News and events November 2013

Firework at Copthil School Friday 15th November
Locals with animals might like to note this date to ensure pets and horses are not frightened.

Flower Arranging Group.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 27th November at 2pm. Mrs Ann Taylor will be doing a workshop making a Christmas wreath for the door which can be .used on a door or adapted into a table arrangement. Everyone welcome.
For details of what to  bring please ring Joan Laycock on 740267 or Ann Butland on 740121. See sample arrangements from Harvest Festival

Bainton pub night
The next Bainton pub night is on Friday 8th November and will be held at The reading room, 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, or have any ideas or suggestions for the Christmas pub night, contact rob on 01780 740709

Joules Clothing Sale
in aid of Children in Need
@ Hindmarch & Co
Uffington Road, Stamford
preview evening to inc canapés and wine
21st November 7 - 9 pm
£10 per ticket clothes can be purchased
or 22nd November 10 - 4 pm
£3 on the door
contact 01780 762008 for further details

The Acres and Little Northfields Christmas Fete
The Acres Community Hall
@ 2.00pm Saturday 16th November 2013.
Raffle,Tombola,Lucky Dip,Weight of the Cake Refreshments.

Bainton and Ashton Buttercross Club
The annual Harvest Supper took place in Bainton Reading Room on Wednesday, October 2nd. The modest ticket price of £8 included a glass of wine or beer, a two course meal, coffee/tea and an excellent pre-dinner talk. The ladies of the committee prepared cottage pie and the puddings were made by club members.  Many thanks to all those who contributed to the resounding success of the evening.  It was lovely to see so many people enjoying themselves.
Our speaker, Elizabeth St. Hill Davies, gave an illustrated talk entitled ‘Kill or Cure’ about nineteenth century medical developments in Peterborough.  At the beginning of that century medicine was still very much in the Dark Ages with a continuing emphasis on the four humours – hot, dry, wet and cold. Medical knowledge was primitive but great changes were afoot.  In the 1840s the discovery that ether could be used as an anaesthetic meant considerable relief from pain although the dose had to be exact or one died! A few years later in 1853 Queen Victoria was given chloroform during the birth of one of her sons and she called it ‘soothing, quieting and delightful beyond measure.’
The development of better health care in Peterborough was largely down to the work of Dr. Thomas James Walker. His diary was discovered by Margaret Gillespie during the renovations of Dr. Walker’s former home in 33 Westgate. In it he recorded the minutiae of his life. It revealed that he was a very successful and caring doctor and that he reaped the rewards financially. For example, he went around in a carriage and enjoyed the same pursuits as the landed gentry, such as fox hunting. However, he also gave generously to charity. He organised a collection for the Lancashire cotton workers when their livelihoods were decimated by the American Civil war. Educated at the King’s School and Edinburgh University he had eventually joined his doctor father in his Peterborough practice. He died in 1916 but not before he was granted the freedom of the city of Peterborough for his service to the town.  Peterborough acquired its first hospital, the Peterborough Infirmary (now the museum), in 1856 on land owned by Earl Fitzwilliam who also paid for the building.
We were all very interested in what Elizabeth had to tell us.  We particularly liked the photographs of the town as it used to be. The Buttercross Club is hoping to invite her back in the near future so that she can fill us in on the detail she had to omit because of time constraints.
Diary Dates
On 6th November, 2013,  Charles Clark from the British Legion will be speaking to us.  This is an open meeting so non-members will receive a warm welcome. There will be light refreshments and there is a modest charge of £1 for non-members.
On 4th December, 2013, there is the Christmas Social with the 18th Century Re-Enactment Group, The Mannered Mob.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for October are:
70    Colin Lunn    £25
01    Ann Butland    £25
99    Eric Pridmore    £15
09     Peggy Sindall    £10

Village  Ladies’  Group
We all bade Pam Chance a fond farewell at our lunch at The Bluebell Inn, Helpston on 2nd October.
6th November:  Lunch at The Fitzwilliam Arms, Marholm – 12.30 pm.
If you have not already let Jan know on 740440 that you are coming, please ring as soon as possible so that our table may be confirmed.
Christmas Meal:  Please reserve Wednesday, 4th December – further details will appear in the next magazine

New Sophie Allport Showroom Open!
Sophie Allport is a lovely family business based in King Street Industrial Estate near Langtoft. The business was set up in 2007 by Lincolnshire Designer Sophie and her brother Jem. Sophie designs wonderful fabric, oilcloth, stationery and fine bone china collections while her accountancy trained brother runs the business side of things. Her best selling Chicken, Busy Bee, Rose and Labrador collections are an example of how the countryside and nature inspires her designs. 
Sophie’s new Stag range is perfect for the festive season and her new Game Birds fine bone china will appeal to lovers of the beautiful Pheasant and Partridge.
A new Showroom has just recently opened in King Street Industrial Estate alongside a Seconds Shop where customers can pick up lots of half price bargains. The Showroom is open Mondays – Fridays from 9am – 5pm but will also be opening on Saturdays from November 2nd to December 14th. As well as the Sophie Allport collections there are also other homewares for sale including lamps, furniture, lanterns, mirrors and some beautiful bronze sculptures.
By visiting the Sophie Allport shop, you can take advantage of the amble free parking and the exclusive in-shop offers not available on the website.
Sophie Allport, The Barn, King Street Industrial Estate, Langtoft, Lincolnshire, PE6 9NF    0845 0177 866

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 8th and 22nd.   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, craft activities and tuck shop and usually the evening ends with a short God Slot followed by some energetic 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 information please call Rob Porter 740663 or Graham Dunn 749198.

