2,900 copies published quarterly and delivered FREE to all households in Barrow upon Soar


Autumn 2010

Search WWW
This site

Return to Current Issue


Barrow Voice is published by Barrow upon Soar Community Association. Opinions expressed are not necessarily endorsed by the editorial committee or the Community Association.

Barrow Community Association is a registered Charity No: 505692.

Advertising Deadline
13th October 2010

Copy Deadline
13th October 2010
Copy to:

The Editor
17 North Street
Barrow upon Soar
Leics LE12 8PZ


Contact Us

Want to express an opinion, air your views on issues connected with Barrow, or make a comment send your thoughts and views to:-

Editor or

Our Team

Frances Thompson - 414068

Judith Rodgers - 07718 153117
Steve Morris - 412962
Steve Jordan -412962
Ann Higgins - 412746
Dave Bird
Gaynor Barton
Jan Hind
Val Gillings
Judith Rodgers

Judith Rodgers & Ian Bursill Advertising Artwork
James Thompson
John Nurse - 414626
Design, Artwork & Print
08701 420430

Open Gardens June 2010

Open Gardens has become another Barrow institution , eagerly awaited by local and not-so local enthusiasts. This year, the 23 gardens were visited by about 480 people raising £2420 for Rainbows. And, YES, it will take place next year. Many of the gardens were new from last year, all were interesting, most were really beautiful and some were excitingly different. Here is a taste.

Guide Centenary Celebration raised bed

In 1977 Barrow upon Soar Brownies created the rose beds at the corner of North Street and Nottingham Road to commemorate the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Recently, the beds have needed rejuvenating and Charnwood Trefoil Guild offered to update the area as one of our Centenary Challenges. We approached the Parish Council with our ideas and they very kindly provided funds and manpower to make the raised bed which is now installed. The Guild provided the plants and spent an evening in June planting up the bed. The design is taken from the centenary logo (Guide trefoil) and the plants seem to be thriving despite the hot dry weather of July.

Tilly Yates

Methodist Church

What was an untidy scruland has been completely transformed since this March. You can now sit and enjoy the colourful raised beds.
Humphrey Perkins School Vegetable Garden

You can read about how this came to be established in Dominic Boston's interesting article on page 19.
"I've rarely seen such a productive veg garden established in such a short time.
And the school restaurant really is using the produce. Well done, Climate Cops from HPHS!"
John Wilford Memorial Garden, Barrow Scout Group

Barrow Scouts have designed and built a garden at the top end of the Scout HQ car park in memory of their iconic and much loved leader, John Wilford. John had often said he would like to turn this waste ground into a garden so what a fitting tribute. The garden includes a striking scout fleur-de-lis in mosaic.

Dragon Boat – Festival success

More than twelve crews competed in this very popular series of races at The Boat House on a glorious day in May. The atmosphere was electrifying as the teams battled with each other to win. First prize was taken by Soar Heads representing The Boat House while Just Soar from the Soar Bridge took second prize. Spectator numbers were huge, all enjoying the boat racing and stalls that lined the River Soar on either side of the bridge.

Just under £11,000 was raised for Loughborough Women's Aid which works to help LOCAL men, women and their children who experience domestic abuse.

The event will be an annual one and next year's festival is booked for Sunday 29 May 2011.

For more information, please contact Michele Walker on: 01509 550317 or email: michele@lwa.org.uk

Traditional fayre and fundraiser

We had a wonderful summer's day for the Hall Orchard traditional Fayre with marquees full of games and food stalls galore!! Bouncy castle/slide and sumo wrestling thrilled the children. Local groups gave their time for free; Hall Orchard recorder group lead by Mr Dipple performed beautifully. Syston Scout Band provided an amazing opening ceremony. Mc Hugh School of Dance dazzled us with routines; a team of Wrestlers performed some great moves. The Soundogs provided superb toe tapping music and Leicestershire Fire Service showed their engine.

One of the biggest attractions was the 10 Newfoundland dogs and their traps. Children enjoyed trips and learned so much about these wonderful dogs.

Our sponsored fun run with 125 children from all years was very successful; Alan Birchenall LCFC legend and City Ambassador, started the children off and presented medals at the finish.

The Fayre raised approximately £2,288.33 which will go towards activities and equipment for school next year.

Thank you to all who helped and local businesses for your support.

We hope you enjoyed the Fayre and that you will come along and join us next year!

Ali Shaw