Latest NEWS/Events

 Cold Callers
A reminder that Cawthorne is a No Cold Calling area.  If any one calls trying to sell you anything, turn them away, point out  that this is a no cold calling area and, if you consider it appropriate, do not hesitate in calling the police on 101.


Jubilee Museum Winter lecture Monday 6th November. See What's On for more details.

'Messy Church'
Wednesday, 1 November : 10am - 12noon

All Saints' Parish Church
On the theme of autumn and remembrance
All welcome - so come along for fun activities
craft, praise and food
We look forward to seeing you!

All Saints' Church Christmas Fayre
Saturday, 25 November : 11.30am - 1.30pm
Village Hall
There will be various stalls, lots to eat - including roast pork sandwiches and mouth-watering cakes,
raffles and competitions and of course
so come and spend some time with us catching up with friends over a welcome 'cuppa'

Neighbourhood Plan Open Event
Sunday, 26 November : 11am - 4pm in the Parish Room
An opportunity to find out more and give your comments.  See Neighbourhood Plan page for more details

Restoring the glory and revealing the secrets
at Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens

(see What's on for more info) 

Every Thursday 6.30pm - 7.30pm
Village Hall
Cawthorne Brass Band are delighted to invite young and old to learn to play.  No experience needed, just enthusiasm.  We are very lucky to be able to offer free tuition by John Grinnell, former Head of Barnsley Education Music Services.  A small fee will be charged to cover costs - just turn up.
Enquiries to or facebook or website


Cawthorne is a rural parish in South Yorkshire, three miles to the west of Barnsley.

It is an old parish, dating back to at least the late 11th century, with some buildings from the 15th century still in use today. The centre and hub of the parish is the village of Cawthorne, with some 1000 residents living in about 530 households. The remainder of the parish is rural, with a considerable number of working farms. Cannon Hall and park owned and managed by Barnsley MBC, is open to the public. There are a number of small businesses in the village; a Post Office, newsagent/old fashioned sweet shop, village store and tea room, the Spencer Arms pub, Beatson House Restaurant, an antiques centre, Gallery 2 gift and card shop, and guest houses. The larger businesses in the parish are Naylors who manufacture clay pipes, Cannon Hall Garden Centre & Cafe and Cannon Hall Open Farm which incorporates a farm shop, café and restaurant and hosts various festivals throughout the year.

The village has a Methodist Chapel and All Saints Parish Church. The Village Hall and church owned Parish Rooms host various activities and both are available to hire. The Cawthorne Victoria Jubilee Museum is a small museum full of an eclectic mix of items.

There are numerous social and recreational groups active in the parish, ranging from the church bell ringers to the Young Farmers, with all manner of other groups catering for toddlers up to and including the most senior of citizens. There is a cricket ground, a football pitch and two social clubs. There is a good community spirit in the parish, evidenced by frequent public events such as the Summer Fete and the Open Gardens which are held alternate years.


Following the recent spate of accidents on the A635 the Parish Council wrote to both BMBC and the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police to ask for meetings to discuss these accidents and what could be done to prevent them.

Both gave replies but did not make arrangement for any meeting.

 BMBC declined to make comment whilst there is an ongoing investigation by the police and HM Coroner following a fatal accident.

 South Yorkshire police stated -

 " We are aware of the issues around Cawthorne and our Traffic Management Officers have recently carried out a site visit after the fatal motorcycle crash, examining the route and looking at the A635 as a whole.

 They inform me that it is not simply a matter of changing a speed limit, but other considerations need to be taken into account such as environmental factors, signage and education.  It is well proven that drivers will travel at a speed at which they feel comfortable in their highway environment, hence Highways authorities, in seeking to achieve compliance, will employ calming features or road markings which give a narrowing effect to the highway making drivers feel less comfortable driving at higher speeds.

In terms of the setting of speed limits the guidance for this comes from the ‘Department for Transport Circular 1/2013 – Setting of local speed limits’, which provides local authorities with some guidance on assessing limits based on a number of factors, nature of road, junctions, prevailing speeds, collision rate etc. It is the responsibility of the local authority, not the police, to set local speed limits however we are required by statute to be consulted/involved in the process.

The starting point for change is generally the collision rate and importantly the prevailing speeds. If for example the current average speeds on a road are well above the proposed limit then this would not be a simple solution of just lowering the limit without supporting measures to manage speeds. Simply changing the roadside signs is proven to achieve at best a 1-2mph reduction in speeds.

In respect of the A635 itself we are aware that BMBC are looking at measures to improve visibility around junctions with some vegetation clearance and replacement of some old road signs. As with most authorities they target their spending towards locations and routes which demonstrate higher levels of injury collisions.

Please assure the Parish Council that we are working with the local authority to identify any potential opportunities and improvements where road safety is considered to be an issue."