A Personal View of Penistone   -    'The Town that Thinks it's a Village'
Family-friendly website, no swearing, no adverse images. Welcome to a personal view of Penistone, a small market town in Yorkshire, England. This is a non-commercial and family-friendly website for the world to visit my home town and district. I hope that you will find it interesting. JB.
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News on the Street:   (Reload this page to see the latest updates)
  • Penistone Church FC - Now offering gluten-free beer. PCFC Memorial Ground, Church View Road. PCFC (Facebook).
  • 'Penistone Spice Flame 'n' Grill' - Opens Monday 18th, probably 4.30pm. Former Balti House take-away at 8 Market Street has been refurbished and re-launched. It still has Indian food but also burgers, grills, pizzas and kebabs. Open every day, 4.30pm to 11pm. Tel 76 1999. Deliveries within three miles for orders over £15, £2 extra.
  • Facebook Scams - A lot of people are having facebook accounts hacked lately. Beware of an increasingly common scam. Someone sends a message with the message 'It's you in the video' and a link but it is just a way to gather your details. If you click the link, you can send out information such as your phone number and more. They also somehow get to your Friends list and a similar message is sent to all of them. Don't click facebook links.
  • Penistone Town Council Meeting - Mon 18th Oct., 7pm. Council Chamber, Shrewsbury Road. Attendees are optionally urged to wear a mask and take a lateral-flow test before attending. This is the grass-roots local council and the first port-of-call for residents' concerns, which may be dealt with or passed on to BMBC as appropriate. The Agenda PDF icon has the usual reports, accounts and requests for financial assistance. Ten minutes is allowed for public questions. Public and press may observe and record meetings (HMG Openness Guide 2014 PDF icon) but can exceptionally be excluded, through a council resolution (nominally), with reasons given. A Planning meeting follows on. PTC general meetings are normally 7pm on the third Monday of each month but August. Penistone Town Council (Facebook).
  • Hazlehead Crossroads Protest Meeting - Weds 20th Oct., 7pm, Crow Edge Community Centre, HD9 7TS. For residents and people who road users in this area to discuss road safety concerns about Hazlehead crossroads, Crowedge and Sledbrook. Barnsley Chronicle and BMBC councillors will be there. BMBC Highways and SY Police have also been invited. This follows the road accident on 4th October at the accident black spot of Hazlehead crossroads. They will most likely press for a reduced speed limit and the erection of warning signs near to the crossroads. The story has reached distant Barnsley, see 'We Are Barnsley' website. From Penistone FM (Fb).
  • Stolen Car - A bright red Fiat 500L was stolen from Rockside on the night of Thursday 14th - Friday 15th October, registered number WM63 EOY. Any info, contact the SY Police.
  • Stolen Car - White Land Rover Discovery stolen during a Zumba class at Millhouse Institute, Thursday 14th October around 7pm. Any info, contact the SY Police.
  • 'Beauty and the Beast' (Pantomime) - Tickets for next year's panto at the Paramount are now on sale. It runs from Thursday 20th January 2022 to Saturday 29th January 2022. Penistone Paramount (F'book).
  • Penistone Country Market Cafe is Back - Market days (Thursdays), Community Centre. It returned last week. Lots of local produce to peruse and purchase, then have a brew and a bun at the Penistone Country Market (Facebook).
  • 'Brassed Off' - This popular play will return next year to the Lamproom Theatre (Barnsley) by popular request. Thurlstone Brass Band will be an essential part of the story as 'Grimley Band.' Lamproom, Thurlstone B Band (Fb).
  • 'The Rag' is Back - Opened Friday 15th October. A long time in the doing but the Fountain, Ingbirchworth is back as a community pub-eatery. Formerly the 'Rag & Louse' and still called 'The Rag' by many. The Fountain (Fb).
  • Covid-19 - What do we know? (various sources). It isn't over and there are about one million infected people in the UK, which is very high. People are becoming complacent. Penistone's local Covid rate fell from 1.007% to 0.496%, but has now increased to 0.663% (15th Oct.) with around 152 infected people inside Penistone's boundary, calculated using 22,909 from the 2011 census. The national Covid rate had been steady around 0.348% but has now increased to 0.388%. We still need to be careful and to use masks and sanitisers when out socialising or shopping. Booster jabs for double-jabbed people are available by appointment (Bookings). The NHS is worried about a possible Influenza outbreak in the winter but the current Covid precautions would help to reduce the risk, if the public behaves cautiously.

