Village Organisations

Bradwell is home to numerous organisations which are all very active.  Information about several of the groups can be found in this section.

The Bradwell Wildflower Group came into being in early 2021 when a small group of residents of the village approached the Parish Council seeking support for a project to add small wildflower sections to existing land either managed directly by the council or by Derbyshire Dales District Council. After discussion by the Parish Council, there was majority agreement to support the project and to enable it with a small seed fund secured via an S137 funding grant. The Bradwell Wildflower Group project then took shape under the wing of the Hope Valley Green Ventures organisation which provided it with a bank account, indemnity insurance, and advice on seeking the small amount of additional funding required. The Bradwell Wildflower Group have been allocated 5 separate, discreet sites across central, ie widely accessible, areas in the village (with the approval of the Parish Council) to monitor, maintain and establish wildflowers. Aims and Objectives: • To make our village more colourful and wildlife friendly and thus improve biodiversity; • To raise awareness and understanding of the value of native wildflowers to our village and the rest of the natural world; • To provide the opportunity to share identification skills for wildflowers and wildlife and to enrich lives; • To enthuse and encourage as many people as possible to take part in growing and planting wildflowers from locally sourced seed. The Bradwell Wildflower Project members are feeling extremely positive about the project to date. This is as a result of the strong support shown by the village, both directly by attending talks & walks and indirectly by passers by, social media posts and other channels. Further to this, the engagement of the Infant and Junior schools, the other village groups, other valley parishes, DDDC and the national conversation in general have reinforced the sense that we are, as a village, on the right track in this area, and we are not only developing a strong sense of community involvement with the project, but also presenting a forward thinking and engaged sense of the village, its residents and the Parish Council to the world at large. We are involving local people in sowing local seeds and raising plants by: • organising seed collection activities for adults • providing growing materials and advice on raising seeds for future planting out on the sites • encouraging local children to take an interest in sowing seeds and raising wildflower plants through contact with local schools and the cooperation of the Plant Exchange scheme in the village • providing an opportunity to adults and children visiting Bradwell Carnival to plant seeds to cultivate at home We are always on the look out for more volunteers to assist in the on-going maintenance of the sites, so if you can help out in any way, please contact us via Facebook.  
The Bradwell Neighborhood Watch (NHW) scheme covers all homes in the village and we hope you will join. Bradwell NHW was re-established in 2019 and is operated by Stewart Adshead and Jayne James.  As NHW co-ordinators Stewart and Jayne have agreed to act as points of contact for the Police and with the national organisation, to pass information from the Police to residents in our Watch and to report to the Police any suspicious behaviour. All you need to do is be neighbourly and vigilant and if you see anything suspicious report it to the Police.  You can report non urgent issues using any of the contact information shown below. Welcome packs are available for all new residents of the village and it is suggested that you join the Bradwell NHW “WhatsApp” Group so you can be alerted to any issues.  Contacts for more information are: Stewart Adshead [email protected]       Tel: 07882 975719 Jayne James [email protected]    Tel: 07761 563788 Derbyshire Police – to report an incident or suspicious activity: Online: www.derbyshire.police.uk/contactus Facebook: DerbyshireConstabulary Twitter: @DerPolContact Phone: 101 Subscribe to Derbyshire Alert to receive information from Derbyshire Police on crime issues: www.derbyshirealert.co.uk/ To Join Bradwell NHW WhatsApp Group: text Stewart with your name and address and he will add you to this group. Peak District Neighbourhood Watch Facebook Page: this covers all Peak District villages and saves us duplicating information. Bradwell Hope Valley Community Forum Facebook Page to keep you up to date on local issues.
