News & Events Aug 2011

All the news and events from the August Parish News starting with ....

Charity Day - Peterborough Yacht Club

Peterborough Yacht Club are holding a Charity Day on Saturday 3 September 2011 in aid of MAGPAS, the Emergency Medical Charity.

Come for a BOAT TRIP on the beautiful River Nene by courtesy of the Members of PYC from 11.00am. A Ploughman’s Buffet Lunch is included and there will be stalls, games and a grand raffle....

Tickets are £7 for an adult and £4 for a child 12 years and under.

Please contact Josi on 01733 844641 or 07858 025636 for tickets.

Barnack and District Horticultural Show & Fete

Sunday 14th August 2011
From 12.30 onwards
Stalls, BBQ, dog show, teas, games
Lots of entertainment and things to do for everyone
£1.50 admission on the gate
Or admission with a programme available from Barnack Post Office

Visit to the website.

David Wilson Homes New Build

It is good to hear of funded initiatives for Barnack, thanks to DW Homes, Barnack Pre School and the ‘Cricket’ Club.
Also on a positive note, the road cleaning is kept up-to date and the Site Manager is always responsive to any problems from local residents.
But residents in Uffington Road have suffered a fair bit of disruption for this funding:
Dust : constant dust on our cars, windows (if open, all over furniture) and hedges.
Windy days : Site litter in the hedge and garden eg. polystyrene and foam and signage/temporary site fencing, bouncing across the road and destroying a hedge shrub; this blocked the road one Sunday morning.
Site Noise: Early weekday mornings and weekends. eg. Last Sunday we had the scaffolders and then we had the carpenter
Water: disruption to water pressure including two close down sessions. Electricity: Cut off twice. Road Works: Parking ie. moving on lorries parked outside our frontage, private and commercial vehicles parked on the verge way/pavement. Verge way signs outside our front drive. Accessing Uffington Road from our driveway has sometimes been challenging!
Possible expenditure: Blinds or net curtains... we will see! I am not speaking on behalf of any other residents, but it may be appreciated if an initiative such as traffic calming compensated us.
After all, eventually, there will be 41 homes with cars attached. Thank you for reading this. Kate Culley Uffington Road, Barnack.

Seville Orange Marmalade

Coarse Cut Seville Orange Marmalade 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

Barnack Church Grand Draw Results

Sat 25th June 2011
1.Case of wine Marion Crowson
2. £30 M&S Voucher Mike Harley
3. £25 John Lewis Voucher Tom Elwood
4. Tea for one Harry Brassey
5. Bottle of Gin Sean Rowlands
6. Bottle of White Port Mary Browne
7. Champagne Liz Young
8. Soaps Wendy Bell
9. Jacob’s Creek wine Richard Wright
10. Burra Brook Shiraz Alan Crowson
11.Teacups &Saucers Jonathan Alexander
12. Glass vase Emma Rowlands
13. Drawer Liners Howells family
14. Royal Worcester mug Maureen Groom
15. Pick it up, Pod it, Bin it John Ward
16. Teddy Bear John & Ria Sutcliffe
A huge thank you to all those who supported and helped at Barnack Church Fete on Saturday 25 June. Approximately £1300 was raised, which will help towards the maintenance of our wonderful and historic village church. The weather was good and the whole afternoon was enjoyed by all who attended.

Women Connect Supper

Please note that the supper, in September, will be at Maureen’s. The date for your diary is Thursday, September 8th. As usual we will meet at 7.30pm for 8.Please let Maureen know whether you are able to attend by Monday, September 5th. Thank you.

