Winter Watch Advance Warning

7 Jan, 2022

On behalf of WINTER WATCH and Urban Outreach


Winterwatch under the umbrella of Urban Outreach will be operating once again in 2022 BUT in a DIFFERENT WAY.

Because of the dreaded COVID RESTRICTIONS, it won’t be possible for Winterwatch to receive cooked meals as in previous years.

Instead, we are asked to bake cakes, scones and mince pies. These should be frozen and clearly marked to show the contents.

Dave and Chris Bagley will be telling us all about their extraordinary work during the service at St. Anne’s on Sunday, January 30th at 11 am. All Welcome.

On Friday, February 4th we will be outside St. Anne’s church between 12 noon and 12-30 to collect the frozen baking and deliver it to Urban Outreach. The window for collection is very small as it’s important that the baking remains frozen.

So can you help us? There are many people in real need in our town. It would be wonderful if we could collect lots of home-baked cakes mince pies and scones to enable those who are in need to get a brief respite from life on the streets.

If you want to help but have questions please make contact on 07967 569837. It’s a really satisfying feeling to know that we can make a difference.

Thanks in advance to everyone who is able to help. Pauline Kirk.


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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