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

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25th July 2005

July Copy Deadline
31st July 2005
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Shopping in 1945

I do appreciate all the hard work you put into producing 'Barrow Voice'. It certainly goes from strength to strength.

The article from Kevon Thompson on village shopping in 1945 was particularly meaningful to me as I arrived in Barrow in April of that year. George Hill of 'George Hill Wines' fame had bought the grocery shop on South Street next to the Bishop Blaize pub from Mr Casterton. My father, Frank Wilford was asked to manage the shop for him, so that was how my mother Min, my two brothers, Barry and John, and myself came to live in the house next to the shop.

We have seen many changes since then but continue to believe, with the help and goodwill of the many more villagers now, that we will be able to keep alive the heart of the village.

Just as an aside, can I say that on the map if the newsagent is under Arthur Grant, then Percy Casterton Grocer should be replaced by George Hill Grocer as we came to the village a few months before the Grant family - ask Colin! Let's keep the shops we have left by supporting them and buying from them.

Many thanks Ann Childs, ne้ Wilford

Helpful friends

As we grow older, we suddenly realise how many kind and helpful friends we have. Just to mention a few, we refer to the personnel at the local chemists, the Health Centre, Somerfield and the post office, We thank you all for the help you give us.

Olive and Dennis Fox Newton Close

St Albans Catholic Church

I am collecting data on the circumstances leading to and the details of the closure of the church. I am particularly interested in the dispersal of artifacts - vestments, altarware etc., but any interesting details would be welcome. Please contact Bernard Sherratt on 01509 812052 or by e-mail:
Many thanks for your help.