A Personal View of Penistone   -    The Town that Thinks it's a Village
Family-friendly website, no swearing, no adverse images. Welcome to the market town of Penistone on the River Don in South Yorkshire, UK. This is a family-friendly website which explores my home town and local area. I hope that you will find something of interest here. JB.
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An iconic view of Penistone. The far hillside is ear-marked by Barnsley Council for a housing development.

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Website Updates:
June 2019 July 2019
News on the Street: (Reload this page to see the latest updates)
  • New Barber Shop - Penistone's new hairdresser shop opened Tuesday 16th in the former HSBC Bank building.
  • 'PGS Rocks' (Music and Drama Festival) - Weds 17th July, 5pm to 9pm, Penistone Grammar School, Huddersfield Road, Penistone. Tickets: Adults £6.50; Under 18s £3; Family Ticket £20 ('4 adults') from school Reception or Eventbrite. Over 250 drama and music pupils are performing as groups or soloists on two stages in the festival. Headline acts are 'Rule The World' (a Take That tribute), also Ralph Shaw the Ukulele King. With giant board games, an art exhibition and face-painting. Also the Food Village, with barbecue, oven-fired pizzas, Yorkshire Crèpe Co., Churros, ice cream, a gin parlour and a Bradfield Real Ale tent. Bring your own camping chairs and picnic rugs. Your own alcohol and food cannot be brought on-site. See PGS Rocks for the full line-up and attractions. Plenty of off-road parking.
  • 'Treasure Island' - Weds 17th July, gates open 5pm for 6.30pm start, Wortley Hall, Wortley, S35 7DB. Tickets: Adult £16, Child £11, Family (2Ad, 2Ch) £46, 10% off for groups of ten or more people. The Chapterhouse Theatre Company performs Robert Louis Stevenson's well-loved story, outdoors in the beautiful gardens as part of Chapterhouse's 20th Anniversary Garden Theatre Tour. After finding a treasure map, young Jim Hawkins finds himself in an epic adventure in the search for Treasure Island, but not everyone can be trusted ... The play lasts for nearly two hours, including an interval. Please bring rugs or low-backed seats. If the weather is poor, it will be re-scheduled. For more information call 01142 882 100, Email, Wortley Hall.
  • Penistone NDP Referendum - Votes: 1610 (89.7%) For, 180 (10.03%) Against, Four Rejected, Turnout 18.5%. Postal voters exceeded physical voters by a few percent. Penistone Neighbourhood Development Plan (F'book) has now received the support it needs to be implemented. Well done to the voters and all who put their sweat and time into the Plan.
  • Barnsley Market Betrayal - In a promotional leaflet for shopping in Barnsley (called 'B On the Menu'), BMBC is now promoting Thursdays as Barnsley's preferred Market Day, potentially robbing Penistone of shoppers from the borough.

    The leaflet says: 'Think Thursdays - Think Barnsley Market' - and comes from the same Markets people who oversee Penistone Market. At a time when our town centres are struggling, BMBC is encouraging shoppers to visit Barnsley on the one day that Penistone is actually busy; on our own Market Day. Barnsley market is open six days a week. To politely complain, call Barnsley Markets on 01226 772 239. The leaflet can be found in Stocksbridge Aldi.
  • RAF Centenary Bench - 11am, Saturday 21st Sept., PGS War Memorial, Penistone Grammar School. A specially-commissioned, 15ft wooden bench commemorating the RAF Centenary of 2018 has now been installed near the PGS War Memorial for everyone to use. Postponed from June, the inauguration ceremony will be attended by Silkstone Old Band, local clergy, Penistone MP Angela Smith, Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis, councillors, dignitaries, school officials, assorted schoolies and the public. Everyone is welcome and invited to attend the ceremony and test the seat.

