News and Events in June 2014

Walcot Hall Open Gardens.
open gardenMr 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.

See pictures from the Royal British Legion visit to East Kirby here...

Thanks to Mr & Mrs Fielding
After many years helping to deliver the Parish News in Ufford, Mr and Mrs Fielding have indicated that they are no longer able to continue.
Many thanks to them both for all their support and hard work over the years when they helped to both collate and to deliver the Parish magazine.

The Macmillan Good As New Sale
In March this sale made  in excess of 44K, amazing amount.
The event was held at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel in March, this is such an extraordinary event supported by a magnificent team of very hardworking volunteers. Wonderful friendships have been formed over the 47 years it’s been running and a lot of fun has been had, not forgetting the money that is made. Thank you and if anyone is interested knowing more about the event, please contact me. Pamela Dalgliesh

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 10.30am and 12 noon. The perfect opportunity to stock up on homemade cakes and biscuits for the family.
The next one is Saturday, June 21st. We look forward to seeing you.

Barnack Royal British legion
25 Apr - The Branch was represented at the annual and well-attended commemoration in Broadway Cemetery, Peterborough held, as usual, by Sgt. Hunter’s grave. Google “The Lonely Anzac” for background information.
2 May - Stamford Endowed Schools CCF Inspection Day. Inspecting Officer was Maj-Gen (ret’d.) John Drewienkiewicz, CB, CMG, old boy of Stamford School and former Army Engineer in Chief.
15 May - Branch outing was to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre, East Kirkby.
28 Jun - Armed Forces Day commemoration, 1230, The Millstone. Members, family and friends cordially invited.
12 Jul - 4 Aug - WWI commemoration in Stamford, programme of events tba.
4 Aug - Summer Party, details tba.
18 Aug - AGM, 1200, The Millstone. All suggestions/ideas/comments welcome.
Branch Website - up and running. Google “Barnack Royal British Legion”.
Members and friends will be sorry to hear about the demise of one of our oldest members - Tom Fletcher - who passed away in the Priory Rest Home last week. Tom served throughout WW2 in the REME and saw active service from D-Day onwards in the Low Countries and Germany until 1945. Thereafter he followed a teaching career in Tanzania until retirement. The funeral was a family  service at the Marholm Crematorium on 8 May. Charles represented the Branch.
Sadly we have lost another old friend - Mary Birkbeck - who has also been a stalwart supporter of the Branch. Although not a Legion Member herself, her husband Bill was a former Chairman of the Branch.

Barnack Darby & Joan Club
It is with extreme regret we have to announce that the Club will be closing at the end of August after 45 years.  This decision was not easy but is due to the decline in numbers and lack of support.  Two of the existing Committee have been associated with the club for many years.  Members have agreed that any finances left at the closure will be given to a Charity

The Buttercross Club
In April and May the members of the Buttercross Club had two outings. The April outing was to Helpston Garden Centre where we enjoyed coffee and biscuits and a very interesting talk by the owner, John Broadhead. Those of you who visit the centre know how healthy the plants always look, and there is always an impressive variety, so we came away with many useful tips and a considerable number of purchases. There were twenty of us, most of whom are very enthusiastic gardeners, and we are grateful to John and his staff for their warm welcome and for the help we received.
On the first Wednesday of May we had a conducted tour of Stoke Rochford Hall, now a hotel and conference centre, by its compliance manager, David Frampton, who is also a keen amateur historian. We learnt that the hall was commissioned in the 1840s by an incredibly wealthy landowner called Christopher Turnor. He used architect William Burn and it is a rather strange irony that the building was burnt down on Burns Night in 2005. Its restoration is truly magnificent and was done by the team who restored Windsor Castle. Using the pieces of ceiling and panelling which survived the fire, the restorers created exact copies (to the exact measurements) of the architectural details.
Because it is a listed building English Heritage would not allow a sprinkler system to be installed during the restoration despite the fire. Instead there is a state of the art fire warning system called VESDA which can distinguish by analysing the smoke the difference between an ordinary fire in a hearth and a potential conflagration. All the books in the library were destroyed but a very large collection has been re-instated with the help of  the NUT who still own the property. During the Second World War the house was requisitioned by the war department and was the headquarters of the Second Battalion of the Parachute Regiment. The plans for the ill-fated Arnhem ‘drop’ were worked on in the library. The staff of the hall retain a close connection with the Second Parachute Regiment as it forms an important part of the house’s history. After our tour and talk we all had a really delicious afternoon tea - sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and a selection of cakes – served on pristine white tablecloths with linen napkins. It was a really memorable visit.
Diary Dates: 06 June: Poppy Picnic at Manor Farm at 6.00pm courtesy of Michael and Sheila Bratley

