News and Events May 2014

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 peopl.

Homemade 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, May 17th. We look forward to seeing you.

Barnack & District RBL
On 7 Mar the Officers’ Mess at RAF Wittering hosted a 90th. birthday lunch for Barnack & District RBL member Wing Commander Archie Dick, accompanied by his wife Agnes. 20 Branch members were piped into the Mess and were joined for pre-lunch drinks and for the meal by the Station Commander, Group Captain Damian Alexander, the OC Admin, Wing Commander Jo Ogden and the Station Warrant Officer, Barry Tanswell MBE. Branch member Air Commodore Peter Taylor CBE, AFC made a humorous and affectionate speech in Archie’s honour, touching on his wide-ranging RAF career (WWII Lancaster and Berlin Airlift Hastings pilot, Jet Provost & Vampire flying instructor, OC School of Refresher Training, OC Admin at Wittering and much more). Photographs were taken by Stamford RAFA stalwart Tony Story as Archie was presented with a framed photograph of a Lancaster, signed by all those present, and a birthday cake, accompanied by the appropriate song, albeit of questionable tonality!
The Branch is most grateful to the Station Commander, the Station Warrant Officer, the President of the Mess Committee and the Mess staff for their willing help in making the event such a success.
Max Sawyer, Hon Sec Barnack & District RBL

Family Day Planning Meeting – 22nd May
Calling all who’d like to help with Family Day this year.  Please join us at Bainton House (Jo Beattie’s end) from 6-7pm on 22nd May.  We’ll bring all  our ideas together to make Family Day yet another huge success.  Everyone welcome.  The more the merrier!  Remember to mark your diary now - Family Day will be on 6th July.
Open Gardens Walcot Hall - help please
Are you able to contribute a cake on Saturday 29 June to support the Home Made Cake stall at the  Open Gardens at Walcot Hall?
This event will be raising money for the ongoing Thorpe Hall appeal.
All Cakes will be gratefully received by Zena Coles at 3 Owen Close, Barnack (01780 740550).  Thank you for your support.

Walcot Hall Open Gardens.
Mr and Mrs Dennis have very kindly agreed to open their lovely gardens in aid of the Thorpe Hall Hospice Capital Appeal on Sunday 29th June 2014.  Gates will open at 2pm and remain open until 6pm.  There will be a number of stalls to browse, Classic Cars and games for the children.  Refreshments  will be served throughout the afternoon.  This a rare opportunity to enjoy the gardens and have a fun afternoon with all the family.  Entry £4 for adults and £1 for children.
All the money raised at the event will go towards the Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal, raising £6 million to build a new hospice at Thorpe Hall, in Peterborough, to serve the region.

Barnack Community Association
The Barnack Community Association will be holding its Annual General Meeting On Wednesday 7th May 2014 at 7:30 in the Village Hall. Everyone is very welcome to attend.
Barnack Church Fete- 21st June 2014 at 2pm -4.30pm
We are looking for anyone who may be interested in having  a craft stall, with some of their work i.e knitwear, jewellery, embroidery, painting etc. If you can help please contact Catherine Barker on 740427 or Sheila Berrill on 740482. Thankyou.

Flower Arranging at the Village Hall 14th of May at 2pm
Mrs Pat Symonds will be our Tutor this month.  We are not sure about  our Subject yet but if I am not able to speak to her in time for the magazine I will send out notes, or phone people when I know.
Joan Laycock tel:- 740267

