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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 Shopping - Take a look at local shops and businesses on Penistone High Street (at Visit Penistone).
  • 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. Small market with good fruit/veg and regular stalls.
    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 - Thurs, 10am to 1pm, Upper Office, Town Hall Bldg. No appointment needed.
    'DIAL' is a charity to advise disabled people and is part - funded by Penistone Area Council (BMBC).
  • Job Club - Mondays, 1pm to 3pm, Penistone Library. Information, advice and help for job-seekers.
  • Penistone, Peak and Pennine Tourism Group - Promoting local tourism and the local economy. See PPP&TG.
  • Defibrillators - Outside: Clark's Chemist; Community Centre; Spring Vale Methodist Church; Whitby and Chandler and Penistone Leisure Centre. Call 999 for the 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:
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News on the Street: (Reload this page to see the latest updates)
  • Penistone Armed Forces Day 2018 - A date has been put out: Saturday 30th June 2018.
  • Bah Humbug? - There are only twelve days of Christmas - and none of them are in November.
  • 'J&B Antiques and Collectables' - New outlet in Unit 2, Spring Vale Trading Estate (near the Dumpit site), off Sheffield Road, S36 6HH. They hope to open in January from 10am to 4pm, Thursdays and Saturdays. Trading mostly in furniture with some cabinets for small items. Main office is No. 1 Market Place (rear of Clark's Chemist), via the arched door opposite Penistone church. Enquiries, call 76 6977, Email: See J&B (Facebook).
  • Art at the Altar - 23rd to 26th Nov. Opens 10.15am; to 8pm Thurs 23rd and Fri 24th and to 5pm on Sat 25th and Sun 26th, Penistone Church. (Preview 7pm, Weds 22nd). Free admission. Refreshments available. This ever-popular arts and crafts event has not diminished with the years. I can also recommend their hard-wearing cloth bags, which are great for shopping. 'Please go and shop local from local artists. Every sale makes us jump up and down a little bit xx.' Hen's Teeth was established 2005 by local artists and friends. 20% of sales go to charity. See Hen's Teeth (Facebook), S Catterall Jewellery. I rather hope they won't display a pentagram in the church this time.
  • The Baumber Christmas Lights - Switch-on Sat 25th Nov., 6.30pm-ish, 18 Long Furlong, Penistone, S36 6FF. Find 'Chauntry Lane' off Green Road and you are nearly there. Prepare to be dazzled. Everyone invited. Kids will love it and it is in a good cause. Almost as famous as the Northern Lights, the Baumbers' formidable Christmas Lights started off in Shelley Close to the delight of all. Well, I thought they were good. Also a few fireworks 'on the Green', so watch out for the pets. This year's good cause is Penistone Gateway Club, which is for people with learning difficulties.
  • 'Take Your Pick' - Saturday 25th November, 4.30pm onwards, St Andrew's Church (next to Penistone Library), High Street, Penistone. No entry fee advertised. Not coal-mining, it's a Quiz Night and meal. 'Join us for a fun evening of 'Take Your Pick'; the game show with fabulous prizes. Will you Beat the Gong, Open Box 13 or Take the Money?'
    A two-course meal will also be served - donations appreciated. Thank You. St Andrew's.
  • 'Christmas Crafty Business Makers Market' - Sunday 26th November, 10am to 4pm, Penistone Market Barn, Back Lane, S36 6DT. Lots of local artisan craft stalls, food, drink, family activities and smellies for the Christmas stockings. With demos and live music. The food includes Jamaican and gourmet hot dogs and usually some veggie food. To apply for your own stall, visit Crafty Business (prices not shown). Unfortunate that it clashes with both 'Art at the Altar' and Wortley Hall's Christmas Market. See Crafty Business Network (Facebook), also Twitter.
  • Christmas Market - Sunday 26th November, 10am to 5pm, Wortley Hall. Free admission and free parking. The annual Christmas Market has stalls in the main house selling festive gifts and crafts. Why not treat yourself to a mince pie and mulled wine whilst browsing the stalls, or enjoy the Sunday lunch available on the day. See FB event.
  • Christmas Fayre - Sunday 26th November, 2pm to 4pm, Thurgoland Village Hall, Roper Lane, Thurgoland S35 7AA. Admission £1.50. Stalls, games, food, drinks and Santa's Grotto. Everyone welcome. To hire a stall, please contact Clare Bryan-Wright (Facebook) for more details. This event is in aid of Thurgoland Primary School.
See BBC Weather, an Aurora Forecast, the Moon, a Radon Map, track the Sun, a Lightning Map and the River Don levels.
Wants and Needs: (Reload this page to see the latest updates)
  • Funding Appeal for Penistone Leisure Centre - The Gym is suffering from extensive dry rot under the floor. As major work a quote of around £10,000 has been given to sort out the floor. Since re-opening in 2013 (after council cut-backs had forced closure in 2011) the Leisure Centre has gone from strength to strength, and entirely thanks to the excellent team of Volunteers and Trustees that have invested countless hours of their own time into the community.