Anne Barwell - Obituary

barwellsSadly I write to say Anne Barwell formerly of Barnack passed away on 22nd April 2014 after a short illness age 89.
Anne was born in Ayr, Scotland in 1925 the youngest of 4 sisters. Shortly before her 5th birthday all the sisters were sent to Quarrier Homes Orphanage when both their parents died at an early age of TB. She met her husband Bill Barwell in 1944 at a village dance in Kingscliffe and they were married in 1946.
Eventually they came to live at Station House, Barnack when Bill was appointed Clerk of Works to the council and Anne was a District Nurse who could be seen dashing around in her blue Morris Minor. They loved their garden and Bill was very well known for his woodwork  and won the Collins Cup at the Barnack Show for his Lathe work. By then Anne was working at Newage Engineering as a nurse and still continued to take an active interest in village life and was kept busy with her arts and crafts.
On retirement they moved out of Station House to live round the corner at Little Northfields. Eventually due to Bill’s illness they retired to Somerset nearer to their family. Sadly Bill died 6 years ago. Anne continued on with the help of her son Dennis and daughter-in-law Jacquie. They both continued to have fond memories of their days in Barnack.

Village  Ladies’  Group
Friday, 6th June: the Gallery Restaurant at Stamford College.
We have now been informed that, as it is the end of term, a three course buffet lunch will be laid on, so there is no need to make a choice beforehand. This is being offered at £12.00 for two.  If you wish to come along, please let Jan know on 740440 no later than 30th May, so that our table may be confirmed.

Pottery Open 28th & 29th June
As part of Rutland and Stamford Open Studios Katherine Winfrey will once again be opening her pottery workshop to the public. Come and see some pots being made and a display of Katherine’s work.
10am - 4pm, Saturday & Sunday, The Old Butcher’s Shop, The Square, Barnack.

Friends of Barnack Church 200 Club
Recent winners are as follows,
£20   No 63    V. Kettleborough
£10   No 78    J. Browne
£5     No 5      K. Duff
£20   No. 187  H. Brassey
£10   No. 79    B. Davies
£5     No. 39    P. Knights

Prayer Group
As some will know the Monday evening Prayer Group has been meeting for eight years. It began at the suggestion and with the encouragement of Canon Margaret. Until a few months ago we met in Ufford church, but with Ufford’s change of circumstances and with the need for electrical work to be done, we can no longer use the church there. So for the present the group will meet in the Lady Chapel in Barnack church, still on Monday and still at 6.00pm.
Our prayer is largely silent and we hope contemplative, and lasts about half an hour. However we begin with a short passage of scripture followed by a reflection on the passage, and there is time at the end for some intercession.
We are fortunate to have such lovely and peaceful places in which to pray. Please do feel free to join us on any Monday evening. Elizabeth Young.

Mid-summer Concert
Saturday 28th June 7.30pm in Barnack Church featuring a solo piano recital by Dr Marlene Bowden who will play pieces by Schubert, Chopin, Liszt and Sinding.
With support from the church choirs of Barnack and Helpston
Admission free (collection in aid of church)

Dunn Family Farewell
In August  Graham, Karen, Greg, Jasmine and Danielle will be moving to Barrow upon Soar.  We are very sad to be leaving and it will be very hard to say good-bye but we do believe that this is the right time for us to be moving on.
The whole community is important to us and has been an important part of our lives over the past 15 years.  We have made many wonderful friendships and want to invite everyone to an open house on Saturday 12th July from 3pm.  Bouncy castle, bar-b-que, football, disco etc.  Please bring all the family and stay as long as you wish.  We anticipate a late finish!

