News & Events for March 2012

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Barnack Community Association
The Annual General Meeting is to be held on Thursday 10th May 2012 at 7pm at the Village Hall School Road. All residents and users of the hall are welcome to attend. The post of secretary has become vacant this year, if you are interested in being part of a small group who meet 4 times a year and do a fantastic job ensuring that our village facilities are managed and maintained please contact Roy Chowings 740755 Debra Martin 740048 Adrienne Collins 740124

Friends Of Rutland Sailability – Quiz – Wed. 25 Jan. 2012
Fun and Frustration at The White Hart!
Eighty-five people braved a cold winter wind to attend ‘Q.i.’ – a sort of pub quiz – at The White Hart, Ufford, on 25 January.
Prizes should have been awarded for the imaginative names chosen by the teams, but in the end it was ‘WAQI’ who narrowly kept ‘The M.B. Fan Club’ in second place, and last year’s winners ‘Thirst Aid’ in third.
Questions were both wide-ranging and often frustrating for experienced pub quizzers – but the evening was a fun event and everyone joined in the spirit of the occasion.
One team used its imagination to identify the collective noun for a group of crocodiles – ‘Handbags!’  That’s the sort of evening it was!
£441 was raised for Rutland Sailability, and Matt and his team at The White Hart provided complementary refreshments at half time.
Many thanks to Frieda Gosling for her invaluable help with the questions, Jim Fleming for looking after the scoreboard and Peter Seagrave for running the Heads and Tails – the winner can look forward to a meal for two at The White Hart!
Thanks, also, to Matt and his team, and most importantly a big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who took part – your support for Rutland Sailability – providing sailing for people with disabilities – is very much appreciated.
Mike Baumber.

Barnack WI March Meeting
Our President, Sue Chowings, welcomed members to the meeting and plans for the next few months were discussed involving our ‘spin-off’ activities of walking groups, a book group and our monthly luncheon club.  Outings in the pipeline include a visit to Stamford Arts Theatre, Anglesey Abbey to see the snowdrops, Warwick Castle and a visit to Tolethorpe Theatre.  We had a most interesting talk and demonstration on Origami from Dick Hailwood from Pilsgate which we thoroughly enjoyed and then a delicious tea.  Our next meeting is on 13th March when the subject for the evening will be Psychic and Spirit Art.  Visitors are most welcome – in fact we are the Institute that a recent County President said she would join if she had the choice – come and see if you agree!    Barbara Knights

Barnack Methodist Chapel
We were pleased to welcome our customers back after the Christmas and New Year break and we raised £101.46 towards our funds.
The March Coffee Morning and Cake Stall will take place on Saturday, 3 March at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am and we look forward to seeing you.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for February were:
  9    Peggy Sindall    £25
54    Trevor Goodwin    £15
41    Tom Elwood    £10

Barnack Village Hall  Fund Raising
There is to be a Race Night Meeting  held in the Village Hall in Barnack on Saturday, 31st March at 7.30p.m. Tickets  on sale to include a Fish and Chip supper  priced £7.00. can be obtained from Roy Chowings 740755, Debra Martin 740048, or from the Barnack Post Office. Please bring your own drink! All proceeds raised will go towards  the Village Hall  heating and maintenance funds. Do come and support this  important village building.

