News and Events Oct 2013

Garage Sale Bainton
Sat Oct 26th
11am to 5pm
Good quality clothes, furniture, tools  etc.
School House, Bainton.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for August are:
70    Colin Lunn    £25
  1    Ann Butland    £15
99    Eric Pridmore    £10
and September
34    Gordon Pateman    £25
38    Chris Ford    £15
  3    Maggie Holden    £10

Tea Dance in Barnack Village Hall
Get your Autumn off to a swinging start with the BLITZ DANCERS.  We are hosting an afternoon Tea Dance in Barnack Village Hall on Sunday 20th October from 2.00pm til 5.30pm. 
We will be playing music from the late 30’s, the 40’s and early 50’s with some big band swing, lindy hop, jive etc plus some period ballroom and communal dances such as the St Bernard’s Waltz, the Valeta, Gay Gordons and the Palais Glide.  We also have the pleasure of being joined by the local and very talented  tribute singer Mr ALAN JACKSON.  Come and join us on the dance floor or just sit and enjoy the music.  £4.00 on the door to include free tea and coffee or please feel free to bring your own.  1940’s dress is optional.  Any enquires please contact Amanda/Steve 01733 252209 or Sandra/Andrew 01733 615923.  Find Blitz Dancers on Facebook

Ufford Art Society
Ufford Art Society are holding their Annual Art Exhibition at Ufford Village Hall, near Stamford on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October from 10am until 4pm. There will be paintings & sculptures as well as  craft stalls & refreshments. On Saturday afternoon there will be free painting workshops for adults or children.

Bainton and Ashton Buttercross Club
The speaker at our meeting on September 4th was Jackie Pringle whose paid work is as a groom but whose hobby and passion is wild life photography.  She was given a Zenith camera when she was a very young child and that was when her interest in photographing animals, birds and insects began.  She especially likes to photograph hares, kestrels, red kites and deer. In order to get close enough to photograph hares she wears a very strange camouflage outfit which renders her pretty much invisible to them. She has some superb photographs of them boxing.  Her current cameras cost thousands of pounds and mean that she can take excellent close-ups from some considerable distance thanks to state of the art zoom lenses.
A friend suggested that she contact a wild life poet called Keith Scowcroft and see if there was any way in which she could combine her photographs with his poetry. The result was the first of a series of A3 photo books of Jackie’s wild life photographs. She has called it ‘Just By Chance’ and it contains a selection of her excellent photographs each overwritten by an appropriate poem by Keith. Recently she was commissioned to photograph a regimental parade in London with particular attention to the horses. She is now engaged on a project of recording a year in the life of one of the regiments currently based in Cyprus. She illustrated her talk with many wonderful photographs and afterwards we were able to browse through the photo books which she had brought with her. Her enthusiasm for her subject was infectious and everyone enjoyed the evening.  Her website,, merits a visit!

Buttercross Diary Dates
The Harvest Supper is on Wednesday, 2nd October, 2013. The speaker is Elizabeth St. Hill Davies whose topic is ‘Kill or Cure’.
Time: 7pm for 7:30.  Tickets: £8 to include the supper and one glass of wine.  Telephone 01780 740996 or speak to a member of the Buttercross committee to purchase tickets.
The meeting on Wednesday,  6th November, 2013, is a talk by Charles Clark on the work of the British Legion. 
The Acres Christmas Fete
The Acres and Little Northfields Christmas Fete Barnack Community Hall
@ 2.00p.m. Saturday 16th November 2013.
Raffle,Tombola,Lucky Dip,Weight of the Cake, Craft Stalls, Refreshments.

Barnack Flower Group
To all Flower Arrangers and budding Floral Artists.  On 23rd October at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, we are having an Autumn demonstration evening with our friend Pat Symonds doing all the hard work whilst we enjoy cider and cheese nibbles.  The wonderful, bright and beautiful arrangements will, as usual, be raffled off at the end of the evening.  Tickets at the door, or from Joan Laycock (740267) or Petrina McCarey (740854) are £5, with any surplus being donated to Barnack Parish Church funds.
A big thank you to the members of the Flower Group who have helped create beautiful wedding flowers for a number of brides getting married in our churches in the past few months.  It is always a privilege to be asked , and our ladies give a lot of their time and hard work to make the day special.
Harvest Festival is also upon us , and once again our ladies will be working their magic for the 6th October.  Please come and walk around the church and admire their efforts.
Our Autumn demonstration evening is open to all, and if you are interested in becoming a member of the Flower Group, please speak to Joan or Petrina, for a warm welcome.

