3,000 copies published quarterly and delivered FREE to all households in Barrow upon Soar


Spring 2013




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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Down To Work At Last

There was no ‘Just got to go to India’ excuse to get me off the editorial hook this time! And I’m glad there wasn’t as it’s been an enjoyable experience although I’ve only just realised how long it takes to put the magazine together. Frances, you were a star doing it for so many years and so well. We all want to thank you for the past amazing fifty six editions. You’ll be a hard act to follow but here goes.

In this edition some articles are quite topical such as Genevieve’s on taking out an apprenticeship and John’s on the thorny question of what to call ‘The Slabs’ now the stones as distinct rocky islands have disappeared. I favour ‘The Strip’, as it has a lovely louche Las Vegas ring to it, but what do you think? And in this edition too we are lucky to have some great photos not only of the latest panto production but also ‘Pics from the Past’ to revive memories of successful events last year. And don’t forget you can see photos we didn’t have room to squeeze into this edition by going to the website www.barrowvoice.co.uk.

Do you read a lot? Then why not join the book club Julie Gardner is planning to start, see page 9, and last but not least please contact me (editor@barrowvoice.co.uk) if you have any funny pet stories. In a future issue we intend to feature Barrow’s animals; we already have one story but would like more. Got a wappy cat?

Reading ‘Barrow Voice’ is undoubtedly one of the best ways of keeping in touch with what’s going on yet there are others if you have a computer. Foremost of these is ‘Barrow Signpost’ which is bursting with up to the minute info on clubs, pubs, sports, shops and docs. The website www.leicestershirevillages.com is another way you can find out more, not only about Barrow but far flung Peatling Parva or Blackfordby. As well as a fund of information there are good archives of old photos attached to village sites. Barrow’s is excellent, so it’s an easy way to peek into the past. And finally there’s Facebook. No self respecting village could be without its Facebook page now could it? Next time you’re checking out your friends why not go to Barrow Upon Soar’s page and click on ‘LIKE’. Living here the odds are you do very much!

Gaynor Barton Editor