901 115. From poster.
Tues - Fri
11th to 14th
Six WEA Courses - Founded in 1903, Workers' Educational Association (WEA) is the largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in Great Britain (not NI) and one of the largest GB charities (See WEA Approach, pdf). It provides educational courses often in partnership with community groups and local charities. These are ten and twelve-week courses, listed below:
  • 11th, 'Ukulele and Folk Fun' (10 wks, Thurgoland);
  • 13th, 'Painting and Drawing' (12 wks, Penistone);
  • 13th, Folk Ensemble with a Difference (10 wks); 14th, 'Exploring Your Art' (12wks);
  • 14th, 'Beginner's and Intermediate Painting and Drawing' (12 wks); and
  • 14th, 'Advanced Painting and Drawing' (12 wks).
Fees are £70 for ten-week courses and £84 for twelve-week courses, which can be waived if you are on certain benefits listed on the WEA website and in their booklet. For more information about the courses listed here, please call the Flis Sanderson, local Education Co-ordinator, on (mobile) 07966 254 331 or email: felicity.sanderson@wea.org.uk. For general information about WEA courses, please call 01142 423 609 or email: southwest@wea.org.uk. Information on these courses was provided by Flis Sanderson on the WEA stall at Penistone Gala.
Tues 11th Ukulele and Folk Fun (Start of ten-week WEA Course) - 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Thurgoland Village Hall, Thurgoland S35 7AA. Fee £70 for the ten-week course tutored by Chris McShane, book via the WEA website. Learn basic melodies or improve your playing technique on the ukulele. The tutor has some spare instruments to lend.
Weds 12th 'Level Two Award in Food Safety in Catering' (Training session) - 9am to 5pm, Penistone Library, High Street, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6BR. Fee for this Food Hygiene session is £65. There are no further details on the poster, which gave the times as 9.30am to 4.30pm; the times stated above are from their newsletter. Please visit Penistone Library or call 01226 762313 for more information (Facebook).
Thurs - Sun
13th to 16th
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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. For the first time, it is on two weekends, the first one above was Thursday to Sunday, from the 6th to 9th September. Details of local open days are thin on the ground this year. Last year's list is an approximate guide to this year: Quaker Meeting House, High Flatts; Hoylandswaine Nail Forge; HoylandSwaine Church; Shelley Church; Silkstone Church; Holmfirth Blue Plaque Trail (presentation); The Victoria Tower, Huddersfield; Wortley Top Forge and Nigel Tyas' Ironworks on Lee Lane, Millhouse Green. If it is not busy, Penistone Church might also be open. See Heritage Open Days and events in the South Yorkshire region.
Thurs - Mon
13th to 17th
Tuby's funfair - Thursday and Friday, 6pm to 10pm; Monday to 9pm; Saturday 2pm to 10pm; not open Sunday, Penistone QEII Field (Showground behind Tesco). Free admission but rides cost money. Fun rides and activities from ducks to dodgems. Also candyfloss, hot dogs and hot/cold drinks. See R Tuby & Son (Facebook) or call (mobile) 07831 427 728 for more information. Print off Discount Vouchers for vouchers worth £5.
Thurs 13th 'How We Used to Live' (Social history classes) - 10am to 11.30am, Conference Room, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. The poster does not declare a fee, which makes it either free or expensive. This is a new U3A class and the first of a series (number of classes not advertised). This one looks at the period of 1920 to 1970 and concentrates on social history and literature with references to such as George Orwell and Winifred Holby. The tutor is Barbara Lukey MS, assisted by Linda Dale. The class continues on the second Thursday of each month.
  ,,   ,, 'Painting and Drawing for All' (Start of twelve-week WEA Course) - 1.30pm to 3.30pm, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone, S36 6AR. Fee £84 for the twelve-week course tutored by Jane Lazenby, book via the WEA website, Course ID C3671467. In a friendly, welcome environment, this course will help you gain skills and confidence and will improve your painting and drawing techniques.
  ,,   ,, 'Folk Ensemble with a Difference' (Start of ten-week WEA Course) - 5.15pm, Penistone Grammar School. Fee £70 for a ten-week course tutored by Chris McShane, book via the WEA website. Play and improve your musical skills in a group, learning and performing under the guidance of an experienced and friendly tutor.
  ,,   ,, An Introduction to Tea Blending - 6pm to 8pm, Cafe Creme, 9 High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. The class costs £25, bookings in person at the cafe or via Eventbrite. Places are limited and will fill quickly so don't delay, call today. 'Learn about the different types of teas, and be introduced to the art of blending by creating your own unique loose tea with Angie from Craft Tea Company.' All of the tea, herbs and equipment will be provided, as well as a choice of delicious teas and cake to drink and eat throughout the evening. All bookings are final and non-refundable unless cancelled by Cafe Creme or Craft Tea Company. See Facebook Event, Café Cremè (Facebook). On the night you will:
  • Sample a variety of teas and explore their different flavour profiles, as well as how to make a proper brew.
  • Explore the differences in types of teas and blending herbs.
  • Learn the process of how to make the perfect loose-tea blend.
  • Create your own signature tea blend, name it and take it away with you.
Fri 14th 'Beginner's and Intermediate Painting and Drawing' (Start of twelve-week WEA Course) - 10am to noon, Parish Rooms, Cawthorne, S75 4DW. Fee £84 for the twelve-week course tutored by Jane Lazenby, book via the WEA website. In a friendly, welcome environment, this course will help you gain skills and confidence and will improve your painting and drawing techniques.
  ,,   ,, 'Exploring Your Art' (Start of twelve-week WEA Course) - 1pm to 3pm, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone, S36 6AR. Fee £84 for the twelve-week course tutored by Philip Baxter, book via the WEA website. In a friendly, welcome environment with an experienced tutor, this course will help you gain skills and confidence and will improve your painting and drawing techniques. From poster.
  ,,   ,, 'Advanced Painting and Drawing' (Start of twelve-week WEA Course) - 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Parish Rooms, Cawthorne, S75 4DW. Fee £84 for the twelve-week course tutored by Jane Lazenby, book via the WEA website. In a friendly, welcome environment, this course will help you gain skills and confidence and will improve your painting and drawing techniques. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Critical Thinking - 2pm to 3pm, Penistone Library, High Street, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6BR. Critical thinking will help you understand and develop your thinkingh skills. Call 01226 762313 for more information. See Penistone Library on Facebook. From the Library newsletter.
  ,,   ,, Darts and Board Games Night - 7pm to 9pm, Lounge Room, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Please note that, as a private members' club, non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This is one of Penistone RBL's monthly Games Nights, on the second Friday of each month. Probably a mixture of Scrabble, triominoes, upwords, rumicub and more. Barnsley U3A activity sponsors this event to encourage people at risk of social isolation. It is also said to be a fund-raiser for next year's Armed Forces Day. For more U3A information, please call Helen Dew on 01226 891 130. Penistone RBL.
Sat 15th RMT Railway Strike - Penistone Line strikes are scheduled for Saturdays, 15th, 22nd and 29th September. Some journeys will still be running. This is an on-going dispute by the RMT union concerning plans to remove guards from trains to save money. This could compromise passenger safety and security, especially as our line has several tunnels for trains to catch fire in. Passengers feel safer with a guard on board. See Northern Railway for timetable changes.
  ,,   ,, Doggy First Aid - 9am to noon, Penistone Library, High Street, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6BR. Fee is £30 plus £5 for a certificate, booking essential online at Dog First Aiders, which also has some background information. This three-hour course prepares you to be quick and confident about doggy emergencies and it focuses on the usual injuries, accidents and illnesses. For more information, call Karen on (mobile) 07423 713 623, Email: info@dogfirstaiders.co.uk.
  ,,   ,, Jumble Sale - 10am to 2pm, Pendon House (old people's residence). Refreshments 50p. All welcome.
  ,,   ,, 'Black Diamonds' (Author's talk) - Arrive 12.15pm for 12.30pm lunch, talk starts at 1.30pm, St Andrew's Church, next door to Penistone Library, High Street. There is no charge for the talk but donations are welcome. No details on the poster about the lunch, which might be a normal Saturday routine. The talk by former policeman Martyn Johnson is about his book, 'Black Diamonds' (pub 2007), the true story of the rise and fall of an English dynasty who lived at the magnificent stately home of Wentworth Woodhouse. Martyn has also written humorous books about a Yorkshire Bobby. We might presume there will be signed copies of his books to purchase.
  ,,   ,, Jumble Sale - 1.15pm, Cawthorne Village Hall, Cawthorne. Described as 'a good place to grab a great bargain.'
  ,,   ,, Penistone Church FC versus Liversedge FC (Football match) - 3pm kick-off, Penistone Church Football Club, The Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission: Adult £5, Concessions £3. Cheer on the Black and White Wizards in this Toolstation NCEL Premier League match. See Pen Church FC (Facebook)
  ,,   ,, Simina (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. 'Sensational female vocal entertainer.' Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 16th Harvest Festival - 10.30am, St Andrew's Church, High Street, Penistone (next to the Library). Joint service with members of Spring Vale Methodist Church (no meeting at Spring vale), led by Rev'd Dr Philip Bee. From Barnsley Chronicle.
Mon 17th Penistone Town Council Meeting - 7pm, Council Chamber, Penistone Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. The first full PTC meeting after the August break, so the agenda will be overflowing with interesting items. A short period is allowed for questions from residents. This is our grass-roots Council and the first port-of-call for any residents' concerns, which can be dealt with locally or passed on to BMBC, where appropriate. Residents may observe, take notes of and record council meetings without any requirement for permission but can be excluded from a meeting when confidential matters are to be dicussed (see HMG Openness Guide 2014 - pdf). Penistone Town Council meetings are normally on the third Monday of each month, except August. Minutes appear on the website after the next meeting. Pen Town Council.
Tues 18th 'Family First Aid' (First session) - 9.30am to 11.30am, Penistone Library, High Street, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6BR. Fee is £75 for the six-week course, booking essential. Call the Library on 01226 762313 for more information. See Penistone Library on Facebook.
Weds 19th Advice for Ex-Services Personnel - 10am to noon, Penistone Library, High Street, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 6BR. A Royal British Legion representative will be on hand to try to deal with enquiries by ex-service personnel and their immediate families. Also an array of leaflets will be available to provide further help. Call the Library on 01226 762313 for more information. See Penistone Library on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, An Elizabethan Lady's Wardrobe (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Maureen S Taylor, who works at Hardwick Hall and was involved in last year's grand costumery exhibition at Cannon Hall. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Choir Practice and AGM - 7.30pm, Crane Moor Chapel. All welcome to join in, no musical experience necessary, call Elaine on 01142 845 494 or Julie on 01142 830 613 for more information. From Barnsley Chronicle.
Thurs 20th SV Community Garden - Open 2pm to 4pm, Spring Vale (Bottom-right of the pot-holed road to the Dumpit site). The garden's produce will be on sale, or you might call in to see what they do and, perhaps, join in for something to do. From Barnsley Chronicle, but with my own embellishments.
  ,,   ,, 'Evacuation WWII' (Local history talk) - 7.30pm, Thurgoland Village Hall. The speaker is Brian Robinson of the Penistone History Group. For more information about Thurgoland History Group talks, please call Maurice on 01142 883 482 or Margaret on 01442 885 037. All are welcome.
Fri 21st Penistone Mug from Hallmark Card ShopLast Date for BMBC Libraries Survey - This is the third Barnsley Council's consultation of recent years on BMBC libraries, which includes Penistone Library (BMBC news), following on from 'Let’s Talk Libraries' in 2016, a flawed questionnaire of 2017 which could not be completed on-line without agreeing to out-source library facilities to churches, schools and pubs (Question 17). The current one is the 2018 Libraries Review (pdf). BMBC has set an arbitrary target to reduce library spending by £872,000 before 2020. From the Barnsley Chronicle, BMBC now spends £947,000 on councillor allowances (phones, perks and expenses not included in the total) as the basic allowance for each of 63 councillors is a very generous £10,870, which is rather more than the state pension, plus extras for extra responsibilities. This does not include the costs of their legitimate expenses. According to the same Barnsley Chronicle issue, BMBC has also lost nearly £250,000 through fraud. The new glass-and-concrete Barnsley centre rebuild also needs our money. Back to the survey. It is very easy to do and does not ask taxing questions. In essence, they hope that you might agree with their Draft Libraries Strategy (pdf) or give reasons for disagreeing. The Survey runs from 21st June to Friday 21st Sept and needs your input. Don't be complacent; use it or lose it.
Weekend
22nd, 23rd
'Pop-up Shop' - 11am, Springwood Mill, Norman Road, Denby Dale, HD8 3TH. A variety of stalls with goods, cards, toys, etc. Toilets available in the Mill building. Pub food available on Wakefield Road. A car park and some on-street parking nearby or catch a train from Penistone. Vendors book via Facebook.
Sat 22nd RMT Railway Strike - The remaining Penistone Line strikes are scheduled for Saturdays 22nd and 29th September. Some journeys will still be running. This is an on-going dispute by the RMT union concerning plans to remove guards from trains to save money. This could compromise passenger safety and security, especially as our line has several tunnels for trains to catch fire in. Passengers feel safer with a guard on board. See Northern Railway for timetable changes.
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Singing Auditions - Time depends on category and booking, Horizon Community College, Barnsley. This is for mostly young people to audition for these popular choirs. Places must be booked by emailing the Membership Secretary, Lynn Neal: bycauditions@gmail.com. Various auditions are on the 22nd, 29th September and on 7th November, as in the list below. There are six categories:

