Dogs Trust Community Event coming to Barton Road

barton-road-centre-dogs-trustFriday 21st April – 11am-3pm

Barton Road Centre is pleased to be holding the Dogs Trust Community Event.  And it is all free!

Come and get your dog mirco chipped, and a free basic health check, including nail clipping.

Local Interest Talk – The Felt Hat Industry in the 18th and 19th centuries

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of Lune and Wyresdale in the 18th and 19th centuries

The felt hat industry of the Lune and Wyresdale lasted nearly 200 years and provided men’s hats for both the local and international market, particularly the transatlantic trade.  The talk will explain how the trade grew and will focus on 4 key centres of production, namley, Lancaster, Wyresdale, Quernmore and Wray.  Local hatting families are used as examples.  Reasons for the decline of the trade will be given.

Monday 10th July 2017 – 7.30 pm


Cost £5 including refreshments

Tickets can be obtained from the centre.

History Talk – The Postbox Collection

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here are around 114,500 postboxes in the UK, covering 165 years of history.David Chandler is attempting to collect photographs of every single one.  These everyday objects have a long and fascinating history.  There are more types of postbox than you probably realise and there may even be a rarity near you.  David will provide a brief history of the postbox and offer tips to get you spotting yourself.

Cost £5 including refreshments

Tickets can be obtained from the centre.



Come Train with Me

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Starts Thursday 23rd February 2017 – 9.30am

New ‘sculpt and tone’ body conditioning class.  First session free, £5 per session thereafter.  Better still, pay for 4 and get week 5 free!

It’s February, it’s cold and so tempting to sit at home with the heating on.  Warm up with exercise – that’s the way to do it!

Local Interest Talk – A Few Things From The Archives

A Few Things From The Archives

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Dr Alan Crosby is one of Britain’s leading local historians.  He has published extensively on many aspects of the history of North West England, and his 1991 Record Society volume, Benjamin Shaw’s Family Records, has become a standard text in the field of 19th century working class autobiography.

Our next local interest talk with Alan will be about the Lancashire Archives.

Cost £5

Tickets can be obtained from Denise at the centre.

Dog First Aid – coming to Barton Road Centre

Dog First Aid – Saturday 22nd October, 10 – 1pma5-leaflet-01

Our furry friends can be very curious and unfortunately, accidents do happen.  So as it’s important to provide food, attention and toys, it is also important to be able to help your pet in an emergency situation.

This pet first aid course prepares you to take quick and confident action in an emergency and focusses on the most common pet-related accidents.


For more information, or to book your place on the First Aid course, check out

or call Simone on 07940 517631


Tap Dancing – starts again Tuesday 6th September

Come and join us and make some noise!  Whether you’ve tap danced before, or always wanted to try it, come and have a go.  Tap dancing is brilliant exercise.  We dance to great music, a bit of jazz, a bit of pop, those Broadway melodies that everyone knows – something to suit everyone.  People all over the world tap dance for fun, fitness and development.  Tap dancing energises, it gets the heart pumping, gives you that feel good factor and anyone can do it.  If you’re a bit wobbly on your feet, you can even do it sitting down.

So come and get fit while trying out a variety of steps.  We can turn even the most basic steps into great routines so that you feel like a Broadway star right from your first class.

Tap dancing is about enjoying the music and rhythms in a stress free, light hearted way and at the same time, improving  your fitness levels.

Beginners 10-11am, Improvers 11-12noon.  Book for 8 weeks, £32.  If you’ve not done it before and want to try it out without having to buy tap shoes – we have a bag full of all sizes.  Ring Denise on 01524 65622 to book your place


The Future of Barton Road Community Centre

The future of Barton Road Centre is uncertain.  However, one this is for sure – Lancashire County Council have declared the building surplus to their requirements under their proposed buildings restructuring arrangements.  This means that other organisations can express interest in taking the building on.  However, whether that would mean that the building would continue to offer community provision is far from clear.

The County Council is currently running a consultation about the proposals to close buildings which will run until mid August.  If you would like to have your say on how you feel you will be affected by the closure of our community resource, or for that matter and of the other proposed closures, OR you have any suggestions of how they can improve the current situation, fill in the County Council’s on-line consultation document:  It only takes five minutes.

Local Interest Talk – The Forest of Bowland

On 13th June, we shall be welcoming local author Andrew Stachulski and Helen Shaw to the Centre to talk about his new book about the Forest of Bowland.  We are so fortunate to live right next door to one of the most beautiful places on earth!  Come and enjoy Andrew’s stories and Helen photographs to remind us how lucky we are!


The Forest of Bowland is one of the most beautiful, unfrequented wild places in Britain, and a firm favourite with the Queen. The north-western remnant of the ancient wilderness which once stretched over a huge part of England, today it covers from Lancaster to Settle to Clitheroe, and was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1964. It has adapted its purpose and appearance since its days as the woodland hunting grounds of the Kings of England, but it still contains some of Britains most spectacular views, wildest crags and moorlands, sharply contrasted with its idyllic small villages, rural farmlands and hamlets. The stunning images taken by local professional photographer Helen Shaw reveal many of the secret places in todays Forest of Bowland and this book, in words and pictures, will inspire many to visit this relatively unfrequented area: walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers, historians and nature-lovers.

These talks have proved very popular so it is important that you book through Denise on 01524 65622 to avoid disappointment.  Places are limited to 35.  Tickets are £5.00.

On the evening, Andrew will also do a book signing.