WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM THE BARLOW??

WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM THE BARLOW??

Hello all, as you know this year has been somewhat disrupted by events beyond all of our control, our intention at the 2020 AGM was to ask all in our community what they felt the Barlow should be doing to support the community. We will hold the AGM as soon as we are able to fill the main hall.
We’ve changed quite a few things so far this year but we really need to do much more to align ourselves with what the people of North Turton need and want from their local community Charity. So we need you to tell us!!
Please either comment below, send a private message, email info@thebarlow.co.uk, or simply speak to any of the Trustees regarding what you feel is needed.
Many of you are members of the Covid Support WhatsApp group which has provided a base for help and support around the Parish over the last four months or so, we are planning to continue with this group permanently and add other methods of contact as a Group aiming to provide permanent support for those in our community that require it.
In the short term and as soon as we are able we are looking to provide provision for Dance Classes, Martial Arts Classes, and Ballroom Dancing Classes in the main hall on week day evenings, supported by the Reading Room Cafe/Bar. In 2021 we are looking to have at least one major event per week at The Barlow with Private Parties, Weddings, concerts, and theatre/cinema style entertainment etc with an aim to create enough surplus income to subsidise the Community activities such as the Luncheon Club, Memory Cafe, and Toddler Group to the point where no charges are necessary.
We sincerely want to get to the point where the answer is ‘YES’ , and then think ‘how do we make that happen’ ………all views welcome….
Regards,
Mike Fay – Chairman

CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE 25TH APRIL 2020

CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE 25TH APRIL 2020

I hope you and your families are safe and well.
The Barlow is still in the midst of the lockdown but there has been huge activity from a small army of volunteers looking after the needs and supporting a whole raft of people within our community with a vast array of services and help. If you need anything at all or know of anybody who needs support within our community please let me know and we will look to find whatever is required.
Most of our current ‘business as usual’ is on hold but there is still a small team of people working on the Woodland project and we are making progress on a funding bid for heating and window services. We are also hoping to carry out some painting and decorating improvements and a start has been made on cleaning and re-varnishing the floors.
Those of you who have passed the Barlow this week will have seen that road planings have been used as a base to improve the layout and safety of the Barlow car park. A new concrete base has also been laid at the entrance to again improve the safety of pedestrians and avoid damage to cars. Many thanks to all the Cricket Club members who freely gave up their time during the week to undertake this hard work and to minimise the cost. Social distancing was maintained at all times.
On Tuesday, whilst the work was taking place, an article was published in the Lancashire Telegraph regarding plans to place double yellow lines on Bolton Road. Surprisingly, neither the Barlow nor the Cricket Club had been informed. We are seeking clarification of plans from BwD Council.
This would inevitably result in a greater demand for parking spaces on the car park.
With this as a consideration, and the fact that the road planings would only improve the car park for 1-2 years, I am pleased to inform you that on Thursday, the Barlow Trustees and the ECRC Committee agreed to collaboratively fund the laying of a 50mm tarmac layer on top of the new base. Parking spaces will then be marked out, thereby optimising the capacity of the 1,350 sq metre area.
Thanks to a member of the cricket club who regularly utilises a tarmac company through his professional capacity, we will undertake the works at an excellent cost.
Speed has been of the essence due to the current availability of the tarmac contractor during these difficult times.
The area was surveyed Friday April 24 and work will commence on Monday to further prep the base with the tarmac being laid on Tuesday. They will then return later in the week to paint the lines, including provision for disabled parking spaces.
Many thanks to all of the fantastic volunteers who are giving their time in both supporting our community and undertaking these improvement works.
Mike Fay – Chairman

The Barlow – Covid19 update

The Barlow – Covid19 update

The Barlow Trustees and Operational Management teams met yesterday afternoon (Monday 16 March) to agree on a strategy moving forward in light of the current situation.

It was decided that we will follow the Government guidelines in all respects and the advice at that time was to carry on with caution and increased hygiene practices. We had made provision for each user group to make its own decision on whether to carry on meeting at the Barlow and that the Barlow would kept open until such time as Government advice changed.

Three hours later the Government advice did change and we have all been advised to avoid non-essential contact for the foreseeable future.

Therefore it is with great reluctance that we must stop all gatherings at the Barlow with immediate effect and all User Groups will be informed accordingly. The Reading Room Cafe is now closed (from March 16) until further notice.

The Barlow office will be closed, but if you need help you can leave a message on 01204 852216 or alternatively, you can e-mail info@thebarlow.co.uk. In either case, we shall respond to you as quickly as we are able.

This is a truly dynamic situation and as the position changes we will notify immediately. We are also looking to put in place some form of shopping collection service for the most vulnerable in our community, although the details of such a service has yet to be agreed.

The Barlow is there to be the Community hub for all and we wish it to serve the community as well as is safe and practicable throughout this crisis and beyond, if you need help during this difficult period or believe that you can provide help please do not hesitate to contact us.

Regards

Mike Fay

Chairman – Barlow Trustees

Folk fans flock to Edgworth Festival to make it a record attendance for event

THE weekend’s Edgworth Folk Festival was record breaker as the sounds of traditional music wafted over the hills above Darwen.

Almost 300 people turned up to hear a variety of acts over three days in six separate rooms at The Barlow in Bolton Road.

With attendances a third up on previous years, the sixth year of the event raised more than £3,000 for the repair and maintenance of the Edgworth village hub.

The event kicked off on Friday with dozens of live bands playing all weekend plus a series of workshops.

On the first day, the venue hosted a ceilidh with The EverReady Band and caller Barbara Snape plus dance displays from Rivington Morris and Stone the Crows.

Saturday and Sunday saw a number of concerts, singarounds, displays, crafts, stalls and music sessions and workshops.

