The Quarterly Village Publication produced by Barrow upon Soar Community Association


Memorable year

Christmas is coming .. and I couldn’t let it get to the end of the year without the usual thanks - to our advertisers and loyal band of distributors, to the people at Mulberry Square and to the Barrow Voice team.
This has been a memorable year with the publication of our 100th edition of BV in this format.Many of you commented how much you enjoyed the special colour edition and we had great fun a skittles evening to mark the occasion.
The Barrow Voice team members are all volunteers and give time as and when work and family commitments allow. If you are interested in joining the team and would like to come along to our next meeting and see what’s involved please get in touch.
Have a great Christmas and see you in the New Year.


Barrow wins
Best Village Award

Keen–eyed residents will have noticed an addition to the Cotes Road corner area. It is the Leicester Mercury sponsored Best Village Award sign, won by Barrow in the Leicestershire & Rutland Best Village Competition (for villages with a population over 5,000).

So how has this come about? In March a small group of parish councillors met to produce Barrow’s entry.With the April 1st deadline looming, they and Parish Clerk Lesley Bell, are to be congratulated in submitting such a comprehensive but concise bid.
The competition is divided into seven categories but every entry must include ‘Building community life’ and in addition Barrow chose ‘Village Venture’ and ‘Older People’. Under the first category, the village was easy to promote. Here is an excerpt from the submission:
‘Barrow offers something for all its residents, from the youngest to the oldest, from the fittest to the less so; it caters for wide and varied interests and has a vibrant and caring community.We have thriving shops, library, excellent schools and preschool groups, comprehensive health care, good transport links and pubs, restaurants and takeaways to suit most tastes.We have good children’s play areas and the Council of Churches is reinvigorating Christian life within the village.’

Community spirit and inclusion

Answering 14 searching questions under the headings ‘Community spirit andinclusion’,‘People in need’ and ‘Facilities and activities’, the group was able to highlight what makes Barrow a lively place. Community groups together with contact numbers are listed in the Community Association publication ‘Who Goes’ (available at the Library and on the village website and you may be surprised at their number and range including sport, keep fit and slimming, groups for young and older people, gardening, panto, dance, churches and twinning.A grand total of 15 annual events are held from Christmas lights and street fair to the summer bike rides.The community and parish council websites, Barrow Voice and other newsletters and notice boards keep villagers informed.
Mike Morley, chair of the Millennium Group produced an interesting entry for the Village Venture category. He described the conception and progress of the Millennium Park, its time zone and sculpture. Native tree planting, wild flowers and future ambitious plans for the Delph Hole were all featured.

A hive of activity and fun

In the ‘Best project by or for elderlypeople’,Tina Long of the Bishop Beveridge Club president and her committee wrote a compelling submission. Did you know that their membership it 110+.Their extensive activities and support for their members is astonishing. Owning its own beautifully maintained premises, the Club is a hive of activity, fun and information. If you are over 60 and not a member, you are missing out! The judges toured the village unaccompanied and then met Parish Council, Millennium Group and Bishop Beveridge Club representatives before visiting both sites.The results which were announced later at the Leicester Mercury building were:

Winner of the Best Village Award (over 5000 people) – Barrow upon Soar - £500 Winner of Category 6 (Older People) – Bishop Beveridge Club - £300.

Tina Long accepted the well-deserved award from Coun. Marie Slater at a club
meeting which included cake and champagne. PC chair Ted Rodgers received the village award from Lady Martin on behalf of Barrow. It recognises that community life is thriving, with voluntary and community groups working alongside the Parish Council to make Barrow a desirable and enjoyable place to live – and certainly a busy one!

Lilian Middleton
With thanks to the Parish Council for supplying information for this article.