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News from the Project Manager

Since I was appointed as Project Manager in June, I have undertaken a thorough review of all the information and work that has been completed so far, so that I can translate that into successful funding bids. There are many grant providers out there, but as many Trusts provide funds to only one in ten applications made, we have to make sure that ours stands the best chance possible of getting through. During the review, I spotted a few gaps that could be improved upon and so we are going to take a month or so of detailed review of the brief and tendering process. This will not change the timetable, but will give us the best chance of accessing funds, which is now the most critical aspect of the project.

Fundraising doesn't stop during this time of course, and we were delighted to have raised in excess of £800 at the Ceilidh. An amazing result, made even better by the fact that it was a great night's entertainment.

Next, we are looking to have an auction of promises which we hope will also be a highly entertaining evening. We are seeking contributions of items, events or services. Can you contribute something? Can your company or workplace assist? Can you offer your expertise and services for auction? If so, please contact Dawna Haynes on (01926) 624 777.

The creation of a new community centre genuinely is a community endeavour. Not everyone has the time to help organise or volunteer and we understand that. You can still make a major difference to the project though. If you, your children or grandchildren have ever been or ever will be part of the Scouting movement; if you or your children will ever use the new community centre, then please be generous. If you are new to the village and want to contribute to its rich history of community spirit in a very tangible way, then this is your moment. Are you having a big birthday this year? Have you thought about setting up a celebration fund for your friends to contribute to? There's so much you can do to contribute. As a village, we will build the community centre together. The sooner the funds are raised, the sooner we can get started.

Julie Crawshaw

Local Fundraising so far
Since we started fundraising on St. George’s Day 2015, over £60,000 has been raised by you!!! Just over £20,000 of that has been spent on Planning Permission, obtaining a long-term lease, Architect’s fees, new triple garage Storage building, and a professional project manager and fundraiser to help with grant applications.

The Ceilidh on 22nd June was a really good family event – lots of work by the organisers but much enjoyed and it produced £500 towards the New Scout Hut. Thanks to Becky and her team of helpers.

The Ladies Sewing Group had a stall at the School Fete selling Teddies on the Scout Hut Stall. They attracted a lot of visitors to the stall, made some children happy and raised money for the new building – thanks to Ann and all the other Sewing Ladies.

The support from across the village (and beyond!) has been truly marvellous. We’ve received over 60 individual donations ranging between £1 and £1,000, some of which Gift Aided. Many people have sold their produce in aid of the Y&CC Fund, altogether raising ca. £1,220 so far. People have organised fundraising events, too many to mention here, raising over £14,000. Several Village groups/organisations have been supporting us with ongoing donations ever since April 2015 (to date: Barford Post Office – £3,550; the Art Group – £2,103.35; the W.I. – £1,028; Barford Drama Group – £8,568.50; the Scout Hut Café – £4,933; Barford Scouts – £710; the Sewing Group – £780) and Hilary Maynard’s monthly quizzes have raised over £4,320 since January 2016 (if you’ve never tried one, they’re available from Barford Village Shop and cost only £1; first correct entry drawn at the end of each month wins £10).

Needless to say we are immensely grateful for your continued support! We are also very busy applying for grants (a frustratingly slow process!), as the total figure we’re aiming for is around £370,000 (which includes the build costs, inflation, contingency, utilities and professional fees), but if all goes according to plan we hope to build your new Youth & Community Centre during next year’s summer months.

Alex Farr (620117)

Youth Groups:
Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are thriving but Brownies are not meeting because they need new leaders (see below). Training, equipment and uniforms are provided, all the girls need is a few hours of your time. Brownies in Barford have a long history, it will be a great shame if we let them lapse. Please contact me for more information.

Website :
Our new website:

Rod Scott 624434


After 12 years our Brownie leader is going to retire so we need a new leader to take this on. It is a big commitment for one – but if there are 2 or 3 people who would like to work together it is rewarding and can even be enjoyable. There is a thriving Brownie unit of about 14 girls and plenty of equipment. Uniforms and training are provided. Anyone who thinks they might be able to help please contact Hilary Burvill (01926 624950). The Brownies in Barford have a long history and it would be a great shame if we let them lapse.

Hilary writes:
“After running 1st Barford Brownies for many years, it is now time for someone else to take on the girls. I have really enjoyed the challenge of giving our youngsters the opportunity to blossom, learn new skills and become more independent. Should anyone out there be interested in taking on this fun and rewarding role please contact me. As an extra incentive, any new leader would have the potential opportunity to work in a brand new community hall, once it has been built!”

Rod Scott - Chairman

‘Hilary’s Quiz’
Hilary’s quiz for October is now available. The subject is "Interesting Places to Visit and Landmarks ". Why not have a go? Copies available from the Village Shop. Only £1 a go!

Answers - "Let there be Light" Quiz

Starlight Express, The Sunshine State, Glow worm, Candela, Light bulb, Moonlight, The Living Daylights, Sunbeam, Fluorescence, Footlights, “Put that light out”, Light Emitting Diode, The Light of the World, Bright spark, Hurricane lamp, Chandelier, Blackpool Illuminations, Limelight, Tea lights, Luminescence, “Cor strike a light”, Lighthouse, Davy lamps, Moonbeams, Lamplight, Candles, Halo, Lightning, Sunlight, Fanny by Gas Light, In the spotlight, Twinkle, Ultra violet, Twilight, Searchlight, Sir Edward Grey, Torch light, Candelabra, Phosphorescence, Fan light, Light year, Let the Sunshine In, Strobe, Super Trouper, Christmas tree lights, Aurora Borealis, Infra red, Sky light, Shine or Gleam, The Lamplighter.

There were 6 correct entries, and the winner drawn was John Neeld. £100 has gone into the fund.

Although I devise and set the quiz questions I must acknowledge the assistance I get from two very helpful people. Alex Farr proof reads each quiz very thoroughly, chooses a jolly logo and then prints and folds all the forms.

Pat Gossage sells a third of them to her friends at Warwick Bridge Club some of which are them passed on to people all over the country so I get entries from Scotland, Nottingham, and Birmingham.

We have now passed the £4,500 mark so thank you to all my regular quizzers.


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Rainbows / Guides :
Brownies are the only junior group for girls only so we are looking for someone who might want to start Rainbows (younger girls) or Guides (older girls). If anyone would like more information please contact me

Rod Scott—Chairman—624434

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Come and join 1st Barford Scout Group.

Cubs - Tuesdays
Beavers and Scouts - Thursdays

Click here for more details. (PDF)

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Volunteer leaders at 1st Barford Scout Group are looking for more adults to join them. You can choose the age group of the children that you would enjoy most to help with - Beavers are 6 to 8 years old, Cubs are aged 8 to 10 or Scouts aged 10 to 13 no previous experience is necessary as you will be working alongside the existing leadership team. Each age group provides very exciting opportunities for the children and presents its own challenges and rewards.

The role will only take one evening each week plus occasional meetings to plan the term’s activity. An ability to work with young people is required; all sections include both boys and girls. Now is the time for you to volunteer to become a helper, so get in touch with the Group Scout Leader, Martin Russell on 07882 851768 or via

Barford Scouts Supporters Group

This group runs the Scout hut on Wasperton Lane and supports the uniformed Youth groups. We have spaces in the ‘100’ club that raises vital funds but also need occasional help with maintaining the building and grounds. If you would like to help, either by joining the 100 club (£12 p.a.), or by doing some occasional gardening, please contact the chairman – Rod Scott on 624434 .

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