Barrow Voice      First Publised 1975

            Issue 158 Winter 2019

3,234 copies published quarterly and delivered FREE to all households in Barrow upon Soar

Business as usual at Christmas

Not everyone gets time off work at Christmas – for some it’s a normal working day. We spoke to some people in Barrow who will be on duty.

The Shopkeepers
If you need more potatoes for lunch or extra cream for the trifle, fear not. Barrow Service Station’s shop will be open on Christmas Day from 8am to 3pm. Owners Manoj and Daksha Devani say they enjoy being part of village community and are happy to open. Also behind the counter will be Ken who says when he worked last year, people were so pleased that they could call in for last minute things. When his shift is over, he will go home, put his feet up and his family will come for a meal in the evening.

Manoj says there is a festive atmosphere in the shop on Christmas Day. “People come to us for anything from food to alcohol to wrapping paper,” he says.

He and Daksha will join family and friends for a late afternoon celebration. Five turkeys will be cooked and there will be about 65 people at the meal. In the evening, they will go to his brother’s home. “We usually get to bed at about 3am - and then open the shop on Boxing Day!” he says with a smile.

The Nurse
Helen Scaysbrook, a staff nurse at Glenfield Hospital, could well be catching up on sleep on Christmas Day if she has a busy Christmas Eve. She will be on duty in theatre recovery from 8am to 8pm and, following that, is on call until 8am on Christmas morning.

“I may have a busy night, or it may be quiet, I won’t know until the time comes,” says Helen. She says everyone tries to make it as festive as possible for patients and staff – after all, nobody wants to be in hospital over Christmas. We deal mainly with emergency surgeries over Christmas so we can’t really predict how busy we will be.

” If things are quiet overnight, Helen will be up on Christmas Day, cooking a turkey with all the trimmings for her three children, (18, 16 and 11). If she has had a busy night, they will open presents on Christmas morning, then Helen will catch up on sleep. Her partner will help cook Christmas dinner, which may be delayed until the evening, then they will enjoy family time.

The Farmers
There will be no day off for farmers Graham and Michele Crooks who own Paudy Rise farm on Melton Road. The couple, and their son Tom, will be up at 6.30am, feeding and checking on their herd of 140 Aberdeen Angus cattle. If any are coming up to calving, it could be a busy day for the family.

“We have had several calves born on Christmas Day,” says Graham. “We never know what may arise, there may be animals with health issues that need to be watched and treated. One year we had a problem with the starter motor on the tractor, so that took up part of Christmas morning.”

The family has farmed since his grandfather Albert started farming there in 1922, with Graham’s father, also Albert, taking over from Albert senior, and Graham farming there since 1993.

Christmas Day is like any other day and with winter daylight hours being short, they are usually done by 4pm. Michele cooks the dinner, sometimes interrupted by farming duties if she is needed. Their daughter Mel and her husband Mark, as well as Michele’s mum Deirdre will join them. Their other son Adam farms in New Zealand. On Boxing Day, at 6.30 am, the routine will kick in again... Hats off to our farmers.

Lindsay Ord


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