News and Events for January 2014

The Children’s Society
childrens societyJanuary is the time for the annual opening of our household boxes, how quickly the months come round!  Please bring your boxes to church on either of the first two Sundays if possible, otherwise please contact me on 01780 740387 when I can arrange to collect from you.
I thought you might be interested in a breakdown of the way your donations go to help the work of the Society:-

£30.1m (71%) was spent on transforming the lives of children.
£6.7m was invested to generate future income.
£4.7m went towards the cost of running the Society’s shops.
£0.7m other
• Since 1881 when the Society was founded it has helped hundreds of thousands of children to flourish from all backgrounds.
• As well as helping children, the Society campaigns for change to prevent future neglect and poverty.
• Last year the Society reached nearly 1,000 children facing danger alone on the streets.
• The Society works with over 800 disabled children a year to build an active future.
• The Society helps nearly 1,800 children every year in the care system, supporting them to have happy childhoods.
The story of a young girl named Ella highlights how the Society can help children.  Ella ran away from home when she was 13 years old and after spending just three nights on the street she was “befriended” by a couple who offered her shelter and food and listened to her problems.  The next night the man wanted her to sleep with him and when she refused she was beaten.  The Society helped Ella realise the dangers she was putting herself into on the streets and the choices she had.  When she decided to report the bullying which had led her to run away in the first instance, the Society again was there to support her.  Ella is now 16 and has just started college, it has been 14 months since she ran away.
Last year I banked from the boxes £770.06 (a little bit down on the previous year) and I would like to thank you all for your generosity on behalf of the children that this money has helped.  I do have a few spare boxes in which you can save your loose change so if anyone would like to have one please either see me in church or give me a ring on the number above.
June Graham, Hon. Local Box Co-ordinator

News from Barnack School
The Autumn term is always one of the busiest of the year with children getting more and more excited as Christmas gets closer. It would be possible to write about the many academic achievements that so many of the children have individually made or about sporting or musical  progress but also important to the school is the work in values education and for the last half term the value has been ‘Happiness’ . 
So what creates happiness?  How can we pass that on to others? I asked the teaching staff what about the school gave them happiness and these are some of their replies:  ‘the enthusiasm of the children whatever we are doing’; ‘hearing the children sing their Christmas songs’; ‘watching the children in my class grow in maturity over the term’; ‘seeing them come to school in their dressing up clothes – as Rudolph or in Santa costumes’; ‘the whole atmosphere of celebration ‘…….. and from two very new classroom assistants ‘getting a job here’.
There is so much bad press about schools and teachers, but a few hours in ‘our’ school just makes you wonder what it is all about! We have happy children learning well, what more could you ask? And my happy moment? Just today one of the older girls catching me listening to a rehearsal of their Christmas play said ’Did you enjoy that , Canon Margaret?’  I did. But more importantly I was talking to a delightful girl who when she first came to the school found it hard to talk to anyone. That’s real achievement . That was pure happiness!! Margaret Venables

The Good News Library Van
The Good News Library Van comes to Barnack village every month. It is a library van full of Christian books, DVD’s and CD’s suitable for all age groups from children to adults to borrow free of charge. The books are not deeply theological, but are very readable stories and biographies. The van comes to a different person’s home each month. On January 21st it will be at Little Lambs in the Village Hall between 10.30 and 11am, and then at the home of Stan and Jessie Goodacre  The Lodge, Bainton Road, Barnack from 11am until 12noon. Every one is very welcome to come for a coffee, and see what is available, whether you are new to the village or not. We’d love to see some new people.

