News and Events September 2014

flower arrangingBarnack Flower Arranging Group.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 24th September 2014 at the Village Hall at 2pm.
Mrs Sheila Brackley and Marjorie Coupes will be taking the class. We will need to bring a large Vase with a plastic dish which will sits in the top. Any flowers of your choice. New members always welcome.
Dates for the diary; Saturday 11th October 9.30 - 12.30pm in Village Hall. We will be doing Christmas arrangements for a workshop to sell later.
On Wednesday 29th October Mrs Ann Taylor has sent a picture of what she wants us to do, which we will distribute later.
Please note: Current news and events will now be displayed on the main Church Notice Board

Ultrafast Broadband update
Further to the previous announcements regarding the proposed new Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) ultrafast broadband service from Gigaclear, the company held two roadshows on 6th and 7th August in Helpston and Barnack.
Over 160 people attended the Q&A sessions, which was a fantastic turnout. With so many attending, they went on for almost 2 hours each with lots of questions being thrown at the team from Gigaclear – the company that owns Rutland Telecom.
The most common questions were how much will the service cost, can I bring my BT phone number over and when can I have it? Briefly, the cost is £37 per month for the 50Mb download/50Mb upload service plus £7 if you want a phone service, yes you can bring over your BT phone number and the project will commence when at least 30% of the community signs up – approximately 450 properties across the 9 villages.
That may well mean the service will be available in your home by the end of this year.
More details and many more questions can be found answered on the local community web site at This web site is run by volunteers with no affiliation to Gigaclear, we are simply working on behalf of our communities to improve the poor broadband speeds in this area. The volunteers live in Tallington, Helpston, Barnack, Ufford and Marholm.
In fact, we are looking for further volunteers to help spread the message. Talk to your neighbours, talk to fellow drinkers in the pub, while walking your dog, wherever and whenever the chance arises.
If you would like to help us spread the message about this fantastic opportunity for the community, please let us know by emailing us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The 30% is critical to getting this service. Unless enough people pre- order, Gigaclear will move on to another community, as they need to see a guaranteed return on their investment (which is substantial, running into millions of pounds!) We cannot simply say ‘that sounds great I will get it when it is here’ as it may not come! They have 300 other communities crying out for better broadband who have been in touch with them, so it would be such a shame to miss out now.
Many of your neighbours have already ordered it, as they obviously saw the cost savings with not having to pay line rental and the vast improvement in the quality and speed of the broadband – about 50 times faster than now!
You can pre-order ultrafast broadband at or ring their office on 01865 591100.

Village Ladies’ Group
For information about our September get-together, please contact Joan on 740396.  

Good News Van.
The van will visit Brenda Smiths (#1, Little Northfields, Barnack) at 11am Tuesday September 16th.
All are very welcome to come for coffee/chat and to browse the books and videos.
The next visit after that will be on Tuesday October 21st at 11am at Pam Mills’ house (17 Bishops Walk, Barnack).
All will be very welcome there too.

Barnack WW1 Commemoration Service Aug 4th 2014
Barnack & District Royal British Legion commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War at a candlelit vigil in memory of the 39 men from Barnack, Souththorpe and Pilsgate who lost their lives in the conflict at the village War memorial at 1030-11pm on Monday night.
A bell tolled from the village church as over 150 villagers assembled in the darkness to take part in the service conducted by the Reverend David Maylor - Chaplain to the Branch.
Members read out a series of Reflections, Poems and Scriptures together with the singing of the soldiers’ hymn ‘O Valiant Hearts’ against a background of haunting contemporary 1914-18 music of the period.
Old Stamfordian -Cameron Park- played a medley of Pipe tunes and the traditional ‘Flowers of the Forest’ For The Fallen and the proceedings finished with the reading of Lord Grey’s famous statement ‘ The lights are going out all over Europe’ and a salvo of rockets symbolising the outbreak of hostilities and the terrible carnage to follow.
Our piper then led the congregation down to the Millstone Inn for a well earned nightcap !

Barnack World War One Commemorative Display
The local branch of the Royal British Legion staged this display in Barnack church, initially over two weeks, beginning on July 28th. It was very well received and proved a great success. More than 250   visitors signed our book and left appreciative comments. Word clearly spread and people came from as far away as Peterborough, Northampton and Derby specifically to see the display.
Several relatives of men who served in the war came. Among them was Roma Saunders, daughter of Alec Lewin, who lived in Main Street. Roma told us that Alec suffered a serious head wound in the conflict but recovered and returned to Barnack.
Paul Coles from Stamford spotted his grandmother’s name, Faith, in a letter written by Victor Barratt in the trenches in 1915. Young Victor’s girlfriend was Faith Bould who, after Victor’s death near Ypres at the age of 18, married another Barnack man – Paul’s grandfather.
Cathy Roelich visited from Derby. Her grandmother was the sister of the three Cox brothers of Walcot, all of whom were killed in action in the war.
Several people brought along accounts of events of local interest from 1914-1918 and these were added to the display, which then ran for a further week. It was generally felt that the display was an important record of the war’s impact on the local area and a fitting tribute to those who served in the conflict. Brian Palmer

