News and Events April 2011

It is that time of year again! In your magazine this month, you will find little brown envelopes for your donations towards the cost of producing the Barnack Parish News.
Unfortunately donations from organisations that use the magazine to report their activities, advertise their events and generally share their news with us fell last year.  If any groups haven’t contributed to the magazine and feel able to, we would be very grateful to receive a donation. 
In the same way, private donations also fell last year, so please, once you have popped your donation in the little brown envelope don’t just leave it on the shelf.  It can be handed to any of the people listed below, popped in the secure donation box in Bainton Church, handed to Peter in Barnack Village Shop or returned directly to the Treasurer, Helen Fancourt.
The Receipts & Payments Account published last month showed costs have again been kept to a minimum.
Please send your donations to one of the following:
Barnack:  Alison Longman, The Ridings, Bainton Road or John Ward, Blacksmiths Cottage, Main Street or Peter at Barnack Shop  Bainton: Michael Bratley, Manor Farm, Bainton  or John Wreford, Vine Cottage, Ashton
Ufford:  Peter Hudson, Windrush, Walcot Road, Ufford.
Or directly to the Treasurer - Helen Fancourt, 3 Bainton Gardens, Bainton

Barnack School
Well, what an eventful end of last half term we had at Barnack CE Primary School.  The children all cheered as they were sent home early on the final Friday as the mains water pipe was hit by the builders of the impressive new Pre-School building. 
Our Egyptian studies continue this half term and we have a themed Egyptian Day on the 17th March with pyramid building, mummification activities, dances and more.  The children will also be able to enjoy and Egyptian themed lunch!  The focus of the day will be on problem solving linked to our school focus on ‘Thinking Things Through’.
We celebrated World Book Day across the school with all children sharing their favourite book with another child from another class.  The children all received a book token at the end of the day.
Last month we held a School Grounds Development day and I was delighted with the number of parents, children and community members who supported us. We have cleared the pond area and are now installing a decked area by the pond, ready for pond dipping.  New planter boxes have been made by the school entrance with children using them for growing their own fruit and vegetables to use for ‘snacks’ and for use in the kitchen for lunches.  Each class has a planter box to use and look after.  I look forward to seeing who our natural Alan Titchmarsh personalities will be!
Our new children’s kitchen area is nearly complete with new units, tiling, new electrics and flooring.  This has been a real community effort with parents helping with installation and donations of curtains, flooring, units and tiling.    John Lewis have kindly donated £100 for pots and pans and Wilkinsons have donated £20 for new utensils. 
We are looking forward to many more sporting fixtures coming up with our Y5/6 football and netball team still undefeated for the season.

The Parish News is always happy to take inserts for distribution with the magazine  to all the 720 homes in the Villages.
Please book a space in advance if you wish to use this service.
Email or phone the editor  (details on back page) to do this. To be fair to the collators, we do not like to take more than 2 inserts in one month.
Reminder: There is also a charge for distributing leaflets, which is payable at the time you book the leaflets.
Business rate is £40 for distribution. Clubs and Society rate is £10.

Barnack World War 2 Memories 
The final edition of this booklet is now at the printers and it is proposed to have an Open Afternoon at Barnack Village Hall on  Saturday afternoon, the 2nd of April, from 2.30pm to 5.00pm. 
We invite everyone who is interested in seeing the completed version launched to come and have tea and cakes  on that  afternoon and  to view at leisure.
The cost of each booklet will be £ 7.50. The idea is not to make a profit but to cover the cost  of  printing  and  production. We look forward to seeing you on the 2nd  April!.   
Adrienne Collins

Yoga Class
This will be held at Bainton Reading Room on Tuesdays 9.30-11am, £7/class, please bring a mat and blanket. Tel: 01780 756063/07765 939903, Laura Goodliffe

