News and Events April 2014

Coffee morningHomemade Cake Sale & Coffee Morning
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, April 19th. We look forward to seeing you.

Family Tree Help Please
I am researching my family history in Barnack. My great great parents lived in Barnack in the late 19th century and some of their ancestors before that. They lived on Main Street, Thompson’s Yard and at Burghley Lodge. My direct ancestors are the Baston family but they all left the area, several emigrating to the United States in the early 20th century.
Other families of interest are the Henson family in the early 19th and late 18th century, and the Sells family. A James Sells, a road labourer, lived in Main Street with his wife Sarah Ann up to his death in 1924. His step grandson was John James Welby.
Any help would be appreciated. Many thanks. John Nottingham
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Margaret Croft Funeral
Harold Croft and family would like to thank everyone who attended Margaret’s funeral at Barnack Church on 30th January 2014, and also to express appreciation for the very many sympathy cards we received at that time.  It was Margaret’s wish that donations kindly made in her memory go the Patient Participation Group of St. Mary’s Medical Centre, Stamford, and she would have been as proud as we are that contributions amounted to £525.

The Buttercross Club
The March meeting was definitely ‘in house’. The evening was entitled ‘Village Skills’ and members of the club gave brief talks/demonstrations about their interests. Roe Yates brought along examples of the work of the art group which she runs locally. It was of an impressively high standard and also included samples of Roe’s beautiful embroidered pictures. Sheila Bratley and Marjory Coups demonstrated their flower arranging skills which included both traditional and modern arrangements. They also prepared a basket of spring flowers for the Honourable Mrs. Mary Birkbeck to thank her for her generosity in letting the Buttercross use the gardens of Bainton House for their annual Boules evening each August. Georgina Beresford brought along a selection of the sculptures which she has done at the sculpture classes she attends  in Stamford Arts Centre. She gave a brief talk about the process of creating sculptures from live models.
A speaker’s fee was, of course, waived and a donation was made to the Somerset Levels flood relief fund.
Diary dates
On March 19th there is a visit to Burghley House for a walk through the south gardens to see the daffodils. Meet at the Reading Room car park at 10.50 am.
The meeting on April 2nd is on Wednesday morning and is a visit to Helpston Garden Centre. The visit starts at 10.15 am and we plan to meet at the Reading Room car park at 10 am.
The visit to Stoke Rochford on May 7th includes a tour and a cream tea and starts at 2.00pm. The cost is £15. Details about departure times, lifts etc. will be discussed at the next meeting. It promises to be an excellent visit and is open to non-members.

Easter in the Village Churches
Easter is a most important time in the Christian Church’s year. It is when we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus – his meal with his followers, his arrest in the public gardens, his trial, execution, burial and then his resurrection.
To remember and celebrate all of this, we have a number of services and events over Easter.
Maundy Thursday Service
First, on Maundy Thursday (17th April) there will be a services in Barnack Church and Botolph’s Barn at Helpston, both at 7.30pm, to remember the Last Supper. There is an opportunity to stay after the service for quiet prayer and reflection (echoing the request of Jesus to his friends to stay in the garden with him after the supper).
Good Friday Children’s Craft Morning
On Good Friday (18th April), we begin with a Children’s Craft Morning in Barnack Church at 10am which will have lots of activities and an opportunity to hear the Easter story.
Come and join the fun!
Good Friday Noon Service - Bainton
Next, a reflective service thinking about the death of Jesus on the cross. This is at 12 noon in Bainton Church.
Good Friday Walk & Children’s Easter Story Hunt
Then, at 2pm we have a walk from Helpston Church over the fields to Ashton, for hot cross buns and tea/coffee. Hidden along the walk will be various objects which tell the Easter story, which children will be encouraged to look for. Do join us.
Easter Sunday Dawn Service
On Easter Sunday a dawn service will be held on Hills and Holes in Barnack (come to the main car park at 5.40am).
Easter Day Services Barnack & Bainton
The main services that day are at 9.00am in both Barnack and Bainton.
I do hope you will join us for our Easter celebrations. Dave Maylor

Lent Course
This year the churches in the villages have come together during Lent to learn about, and to pray for, the persecuted church.
Through the work of organisations such as The Barnabas Fund, and Open Doors, we look at the hardship and danger faced by Christians in various countries throughout the world. Not only does this persecution happen in more obvious countries such as North Korea (where Christianity is illegal), but also less obvious places. It is very humbling to think about what we would do if being a Christian in the UK became more difficult, a definite disadvantage, or a stigma.
As one prayer we have been using says,
“While we wear the cross as a piece of jewellery, they bear it as an invitation to abuse, exclusion, imprisonment even death.
Turn our hearts to them in prayer and acts of compassion and justice.”
Do join us if you can, we are meeting at Bainton Farm House, Tallington Road, Bainton on Wednesday evenings at 7.30pm until Holy Week.

Barnack Carpet Bowls Club
The last social meeting before the summer break will be on Thursday, 3rd April at 7.30pm. The winter season will start early in September and will be notified in the Parish News before then

Flower Arranging Group
16th  April 2014.  Barnack Church 2pm..
This month we will be doing the flowers for Easter in the church.  We will have to move them into the Lady chapel or Tower until after the Good Friday services, but we think this is the best way as some people go away to families and it would leave us short of helpers. The flowers will be bought and brought to church , and if you can provide greenery this would be helpful. Joan Laycock.

Bainton Winter Lunch
Thank you so much to everyone who helped with the Winter Lunch on March 12th.  This was not a fund raising occasion but there was a surplus of £220 which has been donated to the Thorpe Hall Appeal.
Many thanks again.
Jill Plant

The Good News Van
The Good News Van will be coming to Barnack again on Tuesday 15th April from 10.30 - Noon, at the home of Yvonne Goodwin, 24 Bainton Road.
All are very welcome to come for coffee and a chat, and also to view the large selection of books and videos which are available to borrow. We look forward to seeing you there.

