News and Events March 2014

calloing all cricketersCalling all junior cricketers….
Ufford Park Cricket Club junior section is busily planning for the 2014 season and is keen to hear from any young cricketers looking to receive regular coaching and play competitive league cricket.
The club will be running teams at under 9, under 11, under 13, under 15 and under 17 levels this season and organisers are particularly keen to attract under-9s and U13s where we have availability in both age groups. 
Over the years, many of the juniors have worked their way through the various age groups and now play senior cricket in the Rutland League. Ufford Park plays on its own ground and is one of the longest established cricket clubs in the area.
Anyone interested in playing cricket at Ufford Park should get in touch with the following team managers:
U9/U11 – Andy Larkin ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
U13 – Kevin Browne ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
U15 – Ross Keymer ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
U17 – John Smith ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

International Women’s Day
Saturday 8th March

Parish News Treasurer’s Report
The Parish News carries information from many different groups in the villages and thank you to all businesses, groups and individuals who have generously supported the magazine this year. 
We feel that the magazine is an important community resource to be used and supported by the whole community and that it is important that all groups who send reports to be published in the Magazine also contribute financially.  Sadly this is not the case, as many groups and Parish Councils are using this resource but contributing nothing in return.
We are very fortunate to have Susie Payne in Barnack who is doing a fantastic job of contacting businesses and telling them about the opportunity to advertise in our monthly magazine. This means that the Magazine has at present a back-up fund received from advertising revenue, but we cannot always be certain of this revenue stream. So please, if you use the magazine, dig deep and send a donation towards it running costs.
Costs as always have been kept to a minimum; printing and hosting the website are the only expenses.  Many thanks to Chadwick Design for printing our magazine each month and providing the excellent website .
Enclosed with this issue of the Parish News is a small brown envelope for your donation towards the cost of producing the magazine.  (As previously suggested £5 per household would be greatly appreciated).
Please hand these to a Church Warden in your village, Peter at Barnack Village Shop or directly (or by post) to the Treasurer : Helen Fancourt, 3 Bainton Gardens, Bainton PE9 3AW. Helen Fancourt
Thank you also to Helen Fancourt for all her careful work as Treasurer. The report can be found at the back of the magazine. -Ed

Make use of your local pharmacist
Residents over 60 in the Peterborough area are encouraged to seek help seek help from their pharmacist with bad coughs, colds and sore throats to prevent them developing into something more serious.
Minor illnesses such as these are usually harmless but if they are not getting better, it’s a good idea to seek some help from your local pharmacist. Pharmacists can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints, without having to wait for a GP appointment.
Dr Paul Van den Bent, GP in Peterborough, said, “There are 150 pharmacies in Cambridgeshire, based on your local high street or in supermarkets. Pharmacists have five year’s professional training and can provide medicines’ advice and advise you about to manage a long-term condition.
“We really urge you to go and see a pharmacist if you are feeling under the weather and have a bad cough, trouble breathing, a cold or sore throat. Most pharmacies have private consultation areas and their opening hours tend be longer than GP practices. They can also tell you if they think you should see a doctor.”
This is part of the Earlier the Better campaign run by NHS England is being supported by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Stamford Ladies Lunch Club
Stamford Ladies Lunch Club has been dining out for 30 years. Now benefiting from an exciting new menu, they would like to share those delicacies with new members!
There is a diverse menu that caters for polished taste buds and inquisitive minds. High quality food and entertainment keeps our members coming back for seconds. You don’t have to take the plunge on your own, however there are plenty who do, and tables for new members make that an easy step with conversation flowing easily in no time. Equally we sometimes find group reservations in our diary, friends who join together looking for something to stimulate more than just their taste buds….and our speakers offer just that!
The icing on the cake, so to speak (we don’t do baking!), is that we welcome members from all around the area, not just in Stamford as the name may suggest, and currently have members from Oakham, Uppingham, Oundle, Stamford and their surrounding villages. We meet every other month at one of three local venues; The Haycock Hotel in Wansford, Toft Country House Hotel and Greetham Valley Golf Club. If you haven’t been before, we are sure you will find them perfect for both great food and company.
You may also discover on joining that you have a new friend just round the corner, whom you would like to travel with, many of our members share the driving.
Topics are varied month on month and are selected based on members’ similar interests and thirst for knowledge. From calendar girls to local history, along with talented writers and singers, we are sure there is something to tempt your taste buds! We are offering you a chance to join us for lunch at the discounted member’s price of £17 to see what is on offer.
Lunches start at 12 for 12.30 and last 3 to 3.5 hours, and include a two-course meal and a speaker. Plenty of time to chat with other members like yourself and if you come away feeling full of both food and life then you can sign up for more. We also host informal coffee mornings for members at The William Cecil in Stamford. Contact either Mary Smith 01476 552329 Hazel Wood 01780 753441

