What's on in the Penistone Area - 2018

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For more 'What's On' in our district, please take a look at 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


PCMF Secretary Required
This year will be the 50th anniversary of Penistone Competitive Music Festival, to be held Saturday 29th September at Penistone Grammar School. The gist is that committee members are getting old and 'new blood' is needed to keep this annual event running, and perhaps steer it to greater glory. Mr David Wilkinson has been Festival Secretary for 42 of its 50 years and is ready to retire at the end of this year. Half of the Committee are aged 80 and above and none of them feel able to take on this job.

If anyone is interested in the responsible job of Festival Secretary, please contact David for details, tel. 76 5450, otherwise it appears that the Festival is likely to fold. The Festival is a Registered Charity No. 511148 and comes under the auspices of The British and International Federation of Festivals. All Officers, Secretary and Committee are honorary (i.e., unpaid). See the PCMF website (Email).

Penistone Town Hall - 'The Paramount'
Penistone can be proud of its public hall which opened in 1914. Just like a village hall on steroids, Penistone's Town Hall has been from day one a theatre, dance hall and assembly hall, with a stage, balcony, proscenium arch, sprung dance floor and originally a capacity of 500 people. Soon after opening, it also became a 'Picture Palace' showing silent films accompanied by piano. In its opening ceremony, Penistone Town Hall was described as "Penistone's Coliseum" and "An attraction for miles around." Now called 'The Paramount' from its cinema organ, our public hall has lived well up to all expectations for over a century. (Town Hall History).

The Paramount Theatre continues to thrive with a full calendar of films, tribute bands, plays, comedy shows, organ concerts, pantomimes and satellite-relayed plays. Please see their website for the latest news, Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).

Dodgy Charities
There are 'Good Causes,' there are 'Charities' and there are 'Registered Charities.' Beware of 'charity' events which do not declare who gains or those which do not name the organisers. The best charities are registered with the Charity Commission, where the public can discover their declared purposes, contact addresses, names of trustees and often the accounts.

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


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October   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. '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.
  ,,   ,, 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 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
26th to 5thN
School Holiday - Officially Monday 29th to Friday 2nd November, but my dates include the weekends. The next school break is for Christmas, starting on Friday 21st December. These dates were published in 2017. See BMBC School Dates.
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 for 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, but '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.' - so there must be an undeclared admission fee. Toilets available in the Mill building. Car park and on-street parking nearby. From Facebook Event.
Sat 27th
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Tues 31st
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 in the Spooky Market Barn. Admission same as last year: £4 on the door, advance tickets £2.50 per child (wristband). Lots of family fun and 'spooktacular' activities (included in ticket price) for children 4 to 11 years old. Fancy Dress competition and Carved Pumpkin competition. Open to everyone with food and drink available. Don't forget to bring the kids in fancy dress with their carved pumpkins for the competitions. Organised by Penistone Round Table and sponsored by Butcher Residential and CD Autos. See Penistone Round Table.
  ,,   ,, Hallowe'en Fancy Dress Party - 8pm, Crystal Palace, Thurlstone. Spooky Halloween cocktails, Fun Prizes, A spooktacular night ahead.
confirmed DJ 5th Avenue playing the best of best hits, old and new. It's Party Time.
  ,,   ,, 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. 'Spring forwards, fall backwards' (or 'Winter draws on, Summer pants away'). Fire and Rescue people suggest the clock-change time to repalce smoke detector batteries.
  ,,   ,, Antiques and Collectables Fair - 10am to 3pm, Penistone Community Centre. Admission 50p. Proceeds to Green Moor Cricket Club, who usually also provide some refreshments.
  ,,   ,, 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.
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.
Weds 31st All Hallows Eve or 'Hallowe'en'; the evening before the more respectful 'All Saints Day' on 1st November, and therefore somewhat less saintly. Dictionary Entry, Hallow/ˈhaləʊ/: Verb: Honour as holy; Noun: A saint or holy person. Saints are 'Hallowed', you see, and 'Evening' is shortened to 'E'en' (and needs the apostrophe for the missing letter, ya pumpkin). Hallowe'en dates from about 1745 and is of Christian origin from the UK, with carved turnips as Jack o' Lanterns. Americans found pumpkins more plentiful and easier to carve and they didn't have Bonfire Night, so Hallowe'en caught on over there. And chewing gum. Then they exported them both here. There you go and now you know.
  ,,   ,, 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.

