Barr Trails Day
Fantastic day was had see here for photos of the event including the guided walk, fairy footsteps trail visiting Fairy doors in the woods, the Barr Bikes ride out and chainsaw sculpture demo.

Project Funding Applications are encouraged for funding from the Assel Valley Community Fund. The deadline for the next round of applications is 1 February 2019. For details of who can apply and how, follow this link. Barr Assel Valley Poster 2018
Recruiting Panel members Would you like to be a part of the decision-making process to award grants for community projects in Barr? The Assel Valley Community Fund is looking for new members of its panel.  If you would like to participate in deciding grant awards from this fund, please email  No experience is necessary, and there are just four meetings a year.  You must be resident in Barr parish. Barr Panel recruitment flier 2018
Barr Sheep dog Trials IMG_20171105_160100
The Barr trial is a must for many of the top handlers from Scotland and further afield, handlers from England Ireland Belgium Spain and the Scottish Highlands took part this year, the judge was Murray McTeir a past Scottish team member. 
Winning this year was local handler and organiser Neil Gillon, this was his first victory in this event after 35 years of trying having had many 2nds and 3rds in the past, following him was 80 plus year old Bobby Middleton from north Ayrshire
 proving age is no Barrier in this sport, third again was Neil with young Belgian lady Laura Hinnekins in 4th
As with many competitions the events couldn’t go ahead without the support from Hadyard Hill benefit fund andBarr community council for allocating this vital support,also to CSJ dog food who donated prizes to all prize winners.
Barr Trails Day 2018 was a great success with over 40 walkers on the guided  6 1/2 ml. Trail and  a good village turn out for Barr Bikes ride too.
The walkers enjoyed a well earned bacon butty break at the foot of the Fairy Knowe  before the steps ascent returning to the village Hall for soup, snacks and refreshments. A chainsaw sculpture demo was given by Sheila of Pinmore and the First Responders were on standby offering info & advice in the Hall foyer.
Walking groups – please note, if you contact the Village Community Assoc. in advance, food/refreshments can be arranged. Call 01465 861 062 or contact the village FB page  ( 
The Fairy Doors ‘footprints’ trail was also a great success with the little ones, although the sleeping Troll at the end did cause a bit of a fright.
The children found a fairy ‘wish’ if they followed all their clues which also entitled them to a fairy cake at Barr stores which they had great fun decorating… and scoffing.
The fairies are again invisible on the Fairy Knowe  Trail but will reappear at their Summer residency in the Barr wee Gallery ‘one acre’ wood on Gala day 2nd June.
 A small selection of pics can be seen here.
            Accolade for the village shop The Plunkett Foundation has shortlisted Barr Shop and Cafe for the 2017 Community Cooperative of the Year in Scotland Award.  This a UK-wide award and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 6 December 2017. Latest:  Barr Shop was runner up!  Well done all. The Plunkett Foundation’s aim is to improve rural lives together and combat rural isolation, and has recognised the value of the exceptional part played by the village shop. Awards Finalist 2017

Hadyard Hill windfarm extension abandoned SSE has announced that it is dropping its plan to extend Hadyard Hill windfarm. South Ayrshire Planning Committee had recommended refusal for the 22 proposed 126.5 metre turbines between the Stinchar and Girvan valleys, and SSE has decided not to proceed to Public Local Inquiry. SSE are still confident that they would have got the green light at the Inquiry. They maintain that their decision has been made on purely economic grounds, and that the objections made to their plan were not of any significance.
Read SSE’s statement here.
Sunday 17th September saw the final event in Barr Teas calendar hosting a well attended Ladies Lunch. It was again sponsored by local general builder Derek McWilliam whose continued support was much appreciated. After a buffet lunch the ladies were entertained by an informative talk on different cheeses ably given by Miss Sophie Wilson.
The day was rounded off with the usual raffle and a special draw for a prize donated by Glenapp Castle Hotel.
A busy year enabled Barr Teas to donate £250 to Barr Parish Church, £250 to Barr Primary School Parent Council, £250 to C. A. N Girvan and £750 to Motor Neurone Disease.
Barr Teas would like to thank the ladies who attended the lunch, all those who gave donations, Miss Sophie Wilson, our two main sponsors Derek McWilliam and Glenapp Castle Hotel and everyone who helped on the day. 
Barr Teas thanks also go to those who have lent their support at other Barr events throughout the year.

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


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.
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. IMG_1245  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: 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
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 ‘’ 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


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