News and Events May 2011

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.

Someone to Volunteer to Deliver the Parish News in Southorpe
After several years delivering the Parish News to households in Southorpe, Andrew Beard has decided he would like to hand over the reigns to someone else.
If you could spare the time to deliver the Parish News once a month to homes in Southorpe, please get in touch with the editor, Lisa Chadwick (details on back cover).
Many thanks to Andrew for all his hard word in the past.

Barnack Ward Wildlife Projects in May
Phil Rudkin has agreed to lead another Birdsong Walk to Castor Hanglands on Wednesday May 1th.  Meet at Southey Woods car park at 6.30pm. All those who came last year would agree that this was one of the year`s highlights so do join us if you can.  We do not plan to walk very far or very fast.  The land is flat but can be a bit rough, so sensible footwear is recommended.  Please let Frieda know on 01780 740343 if you are proposing to come.
I am wondering how you are getting on with your Bumblebee Surveys?  I have to admit that, as a beginner, I am struggling to identify my bees because they don’t stay still for long enough!  However, I am determined to persevere and hope to get quicker with practice.  What better excuse do you need to find a deck chair, set it up in a nice sunny spot in the garden and sit and relax for 20 minutes, listening to the buzzing of the bumble bees?  The total numbers of bees seen and the provision of nectar and pollen sources between now and September are even more important than the identification of species.  Bumblebees and their young eat only nectar and pollen and gardeners can help them to survive by growing a variety of traditional cottage garden flowers.
The 23 posts to mark the outer limits of our limestone grassland Protected Verges are now in position, bringing us a step nearer to our aim to create wildlife corridors between our villages.  Apart from the 1 metre wide visibility strip these should not be cut until after the wild flowers have seeded in early September.
Many of us were concerned about the “scalping” of our village verges by the grass cutters.  Please keep an eye on them this year and let me know if there are any problems.  FG 01780 740343.
Barnack Fun Run
Clear the roads !!!!! 18th June 2pm
Barnack fun run - 2.5km schools challenge, 2.5 Km fun run and 5km fun run
Finishing with an excellent bbq and refreshments. Tell all your friends and spread the word. For more details contact Barnack Primary School
TEL 01780 740265

High Clean of St John the Baptist Parish Church, Barnack.
Builders have recently been in to Barnack Parish Church to install a toilet and serving area.
In spite of the care taken by the builders to ensure the minimum of disruption to the church, those of you who have experienced building works indoors realise that it cannot be done without creating lots of dust. The regular cleaning team have done a splendid job of keeping pews etc looking sparkling, but we do need to have a high clean.
We are planning to do this following the service on Sunday, May 15th.  Everyone who helped did an excellent job last autumn and we hope you will be willing to help again to ensure  our delightful parish church looks its very best. If you read the visitors book, you will understand just how many people make an effort to come and see our important historical church.Please come and help

Buttercross Club
At our April meeting Sophie Nott from Burghley gave an illustrated talk about the history of Burghley Horse Trials because this year is their Golden Jubilee. Harewood House used to host an equestrian event but it folded and in 1961 the Marquis of Exeter, a great sportsman who won a gold medal in the 400 metre hurdles at the 1928 Olympic Games, suggested bringing the event to Burghley and from these modest beginnings the current Horse Trials developed.
Sophie showed us black and white slides of the simple beginnings of what has become one of the most important international events of the equestrian calendar. As the Trials gained the sponsorship of well-known companies they became more and more sophisticated and the competitions evermore challenging.  The participation of Royalty, starting with the Princess Royal in the 1970s and continuing today with Zara Phillips, added to Burghley’s reputation for excellence.  The three main events are dressage, cross-country and show jumping, which each take place on separate days.
An enormous amount of preparation goes into the Trials, for example erecting trade stands, setting up marquees, creating show arenas and a caravan site, laying 20 km of underground wiring and putting in place 4 miles of fencing rope, many generators and 2000 plants – mammoth tasks involving 66,000 man hours and six weeks of preparation before the September deadline - a real team effort!
There are other attractions too which bring people flocking to the Trials, such as a donkey display, the arrival of local hunts, dog agility competitions, a fly past at the end of the event and, of course, the shopping! There are around 600 exhibitors and the average turnover is £9 million.
To celebrate the Golden Jubilee a new lake jump has been created. We were not permitted to see exactly what it looks like - that is still under wraps -  but we were given an insight into how it was built, by using aquadams to create a causeway.  In addition many past winners such as Anneli Drummond-Hay will be returning to Burghley on the Friday of the next Trials.
The Buttercross Club will meet again on Wednesday, May 4th when Jenny Walsh will demonstrate the Alexander Technique.
Buttercross Club 25th Anniversary Celebrations
There will be a birthday breakfast  on Sunday, June 5th, 2011 in the Bainton Reading Room from 10:30 to 12:30. Do come along. Food will be priced modestly and there will be very good company! In addition we are holding two anniversary competitions:-
16 and younger –a painting/drawing competition
A picture of the Buttercross in any medium on A4 sized paper.
A 5x7 inch photograph, black and white or coloured, of the Buttercross.
Entries for the competition should be sent/given to:- J. Abbott-Donnelly at The Old School Room, Tallington Road by Friday, May 20th, 2011. Competition entries will be displayed in the Reading Room on the day of the anniversary breakfast and winners will be presented with their prizes.
Barnack Bowls 200 Club March Draw
The Winners for March  were:
10    John Innes    £25
37    Jill Unsworth    £15
42    Jane Elwood    £10

