Update on 17th August

17 Aug, 2018


The new Board of Trustees have had their first meeting and are planning to meet frequently for the next few months to ensure all issues are aired and the way forward is agreed. Roles have been allocated as follows:

Christine Waring, Chair
Steve Danks, Vice Chair
Colin Rigby, Treasurer

Along with Mark Sutherland and Daniel Wild

The CIO Working Group, chaired by John Richardson  have also met and made a good start. They will report in 3 months

It is confirmed that John Harwood the General Manager resigned from his post effective from 6th August. For the moment the Trustees will be dealing with any outstanding general management issues formerly dealt with by John. New enquiries will be handled by the office.

The Trustees are looking forward to enhancing their number with four nominations from the Community User Groups. Shortly they will be writing to the groups inviting them to make nominations. The Trustees are keen to enhance the involvement of users in the management and strategic direction of The Barlow.

The Trustees understand that without the volunteers there would be no Barlow and wholeheartedly thank them for their hard work and dedication in making the Barlow such a vibrant and successful centre of the community.

Christine Waring, Chair of Trustees


A letter to all Volunteers from Christine Waring, Chair of the Trustees

Dear Volunteers

I am writing to you on behalf of the Trustees to express our heartfelt and sincere thanks for all the hard work and commitment you have given unstintingly to the Barlow over the past years.  You can be justly proud of what the Barlow has achieved and the extent to which it is now a valuable focus of life in Edgworth.

The Trustees are committed to continuing the upward progress of the Barlow and look forward to working with you all now and in the future with one aim in view: to serve the best interests of the Barlow and the community.

Again our thanks and appreciation to you all.









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 fotb@thebarlow.co.uk  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 fotb@thebarlow.co.uk or contact the office via info@thebarlow.co.uk or 01204 852216.

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