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Barton under Needwood Civic Society

Image of a children's playground

A safe new playground replaces the old, illegal equipment which was here before

An insight into Barton under Needwood

Barton under Needwood, a rural Staffordshire village in the vale of the River Trent, has a vibrant and bustling community. The area has a long history of agriculture. The village lies on the line of the Roman Rykneld Street, which runs north from Lichfield to Burton. The village has a number of surviving Victorian mansions, Georgian half-timbered and Regency houses also can be seen and the Tudor manor house of Blakenhall is in the south west of the parish.

Barton under Needwood Civic Society Group Profile

The society formed 30 years ago in 1974. Our main aims are to protect the environment, architecture and fabric of the village. The work and activities of the civic society educate and entertain members of the local community. We produce an occasional newsletter.
The Society gives an annual award each December to a person or persons who, in the opinion of the committee, have done something during the year to enhance village life. It is called the Douglas Ball Award. Douglas was a founder member of the society who died just a few years after the setting up of the society in 1974. This year is our 25th award year.

How to contact us:

Write to -
Arthur Kennedy
Chairman
Barton under Needwood Civic Society
24 Linden Road,
Barton under Needwood,
Burton on Trent,
Staffs.
DE13 8LN.

Phone: 01283 712895

Email: arthur@kennedy-bun.freeserve.co.uk

Meeting details:
We meet at Barton village hall, Crowberry Lane, on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, except July, August and December. We have approximately 100 members and new members are welcome.

Previous projects and events

Related to the heritage of the area, the society has produced a booklet on the history of Barton village, which includes a guided walk. The group were joint authors of the publication ‘Under the Needwood Tree.’

Recent activities

A recent achievement was the provision of the children’s play area to replace old and illegal equipment. This was through “Living Spaces” a programme organised by the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office to promote community involvement. They provided £25,000 of the £37,000 cost. The Parish Council, County Council, Argos and Police Force provided the balance of the costs. The project started in 2003 and was completed and opened on June 6th 2004 for the under 12s in the village to enjoy.

Information supplied by Barton Civic Society and Pattison,Jeff. A Promenade through Historical Barton-under-Needwood. Barton under Needwood Civic Society, 1999.

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