Barrow Voice -
First Publised 1975
3,000 copies published quarterly and delivered FREE to all households in Barrow upon Soar


Good news! We are hopeful that Barrow Voice will soon be adding new people to the advertising team. We're so relieved that eventually people did come forward as losing the village magazine would have been a great loss.

Just look at the contents of this issue. We have articles about two writers, Seun and Genevieve, who wrote for the magazine while at school and living in Barrow. Read what they’re writing about now! And we’ve got Dexter cows, Silver Sports, long-service awards, BOG pop-up gardens, a Diamond Wedding, fancy bridal shoes, poppies (not all of them red), a highly idiosyncratic panto review, mischief in the library, BOSCAPs, yarn-bombing and the short story that came second in our competition, Helen Sadler’s eerie short story about loss - Cutting the Cord.

Don’t forget that there is a web-version of BV at and from here you access Barrow’s Year in Pictures. For another look at Barrow’s nutty Dick Whittington panto pic, click on March. Oh yes you can!

Gaynor Barton

Editor Front Cover: Barrow Town supporters with members from Leicester Banks Cricket Club.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor

I felt very dismayed at the thought of a green area, the Millennium Park, being used for the site of the new community hub. Why not use what the community has already? The larger meetings and events could use the hall at Humphrey Perkins and for smaller meetings, church rooms, the library, the Conservative Club, and public houses such as the Soar Bridge, the Hunting Lodge and the Navi. The pubs can provide both rooms and refreshments. I feel the community should utilise what it already has instead of destroying a green site and wasting money on building costs, maintenance, heating, lighting and security. It’s taking money away from the very community it is supposed to serve.

Yours sincerely, Martin Wigmore Born and bred in Barrow, and still cares, but now of Loughborough Road, Walton on the Wolds

Death by Radio by Paul Falcone

This year’s Murder Mystery promises to be a truly great night. It’s set in the 1940s during a radio show. This gives so much scope for audience dressing up that we’ve decided to offer a small prize for the best outfit. Think about it – the 1940s, military chic, Betty Grable, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn – what’s not to like? There is even a chance for audience participation as, of course, there’ll be a bomb siren … and we’ll just have to sit it out until the all clear sounds…

Ticket cost is held at £12 for the usual two course ploughman’s supper and will be available from via PayPal, Taylor’s Florists and Barrow Library as well as from members of the cast.

It all promises to be another brilliant evening’s entertainment from the Murder Mystery Team so make sure you remember to make a note to join us in this popular event.

Saturday 6th October at 7:30pm in Humphrey Perkins School, Cotes Road, Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire. LE12 8JU

At the May 10th Planning Committee meeting of Barrow upon Soar Parish Council a vote was taken on a planning application being made to Charnwood Borough Council to build a new Community Hub on the picnic area of Millennium Park on Fishpool Way. The Parish Council voted to object to this application. More details in Autumn BV.