  • Junior Choir - Ages 4 to 7 yrs, no audition needed;
  • Children's Central Choir - 7 to 12 yrs, Auditions on Sat 22nd and Sat 29th Sept.;
  • Children's Choir East - 7 to 12 yrs, Auditions on 7th Nov.;
  • Children's Choir West - 7 to 12 yrs, Auditions on 7th Nov.;
  • Intermediate Choir - 10 to 16yrs, Auditions on Sat 22nd and Sat 29th Sept.; and,
  • Senior Choir - 14 to 24yrs, Auditions on Sat 22nd and Sat 29th Sept.
  ,,   ,, Concert Evening - 7.30pm, St Mary's Church, Bolsterstone. Tickets: Adults £8, Children 16 and under £4, on the door or available from Stocksbridge Keys, 524 Manchester Road; Robert Turnbull on (mobile) 07512 600 602 or from Band members. This is a combined concert with Hade Edge Band and their old friends Bolsterstone MVC. From poster.
  ,,   ,, David Bryden (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. 'Fantastic male vocal entertainer.' Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 23rd Autumnal Equinox. Wikipedia has a good article on Equinoxes. It's usually getting cold after now. "Winter draws on, Summer pants away."
  ,,   ,, Monthly Car Boot Sale - From 10am, Dunford Parish Community Centre, Victoria, Nr Hepworth HD9 7TP. Just before what used to be the Victoria pub, on the right. Free Admission but a voluntary contribution upon arrival is welcome. Plenty of on-field parking but at the owner's risk. Also tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches in the Community Centre. Toilets available too. Vintage vehicles are always welcome (free admission). Vendors pay £5 a car. Dunford Parish Community Association is a Registered Charity, No. 1026536. For more info, call 76 2533.
Thurs 27th MacMillan Coffee Morning - 9am, Thurlstone School Hall (Community Room). Donations of buns/cakes would be appreciated. The coffee morning is running alongside the toddler group but you don't need a toddler to attend. Meet old friends and new. It would be great to see you there. All proceeds raised will go directly to MacMillan Cancer Support. From Thurlstone Community Group, Facebook.
Fri 28th MacMillan Coffee Morning - 10am to 11.30am, St Mary's RC Church, Talbot Road. Join us for coffee and a chat (presumably tea too, with we being British), also cakes, raffle, good-as-new stall and a book stall. Everyone welcome. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Penistone on the Telly - 'Walking Britain's Lost Railways', 9pm, Channel 5, UK TV. Rob Bell travels from Sheffield to 'follow the line over the bleak Pennines' on his way to the 'Rainy City.' The first programme of a series, taking a look at Penistone and Wortley on the way. The following came from the Penistone Cinema Organ Trust (Facebook): 'Tune into Channel 5 on Friday 28th September, when Rob pays a visit to experience our wonderful Compton Cinema Organ at The Penistone Paramount, which is being featured as an item of interest along the former Sheffield - Manchester railway route. The route is now the Trans-Pennine Trail, popular with walkers and cyclists alike.' (See Zing-Zing for UK TV listings).
  ,,   ,, Ladies' Swishing Event (Bring and buy swap sale) - 7pm, Penistone Parish Church, Penistone. Tickets £5, include tea/coffee and cakes. You bring a garment, get a ticket and look among the clothing rails to find something you like, to swap for. For example, if you bring four garments, you could take four other garments away with you. To stock the shelves, if you have any good quality clothes, bags, accesories or jewellery that you have out-grown or lost interest in, please bring them to the sale. If possible, drop garments off at the church between 6pm and 7pm on Thursday 27th. Organised by Penistone and Thurlstone Team Ministry, proceeds will go to the work of the church. From poster.
Weekend
29th, 30th
Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival - 10am to 6pm both days, Around Holmfirth. Now in its 13th year, with more than 75 stallholders (65 in 2017). Whether you are a serious foodie, a real ale connoisseur or someone looking for a great day out, there is something for everyone at the Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival. Fair and Funky is taking over Holmfirth Market Hall with ethically-sourced and eco-friendly food stalls. Also, street artists, festival trails, face-painting and more. Bring your camera, there will be live music and some rather quirky street entertainment adding to the festival atmosphere. There are usually free workshops and activities for children. This year, the festival is ‘plastic clever’, with a ban on plastic straws and the target of all take-away containers being eco-friendly. Disabled car parking is available at Crown Bottom (Co-op) and Huddersfield Road Car Park next to Holmfirth Market Hall. Holmfirth beats Penistone into a cocked hat for its public events. see H Food and Drink Fest and Facebook, to see how it is done.
  ,,   ,, 'Talking Heads' (Monologues) - Saturday 7.45pm and Sunday 2,45pm, St Saviour's Church, Thurlstone. The Barnsley Chronicle does not give the prices. These are performances of Alan Bennett's monologues presented by Endellion Theatre Company (Facebook). The same company presented 'Evita' earlier this year in the same church.
Sat 29th RMT Railway Strike - This is the last Penistone Line strike for the time being. Some journeys will still be running. This is an on-going dispute by the RMT union concerning plans to remove guards from trains to save money. This could compromise passenger safety and security, especially as our line has several tunnels for trains to catch fire in. Passengers feel safer with a guard on board. See Northern Railway for timetable changes.
  ,,   ,, Apple Tasting Day - Time not stated, Spring Vale Community Garden, near the Dumpit site. 'Come along and taste lots of different apples and vote for your favourite. There'll be refreshments too and produce for sale. We have leeks, aubergines, peppers, pumpkins, onions, chillies and of course...apples.' See SVCG on facebook.
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Penistone 50th Annual Competitive Music Festival - all day from 10.45am, Penistone Grammar School, S36 7BX. Various amateur musicians, solo singers and choirs perform in this old music event, now in its 50th year. This is a window on local musical talent (amateurs only) as they compete in each category against each other and The World's Noisiest Refrigerator. Come along and enjoy the performances. The 2018 Syllabus (pdf) is in three sections (approximate times). From 10.45am young people have Piano Solos, followed by an Open Piano Solo. From noon the Solo Instruments take their turn. From 12.30pm, Solo Girls and Solo Boys are singing, followed by a Junior Vocal Challenge. Next up are Oratorio/Sacred song solos. From 2.30pm, Ladies' Choirs are in competition. From 3.15pm, the MVCs compete, followed by a break around 3.45pm. After the break at 4pm, the Open Challenge Choral Class continues, with seven choirs taking part. Adjudicator is Marilynne JR Davies, BA, MEd, LRAM, PGCA, FRSA. On piano is Jane Robertson, GRSM, Dip RCM. Light refreshments from the snack counter by the noisy fridge. Toilets nearby. PCMF was founded in 1969 by Millhouse Green MVC and is always on the last Saturday of September. PCMF is looking for a new Secretary to take over after this event in the hope of keeping it running next year and beyond. Further details on PCMF website or by Email.
  ,,   ,, MacMillan Coffee Morning and Afternoon Tea - From 10am, The George Inn, 114 Denby Lane, Upper Denby, HD8 8UE. Join us from 10am for Coffee, Tea & Cake. Also Artisan & Craft Stalls, Molly Dancers, Live Music, Steam Engines, Vintage & Classic Vehicles. Afternoon Tea from noon. Good car park behind the pub. The George, Facebook, call 01484 861 347.
  ,,   ,, Holme Autumn Show - 2pm to 5pm, Holmbridge Parish Hall, Holme (head towards Holme Moss from Holmfirth), HD9 2NQ. Our annual Autumn Show is a celebration of local produce and arts. Bring along your friends and family for a great day out. Entries are invited from the Holmfirth area (not restricted to Holme) in a range of classes (to be announced), see Schedule (pdf). Stalls, vegetables, eggs, arts & crafts, 'Holme' baking, textiles, refreshments, jams & preserves, floral arrangements and children's classes. Special free draw. Competitions and games. For more information, call Sarah Nobles 01484 684 230 (Mobile 07889 663 254), email: s.a.nobles@btinternet.com. All proceeds to the Holme Village Residents' Association. See Holme Village.
  ,,   ,, Gine Ross (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. 'Outstanding female vocal entertainer.Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 30th Indoor 'Car Boot Sale' - 10am to 4pm, Springwood Mill, Norman Road, Denby Dale, HD8 3TH. The Facebook Event blurb is aimed at the vendors: 'We are hosting two indoor car boot sales and you would need to bring your own table. No traders please. Pop down to complete a booking form Just £10 per table.' Oddly enough, there are no details of another Car Boot Sale. Toilets available in the Mill building. Pub food available on Wakefield Road. A car park and some on-street parking nearby or catch a train from Penistone.
  ,,   ,, PFRPenistone Hill Race (Tough 6.4 mile race) - 10.30am, Penistone Leisure Centre (The old Drill Hall), Thurlstone Road, Penistone, S36 9EF. This is an adult race (17+), £8 fee for affiliated runners; £10 for unaffiliated. Fees include the race fees, card charges and administration. There are no hidden extras. All monies raised will go to Sporting Penistone (Registered Charity 1112840), providing leisure facilities in Penistone Trophies for first Male and Female runners, prizes for all age categories and teams, extensive spot prizes. Shield for the 1st Team of four non-affiliated runners. Course Record Breakers prize - £50 cash. Full details of this race can be found on Racebest. See Penistone Leisure Centre.
  ,,   ,, Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone Market Barn. Open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses, hot food and refreshments. This is one of a series of Sunday tabletop sales. Other dates are: 28th October and 25th November. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. From Facebook.

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October     Jan - Feb - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - November - December - (Calendar).
This Month History talk, music concert, 'Old Turtle Neck' at the flicks, a special WWI film then it's the usual Hallowe'en hullabaloo.
Mon 1st First 'Open Door Drop-in' (for local teenagers) - Monday 1st October, 5.30pm to 8.30pm, Cycle Penistone, next to Julie's Cafe off the St Mary's Street roundabout. (This message was on Facbook CAP, from Rosie Pearsall). Cycle Penistone have kindly opened their doors after hours to provide somewhere safe and dry for local teens to come and socialise with their friends. Free hot drinks, toilets and wifi and more to come. Tonight they can come down and talk to us about what they might like to see in the community and what we can help them achieve through support and potential funding. We are running this project on behalf of a lovely group of people that Sarah Sykes has got together 'Helping and Protecting Penistone Youths', and there will be much more community involvement once we establish the drop-in.
Weds 3rd A Victorian Murder Trial (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Ian Morgan. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Fashion Show and Sale - Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start, School Hall, Hoylandswaine Junior & Infant School. Tickets £5 on the door or by calling Margaret on 76 4206 or Elaine on 76 7886. The Fund-raising Fashion Show Co Ltd of Snottingham is selling High Street quality clothes in all sizes at bargain prices. That's what their poster claims. All items available for purchase on the night by cash or card. The poster does not explain who the organisers might be or what the fund-raising might be for. Could it be a yacht?
Thurs 4th PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. A monthly public meeting on the first Thursday of each month, between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents ('Police and Communities Together'), where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. Please note that the venue alternates between the Community Centre and Pendon House. This one was inferred from the previous one being scheduled for Pendon House (old people's residence). See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley.'
Fri 5th Friday Forum - 8.45pm to 9.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This is for Penistone RBL members to discuss any aspect of the management of the club and offer useful and constructive suggestions. Opinions, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and complaints will be welcomed and valued and passed on to the full management committee for consideration as necessary. Friday forums are on the first Friday of each month at this time. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, The Joe Gallagher Noise (Band) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Friday night turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL.
Sat 6th Flu Jabs - Times by appointment, Penistone Group Practice. This one is specifically for people 65 years old and above, who have made an appointment. It's a three-way injection which has been specially selected for older people and it is stronger than usual. Please call Reception on 76 2424 to book. 'Other dates to follow.' From poster.
  ,,   ,, Brunch (Breakfast/Lunch) - 10.30am to 1pm, St Aidan's Church, Oxspring. Fry-up, including tea or coffee, £1; Children under 11 years old, £2.50. Bacon baps are £2.50 (no vegetarian or vegan alternative). Everyone is welcome. From poter.
  ,,   ,, Harvest Festival Auction - 8.30pm, Castle Inn, Bolsterstone. Also looking for suiable donations (typically fruit, vegetables or tins of food). They have lots of things to auction off. Raising funds for unspecified good causes. From Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Sonya (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 7th 'Autumn Leaves' - 4pm, St John's Church, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. A concert featuring soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth, contralto Naomi Jahoda and John Bashforth on piano. This concert is described as a pot pouri of solos, and one of a series of concerts at Hoylandswaine church. The next one will be 'Now the Guns Have Stopped' - 4pm, Sunday 4th November. More details may be found in a little booklet available at Penistone Library.
Tues 9th Fashion Show and Sale of Clothes (Ladies' and children's clothes) - 6pm, School Hall, Thurgoland C of E School, Halifax Road, Thurgoland. Tickets: Adults £3, Children 50p (price includes a hot or cold drink), available from school reception or via Clare on (mobile) 07973 679 366. Everyone welcome. This is by the Complete Clothing Company and claims huge savings on High Street labels. Also fashion handbags and accesories. From poster.
Fri, Sat
12th & 13th
Penistone Beer Festival (And live music) - 7pm to 11pm, Penistone Parish Church. Admission £6 includes a commemorative glass. The beer is purchased by tokens on the door. There are usually some with the glass. Live bands are: Friday: The Lightning Jacks; Saturday: Kieran and Dom. The event will be opened and blessed by the Rector Fr David. Proceeds shared between: 'Barnsley Independent Alzheimers and Dementia Support' (BIADS), Woodhead Mountain Rescue and Penistone Church. Organised by Denby Dale District Lions club. See Facebook. From poster.
Fri 12th Girls' Night Out (Male stripper) - 6.45pm to midnight, Denroyd Farm, Upper Denby, HD8 8TZ. Tickets £10, over-18s only. A male striptease by 'Totally Flirt.' Good off-road parking, taxis at midnight, cash bar. All funds raised will go to the Lullaby Trust in memory of Alexander Richardson. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Meeting of Poppy Appeal Volunteers - 7pm, Penistone Royal British Legion. All are welcome to join the poppy collection squad, for a very good cause. If you are interested or would like more information, please call Robert Blackshaw on (mobile) 07931 701 935. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Games Night - 7pm to 9pm, Lounge Room, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Please note that, as a private members' club, non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This is one of the RBL's monthly Games Nights, on the second Friday of each month. Scrabble, triominoes, upwords, rumicub and more. A Barnsley U3A activity encouraging more social activity for people at risk of social isolation. It is also said to be a fund-raiser for next year's Armed Forces Day (but not as part of RBL Branch funds, which can only be used for the welfare of RBL members). For more U3A information, please call Helen Dew on 01226 891 130. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, 'The Great Katterfelto Presents: Wonders, Wonders, Wonders' - 7.30pm, Civic Theatre, Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ. Admission £10, Concessions £8, Box Office, call 327 000. This website seldoms strays into unsafe territory where the natives are always rebellious and dangerous, such as deepest, darkest Barnsley, but the flier for this event was too impressive to ignore. A true story of one of England's greatest-ever illusionists, 'The Prince of Puffery' (not what you were thinking), Dr Gustavus Katterfelto. Witness a spectacle of true witchery and wizardry. Marvel at magic arts which make the hair stand on tip-toe and fire burst from finger and thumb. Indulge your fascination for all things strange, odd, miraculous, whimsical, supernatural and absurd. Endless displays of things strange and yet true, promoting mirth and astonishment (etc., etc., ad nauseum). This all refers to a notable character who had capitalised on the age of enlightenment, when science, medicine and and exploration were opening up to the masses. Supported by the Arts Council of England. See Civic Barnsley.
  ,,   ,, 'Cliff Richard Live' (Live video by Satellite, 12A Rating) - 8pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £17, Concessions £15 (stalls only). Card sales are accepted. A slightly misleading title; 'Live' in this context means 'Live by Satellite' not actually here in Penistone. From the blurb: 'Britain’s Ultimate Pop Star, Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year.' It is also in celebration of Cliff's 78th birthday. The Box Office is open for bookings 10am to 2pm and during performances or call 76 7532. (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). See Paramount (Facebook).
Sat 13th 5 Kilometre Run (Just over three miles) - Meet 8.30am for 9am start, Skateboard Park, Showground (next to the Trans-Pennine Trail), Penistone. Free to do, all abilities welcome. There is a meeting before the run to gauge the level of interest for a possible Penistone Park Run in future but this is not a trial run for that purpose. Interested non-runners and potential marshals might also like to attend. After the run, there will be tea and coffee available at the Bowling Club.
  ,,   ,, Craft Session - 10am to 11am, Spring Vale Community Garden, Near the Dumpit Site, off Sheffield Road, Spring Vale. Price not advertised. This session is to make a witch hat and broom. Other sessions are 20th October, to make an Autumnal Wreath, and 27th October, for Spooky Vegetable Painting. To reserve your place and enquire about the fee, please call Rosie Pearsall on (mobile) 07480 388884, email: rosiepearsall@hotmail.com or visit Rosie Peasall. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Organ Concert with Nigel Ogden - 2.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. More details later. Box Office is open for bookings 10am to 2pm and during performances or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). This item is from 'Tito' magazine, June 2018.
  ,,   ,, Ceilidh - 7pm to 11pm, Thurgoland Village Hall. Tickets £10 include music, dancing and food, with a vegetarian option available. This features the amazing 'WEA Folk Ensemble' with Chris McShane as the caller (see them on Youtube). Bring your own alcohol or other drinks. Raffle and games available on the evening. Proceeds to Penistone Scouts' 2019 World Jamboree. From poster.
  ,,   ,, 'Mexican Night' - 7pm to 11pm, Springwood Mill, Norman Road, Denby Dale, HD8 3TH. Price not advertised. 'Come join us for our fabulous Mexican Evening.Great food and great fun. Fancy Dress optional.' Toilets available in the Mill building. A car park and some on-street parking nearby. From Facebook Event.
  ,,   ,, Charity Harvest Festival - 8pm-ish, The Huntsman, 136 Manchester Road, Thurlstone, S36 9QW. All donations are welcome (typically fruit, vegetables or tins of food). Monies raised will go to BIADS & Barnsley Hospice. The Huntsman, Facebook - Tel. 76 4892.
  ,,   ,, Steven Hayes (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 14th Charity Bonanza and Book Sale - 10am, Penistone Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. Admission 50p. Sub-titled 'Bargains Galore,' this bi-annual event had been in danger of finishing last year but it will continue as before. Lots of stalls from local charities, including 'Beryl's Bunnies' and probably 'Maureen's Moggies' and many more. Also a book sale and the Penistone Archive will be open. Refreshments and toilets available. Bring loads of carrier bags because you will need them. The car park will quickly fill up. For more information or to ask about setting up a stall, please call Freda on 76 7070.
  ,,   ,, Monthly Car Boot Sale - From 10am, Dunford Parish Community Centre, Victoria, Nr Hepworth HD9 7TP. Just before what used to be the Victoria pub, on the right. Free Admission but a voluntary contribution upon arrival is welcome. Plenty of on-field parking but at the owner's risk. Also tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches in the Community Centre. Toilets available too. Vintage vehicles are always welcome (free admission). Vendors pay £5 a car. Dunford Parish Community Association is a Registered Charity, No. 1026536. For more info, call 76 2533.
  ,,   ,, 'Cliff Richard Live' (Live video by Satellite, 12A Rating) - 3pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £13, Concessions £11 (stalls only). Card sales are accepted. £4 cheaper than Friday's performance as Cliff will be a bit worn out. He is 78 years old. 'Britain’s Ultimate Pop Star, Cliff Richard is celebrating 60 years in the music industry and he wants to invite you to the most fabulous big screen party of the year.' The Box Office is open for bookings 10am to 2pm and during performances or call 76 7532. (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). See Paramount (Facebook).
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 our grass-roots Council and the first port-of-call for any residents' concerns, which might be dealt with locally or passed on to BMBC, where appropriate. Residents may observe, take notes and record council meetings without any requirement for permission but may be excluded if confidential or 'exempt' matters are to be dicussed (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.
  ,,   ,, Spain versus England (Football match) - 7.45pm, on television. Watch it with some atmosphere in a pub or club.
Tues 16th 'They Shall Not Grow Old' (Streamed Film) - 6pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets, £13, concessions £11 (stalls only). Run time 1 hour 34 minutes. Marking the centenary of the end of the Great War 1914 - 1918, this is a BFI documentary with never-before-seen footage from the Imperial War Museums’ film archive and audio from BBC archives. Directed by New Zealander Peter Jackson, famous for various cult horror and 'Lord of the Rings' films, the footage has been extensively renovated by being repaired, stabilised, playing at the right speed and colorised. Read about this on Redshark. Sample footage is impressive. See also 'Kermode Uncut.'