    Masks offer protection in both directions (if they seal properly) but not quite as much for the wearer. About 80% of transmission is from breath droplets, requiring good ventilation, and about 20% from skin contact. Hand-washing, keeping a safe distance and masks are still important, particularly in busy places and on public transport. The NHS asks non-symptomatic people to test regularly with free Lateral Flow packs from pharmacies. Lateral Flow tests are about 90% accurate, which means they are much more likely to be right than wrong.

    Jabs reduce contagion, symptoms and deaths and become about 90% effective after three-four weeks. They protect from re-infection but need top-ups. Double-jabbed people can still catch it but are less likely to suffer or die. Most hospital cases are un-jabbed people.
    HMG Guidance - NHS Advice - Covid UK - Ecilop - HSE - UNISON - MS Expert - Tracker - Travel
  • Flu Jabs - Book one at Clark's Chemist, Market Street, Penistone. 76 3103. Clark's Chemist, Facebook.
    Also available from the Penistone Pharmacy (former Well Pharmacy, former Co-op Chemist), Market Street.
  • The Knowledge - Penistone is a town, not village; local addresses are in Sheffield S36 postal district (our mail is not sorted in Barnsley); Penistone Paramount is (and always was) the Penistone Town Hall; Hazlehead is spelt that way; dinner is at dinnertime (not evening) and school dinners are served by dinner ladies. That's how it is. Words like 'normalcy,' 'get-go' and 'gotten' have no place here. You are in God's Own County and the world envies you.
Penistone Wants and Needs: (Reload this page to see the latest updates)
  • Grants Available - The Penistone Area Council have allocated £10k to the Ward Alliance to support projects which provide holiday activities for children and families living in the Penistone area. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for groups and organisations to provide free activities for local children and families during the 2021 - 2022 school holidays including Christmas, February half-term, Easter and May half-term. This must be above and beyond what you might normally offer. Send an Email for more information and an application form. Deadline for applications to deliver activities during the Christmas holidays is Monday 1st November 2021.
  • Bugler Required - Thurlstone Community Group needs a bugler to play the Last Post, 11am, Thurlstone Remembrance Service, Thurlstone War Memorial, Sun. 14th November. Also for blessing the bench, Sun. 7th November.
  • Singers Required - A new singing group has been launched at Penistone St John the Baptist Church. The next meeting will be Tuesday 26th October, 1.30pm to 3pm at the church.
  • Job Vacancies
    • The Dog and Partridge, Bordhill - Taking on staff. Dog and Partridge. Tel. 76 3173.
    • Job Opportunity - Warehouse-based (location not given). 'List on the Website and send goods out.' To apply or for more info, call Steve on 07951 145 172.
    • Penistone Paramount - Relief Cinema Attendant. Application form by emailing the Paramount. Deadline 26th Oct. Mainly evenings but includes other times. Duties (training provided): Film operation, bar duties, Box Office, maintaining hygiene standards and providing a safe and welcoming experience. Must be hard-working, willing to learn, sociable and friendly and a good timekeeper. Film knowledge might be an advantage. Paramount (Fb).
    • Penistone Paramount - Relief cleaner (pending approval by PTC). Details later.

