News & Events for December 2011

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flowersFlower Arranging for Christmas.

Open evening on Wednesday 7th December at 7.30pm in Barnack Church.
Floral Art tutor Pat Symonds will be giving a demonstration of the wonders of seasonal flower arranging.  Her sparkling festive arrangements will be raffled off at the end of the evening.
A warm welcome – with a glass of mulled wine – is assured to all. Entrance is £3

Change to Church Services
Will you please note the change to services for Christmas 2011.   The Crib service is now to be held at BARNACK at 4.30pm on Christmas Eve - Bainton would not be big enough to hold it as planned.
Bainton CAROL SERVICE is on the 18th December at 6.00p.m. Barnack having pinched our time!!   This means in the Church Calendar we have two services on the 18th December with Holy Communion as usual at 9.00am and Carols at night at 6.00p.m.
60’s,70’s,80’s Disco
Saturday 3rd December 2011
7.30pm ‘til 11pm in Barnack Village Hall
Tickets: £7.00 from Mary-Anne (740573) or the post office. (includes light refreshments and bar)

The Buttercross Club
We were delighted to welcome several non-members to our open meeting on November 2nd.  Carol Roome, who is county co-ordinator (Rutland and Cambridgeshire) for the charity ‘Help for Heroes’ gave us a most interesting talk about the reasons why the charity was formed and the work that it does to help the young men and women who return to this country having been injured in conflicts abroad.
Carol became involved when her son was sent to Afghanistan in 2010 following his training at Sandhurst. He came back safely but his absence and the danger of his job inspired his mother to work for the charity.
‘Help for Heroes’ was set up by Bryn and Emma Parry who wanted to help in the rehabilitation of severely injured soldiers. Bryn Parry knew General Sir Richard Dannatt who advised him that a swimming pool was needed for the injured soldiers at Headley Court military hospital in Epsom, Surrey. Fund-raising began – a sponsored bicycle ride. (The bicycle ride has become iconic and now there are two a year!) In the end £8 million was raised for Headley Court and Prince William opened the new facilities in June, 2010. 
A ‘Quick Reaction Fund’ has been created. It has already acquired £6 million and its purpose is to provide practical support to the wounded and their families. ‘Troop Aid’ supplies grab bags to wounded soldiers. Each bag contains items a soldier might need in hospital.
‘Help for Heroes’ has also added to the coffers of other charities such as ‘Battle Back’ which provides sporting and adventurous training for injured soldiers. £3.5 million was given to ‘Combat Stress’, money which was much needed as mental health problems caused by the trauma of warfare do not always manifest themselves straightaway. 
When Bryn and Emma Parry set up the charity they had no idea it would be so successful in raising money. Its aims struck a chord with the British public, perhaps partly because of the sad farewells to young soldiers who made their final journey through Royal Wootton Bassett. There has, as a result, been a determination to help severely injured soldiers and a number of high profile people such as Simon Cowell have used their celebrity to raise money for ‘Help for Heroes’.
The charity focuses on soldiers injured in post 9/11 conflicts because veterans from previous conflicts are already being looked after. On average 8 people are very seriously wounded to every one person killed. There have been 255 amputees to date and 267 suffering serious gunshot wounds. The majority are very young men and women, some in their teens.
The Royal British Legion were represented at the talk and sold poppies during the evening.
The next meeting of the Buttercross Club will be on Wednesday, December 7th. There will be a Christmas theme.  Members of the club are invited to bring a friend along.

Barnack Methodist Chapel
Thank you for helping us to raise £114.00 at our November Coffee Morning and Cake Stall and we look forward to you joining us again on Saturday,
3 December at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am.  We have already received a number of orders for mince pies but will have some spare if you missed putting in your order.
You are all most welcome to come along to our Christmas Carol Service which will be at 2.45pm on Sunday, 18 December and also to share in our fellowship over tea and mince pies later.
We would also like to take this opportunity for thanking all our regular customers for their support over the year which has helped us to raise over £1000 for our funds.  We wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a bright New Year.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for November were:
75    Mrs Mary Wright    £25
13    Steve Gyles    £15
22        Peter Sharman    £10

‘Q.I.’ - Quintessentially Inglish!
(not a misprint!)
Bookings are already coming in for the annual ‘fun’ quiz at the White Hart on Wednesday 25 January - 7pm
Fun, food and fine fellowship are all on the menu! Teams of 6 - £5 per person
Book now to catch the train! - Mike Baumber (01780) 740289 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Supporting Rutland Sailability - providing sailing for people with disabilities

The Good News Van
The Good News Van will not be coming to Barnack in December, as it is too close to Christmas, but it will be back in the village on Tuesday January 17th, when it will be at Margaret Durdey’s home 12 Canon Drive, Barnack from 10.30 until 12noon with the usual selection of books, DVD’s and CD’s for you to borrow.
We would like to wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and we hope to see you in 2012.

