News & Events for May 2012

A New Vicar ...  
Now, we’ve got a new vicar, 
We must mind our ‘P s’ and ‘Q s’ 
Get to church much quicker 
Never fidget in the pews.  
Put more in the collection,  
Sing lustily and strong,  
His sermon needs reflection, 
Hope it’s not too long! 
He’s from St. George’s, they say.
Likes music, plays a mean guitar,
Knows his chords - then ‘Let us play’
Rector Dave, you’re our new star!
C H-S.

Changes to the Parish News
The Parish News was started by Canon Charles Mayhew over 30 years ago, and has been delivered to approximately 740 homes in the villages of Barnack, Bainton, Ashton, Pilsgate, Southorpe and Ufford ever since.
Although the magazine was set up by the Anglican church it has always been a resource for all the villagers in the parish. Indeed there is a vast team of volunteers from all throughout the parish involved in its production, some of whom are church-goers, many of whom are not. There are 6 teams of collators who staple and fold the magazines each month. There is a team of 2 who bundle up the magazines ready for distribution and a whole army of volunteers who wander the streets of all the villages putting a copy of the Parish News through every door. There is also an editor, a treasurer, an advertisement co-ordinator and someone who keeps the online events calendar up to date.
The Parish News is funded primarily by donations from the village clubs, societies, churches and parish councils who use the magazine on a regular basis to advertise events and keep villagers up-to-date with their latest news. We also invite contributions from all householders who receive a free copy through their door on a monthly basis.
In the last couple of years during the recession, donations have fallen somewhat and we made the decision to accept advertising in order to help to cover costs. As a result of this the  magazine has grown from 12 pages to 16 pages and lately to 20 pages.
It was recently suggested that the Parish News might be merged with the Village Tribune, which is run by volunteers in Helpston, because the Tribune wished to extend its readership to the villages already covered by the Parish News.
However, as those of you who have read the Tribune will probably agree, this a rather different type of magazine to the Parish News. It is felt that our newsletter gives an important, very localised service and so the Parish News is not intending to join the Tribune.
Representatives of all the different churches in these villages met together to discuss the way forward for Parish News and they agreed that it should continue in its existing format, being delivered to homes in Barnack, Bainton, Ashton, Pilsgate, Southorpe and Ufford.
You will notice that there are a few changes to its content this month. The church services have been moved to the centre pages. Now that we are printing more pages there is plenty of room to do this. The Pause for Thought which appears on the first page of the magazine was always written by the Anglican Priest. In future this will be written by leaders of each of the churches in rotation: Graham Dunn, Baptists Minister, Andy Fyall, Methodist Minister and Dave Maylor, our Anglican Priest.
All village groups, clubs and churches should send in their contributions for the magazine to the editor as they always have done. Please continue to give your support.
We would also warmly invite all groups and individuals to write articles for the magazine to add interest. Articles of around 250 words on any topic of general interest would be greatly appreciated.

