Barrow upon Soar Community Association

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Barrow upon Soar Community Association

What Does BUSCA Do?

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.

 

Activities are:

Our main BUSCA Trustee's meetings are usually held four times a year. Do come along.

The Annual General Meeting for 2020 was postponed until Thursday January 14th 2021, starting at 7.00. It was a well-attended meeting by Zoom.

The Annual General Meeting for 2021 will be in the Autumn.

BUSCA in 2020/21 Details

 

Trustees Meetings

The next trustees meeting will be on Thurs May 13th 2021 and will be held by Zoom. Everybody is welcome but email Judithrodgers155@gmail.com or phone 07718 153117 to receive the papers and the Zoom link.

Barrow Voice

This lively, full-colour, free village magazine is produced quarterly by an editorial team of about nine members all of whom are volunteers. In 2020 the print run was 3260 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, supporting local businesses and interviews with local people in relation to their business or individual achievements. After the production of the usual March edition it was then necessary to produce an on-line edition in the summer. However, the September, December and March 2021 editions were successful print editions and we hope that is how things will continue.

Community Building

Having failed to gain planning consent for a community hub building on Fishpool Way picnic field and losing the support of the Parish Council, we have abandoned this project. We would, however, be delighted to support other attempts to get a much needed village hall in the large and growing village.

Events committee

During 2020, BUSCA was forced to close the community bar in the Humphrey Perkins “Community Centre”. This was due to huge new financial requirements if we maintained it, and to unworkable restrictions of its use. Closure had a knock-on effect on many of the activities of the Events Team – no more ballroom dances and no more Touring Rural Theatre (Centre Stage). Thankfully, the elderly Team was able to pass its brief to a much younger “New Events Team”. The new team has staged all sorts of Covid-safe activities (eg a scarecrow Festival, Harfest, Christmas activities and Heart Fest) and is full of ideas for the future including a 2nd Scarecrow Festival and Christmas Street Market.

Heritage Group

The Group regularly met and worked on projects with connections to the history of Barrow including the history of Hall Orchard primary school using an archive of old documents. They have been unable to meet during the pandemic but work has carried on by individuals. For more information about their work and projects, visit their website www.barrowuponsoarheritage.org.uk

Library

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. Before the pandemic there have been many activities going on - check out the library pages of their website. In July 2020 we would have celebrated our 5th birthday with a party and lots of activities. However, Covid19 has prevented this happening, although we have been able to offer a variety of services depending on the levels of behaviour required by the government during the pandemic. We are in the midst of trying to extend 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.

BATS (Barrow Arts and Theatre Society)

Formed in 2019 from the Panto Group, Barrow Youth Theatre and the Murder Mystery Group, this newly named entity of BUSCA had a very promising start to 2020 with a very successful and entertaining panto ‘Humpty Dumpty’. It should have gone on to produce a murder mystery in October followed by the musical ‘ Legally Blond’ with the Youth Theatre in November 2020. However, the Covid19 pandemic put paid to both of these and BATS has been paralysed ever since March despite attempts to put on limited shows.

In March 2021, the Murder Mystery Team produced their very first Zoom performance “A First Class Death. The Panto Group hope to start rehearsing for a much-needed pantomime.

Twinning Association

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 exchanges still take part in exchanges today.

The exchanges between the Schools which continued until the late 1970s 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 Association was to have hosted an exchange to Barrow of the Marans Twinning friends in June 2020. The pandemic closed that possibility down. Twinning activities have been limited to exchanges of experience via email. It is hoped that a visit to France may be possible in the summer of 22.

Websites

The small team of BUSCA website administrators works 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 admin@busca.org.uk  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.


 

As you can see, there is (usually) a lot 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, contact the Membership Secretary via busca-membership@busca.org.uk or give Judith a phone call on 07718 153117 or email judithrodgers155@gmail.com  or click on SUPPORT US and follow the links. THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW GOING ON.

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