Bardsey Debating and Literary Society

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New members, ladies and gentlemen, are invited to join this extremely friendly Society which was founded in 1937. Members come from a wide area including Leeds, Otley, Wetherby, York, Garforth , East Keswick, Bardsey and surrounding villages.

We meet fortnightly during the winter months on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm in the Committee Room in Bardsey Village Hall. Our varied programme includes Debates, Discussions, Book Reviews, Poetry Readings and we also have Open Meetings with Guest Speakers covering a variety of topics. We usually round off the evening with a visit to our local – The Bingley Arms!

There are other social occasions during the year for members, partners and guests such as the Summer Outing and Annual Lunch.

Interested? Try us? You will be warmly welcomed.

For further details have a chat with myself:-

Mike Baldock – Membership Secretary on 0113-2862581 or

Carol Peace – Secretary on 01937- 573061

Bardsey Stitch Group.

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We meet in the Village Hall on Mondays 1.30pm – 4pm. Join us for a relaxing afternoon of Stitching. Embroidery, Patchwork, knitting and lots of laughter!

For More Information ring Kath 01937 574156

Bardsey Gardeners.

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Our group evolved from the Bardsey Horticultural Society which has been active in the village since the 1940s. We run a popular plant sale in the spring and an annual show in early September.
In between these standing events we have a number of talks, trips, open garden events and workshops.
New members are always welcome to our friendly and varied group. We charge £5 for individual membership for a year and £10 for an entire household.
Members benefit from reduced prices for events, use of our RHS discount card and entry to our open gardens.
You can find us on Facebook by searching for ‘Bardsey Gardeners’ or drop us an email at to be added to our mailing list.

Bardsey Mothers Union.

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The Mothers Union meet on the 2nd Thursday each month at 2.15pm in Callister Hall. Further details can be obtained by contacting Brenda Sanderson on 01937 573352

Bardsey Wives.

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Anyone can come and join. Bardsey Wives meet in peoples houses for coffee on the 4th Monday of the month at 8 pm. Further details can be obtained by contacting Linda Flockton on 01937 574553

Bardsey Playgroup.

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The Playgroup is for local children aged between 2½ and 5 years. The Group meets weekdays, term time only at Callister Hall, Woodacre Lane Bardsey LS17 9EB from 9am to 12 Noon. The Playgroup is Ofsted registered. Further details can be obtained from Mrs Gill Nobbs at Callister Hall.

Bardsey–cum-Rigton Women’s Institute.

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Bardsey WI meets in Bardsey village hall at 7.30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month. We are a thriving institute with over 60 members. Our hard-working committee provides us with some thought-provoking, fascinating and sometimes hilarious speakers. In the summer months, we have occasional walks and other outings.

As part of the Golden Plover Group, which includes East Keswick, Roundhay, Wetherby and Scarcroft WIs, we come together for socials, lunches, parties and the annual carol service.

We are members of both the National and West Yorkshire Federations of Women’s Institutes. Through the National Federation, we campaign on current affairs, particularly those affecting women and the countryside. The West Yorkshire Federation runs day schools and short educational courses, providing an opportunity to try leisure activities, sports, holidays and outings.

At the national level, we have our own Denman College, situated in Oxfordshire.

We are a very friendly institute, so both new members and visitors are especially welcome.

For further details contact Mrs Hazel Smith (Secretary) Tel: 01937 572215

The Bardsey and East Keswick Walking Group.

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Originally established in February 2004 by Jim and Maureen Baines. Its purpose is to promote a range of various walks across the region on the first Sunday of every month now called The Bardsey & East Keswick Walking Group. We walk on the first Sunday in each month, leaving Bardsey Village Hall car park @ 10.00am. Details of each walk are printed in the Bardsey/East Keswick Parish News booklet every month : for further details contact
Maeve Brook on 01937 572360

Bardsey and East Keswick Running Club

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For those looking for something perhaps a bit more energetic, why not try the newly formed Bardsey and East Keswick Running Club? Started in 2020 by former members of popular Fit and Fun (now disbanded), the club aims to meet at 7:00pm on Wednesdays at Bardsey Sports Club (Covid restrictions permitting). The 2021 season is starting on 31st March 2021. Click on the link below for more, and contact the club via the Bardsey and East Keswick Running Club page on Facebook.

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Bardsey Sports Club.