Barnack WI. 
Beryl Burrows welcomed everyone to the meeting and acknowledged members with birthdays in March.  She also thanked members who had been knitting 21 school jumpers which are to be taken out to a school in Africa next month.  After the business of the meeting, which included news of the Quiz team’s third place in the WI Spring quiz, she introduced Graham Dunn who came to talk to us on his Business Excellence Programme in Uganda.
Graham, who is well known in the village as our Baptist and Authorised Methodist Minister, has been visiting Uganda to implement his ideas for this programme since 2008 with particular focus on the poor northern towns of Soroti, Gulu and Arua. 
Half the population of Uganda is under 15 years old and he told us that the area has been ravaged by war with extreme cruelty used towards children and he wanted to support Christian business people to reduce corruption by giving sound financial advice to help those people trying to progress their businesses.
Graham illustrated his very interesting talk with photos of the area to show us how people are improving the quality of their lives and he is to be congratulated on the commitment both he and his family are making for the people of northern Uganda.
Adrienne Collins, Judy Francis and Jessie Goodacre served refreshments following a vote of thanks by Adrienne.  Our talk next month on 8th April is about Mosaics and the speaker is Fiona Gurney

Ufford Park Cricket Club  -
The 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 league cricket.  The club will be running teams at under 9, under 11, under 13, under 15 and under 17 levels and are particularly keen to attract under 9s and U13s.  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. 
Any one interested should get in touch with teams 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. ),
U14 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. .
The final 100 Club Draw for 2013/14 took place at the White Hart and the winners were -
£100      No. 58    B. Morris, Orton Long’ville
£20    No. 29    A. Mason, West Deeping
£15    No. 74    R. DePear, Bainton
£15    No. 50    E. Wilkinson, Ufford
£15    No. 21    N. Fowler, Dping St. James
£10    No. 15    G. Fisher, Northborough
£10    No. 26    R. Keymer, Carlby

Barnack Fun Run
Time to dust down your trainers and get out training! The Barnack fun run will be happening on Saturday 10th May at 2pm. There are 2 races 2.5km and 5km.
The runs start and finish at the school and go around the village. If you would like to enter then you can get entry forms form the post office and from the school office or you can enter on the day at the school.
Entry fees are £4 for children and £5 for adults before the day or £5 for children and £6 for adults on the day. Please come along and join in the fun we would love to see you.
There will be a BBQ and refreshments available during and after the race so even if you don’t want to run then you can still join in the fantastic atmosphere. Hope to see lots of people

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club.
Recent winners have been
£20  No 46   M. Farquhar
£10  No 79   B. Davies
£5    No 33   L. Brassey
£20  No 60   H. Croft
£10  No 74   B. Walsh
£5    No 25   J. Woollard

Coffee Morning in aid of the Barnabas fund.
The Lent group this year has been looking at Christians who suffer persecution for their faith. We have studied a number of countries where to be a Christian is dangerous, and we have been made aware of the work done by the Barnabas Fund, the Aid Agency for the Persecuted Church. There will be a Coffee Morning on the Wednesday of Holy Week,  April  16th, from 10.00am till noon, at my home, 1, Canon Drive, in Barnack, in aid of the barnabasfund. Please come and support the work of barnabasfund and please pray for persecuted Christians throughout the world. Elizabeth Young.

Easter with the Community Church
On Palm Sunday  13th April there will be a traditional style service of morning worship in the Community Chapel at 10.30am and then in the afternoon at 4pm in Barnack School Hall there will be Messy Church with lots of messy fun, with an Easter theme, for all the family.  On Good Friday in the Community Chapel, Main Street, Barnack at 9am, we will be having a time for quiet prayer and reflection as we remember Jesus’ crucifixion.   And then we move on to celebrations for Easter Sunday – Jesus is alive!  Come along to Barnack School field at 10.30am on the 20th for an Easter Egg Hunt followed by a Family Easter Celebration service in the School Hall.  A very warm welcome to everyone to join us at any of our services over the Easter period and at all other times.  You can ring Rev Graham Dunn on 749198 or Julie Stanton 749123 if you would like to find out more.

Messy Church with the Community Church 
This month’s family Messy Church is on Sunday 13th at 4pm in the School Hall, Barnack.  For about the first three quarters of an hour we will have lots of Easter-themed crafts and fun activities to do together.    Then we’ll all sit down for a short Bible story and sing some songs, ‘Our God is a great big God’ is a firm favourite. 
We’ll 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 a Messy Church! 
We will be delighted to see you.  To find out more please contact Karen Dunn 749198.

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. In April we’ll be there on the 1st, 22nd and 29th. 
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. 

Charity Coffee Morning
Thank you very much to everyone who supported the recent coffee morning for International Women’s Day. 
Approximately £257 has been raised so far for the NightLight project in Bangkok which is run by the Baptist Missionary Society.  Donations are still very welcome and can be handed to Carol Pickering, 8 Saxon Road

Youth Club
Youth Club takes place in Barnack Village Hall every other Friday from 7.30 – 9pm during school term time.   Because of the Easter holidays there will just be youth club this month on Friday 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, 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 is on Saturday 12th at 8.30am.  A hearty English breakfast, good company and a 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.

Village  Ladies’  Group
On 19th February, a very nice meal was enjoyed at Jim’s Yard and last month a select few of us sampled the delights of the Garden House Hotel, Stamford.
23rd April: The Wicked Witch, Ryhall 12.30 pm.  We intend visiting this recommended restaurant for their lunchtime offer. 
If you would like to come along, please be sure to let Jan know in good time on 01780-740440 so that our table may be reserved.