Also a live Question and Answer session will follow with Peter Jackson, hosted by BBC film critic, Mark Kermode (IMDb). Every town and village in the land was touched by the terrible losses from this war, although one UK university's student leader has now banned acts of remembrance for those who gave their lives in defence of our country. See Paramount (Facebook).
Weds 17th Barnsley Archives on Tour (Drop-in session) - 10am to 1pm, Hoylandswaine Village Hall. This is likely to be a Powerpoint presentation, so it might be best to arrive early. It focussed upon Hoylandswaine when it had an Urban District Council. You can view selected documents from Barnsley Archive's newly-catalogued collection and discover what village life had been like during the 19th and early 20th centuries, from original material. Facebook Event.
  ,,   ,, 'The Workhouse System' (History talk) - 1.45pm for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. Talk and presentation by Susan Deal, who might well refer to the group's Penistone Workhouse booklet during the talk (on sale at meetings). Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs - Sat
18th to 20th
The 73rd Annual Holmfirth Music Festival - Various times, Holmfirth Civic Hall, Huddersfield Road, Holmfirth, HD9 3AS (near the Fire Station). The 2018 competition includes the eighteenth competition for the Rotary Club of Holmfirth Millennium Trophy, open to musicians aged 14 to 25 who have a local connection or who have been previous competitors at Holmfirth and who aim to use the £250 prize to further their musical studies. A high standard of performance is expected and each competitor offers a 15-minute programme. Adjudicator: John Pomphrey. Parking in Crown Bottom Car Park - down School St, or Crown St. off Huddersfield Rd. opposite the Civic Hall). This is along the same lines as Penistone Competitive Music Festival, with a range of classes being assessed. See HMF for times and syllabus.
Weekend
20th, 21st
Pumpkin Festival and Wizardry School - 10.30am to 6.30pm, Cannon Hall Farm. Tickets £10.95 per person (under twos go free) Family ticket, £42, admits any combination of four people (with free pumpkins for up to two children). Book early.

Tickets include all-day admission to the farm, outdoor adventure play and indoor soft play, sheep and ferret racing, milking demos, tractor trailer rides, Shire horse talks and meerkat sessions plus all the Halloween activity. Every child paying full price admission will get a free pumpkin, additional pumpkins are available to purchase for adults and under twos, just add them to your basket before you check out. Visitors are also encouraged to wear fancy dress and spot prizes will be offered by farm staff to those who have made a special effort. Young witches and wizards will be given their own spell book and will have to complete the challenges in our Witches' Wood to graduate top of the class. Also on the following weekend and up to Tuesday 31st October. By the Copycat Party Co. (Facebook). Cannon Hall Farm (FB)
Sat 20th Flu Jabs - Times by appointment, Penistone Group Practice. Booking essential. This one is specifically for people aged from 18 to 65 years, who are eligible under NHS criteria. The GP surgery is also able to offer nasal flu vaccine to children aged between two and three years. Schools will organise jabs for children up to year five. Please call Reception on 76 2424 to make the booking. 'Other dates to follow.' From poster.
  ,,   ,, Craft Session - 10am to 11am, Spring Vale Community Garden, near the Dumpit Site off Sheffield Road, Spring Vale. Price not advertised. This session is to make an Autumnal Wreath. Another session is on 27th October for Spooky Vegetable Painting. To reserve your place and enquire about the fee, please call Rosie Pearsall on (mobile) 07480 388884, email: rosiepearsall@hotmail.com or visit Rosie Peasall. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Harvest Festival - 1pm to 4pm, Buckingham Car Home, off High Street (opposite Ward Street). Free admission. Various stalls and refreshments. Everyone welcome. Proceeds go to the Activity Fund. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Autumn Choral Concert - 7.30pm, Denby Dale Methodist Church, Cumberworth Lane, Denby Dale, HD8 8QT. Tickets £8, Children £4, available from Judy Raynor, tel. 76 3754, or from choir members. This is a joint concert by Denby Dale Ladies' Choir and Millhouse Green MVC. Refreshments and raffle available. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Harvest Festival Auction Night - 8pm, The George Inn, 114 Denby Lane, Upper Denby, HD8 8UE. Organised by the Denby Ladies, this event is a fund-raiser for Denby's Christmas Dinner and more. Real ale is available and there is good parking behind the pub. The George, Facebook, call 01484 861 347.
  ,,   ,, Sky Adams Sings - 8.30pm, Crystal Palace, Towngate, Thurlstone, S36 9RH. Sky sings your favourites ranging from the 1960s through to the Naughties. See the Crystal Palace on Facebook. Call 76 6331.
  ,,   ,, Liam Kelly (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 21st Community Lunch (TBC) - Proposed new event for 2018, details to be confirmed. Organised by Penistone Tangent, the Ladies Circle, Penistone 41 Club and Penistone Round Table the idea is to host a Community Lunch for elderly members of our community. 100 of them are being invited via local churches, care and residential homes. The plan is for a three-course meal, entertainment and a film, and even transport to and from the venue, where needed. The organisers also hope to provide 'Goody Bags' and would welcome any gifts or vouchers from local businesses to include in them. If you are able to help, please message Bruce Meek via Facebook or by email: bruce68@hotmail.co.uk.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Church Ladies versus Sheffield Wednesday Reserves (County Cup 1st Round Football Match) - Kick-off 2pm, Penistone Church Football Club, Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission £5, Concessions £3. Clubhouse with good beers and toilets. Mel's Sunday Kitchen may be open from about 10-00 am for hot drinks and tasty breakfast butties. Good parking. Pen Church FC, (Facebook)
Mon 22nd Schools Remembrance - 10am, Remembrance Garden, Penistone Royal British Legion, St Mary's Street, Penistone. A small but moving ceremony involving local schools. 82 acrylic poppies will be laid outside the British Legion by young schoolchildren to remember the 82 local people who lost their lives in defending our country during the world wars. The poppies will be laid out in the shape of a large poppy.
  ,,   ,, Basket Arrangement Workshop - Noon, The George Inn, 114 Denby Lane, Upper Denby, HD8 8UE. Fee £30.00 per person, includes everything you need, although you are very welcome to bring any foliage or other items from your garden. Create your very own Basket Arrangement. Enjoy a welcome drink and nibbles on arrival and relax as you watch Keeley and her Elfs demonstrate how to build your arrangement. Following this, you get the chance to create your own plump, generous and luxurious basket, and decorate it in your chosen style. Places are very limited and must be booked and paid for in advance. Get in early to avoid disappointment. Good parking behind the pub. The George, Facebook, call 01484 861 347.
Tues 23rd Manchester United versus Juventus (TV Football match) - 8pm. Watch it with some atmosphere in a pub or club.
Weds 24th 'Winter Warmth Event' - 10am to noon, Penistone Community Centre, Church Street, S36 6AR. Organised by Age UK Barnsley, this is aimed at people above 50 years, with information and advice stalls, tombola and free refreshments. For more information, please call Karen dennis on (mobile) 07574 843 355.
  ,,   ,, 'Pots of Bulbs' - 7.30pm to 9.30pm, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. Tickets £5 from choir members or at the door, drinks and nibbles included. One of those posters with no explanation. It could mean either: a) The title is literal and they are selling flowerpots with bulbs in them; or, b) Penistone Ladies' Choir will sing about flowers. Who knows?
Thurs 25th Spiritualist Medium Night - Opens 7pm for 8pm start, Rafters (upstairs) Bar, Waggon and Horses, Sheffield Road, Oxspring, S36 8YQ. Admission by ticket only, £12 each, book before the day to avoid disappointment. Debbie Askew returns to what is always a very popular evening. There is an hour's interval around 9pm for a homemade pie and pea supper. Places sell fast so don't leave it too late to get your tickets. The Waggon's Christmas menu is now on their website. Waggon & Horses (Facebook) - Tel: 76 3259. See Facebook Event.
Fri - Mon
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School Holiday - Officially Monday 29th to Friday 2nd November, but my dates include the weekends. The next school break is for Christmas, starting Friday 21st December. These dates were published in 2017. See BMBC School Dates.
Fri 26th Indoor Car Boot Sale (and Open Evening) - 6pm, Hazlehead Hall Equestrian Centre, off Lee Lane, Millhouse Green, S36 9NN. Admission: Buyers - £1 per person on entry to the car park. Vendors - £10 per car or £5 to share our table (if you don’t have much to sell). Bring your unwanted items to sell at our car boot sale. Come and grab some bargains ready for winter or get rid of the stuff from a big clear out, Equestrian or otherwise. Hot and cold refreshments available. Also a yard Open Evening. You can book to be shown around our fantastic facilities, have a look at our new stables, poppos, etc.; all whilst drinking a glass of prosecco. For more information, please call Liz on (mobile) 07939 906 523. See Hazlehead Hall Equestrian Centre (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Café Crème's 5th Birthday - 7pm, Café Crème, Hight Street, Penistone. Special event: £10 per person, bookings only. Coffee brew and tasting with cakes. Neal, our fabulous coffee man, will be teaching us how to brew that perfect cup of coffee at home (for when we are closed, of course) and we’ll be baking some delicious cakes and tasty treats to go with the coffee. There may also be a little cheeky celebratory tipple available on arrival. Very limited places so book early. Contact via a Facebook message or by email: karen@thecafecreme.co.uk. See Café Crème.
  ,,   ,, 'Spiritual Evening' - 7pm to midnight, Springwood Mill, Norman Road, Denby Dale, HD8 3TH. No price advertised, so it might be expensive. 'A buffet is included and Pauline, our spiritualist, will try to make contact with the spirits that reside in Springfield Mill. Such an entertaining evening.' Toilets available in the Mill building by the ball pool. Reasonable car park and some on-street parking nearby. From Facebook Event.
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Pumpkin Festival and Wizardry School - 10.30am to 6.30pm, Cannon Hall Farm. Tickets £10.95 per person (under twos go free) Family ticket, £42, admits any combination of four people (with free pumpkins for up to two children). Book early. Tickets include all day admission to the farm, outdoor adventure play and indoor soft play, sheep and ferret racing, milking demos, tractor trailer rides, Shire horse talks and meerkat sessions plus all the Halloween activity. Every child paying full price admission will get a free pumpkin, additional pumpkins are available to purchase for adults and under twos, just add them to your basket before you check out. Visitors are also encouraged to wear fancy dress and spot prizes will be offered by farm staff to those who have made a special effort. Young witches and wizards will be given their own spell book and will have to complete the challenges in our Witches' Wood to graduate top of the class. By the Copycat Party Co. (Facebook). See also Cannon Hall Farm (FB)
Sat 27th Craft Session - 10am to 11am, Spring Vale Community Garden, Near the Dumpit Site, off Sheffield Road, Spring Vale. Price not advertised. This session is for Spooky Vegetable Painting. To reserve your place and enquire about the fee, please call Rosie Pearsall on (mobile) 07480 388884, email: rosiepearsall@hotmail.com or visit Rosie Peasall. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Hallowe'en - 5pm to 7pm, Market Barn, Penistone. Admission £5 per child on the door (up 25% on last year's £4), advance tickets £2.50 (wristband) from Café Crème, Art House Café, Harrington's Butcher or on-line (25p fee extra) from Penistone Hallowe'en. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult (living or undead). This event was sold out last year. Lots of family fun and 'spooktacular' activities included in the ticket price for children 4 to 11 years old. The Fancy Dress competition and Carved Pumpkin competition will be judged between 6:30pm and 7pm (subject to change). Open to everyone. Food and drink available. Don't forget to fancy dress the urchins and bring their carved pumpkins for the competition. Organised by Penistone Round Table and the Ladies' Circle, sponsored by Butcher Residential and CD Autos. See the Facebook Event.
  ,,   ,, Hallowe'en Fancy Dress Party - 8pm, Crystal Palace, Thurlstone. Spooky Halloween cocktails, Fun Prizes, A spooktacular night ahead. Confirmed DJ is 'Fifth Avenue' playing the best of best hits, old and new. Also a karaoke. It's Party Time. See Facebook - Tel. 76 6331.
  ,,   ,, Hallowe'en Party - 8pm-ish, The Huntsman, 136 Manchester Road, Thurlstone, S36 9QW. Fancy dress, music, fun and the Huntsman Conker Competition. The Huntsman, Facebook - Tel. 76 4892. Crystal Palace.
  ,,   ,, Debbie J (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 28th British Summertime (BST) Ends in the UK - Clocks go back one hour, 2am on Sunday morning (which really means Saturday night). 'Spring forwards, fall backwards' (or 'Winter draws on, Summer pants away'). The Fire and Rescue people suggest the clock-change is a good time to replace smoke detector batteries.
  ,,   ,, Antiques and Collectables Fair - 10am to 3pm, Penistone Community Centre. Admission 50p. Proceeds to Green Moor Cricket Club, who will also provide the 'excellent home-made refreshments.' Penistone Archive will also be open.
  ,,   ,, Market on the Farm - 10am to 4pm, Yummy Yorkshire Ivce Cream Parlour, near Ingbirchworth. Visit the Barn and browse stalls ranging from local artists, bakers, photographers, home accessories, chutneys and more. There is a different mix of producers at each market, so come along and find some unique goodies. Yummy Yorkshire (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone Market Barn. Open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses, hot food and refreshments. The last one in this series is on Sunday 25th November. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. From Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Hallowe'en Skate Party - 4pm to 6pm, Penistone Leisure Centre (old Drill Hall), Bridge End, Penistone. Price for all participants is £6 (Adult or Child) but spectators are free. All sorts of fun stuff, such as games and prizes, glitter tattoos, Hallowe'en Crafts, Buffet, Skating. Fancy dress is encouraged. Bookings at the Reception desk, via Penistone Leisure Centre or call (mobile) 07305 090 006.
Tues 30th Climbing Day (for children) - 11am to 3pm, Cliffe House, 140 Lane Head Road, Shepley, HD8 8DB (follow HD8 8DF on satnav). Price £3 per person, collect your wristband from our kiosk, for unlimited goes on our climbing wall. Cliffe House is an Outdoor Study and conference centre set in 15 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, seven miles south-east of Huddersfield. This is in the October half term holiday and is weather-dependent. The adventure playground will be open as usual. For more information, please call 01484 225083, option three. Email: cliffehouse@kirklees.gov.uk. See Cliffe House.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Community Alehouse Project Drop-in Session - 6pm to 8pm, Council Chamber (not the advertised 'Town Hall', which is the Paramount), Shrewsbury Road, Penistone. The project is running a Community Consultation to the end of November, to include 'Drop-in' sessions, an independent market research campaign through '2020 Market Research' and a press release to around twenty local and regional media outlets. The objective is simple; to reach as many people as possible and gain impartial insight from the Penistone community. Other Drop-in Events will take place on Wednesday 7th November, 10am to noon in Penistone Library and a stall on Thursday 8th November at Penistone Market. A new Penistone Community Alehouse Project website has been set up for the project and details of the consultation events are on there now. Local people might also join their closed Facebook Group. Read Paul Whitehouse's latest article on this topic in the Sheffield Star.
Weds 31st All Hallows Eve (All Saints' Evening) or Hallowe'en; The evening before the more respectable 'All Saints Day' on 1st November, and therefore somewhat less saintly orr an excuse to be unGodly. Hallowe'en dates from about 1745 and is of Christian origin from the UK, with turnips carved as Jack o' Lanterns. The Americans found pumpkins more plentiful and easier to carve and, as they didn't have Bonfire Night, Hallowe'en caught on big over there. And chewing gum. Then they exported them both here.
Dictionary Entry, Hallow/ˈhaləʊ/: Verb: To honour as holy; Noun: A saint or holy person. Saints are 'Hallowed', you see, and 'Evening' is shortened to 'E'en' and therefore needs the apostrophe, ya pumpkin. There you go and now you know.
  ,,   ,, Spooky Fun (Arts and Crafts Session) - 9am to noon (drop-off), St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. Cost £15 per child, for children in EYFS (F2), KS1 and KS2. This covers three spooky crafts and a snack (bring a pack-up if needed). Children do not need to be accompanied, drop-off is alright. This is organised by The Creation Station. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Fox Valley Spooktacular - 3pm to 6pm, Bandstand, Fox Valley, Stocksbridge. Pumpkin workshop, live entertainment (better than dead!), face painting, fancy dress parade, scarecrow workshop, roller skating pumpkins, bush tucker trial and horse-and-carriage rides. How on earth did bush tucker end up on Hallowe'en? Whatever next; aborigines on horseback? The mind boggles.
  ,,   ,, Hallowe'en Party - 6pm, The Spread Eagle, Market Street, Penistone, S36 6BZ. The Spread Eagle would like to invite you to our Hallowe'en Party. There will be party games and prizes for the best costumes. Children welcome until 10pm. See you there. Facebook