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November   October - December - (Calendar).
This Month Bonfire/Guy Fawkes Night, the Remembrance Parade and Ceremony and the PGS Remembrance Ceremony. Remembrance Sunday falls on Armistice Day, marking 100 years since the end of the Great War of 1914 to 1918.
Thurs 1st All Saints Day or 'All Hallows Day' and the reason for Hallowe'en (All Hallows Evening), which needs the apostrophe for the missing 'V'.
  ,,   ,, 'Friends Against Scams' (talk) - 1.30pm to 2.30pm, Penistone Library. This is a free scam-awareness session presented by a Natwest representative, who we might expect to know the ways that customers are fooled into losing their savings.
  ,,   ,, PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, Pendon House (old people's residence). A monthly public meeting on the first Thursday of each month, between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents ('Police and Communities Together'), where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. Please note that the venue alternates between the Community Centre and Pendon House. This one was inferred from the previous one being scheduled for the Community Centre. See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley.'
Fri 2nd Friday Forum - 8.45pm to 9.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This is for Penistone RBL members to discuss any aspect of the management of the club and offer useful and constructive suggestions. Opinions, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and complaints will be welcomed and valued and passed on to the full management committee for consideration as necessary. Friday forums are on the first Friday of each month at this time. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, Sabre (Local Band) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Friday night turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This one will be a popular night with Penistone's very own four-piece group playing their popular selection, with Peter Lee at the helm. The original Sabre line up in 1964 was Peter Lee on vocals, Roy Walton on bass, Dave Thorp on lead guitar and Brian Fearnley (now deceased) on drums. The band started playing in Thurlstone British Legion (now flats), mostly playing Beatles music. Penistone RBL.
Sat 3rd

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Penistone Bonfire Night - Penistone Mug from Hallmark Card ShopGates open 6.45pm, Bonfire Lit 7.15pm-ish, Fireworks from 7.30pm, Penistone Showground. Admission price to be announced (£5 in 2017, £4 in 2016), free for under-16s. Always a popular event and with perhaps 3,000 people warming their nethers by the fire, as it is usually a bitterly cold evening. Children will wave sparklers around. Hot snacks and drinks available, possibly bonfire toffee and parkin too. Penistone FM provides backdrop music. A traditional Guy Fawkes effigy (or several) will help the bonfire.

'I See no Reason why Gunpowder, Treason Should Ever be Forgot.'
The whole point of Bonfire Night (or Guy Fawkes Night) is to remember a treasonous plot by Richard Cadesby, Guy Fawkes and others to blow up the King and Parliament in an early act of terrorism. It used to be the law of the land (The Observance of the Fifth of November Act) for church bells to be rung and bonfires lit throughout the land on 5th November. The actual law was recinded (see Wiki) but the old tradition has continued to this day. Calling it 'Fireworks Night' undermines the tradition and - literally 'Loses the Plot'. More on the Gunpowder Plot Story and an HMG guide for 'Celebrating Bonfire Night'.