The Good News Library Van
The Good News Library Van will be coming to Barnack again this month on Tuesday, May 17th. The little blue van will be at Brenda Smith’s house 1, Little Northfields Barnack from 10.30 until 12o’clock, so if you see it parked there do knock on Brenda’s door, as she would love to see you, so that she can show you the books, DVD’s and CD’s which are available for you to borrow if you so wish, and of course have a cup of coffee too if you would like one.

Barnack Methodist Chapel
Our Coffee Morning and Cake Stall of  on Saturday 2 April raised £145 for our funds and thank you once again for your support.  The Coffee Morning in May will be held on Saturday, 7 May at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am  and we look forward to seeing you again then.
We will also be holding a special all-day event on  Thursday, 11 May, entitled ‘Shalom in Springtime’ when you will be able to try taster sessions of Pyrography, Encaustic Art, Card Making and Calligraphy.  If you would like to join us, you would be most welcome.  The day commences at 10.30 am with coffee.
Barnack Community Association
The Annual General Meeting for the Barnack Community Association is to be held on Tuesday 24th  May 2011 at Barnack Village Hall at 7pm. Further details will be advertised on local notice boards.
This meeting is an opportunity for local residents to learn more about the Village Hall and The Pavilion  which are great assets to our community.

Barnack and Villages Horticultural Show and Fete
This year’s Show will be on Sunday 14th August at Barnack Cricket Club. The Show hopes to be as popular as ever with lots of classes for everyone to have a go entering something. There will be a BBQ, cream teas, bar, craft stalls and lots of other interest stalls. Children’s activities and a dog show with lots of fun categories will provide entertainment for the whole family.
Quite a few people have said that they would be prepared to help out if the Show was in September (after summer holidays) so we would like to get feedback from residents on whether people think that it’s a good idea (or not) to move the date from August to September?  Alternatively we are interested in your thoughts of whether the Show should run alternate years rather than annually? Volunteers are what make this event successful so we are keen to gauge levels of support for the event and look at all possibilities to make the Show sustainable.
If you would like to help out with this year’s Show please contact Debra Martin on 740048 or Judi Campbell on 740420 
You can also pass your comments or suggestions on through the Show website ‘contact us’ form at as well as keep up to date with information

Flower Arranging Group.
Our next meeting will be on Friday 6th May at 2.00 - 3.30pm.  Marjorie Copes will be taking us and she would like us to bring the following :- a round dish, 6 long stemmed leaves, 6 large broad leaved stems which can be curled, a bunch of roses and either some small flowers or gypsophilia to fill in with.Joan Laycock 740267.

Village  Ladies’  Group
Our first informal gathering was held at the Orangery, Burghley House on
19th April when we took afternoon tea.
On 4th May, Frieda will be conducting a Bluebell Walk.  To join us, please be at Southey Wood car park by 2pm.
On 24th May, we go for afternoon tea at Joan Waller’s, Briarway, Ufford at 3pm., when Carol Roome is coming to talk to us about the charity, Help for Heroes.  If you are interested, come along on the 24th.
25th June: Pride & Prejudice, Tolethorpe.  12 noon picnic.  Book tickets if you have not already done so.
Barnack Cricket Club 
 There will be a supper quiz held on Saturday, 28th May in Barnack village hall, starting at 7.30pm Proceeds will go towards furnishing the new Pavilion, ready for the 2011 season. Please come along and support this very worthy cause. 
Tickets available from Judy Francis Tel. 740300   

Barnack W.W. 2 Memories 
The contributors to the W.W.2 book wish to thank  everyone who has supported the launch of this project. Particular thanks go to Andy Campbell who guided us all throughout and brought  the book to its  conclusion.  Copies are now available at Barnack Post Office or from Sheila Berrill on 740482, priced £7.50 each.