Barnack Pavilion
The Barnack Pavilion, located on the cricket field, is not just for cricket! It is also available for meetings, functions, parties etc. Bar and marquee also available.
To book or to obtain more details, go to or contact William Armitage on 07713 402918.
Barnack Community Association
We would like to thank all those who attended our fundraising event on Saturday 31st March. The Fish and Chip Supper and Race Night was attended by around 40 people who were enthusiastic and most importantly dug deep into their pockets, betting vigorously. The event raised just over £250 which will go towards repairs and maintenance of the Village Hall.
Also a reminder that the AGM of the Barnack Community Association will be held in the Village Hall on Thursday 10th May at 7:00pm. All are welcome.
The Buttercross Club
The club held its monthly meeting in Bainton reading room on the 4th April.
Ro Yates gave a very informative and entertaining talk entitled ‘Art and Embroidery’  which covered her progression as an artist, her use of different media and the development of her interest in fabrics and embroidery. Ro began her career at art college in the mid sixties. During her time there she had the opportunity to try various methods of artistic expression – such as watercolour painting, black and white photography and graphics. She showed us some of her earlier works including a series of evocative pictures created during a visit to a derelict mining village in the north of England.
Ro embarked on a teaching career after art college. She taught art in a comprehensive school in Staffordshire and the wonderful views of Cannock Chase from the picture windows in the school art room enabled her pupils to paint and draw landscapes. Ro experimented with different materials, teaching screen printing, batik and ceramics as well as painting.  Holidays spent in Robin Hood’s Bay were the inspiration for much of Ro’s ceramic work. She loved the quaint houses, which she replicated in miniature on the pots she created.
A move to Stamford High School saw Ro’s repertoire increase to include silk painting with the students. She showed us a silk picture of a view from The Magpie in Whitby.  The village of Bainton has also inspired her love of landscapes such as the conservation area under snow. As Ro experimented with fabrics her interest in needlepoint grew and she showed us some wonderful needlepoint pictures - scenes captured whilst she was holidaying,  images of sunflowers etc
One of Ro’s biggest challenges was when her daughter asked her to create her wedding dress and veil. We were privileged to see, not just a photograph of the dress being worn, but the dress itself with its embroidered over mantle and its embroidered silk net veil. It was a really beautiful labour of love which took 18 months to complete and inspired Ro to join the Embroiderers’ Guild. Her first task for them was an embroidered poppy head. She has won the Embroiders’ Guild Members’ Competition each of the years she has belonged. In the first competition the subject was ‘Trees’ and Ro took her inspiration from some photographs she had taken of trees outside Bainton Church. The second year she won with her embroidered picture called “Shelter.” Both pictures were fantastic – not just skilful but imaginative with a really subtle use of colours.
The next meeting will be on May 2nd and is a demonstration by Graham Parnwell on planting up the perfect hanging basket. There will also be a ‘Bring and Buy’ plant stall. It is an open meeting so non-members are very welcome.

Bainton Family Day 
Sunday 8th July 12 noon till 5.30 ish !!!
By kind permission of The Birkbeck Family, Bainton House, Bainton.
All the usual fun of traditional Fete Stalls, Children’s Sports, Ducking Stool,
Bar-B-Q, Pimms Bar all ending with a very casual Open Air Evensong in Bainton House Gardens where all will be welcome !!!  Once again a date to put in your diary for 2012!!!
Please any newcomers to Bainton or Ashton who would like to become involved with this wonderful Village Family Day we would love to hear from you either with new ideas or with offers of help on the day please contact Jane Franks 740004 or Jo Beattie 749134  ~  See you all there !!!!
On May 9th there will be a private tasting at ‘Cook’ in Stamford.  Those interested in attending but who haven’t yet signed up please telephone Elke Hare and let her know. We are meeting outside the Reading Room at 6:30pm.

Youth Club
Youth Club meets every fortnight in the Village Hall at 7-30pm on a Friday.  The next sessions are 20th April, 4th May, 18th May, 1st June.  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.  For further information please call Rob Porter 740663 or Graham Dunn 749198

Barnack Baptist Church - Easter
Thank-you to all those who came to the Easter services and events.  Our programme began with a Good Friday reflection when we considered the trial and crucifixion of Jesus
Easter Sunday began at 6-15 am when we met with other Christians to celebrate the good news that Christ is risen.  We were very grateful to Rev David Maylor who organised and led this service.
At 10-30 we met once again at the School for our traditional Easter Egg hunt.  There were many children present who searched diligently for coloured paper eggs that were to be traded for chocolate ones.  While this was taking place the less energetic enjoyed a hot drink and hot cross buns. 
Our Easter Sunday morning service began at 11-00, it was good to see so many people present. We celebrated Christ’s victory over death with a champagne toast.  Christ is risen – risen indeed hallelujah!  During the service we considered how God sent his son – not to condemn but to bring wholeness and life to a broken world.
Over the next few weeks we will be looking at the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew’s gospel and considering how the words of Jesus offer great insight into our personal lives.

