News and Events July 2014

WW1 RemembranceWorld War 1 Commemoration
We have now assembled a good deal of information about the impact of the war on the local area and this will go on display in Barnack Church on Monday, July 28th for two weeks.
Amongst the material we have, are a number of letters written by Private Victor Barratt to his parents, who lived at 14 The Terrace, Barnack.  He describes the horror of life in the trenches and how he is managing to cope. He was the youngest soldier from Barnack, having enlisted when he was only 16 years old. He was killed on 20th December 1915 near Ypres during an enemy artillery bombardment. His story and others will be told as part of the display.
We also have the story of Burghley House during the war, when it was used as a hospital for wounded men.
If you have any  other information about local men in the First World War, particularly the names of men who served and returned, we would be pleased to hear from you.
Charles Clark 740441.     Brian Palmer 740988

My Dog
You’re one in a million,
You’re special to me,
Affectionate, loyal, you’re good company.
You’re there when I’m lonely
and life seems a bore,
You cheer me and offer a comforting paw.
The look in your eyes
Says you quite understand
As you thrust a bewhiskered wet nose
in my hand.
You never desert, wherever I go.
You’re a far better friend
than some people I know!
I thank you by writing this short monologue
to my faithful devoted companion,
my dog,:Toby

Sadly Toby passed away on Monday 2nd June. Arthur Poulton, the Acres.

Peggy Sindall Memorial Service:
Peter would like to thank all those who attended the Memorial Service for his mother Peggy on June 2nd.   She would have been overwhelmed.    Special thanks to Canon Margaret Venables, Elizabeth Snowball (organist) Barnack Choir, Tower Captain Ian Burrows and the “Millstone” for making it such a memorable day.

The Buttercross Club
The ‘Poppy Picnic’ on Wednesday, 4th June, was  a great success. The forecast was for stormy weather so we decided upon our own version of the picnic. In the Reading Room we set out a very long table at which to sit and Buttercross members and their guests each brought a plate of food, either savoury or sweet and provided their own drink. Soon the buffet table was groaning with delicious party fare. The evening was great fun. The monies raised through the raffle and a ‘Poppy Picnic’ collection box will be given to the Royal British Legion towards the work which they do.
Diary Dates
The next meeting is a visit to the Burtey Fen Collection in Pinchbeck for a private concert on Wednesday, July 2nd. The collection includes a Compton cinema organ, a Wurlitzer cinema organ and a classical pipe organ. There is also a vast collection of original memorabilia in tribute to the stars of entertainment from 1940 to 1965. The tickets are £6 each provided that there are 30 of us, a little more for fewer people. The price includes light refreshments.  We shall meet at the Reading Room at 6pm and can travel in convoy. Lifts can be arranged. This is an open meeting which means you don’t have to be a Buttercross Club member to join us. Please contact the Buttercross committee on 01780 740136 or 01780 740996 if you are interested in coming so that we have an idea of numbers.
The meeting in August is the Chairman’s Supper and is for members only.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for June are:
59    Paul Buckley    £50
96    Phil Symonds    £30
49    Martin  Dennis    £20
  8    Phil Collins    £10

Barnack School Report
May Day Magic
Following tradition, our May Day celebration assembly was led by the Year 6 children. All the year 6 girls looked as lovely as ever following the May Queen, Becky Turner and the May King, Frankie Barnett. Although it was a chilly morning, the rain held off and the whole school entertained family and friends with country dances and dancing around the may pole. The preschool put in a star performance with their song. The highlight of the morning was the Year 6 who did a marvellous job of dancing their double plait around the may pole. They managed to get it right and keep it going till the very end. Altogether the May Day was a great success and everybody agreed that it was really enjoyable morning.By Emily and Amy
Year 6 Update: So…What Does a Modern Day Gamekeeper Really Do?
At the end of the last term, Mr Robinson, our very own gamekeeper, showed the Y6 children the wonders of Walcot Estate. We wandered through the fields on a warm afternoon learning about animal traps and different crops. It certainly inspired a great deal of discussion. Everyone greed that the highlight of the afternoon was the very muddy scramble through the swamp!
Apart from poor Mrs Humphreys, who got stuck and ended up taking a small diversion. We think everybody got back safely!!! By Roma and Briony
Orienteering Success
Like the Year 1’s all our year groups have this year benefitted from specialist teaching in orienteering and this has paid off handsomely! Congratulations to our Orienteering Team who recently won the inter-schools SOKE orienteering event against tough opposition at Ken Stimpson School!
Sports Day
Thank you to everyone involved in our Sports Day, especially all the volunteers from the BSA who worked so hard to provide refreshments. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the occasion and the sun shone too!
Photos: Remember we try to add photo galleries of school events to our website—there are some lovely pictures on there!

