2015 promises to be rugby’s biggest year, and from 10th June until 31st October people everywhere, regardless of where they live or what their involvement in rugby is, will be able to get involved and celebrate the game through the Festival of Rugby 2015. From concerts and carnivals to street parties and stand-up comedy, events around the UK can be part of the Festival of Rugby 2015, and it couldn’t be easier to get involved.
There will be a wide range of events taking place as part of the Festival of Rugby 2015 and as long as you can incorporate a rugby element or theme into your event, be it through food, culture, décor or hosting the event at your local rugby club, you can be part of the programme.
Whether you’re hosting an existing event, want to put on your own event, or just attend an event in your area, the Festival of Rugby 2015 is for you. For more info visit the website
Cumbria County Council is awarding grants between £500 and £3000 to community based projects that support the healthy weight agenda.
Projects need to
• Increase physical activity
• Encourage/educate people to eat a healthy diet
• Improves access to healthy food
• Supports individuals that are overweight and obese to lose weight
• Build knowledge skills and capacity in the local community
• Fulfill the community needs
If you think your organisation may be eligible, contact Alison Meadows, Cumbria County Council, Area Engagement Officer, Community Unit, Nan Tait Centre, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 1LG. Telephone on 407576 or by email
Tony Jacklin (US Open Winner, British Open Winner, Ryder Cup Winning Captain)
Golfers Dinner with Tony Jacklin, including charity auction for St Mary’s Hospice.
Friday 5th June at Chequers Hotel, Dalton-in-Furness.
Tickets £54 per person. For further information contact Chequers Hotel on 462124.
Basketball never stops. Whit Basketball camp Tuesday 26 May to Thursday 28 May. Just £20.
Have you ever thought about researching the history of local sport and leisure?
At Barrow Archives and Local Studies Centre you will find a wealth of sources relating to the growth and development of sporting activities from Victorian times including football, rugby, cricket and athletics. I n our local studies library we have a variety of publications which chart the history of Barrow AFC and Rugby League as well as numerous archive collections that contain team photographs and match programmes.
Why not have a look through a photograph album belonging to the ‘The Old Barrovians’ Association’. This amazing source comprises photographs of prefects, sports teams, the choir and other recreational activities, 1944-1968. Each individual person in the photographs has been named.
This might be a useful starting point for planning a long overdue reunion!
Further details relating to Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre can be found here.
DONG Energy is considering establishing a community fund of up to £600k. To read more about this and to submit your views, visit the Grantscape website.
Phoenix Ladies are always on the lookout for new players – whether it be for fun, fitness or competitive play.
The squad trains on Thursdays at Furness College (from 7.30pm - 9pm) and the sessions cost £2 per session.
Anyone interested can contact Helen Nicholson by email her
Saturday 30 May 2015
Cumbria Wildlife Trust is inviting people to ‘walk for wildlife’ as it announces its annual Walk Across the Bay over the iconic Morecambe Bay sands. The eight-mile sponsored walk will be led by the Queen’s Guide to the Sands, Cedric Robinson, in the afternoon and will take in spectacular views of well-known sites from the unusual perspective of the sands, such as Humphrey Head and Arnside Knott.
Booking is essential, you can either complete a Cross Bay Walk Challenge 2015 entry form online or call Cumbria Wildlife Trust admin team on 01539 816300. Participants are asked to arrange their own transportation after the walk. For more information visit the website here.
Friday 17 April at 7:30 pm.
Sandscale Haws Nature Reserve, National Trust Roanhead, Hawthwaite Lane, near Barrow, Cumbria Enjoy an evening walk and listen to Natterjack toads.
Experience this amazing and rare species at one of its last remaining UK strongholds. The males’ calls can be heard up to a mile away on a still night.
Mostly moderate but uneven terrain over dunes and grassland. Approx. 2-3 miles.
Walk involves slopes and may involve crossing stiles. Walk back will be in the dark. Please wear warm and waterproof clothes, stout boots or wellies and bring a torch.
For more information please contact:
Neil Forbes - Sandscale Ranger on 01229 462855 or visit here
A full programme of monthly 2-3 hour walks will run in 2015, changing the day to the second Thursday of each month. Each walk has been mapped out using every station between Grange and Millom. The walks are about 5 miles, taking up to 3 hours and can be over rough ground, occasionally very wet underfoot. Most walks end in the vicinity of an agreeable place to eat and drink. New walkers will be made very welcome.