Stamford Shoestring Roadshow
Following the success last year of the Stamford Shoestring evening in Bainton Reading Room, we are pleased to announce the Stamford Shoestring Roadshow on Sat 21st May 2011 in Bainton Reading Room.  The theme will be a light hearted look at the Battle of the Sexes: Women’s view on men / Men’s view on women. It promises to be an amusing evening, professionally performed, followed by time afterwards for drinks and chat. The evening begins at 7.30pm and tickets are £8 each, including a glass of wine, from Helen Fancourt (740091).

Hills and Holes - News from Natural England
In spite of a fairly long hard winter, the pasque flowers were out on time, signalling the start of another season at the Hills and Holes, which seems like a good time to provide an update on what is happening. 
Changes in Natural England
You may have read various reports in the press about the future of England’s forests and Nature Reserves, so I am happy to report that Natural England will continue to manage National Nature Reserves (including The Hills and Holes), for the benefit of people and wildlife, much as we have done in the past. Discussions will continue about how we can increase collaboration with partners, including local communities. In the meantime Natural England, along with other bodies in Defra,  will be facing a significant squeeze in budgets which is likely to affect staffing levels (see below).
Farewell to Bob: After 8 years as our Summer Warden at Barnack, Bob Crook is leaving for a well-earned rest. I am sure all our regulars will miss his cheerful presence, and wish him well as he returns to his native Norfolk, to spend more time glued to his binoculars and using his sketchpad.

Volunteers Needed
In the current financial climate Bob’s post will not be replaced, and therefore we will be without a Summer Warden for only the second  time in over thirty years. Myself and other staff will cover the peak times through the summer. It would be extremely helpful if local villagers could be extra vigilant over the summer months and let us know if there is anything we should be aware of, as it will be impossible to maintain such a regular presence on the site. We would especially welcome anyone who feels they could join us as a Voluntary Warden, making more frequent visits in order to help maintain the site in tip top condition. This would include liaising with visitors, removing litter, maintaining signs and fences, and keeping in touch if any problems arise. If you have an hour or two to spare and feel you could contribute, please get in touch.

Events: As always we will be organising events this year at the Hills and Holes including the ever-popular Glow-worm Walk, and an orchid walk during Peterborough Green Festival. Events also take place at our other nearby Reserves including Castor Hanglands and Collyweston Great Wood. See Natural England’s Website for details or look out for posters nearer the time. We are increasingly working with  partner organisations in the area including the Wildlife Trust and Langdyke Trust, to help protect the landscape, wildlife and cultural interest in ‘Clare Country’ – the area between Peterborough and Stamford that was home to the 18th Century rural poet, John Clare. Details of all Clare Country events can be found at:

Dogs: Thank you to all who responded to my comments about dogs last year, and I still plan to follow this up with further work on dog waste. Unfortunately two more sheep were killed by dogs last autumn and others were injured, which means that we also have to consider what options are necessary to ensure that grazing can safely continue.

Contact: As always if you need to get in touch, you can ring me on 07970 408415 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Chris Gardiner Senior Reserve Manager

Open Evening with Barnack Flower Group
‘Flowers for a Wedding’, a demonstration by Pat Symonds in Barnack Church.  Tuesday 28th June, 7.30pm.  Informal evening, come with your friends.  Raffle of flower arrangements.  Time for chat and refreshments.  Entry £3.00 on the door.
Friends of Barnack Church.
The 200 club winners for March were as follows:
£20   No.60 Mrs. M. Croft.
£10   No.63 Mrs. V. Kettleborough
£5     No.55 Mrs. B. Hooper

Barnack W.I.
At our April meeting final plans for hosting the Federation Spring walk on April 16th were made. We learned that our quiz team had come second in the recent County Quiz and that our Institute now has 50 members! Our speaker for the evening was David Dykes who gave an interesting and informative talk on Clare Cottage, which was particularly helpful as we hope to make a visit there later this year. After questions he was thanked by Judy Francis. Our next meeting is on May 10th and will be a cheese and wine evening. It is also our opportunity to discuss and vote on the two resolutions which are to be put at the AGM in June. These are concerned with mega farms and the closure of public libraries. More details will be given in next month’s report. New members are always welcome.  Liz Young.
Dailey for all their time and skill in pulling the project together.

