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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.

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Barrow Voice Team
Advertising Deadline
24th January 2004

Spring Copy Deadline
31st January 2004
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A sunny September afternoon, the 24th, brought sighs of relief from one and all as our outside birthday party began.

The children at Hall Orchard Primary School all bounced 10 bounces on a bouncy castle and received a birthday lollipop. Early Years' children sang happy birthday to us and several rousing cheers of thanks were heard from various classes. Thanks must go to Tessa Halliwell for her enthusiastic supervision of this birthday treat.

All current Fourfolders were invited to attend our afternoon of fun and games with their parents. The theme was '10' so there were 10 activities including hook a duck, skittles and Kim's game. In the Roundhouse we had decorated a number and face painting with a display of lovely Fourfold memories from Year 6, beautifully written and illustrated.

Invited guests were;
Marie Riley, our original registration officer
Helen Lowe, our forum development worker
Bob Morley, who along with Jane Fines, started Fourfold
and Janet Long, ex staff member.

plus some of the original Fourfold children who are now 14 years old! We were overwhelmed that so many of them came back to say hello. Thanks to them for coming.

Many of our Fourfold parents made plain fairy cakes and Mrs Jo Rose took all these small cakes and magically transformed them into one large cake with the figure 10 in the centre. Many of them had very detailed individual childrenís faced iced on to them. Great effort Jo - thanks!

Mr Morley, head teacher of Hall Orchard Primary School, came to meet everyone and celebrate our 10 years of excellent child care. Many staff and children from the school joined in too. Thank goodness the sun shone and enormous thanks to anyone who helped in anyway to make this such a special and successful day.

Cheryl Young, Fourfold Pre-School Playleader


In December 2000, after being in existence for 78 years, the difficult decision was made to close down the Barrow Guides. Tricia Hole, after struggling on her own for quite some time and no volunteer helpers coming forward, found there was no alternative. It seemed an era had come to an end.

Enter Chris North, Division Commissioner, like a knight on a white charger, with an offer of help to get the guides up and running again and by March 2001 this was achieved. Chris gave Tricia tremendous support and the unit now has 35-40 girls, led by Tricia, Frances Acton and Cheryl Brown. With these dedicated leaders the guides have a full and varied programme. This year so far they have had a trip to the Science Museum in London, where they had an evening of activities and slept between the display cases - brilliant! The next day, after exploring the museum, the girls had time for shopping in Harrods. Oh to be a Girl Guide.

In May, 22 girls had a sleepover at Beaumanor Hall, enjoying good weather and many outdoor activities. A unit camp wasorganised in June at Newtown Linford; another great success. August was a time to remember with many of the girls going to Kaos, the county camp at Oaks in Charnwood. A huge programme of events had been organised for the guides to choose from crafts, mountain boarding, grass sledging, dancing, canoeing, swimming, discos, outdoor cinema, a trip to the American Adventure Park and there was even an internet cafe.

Bringing us right up to date, a trip was organised for 11 October when they went to the BIG GIG at Wembley. According to Frances, she came back with a hearing impediment. Needless to say the guides thoroughly enjoyed the LOUD music.

It is obvious that through sheer dedication andhard work, the Barrow Guides are alive and kicking and long may they continue. If you feel you would like to help this great organisation in any way, you would be most welcome by the leaders and the girls. They meet at the Scout Hut every Monday night, 7 - 8.30pm. So come on Barrow, DO YOUR BEST!

Val Gillings