Archive for December, 2011

I’m looking forward to a great family Christmas – I hope all you wish for happens to you!

I will be spending Christmas this year with friends and family at home; something I have not been able to do for a while.

Over the past few years I have spent Christmas with my parents in Scotland, and whilst that was very enjoyable, especially as I did not have to do any cooking, it is nice to be truly at home.

Mind you this year, we are sharing Christmas dinner with my great friends and neighbours. I have been told to stay out of the kitchen, for some reason.

Perhaps that is because my idea of cooking a good meal means it has to be spicy, with the odd chili pepper!

So it would seem this year that my main role will be opening up the wine, and tasting it.

That will most likely end in something I will regret doing, like falling asleep at just the wrong time but I will be with my friends and of course my family so I am sure that will be fine?

My oldest son is approaching adulthood, and will be off to University next year with any luck. So probably this could be the last real family and “kids” Christmas. Got to make the most of it. Nothing lasts for ever!

I’ve got my eye on some rather nice Chablis, Fleurie and Malt whiskey…oh and of course the excellent food!

Happy Christmas and all the very best in the new year. Let’s hope it is a much better one than 2011.

Out and about with Penistone Round Table Santa Sleigh in the community

Well, I must say I am shattered, coming up to Christmas this year!

No doubt that has something to do with a streaming cold, but it could also be to do with running after the Penistone Round Table Santa Sleigh whilst it toured our communities.

I managed to stagger around Thurgoland and Greenmoor, with lots and lots of houses and lots of people outside waiting for Santa to show! Adults and kids of all ages with excited expressions!

I also managed to get round all of Wellhouse Lane, Windermere Road, Huddersfield Road, Scout Dyke and Ingbirchworth.

Hats off to all the volunteer members of Penistone Round Table, and also to 41 Club, the Penistone Scouts, and other friends for coming out to help collect. Round Table do a great deal for the community.

Everyone has been most generous this year, considering how tight money is! I understand a record amount of about £5500.00 has been raised and this will be distributed by Penistone Round Table to local charities and groups throughout 2012.

Great Community Spirit in Penistone – Hundreds turned out for the Xmas Lights Switch on Sat 3rd December

It was a wet, windy, very cold and wild day on Saturday 3rd December when Penistone FM Community Radio set up their first OB of the day in the new Covered Market Barn in Penistone.

Dressed in our thermals and then a lot more besides in an effort to keep warm the excellent local community radio station began their OB from 1000hrs.

The Christmas market traders set up stall, and then from 300pm till 400pm we saw over 300 people turn up to see the St Johns School choir, Penistone Ladies Choir, and the Thurlstone Brass Band perform

Mayor Steve Webber was out and about with the special Mulled wine and the mince pies ran out pretty quickly.

Then we processed to outside St Johns Church in front of the Lychgate where a crowd of over 400 parents and children stood in the driving rain and cold to see Penistone Theatre Group promote Jack and the Beanstalk.

Mayor of Barnsley Karen Dyson was there too along with Mayor Steve Webber and the lights were duly switched on by a young Jack!

Amazing to see so many people turn up to see Penistone Round Table and Santa Sleigh with Santa handing out sweets to the many children who were there.

A great example of independent community spirit that is Penistone!

Andrew Millner

Barnsley MBC,
Yorkshire House,
Shambles Street,
Barnsley S70 2SW


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