News & Events October 2011

Thanks to the Good Samaritans...
To the Good Samaritans who stopped their car and came to help me up when I fell over...My Grateful Thanks to you both.
Margaret Croft (Barnack)

Barnack Primary School
Another academic year has begun and life at Barnack School is already busy with events and exciting things to look forward to.
We have welcomed a full reception class this year and also many other new families across the rest of the school.  The children are already making new friendships and it has been a joy to see so many happy, smiley children, with many saying to me, “It’s good to be back”.  We have also welcomed Miss. Nicola Baldry to the teaching team, who has also moved into the village.  

We will be welcoming the Diocese for our Church Inspection on 20th September after our Outstanding Ofsted inspection in June.  We look forward to sharing with them our focus on values in our curriculum and our strong links with you, the local community.
Our new topic this term is ‘Around the World’ and we have started the unit with an Around the World day, visiting different countries (in classrooms I might add!) and learning about their customs and cultures.  I will be a pilot for that day, not a Headteacher!  We are using our new ‘Outdoor Classroom’ and our sincere thanks to the Parish Councils who have helped fund this exciting project.  In an age of technology, we felt it important to bring more learning outside.  The children are thinking about more and more creative ways of using this space and are already coming up with some very creative ideas.
My thanks also for those of you who helped contribute to our 60th Birthday display in school.  We will be holding an afternoon of tea and cakes on February 9th 2012 at 2.30pm to mark the end of the school’s 60th year.  Please can you pass onto anyone you know who has attended Barnack School in the last 60 years and invite them to this special occasion.  We would love to see as many past pupils as possible.  More details will follow soon.  We would also welcome you to our annual Harvest Service here in  school on Friday 21st October at 9.15am.
This year our school Winter Fayre will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 12th November.  This event is open to the whole community and we would love to see you there.  To coincide with the Fayre, we will be holding an Art Competition for all children aged 4-11.  The theme is ‘A Christmas Scene’, entries need to be on A4 with name, year group and telephone number on the back.  Entries can be sent into school with ‘Art Competition’ on the envelope.  There will be a prize for the winner in each year group and these will be announced at the Fayre where all the entries will be displayed.
We also look forward to football, netball and some rugby fixtures starting soon and welcome back all our music teachers who will be leading our music sessions again this year.  Congratulations to all the children who performed so admirably in our first ever Musical Evening in July, you were all fantastic!
Stuart Wainwright , Headteacher

Quiz Night at Barnack Village Hall.
We are holding a Quiz night in aid of St John the Baptist Church on Saturday 15th October at 7.30pm.
The Quiz Master will be Ian Jackson and tickets are £10.00 each (including fish and chip supper).
Come as a table of 8 or join a table when you arrive. Bring your own drinks and glasses.
We will be holding a raffle. Tickets from Tessa Jackson 01780 740127.

St. Mary’s Church, Bainton:
We are delighted to have Canon Jonathon Baker from Peterborough Cathedral to preach for us at our Harvest Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, 9th October at 6.00p.m.   The talented young people from our villages will take part with their music and readings so please come along and support them.    Any gifts of dry goods will be welcomed to be distributed to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Bainton Pub Night
The Bainton ‘pub’ night restarts after the Summer break on Friday, 14th October, in the Granary at Manor Farm, 7.30 - 9.00p.m.   Bring your favourite ‘tipple’ and your glass and meet friends and neighbours to catch up on village news!.

The Buttercross Club
On the 7th September the Rev. May Lloyd gave an illustrated talk to Buttercross members about the work of the Leprosy Mission based in Peterborough. Leprosy is caused by a micro bacterium which scientists believe is endemic in some soils. This would explain why, in the countries where it is most often found, the disease is transmitted to people who work on the land or who are poverty stricken and sleep on the ground rather than in beds.
The disease attacks the nerve ends which degenerate and the eyelids and facial muscles become paralysed.   However, it can now be cured – a single tablet is all that is required if the disease is caught in its early stages or multi-drug therapy if the disease is more embedded. The task of the Leprosy Mission is to assist in administering the cure and to help in erasing the stigma which has been attached to the disease.  
People undergoing cures at the Mission‘s outposts are taught trades such as leather work, embroidery and pottery. When they do eventually leave the mission they go equipped to carry on those trades. For example a potter will be given a potter’s wheel. Many go on to develop small businesses which enable them to sustain family life. Prosthetic limbs are also provided for those who have been profoundly affected by the disease.
In the leprosy hospitals there is an atmosphere of great peace and joy and the standard of care and equipment is generally far better than in other hospitals. The hospital staff are recruited from around the world and show impressive dedication and care.  The mission always follows up on their patients to ensure that they are coping.
The attempts to eradicate the stigma of leprosy are beginning to bear fruit but in the past lepers have been subjected to horrific abuse and it is believed that 30,000 were killed in the 1968 revolution in China. The disease is still widespread in the poorest areas of India and Africa. Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam have also admitted that the disease is endemic amongst their poor.  
Research is being carried out in the USA to improve treatments because even in this massive first world country there is leprosy amongst the poor around Tennessee and Alabama. In the UK there are a few cases of leprosy every year but the evidence points to the disease having been brought in.
Thus the Leprosy Mission continues to do vital work, curing leprosy and educating the world that the stigma attached to the disease is not justified.
Diary dates: The Harvest Supper  is on Wednesday, 5th October. Tickets £7 50 from Janette Abbott-Donnelly.  Tel: 01780 740009
On Wednesday, 2nd November there is an open meeting about the charity ‘Help for Heroes’. You are most welcome to attend. There is a modest entry fee of £1 and there will be a raffle. There will also be tea/coffee and biscuits.

