News and Events for October 2012

Barnack Road Verge Enhancement Trial
ThistleDespite (or perhaps because of) the rain, the road verges around Barnack have been a blaze of colour this summer.  Pyramidal orchid, scabious and knapweeds have done particularly well. 

On the recommendation of the Wildlife Trust, verges bordering five kilometres of road west of Barnack are protected for their wild flowers.  These verges are left uncut until mid September, when the seeds have been shed.  Monitoring by the Trust in 2011 showed that although the verges as a whole are still species-rich, some lengths have few flowers and are dominated by tall, coarse grasses, hogweed and nettles. 

The Wildlife Trust recommended enhancement of the poor lengths by mowing them short and spreading them with fresh cuttings from adjacent flower-rich stretches.  Using ‘green hay’ as a seed source, rather than a commercial seed mix, ensures that appropriate species are introduced and that there is no risk of genetic contamination from seed originating elsewhere.  However, a drawback is that the various plant species set seed at different times in the season, so a single transfer would capture only part of the seed resource. 
In 2012, a short length of Mill Road was used for a trial of the green hay technique.  The trial was funded by Barnack Parish Council and carried out in late August with the help of the Wildlife Trust and Natural England.  The length chosen for the experiment extends 100 metres northwards from the seat near the entrance to the windmill.  The verge on the eastern side of the road had abundant wild flowers, whereas the western verge was particularly poor.  First, the western verge was mown short and the cuttings were removed.  Then the eastern verge was cut and green hay was transferred by hand across the road and spread along the prepared length of the western verge, where it was left to allow the seeds to drop. 
The vegetation on both sides of the road will be monitored for the next few summers, to find out whether this treatment has been effective.  We’ll keep you informed.
Margaret Palmer

The Buttercross Club
Stuart Porter who owns the excellent new antiques centre in Broad Street, Stamford, was the speaker at our meeting on Wednesday, 5th September.
Stuart is a businessman for whom antiques were a hobby and the centre, which now has more than 50 dealers, has given him the opportunity to combine pleasure and business. His enthusiasm for antiques shone through in his talk. He imparted to us the excitement he feels when he handles an item which has been around for a lot longer than we have. In addition he gave us a sense of what it must be like when you discover something which is historically important. For example he brought with him a series of expertly executed drawings by Mohabbit Thomas Hewitt which were the templates for architectural sculptures he was going to create afterwards.
Stuart had acquired them (they were headed for the tip) when Bowman of Stamford was being wound up. He then proceeded to tell us of his research into the background of the artist, who died in 1943 and who is buried in the cemetery on Casterton Road, Stamford. Mohabbit deserves to have his sculptures and architectural drawings recognised for their superb skill and expertise.
The second half of the evening was more ‘hands on’.  Stuart had brought with him some rather unusual objects from the past. We were divided into teams. Each team was given one or two of the objects, which we passed around, and we had to guess what they might have been used for, their value and any other interesting facts which we might deduce from our examination of them. The articles ranged from a rather lethal looking eel catcher to a sewing needle rust remover and some of our responses were pretty wide of the mark!
Tickets for the Buttercross Annual Harvest Supper in the Reading Room on Wednesday, 3rd October, are now on sale at £8 each to include an excellent hot main course and delicious pudding. It is always a very enjoyable evening so do come long if you can. For tickets contact Anne Harrison-Smith on 01780  740136  or Helen Fancourt on 01780 740091.

Charity Lunch
The fundraising lunch due to be held on the 19th September was postponed due to so many supporters away on holiday.
The new date will be Wednesday 24th October 2012 at The Village Hall at 12.30pm  All are welcome.  Cost £10.00.  All proceeds to Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall.

Barnack and District Branch, Royal British Legion
Very sad news to begin with this month - Margaret Clark died peacefully at home in Pilsgate after a short illness. Margaret was a Branch stalwart for many years, helping her husband Charles with the organisation of any number of activities and with the not always easy job of keeping in touch with members and their families. We will all miss her and our thoughts are with Charles and their two sons Richard and Jonathan, who were with her at the end.
Our trip to Duxford will now go ahead on Tuesday 25 Sep - open to members, families and friends. Those who have them please bring your Daily Telegraph privilege cards so we can take advantage of the “2 for 1” offer on the entry price.
Winter Lecture - Monday 19 Nov, 1900, open to all. Details currently being finalised.
Branch AGM - Monday 29 Oct, 1200, White Hart, Ufford. All members welcome, of course.
Work on restoring and re-erecting the Williamson Cliff war memorial in Stamford Cemetery is due to start on 13 Sep, thanks to New College, Stamford and should be finished by the end of the month. There will be a re-dedication ceremony to mark the completion of the work, date to be advised.
Our stand at the Barnack Horticultural show proved most successful. Several members availed themselves of the complimentary Pimms and the opportunity for a chat and a sit down on a hot day. Interestingly, despite the good weather, the best selling items were the RBL umbrellas! (aka parasols?)
RBL insignia - I have a supply of RBL members’ ties (£12 each) and badges (£4 each). Please let me know if you would like either or both. Free local delivery can probably be arranged! One umbrella remains - a bargain at £10.
Finally - new members always welcome, no previous military connection required, £13 per annum. Please contact Patrick Knights (Membership Secretary) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01780 740774 Max Sawyer