Thursday 7 May Ulverston Station-Conishead-Bay Horse Canal Foot-Ulverston Station.
Thursday 14 May Black Combe from Silecroft 10.45am.
Thursday 11 June Askam-Dunnerholme-Kirkby-in-Furness Station
The first named will be the station where the walk begins, the last named where it ends. Assuming the timetable does not change for 2015, the walk start time coincides with the arrival of the 10.10am train from Barrow.
Any enquiries to Richard Scott by email or ring 07519849564
Run for fun in the Walney 5k family fun run or 10k for the more energetic.
Register now by following the link below
Before the Fun Run we will have a Disability Mile. Details to follow shortly.
You can practice for the run every week with the Walney Wind Cheaters. Meet 5.45pm Monday and Wednesday at Sandy Gap for a 6pm start. Under 16s can join the Wind Cheaters Cubs. Meet at the entrance to Walney School. Primary age children need to be accompanied by an adult.
Thanks to Hindpool Tigers who recently donated 5 rugby kits to our Kits to Malawi Appeal. The kit will go to one of the poorest areas on the planet.
Hindpool Tigers Secretary Phil Cubiss and Chair Graham Shaw are seen here presenting the kit to Sports Council secretary Charlotte Whitwell.
If you club has any spare kit for any sport, we would be happy to have them.
Takama Hara Aikido
North Scale Community Centre
Monday & Wednesday,
Junior Classes - 6.00pm to 7.00pm (7 years and onwards)
Adult Classes - 7.10 to 8.30pm
Contact David O'Brien by phone on 07969875099 or 01229 476465 or by email
Or visit facebook.com/takamahara
Barrow and District Rounders League
Games are played each Tuesday evening from May to mid-July 6.30 - 8.30pm at St Bernard's School on Rating Lane, Barrow.
There are currently 17 teams playing in 2 divisions. Teams are made up of 9+ players. Minimum age for players is 14 years, there is no maximum age. Weekly team fees - £18.
Each week there are over 150 women playing rounders in the league! Some are still at school/college, some have recently left education, but most have taken up rounders again having not played since they left school. and for many that was a very long time ago!
For details on how to enter a team in the league or information on how to join an existing team, please contact Anne Atkinson on 07500979414 or by email
A level 1 course is booked to run on Sundays 10th, 17th and 24th May. ( 9 - 6pm ) with Safeguarding Children workshop on Monday 11th ( 6 - 9pm ) with the Emergency Aid workshop on Monday 18th ( 6 - 9pm )
A course venue, locally ( Barrow ) will be confirmed asap.
The cost of the course is £105 for Charter Standard and £135 not Charter Standard.
Please pass around your coaches and contacts and let Tony know your coach requirements,
Stand alone workshops can be used for the purposes of annual Health Checks for Charter Standard clubs.
Cost for the workshops are £21.
To book or for more info contact Tony Callister on 07789 773122 or email
Parkrun every Saturday in Barrow Park.
The free run begins at 9am at Barrow Park, meeting at the Park Pavilion at 8.45am. The Barrow parkrun is open to runners aged 8 and above, and is for club runners, occasional athletes and total beginners looking to get fit.
The fact that the run, which takes place entirely within the boundaries of Barrow Park, ends near to the café, is also a reflection of the organisers’ eagerness to try and establish a community and social atmosphere amongst the runners.
The event is not only looking for participants, it is also looking for volunteers, so the event can run smoothly and professionally.
The event is part funded by the South Cumbria and North Lancashire Athletics Network and part of their remit is to try and get more people feeding into local athletics clubs, in Barrow’s case, Barrow and Furness Striders Athletics Club.
If you would like any further information relating to participating or volunteering, please contact stuart Wallce on 07788 273 034.
Dance Nights at the Forum with Jason Parkinson
Every Thursday to 21 May
6 - 7pm Cheer Dance Zone for 10 to 16 year olds £4.50
7.15 - 8pm Beginners Strictly Dance Class £6 or £8 for two
8 - 8.45pm Tango and Swing £6 or £8 for two
8.45 - 9pm Intermediate Strictly Dance Class £6 or £8 for two
Ring 820000 for more details
Furness Cavaliers U11’s
New players wanted for next seasons Furness Cavaliers under 11 team.
