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Welcome to the updated Better Barrow website.  Within this site you should find information on all our future, current and past activities.  We welcome any ideas about how to improve the site and features that you’d like to see added.  Please forgive any glitches – we’re new at this!  Comments may be made from the Contact page.

The Better Barrow Community Project was formed in January 2012. It is a registered charity, the purpose of which is to improve and enhance the environment of the village and raise awareness of its heritage. For more information about Better Barrow see the About page.

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2 days ago

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Harrison's Garden is now open! Free admission (it's in the gallery next to the Ropewalk coffee shop). Information available outside and a limited number of souvenir badges on sale (£1 each). Open until March 24th.
If you're very quiet, the sound of all the clocks ticking sounds like water rippling, punctuated by the occasional chime.
Further news is that unfortunately it isn't possible to conduct the auction at the Ropewalk so it will be at Golding Young & Mawer in Lincoln on April 17th.
However Colin Young is coming to the Ropewalk on Monday March 25th to do a valuation day from 10am to 3pm so get out your treasures and come along and see what they are worth.
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4 days ago

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Look North piece will be tomorrow night (Friday). Calendar are planning to put theirs out tonight.
Luke has been hard at work all day laying out the clocks and we have helped with the winding and putting batteries in! Go along anytime from Sunday for the next two months and hear the clocks ticking and chiming (not all at the same time!).
Colin Young will be conducting the auction at the Ropewalk very soon after the exhibition closes (date to be announced) and each clock to be sold will have a label of authenticity.
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5 days ago

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Be sure to watch Calendar after 6pm tonight - Harrison's Garden is being featured. Look North are also coming today but not sure whether it will be on there tonight (6.30) or tomorrow. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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The finer details are now being added to the John Harrison statue. This is the bollard and the rope that Marcus Cornish is currently completing. Looking really good.
Next stop, the foundry for casting in bronze, hopefully early next month.
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2 weeks ago

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Another night of music and fun with Three Voices. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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The clocks arriving at the Ropewalk after their long trip from Wales. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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Happy New Year. It is the start of an exciting and eventful one for Better Barrow. Firstly, we have Harrison's Garden, the Luke Jerram inspired exhibition.
The clocks have arrived at the Ropewalk and Luke will be setting up his garden shortly. The exhibition opens on January 19th and closes March 24th. Admission is free but donations to the John Harrison Statue appeal are welcome. We will also have a limited number of souvenir badges on sale.
The statue itself is due to go to the foundry early this year to be cast and we will then have a date for its arrival in Barrow.
Then of course there is the Wheelbarrow Weekend and Open Gardens on June 1st and 2nd. Entry forms will be in the next Missing Link and on the Better Barrow website in the next few weeks.
We are still planning for the second half of 2019!
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1 month ago

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A big thank you to all who took part in the Christmas musical concert and Mummers Play last week. It was a sell-out and a great success and as an added bonus Better Barrow has received £250 from the day.
This will swell the statue fund - watch this space in the new year for an exciting announcement and also full details of the Harrison's Garden exhibition. The clocks arrive at the Ropewalk in the new year and the event opens on January 19th.
Very many thanks to all of you who have supported our events in 2018 and particularly those who volunteered their help in whatever way.
A very merry Christmas to you all and a happy new year.
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1 month ago

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Thank you very much to all of you who came along and supported Better Barrow's cake stall and tombola at the Rotary Club Christmas Fair - money goes to the statue appeal fund which is rapidly approaching its target - watch this space after Christmas.
Also many congratulations to Rotary for putting on such a good event when they were forced to move it to the Village Hall because of the weather.
Rudolph found a good home, although it was a bit of an effort getting him there - he was rather heavy. Very many thanks to Linzie Clark for making him.
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Harrison’s Garden

Lots of media interest in the Harrison’s garden installation at Barton’s Ropewalk Gallery led to a busy weekend there. The clocks will be there for several more weeks, finishing on March 24th.  Following that they will go to auction at Golding, Young and Mawer in...

Harrison’s Garden

Attached is an article from the Scunthorpe Telegraph about the exhibition - click on it to...

Harrison’s Garden – the clocks have arrived!

The clocks - all 2,000 of them! - have arrived and have been unloaded at the Ropewalk in preparation for setting up by the artist.  The garden will be open from the19th January to 24th March, 10am-5pm (4pm on Sundays), so there will be plenty of time to visit and...

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