LIVING IN WEST BRADFORD
West Bradford Parish covers a large area of beautiful countryside. Most of the village settlement is clustered around the roads to Clitheroe over the River Ribble and to the neighbouring villages of Waddington and Grindleton. There is a regular bus service to Clitheroe via Waddington and to Nelson via Grindleton, Chatburn, Downham and Barrowford. From Clitheroe, there is a train service to Blackburn, Bolton and Manchester and buses to Burnley, Preston and Skipton.
The Parish Church of St Catherine has services of Holy Communion every Sunday morning and a Family service every second Sunday of the month. Its congregation regularly hold jumble sales, antique and craft fairs and other fund-raising events.
The village is exceptionally well served by its schools. The primary school, Waddington and West Bradford VAP School, has over 175 pupils on its roll. In February 2019 it was in the top 1% of English primary schools for its achievements in Reading and Mathematics. For secondary education, the village is in the catchment areas for two very high achieving schools. Bowland High School, an 11-16 mixed comprehensive, and Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, an 11-18 Grammar School and Sixth Form are both rated outstanding by Ofsted. Secondary pupils also travel to St Augustine’s Catholic High School at Billington, which again is rated outstanding by Ofsted.
With a beautiful setting and views towards Pendle Hill, the Village Hall and playing fields are at the heart of village life. The Garden Club and Luncheon Club meet monthly at the Hall and the small gym is open 4 nights a week. Fitness classes, U3A groups and Crossroads Care are regular users. The Village Hall Committee is very active in organising social events for all ages as well as fund raising events for the maintenance of the Hall and play area.There is an annual Sports Day as well as Senior Citizens’ and children’s Halloween and Christmas parties.
For eating out, the village has The Three Millstones, a well-regarded and popular restaurant. The village is also the location of the lovely Eaves Hall Hotel. Set in beautiful grounds, it is a venue for weddings and celebrations as well as for events such as St. Catherine’s Cheese and Wine evening.
There is a real community spirit among villagers and a real pride in the Village. This is evidenced by the huge fund-raising efforts to build the Village Hall in 1994 and the generous donations by villagers for the war memorial in 2018. It is also demonstrated by successes in the Lancashire Best Kept Village Competition, most recently in 2018.