Summer Evening Concert
On a lovely summer evening at the end of June we were privileged to welcome to Barnack, Dr. Marlene Bowden, who came to give a recital on the piano which our organist, Elizabeth Snowball, had generously donated to Barnack Church earlier this year. A varied programme had been assembled with instrumental offerings on the organ by Elizabeth, glockenspiel by Sasha and guitar by Dave, together with the singing of the church choir and soloists Abi and Linda. The highlight of the evening however was Dr. Bowden whose programme included music by Schubert, Chopin, Sinding and Liszt. Some £200 was raised in donations to Barnack Church. We are most grateful to Dr. Bowden, a friend of Elizabeth’s from college days, for making the long journey from Cornwall to play for us.

Friends of Barnack Church
Recent winners in the 200 Club draw have been:
£20    No 18    D. Martin
£10    No 39    P. Knights
£5    No 15    M. Spencer
£20    No 170    I. Graham
£10    No 25    J. Woollard
£5    No 90    D. Simmonds

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for August are:
69    Marie Harris    £25
54    Trevor Goodwin    £15
37    Jill Unsworth    £10

Barnack Community Church
We’ve had a busy summer – our annual outing to Sunny Hunny, which was great fun (one of the best) and actually quite sunny! Lots of do’s and very special farewell service for Graham and Karen, a thanksgiving and dedication service for four young children from Bainton and Barnack and three adult believer’s baptisms. Loads of memories to treasure!
Now, after our summer café services in the Community Chapel, we will be back meeting in Barnack School Hall for Sunday family worship at our usual time of 10.30am from the 7th September.
On that day we will be praying for our new children’s work teams who will be leading Little Lambs, Messy Church, JAM Club (Sunday School) and crèche in the coming months. Please do feel welcome to come and join us at any of our Sunday services and activities (see dates, times and location on the centre pages and details in the articles in the magazine).
We look forward to seeing you. To find out more please contact Julie Stanton 749123

Messy Church with the Community Church
There will be two Messy Church days in September. The first is on Tuesday 2nd September at 10.30am in Barnack Village Hall.
All the details about this Messy Church morning are in the ‘Little Lambs’ article in this month’s magazine. Then there will be Messy Church in Barnack School Hall on Sunday 21st September at the usual time of 4pm.
Come along for lots of fun crafts and activities, which help to explore the Bible theme for the session. There’s always a good variety of things to do, some are more for children to do with their families, some to interest people of all ages, just choose the activities which suit you.
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.
To find out more please call Julie 749123, we really look forward to welcoming you.

Little Lambs
It’s a long time since the last Little Lambs session in July, so on Tuesday 2nd September, just before the schools go back, we’ll be having Messy Church in Barnack Village Hall starting at 10.30am.
There will be lots of crafts and activities to do with your children on a theme of water and wells. It’ll be suitable for pre-schoolers and school age children, but you may want to bring a spare t-shirt just in case your little one gets a bit over enthusiastic with the (optional) water play!
We’re hoping for a warm day so that some of the activities can be outside! Then we’ll settle down for a short bible talk to find out why we’ve been doing things about water and wells and we’ll sing some songs. We are sure to sing ‘Our God is a great big God’. Afterwards there’ll be lunch of sandwiches, fruit and little cakes to enjoy together.
You are very welcome to come and join in the fun with your toddlers and your older children.
Little Lambs Toddler Group will be back on Tuesday the 9th September in Barnack Village Hall from 10am to 12 noon. Little Lambs is for mums, dads and carers with babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years and takes place every Tuesday in school term times.
The hall is laid out with games, toys, slides, craft activities and rugs to sit on and midway through the morning tea, coffee and cakes will served with a tasty snack of fruit and small cake or biscuit for the children. This will be followed by a bible story and song time. Then, with the hall cleared, there will be ten minutes or so for the toddlers to let off a bit of steam whizzing round on cars and trikes before going home for a well-earned rest, and hopefully an afternoon nap.
Little Lambs is very popular, it’s a really friendly place to meet new people, catch up with friends and watch the children explore the joy of playing together. Little Lambs is run by the Community Church – for further details please contact Mel Clarkson 07792667563.

Coming soon – Drop In Coffee Shop
Proper Coffee and homemade cakes at the Community Chapel on Thursday mornings. More details in next month’s magazine.

Men’s Breakfasts
The next Men’s Breakfast will at the Community Chapel, Main Street, Barnack on Saturday 13th at 8.30am. As usual a great full English breakfast will be served followed by a short talk given by someone local. Do come along, everyone very welcome. 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.

Elizabeth Snowball’s book accepted for The British Museum
In 2012 local organist, Elizabeth Snowball, published a book of family history called “Three Musical Snowballs”.
This month the book was accepted for inclusion in the British Museum Library.
Kasia Bate from the British Museum said “We were delighted to receive your book, which will be a wonderful addition to the British Museum Library. It will be a document of a particular moment of British life, which will be available for staff, students and members of the public to access and enjoy.”