News & Events for April 2012

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Are YOU interested in forming a community choir in Barnack?
Join a choirDo you enjoy singing?
We hope to set up a community choir for all ages and abilities of singers.  No previous musical experience in needed, just a love of singing.
If you want to know more, please join us at The Millstone Pub
Tuesday 17th April 2012 at 7.30pm
Contact our Community Choir Champion, Ted Murray, to register your interest
(even if you can’t make it to the meeting!)
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Phone: 740114

The Student Cross in Bainton
The Student Cross will stop at St. Mary’s Church, Bainton on Monday, 2nd April at approx. 10.45am for a short service of prayer and to take light refreshment.   These young people, carrying the cross, are on their yearly pilgrimage to Walsingham and would be pleased to meet any of our parishioners at this stop over.

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.

Coarse Cut Orange Marmalade
Coarse Cut Seville Orange Marmalade is now ready for sale. A 1lb jar is £1.60 or 6 jars cost £8.50. Please call 740929 to order. The proceeds will go towards Arthur’s expedition to Alta, Northern Norway with the British Schools Exploring Society in the summer of 2012. The Wright family

Joules Clearance Sale
Grand Clearance Sale on Wednesday 28th March from 12 Noon till 7pm at The Granary – Manor Farm – Bainton - Nr Stamford – PE9 3AF Entry £2 For St Mary’s Church Bainton Bargains Galore  ~ Do Bring A Friend

Walcot Hall Open Day
On Sunday 20th May 2012 the gardens at Walcot Hall will be open from 2.00PM TO 6.00PM in aid of the National Garden Scheme which supports many charities. Barnack School Association will be running craft stalls and teas in the historic cobbled courtyard (with all money raised going to the BSA). If you would be interested in having a craft stall the cost is £20 per table. For futher information and to book please contact Ray Major on either 07917801997 or 01780 740393.

The Buttercross Club
On the 7th March we had an enjoyable time, When Tony and Chris presented an evening of rhyme. Though they dipped into Betjeman, Lear, Petty and Ayres, Most of the poems were entirely theirs.
The topics they covered were varied and wide, From wellies with feelings(!) to Barnack’s great pride – The natural ragstone  which has built many a home And is bound to outlast the Millennium Dome.
The finale, a poem most of us could quote, Told of an owl, a pussycat and their peagreen boat. A heartfelt vote of thanks was given after to Tony and Chris for their good hour of laughter.
Many thanks to Tony Gower and Chris Harrison-Smith for a really entertaining evening. There was a great atmosphere and we were delighted to welcome a number of visitors to our first open meeting of 2012.
The next meeting is on Wednesday,   April 4th. The theme of the evening is “Art and Embroidery” and our speaker is Ro Yates.
NB: There will also be a Members’ photo at the Buttercross at 7:15 on Wednesday, April 4th, just before the meeting.
On Wednesday, April 11th   there will be a visit to Burghley House south facing gardens. Please let Elke Hare know if you have not already signed up but would like to come.  Those making the visit are assembling outside the Reading Room at 11 am.

Barnack Primary School
As the colours of Spring start to appear around the school, we look forward to the warmer temperatures and more enjoyment of our outdoor spaces.
With the improved weather we have managed to get some re-arranged football fixtures played.  The Year 5 and 6 team won 4-1 against Glinton and our Year 3 and 4 team played their first ever match in a 0 – 0 draw against Glinton also.  Well done to all the boys and girls who played.  We have more fixtures coming up against John Clare and Glinton at home, with netball fixtures and the annual Soke Sports to enjoy later in March.
All the children have been focusing on improving their times tables in every class recently and Mr. Wainwright has seen a great improvement in the times table challenges in his Monday morning assemblies.  Children have been promoting maths also on World Maths Day on March 7th, with posters around the school on the importance of learning maths for jobs and life in the future.  Please do come in and have a look!
All classes have been enjoying using the ipads in school now and we hope to be purchasing 2 more thanks to support from Wothorpe Parish Council.  Our sincere thanks to Barnack Parish Council and others for their fundraising support which has helped develop our outdoor classroom.  This space has been used as an awe and wonder area for RE, a reading zone, a singing space and a classroom for mathematical challenges.
We all had a fantastic time on National Sing Up day on March 2nd.  Please look at the whole school singing, Walking on Sunshine on our school website, in the Children’s Area- ‘sing up’.  I am surprised you couldn’t hear the singing from your homes that morning, we were all so proud of the children. 
Our continued work on our space topic has been great fun with everyone launching their water rockets on Launch Day and now across the school moon buggies are being designed and made, I have been most impressed with our budding engineers!
As the run up to the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics this summer gets into full swing; we already have some very exciting events taking place which we hope to keep you up to date with over the coming months.
Please remember you are always welcome to visit the school and join us on a Thursday morning if you are free for our open morning for tea and coffee at 9am.
Mr. Wainwright, Headteacher

Bainton pub night
Bainton pub night which is traditionally held on the 2nd Friday of each month at Manor farm will start a tour of the village with effect from Friday 11th May. The intention is to hold the pub night at varying venues in the village throughout the year, which will invariably be volunteers gardens whenever the weather is appropriate.  When the weather deteriorates, the reading room will act as a reserve venue if needed, and may well be the location in the colder months.  Anyone willing to host the monthly pub night should contact rob  at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 01780 740709.  A calender of pub nights and the location will be kept up to date on the reading room website. The next pub night on April 13th will be at Manor Farm.  

