News and Events for December 2012

Barnack School says thank you to Smiths Gore
Barnack School BSA are very grateful to estate agents Smiths Gore for their support in promoting the school’s Winter Fayre and for providing a generous donation towards their new classroom project.

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 October 2013.  Please call Patrick Wright on 01780 740929

New Bokwa Exercise Classes
Due to the popularity of the Bokwa exercise classes, classes will now run on both Friday and Saturday mornings 9-10am at Ufford Village Hall. Never heard of Bokwa? Check out So if you are ready to ‘Sweat the alphabet and dance the digits’ contact Sam McGreevy on 07887 802 621 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place (£5 per session). Sam is a member of the Register of Exercise Professionals and has been teaching aerobics, padwork and circuits in the local area for several years. Every class is different and all levels / abilities catered for.

The Teenage Cancer Trust
Many thanks to all who contributed to the Coffee Morning and Soup Lunch. We made a staggering £330 which was brilliant and will help provide support for children aged 13 and 24 who are diagnosed with cancer. The Wright family

Coffee morningBarnack Pre-school Coffee Morning
On Friday December 7th from 9am until midday Barnack Pre-School swing their doors open and welcome you inside to enjoy the delights that their Christmas Coffee morning has to offer. Everyone is welcome, so pop in to say hello, enjoy a warming refreshment and pick up some lovely Christmas gifts. Stalls participating include Usborne Books, Phoenix Cards, Jamie at Home and Nunton Lodge Farm selling all things Christmassy from decorations and trees to turkeys and wreaths. Thank you for supporting Barnack Pre-School - we look forward to welcoming you

Message from Keith Harris
May I take up a few lines of the parish magazine to thank all those who are helping my wife and I during my current illness.
Also to correct a lie that is currently being spread by the village gossip, that I have been admitted to the Peterborough City Hospital and will never be discharged.
I am being well supported by medical services at home. Keith G Harris

Ufford Matters
Ufford Jubilee Mugs: We have some spare bone china mugs depicting the Diamond Jubilee and marked with the name of Ufford. If you would like one of the few left –and they are limited edition !- then they are priced at £5 and are available from Fiona Spires at Compass Cottage, Ufford. Text or phone to reserve on 07795 111319.
Community wheelchair
Has anyone seen the whereabouts of the community wheelchair that is kept at Ufford Village Hall for residents in need?? It has been missing for some time. If it is not in use please let Fiona know on the above number where it can be collected from. Very many thanks.
Committee members wanted
Would anyone like to become a committee member or just help with village events and maintain our hall?....
 We are lucky to have such an amenity in the village and it is not council owned. The land was given to the village by a resident many years ago and villagers tirelessly raised money to build it. The Parish Council are custodial trustees. If anyone has time to help in its support it would be very gratefully received.

Youth Club
Youth Club will be meeting in the Village Hall 7-30pm to 9-00pm on the 30th November and 14th December. Our first Youth Club of the New Year will take place on Friday 11th January.  On behalf of all the leaders we would like to thank the local youth for helping to make Youth Club such good fun.  At a time when young people often receive a bad press it is good to know that our young people are well mannered and good fun.  Happy Christmas to you all. Graham, Rob and all at Barnack Baptist Church.

ChristingleMessy Church Christingle Service – 16th December
Barnack Baptist Church is holding a Christingle Service at 4-00pm on Sunday 16th December in the School Hall.  Loved by children and adults alike, this candlelit celebration is an ideal way to share the key messages of Christmas.  We will be making a giant Christingle plus our own Christingle as we remember the significance of Christ’s birth, life, death and resurrection.  During the singing of our final carols the lights will be dimmed and the Christingles will be lit. At the conclusion of the service soup, rolls, and cheese will be served – no need to go home and make tea.  All are welcome to join us for this very special service which will take place in Barnack School Hall.  The proceeds from the offering will be given to the Children’s Society.

Community Nativity Service – 23rd December
Barnack Baptist Church will be holding a community Nativity Service at 10-30 am on Sunday 23rd December in the School Hall.  All our different midweek groups will join us for this traditional nativity service. Many of the Little Lambs will be making their debut performances as they sing a Christmas nursery rhyme and sit around the manger dressed as lambs.  Members of the Youth Club will also be taking part.  Come along and join in the fun.

Baptist Church Christmas Day Service
Our Christmas Day family Service will take place in the Village Hall at 10-30 am.  The carols are chosen on the day when the congregation vote for their favourites.  Children are invited to bring a present and to challenge the Minister to link it to a bible passage or Christian theme.  This is a great opportunity to get out of the house, sing carols and celebrate the birthday of Jesus. Last year the Village Hall was full and the singing was fantastic, come along again and be part of this joyful celebration.  We look forward to seeing you.