Buttercross Club 
It was good to see so many people at March’s Buttercross meeting. Our speaker was “The Removal Man” alias Len Priestly who gave us a most interesting talk about his working life which included some wonderful anecdotes. These ranged across different aspects of his work and there are far too many to mention all of them but here are a couple of examples.
He agreed to move the piano belonging to a really gorgeous looking woman because the room which contained it was to be decorated.  Whilst disassembling it (she didn’t realise that he pulled the piano apart for ease of removal) he discovered a hidden cache of risqué photographs of her.  She grabbed them from him and to his consternation he only managed to see the top three or four! Whenever he saw this client in town afterwards, as he often did, she couldn’t look him in the eyes without blushing!
On another occasion his removal lorry became wedged beneath a bridge that spanned a narrow road near Southampton. Bridge 13ft, lorry 12ft 9ins. Should not have been a problem! However, the road had been re-surfaced over the top of the existing tarmac so that the 13ft had reduced in size! His solution was to ask the drivers of the 12 or so cars behind him and the 12 or so in front, held up because the lorry was blocking their passage, to climb on board the lorry and jump about so that their combined weight would pull it down and enable it to pass through. It worked!
There were some poignant memories too. He recollected having to collect the goods and chattels belonging to Major Chris Docherty killed in the RAF Chinook helicopter crash in Scotland in 1994. His grief stricken parents couldn’t bear the thought of sorting out their son’s possessions so he did it for them.
Len retired 7 years ago from removals and testimony of his success lies in the 700 or so letters from satisfied customers and the knitted(!) medal created for him by one of his more elderly customers. He is still driving larger than average vehicles however. He has a 16 seater airport bus and trailer which he uses for airport runs, parties and so on. If the photographs of his trucks and lorries through the ages are anything to go on the bus will be in pristine condition should you ever need to hire his services!
The next Buttercross meeting on Wednesday, April 6th at 7:45pm, is an open meeting which you are most welcome to attend even if you are not a member of the club. Sophie Nott of Burghley Horse Trials Directors’ Office will be giving a talk on the 50th anniversary of the trials. There is a modest entrance fee of £1 for non-members which includes tea/coffee and biscuits. There is also a raffle.

Flower Arranging Classes.
We are very pleased that the flower arranging classes are re-commencing and that Mrs Pat Symonds has agreed to come and give us a demonstration in the church on Friday April 2011 at 2.00 - 3.30pm.
She has suggested that we do a tray arrangement of spring flowers with a container of oasis to put flowers in but also to provide other features eg. paths,  pebbles, ponds, mosses to give a natural effect.
She suggested we bring our own choice of spring flowers. Joan Laycock. Tel 740267

Barnack and Villages Horticultural Show & Fete 2011
Date for your diary. The 2011 Horticultural Show & Fete will take place on Sunday 14th August 1.00 – 4.30pm at Barnack Cricket Club. There are a great range of classes to be entered for both adults and children (see insert for details). There will be a craft fair, BBQ, bar and teas as well as lots of games, stalls and fun things for the children. As well as all the normal attractions we will be bringing back the very popular dog show. For more information about the Show please visit or call Judi on 740420 or Debra on 740048

Barnack Methodist Chapel
Our Coffee Morning and Cake Stall of  on Saturday, 5 March raised £130.86 for our funds and thank you once again for your support.  The Coffee Morning in April will be held on Saturday, 2 April at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am  and we look forward to seeing you again then.
We will also be holding our special Good Friday Service at 10.30 am.  This is just a short service of about 30-30 minutes and consists of hymns, readings and prayers.  If you would like to join us, you would be most welcome

Village  Ladies’  Group
The meal out on 22nd February at the White Hart, Ufford had been well attended and was most enjoyable.
On 22nd March, our AGM began with Bev Walsh, Peterborough’s answer to Pam Ayres, entertaining us.  A cheque for £300 has been sent to the Evergreen Trust, our charity for the year.  £100 has also been donated to Help for Heroes.  Members agreed the Group should continue in a different form – meeting informally each month for coffee, theatre outings, walks, etc.
The first of these will be on 19th April, when afternoon tea will be taken at 3pm in the Orangery at Burghley House.  A wander round the gardens to see the daffodils will also be included.   If any other ladies would like to join us, please come along on the day.
4th May:   Bluebell Walk with Frieda.  Meet at Southey Wood car park at 2 pm.
24th May: Help for Heroes – afternoon tea at Joan’s, Briarway, Ufford.  3 pm.
Carol Roome will come and talk to us about the charity.

