News and Events August 2014

The Buttercross Club
Members and guests enjoyed a musical evening at The Burtey Fen Collection in Pinchbeck. 
Resident organist Nicholas Pitts played music from the popular musical shows of Andrew Lloyd Webber,   a selection of tunes from female artists of the 60’s , Cilla Black, Doris Day, Kathy Kirby, and Petula  Clark.
Nick is a very talented organist and put his 1929 Wurlitzer organ to the test by playing a selection of Bond theme tunes ending with the  powerful  music from Gold  finger!
Refreshments were served by his colleague Mark who has furnished the coffee bar with 60’s memorabilia, what a treat to go down memory lane with friends.
If you would like to know more about The  Burtey Fen Collection check out the website   Tel. 01775 766081

Southorpe Road Safety Campaign
The Southorpe Road Safety Campaign has been recently been set up by a group of Southorpe residents concerned about the speed and volume of traffic through the village. The aim is to obtain evidence about speeding and other safety issues which can be presented to the Council in order to obtain a permanent speed radar device and other traffic calming and safety measures.
So far, seven residents have been trained to use Speedwatch equipment and registrations of those exceeding 30 mph on Main Street, will be given to the Police to follow up. In addition, Derek Crosby, Traffic Management Officer for Cambridgeshire has visited the village and offered suggestions for improvements.

WI July Meeting. 
Following a welcome by President Beryl Burrows, birthday greetings were given to members with July and August birthdays since the Institute will not meet until early September.  A recent outing to Cambridge on the guided bus from St Ives had been very successful and visits to Bury St Edmunds and Tolethorpe together with a tour of Barnack Church and a picnic are imminent.  Group events in Helpston and Werrington were also publicised.  The speaker was Rev Eileen Bangay who gave us a talk entitled Weddings which proved most amusing as she spoke of her memories of 20 years of conducting weddings.  The vote of thanks was given by Barbara Knights who, together with Anne Henley and Sally Hutchins served refreshments after the meeting.  The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 9th September.

World War One Commemorative Display
The display opens on Monday, July 28th in Barnack church. 
The aim is to show the effect of the war on Barnack, Pilsgate and Southorpe through the experiences of the men who served in the Armed Forces. Thirty nine men from the villages were killed in the 1914-18 war and we know of seventy two who returned. Their stories are told through their letters home and from reports in the local press. These bring home to us  not only the horror of the war for the men involved, but also the effect on their families.
The display runs for two weeks until Monday, August 11th.

Bainton Family Day 2014
YES the Sun Shone for the 40th year in a row !!!
It was our 40th Family Day at Bainton House with thanks to the lovely new owners of Bainton House the Village tradition went ahead on a glorious sunny afternoon.
Family Day was opened this year by Sheila Bratley welcoming the new family to Bainton House and Anto Birkbeck handed over the ‘tug of war rope’ to be kept safe for future Family Day’s !
We had a sun soaked afternoon with all the tradition of past years, sports, stalls and evensong with our new curate Rebecca Winfrey in the gardens ! Oh and by the way in the fun and laughter  we raised £3114 !!!  THANKYOU to all who took part you know who you are and thanks to all who came to help us share the day.
Save the date first Sunday in July 2015 !!!

Ultrafast Broadband Community Meetings & Presentations. 
Gigaclear is pleased to announce their forthcoming Village Hall Presentations and hope that as many people as possible will be able to attend to understand more about this exciting Peterborough City Council and Gigaclear initiative for your communities. 
The events are as follows:
Helpston Village Hall, Weds 6th August
Barnack Village Hall, Thursday 7th August
Both meetings start at 7.30pm. 
Villages included in the proposed rollout are:
Ashton, Bainton, Barnack, Helpston, Marholm, Pilsgate, Southorpe, Tallington & Ufford.  All are welcome to attend. 
If for whatever reason you cannot attend, more information can be found at or by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , your local Gigaclear representative.

