Plant Sale and Wheelbarrow Weekend

plant sale

A lovely morning for the Plant Sale.  Thanks to all who contributed plants or who came to buy. Special thanks to the Better Barrow team for all the preparation and help on the day.

Registration for gardens and wheelbarrows closes at the end of next week. Sometimes people, especially those new to the village, wonder what kind of rules there might be. Very few – except a wheelbarrow must be involved!  For further guidance, see this Word document: Barrow examples

Wheelbarrows and Plants!

If spring is here, can wheelbarrows, open gardens and plant sales be far behind? The answer is No.  Our Plant Sale takes place on May 7th and we would welcome donations in the week beforehand. These can be brought to Fern House, High Street. Do please label them!

The deadline for wheelbarrow registration is 13th May so please get your forms in soon. There are copies in the newsagents or you can download one from here.

Wheelbarrow and Garden Form_2016


Barrow Now…and Then

A reminder that the Annual Meeting takes place at the Vicars Room on April 12th at 7pm.  That’s Barrow Now.  And a couple of weeks ago we hosted a packed house for John Thompson’s ‘Barrow Then and Now’ talk and slide show.

Barrow Then and Now

We also reprinted copies of the Civic Society’s booklet of the same title. They were all sold but we have a new batch now available. They cost £4 and will be on sale at the Annual Meeting and other BB events.

Upcoming Events

Barrow Then and Now – Feb 23rd – Vicars Room – 7.30.  Photos old and new of Barrow, presented by John Thompson, well known for his knowledge of the village. Entry £2.50. Refreshments will be available as well as reprints of the booklet ‘Barrow Then and Now’.Market Place c1900








Monday March 21st – 8 pm – Three Voices cabaret at Harrisons Restaurant, Barton.

March 16 Voices poster 6The 3 Voices return to Harrisons for another varied evening’s entertainment. Tickets £5 from or call 01469 530818 or email

Looking further ahead: our Annual Meeting is on April12th in the Vicars Room and there will be a Plant Sale in the Market Place on May 7th.

Christmas Fair

The annual Christmas Fair, organised by Barrow Meridian Rotary Club takes place on 12th December in the Market Place from 5 pm until 7.30.  Attractions include hot dogs and mulled wine, Santa’s Grotto and a raffle.  Better Barrow will be providing a tombola and cake stall.  If you are able to make a cake, please deliver it to Bramley House, High Street between 10 and 4 on Friday the 11th December. Your contributions will be very welcome as this is now our only cake stall of the year. (The need to bake cakes for visitors refreshments at the Wheelbarrow Weekend makes running a cake stall as well just a bit too demanding!)

Market Place progress

As a result of discussions with North Lincolnshire Council and successful bids for community grants, we are about to achieve a part of our vision for the Market Place. We expect to have new trees planted with all the necessary arrangements for their healthy growth and areas of unsightly tarmac replaced with paving more in keeping with the surroundings.  There will also be one or more information boards about the village and its history attached to the rear of the bus shelter.

More details can be found here: Market Place refurbishment – update

Wheelbarrow Festival 2015

Taste of LincolnshireNot just the contents of this ‘Tastes of Lincolnshire’ entry, but the barrow itself was created by David Blakey and Colin Howsam. This was judged the winner by Amanda White of Look North at the annual Wheelbarrow Festival in Barrow-upon-Humber.The wine, by the way, flows continually. If only that was so in life.  Runner up was this stunning fruit and veg barrow: all the items hand-knitted!  Knitted vegJohn & Marilyn Burton and Sue and Charlie Stephenson created this amazing entry.  In all there were over 90 barrows and more than a dozen open gardens. In spite of a gusty wind (which demolished the buskers’ gazebo while they were playing), Saturday was fine and Sunday even better. Punch and Judy, Morris dancers and the Barrow Band provided additional entertainment. A lovely weekend with the barrows of Barrow!