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Autumn 2010

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Getting fit & fabulous for a good cause

Have you noticed that some of your neighbours are looking fitter and more FABulous than normal? If you want to know their secret they have been BOOTCAMPing with FAB fitness every week.

The BOOTCAMPs have been designed to allow all members of the family to work together getting fit whilst having fun. There have been members of the local community and their families from 6-60+, running, walking, jumping, squatting and hula hooping at Beacon Hill whilst raising money for Cancer Research and Loros.

Last year we raised over £300 for prostate cancer. This year we raised over £500 and all members of FAB fitness celebrated their fitness achievements with a tickled pink tea party on Race for Life day 12 June 2010, raising money through raffle tickets and baking cakes. Yes we could have our cake and eat it!

FAB fitness (formerly New You Health & Fitness) organised by Mairi Taylor has been running classes in the village for the last 7 years and this Autumn will be launching a new and exciting timetable offering a variety of classes at different times through the week to bring the opportunity for all members of the local community to achieve their fitness goals.

The outdoor BOOTCAMP has now finished for the summer and is moving indoors to Humphrey Perkins , so if you would like to be FABulous too then contact Mairi on 07889 255702 to discuss how you can be Fit & Active in Barrow.


You will probably have already noticed PEPPERCORNS OF BARROW, a new cafe and cake shop on the old Coombes-Wakerley site on the High Street

Peppercorns is run by Cathy Cliffe and her Mum, Helen Butterworth. They already run Peppercorn Catering, based in Glenfield. The cafe specialises in homemade cakes, sandwiches, savouries, soups and children's food, salads, light lunches, paninis and speciality tea and coffee. All the homemade products are literally spanking fresh and made on the premises.

When I met up with Cathy on a baking day (no pun intended) in July, the shop was in the middle of refurbishment and she was hoping to open between 8.30 and 4.30 with seating for16 to 20 people. There is a disabled toilet and baby-changing facilities.

Cathy is very anxious not to compete with neighbouring shops but to provide a different range of goods and services.

For outside catering orders, you can phone 0116 2228845. Peppercorn Catering specialises in cold buffets, children's party food, cup cakes and birthday cakes.

Awards success

In the March edition, we introduced Print Monkey, a print solutions business based in Barrow. Husband and wife team Emma and Andy recently scooped three awards in the national COGS Awards( for the Institution of Promotional Marketing).

With much anticipation, they hot-footed it to London for the awards lunch in July where they won the Promotional Print Award, a fantastic achievement. Emma also won the Individual Award and to finish it all off they were highly commended in the Company Award.

Well done, Print Monkey!

The Curtain Workroom

This new business opened in May with two proprietors Jenny Malone and Jean Fessey. It is based in 2-4 North Street in what used to be called Perkins Yard.

As its name tells you, Jenny and Jean provide everything you might need for bespoke and homemade soft furnishings. They make curtains, roman blinds and soft furnishings to your requirements. They are very happy to use your fabric but they will also source fabric from your ideas. Although all the making is in the Workroom they obviously come to your home to take measurements and give you advice.

Both ladies are very experienced, clocking up over 20 years in the business. Their watchword is handmade to a high quality at reasonable prices.

You can visit them in the Workroom or phone Jenny on 07775746108.