Afternoon Service – Sunday 17th May
Barnack Baptist Church will be holding our Afternoon Service on Sunday 17th May.  This is a less formal family service with lots of fun for people of all ages.  After the service we will be serving a light tea and subject to weather will play some games on the school field.  If you thought church was boring – think again.  Wasn’t Jesus the person who changed water into wine and was constantly criticised by the religious people for eating with and mixing with the wrong kind of people!  Faith isn’t about being religious it is about living and enjoying life to the full – God’s way – now and into eternity.   Come and join in the fun – all welcome.

Little Lambs – Toddler Group
Little Lambs toddler group meets each Tuesday morning in Barnack Village Hall from 10-00 to 12-00.  All those from birth to 5 years old are welcome (+ carers).  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 older toddlers let off a bit of steam whizzing round on cars and trikes 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 please contact Val Haines-Eynon 740017

Mission to Uganda
Rev Graham Dunn of Barnack Baptist Church will be returning to Uganda this year to lead a series of Business Seminars in the North of the country.  Uganda is one of the poorest countries in the world with a population average age of 15years.  The North of the country has been badly traumatised at the hands of the LRA led by Joseph Kony (of twitter fame).  Thankfully over the past 5 years there has been relative peace. 
Graham will be leading business seminars in the towns of Arua, Gulu and Soroti, these seminars are targeted at medium and small businesses with the objective of encouraging positive business practices and values.  Graham has been delighted to see businesses flourish as they gain confidence and recognise that they often have it within their own ability and resources to build a better future.  This work is carried out in partnership with YWAM, the Baptist Union of Uganda, BMS and the Anglican Diocese of Arua. 
This year Graham will be hoping to visit the Church which has been built through the generosity of local people who have supported the Baptist Church Christmas Charity Concerts.  Graham will be in Uganda in the first week of May and will be returning for 3 ½ weeks in July.

Barnack WI April Meeting
Our Vice President, Liz Young, welcomed members to the meeting and introduced our speaker Dr Margaret Palmer who gave us an interesting talk on plants and animals whose origins were not, as we thought, British but had either been introduced to Britain or who had infiltrated British countryside, with particular reference to the crayfish. 
At the beginning of May we are hosting the local WI group meeting and expect visitors from Helpston, Glinton and Northborough and we discussed plans for our outings and other groups in the Institute.  Our next meeting will be a dinner at Elton Furze Golf Club to discuss this year’s WI AGM resolution on the chronic shortage of midwives.  Visitors are most welcome to come along to our following meeting which will be on 12th June at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.  Barbara Knights

Easter Sunrise Service
“You know what I’d really like? A sunrise service on Hills and Holes for Easter Sunday”.
So said a Barnack resident to me just as I started as the new Rector for Barnack. After checking the sunrise times I decided to hold a service on Hills and Holes at 6.15am on Easter Sunday morning. About 30 people from all three Churches in Barnack (and others from Ufford, Easton on the Hill, Bainton, Pilsgate and Stamford) gathered around a Hurricane lamp to give the Easter shout “Christ is risen!”.  The sun was playing hard to get, but sang some hymns/songs accompanied by a guitar, prayed, read the Biblical account of the resurrection of Jesus, then a number of us went back to the Rectory to warm up and have tea and toast. We hope we didn’t wake up the neighbours – but good news needs to be celebrated and proclaimed.
Same day next year at roughly the same time seems to be a good plan. All welcome. We might even do a cooked breakfast next year. Rev Dave Maylor

New time, New Service
Our first All Age Praise Service took place at St John the Baptist Church in Barnack on the 3rd Sunday of April (15th). The time of 4.30pm was chosen so that we could enjoy a shared tea after the service, all those involved in sports on Sunday mornings could be there, and Dave Maylor our Rector could also be there.
We set up in the side chapel, with a keyboard and guitar, and the service was jointly led by the Rector and a small team of parishioners. We filled the side chapel so next time we may need to move to a bigger space. The food and fellowship after the service was excellent – the children had their own table of food and some people stayed for the better part of an hour after the service. As the title of the service suggests, this was a service suitable for ALL ages, with an informal style and lasting 50 minutes. A big thank you to all who helped to organise and lead the service.
Do come along to the next one in May (20th May). All welcome.

