News & Events for February 2012

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News from the churchwardens
After the long interregnum everyone at Barnack church is so pleased that The Revd. David Maylor will finally be coming to take up his duties as priest in charge of the parishes of Barnack with Ufford, Bainton, Helpston and Wittering on Sunday 19 February. He and his wife and family will live in Barnack Rectory and we all look forward to welcoming him to our villages.

The Licensing & Installation Service
The Licensing and Installation Service of the Rev. David Maylor will take place in Barnack church at 7.30pm on Friday 17 February. There is a board in Bainton and Barnack churches for you to sign if you would like to attend. As you will appreciate there will be a large congregation with representatives from all the parishes and with special guests from the diocese, the villages and the Revd. David Maylor’s previous parish.

The Buttercross Club:
The gathering in Bainton Reading Room on December 6th was an enjoyable start to the Christmas festivities and also a little celebration for the Buttercross Club itself in this its 25th year. 
We welcomed friends as well as club members and began proceedings with Christmas cheer in the shape of glasses of gluvine, delicious hot mulled spiced wine. Our speaker was Maria Jackson who, having spent many years running a stall on Stamford market, opened a haberdashery and wool shop in Cheyne Lane, Stamford. She demonstrated to us how to fold napkins for the Christmas festivities. We followed, or tried to follow, suit! Amongst our more complex creations were rather splendid elves’ boots. The skill certainly lent itself much more to origami than to straightforward napkin folding. It really was very entertaining and informative. The evening concluded with coffee/tea and refeshments.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012. We welcome new members so do please come along if you are interested.
The club meets on the first Wednesday of each month and we have a varied programme planned for next year. In the meantime we wish everyone every good wish for 2012.

Barnack and Villages Horticultural show Annual General Meeting
The Annual general meeting is to be held on Monday 20th February 2012 at Barnack village hall at 7.30pm all welcome.
This year’s show is to be held on Sunday 19th August at Barnack Pavilion. The show is a popular annual event, however to ensure its continued success we need volunteers to join the committee, or to help on the day.
If you are a newcomer to the area it’s a great way of getting to know people. We are a small friendly group who welcome new ideas to make sure the show is as relevant today as it was when it started 120 years ago.
For further information please contact Debra Martin 740048.

Church cleaning of St John the Baptist, Barnack.
I would like to take this opportunity of thanking those of you who clean the church on a regular basis. Your tireless efforts are very much appreciated.
You will be aware that we are to have a new Priest shortly. He is to be inducted on Friday, February 17th at 7.30pm.
Please time your February clean to ensure that the church is looking its’ very best for that occasion.
If you have any queries do not hesitate to call me. Thank you. Maureen.

The Friends of Barnack Church
The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Barnack Church will be held on Monday, March 5th, at 6.00pm in the Village Hall. Should you wish to nominate someone to join the committee please speak to Anne Addison, Secretary (740414)

200 Club Results
The following were winners in the end of year draw
£100    No:116   Mrs. L. Pollock
£50      No:53     Mr. I. Burrows
£50      No:194   Mrs. A. Butland
£50      No:196   Mrs. J. Elwood
Winners in the end of December draw were
£20      No:11     Mrs. Lewin
£10      No:5       Mr. K. Duff
£5        No:176   Miss L. Huckerby  

Barnack Flower Club
Another Diary Date for Flower Arranging Group: 16th March, 14.00, with Pat Simmonds. The theme for the afternoon is ‘any container, any arrangement design or shape, but flowers of one colour in complementing shades and foliage’
We enjoyed an active and inspiring 2011 and I would like to say thank you to our leaders, Sheila Bratley, Marjorie Coups and Pat Simmonds.  Financially the group started with nothing but goodwill, and I am pleased to say that we were able to make a £100 donation to Barnack Church at the end of the year.  Well done and thank you all.
This year will bring more practice afternoons and, I hope, a Pimms and Pâté summer evening demonstration.
New members are most welcome;  we are an informal group who like dabbling with flowers, chatting and drinking tea.
This year I am hoping to keep a photographic record of the beautiful flower arrangements you are all aspiring to produce – with your permission of course.
Our first meeting of the year is on 29th February at 14.00. Sheila Bratley and Marjorie Coups will be showing everyone how to do small arrangements with potted plants. This meeting will be held in Barnack Village Hall at 2.00pm. Do come and join us and bring some small plants  and a suitable container, if you would like to take part. Ring Joan Laycock on 740267 with any queries.
Occasionally we may want to meet when our tutors are not available.  Keep an eye out for a picture or photo of any arrangements you fancy creating, and be ready to bring it along. Petrina McCarey.