Ufford Park Cricket
Ufford Park Cricket Junior Section held an end of season ‘Big Bash’ when two teams played a ‘Twenty Over’ Match.  Charlie Agnew was voted ‘Man of the Match’.  The Under 13 Team coached. by Ross Keymer won their respective League.  The end of season Awards were presented to Alexander Agnew (Batsman of the Year), Joe Carter (Bowler of the Year) and Charlies Petrie (Player of the Year).
The Awards for the Under 15 Team coached by John Smith  - Rupert Markham (Batsman of the Year), Niles Prior (Bowler of the Year)
Jake Turp , Harry Carter and Charles Petrie (Joint Players of the Year).

Sue Ryder Charity Lunch
Charity Lunch in the Village Hall. Wednesday 23rd October in aid of Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall. Please come along and help to support the £6 million appeal for a New Hospice in Peterborough. Tickets £10 each.  12 for 12.30pm.  Raffle.  For tickets please ring Judy Francis 740300.
The Draw for the ‘100’ Club
The Draw for the ‘100’ Club was held at the White Hart.  Winners were -
£50     No.   3     C. Lightfoot, Ufford
£25     No.  63    T. Wilson, Castle Bytham
£20     No.  39    Mrs. R. Lightfoot, Ufford
£15     No.  15    Mrs. I. Mason, Deeping St. James
£10     No. 60     A. Maher, Northborough
£10     No. 46     Mrs. G. King, Thurlby]
£10     No. 88     Esther Harrington, Stamford.

Barnack Post Office and General Store
The Parish Council wish to point out that the shop continues to trade and will do so until further notice.
Villagers are encouraged to support the business and continue to use it.
Peter and Janet say, the shop will not close without notice and hope very much that the business will carry on under new ownership in the future.
Bainton pub night
The next. Bainton pub night is on Friday 11th October and will be held at Hambleton house, Barnack road, Bainton. Normal pub night rules apply: 7.30-9.30, bring your own drinks and glasses.
Everyone welcome.
If you would like to host a pub night, or want to know what’s involved, contact rob on 01780 740709

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club
Recent winners are:
£20    No 129  E. Venables
£10    No 40    T. Rolands
£5      No 60    M. Croft
£20    No 66    J. Ward
£10    No 136  D. Gilbert
£5      No 35    J. Laycock

Village  Ladies’  Group
A select few of us were escorted by Frieda on a curtailed walk in King’s Cliffe on 28th August.  We plan to return at a later date for the full tour.  A very enjoyable lunch at The Cross Keys pub then rounded off our visit.
2nd October:  Lunch at The Bluebell Inn, Helpston  – 1 p.m.
If you wish to come but have not yet confirmed, please ring Jan on 740440 as soon as you receive this magazine so that numbers may be adjusted.  We will be saying farewell to Pam Chance, who will shortly be leaving the area.
6th November:  Lunch at The Fitzwilliam Arms, Marholm – 12.30 p.m.
We will be returning to The Fitzwilliam Arms, who have a vast menu. To book your place, please ring Jan on 740440 by 1st November so that we can confirm numbers with the inn.

Messy Church - Community Church
We had a great time at Messy Church in the Village Hall at the beginning of September, with over 45 people taking part in lots of activities on the theme of journeys – there were super wooden cars to make and decorate, road signs to design and draw, an opportunity for families to make a map together of the important milestones in their family life and lots more.  Then we all gathered together to sing and praise God with ‘Our God is a great big God’, who wants to walk with us in all life’s ups and downs.  And finished by making our sausage lunch into the shape of cars!
In Oct our monthly Messy Church will be on Sun 20th at 4pm, in Barnack School Hall.  It 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.  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.

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 the 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd in October), 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.  Little Lambs is run by the Community Church–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 11th and 25th.   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 £1 to get in + extra for the tuck shop and the craft activity. Youth Club is run by the Community Church.  For further info please call Rob Porter 740663 or Graham Dunn 749198.