  • From Penistone Mayor, Andrew Millner (Christmas Market and Lights, 4th December) - 'As Mayor of Penistone Town Council, my charity for this year will be Woodhead Mountain Rescue and one of my fund-raising events is to organise a Penistone Christmas Lights Switch-On and Christmas Market on Saturday 4th December 2021. The Christmas Market will be in the Penistone Market Barn, to include the existing traders. I expect the market to be open from about 9am to 3.30pm, followed by a walk over to the lights switch-on event later.

    'I would like to invite traders who wish to attend the Christmas Market to please register their interest with Penistone Town Council on 01226 370 088 or by visiting the PTC Office at St John’s Community Centre, Church Street in Penistone. A donation of £10 to register for a stall can be made in the office, for the Mayor’s Charity fund. Penistone Ladies Circle will be providing mulled wine, and Penistone Scouts hope to be in attendance too. Thurlstone Brass Band will be performing Christmas Carols in the Market Barn, raising funds for their band, and later at the Christmas Lights Switch-On, 4pm at the Lychgate of St John’s Church.

    'Families are encouraged to attend the lights switch-on and to shout for Santa, who will also be turning up on his sleigh for the young people attending with their parents. Penistone Round Table 1094 will be helping Santa to see the children. It is a great family event. Penistone FM will be there with their PA and interviewing people too. Following the conclusion of the lights switch-on after Santa has left, St John’s Church will provide refreshments inside the church. Please support this family event, and support your local traders and businesses who will also be competing in the Mayor’s shop window competition. If you need any help in registering for a trader stall please let me know.' (slightly abridged)
  • From Richard Galliford (Stottercliffe Cemetery Memorial) - 'Hi, just an update on the Stottercliffe Cemetery Memorial fund for the unmarked children under 10 years of age, and where we can approximate to be around 1000. The money raised so far is £1670 towards the £5000 that is needed to provide a suitable memorial. Thank you to 42 individuals who have contributed to the fund so far, it is very much appreciated. We are hopeful that our community will be able to provide a suitable memorial, similar to that other communities have done around the Barnsley area, and who have discovered the same tragic history of their lost community children who had been buried without any marker of their existence.

    ' The choice was not theirs to make, as many were taken away to be ‘disposed of’ without ceremony, whilst in other cases the family could not afford a burial. It is for those children and their parents that this effort is being made, so that they are no longer the forgotten souls of our cemetery and are of our proud community history. It has been a great privilege to be able to provide families of today with some information on their lost relatives that they have heard about but never talked of about because of the unknown headache and tragedy that lies behind each lost child from a still born baby to a child of any age. We do understand that memorials are not for everyone, but it you feel, and are able to give a little to this memorial fund, we would be truly grateful. Thank you. Donations can be made via ‘Just Giving.’ (Oct. 2021)
  • '30 for a Reason' (Survey) - Residents of Millhouse Green are fed up of dangerous and fast driving through the village and particularly near the Primary School on Lee Lane. Their online petition is for BMBC to reduce the Speed Limit from 40 to 30 mph in the hope that drivers will slow down. Apart from misspelling Hazlehead and calling Lee Lane 'Manchester Lane' (sack the proof-reader) their Speed Survey (PDF icon) makes interesting reading. '30 for a Reason.'
  • SY Policing Priorities Survey - From the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). This survey might be more effective than an earlier BMBC one which looked more like a paper exercise. Policing Priorities Survey.
  • 'Active Minds' Project - Confidence building and skill-training in radio techniques aimed at ages 16 to 25 years. Two-hour sessions in groups of up to four people, over seven weeks in total. Funded by Penistone Area Council's 'Working Together' fund. See 'Active Minds' at Penistone FM for more information, a jolly promo video and application form.
  • 'Community Listening' - Penistone district residents are invited to do a survey from Penistone Area Council (a BMBC panel), aka 'Penistone Area Team' to determine what sort of support, if any, our community needs as we move out of the pandemic. Do the 'Community Listening' survey. If you have questions or would like more information, please email See Penistone Area Team (on Facebook). End date not posted.
  • Penistone Leisure Centre - Co-op members are being urged to nominate the centre as a 'Local Cause' in order to fund the gymnasium equipment. It is all explained on their PLC Co-op fund-raiser page.
  • Trans-Pennine Trail Biennial Survey - Do the T-P Trail Survey to help the Trans-P Trail people do their thing.
  • Local Pandemic Help :
    • Love Thy Penistone - Join and share info, keep up to date and perhaps lighten up with an online quiz or two. LTP compiles local resources, allows discourse about the local approach to Covid-19 and helps local volunteer groups liaise with each other. The RT helpline (not emergencies) is 01226 337 400. Love Thy Penistone.
    • Penistone MP - In association with local help groups, Miriam Cates MP has a Freephone helpline for self-isolated/shielded people in the constituency who find it hard to manage. Call 0800 955 4002 (9.30am to 5pm, Mon - Fri). Miriam Cates is holding online MP Surgeries via Facebook, 4.30pm every Wednesday.
    • Age UK Barnsley (Penistone) - For older people without the support of friends, neighbours or family but who need some help: 'We will try to help with getting shopping in for you or if you are just in need of a chat, or any other way we can.' Call 01226 776 820 (9.30am - 4.30pm, weekdays),