Rose Porter
The members of Barnack Methodist Chapel were greatly saddened by the death of Rose on 19 December.  She was a stalwart of the congregation and as one of the stewards took her duties seriously and was there each week to welcome everyone with a smile.  She had a very deep faith and held firmly to her beliefs of what was right and wrong.  She had a big family, whom she loved early, but she always had time to help others.  The large number attending her funeral service at Barn Hill was a testament to the love and regard in which she was held.
Our lives were all enriched by our contact with her and there is now a very big gap which cannot be filled and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.
It won’t be the same without Rose but our coffee morning and cake stall will return again on Saturday, 4 February, at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am and we look forward to welcoming old and new customers.

An Indian Evening
Veronica Hewings will be giving Indian Cookery lessons in Barnack Village Hall starting on Wednesday 15th February at 10.00am. to 12.00.noon. The cost will be £7.00 per class for cost of food and tuition per person. Telephone  Veronica on 07805667804 to book a place or to make enquiries.
On Saturday April 14th, also in Barnack Village Hall, there will be an Indian Meal served of five courses preceded by a live demonstration of Indian Cookery and a talk on the healing properties of  certain spices. Tickets will be £10.00. per head .Book with Veronica on 07805667804. At the end of Feb, tickets will be on sale in Barnack PO.

Gardening and Odd Jobs
I am currently fundraising for a British Schools Exploring Society Expedition to Arctic Norway in 2012 where I will be undertaking scientific work on glacier retreat while hiking and exploring. I am willing to do any jobs - gardening, logs, car washing, sweeping, etc - so please call Arthur Wright on 740929.

Royal British Legion
The Barnack & District Branch will be holding its traditional Winter Supper in the Village Hall, Barnack on Monday, 19th March at 7.15 for 7.45pm. Tickets from Max Sawyer (765507), Patrick Knights (740774) or Charles Clark (740441). We look forward to seeing members and their guests at this popular event held in aid of British Legion Funds.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The first winners in 2012 are:
49    Martyn Dennis    £25
31    Stan Goodacres    £15
50    Margaret Broadbelt    £10
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.

Thanks from Emily Johnston & family
Thank you to the anonymous person who very kindly gave us a wonderful gift just before Christmas.
We were completely overwhelmed by your kindness and generosity and are so very grateful to you. You made our lives brighter at what has been a very difficult and sad time. We wish we could thank you personally but we do hope you see this and know that you really made us feel special and helped us have a Christmas to cherish.
Thank you, Emily Johnston and family.

The Good News Library Van
The Good News Library Van will be coming to Barnack on Tuesday February 21st. This month it will be at Brenda Smith’s house 1, Little Northfields, Barnack from 10.30 until midday.
If you see the blue van parked outside Brenda’s house do feel free to knock on her door and come in and see what is available. She will make you very welcome, and there are some really interesting books, DVD’s and CD’s for you to borrow if you wish, or as always you are also welcome just to come for a coffee and a chat.

Labrador Rescue Trust
There will be a Table Top Sale in the Village Hall in Barnack on Sunday 29th January from to Many stalls including cakes, plants and crafts will be present as well as refreshments. Do come and support a very worthy cause. All enquiries to Lisa Canham on 01733 780701  

Barnack Baptist Church 10th Anniversary Celebration
On 26th February Barnack Baptist Church will be celebrating our 10th Anniversary. We first began our weekly services in Barnack Village Hall in February 2002. Since then we have been blessed with good growth in numbers and have become actively involved in the local community through our worship services, Youth Club, Little Lambs Toddler Group and other events. 
Our anniversary service will take place in Barnack School Hall at 10-30 am, this will be followed by lunch.  It is our hope that anyone who has been involved in any of our services or groups over the past 10 years will join us for our celebration service, everyone welcome.

