News and Events in March 2013

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Blues Night Success
Jazz BandOn 19th January, with the snow lying deep and crisp and even, Barnack Village Hall rocked to the sound of The Blues, as local band Blues Mandate entertained a full house with traditional and modern blues music.
As a special guest keyboard player, local virtuoso Michael Crawford stood in for the band’s regular keyboard player who was overseas. To warm everybody up, the areas local Swedish blues guitarist, Michael Permaker of Helpston joined our local Vicar, Dave Maylor, in some acoustic slide blues. With food, a raffle and drinks available, where else could you have had such an evening form just a £5 ticket price?
Also, money raised from the evening amounted to £650 - a welcome boost to Barnack Parish Church funds.
Many thanks to all who played, organised, served and listened on the night. Look out for a 60’s themed night in the Autumn.

Parish News Treasurer’s Report
In this month’s magazine is the Receipts and Payments Account for the year ended 31st December 2012. The Parish News carries information from many different groups in the villages and thank you to all businesses, groups and individuals who have supported the magazine this year. We feel that the magazine is an important community resource to be used and supported by the whole community.
A big thank you again to David Hare of Bainton who has done a fantastic job of contacting businesses and telling them about the opportunity to advertise in our monthly magazine. As can be seen from the Accounts this advertising has generated a healthy income. David has now retired from this position and we shall miss him.
The Receipts and Payments Account show that costs as always have been kept to a minimum. Many thanks to Chadwick Design for printing our magazine each month and providing the excellent website .
Enclosed with this issue of the Parish News is a small brown envelope for your donation towards the cost of producing the magazine. (As previously suggested £5 per household would be greatly appreciated. If every household that the magazine was delivered to contributed £5 we would receive approx £3,500. Our actual total from brown envelopes last year was only £765). Please see below for collectors in your village to whom brown envelopes may be returned.
Barnack: June Woollard , Catherine Barker, or Peter at Barnack PO
Bainton: Michael Bratley or John Wreford
Ufford: Peter Hudson or Pam Chance
Or directly to the Treasurer : Helen Fancourt, 3 Bainton Gardens, Bainton PE9 3AW

Download a copy of the Treasurers report.

Thanks to Helen Fancourt  -Treasurer
Many thanks to Helen for putting together the end of year report and also for all her hard work as Treasurer throughout the year. Ed

Thanks to Sue Wiles
Many thanks to Sue for all her sterling work helping to bundle up the copies of the Parish News each month and deliver them to distributors in the villages. All her hard work has been much appreciated over the past four years.
She has now stepped down and Peter Grist has volunteered to take her place. We are grateful to Peter for volunteering to help keep the Parish News running smoothly.

Handel’s Messiah
with Orchestra of St Paul’s The Syred Consort. Philippa Murray soprano,  Henry L’Estrange alto,  John Upperton tenor,  James Birchall bass, Ben Palmer conductor
Saturday 30 March 2013, 7.30pm
Methodist Church, Barn Hill, Stamford, PE9 2AE Tickets (in advance): £14 full | £12 conc. | £5 children
Tickets (on the door): £15 full | £12.50 conc. | £5 children
Box office: 01780 763203
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Barnack Cricket Club Supper Quiz
Barnack Village Hall
Saturday 16th March 2013 - 7 for 7.30pm
£10 per head to include a Cold Supper.
QUIZ  -  RAFFLE  -  Bring your own drink.
Tickets - Judy Francis 01780 740300

The Blitz Dancers
The Blitz Dancers are hosting an Easter evening dance on Saturday 30th March in Peakirk Village Hall (PE6 7NG), 7.30pm till 10.30pm. Come and enjoy music from the late 30’s, the 40’s and the early 50’s to include swing, jive, period ballroom and communal dances like the Palais Glide, Barn dance, St. Bernard’s Waltz, Valeta, Gay Gordons etc.
We are also proud to present the vocal talent of local 1940’s tribute singer Mr. Alan Jackson. £4.00 on the door to include free tea and coffee or please feel free to bring your own refreshments. Basic teaching available to get you up on the dance floor or just come and enjoy an evening of great music and entertainment. Any queries contact Amanda/Steve 01733 252209 or Sandra/Andrew 01733 579910. Find Blitz Dancers on Facebook.

