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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.

Barrow Community Association is a registered Charity No: 505692.
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Barrow Focus

Parish Council Members

Cllr. P Cantle Cllr. H Fryer Cllr. P Ranson Cllr. M Slater – Chairman
Cllr. A Childs
– Vice Chairman
Cllr. A Goater Cllr. EJ Rodgers Cllr. L Smith
  Cllr. J Hind Cllr. J Rodgers Cllr. J Spence
Cllr. R Forrest Cllr. K Pepper Cllr. S Rodgers Cllr. W Woodhouse
17th Cemetery and Other Grounds
Committee 11.00am
8th Policy and Finance 2.00pm
23rd Policy and Finance Committee 2.00pm
12th Planning Committee 12 noon
A new meetings calendar will be produced in May
13th Full Council 7.15pm commencing
with Public Participation


A public meeting will be held on Wednesday 21 April 2010 at 7.30pm in the Parish Council Office, High Street.

Concern has been expressed at Council meetings about a community response to current thinking on climate change. The Council, in its turn, would want to encourage parishioners to become involved in an informative and constructive way on behalf of the Community. It was agreed that interested Councillors and others should form a “Green Issues Forum” owned by the Community but serviced and supported by the Parish Council.

The aim is to inform the local community regarding green and global issues and to allow the community to be actively involved in participating in responses to those issues.

Those who are willing to form a “Community Forum”, accountable to the Parish through its Parish Council Representative(s), will:

...actively encourage the wider community to be aware of the issues relating to climate change

...promote ways in which individuals, families and organisations can contribute to the change in the Parish carbon footprint

...investigate ways in which the Parish Council can reduce its carbon footprint.

...access resources which will help to achieve the above.

All residents are invited to attend the Annual Parish Meeting to be held on 20 April 2010 at the Methodist Church Rooms, North Street, commencing at 7.30pm. This is an opportunity for residents and Parish Councillors to meet together to discuss the decisions made during the past year and to share concerns and issues for the future.

If you have any complaints or concerns regarding overgrown vegetation, street cleaning, parking etc please report them to the Parish Council who will forward them to the appropriate authority.

Care for the Elderly Booklet

Launch Help and support specific to the needs of older residents of our village are not always easy to find, especially without access to a computer so the Parish Council has produced a booklet aimed specifically for older residents, but hopefully designed to be helpful to all villagers.

It contains a wide range of items which are interesting and useful and which may encourage you to look at the village in a somewhat different way.

The Launch of the booklet will be at Bishop Beveridge Club on Thursday 29th April at 10am.

The Roundhouse

Work is almost complete on the refurbishment of both the exterior and interior of the Roundhouse at the junction of Church Street and Beveridge Street.

The task has been accomplished using traditional materials and re-appoints this small, but beautiful building to its original state.

The Parish Council, who has undertaken the work on behalf of Parishioners, would like to open the building for viewing and use and invites village artists, craftspeople and groups to use the facility as a display place, as it has previously been used in the past.

Please contact the Parish Clerk for information or to express an interest.
Response to planning application P/09/2376/2

Parish Council has made very strong objections to Planning Statement/Transport Assessment/Travel Plan/Flooding Issues and the matter will have been considered at a meeting of CBC Planning Committee held earlier in March. The Parish Council made representation.
Annual Civic Service

Reflections on the Past and Thanks for the Future

Councillor Marie Slater, Chairman to the Parish Council, warmly invites you to a Civic Service to be held on 11 April 2010 at Holy Trinity Church, Church Street, commencing at 9.45am.

Light refreshments will be served in the Church after the service. Everyone welcome.
Public Annual Health Forum Evening

Tuesday 23rd March 2010 at 7.30pm at The Gap (Baptist Church), Beveridge Street Subject:

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Having been hugely encouraged by the evening held last year when the East Midlands Stroke Association presented information relative to prevention and care for strokes, the Council invites you to an evening this year with the focus on Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Emma Spence, Services Development Manager at University of Leicester NHS Trust, and Jane French, Interim Branch Manager at Leicestershire and Rutland Alzheimer’s Society, will advise and lead the session during which there will be a time of open discussion as well as learning.

Whether you are an interested person, someone who now cares for a relative, a friend or someone who in the past has had a similar experience, please come along.

We offer you a warm welcome.