One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Getting involved or even volunteering with established groups and organisations is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. It strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.

To include information about your group please contact us – otherwise have a look at what Barrow has to offer below.

  • Barrow and District Garden Club

    Flower and Vegetable Shows have been held in Barrow for well over a hundred years, the first in 1899. The present garden club grew out of the Flower Show Committee and started in 1966 after meetings at Brooms Barn and visits to the Chelsea Flower Show

    The objects of the Society is to promote the good cultivation of gardens and allotments by:
    Holding meetings for lectures, discussions and demonstrations
    Holding Shows and Competitions
    Making outings to places of horticultural interest
    Assisting members in the purchase of horticultural goods and materials

    The Society is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), affiliation number 10563168.

    Meetings
    We meet in Barrow Village Hall on the second Friday of each month at 7.30pm.

    Shows
    The Summer Flower Show is held in Barrow Village Hall on the second Saturday in July and the Autumn Flower Show is held on the first Saturday in October. See the Show page for entry details and schedule

    Outings
    In June we take advantage of the long summer evenings and our Friday meeting takes the form of a visit to a local garden, nursery or other place of horticultural interest.

    Seed Purchase
    The Society has arranged a special discount with Mr Fothergill’s seeds. Seeds should be selected from the normal catalogue. Fill out the Order Form and pass it to the Treasurer. Payment is due when the seeds arrive. See Seed Purchase page for more details.

    Discounts
    Tuddenham Garden Centre kindly offer members a 10% discount on plants and accessories, excluding fresh vegetables and coffee shop purchases, on production of a current membership card.

    If you would like further information about the society, meetings or shows please contact the Secretary,

    Mr. David Wright
    dr_wright@talktalk.net

  • Barrow and District WI

    Barrow and District is a small, friendly group who meet up on the first Tuesday of every month. Most months we have a speaker, with the exception of July and December.

    In July we have a summer ‘event’. This could be a meal in a local pub, a BBQ in a member’s garden or maybe an outing. In December we usually have a Christmas meal.

    As well as the monthly meetings many of us attend the regular events offered by our area Federation, Suffolk West.  This could be a hands on craft day, a seasonal meal, topical discussion, scrabble or bridge – the list is endless. Also this year we are in the planning stage of two summer trips and a monthly lunch club.

    We try our best to produce a varied program for the year in the hope that there will be something to suit everyone. Our meetings begin with the business for the month, informing members of local and federation events that are planned.

    We then have our speaker/demonstrator, which is followed by tea/coffee and delicious home made refreshments which the WI is so famous for. We finish the evening with a raffle and sometimes a quick light-hearted quiz before wending our way home at about 9.30.

    For more information contact the President,

    Chris James
    T 01284 810277
    E barrow.wi@hotmail.co.uk

  • Bowls and Social Club

    Meets in Barrow Village Hall on a Monday afternoon at 2.30pm. New Members are very welcome

    Secretary

    Mrs Gwen McSwann
    T 01284 811301

  • Luncheon Club

    Barrow Luncheon Club is for the over 60’s and held on Friday lunchtimes in Barrow Village Hall Committee Room.

    If you would like to help with the Luncheon Club either in the kitchen or delivering meals please contact,

    Mrs J Evans
    T 01284 810243

  • Tennis Club

    The courts are situated on the recreation ground behind the village hall and have recently been resurfaced and repainted.

    Annual membership fees are below and the courts are available for use for the whole year, subject to weather conditions.

    A key to the courts is issued for a deposit of £5, which is returnable when club membership ceases.

    Club sessions for members are held on Wednesdays from 5pm and Sundays from 10.30am.

    Adults                                           £50
    Juniors                                         £20
    Family membership                   £90
    Senior Citizens and Students   £35

    For further information or to join please contact the Club Secretary,

    Joey Winsor

    T 01284 787638
    E joey_mike.winsor@hotmail.co.uk

  • Wildlife Conservation Group

    As a result of recent surveys within the Parish to stimulate interest in local voluntary groups in our community, several members of Barrow and Denham villages have decided to form the “Barrow & Denham Wildlife Conservation Group”. It has been formed in recent months and is still in an informal developing stage.

    Its plans are to incorporate the following interests noted in the parish survey that people had for :

    • Environmental projects
    • Hedgerow surveys
    • Nature reserve
    • Bat & Bird boxes
    • Wildlife Group

    A local resident, Chris Curtis has very kindly offered to donate approx 2 acres of land for developing as a local small nature reserve. The site is the area of scrub and trees between St Mary’s Church and Denham Road.

    The Group wishes to develop the site as a nature reserve for the interest and education of all the community. This involves work parties to clear pathways and clearing the pond area and other activities to make it more attractive to wildlife.

    Two successful work parties have already been held ; 11 people attended the last one. Some of the pathways have already been cleared as well as part of the pond and all attending felt pleased with the progress.

    All are very welcome to join the group! Any volunteers for work parties or any participation/ideas for future events would be much appreciated.

    T 01284-811120
    derek.1@virgin.net