Men’s Breakfasts
Eighteen people tucked into a hearty full English breakfast cooked in the newly refurbished kitchen of the Community Chapel in September.  Greg Dunn talked about the highs and lows of cycling from Marble Arch to Monaco in 7 days with his brothers, friend and Dad! The next men’s breakfast is on Saturday 12th Oct at 8.30am at the Community Chapel, for another opportunity to enjoy good company and a full English breakfast. After the breakfast there will be a short talk by someone local.  A donation of £5 is much appreciated for the breakfast.  If you would like to come it is okay to just arrive on the morning although it would help Rob if you could let him know beforehand so he knows how many to cater for.   Rob Porter: 740663.  Men’s breakfasts are organised by the Community Church.

Christianity Explored
A Christianity Explored Course will be starting on Thursday 3rd Oct in the Community Chapel.  Christianity Explored courses are run all over the country to give people the opportunity to investigate Christianity in a relaxed and informal way.   The course explores the life of the person at the heart of the Christian faith – Jesus Christ. Who is Jesus? Why did he come?  What does it mean to follow him?  We will start each evening at 7.15pm with a scrumptious dessert and refreshments and each week there will be a short DVD to watch, and lots of opportunity to ask questions or just listen.  You don’t need to know anything about the Bible, you won’t be asked to pray, sing or read aloud and you can ask any questions you want. We will finish the evening at 9.15pm.  If you are interested in coming and would like to know more please ring Julie Stanton 749123 or Graham Dunn 749198 or come along to the Community Chapel on Thurs 26th Sept at 8pm for drinks and nibbles and to find out what our Christianity Explored Course will be like.  Is it for you? You can also visit

Barnack & District RBL
21 Aug - This year’s Summer Party, held at the White Hart, Ufford, was attended by over 70 members and guests. Good food, good company and a raffle to raise funds for the RBL (thanks are due to all donors, and to Patrick Knights for persuading Stamford’s shopkeepers to part with a number of the prizes). A well-merited presentation was made to Ted Murray to mark his retirement as Branch Standard Bearer after many years’ yeoman service. Are there any volunteers willing to take over from Ted? He is willing to continue to carry our Standard if need be, but would prefer not to do any marching with it.
30 Aug - Charity market stall in Stamford market. Over £300 was raised for the RBL. Many thanks to South Kesteven District Council (who make no charge for charity stalls), the helpers on the day and to all those who donated the impressively eclectic range of items. Over 80% were sold, the remainder being given to the Mind charity shop in Stamford, so nothing was wasted.
9 Sept - Meeting in Stamford Town Hall (representatives from Stamford Town Council, the Royal Anglian Regiment, Stamford RBL and Barnack RBL) to discuss signing the Armed Forces Community Covenant. Several good ideas emerged and the signing (by the Mayor of Stamford) will proceed shortly.
15 Sept - The Branch was represented at the Stamford Battle of Britain Church Service, which was followed by a parade, wreath laying and one minute’s silence at the War Memorial in Broad St.
19 Sept - The Branch was also represented at the RAF Wittering Battle of Britain reception. A chance to talk with serving personnel (Army as well as RAF), hear an update on Wittering’s role from the Station Commander, Gp.Capt. Damian Alexander, see the RAF Cranwell Band in action, enjoy a display of continuity drill by the City of Derby ATC and watch flypasts by three Grob Tutors and a Spitfire (not simultaneously!)
Looking ahead: 28 & 29 Sept - Stamford Georgian Festival - all welcome.
2 Oct - The project group for Stamford’s First World War Centenary Commemoration Programme, led by the local Royal British Legion in conjunction with the Town Hall, would like to invite all interested parties to a public meeting at the Town Hall on Wednesday, 2nd October from 7-9pm to discuss local plans for commemorating the outbreak of the war next summer. They particularly would like any groups planning a commemoration event over the 4 year centenary period to join the discussion, as well as any groups or individuals interested in participating in the project next year. The project will have a local focus and will be undertaking research into social and military history engaging with the events and impact of the war locally, with the aim of involving as many people as possible from the local community in the commemoration. If you would like to attend please send confirmation to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The loan of WWI memorabilia with local connections would be especially appreciated.
3 Oct - Visit to the Defence Animal Centre, Melton Mowbray. 32 members have already signed up. Travel in own cars/car share - the cost of coach hire has become prohibitive.