  • Protect a Footpath - Walkers can nominate any active 'Public Rights of Way' not visible on OS maps before the 2026 government deadline. After that, they are gone. See 'Don't Lose Your Way' and Guardian (Footpath map).
  • Penistone Church Roof Fund - Penistone St John's Church's roof needs repairs doing PDQ to keep out the rain, costing perhaps £80k. Please support the Roof Appeal before it caves in, or add a church bequest to your will. There was some talk that a Roof Fund Barometer might re-appear as in the days of old.
 Volunteer Groups - BMBC Consultations - Nextdoor - Car park safe?- Co-op Deals - Old Stuff - Watch Telly - Grant Awards - Holme Valley
Guide to GDPR - Pen Crime Reports (SY Police) - Phishing Scams - Action Fraud - No. Lookup - YW Callback - Bank Holidays - Highway Code.
Information and Markets   (In normal Times)
  • Information CentreVisitor Information - Penistone Library and Penistone Church for local leaflets, maps and general information.
  • Penistone, Peak and Pennine Tourism Group - Promoting the local economy and tourism, PPP&TG.
  • Penistone Shopping - See Penistone High Street (Visit Penistone), Love Penistone (Facebook).
  • Penistone Market Day - Busy market Thursdays, Penistone Market Barn (FaceBook). Adjacent two-hour parking.
  • Penistone Country Market - 10am to Noon, Market Day, Upper Hall, Community Centre, Church Street.
  • Penistone Historic Archives - 10am to 1pm, Market Day, Lower Hall, Community Centre, Church Street.
  • Banking Security Advice - 10am to noon, Market Day, Community Centre. Debbie from Natwest.
  • Saturday Morning Market - Market Barn. Small market with Andy's good fruit & veg. (Email Market Services).
  • Learner Zone - Monday 1pm to 3pm, IT suite, Penistone Library. A quiet space with internet for study, with support for job searches, job applications and interview skills. Also maths, English & IT assessments.
  • 'DIAL' Drop-in Advice - 10am to 1pm, Thurs, Top Office, Town Hall Building. No appointment needed.
    'DIAL' is a charity to help disabled people, part-funded by Penistone Area Council (BMBC).
  • Defibrillators - Call 999 and give location for access code to open the box, read instructions inside. Clark's Chemist; Penistone Community Centre; Tesco; Spring Vale Methodist Church; St Aidan's Church Oxspring; Whitby and Chandler Spring Vale; Penistone Leisure Centre; Millhouse Institute; Thurgoland Village Hall; Station Inn Silkstone Common; Ingbirchworth; Thurlstone; Upper Denby phone box and Hoylandswaine Village Hall.
  • Scams - Forward dodgy emails to '' and text scams to 7726 with the texter's phone number.
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