News and Events for June 2012

Superfast Broadband for our villages
Please register your support now!
Register your interest in superfast broadbandThe Connecting Cambridgeshire project  is urging residents and businesses to do their bit to help secure superfast broadband for their villages. These villages  have been dogged by poor low speed broadband for years. Superfast broadband has already arrived in Stamford and Uffington, but smaller communities will not automatically get their broadband upgraded.
We will only have a chance of receiving superfast broadband if we secure vital support from broadband providers.
To do this we need residents and businesses to register on a website to show that you want improved broadband.
The more people that register the fact they want superfast broadband the more chance there is of it being delivered. There is no commitment to sign up for anything. This is just registering your support for super-fast broadband.

Please go to the new and register to show your support.
Both householders and businesses can register their demand for superfast broadband in minutes with just a postcode and landline phone number.
Whilst on the website you can also check your existing broadband speeds, find out about the benefits of broadband for businesses and communities and volunteer to become Digital Champions for their local areas.
The Connecting Cambridgeshire project is being led by Cambridgeshire County Council in partnership with Peterborough City Council, District Councils and partners in business, health and education.
The aim is to bring access to superfast broadband to at least 90% of businesses and homes across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and better connectivity for all remaining premises by 2015.
Because we are on the Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire border, you should also  register your interest on the website:
Again this is a matter of giving your postcode and telephone number. There is no commitment to sign up for anything. This is just registering your support for super-fast broadband.

Lost Property
Items found recently on the grass verges of Wittering Road and Heath Road opposite the Hills and Holes. 
Numerous empty ‘Mayfair’ cigarette packets. Clearly a sophisticate, still there if you’d like to collect them.
Cricket opportunities for under-15s at Ufford Park

Ufford Park Cricket Club has a few vacancies for U15 cricketers for the forthcoming season. The U15s play in the Border Counties Youth Cricket Association League and  have weekly net practice at Ufford Park.
So if you are keen to play cricket please do not hesitate to contact the club’s U15 managers Peter Rowbotham and John Smith.  They can be contacted on the following email addresses: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

The Buttercross Club
The meeting on Wednesday, 2nd May, was an open meeting and we were pleased to welcome a number of guests as well as Buttercross members. We had a plant stall in addition to our usual raffle because we felt it was in keeping with the ‘gardening’ theme of the evening.
We welcomed Graham Parnwell who, before he retired, used to own a nursery and gave us a demonstration on how to create a really impressive hanging basket. He used a relatively inexpensive ‘faux’ wrought iron basket, moss from Thetford Forest (which is harvested and sold to nurseries) to form the visible liner, a plastic sheet to help retain moisture, Irish peat as compost and nineteen plants he had grown from cuttings. Trailing plants such as lobelia, fuschia and surfina formed the mainstay of the hanging basket but to infill the top Graham used geraniums and impatiens. We were able to ask as many questions as we liked as the demonstration proceeded and Graham gave us a lot of gardening advice whilst he was planting up the container. We learnt that the feed he uses in hanging baskets is made by an American company called Osmocote.  It comes in minute balls which have a plastic coating containing pores through which the feed flows into the soil. Obviously it is mixed into the compost before the plants are put in.
He pointed out to us that the season for summer hanging baskets is relatively short. He thinks that they should be kept indoors, preferably in a greenhouse, until mid to late May and they should look good outside until at least mid September. Any later, as Graham put it, the light starts getting switched off and the plants begin to fade. He said that winter hanging baskets have a somewhat longer life because of the nature of the plants used. The final product was raffled off and the very lucky winner was our Chair Anne Harrison – Smith. We look forward to seeing her prize in pride of place outside her cottage!
Our next ‘meeting’ is the Jubilee Street Party on the 3rd June, for which the Buttercross ladies are providing the puddings and cakes – obviously on a royal theme.

