Barrow Voice      First Publised 1975

            Issue 161 Autumn 2020

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


Well, after an edition when we went online it’s good to be back in print with a wide range of articles and a special feature on our village shops. In this issue there is a questionnaire on the back page asking your opinion about the future of Barrow Voice. Do you want your magazine online or in print? Your views matter!

We are very keen to know so don’t hesitate to fill it in then drop it off at Taylor’s Florist. It’s anonymous. But the big news is that Ginnie Willcocks, one of the longest serving members of the writing team has decided to put the top on her pen. She’s been contributing articles for an impressive 34 years! There isn’t space to do justice to Ginnie’s importance in this editorial but I hope the party, present and flowers said it all. And sadly too we are saying goodbye to Maggie J, who has been our Country Life writer for the last six years. Thanks for all the lovely articles Maggie. And finally there’s me. I’m handing over the editor’s reins to Karisa Krcmar but not leaving the editorial team as I enjoy writing articles too much. Karisa will be great as she knows Barrow well, is full of energy and ideas and her IT skills are up to date!

Good luck Karisa. Gaynor Barton, Editor
Front cover: Manager of Barrow Upon Soar Co-op: Chris Pacey

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor
Like so many Barrow residents we have been doing a lot more walking in and around the village during the Covid-19 Lockdown. Most times we have tried to avoid residential areas and our closest access to open countryside is along Melton Road and Fishpool Way and into the Millennium Park. We are so lucky to have this very attractive area to walk in. Many other people seem to have found this too. Our visits to the Millennium Park before Lockdown were infrequent and we never saw many people there. In the last few months it has been well visited, though never by so many people that keeping a safe distance from each other was not possible.
So we would like to express our thanks to those people in Barrow who conceived this idea and brought it to such a successful conclusion. There is quite a lot of information about the Millennium Park on the Barrow Village website and on page 68 of the book “Barrow in the 20th Century” (a booklet produced to mark the dawn of the new millennium) there is a list of the members of the Millennium Planning Group.
We are relative newcomers to Barrow and there are many more people who have moved to the village since us. We wonder if some of those who did the work to give us this lovely open space would like to put together an article for Barrow Voice to let us all know just what it was like and what they did to make it available to us. Perhaps an information board near to one or two of the entrances to the park would be a helpful reminder too.
Yours sincerely,

Graham and Sue Hobbs (see page 18 for story)


Barrow Voice is published by Barrow upon Soar Community Association.(BUSCA)
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Copy Deadline --          2nd November 2020

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