Baildon Town Council

Serving the people of Baildon

Welcome to Baildon

Clerk: Louanna Winch
Baildon Library, Hallcliffe
Baildon, Shipley, West
Yorkshire BD17 6ND

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre is now open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from noon until 4pm. There's a great Winter programme of events and walks organised by the BTC and the Friends of Bracken Hall Countryside Centre and a range of activities for schools, groups and individuals is provided.

We are in the middle of exciting developments at BHCC. In the Autumn we received a number of loan items from the Bradford Museums Service - items that were on display here when BHCC was run by that service. We have reworked our Exhibition Room, re-hung display panels, reconfigured the exhibition space, and are working on getting the last few loan items back on display. Please come along and see where we've got to, and share your thoughts and ideas with us.

For more information on the history and activities going on at BHCC, please see Facebook (we have two sites - Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, and Friends of Bracken Hall Countryside Centre), or the friends of Bracken Hall Website here:

Indoor & outdoor creative & learning activities are available during normal opening hours: every Saturday & Sunday, 12pm to 4pm. Our January theme is birds. All welcome. Refreshments (and loos) available. Wildlife friendly garden with diverse habitats, pond & bird feeders always open

December events:

Thursdays at 10am: Baildon Men's Shed. Come & have fun woodworking with other men! No experience needed. Good coffee. Good banter. Good company. Great fun. Call James for more info 07946 155347 or James.howgego@haleproject.org.uk.

Sat 25th and Sun 26th January: Big Garden Birdwatch 2020. Midday to 4pm. Come along for activities, inspiration and guidance on how to spot and care for our garden birds. Hopefully we'll inspire you to do your own survey and submit your results to the RSPB. Suitable for all ages.

Wednesdays February 5th and 19th Preschool Afternoon aka Bracken Tots. Parents, grandparents and carers and their preschool kids are invited to our preschool sessions. There will be indoor crafting, stories to share, educational opportunities & time spent in our wildlife garden. We have two very keen mums signed up as Bracken Hall volunteers – would you be able to help out like this, perhaps once a month? Please bring along your ideas & enthusiasm! Drop-in session 1-3pm. Donations requested to cover costs.

PS Bracken Tots is looking for assistance - are you a parent, grandparent, carer, guardian of preschool age children looking to contribute something more to a preschool session than just dropping in? We have two keen mums signed up as volunteers but could do with a few more regulars to get involved with planning activities, running sessions, and generally getting involved. The rewards are great - the children of regular volunteers are also getting involved with such things as welcoming new children and showing them the ropes. Does this sound like fun?? It is - and needn't be an obligation - just to help with the odd session and assist when one of the other volunteers isn't available. Please get in touch if you think you can help, or come along to the next session to see if it's the place for you and your kids

PPS: we're also looking for volunteers for Bracken Hall in general - drop Richard White a line if you're interested (contact details below) or chat to our volunteers when you are visiting the Centre.

Bracken Hall Countryside Centre, Glen Road, Baildon, BD17 5EA

Follow us online, on Facebook, or phone Richard White 07938 063 062, or email him on brackenhallmanager@baildontowncouncil.gov.uk for updates