Barnack Cricket Club
As the start of the 2001 cricket season is now with us, we are all looking forward to a tremendously exciting season.
Kids Cricket - On Friday evenings between 5.30-6.45 for 8 weeks from May 6 - June 24, there will be cricket coaching for Under 9s from 5 new ECB qualified coaches! This is a great way to end the week for children and parents alike, so please come and join in the fun. This is likely to be oversubscribed, so please book early. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
New Season - With great success in the leagues and local tournaments last year, we are again looking forward to having another good season. Forthcoming home fixtures for May and June are :
Sun 1 May       2nd XI  Geddington
Sat 7 May       1st XI  Orton Park
Sun 8 May       1st XI  Finedon Dolben
Sat 14 May      1st XI  Ramsey
Sun 15 May      2nd XI  Warboys
Sat 21 May      1st XI  Old Eastonians
Sun 22 May      1st XI  Bourne
Sat 28 May      1st XI  Huntingdon
Sat 5 Jun       2nd XI  Laxton Park
Sat 11 Jun      Barnack 7s Fun Day
Sun 12 Jun      2nd XI  Wisbech
Sat 19 Jun      2nd XI  Kimbolton
Sat 25 Jun      1st XI  Eaton Socon
Sun 26 Jun      1st XI  Peterborough Town
Please come along in the afternoons to watch and enjoy the facilities. We are always interested in new players. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
New Pavilion - There has been a tremendous local effort working very hard towards building a new pavilion. Very many thanks to all that have given so much of their time and skill. The new pavilion will be very nearly ready or even open for business in early May. Everyone involved look forward to welcoming all of you for what will be a tremendous amenity and asset for the community. Thank you again to all of you that have supported our fund raising events (and please continue to do so!) and come and see us very soon

Barnack Baptist Church Youth Club
Youth Club will be on Fri 13th 27th 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.  All young people in school years 7-11 are welcome.  50p subs per session.  From 7.30pm to 9pm. .
Banners up!
Colour has been added to  a corner of the church  to welcome  children. After many months of hard work and with nibble fingered volunteers sewing pictures on the new banners for the children’s corner.  They are finally up on the walls of the Parish Church. The large banner represents all the inspiring and exciting festivals of the church calendar. The small banner shows Jesus’ loving attitude towards children and how they are always welcome. So do pop into the church anytime to see them for yourself.
Tessa Jackson would like to thank the people of all ages who devoted their time to creating such wonderful pictures. She would also like to give a special  thanks to Margaret Broadbelt, and Cynthia and Brian
Oxfam Walk – 15 May 2011
Come and spend an enjoyable day with the family at the Oxfam Walk on Sunday 15 May, raising money for Oxfam’s Emergencies Fund. The start and finish point of the walk is at Wimpole Hall, where you can choose a 4-mile, 9, 13, 17, 22, or 26-mile marathon route for the really energetic. There really is something for all the family! All the walks are well signed with marshals, and there are convenient checkpoints offering refreshments and toilets for a well-earned break.
This year, the Oxfam Walk aims to raise £50,000 for Oxfam’s Emergencies Fund helping communities affected by natural and man-made disasters, including the thousands of people in desperate need of assistance, following the tsunami in Japan. For more information and to register online visit or pick up a registration form from your local Oxfam shop. All enquiries contact 0300 2001244

Little Lambs Toddler Group
Little Lambs is held every Tuesday morning in Barnack Village Hall from 10-00 am to 12-00 noon during school term-time.   All parents and carers with their toddlers and babies are welcome, we have lots of toys, games 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 will be taking place every Thursday morning during May in Barnack Village Hall 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, we play scrabble and other board games, and have a jigsaw on the go.   We have a pool table and Wii computer games which we can use, and we are getting a bit better at table tennis!   Or come along just to enjoy a nice cup of filter coffee and a chat.  Everyone is very welcome.  It’s only £1 a week including the refreshments, which goes towards the hire of the hall.  Run by Barnack Baptist Church.  For further info please contact Julie Stanton 749123.

Barnack Baptist Church  - Afternoon Family Service Sunday 22nd May
Everyone is very welcome to come to our first monthly afternoon service on Sunday 22nd May at 4pm in Barnack School Hall. The service will be very family friendly and will include time all together and some time when children go to separate activities within the school premises with our CRB checked children’s leaders. After the service everyone is welcome to stay around for a meal of sandwiches etc with tea, coffee and cold drinks. And we are hoping the weather will be good so that we can enjoy an informal game of football or rounders after the food.  Barnack Baptist Church 749198.