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November     Jan - Feb - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - December - (Calendar).
This Month Bonfire/Guy Fawkes Night and the Centenary of the Armistice of the Great War at the Remembrance Parade and Ceremony. Also the PGS Remembrance Ceremony.
Saturdays Railway Strikes - Further strike action is planned for Northern Rail due to the RMT guard's dispute. The strike days on Saturdays during November and December could affect the Penistone Line (Sheffield to Huddersfield). The dates are: 3rd, 10th and 17th November and 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and Sat 29th December. See RMT and Northern Rail.
Thurs 1st All Saints Day or 'All Hallows Day' and the reason for Hallowe'en, aka All Hallows Evening. (It needs the apostrophe).
  ,,   ,, Volunteer Drop-in - 10am to noon, Penistone Library. Are you interested in volunteering in your local community? Then pop along to Penistone Library to talk to a representative from 'Voluntary Action Barnsley' to explore volunteering opportunities with you. No need to book; just drop in. Someone from Barnsley will return to the library on the first Thursday of each month. For more information about Voluntary Action Barnsley, please call Yasmin on 01226 770 610.
  ,,   ,, 'Doughty's Roadshow' (Sale of textiles) - 10.30am to 2.30pm, Wadsley Church Hall, Worral Road, Sheffield, S6 4BB. No admission fee advertised, presumably free. Included here because it is organised by Penistone Quilters. Fabric lovers will welcome this feast of fabrics. A huge range available for patchwork, dress-making and crafting. Tombola and refreshments. Fo more information, please call 01142 334 132 or email: annhumphreys@blueyonder.co.uk. See Doughty's On-line.
  ,,   ,, PACT (aka 'Community Safety') Meeting - Noon, IT Room (off the Upper Hall), St John's Community Centre, Church Street. A monthly public meeting between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents, where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. Not usually advertised. It sort-of alternates between noon in the Community Centre or 7pm at Pendon House, on the first Thursday of each month. (PACT = 'Police and Communities Together'). See PACT.
  ,,   ,, Wellbeing Talk - 7pm, 'Laila Wellbeing', Top Floor, Bank Chambers, Church Street, Penistone. No fee stated on the poster but it says RSVP, so booking is required. This is a talk by Laila Lambert (aka 'Sparkle Fairy') 'With over 20 years of International and National Experience' - inviting us to learn how to deal with everyday challenging situations. The talk appears to address anxiety and self-esteem issues, maintaining motivation, understanding natural well-being. There will also be an open forum. Tea, coffee or prosecco available. It is a rare opportunity to visit the top floor of this building. Contact: Email: laila@sparklefairy.com, Telephone and Whatsapp, (mobile) 07706 009 404, '@isparklefairy' and see Sparkle Fairy.
Fri 2nd 'Friends Against Scams' (talk) - 1.30pm to 2.30pm, Penistone Library (next door to St Andrew's Church), High Street, Penistone, S36 6BR. This is a free scam-awareness session presented by a Natwest representative. It is a National Trading Standards initiative to help protect people from becoming victims of scams. For more information, please call the Library on 01226 762313 (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Shepley Community FC Bonfire Night - Gates open 6.30pm, Storthes Hall, Storthes Hall Lane, Kirkburton. Admission: Adults £3, Children £1. Good parking and there is a beer tent, hot food and plenty of entertainment for the little ones. Proceeds to the community club. See more on the Gunpowder Plot Story. From the Huddersfield Examiner newspaper.
  ,,   ,, 'Meetloaf' (Meatloaf Tribute) - 8.30pm, The Crystal Palace, Thurlstone. An absolutely brill night of entertainment with Terry Nash as Meatloaf. From Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Friday Forum - 8.45pm to 9.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This is for Penistone RBL members to discuss any aspect of the management of the club and offer useful and constructive suggestions. Opinions, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and complaints will be welcomed and valued and passed on to the full management committee for consideration as necessary. Friday forums are on the first Friday of each month at this time. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, Sabre (Local Band) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Friday night turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This will be a popular night with Penistone's very own four-piece rock band, with Peter Lee at the helm, followed by a presentation of a cheque from money raised for 'Penistone First responders,' who are this year's selected charity by the RBL. The original Sabre line up in 1964 was Peter Lee on vocals, Roy Walton on bass, Dave Thorp on lead guitar and Brian Fearnley (now deceased) on drums. The band had started their music career by playing in Thurlstone British Legion (now flats), mostly through playing Beatles music. Penistone RBL.
Sat 3rd 'From 1 to 150' (10-mile hike) - 9.20am from Penistone Railway Station. This walk highlights the excellent work done by the Peak and Northern Footpaths Society, in 'rescuing from oblivion' both the Dunford Footpath No. 1 and the Holmfirth Footpath No 150, by taking legal action. This suggests a rather exposed route, which Yorkshire people might take in their stride but southern people might find too strenuous (joking). The finish line is at Shepley Station, where there might be a train back, but please check first as there have been railway strikes on Saturdays in recent times. From the PLP booklet.
  ,,   ,, Church Fair - 10am to 1pm, Green Moor Methodist Church. Free admission. Various stalls, such as white elephant, nearly new, toys, books, handbags, cakes, buns, tombola. Refreshments available, including bacon butties (but still no veggie option, bah!). From poster.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Church FC versus Handsworth Paramore FC (NCELP Football match) - Kick-off 3pm, Penistone Church Football Club, Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission £5, Concessions £3. This is a game in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League (NCEL) Premiere Division. The Clubhouse has good beers and toilets. Good off-road parking. Pen Church FC, (Facebook).
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Penistone Community Bonfire Night - Penistone Mug from Hallmark Card ShopGates open 6.45pm, Bonfire Lit 7.15pm-ish, Fireworks from 7.30pm, Penistone Showground. Admission £5, free for under-16s. Always a popular event on the Saturday nearest the actual Guy Fawkes Night with perhaps 3,000 people warming their nether regions by the fire, as it is usually very cold weather. Children will wave their sparklers around. Hot snacks and drinks will be available, possibly bonfire toffee and parkin too. Penistone FM will provide appropriate bonfire-related music. A traditional Guy Fawkes effigy (or several) will help the bonfire. There's a competition for the best Guy but it might only be open to schools.

The old line: 'I See no Reason why Gunpowder, Treason Should Ever be Forgot.'
The point of Bonfire Night (Guy Fawkes Night) is to recall the treasonous Gunpowder Plot by Richard Cadesby, Guy Fawkes and others to blow up the King and Parliament in an act of terrorism. The law of the land required church bells to be rung and bonfires to be lit throughout the land on the 5th November every year and Penistone Church complied with the bell-tolling for at least a century. The actual law ('The Observance of the Fifth of November Act') was rescinded (Wiki) but the old bonfire tradition continues to this day. People who call it 'Fireworks Night' have literally 'Lost the Plot'. See more on the Gunpowder Plot Story and an HMG guide for 'Celebrating Bonfire Night'.