Many of Penistone's big events used to be organised by the local council but Penistone Round Table is now behind: Penistone Mayor's Parade, Penistone Gala, Penistone Community Bonfire, Santa's Sleigh Run and the Christmas Lights Switch-on and do them 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 which go to local good causes. See the Bonfire page and the Facebook Event.
  ,,   ,, Handel's Messiah at Bullhouse Chapel. Always on the first Sunday of November.
Sun 4th 'Now the Guns Have Stopped' - 4pm, St John's Church, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. A concert featuring soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth, Hugh Finnigan on piano and John Porteous. This concert is themed upon the Great War, which is topical just now and the penultimate one of a series of concerts at Hoylandswaine church. The next one will be 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' - 4pm, Sunday 16th December. More details may be found in a little booklet available at Penistone Library.
Mon 5th Guy Fawkes Night - The Penistone Community Bonfire is on the Saturday nearest to Guy Fawkes Night, see Saturday 3rd November above, but there will be some small bonfires in our district 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 remember more than four centuries later. Please see the Bonfire page for more about the history and our tradition.
  ,,   ,, '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 artis, Helen Slater. From poster.
Weds 7th Curiousities and Connections (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by John Taylor. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Fri 9th
PGS Remembrance Ceremony - 10.45am, War Memorial Stone by Penistone Grammar School's road entrance. Ample off-road parking. The memorial has a roll of honour of PGS alumni who fell in the Great War of 1914-1918. The ceremony will have an address by PGS Principal Jo Higgins and Penistone Mayor Cllr Paul Hand-Davis, with Father David and others. Also a wreath-laying and the Roll of Honour will be read out, followed by two minutes' reflective silence at 11am, for those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. This event is on the Friday before Remembrance Sunday and drops on Armistice Day this year. 'For our today, they gave their tomorrow'. See PGS.
  ,,   ,, Games Night - 7pm to 9pm, Lounge Room, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Please note that, as a private members' club, non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This is one of the RBL's monthly Games Nights, on the second Friday of each month. Scrabble, triominoes, upwords, rumicub and more. A Barnsley U3A activity encouraging more social activity for people at risk of social isolation. It is also said to be a fund-raiser for next year's Armed Forces Day (but not as part of RBL Branch funds, which can only be used for the welfare of RBL members). For more U3A information, please call Helen Dew on 01226 891 130. Penistone RBL.
Sat 10th 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.
  ,,   ,, 'Rule Britannia' (Organ and Band Concert) - 2.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. More details later. With Kevin Grunhill on the organ, assisted by Barnsley Metropolitan Band. Box Office is open for bookings 10am to 2pm and during performances or call 76 7532. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). This item is from 'Tito' magazine, June 2018.
Sun 11th
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Penistone Remembrance Parade and Ceremony - The Parade will assemble 10.20am by Penistone Bowling Club, Back Lane, to process at about 10.40am. The Remebrance event remembers and gives respect to those who gave their lives in the defence of our country, in all conflicts but particularly the Great War of 1914 - 1918, as this year is the centenary of its ending. 'Penistone Remembers' is a community project for the centenary based on Penistone St John’s Church. Others involved will be Penistone Town Council, Penistone Show Committee, Penistone Armed Forces Day Committee, Penistone Round Table and others. A £3,900 fund has been allocated by Penistone Ward Alliance for this purpose but without details of the co-ordinating committee and how it will be accounted for. The involvement of the Show comittee suggests an event on the Showground. Early information (in August) is that the Paramount will show the film 'War Horse' in keeping with the event. Thurlstone Brass Band will lead the parade followed by the banner bearers, service and ex-service men and women, Fire & Rescue, Scouts, Guides (and juniors), councillors and other leading citizens, RBL members and the public. The Police have taken part in previous years. The parade will join the War Memorial assembly outside Penistone Church. The outdoor ceremony will have prayers, hymns, wreath-laying, the Roll of Honour and two minutes' silence at 11am to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. A Service of Remembrance will follow inside Penistone Church.