The Children’s Society Annual House Box Opening
Once again I have completed opening and counting the money in the boxes and am delighted to advise that I have paid in to the Bank on your behalf the fantastic total of £909.58.  On behalf of the children helped by the Society - “thank you”.
The Children’s Society is well known for its network of programmes including drop-in services for runaways, children’s centres and support for young carers.  Some of these young carers look after a sick or disabled parent or sibling and barely find time to fit in the school day on top of the help they give.  The Society’s  aim is to assist children living at a disadvantage to ensure that they have the childhood they deserve, and so they provide centres where these child carers can have a little time for themselves to be a normal child without any cares or worries 
As well as supporting children and families on an individual level the Society also works to support and transform underprivileged children’s lives by campaigning and putting pressure on government in areas where there is a need.  For example, in recognising the hardship that thousands of families are facing, the Fair and Square campaign called for free school meals for all children in poverty and this has lead to 200,000 more poor children being given a chance to receive a free, nutritious meal at school.
I do have some spare house boxes in which people collect loose change over the year and if anyone would like one please speak to me, either at church or ring me on 01780 740387. Once again on behalf of the children may I say a big – “thank you”.    June Graham

Bainton Buttercross Club
The AGM took place on Wednesday, February 5th. Our Chair gave a brief summary of the Club’s activities in 2013 and the Treasurer provided members with a review of costs, outgoings, and charitable donations. We were also delighted to welcome 3 new members.
The business meeting was followed by a talk on the Food Bank in Stamford by retired curate Eileen Bangay.
The food bank was set up almost two years’ ago by Nicola Dunkin. In Stamford it is a Trussell Trust food bank insofar as it was decided to buy into the Trussell Trust package. Since it opened it has helped 1000 people. It is manned by 60 volunteers and opens on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  The base is St. John’s Church in Scotgate.  It is a Christian organisation,
The people of Stamford are very generous so the supermarkets, who have been incredibly helpful to food banks all over the country, have not played quite such a prominent role here, although Sainsbury’s has ‘adopted’ the local bank and the other local supermarkets are always willing to help. Waitrose donated £800 raised by shoppers ‘posting’ their green plastic discs.  Individuals donate a great deal. One lady gave all her Morrison’s stamps! The Stamford Mercury has also publicised the request for donations/help.
The food bank stores about three and a half tons of food at a time and hands out the same amount per month. All the food must be in date, dried or processed. Perishable food is not permitted. Thus instant mash, cereals, small bags of sugar etc. are most welcome. At the moment they do not need soup, baked beans or pasta!
Eileen stressed that it is essentially emergency food – a one off gift with just one voucher. Doctors, teachers, health visitors and ministers have vouchers which they can give to people who are in real distress. For example, there may have been delays with their benefit payment or pension or they have endured some other sudden financial crisis.  The volunteers find out how many people are in the family and provide food for three meals per day per person over three days. There is considerable co-operation between organisations so, for example, the Evergreen Trust might say that they know of a needy older person and the Food Bank might refer an older person in distress to the Evergreen Trust. The CAB helps people with pension and benefit problems so that they do not find themselves in such dire straits again.
Eileen’s talk was very comprehensive and drew our attention to problems of which we were perhaps unaware in what is considered a relatively prosperous town. The food bank welcomes volunteers, donations of money and, of course, food.
Diary Dates
The next meeting is entitled ‘Village Skills’ and is on Wednesday, March 5th in Bainton Reading Room.

