Events and activities taking place around the Dearne Valley

Dancers promoting the Rainbow Run in Barnsley.
Dancers promoting the Rainbow Run in Barnsley.

Events taking place around the Dearne Valley this week.


Live music arrives at Chapel Lane

The Castle bar in Chapel Lane has been rocking to the sounds of local bands during recent weeks.

From 7pm crowds have been given the chance to help their favourite newcomers perform live at the biggest music event Conisbrough has ever seen.

Tickets are now on sale for the huge Conisbrough Music Festival, which takes place on June 27. Visit

Help for dementia sufferers

The cafe at the Ivanhoe Centre in Conisbrough is a drop-in for anyone who has any form of dementia or who is a carer or family member of someone with the condition.

The next session is on Wednesday, May 6, from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. There is no charge on the door for this event, but there is an option to purchase buffet food.

Sword skills at castle

A trio of medieval knights will be returning to Conisbrough Castle to give youngsters the chance to learn sword skills.

Junior knights will learn how our ancestors used to do battle and learn the art of medieval swordsmanship.

Those attending will also get to hear the crash of steel on steel during thrilling combat demonstrations.

The event is held between Saturday, May 23, and Monday, May 25, from 11am to 5pm. A family ticket is £12.50. Book by ringing 01709 863329.

Traditional tasty food on offer

A pie and pea special takes place every Monday at the Ivanhoe Centre, for those wanting traditional food.

It takes place from 10am to 4pm and is priced at £3.50.

Ladies’ group monthly meeting

Conisbrough and Denaby Ladies Group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm at the Ivanhoe Centre.

Annual subscription is £15 with £1 each subsequent meeting attended.

Non-members pay £3 per meeting. It includes guest speakers, demonstrations, quizzes, raffles and much more.

For details call 07769 200684.

Learn to quill with popular class

Quilling classes, are to take place at St Peter’s Church in Church Street.

Every aspect of the craft will be covered and should you be experienced, or if you are starting from scratch, this is the class for you.

The class which will take place every Thursday runs from lpm to 3pm.

If you are interested in quilling or patchwork, which will also be covered, then call 01709 860095, to book your place.


Weekly coffee morning

Denaby All Saints Church, invites you along to their weekly coffee morning.

The event is held every Wednesday from 10am until noon.

Scrumptious food is on offer, along with hot drinks, and a bring and buy table.

Drop in for fun play time

Parents and their youngsters are encouraged to spend some quality time together at a play session in Denaby Children’s Centre.

The Toddle on to Two session takes place every Monday from 9.30am to 11am.

The session is aimed at youngsters aged from 0-2 and the centre is in School Walk, Denaby.

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Weekly bingo session for all

Denaby and Craganour TARA Hall invite you along to their weekly bingo session.

The session takes place every Wednesday evening at 6.30pm at the hall, 6-8 Craganour Place.

Refreshments will be served.

Contact the hall on 01709869214 for more information.

Children’s craft night for all ages

Children’s Craft nights take place on Thursday evenings at Denaby and Craganour TARA Hall.

The sessions run from 5pm to 7pm. Children should be accompanied, and will enjoy the challenge of various projects.

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Call the above number for details.


Centenary Planning Group

Next year marks the centenary of the consecration of Goldthorpe Parish Church.

A group has been set up under the chairmanship of Joe Skitt to plan the events and celebrations.

Anyone is welcome to come and share in the work of the group.

Contact the vicar at the church for more information.

Plans for luncheon club in the church

Goldthorpe Parish Church is planning a to start a luncheon club at the Parish Hall every Thursday.

The club will be held at lunch times and will start at noon.

They need volunteers to prepare, cook and wash up as well as clear away afterwards.

If you would like to help please add your name to the sheet at the back of church.

Alternatively, call the vicar on the above number.


Have your Sunday lunch made for you

Hickleton Golf Club’s Sunday carvery is now well established and becoming extremely popular.

Three courses are available for £11.95 and two courses for just £9.45, with further reductions for children under 10.

The meal is available in the clubhouse between noon and 4pm each week at the club in Lidget Lane.