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

Barnack Methodist Chapel
Our March Coffee Morning raised £71.46 towards our funds and we thank all those who came for their support.
The next Coffee Morning will take place on Saturday, 7 April at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am and we look forward to seeing you.  If you’ve got visitors for Easter this is the place to come and buy your cakes for tea – everything is freshly baked.
Everyone is also invited to join us in our special Good Friday service which will take place on 6 April at 10.30 am.  It is just a short service and simply consists of hymns, prayers and readings on this special day in the Christian’s calendar.

Barnack and Villages Horticultural show
This year’s show is to be held on Sunday 19th August at Barnack Pavilion. We would like as many residents  as possible to enter the show, there is something for everyone and you do not need to be an expert to enter. We are looking for volunteers to help on the day either by running a stall or helping to set up.  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.

Stolen Scooter
Can you help? A child’s scooter was taken from the locked bike shed at Barnack School over the weekend of 3rd/4th March. It is very  distinctive - black industrial looking, white wheels with metallic blue inside, the words ‘ten eighty’ written at the bottom of the handle bar stem.
This was a very much loved present from Father Christmas!
We are hoping it has been abandoned somewhere. If anyone spots this we would be very grateful if you could contact us on 01780 740118.

Village  Ladies’  Group
Our visit to Clare Cottage, Helpston on 14th March to view Michael Webster’s exhibition, followed by a delicious cream tea and chat, was well supported and enjoyed by all.
4th April:  Visit to Burghley gardens 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.
23rd May:  Visit to Fineshade for a talk on the red kites. Meet at 2pm.  £2.00 each.
Refreshments afterwards in the café.
If you would like to join us on any of the above visits, please come along.

Friends of Barnack Church.
The winners in the February draw were
£20    No. 19      Mr. G. Longman
£10    No. 195    Mr. M. Harley
£5      No. 97      Mrs. C. Wright

Hunger Lunch
As in previous years we are once again hosting a hunger lunch in aid of two deserving causes. These are “Hope and Homes for Children”, a charity which works to care for children orphaned by war or natural disaster, and “Family Care”, our Diocesan organisation which cares for vulnerable families nearer to home. The lunch will be on Wednesday, April 4th, from 12 noon to 2.00pm. The venue is yet to be decided so please look out for the posters. Jose Irving-Bell and Liz. Young

Barnack W.I.
At our March meeting we were delighted to welcome our Federation President, Josette Kermath, who enjoyed hearing about our various activities, both those for our own enjoyment such as the walking group, the luncheon club, the book group and our various outings, and also the forthcoming community events like the Diamond Jubilee, the Church Fete and the Horticultural Show where our cake making and tea serving talents will once again be on display!
We were reminded that we are to host the next Clare Group meeting which is on Tuesday, May 1st. The speaker then will talk about Georgian costume.
Our speaker on this occasion was Mrs. G. Plumb who spoke about “Psychic and Spirit Art”. I think we were all a little bemused as to the difference and what such art actually looked like. However her talk led to many questions after which she was thanked by Sheila Berrill, who, together with her colleagues served excellent refreshments. Our next meeting is on April 10th when the talk will be given by Dr. Margaret Palmer on “The importance of being British, especially for a crayfish.” The competition is a fish in any medium.   Liz Young

The Good News Library Van
The Good News Library Van is an interdenominational organisation run by volunteers. It is a free lending library of Christian books, DVD’s and CD’s available to everyone.
The van comes to Barnack every month. The books are not heavy reading, and new books are always being added to the collection. This month the van will be at the home of Stan and Jessie Goodacre, The Lodge, Bainton Road, Barnack on Tuesday April 17th from 10.30am until 12 noon. The invitation is for everyone in all the six villages. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided, while you choose and chat. We hope to see you there.