If your child goes into year 6 in September and is keen to start playing football then call Andy on 07896591942 for more information.
Tuesday 25 August to Thursday 27 August
Boys and girls ages 6 to 15.
For more details and booking visit here
The junior section of Furness Rovers F.C. has a fun football session every Sunday morning from 10 to 11. Boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 7 (reception to year 2) are welcome to attend. For more details please contact Dave Bolland on 07702 073369
Limited to 10 places only so need to book in advance. Contact Caroline Arnold 07968243685
Modified Pilates classes suitable for beginners, recovering from injury or returning to exercise. Led by Sports Therapist teaching Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute method.
Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday (see below)
Monday 6pm Roose School
Wednesday 10am Beacon Hill Methodist Church Hall
Thursday 6pm Rampside village Hall.
Congratulations to the Cavendish Park Community Sports Trust. The Trust includes representatives from sports clubs and the local community on Barrow Island.
They have just received a 30 lease to manage Cavendish Park from Barrow Borough Council.
This will give Barrow Island Juniors and Open Age Football and Marsh Hornets Rugby League Club a home of their own!
Shortly after receiving confirmation of the lease, the Trust has also obtained charitable status which will help with future funding applications.
The Trust is planning to upgrade the pitches and also upgrade the changing facilities to include community facilities. Barrow Sports Council is happy to be helping in this process.
Islanders are looking for girls and boys from as young as “Walking” to 7 years old, to join in their fun class.
For more information, contact Joanne Leach
Barrow and District Referees Society
Have you ever wanted to become a rugby referee? Now is your chance!
We are looking to recruit a new generation of referees at all age levels and we are looking for ex-players, spectators and young personnel who want to give it a go. We are also looking for 14, 15 and 16 year olds to cover school games and personnel to qualify and cover youth games, mini-mod and thirteen aside. Barrow and District are looking to help anyone with the ambition to will assist them to develop themselves!
For more information contact:
Terry Barker 01229 830698
Dave Braithwaite 07793426624
Terry Bewley 01229 877658
All classes are held at DARE Dance Studio, 104 Abbey Road next door to Duke of Edinburgh Hotel.
Mix it up MONDAYS:
4:00-4:45 Wriggle n Jiggle Infants £1.20
5:00-6:00 Jumpstart Juniors £1.20
6:00-8:00 Contemporary/Jazz Youth Dance £3.00 per class or £5 for Monday and Friday
Just for Fun FRIDAYS:
4:00-4:45 Wriggle n Jiggle Infants £1.20
5:00-6:00 Jumpstart Juniors £1.20
6:00-8:00 Youth StreetDance £3.00 per class or £5 for Monday & Friday
Call us on 833228 to book your places
Drop Zone - Active Zone
Free sports sessions for young people aged 11 years and over.
Fully qualified sports coach and youth workers, delivering a wide range of sports activities.
Monday - Askam Community Centre 8pm - 9pm
Thursday - Dalton Drill Hall 5pm - 6pm
Friday - Furness Academy 7pm - 8pm
For further information, contact Drop Zone
Congratulations to Duddon Canoe Club on being awarded Paddle-Ability status by British Canoeing.
For more info about this Award, visit here.
We recently awarded a grant to the local Rugby League Service Area for their new under 14s team. Good luck lads!
Modern jive classes held every Tuesday evening at the Soccer Bar, Wilkie Road, Barrow LA14 5UQ
Modern jive, also known as Leroc or Ceroc is best described as a cross between jive, rock & roll and salsa but perhaps a bit gentler!
Easy to learn, with no fancy footwork. Beginners welcome every week. Suits couples or singles (aged 16+)
Start 7.45pm with dancing up until 10.30pm
Cost £6 for the evening
Contact Pam on 07770 954 359 or byemail
Furness Future Flyers Dowdales Mondays 6.15pm - 7.45pm
Furness Future Flyers is the first British Cycling Go-Ride Cycling Club in the South Lakes. It is a youth cycling club coaching children aged 6 - 16 years. The club coaches all cycling disciplines including mountain biking, cyclo cross, road cycling and racing, general cycling skills etc. It is an inclusive club and encourages all children of all abilities to come have some fun on their bikes at our coaching sessions.
Weekly sessions are on Monday evenings between end March and end of September at Dowdales School. Sessions run from 6.15pm until 7.45pm.
