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The Trap: what’s happening to it? STOP PRESS

The article that was to have appeared here began:

“It is very sad to see various businesses closing down due to the current economic climate. The Trap pub on North Street has been closed for several months now. During July, the building was sealed up with shiny corrugated iron. Just a few weeks on and it already looks very desolate.”

However, at proof-reading stage of Barrow Voice at the end of August, I noticed that the Trap was OPEN and doing business. So I went to have a chat with the new manager, Teresa Pritchard.

Teresa has managed pubs for Classic Pubs all over the country. She came out to Barrow on their behalf to look over the pub on August 19th and instantly fell in love with the village which she finds most picturesque (not surprising for someone born and bred in Dudley). She took over the Trap the following week and opened it two days later. So there was no messing around!

Even though she had only been open for two days by the time I spoke to her, she was full of ideas to improve trade and get the Trap back on the map. As a mother of four kids and nine grandchildren, she wants it to be a family pub where all the family can enjoy themselves in a safe environment. She is eager to develop the garden and outside play area and feels that the indoor children’s play area has huge potential for the community. She sees the Trap as an excellent meeting place for young mums with their toddlers to come for a coffee and a good chat while the kids play. She also intends to provide a pool table, regular live entertainment and darts matches as well as to become a meeting place for village organizations.

Teresa has been overwhelmed by the response of previous regulars. She says she’s never experienced such support and enthusiasm in all the time she has worked in the trade. People have flocked in, really pleased that the Trap has reopened. She asked me to say how much she appreciates this support. She also asked me to mention that if anyone feels like volunteering to do a bit of gardening for her she would be hugely grateful. Just pop in!!
The Trap has tremendous historic value to the village. It was given its name because men toiling in the lime workings up Nottingham Road spent much of their week’s wages there on a Friday evening in the 19th century. So it is really pleasing to be able to report that it isn’t about to be turned into another housing development or allowed to become derelict. We offer Teresa our best wishes for a successful re-establishing of The Trap.

Judith Rodgers