News and Events September 2019

Bainton& Ashton in Bloom

Yes, your village needs your help.

Community Bulb Plant on  Saturday 12th October from 9am onwards, with refreshments in the Reading Room from 10:30am until noon.

Saturday 19th October from 9am onwards, to complete outstanding work And for villagers who could not make the twelfth.

All ages welcome, if you wish to help you can

Message  David on 01780 740626, Or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,Or just turn up at the Buttercross or Ashton Green.

Thank you, Peterborough Communities Fund

Barnack Youth Club

We are now finished for the Summer and look forward to welcoming new Year 7’s in September. We welcome all young people in school years 7-11 who live in Barnack, Bainton, Ashton, Southorpe, Ufford, Pilsgate and Wothorpe. 

There are plenty of activities to suit all; table tennis, pool/snooker, table football, air hockey table, craft activities and tuck shop, the evening usually ends with team games. Entrance Fee is £1.50 + a bit extra for tuck shop (optional).

Youth Club Calendar Dates for Sept 2019 - July 2020

2019, September 6th & 20th, October 4th & 18th, November 1st, 15th & 29th, December 13th

2020, January 10th & 24th, February 7th & 28th, March 13th & 27th, April 24th, May 15th, June 5th & 19th, July 3rd & 10th

A Christmas Carol

On Saturday 30th November at 7 30 there will be a performance of A Christmas Carol in St Andrews Church Ufford. There will be refreshments and it will last approximately one and a half hours and is suitable for all ages! Please save the date! Sally Hudson

The Buttercross Club

On Friday, 19th July, the Buttercross Club went to the John Clare Cottage in Helpston to see the Pantaloons, a small travelling theatre company, put on their version of Jane Austen’s ‘Sense and Sensibility’ in the cottage gardens. There were four actors, two male and two female playing several roles. It was a delight. The heavens opened and it poured with rain but they carried on undaunted. They mixed ‘Regency’ with comedy, never actually losing the Jane Austen touch. The audience responded with much laughter despite the awful weather and the actors were enthusiastically applauded at the end. This was an additional item in the Buttercross programme.

The meeting on 7th August was a boules evening in Dame Mary Tanner’s lovely garden. There were some twenty-eight people. We had better luck with the weather this time and members and guests were therefore able either to play several rounds of boules or, if they preferred, to relax, chat and watch the games. There were ten teams of two. The overall winners were ‘The Gardeners’, (Sheila Bratley and Jane Mason). There were also prizes for the best of the losers, ‘H&M,’  (Helen and Michael Fancourt). There were nibbles and Pimms plus a very welcome hot drink at the end of the evening. Our Chairman, Sheila Bratley, brought the evening to a close by expressing thanks and gratitude to the Tanners for opening up their garden to the Buttercross Club.  It was a most enjoyable evening.

Diary Dates: Our September meeting is in the Reading Room at the usual start time of 7:45pm. It is entitled ‘A Woman’s Place - the role of a medieval lady in a great house’. The speaker is Chris Carr. Please note that it is an open meeting and guests are warmly welcomed. There is a modest charge of £2 for non-members to include tea/coffee and biscuits.

Village Ladies

Our luncheon venue this month is The Slater at Collyweston on 11 Sept at 12.30 pm.  Joan

Bainton allotments

‘Departing summer has assumed, an aspect tenderly illumed’

September by William Wordsworth 1771 – 1850.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that leaning on your garden spade at the allotment on a hot afternoon leads your thoughts to wander beyond a glass of Pimms onto ancient Chinese philosophical concepts such as yin and yang. 

The yin is an allotment with a breath-taking abundance of fruit and vegetables at this time of year and the yang is the abundance of pests that queue up patiently in their startling Darwinian diversity to enjoy the fruits of your hard work. From groups of blackbirds sniggering in the hedge row when they notice that the ripening blueberries have not been netted through to the gangs of little black slugs who wholeheartedly agree that your main crop potatoes are indeed delicious roasted, boiled or, preferably, eaten raw. Not forgetting weed seeds that lie patiently in the soil until your back is turned then, seemingly overnight, spring up waist high in large numbers.

But of course the matter is not quite so black and white. I was bending down recently to pull out a large groundsel plant when I noticed an orange and black caterpillar on it. This turned out to be the caterpillar stage of the Cinnabar moth. A creature with such an evocative name along with its food plant deserved to be left in peace. Similarly the sight of martins and swallows wheeling over the allotments in early evening eating insects is well worth the odd leaf nibbled by flying pests. So you can’t really have the yin without the yang and life is all the richer for that.


Thank you to everyone who attended the July Bainton & Ashton Family day.  We raised just over £2,500.  Which is a wonderful achievement.  Thank you one and all.  It was a wonderful day, as always and the sun shone.  What more could you ask for.