More on the Bumblebee Count

After reading Frieda Gosling’s note in the July issue of Parish News about the Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) I checked with Buglife in Peterborough about the current status of this insect. It is common on the Continent in gardens and woodlands and has recently been expanding its range, probably in response to climate change. It arrived in southern England in about 2000 and now occurs at least as far north as Hull. Buglife experts told me that it arrived in the Peterborough area two or three years ago and is now a common sight around here, firmly settled in as a breeding species. It appears to have colonised Britain naturally, without any help from humans.
Unlike most other bumblebees, which nest underground, and the brown Carder Bee, which makes nests of moss on the surface, the Tree Bumblebee generally uses holes in trees. It may also take over empty bird-boxes. As Frieda said, it doesn’t appear to be harming any of our long-established bumblebee species.
Up to now I’ve been entering the Tree Bumblebee as a ‘brown’ on my recording form. But as it is a distinctive species, being the only British bumblebee that is tawny-brown and black with a white tail, it is better to record it as a separate species. It will be flying until September. You can send records individually to the Natural History Museum (via as Frieda suggested, but please also enter them on your recording forms. In the autumn, when I’ve collated the records from the Bumblebee Count, I’ll send all the sightings of the Tree Bumblebee to the Museum.
I’ve noticed lately that some of the black red-tailed bumblebees in my garden appear faded, with their red tails looking less colourful than previously. Fading happens naturally towards the end of a bumblebee’s life, but it can be confusing for the observer. Although there have been plenty of honeybees visiting my garden this summer, honeybee populations are continuing to decline. According to the British Beekeepers Association, nearly 14% of this country’s hives were wiped out last winter. So conservation of wild bees and other insect pollinators is vital if we are to maintain our food supply. Let’s learn more about them by continuing our bumblebee count through the summer. M Palmer

Bainton Family Day 2011

Once again the sun shone and the crowds flocked to Bainton House for a fun filled afternoon of traditional village fete stalls, children’s sports (which as always such a crowd puller each race was fit to burst !!) BBQ and of course the liquid refreshment.
The new addition of a ducking stool was the biggest and funniest crowd puller of all.
Watch out if you come next year, you may well be on the hit list !! A huge amount of entries at The Bainton Regatta again and of course the Grand Hat Parade at the end.
We would love to thank The Birkbeck Family for allowing us once again the use of such a wonderful setting, and their amazing help. We ended a perfect day with evensong around the campfire with a glass of Pimms and toasted marshmallows.The youngsters of the village led the service with music and readings, with special thanks to Mary Tanner for her help with the service. The only interruption was from The Blades Aerobatic Display, looping their loops overhead to pop the icing on the cake of an amazing village event. Huge thanks to all who supported us by coming, those who manned stalls, cleared up etc., far too many to name. The most exciting thing is we made £3,500! Next year 1st Sunday in July as always. Make it a date in your diaries !!

Official Opening of Barnack Pavilion

The Official Opening of Barnack Pavilion took place on Friday 1 July. It was a lovely evening with over 200 guests. Mr Harry Brassey introduced the evening and Mr Derby Dennis cut the ribbon before everyone was able to look around this wonderful new village facility. The summer sunshine was welcomed as all those present enjoyed a relaxed and most enjoyable village occasion.

Buttercross Club

Candlelit Supper at Rockingham Castle
Members of the Buttercross Club plus partners and friends made their way to Rockingham Castle on Wednesday, 6th July, in the evening. We were welcomed with a glass of wine and a brief history of the building. An excellent tour of the gardens by the Head Gardener followed. He told us that the Watson family, whose home it has been for 450 years, were developing a low maintenance garden. There are only 2 full-time gardeners plus one volunteer who comes in a few days each week. For a low maintenance garden it was really lovely – a wide variety of plants, thoughtful designs and a particularly spectacular rose garden. The amazing ‘elephant’ yew hedge, an example of when Early English topiary gets slightly out of control, was a great talking point! We were fortunate with the weather as, although the sky looked ominously dark at times, the rain held off.
After the tour of the garden we were guided around the castle, which has been a family home for centuries. Everywhere there is evidence of the past but also signs of modern life. For example, whilst there were wonderful works of art by the likes of Sir Peter Lely, there were also works by Augustus John, Walter Sickert and Maggi Hambling. Charles Dickens was a close friend of Richard and Lavinia Watson who lived in Rockingham Castle in the nineteenth century (and whose influence on the décor is still apparent today). Dickens is said to have drawn on his time as a guest at Rockingham when he wrote ‘Bleak House’.
The evening concluded with a two course candlelit supper in Walker’s House (a lovely building which was completed in 1655). The food was superb – cooked to perfection - and everyone agreed that it had been an excellent evening. Our thanks go to Elke Hare whose idea it was and who organised the event.
We are hoping to hold the annual Boules Evening for members and friends on Wednesday, August 3rd in the gardens of Bainton House. Look out for further details.
The next meeting in the Reading Room will be on Wednesday, 7th September.