Some History:

The first two minute silence in Britain was held on 11th November 1919, when King George V asked the public to observe a silence at 11am on Armistice Day. The first Poppy Day was held on 11th November 1921. Penistone War Memorial was built and opened in 1924. It was thoroughly cleaned up this year. See the Remembrance page on this website. Facebook also has a 'Lest We Forget' page. Penistone Church (Facebook).
  ,,   ,, Remembrance Service - Gather from 10.30am, St Andrew's Church, next door to Penistone Library.
  ,,   ,, Remembrance Service - Gather from 10.30am, Ingbirchworth War Memorial. Wreath-laying and Roll of Honour of the fallen followed by two minutes' silence at 11am to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.
  ,,   ,, Remembrance Service - Gather from 10.30am, Thurgoland War Memorial. Wreath-laying and Roll of Honour of the fallen followed by two minutes' silence at 11am to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.
  ,,   ,, Thurlstone Remembrance Ceremony - 10.30am at Thurlstone War Memorial. Wreath-laying and Roll of Honour of the fallen followed by two minutes' silence at 11am to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country. Thurlstone Community Group.
  ,,   ,, Oxspring Remebrance Ceremony - 2pm, St Aidan's Church, Oxspring. A short ceremony by the new Wall Plaque will be followed by a piece of music entitled 'The Battle of the Somme' and performed by local volunteer musicians. For more information, please contact the Clerk of the Parish (email: clerk@oxspring-parish.com). See Oxspring Parish.
Fri 16th
to Sun 18th
Autumn Beer Festival - White Heart, Bridge End, Penistone. 25 Real Ales and Ciders to choose from. The event will also feature food and live music throughout the weekend. White Heart.
Fri 16th Fox Valley Christmas Lights - Events start at 4pm, Lights on at 5.30pm, Fox Valley Shopping Area, Stocksbridge. Commercial Christmas starts mid-November in Stocksbridge. Entertainment on the bandstand from 4pm and a festive-themed market. Candy cane stilt-walkers will hand out sweets and retailers stay open to 7pm for Christmas shopping. 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.
Mon 19th Penistone Town Council Meeting - 7pm, Council Chamber, Penistone Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. A short period is allowed for questions from residents. This is the grass-roots Council and the first port-of-call for residents' concerns, which can be dealt with locally or passed on to BMBC, where appropriate. Residents have a legal right to observe and record council meetings, without prior permission, but can be excluded under defined circumstances (HMG Openness Guide 2014 - pdf). Penistone Town Council meetings are normally on the third Monday of each month, except August. Details of sub-committees are not advertised. Minutes appear on the website after the next meeting. Pen Town Council.
Weds 21st History of the RAMC (History talk on the Army Medics) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Yvonne Timmins. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs to Sun
22nd to 25th
Art at the Altar - 10am each day; to 8pm Thurs/Fri and to 5pm weekend, Penistone Church. (Preview 7.30pm to 11pm, Weds 21st). Free admission. Refreshments available. This ever-popular arts and crafts event from local artists has not diminished with the years. Hen's Teeth was established in 2005 by local artists and friends. 20% of sales go to charity each year and they have raised over £35,000 over the years. I rather hope they won't display a pentagram in the church this time, as it insults the Christian faith. See Hen's Teeth (Facebook), S Catterall Jewellery.
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 two ukulele entertainers, delivering harmony, laughter, musicianship and off-the-wall wit. From poster.
Sat 24th Christmas Market - 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 225083, option three. Email: cliffehouse@kirklees.gov.uk. See Cliffe House.
Sun 25th Tabletop Sale - 11am to 3pm, Penistone Market Barn. Open to all. Come along and browse a selection of stalls from car boot, crafts, local businesses, hot food and refreshments. This one is the last one in this series, which is likely to return in 2019. Vendors pay £10 per table, please arrange by Email: ellie_lilly@hotmail.com. From Facebook.

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December    October - November (Calendar). Remember - 'If it's not December, it's not Christmas.'
This Month MagiChristmas dominates the month, having started on television in October (sorry, September this year) and October in the shops. It is also a wonderful time for Choral and Band Concerts, Carol Services, Church Events and Christmas markets. New Year's Eve polishes off the year in boisterous style before the calm of New Year's Day.
Up to
Christmas
Late Night Shopping - From last year: This is for the Fox Valley shopping area in Stocksbridge. Plenty of shops to choose from (particularly for clothes) but all you really need is the truly wonderful 'Home Bargains' store and Aldi. See Fox Valley.
Sat TBC Christmas Fair - This one was from 2017 but could happen again on the same day as the Christmas lights. From last year:
10am to 1pm, Penistone Parish Church. Cakes, preserves and pickles, crafts and Christmas decorations, hand-made jewellery, bottle stall, tombola and raffle. Refreshments and Light Lunches will be served. Penistone Church, Facebook.
Sat 1st