The Buttercross Club
The AGM of the Buttercross Club was on the 1st February. Janette Abbott-Donnelly, who was standing down as Chair, gave a brief  resume´ of last year’s activities such as our excellent Candlelit Supper and tour of Rockingham Castle to celebrate the Club’s 25th anniversary. We thanked Janette for all her work and presented her with gift and card. Anne Harrison-Smith has taken over Janette’s role.
This year’s programme is very varied and as usual we shall be having open meetings from time to time to which non-members are warmly invited. Look for details in the parish magazine.
The AGM evening concluded with an interesting talk by Beryl Burrows. When this talk was being organized we referred to Beryl as the Iron Lady – not, however, a reference to Margaret Thatcher! Beryl has a fantastic range of historic irons. She brought with her just some of what is actually a much larger collection.  It is fascinating that, although some of the irons were massive, heavy and undoubtedly very hot to handle, the intrinsic shape remains much the same today.
The Chinese were the first to iron fabric in the eleventh century.  The need to press garments became more imperative as more delicate fabrics were created. Irons arrived in Europe in the sixteenth century. They were called box irons because of their shape. A chunk of cast iron called a slug was heated and placed inside the box.
They came in all sizes. Iron designs improved with time although the ones which used coals to heat them up can’t have been ideal on white fabrics! Sad irons, apparently so-called because they were heavy to handle, replaced the box irons. In large country houses there would be an iron stand which held irons of all different sizes. A Mrs. Potts patented a sad iron in 1871 which had lots of differently sized inter-changeable bases but just one handle. The iron base was often beeswaxed to stop starched items from sticking.  In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century new technologies produced  rather lethal examples of irons – gas run or filled with paraffin! Even the early electric ones left something to be desired – plugging in to the light socket rather than a power point. Thank goodness technology has moved on and we now have steam irons which are relatively lightweight and clean, and of course some fabrics which don’t require ironing at all.
The next Buttercross meeting, to which non-members are also invited, is in the Reading Room on Wednesday, March 7th.  It is a poetry evening presented by Tony Gower and Chris Harrison-Smith and promises to be really entertaining.  The entry fee for non-members is £1 and includes tea/coffee and biscuits.

Friends of Barnack Church 200 club. January draw
£20 No. 186 Mr. M. Harley
£10 No. 58   Mrs. K. Swann
£5   No. 98   Mr. P. Sindall

The Good News Library Van
The Good News Library Van will be coming to Barnack on Tuesday March 20th. It will be at Margaret Durdy’s house, 12 Canon Drive, Barnack from 10.30 until 12o’clock, when she will offer us all a warm welcome, while we look at the books, DVD’s and CD’s which are available for us to borrow for as long as we like. There will also be coffee and biscuits for us to enjoy, while we chat.  Everyone from all the surrounding villages are invited, so to come. We would love to see you.

The Children’s Society Boxes
I have banked to date £811.21 with a little more still to come in.  This is up on last year’s total and so, on behalf of the children helped by the Society, I thank you all.  The final total will be displayed in church once I have it.
The collecting of the boxes and counting the contents could not have been done this year so successfully without the very kind help of Liz Young and Judith Browne who took over this task when I was unable to do it, my grateful thanks go to them. 
The boxes are opened once a year, usually in January, and if anyone would like to have a box at home in which to put loose change for this worthwhile cause please contact me on 01780 740387. June Graham

Thanks from June Graham
A very big thank you to everyone who sent cards, good wishes, flowers etc.  following my recent stay in hospital.  They were all very much appreciated and certainly brightened the early days of my recovery.  Although not yet back to full health I am getting there and hope to be back to normal before too long.     June Graham

Barnack Primary School
With snow on the ground and snowmen and igloos on our school field, it does not feel like the Spring Term but the children are certainly enjoying our winter wonderland.
We have been busy learning about Space this term and all wrote about what we thought our launch day was going to be about on February 2nd. 
Mr. Bellamy made a superb rocket launch pad and Mrs. Alexander added some brilliant artwork to the Barnack Space Station.  Every child in the school made a water rocket and launched it onto the school field.  There were prizes for the best designs and the rockets that went the furthest.  Please come in and see our display board of all our winning rockets.
Some of our Year 6 children went to London in January with Mr. Wainwright and Mrs. Green to the annual BETT Show in Olympia.  The show hosts the latest in IT technology for schools.  We purchased a mini film studio and animation software and we have already filmed our first animation film. 
Year 4-6 visited the Leicester Space Centre recently and had a fantastic day.  They had a rocket workshop where they made mini rockets and looked at aerodynamics and friction effects to investigate the best design.  Alien footprints were found in Miss. Baldry’s classroom and the children were excellent investigators at the scene. 
Mrs. Jones’ class had a picnic on the moon (in our outdoor classroom) and Mrs. Maxwell’s class have recently enjoyed investigating balloon rockets across the classroom.
By the time you read this we will have had our 60th Birthday celebrations, if you did come along for the afternoon, we hope you had a great time and enjoyed seeing Barnack School again in 2012.  The children certainly were excited to welcome our visitors and posed very thoughtful questions about the school’s past.
My congratulations to all the staff and children at school for being runners up at the Peterborough Powerdown Awards, celebrating schools that have saved the most energy over the last few months.  The children were all great ‘energy inspectors’ and particularly enjoyed our Powerdown Day where we switched off all the electricity in school.Stuart Wainwright, Headteacher