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The newly rebuilt clubhouse and car park is located next to the sports field, Keswick Lane, Bardsey LS17 9AA.

The Club fields Junior Football and Cricket Teams, 3 Senior Football teams and 2 Senior Cricket Teams. The Club has a Bar and a seperate function room for hire. Family Membership is £20.00 per annum, Individual Membership is £15.00 per annum and Seniors (Over 65) is £5.00 per annum. Bar opening times are:
Summer (June-Sept)
Mon to Thurs 19.00 – 23.00 hrs
Friday 16.00 – 23.00 hrs
Saturday 14.00 – 23.00 hrs
Sunday 12.00 – 22.30 hrs

Winter (Oct-May)
Thursday 19.00 – 23.00 hrs
Friday 19.00 – 23.00 hrs
Saturday 14.00 – 23.00 hrs
Sunday 12.00 – 22.30 hrs

Further details are available from the club secretary Peter Goldie on

See also ‘Sports in Bardsey’ on this website.

Bardsey Players.

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Our community theatre company brings the magic of live theatre to local area audiences in the Bardsey, Scarcroft and East Keswick villages.

The Scout & Guide Movement in Bardsey & East Keswick.

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Scouting offers fun and friendship, challenge and everyday adventure to over 400,000 girls and boys across the UK. We have a positive impact on young people, adult volunteers and the communities in which we live.

Interested ? Well in Bardsey and East Keswick we are fortunate to have a fantastic Scout HQ at the top of Rigton Bank where over 30 young people are already enjoying Scouting, we would love to hear from any young people who would be interested in joining the adventure:

Beaver Scouts (aged 6 – 8) meet on Tuesdays between 5:30pm and 6:30pm term time. Contact

Cubs Scouts (aged 8 – 10 1/2) meet on Mondays between 6.30pm and 7.45pm term time. Contact

We would also be particularly keen to talk to any adult who could give a little bit of time to some very special young people. We want to grow our Beaver Colony and Cub pack and hope to open a Scout Troop (age 10 ½ to 14). Why not give it a go , it really is great fun and quite addictive! Contact

For more information on Scouting please go to


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1st East Keswick Guides meet each Wednesday during term time in East Keswick Village Hall from 7.15pm to 8.45pm. Being a Guide is all about learning new skills, making your own decisions and having fun. Guiding provides a safe environment to explore new possibilities and achieve personal goals while making friends and having adventures. Girls aged between 10 and 14 years are welcome to join. If any parents are interested in joining or helping in any way with the group, please get in touch. Contact Heidi Potter on 07957928159

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1st East Keswick Brownies meet on a Wednesday evening and have a varied programme ranging from working to gain badges, getting involved in craft activities and playing games. They especially enjoy the summer when we can have activities outdoors. The pack has a maximum capacity of 24 girls who are aged between 7 and 10 years old. Currently there is a waiting list and our priority is to give places to East Keswick Rainbows then to children on the waiting list.

For further details contact Dianne Coombes on 573034 or Sue Fearns on 07974410673.

Watercolour Painting Classes

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Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am-12 noon in Bardsey Village Hall. Friendly and informal painting classes during term time.

Painting demonstrations, tips and step by step projects to follow with advice and encouragement thrown in. Each lesson is accompanied by notes for you to keep.

Tea and coffee available. A typical 10 week term costs £63. Beginners and more experienced painters welcome.

For further details please contact Rachel McNaughton on 01937 574124


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For those interested in playing, there are tennis courts in the centre of the village, next to the Village Hall car park. For details view

Bardsey Tennis Club is a friendly village club which always welcomes new members of any standard. Once you have joined you can play at any time of your convenience (except when matches are on), there are no booking fees. Membership fees are extremely reasonable. You are also welcome to come along to either the men’s or ladies social club sessions to see if you like it before joining. The club has a number of social events during the year and also has coaching facilities for adults and children. For stronger players we have team tennis and we are fortunate to have some of the best players in Leeds at the club. For more information, please contact the Club Secretary Beth James on 07840177663 email:

Bardsey and East Keswick Choir – Village Voices

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This is our choir for both Bardsey and East Keswick. We meet on Thursday evenings at 7:30 in the Methodist Church on Main Street, East Keswick. You are welcome to come along and see if you like singing with us, there are no auditions.
For further information please contact Jim and Janita Dedicoat on 01937 573923