Rutland Sailability
- your local charity providing sailing for people with disabilities - is holding its annual Valuation Day at Rutland Sailing Club, Edith Weston on Thursday 3 November - 10.30am to 3pm
Bring your antiques and collectable for valuation by the experts from Tennants Auctioneers - and enjoy time by the side of Rutland Water. Refreshments available.Enquiries:Tennants, Oakham. 01572-724666. or Mike Baumber 740289

‘Q.I.’ - Quintisentially Inglish!  
(not a misprint!) Blow away the January blues at the White Hart on Wednesday 25 January 2012 - 7pm Fun, food and fine fellowship are all on the menu! Teams of 6 - £5 per person Book now to avoid the rush! - Mike Baumber. (01780) 740289 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Village  Ladies’  Group
A group of us had a fascinating tour of Stamford Hospital Museum on 13th September.  Thanks are due to Rosemarie Stringer for organising the visit and providing us with refreshments afterwards at her home in Barnack.  
On Saturday, 8th October there will be a Plant Bring & Buy - Ufford Village Hall in aid of Help for Heroes, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.  Entrance fee £2.00.  Tea and coffee will be available.  Bring along your plants and buy others for your garden.  Please support this worthwhile charity.  If you need further information, please contact Joan Waller on 01780-740396.
On Tuesday, 26th October the rearranged St. Martin’s Trail & Quiz, conducted by Elaine Ward, will take place.  We will meet at the Arts Centre at 2 p.m.   The walk will be followed by afternoon tea.  Ring Elaine on 756012 if you are coming along.
Date for the diary:  Tuesday, 6th December:  Advent Party – Ufford Village Hall.  Buffet and entertainment.  More details later.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The Winners for September were:
65    Sandra Jones        £25
57    Alan Rice        £15
10    Robin Logue        £10

Barnack Methodist Chapel
We’re back again after our September break and look forward to seeing you at our Coffee Morning on Saturday, 1 October at the usual time of 10 to 11 am .
Christmas Fayre
Table Top sale we did in November last year, we are holding a Christmas Fayre at The Village Hall Barnack on Sunday 6th November. All proceeds will again be going to The Labrador Rescue Trust.

Barnack Carpet Bowls Club
The new season of Carpet Bowls has started.  We meet in the Village Hall on Tuesday afternoons at 2.00pm and on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm.  Come and meet us and have a cup of tea/coffee.  All are welcome

Barnack W.I.
Our September meeting began sadly as we stood to remember Sylvia Baker who had died during the summer. Sylvia had been a loyal member of our W.I. for very many years and was always willing to help with any of our projects. She was also for many years a conscientious and caring sick visitor. We shall miss her presence among us and offer her family our sincere sympathy.
President Sue Chowings thanked all who had helped with teas at the Horticultural Show, and then after the business part of the meeting our speaker for the evening was Bob Kendall whose subject was Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He focussed his talk on a house in Northampton designed by Mackintosh for the model maker, Barrett Lowkes. This is the only house by Mackintosh outside Scotland, and it can be visited by the public. A trust was set up with help from the Lottery Fund to restore the house to its original appearance, although much of the original furniture is in the Victoria and Albert museum. We were told the kind of prices such items now fetch and were amazed!  Several questions followed this interesting talk. Our next meting is on Tuesday, October 11th, at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, when the talk will be “I wish I’d looked after my feet.!” New members are always welcome to join us. If you are new to the village it is a good place to meet people and make new friends. Liz Young.    