Barnack Darby and Joan Club -
Since the Club re-opened in the new year members have enjoyed board games and card Bingo  At the last meeting Mr. Phil Rudkin of Stamford entertained the Group with some beautiful slides of Butterflies found in  our gardens and hedgerows..  Phil also gave a very entertaining commentary to accompany the slides.  
New members are always very welcome to the Club which meets fortnightly at the Acres.
Coarse Cut Seville Orange Marmalade
This is now ready for sale. A 1lb jar is £1.60 or 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

Gildenburgh Spring Concert:
Dvorák Mass in D and other sacred choral music. St John’s Church, Peterborough
Saturday 2nd April at 7:30 pm.
Tickets £10, students £6, accompanied children free (under 16), available from David Perkins 01778 343158 
Quiet Garden Spring Open Afternoon:
Come and see the progress being made on the garden! Quaker Meeting House, by Crescent Railway Bridge, Thorpe Road
Sunday 10th April 1.30. - 5.00
Teas and cakes served Wheelchair access.

Ufford Park Cricket Club
We held the Annual General Meeting at the White Hart.  Chris Parker was elected Chairman  for the forthcoming season, Peter  Corder Vice Chairman, Peter Taylor Rutland League 1st XI Captain, Ross Keymer Vice Captain, 2nd XI Captain T. Rawlings. Vice Captain Johnny Young, Hunts League Captain Ross Keymer, Vice Captain Andy Larkin.  The opening match of the 2011 season is a friendly against Newborough.   New Members welcome.
The last draw for 2010/2011 was held at the White Hart and the winners were:
£100    No. 52    Lisa King, Thurlby
 £20    No. 61    Kelly Gale, Ufford
 £20    No. 63    Ian White, Peterborough
 £15    No. 88    Esther Harrington, Stamford
 £10     No. 42    Simon Ward, Whitley Bay
 £10    No. 28    John Mason, Northborough
 £10    No. 43    Andy Freeman, Stamford.
Royal British Legion.
On a stormy night in February 74 members and their guests braved the elements to attend the Branch’s annual ‘Winter Supper’ in the village hall. The food was exceptionally good this year thanks to Lucy and her team - and our guest speaker - Wing Commander Ian Reynolds MA RAF entertained us  with an amusing talk on his service experiences and the latest organisation of the RAF.
He was cautiously optimistic about the future of RAF Wittering in spite of cut-backs arising out of the Government’s latest Strategic Defence Review. The Base is now the RAF’s main logistical centre for most overseas operations (especially Afghanistan) and also the home of the RAF Regiment’s
Bomb Disposal Unit working continuously in the same theatre. With one of the longest run-ways in the UK it may well be retained for  emergency landings, freighters and other aircraft still to be decided.
Introducing the speaker the Chairman reported that the Branch was in good heart with 84 active members and a strong programme of events to keep the Legion in the public eye. During the year approximately £7,000 was accumulated by way of Poppy Fund collections, subscriptions and the proceeds of lectures and social events. The majority of this went to the main British Legion’s Welfare Fund but donations were also raised separately to help the Legion’s new Remembrance Learning Centre and Exhibition Hall  at the National Memorial Arboretum (aimed especially at young people), the Royal Anglian Regimental Museum at Duxford and the RAF Wittering Benevolent Fund supporting families with next of kin serving in Afghanistan.
Links with the 400 strong Stamford Endowed Schools CCF affiliated to the Branch continue to flourish and we are grateful for their attendences at the village’s annual Memorial Services and other functions. Once again it was good to see Barnack School’s contingent - complete with their own Standard at our 11th November ceremony at the War Memorial.
At time of writing we are combining with the W.I. to visit the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on Wednesday 18th May.Coach tickets (selling fast) and including lunch - can be obtained by phoning the Secretary on 01780 740865 - subject to availability. C.D.C.