Flower Arranging Group
We will be having our next meeting  on Friday May 11th at 2.00 to 3.30pm when Pat Symonds will be leading us. She has suggested that we do a Diamond Jubilee arrangement. Choice of container and type of flowers is left to us. Joan Laycock 740267.

Barnack Darby & Joan Club - 
Members enjoyed a Fish and Chip Lunch at the Boundary Fish Restaurant in
Market Deeping.   The first meeting in April was held at Welland Mews (Stamford) by kind invitation of the residents as work was being carried out at the Acres.

Ufford Park Cricket Club
Ufford Park Cricket Club held the last draw for 2011/12 of  the ‘100 Club’ at the White Hart, and the winners were -
£100    No. 7    J. Neville, Peterborough
£20    No.23    P. Jeffrey, Whaplode
£15    No.15    G.R. Fisher, Northborough
£15    No.36    M. Baumber, Ufford
£10    No.69    P. Turner, Peterborough
£10    No.10    K. & E. Hurford, Sutton
£10    No.48    A. Hinton , Newborough
Three friendly matches and a Club Game opened the 2012 Season.  Seniors practice on Wednesday evenings.  Coaching Sessions for U15/17  Wednesday evenings, U13 Thursday evenings, U11 Friday 6.0 pm.  U9 Friday before 6.0 pm.  New Members welcome.

Bainton And Ashton Allotment Association
The cool start to the growing season has done nothing to deter the enthusiasm of members.The month has seen all involved preparing beds for the extensive range of fruit and vegetables which will shortly be growing.
Due to the on- set of a severe national drought , green vegetables will this year be in very short supply and an interesting halo may be seen developing over the site as vegetable prices at Morrison`s continue to increase!.
1st and 2nd. Early potatoes have largely been planted , broad beans are all up and thriving. Parsnips and beetroot are being sown now while currents and raspberries are being pruned , staked and wired. Several asparagus beds have also been established.
A nice spell of warm weather just now would suit everyone well.
Malcolm Morrice (Tel 740865)

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for April are:
 88    Doreen James    £25
 36    George Unsworth    £15
 14    Roy Chowings    £10

Bainton Pub Night
The next Bainton pub night will be on Friday 11th May at Westlands, on Ufford Rd, Bainton. Everyone welcome. Normal Bainton pub rules apply which are bring your own drinks and glasses, and open 7.30-9.30pm.

Bainton Speedwatch
Volunteers are required to assist in operating the speedwatch equipment in Bainton once a month. The scheme currently relies on the willingness of a few volunteers to enable us to monitor the speed of traffic going through the village, and is in danger of being lost if additional volunteers are not forthcoming. 
It takes a maximum of 1 to 2 hours commitment per month, which would enable us to do what we can to ensure the village is as safe from speeding traffic as we can make it. Full training given.

Bainton neighbourhood watch
Bainton operates a neighbourhood watch scheme for all parts of the village which enables you to keep informed of what’s happening around the area in regard to crime, and keeps you better informed on how to protect your property and possessions.
 To join a scheme, simply contact one of the parish councillors for detail, or contact via the details below, which will then be passed on to the co-ordinator covering your area.
For more information regarding any of the above activities, contact rob McNeish on 01780 740709