The Buttercross Club
Alison Eskritt from a group called The Mannered Mob whose interest is historic re-enactment, particularly of the Georgian period, gave us a talk on Wednesday, 4th December on the kinds of food preferred by the Georgian middle classes. She also touched on the much more frugal fare of the working classes. We learnt that there were a number of similarities to our current diet. For example, macaroni cheese was a favourite and we were shown a recipe by one Elizabeth Raffald whose cookery book was published in 1769. The fact that Parmesan cheese was included shows that we were importing foreign foodstuffs in the eighteenth century.  The affluent middle classes also enjoyed curries, less hot than the ones we enjoy today but nevertheless rich with spices from India. Indeed Hannah Glasse published a recipe called ‘Curry the India Way’ in 1747.
It was interesting to hear how pineapples were grown in this country and how they were much prized as evidence of one’s opulence and social success. They could even be hired to impress one’s friends. Tea was very expensive, coffee less so and the latter was regarded as something of a man’s drink. Chocolate was a favoured drink of the well-to-do lady. Some foods which we take for granted today were not eaten then. For example tomatoes were deemed to be harmful because they were related to the nightshade family.
There were some delicious desserts. Ice cream was only available if one could afford and accommodate an icehouse. However, syllabub, cakes and other sweetmeats were an essential part of a Georgian dinner party. Lashings of cream were used. Cooking was a skilled and laborious process. There were none of the gadgets we have today. A rich seed cake needed beating for two hours! Thus a good cook was much in demand  and could dictate terms!
The fare of the working classes was much less appetizing. Bread was the staple. In essence their diet was bread, occasional meat and beer. The beer was usually small beer – essentially a form that was less alcoholic but which was much safer to drink than water. When the harvests were bad white bread, favoured by the poor, became too expensive and there were bread riots. The worst kind of bread was made from ground up peas and beans and was called horse bread.
An eighteenth century recipe for whipped syllabub:-
A half pint of double cream (280ml)
1 lemon, grated rind and juice,
Sugar, granulated or caster,
Take your cream & beat it until a little thick. Put in your lemon peel & a tablespoon each of juice, sugar & sherry. Slowly beat these into your cream, but take care that it does not become too thick lest it should turn to butter. Put in the same amount again & beat once more. Taste and add more sugar, sherry or juice if you wish. Your syllabub should be sweet but taste of sherry & will be light and soft.
Diary Dates : The AGM will be on Wednesday,  February 5th.  The very varied programme for 2014 will be announced. The business meeting will be followed by a talk on the food bank. We warmly welcome new members.
*Please save your used postage stamps and give them to  Anne Harrison-Smith.
A Very Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for December are:
 52    Angela Morgan    £50
 33    Sally Hutchins    £30
  3    Maggie Holden    £20
 30    Adrienne Collins    £10
It would be very helpful to have any subscriptions for 2014 that are still owing.  Remember, you have 10 chances to win £25 and 2 to get £50!  If you are a newcomer to the village and are interested in joining please contact Jill Unsworth Tel: 01780740456.
Happy New Year to everyone.

Barnack Parish Church
Many children came to the Christmas Craft morning and enjoyed making a number of Nativity themed items which they either proudly hung on the tree in church or took home for their own trees.  The Jesse Tree, which looks like a Christmas Tree but actually tells the story of the Bible from Creation to the birth of Jesus in pictures, was especially colourful and can be seen in church until the end of January.  If you look closely you will also find some glittery angel and kings hanging there. The children had a great time and enjoyed cakes and mini mince pies especially made for the event and the many adults who came too enjoyed coffee and mince pies or biscuits. At the back of the church the huge Christmas tree in the tower was also decorated on this morning and everyone left feeling well prepared for their own Christmas.

Barnack Parish Church Prayer Groups
A small group meets to say traditional Morning Prayer at 8.30am on Wednesday mornings. It is a good focus for prayer midweek, helps us to remember we are part of a much wider church. While the prayers offered are for the world, the Diocese and local churches in Peterborough, there are also prayers for each street in Barnack and Bainton and for the organisations in both villages. Other prayers for particular needs are also offered.  If you are in need of prayer, please leave a note in church and know that your prayer will be offered.
Another group meets in Ufford Church at 6.00pm on Mondays.  This is a more contemplative group and the particular setting of Ufford Church creates a very special atmosphere for prayer.
Both groups welcome anyone wishing to join them, either on a regular basis or just when you have time or feel the need.  Our buildings have been prayed in for hundreds of years and are soaked in prayer and that can help our own prayers so much.

Barnack Church Third Weekend of the month... 19th – 20th January
On the third Saturday of every month  10am – 12 noon you can enjoy coffee and chat with your friends from the village and you can also buy delicious homemade cakes and biscuits to take home.
All Age Service
On the third Sunday of every month is the All Age Service. There is always an activity for the children and adults to enjoy together and Revd Dave provides lively music and often new worship songs to learn, while more traditional hymns are not forgotten. After the service there is a plentiful ‘bring and share tea’ , time for children to play with their friends and for adults to chat.
Do come and join in on either day or both!

