News and Events March 2011

Cambridge Cancer Help Centre
Do you have cancer?  Are you caring for someone with cancer? Have you lost a loved one to cancer? Cambridge Cancer Help Centre is there for you, offering support and understanding.
Taking that first step to visit us may not be easy, but once you step through our door you will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome. The centre also welcomes families, carers and friends.
Many of the people there will have experienced what you are going through.
Why not pay us a visit?
We are open on Mondays from 10.00am to 1.00pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10.00am to 4.00pm, or telephone us on 01223 840105  and speak to our Coordinator, Ann Dingley
You will find us at The David Rayner Centre, Scotsdales Garden Centre, 120 Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, Cambridge, CB22 5JT.

‘Points Did Mean Prizes!’
Nearly ninety of us settled into the conservatory and function room at The White Hart on Wednesday evening 26 January, for the annual Friends of Rutland Sailability Quiz.
Manager Matt and his team made us so welcome and fourteen teams were soon tackling ‘Regular’ and ‘Toughie’ questions, as well as deciding the best round to play their Joker.
The raffle was very well supported, thanks to prizes donated by Friends of Rutland Sailability, Martin at The News Shop and Peter at Barnack Post Office Store.
At half time, platters of scrummy food were distributed to the teams and regular trips to the bar were the order of the evening.
The  winners were ‘Thirst  Aiders’, closely followed by ‘Nobbled’ and ‘The Purple People Eaters!’  With names like these, we cannot possibly identify the team members!  Whilst the wooden spoon was won, again, it was the taking part that mattered and the scores didn’t seem to matter too much as a fun night was had by all.
Special thanks must go to Matt, the new manager at The White Hart, for sponsoring the evening; to Frieda Gosling who helps to make the questions just about understandable, and everyone who took part and helped to make the evening a success.
Over £600 was raised for disabled sailors at Rutland Sailabillity - thank you all for your support.
Sailing will start again at Easter and if you would like details of sailing or helping our sailors, do call me on (01740-289)
Mike Baumber.

Barnack Bowls Club.
Bring family and friends to a Bingo Evening on Saturday 26 March 7.00pm in the Village Hall.  £3 entry includes a light supper. 
Please phone Chris Ford on 740 925 for tickets. Bring your own drinks.

The Children’s Society Box opening
On behalf of the children helped by The Children’s Society thank you for your kind donations totalling £741.67, an increase of almost £200 over last year’s total.
Your generous support could make all the difference to a child like James, whose stepfather threw him out after an argument about his mum: “I didn’t want to go but I had no choice.  I had nowhere to go.  I had no money, no clothes – nothing.  That first night, I slept in a graveyard, I was really cold and very frightened.”
Thanks to the generosity of its supporters the Society was able to help James find somewhere safe to stay, and someone for him to talk to about his problems.  Mediation sessions were set up between him, his mum and his stepfather and he was supported as he moved back home.
The money you’ve donated will help The Children’s Society reach even more children like James.  Together, we can give these children the vital support they need.  Together, we can make childhood better.
I do have a few spare boxes so if anyone would like to take one in which to collect loose change over the year please contact me, either at church, or on 01780 740387.  June Graham, Local Hon. Secretary, The Children’s Society.

Coarse Cut Seville Orange Marmalade
This is now ready for sale. A 1lb jar is £1.60 for 6 jars cost £8.50. Please call 740929 to order. The proceeds will go towards Arthur’s expedition to Ladakh, India with the British Schools Exploring Society in the summer of 2012. The Wright family

Bollywood Comes to Barnack School
Indian Curry night accompanied by Belly Dancers. Saturday 12th March 7pm start In the School Hall
3 course Traditional Indian Cuisine, £15 per ticket (tickets limited ~ so HURRY HURRY)
Contact School Office for more details on 740265

Barnack Methodist Chapel
Our first Coffee Morning and Cake Stall of 2011 on Saturday, 5 February raised £112.15 for our funds and it was good to see our regulars once more.  The Coffee Morning in March will be held on Saturday, 5 March at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am  and we look forward to seeing you again then..

