Barrow Voice      First Publised 1975

            Issue 157 Autumn 2019

3,234 copies published quarterly and delivered FREE to all households in Barrow upon Soar


Have you noticed? Our back page isn’t the Village Diary any more. We’ve made a change in order to be able to sell this coveted position and generate more revenue to keep us in the black. But don’t worry! The information it contained is still available. You can call into the library and consult the village diary itself, or go online to the Barrow upon Soar Village website. To find the Village Diary in the library, look on the left-hand side of the counter and you’ll see a slim red diary in a plastic display stand next to the till. To find it on line go to

And remember that if you take The Loughborough Echo there is a list of what’s on in the “Villages” section towards the back of the paper. The listings are somewhat idiosyncratic as they are not in alphabetical order. Sometimes Barrow heads the list and sometimes it follows Normanton. You just have to keep searching. The online version can be found at If you are an organiser, please don’t forget to enter your event in the village diary in the library. It is very important that you write it in here and keep your entries up to date, as these entries form the database for the online versions.
As for the contents of this Autumn edition, we have some really interesting articles. Lindsay Ord talks to Barrow’s girl footballers, and a woman makes a career out of crime-scenes for fun! Ginnie Willcocks investigates The Lodge and Val Gillings remembers Barrow’s recent visitors from Marans as well as finding out what Barrow Mothers’ Union does today. Eric Ellingworth writes about Halloween, and I look into the world of competitive chrysanthemums. Inside I’m sure you’ll find a wide selection to keep you going until our next pre-Christmas edition.

Gaynor Barton, Editor
Front Cover: June 28th 2019. Training session Barrow Town Football Club’s girls’ teams.

Letter to the Editor
Dear Editor
First of all, I would like to express my appreciation to the local ‘litter pickers’ who I have seen on several occasions collecting carelessly discarded rubbish in and around our village. These volunteers give up their time and energy to keep the village tidy. Thank you all so very much.

On another matter in the last edition of Barrow Voice there was an article entitled ‘Love the Countryside’. It was indeed very interesting, and as a farmer’s daughter I would wholeheartedly support the good advice given by Frankie Fletcher. I was born on Glenworth Farm in 1948 and find it difficult to comprehend just how much the village has changed due to all the development. May I just mention that the original Glenworth Farm no longer exists. The farm on Cotes Road, on the edge of the village, is owned by J A Kimber and is called Hillcrest, Orchard Farm, The Farm Barn.

Yours sincerely,
Diane Sanders

Plastics Update

News: Since the article in June, the Co-op have now succeeded in becoming a TerraCycle hub for 3 products:
• Any brand wrappers of biscuits, crackers and cakes
• Febreze Air Freshener and Homecare packaging
• Empty Ella's Kitchen Pouches (baby food)

Just take the wrappers into the Co-op in Barrow and add them to the correct tub.

TerraCycle is a charity that recycles hard-to-dispose plastics

Judith Rodgers


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

Barrow Community Association is a registered Charity No: 1156170.

Advertising Deadline --    31st October 2019
Copy Deadline --             31st October 2019

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55, Thirlmere Road,
Barrow upon Soar,
LE12 8QQ