Millstone Big Brother
The Millstone would like every one to know that our charity ball raised   £865.69 Also we are holding a big brother  and you are needed to vote contestants out on July 11th
Then in August at the Millstone “Get me out of here !” August 22nd until 25th

Bainton pub night
The next Bainton pub night will be hosted by John and Mary Tanner at Bainton farmhouse on Tallington road on Friday 11th July. Normal Bainton pub rules apply which are 7.30-9.30, bring your own drinks, glasses, nibbles . Everyone welcome. We are still looking for volunteers to host a pub night in the following months: August, September, October, November, December. To host a pub night or for any more information contact rob McNeish on 01780 740709

The Good News Van
The Good News Van will be at 17 Bishops Walk on July 15th from 10.30-Noon.
A warm welcome to all, come browse the available books and videos, and share a chat and coffee/tea. Hope to see you , Pam

Wiki Cafe On The Allotments - Sat July 26th
Bainton and Ashton Allotment Association are pleased to invite all residents and friends to the Wiki Cafe open morning on Saturday July 26th 10.30 to 12 pm.
There is much to see this year and fresh vegetables and fruit including currents , raspberries and root crops etc. Will be available.
Please come and bring a friend .

Bainton and Ashton Allotment Association.
A half plot , approx - 30m x 10m already cultivated is shortly becoming vacant . If any resident from Bainton or Ashton wishes to apply for this will they please contact the secretary on 01780 740865..

Tribute To Hon. Mary Birkbeck
Mary Birkbeck of Bainton House died peacefully on 25th April at Whitefriars Nursing Home after a short illness.  The funeral service in Bainton was attended by 150 family and parishioners and a memorial service followed on 6th June in Barnack where a congregation of about 350 celebrated Mary’s life. 
All who knew her will remember Mary as a leading figure in the Bainton community as well as an international ambassador for Britain in the Guides movement and UNICEF, and within the UK as Vice Chairman of the NSPCC and as a JP and Chairman of the Juvenile Bench.
Mary was from a Yorkshire dynasty of very successful Victorian industrialists. The Crossleys had built the world’s largest carpet manufacturing empire …. and with it Halifax. They were devout philanthropists and empire builders and had a fierce sense of duty. Mary was the daughter of Francis Crossley, the 2nd Baron Somerleyton of Somerleyton Hall, Suffolk.  She was born in 1926, the year of the General Strike. 
She had a very strict country house upbringing – (think Downton Abbey upstairs!)  until during WWW 2 at age 18 she joined the VAD and trained as an auxiliary nurse and then joined the armed forces medical service from 1944 to 1946.  She was at the Royal Naval Hospital, Portsmouth - they worked 12 hour shifts in huge wards. In her first 3 weeks they handled 19 deaths.
These were the early weeks after D-Day, and they were admitting men with fearful burns and shrapnel wounds. They worked incredibly hard and her diaries mainly recall being exhausted. “It was an endless stream of dressings, blanket baths and bedpans.” It gave Mary immense respect for her fellow man. She described: “ Nobody ever complained; and my most lasting memory is the constant unflagging courage and cheerfulness of the men I was privileged to nurse.”
Following demob she obtained a degree at Edinburgh University and in 1950 she married the then Captain Bill Birkbeck of the Coldstream Guards.  After 6 years of army life Bill joined Barclays Bank and was eventually appointed Director of Peterborough Region.  This prompted their move to Bainton in 1961 with Vicky, Pilla, Anto and Rosie in tow aged from 10 down to 3! Thus began over 50 years of involvement with all aspects of the local community in which Mary became a leading member of the Church, the WI and Buttercross Club, founder of the Bainton Brownies, inspiration of Bainton Family Day, prison visitor, school governor and 101 other things.  Bainton House became the rallying point on state occasions, and there were Summer Balls and village parties all of which helped raise funds for the village and helped to build the excellent community spirit which has been a feature of life in Bainton and Ashton for so many years.
As International Commissioner for Guides and later in her overseas work for UNICEF, Mary made friends and acquaintances from all over the world, many of whom found their way to Bainton House as family guests.  Those staying over Christmas would be press-ganged into the Christmas day fancy dress hockey match on the school field at Barnack! Mary’s 88 years were full of energy, vitality and enthusiasm, and her commitment and dedication to working for the local community and international causes have left the world a better place.  She will be greatly missed. JW

