John James Waddicor

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Date of Birth: 1896
Date of Death: 1962

John James Waddicor was born in Edgworth on 25th June 1896. He was the son of John Waddicor and Margaret Knowles and he seems to have lived all of his life in Edgworth apart from a time at a school near Skipton and a short spell in the army during WW1. He attested in Edgworth on 7th December 1915 – as one of 104 men attested in The Barlow, Edgworth that evening – and assigned as a Private to the Army Reserve. On his attestation papers he gave his address as ‘Homer View’, Edgworth and his occupation as a ‘Commercial Traveller’ – although a later document gives his trade as a ‘Varnish Manufacturer’. He was mobilised on 28th April 1916 and posted on 9th May to the 2nd/3rd Monmouthshire Territorial Force in Preston at the age of 19. On 19th September that year he was discharged from active service on the grounds that he was ‘unlikely to become an efficient soldier due to chronic rheumatism in the right knee which prevented him from marching’ – a condition that he had had for about 10 years.
Following his return to civilian life John married Elsie Barton at St Anne’s, Turton in 1919, and they subsequently ran a Bakers & Confectioners shop at Homer View, 164/166 Bolton Road, Edgworth. It seems that the couple had at least 2 children, John born in about 1920, and Eileen born in 1926.
John James Waddicor died 7th May 1962 aged 65.


Blackburn with Darwen Council handed over the running and upkeep of The Barlow to the community in 2013. Since then The Barlow Charity has relied upon the generosity of benefactors and income from users of the facilities, plus the efforts of volunteers to sustain this much valued community facility. Significant improvements have been carried out to help ensure a long-term future, including a new roof, replacement windows, new hygienic worktops in the coffee shop kitchen and a new hot water & heating system. Most recently (summer 2022) the renovation of the outdoor veranda has been completed and a new adjacent decking area has been installed. In addition the snooker room has been restored to its former splendour by a small group of volunteers.

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An important source of funding that has contributed to the above mentioned improvements is The Friends of the Barlow scheme.  By becoming a Friend you can contribute to a fund that is used for repairs and renovations to the structural fabric of the building and pathways etc, and to upgrade, refresh and improve facilities e.g. now that the building is once again weathertight there are plans being drawn up for the main hall can be deep-cleaned, re-decorated and refurbished and other water-damaged areas such as the main stairway & its beautiful large, stained glass window to also be restored to their former glory.

As a Friend of The Barlow, your regular donations provide a much appreciated, steady income stream that to date (summer 2022) has raised in the region of over £40,000, which has been mostly used contributing towards paying for the roof, windows and heating system.
We intend to soon publish the overall list of improvements/tasks and from that you will see that there is a significant amount of expenditure still needed to achieve all of the identified tasks and improvements. We would welcome donations/sponsorship for specific items that may be of particular interest to individuals or families or groups, but the regular donations by Friends of The Barlow are also crucial. Therefore, we welcome any and all new donors and are grateful for whatever amount you choose to donate.

We are of course also very grateful to all of our existing Friends of The Barlow and if you are able to increase your monthly donation by any amount, that would be hugely appreciated – you can either make the increase to your standing order directly with your bank or you can complete a new form and send it to your bank or give it to us to process.

Please also consider increasing the value of your donation at no extra cost to you by using Gift Aid – as an example, an £8 donation from you becomes £10 with the Gift Aid add-on!

If you wish to donate please click on the link below, complete the form and either send it to your bank with an email copy to our email address  or return the completed form to the Barlow’s office in a sealed envelope addressed to Friends of The Barlow.  Paper copies of the form are available from The Barlow.

For any further information please email or contact the office via or 01204 852216.

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