The Anglers Rest is a unique and special place. In 2013 it became the first community pub in Derbyshire when it was purchased collectively by over 300 people. It is now run for the benefit of the community by the Bamford Community Society.
Read more about our journey to community ownership here.
See our video here
The Anglers Rest has become a place for locals to meet informally or as part of the many organized activities that take place there.
80% of our members have said that they have got to know more people since we bought The Anglers and 75% say they feel more part of the community.
We work with other organisations in the village to hold joint events and to support and promote activities in the community, including sponsorship of Bamford Football Team.
There are a wide range of events and activities held in The Anglers Rest, some organized by The Anglers team, some by other local organisations and some informal. Examples include:
We seek to support other organisations, hosting fundraising events in The Anglers Rest, taking part in the MacMillan coffee morning, having collecting tins on the bar, etc. contributing towards the village Christmas light and new nativity, etc. We look forward to being able to increase this aspect of our local contribution in the future.
Where possible we aim to use food or drink that has been grown, raised or made in the Peak Park/High Peak. In addition, we seek to procure local goods and services, including local building trades and business services.See our food and drink pages for details of our local suppliers.
At any time, we employ approx. 25 staff, most of whom live locally and for several it is their first experience of work.
The impact of our expenditure on wages and local supply chain is approx. £200k p.a. going into Hope Valley.
In 2017, we achieved the Peak Park Environmental Quality Mark. This award is presented by the Peak District National Park Authority to organisations that:
It was the culmination of two years’ work, including a very thorough audit, and recognizes both our work to date and our ethos and ambitions.
We are incrementally reducing our energy usage through improvements to the building, such as insulation, double glazing, PIR enabled lighting and of course the solar panels.
Cardboard and paper is disposed of via the skip, organized by Bamford Primary School PTFA, with the waste going to recycling and at the same time raising much-needed funds for the school. Cooking oil is recycled and glass goes to recycling. In the future, we would like to turn vegetable waste from the kitchen into compost for the kitchen garden that we are developing. We are seeking to reduce our use of plastic and don’t use plastic straws and support the Peak District campaign to reduce single-use takeaway cups.