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Penistone Christmas Lights Switch-on and Carols - 4pm by the Christmas tree outside Penistone Church. As a proper community event, the morning starts with a Saturday Market in the Market Barn. This year's Penistone Mayor, Cllr Gillian Millner, has declared that the Christmas Carols will return to the Barn this year (well done, Gillian). Then, as the afternoon progresses, it will be time for people to go around the corner to the Christmas Lights outside Penistone church. Penistone Round Table will also bring Santa and his (or her) rosy-cheeked helpers on the RT sleigh. The Mayor will be hovering around the plunger with an assortment of shivering ankle-biters to help the count-down. Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook) will incite 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, unlike some other places where Christmas begins before December.
Sun 2nd Christmas on the Green - Millhouse Green. Always the first Sunday of December, organised by Millhouse Green VCA (Facebook).
Most
of
December
Santa's RT Sleigh Run - These dates and times are from last year as a rough guide for 2018:
Santa will tour our area on the Round Table's shiny new sleigh to Christmas music and rattling collection boxes. Note that some of the 4pm times have been moved a bit earlier on the latest poster to 3.45pm. Times are subject to variation:
  • Friday 1st December: - 5.45pm, Hoylandswaine Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Saturday 2nd:
    - 4pm, Christmas Lights Switch-on, outside Penistone Church,
    - 5pm, Silkstone Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Sunday 3rd:
    - 3.45pm, Millhouse Green Christmas Lights Switch-on, Millhouse Institute (was 4pm),
    - 5pm, Spring Vale Santa's Sleigh Run (was 3pm),
  • Wednesday 6th: - 5.30pm, Oxspring Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Friday 8th: - 5.30pm, Thurgoland and Green Moor Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Saturday 9th: - 3.45pm, Cubley Santa's Sleigh Run (was 4pm),
  • Sunday 10th: - 3.45pm, First Dodworth and Gilroyd Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Friday 15th: - 5.45pm, Wentworth Road Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Saturday 16th: - 3.45pm, Penistone Town Centre Santa's Sleigh Run (was 4pm),
  • Sunday 17th: - 3.45pm, Second Dodworth and Gilroyd Santa's Sleigh Run (was 4pm),
  • Thursday 21st: - 5.45pm, Ingbirchworth Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Friday 22nd: - 5.30pm, Silkstone Common Santa's Sleigh Run,
  • Saturday 23rd: - 3.45pm, Thurlstone and Millhouse Green Santa's Sleigh Run (was 4pm).
This annual event raises a lot of money for local charities and other good causes. See Penistone Round Table and Facebook.
Weds 5th An Elizabethan Christmas (History talk) - 1.45pm Registration for 2pm start, Community Centre, Church Street. £2 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Maureen S Taylor. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Thurs 6th
TBC
PACT (or 'Community Safety') Meeting - 7pm, St John's Community Centre, Church Street, Penistone. A monthly public meeting on the first Thursday of each month, between S Yorks Police representatives and local residents ('Police and Communities Together'), where local crime trends are discussed and feedback is gleaned from the public. Please note that the venue alternates between the Community Centre and Pendon House. This one was inferred from the previous one being scheduled for Pendon House (old people's residence) but, being in the run-up to Christmas, anything might happen. See PACT on 'Live Well Barnsley.'
  ,,   ,, AngelOfficial Start of the Christmas Season.
Real Christmas starts here and the tree, trimmings and received Christmas cards are supposed to be put up from this date.
Most gifts should have been already purchased, allowing us to concentrate on the actual Christmas Season.
Except for specific requests, local radio Penistone FM does not play Christmas records until December has started.
Don't forget to send any Christmas cards to foreign lands around this time or before mid-December to make sure they get them in time.
Perhaps a Yorkshire calendar too, then they can see what they have been missing.
