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Winter 2010

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60 seconds with...

I hope you enjoyed the first '60 seconds' with item in the last edition of Barrow Voice. I believe there's been some favourable feedback.

For this issue my guest is Judith Rodgers, for a whole minute. Actually, it was a bit longer but interesting as well as amusing. I'm sure you'll enjoy this and I wonder, can you guess who will be on the spot in the next edition in the Spring?

Judith Rodgers

(Q) How long have you been involved with Barrow Voice and what do you like best about the magazine?

(A) When I became Chair of the Community Association in 2001 (?), my husband David, a member of the BV team, told me he thought I ought to attend meetings to show support. I got sucked in from that!

What I really like is the way so many individuals and groups provide content for BV even without being asked.

(Q) What has been your most memorable issue of Barrow Voice since you've been involved?

(A) Every time a new edition comes out, I think that one is even better than the ones before. Especially this September's!

(Q) If you had to describe yourself in one word, what would it be?

(A) Energetic.

(Q) Do you have any pets and if so what do you have and what are their names?

(A) I don't like the concept of pets at all and as my family will tell you, pets aren't safe with me around.

(Q) If you were marooned on a desert island what 5 things would you take with you and why?

(A) 1. walking boots so I could explore safely, 2. a swiss army penknife (obviously), 3. a wind-up radio so I could listen to Radio 3 and 4. I couldn't live in a world without (classical) music and Radio 4 would be instead of books and people, 4. matches because I'm never happier than when crouched over a small wood fire cooking something or other, 5. An endless supply of pencils and paper so I could try my hand at writing a novel, composing music and sketching

(Q) How long have you lived in Barrow and why did you decide to come and live here?

(A) David and I moved into The White House, Mount Pleasant (ie 155, Notts Rd) in 1966. As newly-marrieds, we were determined to find a house in the wilds with lots of land and plenty of DIY potential. Amazingly, we achieved all three. When we called to have a look round this last house on our list, the lady didn't dare admit at first that it has 6 acres of land. We fell in love with it instantly, leaking roof, rotten woodwork, broken gutters and all. And especially the lime delph in the middle of the ancient orchard.

(Q) What would be your ideal holiday?

(A) Trekking and camping with David along a beautiful but not too hot coast line; popping down every now and again for a swim; enjoying the scenery, the wild flowers and the animal and bird life; cooking an evening meal over that camp fire with a glass of wine.

(Q) Do you have a day job? If so what do you do?

(A) I am a retired biology teacher. I was Head of Sixth Form in Nottingham until 2002. I loved my job but, do you know? I don't miss it a bit!

(Q) What is your motto for life?

(A) Don't waste a moment

(Q) What are your hopes for the future of Barrow Voice?

(A) To attract younger people into the team who can take over, with new ideas and as much enthusiasm as those involved now and in the past.

Ginnie Willcocks