Rebellion Knoll W.I. was formed in 1975 and 2015 was our 40th Anniversary. We would encourage all ladies in the village, of any age, to consider joining us. You would be very welcome just contact either of our members listed below. Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at the Methodist Hall on Towngate. The first half hour enables us to cover any business and then we have a speaker or activity to follow. Our programme for 2022-23 is set out below. 14 September 2022 Singing Workshop Naomi Baynes   12 October 2022 You can really achieve anything if it matters enough. Kate Allatt   9 November 2022 Making a Christmas Wreath demonstration Marianne Slater   14 December2022 Christmas Meal   11 January 2023 Play reading Gillian Nowell   8 February 2023 Wildlife photography from my garden Peter Bull   8 March 2023 Dry needle felted landscapes Helen Moyes   12 April 2023 My Spiritual Journey Linda Southwick   11 May 2023 AGM and Resolutions
Bradwell St Barnabas About Us   Welcome! At St Barnabas we feel privileged that the church and its churchyard have been part of community life in Bradwell for many generations. We treasure our connections with the community, through traditional services such as Christmas and Remembrance, as well as through activities like coffee mornings and Lent lunches and our newly formed St B’s Baby Group. Whether you have just moved to the area, are a visitor to the village or have lived in Bradwell all your life, we hope you will feel welcome at St Barnabas. We meet most Sundays in church for worship, and share our Vicar, Louise, with St Peter’s, Hope and St Edmund’s in Castleton. Our worship style is fairly traditional; most services include communion. However we have recently introduced a Worship Together service on the first Sunday of each month, that is short, relatively informal, and encourages interaction. This service is still evolving, and we’d love your feedback. We also have one service a month, on the fourth Sunday, that is a Benefice Outdoor service, which people join either in person or via Zoom. We seek to extend a warm welcome to all those who visit, whether joining us for worship or simply taking time to enjoy the peace and tranquility of St Barnabas during the week. We pray that all those who visit will find something of God in our church community, in the building itself or in its surrounding grounds. We feel strongly that St Barnabas belongs to everyone, as God welcomes all. If you have suggestions about how we could improve our service and witness to the community, or could better meet your needs, we would love to hear from you. Please use the links below to find out details of our service times and all our events. Monthly letter from our Vicar December 2022: Christmas for all   Every year I approach Christmas aware of what a special time of year it is for many, yet aware too that many others dread Christmas as one of the worst times of their year. And as I was reflecting on Christmas a few weeks ago, I came across this year’s Christmas resources from the Methodist Church, called ‘There is Room.’   According to the majority of Christmas adverts, Christmas is a time where happy families gather together, to give presents, play games and eat loads of luxury Christmas food. The reality of Christmas can be very, very different for many: for families grieving the empty space at the table;  for parents missing meals and turning the heating off so that the children can have one or two small presents; for those for whom loneliness is intensified by the expectation that everyone will be enjoying family activities; for those for whom the extra stresses and pressures push already fragile relationships to breaking point; for those for whom the cultural expectations highlight feelings of being different, feelings of not belonging.   The Methodist Christmas resources this year remind us of who the characters at that very first Christmas really were; remind us that at that very first Christmas, God chose participants in his story who would probably all feel marginalised by our typical ‘western’ Christmas festivities. Mary and Joseph; inexperienced, young, poor, probably social outcasts because of Mary’s pregnancy before marriage, and soon fleeing as refugees to a foreign land. The shepherds; working long, antisocial hours, far from home, in filthy, low-paid work that caused others to shun them. The wise men; foreigners who followed forbidden religious practices, who risked ridicule, persecution and rejection to follow their hopes for a better world. Even the animals who share our world with us, regularly neglected, exploited or ignored, found a place in God’s story as they provided Jesus’ first home on earth, a place we celebrate regularly in numerous Christmas carols.   Every year, I am astounded and delighted afresh by the real Christmas story. By the story that God chose to send his Son to humanity, to turn the values of the world upside down. To teach that God values most those whom humanity values least. That there is room for all in God’s heart. That all belong. That the only wealth worth pursuing is the wealth of love and relationship, of harmony and justice. Some of my earliest steps in faith were a bemused, incredulous wondering that, ‘God so loved the world that he gave his only Son’ (John 3:16). This Christmas, as every year, I will find time to be alone in church, to gaze in my mind’s eye into that manger so long ago, and to marvel afresh that God loves me, loves you, loves us, loves all he has made, that much. And to long to be worthy of his love. And I wish you all a joy-filled Christmas.   Yours in Christ, Louise Petheram [email protected]      01433 621918   If you would like to sign up to receive the regular newsletters from churches and Christian groups across Hope Valley, please go to https://mailchi.mp/f29b1286b3df/2t1gk3uwy2 or email me and I can sign you up.      