Ufford Park Cricket Club
The December draw was held at the White Hart and the winners were -
£50    J. Ward  Deeping St. James
£25    J. Clifton, Peterborough
£20    Esther Harrington, Stamford
£15    T. Wilson, Castle Bytham
£10    E. Wikinson, Ufford
£10    N. Clough, Bainton]
£10    S. Jackson, Deeping Gate

Thanks from Ann Rodgers
Thank you to all the ladies who came to my coffee morning on Nov 30 in aid of the British Red Cross and Macmillan.  We raised £220 for the 2 charities.  The 3 raffle prizes were won by Christine Bettridge (massage voucher)  Jenny Turner (Goody bag from KJ Jewellery) and Jo Kanalas (Aromatherapy moisturiser from Ann)

Barnack & District Branch RBL
Winter Lecture, Monday 18 Nov
A reminder - 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.
Pat & David Harris gave a meticulously researched and comprehensively illustrated presentation, focusing on the young men involved and bringing to life their characters and backgrounds. One point worthy of note, well brought out in the part of the talk covering the commemoration ceremony, was the very high regard in which all WWII Allied combatants are still held in France and the deep gratitude with which they are remembered. As was emphasised, only an occupied country can truly appreciate the sheer relief and joy of liberation.
The following historical note would seem appropriate here:
Some villagers may recall that we have three pilots on our own War memorial.
Pilot Officer Arthur John Dearden - 22 Squadron RAFVR. Flew Beauforts with Coastal Command. Shot down over Brittany in 1941 - not far from the aircrews featured in the lecture and buried at Quiberon. He was the son of Mr & Mrs Dearden of Walcot Hall and his son, who sadly never met his father, now lives in Empingham - not far from our lecturers.
Squadron Leader Eric Hugh Montgomery Nesbitt - Pathfinder Force. Shot down returning from Berlin in 1943. Buried near Hanover. Son of the Vicar of Barnack at that time.
John Edward Eyton-Jones (RN) - Harrier Pilot, Falklands War. Killed whilst flying night patrol from HMS Invincible - mid-air collision, 6th May, 1982. Lived in Barnack whilst training at RAF Wittering. His wife Sally still lives in Stamford.
2014 WWI Commemoration
Preparations are proceeding apace. The RAF Wittering reprographics section has kindly agreed to undertake the copying of ephemera so that there will be no requirement to display (and risk) original documents, and several offers of artefacts have already been made (including medals, field glasses, an engraved shell case, a drum, certificates, photographs, maps, letters, paintings and postcards). Additional items for display (as originals or copies) in Browne’s Hospital next year would be very welcome, as would volunteer researchers. Please contact Max Sawyer This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01780 765507 if you would like to be involved. 
Winter Supper: Monday 3 March, 1900 for 1930, Barnack Village Hall, tickets £16 to include a pre-dinner drink, bring your own wine (no corkage!)
New Members: The Branch welcomes Dr Ann Henley, Miss Philippa Morris, Mrs Eleanor Walker and our first Youth Member, Miss Elizabeth Cunningham.
Generous Donation: Grateful thanks to an anonymous donor for their very generous gift of £300 to the Branch.
Branch Outing: Current thinking is combining a visit to East Kirkby with a tour of the RAF College, Cranwell, but other ideas from members would be welcome.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all Branch members and their families.
Max Sawyer, Hon. Sec.

Village  Ladies’  Group
Members were very well satisfied with their Christmas Meal at The Millstone Inn, Barnack on 4th December.
Friday, 24th January, 2014:  Lunch at the Gallery Restaurant, Stamford College arriving at 12 noon.  £11.50 (£5.00 deposit per person required).  We will be returning to Stamford College in the New Year – if you have not already booked your seat, please contact Joan (740396) or Jan (740440) by 6th January.  A menu will then be forwarded as the College require our choice beforehand.