Christian Aid Thanks

Apologies that this is a belated thanks to all those who came to the coffee mornings at Hasty Bank, Barnack and contributed to the Barnack total.
Thank you, Yvonne

Thanks from Val Butcher.

Very many thanks for all the kindness shown to me by local people during my recent illness.
I have been overwhelmed by peoples generosity and love. It has all been much appreciated. Valerie Butcher

Charity Coffee Morning

The charity coffee morning held at Weathervane Cottage in support of the East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) and the Otters Children’s Respite Retreat in Peterborough on 13th July raised £550 toward funds for these extremely worthwhile charities.
Wendy and Bernard Kane would like to express their enormous gratitude for those who both supported the event and also those who, in addition, gave so freely of their time in ensuring its success. We are also very grateful to the many of you who, although unable to attend gave so generously.
As many readers will know these organisations provide essential support to families whose children have terminal or life threatening illnesses and the value of the work they do is incalculable. With money as tight as it is nowadays for charities every penny collected can make a difference and we are happy to be able to guarantee the money we collect and give to the charities goes directly to support services and resources for the children affected.

Little Lambs

There will be no Little Lambs toddler group during the school summer holidays.
We’ll be back again in Barnack Village Hall on Tuesday 13th September at 10 am with all the usual fun for the children and coffee and cakes for the parents and carers.
For more information about Little Lambs which is run by Barnack Baptist Church please ring Val Haines –Eynon on 740017

Youth Club

There will be no Youth Club during the school summer holidays back again with all the usual activities and a new air hockey table on Friday 9th September at 7.30pm in the Village Hall Barnack. For more information about Youth Club which is run by Barnack Baptist Church ring Rob Porter 01780 740663.

Not Just Coffee

Will be meeting as usual during the school summer holidays, at 10.30 am on Thursday mornings in Barnack Village Hall for friendship, and delicious cakes, tea and coffee. Everyone very welcome. Run by Barnack Baptist Church.
How Can We Save Our Bumblebees From Extinction?
To find out what we can do, come to Barnack Ward’s Annual Wildlife Meeting on Friday, September 9th, starting at 7.30pm. The venue has still to be decided but will be advertised. The speaker will be David Sheppard and his topic will be Bumblebees – Masons, Cutters and Bumbles. We shall try to find out which flowers attracted most bumblebees to your garden this year.
As always experts will be there to answer questions about our local wildlife and we shall decide on next year’s surveys. Prizes will be awarded for the best children’s artwork. The meeting is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Frieda Gosling

Wiki on the Allotment

Frantic activity during the dry spells preceding the Wiki on the Allotment on 9th July paid off for members of the Allotment Association as the site looked splendid! More than 50 friends and neighbours came along for a chance to see the allotments themselves – some even going away with produce and plants. The rain stayed away and the cakes and coffee plus the convivial surroundings made for a very pleasant morning. Thanks go to everyone who worked hard to make the event such a success. Over £70 was donated which was split between the Allotment Association and the Wiki Café’s charity donations. Same again next year? Thanks

Thanks from Janette

Janette A-D from Bainton would like to thank everyone who donated to her sponsored abseil to raise funds for a new climbing tower at the Girl guiding site she helps to look after in Norfolk.
It was a glorious day – the views from the top (apart from the one straight down!) worth the fear of having to step off the top. We are about half way to our £30,000 target so if anyone else would like to donate please get in touch (740009).