St. Mary’s Church News
On Mothering Sunday please come along  to join us for an All age Family Service at 4.30p.m. Everyone welcome.
A reminder that the Student Cross will be calling at St. Mary’s Church, Bainton on Monday. 25th March at approx. 10.45a.m. for a short service of prayer and to take light refreshment..   If you have half an hour to spare why not come along as these young people are always pleased to see anyone from our congregation or villages as they journey towards Walsingham.

The Children’s Society Box Opening
On your behalf I have banked £770.06 following the box-opening in January.  Thank you all so much for your generosity.
The most disadvantaged children rarely suffer on just one front.  The Society works with these children to ensure that they are loved, valued and listened to.  With them The Society fights childhood poverty, harm and neglect.
The Society has a network of over 75 programmes and children’s centres throughout England which include drop-in services for runaways, support for young carers, and offers care, respite, legal support and mentoring schemes that help to turn lives around.  They support children who are refugees from violence and they give those in care a voice. 
The Society also transforms children’s lives by pressurising central and local government to protect them, and challenges attitudes that perpetrate harm and injustice. 
In hard times, children are among the hardest hit, the Society doesn’t just help them survive – it helps them flourish and the whole of the work is underpinned by the Society’s Christian values of love, justice and forgiveness.
Over £2m is raised annually from house boxes which goes towards the work of The Society and if you do not already have a house box for collecting loose change please consider having one.  I would be only too pleased to arrange this for you.
June Graham, Local Hon. Secretary, Pilsgate.  Tel: 01780 740387

Barnack and Villages Horticultural Show and Fete
The annual August Show is looking for new committee members to take it over. The current committee have run 6 annual Shows, adapted and developed it further each year - it remains a lovely summer day out and has run now (with the odd year off) since 1892. The Show attracts residents from the surrounding villages and wider district, there are funds in place to run another Show and each year the profits are ploughed back into the next show and other community initiatives. The Show also provides the opportunity for local voluntary groups to raise funds through stalls/games/refreshments.
You may feel strongly you’d like to see the Show continue, or you may have ideas on how it could be re-vamped and have a new direction or re-launch for next year?
Please get in touch if you (or your community organisation) are interested in taking it over. Call Debra Martin on 740048 or Judi Campbell on 740420

The Royal British Legion
The Barnack and District Branch of the Royal British Legion hosted an excellent presentation on the Red Arrows in Barnack Village Hall on Monday evening. Nearly 100 attended (Members, their families and friends), raising over £350. Our thanks to the highly professional speaker, Sqn Ldr Ben Plank, himself a current Red Arrows pilot, for a most instructive and entertaining evening.
On 4 Mar the Branch will be holding its annual Winter Supper in Barnack Village Hall, open to members, their friends and families. Bring your own wine. Tickets £15 each (includes a complimentary pre-dinner drink) from Charles Clark 01780 740441 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Patrick Knights 01780 740774 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Visit to the Harrier Heritage Centre at RAF Wittering - provisionally booked for 17 Apr. Please contact Max Sawyer if you are interested.
Max Sawyer, Branch Secretary, 44, Waverley Gardens, Stamford PE9 1BH
01780 765507 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Flower Arranging Class
For our next group meeting on 27th March at 2pm in the village hall, we have a new lady called Ann Taylor to instruct us. 
She has sent us two diagrams to choose which arrangement we would like to do. The containers for both are long low dish or tra, an oasis block, foliage small branch - striped of leaves, selection of leaves, large ivy, berginia, fatsia and arum italicum, Phonnium or yucca.
Flowers:- These are different for each design but include standard carnations, spray carnations, roses, or Lilies.
It would be a good idea perhaps to ring me so that I could tell you which flowers for the Parallel style or Continental one.
Joan Laycock tel: 740267. 

