News and Events for January 2013

Starting with....

The Children’s Society
Once again we have come to the end of another year and it is time for our box opening to take place.  Last year I banked on your behalf just over £827 which was an impressive total.  The Children’s Society, like all charities, relies very much on donations to help them continue the good work they do with homeless, runaway, abused and poverty stricken children or children who are carers of a parent or sibling.  This year, as the economy continues to bite into local authority services, it could well be that even more of these children will need the Society’s help.  The money raised from the house boxes goes towards funding the various projects which the Society runs throughout the country in order to support needy children.
If anyone would like a box for 2013 in which to collect odd loose change and support the work of the Society please contact me at the number below, I do have a few spares.
I would be extremely grateful if you could bring your boxes to church on Sundays in January or, if this is not convenient, please give me a ring and I will arrange to collect direct from you.  Many thanks – June Graham, Pilsgate (Tel: 01780 740387)

Poppy Appeal 2012
You’ve done it again !
Despite these hard financial times I am so pleased to let you know that we again exceeded the previous years total.
Total raised this year £4,536.47
(of which the sale of Poppies raised £3647.49 )
My thanks go to the determined band of house-to -house collectors  and to all of you who contributed in so many ways to this very necessary cause. Thank you all Judith M.

The Royal British Legion
The Royal British Legion is here to help our brave serving and ex-service men and women who have shown they were willing to die for our peace and freedom. Anyone who has been in the Armed Forces, as well as their dependants can call on us for help.
We have committed £20 million over the next 10 years to running Personnel Recovery Centres to help those wounded soldiers returning from Afghanistan.
We provide welfare visits to isolated veterans who are house bound or hospitalised.
We advise on War Disablement Pension rights, compensation claims, benefits and money matters and also careers advice for lose leaving the services.
We provide free, independent and expert legal advice and assistance to support bereaved Service families through the inquest process.
We provide short and long term care for ex-service people and their dependants in out seven poppy Homes around the country.”

Computer Volunteer Wanted
Are you computer literate and willing to volunteer a little of your time to pass on basic computer skills  to a small group of retired villagers? For more information  please contact Carroll Henry on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mobile 07795605871.

Ufford Park Cricket Club -
The draw for the ‘100’ Club took place at the White Hart. and the winners were -
£50    No. 92    Harry Tee, Ufford
£25    No. 25    G. Bell, Barnack
£20    No. 58    B. Morris, Orton
£15    No. 15    Mrs. S. Vergett, Ufford
£10    No. 49    Joe Harrington, Stamford
£10    No. 81    T. Rawlings, Ufford
£10    No. 26    J. Babb, Ufford
The Annual Presentation Evening took place at Milton Golf Club when the awards were presented by Mr. Nigel Clough.  At the end of the season Elaine Ward was presented with Huntingdonshire Cricket Board’s ‘Behind the Scenes OSCA’  (outstanding to Cricket Award) and John Mason ‘Life Time Achievement OSCA’  The awards were presented by Jonothan Agnew at the Board’s Annual Dinner. Following this both were guests for a day at Lords Cricket Ground.

Barnack Darby And Joan Club -
Phil Rudkin from  Stamford entertained members with slides of ‘Wildlife in your Garden’.
The Christmas lunch was held at Ketton  Sports Complex.  The next meeting will be held on the 6th February at The Acres.  We would welcome new members.  For more details please contact Val Dawson 740688 or Elaine Ward 756012.

The Buttercross Club
The last meeting before Christmas had a seasonal flavour. Members enjoyed a glass of hot mulled wine on arrival, much appreciated on such a cold winter’s evening. Thanks go to Elke Hare for preparing the wine. We had a great time making robin baubles under the expert guidance of Beryl Burrows. She provided all the materials and a careful step by step approach resulted in some remarkably fine examples of hand sown robin redbreasts.  We ended up with a veritable flock of them! After our strenuous efforts and a great deal of humour we were all ready for the delicious hot snacks prepared for us by our Chair, Anne Harrison-Smith.
Our next meeting is the AGM on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 when there will also be a quiz. Please come along if you would like to join as new members will always receive a warm welcome and we do have a very varied and interesting programme planned for 2013.
The Buttercross Club is also planning to provide a breakfast at a modest price in the Reading Room on the last Saturday of the Wiki Café, February 9th, 2013. All profits will go to the charities supported by the Wiki Café.
Wishing everyone a happy Christmas and all the very best for 2013.

