News & Events November 2014

Christmas Coffee MorningChristmas Coffee Morning at St John the Baptist Church, Barnack
Saturday 15th November  10-12noon
Cakes, Phoenix Cards, Jewellery, Flower Arrangements, Candles, Preserves, a raffle and of course, tea and coffee.

Ufford Art Society
Annual Art Exhibition at Ufford Village Hall, near Stamford on Saturday 22 Nov & Sunday 23 Nov from 10am until 4pm. There will be paintings & sculptures as well as  craft stalls & refreshments.

Response to Dog Fouling Complaint
I’m moved to respond to a note in the last bulletin re: dog fouling in Hills and Holes. I can assure B/A Creamer that the dog pooh is not as a result of a majority of Barnack residents. This sweeping statement has upset my friends from the village including myself and my canine friends. Barnack residents know there will be dog pooh-so therefore carry bags.
However we cannot control the numerous visitors who come for a walk and some of whom leave the pooh in a bag on the paths or even worse leave it in bags on tree branches. I hope you can reflect on your assumption in the article, and offer an apology to all in Barnack who are responsible dog walkers/ lovers.  Peter Sindall

The Buttercross Club
The meeting on Wednesday, October 1st, took the form of the annual Harvest Supper. This has become a very important event on the Buttercross calendar and as usual was much enjoyed by all the people, club members and friends, who attended. The main course, cottage pie, was prepared by the ladies of the committee and the delicious desserts were made by members of the Club. Fifty-one people bought tickets, which included the meal, a glass of wine, a photographic quiz and a general knowledge quiz. We are very grateful to David Hare and to Nigel Clough for preparing the quizzes. 
Diary Dates
The penultimate meeting of a year which seems to have flown by is on Wednesday, November 5th, and is a demonstration by Beryl Burrows entitled ‘Make Something Seasonal’. On Wednesday, December 3rd there will be a members’ buffet in the Reading Room to celebrate the approach of Christmas. More details will be forthcoming at the next meeting.

Bainton pub night
The next Bainton pub night will be on Friday 14th November, hosted by Chris and Angela Womack at Langham Cottage on Church Lane. Normal Bainton pub rules apply, which are 7.30-9.30, bring your own drinks, glasses, nibbles, etc. everyone welcome. In the coming months the pub nights will be held at:
December 12th- Bainton House Tallington road, courtesy of Chris and Sophie
January 9th - Gamekeepers cottage, Ashton, courtesy of Martin and Susie
Volunteers are required to host pub night’s on Friday’s 13th February, 13th March, and 10th April. If you would like to be notified of Pub Nights dates and locations,- email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
To volunteer to be a host, or any questions regarding pub night, contact Rob McNeish on 01780 740709 or by email.

Persecution in Our Time
More Christians were martyred for their faith in the 20th century than in all the preceding 19 centuries put together, and the situation is not improving in our own.
This is the message from The Barnabas Fund, a world-wide charity that focuses on this tragedy. A study group from across the benefice met to reflect on the matter during Lent this year and since then we have seen the rapid emergence of ISIS in Northern Iraq and Syria. We have also become aware of Buko Haram in Nigeria, Seleka in the Central African Republic, Al Shabaab in Kenya and Somalia, as well as hostility from the Taleban and Al Qaeda. Further afield, Islamic fundamentalists have committed atrocities in Indonesia, Kyrgistan, Tanzania and even Bethleham.
This oppression is not confined to Islamists. Christians have suffered at the hands of Hindus in India and Buddhists in Sri Lanka as well as governments, including Vietman, Laos, Bhutan, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Ubekistan, North Korea and Eritrea.
In the coming months there will be further specific reports from Barnabas and you may wish to remember victims in your prayers. As a start, you might use the following:
“Heavenly Father, we cry out to you for the Christians left in Mosul, mostly elderly and sick, as they now face the threat of sharia penalties introduced by ISIS: the amputation of limbs for thieves, crucifixion for criminals and the death penalty for apostasy. We pray that you will protect them from the brutality of the militants. We pray for peace and healing for those who have already been threatened or attacked, and for the safe return of those who have been kidnapped.”