Book to avoid disappointment. Call the club on 01709 896081.


Martial Arts class offered

A kangchul taekwondo black belt academy class is being offered. A class is held at the UDF dance studio in High Street, Mexborough, each Saturday between 4pm and 5pm.

Korean martial arts and Olympic Sport taekwondo offered and the club is recognised by the national governing body. Classes open to men, women and children.

Heritage society available to meets the public

Mexborough and District Heritage Society are available at Mexborough Library where they can meet the public.

Members of the society will be at the library in John Street on Mondays, from 3pm to 5pm, Thursdays, between 3pm and 5pm and on Fridays from 11am to 4pm and also Saturdays by arrangement.

The sessions gives members of the public the chance to research local history.

Members of the society can be contacted by calling 01709 582037.

Appeal for heritage pictures

Anyone with old pictures of the area are urged to contact a Doncaster heritage group.

Mexborough and District Heritage Society is appealing for anyone with old pictures to share them with the group to use on their website.

Anyone who can help should ring 01709 582037.

Toddler group fun session

Ali Bongos’ toddler group takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Pastures Lodge in Pastures Road, Mexborough.

The sessions run from 10am to 11.30am and are aimed at children aged four and under. Sessions are £2 per child, which includes juice and biscuits.

To find out more information and to ask about available places at the sessions call Pastures Lodge on 01709 579599.

Get creative with weekly craft group

The Right Up Our Street team from Doncaster Community Arts have a group called MexCRaft.

They meet every Tuesday at Mexborough Library from 10am until 2pm. The session is open to all, so go come along and get creative.


Can you help with a local project?

A local man is appealing for people to help him with his ‘Swinton People’ project.

Craig Mollekin wants to create a dedicated online photo/video gallery of photos/videos of Swinton in years gone by. He already runs a website and a Facebook page, but he would like more content. If you can help, make contact with Craig via his website, or his Facebook page,

Take a trip around the cosmos with stargazers

A series of pictures showing the colourful spectral view of the cosmos will be shown at a stargazers’ meeting tonight.

The Mexborough and Swinton Astronomical Society meeting will take place at Swinton Working Men’s Club in Station Street from 7.45pm onwards.

Weekly children’s activities taking place

A number of weekly activities are taking place at Brookfield Children’s Centre in Swinton.

On Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm there is a weigh and play free sessions for mums and babies and at the same time a baby clinic drop-in service.

Also on Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 3pm there is a free breast buddies session A further session – Childminder Network – also takes place on Tuesdays, 9.30am to 11.30am.

On Wednesdays from 1.30pm to 3pm there is a Tots and Toddlers session, fee is £1, and it is aimed at ages newborn to five-years-old.

Mini Movers on Thursdays from 10am to 11.30am is a playgroup for young children, fee is £1.

On Fridays from 10am to 11.30am there is an additional session of Tots and Toddlers, fee £1. For details on any of these sessions call 01709 334458.

Ballroom and sequence dancing

If you want to learn to dance, there is a beginners class every week in the Dearne Valley.

The session is on Friday evening at Swinton Civic Hall, Station Street, from 7pm to 8pm. Call David on 07932628931 for details.

Fun time at library toddler session

A Rhyme Time toddlers’ activity session takes place at Swinton Library tomorrow, Friday, from 2.15pm to 2.45pm. The group is aimed at youngsters up to the age of five and their parents. Includes songsmm stories and activities.

Children’s Centre toddler events

The Brookfield Children’s Centre in Lime Street has a number of regular sessions which it is inviting people along to.

On Wednesdays it runs a parent and toddler group from 1-3pm, on Thursdays a mini movers group from 10am to 11.30am and on Fridays a further parent and toddler session from 11am to 11.30am.

To find out more information contact the centre on 01709 334458.


Dearne Valley Archaeology group

Dearne Valley Archaeology group meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the Wath Trinity Methodist Church Hall.

It is on the look out for new members and for more information visit


Grand spring concert is planned

A spring concert by the Wombwell and District Amateur Operatic Society takes place at The Operatic Theatre in Wombwell on May 30. For tickets contact 01226 214120.