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club.

The winners for June and July are as follows:
£20 No. 63 Mrs. V. Kettleborough
£10 No. 91 Mrs. M. Keen
£5 No. 53 Mr. I. Burrows
£20 No. 155 Mrs. A. Alexander
£10 No. 10 Mrs. K. Clarke
£5 No. 10 Mrs. W. Bell.

RAF Association Battle of Britain Wings Appeal

Pamela Broster and I are no longer able to collect for the above and are looking for two people who will take over collecting in Bainton and Ashton in the first two weeks of September. Battle of Britain Day is 15th September so all collections have to be completed by then.
If anyone is able to do this please contact me as soon as possible. Thank You. Sheila Dalton. Tel No 740019

Barnack Methodist Chapel

Thank you once again for your support for our Coffee Morning and Cake Stall on Saturday 2 July which raised £108.05 for our funds. The Coffee Morning in August will be held on Saturday, 6 August at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am and we look forward to seeing you again then.
We will also be having a stall at the Horticultural Show on 14 August, so come along and get your jams, pickles and preserves.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club

The Winners for June were:
25 Doreen Walsh £50
24 Pat Gyles £30
76 Brian Coleman £20
66 Sue Jarman £10
And for July::
15 Brian Bagshaw £25
48 Terry Rawlings £15
75 Mary Wright £10

Village Ladies’ Group

The matinee performance of Pride & Prejudice at Tolethorpe on 24th June was praised by all who attended. The weather was kind and we enjoyed a picnic in the grounds beforehand.
A report of our walk round St. Martin’s, Stamford on 19th July, conducted by Elaine Ward, will appear in the next Parish News.
13th September: Visit to Stamford Hospital Museum, kindly arranged by Rosemarie Stringer. Meet at the Outpatients entrance at 2.30pm. Afterwards, we are invited to Rosemarie’s in Barnack for refreshments. If you would care to come along, please meet us at 2.30pm.

Barnack W.I.

We have enjoyed two interesting talks at out recent meetings. In June we learned about the “John Lewis Partnership from Mr. Russell Jacklin. He told us of the history of the firm and of how it differs from other stores in that is owned by the people who work there. He described the facilities available to members and how they are encouraged to comment on how the store is run. We also heard that the first John Lewis store in Peterborough was burned to the ground some fifty years ago and it was not until Queensgate opened that they were able to return. Adrienne Collins thanked Mr. Jacklin who then presented us with a £25 gift voucher. It was decided to raffle this at our July meeting and to donate the proceeds to the Salvation Army, John Lewis’ chosen charity for this year.
In July we heard Mr. Bob Iveson describe “My Falklands War”. He told us of the rapid preparations made to transport him, his colleagues and their Harriers to the South Atlantic. Modifications to their aircraft which would normally take some years to achieve were made in three weeks. They travelled in the Atlantic Conveyor, a container ship sadly later sunk with the loss of her captain. Mr. Iveson then described two missions, on the second of which his aircraft was hit, he had to eject at low level and survive until he was able to attract attention to his whereabouts some days later.
He added that his survival had been helped by finding an abandoned house which fortunately had a well stocked larder! After questions Mr. Iveson was thanked by Mary Boyall.
Our next meeting is on September 13th when we shall learn about Charles Rennie Mackintosh. However on August 9th several members are going to visit John Clare’s house in Helpston. And on Sunday, August 14th, is our final catering event of the year when we shall serve tea and cake at the Horticultural Show. Anyone able to help or to make a cake but who has not yet signed up please speak to either Sue Chowings or Barbara Knights. I hope all members have an enjoyable summer and we look forward to being informed and entertained again in September. Liz Young.
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