What's on in the Penistone Area - 2018

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For more 'What's On', please visit these fine websites: Visit Penistone, We are Penistone (on Fb), Love Penistone (Facebook), Penistone FM (Facebook), 'Where Can We Go?', Event Goat, Look Local, Holmfirth Events, Kirklees, BMBC 'Things to Do', and Penistone Community Centre. The Events Intro page on this site has some previous years, waffle, guff, verbosity, etc.


area mapNotable 2018 Events


Penistone Town Hall - 'The Paramount'
Penistone's Town Hall is just like a village hall on steroids. It opened in 1914 as a theatre, dance hall and assembly hall, with a stage, balcony, proscenium arch and a sprung dance floor for what used to be popular dance nights. The Town Hall became a 'Picture Palace' in 1915, showing silent films accompanied by the piano.

Penistone Town Hall was described in its opening ceremony as "Penistone's Coliseum" and "An attraction for miles around." Now re-named 'The Paramount' from its cinema organ, our public hall has lived up to every expectation and it continues to thrive with a full calendar of films, tribute bands, plays, comedy shows, organ concerts, pantomimes and satellite-relayed plays. Penistone can be proud of its Town Hall. (See Town Hall History). Please see the Paramount website, Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).

Dodgy Charities
There are 'Good Causes', 'Charities', 'Registered Charities' and some which are ill-defined. Beware of any 'charity' events which do not declare who gains or fails to name the organiser. The best charities are registered with the Charity Commission, where they have nothing to hide. The public can discover their declared purposes, names of trustees, contact addresses and often their accounts.

PACT Meetings
Monthly public meetings between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents, where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. These can be quite interesting and informative. They are seldom advertised but may be discontinued if not enough residents attend. Meetings are nominally on the first Thursday of each month but the location often changes without notice. (PACT = 'Police and Communities Together'). See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley.'


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December   (Calendar). Remember: 'If it's not December, it's not Christmas.'
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.
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. (PACT = 'Police and Communities Together'). 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.
  ,,   ,, 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 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.
Thurs 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 8th J
School Holiday - Officially Monday 24th to Friday 4th January 2019, to return on Monday 8th, 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. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
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. From 'Churches Together' in 'Tito' magazine.
  ,,   ,, 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. All are welcome. This is a freebie Christmas Dinner organised by Penistone Bumping Spaces and is aimed at older people who are at risk of social isolation. Volunteer helpers are also required on Christmas Eve and on the day, if anyone can give up an hour or two. For more information, please call (mobile) 07595 542 903. See 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 match) - Kick off 11am, Penistone Church Football Club, Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission: Adults £2, Children £1. Two teams from Penistone Church FC and Penistone Cricket Club will play to commemorate the historic match between enemies, on Christmas Day during the Great War (who knew the two clubs were enemies?). Please come and lend your support whilst working off that Christmas over-indulgence. All proceeds to the RBL national poppy appeal fund. 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.
  ,,   ,, Christmas Band Performance - 1pm, 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. With Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Christmas Band Performance - 2.30pm, White Heart, Bridge End, Penistone. With Thurlstone Brass Band (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 Thurlstone Brass 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. 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).
TBC NY Eve Ceilidh - 8pm to Midnight, St Aidan's Church, Oxspring. Admission: Adults £10, Children 5-11yrs, £5, available from Oxspring Post Office. Music provided by the Retford ceilidh band 'Pinch O' Snuff'. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Don't forget to sing 'Auld Lang Syne'.
  ,,   ,, Sabre (Local 1960s rock band) - 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. A rollickingly good evening is guaranteed. Sabre is our local band which formed in the 1960s and it still enjoys popular support. The RBL is open 11am and to 12.30am on New Year's Eve. Children welcome until 8pm. Penistone RBL (Facebook).
Penistone
Advice for Event Organisers:
You want your big day to be a success, don't you, so you need to get the word out - and that means posters, social media and other outlets. A bit of time spent on promoting the event will be well-rewarded with bums on seats and people paying money. I have been a Club Secretary and I have a few ideas from those days which will help. Posters should be up a couple of weeks before the day and certainly no less than one week. Too early and people forget or your poster is covered up by someone else's. Too late or too few posters, or relying on word-of-mouth (as many do) and it will fail, and deserve to fail.

T be entered in this Events List, simply put up some posters around Penistone town centre (not only Tesco or the Community Centre) and include these Essential Details:
  • Descriptive Event Name - What's happening?
  • Date - When? And the day of the week too or we have to look it up.
  • Start Time - At what time should they turn up, dafthead. You do want them to turn up, don't you?
  • Location - Where? Postcode for Satnav? Directions? Parking? Disabled access?
  • Ticket/Admission - How much? Where from? Agency fees? Any Concessions? Age limit? Accompanied by adult? Hidden costs? Any Booking Fee (a legal requirement to disclose it, by the way)? If there's no price shown and I say it is either expensive or free.
  • Organiser - Who is running it? Who benefits? Website? Contact details?

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

As with the time, extra zeros in the price clutters up the poster - Admission £10.00 is the same as Admission £10. Put gaps in phone numbers for clarity. Use a UK spell-check then get someone to read it through. A few drawings or pictures can make it appealing. If you are putting it on-line, you might add a link to a map, if necessary. People can use a smartphone to find your website via QR Code, if you put one on your poster.

Good poster places are: Hallmark Cards, Paul Schofield Butcher, Ward's Chip Shop, Café Crème, Community Centre, Penistone Library, Penistone Post Office (might have to pay), Penistone Co-op (charities only), Clark's Chemist (sometimes), Council Noticeboards and Tesco's inside wall. Some other shops and cafés might also oblige. Please provide some Blu-tak for the posters to avoid any window mess from sticky tape. If someone lets you put a poster on a council noticeboard, please do not cover up statutary notices as they are a legal requirement (as per statute).

Update your website ready for the event day and get people to 'share' on Facebook, as it is free and effective, if kept up to date. You can link a website to a Facebook Event. Please respond to any Facebook enquiries and keep the page active. If your club or society is not already on Facebook, it makes sense to consider doing it, then people can 'share' and you can elicit feedback. Some people use Twitter but I don't use it and can't advise. Also contact these sites: Visit Penistone, Barnsley Comical, Event Goat, Look Local, Holme Valley Revue, Visit Barnsley, Hudds Examiner and Pen FM. Plus all of the usual community websites (if appropriate), such as We are Penistone (on Fb), Love Penistone (Facebook), Visit Penistone, Penistone FM (Facebook).

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

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

Next Year:
Penistone Arts Week - March 2019. See Penistone Arts Week on Facebook;
Brexit Day - 29th March 2019;
Penistone Armed Forces Day - June 2019 is going be a belter of a show.


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