Midsummer Magic at the Trap
The Trap will once again be holding its Midsummer Music
all-day charity bash on Saturday June 11th.
The beneficiary this year will be the Air Ambulance. Anyone
prepared to give some time to help, and any bands wishing
to play, please contact Malc Wagg on 01509 413229.
Pudding Plod 2004
Ginny Willcocks looks back a the Christmas walk (but you
could do it any time)
There are a number of interesting challenges to consider
about this annual event. For instance, you never know how
many people will turn up, what age range you have to provide
for, if there are dogs will they fight and the one thing you
definitely do not have any control over, what the weather
will be like. My thoughts about this are, well if noone turns
up I can just go home but thankfully this has never happened.As
far as ages are concerned I decide, when I'm planning which
route to take, that I will go for a distance that is not too
challenging and am always willing to slow the pace down if
necessary. As far as the dogs are concerned I rely on the
owners to know their pets and their behaviour and there has
never been a problem, so far. Finally, the weather, no comment,
there's no point!
This year I decided that the walk would not go far from the
village boundaries.This would enable us to take in the river,
the railway, the millennium park with the gnomon and 'mud
alley'. My thoughts when planning this route focussed on the
possibility that those who wanted to leave early could do
so and would not have too far to go walk in order to get home.
The weather on the day was dry, frosty and bright.There were
15 of us at 10am, 17 if you count the dogs. Just as we were
about to set off I could see a lady and a young child hurrying
towards us from the direction of South Street. She asked if
we could wait a few minutes for her daughter and the rest
of her family. Everyone agreed and by the time we set off
at 10 past 10 there were 22 of us plus the dogs.
We walked down Brigg's Hill, Bridge Street, and then up Cliff
Hill, the steep alley way that leads to the footbridge, and
over the railway line to Cotes Road.We reached the fields
at the top of Thirlmere Road and I was asked to slow the pace
down, it was too fast for some of the older walkers.We took
a slow wander along 'mud alley' which was not muddy except
for a few feet at the Nottingham Road end! This was a first
for me as even in the summer months this bridle way is mucky.
The next part of the walk took us along the roadside so we
needed to take extra care. Drivers zip along here as though
they are on the motorway.We soon reached Parson's Close. Allotments
always look sad and neglected at this time of year and these
were no exception. From here we made our way to the Millennium
Park where we had a tea break and snack. Christmas chocolates
and mince pies were in abundance as were opinions about how
the gnomon works and what time it was showing.
After the park two walkers and their dog left us just before
we entered the conservation area, off Pawdy. From the top
of the hill we followed the path across the field towards
the railway line.We had to cross the line, near to where the
Lafarge train loads up.The care needed to do this was so relevant.
I spotted a train coming from the Loughborough direction as
only half of the group had crossed.The rest of us crossed
eventually and within a few minutes of all of us crossing
the line yet another express rushed through.
At the bottom of the hill, on Sileby Road, we took the 'jitty'
to Avon Road and walked along Welland Road, Ribble Drive past
the Navigation and then along the towpath to the Barrow Deep
Lock.The children were fascinated to see the activity at the
lock with a couple of narrow boats coming through so we left
them and their parents and grandparents to watch.The rest
of us made our short journey back up Bridge Street to our
starting point where thanks were given and each made their
Thanks, from me, to all those who attended. If anyone reading
this would like to be involved with leading any of the forthcoming
summer walks or indeed this annual plod please contact the
SPRING SUPPER DANCE
With 'Douce Amor' (5-piece band)
Saturday APRIL 9th 7.30 - 11.30
Humphrey Perkins Community Centre
Buffet supper and bar
Available from: Betty Turner (01509 416185) Ted and Sue
Rodgers (01509 416533) or The Paper Shop, High Street, BoS
All proceeds to Barrow Community Association Registered