The Quarterly Village Publication produced by Barrow upon Soar Community Association


Loughborough Shotokan Karate club, now into its fifth year at the Barrow Scouts Hut, continues to go from strength to strength. For 2006 there have been a few class changes, notably for the young ones class of 5 to 7yrs, now moves to Sundays and there is a brand-new BEGINNERS CLASS for ADULTS. So come on mums and dads you have no excuses now for not keeping that New Year resolution to get fitter, leaner and healthier. Karate is a great way to do all these things, including the benefit of learning how to look after yourself, using a very old and trusted martial art form. (Karate is not a quick fix; it takes many years of practice and dedication to master the true art)

As the title suggests, 2005 was another very successful year for the club. Again they proved worthy opponents at the annual inter-club competition against their sister club Leicester Shotokan. Barrow members took home an impressive 15 trophies equal to that of the Leicester club, but missed out on the trophy for the “Most Successful Club’’ when the points were tallied up for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.
Throughout 2005 the club continued to progress, with members advancing through their grades, as they gained in knowledge and Karate skills, ending the year in style when on 11th December, 18-year-old Henry Bellinger became the club’s first member to achieve the coveted Black Belt (1st Dan).

Club instructor Pete Statham (4th Dan Black Belt) with 27 years of experience in training, teaching and competing in Shotokan Karate, said how pleased he was, and how well the club and its members have developed over the year; adding that not only is he hoping for more Black Belts this year but also the club has a new group of emerging talent, in the form of last year’s beginners. Many of these will soon be able to move up and join the higher grades on the intermediate class.

Leicester Shotokan concentrates on the very strong and powerful Japanese based discipline of Shotokan Karate using striking, blocking and counter attack techniques for selfdefence purposes. At the club this is taught on a steady building process. Initially students are shown the basic principles of Karate.They are then guided through a tried and trusted training system that builds and develops into one of the most powerful forms of Martial Arts.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Karate lessons for adults or children, Pete Statham would be delighted to hear from you.You can reach him on 0116 2996484 or 07719 975099 Club: Loughborough Shotokan Karate Club
Venue: Barrow-Upon- Soar Scouts Hut

Every Sat at:
9:30am (beginners)
10:30am (intermediates)
11:30am (New adult beginners class)
Sun at
9:45am (Karate for 5 to 7yrs)
10:30am (Children extra training)
11:30 (Adults & advanced grades)
Cost: £3.25-£3.75 per session.


Ashes series inspires
local cricketers

There can be few readers of Barrow Voice who failed to be captivated, if only for a brief time, by the 2005 Ashes Test series against the Australian tourists.To hear matches discussed by those who have had shown scant, if any, previous interest in cricket and for them to agree that this sport can be exciting, was quite amazing.All of this trickles down to the grass roots of the game and we have certainly felt this at our local village club.

The 2005 season was one of the most successful for the club both on and off the field.The Saturday 1st XI, playing in the Premier division of the Leicestershire Club league, ended in fifth position (7th in 2004).With ex-County player David Millns as captain, this young side produced some top class performances finishing behind some of the more experienced sides in the League from Loughborough, Market Harborough and Lutterworth.The Saturday 2nd XI, captained by Steve Grew,won the ‘full house’.They topped their division (five) in the League and are promoted for the 2006 season and won the 2nd XI League Cup in an entertaining final against Leicester Banks CC.Then, in the last match of the season the club won the Loughborough Charity Cup by defeating Kegworth Town CC by one wicket in another ‘adrenaline high’ match.

In Thursday evening senior cricket the club retained its Premier division status but will not be entering the Thursday league competition in 2006, although will enter the Joe Orton Thursday evening League Cup.The club will defend its Charity Cup title with the preliminary rounds of evening matches and the final will be held on a Sunday afternoon in September.

But it has been in junior cricket where the club has accelerated its position to be at the forefront of junior cricket in the County. Last summer the club finally achieved Clubmark status following recognition as a Focus Club. Clubmark is awarded by the ECB (national governing body for cricket) and is in recognition of a club’s high standard of coaching and welfare, particularly for young players.The award was gained through a great deal of hard work and the club is delighted with its achievement.The club now has around 100 young players, from U.7s to U.15’s, boys and girls, receiving high quality coaching and care.Two teams will be fielded at most age groups.The younger age groups take part in soft ball Kwik cricket and progress to the hard ball game at U.13.We are close to saturation point for youngsters but the level of interest and revival in the game is a very positive sign.

Chance to Shine
During this winter, the club has been further recognised for its involvement with junior cricket by being chosen to take part, along with Hinckley Amateurs CC in the ‘Chance To Shine’ initiative. This is sponsored by The Cricket Foundation, an independent charity. Overall, the project aims to reach a third of schools in England and Wales in the next 10 years with a mixture of corporate, private and government funding.The purpose is to rejuvenate cricket in schools with clubs sending their qualified coaches into local schools and perhaps more teachers will be encouraged to take up the sport. At this time we are making full use of local indoor net facilities for both seniors and juniors, but all cricketers look forward to the summer and we are ready to make the best use of new practice facilities at the Nottingham Road ground.These facilities were sponsored, in part, by the Lords’ Taverners whose generous support is acknowledged.

For information on BTCC
Alan Willcocks, Club Secretary, 01509 – 413996
For information on junior cricket
John Wilson, Head Coach 01509 – 61120
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