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A Personal View of Penistone, UK.   -    'The Town that Thinks it's a Village'
This website is safe for family viewingWelcome to the market town of Penistone on the River Don. This is a personal website which explores aspects of my home town (twinned with Grindavik, Iceland). I hope that you will find something interesting. J Briggs.
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The view from Long Lane, near Thurlstone.
Information and Markets
  • Penistone Market Day - Thursdays, Penistone Market Barn (FaceBook). Two-hour and three-hour parking nearby.
  • Penistone Country Market - 10am to Noon, Market Day, Upper Hall, Community Centre, Church St.
  • Saturday Morning Market - Market Barn. Regulars and a variety of themed stalls, rotated each week:
    1st Sat - Second Hand Market; 2nd Sat - Local Produce; 3rd Sat - Arts and Crafts; 4th Sat - Youth Market.
    To book a Saturday table in the Market Barn (only £5), call 01226 772 246 or email Market Services.
  • Penistone Historic Archives - Market Day, 10am to 1pm-ish, Lower Hall, Community Centre, Church Street.
  • Information CentreVisitor Information - Penistone Library and Penistone Church for leaflets, maps and general information.
  • Half Day Closing - Some shops close early on the afternoons of Wednesday and Saturday.
  • 'DIAL' Drop in Advice - Market Day, 10am to 1pm, Upper Office, Town Hall Building. No appointment needed.
    'DIAL' is a charity to advise disabled people. It is funded by Penistone Area Council (BMBC).
  • Job Club - Mondays, 1pm to 3pm, Penistone Library. Information and advice for job-seekers.
    Internet access; information about job vacancies; help with CVs and job application forms.
  • Penistone, Peak and Pennine Tourism Group - Promoting local tourism and the local economy. See PPP&TG.
  • Defibrillators - Available at: Clark's Chemist; Community Centre; Spring Vale Methodist Church; Whitby and Chandler and Penistone Leisure Centre. Call 999 for defib access code, read directions inside the box. First Responders.
  • Jambusters - Report any adverse road conditions to Dearne FM on (01226) 20 40 40.

Weather in Penistone

Website Updates:
August 2017 September 2007
News on the Street: (Reload this page to see the latest updates)
  • Penistone Remembers Passchendaele - Thursday 21st, 10.30am, Penistone War Memorial and Church.
    Penistone coat of armsThis is a serious community event in Penistone to commemorate local casualties lost in the WWI battles fought between 31st July and 6th November 1917. Proceedings start at the War Memorial (continuing in the church), led by Father David Hopkin with hymns, prayers, laying of wreaths and the roll of the fallen. Children from St John's School will lay 14 wreaths on the memorial and a local PGS pupil will play the Last Post. The event will be attended by the Penistone and Barnsley Mayors and Angela Smith MP.

    Five 'stations' of the campaign will be represented by information panels in the Sensory Garden (lower graveyard) with historic displays inside the church (including morse code). This event is with the co-operation of Penistone Town Council, local school children, local organisations and groups. We should support it.
  • J & B Antiques Shop Closing Down - This is from a Facebook message from Ben Donnachie. The shop is closing as a result of increased rent and business rates making the shop unfeasable. It is likely to close around November. They will continue doing house clearances and looking to buy antiques, collectables and furniture and will be trading via their JB Antiques website, Ebay and social media. They thank all of the loyal customers who have visited the shop over the last five years. They can be reached at the office above Clark's Chemist, on the Church side.
  • HMG 'Planning for Homes' Consultation - This is open to everyone and closes on 8th November. Subject to its outcome and the responses received to the housing White Paper, the Government intends to publish a draft revised National Planning Policy Framework early in 2018. Read (very long-winded) 'Planning for the Right Homes in the Right Places' before entering the Consultation. This might influence what goes into the Neighbourhood Development Plan.
  • 'A Trip Back in Time' (History talk) - Wednesday 20th, Opens 2pm for 2.15pm, Community Centre, Church Street. £1.50 Admission includes tea and biscuit. This is a talk and presentation by Brian Robinson, who is Secretary of the group and an amateur film-maker of many years.