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club
The winners for November were as follows:
£20    No.66    Mr. J. Ward
£10    No.61    Mr. D. Smith
£5      No.5      Mr. K. Duff

Barnack W.I.
At our November meeting final plans were made for the Annual Meeting and social evening in December. We also learned about the long and short walks, the book group, the luncheon club and arranged outings to the “Cook” shop in Stamford and a  visit to the latest Shoestring theatre production.
We also hope to visit Anglesey Abbey in the spring to see the snowdrops.  President Sue Chowings then welcomed the Revd. Tim Edworthy who spoke about “Peterborough Street Pastors.” This initiative, run by local churches, now operates in many towns and cities in the United Kingdom. Volunteers go out on Saturday nights, from 10pm until the early hours, in groups of three or four. Their aim is to help protect vulnerable people and make sure that they get home safely. They carry bottles of water, flip-flops for girls who shed their high heels, so that their feet are protected, sweets and basic first aid items.
Peterborough pastors also have a contract with a local taxi firm for any who are stranded and unable to get home. They offer friendship and sometimes advice as to where help can be accessed.
We then saw a short video of pastors at work in Aberdeen. After questions Maureen Groom proposed a vote of thanks, and together with Janet Duff, Janet Banks and Anne Egglestone served refreshments. 
A reminder that our next meeting is the Annual Meeting and will be on Tuesday, December 13th, at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

Church Quiz.
Ian and Tessa would like to thank all the people who came to the Church quiz and helped make it a fun packed evening. We raised a fantastic £513 which will enable us to buy more equipment for children’s church and help out with the heating bills in church this winter.

Royal British Legion
A record turnout of villagers attended ceremonies at the War Memorial on 11/11/11 and in St. John the Baptist Church and at the Memorial again on Remembrance Sunday.
The Ecumenical Service on Sunday was led by Canon Margaret Venables with Lessons read by E.J. Murray (Methodist Chapel) and the Reverent Graham Dunn (Barnack Baptist Church).The RBL Branch Standard was carried by Ted Murray accompanied by a Standard Bearer and escort from Stamford Endowed Schools CCF. Cadet trumpeter R. Macras-McIlrae (CCF RAF Section) sounded the Last Post and Reveille and the Kohima Address said by John Corner (ex Fleet Air Arm). Wreaths were laid at the Memorial by representatives from RAF Wittering, Barnack Parish Council, RBL and S Robinson Esq.
It was good to see the younger generation represented at the Memorial on 11/11/11 by the pupils of Barnack Church of England School and the Branch’s affiliated Stamford Schools CCF contingent on Sunday.
We are looking forward to our forthcoming ‘Winter Lecture’ to be given by Commodore S.J.(Jim) Scorer FCMI MNI RN (Retd) - Operations Director, Trinity House on ‘The History and work of Trinity House’. The venue is Barnack Village Hall on Tues,29th Nov  at 7.45 for 8pm and all villagers and friends are cordially invited. Tickets at the door or c/o C.D.Clark(740441)/M.Morrice(740865) - £7 - proceeds to RBL Funds .

Ufford Park Cricket Club -
The last ‘100’ Club Draw of 2011 was held at the White Hart, winners were -
£50      95    S. King, Thurlby
£25      35    D. Harrington, Stamford
£20      13    R. Bapodra, Leicester
£15      56    J. Corder, Southorpe
£10      62    W. Clough, Bainton
£10      48    A. Hinton, Newborough
£10      55    E. Clough, Bainton
A very successful end of season Presentation Evening was held at Milton Golf Club.  Several members of the Club attended the Huntingdonshire Cricket Board Dinner at the Holiday Inn, Peterborough when Terry Rawlings was presented with ‘A Lifetime Achiever’ Award by Mike Gatting.

