Barrow Upon Soar Community Association is a Registered charity (a C.I.O.) that organizes and runs many community activities in Barrow. It consists of a number of subgroups, each with its own role.
Pick up one of our new flyers from around the village, summarising what BUSCA is all about and giving you contact details for the various activities that make up BUSCA. You can also become a member by filling out the application form.
Here is a flavour of what BUSCA gets up to:
BUSCA’s current major project is to KEEP BARROW LIBRARY OPEN. Click on Library to read an up-to-the-minute account of where we are.
Our main BUSCA Trustee's meetings are usually held four times a year. Do come along.
The next trustees meeting will held on the ------------------
This lively, full-colour, free village magazine is produced quarterly by an editorial team of about nine members all of whom are volunteers. In 2018 the print run was 3,200 copies per edition. The content is wide ranging but concentrates on publicising BUSCA events, topics of concern in the village, such as the new housing developments, and interviews with local people in relation to their businesses or individual achievements. In January 2018 an on-line picture gallery ’Year in Pictures’ was launched to record village activities on a monthly basis. It is accessed through the web-version of the magazine at barrowvoice.co.uk
BUSCA aims to provide a multipurpose building with space for facilities that the village does not have at present. We are currently pursuing a planning application having undertaken a professional feasibility study of sites.
The Events committee has a busy schedule planned for 2019 including two Centre Stage shows and four dances. The first Centre Stage show, “Forget me Not” is an Alzheimer’s Whodunnit and promises to be a highly entertaining but thought-provoking one-man show based on a topic that doesn’t usually produce many laughs. By all accounts, it nevertheless manages it. As usual, the show is at Humphrey Perkins Community Centre on Friday 25th January.
The Group regularly meets and works on projects with connections to the history of Barrow. At present they are studying the history of Hall Orchard primary school including an archive of old documents. For more information about their work and projects, visit their website www.barrowuponsoarheritage.org.uk
The Barrow Library continues to develop and serve the community. Our volunteers are the key to success and they run the library with skill and a warm welcome for everyone.
There are many activities going on, check out the library pages of this website. In July 2019 we will be celebrating our 4th birthday with a party and lots of activities. We are currently examining the possibility of extending the space of the library to give us more room for our Independent Book Loan service, to attract more hirers, enable us to provide a better service for children and ….lots more.
We are now working hard on Peter Pan for 3 performances on March 8th and 9th. Following that, a group of members will be joining up with the WI on April 6th to produce a comedy called Raising Agents based on WI history and activity. It sounds hilarious. October will see the annual and much-loved murder mystery.
Barrow Upon Soar is twinned with the French town of Marans in the Charente Maritime of Southwest France, very close to La Rochelle.
Although the Twinning Association was only formed in 2006, and became part of BUSCA in 2014, the links between the two Communities go back to the Fifties. In those days the exchanges were between Humphrey Perkins School and the School in Marans. Some of the youngsters who took part in those early exchange still take part in exchanges today.
The exchanges between the Schools which continued until the late 1970’s unfortunately no longer take place but the Twinning Association continues to arrange biannual visits and many enduring friendships between families in the two communities have been established.
We have a varied social calendar which includes Garden Parties, Quiz Nights, Pie Nights, Talks, Theatre Visits, dances and much more. Members and their guests are always welcome to our events which are well publicised both in the local press and around the Village.
We are always happy to welcome new members or simply to offer advice about holiday opportunities in the area. If you are interested in joining or would simply like to know more about the Twinning Association, please contact; Ted Rodgers 01509 416533 or Helen Duxbury 01509 552867
The small team of BUSCA website administrators work hard to keep Barrow's five community websites up-to-date and jammed full of useful info. That's the BUSCA, Village, Barrow Voice, Library and Heritage websites. You can pick up a flyer which gives you more information from lots of places in Barrow. The flyer goes hand in hand with a Welcome Pack for new residents. Ask in the library for your Pack.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to request your own business page or community group page on the Village website.
The Village website also offers an information service - just use the Contact Us button.
Last November, Barrow Youth Theatre’s production of Hairspray played to 4 packed performances, with around sixty youngsters on stage. It is going to be a hard act to follow but work has already started to plan the next show and rehearsals will begin in April. It is a huge undertaking to put on a musical of this sort and one has to marvel at the commitment and dedication of the adults who make it all possible. The young members gain so much from their involvement and we see many of them growing up and leaving to enter a profession or trade that has a direct link to the skills and experiences they have gained in the Youth Theatre.
As you can see, much is going on. We value the continued support of our members.
For details of all forthcoming events, visit the Forthcoming Events page.
Almost all of these events were announced and reported in Barrow Voice, our splendid quarterly community magazine.
So you can see that there is plenty of variety in what BUSCA does. If you would like to join us, give Judith a phone call on 07718 153117 or email email@example.com or click on SUPPORT US and follow the links. THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW GOING ON.