Did you want Superfast Broadband?
Now we could get better! Ultrafast Broadband
Many of you signed up last year to the Connecting Cambridgeshire website to register an interest in getting faster broadband for the area. This was most likely going to be BT providing a 25Mbps service via their cabinets (FTTC) and then old copper phone lines into houses.
You will all have received a postcard recently about a new service - Peterborough City Council have just encouraged a local community broadband provider, Gigaclear, to offer their new Ultrafast Fibre to the Home (FTTH) with min. 50Mbps (up to 1Gbps) to you sooner - with much cheaper phone calls and no line rental! This will allow everyone to use PC’s, iPads, laptops, smartphones and new Smart TV’s to their full potential - without affecting others in the house.
More information cards are on the way as two road shows are to be held, one at Helpston Village Hall on the 6th August and then at Barnack Village Hall on the 7th August, both 7.30pm to 9pm.
Although PCC are encouraging it, they are not financing it. A group of local people are trying to help Gigaclear get pre-orders from 30% of properties to both prove a need and ensure it will repay their over £1M investment to lay fibre past everyone’s properties! Work is expected to start in February 2015, so please pre-order now online: or ring their office on 01865 591100 
Remember - subscriptions will only be taken from Direct Debits AFTER the service is up and working in your home! A major benefit is that house values are expected to increase by up to 5% over those without a decent broadband service! (An average  of £15,000!)
There is a local website is to help answer questions you may have before AND after you order:

Village  Ladies’  Group
Date for the diary:  Wednesday, 10th September.  We will be going for a meal – venue to be advised next month.

Barnack Flower Arranging Group
Many apologies for not reporting in the July magazine; this piece therefore covers two months of activities.
A very big thank you to all the talented ladies who created spectacular flower arrangements for Charlotte Longman’s wedding, and for Peggy Sindall’s and Mary Birkbeck’s memorial services the following week.  It was a busy, tiring and satisfying time, with lots of fun and camaraderie.
For the last four years, the group has been meeting several times a year for learning workshops and demonstrations.  We all love to work together to create beautiful arrangements for Barnack Church.  Some members like the technical side, planning and executing designs; others provide the practical support that keeps us all organised and refreshed.
If you would like to join us, you would be very welcome, regardless of experience.  Our subs are £4 per session, which includes tea, coffee and light refreshments.
Our last meeting was with our tutor, Ann Taylor, on the 16th July, and comprised making a foliage arrangement.
Our next meeting will be at the end of August at 2.00pm in the Village Hall; the precise date will be notified shortly.
If you want to know more about the group, contact Petrina McCarey (chair) on 740854, Ann Butland (vice-chair) on 740121, Joan Laycock (secretary) on 740267, or Lynn Huckerby (treasurer) on 740342.

Bainton Family Day - Second Report
- After a cloudy start the sun broke through once again!   Bainton House Garden looked festive decked in bunting, gazebos and stalls at the ready.    It was good to see so many friends and families (in one case a fourth generation attending) and so many young people from our villages.  The little Russian boy, Sasha, back again for his annual visit was soon joining in. The BBQ manned by the Hardy and Franks families was fired up and provided hot dogs, venison and beef burgers followed by strawberries and cream washed down with a refreshing Pimms for a delicious lunch before the official opening at 2.00p.m.   The St.John family the new residents at Bainton House were warmly welcomed to the village - for them it was ‘a baptism of fire’ as they had only moved in four days before!   We thank them for allowing us to hold this event in their beautiful garden.
Anto Birkbeck handed over the Tug of War rope to Chris St.John for safe keeping and the stalls and sideshows then opened for business.  Home made cakes were quickly bought. the bottle stall, raffle and tombola did a brisk trade and all the other stalls and sideshows were kept busy.   The Gowers judged the decorated wheels competition and the boats made from any thing we put into our recycling bin.   A lot of thought had gone into these exhibits and the judging was difficult.
Then followed the SPORTS for young and OLD - where do all the children come from?  Sack races, (George you need a bigger sack next year)! Egg and Spoon, Three legged, welly wanging and the water games were much enjoyed. These concluded with the annual Tug of War between Bainton against Ashton and the Rest of the World.    Thank you Chris and Guy you do a super job in the organisation of these games and provide great entertainment for those who take part or just prefer to sit and watch!?   Graham with his sound system encouraged participation and kept us all informed of all that was going on.   Ro and her helpers provided us with a welcome cup of tea with a slice of homemade cake  .
The Birkbeck family had donated several of their late father’s water colours for auction and these were eagerly sort after. Many residents went home with a prize possession under their arm.  The Auction of promises had many tempting offers and bidding was brisk right up to the end.
The afternoon concluded with Evensong in the glade round a camp fire taken by the newly ordained Rev.Rebecca Winfrey.   Music for the hymns was supplied by the Jones family and friends.    After all the excitement of the afternoon it was good to be still and reflect on our good fortune to be able to enjoy our village life.
As usual it is a happy band of workers who make this a memorable day of village fun in our yearly calendar.  To Jo and Jane who mastermind the event and get us all involved we voice a sincere very big THANK YOU.SB

Walcot Hall Open Gardens 
A very big thank you on behalf of Thorpe Hall to everyone who supported us.  The day was very successful, in spite of the weather, raising a total of £5,750 towards the building of brand new hospice in Peterborough.  This would not have been possible without the support of Mr and Mrs Darby Dennis who so generously opened their lovely gardens for us.