Bradwell is set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District amongst outstanding scenery providing the back drop for recreation. Established in 1947 with the purpose of providing sport for all we continue today to offer the facilities required for all to enjoy. We are an open club with no membership fees or commitments other than enjoying yourself using our facility. We offer a wide range of sports including football, tennis, and multi sports using our new facilities. The 4 ½ acre site provides a full size football pitch, multi-use games area and pavilion. Check out the new event website of fell races organised in Bradwell.
Bradwell Tuesday Walkers meet every Tuesday on Town Lane at 10am for a local walk of typically between 4 miles and 6 miles. We are a friendly bunch of around a couple of dozen villagers, and we take it in turns to plan and lead the walks. Sometimes we walk from the village but usually we share cars to the starting point. It is customary for passengers to offer the driver £1 towards petrol costs. Occasionally we take the bus and walk back to Bradwell. The numbers walking on any given Tuesday vary but would typically be around 10, and as Tuesday is a working day most of us are retired or semi-retired. If you fancy joining us, just turn up. Bring a picnic lunch as we always have a lunch break. The history of the group, which was founded in 1985, is in the book “After Seth”, pages 163-165.
Bradwell Teddy Bear Club (Teddies) welcomes all parents and carers with babies/children from bump to starting infant school.  We are a friendly, relaxed group which meets on Fridays during term time from 0930 to 1130 in the Methodist Hall, opposite the White Hart pub.  There are lots of toys, books, music and craft activities each session and it’s not only for children to have fun and mix with other children but for parents/carers to share thoughts, worries, ideas and inspirations with other adults. The cost is £2 per session.  If you are new or are a bit unsure about coming to your first session please contact us on [email protected]
Our aim is to create, develop and sustain an orchard in Bradwell for the benefit of the community. A community orchard is a place where local and other varieties of fruit are grown by and for local people. Providing fruit to share and places to enjoy, they show how well we can live with nature as friend and collaborator.  We had our first meeting in July 2009, and in early 2011 we planted 40 different fruit trees, including old and local varieties of apple, pear, plum and cherry. Bradwell’s Junior and Infant schools have been involved planting trees and studying the wildlife in the orchard. Many local people contributed by sponsoring trees while other funds came from the Co-op Community Fund and the Parish Council. Pluscarden Abbey, in the north of Scotland, sent us several trees too. We have planted a mixed species hedge with trees given by the Woodland Trust. Michlow Orchard can already be enjoyed as a special place. When visiting, we ask that you keep the gate shut to stop trespassing sheep, and not to exercise your dog there. Please keep the site clear of dog dirt. Thank you! Please come and join us! We normally meet on the second Sunday of the month at 10am to work in the orchard, and welcome all to join us there. We also hold events such as apple days and a midsummer picnic. To keep up to date with our activities, head to our web pages at bradwellcommunityorchard.blogspot.com, search “Bradwell Community Orchard” on Facebook (you do not need to be a Facebook user to view our page) or use the links below. For more information, or to become a member, please contact us using the details below. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 18; the annual subscription is £5.
Bradwell Methodist Church is a leading Church in the Bradwell section of the extensive rural Peak Methodist Circuit. It is a Grade II listed building within the Bradwell Conservation Area.