Youth Club
Youth Club got off to a flying start at the end of September, the village hall has been buzzing with activity inside and out with ‘old’ and ‘new’ faces. A huge thank you must go to the wonderful young people in the Peterborough area who kindly donated funds they raised from a 24 hour sponsored trampoline event under the ‘National Citizens Service’ scheme. We have also received very generous donations of board games and a play station and would like to say a big thank you to those kind people who donated these items. Any donations for the craft area will always be gratefully received, this activity is popular and constantly needs replenishing.
Youth Club Calendar dates up to the end of the year are as follows: 7th and 21st November,  5th and 19th December.  We welcome 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 information a membership form call Kerrie Garner on 740118.

Barnack Community Church
Ever wondered what some of the ‘Nine lessons and Carols’, traditionally broadcast near Christmas, have to do with Christmas?  Some are clearly about Christmas but others are much less obvious.   Maybe our services this month will help as we explore each of these Bible readings (lessons) in turn over the weeks leading up to Christmas, starting on the 2nd of November with Adam and Eve.  You are very welcome to come and join us.
The Community Church meets on Sundays in Barnack School Hall and once a month at the Community Chapel, see the centre pages of this magazine for dates and times. During the weekdays there are small groups meeting in homes and other regular activities see the next articles.   If you would like to know more about the Community Church please ring Julie Stanton 749123.

Messy Church at Community Church 
The next Messy Church will be in Barnack School Hall on Sunday 9th November at the usual time of 4pm.  Come along for lots of fun crafts and activities.   Just as a flavour of the sorts of things we do, in October we will have made bread rolls, painted with toy tractors, built model barns out of biscuits and icing, made collages using lentils and rice and pasta and had a suitcase packing race all to explore the story of ‘the man who wanted bigger barns’ .  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, ‘Our God is a Great Big God’ remains a firm favourite with the children.  Then we have a light meal for everyone to stay and enjoy, homemade soups are on the menu for the winter months and cakes of course!  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.

Little Lambs
This takes place every Tuesday at Barnack Village Hall in November .  Little Lambs is for mums, dads, grandparents and carers with babies and toddlers from birth to 4 years.  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 a jigsaw puzzle table.   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 discover the fun of playing together. 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.  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 if you make a last minute decision to come.    Organised by the Community Church, to find out more please ring Rob Porter 740663.

Coffee Stop at the Community Chapel
The Coffee Stop has been up and running now for two weeks, and has got off to a great start.  Delicious homemade cakes, scones and toasted teacakes have been on the menu with cafetière coffee or instant if preferred and a choice of teas.  The Coffee Stop is held in the back room at the chapel which is looking lovely with cheerful tablecloths and flowers.  It‘s been busy both weeks.  There have been some little customers too who have enjoyed the play corner.
The Coffee Stop is run by Tracy, Joyce, Hazel Anita and Mollie from the Community Church, whose aim is for it to be 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).   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 10am to 12.30pm at the Community Chapel, Main Street, Barnack The Coffee Stop is a Community Church activity – please ring Tracy Porter 740663

Barnack Bowls 200 Club
The winners for September are:
70    Colin Lunn    £25
  9    Peter Sindall    £15
49    Martin Dennis    £10

Village  Ladies’  Group
Nine members came along to our lunch at The Fitzwilliam Arms, Marholm on 15th October. An enjoyable meal was had by all, not to mention a catch up on all the local news.
12th November:  The Bluebell Inn, Helpston.  We are hoping to have lunch at the Bluebell Inn in November, having received good reports.  Please ring Joan nearer the time to confirm arrangements and to book your place.

Ultrafast Broadband IS coming!
Gigaclear have confirmed they will be providing a brand new broadband and telephone service here in Parish News country and just beyond.
Starting in Ufford before Christmas, continuing to the 8 other villages in the New Year.
Those who have already ordered or do so in the first 30% to sign-up will get a 100% speed increase for free (pay for 50Mbps and get 100Mbps for a year!) as a thank you for ordering early, so don’t miss out!
Order now on or check out our local website where most of your questions will have been answered. If not please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your query.