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 group meets every Tuesday morning, including half-term weeks, from 10-11.30 at St Barnabas Church on Church Street.  We are a friendly and informal group, where children can play with lots of toys and carers have a chance to chat, relax and meet people over a cup of coffee.  Fruit is provided for the children. The cost is £1 per family group.  For more information, please contact Jane on 01433 621172/via Facebook, or email:
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 Visit our Website at 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’   2024 Programme 16th January AGM 20th February The Farms and Mills of Brough – Joan Clough 19th March The History of the Telescope – Paul Downing 16th  April The History of the Sheffield Gangs – Martin Rowley 21st May The History of Flowers – Evelyn Harris 18th  June Member’s Evening 16th July No Meeting 20th August No Meeting 17th  September The Peak District’s Pauper Past – Tim Knebel 15th October Local Carols – Joanna and Peter Mackey 19th November The Conquest of Mexico – Neil Roberts 17th December Christmas Meal
Hello and welcome to Bradwell Community Library, we are a small local village library run and maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers. We opened our doors on November 20 2021 thanks to the generosity of Breedon Cement, Bradwell Coop and many book and cash donations. Our library holds a vast range of books including popular fiction and non fiction topics. We welcome members of all ages, young and old and you don’t need to be a Bradwell resident to join. We ask for a £1 donation which gives you life time membership and you can use your card to borrow books. We are open 5 days a week on the following sessions Monday 10am-12pm, Tuesday 6pm-8pm, Wednesday 10am-12pm, Thursday 3pm-530pm and Friday 10am-12pm and you can find us nestled inside Bradwell War Memorial Hall. We offer tea, coffee and a warm place to come along to read, chat or socialise. We hope to see you soon! Check us out on Facebook, Instagram or drop us an email at  
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       Tel: 07882 975719 Jayne James    Tel: 07761 563788 Derbyshire Police – to report an incident or suspicious activity: Online: Facebook: DerbyshireConstabulary Twitter: @DerPolContact Phone: 101 Subscribe to Derbyshire Alert to receive information from Derbyshire Police on crime issues: 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 their 40th Anniversary. Sadly, in 2023 they were no longer able to continue as they had no President or Secretary. A big thank you to all those ladies who have been President and Secretary in the past for leading the WI in the village for the past 48 years. If you are looking to join a WI there are groups in Abney (who meet in Hope), Castleton and Edale – all of whom would be delighted to welcome new members. If there is anyone out there who would like to restart a WI in the village Derbyshire Federation WI would be delighted to hear from you and can give you support. If you are interested in  joining one of the available WIs please go to Derbyshire Federation Of Women’s Institutes | Derby | Facebook where you will find contact details and more assistance.
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 March 2023: Ecochurch   Last year, the churches in Bradwell, Castleton and Hope all joined thousands of other churches across the UK that have signed up for the A Rocha Ecochurch program. Ecochurch helps churches embody their calling to care for all God’s creation, through their worship, how they care for their buildings and their land, how they engage with their communities, and through the individual lifestyles of worshippers.   Last November, a church in the Wirral became the 30th church in England and Wales to achieve their Ecochurch Gold Award. A quote from the Ecochurch website news says that: ‘To achieve the award, Christ Church developed a woodland walk and a memorial orchard, created two ponds, planted hundreds of trees, and transformed its churchyard into a space where wildlife can thrive. The planting scheme encourages bees, butterflies and birds, there are bird and bat boxes and bug and hedgehog hotels, and the hedges aren’t cut when birds might be nesting. The land is used for outdoor services and learning about creation, and events such as Bonfire night, the Queen’s jubilee, the scarecrow festival, and a recent autumn fayre selling locally grown produce. There is regular community litter picking and people are encouraged to walk, cycle or car share to attend church.’ *   One thing I love about the Ecochurch journey is that it embodies the values of God’s Kingdom, of flourishing for all. By working to protect God’s Creation, we are also enriching life for ourselves and others. Hope church have been working to enhance the wildlife value of Hope Churchyard, with things like bird boxes and wildflowers, and changing the mowing regime slightly. One of the delights of doing so has been the strengthening of links with other individuals and groups across the community who also value the churchyard as a special place, including the Hope Wildlife Group, Hope Historical Society, and Hope Valley College.   Our three churches have a long way to go, before they embody the care for people and creation shown by Christ Church, although two of them have recently received their Bronze Award. But we are working together to try to make positive changes. I am reminded of a comment I heard many, many years ago, that we all change the world simply by being in it; by eating, using energy, by interacting with people and creation. We can also all choose whether our impact on the world is positive or negative. I have chosen to try to tread lightly through this life, harming as little as I can. Because I believe God loves all that he has made, and longs to see his whole creation flourishing.   Yours in Christ, Louise Petheram      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 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
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, 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 use by 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, giving the hall a wonderful fresh modern lick of paint and some new curtains! 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. We were pleased to announce the opening of the Bradwell Community Library inside the hall and this continues to be its own successful project. 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.
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.
TICKETS ARE ON SALE FROM 17 JUNE!!!  A crimetastic new event at the end of Wakes Week! Bradwell Centenary Players invite you to join in the fun at their dinner-theatre murder mystery “Some Anniversary!” by Geoff Fulford. Put on your glad rags, bring your best sleuthing skills and join us in the Memorial Hall for the 30th Wedding Anniversary of Mr and Mrs Clark Seville, where, you’ve guessed it, one of the guests will meet an untimely end. Bradwell Memorial Hall, Saturday 10th August starting at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15 including: A two course meal (choose the meat or vegetarian pie option when you purchase tickets) A murder mystery performance – with prizes for guessing whodunnit A crime-based table quiz A raffle with minimum 50% of proceeds going to the local branch of CRY to support cardiac screening for 14 to 35 year olds in the Memorial Hall The bar will be open until 11pm. To make the most of the occasion dress as though you’re going to a big family party! Tickets are limited so buy yours now via the live link below.   Bradwell Centenary Players have been running for many years and have delivered successful and highly appreciated productions including Dick Whittington, Treasure Island, Cinderella, Aladdin, Puss in Boots and Humpty Dumpty. 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!! Contact us by email at and a committee member will get back to you.  
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 in Bradwell is held on the first Saturday in August.  There is a procession which leaves Beggar’s Plot playing field at 2pm and travels along Netherside, down Brookside and returns to the field approximately 45 minutes later.  There are stalls and attractions on the field and the event typically closes at about 5pm.  Dogs are not permitted on the field as it a children’s play area.
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.