Barnack Church Carol Service.
Our Carol Service this year will be held on Sunday, December 18th , at 4.00pm. If you would like to join us as part of an augmented choir please speak to me or to David Chadwick. Rehearsals will start in early November and are usually on Thursday evenings at 6.00pm in church. Final dates and times will be decided at the beginning of November. All voices are welcome, but if you are a bass especially so!  Liz Young (740347) 

Royal British Legion
The Branch has had a busy summer commencing with parade of our Standard at a musical concert in Peterborough during which the works of Elgar and John Benyon set to music were enjoyed by a large congregation in the Cathedral celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the Legion founded in 1921.
Armed Forces Day was marked at a reception for veterans in the Millstone Inn on 28th June followed by 30 members attending RAF Wittering’s Families’ Day at the base at the end of July. The ‘Red Arrows’ team gave their usual magnificent performance together with other display groups and a remarkable flying exhibition by the newly restored Vulcan bomber stole the show.
Sadly, one of the ‘Red Arrows’ pilots - Flt. Lt.Jon Egging- living at Morcott, was killed shortly afterwards during a flying display at Bournemouth and our sincerest condolences go to his family and fellow team members at his tragic loss.
In August, 70 members and their guests attended our Summer Evening Party at the ‘White Hart’, Ufford which resulted in a substantial sum for Legion funds and some delightful guitar playing by ‘Mr (Steve) Bean of Pilsgate. We were pleased to entertain visitors to our stand at the village Horticultural Show to show the flag and indulge in a little discreet recruiting !
Our next attraction will be an illustrated talk by Commodore J.Scorer - Director of Operations and Elder Brother of Trinity House at the Village Hall - Tuesday 29th November - 7.45 for 8pm. .
Our revived ‘11/11/11’meeting at the War Memorial on Friday,11th November will take place at 11am and Ecumenical Service of Remembrance at St. John the Baptist Church, Barnack on Sunday 13th November at 10 am. This will be followed by the traditional ‘Two minutes silence’ at 11 am. at the War Memorial - further details to be announced in due course.
Villagers will be sorry to learn of the demise of one of our oldest ex-service members - Tony Baker- at his retirement home in Malvern. Tony served in the Household Cavalry (Life Guards) armoured squadron and was badly wounded in Palestine in 1948. He recovered to become a distinguished Chartered Structural Engineer in Peterborough and our Standard was displayed in his honour at a special Memorial Service in Bourne Abbey Church on 10th September.
The Regimental Band of the Scots Guards will give a charity concert (partly for RBL funds) at Stamford School on Thursday, October 6th at 7.30pm to which all members and friends are invited. Tickets £5 at the door - the programme will include traditional military music and excerpts from the shows with Stamford School musicians playing alongside the professional performers.!

Youth Club for Years 7 to 11
This month there will be Youth Club on Fridays the 7th and 21st October from 7.30pm to 9pm, with a tuck shop, table tennis, pool, table football, Wii, craft activities and time to hang out and chat with friends. Youth Club is open to all young people in the villages who are in school years 7 to 11.  Towards the end of each session there’s a short talk, followed by some team games to end the evening.  It’s 50p to get in and you’ll need some money for the tuck shop and if you want to do the craft activities.  If you’ve never been to the Youth Club or haven’t been for a while, why not come along this month and check it out.  The Youth Club is run by Barnack Baptist Church, for more information contact Rob Porter 740663.

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 (so this month there will be Little Lambs every Tuesday except the 25th).  All parents and carers with their toddlers and babies are welcome. We have lots of toys for the children, and puzzles, books and craft activities for the children and carers to enjoy together.  Home- made cakes and proper coffee 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 Val Haines-Eynon 740017.

Not Just Coffee
NOT JUST COFFEE  will be taking place every Thursday morning during September 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 usually have out table tennis but we can also use a pool table and a Wii.  Or come along just to enjoy a nice cup of tea or filter coffee and a chat.  Everyone is very welcome.  It’s only £1 a week including the drinks and cake, which goes towards the hire of the hall.  Run by Barnack Baptist Church.  For further information please contact Julie Stanton 749123.

Barnack Baptist Church Ordination Service
On 2nd October Barnack Baptist Church will be celebrating the Ordination of our Minister, Graham Dunn.  Graham has now successfully completed his three years of training at Oxford University.  On the 2nd October representatives of The Baptist Union of Great Britain and Oxford University Regent’s Park College will be visiting Barnack to ordain Graham.  Also taking part in the service will be representatives from other denominations.  The service will take place in Barnack School Hall at 10-30 am followed by a celebration lunch.  We are all looking forward to this important day. This is an open service and all from the villages are welcome to come along and support Graham and Barnack Baptist Church at this important milestone event.   

