News and Events for June 2013

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Barnack Flower Arrangers
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 26th June at 3pm at the Village Hall.
Ann Taylor will be coming to demonstrate for us. For details of flowers, containers and greenery we will be using please ring either Joan Laycock on 740267 or Ann Butland on 740121. Everyone who enjoys flower arranging will be made very welcome.

The Buttercross Club
The meeting on Wednesday, May 1st, took the form of a visit by coach to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire and to Lichfield. Nineteen of us set off from Bainton Reading Room at 8:45 am. The Arboretum is part of the National Forest.
 Entry to it is free but you are encouraged to give a donation towards its upkeep. All the guides are volunteers. It is a place of great peace and poignancy. I think all of us were shocked at the numbers of young men and women who have lost their lives in campaigns since 1945. The Memorial Wall is a magnificent edifice dedicated to them and gives the families who have lost a loved one in battle both the opportunity to reflect and a focus for their grief. There are two magnificent sculptures there created by Ian Rank-Broadley in 2007.
The planting, covering 150 acres, is very new and it will take a good many years for the trees to become a forest.  Memorials to individual regiments such as the Parachute Regiment are located all over the site, which is divided into zones. It is impossible to visit them all on foot during one visit.
All the memorials reminded us of the cost of warfare but one memorial in particular stood out as a reminder of the horrors of war. It is called ‘Shot At Dawn’ and is a poignant memorial to the young men who were executed for desertion in World War One and who were pardoned by the British Government on November 7th, 2006. Some of those who were shot, blindfolded, were only 17 - still boys - and their ‘crime’ was fear.
The National Memorial Arboretum has an atmosphere of great calm and friendliness.  There is a chapel, gift shop, restaurant, picnic area, ample car parking and a land train if walking is a problem or one wants to see as many zones as possible.
Some of us went on to Lichfield in the afternoon and were able to browse around the historic centre of the town and visit the magnificent cathedral - the third to be built on the site but still very old, dating back to the thirteenth century. Lichfield was the birthplace of Samuel Johnson whose Dictionary of the English Language was published in 1755.
We arrived back in Bainton at about 6:45 pm so the day out was just long enough! It was an excellent outing and a very enjoyable May 1st meeting.
Our next meeting is the Tea Party on Sunday, June 2nd, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation. It will be from 4pm to 6pm in Bainton Reading Room.  The cost is £5 per adult and £2 50 for children. Under 10s are free. There will be tea, scones, sandwiches and cakes.
On July 3rd it is the Chairman’s Supper at Willow Cottage which is for members only. Weather permitting the annual Boules Evening will be on Wednesday, August 7th.

Barnack Carpet Bowls Club
Bowling has finished now until September when the outdoor season has ended.   The league team finished first in  their league this year and received their trophies on 10th May, 2013.  Following the presentation the Barnack team won the quiz and were nominated ‘Eggheads of the North Cambs Carpet Bowls.’ 
In Aid of Thorpe Hall
Table Top Sale - Cake Stall - Tombola
Book Stall - Children’s Stall
David’s Fuschsias - Refreshments
50p Entrance
In Barnack Village Hall on Saturday 1st June 10am-2pm. Please come and support us.

Peggy Sindall 90th Birthday
Thank you for all the cards and presents. The party with my friends was a great success. Special thanks go to Wendy, Ann, Judy, Judith, Jane and Sandra (cakes), Louise (wine), Kate’s Kitchen (catering) and my son, Peter (organising).

The Community Church
The process of Barnack Baptist Church and Barnack Methodist Church coming together to form the Community Church is proceeding well.  It has been very encouraging to see how the different experiences and talents of our members are combining as we make our plans for the future.
We begin to worship together as a united congregation from 2nd June, a formal celebration service is  planned for 8th September to mark the official birth of this new church.  We are looking forward to a number of events over the summer months which includes a bring and share BBQ on 9th June, our annual trip to ‘Sunny Hunny’ on 15th June and a ‘Holiday at Home’ on 14th, 15th and 16th August which will be held in the Chapel.
A warm invitation is extended to everyone to join us at our events and services.  Many people in the village have previous connections with the Methodist Chapel and we hope you will take this opportunity to join us at the start of this new chapter in the history of the Methodist and Baptist churches.

Messy Church with the Community Church
In June our monthly Messy Church will be on Sunday the 23rd at 4pm, in Barnack School Hall.  Messy Church is great fun for families to enjoy together.  For about three quarters of an hour we have lots of themed crafts and fun activities.   Then we all sit together for a short Bible story exploring our theme and sing some songs, ‘Our God is a great big God’ is a firm favourite.  Come along and find out why so many people love Messy Church, we will be delighted to see you.  We finish off with a light meal around long tables for everyone to stay and enjoy. So there’ll be 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 June), at Barnack Village Hall.   It runs from 10am to 12noon.   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.  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 run by the Community Church– for further details please contact Karen Dunn 749198. We look forward to meeting you.

