Bishop Pavilion & Playing Fields

Bishop Pavilion & Playing Fields




The Bishop Pavilion and Bridge playing field are a hub for village activities. A range a clubs and user groups use the facilities for activities such as: cricket, football, art, pilates, preschool, horticultural society, bridge club, parish council etc.

Major events are held at the facilities including the annual Carnival events as well as Horticultural show.

The Pavilion is located in Grindleford, on the Bridge Playing Fields adjacent to Grindleford Bridge on the River Derwent. The main room of the Pavilion serves as a community room and as sports changing rooms plus a club room.

The Bridge Playing Field provides soccer and cricket pitches as well as a hard court area. A children’s playground is located behind the Pavilion building.

There is limited off road parking available for people using the facilities.

A recent Pavilion Development project improved the existing facilities with the addition of a second smaller meeting room, new entrance lobby, access WC facilities, new store rooms, new heating system and improved external access.

We welcome visitors to our facilities.

Pavilion Facilities

Main Community Room

Main Club Room


Main Community Room / Sports Club Room Details

  • Floor area 111m3
  • Accommodates
    • 60 seated theatre style
    • 50 seated at tables
    • approx 100 standing
  • Adjoining open plan fully fitted 13m3 kitchen
  • Kitchen equipment including glassware, crockery & cutley
  • Chairs & tables available
  • Projection screen
  • Hearing loop
  • 2 x changing areas with individual fold out door screens from main room

Adjoining Rooms

  • Adjoining M & F showers, washrooms and toilet facilities
  • Storage for tables & chairs in level access store 3
  • Further storage in undercroft below (low headroom)

Second Community Room / Youth Club Room

Youth Room Details

  • Floor area 23.4m3
  • Accommodates:
    • 18 seated theatre style
    • 10 seated at tables
    • approx 25 standing
  • Mini kitchen for drinks and light refreshment provision
  • Refreshment equipment including glassware, crockery
  • Chairs and tables available

Adjoining Rooms

  • Access washroom, toilet and baby change facilities off entrance lobby.
  • Storage for tables and chairs in level access store 3
  • Further storage in undercroft below (low headroom)


There is wheelchair access to the main community / club room, via the main entrance lobby facing the road.

External ramps are currently provided from the car park / field level but non powered wheelchair users will need assistance on the slopes.

An external platform lift provides generally unaided wheelchair access from car park level up to main entrance level. The lift is suitable for wheelchair users. Lift capacity is 500kg.

Hearing Loop

The main community room is equipped with a hearing loop. Users need to turn their hearing aids to the T setting to benefit. The main speaker should use the wireless microphone.


  • The Pavilion is licensed under the Licensing Act of 2003 for:
  • Performance of plays indoors
  • Exhibition of films indoors
  • Indoor sporting events
  • Performance of live music indoors and outdoors
  • Playing of recorded music indoors and outdoors
  • Performance of dance indoors and outdoors
  • And provision of facilities for making music and dancing

If individual bookings require greater licensing, then the booking organiser should make their own arrangements.


  • Public Address facilities

Waste Disposal & Recycling

GPFA pay for trade waste collection from the facility.

Recycling bins are also now provided for Paper/Card and Plastic/Bottles

The waste and recycling bins are for waste arising in the Pavilion and on the field, they are not a waste / recycling disposal facility for general public use.

The capacity of waste / recycling bins are for day to day use. Where events are expected to generate peaks of waste / recycling volume then the event organisers should make arrangements for supplementary collection.

Playing Field & Sports Facilities

The playing fields include a play area, cricket and football pitches, cricket nets and a floodlit multi-use games area.

Play area


A children’s play area is provided for use by Grindleford residents, families and friends. Parents / carers should ensure that children are supervised or, if old enough, are using the facilities with a responsible adults permission.

Cricket pitch, Cricket nets


The cricket pitch is maintained by members of Grindleford Cricket club

The cricket pitch is seasonal but the cricket wicket area is maintained year round and should not be used for other activities.

Football pitch

The football pitch is maintained by members of Grindleford Playing Fields Association. Senior football is paused at the moment but it is hoped that a senior team will return for future seasons.

The football pitch is seasonal. Goal posts are generally only erected for matches in order to facilitate mowing of the field.

Floodlit multi-use games area


5 a-side football nets and tennis nets are available

Please check that the playing surface is suitable for your activity.

Full details for use of the hard-court can be obtained through the GPFA Secretary.

Waste & Recycling > see pavilion section

Storage & Maintenance

The shed on the bank side of the field is used to store sports and field events equipment.

Booking & Contacts

Book facilities using the contacts below. The rates for hire can also be seen below.