    The seat has eagles at each end (male and female of ash and sycamore), a substantial bench between (which will easily outlast the PFI school buildings) and a backrest shaped like an aircraft propellor. It was designed and sculpted by Steve Tarr, who also made the benches at Penistone Tesco and Buckingham House. A flagpole will also be installed nearby as a gift from the Penistone community to the school. Organised by the RAFA representative Joe Pinguey, this project is supported by Penistone Town Council, Penistone Ward Alliance and Tesco.
  • Principal Towns Fund - Having spent a fair wallop of our money on theirnew town centre, Barnsley Council is offering £5m to improve the six principal towns of the borough, including Penistone. Projects can include new signage, car parking improvements, shop front improvements and public space improvements, each project with a £100,000 ceiling. On a 'Use it or Lose it' basis, we ought to get the thinking caps on PDQ before it all leaks away. As we will be losing shopping footfall to Barnsley, we need to invent new ways of invigorating our town centre. See BMBC.
  • Penistone Residents Association - Our local villages have their own community associations but not Penistone, until now. Organised by Cllr David Wood, the first meeting is expected to take place in the Community Centre some time in September. Details will appear nearer the time in 'Your Community Forum' Facebook Group and elsewhere.
  • 'Beat the Street' - The idea is to walk, scooter or cycle around for exercise and fresh air (don't cheat in a car). Boxes are installed across the Barnsley borough for people to collect points using a card. There are plenty of the boxes in our district (see Map). You get the card from the library and gather points by tapping it on the box until a light flashes. It is free and the scheme runs until 17th July. Anyone living, working or at school in the borough can take part as a group or solo. Most prizes are for groups but there are also some for individuals. See Beat the Street (Facebook).
Wants and Needs: (Reload this page to see the latest updates)
  • Clean-up Volunteers Needed - Monday 22 July, 10am to noon, Barnsley Road near Windermere Road. Volunteers needed to tidy up the 'Incredible Edible' flowerbed near the Penistone name stone. The bed was planted with perennials last year to replace the earlier bedding plants which needed replacing twice a year. It needs some work to keep it looking wonderful. The 'Twiggs Penistone Area Clean Green and Tidy Team' needs you - and a much snappier title. F'book.
  • 'Sign-up Sunday' - Sunday 8th Sept. from 10am, Wortley RUFC, Finkle Street, Wortley. Registration day for new Rugby players, new or old and all ages. Wortley RUFC is particularly looking to expand its junior intake. For more info, contact Den on (mob) 07527 198 930 or Mick on (mob) 07599 802 668. Wortley RUFC, Facebook.
  • Air Cadets Recruiting - Friday 20th September. This is for the 1466 (Holmfirth) Squadron, based in Thongsbridge, to recruit cadets aged 12 yrs (Year 8). Call 01484 687 854, 7pm to 9.30pm, Mondays and Fridays. 1466 Holmfirth Squadron Air Training Corp, The Cadet Centre, Huddersfield Road, Thongsbridge, Holmfirth, HD9 3JQ. Also on Facebook.
  • Entertainers Needed for Summer Barbecue Garden Party - Sat 17th Aug., Noon to 9pm, Cubley Hall. This is Cubley Hall's first summer barbecue garden party and they would like to provide live entertainment all day. Entertainers please get in touch to perform, call 01226 766086, email:, Cubley Hall. See Facebook Event.
  • Knitting wool needed - If you have any (soft) knitting wool spare, 'Penistone Knitters' are making baby clothes for premature babies in hospital. A box for wool donations can be found in Penistone Tesco near the donated books.
  • Penistone Church Roof - Penistone St John's Church's roof is in urgent need of repairing, to about £50,000. So far, no effort has been made to start raising the funds. Whatever the reason, this needs to be addressed and very soon. We can be sure that the local community will rally round and support the effort, but only as soon as someone at the church actually launches the Church Roof Appeal Fund in earnest. Bring back the old church roof fund thermometer.
  • Penistone Historic Archive - 10am to 1pm, Market Day (Thursdays), Lower Hall, Community Centre. Penistone History and Archive Group is always looking for old documents, Penistone Almanacks, family histories, local maps, memorabilia, photographs, slides, negatives, cine or video of local events and any other other history relevant to our district. These things are precious to our district. See the Penistone Archive website. Donations of all kinds welcome.

    History talks are on the first and third Weds of each month (except August) at Penistone Community Centre, for a small fee. Everyone is welcome. If you have some historic knowledge you would like to share, guest speakers are always welcome. For older people who would like to get out more, this is a good way to do that and discover local knowledge. PHG Enquiries to: Secretary, Brian Robinson on (mobile) 07885 286 146. See Pen Archive Group (on Facebook).
  • Keep it in Penistone - Barnsley museum would like to collect our local historical nick-nacks, which might be only displayed in rotation, if at all, and permanently lost to our district. It is better if our historical materials are instead kept in Penistone where we might all enjoy access to them, rather than lost, forgotten or disregarded in another, distant town. Please support Penistone Archive (Facebook), not Barnsley. Also see the PGS Archive (Facebook).

 Volunteer Groups - BMBC Surveys - Car park safe? - Co-op Deals - Old Stuff
Penistone Crime Reports (SY Police) - Action Fraud - YW Callback - UK Bank Holidays.
Information and Markets
  • 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.  (Facebook).
  • 'DIAL' Drop-in Advice - 10am to 1pm, Thurs, Top Office (former Berneslai), Town Hall Bldg. No appointment needed.
    'DIAL' is a charity to help disabled people, part-funded by Penistone Area Council (BMBC).
  • Defibrillators - Clark's Chemist; Penistone Community Centre; Spring Vale Methodist Church; St Aidan's Church Oxspring; Whitby and Chandler Spring Vale; Penistone Leisure Centre; Millhouse Institute; Thurgoland Village Hall; the former shop in Ingbirchworth and a converted phone box in Upper Denby. Call 999 and give your location for an access code to open the box, then read the instructions inside the box. First Responders.
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Eskia Computers, Spring Vale.
The Navbar BST clock gizmo uses internet time. The country gizmo was added on 25th Feb 2009.
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.'