News and Events October 2014

Christian Aid Week

Bainton and Ashton contributed £623-75 during Christian Aid Week, a sum enhanced by Gift Aid declarations amounting to £122-92 making a grand total of £746-67. The collector’s task was made easier by the smiling readiness to give. St Paul himself would have been especially proud, for as he says in 2 Corinthians chapter 9 verse 7: God loves a cheerful giver.

Barnack School
Barnack School is back with increased numbers and we have completed our expansion to seven classes. Miss Walton has joined us as our new Deputy Head and Mrs Perks is our new Year six teacher. Later in the school year will see the expansion of the school building so the children will be able to enjoy even better facilities. There is still much demand for places in the school  and we have thirty excited children in Mrs Jones reception class......though they all looked rather tired by the end of their first full week in school. The school kitchen has coped well with the extra numbers for lunches, everyone enjoying the varied menu of freshly cooked meals.

Close connections with the parish church continue, Rev Dave, Rev Rebecca and Canon Margaret taking weekly assemblies and a group of parishioners presenting ‘Open the Book’ Bible stories fortnightly to the younger children. There will also be a Harvest Service and Christingle Service in church and anyone in the villages is most welcome to come along and enjoy the children taking a full part.

We are looking forward to lots of exciting things this term, after school clubs have already started and, of course, there will be  the Christmas productions. It is an always interesting time at our school. How lucky we are that our children have such  a good start to their school lives! Does your child need a lift to Bourne Grammar School ?
My name is Sam and I am a mum in Bainton, I also work part time in Bourne . Until July my son attended Bourne Grammar School, but has since moved to AMVC, so have room in my car! I work at Willoughby School( next door to BGS) on Tuesdays and Wednesday and am happy to give a lift there and back to a local child . I don’t want payment, I go anyway..I also know that the level crossing is a nightmare!! Maybe driving 2 days less sounds appealing?!
So, if your child would like a lift, please call me on 01780 740503.

Christmas Coffee Morning
On Saturday 15th November, 10-12noon there will be a Christmas Coffee Morning
in St John the Baptist Church, Barnack.
There will be Cakes, Phoenix Cards, Jewellery, Flower Arrangements,
Candles, Preserves, a raffle  and of course, tea and coffee.
Do come along. All welcome..

Bainton Buttercross Club
The meeting on 3rd September, 2014, was in the Reading Room. The Chair, Anne Harrison-Smith mentioned briefly the success of the visit to Burtey Fen in July and the excellent Chairman’s Supper held at Willow Cottage in August.
We then welcomed our speaker, Cheryl Joyce, who is a psychotherapist by profession and whose talk was entitled ‘Be and Stay Happy’. She spoke about what are the ideal conditions for avoiding serious mental health problems. It seems that 1 in 4 of us suffer from such problems throughout the course of our lives and what she does is attempt to find solutions without recourse to drugs, which may alleviate the symptoms but which do not solve the underlying problems. She does not say never take medicines for depression but that they are rarely the only solution.
We were asked to name what we considered we needed to cater for  our emotional needs . We came up with a list of about 11 which included of course love, a sense of humour, security, family and friends. Our unofficial list was remarkably similar to the actual list of 9 needs compiled by psychotherapists :- security, meaning and purpose,  a sense of competence and achievement, privacy (ie: time to oneself), friendship/intimacy, the need to give and receive attention, autonomy and control (particularly in work situations), being part of a wider community and finally status. Changes to status such as redundancy, divorce and bereavement  can cause profound depression.  Cheryl briefly went through some self-help mechanisms for coping with the vicissitudes of life and also stressed the importance of seeking professional help if you are unable to control your feelings of sadness or desperation. In the time available she could only skim the surface of the topic but concluded by underlining the importance of staying calm and sleeping well.
Diary Dates: Our next meeting is the Harvest Supper in the Reading Room on Wednesday, October 1st. Tickets are £10 and include a glass of wine on arrival and a two course supper.  Tickets are available from Buttercross members or telephone 01780 740136 or 740996.

Barnack WI. 
President Beryl Burrows welcomed members to the meeting after the summer break. September birthdays were celebrated and Liz Young and Lyn Huckerby were warmly thanked for making our ‘Summer Picnic’ day very enjoyable commencing with a very interesting tour and talk by Liz on Barnack Church (we were amazed that there is so much we didn’t know) and then by Lyn who hosted the picnic in her lovely garden until the rain drove us inside.  Outings were publicised which included the Group Autumn Walk hosted by Werrington WI and a return visit to Cambridge on 19th November.  The book club, walking group and luncheon club - at a surprise venue for this month - are all going strong.  We then listened to a very interesting talk by Hendy Farquhar-Smith entitled the ‘Magic of Harlaxton’ which is near Grantham and currently being used by an American university for its students and we are hopeful that Hendy may arrange a visit for us in the future.  Teas were served by Lynn Robinson, Sue Koster and Sarah Harrington and the next meeting is on 14th October at 7.30pm.