As a condition of hire, you must read and adhere to the conditions of use of the Pavilion and/or the Field event guidelines as appropriate to you booking.

Once your hire period is finished you will receive an invoice at the month end and we appreciate your timely payment of invoices.

The Pavilion can be hired for private events.

The hard-court can also be hired for private use either by annual membership of Active Grindleford or by payment for individual sessions.




Pavilion Booking Secretary: 

Sports Field Bookings: Steve Benn (01433) 630221

GP1. Regular Bookings v3 Apr20

GP2 – Pavilion Charges v Aug 2020

GP3 Conditions of Use or Hire v Aug 2020

GP4 Field Events Guidelines v Sept 2020

Grindleford Playing Fields Association

Bridge playing fields, the Bishop Pavilion as well as the separate Old Playing Field site are managed by the Grindleford Playing Fields Association (GPFA) on behalf of the Grindleford Playing Field Trust.

Meetings of the Grindleford Playing Fields Association are held in the Bishop Pavilion at 8 pm every third Thursday of the month (excluding June and December).

The AGM is held in February prior to the monthly meeting.

The Pavilion and playing fields are maintained by volunteers and an employed cleaner.

GPFA manage and maintain the facilities in order to make them available for user groups and for Grindleford residents their family and friends to use/hire.

Hire income only covers a portion of the running costs of the facilities. Additional fundraising is essential to maintain the facilities. Major fund-raising events include the village bonfire. Funds are also raised through the running of the 200 Club.

The committee would welcome new members who are committed to helping provide and maintain these facilities for the use of the village.


Chairman: John Morton, (01433) 631245 

Secretary: Steve Benn (01433) 630221 

Treasurer: Kelly Knight

The Meeting Minutes & Agendas are available online here

(with other documentation from the monthly meetings available here).

Pavilion Development

The Pavilion has recently been extended and refurbished.
We are very thankful for generous donations fro the following organisations:

Pavilion Extension

Grant Funding:

– Better Derbyshire Dales Fund (Derbyshire Dales CVS)
– Breedon (Hope Cement Works)
– The Duke of Devonshire’s Charitable Trust which has granted us £1000
– Garfield Weston Foundation.
– Foundation Derbyshire (Police & Crime Commissioners fund)
– Foyle Foundation

Local Donations:

– Carnival Committee
– Eyam and Stoney Middleton Assn. for the Prosecution of Felons
– Grindleford & Eyam Pre-School
– Grindleford Parish Council
– Grindleford School PTA
– many, many Individual Private Donors

Pavilion Project: Re-roof existing, Hearing Loop, Re-build Front Steps

Grant Funding:

– The National Lottery Community Fund

Local Donations:
– Carnival Committee

Thank you to all!

Ongoing Funding Pavilion and Playing Fields

The income from User Groups does not pay all of the running costs of the Pavilion and Playing Fields. We have to make up the difference with fundraising. If you want to contribute to this fundraising then please consider giving by Gift Aid.

You can download a form below and follow the instructions. If you are a UK taxpayer then by applying Gift Aid allows us to claim an extra 25p in every £1. If you are unable to, or don’t wish to Gift Aid then a non gift aid form is also provided.

Donation Form

GP5 GPFT Donation Form v July 20

200 CLUB

Grindleford Playing Fields Association 200 Club

The Grindleford Playing Fields Association 200 Club has been run in various forms since about 1978.

The current subscription is £1 a month, or £12 per annum, paid either in cash or preferably by standing order.

Over the years the club has raised considerable amounts of much needed money to help with the maintenance of the Bishop Pavilion, the play area and the field itself. Whilst most of the mowing, sweeping and general cleaning is done by volunteers considerable expense is incurred such as fuel and service to mowing equipment, cleaning, decorating and other consumables used around the buildings and field. We are proud of our facilities and want to keep them up to standard.

A monthly draw is held at the Playing Field Association management meeting or a suitable GFPA function. Prize money is as follows:
Monthly except Carnival and Christmas: four x £10
Carnival day: four x £25
Christmas: £200, £100, and £50.
Half the monies collected are returned to members by way of prizes. These prize amounts are reviewed annually to reflect the number of members contributing. The club is regulated by rules approved by the national lottery and amusement act.

The club never quite reached two hundred members and membership has declined over recent years now standing at around one hundred and thirty members. We want to boost that number and get more people to join the club, particularly those who enjoy the facilities of Bridge field and the Bishop Pavilion.

Possibly quite a number of people, particularly newcomers to the village, are unaware of the club. If you are willing to join please phone Joy Benn on 01433631221 or approach any member of the Playing Fields committee. You can download a membership using the link below.

GP6 200 Club Membership Form v Sept 20