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 in South Yorkshire, on the River Don. This is a personal website which explores my home town (twinned with Grindavik, Iceland). I hope that you will find it interesting. J B.
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The view from Long Lane, near Thurlstone.
Information and Markets
  • Penistone Shopping - Local businesses on 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.
  • Saturday Morning Market - Market Barn. Small market with a good fruit & veg stall. (Email Market Services).
  • Penistone Historic Archives - Market Day, 10am to 1pm, 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 help disabled people, part-funded by Penistone Area Council (BMBC).
  • Learner Zone - IT suite, Penistone Library. On Thursdays, 9.30am to 11.30am: A quiet space with internet access to complete your learning, with support for job-job searches, applying for jobs or updating your CV. On Monday afternoons: Help for anyone requiring Maths, English or IT assessments. Penistone Library (Facebook).
  • Penistone, Peak and Pennine Tourism Group - Promoting the local economy and tourism. See PPP&TG.
  • Defibrillators - Clark's Chemist; Community Centre; Spring Vale Methodist Church; Whitby and Chandler in Spring Vale and Penistone Leisure Centre. Call 999 for box access code, read the directions in the box. First Responders.

Weather in Penistone

Website Updates:
June 2018 July 2018
News on the Street: (Reload this page to see the latest updates)
  • Penistone Church FC versus Stocksbridge PS (Purdey Cup Football match) - Thursday 26th July, Kick off 7.30pm, Penistone Church Football Club, The Memorial Ground, Church View Road, Penistone, S36 6AT. Admission: Adult £5, Concessions £3. See Pen Church FC (Facebook) and the Facebook Event.
  • 'Penistone Remembers' - Sunday 11th November. Penistone Ward Alliance allocated £3,900 for commemorative activities in Penistone marking the centenary of the end of the Great War (PAW May). Events will be centred on Penistone St John's Church. Others involved include Penistone Armed Forces Day committee, Penistone Round Table (presumably for marshalling purposes) and, rather oddly, Penistone Show Committee. The involvement of the Show committee suggests some activities on the Showground, otherwise they are not relevant.

    Membership of the 'Penistone Remembers' co-ordinating committee and its meetings schedule have not yet been announced. Neither is it clear how the £3,900 allocation will be properly spent and accounted for, or by whom. As well as the 11am Remembrance Ceremony, there will be an evening event, 5.30pm to 7.30pm on the day.
  • Fox House Re-opening? - After a question about Yorkshire Day events (Weds 1st August), one respondent suggested that the Fox House gastro-pub might be re-opening on the day. We shall see.
  • Garden Party - Saturday 21st, 2pm, Carlecotes Hall and Church, Carlecotes. Tickets: Adults £6, under 16s £3. A delightful afternoon of family fun and relaxation, with Hade Edge Band, games, classic cars, woodland walks, strawberries & cream, and licenced bar. Tickets on the door or from Penistone church, Goldthorpe's Corn Mill on Lee Lane or by calling (mobile) 07788 190 262, email: From an obscure poster.
  • Plans for 32 Homes - An outline planning application has gone in for the steep land off Talbot Road (Area H25 in the BMBC plan) for approx 32 homes. We have to 31st July to make comments (email) on application 2018/0466. BMBC has been known to disregard (or even omit) recommendations from Penistone Town Council on planning matters.
  • Monthly Car Boot Sale - Sunday 22nd, From 10am, Dunford Parish Community Centre, Victoria, Nr Hepworth HD9 7TP. Just before the former Victoria pub, on the right. Free Admission but a voluntary contribution upon arrival is welcome towards the Community centre. Tea, coffee and bacon sandwiches in the Community Centre. Toilets available. Vintage vehicles are always welcome (and with free admission). Vendors pay £5 a car. Dunford Parish Community Association is a Registered Charity, No. 1026536. Plenty of on-field parking at the owner's risk. For more info, call 76 2533.
  • Car Boot Sale - Sunday 22nd, No time stated on the poster, The White Heart, Bridge End. No details either at White Heart. They probably don't care if you turn up or not. More effort next time? Will there be a next time?
  • 'Songs with Strings Attached' - Sun 22nd, 4pm, St John's Church, Hoylandswaine, S36 7JQ. Retiring collection. Concert with soprano Elizabeth Charlesworth, George Moulson on guitar and John Bashfoth on organ in a journey through time and space; from Tudor England via Italian Baroque to Spanish flamenco. This is one of a series of concerts at Hoylandswaine church. The next one is 'More Myths and Legends' - Sunday 9th September at 4pm.
Wants and Needs: (Reload this page to see the latest updates)
  • Bagpiper Required - This is for the 'Penistone Remembers' event on Sunday 11th November at Penistone church, commemorating a 100 years since the end of the Great War. Presumably via the church.
  • Football Players Wanted - Penistone Church Football Club, Memorial Ground, Church View Road. According to their Facebook page, they are looking for players of all levels, from their First team down to the junior teams. They are particularly looking to strengthen the Ladies' team for which please call Soph on (mobile) 07956 660 386.