Many of Penistone's big events which were organised by the local council are now run by Penistone Round Table. Such as: Penistone Mayor's Parade, Penistone Gala, Penistone Community Bonfire, Santa's Sleigh Run and the Christmas Lights Switch-on and the RT do them very well. Penistone Town Council is to be commended for allocating funds to make these events possible. This event generates huge gate receipts in the region of £10k - £12k, all of which the RT gives to local good causes. See the Bonfire page and Facebook Event.
  ,,   ,, The Huntsman Conker Competition - No time given, The Huntsman, 136 Manchester Road, Thurlstone, S36 9QW. The Huntsman, Facebook - Tel. 76 4892.
  ,,   ,, Chantel (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 4th 'Now the Guns Have Stopped' (Music performance) - 4pm, St John's Church, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. A 'Hoylandswaine Remembers' concert featuring soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth, Hugh Finnigan on piano and John Porteous. This concert is themed upon the Great War, which is topical just now and the penultimate one of a series of concerts at Hoylandswaine church. The next one will be 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' - 4pm, Sunday 16th December. For more information, please call (mobile) 07407 559 059. Details may also be found in a little booklet available from Penistone Library.
  ,,   ,, Cawthorne Bonfire Night - Bonfire lit at 5pm, fireworks from 6.30pm, Cannon Hall, Cawthorne. Admission £10.95, under two years old free, giving access to the farm, indoor and outdoor play and the tractor and trailer rides. This is an all-day event where families can enjoy the farm's facilities before proceeding to the bonfire. Also a DJ and children's entertainment by the Copycat Party Company. From the Huddersfield Examiner.
  ,,   ,, Handel's Messiah - Performance 6pm (2pm Rehearsal), Bullhouse Chapel, Bullhouse Lane, S36 9NF. Free admission. The full rehearsal at 2pm is 'Jacket and Tie' so no scruffs will be admitted. 'Drinks provided but bring your own victuals.' This is a well-regarded annual concert. Music Director: Jane Hobson, Soprano: Ann Wilks, Contralto: Rowena Burton, Tenor: Malcolm St John, Bass: Edward Robinson and the Chairman is Rev Dr Philip Bee. Handel's Messiah is always performed at Bullhouse Chapel on the first Sunday of November. Very limited parking. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Shepley Village Bonfire Night - From 6pm, Shepley Cricket Club, Marsh Lane, Shepley (near to the Farmer's Boy pub). Admission: Adults £4, children under 14, £2. Tickets on sale at the Black Bull and Farmer's Boy. Fireworks will follow on, as you might expect. Hot and cold food available. From the Huddersfield Examiner.
Mon 5th Guy Fawkes Night - The Penistone Community Bonfire is on the Saturday nearest to Guy Fawkes Night, see Saturday 3rd November above, but there will be other bonfires on the actual Guy Fawkes Night, such as Thurgoland, Thurlstone and Ingbirchworth. In the old days, church bells were required to be rung on the day but that law has now been repealed. For those of us who still appreciate the old British traditions, we must recite these old 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 commemorate this act of terrorism more than four centuries later. Please see the Bonfire page for more.
  ,,   ,, 'Helen's Art Class' - 1pm to 3pm (each week), St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. Session is £15, if already booked, includes all necessary equipment and materials. 'Have you ever wanted to paint but weren't sure which end of the brush to use? ... Or would you like to learn new techniques without worry of what materials to use.' This is the first of a series of classes taken by the established artist, Helen Slater. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Birdsedge Village Bonfire Night - Bonfire lit at 6.30pm, Birdsedge Village Hall, Birdsedge. Free admission to the bonfire and fireworks, which is the only one in our area on the actual Guy Fawkes night. Hot food and bar available. There is a parking area on the other side of the road not far away. From the Huddersfield Examiner.
Weds 7th Penistone Community Alehouse Project Drop-in Session - 10am to noon, Penistone Library. A Community Consultation for this project will run to the end of November. It will include: 'Drop-in' sessions, independent market research and a press release to local and regional media outlets. The objective is simple; to reach as many people as possible and to gain impartial insight from the Penistone community. Also a Drop-in Event, Thursday 8th on Penistone Market. Penistone Community Alehouse Project has details of the consultation. Local people might also like to join the project's closed Facebook Group. Read Paul Whitehouse on this topic in the Sheffield Star.
  ,,   ,, 'Curiosities and Connections' (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by John Taylor. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are on the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Auditions for New Children's Choir - 5.45pm to 7.30pm, Penistone Grammar School. This is the new Penistone section of Barnsley Youth Choir, for talented children aged 7 to 12 years old. 'Children's Choir West' will have weekly rehearsals during term time on Wednesday evenings, 5.45pm to 7.30pm, at PGS. As places will be limited, please email: bycauditions@gmail.com to secure a place for your child. See Barnsley Youth Choir.
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'Wonderfully Made in Yorkshire' (Craft fair) - Thurs, 5pm to 9pm; Fri, 10am to 8pm; Sat, 10am to 6pm, Silkstone Parish Church, S75 4JH. No admission fee shown on the poster. Described as a 'Pop-up Shop selling wonderfully unique hand-made gifts' on the poster. That'll be good then.
Thurs 8th Penistone Community Alehouse Project Drop-in Session - Penistone Market stall, Market Barn. A Community Consultation for this project will run to the end of November. It will include: 'Drop-in' sessions, independent market research and a press release to local and regional media outlets. The objective is simple; to reach as many people as possible and to gain impartial insight from the Penistone community. Penistone Community Alehouse Project has details of the consultation. Local people might also like to join the project's closed Facebook Group. Read Paul Whitehouse on this topic in the Sheffield Star.
  ,,   ,, 'Cafe Church in Praise of Peace' - 2pm, St John's Church, Hoylandswaine. This is to reflect on the sacrifice of our brave soldiers, sailors and airmen who served our country during both World Wars, to give us the advantage of living in peace.
  ,,   ,, Digital Photography Course (Seven-week course) - 4pm to 6pm, Penistone Library. Price £86.20, booking required. You will need to bring your own camera or smartphone. This course is continues each week until Thursday 20th December and is based on 'Photoshop', which the industry standard for graphics work. You will learn about using your camera and tweaking its results with the editing software. If you are on certain benefits or a qualifying low wage, you may be able to join this class at a reduced or waived fee. Please leave your name with the staff.
Fri 9th
PGS Remembrance Ceremony - 10.45am, War Memorial Stone, Penistone Grammar School's road entrance. Ample off-road parking. The memorial has a roll of honour of the PGS alumni who fell in the Great War. The ceremony is likely to have an address by the current PGS Principal and Penistone Mayor. Also a wreath-laying and the Roll of Honour, followed by two minutes' reflective silence at 11am for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. This is on the Friday before Remembrance Sunday. 'For Our Today, They Gave Their Tomorrow'. See PGS.
  ,,   ,, 'Digital Champions' (first of six-week course) - 1.45pm to 4,45pm, Penistone Library. Free session, booking is required by calling in at the Library or calling 01226 773 555. No lances or wonder horses involved. This is the first of a six-week course which looks at computer basics, internet basics, on-line public services (such as those imposed by Barnsley Council) and on-line shopping. For more information, please call 01226 762313 (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, 'Hoylandswaine at War' (Recitations and song) - Opens 7pm for 7.30pm start, Hoylandswaine Village Hall, S36 7JJ. Free admission but by advance ticket only. Local writers present local stories from the Great War. Sub-titled 'Great War Armistice Centenary Commemoration and Exhibition.' An evening of memories and song, as local writers present local stories from the Great War. With Bronwen Barber, Judy Mitchell and John Porteous. Refreshments provided or bring your own wine. For tickets and information, please call 01226 764052 or 01226 790463, email: swaine1418@gmail.com. From different posters.
  ,,   ,, Games Night - 7pm to 9pm, Lounge Room, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Please note that, as a private members' club, non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This is one of the RBL's monthly Games Nights, on the second Friday of each month. Scrabble, Triominoes, Upwords, Rumicub and more. This is a Barnsley U3A activity encouraging more social activity for older people who might be at risk of social isolation. It is also said to be a fund-raiser for next year's Armed Forces Day (but not as part of RBL Branch funds, which can only be used for the welfare of RBL members). For more U3A information, please call Helen Dew on 01226 891 130. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, Sheffield Wednesday FC versus Sheffield United FC (Football on TV) - 7.45pm, Clubs, Pubs and Sky TV. Our district has supporters for both clubs and we might expect some friendly rivalry and banter, so an evening out for a bit of atmosphere might be on the cards.
Sat 10th Christmas Special - 9.30am to 4.30pm, Adore Gift Shop, High Street, Penistone (next door to the dental surgery). 10% off everything. We are doing a Christmas special 10% of everything all day. This is instead of our preview evening, giving you all day to pop dawn and shop for Christmas gifts or treat your self. We will have lots of new stock in especially for this day. Glass of prosecco thrown in. See Adore and Love Penistone on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Autumn Fayre - 10am to 11.30am, St Mary's RC Church, Talbot Road (up by the Police Station). Admission 50p, tea and a cake £1. The poster does not at all describe the event but we might guess it is a jumble sale.
  ,,   ,, Charity Coffee Morning - 10am to noon, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. Scant details on the poster: Coffee, Christmas cards and bric-a-brac. The RNLI logo suggests the charity.
  ,,   ,, Autumn Fair - Lunches from noon, St Andrew's Church, next to Penistone Library. No prices shown on the poster. Various stalls. Dinner consist of Jacket Spuds with a choice of fillings, soup and a choice of dessert. Proceeds to church funds.
  ,,   ,, 'Rule Britannia' (Organ and Band Concert) - 2.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £10. With Kevin Grunhill on the organ assisted by Barnsley Metropolitan Band. Sub-titled: 'The Music of the Last Night of the Proms' and organised (geddit!) by the Penistone Cinema Organ Trust. Box Office is open for bookings from 10am to 2pm each day and during performances or you can call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). This item is from 'Tito' magazine, June 2018.
  ,,   ,, Alan Turner (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
Sun 11th

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Penistone Remembrance Parade and Ceremony - The Parade assembles 10.20am by Penistone Bowling Club, Back Lane, to process at about 10.40am to the War Memorial outside Penistone church. Thurlstone Brass Band leads the parade, with banner bearers, service and ex-service men and women, Fire & Rescue, Scouts, Guides (and juniors), councillors, leading citizens, RBL members and public. The parade will join the assembly outside Penistone Church. The outdoor ceremony has prayers, hymns, wreath-laying, Roll of Honour and two minutes' silence at 11am to reflect upon those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service and defence of our country. A Service of Remembrance will follow inside Penistone Church.

'Penistone Remembers' - This is a community project for the centenary based on Penistone St John’s Church. Those involved are Penistone Town Council, Penistone Show Committee, Penistone Armed Forces Day Committee, Penistone Round Table and others. A £3,900 fund was allocated by Penistone Ward Alliance for this special purpose. A special-issue 'Penistone Remembers' free newspaper is being distributed through local cafes and the RBL. It presents articles of notable interest from the various stages of the war.

History of Remembrance - Remembrance gives respect to those who gave their lives in the defence of our country, in all conflicts but particularly this year for the fallen of the Great War, 1914 - 1918. The first two minute silence in Britain was held on Armistice Day, 11th November 1919 on the request of King George V. The first Poppy Day was held on 11th November 1921. Penistone War Memorial was built and opened in 1924 and was thoroughly cleaned this year, 2018, ready for the special occasion. See the Remembrance page on this website. Facebook has 'Penistone Remembers' and 'Lest We Forget'. See also Penistone Church (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Remembrance Service - Gather from 10.30am, St Andrew's Church, next to Penistone Library.
  ,,   ,, Remembrance Service - Gather from 10.30am, Ingbirchworth War Memorial. Wreath-laying and Roll of Honour of the fallen, followed by two minutes' silence at 11am to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.
  ,,   ,, Remembrance Service - Gather from 10.30am, Thurgoland War Memorial. Wreath-laying and Roll of Honour of the fallen, followed by two minutes' silence at 11am to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.
  ,,   ,, Thurlstone Remembrance Ceremony - 10.30am at Thurlstone War Memorial. Wreath-laying and Roll of Honour of the fallen, followed by two minutes' silence at 11am to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. Thurlstone Community Group.
  ,,   ,, Oxspring Remembrance Ceremony - 2pm, St Aidan's Church, Oxspring. A short ceremony by the new Wall Plaque will be followed by a piece of music entitled 'The Battle of the Somme' and performed by local volunteer musicians. For more information, please contact the Clerk of the Parish (email: clerk@oxspring-parish.com). See Oxspring Parish.
  ,,   ,, 'War Horse' (Film, 12a) - 2pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £6.50, Concessions £5.50 (stalls only) for under 15yrs and 60+ yrs. Card sales are accepted. 'War Horse' begins with the remarkable friendship between a young man and his horse during the Great War. Run time about 2½ hours. The story reaches its emotional climax in No Man's Land. This is a special showing to fit in with the centenary of the end of that war. The Box Office is open for bookings from 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). You can also book for War Horse on-line. See Paramount (Facebook).
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Evening Remembrance Events - 5pm to 7pm, Penistone Parish Church. As part of the 'Penistone Remembers', an Interactive Event marks the centenary of the Great War Armistice. Sounds, music, songs and exhibitions of the Great War will be inside the church. Authentic war memorabilia will be on display and wartime-style refreshments made available. A mock-up trench and other features depicting Flanders' fields will give some insight into life in the rain-soaked trenches. Visitors are invited to dress up for the occasion and to be photographed for posterity; to make a lantern to signify peace and to read soldiers' letters. Funds raised from the evening event will go to the Poppy Appeal and refreshment sales will go towards church roof repairs. A beacon will be lit at 7pm.

'Penistone Remembers' - This is a community project for the centenary based on Penistone St John’s Church. The organisers are: Penistone Show Committee, Penistone Round Table, Penistone Town Council, Penistone Armed Forces Day Committee and involve various volunteers. A £3,900 fund was allocated by Penistone Ward Alliance for this special purpose. A special-issue 'Penistone Remembers' free newspaper is being distributed through local cafes and the RBL with articles of interest from the various stages of the Great War. See the Remembrance page on this website. Facebook has 'Penistone Remembers' and 'Lest We Forget'. See also Penistone Church (Facebook).