The War Memorial Hall was built in 1923 to commemorate the ‘village lads’ who had lost their lives in the first world war.  The Hall was built using money raised by public subscription to provide a facility for the use of local residents. In the early years the main activities were dances, film shows and even ballet performances. In 1935 a refreshment room was added, 1985 saw a new two storey extension including kitchen, toilets, meeting rooms and a rear entrance and 2020 we installed a new modern toilet block with showers and changing area. We are constantly looking at new ideas to improve your village hall, with our most recent upgrade being to provide energy saving lighting. Over the years, the Hall has been used by many organisations for coffee mornings, jumble sales, fitness classes and has seen many a child’s birthday party.The Centenary Players, who are a village amateur dramatics group, put on an annual pantomime and both Bradwell School use the main hall for their P.E. lessons. We now have Youth Hostel accreditation and the hall can be booked out for weekend stays. Last November we were pleased to announce the opening of the Bradwell Community Library inside the hall and this continues to be its own successful project. Next year we will celebrate our 100th birthday! Bradwell War Memorial Hall is a registered charity (Charity Number 517226) The Charitable Objects being: “The Provision And Maintenance Of A Village Hall For The Use Of The Inhabitants Of The Parish Of Bradwell Without Distinction Of Political, Religious Or Other Opinions, Including Use For Meetings, Lectures And Classes, And For Other Forms Of Recreation And Leisure-Time Occupation, With The object Of Improving The Conditions Of Life For The Said Inhabitants.” BWMH is run by a small group of committee members and we are dedicated to keeping the hall up and running so that it can be enjoyed by all villagers present and future. We rely on grants and incomes to preserve our wonderful little hall for everyone. We welcome bookings for all kinds of events and we have a number of rooms to suit every need. Please contact our hall manager for more information. We thank you for reading about us and for choosing to book your event with us. Like us on Facebook and look us up on instagram for up to date information.
Bradwell Lace Makers are a small, independent group who meet in the Sports Pavilion every Tuesday morning. They meet from 9.45 am to 11.45 am and people are welcome to come along and visit us to look at what they are doing with Bobbin Lace.
BRADWELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY Bradwell Historical Society was formed in 1994 to encourage local people to become involved in the history of the village and the area, and to build up a local archive.  However, the Society does not confine its activities to this and has welcomed speakers on a wide range of historical topics.  They meet on the third Tuesday evening of every month (except July, August and December) at 8.00 pm in the Methodist Hall, Towngate.  The varied programme includes illustrated lectures given by visiting speakers or by members of the Society with a specialist interest or who have researched a particular topic.  In July and August (or at others times) the Society arranges reciprocal village tours with other local history groups, and daytime visits to a range of venues of historical interest. In the recent past these have included visits to Bugsworth Basin, Cresswell Crags, and the Holocaust Museum at Laxton. In 2006 the Society was awarded a grant by the “Local Heritage Initiative” and a large group, including non-members, began producing an illustrated history of Bradwell in the 20th century, plus material for use in schools.  In August 2008 the Society published ‘After Seth. Bradwell into the 21st Century’. A 272 page account of life in the village over the last 100 years.  It is generously illustrated and has 20 pages of index including many local family references.  It is on sale at Bradwell PO and local bookshops at £10 per copy or by post from the society at £10.00 plus £2.50 (UK) or as appropriate abroad. Contact – Steve Lawless on telephone 01433620329 To contact the Historical Society by e-mail please use [email protected] Visit our Website at www.bradwellhistoricalsociety.org.uk The Society has in hand a number of projects, some of which have been completed others are ongoing. One project recently completed is: Production of a DVD containing newspaper cuttings about Bradwell between 1883 and 1951, collected by Cyril Evans. The DVD is now available and costs £5. Contact Andy Smith (phone 01433 620100) or Brian Gillham 01433 623345 The Society has accumulated a large range of artefacts relating to Bradwell life (books, photographs, pamphlets, local wills etc) and has a project in hand to catalogue these items and place them in the Archive. A group of members have met on a Saturday morning from 10.00 to 12.00 in the Methodist Hall to add to the archive. Other ongoing initiatives: Collecting together information about all the Bradwell people who served in two World Wars, most especially the history of the men who died in the two great conflicts. This will has led to the production of a pamphlet. An important project currently being coordinated by Andy Smith is called ‘The House I Live In’. Information is being gathering about who has lived where in Bradwell over the years. Information collected, written, oral and photographic is being attached, house-by-house to a map of the village. The work on this so far can be viewed on our Website (see above). The Society has approximately 50 members and the annual subscription is £10. Everyone is welcome to join and there are no age limits. Members also receive monthly copies of the newsletter that focuses on the history of the village and informs members of up-coming events. Visitors may attend up to two of the Society’s talks on payment of a fee of £5 for each. Having paid twice thereafter they will become a full member for that year. New members receive a free copy of ‘After Seth’   2023 Programme 17th January AGM & 10 min talks by members 21st February Images from the beginning of time – Paul Downing 21st March Christchurch to Stonehenge – a Neolithic Paradise – Ken West 18th  April Women’s Suffrage in Sheffield – Marcus Newton and Julie Charlesworth 16th May Tales from the toy box – stories behind some of the most popular toys and games – Richard Cornish 20th  June The £10 immigrants – Peter Wallis 18th July No Meeting 15th August No Meeting 19th  September Archeological digging in a war zone – Iraq 1988 – Jerry Youle 17th October In pursuit of a Peak District Pensioner Criminal – Tim Knebel 21st November History of Oswald House, The Hills Bradwell – Brian Gillham 19th December Christmas Meal
For girls aged from 5 to 7 years (Rainbows), 7 to 10 years (Brownies) and 10 to 14 years (Guides).