Thank you from Sheila Berrill
Thank you - two small words which mean so very much. These words are the only way I can express my appreciation to all and everyone who has helped me during the past few weeks. They are so numerous that the list would be so long - they know who they are - shopping, taxi service, superb meals, cakes, puddings and a rota of daily calls to help me personally. Thank you to all of you.

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for September are:
99    Eric Pridmore    £25
70    Colin Lunn    £15
48    Terry Rawlings    £10

Barnack Flower Arranging Group
Have fun with flowers!
Come and join our Christmas workshop on Saturday 11th October from 9.30 am – 12.30pm in Barnack Village Hall. Just bring your scissors/secateurs and any sparkling wool or narrow ribbon you may have. 
All other materials will be provided. £5.00 per person payable on the day, but please let Ann Butland know by Monday 6th October if you are attending (Tel: 01780 740121).
Ann Taylor will take our workshop on Wednesday 29th October at 2pm in Barnack Village Hall. 
Details of the design we will be creating and flowers/foliage required from Ann Butland (01780 740121) or Joan Laycock (01780 740267).
Diary note:  Festive evening with our demonstrator Pat Symonds on 3rd December.
Our meetings are open to all.

Bainton pub night
The next Bainton pub night will be on Friday 10th October at Westlands on Ufford road, hosted by Graham and Sue Fletcher. If it’s raining, it will be in the reading room. Normal Bainton pub rules apply, which are 7.30-9.30, bring your own drinks, glasses, nibbles, etc. Everyone welcome.
Please spread the word. We still need hosts for pub nights for the rest of this year and all next, if you fancy helping out. A venue in December in which to have a good pub night to start off the Christmas festivities would be good.
To volunteer to be a host, or any questions regarding pub night, contact Rob McNeish on 01780 740709

Ufford Park Cricket Club  - 
The September Draw of ‘100’ Club was held at the White Hart, and the winners were -
£50    No. 60    A. Maher, Northblorough
£25    No. 1    P. Keymer, Catterick
£20    No. 65    R. DePear, Bainton
£15    No 30    R. Fisher, Peterborough
£10    No 36    M. Baumber, Maxey
£10    No 50    E. Wilkinson, Ufford
£10    No 40    G. Mason, West Deeping

Village  Ladies’  Group
Thanks to those of you who came along for an enjoyable afternoon tea kindly hosted by Joan on 17th September.
Wednesday, 15th October:  proposed date for our next get-together.  Please contact Joan on 740396 nearer the time for details.

Barnack Community Church
Messy Church with the Community Church 
The next Messy Church will be in Barnack School Hall on Sunday 19th October 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 geared 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, homemade soups are a firm favourite as the nights draw in!  The mealtime around long tables gives plenty of time for a good chat, catching up with friends and making new ones.  To find out more about our Messy Church please call Julie 749123, we really look forward to welcoming you.

Messy Church and Operation Christmas Child
The team who get together each month to plan what we do in Messy Church felt it would be lovely to make up Shoeboxes of gifts for Operation Christmas Child during our November Messy Church.  Our plan is to gather together suitable items for the shoeboxes over the coming weeks and to fill the boxes during Messy Church on November 9th.  We hope everyone will like this idea!  It would be great to get thinking now about what you have that could go in a shoebox to give a child somewhere in the world a very special Christmas surprise!  If you would like to take part but haven’t had the details and a list of suitable/ unsuitable items yet, please give Tabitha a call on 07825235207.   We will also be crafting some extra special items to go in the boxes during October and November Messy Church.

Little Lambs
Little Lambs Toddler Group takes place every Tuesday in school term time, so the for October that is the 7th, 14th and 21st .  Little Lambs is for mums, dads, grandparents and carers with babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years in Barnack Village Hall.  Each session starts off with the hall set out with toys and games, a home play corner, tunnel and slide and rugs to sit on.  There’s always a great craft activity to share and playdough or jigsaw puzzles.   Midway through the morning tea, coffee and cakes are served around a long table, with a tasty snack of fruit and small cake or biscuit for the children. This is followed by a bible story and song time, which the children all seem to really enjoy.  Then, with the hall cleared, there’s 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 a lovely, friendly place to meet new people, catch up with friends and watch the children explore the joy of playing together. At the end of September some of the Little Lambs organisers are off to the ‘Playtime’ Conference for toddler group leaders in Derby, which they are hoping will be really inspirational and with some good ideas to make Little Lambs even better!  Little Lambs is run by the Community Church – for further details please contact Mel Clarkson 07792667563.