Fri 7th Friday Forum - 8.45pm to 9.30pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. This is for Penistone RBL members to discuss any aspect of the management of the club and offer useful and constructive suggestions. Opinions, thoughts, ideas, suggestions and complaints will be welcomed and valued and passed on to the full management committee for consideration as necessary. Friday forums are on the first Friday of each month at this time. Penistone RBL.
  ,,   ,, Kev Kendricks (Singer) - 9pm, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Free admission for the Friday night turn, but please note that non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. Penistone RBL.
TBC 'A Compton Christmas Cracker' (Organ and Band Concert) - This one is an annual favourite. Details from 2017 as a guide to 2018:
2.30pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. All Tickets £10. This is a grand concert of 'Music and Mirth', with Andrew Nix and Kevin Grunhill takimng turns on the Mighty Compton Cinema Organ, with special guests Thurlstone Brass Band ( Facebook). Paramount Box Office is open 10am to 2pm and during performances, or call 76 7532. This event has been organised by the Penistone Cinema Organ Trust. Also see the 7.15pm evening Grand Christmas Choral Concert in the Paramount (next item below), and make a day of it. See Paramount (Facebook). (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004).
TBC Grand Christmas Choral Concert - Details from 2017, as a guide to 2018:
7.15pm, Penistone Paramount Theatre, Shrewsbury Road, S36 6DY. Tickets £10. This is indeed a Grand Concert, with New Mill MVC, Skelmanthorpe Band and local soprano, Ann Wilkes. Tickets from the Paramount; Clark's Cemist or by calling either: John Purvis (D Dale Rotary Club) on 01484 665 900; Richard Green (New Mill MVC - and Robin Hood?) on 01484 684 649; or Graham Crossland (Shat Band) on (mobile) 07990 615 765. Paramount Box Office is open from 10am to 2pm and during any performances. Call the Paramount Box Office on 76 7532 (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). This event has been organised by The Rotary Club of Denby Dale. See Paramount (Facebook). See also the other grand concert in the Paramount this day at 2.30pm, above.
Sun TBC Christmas Carol Service - 2.30pm, Bullhouse Chapel, off Manchester Road, Bullhouse (above Millhouse Green). 'You are warmly invited to join us.' This lovely chapel was built in 1692. They say that their car park has been improved. Look out for the proverbial chapel hat-pegs, on the wall.
Sun TBC Carol Service - 3pm, St Ann's Church, Deepcar. From 'The Bridge' church magazine.
Tues 11th A Christmas Carol (Play via satellite) - The Paramount Theatre, Penistone. Details later. This features Simon Callow. The Box Office is open for bookings from 10am to 2pm and during performances or call 76 7532. Card sales are accepted. (24-Hour Event Line on 76 2004). See Paramount (Facebook).
Weds 12th History Group Christmas Dinner - Cubley Hall. Penistone History and Archive Group history talks are the first and third Wednesday of most months. The annual subscription is £12. See Penistone Archive Group on Facebook.
Fri 14th Games Night - 7pm to 9pm, Lounge Room, Penistone Royal British Legion, 14 St Mary's Street, Penistone, S36 6DT. Please note that, as a private members' club, non-members must be signed in at Reception by current members. This is one of the RBL's monthly Games Nights, on the second Friday of each month. Scrabble, triominoes, upwords, rumicub and more. A Barnsley U3A activity encouraging more social activity for people at risk of social isolation. It is also said to be a fund-raiser for next year's Armed Forces Day (but not as part of RBL Branch funds, which can only be used for the welfare of RBL members). For more U3A information, please call Helen Dew on 01226 891 130. Penistone RBL.
TBC Christmas Carols Around the Christmas Tree - From 6.30pm, The Village Green, Upper Denby. Time to get the Village of Denby into the Christmas spirit with our annual Carols. We are very privileged to have Shepley Band for the evening. The Denby Dale Lions have arranged for Santa and his Elves to arrive at around 6.30pm. They are not real lions, btw. Complimentary Mulled Wine and Mince Pies on arrival at the Village Green. Then it is Homemade Pie & Peas at The George Inn for £4.95 per person (booking essential, call 01484 861 347). The George, (F'book).
