NEWS & EVENTS

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TRAILS DAY
Photos from this event can be seen here – Barr Trails Day


DEFIBRILLATOR

Barr village now has an automated external defibrillator (AED) for use in the event of a heart attack.  Please read this as lives may depend on it.

It is located on the outside wall of the village hall at the back between the fire door and the bowling club.

It is essential that residents and children understand that the defibrillator is not to be interfered with except in an emergency.

You do not need training to use a defibrillator.  They are designed to be used by people with no experience and are fully automated. The machine tells you what to do.  St John’s Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation both confirm that they are designed to be used by anybody, and that no training is needed.

You cannot be held legally liable for using a defibrillator wrongly, and you cannot harm somebody by using it when not needed.

The defibrillator has been funded by the Hadyard Hill Community Benefit Fund, to whom thanks.


Assel Valley Community Fund

The Assel Valley Community Fund is now in operation and is inviting funding applications. It is administered by Foundation Scotland. To find out who can apply and how to do so follow this link and please read the Fund Factsheet.


Click here for the latest Community Council minutes:

Minutes 15 June 2017

The latest minutes are also on the noticeboard in the village hall.


Hadyard Hill Wind Farm Extension
 
SSE have submitted an amended plan for the Hadyard Hill Extension to the Scottish Government.
View it here (pdf).
Paper copies of the full plan can also be found at the following locations:
·         South Ayrshire Council, Burns House, Burns Statue Sq, Ayr, KA7 1UT
·         Girvan Library, Montgomerie Street, Girvan, KA26 9HE
·         Dailly Library, Community Centre, 67 Main Street, Dailly KA26 9SB
·         Barr Village Hall, Stinchar Road, Barr, KA26 9TW

Consultees have a period of 28 days from the last public notice (27 February 2017) to provide a further response to the Energy Consents Unit.
More details here.


The Stinchar Valley Quilters, based in Barr, held an excellent exhibition weekend the last weekend in July, highlighting the talent of local ladies.

Click here for photo album

Beautiful quilts and craft items displaying local quilting handiwork and the well stocked trade stalls drew a lot of delight & attention with very positive comments looking forwards to future Barr quilting events. It is hoped to exhibit bi-annually in the Hall.

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 Afforestation proposal
There is a proposal to plant a 40 hectare extension to Changue Forest above Knockeen, 3 kilometres east of Barr.  The proposal and a better map can be viewed on the indoor noticeboard at the village hall. Comments to:

Mark Hamilton
email: mail@mhlandscapeservices.co.uk

post: 8 Kirkton Avenue
Bathgate
West Lothian  EH48 1EN

Proposal click here

Plantation map click here
Boundary of plantation (“Blackberry Knowe”) is marked in red.


Windfarm News
The developers of Millenderdale windfarm, between Pinmore and Lendalfoot, have resubmitted plans with two turbines removed.

More information is available here.
Technical documents, impact assessments and visual montages are available to download here.

Green Power International, the developers, can be contacted on 01259 272158 or by email at enquiries@greenpowerinternational.com


Barr has a new footpath for you to try.


Barr Parish Development Company was formed in July 2013 by Barr Community Council.

Carrick Heritage Trail

Baaarr mosaic

Baaarr mosaic

The new Community Heritage Trail shows visitors a little of the individual character of Carrick’s different communities. Barr Community Council formed a project group with the Heritage Trail’s Project leaders, David Bett Associates & local artists Merlin Currie & Anett Forsyth to create Barr’s contribution to the Carrick Trail. A Barr Village human sundial was designed and is now positioned opposite the Village Hall. A flat embedded mosaic central panel  incorporates the infamous Laird of Changue’s footsteps where one can stand and cast a shadow to tell the time. Barr residents of all ages have been involved in the project; measuring up for the mathematical accuracy of true north & the markers’ positions, donating crockery and tiles, design input from creative individuals and primary school children,  volunteering  time and expertise for the installation.

Geo-caching is incorporated into each Carrick community contribution, although without a signal, Barr visitors have to download a wee app to allow the mapping to take place as soon as signal is reached. It is hoped that this will form the first phase in forming more creative connections and interest with our local Trails and points of interest around Barr, i.e. each point of the timepiece will relate to one of the Trails e.g. Kirsty’s Cairn, the Devil’s Trail, Fairy Knowe, Dinmurchie and more.

For further information contact ‘communitycouncil@barrvillage.co.uk’
Mosaic sun dial

Straiton under siege – our neighbouring conservation village is under threat from an overwhelming number of Windfarm proposals!

They will in effect be surrounded, with no regard for heritage, environment, wildlife, habitats, scenic, geological or archaeological interest, sustainable wood management, local business or the social effects on the community. In Barr we have experienced the effects of a small (by comparison) imposed development. Please register your views at  visitstraiton.com

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