    Now we are in need of help of a different kind, and are looking to raise money towards the substantial bill that is forthcoming. Can you help? A brilliant suggestion from Zoe Wyatt (Thank you Zoe) is to set up a crowd-funding page to see whether we could raise some (or even ALL) of the repair money. Click this link and give what you can. ANY amount, large or small is much appreciated, and will take us closer to the target. Even if you can't afford to help, why not 'SHARE' the link via social media or email. See Penistone Leisure Centre. This appeal was from Facebook.
  • Call for Volunteer Transcribers - (20th Nov) A team of volunteer 'history detectives' is starting a project transcribing minutes of WWI Military Service Tribunals which were held in Penistone and Thurlstone. This is a joint project with 'Experience Barnsley' (Barnsley Museum), thanks to their work cataloguing Penistone UDC archives for the first time. If you would like to be involved, please either call: 01226 773012 or Email:
  • Casting Call - The Endellion Theatre Company (Facebook) is looking for chorus/dancers and extras in a professional performance of 'Evita' performed 7th to 14th April 2018 in Thurlstone. Directed by Jonathan Walker-Kane [of Thurlstone], Musical Direction by Robert Owen and choreography by John Cumberlidge. Key players: Eva Peron - Fiona Walker [Newcastle], Juan Peron - Mark Holmes [Sheffield], Augstin Magalidi - Robert Flewitt [Sheffield], Ché - Matthew Walker [Sheffield], The Mistress - Gina Townend [Sheffield].

    Budding extras, chorus-ers and dancers, please email with details and experience:
  • Aviva Community Awards - (Oct) Votes needed in Penistone for some useful grants. You can vote for both:

  • Allotment Assessment - (Nov) Penistone and District Allotment Society is currently assessing the current interest levels for allotments in Penistone. See P & DAS. Claire Wright posted this message on Facebook (slightly abridged here):

    'As a society, we have now put together our own website giving a bit of info about the sites, how to add your name to the list and now a general email for any queries etc. Please get in touch if you are interested in becoming a plot holder or are looking for more information. Our email is I’d be happy to help.'
  • Recruiting On-call Firefighters - 'We need people who are passionate about the place they live, to act as on-call firefighters.' Vacancies are available at six fire stations in the South Yorkshire region, including Penistone Fire Station and Stocksbridge. Please Register your interest, if you feel that you could be useful in the fire service.
  • Penistone Historic Archive - 10am to 1pm, Market Day (Thursday), Lower Hall, Penistone Community Centre. Penistone History and Archive Group would like your old local photos, memorabilia, Almanacks or other history relevant to our local area. They are better kept safely in Penistone, for us all to appreciate, than lost in Barnsley.

    The group holds history talks on the first and third Wednesday of the month (not August), at Penistone Community Centre, for a small admission fee. Everyone is welcome. All enquiries to: Brian Robinson (Secretary) on 76 6827. If you have some historic knowledge you would like to share, guest speakers are always welcome. For older people needing to get out more, this is an excellent way to learn and expand your social circle. See Pen Archive Group (Facebook).

