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Spring 2016



This issue is hot on change. We have articles detailing the Post Office’s change of location; the bungalow at Hall Orchard‘s change of use into a pre-school play facility and the change back to a Centre of Healing of Dr Earl’s old house ‘The Chestnuts’ in Beveridge Street. And you can even see Barrow in a changed light through the infra-red camera of photographer Graham Stocks. But if this talk of constant change makes you feel a little stressed then turn to the article about Ragdale Hall and relax in dreams of pools, pedicures and pampering. Or ring them up about working there - they’re recruiting at present! Gaynor Barton

Front Cover : A linnet's nest: Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust

Apology: The front cover photograph to the last edition (Barrow Voice Winter) - a shot of snowy Barrow from the air - was taken by Tom Coggins not Dave Bird. This was my error and I’m very sorry for the misappropriation.

Thefts from shops in Barrow Ring101

The local Leicestershire Police beat team would like to raise residents’ awareness of a recent increase in shop thefts from the High Street. The beat team have been increasing patrols where possible and visiting the shops regularly to offer crime prevention advice. We would like to encourage village members to keep an active eye whilst shopping and report any suspicious behaviour to the shop staff or police on 101. We are encouraging the use of banning orders within the village to target prolific shop lifters and would appreciate any information from the public to help correctly identify these individuals.

Members of your local beat team are:

PC 4122 Lisa Mansfield; PC 3109 Georgina Lockton; PCSO 6144 Jade Martin; PCSO 6654 Rob Dignan; PCSO 6048 Adam Loydall

2015 Holy Trinity Church Christmas Tree Festival

We know the Christmas Tree Festival is a long time in the past but I would like to take this opportunity to say what a joyful time everyone had and to thank everyone, too many to mention, who helped to make it such a huge success. Many people tell me this is the start of their Christmas.

On the Wednesday and Thursday the church was buzzing with people decorating their trees. Thursday evening we celebrated the switching on of the tree lights with cheese and wine. Thank you to Sandy Forrest for opening the event. Thank you also to Peter, Ed and David who provided background music throughout the evening.

On Friday all the children from Hall Orchard School visited the church. They were very well behaved and a credit to the members of staff who supervised them. Thank you ‘Concord ’, a local choir, which entertained us on Friday evening. The audience joined in the singing of favourite carols: it was a super concert.

During the three day event 941 adults and 931 children came and £4,900 was raised to help run our beautiful village church. We look forward to seeing you in December 2016. I have already had one request from someone wishing to take part for the first time so if you are wondering, ‘shall I put a tree in this year’ please send your details to me Jean Cooke.

E-mail - jeancook45@tiscali.co.uk    Mobile - 07775508289
Jean Cook