It was a hard fought contest but we have a winner! Congratulations to Laura Pearson for her short story ‘Beach’ which won in the adult category. You can judge it for yourself on page 26. Helen Sadler’s ‘Cutting the Cord’ came a close second and in third place was the intriguingly titled ‘Paxillus Involutus’ by William M Haynes. There were no entries in the 12-16 group but in the under 11 category there was one from Tia Pedrola. She sent in a super story which together with Helen’s and William’s will be published in future editions of Barrow Voice. Our thanks go to everyone who sent in entries; having a range of such very different stories made it hard to judge, but a really good competition.
But apart from our winning short story there is much to delight in this spring edition. As well as all the local BUSCA goings on we have features about hedgehogs, glittery girls’ parties, a chaplain in an airport, the launch of a Year in Pictures, a Barrow artist who helps Rainbows and a local boy, Peter Preston, who became famous throughout the land. Finally please welcome Rachel Perry, a new member of our editorial team who, although still at Humphrey Perkins, is interested in journalism. In this issue she interviews Mayor Pauline Ranson. Barrow Voice is always looking for new members so if you too would like to try your hand at writing do send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Gaynor Barton, Editor
Front Cover: Mark and Caroline Bowles with Linford Juniper and her seven-day-old calf at Rye Croft farm – home of Linford Dexters.
A friend in the village has asked me to write to Barrow Voice about my retirement from Bradgate Park.
At the end of October 2017 I gave up working as a Part-Time Ranger at Bradgate Park after thirty-seven years. I began working at the park when Hugh, my husband, gave up farming at Quorn owing to hip problems. He started travelling as a cattle breeding advisor which left me completely lost after being a busy farmer’s wife.
One day, whilst out walking our dogs, I saw the Head Ranger and he invited me to look after the disabled as they drive through on Saturday mornings and Thursday afternoons. That was in April 1980 and I was delighted to do it. I was able to have my dogs with me and over the years had four black and two chocolate Labradors. Cookie, my present chocolate Labrador, was very good with handicapped children who loved to pat her. The disabled adults liked to see her too and give her treats.
The park is wonderful with its trees and wildlife through the various seasons. The deer, red and fallow, are enjoyed by visitors and when it’s the rut in October camera enthusiasts come many miles in hope of getting a good photo. When driving or walking through the park the waterfalls on the River Lin are a picturesque feature, and when the water in the pools is still, the wonderful refl ections of the surrounding trees are spectacular.
Each group of visitors, for example school parties, joggers, dog walkers, fi nds its own interest in the park. I had a wonderful time there with the company of the rangers and made many friends amongst the visitors and I have lots of happy memories.
Yours sincerely, Rachael Gibbs