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The Community Association presents 'the STARS LOOK DOWN'

Derived from the novel by A J Cronin by Alex Ferguson

Thursday October 9th 2003 at 7.30pm Humphrey Perkins High School Hall

A live professional theatre performance by the NTC Performing Theatre Company

'Exciting, dazzling, breath-taking, magnetic, awe-inspiring’ ‘From A J Cronin's classic novel, Alex Ferguson has illuminated the enthralling conflict between the young pitman Davie Fenwick and the coal owner Richard Barras. Centred on the dramatic events of the Neptune Pit, the play shows us a gripping conflict that is the making of David Fenwick.’

Tickets bought in advance: £4.50 and £3.50 (concessions) (on the door: £5.00 and £4.00 concessions) from Grants Newsagents, High Street, and Judith Rodgers 01509 412063 or


As I start to write this news item for Barrow Voice I am trying to remember how many years the Panto Group has been in existence and I really cannot be sure. I know that there was only one pantomime that I was not involved with and that was Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood but it must be a fair few years now as I recall moments from different productions but would struggle to put them in any sort of chronological order.

The group has great fun during rehearsals and we need to get all the laughter under control in time for the first night. We also reminisce about past performances.

I think my favourite moment was in Aladdin when Abanazar, having managed to acquire the magic lamp whilst in disguise, began to drop the lamps he was holding. He reached out to catch the magic lamp and caught his thumb in the elastic loop that held the beard to his face. The beard 'pinged' off and flew across the stage into the orchestra and the lamp, with a clatter, bounced down the steps and ended up in the front row of the audience! Not only were the audience in hysterics but so were all the cast and the orchestra.

For days afterwards I would be walking along with a stupid grin on my face as I recalled the scene.


Barrow Panto Group Logo Panto Dame

Next year the Barrow Panto Group's production will be Mother Goose written in its entirety by the group's very own Judith Rodgers.

It has been written with the same strategy as last year's plot which means that there will be several mini stories within the whole story. This approach means that although the theme will focus on Mother Goose there will not be the necessity for any character to have huge tracts of lines to learn. There will, however, be all the usual ingredients that make a panto so popular and successful: audience participation, the goodies versus the baddies and slapstick.

I am sure that by the time you read this initial rehearsals will have started but please don't be put off if you would like to be involved. If you have a burning desire to 'Tread the boards' or would like to do something behind the scenes eg scenery painting, costume making, or prompt, please get in touch with either Sue Rodgers on 416533, Bob Mee on 413510 or me Ginny Willcocks on 413996. You will be most welcome.

Rehearsals take place every Wednesday evening at Humphrey Perkins School, in the school hall.


celebrates its 30th season with a concert in Holy Trinity Church, Barrow on Saturday October 4th starting at 7.45pm

The programme will include Haydn's Symphony No. 8 'the Hen', Schubert's Symphony No. 5, and Beethoven's Romances for violin and orchestra with Nic Fallowfield as the soloist.

Charnwood Orchestra in rehearsal in Pithiviers
France May 2003

The orchestra first came together 3 years ago and was originally known as the Quorn Orchestra! To celebrate the anniversary, we have arranged six concerts in the locality. They represent an ambitious and expensive season and reflect how far the orchestra has come since it was started thirty years ago by Joseph O'Reilly.

Jo, then Head of Music at Rawlins Sixth Form College, Quorn, brought local players together to form this amateur orchestra. It now comprises some sixty players who live largely in the Charnwood area. Members include students, young mums, local business people, professionals in many fields including music, and pensioners. Its present conductor is Nic Fallowfield, co-leader of Viva, the East of England Orchestra. A few of us, including myself, are founder members and we well remember finishing rehearsals early in the summer so that we could go for a swim in the then unroofed Rawlins swimming pool and cook sausages on a barbecue.

Charnwood Orchestra

As well as performing regularly around Leicestershire, we have also made several successful tours to France and Ireland, which have been very well received. On its two latest visits to Dublin, the orchestra has had the privilege of performing to a full and enthusiastic house at Dublin's prestigious National Gallery. Last May, we visited Pithiviers, the twin town for Ashby where we were feted and fed as though we were the Philarmonia! The orchestra performs a very wide range of exciting and imaginative programmes and we continue to grow in reputation.

Tickets cost £6.00 and £4.00 for concessions. They can be obtained from Grants Newsagents, High Street or by phoning Judith Rodgers on 01509 412063. Alternatively, you can email me on I can send you the rest of the season's programmes the same way.

Judith Rodgers