The Parish of Bardwell extends over 4 miles north-south but averages only about one mile east-west, and the population includes 580 electors in 310 houses. The main centre of population is the village of Bardwell, with the hamlet of Bowbeck about half a mile north of the village.
The Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, mainly built in the 1400s, has a distinctive tower topped with a small spirette. Inside, the C15th painted hammerbeam roof is particularly notable. There are regular services on Sundays and Wednesdays, with the friendly congregation on Sundays averaging 20 adults and 2 children. The village used also to be home to a Methodist Chapel, long since converted to a private house, and to a Baptist Chapel which closed in 2004. The village also has a Quaker Lane and a Knox Lane!
The village hall is the Tithe Barn which is extremely well used by parishioners as well as people from the surrounding communities. The Playing Field has a modern floodlit Multi-Use Games Area (catering for tennis, basketball, netball, and 5-a-side football), as well as football pitches, children?s playground and a pavilion: it is a popular venue for village fetes.
The village Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, with about 65 children on roll, has pupils from Bardwell and surrounding villages and maintains close links with the Church. Close by, the village windmill is near to having its sails refitted after a long period of fund-raising since the mill was badly damaged by gales in the 1980s. The water mill is no longer operational and has been converted to a private house.
The Bardwell Environmental Survey Team (BEST) manages the churchyard for the PCC and takes a keen interest in environmental matters in the village area. A .Friends of Bardwell Church group is in formation to encourage an interest in the church building and its surroundings.
There is also a Post Office in the village, which also stocks some provisions, and three licensed premises: the Dun Cow public house which serves good food, the Six Bells Inn which has a restaurant and accommodation and the British Legion Hall.
A number of businesses operate in the village including several farms, an engineering company, a riding school, an agricultural supplier, as well as a retail meat outlet at Manor Farm. A few parishioners have businesses based at their homes.