Response to BBC Inside Out South East

On the 9th of March, BBC South East featured the Bruderhof in a short broadcast on their Inside Out South East programme.  Our response (as submitted to the BBC) is below:

We are saddened that the BBC has chosen to present a misleading account of the Bruderhof. Despite our invitation, their editors refused to do us the courtesy of making the short drive to our community to see for themselves what so many of our visitors and neighbours know: we are an open and welcoming Christian community who, while not perfect, are doing our best to make the world a better place. 

The programme makers refused to talk to people who have spent time on our community and wanted to share their positive stories. Some of the complaints put to us are over 50 years old. Others have already been referred to statutory authorities, investigated and dismissed as groundless and vexatious. Ofsted has for decades been inspecting the provision we make for our children and has never found any cause for concern.

The Bruderhof is 100 years old this year. In that time we haven’t got everything right, for which we are sorry. We are committed to listening to anyone who feels hurt by their experiences with the Bruderhof. 

We would like to thank our many friends who have offered us their support in the run up to this broadcast; people who run charities and schools in our area, parish councillors, members of Parliament and most importantly our neighbours. We will continue to be an active part of our local community, and remain committed to supporting the work you do in order to help build a happier, healthier and less divided society. 

If you want to ask any questions about this broadcast, please don’t hesitate to get in touch