News and Events February 14

Quiz nightQuiz Night
 in aid of Bainton Reading Room on Friday 21st February 2014
(including fish and chip supper)
7.30 start, Tickets £11
Quiz Master Nigel Clough
Come as a table of 8, or join a table when you arrive. Drinks available on the evening, Good fun evening! & Raffle
Tickets from Helen Fancourt 01780 740091

St John the Baptist Church
St John’s  was very busy over the Christmas period. The Crib Service topped out with over 100 adults and 50 children enjoying singing carols and carrying lighted candles on their way to Bethlehem.
This was followed by Midnight  Communion also with the church full of happy people.  

Children’s Church @ St John’s
The number of children coming regularly is growing fast and this term they are following a course about faithfulness and looking at some important Christian people.
Children’s Church meets every Sunday at 9.00 am, except the third Sunday when everyone joins together for an All Age Service  followed by a ‘Bring and Share’ tea at 4.30pm. The children meet their friends, explore the church building, enjoy their activities and then seem to manage to eat all the chocolate biscuits! Everyone is welcome to any of the Services and you can find more information on the centre pages of this magazine.

Coffee Morning  &  Homemade Cake Sale
On the third Saturday of every month  you will find a St John the Baptist Church open for coffee and the sale of home-made cakes. Please come along to meet for coffee and a chat with friends between 10am and 12 noon. The next one is Saturday , February  15th. We look forward to seeing you.

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2013
This is a very belated , but sincere, thank you to everyone who helped towards achieving  another record result for our Poppy Appeal last year.
The total raised  was £4,725.68
of which the sale of poppies raised      £3,905.27    (an increase of over £200 )
So, thank you all once more for supporting the work of The Royal British Legion so very generously  .
Our donations to this charity are needed more and more as, sadly, demand grows daily for help for our service-men and their families.
My thanks again   J. Morrice.

Barnack School
This term has started well with four new children joining us.  It really is settling down to work this term, but not without some exciting things planned. There is a Roald Dahl day for the whole school….so by the time you read this you may have seen some Charlie and the Chocolate Factory characters around the village. 
The ‘Open the Book’ group are concentrating on Old Testament Stories this half term and have already managed to introduce a toy snake to the youngest children! ‘Open the Book’ is a national organisation which encourages local churches to go into schools and enact Bible stories using the ‘Lion Storyteller’s Bible’. The Barnack Group from St John’s has been going into the school for several years and the children all seem to enjoy the stories that are told and remember them because they are acted out rather than just read. And the group enjoy telling the stories as well as hearing the children’s reactions to them. 
More news from school next time, when it is hoped some of the children will write about what is happening in their school.

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Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for January are:
 66    Susan Jarman        £25
 44    Pat Barton        £15
 51    Peter Sindall        £10

Barnack Flower Arranging Group
The next meeting will be on the 12th February 2014 in the Village Hall when  Ann Taylor will be showing us how to do a Crescent shaped arrangement.
You will need either a small oasis dish or a plate with stand, oasis, florist tape, some broom to form  the crescent shape, 3 large ivy leaves, roses or spray carnations . New members always  welcome. Come and enjoy yourself!
For more information please ring Joan Laycock Tel; 740267 or Petrina Mc Carey Tel. 740854.

Village  Ladies’  Group
On 24th January, nine of us had another good lunch at The Gallery Restaurant at Stamford College – always an enjoyable occasion.
19th February 2014: The Bull & Swan, High Street, St. Martin’s, Stamford.
In February, members will be dining at the Bull & Swan in Stamford.  If you have not already confirmed your place, please ring Joan (740396) or Jan (740440) by Friday, 14th February if you would like to join us.

Barnack W.I.
New President, Beryl Burrows, welcomed members to the first meeting of the New Year. She told us that the buzz word for this year was “inclusion”! Members are to become more involved with running the branch, and among the tasks for which volunteers were sought was the planning of next year’s programme.
All the activities which make membership of our branch so enjoyable are continuing. Dates and venues for the Book Group, the Luncheon Club and the Walking Group were given. An outing to the next Shoestring Theatre production is planned.
We continue to save stamps and milk bottle tops, and to knit jumpers for Africa. Among events organised by the County the Spring walk on April 9th was noted, and a team volunteered to take part in the Spring Quiz at the end of February. The latest news of longstanding member, Peggy Sindall, was given, with a request to take good wishes to her next time a member visited. It was decided to dispense this year with the monthly birthday buttonholes. Judy Francis told us that in addition to the normal sales table she had birdseed for sale, at £1 per kilo, as part of her fundraising for Thorpe Hall.
With business concluded we were entertained to a presentation by members of the “Bobby Scheme”. This is a local charity, set up under the auspices of Cambridgeshire County Council and the Cambridgeshire Constabulary, to help older people to make their houses more secure.
Anyone over 60 who has been burgled, and anyone over 65 or anyone who is disabled, can request a visit from the Bobby Scheme. Advice on security will be given and appropriate devices fitted. A donation of £25 is requested for the visit, though it is free if it follows a burglary. Some devices, e.g. key safes,   are liable to a further charge, but most are covered by the £25 donation.
The contact numbers for the Bobby Scheme are, 07866 602100 or 01480 413311.
After questions a vote of thanks was proposed by Sue Wiles who together with Lyn Huckerby and Joan Laycock served delicious refreshments.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 11th, at 7.30pm, in the Village Hall when Ann Rogers will talk on “A Life Changing Experience.” New members are always welcome.    

A visit from Bishop John Holbrook
Talking to the bishop of Brixworth after a meeting the other week, and he announced that he had not been to a service at Barnack before and would love to visit us.
A quick check of diaries meant that he will come to visit and preach in Barnack church on Sunday 23rd February at 10am. This will be a Benefice service, so the other churches can join the folk at Barnack that morning.
The bishop is the suffragan in Peterborough Diocese.
Please note the time of the service and do come along, whether a ‘regular’ or not.