Baptist Church Family walk – Sunday 30th December
At 12-45 on Sunday 30th December Barnack Baptist Church is organising a walk around the villages of Barnack, Ufford, Bainton, Southorpe and Ashton.  This walk will be ‘buggy friendly’ and suitable for all ages with various short cuts for those who want a shorter walk.  After the walk everyone is invited back to Laburnum Cottage, the home of our Minister and his family, for food, drinks and the opportunity to warm up in front of the fire.  There will be some party games for the children (and adults).
Prior to the walk at 12-00 there will be a short worship service in the Village Hall.  All welcome.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs is the toddler group of Barnack Baptist Church.  2012 has been a wonderful year, numbers have grown despite saying goodbye to some of our older children who have moved onto school.  Each week we have enjoyed craft activities, lots of play and zooming around on bikes.  It has been wonderful to see the children growing in confidence. All the children seem to enjoy ‘funtime’ when we sing action songs and have a bible story. The mums, dads and carers seem to enjoy cake time when we serve, tea, real coffee, and lovely cakes, the children have a healthier option.  It has been wonderful to see the children growing in confidence each week.  The last session before Christmas will be on Tuesday 18thDecember when we shall be having our Christmas party.  Little Lambs will meet again in the New Year with the first session on 15th January.   For further information please contact Val Haines-Eynon 740017

Charity Concert
The charity concert is to be held on 21st December from 8-00pm in Barnack Village Hall.  We have been through extensive auditions, ‘boot camp’, and ‘judges houses’ and now we are ready for the live show! We are delighted that some new acts were spotted at ‘Barnack’s Got Talent’ during the village Jubilee celebrations. The concert will include the sing-a-long Christmas medley and the singing of Christmas carols at the end.  Those of a sensitive nature will be pleased to know Rev Dunn has been banned from repeating his rap.  Last year was a sell out so please buy your tickets early.  £5 from the Post Office.  All Proceeds to the Baptist Missionary Society’s work in Uganda.

Men’s Breakfast
The Men’s Breakfast is organised by Barnack Baptist Church and will be held on 15th December at 8:30 am in Barnack Village Hall.  A ‘Full English’ is served.  Rob Porter will be giving a short talk on ‘How to make a pork pie’.  For further information and to book your place please contact Rob Porter 740663

Speedwatch scheme - Bainton, Barnack, Ufford
Volunteers are required to assist in operating the speedwatch equipment in Bainton, Barnack, and Ufford once a month. The scheme relies on the willingness of 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 villages are as safe from speeding traffic as we can make them. Full training is given. Phone your village speedwatch coordinator on-
Bainton-Rob Mcneish 01780 740709
Barnack-Eddie barker 01780 740427
Ufford-David King 01780 740928

Bainton pub night
The next Bainton pub night will be on Friday 14th December at Michael and sheila  Bratley’s Manor farm.
Everyone welcome. Normal Bainton pub rules apply which are bring your own drinks and glasses, and open 7.30-9.30pm. If you would like to host a pub night, ring rob on 01780 740709

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. For more information contact rob McNeish on 01780 740709

Charity Lunch Thanks
I would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who supported the recent lunch in the Village Hall for Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall.
We raised a staggering £1,200.  This would not be possible without the generosity of so many ladies who donated Casseroles, Apple Crumbles, Raffle Prizes, and Donations.  Also thank you to all the people who helped set up the tables, serve and wash up etc. Thank you.
The money raised will be used to further the wonderful work at Thorpe Hall. Judy Francis. 

Buttercross Club, November 2012
In September Richard and Fiona Hardy from Bainton were members of a group of trekkers who set out to explore the Everest region. Fiona gave us a very interesting illustrated account of their three weeks stay in Nepal.
We were shown the contents of the rucksack Fiona carried for some seven hours every day. The trekkers require all weather gear because of the rapid change in conditions. Along with down jackets and micro-fleeces, waterproof trousers and sunglasses, they also had to have hats for sun, rain and snow and suntan lotion. Water bottles and chlorine tablets, which are needed to sterilize the water, and a good first aid kit are absolutely essential. These are just some of the items in the rucksack which weighs anything between 5 to 7 kilos. The porters, short of stature but very strong, carry 40 kilo loads. There were two porters per person.
There were several groups of trekkers heading for Kathmandu and from there making their way by plane to Lukla for the start of their mountain trek. Fiona’s group was the third in the queue for the plane to Lukla so one can imagine their horror when they were told that the first plane had crashed killing all 19 people on board  (3 staff and 16 passengers). 

The second plane returned because of a bomb scare!  When Richard and Fiona boarded their flight it was with trepidation and the “breathtaking” journey they had been promised took on quite another meaning! Nor did they have an easy journey as their pilot made three attempts to land in Lukla and in a video we were shown we heard the passengers cheering when they finally touched down.

In Lukla the group stayed in small huts with basic wooden beds and no heating. The trek involved crossing long bridges which provide short cuts between mountains, but these bridges can disappear in very bad weather which means a gruelling, much longer trek to reach one’s goal. However, provided you have taken proper precautions to guard against dehydration and provided that you own up if you feel ill through altitude sickness – it is dangerous to press on – you have the most amazing experience. As Fiona put it, you climb high, sleep low and drink loads of water.