Barnack Cricket Field – Fiftieth Anniversary
This year sees an important anniversary in the history of Barnack Cricket Club. It is fifty years since the present cricket field was established.
From 1946 the club ground had been the Rectory field, but when the present Kingsley estate was built in the early 1960s the club had to move. Land was set aside by the building company, J.K.Monsell Ltd. of Coventry, and leased to the club. The company allowed the club to use the old field until 1962 and they levelled the site of the new ground with bulldozers.  The new ground had been quarried and a huge amount of work had to be done subsequently by club members to transform the site into the field we see today.  
The Chairman of the club at the time was Bill Elwood of Southorpe and he was the driving force behind this daunting task. Ernie Cox, Club President, and Colin Swann, Club Captain, along with others including Ray Parker, John Parker, Roland Worthington, Cecil Curtis, John Chappell, Roger Browne, David Friend and Colin Roddan, toiled for weeks on end. Rocks and stones were removed and soil was transported from the old ground. The pavilion was also taken down and re-sited and turf from the old square was cut, rolled and laid. A grant of £65 from the Northants Playing Field Association eased the Club’s financial burden. The Stamford Mercury for May 8th 1964 described in detail the making of the new ground, under the headline “ The Miracle of Barnack Cricket Club. Sportsmen who never lost their faith”. The article concluded with the following words of admiration:
“Pride in a splendid achievement has been reward enough for the Barnack worthies, but the lush greenery of their new pitch will stand as a lasting memorial and tribute to their enthusiasm and determination. A memorial which will serve as an example to their children and grandchildren.”
The first match on the new ground was played on Saturday May 16th 1964 against Newborough, but the official opening took place on Whit Monday, May 18th, with a match against Ufford. The Stamford Mercury for the following Friday reported on the match:
“Huge Bank Holiday crowds and a feast of runs heralded the official opening of the new Barnack cricket ground on Monday. In fact so many spectators were drawn from the nearby Hills and Holes that the two-innings match against Ufford achieved almost a Test Match atmosphere.”
The opening ceremony was performed by Mr. R. F. Dennis of Walcot Hall, accompanied by Mr. J. K. Monsell and the Club president, Ernie Cox. The club captain, Colin Swann, was presented with a five shilling piece for tossing up. Ufford batted first and scored 135, Barnack replying with 155 for 6 declared. In their second innings Ufford made 85 and, with time running  out, Barnack made 19 for 6, the match finishing as a draw.
Fifty years later it is worth remembering that all of us who have played cricket in Barnack since 1964 owe a debt of gratitude to the 1963 club members who transformed the site of a former quarry into an extremely attractive cricket field.
Brian Palmer 

Barnack Cricket Club Have Plenty To Celebrate This Season
Barnack Cricket Club are this year celebrating their 50th year at their Walcot Road ground as you have already read. To mark the occasion, the Club will be holding a reunion of past and present players on Friday 23rd May.
The Club are also celebrating the acquisition of two new nets and an artificial wicket - a result of two years fund-raising plus additional help from Sport England, The Lords Taverners, South West England Environmental Trust and the Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation.
Over the last three years, Barnack have put a lot of emphasis on youth coaching with 60 boys and girls registered this year. And with a wonderful new Pavilion in 2011, these are very exciting times for the Club both now and for the future.
The Club would be delighted for you to come and join us on the 23rd May to mark the 50th year and the official opening of the nets. We have invited players from both Ufford Park and Barnack from that game 50 years ago.
The evening will be marked with a special Youth game, from our thriving Youth section. There will be a barbecue and a bar and a special address from our President, David Smith.
The bar will be open from 5pm, youth coaching from 5.45-7.00pm, a youth match from 6.00-7.00, a barbecue from 6.30 and official words and opening of the nets at 7.30pm.
All are most welcome and we look forward to seeing friends old and new from Barnack, Southorpe, Pilsgate, Ufford and Ashton for what should be a wonderful evening in a wonderful setting. Please come and join us for a Friday drink.

Barnack Cricket Club Committee.
Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners of the April Draw for the Barnack Bowls 200 Club are:
29    Diane Lunn    £25
 3    Maggie Holden    £15
14    Roy Choowings    £10

The Good News Van
The Good News Van will be coming to Barnack on Tuesday 20th May from 10-30 to Noon. All are very welcome to come for coffee and a chat, and to view the selection of books and videos. Margaret Durdy at 12 Canon Drive looks forward to seeing you.

Bainton Pub Night
The next Bainton pub night will be held at the Blue Boar on Friday 9th May. Normal Bainton pub rules apply. We are still looking for volunteers to host a pub night in the following months: June, August, September. For any more information contact rob on 01780 740709

Village Event - Ufford Ceilidh
Please support your local village hall and community.  Meet your neighbours and contribute to Ufford’s unique  community spirit. Time: 7.30pm. Date:  17th May
Venue: Ufford Village Hall. Ticket price: £15
(Includes fish and chips supper,  music and  Dance Caller from The Fruitcake Band.)
Bring your own drinks!!!!
Book Tickets Cathi Rai 0773 946 7761/Fiona  Spires 07795 111319

Messy Church with the Community Church 
Messy Church this month will be on Sunday 18th at 4pm in the School Hall, Barnack.  Come along for lots of crafts and activities linked with and helping to explore the Bible theme for the session.   
There’s always a good variety of things to do, some geared more for children , some to interest  people of all ages,  just choose the activities which suit you.  Last time the crafts and activities took us through the whole Easter story from Jesus riding on a donkey into Jerusalem to the stone rolled away from the tomb and Jesus alive on Easter Sunday! 
After about 50 minutes we all sit down for a short Bible story finding out more about the week’s theme and sing some songs.  Then we have a light meal for everyone to stay and enjoy, with plenty of time for a good chat.  Everyone welcome, 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 May we’ll be there on the 6th, 13th and 20th.  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, a craft activity 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 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 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 that’s the 9th and 23rd.   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 the evening usually 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 10th at 8.30am.  As usual a great full English breakfast will be served and then Graham Dunn will be introducing the Christianity Explored Course which will be running on Saturday mornings (bacon sandwiches included !) over the following weeks.    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.