Friends of Barnack Church.
The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Barnack Church will be on Monday, March 21st, at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. As has been said previously some present committee members are planning to stand down this year after, in some cases, twenty five years’ service. There have been some offers from people who have expressed an interest in joining the committee, but if you have not yet done so, but would like to consider helping to carry this work forward please come to the Annual Meeting, or speak to me or any other committee member beforehand.  Since their foundation in 1986 the Friends have raised over £40,000 to support the work of the PCC in caring for the fabric of our ancient church.
One way in which funds are raised is through the 200 Club. This month’s lucky winners are as follows,
£20    No.169  Mrs. J. Graham
£10    No.177  Mrs. D. Huckerby
£5      No. 194 Mrs. A. Butland
Elizabeth Young, Chairman, Friends of Barnack Church. 

Barnack W.I.
Members and visitors enjoyed an interesting talk by Mr. Peter Heyes entitled “The Language of Flowers”. His talk was illustrated with some beautiful scenes from his own garden, together with close up pictures of some of the flowers to be found in each season. Mr. Heyes also told us of the history and traditions behind some of these.
After questions he was thanked by Jessie Goodacre. We also heard details of the forthcoming long and short walks, the luncheon club, and of some interesting outings planned this year by Sue Jarman.  We are sending a team to the next Federation Quiz and we will be represented at the Annual Council Meeting in April. We are also hosting the Federation Spring Walk on Saturday, April 16th, so members have a busy few months ahead!  Come and join us!  Liz Young

National Memorial Arboretum Trip
Barnack  WI are organising a coach trip to the National Memorial Arboretum on Wed 18th May and have a few seats left. The cost including lunch is £24.50 & the coach will be leaving at 8am from Barnack. For further details please contact S Jarman 740104
Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The Winners for the January Draw were:
16    Mima McKellar     £25
31    Stan Goodacres     £15
26    Jean Honours    £10

Buttercross Club
At their AGM, the Chairman wished everyone a Happy Birthday –Buttercross is 25 years old this year! There are some exciting ideas afoot to mark this so keep the first weekend in June free!  Thanks were given to those members of the committee who were standing down: Roe Yates, Mary Gowers and Mary Creswell, and to all members who have been supportive of the work of the committee.
Membership fee was increased to £7 for 2011.The visitors’ fee remains at £1. It was noted that the Reading Room rent was to be increased this year due to the cut in funding from Peterborough Council. The members then agreed to give donations to Peterborough Soup Kitchen, The Reading Room, The Parish News and The Wiki Café and their charity this year – Aqua Boxes. 
As the club has been going along the same lines now for 25years, the Chairman queried whether it was time to change?  There was discussion about possible ways of engaging more people from the village.  Suggestions from residents would be gratefully received.  Contact Janette either personally or via email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).
The 2011 Committee are Janette Abbott-Donnelly (Chairman), Anne Harrison-Smith (Vice Chairman), Laura Pollock (Treasurer), Elke Hare (Secretary), Georgina Berresford, Helen Fancourt, with Margaret Campbell to be a reserve helper!
Our next meeting will be open to all as it’s too good to keep to ourselves: Mr Priestley – The Removal Man.  Amusing stories and tales from a lifetime in removals will be in the Reading Room from 7.45pm either on Wednesday 2nd or 9th (to be confirmed ).