Village  Ladies’  Group
On 6th June we enjoyed an amazing end of term three course buffet lunch at the Gallery Restaurant, Stamford College. Those not attending missed a real treat!
Wednesday, 9th July: The Horseshoe Inn, Peterborough Road, Thurlby – 12.30 pm.
We are going somewhere new in July.  If you would like to join us for lunch, please telephone Jan on 740440 no later than 4th July to enable numbers to be confirmed.

Messy Church with the Community Church 
The next Messy Church will be on the last day of the school summer holidays, Tuesday 2nd September in Barnack Village Hall starting at 10.30am.   Lots of fun for families with children of all ages,  all sorts of themed craft activities, a bible story time and songs, followed by a lovely lunch.  A great way to round off the summer holidays.    Although there is no Messy Church in July and August  you are always welcome at any of our Sunday services (see centre page of the magazine) .  The farewell service for Graham and Karen will be a very special time and family friendly with lunch afterwards, and the dedication and thanksgiving Service for four young children from Bainton and Barnack will also be a very special family friendly day.  All through the school holidays we will be at the Community Chapel at 9.30am on Sundays.  It will all be very informal starting with breakfast (croissants and toast and that sort of thing), and a short worship time with something for all ages finishing around 10.30am.  You are really welcome.  Contact Karen Dunn 749198 or Julie Stanton 749123 to find out more.

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.  In July we will be at the Village Hall on Tuesday 1st and Tuesday 8th.  On July 15th, the last session before the school summer holidays start, we plan to have an outing to Ferry Meadows for a picnic and play.  For the last two years the outing has had to be cancelled last minute because of rain and we have eaten our picnic in the Village Hall!  Let’s hope this year we will have a lovely summer’s day!
In July Little Lambs will be saying goodbye to Karen Dunn.  Karen started Little Lambs toddler group 8 years ago and the first ‘little lambs’ are just about to start secondary school!  We know that the children, mums and dads, carers and helpers all love this toddler group and we thank you Karen for making it such a welcoming, happy and fun place to be.  In recent years Graham has also been at Little Lambs most weeks and the children are sure to miss all the fun they have with Graham when they are playing on the ride-ons and trikes at the end of each session!   Thank you Karen for all your hard work, commitment and for your friendship, we will miss you so much.  Little Lambs has a new team to organise and lead the sessions,  Mel, Lou, and Michelle have been taking up the reins since half-term with help from Tracy, Marita, Chanel and Yvonne, and it must be a real encouragement to Karen to know she is leaving Little Lambs in such capable hands.  
Little Lambs Toddler Group is run by Barnack Community Church, contact Karen Dunn 749198 or Mel Clarkson 07792667563

Youth Club
This month there’ll be Youth club on Friday  4th and Friday 18th 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, with 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.    
Friday 18th July will be the last youth club session run by the Community Church, but don’t worry, we are planning to handover to a committee of parents to continue running this precious community facility for our young people.  Please look out for all you need to know about the ‘New’ Youth Club in the next issues of the Parish Magazine.