Barnack Community Choir
The inaugural meeting of the Barnack Community Choir took place on Tuesday 17th April  and was opened by Andy Fyall, Methodist Minister for Barnack.  
It was an excellent turnout, especially on a cold wet evening, and with the number of people attending totalling twenty nine, it was no wonder the room allocated to us at the Millstone caused an overflow of people into the corridor.
It was a very good meeting, and everyone present showed great enthusiasm for creating what will in fact be their very own Community Choir, it is really looking promising. 
The idea behind forming a choir is to provide a golden opportunity for bringing the community together to do what most people, young and old, enjoy doing and that is singing. 
The choir will provide the enjoyment of singing with people of all ages and abilities, and there is bound to be plenty of fun and laughter at our initial attempts. Another important  opportunity of course, is meeting other people that live in the community and getting to know them.
Although the choir has the title of Barnack Community Choir, that does not restrict people from neighbouring villages from joining, the more the merrier as they say.
The main business of the meeting was to give the choir some structure. An agenda was circulated to all present, and accordingly after some discussion on each of the agenda items, the following points were agreed upon by the majority of those present:
Barnack Methodist Chapel will be the meeting place.
Meetings will take place on Tuesdays at 7.15 pm, and will be on a weekly basis initially.
The meetings will last no longer than one and a half hours.
A committee was elected and consists of Ted Murray as Chair, Margaret Durdey as Secretary, Ruth Hackett and Michael Cunliff Lister as Committee Members
A small fee of £1.00 per attendance was agreed.
It was suggested that those who have sheet music could bring something along to the next meeting they would like the choir to sing.
There are still vacancies for a Musical Director, as Gareth Malone is not available, someone to play the piano and a Treasurer, so if you know of anyone who could help that would be truly great in assisting us to move forward with our Community Choir.
I would again like to thank everyone who registered their interest and who attended the meeting for helping to give the choir such a marvellous start.
Also my thanks to Andy Fyall, Dave Maylor and Graham Dunn for pushing forward the idea of forming the Community Choir, and last but not least, a thank you to the Millstone Pub for accommodating  us.
Ted Murray

Bainton & Ashton, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
On Sunday 3rd June Bainton and Ashton will be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The celebrations will be based in Bainton Reading Room and Badinton Lane.
We have had a tremendous response already for the event which includes a hog roast (accompanied by salads grown on Bainton allotments and followed by right royal puddings from the Buttercross ladies), children’s entertainer, community hymn singing and more! The event is from 12pm onwards, £5 per person (under 16’s free), BYO drinks. If by any chance you haven’t got your tickets yet (all friends and family very welcome too) please ring Helen on 01780 740091.

Ufford’s Jubilee Celebrations
Ufford will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with a Family Party in the grounds of the White Hart on the afternoon of Sunday 3rd June and a Village Barn Dance at Ufford Farm on the evening of Monday 4th June.
The Family Party will start at 3.00pm and will include a barbeque, live music, bouncy castle, face painting and games for the children.  Fathers and teenagers will compete in a tug-of-war and we hope also to arrange fun races and other events.  All Ufford children of school age or under will receive a commemorative Jubilee bone-china mug. 
The Village Barn Dance at Ufford Farm will start at 7.30pm, with music provided by “The Waggonload of Monkeys” and will include a Linford’s Fish & Chip supper and a cash bar. Tickets (at £10 per adult and £5 per child under 12) are on sale now and can be obtained from Liz James on 01780 740959, or from other members of the Jubilee Committee.
Keith Lievesley    01780 740679
Steven Brereton Martin      01780 749540
Jenny Bowman    01780 740972
Nick Vergette        07802 331200
If you live in Ufford, with children of school age and under, but will not be able to collect the commemorative mug on the day, please contact Fiona Spires on 07795 111319 prior to the event.

Village  Ladies’  Group
On Wednesday 23rd May, we are visiting Fineshade for a talk on the red kites. £2.00 per person.   Please meet in the car park at 2pm.  Refreshments will be available afterwards in the café.
Future planned visits/events will appear in the following months.  Make a note of the dates in your diary of those you fancy.
If any other village ladies would like to join us on our visits, please come along.

Barnack Methodist Chapel
Our April Coffee Morning was well supported and raised £111.55 towards our funds and we thank all those who came.
We also had a well-attended Easter Sunday service when we decorated our Easter Cross and we hope many of you saw it as you passed by during the Easter Week.
It is our Chapel Anniversary on Sunday, 6 May,  and you are cordially invited to join us in our celebrations at 6 pm.
The next Coffee Morning will take place on Saturday, 5 May at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am and we look forward to seeing you.