Artists included Sue Van Gaalen, Chris Rogan, Duncan McFarlane, Mark Dowding and Trio Threlfall.

The cafe and a real ale bar were open throughout the weekend.

Other performers were Bandersnatch, Nick Dow, Tre Cope, Yesterday’s Men, Heather McNeill, Chorley Cakes, Ukes Like Us, and Dave and Helen Howard.

Organising committee member Chris Nash said: “This year has surpassed expectations,

“We have had a record attendance of getting on for 300, more than a third up on previous years.

“We have had venues in in six separate rooms in use, on all floors of The Barlow.

“The highlight has been the engagement and enjoyment of everybody who came.

“The two big concerts on Saturday night were amazing but all the workshops and everything else have been really well attended and participated in.

“The weekend will have raised more than 3,000 to support The Barlow.

“It’s been the best ever.”

24 fantastic images from Edgworth Folk Festival 2016

A festival has been hailed a record breaker as the sounds of traditional music entertained crowds.

Almost 300 people turned up to Edgworth Folk Festival to hear a variety of acts over three days in six separate rooms at The Barlow on Bolton Road.

With attendances a third up on previous years, the sixth year of the event will raise more than £3,000 for the repair and maintenance of the Edgworth village hub.

The event kicked off on Friday with dozens of live bands playing all weekend plus a series of workshops.

The first day hosted a ceilidh with The EverReady Band and caller Barbara Snape plus dance displays from Rivington Morris and Stone the Crows.

Saturday and Sunday saw a number of concerts, singarounds, displays, crafts, stalls and music sessions and workshops.

Artists included Sue Van Gaalen, Chris Rogan, Duncan McFarlane, Mark Dowding and Trio Threlfall.

The cafe and a real ale bar were open throughout the weekend.

Other performers were Bandersnatch, Nick Dow, Tre Cope, Yesterday’s Men, Heather McNeill, Chorley Cakes, Ukes Like Us, and Dave and Helen Howard.

Organising committee member Chris Nash said: “This year has surpassed expectations.

“We have had a record attendance of getting on for 300, more than a third up on previous years.

“We have had venues in in six separate rooms in use, on all floors of The Barlow.

“The highlight has been the engagement and enjoyment of everybody who came.

“The two big concerts on Saturday night were amazing but all the workshops and everything else have been really well attended and participated in.

“The weekend will have raised more than 3,000 to support The Barlow.

“It’s been the best ever.”

 

17 spellbinding photographs from Harry Potter event at The Barlow, Edgworth

A MAGICAL day was had by all at a Harry Potter-themed event at The Barlow.

The spellbinding event, in Edgworth, invited fans to dress up as their favourite characters from the best-selling book and film series.

Witches and wizards, old and young, joined in the family fun day on Harry Potter’s birthday — July 31 — in order to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

A number of themed activities and workshops such as tie colouring in, potion making and a Harry Potter meet and greet were held, with hundreds of people joining the magic.

There was also a meet and greet with Harry Potter characters in the library, performed by actors.

The event was organised by Anita McKay, in conjunction with The Barlow, in Bolton Road.

Stuart Miller, The Barlow centre manager, said: “The day was specifically planned for the day because it was Harry Potter’s birthday.

“We are hoping to make it an annual event on this date every year.

“It was a great opportunity to raise money the Derian House and we worked with Anita to put the event on and opened up the coffee shop and library for the meet and greet.

“The footfall for the event was really good and 1000 free tickets were booked.

“We had a lot of Harry Potter themed stalls and activities for children and everyone really like it and came dressed up in their Hogwarts outfits.

“People really took it in good spirits and were all full of smiles.

“It was a really good day.”

Folk Club 17th June

A welcome first visit to the club from Kip and Dave.

During 17 years of part-time touring, Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) and Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar, banjo) built a reputation for fine songs, stunning harmonies and spontaneous, (occasionally outrageous!) off-the-wall humour.

Dave Wilson is now recognised as one of the UK’s best contemporary, acoustic songwriters. A great wordsmith, his songs are sometimes challenging, often lyrical, but always poetic and have been widely covered, including “Storm Around Tumbledown” recorded by Vin Garbutt, amongst many others.

Kip Winter has simply one of the best voices in the business, delivering power and emotion in equal measure. In the past she has sung everything from opera to soul and jazz, but is at her best (and happiest) singing folk and blues.

Support will be provided by one of the Gregson Lane resident bands, “Celtic Fringe”.

Family Fun Day

Barlow Family Fun Day and Edgworth 10K Reservoir Challenge

On Sunday 19th June two huge events will take place in our community. The Edgworth 10K Reservoir Challenge starting at 11.00 am from The Black Bull and after the race a Family Fun Day at The Barlow from 12 – 5.00 pm. All proceeds from the Fun Day will go to The Barlow. There will be lots of children’s activities, food and drink, bouncy castle, gladiator duel and more – something for all the family, including Father on Father’s Day. Father will be particularly happy that it is FREE ENTRY.

Volunteering

If you have volunteered to help at either of these events, then thank you. If you would like to volunteer to help at The Fun Day, then there is still time as plenty of volunteers are needed.

Two meetings have been arranged for anyone who has volunteered already and anyone who would like to volunteer for either event. You will be given all the information you need.

Please choose to attend one of these meetings:

Thursday, the 9th of June at 6:30pm at the Cricket Club or

Saturday, the 11th of June at 10:30am at The Barlow

A few more Race Marshals are needed, so if you know anyone who can help for a couple of hours please ask them to contact Enriched Events on 07810 035394 as soon as possible.

It’s shaping up to be a fabulous day!! We really appreciate your involvement and support!! Come along to one of the meetings. If you cannot make these dates/times, please contact The Barlow on 01204 852216. www.thebarlow.co.uk.