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 highly unofficial website for the world to visit my home town and district. I hope that you will find it interesting. JB.
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Website Updates:
December 2021 January 2022
News on the Street:   (Reload this page to see the latest updates)
  • Stottercliffe Children's Memorial - Message from Richard Galliford:
    'It is very good news that I can announce that the funding target for the Stottercliffe Children’s Memorial has not only been achieved but exceeded, with a just over £7,000 raised. This will help to provide a suitable memorial for the 1,000 forgotten babies and children buried in the cemetery without markers recording their existence in our community.
    'It shows that our community has a wider appreciation of things that do matter, where time is irrelevant and when there is the opportunity to rectify the injustices of the past. No right-minded parent would want their child to be unceremoniously disposed of, and having to live with the shame of it because they financially could not afford a burial, or the custom of the time was to simply to dispose of the body.
    'As the scale of this story unfolded and word got out, the desire that something should be done in the name of these children grew and it needed a response. I am hoping that the memorial will fulfil that desire, and will be a place to visit and reflect upon the tragedy that is buried there, in this seemingly piece of insignificant land at the cemetery.
    'Community support is not always in the present, it is in our past too, so thank you for listening to your community, thank you for recognising that these children have value and thank you for hearing their parents silent unheard heartache.
    'My thanks go to the many generous individuals, Penistone Town Council, Penistone Round Table, The Ward Alliance, Penny Helps, Banks Hazlehead Wind Farm Fund, BMBC Councillors Hannah Kitchen and David Greenhough for their advice and for those individuals seeking funding on my behalf. A special thanks goes to Peter Shields from Thurnscoe for his immense dedication to the cause of highlighting the many thousands of children buried without marked graves in the whole Barnsley area. The Just Giving page will remain open a little longer and I expect work to begin in the spring time. Thank you.'
  • 'Chess at the Rag' - A new Chess Club has started, 4pm to 5.30pm Thursdays, The Fountain, Ingbirchworth. (F'book).
  • Covid-19 - New rules announced commencing Thursday 27th January (see BBC):
    • End of mandatory Covid passes (but businesses can continue to require them).
    • Face masks no longer a legal requirement (but still appropriate in shops, transport and busy places).
    • End of Work-from-home guidance.
    • Eased Care Home restrictions to be announced.
    • Self-isolation still required for Covid positive but reduced quarantine period with negative results.

    What do we know? (various sources). Penistone's local rate is steady at 1.06% (18th Jan) but still higher than the national rate of 0.925% (23rd Jan). Around 244 local people might be infected, calculated from 22,909 pop'n (2011 census). Hospital wards are still struggling (especially in Barnsley) but the situation is improving.

    Masks are mandatory for shop staff and the public (and not with your nose sticking out) but London snooker audiences appear to be immune from both the law and the virus. Omicron has weaker symptoms than earlier variants but is still contagious. About 80% of transmission is from breath droplets. Infected people often have no symptoms. Pregnant women should get the jab. Fully inoculated people can still catch and spread Covid19 but are less likely to die. Jab risks are much lower than Covid risks. Most Covid Intensive Care cases are not fully jabbed. President Biden calls it "The pandemic of the unvaccinated." Getting the booster jab is still very important. Lateral Flow packs are available from pharmacies but you need a collect code.
    HMG Guidance - NHS Advice - Barnsley CCG - Covid UK - Ecilop - HSE - UNISON - MS Expert - Tracker - Travel
  • Winter Disruptions - Check Waste Disruptions and Road Gritting (save these links). BMBC says they will collect black bags within five days (Facebook item says £2 a bag). Bin Calendar (needs postcode), BMBC Oversized Waste.
  • 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) 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. Foreign words like 'normalcy,' 'get-go' and 'gotten' have no place here, sithi. You are in God's Own County and the world envies you.
Penistone Wants and Needs: (Reload this page to see the latest updates)
  • New BMBC Survey - Have your say to shape the local investment plans for Penistone over the next five years. BMBC would like to know what Penistone district residents would like to see in our local area. It might be a good idea for there to be a good response to this one. Do the Penistone Town Investment Survey.
  • Falklands War - 40th Anniversary Day 24th June 2020. In the hope of producing some sort of booklet to mark the anniversary, Joe Pinguey is asking for stories, anecdotes and photos from the local people who were involved in liberating the Falklands in 1982. For something unusual to do, listen to live Falklands Radio.
  • Siuations Vacant (The bottom three have not been updated since early January):
    • Night Supervisor Required - Penistone Spar, Park Avenue. Minimum 20 hours a week, call in-store to pick up an applications form (this message was posted on Facebook). Posted 21st Jan.
    • WintWire Ltd - Office Administrator, working closely with management by handling clerical duties, general office administration, sales, and transport. The successful candidate will be competent, professional, have excellent written and verbal communication skills and have a keen eye for detail. A competitive remuneration package is on offer. Working hours are: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 4pm Fridays, but open to flexibility. Applications should be sent to: or by post to:
      WintWire Ltd, Unit 3 Oxspring Wiremills, Oxspring, Penistone, Sheffield, S36 8YW
    • Argo Feeds - 3½ ton pick-up truck driver, delivering animal feeds locally from Spring Vale. Monday to Friday, starting 6am. You will be required to unload the bags at delivery points.
      Applications: email: for an application form or call in.
    • Cubley Hall - FoH Supervisor, Chef, Service and Housekeeper. See Cubley Hall Jobs.

  • Business Grants Available
    'Barnsley Independent Retail Digital Technology Grant' - Up to £1,000 available to independent businesses wanting to modernise using digital technology. See BMBC's Digital Tech Grant. Time limit not stated.
    'Omicron Hospitality Grant' - Goverment £1bn support fund for suitable existing hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses. They can apply for up to £6k one-off grant (proportionate to RV) via Enterprising Barnsley. Applications must be in by 22nd February 2022. HMG will also cover sick pay.
  • '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.'
  • 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 urgent repairs to keep out the rain and these will cost perhaps £80k. Please support the Penistone Church Roof Appeal before it caves in, or add a bequest to your will. There was some talk that a Roof Fund Barometer might re-appear as in days of old.
 Volunteer Groups - BMBC Consultations - Nextdoor - Car park safe?- Co-op Deals - Old Stuff - Watch Telly - Grant Awards - Holme Valley - Penline walks
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 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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