Ufford Park Cricket Club
Winners of the ‘100’ Club Draw were -
£50     No. 32    Mrs. Wilkinson, Ufford
£25     No. 57     A. Jones, Stilton
£20      No. 28    J. Mason, Deeping St. James
£15    No. 69    P. Turner, Peterborough
£10    No. 54    P. Bentley, Werrington
£1    No. 55    E. Clough, London
£10    No. 17    G. Tee, Ufford

Youth Club 

From September the running of the Youth Club will be handed over to a group of parents in the local community. A heartfelt thank you to the Community Church who set up the Youth Club many years ago and for their kind donations of table tennis table, football table etc…We will endeavour to bring to the club the same fun and enthusiasm as our predecessors. Youth Club takes place in Barnack Village Hall every other Friday from 7.30 – 9pm during school term time.
Our first Friday back will be on 26th September. Youth Club Calendar dates up to the end of the year are as follows: September 26th, October 10th and 24th, November 7th and 21st, December 5th and 19th.  It 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 usually the evening ends with team games.  It’s £1 to get in + a bit extra for the tuck shop and the craft activity. For further information please call Kerrie Garner on 01780 740118.

The Community Church
Throughout the school holiday period we will be holding a café style service in the Community Chapel each Sunday from 9-30 am.  This will be an informal family service that begins with a light breakfast. All are very welcome.
An exception to this is Sunday 10th August when we will travel over to Gretton Baptist Church near Corby for a baptism service.  We are delighted that Wayne Clarke, one of our younger members from Pilsgate will be baptised.  All are welcome; please bring a picnic to eat after the service.

Youth Club
Our last youth Club of the year was on 18th July.    Youth Club will start again on 26th September  under new management!.  After 10years of Youth Club being run by the Community Church it is being passed on to Kerrie Garner and a group of parents who have kindly agreed to take responsibility.  Henceforward Youth Club will be a Community organisation.  On behalf of the Community Church we would like to say a big thank-you to everyone who has contributed to its success over the past 10 years including the scores of young people who have attended.  We have always found the youth of Barnack and the surrounding villages to be delightful young people, and it has been our privilege to get to know them.   We will continue to pray for the Youth Club and will be donating all the equipment and games in order that the new team can begin with some resources.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs has now finished for the summer, but not before we had a final picnic in Ferry Meadows and a good-bye event for Karen who was part of the team that set Little Lambs up and who has led it for 7 years.   Little Lambs will start again on Tuesday 9th September.  All carers, babies, and pre-school age toddlers are welcome.  We have a great time with lots of play, chat, crafts, cakes and singing.  A new group from the Community Church has taken responsibility for Little Lambs and we have every hope that it will continue to go from strength to strength.

Community Church Messy Church 
There will be ‘Messy Church’ in the village hall on Tuesday 2nd September at 10-30 am.  This is right at the end of the school holidays so f you are at a loose end come along for a fun packed morning.  Messy Church is great for all ages, particularly children and we hope that you will be able to join us.
A light lunch will follow – all welcome.

Barnack W.I.
It is holiday time and both our President and her deputy were away for the June meeting. However we were left in the very capable hands of committee member, Jessie Goodacre, who conducted the meeting splendidly. After Jerusalem and birthday greetings we learned of the plans for this month. Dates for the walking group, the book group and the luncheon club were announced. As members know there is no formal meeting in August. However in recent years we have planned a picnic or nearby visit instead. This year there is to be a tour of Barnack church, led by Liz Young, at 2.00pm on Tuesday, August 5th, followed by tea in Lyn Huckerby’s garden.
Our speaker for the evening had been called away at short notice because of family illness, but sent her charming deputy, Susie. She outlined the history of the Evergreen Care Trust which had begun as a befriending organisation, supported by “Churches Together” in Stamford. As time went on it was realised there were other needs to be met, especially when services such as “Meals on Wheels” were withdrawn. The Evergreen Trust has been meeting these needs in various ways, such as providing weekly lunches at several sheltered housing complexes and soup to people who are housebound.
This work depends on volunteers and Susie told us that they have between 100 and 200 loyal folk who do this work. However there is always a need for more and it may be that some of our members may feel able to offer some time. The Evergreen Care Trust is now a registered charity and can be contacted on 01780 765900. Susie was thanked by Liz Young who together with Val Butcher and June Woollard provided refreshments.