Barnack Pre-school
Barnack Pre School would like to remind all parents in the village and the surrounding catchment area that if they would like their child/ children to attend the pre-school that they need to register names as soon as possible. Barnack Pre-School is filing up fast and we wish to make sure that children in the catchment area are able to have their Early Years funded places at their local pre school.
 All children are entitled to receive 15 hours of free Early Years funding per week for 38 weeks of each financial year. This will start the term following their third birthday up to and including the term in which they turn five or start at a state maintained school, whichever comes first.
 If you would like to put your child/ children’s name down on the list, please contact our admissions coordinator - Emma on 07753 802402.

Village  Ladies’  Group
Our visit to Deene Park on 12th February to see the snowdrops was a victim of the freezing weather conditions.
Eight of us enjoyed lunch at The White Hart on 15th February.  It also gave us the opportunity of discussing future activities.
14th March:  We will meet at Clare Cottage, Helpston at 3pm for afternoon tea and to view the exhibition of Michael Webster’s paintings.
4th April:  Visit to the gardens at Burghley to see the daffodils.  Please meet in the car park at 2.30pm.  This will be followed by refreshments in The Orangery.
25th April:  St. Martin’s Trail & Quiz.  Meet at the Arts Centre at 5pm.
Elaine Ward will be conducting a walk round St. Martin’s, Stamford.  The outing will conclude at Pizza Express.  Please let Elaine know on 01780-756012 if you will be taking part.
Local village ladies are welcome to join us on any of the above visits.

Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
A resident in Bainton recently witnessed a theft of materials from a building site in the village. She acted promptly and correctly by phoning  101  and also notifying her local Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.
As a result not only were the police  advised of the event and given details (description of men, colour and Reg. No. of vehicle etc.)  but also,  via the N/Hood Watch  Scheme,  all the residents of Bainton and Ashton were immediately alerted to the situation and probably made more aware of their security  (or lack of it ! )

Do you know your local Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator  ?
Would you be willing to become a co-ordinator and  help to maintain  security in our area.?
If interested please contact CAROL ASTON  at Bridge St. Police station via her email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Beef, beer and plenty of good cheer
A brand new night out to bring a bit of good cheer to the long winter nights has been launched onto the area’s social calendar.
“Beef and Beer”, is a special event to raise funds for the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall hospice in Peterborough. Delicious sirloin of beef carved at the table and unlimited Ufford ale will be served during a four-course dinner at Greetham Valley Hotel on Friday March 23rd.
Billed as “the ultimate party of the year”, the evening will include casino tables and an auction as well as entertainment from singer Peter Jay to make the evening go with a swing.
Organiser Jackie Page said “This is a black tie event with a difference which we are confident will become one of the areas most popular nights out.”
Tickets are £60 a head or there are several special table packages to include wine and gifts if you want to take a crowd. Transport offers from Peterborough are also available and if you want to make a weekend of it, the hotel is offering discounted accommodation and golf.
All proceeds will go towards patient care at Thorpe Hall Hospice.
For more information and to book, call hospice fundraisers on 01733 330060 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
For more information please contact:
Jackie Page on 01733 330010
or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 7.45 pm. Tickets (£15 per person) from Max Sawyer (765507), Patrick Knights (740774) or Charles Clark (740441). We look forward to seeing members and their guests at this popular event. John Corner has very kindly offered to give an after-dinner talk on the Arctic Convoys, which saw weather conditions most of us can not even begin to imagine.