Open Garden in Southorpe
We are opening our garden for the National Garden Scheme.
Abbot’s Barn, Saturday and Sunday 16 and 17 June, 1 - 5 pm. 
Home-made teas, Plant stall.  £3 entry, children free, all proceeds to charity
Please come and visit the garden and enjoy some tea, coffee and cake.

Diamond Jubilee .....
Your Royal Highness - Greetings to you Maam,
We’ll join in with the celebrations,
To mark sixty years of grace and charm,
Please accept our congratulations,
And thanks, for all the work you do,
From all the people you have seen,
Since accession in Nineteen Fifty Two. 
God save you - our gracious Queen.

You’ve always been an inspiration,
For Commonwealth and the world.
Respect for the British nation,
When the Union Jack’s unfurled.
We honour, love and pray for you,
Your faith in church is often seen, All people want to say to you,
God save you - our gracious Queen. 
 C H-S 

Flower Arranging Class
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 20th June at 2.00 - 3.30pm in the Church.  Our subject will be an arrangement using mixed foliage and 5 blooms only, and a maximum diameter. of 12”. Sheila and Marjorie will lead us.
Another reminder about the July 4th Pimms and Pate’ evening tickets will be on sale soon. Joan Laycock tel: 740267.

Barnack Methodist Chapel
Thank you for coming to our May Coffee Morning and Cake stall which raised £104 for our funds.
There was a good attendance at our Chapel Anniversary on 6 May which was jointly led by Rev Andy Fyall and Mr Mike Sergeant.
The next Coffee Morning will take place on Saturday, 2 June at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am and we look forward to seeing you.  If you’ve got visitors or want some cakes to take to the Jubilee Picnic, we’re the place to come to.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for May are:
30    Adrienne Collins    £25
58    Sylvia Logue    £15
97    Roger Browne    £10
Royal British Legion, Barnack Branch
We have been busy recently, attending various events, at which we were pleased to parade our Standard:
Wed 25 April - Anzac Day commemoration in Broadway Cemetery, Peterborough, now very well supported thanks to the efforts of Bill Dalglish (recently made a Member of the Order of Australia), whom some in the area may know. If you would like to know the story of how Sgt. Hunter came to be buried in the Cemetery, Google “The Lonely Anzac”.
Sun 6 May - County Standard re-dedication in Bourne. Fortunately, the threatened rain held off and the Deputy Lieutenant was able to take the salute in clement weather.
Sun 13 May - Langtoft Branch Queen’s Standard dedication, at which some rather rapid marching (140 paces per minute) was required both before and after the church service!
Interestingly, both Bourne and Langtoft Churches have hanging chandeliers in their naves as a challenge to Standard Bearers.
On a sadder note, we said farewell to our member David Culley at his funeral at Marholm on 8th May. During the service our Standard was paraded alongside that of the ‘Arethusa Association’ on whose training ship David served before starting his career in the Merchant Navy and, later, as company sergeant major during 22 year’s action worldwide in the Queen’s (Royal Sussex) Regiment. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his wife Kate and all his family - he will be sadly missed.
Could I remind Members about the proposed outing in September (families and friends very welcome), either to The Muckleburgh Collection and Holkham Hall, or to The Imperial War Museum, Duxford. Please let me know your preference asap.
Finally, a recruitment note. RBL membership is available to all who would like to support the Legion’s aims - no forces background is necessary. Please contact our Membership Secretary Patrick Knights This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   if you are interested. Perhaps Helpston and Glinton would like to boost our number!
Max Sawyer, Hon Sec
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01780 765507

Hunger Lunch.
Liz and Jose thank all those who braved the weather to support the hunger lunch on the Wednesday of Holy week. Before the money could be sent to Family Care a Press Release was received saying that Family Care planned to amalgamate with a larger national charity later this year, and could not accept donations at the present time. After discussion we decided to sent that half of the proceeds, together with the monies from the jar in church, a total of £70, to the Children’s Society, who, we felt, did similar work nationally as Family Care had done locally. Once again and on behalf of those who will benefit from your generosity, we thank you. Liz Young & Jose Irving-Bell.