Youth Club
Youth Club happens in Barnack Village Hall every other Friday from 7.30 – 9pm during school term time.   This month there’ll be Youth Club on the 7th and 21st.   It’s for all young people in school years 7-11 who live in Barnack, Bainton, Ashton, Southorpe, Ufford, Pilsgate and Wothorpe.  
There’s table tennis, pool, table football, Wii, craft activities and tuck shop and usually the evening ends with team games.  It’s 50p to get in + extra for the tuck shop and the craft activity. Youth Club is run by the Community Church.  For further information please call Rob Porter 740663 or Graham Dunn 749198.

Men’s Breakfasts
Come along to Barnack Village Hall on Saturday 8th June at 8.30am for another opportunity to enjoy good company and a full English breakfast - sausage, bacon, black pudding etc, the full works! 
After the breakfast there will be a short talk by someone local.  It will be okay to just arrive on the morning or ring Rob Porter 01780 740663 to find out more.  Men’s breakfasts are organised by the Community Church.

Barnack School Rules
1. The school hours are from nine o’clock to twelve in the morning and from two to half past four in the afternoon.
2. On Sundays at nine in the morning and half past two in the afternoon.
3. Parents are required to send their children clean washed and combed and their hair cut short.
4. Every child to pay sixpence at Michaelmas and sixpence at Christmas for firing.
5. No child to be admitted under five years of age nor remain after twelve.
6. Half holidays on Wednesday and Saturday.

These rules, drawn up by the headmaster in the mid-1800s, are listed in Brian Palmer’s recently published book School in Barnack, which contains many further interesting details of the old school’s history up to 1951, when the present school building came into use.
The book, priced at £5, has twenty seven illustrations and reproductions from school records. It is being sold by the Barnack School Association, and copies are available from Michelle Goodwin on 01780 749337. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be used for the benefit of Barnack Primary School. 

Pottery Open 29th & 30th June
As part of Rutland and Stamford Open Studios Katherine Winfrey will be opening her pottery studio to the public. Come and visit her and see her slipware pottery on the Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 4pm at The Old Butcher’s Shop, The Square, Barnack. all welcome.

Village  Ladies’  Group
On 24th April, nearly all our members came to the Ruddy Duck, Peakirk.  The meal provided a good opportunity to meet up again.
On 5th June, we are revisiting Stamford College Gallery Restaurant at 12 noon. The
3 course meal is £11.50 (£5.00 deposit beforehand to secure your booking).  If you have not already confirmed you will be coming, please ring Jan on 01780-740440. We will be in touch once the new menu is to hand.
10th July:  The Crown Inn, Great Casterton at 12.30pm.
Menus will be available for perusal on 5th June.  To book your place, please let Jan know by 5th July so that our reservation may be confirmed.

Barnack & District RBL
After our most enjoyable visit to RAF Wittering (photo’ attached) on 17 April, the Branch was represented at the annual Anzac Day commemoration in Broadway Cemetery, Peterborough on 25 Apr and members also attended, as guests, the Stamford Endowed Schools CCF Biennial Inspection Day on 3 May.
Ted Murray has been invited to speak to RAF Wittering personnel about his experience of the base during his time there, as an aid to building up a history of Wittering’s squadrons and he may well become a permanent volunteer. Tamsin Cunningham has also been invited, in her case to give a “Falklands perspective” on the Harrier display. The Heritage Unit is very keen to hear from anyone with first-hand knowledge of RAF Wittering’s history. Please let me know if you feel you could contribute.
The Williamson Cliff war memorial will be re-dedicated at 1100 on Tuesday 18 June in Stamford Cemetery. Branch members and others are very welcome to attend. This has proved to be of interest to the media - ITV Central News and the Sunday Telegraph have already confirmed their attendance and local radio and the local press are expected to do likewise.
The Committee is considering fund raising via a bric-a-brac stall in Stamford’s Friday market - further information to follow.
The Veterans’ Day commemoration will be held on Saturday 29 June in the Millstone - all welcome, serving members of our Armed Forces especially so.
Our annual Summer Party will be held on Wednesday 21 Aug - further information nearer the date.
The Committee is in the early stages of planning a Branch outing - suggestions being examined include RAF Cranwell, East Kirkby Air Show, the Old Warden Military Pageant and Bletchley Park. Comments and suggestions welcome.
Max Sawyer

Barnack Methodist Chapel
Once again, thank you for your support for our May Coffee Morning which raised a further £106 for our funds.  We look forward to seeing you again on Saturday, 1 June, at the usual time of 10 am to 11 am.
As you will have seen from last month’s magazine we are joining with the Barnack Baptist Church to form The Community Church, which is something we are all very much looking forward to and although the official date for this merger is 8 September, we will be combining our services during the summer and the details of these appear elsewhere in this magazine.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for April are:
6    Mr Derek Atkinson    £25
20    Mrs Margaret  Andrews    £15
8    Mr Phil Collins    £10
And for May:
18    Mrs Sue Chowings    £25
 54    Mr Trevor Goodwin    £15
 41    Mr Tom Elwood    £10

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club
The winners for May are as follows,
£20   No.81    Mrs. D. Court
£10   No.4      Mrs. G. Elwood
£5     No. 18   Mrs. D. Martin