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Summer 2013




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Summer: What Does it Mean to You?

To many it simply means cricket and I’d like to thank Barrow and Burton Junior Cricket Club for supplying our super front cover photograph. But to parents it means holidays and keeping children active and happy and this issue could help. e four centre ‘ pull-out- and- keep’ pages give details of all the clubs and societies which provide activities for children in the village including the Barrow Summer Play Scheme BOSCAPS. It’s a long list - quite an eye opener.

Not only children but in this edition ‘ Barrow’s Got Babies’! In July the national magazines will be full of Kate and William’s new baby so we’ve joined in the baby extravaganza by printing four gorgeous pics of little beauties Barrowvians made earlier. Kate and Wills eat your heart out!

On a more serious note many readers will be expecting an article on the decision of the Secretary of State to give permission to Jelsons to build on Breacfield . One will be printed in the next edition as the decision was too near the Summer Barrow Voice deadline to give sufficient time for a considered response.

And finally congratulations on the fantastic success of the Panto Group- details listed below.

Gaynor Barton

Great Panto Group Success!

On Saturday 27th April the Pantomime Alliance of Leicestershire held their prestigious ‘Salute to Pantomime’ awards evening. Now in its 12th year, this event is organised annually and involves 25 panto groups from around the county. It was hosted by Martin Ballard, himself a brilliant Dame at the Town Hall at Loughborough. Awards were presented by County Councillor Rosita Page. ere are 19 award categories and representatives from the team of judges watch every panto throughout the year before sitting down to decide, as a committee, the nominations and winners. 18 members of the Barrow Panto Group attended the evening this year and we were surprised and excited to find they had been nominated for the following eight awards. Best Lighting - Jonny Doda and Dom Boston
Best Sound - Ben Wilson and Joey Cooper
Best Choreography - Abi Crossley
Best Supporting Female Actor- Sarah Moore
Best Animal - Val Gillings
Best Principal Boy - Kate Metcalfe
Best Dame - Richard Bailey
Best Director - Abi Crossley

From these nominations Barrow Panto were delighted to win two awards for Best Sound and Best Dame and achieved joint second for the Best Overall Pantomime. Our congratulations go to Jonny Doda, Dom Boston, Richard Bailey and John Fairbrother who was presented with the ‘Unsung Hero Award’ for 2012

Ceri Fairbrother

Dog Tired

A lovely pet story received from Mrs Rachael Gibbs of ‘Fox Hollies’ Cotes Road.

After mowing the lawns I felt in need of a rest before getting the tea ready so I lay down on the sitting room oor with my feet up on the sofa. Our chocolate Labrador ‘Cookie’ was in her bed in the kitchen, but being inquisitive she came to look for me.

She sat down beside me, looked down at my face for a minute , then went to her bed and came back with her teddy-bear. She placed it on my chest and looked at me as if to say ‘that will make you feel better’. She lay down beside me so I put my arm around her. She is a great friend indeed and we had a quiet, relaxing moment together.