A special thank you to all of our stall holders who worked so hard in preparing for the big day.  Thank you also for the wonderful volunteers who helped set up on the Saturday and then take down on the Sunday.  We could not do any of this without you and without you giving of your time.  It is very much appreciated.

With every blessing and here’s to next year.

Regards, The Bainton & Ashton Family Day Organising Committee

PS : We are already organising for next year so if you would like to come on the committee you would be welcomed with open arms.  Please get in touch.  Also if you would like to volunteer to run a stall next year then also please get in touch.

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01780 740034



William Cecil Hotel October 11th 7 for 7.30pm. Carriages at midnight.

Tickets £35 per head

Our sponsored Charity Dinner & Dance will raise funds to ensure the continuance of the amazing work we do in our local communities.   Where we serve the elderly and vulnerable adults in Stamford, Bourne, The Deepings and the surrounding villages.  We have roughly about 150 volunteers and we offer 7 voluntary, free of charge services which enable elderly people within our communities to remain in touch and to be cared for. 

The evening will commence with complimentary bubbles on arrival, a 3 course meal, disco entertainment by the Fletcher Brothers and of course the mandatory raffle.  I hope you will want to come along, have a wonderful evening and be able to support the Evergreen Care Trust to boot.

Tickets are available by calling the Evergreen Care Trust on 01780 765900 or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tables are made up of 10 places so why not make up a table with family & friends alike.  Dress code smart, casual.

Bainton& Ashton in Bloom

Yes, your village needs your help.

Community Bulb Plant on  Saturday 12th October from 9am onwards, with refreshments in the Reading Room from 10:30am until noon.

Saturday 19th October from 9am onwards, to complete outstanding work And for villagers who could not make the twelfth.

All ages welcome, if you wish to help you can

Message  David on 01780 740626, 

Or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,Or just turn up at the Buttercross or Ashton Green.

Thank you, Peterborough Communities Fund


For a jolly, fun evening out on Saturday 21 September – come to The Barnack Variety Show to be held at Barnack Village Hall.

Music, comedy and surprise artistes – all living in our community – will entertain you!

Full details are on the poster in this edition of Parish News – so gather a party to join you – and get your tickets now!

There will be a pay bar and raffle and you can bring your own ‘nibbles’ to help you enjoy the evening.

Tickets £5 each from:

Sally Hullock 07795-565-658,   

Mike Baumber 07730-014-199, or

At the Coffee Stop in Barnack Village Hall on Wednesday mornings.

The show is a Barnack Community Association event – ‘Supporting your community.’


You will be assured of a warm welcome on a Wednesday morning when Coffee Stop is operating in the village hall.  Coffee Stop provides an opportunity to meet different people, build new friendships and continue to grow existing ones.  It’s also a great place to keep a ‘look out’ for the Library van whilst enjoying your coffee. Most weeks we have newcomers coming along and the sign on the crossroads is attracting visitors and walkers.

Thanks to our regular group of singers who led our Sing Along in July.  (There will be no further Sing Alongs until the Christmas one in December).

Homemade cakes, scones and tea cakes, ‘real’ coffee (plus ‘Take out’ drinks) at very reasonable prices are always available.  If people would like to see anything else being offered we will always listen to your suggestions.  Coffee Stop is held in Barnack Village Hall every Wednesday from 10.30am to 12.00 noon in the side room   Open to everyone - we look forward to welcoming you.   Lifts are available if required.  

It takes a wonderful team of helpers to ensure that Coffee Stop runs effectively every week, thank you to all those involved.  If you feel you would like to assist in any way (even if it is helping occasionally to set up or put the tables and chairs away) or bake a cake now and then, please speak to Carol (740438).

BOOK THE DATE – The Glebe Singers

As part of this year’s fund-raising events programme there is to be a concert in Barnack Church on Saturday 30th November.  The concert is being given by a community choir called The Glebe Singers from Bourne who will be coming to entertain us with a professional and varied programme (which comes highly recommended by some of our own members who have been fortunate to attend one of their previous concerts).

Usually the choir perform three concerts a year featuring a wide range of music from sacred works to songs from the shows, spirituals and folk music. 

Because of people’s generosity, and prudent sourcing of grants and managing of our accounts by our treasurer, we are pleased that the installation of the new heating system is to begin in September.  So, we are assured of a pleasantly warm venue for this occasion, hopefully the first of many such events.

Little Lambs

Little Lambs toddler group will be back after the summer holidays on Tuesday 10th September in Barnack Village Hall from 10am to 12 noon.   

