News & Events for January 2012

All the news for January starting with....

‘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.

Barnack Church Christmas Coffee Morning
Thank you very much for the support of helpers, contributors and those who came to buy. It was a tremendous success and we raised a total of £515.00 towards the cost of maintaining our beautiful church. Many, many thanks.

The Children’s Society
This month sees the annual box opening for our household boxes, how quickly the months come round!  Please bring your boxes to church on either of the first two Sundays if possible, otherwise please contact me on 01780 740387 when I can arrange to collect from you.
The Children’s Society has been able to fund vital work with thousands of vulnerable children and young people, thanks to donations such as ours.  It is a frightening statistic that in the UK 100,000 children under the age of 16 run away from home every year and of that number 20% will be at serious risk of coming to some harm.  These children run away because they do not feel safe in the very place where they should feel secure, with their family at home.  There are many reasons including neglect, isolation and abuse to name just a few.  Perhaps even more shocking is that seven out of ten children who go missing are not reported as missing to the police – do their families care so little?
The Children’s Society also works in many other ways through different projects set up around the country - supporting young carers who may be missing out on vital education and play because they are caring for disabled or chronically ill family members; giving disabled children who may face discrimination and ignorance a voice; working with children and young people who are at risk of coming to harm.  As a result of the publicity that The Children’s Society gave to the problems facing young people who run away many cities have set up “Safe in the City” projects where these children can go, perhaps to meet and talk with project workers who can provide a listening ear or give help and advice to get their lives back on track.
Last January I banked £741.67 from our boxes; on behalf of the children helped by the Society many thanks for your generosity.  If there is anyone who has not got a box in which to put your loose change and would like one please contact me on the above number, I do have a few spares.  June Graham

Note for 2012 Diaries: Flower group
On February 29th next year the Flower group will next meet in the Village Hall in Barnack  at 2.0.p.m.
Sheila Bratley and Marjory Coups will show us how to use small potted plants in varied arrangements, followed by tea and cakes. Do come and join us and make a note in your new diaries of this date. Entry fee will be £3.00. We look forward to seeing you.
Any enquiries to Joan Laycock. Tel 01780 740267.

The Good News Library Van
This will be in Barnack on Tuesday January 17th. It will be on Margaret Durdey’s drive 12 Canon Drive, Barnack from 10.30 until 12 midday. The selection of books, DVD’s and CD’s, which are available for you to borrow will be taken into Margaret’s house, so that you can choose in warmth and comfort. She also provides a fantastic selection of drinks for us to have, while we are chatting and choosing. If you have never been before do come. It could be your New Year’s Resolution!

Barnack School’s 60th Birthday Celebrations
We will be celebrating our
60th Birthday
on Feb 9th at 2pm. 
All welcome

Barnack Primary School
Well the Autumn Term has finally come to a close and Santa has completed his rounds.  The Christmas spirit was seen in abundance throughout the school during December.  The whole school performed brilliantly in their Christmas performances; our younger children told the story of the Nativity while our older children presented a very entertaining version of The Twelve Days of Christmas.
The Choir enjoyed their annual visit to The Acres and shared five of their festive songs they have been practising on Fridays.  Our thanks to everyone at The Acres for their ‘treats’ at the end, they were much appreciated. We will be holding our Christingle Service this year on January 6th to mark Epiphany, please join us at the church if you are able to. 
Our new topic for the Spring Term is ‘Lost in Space’ and we have a special ‘top secret’ Launch Day on February 2nd.  We will be asking the children to write about their thoughts of what might happen on that day.  Have you any ideas?  You can sneak up to the school on that day to have a look if you would like.
On February 9th we are holding a very special 60th Birthday party for the school building.  We wish to invite everyone who has links to the school from the past, present or even the future.  Please come along from 2pm to enjoy tea and cakes and share the memories of our school over the years.  If you are able to come, please let the school office know (740265), we want to see as many people as we can attend this special event.
Later in the Spring Term the BSA parents’ committee will be hosting a Swiss Evening of food and entertainment to be held at school.  The date for this will be March 3rd and more details will follow soon.    The BSA would also like to thank everyone who has bought a raffle ticket in December to help funds, I hope some of you enjoyed a winning ticket too.  If you do have any unwanted Christmas presents the BSA would be very grateful to receive them to also help raise funds and these can be given into school.
May I wish each and every one of you a very Happy New Year and hope we can welcome you to our special Birthday celebrations on February 9th.

Yoga Bainton Reading Room
Wed’s 7-8.30pm, 7 week courses, please call to book 07765 939903 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Suitable for all.  Laura Goodliffe  www.layurasyoga.co.uk

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal
I am pleased to report another record amount raised  during the two week Poppy Appeal.
The total was  an incredible  £4515.02 of which the sale of poppies raised  £3685.45   (an increase of over £200)
Can I say a big thank you to everyone involved,  in particular to the house-to-house collectors, a determined band in our wintry weather!.
I think we all appreciate the desperate need for charities such as The Royal British Legion at this time and sadly, perhaps,  for years to come.
I am, again, so grateful for all your support and generosity.    Judith Morrice

NADFAST  Books of Barnack Church.
Please would the person who borrowed the two NADFAST books on Barnack Church return them to the Chuchwardens, June Woollard  740276 or Catherine Barker 740427, as soon as possible.
With many thanks, Adrienne Collins

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
Members of the 200 Club are reminded that subscriptions are now due for 2012, namely £24 per year.  Thank you for all your support in 2011 – if you weren’t lucky this year let’s hope 2012 is better.  We raised nearly £1000 in 2011 and so let’s see if we can get to that magic figure in 2012.

Barnack Methodist Chapel
Our Coffee Morning on 3 December raised over £130 and thank you for your support. As is our custom there will not be a Coffee Morning in January.

Barnack Village Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
Representatives of the various organizations in the village have been meeting together over the last two months to discuss ideas for the village celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  We have now drawn up a proposed timetable of events which we hope will appeal to all the generations in the village and they will take place on Sunday June 3 and Monday June 4.  Before we make any final arrangements we would very much like to have YOUR views and everyone is therefore invited to come along to the Village Hall on Friday, 20 January at 7.30pm to hear about and discuss the events we are proposing and also to give us any other suggestions you may have.
Do PLEASE come along if you can as we want to make these 2 days into ones everyone will enjoy and remember for years to come.

Bainton “Pub Night”
Pub night will now be closed until the second Friday in March.  We look forward to welcoming friends and neighbours on the second Friday of each month at The Granary, Bainton.  Please come along with your glass and preferred tipple for a social evening.  Everyone welcome.

Ufford  Village  Christmas  Party
The Village Hall was full on 6th December of friends and neighbours enjoying the Christmas Party organised by Frieda in aid of Help for Heroes and Sailability.  The evening began with mulled wine & nibbles, entertainment followed by Stewart & Friends, who amused us with recitals and songs, including Flanders & Swann and Gilbert & Sullivan. The finger buffet provided by those attending contained all the Christmas fare you could wish for. The evening concluded with favourite carols.
The final total raised for the above charities is not yet available, but the raffle alone raised £163. Thanks are due to Frieda for organising the event and to everyone who came along and made the evening a success.  Also to those who stayed afterwards to help.

Village  Ladies’  Group
18th January 2012:  One or two places are still available for lunch at Stamford College. Cost £11.50.  Arrive at 12 noon.  Please be sure to ring Joan on 740396 if you would like to join us.  Thanks to all our stalwart members, who have helped keep the group going this year.  Details of activities/visits for 2012 will appear shortly.  We would also welcome suggestions.