Village  Ladies’  Group
19th March 2014:  The Garden House Hotel, High Street, St. Martin’s, Stamford.
Our next luncheon will be on 19th March.  A table has been reserved at The Garden House Hotel for 12.30 pm.  If you have not already booked your place, please ring Joan on 740396 or Jan on 740440 by 14th March if you would like to join us
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 perfect opportunity to stock up on homemade cakes and biscuits for the family.
The next one is Saturday, March 15th. We look forward to seeing you.

First Sunday Fun at Wittering
Imagine a large sunny room with toddlers and primary school aged-children running around. Some are dipping their hands in tubs of gloop to help them think about what the earth might have been like before God made anything and others are colouring, cutting and sticking to make a large collage of the things God made. Mums and Dads are sitting amongst this with cups of coffee, chatting contentedly.
This was the happy atmosphere at the first ‘First Sunday Fun’ held in Wittering church with helpers from the churches in Barnack and Bainton: a wonderful example of the churches of the benefice working together and making the most of the beautiful open space there is in Wittering church now that the pews have been removed.
First Sunday Fun will continue on the first Sunday of every month at 11am. Crafts, a Bible story, songs, coffee and cake will feature each time. If it grows, we’ll be on the lookout for more volunteer helpers!

Barnack WI
President Beryl Burrows welcomed members to the meeting, in particular the five members with birthdays in February and she wished the quiz team who are entering the County Quiz later in the month the best of luck.
We are a busy Institute and a suggestion for a possible visit to St Albans in the summer as well as our visit to the Shoestring Theatre next month and the Federation day in April were publicised.  These outings together with  our luncheon, book and walking groups offer an interest to all members whatever their inclination.
The high point of the evening was a talk by Ann Rodgers from Southorpe entitled ‘A Life Changing Experience’.  She told us of the life change she experienced when her daughter Susie was born with disabilities which she felt would limit her options in life.  Not so, as Susie (as many local residents may be aware) has challenged life head on and after a ‘first’ at Newcastle university in French, Spanish and German has used her interest in swimming to become a high class athlete holding all British records for her classification and winning gold and silver medals at the European Championships and World Championships culminating in her three bronze medals at the Paralympics in London twenty-twelve.  Ann has been behind her daughter all the way and after leaving her teaching career has used her skills in massage therapy to help Susie at times of stress during competition.  We were all full of admiration for Ann and Susie’s story and hope to hear that Susie can again represent her country at Rio in 2016.
Refreshments were served by Wendy Bell, Susan Jarman and Sue Chowings following a vote of thanks given by Sue.
Next month on the 11th March we are looking forward to Graham Dunn’s talk to us ‘Building Bridges in Uganda’ when we shall hear about Graham and his family’s involvement in charity work there and hope that people, particularly those new to the village, might like to come and join us.

Bainton And Ashton Allotment Association Spring Lecture
A Presentation by Rutland Garden Centre
Seedlings  Containers   Shrubs      Patio Ideas   Herbs   Vegetables  Tips  Ideas and Questions. Bainton Reading Room   Tuesday March 25th £5.00 glass of wine incl. 7.30pm
Tickets from -
Malcolm Morrice  01780 740865
Hilary Smith        01780 740036
Steve Beresford   01780 740996
or Barnack Post Office
The Good News Van
The Good News Van will be coming to Barnack again on Tuesday 18 March, from 11am to noon, at the house of Margaret Durdy, 12 Canon Drive.  All are welcome to come for coffee and viewing of books and videos.

Ufford Park Cricket Club -
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, 3rd March at the White Hart 8.00pm. New Members welcome.

