The Quarterly Village Publication produced by Barrow upon Soar Community Association


BUSCA* offers a ‘Barrow Signpost evening’: meet our community groups

So successful was last year’s event to introduce new residents to the wealth of community groups that we have decided to invite the whole village this year!

The Barrow Signpost evening will be on Wednesday June 24th at Humphrey Perkins Community Centre, Cotes Road starting at 7.30. You can come along and find out what’s going on in this community-minded village of ours. Last year there were 26 organisations represented with stalls and displays to catch your eye. You don’t have to commit yourself to anything; just wander round and latch on to what takes your fancy. It’s a bit like a Freshers’ Fair at Uni without the gallons of beer. There will, however, be free wine and soft drinks and a selection of nibbles.


If you would like a stall or want more information just phone Judith Rodgers on 07718153117 or email *

Barrow upon Soar Community Association

We are delighted that we now have a total of over £170,000 towards the extension. Our second grant application was successful and we are now forging ahead with further applications. Having now received the planning permission from Charnwood Borough Council, we aim to start the build in Spring 2010 and to do so aim to raise £100,000 from grant applications, leaving a balance of £30,000 to be raised within Barrow. We hope our CHALLENGE 09 will result in a variety of events, similar to last year’s £10 give away, and look forward to announcing that total at our Christmas Tree Festival in December.

The Prestwold Ball in March added £3,700 to our funds and was a most enjoyable evening with excellent food and fine wine served followed by dancing to the Leicester Grammar School Dance Band and ending with John Bourne’s disco. We are most grateful to the Packe-Drury- Lowe family for allowing us to use Prestwold Hall and to all who contributed to making the evening a success. Elizabeth Michael Photography kindly photographed guests arriving, donating the proceeds to the fund.

More recently a Fashion Show run by the Social Committee raised over £600 and was extremely well attended by members of the village. The May Day Bank Holiday Teddy Bear Bungee Jump and Fair brought lots of visitors and local families to the church. Two Teddy Bears suffered injuries but both were quickly treated on the spot and able to be reunited with their owners! The event raised £970 and we were most grateful to the Junior Church for their organisation.

Dates for your diary are the Safari Supper on Saturday 20th June and Friday, 3rd July when the pupils of Alison Print will once again be performing in the church. Alison is also hoping to come with her quartet, Élanaura Ensemble to perform at Holy Trinity Church on Thursday 30th July.

Details of future events or progress with the project can be obtained from Pam Brown, 01509 412929, Mike Neale on 01509 412204 or John Whittaker on 01509 621834.