See 'Penistone Area Team' (Facebook);  Penistone NDP;   Volunteer Groups in Barnsley.
Is your car parking safe? Penistone Crime Reports (SY Police). Action Fraud Ecilop.
Current Public Consultations:
  • Penistone NDP Consultation (on Penistone's Future) - 'As a local resident, your opinion matters. A lot of work has gone into preparing the draft Neighbourhood Development Plan. Given that a planning application has now gone in for one of the housing allocations, PLEASE complete and return your NDP Questionnaire.' See Penistone NDP (Facebook).

    You need to read the Draft NDP (pdf), available as hard copy at these locations, before ticking the Survey's Y/N boxes. I have picked out a few Mistakes in the Draft NDP document.

    • Penistone Library, High Street, Penistone (Early closing Weds and Sat);
    • Café Crème, High Street, Penistone (Not Sunday);
    • Community Centre, Penistone (Office, until noon);
    • The Huntsman, Manchester Road, Thurlstone (evenings);
    • Cubley Hall, Mortimer Road, Cubley (All day from noon);
    • The Lord Nelson, Hoylandswaine (All day from noon);
    • The Old Post Office, Millhouse Green (daytime).

    Spare Questionnaires are also available from the above locations for any muck-ups or households without a copy. Here are some page numbers relating to the question numbers, to get you started:

    • Q1 - The 'Vision', p14,
    • Q2 - Key Objectives, p15,
    • Q3 - Building Design (Built Environment) BE1 on p17;
    • Q4 - Heritage Assets, (Built Environment) BE2 on p22;
    • Q5 - Rights of Way, (Built Environment) BE3 on p26;
    • Q6 - Green Spaces, (Built Environment) BE4 on p26:
    • Q7 - Schools, (Community Facilities) CF1 on p30;
    • Q8 - Sport and Recreation, (Community Facilities) CF2 on p31;
    • Q9 - Library Services, (Community Facilities) CF3 on p32;
    • Q10 - Town Centre Vitality, (Local Economy) LE1 on p34;
    • Q11 - Small Businesses, (Local Economy) LE2 on p36;
    • Q12 - Additional Land for Business, (Local Economy) LE3 on p37;
    • Q13 - Attracting Tourism, (Local Economy) LE4 on p38;
    • Q14 - 'Green Wedges', (Countryside and Green Infrastructure) CG1 on p39;
    • Q15 - 'Green Corridors' (Countryside and Green Infrastructure) CG2 on p41;
    • Q16 - Affordable Housing, (Housing) H1 on p44.
    • Q17 - Your own Comments, to put on the Reply Form (On-line or Paper).

    This local NDP consultation ends on Monday 18th December. For any further enquiries on this matter, please call the Town Clerk, Keith Coulton, on 01226 370 088.
  • Barnsley Libraries Review (on the future of libraries) - Barnsley MBC is to save £165k (10%) on Library Services, so it is important that we impress them about the usefulness of Penistone Library and staff. There have not been many enquiries in Penistone Library. This runs until Jan 2018 and we can show our support by doing the survey.

    See BMBC Libraries Review for the on-line 2017 Survey and read the Barnsley Chronicle article: 'Library Users Urged to Have Their Say' (6th Oct. 2017). Any library changes will be made in 2019. The survey is narrow in scope and limited to the criteria below, which you can agree or disagree with. It's easy and quick and there is a box to offer suggestions. I put that libraries are also repositories of local history materials. You might do the same if you agree.

    'Our proposals will be based on a range of criteria, which may include:

    • Library usage;
    • Patterns of demand;
    • Affordability and value;
    • Building implications, such as condition, location and accessibility;
    • Ability to collaborate with other organisations, for example, integrated with other organisations;
    • Travel time for users and geographic coverage;
    • Meeting community need;
    • How long and how complex it will be to deliver the changes.'

    The 2016 Libraries Survey was used to create these criteria, but it had a serious error. The on-line version could not be completed without us agreeing to alternative places (such as pubs and churches) for off-shoot library services but there was no tick-box for 'None of the above'. That must have yielded false results. For more information, call 01226 773 232.
See BBC Weather, an Aurora Forecast, the Moon, a Radon Map, track the Sun, a Lightning Map and the River Don levels.
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Eskia Computers, Spring Vale.

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