Barnack Primary School
It is great to be back at school for the start of another school year!  We are all very excited about the new classroom extension which all starts this term (and hopefully finishes this term too).  It has been lovely welcoming new families to the school and our warmest of welcomes goes out to them all.
We have started our whole school topic on the Victorians with a drama sketch in the first week back at school about ‘The Case of the Missing Jewels’.  The children heard about Lady Agnes’ stolen jewels and were asked to help with solving the crime.  We had visits from Sherlock Holmes and are awaiting his report from Baker Street in London....  The children have produced some wonderful writing linked to the case and this is displayed in the school library for all to see.
We have set the date for our annual Winter Fayre and have changed things slightly this year.  We will be having it on Friday 30th November from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.  We hope you will all add this to your diaries and come and enjoy a festive afternoon of fun.  There will be Victorian stalls run by the children, our choir singing carols and the usual festive cheer with raffles, soup kitchen, cake stall, books and toys and of course, hopefully Father Christmas will have enough time to call in as well.
Our Harvest celebrations will be on 26th October at 9.15am and we also extend a warm welcome to the whole community to this special assembly.
Stuart Wainwright, Headteacher

Barnack Methodist Chapel
Thank you to all the people who visited our stall at the Horticultural Show.  Our thanks also to the organisers for such an enjoyable afternoon.
Our next coffee morning and cake stall will take place on Saturday, 6 October, so drop in for a coffee even if you are dieting and do not want any cake.  We look forward to seeing you.

Flower  Arranging Class.
The next flower arranging class  led by Sheila Brackley will be on 17th October at 2pm at Barnack Church.  For details of flowers and containers please ring Joan Laycock 740267

Village  Ladies’  Group
We had a sunny day for our barbeque on 22nd August.  Thanks to Joan & Ken Waller for their hospitality and to those who contributed towards the enjoyable lunch.  All proceeds were donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
24th October:   Lunch at Pizza Express, Stamford.    12.30 p.m.
To enable a table to be reserved, we will need to know before 22nd October whether you will be coming along to the lunch.  Please be sure to ring Joan on 01780-740396 or Jan on 01780-740440 before the 22nd to book your seat.

Barnack W.I.
This was our first meeting after the summer break. Sue Chowings thanked all those who had helped with teas at the Horticultural Show. From the profits it was agreed to make two donations, one to the Show and one to Barnack Pre-School. We learned about forthcoming activities and outings and were then entertained by our speaker, Mr. Peter Davies. He gave us an interesting and amusing insider’s view of the world of antique dealing. He brought a number of collectibles with him some of which we could identify, some not, though some extravagant guesses were made! After questions he was thanked by Jessie Goodacre. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, October 9th, at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. New members are always welcome.
Liz Young.

Barnack Church Choir
Christmas is coming! I am not counting the number of shopping days, rather the number of rehearsal days until our Christmas Carol Service! Do you like singing? If so do come and join us. We would welcome new members to the choir to increase the volume at Christmas, but also to help support our Sunday services. Most of us do not have particular musical skills, but what we have in common is the enjoyment we derive from singing. If you would like to learn more do please speak to me or to David Chadwick. Liz Young.

Stamford Street Pastors Initiative
You are invited to the
Stamford Street Pastors AGM
The Growth of a Vision
With guest speaker
The Revd Les Isaac OBE
(Founder of Street Pastors)
Weds 24th October 7.30pm
St George’s Church, Stamford PE9 2BN
Please come and meet Revd Les Isaac talking about the growth and development of Street Pastors in the UK and internationally. Also you will find how this exciting initiative for Stamford is transforming the community and proving to lower crime.
Find out what it takes to be a Street Pastor – could you be one of the 12?
RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or Stamford Street Pastors, 11 Barn Hill, Stamford PE9 2AE

Lift Share to Bourne
I am looking for someone in the local area who might be interested in lift sharing to Bourne some school days. My son is in Yr10 and attends Bourne Grammar School. I work next door at The Willoughby School, every tues and wed and sometimes other days. I previously shared lifts but the children have now left the school. It would be great if we could find someone to share lifts with. I need to leave Bainton by 8:20am  and am home just after 4pm .
If you are interested, then please give me a call on 740503, Sam.

Book and Bake Sale
My name is Emily and I am a Sixth Form student at Arthur Mellows Village College and am involved in a charity trip to Venezuela next July. The purpose of the trip is to help indigenous tribes build sanitation and education facilities. I need to raise £3500 approx. I am holding a “Book and Bake Sale” on Saturday 3rd November at Barnack Village Hall from 2-4:30pm. This is to help raise funds for the expedition team. There will be lots of good quality second hand books for sale at bargain prices. In addition, some home made delights, especially baked from recipes featured in “The Great British Bake Off” will be available.
Would be great if you could come along, and bag yourself a bargain book or two whilst enjoying the delicious bakes on offer.

Coffee Morning and Soup Lunch in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust
On Saturday 13th October, 10 – 2 p.m. you are invited to Skipport, Main Street, Barnack for coffee and a cake, or soup and a roll for lunch, or both of course! This is being held in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. There will be a Bring and Buy stall and cakes for sale. Please support this excellent organisation and bring a friend as well. Everyone welcome.

Wright Gardening Services
Would you like someone to help you with gardening or other small jobs? I am raising money to take part in work experience placements in Australia and New Zealand before my Geology degree starts in Oct  2013. Please call Patrick on 01780 740929

Messy Church with Barnack Baptists
Messy Church will be back again on Sunday October 21st, at 4pm in Barnack School Hall.  Messy Church is for all the family, it’s very informal with lots of fun  themed activities to do together and a short bible talk.  After Messy Church we’ll be having afternoon tea of sandwiches, fruit and cakes. Come along to see for yourself what happens at Messy Church, we look forward to welcoming you.To find out more please contact Val Haines-Eynon 740017 or Karen Dunn 749198.