Men’s Breakfasts
The next Men’s Breakfast will at the Community Chapel, Main Street, Barnack on Saturday 11th at 8.30am.  As usual a great full English breakfast will be served followed by a short talk, last time it was George Waugh giving a whistle stop world tour!  Do come along, everyone very welcome.  
To help us plan the catering it would be great if you could let Rob know beforehand that you will be coming,  although it is fine to just turn up on the day.   
Organised by the Community Church, to find out more please ring Rob Porter 740663.

The Coffee Stop at the Community Chapel
The Coffee Stop will be opening its doors for the first time on Thursday 9th October at the Community Chapel, Main Street, Barnack.Drop by anytime between 10am and 12.30 for a slice of homemade cake or homemade scones and a cafetière of coffee or instant if you prefer and a choice of teas.  Choose from our menu just like a café.  
The Coffee Stop is being run by four lovely ladies, Tracy, Joyce, Hazel and Anita from the Community Church,  who want to make it a friendly, welcoming place to meet and relax, with good quality cakes and beverages at very reasonable prices (just enough to cover the running costs).  
It is going to be a great way to make use of the new kitchen at the chapel, and they are busy just now choosing   tablecloths and all the things that are needed to create a relaxed coffee shop feel.   There will also be a corner with things for little ones to do while mums and dads enjoy a coffee.   
The Coffee Stop is for everyone in the village communities to enjoy, do come and give it a try.   It will be open every Thursday from the 9th October 10am to 12.30.  
The Coffee Stop is a Community Church activity – please ring Tracy 740663 if you want to find out more.

Barnack School Harvest Service
Our Church School will be having their Harvest Service in the Church on Friday 10th October. Their harvest gifts are to be given to Peterborough Foodbank, and there is a list of the foods that the Foodbank needs. The foods are-
Milk (UHT or powdered)
Sugar (500g)
Long life fruit juice
Tins of Soup
Pasta sauces
Sponge pudding (tin)
Tinned Tomatoes
Breakfast cereals
Tinned Rice pudding
Tea Bags
Jar of instant coffee
Instant mash potato
500gms Rice
500gms Pasta
Tinned meat/fish
Tinned fruit
Jar of Jam
Packets of biscuits
Snacks
All parents and members of the congregation are welcome to come along.
Some help will be needed on Monday 13th to take the food to Peterborough.

Light Party
Many of us are concerned at the growth of celebrations on the evening before the goodness of the saints is celebrated on All Saints Day - yes, I’m talking about Hallowe’en.
As a positive alternative to what is has become an over commercialised event, (completely overlooking any thoughts of Christian saints and martyrs, and making it a celebration of darkness and fear), many churches are holding ‘Light Parties’ as a positive alternative.
We are thinking of holding one next year, but this year some of us will be going to the Light Party held in St Georges Church in Stamford to help out and learn more.
We will keep you informed.
Meanwhile, may I say that I won’t be entering into any trick or treating, so please defer knocking on my front door until Christmas, when I will be pleased to treat you for doing some carol singing!

Dog Fouling at Barnack Hills & Holes
We are compelled to register our concern and disgust at the large volume of dog pooh to be found in the Hills and Holes and in particular on the route of the Limestone Trail, on a visit with our grand children recently.
Dog walkers, and one would assume the majority are local Barnack residents, are subjecting the whole village community to experience what can only be described as an open disgrace. Barnack Hills and Holes should not be the local doggy toilet, the potential health hazards are well publicised and are being flouted by Barnack dog owners - shame on them.
The Hills and Holes are a village amenity, a regional attraction and an English Nature maintained National area of special merit and protection  -  Local dog owner’s appear to believe this is all secondary to the need of a doggy toilet area !!!!!! For the sake of Barnack Village’s reputation this disregard of our special amenity must cease.
Public condemnation of this dog walker’s attitude must and will prevail.  If more volunteers are needed to police a “no dog fouling” policy, let the call “go out” and let’s ensure the dog walking culprits are named and shamed for the benefit of all Barnack residents.
English Nature should consider implementing a total ban on dogs being allowed on to the Hills and Holes area, this ban should be supported and championed by each and every responsible Barnack villager. Thus ensuring all residents and their families can once again enjoy the Hills and Holes as the amenity it is intended to be.
Yours Angry and Disgusted B & A Creamer