    Beware of imitations, there is only one Penistone History and Archive Group. History talks are on the first and third Wednesday of the month. All welcome. The U3A is also hoping to set up their own history group in the Library, possibly in competition with the established group and possibly to its detriment. See Penistone Archive Group.
  • Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival - Weekend 23rd, 24th Sept., 10am to 6pm, Holmfirth. Plenty to see with more than 65 stallholders, street artists, festival trails, face-painting and more. Also live music, brewery tours and some rather quirky street entertainment adding to the festival atmosphere. Plenty of free workshops and activities for the younger ones. Frumptarn Guggenband (of Barnsley) will make very loud sounds. Disabled car parking available at Crown Bottom (Co-op) and Huddersfield Road Car Park next to Holmfirth Market Hall. See H Food and Drink Fest and Facebook.

    Compare Penistone to Holmfirth: Holmfirth has a community-based Christmas Committee to initiate and support events; Holme Valley Parish Council publishes a very good free newspaper (get it in Penistone Tesco) and encourages feedback from residents; Holmfirth has an Arts Festival and also a Food Festival in the streets. Where are ours?
  • Round £1 Coins Ending Soon - So you'll get plenty in your change! The Post Office poster says: 'Spend, bank or donate your round £1 coins before they are no longer legal tender'. These will come to an end on 15th October.
See BBC Weather, an Aurora Forecast, the Moon, a Radon Map, a Lightning Map and the River Don levels.
Wants and Needs: (Reload this page to see the latest updates)
  • Bathroom Fitter Required - Due to increased business, ORCA Bathrooms and Tiling Ltd., of Penistone are looking for an additional experienced Bathroom Installer (Plumber/Tiler) on a Self-Employed basis. The successful applicant must be customer-focused and have extensive experience and references. Send CV or details of experience by Email. The ORCA shop is part of the former Wiseman's delicatessen building, opposite the top of Unwin Street.
  • Paper Boy/Girl Needed for Millhouse Green - This is Monday to saturday and Sunday mornings. Must be 13 yrs or over. Papers would be dropped off in Millhouse Green for delivery. If you are interested, please contact Penistone Post Office on 76 2054, or call in (preferably when they are not busy).
  • Chef/Cook Required - The successful applicant must have good kitchen experience, be enthusiastic, reliable, a good time-keeper and able to work well under pressure as part of a professional team. Send your CV or contact the Cask and Spindle, 112 Abbey Road, Shepley, Huddersfield, HD8 8EL. Call 01484 602 950 for more. From poster.
  • The Penistone Big Knit - Age UK Barnsley is inviting people to knit or crochet: hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, socks or blankets, for use by local old people. If you would like to join in or would like information, call 01226 776 820 or Email: This is open to schools, businesses, community groups and individuals at home.

    You can collect wool from, and deposit your creations at, these collection points: Penistone Library, Penistone Church (Market Day), Tesco and the Information Centre at the top end of the Town Hall (Paramount) building. The last date for finished contributions is Saturday, 30th September. Wool contributions are welcome. Please note that Café Crème has also officially joined in and invites customers to knit or crochet in the café.

    'Keeping Penistone Warm' is the follow-up event on Friday 13th October (details later), where the work will be distributed to elderly people and advice will be offered (from Age UK Barnsley) on energy, benefits and other topics of interest to older people.
  • Penistone Historic Archive - Open 10am to 1pm, Market Day (Thursday), Lower Hall, Penistone Community Centre. The Penistone History and Archive Group is open to receiving old local photos, memorabilia, Penistone Almanacks or other history of our area.

    Beware of imitations, there is only one Penistone History and Archive Group and it is better for local historic materials to be kept in Penistone than lost in Barnsley. The group holds history talks on the first and third Wednesday of every month (not August), in the Upper Hall, Pen Community Centre. A small fee is charged. Everyone welcome. All enquiries to: Brian Robinson (Secretary) on 76 6827. The U3A is also hoping to set up their own history group in the Library, but it would not be right for them to be in competition with the established group. See Pen Archive Group.
  • Penistone Parish Church - £5,000 is needed to fix the roof. This message came from Just Giving: 'Weʼre raising £5,000 to contribute towards providing a new church roof, replacing the temporary covering following a theft.' 
See 'Penistone Area Team' (Facebook);  Penistone NDP;   Volunteer Groups in Barnsley.
Is your car parking safe? Penistone Crime Reports (SY Police).
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Eskia Computers, Spring Vale.

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