Darby & Joan Club
Members have enjoyed a varied programme including their Harvest Thanksgiving which was conducted by Rev. Maureen Jones and  Mrs. Pat Hagan gave a very interesting talk about her 40 years of Nursing.

Barnack Baptist Church - Christmas Services
Barnack Baptist Church is holding a Christingle Service at 4-00pm on Sunday 11th December in the School Hall.  Loved by children and adults alike, this candlelit celebration is an ideal way to share the key messages of Christmas.  This will be a family friendly service where everyone will be invited to make their own Christingle as we remember the significance of Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection.  As we sing our final carols the lights will be dimmed and the Christingles will be lit. At the conclusion of the service soup, rolls, and cheese will be served – no need to go home and make tea.  All are welcome to join us for this very special service which will take place in Barnack School Hall.

Community Nativity Service – 18th December
On Sunday 18th December Barnack Baptist Church will be holding a community Nativity Service.  It is hoped that all our different midweek groups will join us for this traditional nativity service. Many of the Little Lambs will be making their debut performances as they sing a Christmas nursery rhyme and sit around the manger dressed as lambs.  Members of the Youth Club will also be taking part.  Come along and join in the fun.

Christmas Day Service
As usual our Christmas Day family Service will take place in the Village Hall at 10-30 am.  Planning this service can be very tough! – the carols are chosen on the day when the congregation vote for their favourites.  Children are invited to bring a present and to challenge the Minister to link it to a bible passage or Christian theme.  This is a great opportunity to get out of the house, sing carols and celebrate the birthday of Jesus.  We look forward to seeing you.

Not Just Coffee
Not Just Coffee meets every Thursday in the Village Hall from 10-30 am to 12-30.  All are welcome to join us for games, table tennis, jigsaws or just to have a chat.  We serve tea, coffee and cakes.  Plans are underway for our Christmas lunch which is to take place on Thursday 15th December.  A hot lunch will be served, for further information please contact Marita Waugh 740057, Eileen Miller 740341 or Daisy Brown 740063

Little Lambs
Little Lambs continues to grow in numbers and the children are certainly growing in confidence each week.  The last session before Christmas will be on 13th December when we shall be having our Christmas party.  Little Lambs will meet again in the New Year with the first session on 10th January.   Little Lambs is run by Barnack Baptist Church – for further information please contact Val Haines-Eynon 740017

Youth Club
Youth Club will be meeting in the Village Hall 7-30pm to 9-00pm on the 2nd and 16th December. Our first Youth Club of the New Year will take place on Friday 13th January.  On behalf of all the leaders we would like to thank the local youth for helping to make Youth Club such good fun.  At a time when young people often receive a bad press it is good to know that our young people are polite and well mannered.  Happy Christmas to you all.  Graham, Rob and all at Barnack Baptist Church.

Charity Concert
The charity concert is to be held on 23rd December from 8-00pm in Barnack Village Hall.  We have been through extensive auditions, ‘boot camp’, and ‘judges houses’ and now we are ready for the live show! The format of the concert will be slightly different this year, with more of a cabaret feel.  Guests will be seated around tables and refreshments will be served throughout the evening.  The event will still include the sing-a-long Christmas medley and the singing of Christmas carols at the end.  There will be fewer seats this year so buy your tickets early.  £5 from the Post Office.  All Proceeds to a Church Building project in Uganda.

Village  Ladies’  Group
On 26th October, owing to half term, a select few of us took advantage of the good weather and had a pleasant stroll in Burghley Park, followed by refreshments in the Orangery. 
The William Cecil Hotel was our venue on 16th November for afternoon tea.  It was good to meet up again with members who had moved into Stamford and a newcomer to Ufford for cream tea and hear everyone’s news.
18th January 2012:  A limited number of places have been booked for lunch at Stamford College. Cost £11.50.  Please be sure to ring Joan on 740396 for more details and to reserve your place.

Ufford  Village  Christmas  Party
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets before the end of November for the Christmas Party in aid of Help for Heroes and Rutland Sailability at 7p.m. on Tuesday, 6th December in the Village Hall.  Entertainment, raffle and carols.  Entrance £3.00 per person/£5.00 for two.  Bring along a plate of seasonal fare to share and your own drink.
Tickets  from  Frieda (740343),  Jenny (740792)  and  Steven (749540).