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THE PAGE FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS TO THE WEBSITE

Introduction:

This page is designed especially for first time visitors to the Barford Community Website, to introduce its contents and help you find your way around.

The website covers the three parishes of Barford, Sherbourne and Wasperton in Warwickshire, England. It is an independent website, managed on a voluntary basis by members of the Barford Community Website Group. You can get in touch by using the "Contact Us" link.


The website has two main elements:

  • information which is updated every month, about the news, events, meetings and organisations in the villages. In this sense, the website acts rather like a local newspaper.

  • more permanent articles and features of interest to villagers, similar to those found in magazines

Navigation:

All parts of the website can be reached from the main menu, which is centred at the top of every page. Some pages have an additional menu or links, and these are placed at the top left of the page.

Contents:

The information part of the website includes:

  • The “What’s on” page lists all the upcoming events in the villages.

  • The “Community” section has news from many of the organisations in the villages, the local primary school, and individual charity work and fund raising activities. It has links to individual pages for most local groups and societies. It also contains information from the Joint Parish Council, including comments from the Chairman, dates and minutes of meetings, and a list of local councillors.

  • The “Church” section contains news from the three Churches in Barford, Sherbourne and Wasperton, including details of all church services and a regular monthly letter from the Priest in Charge, the Rev David Jessett.

  • The “Parish Plan” section includes news about the progress of the various groups who are working to produce a Parish Plan for Barford.

  • The “Business” pages list our local sponsors and advertisers. We also offer a free “Small Ad” service to villagers.

  • The "News Now!" pages show up to the minute headlines from the BBC, Daily Telegraph and Guardian newsrooms. A good reason to make the Barford Community Website your own home page and visit every day!



Moving on to the “magazine” part of the web site, this includes a wide selection of articles and feature pages which we hope are of interest to villagers, and those with an interest in the village. The pages include:

  • History. A series of articles about local history, including personal reminiscences about village life in Barford in times gone by.

  • Nature. This section of the website is building a series on the Birds of Barford, and we hope to extend this to other aspects of local flora and fauna.

  • People. An occasional series of articles about Barford people, past and present.

  • Our picture gallery has many sets of photos, some taken recently and others historical pictures. We have aerial photos of Barford, black and white pictures from the 1950’s, the Easter floods of 1998, recent events such as the School Fete and Golden Jubilee village party, and much more. We are now using JAlbum software which makes for easy viewing of individual pictures, or as a slide show.

  • A by pass road, to take traffic around Barford instead of through the village, has been long awaited by many residents, and this page shows the latest information, as well as background to the project.

  • The "Recreation" page links to the Cricket Club and other local sporting and leisure organisations, as well as having individual pages for local rambles and fishing.

  • The “Travel” page gives comprehensive information, including complete bus timetables for the three villages, and links to on-line rail timetables and other external travel web sites.

  • We try to include an occasional new entry on our “Features” pages, giving a miscellany of articles of interest to residents. Previous articles can be accessed via the archive.

  • The "Genealogy" page offers you an opportunity to request information, or find out more, about previous generations who have lived in Barford. This page has created a lot of e-mail traffic off site, and has brought together people from all over the world who have a common interest in tracing particular family histories.

Please use our webshop for all your on-line shopping. You can shop with nearly 100 on-line retailers, including Amazon, M&S, John Lewis etc. It will cost you nothing extra, and prices are often lower than on the High Street, but the commission earned allows us to run the website as a free service to villagers. The webshop can be reached from the "Home" page.


Finally, we have a page of "Links" to other web resources. These include local tourist attractions such as Warwick Castle and Shakespeare's Stratford, as well as local services, restaurant reviews etc.

As the website continues to grow, additions are highlighted each month in the “What’s New” page.

Now please visit our “site map” to see the contents of the web site at a glance, and go from there to any individual page. When you've browsed the site, please visit our "guest book" page and leave your comments.

Thanks for visiting!

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