Blues Evening
As well as being Vicar for the local parishes, Rev Dave Maylor also plays music whenever he can. He is a member of ‘Blues Mandate’ (a local Stamford Blues Band),  and they will be playing at a music evening at Barnack Village Hall in January, to help you shake off those New Year blues, (this will happen as the New Year resolutions are broken…)
Do come along for an evening of modern and traditional blues on January 19th.

Friends of Barnack Church. 200 Club.
The November winners were as follows:
£20    No.74    B. Walsh
£10    No.90    D. Simmonds
£5      No.118    A. Howells

A Prayer for a New Year
God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.
We praise You for Your unequalled greatness.
Thank You for the year behind us and for the year ahead.
Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more.
To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them.
To teach others to love by loving them.
Knowing, when Love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us.
So that Love could be with us, and we could know You.
That we could share Love with others.
Help us, Father, to hear Your love song in every sunrise,
in the chirping of sparrows in our backyards,
in the stories of our old folks, and the fantasies of our children.
Help us to stop and listen to Your love songs,
so that we may know You better and better.
We rejoice in the world You loved into being.
Thank You for another new year and for new chances every day.
We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others.
Forgive us for falling short this past year.
We leave the irreparable past in your hands, and step out into the unknown new year knowing You will go with us.
We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what’s ahead, depending on You to help us do exactly what You want..
I say it again, we rejoice!
In Jesus name,
Amen

Messy Church with Barnack Baptist Church
We hope everyone really enjoyed the Messy Church Christingle before Christmas.  We were very creative making a giant Christingle and doing lots of other activities all about light.  At the end we lit the individual Christingles we had made, as we thought about Jesus bringing light to the world.  We are going to continue to have loads of fun celebrating God together in creative ways throughout 2013.  The first Messy Church of the New Year will be on Sunday 27th January at 4pmwith God’s wonderful world as the theme. We finish with a light meal which everyone is welcome to stay and enjoy, so no need to prepare food when you get home.  Come along to Barnack School Hall with all the family at 4pm - we will be delighted to see you there. To find out more please contact Karen Dunn 749198 or Val Haines-Eynon 740017.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs Toddler Group will be back in Barnack Village Hall after the Christmas break on Tuesday 15th January from 10am to 12noon. It’s for mums, dads and carers with babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years.  For the first hour the hall is laid out with games, toys, slides, craft activities and rugs to sit on.  Midway through the morning, we clear away the toys and sit down around a long table for tea, coffee and delicious cakes while the children have a tasty snack of fruit and small cake or biscuit. Then it’s time for a short bible story and action songs which all the children seem to really enjoy.  This leaves ten minutes or so at the end for the toddlers to let off a bit of steam as they whizz round on cars and trikes before going home for a well-earned rest, and hopefully an afternoon nap. 
Little Lambs is a very popular and 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 and takes place every Tuesday in school term time– for further details please contact Val Haines-Eynon 740017.

Youth Club
Youth Club will be on Fridays11th and 25th this month in Barnack Village Hall from 7-30pm – 9pm.Youth Club is for all young people in school years 7-11 who live in Barnack, Bainton, Ashton, Southorpe, Ufford, Pilsgate and Wothorpe. Each club night there’s table tennis, pool, table football, Wii, craft activities and tuck shop and we usually end the evening with 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.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for November are:
  28    Mrs Joan Thompson    £25
  11    Robin Logue    £15 
  89    Mrs Becky Clark    £10

Barnack Methodist Chapel
Our Christmas Coffee Morning was well attended and raised £117.40.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support during 2012 and to wish you all a prosperous New Year
“Faith at work” theme for Bishop’s Bible day
Faith at Work is the theme for the very popular Bishop’s Bible Day, to be held on Saturday 9 March at Northampton High School, from 9.30am to 4pm.
Bishop Donald will give two keynote addresses and there will be work-shops on a wide range of topics, all looking at how the Gospel and the Bible can guide and help us in our “workplace”.
For some this might be the office, school, factory or shop. For others it might be at home, on the road, nurturing children and young people, caring for the elderly, volunteering in the community or engaging in leisure activities. 
All are welcome and the day is free of charge, but booking is essential. You can book with Sally Crossley via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 01604 887049. £5 donations are invited towards the costs of the day and everyone needs to bring a packed lunch.