  ,,   ,,  'They Shall Not Grow Old' (Re-mastered WWI Film) - 9.30pm, BBC2 on UK television, run time 1 hour 35 minutes. Marking the Great War Armistice centenary, this is a BFI documentary with footage from the Imperial War Museum and recordings of soldiers from the BBC archives. Directed by Peter Jackson, famous for various cult horror and 'Lord of the Rings' films, the footage has been extensively repaired, stabilised, re-timed and carefully colorised to suit the regiments and conditions. This film was streamed to the Paramount on opening night in October. Please note that some scenes will not be suitable for children. See Redshark and 'Kermode Uncut.'
Thurs 15th Extra 'Get Online' Session (45-minute 1-2-1 slots) - 2pm to 5pm, Penistone Library, High Street, Penistone. It appears to be free but booking is essential, call 76 2313. This is a one-to-one session with a 'Digital Champion' to get you on-line using your smartphone, laptop or tablet. In fact, another notice has appeared for Digital Champions ('Free On-line Banking Sessions') stating 1.30pm to 3pm. From Penistone Library on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Beaujolais Nouveau Dining Evening - 7pm to 8.30pm, Yummy Yorkshire Ice Cream Parlour, Ingbirchworth. For one night only, three courses £24.50. Additional Cheese course, £6.50, call 01226 762 551 (option 2) to book your table. Beaujolais Nouveau Day is an exciting and traditional day in the Beaujolais region of France, where the year’s vintage can legally be released; always on the the third Thursday in November (Thursday 15th November 2018). You can honour this famous tradition with us at our special, evening dining event and enjoy a delicious three-course meal, including a half bottle of Beaujolais wine from the fine Trenel et Fils. The wine notes are described as fresh, fruity, jammy, bubble gum Gamay flavours and we’re sure they’ll be the perfect match for our chef, Chris’ menu. It’s a bit of fun and we’re told on good authority that the wine will be excellent this year. Remember the cracking summer we’ve had - they had it as well! Full Menu at Yummy Yorkshire.
Fri 16th
to Sun 18th
Autumn Beer Festival - Talbot Suite, White Heart, Bridge End, Penistone. Free admission to room, beer extra. 40 craft beers and ciders to choose from. Last year had an afternoon with Thurlstone Brass Band but it is not on this year's poster. The alternative title of 'Penistone Beer Festival' had already been snapped up by Penistone Parish Church. This event will also feature food and live music throughout the weekend. White Heart.
Fri 16th Fox Valley Christmas Lights - Stuff happening from 4pm, Christmas Lights lit at 5.30pm, Fox Valley Shopping Area, Stocksbridge. Entertainment on the bandstand from 4pm and festive-themed market. Candy-cane stilt-walkers hand out sweets and retailers stay open to 7pm for Christmas shopping, this being the start of the commercial Christmas in Stocksbridge. This event is sponsored by Burrows Mazda. Order of events:

4:15pm - St Ann's School Choir;
4:30pm - Alice B;
5:20pm - Santa arrives in his sleigh;
5:30pm - Countdown and Christmas lights switch-on;
5:30pm - Fire works display;
6.00pm - Sheffield Rock Choir;
6:30pm - Deepcar Brass Band.
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Sat 17th
Santa's Grotto (or) Breakfast/Tea with Santa - Times not stated, Shelley Garden Centre, Shelley. As I say, Christmas does start a bit too early in the commercial world and 'if it isn't December, it isn't Christmas' but children do enjoy a bit of Santa fun. Santa's Grotto costs £6 per child and includes a gift. Breakfast or tea with Santa costs £10.95 per child (£5 + per adult) and includes a gift, a meal, decorating a Christmas biscuit and taking part in 'festive fun activities'. From flier.
Sat 17th 'A Gad About the Dales' (9-mile hike) - Set off 9.40am, Denby Dale Railway Station. No fee. This is a circular walk led by Geoff Ryder, taking in Denby Dale, Lower Denby, The Broad Oaks, Gunthwaite Bridge, Crab Tree, Green Farm, Ingbirchworth, Upper Denby and finishing back at the station. Please note that RMT strike action might affect the Penistone Line trains, although it is likely that some will be running. From the Penline Partnership booklet.
  ,,   ,, 'Utterly Unique by Karen Kaye' - 12.30pm onwards, St Andrew's Church, next to Penistone Library. This is professional gift-wrapping for any occasion, but no prices shown. Also a meal will be served, again with no prices shown, as part of a 'Saturday Social', which is not explained either. Donations appreciated. Such an economy of information must be to save the cost of poster ink.
  ,,   ,, The Bus Pass Buskers - Starts 7.30pm, Village Hall, Thurgoland. Tickets £5 from band members or pay at the door. An evening of music and laughter. The Buskers are supported by two talented young acts; Cerys Dawson and Ted Armeson. Bar and toilets. From Look Local.
  ,,   ,, Tasha (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook)
  ,,   ,, Leonid Meteor Shower - An annual event when the Earth passes through the debris of an old comet. Saturday night is peak time for seeing the shooting stars but it continues for a few days. Let us hope for clear skies.
Sun 18th Hoylandswaine Village Angels (Angel-making Workshop) - 4pm, Hoylandswaine Church Hall. A small charge will be made for materials used. This is part of a project to decorate the church and Hoylandswaine village by displaying angels in windows, gardens and on lamp posts. Children will be invited to dress themselves or their teddies as angels, for the Christmas Crib Service (date not advertised). The next sessions will be 10am to noon, Saturday 24th November and 4pm, Sunday 2nd December (wrongly shown as 1st December on the poster).
Mon 19th Penistone Town Council Meeting - 7pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road, Penistone. A short period is allowed for questions from residents. The Agenda has the usual sub-committee reports, correspondence on Open-access Government and a report on the Penistone Neighbourhood Development Plan. Another item discusses a revision of the Parish Council Charter (2011 copy found at Silkstone Council - Word doc file). This is the grass-roots Council and the first port-of-call for residents' concerns, which might be dealt with locally or passed on to BMBC, where appropriate. Residents have the right to observe and record council meetings, without prior permission, but can be excluded for the discussion of confidential matters (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 on 17th December. Pen Town Council.
Tues 20th 'RAF Wortley' (History talk) - 7.30pm, Wortley Hall, Wortley Village, S35 7DB. Admission £2.50, includes tea/coffee and biscuits. This is a talk by local historian Duncan Simpson on the little-known story of the black American troops based at Wortley Hall and about WWII bomb storage along our roads. Talk organised by the Friends of Wortley Hall. From poster.
Weds to Sat
21st to 24th
'Arcadia' (Play) - 7.30pm each evening except Saturday, 4pm and 8pm, St Saviour's Church, Manchester Road, Thurlstone. Tickets £12 (book on-line). The Endellion Theatre Company (Facebook) presents the Tom Stoppard play, 'Arcadia' - a serious comedy about science, sex and landscape gardening. The scene is 1809: Lust, longing and literary rivalry seize the inhabitants of Sidley Park (a grand house in Derbyshire), where landscape remodelling is being contemplated. In the midst of this, teenager Thomasina Coverly makes a scientific discovery which potentially changes how people understand the world. Moving on to the present: Rivalry once again seizes Sidley Park as academics Bernard and Hannah compete to unpick the historic secrets of the estate and its earlier occupants. Who was the mysterious hermit? Do a young lady’s notebook scrawlings show her to be a scientific genius? What, if anything, was Lord Byron up to? Arcadia is an exuberantly funny, thought-provoking and touching masterpiece which has dazzled audiences from London's National Theatre to America's Broadway.

Key players are: Marie Collins, Fraser Williamson, Anna Leggett, Joey Wilby, Paul North, Matthew Walker, Peter Frost and Virgina Meir. Directed by Jonathan Walker-Kane, Music by Michael Roth, Lighting by Simon Lord, Sound design by Jem Noble. The venue is described as 'Theatre Impromtu, Thurlstone' but, whilst it is an impromptu theatre, the proper address is more useful for attendees. From Facebook. (Many thanks to Jan Stanley for extra information).
Weds 21st History of the RAMC (History talk on the Army Medics) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Yvonne Timmins. We have all seen the army medics on TV; now is our chance to discover their history. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are on the first and third Wednesday of each month. All are welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs to Sun
22nd to 25th
Art at the Altar - 10.15am to 8pm Thurs/Fri and to 5pm Saturday, 11am to 5pm on Sunday, Penistone Church. (Preview 7.30pm to 11pm, Weds 21st). Free admission. This ever-popular arts and crafts event from local artists has not diminished with the years. Hen's Teeth was established in 2005 by local artists and friends. 20% of sales go to charity each year and they have raised more than £35,000 over the years. Refreshments available. See Hen's Teeth (Facebook), S Catterall Jewellery.
Fri 23rd An Evening with McShane and Shaw - Doors open 7.30pm for 8pm start, Thurgoland Village Hall. Tickets £10 on the door or through Eventbrite. This is an evening with these two ukulele entertainers, delivering harmony, laughter, musicianship and off-the-wall wit. They were recently interviewed on Penistone FM. Licensed bar. From poster.
Sat 24th Hoylandswaine Village Angels (Angel-making workshop) - 10am to noon, Hoylandswaine Church or Church Hall. A small charge will be made for materials used. This is a project throughout December to decorate the church and village by displaying angels in windows and gardens and on lamp posts. Children will be invited to dress themselves or their teddies as angels, for the Christmas Crib Service (date not announced). From poster.
  ,,   ,, Christmas Market - No times stated, Cliffe House, 140 Lane Head Road, Shepley, HD8 8DB (follow HD8 8DF on satnav). Cliffe House is an outdoor study and conference centre set in 15 acres of beautiful gardens and grounds, seven miles south-east of Huddersfield. More than 20 stalls will sell crafts, clothing, food and more. You are guaranteed to find that special, unique Christmas gift. Plenty to keep children entertained, including archery, bushcraft (toast marshmallows and warm up hot chocolate over an open fire), climbing (weather permitting), a treasure trail, Christmas craft workshops and Santa's Grotto. Also live music, Christmas food, mulled wine and mulled cider, to get into the Christmas spirit. For more information, please call 01484 225 083, option three. Email: cliffehouse@kirklees.gov.uk. See Cliffe House.
  ,,   ,, Penistone Church FC versus Worksop Town FC (NCELP Football match) - Kick-off 3pm, Penistone Church Football Club, Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission £5, Concessions £3. This is a game in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League (NCEL) Premiere division. The Clubhouse has good beers and toilets. Good off-road parking. Pen Church FC, (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Tapas Evening - From 7pm, Generations Cafe, St Mary's Street, Penistone. £20 per person, requiring a £10 non-refundable deposit upon booking. This is a set menu with cold and hot tapas, as shown on a poster which can be found on the cafe door. It describes jugs of sangria, wines, beers which include Bradfield Brewery ales, spirits and cocktails (presumably all as extra costs). Also a selection of hot and cold desserts which include Marshfield's ice cream. For more information, please visit the cafe or call 76 1583. From poster.
  ,,   ,, 'The Rythm Chaps' Ceilidh Dance - 7.30pm, St Aidan's Church, Oxspring. Tickets £10, children £5 by calling Ann Coles on 76 4281. This is an evening of ceilidh dancing with The Rhythm Chaps and Penistone Ladies' Choir. Bring your own refreshments and glasses. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Brad Pepper (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Sun 25th Penistone RBL Branch AGM - 10.45am, Penistone Royal British Legion, St Mary's Street, Penistone. All members are welcome to attend. Committee managerial positions and posts are up for election and members may put their names to be proposed and seconded on the form provided on the RBL noticeboard. Names proposed so far: Chair, Kevin Knox, Derek Whitworth or I Windle; Vice-Chair, S Roper or Derek Whitworth; Secretary, P Welford; Treasurer, Anne Eaden; Members' Secretary, DA Lockwood; Poppy Appeal Organiser, Rob Blackshaw. Other Committee members proposed so far are: Peter Wootten, Rob Blackshaw, Alf Eaden, Kevon Knox, Lynn Briggs and (not proposed and seconded) Gladys Botwright. The RBL Branch is the ceremonial side of the RBL (as opposed to the Social Club side) and conducts the local Poppy Appeal to support welfare provision for ex-service personnel. The Poppy funds can only be used for welfare purposes, as that is the reason why people donate to it. The RBL Branch is also central to the annual Remembrance Sunday event. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone Market Barn. Open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses, hot food and refreshments. This one is the last one in this series, which is likely to return in 2019. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. From Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Christmas Craft Fair - 11am to 3pm, St Mary's Church Hall, Pack Horse Lane, High Green. Free admission. Hand-made crafts, Christmas gifts, cake stall, unique items, breakfast butties (probably no vegetarian option), tea, coffee. Also a Santa's Grotto (Noon to 2pm). For more information, please call Maggi on (mobile) 07969 042 338. From poster.
  ,,   ,, '#Folk Prostate Cancer' (Afternoon Music Concert) - 1.30pm to 5pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets: Adults £20, Children £10, Under-twos free if they sit on your knee. Card sales are accepted. This is a concert featuring Kate Rusby and Damien O'Kane, Mawkin, Lori Watson, Dave Burland and The Awkward Squad. Organised by Damien O'Kane and Pure Records. The Paramount Live Event link explains the background to this concert. The Box Office is open for bookings from 10am to 2pm and during performances or call 76 7532. (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). See Paramount (Facebook). From poster.
  ,,   ,, '#Folk Prostate Cancer' (Evening Music Concert) - 6.30pm to 10.15pm-ish, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets: Adults £20, Children £10, Under-twos free if they sit on your knee. Card sales are accepted. This is a concert featuring Kate Rusby, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton with Jenn Butterworth and Jack Rutter. Organised by Damien O'Kane and Pure Records. The Paramount Live Event link explains the background to this concert. The Box Office is open for bookings from 10am to 2pm and during performances or call 76 7532. (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). See Paramount (Facebook). From poster.
Mon 26th 'Christmas Market in the YY Barn' - 10am to 4pm, Yummy Yorkshire (Ice Cream Parlour), Delph House Farm, Ingbirchworth, HD8 8XY. Lots of gifts to ponder. Hot and cold food and drinks available. Ample off-road parking. See the Facebook Event, also Yummy Yorkshire and Facebook.
Weds 28th 'Specialist Valuation Day' - 11.30am to 3.30pm, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. This is a valuation road show by an Ipswitch auction company. People can bring their coins, medals or other collectibles and Lockdales might make them an offer. The company describes itself as 'Eastern England's premier coin dealers and auctioneers of collectables, with an annual turnover in excess of £3million' - so do they make plenty of money. That means you could either haggle or walk away and bung your items on Ebay if you think are worth more. Mind you, cash-in-hand is often a great temptation. See Lockdales. From poster.
Thurs 29th Jumble Sale - 9.30am to 11am, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. Organised by St Mary's RC Church (Talbot Road). From poster.
Fri 30th Santa's Sleigh Run - 5.45pm, Hoylandswaine. This is the first of the sleigh runs which continue through December, organised by Penistone Round Table and its subsidiaries, reindeers, little helpers, etc. See December for more dates and times.
  ,,   ,, An Audience with Jo Nettleton (Psychic medium) - 7pm prompt, Generations Cafe, St Mary's Street, Penistone. Admission £15, includes nibbles. For more information, please call (cafe) 76 1583 or Jo on (Mobile) 07770 734 468. From poster.