Weekend
TBC
Christmas Tree Festival - 1pm to 3.30pm, St John the Evangelist Church, Haigh Lane, HoylandSwaine, S36 7JQ. Except for refreshments being available, 'Look Local' freebie newspaper does not tell us what is actually going to happen.
Sun TBC Community Carol Service - 6pm, Penistone Parish Church, Penistone. Free admission. This event will be supported by the presence of Penistone Mayor and civic guests. Everyone welcome and you will enjoy the Christmas carols. Penistone Church, Facebook.
Sun 16th 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' - 4pm, St John's Church, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. A concert featuring soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth with Hugh Finnigan on piano. This is the last of a series of concerts which have been held at Hoylandswaine church. More details may be found in a little booklet available at Penistone Library.
Mon 17th Penistone Town Council Meeting - 7pm, Council Chamber, Penistone Town Hall Building, Shrewsbury Road. A short period is set aside for questions from residents. The public can observe and record proceedings of the full council and most sub-committees (see HMG Openness Guide 2014 - pdf). PTC meetings are nominally on the third Monday of each month, except August. Minutes appear on the website (but not Library) after the next meeting. Penistone Town Council.
  ,,   ,, Millhouse Institute Christmas Concert. With Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir (Facebook). Usually on the third-ish Monday of December.
Fri - Mon
21st to 8th
School Holiday - Officially Monday 24th to Friday 4th January 2019, to return on Monday 8th, but my dates include weekends. These dates were published in 2017. Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year. See BMBC School Dates.
Tues 25th Christmas Day - A special day in the year to gather the family round for Christmas Dinner, prezzies and mulled ǝuıʍ. Listen to uncle's bad jokes, laugh at the wrong moments and applaud ironically. No, just joking, you are all there to enjoy the day.
If you will be alone on Christmas Day, there's a Christmas Dinner (time not given but probably noon to 2pm, at a guess) at Penistone Community Centre, to get you out of the house on the big day, with a warm welcome by 'Penistone Bumping Spaces'. Various community organisations will be there to make it more special, with people from Thurlstone Community Group, Patchwork Support and Tesco. For more information, call Karen on (mobile) 07540 748 809.
Weds 26th Thurlstone Brass Band - 9.30pm to 12.30pm, Around Thurlstone. The band will meet at St Saviour's Church before doing the rounds of Thurlstone. Thurlstone Brass Band (Facebook)
  ,,   ,, Boxing Day Meet (Traditional Fox Hunt gathering) - 11am. The George Inn, Upper Denby. Usually a large crowd will gather to watch the toffs in their finery, proudly mounted on magnificent horses. See The George, (Facebook). Always on Boxing Day. R Harriers.
Mon 31st New Year's Eve - Time to celebrate with fermented beverages in a local hostelries. With folded arms, grab the nearest sweaty hand, then it's: 'Should Auld Acquaintance be Forgot, etc.' Full story at Scotland.Org. For the English translation lyrics, read the 'Auld' text file.
TBC NY Eve Ceilidh - 8pm to Midnight, St Aidan's Church, Oxspring. Admission: Adults £10, Children 5-11yrs, £5, available from Oxspring Post Office. Music provided by the Retford ceilidh band 'Pinch O' Snuff'. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Don't forget to sing 'Auld Lang Syne'.
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 can be well-rewarded. I have been a Club Secretary and have a few ideas. Posters should be put up acouple of weeks before the day and certainly no less than a week. Too early and people will forget or your poster might be covered up by someone else's. Too late or too few posters, or relying on word-of-mouth (as church people do) then it will fail and will 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:
Brexit Day - 29th March 2019;
Penistone Armed Forces Day - June 2019. The PAFD committee is going to put on a belter of a show.


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