Bamford Village lies within the Peak District National Park, 11 miles west of Sheffield and 25 miles east of Manchester. It is surrounded by high moorland; to the north are the Gritstone edges of Derwent and Bamford, and to the west lies the peak of Win Hill. The river Derwent flows through the village. Bamford has an interesting history.

Bamford Carnival 2017

posted 23 Jun 2017, 13:48 by Dave Watson   [ updated 9 Jul 2017, 13:08 ]

2017 Bamford Carnival Flyer
Bamford carnival brochure £1, raffle tickets 50p and Duck race tickets £1 per duck now on sale in local shops, pubs and will also be available at carnival events.

Meet the new carnival royalty.

2017 Bamford Carnival Scarecrow Trail

posted 27 May 2017, 12:58 by Dave Watson

Last year there were some amazing creations dotted around village but this year we would like to see even more scarecrows! With a Fabulous CASH Prize of £75 to the Best Scarecrow (or Scarecrow Group/Scene) and £25 for the runner up!!!!

You do not need to make your scarecrow on your own – you can also get together with your family, friends, club, pub or neighbours and start thinking about making a scarecrow for the carnival. 

This year’s theme is “Children’s Fairy Tales/Books” which gives plenty of scope for ideas.  There are no restrictions on the size of your scarecrow; it can be a small single scarecrow or a whole scene. It could represent your road/business/club or individual house.

Scarecrows will need to be on display from Friday 14 July as judging will take place on the 15 July and should stay up for the whole of carnival week. If we get enough scarecrows there will also be a map available showing the location of all the scarecrows enabling people to follow the trail around Bamford. 

So put on your Worzel Gummidge thinking heads and email bamfordscarecrow@gmail.com for your entry form today!  We can then contact you with everything you need to know to take part in the 2017 Bamford Carnival Scarecrow Trail.  Don’t worry if you’re not sure on how to go about making a scarecrow as we will be sharing Top Tips over the coming weeks.

We can’t wait for what is set to be an amazing 2017 Bamford Carnival Scarecrow Trail.

Good luck from the 2017 Bamford Carnival Committee

Bamford Pre-school Science Week

posted 22 Mar 2017, 15:03 by Dave Watson   [ updated 22 Mar 2017, 15:08 ]



Bamford pre-school celebrated British Science Week (March 13-17) last week and was lucky enough to have a visit from TV weather presenter Kerrie Gosney, who came along to talk to the children about meteorology.

Bamford Pre-school celebrates British Science Week

Kerrie, who grew up in the Hope Valley (much of her family still reside in Bamford) now presents the weather for ITV Granada, as well as covering forecasts for Calendar Yorkshire from Leeds.

Kerrie kindly took time out of her busy schedule to inspire Bamford's young minds with a talk about meteorology, talking to the boys and girls about why and how the weather changes, something the children certainly have plenty of practical experience of living here in Derbyshire. This was followed by a welly walk during which the children discussed the weather - like all good Brits should - and more importantly its impact on nature.

The visit was a highlight for the children and staff at pre-school, who conducted different science experiments each day to mark the national event.  The daily activities were all themed around ‘change’ and included, observing decay with rotten fruit, making daffodil windmills, creating their own exploding volcanos, baking cinder toffee and watching flowers change colour! 

Kerrie Gosney comments: “Growing up in a beautiful area such as the Hope Valley I was inspired by the nature all around me, and fascinated by the changing seasons. It was great to meet the pre-school children and see them getting excited by science, I will be very proud if I have managed to inspire the next generation of Hope Valley weather people!”

Pre-School Manager Caroline Hunter comments: “British Science Week is a ten-day programme of science, technology and maths events across the UK, and so an amazing opportunity for us to inspire our inquisitive young minds here at pre-school. We’ve had a great time, learning lots and getting very messy! Kerrie did a brilliant job bringing science to life for the little ones and behalf of everyone at pre-school we’d like to say a big thank you for taking the time to come and see us.”

Bamford Pre-school is for children aged 2-4 years old, helping them to prepare for school by learning through play.  It operates from the Methodist School Rooms and is open every morning of the week 9am-12pm and all day (9am-3pm) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Parents who are interested in enrolling their child or would like more information please contact Caroline on: 07591 979051or email bamfordpreschool@hotmail.co.uk.  You can also visit the website: http://bamfordpreschool.co.uk for more information.

Station Road Clearance Part 2

posted 17 Mar 2017, 09:54 by Dave Watson

Bamford with Thornhill Parish Council
Volunteers Needed
Can you lend a hand to Clear Station Road footpath of vegetation
Saturday, 8th April 2017
Meet at Bamford Recreation Ground at 10.00am
We can supply the hi-viz jackets but if you have a pair of strong gloves and a shovel/spade
please bring them along
Please come and help if only for a short time
Please contact any councillor or Cllr Sue Beckett

Bamford Pre-school

posted 15 Mar 2017, 14:33 by Dave Watson   [ updated 15 Mar 2017, 14:37 ]


The staff and committee at Bamford Pre-school have been working hard to update its website, which they hope will attract new parents and children to the setting.  The colourful new site contains a wealth of information about the pre-school including its daily activities, which range from Muddy Mondays to Making & Baking Wednesdays! There’s also recent news items, so that the local community can see what great work they do at the small and friendly playgroup, which is for children from two years to starting school.  Pre-school Leader, Caroline Hunter commented: “We wanted a website that contained all the important information that parents need to know, such as our OFSTED rating, opening times and pricing, but we also wanted to show all fun, the mess and creativity that goes into every day at pre-school.  We also wanted to communicate the close links that we have with Bamford Primary and how we prepare our young ones for big school, this easy transition is so important to parents.  I’m always so proud of the staff, children and parent volunteers and now this new website really reflects what they do!”


You can view the new website at: https://bamfordpreschool.co.uk

If you’d like more information about the pre-school or to enroll your child, please call Caroline on: 07591 979051 or email: bamfordpreschool@hotmail.co.uk

Station Road Clearance

posted 6 Jan 2017, 07:32 by Sue Beckett   [ updated 16 Jan 2017, 05:29 ]

Bamford with Thornhill Parish Council
Volunteers Needed
Can you lend a hand to Clear Station Road footpath of vegetation
Saturday, 14th January 2016
Meet at Bamford Recreation Ground at 10.00am
We can supply the hi-viz jackets but if you have a pair of strong gloves and a shovel/spade
please bring them along
Please come and help if only for a short time
Please contact any councillor or Cllr Sue Beckett

 A big THANK YOU to all who turned up to help on Saturday.  Although the weather wasn't too kind to start off with, it turned into a reasonable morning to start the clearance.
I think the group have made very significant progress on the verge creep.  But unfortunately we weren't able to finish due to our lack of numbers.  So we will be proposing another date either next month or in March in the hope that we can finish the road before the vegetation starts to grow.  I do hope that more of you will be able to lend a hand.  Look for more details on the notice boards throughout the village and in the Bamford News.
I do hope you have all noticed the difference we have made.

Sue Beckett

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