Results of the Re-convened AGM

2 Aug, 2018

1st August 2018

Results of The Barlow re-convened AGM

The Barlow AGM re-convened on 1st August with around 150 people attending a lively meeting in a packed hall.

The Charity’s proposed change to Charity Incorporated Organisation was discussed in depth and it was decided to set up a Working Group to consider the implications for The Barlow, be it a CIO or other legal entity affording limited liability.  A resolution to this effect was overwhelmingly carried and the Working Group will report within three months.  It was agreed the Working Group would comprise 12 volunteers.  If you wish to volunteer please email

The legal Constitution of The Barlow, called the “Scheme” dating to 2000 was still in force.

The Board of Trustees will consist of four members appointed by the Parish Council, one of which will be Stephen Danks, four nominated by User Groups plus two elected members.  Colin Rigby and Daniel Wild were duly elected into those positions.  The previous Trustees stood down.

A progress report will be presented at the Parish Council meeting on 3rd September to which all are welcome to attend.

We appreciate the work that the previous Trustees have carried out and would like to extend our thanks to them for their efforts.

In the meantime, it is business as usual at The Barlow and the Reading Room.


Stephen Danks, Trustee (North Turton Parish Councillor)

Colin Rigby, Trustee

Daniel Wild, Trustee


2nd August 2018

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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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