Why Janette was found sleeping rough outside Sainsbury’s last November!
Ian Davies, Chairman of Peterborough Soup Kitchen the local charity that regularly feeds 50 -60 homeless and disadvantaged people every night certainly gave the Buttercross Club members food for thought when he spoke in February. The charity embarked on a major fundraising initiative towards the end of last year to replace the kitchen’s old van which is the heart of its operation. 
Sleep Rough: 2010 saw 135 members of the public including the Mayor of Peterborough, the Dean of the Cathedral and Bainton’s own homeless resident Janette Abbott-Donnelly (well kitchen-less: not quite the same, I grant you but I have been feeling deprived for the last 10 months) bed down for the night outside Sainsbury’s in Bretton on a cold night in November.  The aim was of course to raise funds for the new van through sponsorship and just as importantly raise awareness of the cause.
The charity has been operating for over 27 years.  Teams of 3 – 4 people on a rota basis go out in the soup kitchen’s van six days a week serving over 15,500 meals every year which includes 442 cups of tea, 1770 cups of coffee, 2655 sandwiches and 1770 cups of soup a month.  Everyone at the soup kitchen is a local volunteer. The aim of the charity is quite simply to help meet the most basic of human needs – food and drink.

So how was the night out under the stars? 
For the charity, it was certainly successful – the event raised over £40,000; the new van has been purchased and is currently being fitted out before taking to the streets in its new role.  The soup kitchen also got some great publicity.
For me, I completed a personal challenge.  Over the years I have done lots of amazing and whacky things with charities, with groups of friends, with family either to raise money for specific things or just for the fun of it. I felt I wanted to do something myself – just me – to give something back to those who have not been as fortunate in life.  Sleep Rough:2010 was the answer. 
I wasn’t really cold (though the temperature was below zero) or uncomfortable. I wasn’t hungry, or despairing (the band who came to entertain us in the early part of the night were brilliant).  True, the person next to me snored (or was it their dog?) but hey I am used to that!  However, I still left the next morning feeling incredibly humbled.  Packing up at 6am, I was so grateful that I didn’t have to do it all again the following night.  Some people have to, but at least do have the lifeline of Peterborough Soup Kitchen. Janette Abbott-Donnelly

Youth Club
Youth Club this month will be on Friday the 4th   and Friday 18th with the usual tuck shop, table tennis, pool, air hockey, Wii, craft activities and time to hang out with friends.    Towards the end of each session there’s a short talk , followed by some team games to end the evening.  All young people in school years 7-11 are welcome.  50p subs per session.  From 7.30 to 9pm. The Youth Club is run by Barnack Baptist Church, for more information contact Graham Dunn 749198.

Village  Ladies’  Group
Tessa Jackson’s informative talk and demonstration on 25th January gave us many tips on moisturisers and make-up to keep our skin looking youthful.
On 22nd February we are going for lunch at The White Hart, Ufford, 12.30 for   1pm – 2 courses for £10.  If you would like to come along, please get in touch with Frieda (740343) or a Committee member.
22nd March – Annual General Meeting
The evening will begin with Bev Walsh, Peterborough’s answer to Pam Ayres, who will entertain us.  The AGM will then follow, when a decision will be made on the Group’s future.  Please attend and make your views known. Meetings are held in Ufford Village Hall – 7.45pm.

Little Lambs Toddler Group
Little Lambs is held every Tuesday morning in Barnack Village Hall from 10-00am to 12-00 noon during school term-time.  All carers and their children and babies are very welcome.    We have lots of toys, games and books and activities for the children.  Home- made cakes and proper coffee (for the adults!) are served about 11 o’clock,  with fruit, biscuits and squash for the children. We then have lots of fun together with a bible story time and action songs, ending with a short time for the children to whizz around the hall on ‘ride-ons’.  Little Lambs is run by Barnack Baptist Church, for more information contact Karen Dunn 749198 or Val Haines-Eynon 740017.

Not Just Coffee
This  takes place every Thursday morning in Barnack Village Hall and is open between 10.30 am and 12 noon, with tea, coffee and homemade cakes from about 11.15.   It’s all very informal and friendly,  suitable for both men and women of all ages.   Before coffee, there’s  time to have a go at table tennis (very inexpertly!), we have a pool table and Wii computer games, craft activities, jigsaws, and Scrabble is popular,   or to just relax and enjoy a chat.  Everyone is very welcome, so come along and give it a try.  It’s only £1 a week including the refreshments, which goes towards the hire of the hall.  Run by Barnack Baptist Church.  For further information please contact Julie Stanton  749123.