The Good News Library Van
I’m sorry that there was no notice about The Good News Van in the magazine last month. However it did come to Barnack on March 15th. In April it will be coming to Yvonne Goodwin house, 26, Bainton Road, Barnack on Tuesday April 19th from 10.30 until 12o’clock.
There will be the usual selection of books, DVD’s and CD’s for you to borrow if you so wish. Yvonne will also make you very welcome if you would like to come for a coffee and a chat. This library van is for everyone’s use in all the surrounding villages.

The Friends of Barnack Church.
The 200 club winners last Month were
£20     No.  90  Mr. and Mrs. Simmonds.
£10     No. 74   Mr. B. Walsh.
£5       No. 64   Mrs. E. Young.

Lenten Hunger Lunch.
There will be a Hunger Lunch on the Wednesday of Holy Week, April 20th, from 12 noon until 2.00pm, in the Village Hall. As before the proceeds will be divided between Family Care, a charity which cares for families in difficulty within our diocese, and Hope and Homes for Children, a charity which cares for children in other parts of the world who have been orphaned by war or natural disaster. Please support this event and these two worthy causes. Liz Young and Jose Irving-Bell.

Barnack W.I.
At our March meeting members were reminded that we are hosting the Federation Spring Walk on Saturday, April 16th, and further plans for this were made. We also heard details of the forthcoming luncheon club venue, long and short walks and outings, particularly that to the National Arboretum which is to take place in May. After the business we enjoyed a most entertaining talk on the “Call Connect” service from Maria Lyon. This started in the very rural county of Lincolnshire, but has now been taken up by neighbouring authorities including Peterborough. We were all encouraged to register, even if not planning immediately to use the service, as this indicates to the local authority that there is a need for transport other than the bus service for people who live in the country, and this will help to protect the service. After questions Maria was thanked by Sue Koster. The next meeting is on Tuesday, April 12th, at 7.30pm in the Village hall when the speaker will be Mr. G.D. Dykes talking about Clare Cottage. New members are always welcome. Liz. Young.

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.  So during April the only session will be on Tuesday the 5th, but everyone is invited to join us for an Easter Egg hunt on Barnack School field on Easter Sunday morning at about 11.30am.  At Little Lambs on a Tuesday,   we have lots of toys, games and books and activities for the children.  All parents and carers with their toddlers and babies are welcome.  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.
Easter Egg Hunt
Barnack Baptist Church will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday morning at 1130am on the School field, followed by hot drinks and cake. Everyone welcome.

Youth Club
Youth Club this month will be on Fridays the 1st,   15th and 29th with the usual tuck shop, table tennis, pool, air hockey, Wii, craft activities and time to hang out and chat 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. Contact Graham Dunn 749198.

Not Just Coffee
This will take place every Thursday morning during April 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 are craft activities to try out, in recent weeks we’ve been making greetings cards, we play scrabble and other board games, and have a jigsaw on the go.   We also have a go at table tennis (very inexpertly although there is some improvement!), and we have a pool table and Wii computer games which we can use.   Or come along just to relax and enjoy a chat.  Everyone is very welcome.  It’s only £1 a week including the refreshments Run by Barnack Baptist Church. For more info contact Julie Stanton 749123.

Barnack Baptist Church
We will be celebrating Easter Sunday with an all age family service from 10.30 -1130 am in the School Hall followed by an Easter Egg Hunt around the school field, and hot drinks and cakes.  Everyone is welcome to join us for either or both, of these events.  Barnack Baptist church meets for worship every Sunday in the School Hall at 10.30am with JAM club (Sunday School) for the children and a crèche for toddlers.