Family and Friends Afternoon Service
Everyone is very welcome to come along to Barnack Baptist Church’s monthly afternoon service on Sunday 9th October at 4pm in Barnack School Hall. The service will be very family friendly and will include time all together and some time when the children go to separate activities within the school premises. After the service stay around for tea: sandwiches, pizza slices, salads, cakes and seasonal fruit and of course tea and coffee.  To round off the afternoon, if it’s a nice day, we’ll probably play an informal game of football or rounders on the school field.   Or if you’d prefer to end the afternoon less energetically just stay around and have a chat with old friends and hopefully make some new ones.   Details of our other services and midweek activities can be found on the inside front cover of this magazine.  Contact Graham and Karen Dunn 749198.

Library Van
The Library Van visits Barnack  every week on a Wednesday from 11.40 am to 12.15 pm. It can be found outside the west gate of the church. This is a valuable service, but it is being used less and less. There are a wide variety of books available for all age groups. Books can be ordered and DVD can also be borrowed. Please do try to use this service as unless it is used it will be lost and this would be a great pity for our village.

Barnack & Villages Horticultural Show & Fete 2011
This year’s Horticultural Show proved to be a really good day out for locals and visitors alike. There were fewer entries in the Children’s classes but we were really pleased to see such a good increase in the fruit, vegetables, cooking and flowers categories, particularly from first time entrants. The dog show added a new attraction to the day and a lot of residents who remember the ‘old Barnack Shows’ were pleased that this has been re-introduced.
We raised £900 and funds were also raised by local groups to support their causes including The Cricket Club, WI, Pre-School, Methodist Church and East Anglican Children’s Hospice.
There are two unclaimed raffle prizes: A Grasmere Voucher for Sally Hutchins ticket numbers 71-75, and a free will with Hegarty’s solicitors belongs to ticket numbers 246-250 in the name of Sykes. If this is you or know these people please call Debra Martin on 740048.
The Show is run by a small committee who co-ordinate and plan the annual event, we meet about 8 times a year, the meetings are fun and easy going. For 2012 we need a new Treasurer, if you are interested please get in touch. We would like more people to come on the committee so if you’d like to be involved in this group we’d love to hear from you. If though that is too big a time commitment we are keen to recruit more help and people power for the event itself. There is a great team of volunteers who each year help with selling programmes, setting up marquees, taking tickets, staffing the gate, clearing up and helping run stalls if you would like to support this fantastic community event with a few hours of your time you will find it rewarding and fun as well as helping a good cause.
The Committee would like to thank all our volunteers and other groups who supported the Show this year, you did a great job!
The 2012 Show will be held on Sunday 19th August, please get the date booked in your diaries.
Judi Campbell  telephone 740420

Land’s End to John O’Groats.
What do you do in a sabbatical?  One thing you can do is cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats for charity.  This is a distance of 880 miles, the journey takes you through some of the most picturesque and rugged parts of our beautiful country.  On August 21st Graham Dunn and his sons Tom and Henry set out on this adventure with wife Karen and young daughters, Jasmine and Danielle in support, meeting up each night at campsites en-route. 
The plan was to cycle approximately 115 miles each day and complete the ride in 8 days, the first 2 days went to plan but unfortunately Henry suffered a knee injury on Day 3 and was abandoned somewhere between Hereford and Shrewsbury until picked up by the support team.  Graham and Tom carried on despite losing a strong member of the team.   For the next 2 days the route took the cyclists along the Welsh border, through the industrial towns of East Lancashire and over Shap Fell, a brutal climb of 1400 feet.  By the evening of the 4th day Penrith was reached where the  5 day weather forecast told of savage storms that were due to hit the North of Scotland on day 8.  A decision was taken to shorten the route by going through central Glasgow.  Day 5 was long, 140 miles, finishing at the southern end of Loch Lomond.
280 miles of mountains, glens and coast hugging roads lay ahead.  By Day 6 the weather was turning, Glencoe was a hard grind and the headwind made it necessary to push hard even to cycle downhill.  At Fort William Henry climbed onto the saddle again and provided some much needed fresh energy as he pushed out in front for the rest of the day. 
An overnight stop on the banks of Loch Ness left 155 miles to complete in 2 days.  Once again on Day 7 the wind was unkind and the miles were slow in passing, however 80 miles were completed before a late lunch and a decision to go for the finish that day was made.  At 11-00pm in a raging storm of winds gusting to 40 mph 3 battle weary cyclists rode into John O’Groat’s, too tired for any celebrations but with huge relief and satisfaction that they had finished.   880 miles in 7 days, average speed 15.1 mph, maximum speed 48mph.  420 miles cycled in the final 3 days. 
A great adventure.  All money raised is to be used to support Deaf Connections, Uganda.