    On Friday 31st August, they are inviting new under-9s Girls Team players aged 7yrs and 8yrs old, presumably at Penistone Grammar School where they practice on Mondays, 5pm to 6pm. Please note that girls must not already be registered to any other SHGCL teams. Sessions are led by FA qualified and CRC-checked coaches.
  • Clean Empty Bottles Wanted - Penistone Gateway Club (Facebook) is collecting used bottles for use on their Penistone Show stall in September. They don't mind what kind of bottle, such as pop, shampoo, cooking sauces, perfume, etc., but cannot accept alcoholic drinks bottles. Contact them via Facebook. The Gateway Club is for people with learning difficulties and meets every Friday during term time, 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church.
  • BMBC 'Barnsley Local Plan' Consultation - All about housing developments but with enough clauses to confound any a decade of Christmases. Ordinary mortals might not bother. As with any bloated and turgid documents, designed to put you off reading them, always go to the last part first to see what 'they' hope you will miss. This boring exercise runs from 13th July 2018 to 5pm, Tuesday 28th August 2018. See BMBC News and the BMBC Consultations Page.
  • BMBC Libraries Survey - We are invited to participate in Barnsley Council's latest 'conversation' about libraries (BMBC news). This is the third consultation of recent times. The first was 'Let’s Talk Libraries' in 2016, then the flawed questionnaire of 2017 which could not be completed (Question 17) without agreeing to out-source library facilities to such as churches, schools and pubs. This one is the '2018 Libraries Review' (pdf).

    The survey is easy to do and does not ask difficult questions, although it needs a postcode. They ask if you are happy with the opening hours and if you agree with the Draft Libraries Strategy (pdf). If you do not agree, a reply box is provided for your reasons. The Survey runs 21st June to Friday 21st Sept and needs your input. Use it or lose it.
  • Penistone Library - From Monday 2nd July, Monday afternoons will be dedicated to anyone requiring Maths, English or IT assessments, to undertake further learning in those areas. From Thursday 5th July the new Learner Zone will operate every Thursday, 9.30am to 11.30am, offering a quiet space in the large IT suite, with computer and internet access to help visitors undertake and complete any learning they feel necessary. These sessions will be self-directed.

    Replacing the Monday Job Club from 5th July, the Learner Zone offers the opportunity to undertake job searches to actively look for work and to apply for jobs on-line. Job seekers can also update their CVs using the library facilities. This service is free and available to library members or non-members alike. See Penistone Library on Facebook.
  • Penistone Historic Archive - 10am to 1pm, Market Day (Thursdays), Lower Hall, Community Centre. Penistone History and Archive Group would like old local documents, Almanacks, family histories, maps, memorabilia, photographs, slides, negatives, cine or video of local events, plus any other other history relevant to our district. They are better kept safely in Penistone, for us all to appreciate, than lost or put on random display in distant Barnsley.

    The Group usually holds history talks on the first and third Weds of the month (not August) at Penistone Community Centre, for a small fee. Everyone welcome. Enquiries to: Brian Robinson (Secretary) on 76 6827. If you have 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 discover local knowledge and expand your social circle. See Pen Archive Group (Facebook).

 Penistone NDP;   Volunteer Groups; BMBC Surveys - Car park safe?
Penistone Crime Reports (SY Police). Action Fraud. YW Callback; World Map.
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Eskia Computers, Spring Vale.

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Terry Pratchett:   'In the beginning there was nothing. And the Lord said: "Let there be light" - and there was still nothing, but now you could see it.'