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Better Barrow

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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I've just been given a guided tour of the soon-to-open Harrison's Tea Room and Antiques Shop and it looks FANTASTIC - so a little reminder that opening day is this coming Saturday 29th. ... See MoreSee Less

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And the winner is… Marcus Cornish.

The desire for a statue arose from the original questionnaire and consultation in the village about what people would like to see in Barrow, especially in the Market Place. A statue celebrating John Harrison was high on people’s wish lists.

Based on the results of the public consultation, the presentations to attendees at the Presentation Day (see list on betterbarrow.org) and in-depth interviews by the Better Barrow Committee, Marcus Cornish’s design has been chosen. Feedback indicated that people were impressed by the depiction of Harrison as a working man, always active and focused on finding a solution to the problem of longitude. They also liked the representation of the globe beneath his feet, referring both to his work and to his worldwide importance.

There will now be much more detailed discussions with Marcus about his work and the siting of the statue, whether in the Market Place or near the church. In addition, of course, we will be preparing publicity and fund-raising information for the next stage of the project.

(Sorry for the late publication but I've been swanning around Jersey for the past week!)
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Barrow in Bloom is working really hard to get the Village looking good for the judging on the 4th July, as shown by the photos below of Midby Park; however, they are really worried that the work is not going to get done before judging and are desperate for volunteers over the weekend. All their efforts so far have not found anything more than a couple of volunteers. They are also planning a big litter pick from 6pm on Monday, meeting in the market place.

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This coming Saturday is your chance to view and comment on the three proposed designs for our statue of John Harrison (10-4 in the Village Hall). Below are pictures of the three artists and their preliminary concepts. For a better idea of the work they have done to date you may want to visit their websites:

Marcus Cornish (marcuscornish.com)

Sean Hedges-Quinn (seanhedgesquinn.co.uk)

Andy Edwards (cornoviiedwards.com)
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2017 Events

September 17th: Barrow Village Trail - 3 pm, starting in the Market Place. A guided walk along some of Barrow's most historic streets to mark the publication of the new Village Trail which is available from Barrow News and Harrison's Past and Present. September 18th:...

Better Barrow at the Rotary Xmas Fair

Always popular - the Cake Stall welcomes an early customer.  At the next stall, the tombola was about to begin, going non-stop for an hour and a half.  Meanwhile, John Harrison biographer and clockmaker Andrew King stopped by... Earlier in the month, the Methodist...

Trees returned to Market Place at last!

The loss of trees was how Better Barrow got started. In 2012, the council removed three medium sized trees from the Market Place because they were sick – mainly because they didn’t have enough space for their roots. Lots of people were upset about this and it led to the setting up of Better Barrow Community Project.

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