Barnack Baptist Church – Christmas fund raising
We are pleased to announce that over the Christmas period through our Charity Concert and Christmas Day offering we raised £505.  Thank-you to everyone who was involved in our Charity Concert and Christmas Services. 
We were delighted that so many people chose to attend our Christingle and Nativity services, the Christmas Day service in the Village Hall was also very full. This year we had a new favourite Carol “It was on a Starry Night”, a choice that was no doubt influenced by all the Children who attended. 

Little Lambs Toddler Group
Each Tuesday morning our Little lambs toddler group meets in the Village Hall from 10-00 to 12-00. The hall is laid out with games, toys, slides, craft activities and rugs to sit on, midway through the morning tea, coffee and cakes are served with something healthier for the children, this is followed by a bible story and song time.
The Hall is then cleared and out come the trikes and cars for the older toddlers to let off a bit of steam before they go home for a well-earned rest, and hopefully an afternoon nap.  Little Lambs is very popular, everyone is friendly and it is a great place to meet new friends and watch the children explore the joy of playing together. Little Lambs is run by Barnack Baptist Church – for further details  contact Val Haines-Eynon 740017

Youth Club
Youth Club is meets every fortnight in the Village Hall at 7-30 pm on a Friday.  The next sessions are 27th January, 3rd February and 24th February. Please note that the meeting on 10th February has been brought forward to avoid half-term.  Youth Club is open to all Secondary School Age young people who live in the local area.  Each club night we have table tennis, pool, Wii, craft activities and a tuck shop.  At the end of the evening we usually play some team games. Youth Club is run by Barnack Baptist Church.

Barnack Darby & Joan
Barnack Darby & Joan enjoyed their pre Christmas Meal at Ketton Sports Complex and were entertained by Stamford U3A Singing for Pleasure Group.  Mrs. Joan Garratt won the Betty Waters Cup for scoring most points in the competitions held during 2011.  The first meeting of 2012 will be held at The Acres on Wednesday, 8th February 2.00pm.  New members always welcome.

Ufford Park Cricket Club
Ufford Park Cricket Club Annual General Meeting will be held at the White Hart on Monday,5th March at 8.00pm.

Village  Ladies’  Group
Our lunch at Stamford College on 18th January was enjoyed by all those who attended.  Thanks to Joan for organising the event.
On Sunday, 12th February, a visit to Deene Park to see the snowdrops is planned.
Entrance £4.00.  Meet at 11am.  Refreshments available.  Please come along if you wish to do so.
15th February:  Lunch at The White Hart, Ufford 12.30 pm.
Please let Joan (740396) or Jan (740440) know by 13th February if you will be joining us so that a reservation may be made.
March:  Visit to Burghley Park to see the daffodils – details at a later date.
25th April:  St. Martin’s Trail & Quiz.  Meet at Arts Centre 5 pm.
Elaine Ward will be conducting her twice-postponed walk round St. Martin’s, Stamford.  We will finish the evening at Pizza Express.  Please let Elaine know on 01780-756012 if you will be taking part.

Bainton and Ashton Allotment Association
The Annual General Meeting of the Association was held at the Millstone Inn on Tuesday 17th January.
Following an address on the past years hard work and success , the Secretary, Richard Harris, stood down along with the Chairman Graham Fletcher.
Both members were given a hearty vote of thanks for the great contribution they had made to the organisation since the original idea first surfaced some time ago.
Following the re-election of the committee , Steve Beresford and Malcolm Morrice were  elected Chairman and Secretary respectively.
Plans for the year ahead were discussed in detail with all members looking forward to the prospect of early sowing when the spring weather arrives. Hopefully this is not far off. Malcolm Morrice

Barnack Community Association Race Night Meeting.
  There is to be a fund raising evening for the Village Hall  in the form of a Race Night  to be held on Saturday, 31st March at 7.30pm in Barnack Village Hall. Make a note of this date in your diaries!!!  Everyone is welcome .You are able to bet on your favourite mounts by watching the races on a huge screen in the Hall. A  light supper will be provided;  bring you own drink. Tickets will be on sale in February, and on the door. .
Any enquiries to A Collins, 740124 D. Martin 740048 or R. Chowings 740755