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December     Jan - Feb - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November (Calendar).
This Month MagiChristmas dominates the month and is a time for wonderful Choral and Band Concerts, Carol Services, Church Events and Christmas markets. New Year's Eve polishes off the year before the headaches of New Year's Day. Remember: 'If it's not December, it's not Christmas.'
December The Christmas Season. - Advent is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday, the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Church people remind us of 'The Reason for the Season.' but TV Christmas had started in September and Commercial Christmas started in October. 'Real Christmas' is in December, when the tree, lights, trimmings and Christmas cards go up. Except for specific requests (to their credit) Penistone FM does not play Christmas music until December is in full swing. Don't forget to send any Christmas cards to foreign lands around this time so they get there in time. Why not send a Yorkshire calendar too (as I do to Australia), to distant friends and family so they can dream about a better life.
Saturdays Railway Strikes - Further strike action is planned for Northern Rail due to the RMT guard's dispute. The strike days will be on Saturdays during December and are likely to affect the Penistone Line (Sheffield to Huddersfield). The dates are: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and Sat 29th December. See Northern Rail.
Through
December
Santa's RT Sleigh Run - Santa and his helpers will tour our area to Christmas music and rattling collection boxes, on Penistone Round Table's sleigh. Note that times are subject to variation (updated for 2018):
  • Friday 30th November: - 5.45pm, Hoylandswaine, Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Saturday 1st:
    - 4pm, Christmas Lights Switch-on, outside Penistone Church,
    - 4.30pm, Spring Vale, Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Sunday 2nd:
    - 4pm, Millhouse Green Christmas Lights Switch-on, Millhouse Institute (was 4pm),
    - 5pm, Silkstone, Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Wednesday 5th: - 5.30pm,Thurgoland, Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Friday 7th:
    - 4.30pm, Green Moor, Santa's Sleigh Run,
    - 5.45pm, Oxspring, Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Saturday 8th: - 3.45pm, Cubley, Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Sunday 9th: - 3.45pm, Dodworth and Gilroyd (pt 1), Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Friday 14th: - 5.45pm, Wentworth Road, Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Saturday 15th: - 3.45pm, Penistone Town Centre, Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Sunday 16th: - 3.45pm, Dodworth and Gilroyd (pt 2), Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Thursday 20th: - 5.45pm, Ingbirchworth, Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Friday 21st: - 5.30pm, Silkstone Common, Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Saturday 22nd: - 3.45pm, Thurlstone and Millhouse Green, Santa's Sleigh Run.
This annual event raises a lot of money for local charities and other good causes. See Penistone Round Table and Facebook.
Sat 1st December Dress Display - 10am to noon, St Saviour's Church, Thurlstone. No admission fee advertised. With an economy of words, the poster simply lists: Craft, Stalls, Raffle, Refreshments. The poster is headed by 'Angel Couture.'
  ,,   ,, St John's Christmas Fair - 10am to 1pm, Penistone Church. Cakes, crafts, Christmas decorations, hand-made jewellery, probably tombola and raffle. Refreshments available. Penistone Church, Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Christmas Market - From noon, Penistone Market Barn. Thurlstone Brass Band, refreshments and stalls. This is before the Christmas lights are switched on outside Penistone church at 4pm. There was some talk of community carols returning this year. If that falls through, you could still sing them some carols. Who knows, people might throw money in your hat, for one reason or another.
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AngelPenistone Christmas Lights Switch-on and Carols - 4pm by the Christmas tree outside Penistone Church. As a proper community event, the morning starts with a Saturday Market in the Market Barn and a craft market in the afternoon, with a brass band, real ale bar and refreshments. Penistone Mayor, Cllr Gillian Millner has arranged for the Christmas Carols to return to the Market Barn this year (well done, Gillian). Let's hope there are some song sheets for passers-by to join in the singing. The Christmas Lights follow on at 4pm outside Penistone church. Penistone Round Table is bringing Santa and his (or her) rosy-cheeked elfin helpers on the RT sleigh. The Mayor will hover around the plunger with an assortment of rosy-cheeked and shivering ankle-biters, to assist with the count-down. Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook) will be there to incite some carol singing. Penistone FM will provide a festive background of sound. Penistone's Christmas Lights Switch-on is always on the first Saturday of December each year.
  ,,   ,, Dave Bopper (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Advent
Sun 2nd
Festive Food and Craft Market - 10am to 4pm, Penistone Market Barn, Back Lane. Craft stalls, local produce, sweets, treats, face-painting, an unspecified brass band and more. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Traditional Carols - From 12.40pm, (In the Lounge Bar), The George, Upper Denby. Enthusiastic singers are welcomed in for the new season, to continue the centuries-old tradition of Christmas carol-singing. These village carols are older than the more familiar Victorian carols and are performed unaccompanied, filled with the spontaneous joys of singers, the clinking of glasses and the murmur of other patrons; these are a unique and beautiful form of festive cheer. There is Carol-singing every Sunday throughout December and on New Year's Day, starting at the very precise time of Twenty to One. These sessions in the Lounge are very special, so please respect the Singers and don't raise your voices if you are not singing. The Tap Room is for the chatting. See The George, (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Christmas on the Green - Time not advertised, Millhouse Green. Always the first Sunday of December each year, organised by Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir. This item shares the same vagueness as the next one, which suggests that it might be the same event.
  ,,   ,, Millhouse Green Christmas Lights - 3.30pm to 5.30pm, Somewhere in Millhouse Green. Everyone welcome to join in the festive fun at this year's Christmas lights switch-on, at an unspecified Millhouse Green location. Have fun trying to find it. Free mulled wine and mince pies and carol-singing by Millhouse School Choir, accompanied by Thurlstone Brass Band and, at 4pm, there's a special visit from Santa and his sleigh. Fabulous Christmas prizes to win from the £1-a-strip raffle. Organised by Millhouse Gn Village Community Association (F'book).
  ,,   ,, Hoylandswaine Village Angels (Angel-making workshop) - 4pm, Hoylandswaine Church or Church Hall. A small charge will be made for materials used. This is a project throughout December to decorate the church and village by displaying angels in windows and gardens and on lamp posts. Children will be invited to dress themselves or their teddies as angels, for the Christmas Crib Service. Please note an error on the poster which gave this session the wrong date as 'Sunday 1st' but which must have been this date.
  ,,   ,, 'Christmas Carols At The Crystal' - From 5pm, The Crystal Palace, Towngate, Thurlstone, S36 9RH. Lubricate the neck before launching into the old familiar carols. Try this - 'While Sheherds Watched' to the tune of Ilkley Moor. It fits perfectly. See The Crystal Palace on Facebook.
Mon 3th Christmas Carol Train - On the 7.12pm train from Huddersfield to Silkstone Common, picking up at Penistone Station. It is the usual fare on the train. You can pay by the station ticket machine or a phone app, otherwise you can pay cash on the train but require a 'Promise to Pay' chit from the ticket machine before boarding. The carol singing is free. This will be a wondrously happy journey. The event continues at Silkstone Common in the Station Inn, with carols around the fire and a festive drink. The poster refers to Penistone Line Partnership and Gledholt Male Voice Choir. Look for 'Route 43' on the Penistone Line timetables. From poster.
Weds 5th An Elizabethan Christmas (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Maureen S Taylor. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Fashion Show and Clothes Sale - 7pm, Thurlstone Primary School, Royd Moor Road, Thurlstone, S36 9RD. Tickets £5 each, available from the school Reception. Thurlstone Primary School has been entered in the Hallam FM 'Cash for Kids Challenge,' with the chance to win a cash prize for our lovely village school. So what better way to raise money then a Fashion Show? Invite your mums, grandmas, Aunts, sisters, etc.; the more, the merrier. This Women’s fashion show has been arranged by Chain Reaxion, with clothing, bags and accessories to buy on the night. Also a children’s shoe stall.