Men’s Breakfasts
The next men’s breakfast is on Saturday 9th November at 8.30am at Barnack Village Hall for another opportunity to enjoy good company and a full English breakfast. After the breakfast there will be a short talk by someone local, last time it was Cliff Stanton talking about what happens after you flush the loo – who knows what it will be about next time! 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.

Messy Church with the Community Church
In November our monthly Messy Church will be on Sunday the 10th 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.    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.  During the winter months this is usually homemade soup, with several different soups to choose from, tasty bread, cheese, cakes and fruit. Come along and find out why so many people love Messy Church, we will be delighted to see you. To find out more please contact Karen Dunn 749198.
On Sundays when it’s not Messy Church, the Community Church meets in the School Hall at 10.30am.  Every Sunday is family friendly with the hall set out informally around tables.  For the first twenty minutes or so everyone is together for worship songs and a children’s talk, and there are extra activities on the tables, such as wordsearches and colouring linked with the theme for the week.  Then the children go out to a different part of the school building for their own activities. Those of school age are currently enjoying learning from the bible using the Friends and Heroes DVD’s, while the younger ones play in crèche.  All our children’s leaders are DBS (formally CRB) checked.  At the end when the children come back into the School Hall they show everyone what they have been doing.  The service finishes about 11.45 although everyone stays on for tea, coffee and cakes and a chat!   You are really welcome to join us on any Sunday!  To find out more about what the children do contact Karen Dunn 749198 and to find out more about the Community Church talk to Rev Graham Dunn on the same number.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs Toddler Group is for mums, dads and carers with babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years and takes place on Tuesdays in school term time, (that will be every Tuesday in November,) at Barnack Village Hall.   It runs from 10am to 12noon.   Little Lambs is a popular and friendly place to meet new people, catch up with friends and to have fun with your child(ren) as they explore the joy of playing with other toddlers.  For the first hour the hall is laid out with games, toys, slides, a home play area, craft activities and a baby corner.   Midway through the morning, we clear away the toys and sit down around a long table for tea, coffee and cakes while the children have a 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 whizzing 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

Harvest Festival in Barnack Church
Go to and view the gallery if you missed the beautiful displays of flowers in St John the Baptist Church in Barnack at Harvest Festival.
Join the flower group workshop by  Mrs Ann Taylor who will be making a Christmas wreath for the door on 27th November at 2pm in church.

Barnack & District Branch, Royal British Legion
3 Oct - 28 members visited the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray. We had a presentation on the work of the unit, saw guard and sniffer dogs being trained, were shown the impressive canine and equine veterinary facilities, had a good lunch then visited the indoor riding school to see army riders undergoing training and finished our visit by watching farriers shoeing horses and making their own tools. All the personnel were genuinely very friendly, clearly very committed to their work and were and willing to answer any of our questions. Our thanks to all the staff involved, especially the Commanding Officer, Lt Col R.C. Pope and the RSM, Adrian Davies.
10 OCT - Committee meeting.
28 OCT - Branch AGM, 1900 White Hart, Ufford, to be followed by a talk about Flanders by Norman Turner
1 NOV - Signing of the Armed Forces Community Covenant between our Branch, Stamford Town Council, the Stamford Branch of the RBL, RAF Wittering, St. George’s and Kendrew Barracks and various local organisations as a way of affirming our commitment to support our Armed Forces.
2 NOV - Garden of Remembrance Dedication, Stamford War Memorial in Broad St., 1045.
3 NOV - Lincolnshire County Festival of Remembrance, Whittle Hall, RAF Cranwell,1330. The Branch has 5 tickets available, £5 each.
10 NOV - Remembrance Sunday, 1000, Barnack Church, then 1045 at the War Memorial.
11 NOV - Armistice Day - 1045, Barnack War Memorial.
18 NOV - Royal British Legion Winter Lecture 
An illustrated presentation by Pat and David Harris

Monday November 18th
Barnack Village Hall - 7.30 PM - £5.00
 In Spring 1941 an RAF Hampden bomber and a Wellington bomber crashed near the same small town in France with the loss of both crews. This is the story of how most of the living relatives were traced and gathered together “To Remember” at the site of the crashes on the 70th anniversary in 2011.
Tickets available from
Malcolm Morrice  740865
Charles Clark      740441
Patrick Knights   740774
Barnack Post Office

WWI Commemoration, 2014
Stamford Town Council, in association with the Stamford Branch of The Royal British Legion and supported by the Stamford & District Local History Society, is planning to commemorate next year’s 100th. anniversary of the start of WWI. Two of the events will be exhibitions of WWI memorabilia, civilian and military, in Browne’s Hospital and The Arts Centre.
We are intending to hold “viewing days” in February (dates to be advised) when items can be brought to a central location for cataloguing as an aid to planning and then taken away until June, when the exhibitions will be set up.
If required, we will be able to copy ephemera, either at the Town Hall or in the owner’s home by means of a portable scanner, so that only the copies will be on show - and we can collect and return items to you as well, if transport is a problem.  
If you have any items you would like to lend for the exhibitions, please let me know as it would be useful to have an approximate idea of what is available even at this early stage.
Volunteers to help with other aspects of the commemoration, especially research, would be very welcome.
If you would like to be involved, please contact me at:
Cllr. Max Sawyer STC WWI Commemoration Group, 44, Waverley Gardens, Stamford, PE9 1BH This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01780 765507