Farewell service 13th July
The time is fast approaching to say farewell to Graham, Karen, Jasmine, Danielle and Greg Dunn who will be moving to Barrow on Soar during the school summer holidays.  On Sunday 13th July the Community Church will be holding a farewell service in Barnack School Hall for Rev Graham Dunn and Karen at 10-30am. 
We want this to be a celebration of all the happy times shared with them and their family over the past 15 years and a celebration of the journey we have been on together as a church. It will also be a time to say thank you for Graham and Karen’s dedication to Barnack Baptist Church, the new Community Church and to the wider village community.  It is going to be so hard and sad to say goodbye, but at the same time we will be sending them off with our blessing into their new adventures in Barrow on Soar where Graham will be Associate Minister at Barrow Baptist Church.   
You are very welcome to come along and be part of this special farewell service.  And everyone is invited to stay for a buffet lunch afterwards. To find out more please ring Julie Stanton 749123

Women’s Ministry celebrated
Seven women clergy who were among the first to be ordained in 1994 joined several hundred people in Peterborough Cathedral recently for a Eucharist to celebrate 20 years of the ministry of women alongside that of men in the Church of England.
 “I felt fear and trepidation at first,” one of them, Canon Lesley McCormack, said in a reflection during the service. But she looked back on two decades of having “been enormously blessed and having learned much about God.” There had been pain as well as joy, she admitted.
Speaking after her, Canon Ian Black, who was ordained in the same year, said “I represent the new normality. I’ve worked with many women clergy and see how important it is to have both men and women in ministry. I now find all-male groups impoverished. The Church of England is impoverished without women bishops,” he added.
The General Synod will vote later this month as to whether to make women bishops. In his sermon Bishop Donald said he was “more optimistic” than before that the proposal would be accepted “but that is not a prediction!” He stressed that biblically men and women were made equally “in the image of God” and that “the whole of God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – has the characteristics of both male and female.
“The priest at Holy Communion represents the whole of God to us, and all of us to God,” he said. “A woman does that equally to a man.” Women were the first witnesses of the resurrection and the first bearers of the good news that Jesus was risen, he added, which is an “example of the Gospel overturning the culture of the day” because the testimony of a woman in court was considered to be less than that of a man.
After the service, at which Canon Julie Hutchinson, chaplain to Bishop Donald, presided, the Gladstone Primary School Djembe Drummers from Peter-borough raised the tempo. They were followed by the Kings School jazz band.
Bishop Donald’s sermon can be downloaded as an audio file from the diocesan website and photos of the day can be seen at

War and Peace - Rt Revd John Holbrook, Bishop of Brixworth
This is a true story. Thirty years ago a young Englishman joined the army. The Argentine military invaded the Falkland Islands and, much to his surprise, he found himself fighting in the South Atlantic. He had, in that slightly old-fashioned phrase, “a good war” and decided to stay in the army, rising to a very senior rank.
One day he was making his way to a meeting at the Ministry of Defence in London. Coming out of the Underground station he saw another man crouched in the entrance hall holding a cardboard sign with the words “Falklands War Veteran”. The officer was deeply moved and so he decided to help. To his dismay, the only money he had was a £50 note. He thought “but for the grace of God, that could be me” and so he folded the note and gave it to the old soldier. The other man looked at it suspiciously, but when he unfolded the gift he looked straight at the officer and said; “Muchas gracias Senor”!
He was a Falklands War Veteran, but an Argentine one! The officer greeted the man warmly as a fellow soldier. Once they had been enemies, now they could be friends.
Such reconciliation is at the heart of our Christian good news. As Christ makes it possible for us to be at peace with God, so he calls us to make peace with one another.
As I’m writing this reflection, the news is full of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and it has been good to see German veterans amongst those being honoured and their casualties also being remembered. Former enemies can now be reconciled.
At the time of the 60th anniversary I well remember taking the Mayor of our German twin town to meet a distinguished Normandy veteran, who promptly showed off his full scale-model of the D-Day landings! The visitor showed no sign of being offended.
Later this summer, we will begin 4 years of commemorations, marking the 100-year anniversaries of landmark moments in the First World War. We remember that appalling conflict from the safe distance of over 60 years without a major war in Western Europe. That peace and the reconciliation which lies behind it are well worth our thanksgiving.+John