For further information please don't hesitate to contact the Club or call in at a session. All new members welcome.
Haven't played netball since you left school? Would like to play to keep fit but without the commitment of joining a team?
Back to Netball sessions are ideal for you!
Wednesday evenings in term time at Hoops. 6.30pm to 7.30 pm. £3
For more information, please contact Andrea on 07703324979 or by email
For all age group from under 10s upwards
The U10’s & U12’s will be training Monday’s at the club 6pm until 7:30pm
The U14’s will be training Monday’s at the club 7pm until 8:30pm
The U15’s will be training Friday’s at the club 6pm till 7:30pm.
The U16’s will be training Wednesday at the club 6:30pm until 8pm.
The U17’s will be training Wednesday at the club 5pm until 6:30pm.
All players, old and new are welcome to attend any of the training sessions.
For more information contact Jason Meadows on 811856.
Thanks to Furness Cricket Club for the latest donation to our Malawi appeal.
If you have any full sets of kit for any sport that you don't need, let us know and we'll send them to Malawi. Thanks.
Join the Parkside Panthers
A local group with an interest in running at all levels. Friendly & fun!!!
Meet in ALDI car park - not the Park Leisure Centre
And Saturdays at 2.30 from the Owl sanctuary carpark just opposite Wicks on Park Road
Everyone welcome !!!!!!!!!
Take suitable clothing including trainers and some water for a friendly run. There are beginners, intermediates and advanced groups so they cater for those that can't run to those that have run for some time. Find them on Facebook under Parkside Panthers.
Brook Street Gym
Seniors 17yrs+ 6.30pm Monday & Wednesday & 6.45pm on a Friday
Womens 16yrs+ 5.15pm till 6.30pm Wednesdday
7yrs - 10yrs 6pm till 6.45pm Fridays
11yrs- 16yrs 5.30pm Monday
Furness Flames have moved their training sessions to Barrow 6th Forum College. Sessions are 6pm to 7pm on Fridays.
New members are welcome. If you would like to play for this new emerging and friendly club please contact Angela Phillips on 07809706223 or by email
The team are seen below in their new kit kindly sponsored by Barrow Borough Sports Council.
Over the last few years, we have been pleased to help the people of Malawi by sending them your surplus sports kit. These have been greatly appreciated.
If you have any surplus full team strips for any sport, we would love to give them a good home in Malawi.
So if you are getting a new strip for next season, give your old kit a good home! If you can help, give us a ring on 407575 or 407319 or drop us an email.
Not very sporty but also useful, our visitors from Malawi would appreciate the donation of any old mobile phones. They don't have a national telephone grid like we take for granted so mobiles are an essential way to communicate.
Your old mobile may be embarrassingly old fashioned and uncool but don't throw it away. Instead, drop it off for Barrow Sports Council at the Nan Tait Centre. If that's a bit out of the way, get in touch and we'll arrange the most convenient way for us to pick it up.
The latest donation from Furness is 5 kits and 40 phones. These are being shipped shortly. Thanks.
Professional training in Musical Theatre, Dance and Voice
The Dance Studios are also available to rent for a variety of different activities.
Deemon Dance Studio
Barrow In Furness
For further details, please contact: Emma Fawcett 07725606829
@ South Lakes Hockey Club
Junior Hockey Training
Wednesday 5.30pm – 6.30pm
@ Ulverston Leisure Centre, Priory Road, Ulverston
£1.50 per week. First session free
Sticks provided. Contact Margaret Mawdsley
on 07786910388 or 01229 581918 for more details
Run by Ruth McDonald - Parish Nurse, Ida Ferguson - Physiotherapist and Helen Wallace - Physiotherapist who are all chair exercise leaders with an approved Level 2 qualification.
Children's Centre, Greengate Street
Tuesdays 1.30 -3pm (free of charge, inc. tea/coffee)
Askam Methodist Church
Fortnightly Fridays 1 -2.30 PM (£1.50, inc. tea/coffee)
This type of exercise programme is recommended for people with limited mobility or who are chair bound themselves.
The aims of the exercise sessions are to :
Strengthen important muscle groups
Improve performance of daily activities ( getting in/out of bath)
Promote sense of rhythm
Improve coordination and balance
Increase daily activity level
Increase interaction with others (have fun)
Ring 07796645247 for more information