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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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Young Barrow

Barrow Playgroup shines in OFSTED inspection
Barrow Playgroup was delighted to receive high praise from their recent OFSTED inspection. They were visited unannounced by an inspector at the beginning of December and were graded ‘good’ with some ‘outstanding’ qualities (OFSTED’s highest grade).

Ofsted were very impressed with the way staff work closely with parents: ‘Staff work extremely well with parents to ensure that they know and value children as individuals, so building children’s selfesteem and helping them to be confident in their relationships and play. Parents greatly value the playgroup’s welcoming approach.

There are excellent arrangements for parents and staff to share their on-going observations of children’s changing interests and abilities, and of how to work in partnership to promote the next steps in children’s learning.’

Playgroup was also awarded an outstanding grade for encouraging their children to follow a healthy lifestyle by providing lots of opportunity for exercise, healthy eating and teaching of good hygiene, and for keeping their children safe with excellent safety and child protection procedures.

The report reflected the hard work and dedication of staff and committee over the last 3 years and the enthusiasm and enjoyment shown by the children and families who attend. ‘Children show a strong sense of security and confidence as they quickly settle to their play, and develop strong relationships with adults and peers. They learn to cooperate and negotiate well with each other because staff are consistent and positive in explaining expectations for children’s behaviour.

To see a full copy of the report visit

Barrow Playgroup is open from 9.15am to 12.15pm every weekday during school term time for children age 2 to 5 and is held in the Methodist Church Rooms on North Street in the village.

The Playgroup has recently appointed a new Registrar. Cathy Walker is available on Monday and Wednesday mornings during term time to talk to you about your child starting at Playgroup, fees and funding. At other times, please leave a message on 07975 957 242 or email

The Playgroup operates a waiting list, so please be sure to get in touch with your child’s details as soon as possible.

Barrow Youth Action Group
During the Spring half term the Youth Action Group organised a coach trip to London with a tour of the House of Commons.

We are liaising with the Youth Council and the Youth Group to see how we can work together to improve facilities, activities and information for young people in Barrow. If you’ve got any suggestions please let us know!

We now have our own pages on the Village Website, the domain name is onsoar/youth-action-group.html

You can see photos of past events, find out our contact details, about details of future activities and associated groups for young people, etc.


Barrow Youth Council is a group of young people who are working for the youth of the village. They have already been involved in the Christmas Lights event, the acquisition of a graffiti wall and plans for play equipment on the David Wilson estate.

They are currently working hard behind the scenes campaigning for improved public transport at weekends and recreation equipment for young people on the George V playing fields.

You too can help make a difference in the village - join us at one of our meetings, 4th Tuesday of the month at the Parish Council Office starting at 7pm.

You could find out more information by phoning Lesley on 01509 416016.

The Youth Council would like a LOGO for our stationery and for events.

COULD YOU HELP US TO CREATE A LOGO for Barrow Youth Council?

The competition is open to anyone under 18. Please drop your entries off at the Council Office, 12 High St, before May 31st 2010.

They should be on A4 paper and don’t forget your name, address and age on the back of your design.