All good things come to an end. Being editor of Barrow Voice has given me a huge amount of pleasure. Over the
years I have worked with some old established team members and many new faces. People have come and gone
according to family or work commitments and I hope that they have all enjoyed the experience. The meetings
have never been dull; no-one has ever been asked to do anything that they did not find rewarding; we have held some
memorable skittle contests and barbeque evenings and had an awful lot of fun. But now it is time for a change.
As the Olympics is taking place as I write, it seems appropriate to use a sporting expression, so I am passing the baton (with, I hope, more efficiency than some British runners) to Gaynor Barton, a worthy successor who will, I’m sure, bring her own intelligent and creative approach to Barrow Voice. It is especially reassuring to be bowing out when the membership of the team is not only healthy but growing.
So, in true Oscars fashion, I end with a list of thanks: to the BUSCA trustees for their unswerving support, to each and every one of the editorial team, (without doubt, the besthumoured committee I have ever chaired), to Craig at Mulberry Square who has turned my ideas into reality, and finally to Judith and David Rodgers, not only for their hospitality, but because they have both, in different ways and at different times of my tenure, quite simply been an essential part of Barrow Voice’s success.
Good luck Gaynor! Frances Thompson
And a final word... everyone on the BV team is a volunteer. We do our very best to ensure that the content is accurate but accept that sometimes we get things wrong. In the last edition we included a photo of Barrow members from Pete Statham’s Leicester and Loughborough Shotokan Club in an article about a new, and totally unconnected, karate group in Barrow. We apologise unreservedly to Pete and to the people in the photograph and are pleased to include information about Pete’s club.