Bainton pub night
There will be an extra pub night on Friday 1st June at Bainton House gardens, Bainton to get us all in the mood for the Jubilee weekend. In addition the regular Bainton pub night will be on Friday 8th June at Cobleys Farm, Helpston road, 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

Bingo Night
On Saturday 9th June, there’s going to be a fantastic bingo night at the village hall. Fabulous prizes and cash to be won. £5 entry includes a glass of wine and a plate of homemade snacks. All welcome and all proceeds to Barnack Pre-school. Come and join the fun, doors open 7.45, eyes down 8pm. Tickets available from the post office or Rebecca Spragg 01780 749229.

Barnack School highlights
The last few weeks at Barnack School have been very busy. In April, 11 year sixes took on the challenge of the cycling proficiency course. Two instructors came in to guide them. They had to cycle around Barnack in order for them to achieve their next level.
 Another major event was May Day. Reverent Dave (the new vicar of Barnack) was chosen to crown the May King, Callum White and the May Queen, Annina Benedetti. Due to the unpredictable weather the ceremony had to be performed in the school hall. But all the children still had a great time!
On Saturday the 12th of May there was a Fun run. Children, friends and family could choose to run 2.5km or 5km around the village. There was also a schools challenge where the first five children’s places from each school were added up and given an overall score. As a result Barnack came second don’t you think that’s fantastic?
Many thanks were given to all the organisers, marshals and refreshment team. 
By Lauren Gapper and Katie Fisher

Village  Ladies’  Group
20th June:  Lunch at The Fitzwilliam Arms, Marholm - 12.30pm. Please make a note in your diary now if you would like to come for lunch and be sure to inform either Joan Waller (740396) or Jan Jarvis (740440;   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) by Wednesday, 13th June  whether  or  not  you will be attending so that a table may be booked.
21st July: The Three Musketeers – Tolethorpe.Several members already have tickets.  If you would like to join us, please apply to Tolethorpe to reserve your seats.
Watch this space for future events.

Parish News Distributors - Thanks!
I would like to thank all the many villagers who distribute the Parish News in our villages. Without your help the magazine could not arrive in all 740 homes every month. If you have been approached by The Tribune asking that you also deliver their magazine, please be assured that I have not passed on any contact details, I was not consulted about this and I would not have agreed to the idea of adding to your workload.
Lisa Chadwick, Editor

Friends of Barnack Church.
Recent 200 Club winners are as follows:
March:    £20    No.186    Mr. M. Harley
    £10    No.58    Mrs. K. Swann
    £5    No.98    Mr. P. Sindall
April:    £20      No. 96    Mrs. P. Sindall
    £10    No. 10    Mrs. W. Bell
    £5    No. 75    Mrs. D. Walsh

Barnack W.I.
Barnack ladies have had a busy month. On May 1st we hosted the Clare group meeting when we welcomed members from Glinton, Helpston and Northborough. Our guests enjoyed a supper of delicious quiches and assorted salads prepared by Sue Wiles and Anne Egglestone, followed by desserts made by the committee. After supper we were entertained by Alison Smith who demonstrated in detail what a Georgian lady wore, from shift and stays outwards, and finishing with hat and gloves! This fascinating talk led to many questions after which she was thanked by Adriene Collins. The next group meeting will be in 2013 and hosted by Glinton W.I.
On May 8th Barnack ladies dined at Elton Furze Golf Club. The main purpose of this meeting was to discuss and vote on the resolution to be put at the AGM in June. This motion asked the government to increase facilities for training and recruitment of midwives who are currently under strength. A number of factors, notably the rising birth rate, the number of older mums and an increase in the number of multiple births, made this matter particularly urgent. The motion was carried unanimously. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, June 12th, at 7.30 in the Wilfrid Wood Hall when the speaker will be Mrs. J. Gralka and her subject, “Behind the Iron Curtain.” Liz. Young.

