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The parish of Bardwell extends over four miles north-south but averages only about one mile east-west, and the population includes 814 electors in 327 houses. The main centre of population is the village of Bardwell, with the hamlet of Bowbeck about half a mile north of the village.

Around 80% of homes are privately owned with the remaining being council properties. 
Most people work outside the village travelling either to Bury St Edmunds or further afield. Transport is supported by a limited bus service.

There are about eight small businesses and self-employed services in the village including a popular bakery in the nearly fully restored windmill. The water mill is no longer operational and has been converted to a private house. There is a Post Office in the village, which also stocks some provisions, and there are two public houses: the Dun Cow which serves good food, and the Six Bells which has a restaurant and accommodation.

A free monthly magazine, Bardwell Village News, is distributed to every home and is also available on line.

Bardwell has a Church of England Primary School, currently with just under 60 children. The school is part of a growing Multi Academy Trust, ‘Tilian’.  Strong links between the school and Church community are supported by the Foundation Governor who is a member of the PCC.  The church is used at least termly for their services. A small Open the Book team visits the school about twice a term.  We have a Baby and Toddler group, which meets in the school every Friday morning.

The village hall is the church-owned Tithe Barn (leased to a village hall management committee) which is extremely well used by parishioners as well as people from the surrounding communities. We have a newly developed Community Field as well as a long-established Playing Field.  The Playing Field has a modern floodlit Multi-Use Games Area (catering for tennis, basketball, netball, and 5-a-side football), as well as cricket and football pitches, childrens’ playground and a pavilion: it is a popular venue for village fetes.   

There are a range of major annual village events which include a Fair, Cars on the Green (vintage cars), Open Gardens, a summer fete and a summer music festival, ‘Bardfest’.

Services are held in the parish church of St Peter and St Paul on three Sundays each month and are a mixture of Common Worship Holy Communion and a more informal all-age worship.   We are a welcoming and inclusive Church community with the congregation on Sundays averaging 15 adults and 1 child.  Messy Church is held about every 6 weeks and much enjoyed.  We have a ring of 8 bells, which are rung most Sundays and frequently visited by other ringers.  

A small group of ladies support our running costs by hosting monthly Coffee Mornings and other fund-raising activities, which often focus around food!



A ‘Friends of Bardwell Church’ group raises funds for maintenance and repair of the church and organises work parties to manage the churchyard.

The village used to be home to a Methodist Chapel, long since converted to a private house, and to a Baptist Chapel which closed in 2003. The village also has a Quaker Lane and a Knox Lane!

We have a parish Facebook page @stpeterandstpaulbardwell and a church website Bardwell Church