Christianity Explored
Another Christianity Explored course will be starting in May.  Through excellent DVD talks by the course founder Rico Tice and discussions the course looks at who Jesus is, why he came and gives lots of time to explore why he matters.  It’s for anyone who wants to find out what Christianity is all about, in an informal way.  Ask as many questions as you like or just sit back and listen.  There’ll be an introductory talk about what to expect on Christianity Explored at the Men’s Breakfast on Saturday 10th 8.30am in the Community Chapel.  Then it will be on most Saturdays starting 8.15am (for a bacon sandwich!) to 10am through May, June and early July.  All welcome.  Please ring Rev Graham Dunn of the Community Church on 749198.

The Barnabas Fund
I would like to extend very many thanks to all who supported the recent coffee morning in aid of this worthwhile cause. As a result we have been able to send £210 to the Fund. During Lent we looked at several countries where Christians are persecuted. In North Korea where Christianity is illegal some 80 people were executed last November. For many their only “offence” was to own a Bible. Please continue to support all persecuted Christians with your prayers. There are copies of the Barnabas Fund newsletter in our churches. If you cannot find one but would like to have a copy please speak to me, and thank you again.  Elizabeth Young.

Barnack W.I.
President Beryl Burrows welcomed members to the April meeting. During business time we learned of the relevant dates for the walking group, the book group and the luncheon club. Also that several members plan to attend the Annual Federation Day at which the guest speaker is to be antiques expert, Eric Knowles.
Only one motion is to go forward to the Annual General Meeting in June. It concerns “Increasing Organ Donation”. We shall have an opportunity to learn more about this at our May meeting, but we have been told that three people die every day for want of a suitable donated organ.
Our speaker for the evening was Fiona Gurney. Fiona studied at Art College and then became a weaver. However later on she got “hooked” on mosaics, the subject of her talk to us.
The materials she uses are ready cut vitreous glass, porcelain and vintage china as well as glass and porcelain tiles. These may be mounted on silicon, wood, slate, stone or metal, and are then grouted. She also makes smaller items such as jewellery. She accepts private and public commissions and also runs workshops.
We were invited to come and see the beautiful items and materials she had brought with her. It was a fascinating evening. Refreshments, delicious as always were served by Anne Addison, Iris Harris and Jayne Roland.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, May 13th at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome

Village  Ladies’  Group
On 23rd April, we enjoyed lunch at The Wicked Witch, Ryhall in celebration of Helen Morrice’s birthday.
Friday, 6th June: we are returning to the Gallery Restaurant at Stamford College.  As usual, it is necessary to make our choice well beforehand. 
A deposit of £5.00 per person will also be required.  If you wish to come along, please let Jan (740440) or Joan (740396) know in early May so that a menu may be forwarded and your deposit paid to book your place.

Good Friday in the Benefice
Lots of crafts – scissors, card, string, wood, clips etc. Lots of children, lots of fun, lots of food and a chance to think again about the events of that first Easter when Jesus died and rose again. A good crowd came along to Barnack Church for the crafts/activities morning on Good Friday morning.
Hymns, background music, real nails and a real cross. These helped our meditations for Good Friday as people met in Bainton Church at noon on Good Friday. We built up a tableau as we considered the events of the crucifixion, finishing with Christian Forshaw’s  powerful arrangement of ‘Mortal Flesh’.
Families, buggies and dogs off for a walk from Helpston Church to Ashton over the fields. A large group of us trekked and searched for elements of the Good Friday events along the way. We found a cross, spear, sponge, crown of thorns, a ‘king of the Jews’ sign, and nails and a hammer. Singing ‘were you there when they crucified my Lord?’ As we walked, we arrived in Ashton for hot cross buns and drinks, courtesy of the Jones’ family.
So – lots happened on Good Friday. But Easter Sunday was another, bigger story….
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Easter 2014
Easter 2014
Easter 2014
Easter 2014
Easter 2014
Easter 2014

Towards Belief
Many people have questions or issues that act as ‘belief blockers’. Research shows that some are quite common. For instance, what about the issues of science and God, or suffering or religious violence?
We hope to start a course in Barnack soon looking at how a Christian might begin to thoughtfully unpack such issues or defuse some false problems. Watch out for the course, and do get in touch with Rev Dave Maylor if you would like to look at such things from a position of faith or scepticism