WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM THE BARLOW??

2 Aug, 2020

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

FRIENDS OF THE BARLOW

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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