Men’s Breakfasts
Do you enjoy a full English: sausage, bacon, black pudding etc.?  Then come along to the Men’s Breakfasts organised by Barnack Baptist Church this month.  Get your Jubilee Weekend off to a good start on Saturday 2nd  June at 8.30am with a traditional English breakfast  and then a short talk (last time the talk was about the expeditions to the South Pole one hundred years ago), in the room above the garage at Laburnum Cottage, The Drift, Wittering Road, Barnack.  Then later in the month there will be another Men’s Breakfast on the 30th June at 8.30am, this time in Barnack Village Hall.Call Rob Porter 01780740663 to find out more.

Youth Club
Youth Club meets every fortnight in the Village Hall from 7-30 pm – 9pm on a Friday.  The next sessions are 1st June, 15th June and 29th 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, table football, Wii, craft activities and a tuck shop.  At the end of the evening we usually play some team games. 50p subs + a bit extra for the tuck shop and the craft activity. Youth Club is run by Barnack Baptist Church.  For further information please call Rob Porter 740663 or Graham Dunn 749198

Sunny Hunny Trip Sat 23rd June
For Barnack Baptist Church 10th Anniversary celebrations earlier in the year, we got out all the photographs taken on our annual outings to the seaside at Old Hunstanton – we have certainly had some weather!  In some of the photos the blue of the sky and the sea looked almost Mediterranean and in others we were huddled behind wind breaks and wrapped up in blankets! But all the photos were happy memories of the fun we’ve all had on these trips.  So whether it’s rain or shine we are off to Sunny Hunny once again on Sat 23rd June.
A coach will leave Barnack at 9am picking up in Bainton and then to the beach at Old Hunstanton which is great for building sandcastles, playing rounders, collecting shells, swimming (when the tide is in), getting sand in your sandwiches and all those traditional beachy things! And there’s a café nearby for hot drinks and ice creams.   At about 4pm the coach picks us up to move on to the town of Hunstanton, where most people buy themselves fish and chips for tea.  And then we arrive back at Barnack at about 8 pm. The outing is great for young and old alike. So if you would like to come call Mark Haines -Eynon on 749123, it is just £7 for the coach for adults, £3 for school age children and free for children who are not yet at school.  Everyone very welcome to come and hopefully it will be a very Sunny Hunny this year!

Little Lambs – Toddler Group
Little Lambs Toddler Group meets each Tuesday morning in school term time in Barnack Village Hall from 10-00am to 12-00noon.  For the month of June that’s on the 12th, 19th and 26th.  All those from birth to 4 years old are welcome with their mums, dads and carers.  The hall is laid out with games, toys, slides, craft activities and rugs to sit on and midway through the morning tea, coffee and cakes are served with a tasty snack of fruit and small cake or biscuit for the children. This is followed by a bible story and song time.  Then, with the hall cleared, the 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, it’s a really friendly place to meet new people, catch up with 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

Men of Stone
On Friday 18th May Steven Hart from ‘Men of Stone’ gave a fascinating talk and tour of Barnack Church to more than20 people. He explained the nine different phases of construction and radical alteration to the Church, and like a forensic detective pointed out features both inside and outside, a few of which remain a mystery.
Many thanks to Steven Hart for such an interesting and enlightening evening.
It seems that the trend to preserve and to maintain Barnack Church as it is now, is a contemporary concern which it’s original builders and developers might have found strange.
Afternoon Service – Sun 17th June
Barnack Baptist Church will be holding our Afternoon Service on Sunday 17thJune at 4pm in Barnack School Hall.  This is a family service with lots of fun together for people of all ages, and a short time when the children go off to their own activities in the school building.   After the service we will be serving a light meal and if it’s dry we will play some games on the school field.  If you thought church was boring – think again.  Everybody very welcome.