Thai Yoga Massage
Massage is an ancient form of therapy which has appeared in all sorts of guises.  The best known type in the West is Swedish or Remedial massage which was widespread in the early part of the 20th century, when physical therapy really took off.
In Thailand, however, massage was developed from yoga, which was the prevalent form of exercise many centuries ago.  It differs from Swedish as there is no use of oil and the client is fully clothed and lies on a futon on the floor.
It works on the connective tissue of the body and strives to stretch out and loosen, where patterns or habits have become entrenched and prevent the body from functioning to its fullest capacity.  It also uses acupressure points to release trapped energy.  It is surprisingly gentle and meditative, the practitioner moving with the body of the client and easing them into yoga stretches.
It leaves the client with a sense of calm, relaxation and wellbeing and often succeeds when Swedish massage fails to release tension.  The 2 therapies complement each other well.
Ann Rodgers MIPTI BA Hons
Ann practises both therapies from her home in Southorpe and is also a yoga teacher of many years’ standing.  For more information please get in touch on 01780 749018 or write to her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Messy Church: Community Chapel
Our monthly Messy Church will be back to the usual format on Sunday January 19th, at 4pm in Barnack School Hall, (we hope everyone will have had a great time at the Christingle and Messy Church party in December!)  For about the first three quarters of an hour we have about eight different themed crafts and fun activities to do together.    Then we all sit together for a short Bible story exploring the theme and sing some songs, ‘Our God is a great big God’ is a firm favourite.  We finish off with a light meal around long tables for everyone to stay and enjoy, so no need to prepare food when you get home.  Come along and find out what happens in Messy Church, we will be delighted to see you.  To find out more please contact Karen Dunn 749198.

Family Walk- Community Church
Our family walk in the local countryside is now on Sunday 5th January not Sunday 29th December as advertised in the previous issue of the Parish News.  We will be setting out from the Community chapel on Main Street Barnack around about 12.15pm after the Family Service.  We suggest you bring along a packed lunch to eat before we set off if you are coming to the service as well.  Our walk will be along a route suitable for buggies, and will go at a pace suitable for all ages.  At the end we will return to the chapel for hot food and some party games.  Everyone welcome to join in!  To find out more please contact Graham Dunn 749198 or Mark and Michelle Goodwin 749337.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs will be back after the Christmas break on Tuesday 7th January.  Little Lambs is a toddler group is for mums, dads and carers with babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years and it takes place every Tuesday in school term time, at Barnack Village Hall.  Little Lambs provides a lovely opportunity to meet new people, catch up with friends, play with your child/ren and watch them explore the joy of playing with other children.  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 really enjoy.  This leaves ten minutes or so at the end for the toddlers to let off a final 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 really look forward to meeting you. 

Youth Club
Youth Club takes place in Barnack Village Hall every other Friday from 7.30 – 9pm during school term time.   This month there’ll be Youth Club on the 17th and 31st.   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 team games.  It’s £1 to get in + a bit 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
This month Men’s Breakfast at the Community Chapel, Main Street, Barnack on Saturday 18th at 8.30am.  As well as the usual delicious hearty breakfast, there’ll be the chance to hear the second part of Ted Murray’s fascinating talk on the A- bomb testing in the South Pacific.   Do come along, it‘s fine just to turn up on the morning but it does help Rob with the catering if you can let him know beforehand that you are coming – we wouldn’t want to run out of sausages and bacon!  Organised by the Community Church, to find out more please ring Rob Porter 740663.

The Friends of Barnack Church.
Those who support the Friends may like to know that we continue to offer help to the PCC, when required, in caring for the fabric of our ancient church. Because of your support we have been able to contribute £8,000 over the last two years to help with necessary repairs to the church roof. One of the ways you can contribute is through the 200 Club and recent winners are listed below. Should you wish to join the 200 Club please speak to John Ward (740016) or me, Liz Young, (740347).
£20    No. 79    B.Davies
£10    No. 101  I. Jackson
£5      No. 66    J. Ward
£20    No. 2      K. Clarke
£10    No. 63    V. Kettleborough
£5      No. 168  R. Graham
£20    No. 151  A. Collins
£10    No. 142  A. Addison
£5      No. 61    D. Smith
End of year Christmas Draw.
£100  No. 47    Y. Goodwin
£50    No. 58    K. Swann
£50    No. 79    B. Davies