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 the market town of Penistone (twinned with Grindavik) on the River Don, Yorkshire, UK. This family-friendly website looks at my home town and district. I hope that you will find it interesting. JB.
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Weather in Penistone

Website Updates:
April 2021 May 2021
News on the Street:   (Reload this page to see the latest updates)
  • Penistone is now a Covid-19 Hotspot - Local infections have doubled each week over the last four weeks, currently 24 people infected and rising. Apparently, it was spread via a local school. Kids from different families had a hot tub party.
  • Possible Outdoor Fitness Sessions - Meet Saturday, 8.30am, Penistone Showground, probably by the outdoor gymn equipment (Bowling Club). This is to assess the level of interest. The exact location was not given on social media. If it proves popular, a further 9.20am session each Saturday might also be possible. Posted by Philip Austin.
  • Yet More Crime - Four youths in hoodies stole a Ford Transit tipper van from Penistone, Tues 11th May. SY Pol.
  • Free Face Masks for Community Groups - Penistone Area Council (aka 'Penistone Team') can supply masks for local community groups. Apply by emailing:
  • PTC Vacancy - There is a vacancy (from March), to represent Cubley and Spring Vale on Penistone Town Council. Unusually, the statutory notice for this vacancy did not appear. Residents who wish to be considered for co-option can contact the council and fill in the forms. Deadline for written applications is Friday 4th June. See PTC Website.
  • Penistone Boundary Walk (16 Miles) - In May, when it suits you. Starts Cubley Hall (Route). Suggested minimum donation of £5 via Gofundme to go to 'The Penistone Christmas Day Hamper Project,' providing Christmas Day meals for poor families in our district. Starting from Cubley Hall, you can collect your badge there for completing the walk. The full circular walk is 16 miles around the Penistone parish boundary. Or do an eight-mile half route starting or ending at Cubley Hall or Scout Dyke. You could do the walk anyway without contributing, just like the old days. Unlike previous years, they are not pinning it to a fixed date this year, owing to Covid restrictions, although the old national tradition would be 'Rogation Sunday' (9th May this year). Penistone Boundary Walk, Facebook. See a full description of the Boundary Walk PDF icon and other walks at Visit Penistone.
  • Covid-19 - What do we know? Non-symptomatic people can spread it. Jabs are not 100% and need a couple of weeks to work, then they give protection and reduce contagion, symptoms and deaths. There are few re-infections after having caught it. Good oral hygiene and fresh air indoors reduce infection rates. The Indian variant is causing concern. The NHS wants non-symptomatic people to take regular tests, free from pharmacies. Tests take about 30mins or so.

    Here's a 'going out checklist': Credit/debit card, cash, phone, sanitiser, mask and spare (they break) and nose wipes. Also social-distancing, patience and a sense of humour. 'Face, space and fresh air.'
    Rules - Ecilop - Roadmap - NHS - Get Tested - At Work - UNISON - MS Expert - Tracker - Covid Map - NHS Map
  • Jimbo Wilmshurst Podcasts - Tune into Jimbo at Spotify for his Ale and Audio (Sheffield) podcasts.
  • Food Take-aways - Opening times vary (see links) and they need our custom (wear a mask, sanitise hands): Café Crème (FB) 766118; Barista-UK (FB) (Cherrydale) 76 3590; Julie's Café (T-P Trail), 07885 498 572; The Arthouse, Church St., 765080; Generations Café Bar, 761583; Waggon & Horses Oxspring (Menu), 763259; Traveller's Inn Oxspring (Menu), 762518; The Dunkirk, 01484 862912; Canton House Spring Vale (Menu), 762474; Cinnamon Spice, 766006; Taste of India Bridge End, 766951; Tiamo's Italian, Bridge End, 761200; Penistone Fish & Chips (FB) 01226 800485; Bridge End Fisheries, 07540 748 809. Chip shops appear to be all closed Monday dinnertimes.
  • The Knowledge - Ayup thee, Penistone is a town, not a village. Local addresses are in Sheffield S36 postal district, not Barnsley. Penistone Paramount is (and always was) 'Penistone Town Hall,' Hazlehead is spelt that way. Dinner is at dinnertime (not evening) and school dinners are (in normal times) served by dinner ladies. Words like 'normalcy' and 'gotten' have no place here. You are in God's Own County and the world envies you.
Wants and Needs: (Reload this page to see the latest updates)
  • Situations Vacant:
    • Crown & Anchor, Barugh Green (Facebook), ad dated 13th May.
      • Kitchen > Two x Chef De Partie/Line Cook (1 x salary 45 hours and 1 hourly 20-30 hours/week);
      • FoH, One x Cleaner (approx 16 hours/week over 5-6 days 8am to noon, negotiable);
      • FoH, Bar staff (P/T approx 16 to 25 hours/week, not under 18, experience desired but not essential).
      'We are passionate about creating a healthy work-life balance, so you'll not be expected to work every weekend or all unsociable hours. To apply for any position, please email your CV to Matt or hand one in.'
    • Bridge End Fisheries - Staff needed, ad dated 13th May. To be able to work on a Friday and Saturday and cover for sickness and holidays. Must have previous fish shop experience.
    • Customer Service (Counter Sales) Apprentice - Naylor Myers, Spring Vale. 35 hrs/week. Start 17th May. Company: Naylor Myers (Facebook). Full details of the job: 'Find and Apprentice.'
    • The New Inn (White Hart) - Recruiting: chefs, supervisors and front-of-house bar staff, waiters and waitresses. Send CVs and enquiries to
    • The following were suggestions from Facebook but with no further details:
    • Cubley Hall
    • Jolly Tots - 12hrs/wk
    • Argo Feeds
    • PGS - Wants cleaners
    • Traveller's Inn, Oxspring
    • Barista, Market Street
    • Longley Farm, Holmfirth, Call Mandy Armstrong after 10am, 01484 684 151

  • For Help During the Covid Pandemic :
    • 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),

  • '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' on one page (sack the proof-reader), their Speed Survey (PDF icon) makes interesting reading. '30 for a Reason.'
  • Protect a Footpath - Walkers can nominate any active 'Public Rights of Way' not visible on OS maps, before a 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 PDQ, costing perhaps £80k. Please support the Roof Appeal before the roof caves in, mostly via the 'Friends of Penistone Church' for which application forms are available from the Church or add a 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
Guide to GDPR - Pen Crime Reports (SY Police) - Phishing Scams - Action Fraud - 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.  (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 - Call 999 and give location for an 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. 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.
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