The Great War
Seen through the eyes of a rural community..
The Barlow World War One Project commemorates the effect of the war on the communities of Edgworth, Entwistle and Chapeltown, former mill villages on the West Pennine moors, situated between Blackburn, Bury and Bolton. Although many old families still exist and prosper, a large number of people in the village have come from other parts of the country in the past decades.
Events have taken place which has drawn the community together and given people new insights into both the village in the early 20th Century and the effects of the war. Although there are war memorials within the village, few people could relate to the names listed on them.
The following pages contain information about two strands of the commemoration project, which were supported by Heritage Lottery Funding and private donations:
Research has been undertaken by volunteers into the lives of many local soldiers and their families. The resulting biographies can be accessed below.
No war records have been found for a Peter Whitehead from Edgworth but the photo shows that he...
Orrel Whitehead was born on the 12th February 1878, the son of Joseph Whitehead and Alice Kay....
John and William Whitehead were born in Edgworth, the sons of farmer Richard Whitehead and...
Stanley Weir was born in Harwood, Lancs. in 1897, the son of Charles Weir and Ada Halliwell.
William Henry Waring (known as Billy) was born in Turton in 1892. He was the son of James and Mary...
These photos and the names attached are taken from the collection of photos of Edgworth men who...
"I believe that one of the comforts to us all out here is that we know we shall always be honoured in the old village."
Gerald Ainsworth, died Ypres Salient: 27th March 1918
The Great War
Men from Childrens Homes
History of the Childrens Homes
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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