Little Lambs is a lovely, friendly toddler group for parents and carers with babies and toddlers up to 4 years old.  The first hour each Tuesday is free play time with lots of toys, a slide and see-saw, home play corner, baby area and craft activity for little hands.   Just before 11am everyone helps clear away the toys so that we can put out tables and chairs for snack time.  

Snack time at Little Lambs is very special with cafetière coffee or tea and homemade cakes for the grown-ups and a snack bowl with fruit and a little cake or biscuit for the children.  

Afterwards we go into the side room for a very short bible story and lots of action songs with Rev Dave leading the singing on his guitar. Then for the last 5- 10 minutes there are ride-ons in the main hall for the children to use up their last bit of energy before going home for lunch and perhaps an afternoon nap!  

Little Lambs is great for the babies and toddlers to experience the fun of being with and playing with other children, and for their parents and carers to meet new people, catch up with friends and to sit down for a nice coffee!  

Just before the summer holidays we had a lovely time at the playing field in Tallington for our end of term picnic.  Very good wishes to all the little lambs children who are starting school this September.   The picnic seems a long time ago now and we are starting to get ready for the new term and looking forward to seeing everyone.

   Little Lambs is run by Barnack Church for everyone in Barnack and the surrounding villages and takes place every Tuesday in Barnack School term-time.   

A very warm welcome awaits.  Please contact Julie Stanton on 07885563128 to find out more about Little Lambs.

Messy Church with Barnack Church

Messy Church this month will be on the 8th September in Barnack Village Hall from 4pm to 5.45pm.   For the first three quarters of an hour there will be lots of fun activities and crafts to help us find out all about Joseph and his family and his brightly coloured coat!  

Then we will gather together for a short interactive and very family friendly service. We’ll find out more about the bible story, sing some lively songs and there’ll be a short prayer.  

Afterwards everyone is invited to stay for a light tea- time meal together usually with lots of nice things to make up your own sandwiches, some fruit and cake.  The meal-time gives everyone plenty of time to chat.  Messy Church is great for families and all who are young at heart.  Everyone really welcome, do come along,  we’d love to meet you.   

To find out more please call Rev Dave Maylor 740234 or Julie Stanton 07885563128 or 749123.  

Dates for the rest of the year are 13th October, 10th November and 8th December.

Barnack Community Association

The Community Association team have had a slight breather over July and August, following the success of Party in the Paddock and our AGM held on the 19th July 2019. If you would like to receive a copy of the minutes, via email, then please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . A copy is also available to read on the Village Hall Noticeboard.

I’m pleased to report that all the team have agreed to continue for another year: 

Sally Hullock – Chair

Rich Noyes – Secretary

Andy Cavaciuti – Treasurer

Debra Martin – H&S Officer

Naomi James and Steve Rickard

Our next meeting is being held on Tuesday 3rd September where we’ll discuss our plan for the upcoming year and prioritise the work required at the Hall, following our full maintenance review carried out earlier this year. Some essential pipework replacement has already taken place, following a 10-yearly visit from Anglian Water, to ensure the drinking water remains safe and within regulations. We are very grateful again to Steve Rickard – resident “man that can” – who was able to carry out all this work for us, which is a huge time and money-saver.

These essential upgrade costs, however, remind us of the importance of our main role on the committee, which is to generate revenue, to help us keep our beautiful Village Hall functioning, safe and secure.

The fun bit, though, of being on the Committee is undoubtedly organising the socials! We are delighted to be hosting The Barnack Variety Show on Saturday 21st September – see the inside cover advert for details. Tickets are £5 per person and available from Mike Baumber or Sally Hullock.

Coffee Morning Saturday 21st September  2019 10.30am –12 noon 

St John the Baptist Church would like to invite you to join us on each third Saturday of the month, 10.30am – 12 noon. You can enjoy tea/coffee and biscuits. 

We also have home-made cakes, scones, lemon curd etc. on sale to tempt you! We enjoy time for a chat with friends and for making new ones. 

Do come along and join us!    

Found at the Bainton & Ashton Family Day

I’ve two items left over from the Bainton & Ashton Family Day:

1 x octagonal cream plate

1 x XL green jumper

Contact Su 01780 740034 to claim   


There is to be a Village Harvest Supper on Saturday 5th October in Barnack Village Hall, 6.15 for 6.30 pm.  All are welcome to join us for this social event.  There will be a charge of £5.00 for adults with children (up to 16) free. Please come along for a fun evening, including children’s activity.  Liz Young (740347) and Carol Pickering (740438) will need to know numbers attending please by Saturday 28th September.

Men’s Breakfast 

The Men’s Breakfast this month will be held on Saturday 28th September in Barnack Village hall at 8.30am.

We look forward to seeing you there. 

All welcome.