Welcome to this new feature
for Barrow Voice where we
have the opportunity to put
the spotlight on one Barrow
family. Our first family lives near the
river and I contacted them because
Logan (aged three) was one of the
youngest contributors to the rainbow
pictures in our Coronavirus Issue
back in June. So, meet the MoseleySarsfields: Steph and Jamie, Logan
and eight-month-old Adelynne.
Some of you may recognise the ‘Sarsfield’ name. Although Steph herself grew up in Long Eaton, both her parents are from the village and her maternal granddad, Bill Boettcher, was the village bobby. Her other grandfather was the man who started the Swimming Survival Awards and badges that we still use to this day. Steph and husband, Jamie, feel that their lives have coincided in many ways with the previous generation. The two of them met at the Packe Arms (in 2008) which turns out to have been the place where her parents held their wedding reception. Then, after marrying in (2015) they moved to their current home in Barrow.
Steph studied equine management and equine sports massage therapy and was originally a groom at a yard in West Hallam, travelling to many shows with the horses. She is currently a full-time mother to Logan and Adelynne, not an easy job at any time but particularly difficult during lockdown and restricted family visiting. She hopes to resurrect her massage therapy business when the children are older. Jamie studied history at the University of Sheffield and had originally intended to become a Navy pilot. He received gliding and flying scholarships from the Royal Navy, but an eye problem later barred him from this career, and he turned to teaching. He now really enjoys his work as a primary school teacher in Loughborough, especially the new and innovative ways he is learning to teach. It’s a challenging job but even more so given the new challenges faced in keeping with the guidelines and providing remote learning provision.
Adelynne was born in February – just before lockdown so she has not known anything different, but Steph has really missed the support of being able to attend the range of mother-and-baby groups that she went to with Logan. She’s found the last few months with a new baby to be very isolating. Jamie used to be able to take Logan to a local group called ‘Who Let the Dads Out?’ which gave Steph some time to herself, but that ‘luxury’ has gone. And what about our artist – Logan? Well, he loves diggers and tractors and going on his scooter or trike to Mill Lane or King George V parks. He’s really enjoying his pre-school days at Fourfold where he plays with his best friends, Max and Charlie. His favourite ‘hero’ is Woody in Toy Story. Logan seems to have coped with the unprecedented circumstances extremely well, yet Steph and Jamie are a bit concerned about the long-term impact of all this on the children with restricted play, no Halloween, fireworks or Remembrance Day parade.
Their biggest concern at the moment is being able to have some kind of family Christmas with parents and grandparents able to be involved.
Thank you to the Moseley-Sarsfields for their time and for agreeing to be Barrow’s first Featured Family. If you would like your family to be featured, please do get in touch with the firstname.lastname@example.org. You may have been in Barrow for generations or have moved here recently. You may be a big family or be just one or two. It doesn’t matter. You live in Barrow and it will be fun to build a picture of everyday families in the village.