There will be a good raffle with amazing prizes, such as: Four Tickets to any Sheffield Steelers home game, worth £74; Luxury hair care gift set from the The Old Glass Works Hair Salon, worth £48; Afternoon Tea Voucher at the new Neomed Mediterranean Restaurant, Fox Valley, worth £35; Two Tickets to 'Abba Revival' at Denroyd Farm, Upper Denby, worth £20; A £10 voucher for Frillies Lingerie & Nightwear Boutique in Penistone and 'A couple of prizes left up our sleeve', ready to announce. Tickets are £5 each, available from school reception. We hope you can all join us. Can’t wait to see you there. A bar will be available to help you celebrate your purchases. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to much-needed school funds. This item came from Facebook, where you can also reserve tickets.
Thurs 6th PACT 'Community Safety' Meeting - 7pm, St Johns Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. This is a monthly public meeting on the first Thursday of each month between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents, where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley' for minimal information. Dates and locations for this event are subject to change without notice. (Many thanks to David Wood for confirming this event). The next meeting will be Noon Thursday 10th January in the Community Centre. PACT = 'Police and Communities Together.'
  ,,   ,, Christmas Jazz Night - 8.30pm, The George, Upper Denby. Free admission. See The George, (Facebook).
Fri 7th 'Sing Out for Christmas' - 7.30pm, Holy Trinity Church, Thurgoland. Tickets (including refreshments): Adults £6; Under 16yrs, £3, available from Elaine Hallet, call 01142 845 494. This is a choral concert by Thurgoland Community Choir. Musical Director is Dan Timmins, Accompanist is Claire McAuley. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Friday Forum - 8.45pm to 9.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This is for Penistone RBL members to discuss any aspect of the management of the club and offer useful and constructive suggestions. Opinions, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and complaints will be welcomed and valued and passed on to the full management committee for consideration as necessary. Friday forums are on the first Friday of each month at this time. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, Kevin 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.
Sat 8th 'Layers of Self' (Self-awareness yoga session) - 10am to 4pm, Hoylandswaine Village Hall. Fee is £55 (£5 less for AY members) and includes all materials and hand-outs. Booking is essential, by contacting Melissa on (mobile) 07853 817 888 or Email: melissa.growingyoga@yahoo.com. Please bring some lunch to share. The poster has all manner of Yoga varieties.
  ,,   ,, Buckingham Christmas Fayre - 1pm to 4pm, Buckingham Care Home, High Street, opposite Ward Street. Lots of Christmas bargains, stalls, a big raffle, tombola, coffee, mince pies and the bar will be open (they have a bar?). Everyone is welcome. Refreshments available. Off-road parking. Everyone calls it 'Buckingham Palace' around here.
  ,,   ,, 'A Compton Christmas Cracker' (Organ Concert with Vocals) - 2.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. All Tickets £10. An annual favourite which this year features Peter Jebson and Damon Willets taking turns on the ivories of the Mighty Compton Cinema Organ, while Mark Rae croons along. The Paramount Box Office is open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. This event is organised by the Penistone Cinema Organ Trust. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
  ,,   ,, The Grand Christmas Concert - 7.15pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £10. This is indeed a Grand Concert, with New Mill MVC, Skelmanthorpe Band and the local soprano, Ann Wilkes. Tickets are available from the Paramount, Clark's Chemist, John Purvis (D Dale Rotary Club) on 01484 665 900, Richard Green (New Mill MVC and Robin Hood) on 01484 684 649, or Colin Burnett (Shat Band) on (mobile) 07786 056 973. The Paramount Box Office is open from 10am to 2pm and during any performances, otherwise please call 76 7532. Organised by The Rotary Club of Denby Dale. See Paramount (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Matt Black (Singer) - 9pm, The Crystal Palace, Towngate, Thurlstone, S36 9RH. A lively mixture of familiar favourites from the 1960s onwards. See The Crystal Palace on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Dave Hill (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Sun 9th Christmas Special Open Day - 11am to 4 pm, Wortley Top Forge, Forge Lane, Thurgoland, S35 7DN. Unlike most 'Open Days' this one charges for entry: Adult - £5, Child (5 to 16yrs) - £1. Children under 5yrs free, Student (16 to 25), OAPs or unemployed - £4. Visit the Forge Museum, ride on the miniature steam trains and visit Santa. Hot and cold drinks available.This event is at the oldest surviving 17th Century iron forge. Free on-site parking.
  ,,   ,, Christmas Carols - 2.30pm, Bullhouse Chapel. A traditional event in one of Britain's oldest chapels. Please park carefully in the small car park and not on any of the grass verges. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Christingle Service - 3pm, Spring Vale Methodist Church. Includes singing by the Combined Schools Choir. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Traditional Carol Service - 3pm, St Ann's Church, Carlecotes. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Choral Concert - 3pm, St Saviour's Church, Thurlstone. Admission: Adults £6 (including refreshments), Children free. This is a joint concert with Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir (Facebook) and Spring Vale Junior School Choir, accompanied by Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook). For more information or tickets, please call 76 3754. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Carol Service - 6pm, Thurlstone and Millhouse Green Methodist Church. An opportunity to enjoy a lovely service in this friendly and inviting place of worship. From Facebook, 'We shall be singing traditional and local carols accompanied by a pipe organ. Come and enjoy a good sing with us, refreshments served afterwards ;we look forward to seeing you with us.' From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine and We Love Millhouse Green on Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Choral Concert - 7.30pm, St John's Church, Upper Denby. Tickets £8, call 764281, pay at the door or see the websites below. This is a joint concert with Penistone Ladies' Choir (Facebook) and Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir . From poster.
Mon 10th 'Digital Champions' - 2pm to 5pm, Penistone Library. Free One-to-one on-line basics session. Booking is required at the Library or by calling 01226 773 555. This session looks at computer basics, internet basics, on-line public services (such as those imposed by Barnsley Council), on-line shopping and on-line banking. For more information, please call 01226 762313 (Facebook).
Tues 11th A Christmas Carol (Play via satellite) - 7.30pm, The Paramount Theatre, Penistone. Tickets: £13 all areas, Concessions £11, stalls only. This features Simon Callow and is described as: 'A one-man theatrical extravaganza of festive story-telling that is both heart-warming and deeply moving.' Run time 90 minutes. The Box Office is open for bookings from 10am to 2pm and during performances or call 76 7532. Card sales are accepted. Concessions for over-60s and under 15s. (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). See Paramount (Facebook).
Weds 12th Anniversary Coffee Morning - 10am, Penistone Co-op Funeralcare, Park Avenue, Penistone, S36 6BZ. Celebrating the first anniversary since opening in 2017. Join Joanne and Candice for a hot drink, slice of cake and a natter in their comfortable funeral parlour. There will be a Land Rover Hearse on display outside. Also information on their funeral services, including a £125 discount voucher towards a Pre-paid Funeral Plan. The office also hosts a regular Bereavement Club for bereft people to enjoy a sit-down cup of tea and a chat. From poster.
  ,,   ,, History Group Christmas Dinner - (Details given to members) Cubley Hall. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of most months. The annual subscription is £12. Dinners are at dinnertime in Penistone. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs 13th Online Banking Help Session - 1.30pm to 3pm, Penistone Library, next to St Andrew's Church, High Street, Penistone. Once again the 'Digital Champions' will ride into Penistone Library on Market day to help people deal with on-line and mobile banking, and help with keeping information secure at a time when bank branches are deserting their customers and forcing people to trust their life savings to the internet, while hackers look for easy targets. If you would like to book a session, please call 01226 773 555 or pop in to the Library. (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, 'Rockingham China, 1826 to 1842' (History talk) - 7.30pm, Thurgoland Village Hall. Admission £2. This is a talk for Thurgoland History Group by R Leader. All welcome. For more information, please call 01142 883 482 or 01142 885 037. From the Barnsley Chronicle.
Fri, Sat
14th & 15th
'Geminids' Spectacular Meteor Shower - The shooting stars should become noticeable from around 6pm Friday until dawn on Saturday, if the sky is clear. Look mostly to the East. According to the Time and Date website: 'The Geminids are considered to be one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak ...' The full period lasts from 4th to 17th December, peaking Friday 14th. There's a neat, animated graphic on the site showing us just where to look.
Fri 14th Christmas Fayre - 3pm to 6pm, Hoylandswaine Primary School, S36 7JJ. Free admission. An event for all of the family to enjoy. With Stalls, the School Choir, Festive Games, Raffle, Refreshments, hot dogs and cakes. From Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Games Night - 7pm to 9pm, Lounge Room, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Please note that, as a private members' club, non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This is one of the RBL's monthly Games Nights, on the second Friday of each month. Scrabble, triominoes, upwords, rumicub and more. A Barnsley U3A activity encouraging more social activity for people at risk of social isolation. It is also said to be a fund-raiser for next year's Armed Forces Day (but not as part of RBL Branch funds, which can only be used for the welfare of RBL members). For more U3A information, please call Helen Dew on 01226 891 130. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, Christmas Carols Around the Christmas Tree - From 6.30pm, The Village Green, Upper Denby. The Village of Denby gets into the Christmas spirit with Carol-singing. 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. Complementary Mulled Wine and Mince Pies will be served upon arrival at the Village Green. Then it is Home-made Pie & Peas at The George Inn for £4.95 per person (booking essential, call 01484 861 347). The George, (F'book).
  ,,   ,, Thurlstone Brass Band - 9pm, 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. See Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook) and Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Sat 15th Pie & Peas Walk - Set off 9.35am, Shepley Railway Station to Denby Dale Station. No fee but pies and peas need to be booked by calling 01484 861 347 at least the day before. This is a seven-mile walk led by Judith Parkes and Geoff Ryder with a stop off at The George Inn, Upper Denby for the pie and peas dinner. The walk will finish at Denby Dale. Please note that the RMT's sheduled strike action might be a problem for rail travellers on the Penistone Line. The pie and peas are not too expensive and are much recommended. A vegetarian pie is also available and is very tasty with veggie gravy too. See The George, (Facebook). From the Penistone Line Partnership booklet.
  ,,   ,, SV Garden Event - 10am to 2pm, Spring Vale Community Garden, near the Dumpit Site, Spring Vale. Hand-made Christmas wreaths, home-made festive produce, home-made soup and some nice music. Everyone is welcome. SVCG is a proper, registered charity, No. 1159842. See Spring Vale Garden, Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Christmas Service - 3pm, St Mary's RC Church, Talbot Road, Penistone. With Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Christmas Band Performance - 4pm, Kirkburton Liberal Club, North Road, Kirkburton. With Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Christmas Concert - 6.30pm to 9.30pm, St Anne's Church, Carlecotes. Tickets: Adults £6, Children under 16, £3, purchase early to avoid disappointment. This is a very popular annual concert of Christmas music and carols performed by Hade Edge Brass Band. Mince pies and mulled wine available. Proceeds to the church organ fund. Tickets are available from Goldthorpe's cornmill on Lee Lane, St Mary's church up to 8th December at the Sunday service or via Facebook. See also Carlecotes Hall. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Joint Choral Concert - 7.30pm, Penistone Parish Church. Tickets £8, call 764281, pay at the door or see the websites below. This is a joint concert with Penistone Ladies' Choir (Facebook) and Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir (Facebook). All proceeds from this event will go to Barnsley Women's Refuge. From poster.
  ,,   ,, Joint Choral Concert - 7.30pm, Methodist Church, Denby Dale (top road). This is a performance by Skelmanthorpe MVC and Denby Dale Ladies' Choir. Details from Shat MVC (not shown on DDLC).
  ,,   ,, Steve Richards (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Sun 16th Family Church Service - 9.45am, Penistone Parish Church, Penistone. This is a normal service. Penistone Church, Facebook.
  ,,   ,, 'Worship4all' - 10.30am, St Andrew's Church, High Street, Penistone. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Christingle Service - 10.30am, Thurlstone and Millhouse Green Methodist Church. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Carols in the Car Park - 3.30pm, Outside Spring Vale Methodist Church. This is gathering by the weather-resistant Penistone Community Church. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' - 4pm, St John's Church, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JQ. Admission is free but you are invited to make a contribution towards the costs, upon retiring. A concert featuring the local soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth, with Hugh Finnigan on piano. This is the last of a series of splendid concerts in Hoylandswaine church. Rich detail may be found in a little booklet available at Penistone Library.
  ,,   ,, Carols at St Michael's - 4pm ro 5pm, St. Michaels Church, Church Lane,  Emley, HD8 9TN. This is a performance by Emley Brass Band.
  ,,   ,, Traditional Carol Service - 6pm, Thurlstone and Millhouse Green Methodist Church. This is led by Rev Dr Philip Bee. Refreshments follow the service. From the Barnsley Chronicle.
  ,,   ,, Civic Carol Service - 6.30pm, Penistone Parish Church, Penistone. Everyone welcome. With Civic guests and the School Choir. Also advertised as the 'Community Carol Service' this event will be attended by Penistone Mayor, Cllr Gill Millner, local councillors and other guests. Penistone Church, Facebook.
  ,,   ,, Christmas Band Concert - 7pm to 10pm, Holmfirth Civic Hall, Holmfirth. Tickets: £8 for adults and £6 for concessions, from the Civic Hall or on the door. This is a performance by the various sections of Hade Edge Brass Band.
Mon 17th Penistone Town Council Meeting - 7pm, Council Chamber, Penistone Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. A short period is set aside before the meeting for questions from the public, who must remain quiet during the actual meeting. The December agenda has the usual reports, correspondence and an update on the Penistone NDP. A Planning Meeting follows on. The public may observe and record proceedings of council meetings with no requirement for permission but may be asked to leave if confidential matters are about to be discussed (HMG Openness Guide 2014 - pdf). Full Council meetings are on the third Monday of each month except August. Minutes appear on the website (but not Library) after the next full meeting, which will be 7pm, Monday 21st January 2019. Penistone Town Council.
  ,,   ,, Millhouse Institute Christmas Concert. With Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir (Facebook). An annual concert usually on the third-ish Monday of December.
Tues 18th Busking Band - 6.30pm to 9pm, Around Hade Edge. Hade Edge Brass Band will go walkabout.
  ,,   ,, Carols at 'The Fours' - 8pm to 10pm, Traveller's Inn, Four Lane Ends (top road), Oxspring, S36 8YJ. Join us with Cawthorne Brass Band for traditional carols in a wonderful pub setting, along with good beers. See the Traveller's Inn, aka 'The Fours', Oxspring.
Weds 19th Christmas Band Performance - 6pm, Tesco Food Store, Market Lane, Penistone. With Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook).
Thurs 20th Singalong Carols - 8pm to 10.30pm, Dog and Partridge, Board Hill, on the road to Manchester. Get in the festive spirit in a singalong with Cawthorne Brass Band. See the Dog & Partridge, FaceBook.
Fri - Mon
21st to 7th J
School Holiday - Officially Monday 24th to Friday 4th January 2019, to return on Monday 7th, but my dates also include the weekends. These dates were published in 2017. Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year. See BMBC School Dates.
Fri 21st Christmas Band Performance - 6pm, Tesco Food Store, Market Lane, Penistone. With Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Traditional Christmas Carols - 6.30pm to 7pm, The Rose and Crown, Hoylandswaine. Join in the carols with Cawthorne Brass Band.
  ,,   ,, Sabre (Local 1960s rock band) - 9pm, Traveller's Inn ('The Fours'), Four Lane Ends (top road), Oxspring, S36 8YJ. Described as: 'Mad Friday for the over-50s' (all ages welcome), and, 'Come and dance to the brilliant 1960s band.' See the Traveller's Inn, Oxspring.
Sat, Sun
22nd & 23rd
'Ursids' Meteor Shower - From around 4pm Saturday until 7am, Sunday. Look up (mostly North) at around 45 deg above the horizon. According to the Time and Date website: 'The Ursids meteor shower is active annually between 17th December and 24th December. The shower usually peaks around 23rd December. At its peak, observers may be able to view as many as 10 meteors in an hour.' That's nowhere near as many as the Geminids earlier in the month. There's a neat, animated graphic on the site showing us just where to look.
Sat 22nd Christmas Skate Party - 3pm to 5.30pm, Penistone Leisure Centre, the former Drill Hall. Admission £7 (spectators free). Skating, party games, face-painting, party food and a visit from a jovial, bearded fellow in a red outfit. In Victorian times it would have been a blue outfit but a sugar-water company changed that. See the Penistone Leisure Centre website for more information on this and other Christmas season events.
  ,,   ,, John C Morgan (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Sun 23rd Christmas Band Performances - 9.30am, Around Millhouse Green. With Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Christmas Band Performance - 1pm, Waggon and Horses, Langsett. With Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Traditional Carol Service - 3.30pm, Spring Vale Methodist Church. This is a meeting by Penistone Community Church. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Carol Service - 6pm, St Andrew's Church, High Street, Penistone. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Christmas Service - 6.30pm, St Leonard's Church, Wortley. With Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Christmas Choral Concert - 7.30pm, St Mary’s Church, Bolsterstone. Tickets £7, 16yrs and under, £4. This is a joint concert with Bolsterstone MVC and Deepcar Brass Band. For more information or bookings, please email: info@bolsterstonemvc.co.uk.
  ,,   ,, Christmas Band Performance - 8.15pm, Wortley Club, Wortley Village. With Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook).
Christmas
Eve
Mon 24th
Penistone Community Christmas Dinner - Time not stated (the poster said 'Lunch'), St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. Organised by Penistone Bumping Spaces and there is no price shown, which probably means 'gratis' in this case. Anyone is welcome to join in but it is generally aimed at socially-isolated elderly people who might be alone for Christmas. The group also needs some volunteer helpers on the day and on Christmas morning. By the way, around here, 'lunch' is called 'dinner' and a late evening meal is called 'supper', which comes after teatime. For more information about Bumping Spaces or the meal, please call (mobile) 07595 542 903.
  ,,   ,, Christingle Service - 4pm, St Andrew's Church, High Street, Penistone. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Children's Service - 6pm, St Saviour's Church, Thurlstone. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Christingle Service - 6.30pm, Penistone Parish Church. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Christmas Eve Vigil Mass - 9pm, St Mary's RC Church, Talbot Road, Penistone. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Gary Phillips (Singer) - Presumably 9pm, 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. The RBL will be open 11am to Midnight on Christmas Eve. Children welcome until 8pm. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Midnight Mass - 11.30pm, Penistone Parish Church. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Midnight Mass - 11.30pm, St James' Church, Midhopestones. A rare opportunity to attend a service in this quaint and very old chapel in the middle of nowhere. Please park carefully on the unlit road. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Midnight Communion - 11.30pm, St Andrew's Church, High Street, Penistone. Led by Rev Stephen Barnett. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine and Barnsley Chronicle.
Christmas
Day

Tues 25th
Christmas Day - A special day in the year to gather the family round for the Christmas Dinner, Christmas Pudding with lashings of custard (or brandy sauce), the prezzies and the mulled ǝuıʍ. Listen to uncle's bad jokes, laugh at the wrong moments and then applaud ironically. No, just joking, you are all there to enjoy the day, even uncle. Make sure your camera or phone is charged up ready for pictures and video of the young ones ripping open their presents. Don't forget the Queen's message to the UK and Commonwealth on TV at 3pm. Then there will probably be a good film to watch or family games to enjoy as the hearty Christmas Dinner, wine and mince pies start to digest. Have a very merry Christmas.
  ,,   ,, Christmas Eucharist - 10am, St Saviour's Church, Thurlstone. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Christmas Day Service - 10am, St Andrew's Church, High Street, Penistone. Led by Rev Philip Bee. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine and the Barnsley Chronicle.
  ,,   ,, Non-Eucharistic Service - 10am, Penistone Parish Church. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, Christmas Day Mass - 10.45am, St Mary's RC Church, Talbot Road, Penistone. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, RBL Christmas Day - Opens at 11.45am and closes at 2pm only, on Christmas Day. Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Children welcome. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Community Christmas Dinner - 12.30pm, Penistone Community Centre. A freebie Christmas Dinner organised by Penistone Bumping Spaces and aimed at older people who are at risk of social isolation or who might be vulnerable. The several posters around Penistone are clear that 'Anyone is welcome to join us,' thus dispelling any notion that it is only for Bumping Spaces regulars. Volunteer helpers are also required on the day and Christmas Eve, if anyone can give up an hour or two. For more information, please call (mobile) 07595 542 903. Facebook Event.
Boxing Day
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 Truce Match (Football) - Kick off 11am, Penistone Church Football Club, Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission: Adults £2, Children £1. Two teams: Penistone Church FC and Penistone Cricket Club, remember a spontaneous Christmas Day football game between enemies, as a Christmas truce during the Great War. Please lend your support; the fresh air will do you good. Refreshments and bar available. All proceeds to the Royal British Legion National Poppy Appeal. Good off-road parking, toilets, etc. From PCFC 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. It is unlikely that will actually go around chasing furry things but it is a very old traditional for them to meet, outside The George. See The George, (Facebook). Always on Boxing Day. R Harriers.
  ,,   ,, Boxing Day Band Performance - 1pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Traditional and local carols with Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook). Free admission but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Boxing Day Band Performance - 2.30pm, Talbot Suite, White Heart, Bridge End, Penistone. Traditional and local carols with Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook). Come along, have a beer and enjoy the atmosphere. White Heart (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Lindsay Dracass (Singer) - 4pm, 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. Lindsay was UK entrant for the 2001 Eurovision Song Contest. The RBL will be open 11am to 11pm on Boxing Day. Children welcome until 8pm. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Sun 27th Band AGM - 7pm to 8pm, Millhouse Institute, Manchester Rd, Millhouse Green, S36 9NZ. This is the Annual General Meeting for Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook).
Sat 29th Ellen Morgan (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. The Barnsley Chronicle gives the singer's name as Ellen Linacre. Free admission for the Saturday night turn but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Sun 30th Joint Worship - 10.30am, Spring Vale Methodist Church. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, 'Worship and Reflections on the New Year' - 3.30pm, Spring Vale Methodist Church. This is a meeting by Penistone Community Church. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
Mon 31st New Year's Eve - Time to celebrate with fermented beverages in 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 of lyrics, read the 'Auld' text file. We can expect NY parties at local pubs and the Britiah Legion. Facebookers recommend events at the White Heart and The Traveller's Inn (the Fours).
  ,,   ,, Oxspring Ceilidh Cancelled - Please note that Oxspring is not holding a New Year's Eve Ceilidh this year.
  ,,   ,, Kadie Jo Green (singer) - 9pm to late, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Unfortunately, the local 1960s rock band Sabre is unable to appear on New Year's Eve, has had originally planned "Due to illnes." It is not clear which band member might be ill. The RBL is open 11am and to 12.30am on New Year's Eve. Children welcome until 8pm. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
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