Family Research - help please.
My Great grandfather Lohn Little Dolby was a Master Baker in Barnack. The 1881 census shows that he and his family lived at number 52 Main street Barnack.My grandfather was 1year old in 1881. I have been given a photo of a house called the old “Old Bake Shop” in Barnack. Is this the same house.?
I would appreciate any info you can give me as I am looking at the history of my family. Leander Dolby
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Royal British Legion
1. RBL Annual Conference - Sat & Sun 19 & 20 May, Scarborough Spa Complex, South Bay, Scarborough YO11 2HD
2. Used stamps for the Poppy Appeal - please send to Poppy Appeal Stamps, PO Box 6198, Leighton Buzzard, Beds., Luton LU7 9XT
3. Royal Lincolnshire Regiment Memorial Appeal - the Comrades of the Association are organising a final parade and unveiling ceremony Sat 6 Oct in Sobraon Park, Lincoln. £10,000 needed to pay for the memorial and parade. Donations (cheques payable to “The Royal Lincolnshire Regiment Association”) to The Royal Lincs. Regt. Memorial Appeal, 7, Redwing Close, Skellingthorpe, Lincoln LN6 5SH
4. Lincs. Co-operative Community Dividend Card - a good way for local groups to raise money.
5. Annual County Service of Rededication and Celebration of the Diamond Jubilee - Sun 6 May, Bourne Abbey, Church Lane, Bourne PE10 9UQ, parade assembles 1400
6. Trip to Warwick Castle - combining with the WI, Wed 27 Jun, £12-50 (£16-50 if under 60), names to me asap, please
7. If any Barnack and District Members have recently gone online, please let me know and I will add you to the email list
Further details on the above from Max Sawyer 01780 765507  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Easter Egg Hunt – Easter Sunday
On Easter Sunday Morning there will be the usual Easter Egg Hunt at Barnack School from 10-30 to 11-00 am.  Tea, Coffee and juice will be served with lots of chocolate to eat.  This is organised by the Baptist Church. 
After the Easter Egg hunt we will be holding our Easter Family Service, why not join us on this important date in the Christian Calendar.  We will continue our tradition of celebrating the resurrection with a Champagne toast. ‘What’s all that about?’ you may wonder – come along and find out!

Baptist Church Afternoon Fun Time – 1st April
At our March afternoon service we had great fun – the theme was F.R.O.G. ‘Fully Rely On God’.  We had lots of fun including  frog races, frog tiddlywinks, and craft activities.  The service also included a time of worship and prayer.  The children had time in their own groups while the grown-ups learned of how David fully relied on God when he killed Goliath but subsequently got into all kinds of troubles when he relied on his own instincts.  At the end of the service a meal was served.
The next Fun Time service will be held on 1st April at 4-00 pm in the School Hall.  The theme will be Palm Sunday.  Please come along, you will find a warm and friendly welcome. These services are suitable for all ages – not just those with children, everyone is welcome.  Afternoon Fun Time services include a shared meal.  They will continue each month and details will be in the Parish News.

Barnack Baptist Church Tenth Anniversary
  At the end of February we celebrated the tenth anniversary of Barnack Baptist Church with a thanksgiving service during which many of the church congregation and visitors spoke of the memories and experiences that make Barnack Baptist Church special for them. Displays of photographs and other memorabilia reminded us all of the many  and varied things that have happened over the last ten years: special services and Bible verses that have been particularly significant to us, outings to Old Hunstanton (some years it looked as sunny as the Mediterranean, other years we were all wrapped in thick coats and blankets!), Christmas Concerts, barn dances, parties and lots more.  We shared a meal of chilli con carne and baked potatoes and a beautifully decorated celebration cake.  It was a great day and we look forward to the decades to come. 

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’ll be no Little Lambs on the 3rd and 10th but we will be back again with all the usual fun on Tuesday the 17th April.   All parents and carers with their toddlers and babies are welcome, we have lots of toys, games and activities for the children.  Recently it has been great to have some dad’s coming along so if you are a dad or grandad at home with toddlers why not come too . 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 or Karen Dunn 749198.

Youth Club for Years 7 to 11
This month there will be Youth Club in Barnack Village Hall on Friday 20th April (no youth club during the Easter holidays) from 7.30 to 9 pm, with the usual tuck shop, table tennis, pool, Wii and craft activities.  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 extra 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 or Graham Dunn 749198.

Barnack Carpet Bowls Club
The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday 12th April 2012 at 7.00pm.
This will be followed by a Fish & Chip Supper at 8.00pm to be ordered and paid for by Thursday 5th April -see list on the notice board at the Village Hall

Barnack and Pilsgate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
Barnack and Pilsgate are planning a full range of events over the 3rd/4th June to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. We aim to make this a really memorable event that everyone will enjoy.
The programme includes:
Combined open air church service; Cavalcade of floats, classic cars, motorbikes, tractors, horses etc.; Aerobatic display (including the Battle of Britain Flight); Street picnic; Historical exhibition; Pimms and music at Walcot Hall; “Barnack’s Got Talent” at the Millstone; Whole village photo; Fun and games with a bouncy castle, ice creams and teas; Hog roast with music and disco; Fireworks and beacon lighting. In addition, each village child under 12 will be presented with a commemorative mug and a memorial tree will be planted.
The plans have been enthusiastically endorsed by an open village meeting and I am sure we will all make it a splendid and memorable occasion for everyone.   Full details will be provided in a leaflet with the next edition of the Parish News.  Start planning your own involvement now!