The group did four summits to Gogkyo Lakes which were beautiful but Everest Base Camp was disappointing because one can’t actually see Mount Everest which is just around the corner! It is 3000metres from the Base Camp to the top of Everest. However, the next day they made it to Kala Patar from where there is the most magnificent view of the Everest range.

Fiona made light of any difficulties they endured and her humorous anecdotes made us laugh, but it was patently obvious to her audience that she and Richard have massive stamina and determination to have embarked on such a daunting expedition. The reward for all their efforts were some of the most breathtaking views in the world and a glimpse of a way of life far removed from our own.  

Our next meeting is on Wednesday, December 5th, when Beryl Burrows will demonstrate how to make Christmas baubles. 
Please bring along scissors and sewing needles  - audience participation! There will be mulled wine and nibbles as it is our last meeting before Christmas.

Barnack CofE Primary School
As the nights draw in and lights are being turned on,  we are all thinking about switching off and saving electricity at Barnack School.  We are currently in the first week of our Powerdown Fortnight and are all working hard to save electricity across the school.  The children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 have been designing posters to promote energy saving and the older children are designing songs and poems on an energy saving theme. Each class has energy saving inspectors each day to make sure we are showing the motto ‘SOS’, switch off and save! 

We will be having a complete ‘Powerdown Day’ on 23rd November that will tie in with our Victorian topic.  The whole school will descend into darkness and all electrical equipment will be switched off.  Classrooms will be lit by candlelight and learning will travel back in time to the 1800s. 

Please can I remind everyone in the local area of our Winter Fayre to be held on Friday 30th November.  The times are now 3.30pm to 5.30pm and we will be having the school choir performing, children’s stalls selling Victorian linked design projects they have made in school and the annual visit of Father Christmas if he can spare time in his busy schedule.

May I take this opportunity to say a personal thank you to the community around Barnack School as I leave the school at the end of this term.   Barnack is a wonderful school in a wonderful community and it has been an absolute pleasure to be the Headteacher over the last 7 terms.  I have enjoyed meeting many of you at various events and have appreciated the support and commitment you have shown towards myself and the work of the school.  I am sure you will make, Mr. Fowkes, the new Headteacher just as welcome!
Stuart Wainwright (Headteacher)

Barnack W.I.
Our speaker in November was Alison Spriggs who spoke to us about “Mercy Ships.” This organisation started in America and operates a fully equipped hospital ship. This is then moored in an African port for several months where surgery and other treatments are carried out by volunteer surgeons and other medical staff. These people give their time for as many weeks as they can spare, professionally and financially. Alison showed us pictures of some of the patients, many with disfiguring abnormalities, who have been helped. The ship has to return to Europe once a year for servicing and refitting, but is on station for most of the year. After questions Alison was thanked by Maureen Groom, who, together with Janet Duff and Janet Banks, served delicious refreshments. Next month is our annual general meeting, and in detailing plans for this Sue Chowings reminded members that as yet no one has offered to take the post of secretary on next year’s committee.  So if any member feels that they could consider this position please speak to Sue or to our present secretary, Barbara Knights. Liz Young

Barnack and District Branch Royal British Legion
29 Oct - AGM held at the White Hart, Ufford. Minutes have been emailed to all members who have email accounts and hard copies will be shortly be distributed to those who do not, or who prefer not to be emailed. Please contact me if you have not received a copy (via either route) by the end of Nov.
9 Nov - Royal Anglians’ homecoming parade in Peterborough. Attended by several members, Ted carrying our Standard with his usual smart efficiency. A fitting welcome back to “The Vikings” (the 1st. Battalion).
11 Nov - Remembrance Sunday/Armistice Day, the two days coinciding again this year. A most impressive turnout of 150 or so at both the Church service and the commemoration at the War Memorial. Well supported by a detachment of Cadets and two Officers from The Stamford Endowed Schools CCF. One of the Cadets, Harriet Riley, played Last Post and Reveille and another said the Kohima Epitaph.
16 Nov - Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Margaret Clark. Held in Bainton Church and followed by lunch in the Orangery at Burghley House. Over 100 RBL members and non-members attended this celebration at which there were some tears but more laughter - Margaret would have much appreciated the latter.
19 Nov - Winter Lecture. “A brief history of Britain’s nuclear tests and those of other countries” by Ted Murray, who saw some of the results at close hand. Contrary to rumours, Ted does not glow in the dark! Well attended and well presented, it made us all aware of how small a role Health and Safety played in those days. We were very pleased to welcome the Mayor and Mayoress of Stamford, Councillors Robert and Susan Sandall, as our guests.

Christmas Coffee Morning Thanks
Thank you to all the helpers and to all those who came along to support the Church Christmas Coffee Morning. We raised over £400. Many thanks to all.