Messy Church with the Community Church 
Messy Church this month will be on Sunday 22nd at 4pm in the School Hall, Barnack.  As always there will be lots of different fun things to do and make which help to explore a Bible theme.   Many of the crafts provide lots of messy creative fun for children from toddlers upwards, and there is always something for people of all ages, just choose the activities which suit you.   
May’s Messy Church had lots of fruity things to do, as we thought about the good fruits that God wants to bring to our lives - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self – control.     The craft time lasts about 50 minutes, then we all sit down for a short Bible story finding out more about the week’s theme and sing some worship songs.  Afterwards we stay on for a light meal all together, usually a selection of cheese, cold meats, salads, dips and nice bread followed by fruit and homemade cakes and a good chat.
Everyone very 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 from 10am to 12noon every Tuesday in school term time, at Barnack Village Hall. This will be every Tuesday in June.   
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 really look forward to meeting you. 

Youth Club
This month there’ ll be Youth club on Friday  9th and Friday 23rd in Barnack Village Hall from 7.30 – 9pm.   Youth club is 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 team games.  It’s £1 to get in + a bit extra for the tuck shop and the craft activity.  For further information please call Rob Porter 740663 or Graham Dunn 749198.
In July we will be holding our final Community Church Youth Club – but please do not panic, this is not the end.  We will be handing over to a committee of parents who hopefully will continue to run this precious community facility for our young people.  We will be inviting interested parent to come along and form a committee. 
Equipment will be gifted from the Community Church in order that the ‘Community Youth Club’ can get off to a very positive start. 
On behalf of the Community Church we would like to thank all those who have supported the youth club and we look forward to offering our continued support to a new committee in the future.

Farewell service 13th July
On Sunday 13th July the Community Church will be holding a farewell service in Barnack School Hall for Rev Graham Dunn and Karen and their family at 10-30am. 
We will be remembering so many happy times shared with them and their dedication to Barnack Baptist Church, the new Community Church and to the wider community.  It is going to be very, very hard and sad to say farewell, but we will be sending them off with our blessing into their new adventure in Barrow on Soar.   
Please come along to this farewell service, everyone is very welcome.  More information in next month’s Parish Magazine.

Barnack WI. 
President Beryl Burrows presided over the May meeting where we were silent for a minute to remember Peggy Sindall who has recently died being a most loyal member of the Institute bringing monthly prizes for the raffle and supporting all that we do.  May is a popular month for birthdays with seven members celebrating theirs.  We heard from members who have supported recent evens on the WI calendar - the Spring walk at Helpston (excellent by all accounts) and the Federation Day at St Ives.  The Book Club and Luncheon Club are meeting this month as usual.
Our outings secretary, Lyn Huckerby, has many suggestions for possible outings over the coming months including a trip to Cambridge, a visit to the flower festival in Bury St Edmunds, As You Like It at Tolethorpe, a tour round Barnack Church, a visit to Audley End and the Christmas show at Thursford.  We also heard about the new FarmDrop initiative opening in Barnack which will require online facilities for anyone wishing to use it.
As mentioned last month the annual resolution for the WI has turned into more of a discussion on the thorny question of opting in or out in the matter or organ donation and members conducted a secret ballot to canvass personal opinions on this issue.
The evening concluded with a fun game of Beetle accompanied by wine and soft drinks.  Delicious refreshments were served by Margaret Broadbelt, Judith Browne and Jane Elwood.
The next meeting is on Tuesday 10th June at 7.30pm

Barnack church fete
Our Patronal Weekend is 21st/22nd June and so our Church Fete will be on the Saturday (21st)

Bainton Family Day
The Family Day will be held this year as usual in the gardens of Bainton House on Sunday 6th July.

Rebecca’s Ordination
Our Curate, Rebecca, will be ordained in Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 28th June. To celebrate this, she will preside at our Benefice Service the next day in Helpston Church, which will be followed by a bring and share lunch.

Concert In Barnack Church
Saturday 28th June – A concert in the church at 7.30pm. A friend of Elizabeth Snowball who is a concert pianist will play the piano which Elizabeth donated to the church a while ago. The Church Choir will also be singing. Do see notices in the church for tickets.

World War I Commemoration
The local branch of the British Legion is hoping to mark the centenary of the start of First World War in August 1914 with a commemorative display in Barnack.
If you have any newspaper cuttings, photographs, maps, postcards or letters from local men who served in the 1914 - 1918 war and are happy to have them copied for display we will be delighted to hear from you. 
Please telephone either Charles Clark on 740441 or Brian Palmer on 740988.