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

Barrow Community Association is a registered Charity No: 505692.
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Advertising Deadline
24th July 2003

Summer Copy Deadline
31st July 2003
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Barrow upon Soar
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The plaques mounted on the Jerusalem are being restored from their present barely legible condition by the original artist Ray Stafford

It is astonishing that the six plaques, mounted 50 years ago, have withstood the elements for so long. Only the Quorn Hunt button is now unrecognisable. It is a huge tribute to Ray's craftsmanship and that of the late Frank Thompson who was the carpenter for the sign.

Mr. Stafford has generously volunteered to repaint the shields and their coats of arms to mark the 50th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

The restored plaques will be photographed and their subjects recorded for the Parish Council archives. The village owes a debt of gratitude to Mr. Stafford for his unique contribution, and to the W.I. and Bishop Beveridge Club who will help to sponsor the repair of the Jerusalem sign.


Look out for the brilliant summer play scheme which is held at Humphrey Perkins High School, Cotes Road, every year.

The scheme will run from Monday 4th to Friday 8th August and as usual, you will find an exciting range of activities, sports, crafts, workshops, trips and games for ages 5 to 14 year olds.

Registration will take place at Hall Orchard School, after school finishes on Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th June (first hour of Tuesday 17th for helpers only). It will cost 12.00 for the week for 5 to 12 year olds, and for teenagers aged 13 to 14, we are opening up the youth club for craft, sport and leisure activities for 7.50 for the week.

We hope to see you there!

For further information, phone Soroya MacDonald on
01509412385 (HPHS) or 416089 (Youth Club).


An increase in advertising has prompted a redesign

You will see from our newly published Advertising rate card included in this issue on page 6, that we are planning to resize the advertisements appearing in Barrow Voice. This follows a noticable increase in the amount of new adverts supplied that have been professionally created in a digital format to 'A' sizes that are suitable for reproduction in other publications as well as our own.

We will be writing to current advertisers in the next few weeks with more details but you might want to think about redesigning your ad rather than having it simply resized to fit the new format. We can point you in the right direction if you require any assistance with this. New advertisers can take advantage of the changes from the outset. The changes will be effective from the Autumn 2003 issue.

Advertising in Barrow Voice always has been and will continue to be excellent value for money.



If you are available to do Life Guarding at the pool, please phone Ann Perry on 414963 (evenings).

If you would like to train as a life guard, we can make a contribution to you gaining the National Pool Lifeguard qualification.



At the moment, there are two public sessions:

Wednesday : Adults and children: 6.30 - 7.30 pm

Thursday: Adults only 8.00 - 9.00 pm

These are very poorly attended. In contrast, the club and class bookings are very well attended. What is more, we could fill the time of the (poorly attended) public sessions with (well attended) club or class bookings.

SO: If the people of Barrow want public acess to the swimming pool, we need to make more use of it. Swimming is fun and it's very good for your health, go for it!


On the afternoon of Saturday 6th September the centre of Barrow will be filled with the lively sound of traditional English dance tunes as more than 150 morris dancers and musician from all over the UK descend on the village.

They will be taking part in the Anstey Weekend of Dance, an event that has been jointly organised by Anstey Morris Men, Anstey Royale Chalfont ladies morris and the Grand Union Folk Club which meets once a month at the Horse and Trumpet in Sileby.

In addition to the local sides, there will be performances by teams from as far afield as Lancashire, Yorkshire, Worcestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and London. The dancers will be touring round some of the local villages on the morning of the 6th and will then meet up for the afternoon in Barrow.

If the street entertainment starts your feet tapping, there is a ceilidh with Hekety, one of the country's leading dance bands, at Humphrey Perkins Community College in the evening. The morris sides will be performing again on the morning of the 7th in Bradgate Park. If you want any further information or tickets for the ceilidh phone Bill on 813566.

Lyn Cooper - member of the Anstey Royal Chalfont team and resident of Barrow


Age concern appeal for donations.

By remembering the charity in your Will you will be contributing to improving the quality of life for local older people now and in the future.

A legacy leaflet and further information is available from Age Concern Leicestershire and Rutland, Lansdowne House, 113 Princess Road East, Leicester LE1 7LA Tel: 0116 2992233 or at the Age Concern website.


We are needing at least two or three more offers of people for a Barrow Voice delivery round.

The time involved should be under two hours every quarter. When there are adequate people it means that the magazine can be delivered more quickly than if some people are landed with a two three hour shift on a 'double round'. Although we will hope to be able to give most volunteers the same round every quarter, we also need possible stand-ins for holiday times which are often proving difficult to cater for.

Volunteers should give their address and, if possible a telephone number and indicate whether they would prefer a delivery round which is local to their home or whether they can offer to deliver anywhere in the village.

Phone calls to John Thursby on: 412467


Barrow upon Soar Parish Council Rights of Way
Programme of Footpath Walks 2003 - 25th year

  • Wednesday 25 June Gypsum and the Old Kennels - 4.5-5 miles
    Meet Breachfield Road/Melton Road bridge. Out via I.24 and Sileby Road, I.4 round the Gypsum site. Returning via Brook Lane I.32.

  • Thursday 3 July Walton & Prestwold 5 miles
    Drivers please note cars may be needed to take walkers to the starting point at Walton Village Hall. Meet Three Crowns car park - all cars will leave 6.45pm for Walton. Out via H.98 to Prestwold Old School and H.99a. Refreshment stop at the Anchor, Walton.

  • Tuesday 29 July Mountsorrel 3.5 - 4 miles
    Meet at the Marina, Sileby Road. Out via I.28, on to I.26, returning via the Navigation Inn for refreshments

  • Thursday 7 August Miller's Bridge 4 - 4.5 miles
    Meet Three Crowns car park. Out via the Rookery footpath and I.27 to Miller's Bridge, returning via K.31 Fleshhovel Lane and K.29 to the road or via the old Three Corner Spinney to the Soar Bridge Inn.

  • Monday 18 August Quorn 4.5 miles
    Meet Old Station car park. Out via river and Tom Long's Meadow. Returning via Navigation Inn for refreshments.

  • Dogs are allowed if on a lead
  • Suitable footwear and clothing should be worn
  • Routes can be changed at the leader's discretion. Mileage figures are approximate.
  • A refreshment stop will be arranged when and where convenient, depending upon the route, time & weather.
  • Neither the Parish Council nor its officers accept any responsibility