October 3, 2017

Barton Skills Swaps

This is a post for people who live in or around Barton upon Humber, North Lincolnshire.


I thought it might be a good idea for local business people to have the opportunity to offer their expertise for swaps – i.e. You might be a painter & decorator but want someone to check over your end of year accounts, or you might be a shop owner but need some advice about how to create a website etc. If local people can come to a mutually beneficial arrangement – then brilliant!

I have created a Facebook group in order for locals to see what is available to swap – Please feel free to join and post on there what you can offer and/or what you’re looking for… It’s called Barton Skills Swaps. At the time of writing this, we have just over 100 local people interested in swapping!


I have already successfully completed a few swaps – I have had a pair of curtains lined and a carpet fitted, and not a single penny exchanged hands! I simply was able to trade my skills for theirs. It has the potential of being a great group, which can nurture community spirit, help local businesses network and receive word of mouth recommendations – so don’t be shy, join in!

I grew up in what was a close-knit community in Derbyshire and saw first-hand how people used their skills and hobbies to do favours for each other. I really like the idea because I think that doing a favour for someone makes you feel good about yourself, and makes you feel a valued part of the community. The idea behind the Barton Skills Swaps group is to negotiate something in return to do each other a favour!


Anna x

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I’m a Mum, first and foremost. Henry is now 8 years old. I can’t believe where the time has gone… I’ve learnt a lot along the way, and I hope some of the experiences I choose to write about may be useful to you. I write about things that are going on in my life – a lifestyle blog, if you like. I like money saving and helping people to save money here and there, I also do a lot of honest reviews, so I shall be posting some of those on here too. I love photography – Henry is my most favourite subject – but I do love taking pictures of anything really. Children’s portraits are what I think I’m best at. I enter a lot of competitions – I admit it! It’s a great hobby to have and has brought many an experience our way which we wouldn’t otherwise have been able to do. A great example to give you was when I won a spa holiday to Kuala Lumpur – we flew business class and lived a life of luxury for 10 whole days. It was bliss and something we would have NEVER have been able to have treated ourselves to otherwise… and all because I sent my name and address on a postcard to the Times newspaper. I feel that I am fairly successful at comping because I put a lot of effort in – AND I have a positive attitude. I run a little business selling costume jewellery, and I also work 4 days a week in a digital library, so – what with all that – I’m a pretty busy person! I wouldn’t change any of it, mind… I hope you’ll find my posts interesting enough to stick around, follow me, share some of my pages etc. Anna x