The Bradwell Community Land Trust is a not for profit organisation, operated by volunteers on behalf of, and for the benefit of the local community.  The principal objective is to maintain or improve the physical, social and economic infrastructure within the Parish of Bradwell. Its first major project is the provision of permanently affordable housing for local people, but the future scope can be widened to include other developments of benefit to the community such as meeting spaces, work spaces, retail premises and allotment gardens.  The trust was established to create local developments which are maintained at permanently affordable levels and which will benefit the community in perpetuity.
The Centenary Players have been running for many years and have delivered successful and highly appreciated productions including Dick Whittington, Bradda Knights, Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose, Cinderella, Aladdin, Hickory Dickory Dock and Puss in Boots. The Players are always looking for fresh faces to join the ‘old’ ones. It’s fun, friendly and there is plenty to get involved with, both on and off stage. If you are newly arrived to the village or a downright “Bradda-ite” please come along and join us.  We need you to keep this community group thriving!  We meet for practices and also have social events/activities.  Come on, join in – it’s fun!!
Every month this excellent little publication keeps the people of Bradwell informed about what has been going on in their village and the surrounding area. This area provides links to all editions of the newsletter, from the first edition all the way up to the present day. The Bradwell News is normally posted on this website a week before it hits the streets, so stay in touch by logging in.
Bradda Dads is an organisation open to fathers in Bradwell having sons and/or daughters and who live in the Parish.  Their objective is to raise funds for and provide assistance to people or organisations within the village, where needed and for the general benefit of the village. One of the group’s first fund raising events ever was on Boxing Day 1999, when they held the now familiar Duck Race down the brook. Examples of the good work done by this active and much respected group are: helping the local schools with lighting and stage equipment for theatrical productions raising funds for numerous local organisations and groups running the annual Village Fireworks Display and Bonfire in November providing a free Christmas Lunch for village pensioners
Carnival day 2019 was on Saturday 3rd August, and the weather once again smiled on us.  The village during the parade was even quieter than last year.  Maybe people are getting tired of it?  But the attendance on Beggar’s Plot field was huge, and in general it was a great day.  The procession this year was even bigger, with a wonderful selection of clever floats and excellent ideas.  This year we were again led by the excellent Castleton Silver Band, and many thanks as ever to them and to everyone who helped, took part, supported the local stalls or simply came to have fun.  The beer tent had ordered even more supplies this year – but they still ran out of everything well before the end. It was extremely frustrating to see the large number of people who again flouted the “no dogs” ordinance, claiming they had not seen any of the numerous signs to that effect at every possible entrance to the field.  Packing away the marquees and cleaning up on the Sunday was therefore made much less pleasant as we had to be careful where we stepped. PLEASE people, this is a children’s playing field!  We don’t like excluding dogs, but the law prohibits dogs for health reasons and it is hard to understand why dog owners consistently refuse to respect it.. As ever, special thanks to all those who helped Council put up and take down the marquees, and a thank you to the new team of people this year, led by Richard and Barbara Burns who organised the field and the numerous attractions which were enjoyed by all.
Bradwell Bowls Club has a Club house and superb green at the north end of the village, opposite the Samuel Fox Inn, and we are presently upgrading our facilities. We welcome experienced bowlers or beginners and offer introductory coaching for those new to the sport. Come and experience social bowling, with friends, in our Club competitions and/or league play in our 6 league teams. Junior membership, under 17 years, is free. Barbecues and other social and charity events are held throughout the year, culminating in our Annual Dinner and presentation in November.