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Winter 2010

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What's new in the High Street?

Barrow Voice welcomes two new faces behind the counter of that hub of community life, The Paper Shop.

Darren and Lorraine Hickman took over the business from Antonia and Nick in September. They are completely new to shop keeping. Darren has worked in the textile business all his life and Lorraine was a teacher in children's Day Care for 20 years. It took them several days to get used to being on their feet all day but now, they seem well stuck in. They drive over from their home in Shepshed each day, leaving daughters Emma (11) and Autumn (7) at school.

I asked them why this big change. The answer was simple. They were getting homesick for Leicestershire having spent the last eight years in America. Darren had had the chance to work for a Coalville textile firm in the States, first in Carolina and then in Pennsylvania while Lorraine worked as a Nursery Nurse.

They had been very struck by the difference in life styles between the States and England. "America, particularly in the South, is a convenience society with no-one walking anywhere. There are drive thru schools, drive thru banks, drive thru shops. Because people don't walk, there are towns and villages with no High Streets and no pavements. And that has an effect on the sense of community" commented Darren. "So it was time to come home".

In contrast, they have both been very heartened by the warm welcome they have received from the people of Barrow. They already feel part of the community, sharing jokes and getting a feel for what's going on. It is their ambition to create a community shop where people will pop into the shop for a wide range of reasonably-priced goods. Darren wants customers to tell him what goods they would like to see on the shelves so that the Paper Shop can respond to their needs.

Barrow Voice and BUSCA wish Darren and Lorraine every success and are delighted that they intend to carry on the tradition of selling tickets and promoting village events.