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 Needs You

posted 13 Nov 2018, 12:41 by Dave Watson

Bamford Carnival has been running for over 50 years!

Not only is Carnival Week a fantastic village event for residents of all ages, it also donates money to good causes and supports a wide range of local charities and groups.  

Some of those supported over the years include: Bamford Pre School, Primary School, Bamford Guides, St Johns the Baptist Church, Bamford History Group and The Belles of St Henry’s. Carnival also enables groups to raise funds for themselves during the week by getting involved in the weeks activities and / or by running stalls on Carnival Day. 

Alongside these groups, profit generated from Carnival Week has also contributed to vital local resources including the village defibrillator, local CRY screening days and St Johns ambulance, to name but a few. 

None of this would be possible without the Carnival Committee, ably supported by a team of willing and dedicated volunteers.  The driving force behind Bamford Carnival over recent years, along with the volunteers, has been Margaret and Steve Tunnicliff, and after their many years of hard work, Margaret and Steve have decided it’s time to retire from Bamford Carnival Committee and take a well-earned rest. Our Treasurer, Jon Shuker is also stepping down this year.

We are therefore writing to you, the residents of Bamford, Aston and Thornhill, to ask you to get involved with Bamford Carnival Day and the associated week of events so this fantastic week of activities and events can continue in 2019.  

We have vacancies for Carnival Committee members to join us in continuing the good work Bamford Carnival does for the village, its community and our local groups, societies and organisations.  We also always need volunteers, doing things like helping to put up / take down bunting, marshalling events, helping to set up Carnival day, etc.

An AGM is being held on Wednesday 21st November at 7PM at The Rest Café and we are asking residents to come forward and support Bamford Carnival and get involved as a committee member or volunteer during Carnival Week.  We require:
  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Committee members
  • and lots of enthusiastic volunteers!

We are very sorry to say if Carnival doesn’t receive new offers of help at the AGM, Bamford Carnival Week 2019 will not go ahead as there aren’t enough remaining committee members and volunteers, which would be so disappointing for our Community. 

Any local groups needing charitable donations are also invited to attend the AGM to get involved and put forward their ideas and requests. 

Please, please come along and support the future of Bamford Carnival.

Thanks from Mags and Steve Tunnicliff

posted 13 Nov 2018, 12:40 by Dave Watson

A big thank-you to the carnival committee for the wonderful gifts and flowers, after 15 years Mags and I have decided to step aside and make way for somebody younger and maybe with fresh ideas to have a go. Over the years we have had a lot of fun and worked with some great people. The Agm meeting has been arranged for Wednesday November 21st at the Anglers 7pm. I really hope people do come forward and take the village carnival on as it would be a great shame to lose it, once it has gone it may never come back. Good luck to next years committee.

Bamford Now and Then

posted 31 Oct 2018, 04:58 by Sue Beckett   [ updated 31 Oct 2018, 04:59 ]

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Bamford 1914 - 18 and Beyond…

posted 10 Aug 2018, 03:25 by Dave Watson

Bamford 1914 - 18 and Beyond………….
  • The project is being run jointly by Bamford with Thornhill Parish Council and Bamford and District History Group. We have obtained a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Then and Now’ to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One in Bamford.
  • The aims of the project are to remember the lives of men and women from Bamford who served in WW1, both those who died and those who returned, and to look at their legacy and how Bamford has changed in the last hundred years. 
  • As part of this project volunteers, including the children from Bamford School and the WI are making Poppies to display throughout the village in November. 
  • Special large Poppies have been ordered from the Royal British Legion to display on posts through the village.
  • People who have family stories to tell about what happened during WW1 and after are to be interviewed and recorded.
  • There will be a tea party for Bamford’s older residents and the school children to bring generations together.
  • Two members of Bamford and District History Group are writing books, one about men and women from Bamford and Derwent who lost their lives in WW1 and what happened to their families, the other book is stories taken from local newspapers before, during and just after WW1, to give a picture of what was happening in Bamford at the time. Copies of these books will be available free of charge to Bamford residents (1 per household).
  • We are researching old maps so we can compare the 1918 map with present day Bamford, Thornhill
    and Yorkshire Bridge.
  • Bamford & District Garden Society have included a special section in their Annual Garden Show in August.
  • BCAC will be giving a performance of ‘The Unreturning Army’ in the Bamford Institute on Thursday, November 8th ENTRY WILL BE FREE.
  • There will be a WW1 exhibition in the Institute from Friday, November 9th until Tuesday, 13th November.
  • There will be an interdenominational Service of Remembrance on Sunday November 11th
  • We will be showing the film ‘War Horse’ in the Bamford Institute on Friday, November 16th ENTRY WILL BE FREE.
  • The Anglers and Yorkshire Bridge Inn will also be commemorating the event.
Other thoughts are: 
  • People could make figures of WW1 (soldiers/nurses/horses) out of straw like the figures in Carnival week and display them in their gardens.
  • People could display large poppies in their gardens and windows
  • We might be able to put temporary ‘blue plaques’ on houses where soldiers lived (if owners are agreeable)
Can you help in any way? Do you have family stories/photographs/memorabilia?
Have you got any ideas or suggestions?  If so please contact 
Sue Beckett 651634 - Chair of Bamford with Thornhill Parish Council beckett615@btinternet.com
Or Kath Hearnshaw 651624 - Chair of Bamford History Group bamford.history@gmail.com

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