Barnack Methodist Chapel
Although it happened  back in January, we would like to thank Rev Dave Maylor and his helpers for a most enjoyable service during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  The all-age service really did cater for all of us.
Thank you too for supporting our coffee morning and cake stall.  Last month was very busy!  We’re open for business again on 2 March 10 – 11am, and hope to see you there. 
Did you know that on the first Sunday of each month we have an afternoon service starting at 2.45pm, followed by tea and cake?  Maybe we’ll see you there too.  You’ll be made very welcome.

Village  Ladies’  Group
Despite icy conditions, 12 members enjoyed an excellent lunch prepared by the students at Stamford College Gallery Restaurant on 23rd January.
The visit to Deene Park to see the snowdrops on Sunday, 17th February did not take place as no members were able to come along.
13th March: Lunch at The Bluebell Inn, Helpston - 12.30 p.m. 
Arrangements are in hand for our visit to The Bluebell.  If you wish to join us, please contact Jan Jarvis on 01780-740440 by 8th March to book your place.

The Buttercross Club
The AGM was on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013.  The Chairman, Anne Harrison-Smith, said 2012-2013 had been a very successful year socially, with the highlight of the year being the Jubilee celebrations in June when the Buttercross ladies produced a colourful and delicious selection of red, white and blue puddings. Everyone enjoyed the day despite the inclement weather!
The ‘Boules’ evening in August and the Harvest Supper in October were as enjoyable as ever and were both well supported by villagers from Bainton and Ashton. The new tradition (!) of a Chairman’s Supper, which took place at our Chairman’s cottage in July, was a huge success and will be repeated this year.
Financially, the club is in good shape and we were able to support a range of charities throughout the year. We are carrying slightly less money forward but we have to take into account the fact that we made an early donation in December when we learned that Christ Church Day Centre was in difficulty with its Luncheon Club for the Elderly.
Annual subscriptions remain at a modest £8. However, it was agreed at the meeting that they will be increased to £10 in 2014 with a view to keeping them at that amount at least for the following couple of years depending, of course, on inflation!
The committee ran through the programme for 2013, which includes a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum, an interesting range of talks and social evenings and a Coronation Tea Party in June - an excuse to get out the bunting again!
Thanks and flowers were given to Elke Hare for her hard work as secretary during the last two years. She will be missed on the committee. She has been instrumental in organising speakers, arranging theatre visits and keeping paperwork up to date. Elke has retired from the post but will continue to be a member of the club. A box of chocolates was presented to Laura Pollock to thank her for her continued commitment to the club as its treasurer.
The evening concluded with a ‘Flora’ quiz and refreshments.
Please come along to the next meeting on Wednesday, March 6th, if you would like to join or if you would just like to be in the audience for an evening with Chris Harrison-Smith and Tony Gower called ‘Poems for Fun’. A similar evening last year was hilarious and everyone really enjoyed it. It is an open meeting so members and non-members are welcome. There is a modest charge of £1 for non-members to cover the cost of refreshments.
On February 16th, the Buttercross ladies are serving bacon baps and coffee at the Wiki Café in the Reading Room. The charge will be £3 to cover costs and a donation to the charities being supported by Wiki.