Barnack School
The children have had a very good half term, despite being indoors so much in  the bad weather. As I write this they are tired and looking forward to the half term break.
The Reception children have settled in really well are working (through play) hard and achieving some high standards. Some of the things they have been doing include dominoes games - matching pictures and numbers, creating some lovely ‘Shape Monster’ pictures and writing monster stories and they also made their own Gruffalo to live in the outdoor cave as part of the whole school Roald Dahl project. They can also all say the Lord’s Prayer (very loudly!). Mrs Jones and her team are to be congratulated on their all round success.
Mr Fowkes led an E-safety evening for parents and  a whole school assembly on the subject. The children will continue to be made aware of the need to keep safe on line.

Friends of Barnack Church
Recent winners in the 200 Club were:
£20        No 10      W Bell
£10        No 96      P Sindall
£5          No 5        A Butland
£20        No 37       M Groom
£10        No 196     J Elwood
£5          No 176     L Huckerby

Community Church News
The Community Church has had a very special time in the last few weeks with a dedication and thanksgiving service for six children from three families on Sunday 2nd February. Then on the 9th February we celebrated the baptism of five of our adult congregation.  The believers baptism service was held in Gretton near Corby, those being baptised were Jocky, Kim Ted, Joyce and Chanel, each of them shared their testimony which included an account of how their faith grew and why they wished to follow the instructions of Jesus to believe and be baptised.  The service was a very joyful occasion. One of those baptised (Jocky) is 86 and we think he may be the oldest person ever to be baptised in the Gretton baptism pool. 
On Sunday 23rd February we are to be celebrating another dedication and thanksgiving service for the children of several more families in Barnack School Hall.
For Mothering Sunday on the 30th March everyone is very welcome to come to our Family Service in Barnack School Hall at 10.30am when we’ll be saying thank you for mums and the people who care for us in different ways,  and the children will be able get creative making posies of flowers.
You are very welcome to any of our services.  You can ring Rev Graham Dunn on 749198 or Julie Stanton 749123 if you would like to find out more.
It seems a bit late to be reporting on the Charity Christmas on the 23rd December, but we would just like to thank everyone who came along, helping to bring the grand total from the concert, the Christmas Day offering and the charity Christmas cards to £480. This has gone to BMS World Mission for their work in Uganda.  The concert was great fun with excellent entertainment from Michael Crawford, Sam Dunn and friends, Rev Dave Maylor, the Community Church Choir, David Laycock and Dusty Miller!  The music and singing was interspersed with Christmas poems and readings, and the evening finished with some roof raising carol singing!

Messy Church with the Community Church
This month’s family Messy Church is on Sunday 16th at 4pm in the School Hall, Barnack.  For about the first three quarters of an hour we lots of themed crafts and fun activities to do together.    Then we all sit down 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 why so many people love Messy Church, we will be delighted to see you.  To find out more please contact Karen Dunn 749198.

Coffee Morning - International Women’s Day
Saturday 8th March is International Women’s Day.  This is a global day, held on the same date every year to celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future.  One of the Community Church’s midweek small groups has been thinking about some of the issues facing women around the world, through a study course called ‘Because they‘re worth it’.  The small group will be running a coffee morning in the Community Chapel (Methodist Chapel), Main Street, Barnack on Saturday the 8th to help raise awareness of injustice suffered by women worldwide.  Proceeds from the morning will go to a BMS World Mission project in Bangkok which is providing employment for women who would otherwise be involved in the sex trade.  Please come along to support this event for International Women’s Day and to enjoy a nice cup of coffee and a cake. There will also be a Bring and Buy stall and any articles for the stall will be gratefully received on the day.   Contact Carol Pickering 740438.

Men’s Breakfasts
This month Men’s Breakfast at the Community Chapel, Main Street, Barnack is on Saturday 15th at 8.30am.  A hearty English breakfast, good company and interesting short talk by someone local.   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.

Little Lambs
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. This means we’ll be there every Tuesday in March.  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 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 14th and 28th.   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.