Bainton pub night
The next Bainton pub night will be on Friday 8th March at the Blue Boar.
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
Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club
The winners in the January draw were,
£20    No.5    K. Duff
£10    No.63    V. Kettleborough
£5    No.155    A. Alexander

Barnack W.I.
At our meeting this month sympathy for our President was expressed. We hope that her ankle will soon mend and that she will be back with us next month. Vice-President, Beryl Burrows, made a very capable deputy and welcomed old members, new members and four visitors. Among the birthdays this month was a special one for Sheila Berrill. This was marked by a cake which we all shared with Sheila at refreshment time. On Sheila’s actual birthday, Thursday, February 28th, members and friends are invited to join Sheila for tea and refreshments at the home of Liz Young, any time between 2.30 and 5.00pm. We learned about forthcoming events, a walk, a lunch date and the book club. Also that the knitting of squares for Kosovo was going well.
Our speaker for the evening was Mrs. Wendy Smith, an expert in the art of knotting. Mrs Smith began by giving us a detailed history of knots. We learned that in antiquity the uses of knots were many and various!! She then showed us several garments which she had made. Among these was a copy of a Bronze Age skirt, the original having been found in Jutland in the 1920’s. After questions she was thanked by Adrienne Collins, who, together with her tea hostess colleagues served excellent refreshments. The next meeting to which new members are warmly invited is on Tuesday, March 12th, at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. 

All age at Bainton Church
In an effort to make our services more child/family friendly, Bainton Church will be trying a monthly all age service. Normally this will be the first Sunday of each month at 9am, with a music group of local young people, a shortened all age talk, and some modern music (think of the Christmas morning service, but without Christmas or the carols....)
However, with Mothering Sunday coming along in March, our next All Age will be at 4.30pm on Sunday 10th March, followed by refreshments. Flowers will be given out to all the ladies. Do come along. You will be most welcome.

Barnack Baptist Church
There is a lot happening in Barnack Baptist Church this month.  For Mothering Sunday on the 10th March everyone is very welcome to come to our Family Service in Barnack School Hall at 10.30am when we’ll be saying thank you for mums and the people who care for us in different ways, and the children will be able get creative making posies of flowers.
The following weekend we are off to Suffolk for our church weekend house party for children and adults, 2 to 80-something!  We are hiring a big country house just north of Bury St Edmunds, where we are planning a great time together – good food (I heard rumours of smoked salmon and scrambled egg for Sunday morning breakfast!), time to relax, a country walk and playing in the house grounds, finding out about Samson from the Old Testament of the Bible, quieter times for prayer and praise, an evening of games and activities and finishing off with a Sunday roast lunch! On that Sunday 17th March there’ll also be a shorter service of prayer and praise in Barnack School Hall at the usual time of 10.30am.
The next Sunday March 24th, is Messy Church at 4pm in Barnack School Hall (see below for details). We will be looking forward to Easter with lots of activities linked to the theme of a making a new start with Jesus.  That leads us on to Good Friday when we’ll meet in the room above the garage at Laburnum Cottage, The Drift, Wittering Road, Barnack at 9am for quiet prayer and reflection as we remember Jesus’ crucifixion.   And then celebrations for Easter Sunday – Jesus is alive!  Come along to Barnack School field at 10.30am for an Easter Egg Hunt followed by a Family Easter Celebration service in the School Hall. You are very welcome to any of our services.  You can ring Rev Graham Dunn on 749198 or Julie Stanton 749123 if you would like to find out more.

Messy Church with Barnack Baptist Church
Messy Church will be back again on Sunday March 24th, at 4pm in Barnack School Hall.  Messy Church is for all the family, it’s very informal with lots of fun activities to do together and then a short bible talk and a couple of songs.The theme for this month is a making a new start with Jesus.Come along and find out what happens in Messy Church, we will be delighted to see you.  We finish off with a light meal which everyone is welcome to stay and enjoy, so no need to prepare food when you get home.  To find out more please contact Karen Dunn 749198 or Val Haines-Eynon 740017.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs Toddler Group is for mums, dads and carers with babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years and takes place every Tuesday in school term time, (that’s every Tuesday in March,) at Barnack Village Hall.  It runs from 10am to 12 noon.  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– for further details please contact Val Haines-Eynon 740017. We look forward to meeting you.

Youth Club
Youth Club will be on Fridays8th and 22th 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 to get in + 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.