News and Events December 2014

poppyFirst World War Centenaries
Over the course of the next four years the centenaries of the deaths of the fifty four men from our villages, who died in the First World War, will be marked by an In Memoriam notice in the Parish News. These men either came from Barnack, Pilsgate, Southorpe, Bainton, Ashton and Ufford, worked in the district or had close connections with it.
Britain declared war on Germany on 4th August 1914 and by December of that year ninety two local men had enlisted.
They suffered no casualties until January 1915. Brian Palmer

Christmas Coffee Morning
The Coffee Morning on 15th November in Barnack Church raised over £640. Thanks to all who arranged this and all who came.

School Christingle Service in Barnack Church
All the children from Barnack  School will be attending this lovely service Wed 17th Dec 9.30am. Each child will receive a Christingle (an orange, bound with a red ribbon and holding a lit candle). The children will also be taking home a Children’s Society collection box in the week prior to this and will bring these to the service.
All are welcome to join the service.

Christmas Crafts Activity Morning
On Satuday 13th December between  10am-12 noon in Barnack Church, there will be an activity morning for primary age children.
A lively morning of crafts and activities ending with a telling of the Christmas Story. Refreshments will also  be served for parents and children. Please do come along and join the fun.

The Youth Cell
This is a meeting for the young people in the Parish who want to meet up and explore areas of their faith and grow as disciples. At the moment we are looking at some apologetics. We meet in Ashton on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7.30pm.
Any secondary aged children who would like to explore being confirmed in the spring, this is the place to be. Talk to Rev Dave on 01780 740234 for more details.

Meeting  Group for Parents with children in local primary schools.
There is a new group run by the Parish Churches which meets in Ashton on 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 1.45pm until school pick up time. At the moment we are looking at Mark’s Gospel using some helpful DVD’s. If you fit the profile, come along. Again, talk to Rev Dave or Amy Gibson for more details..
Coffee Morning
On Saturday, December  20th  from 10.30am-Noon there will be our usual Coffee Morning at St John The Baptist Church, Barnack. Drop in for a coffe and  a chat. All warmly invited

“War, Water And Disease” -An Illustrated Lecture By Retired Pathologist Dr John Nottingham
Monday 24 Nov 7:30pm, Barnack Village Hall. Tickets £5 (includes a glass of wine or soft drink) available from:
Elizabeth Young  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   01780 740347
Charles Clark  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   01780 740441
Brian Palmer  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   01780 740988
Max Sawyer  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   01780 765507
All very welcome – members, non-members, families and friends

Rev Rebecca Winfrey moves on...
On Sunday 16th November it was announced in our churches that Rev Rebecca Winfrey was leaving to continue her training elswhere in Peterborough Diocese. In a prepared statement it was said that, “After nearly 18 months in the parish and following a period of ill health, it has been decided that the Revd Rebecca Winfrey is to leave this benefice and complete her curacy in a new parish. It is hoped that the move will provide Rebecca with different opportunities and further broaden her experience of ministry.”
The working profile of her new parish fits in much better with her family routine and its demands.
We wish Rebecca well in her new post which begins at the start of December.

A further Response to Dog Fouling Complaint
I would like to respond to the letter in the October Parish News by B&A Creamer concerning dog fouling at Barnack Hills and Holes.
Firstly, given they have not given their address, I am unsure if they are resident in the village. If they live in the village they will know that we are very proud of our surroundings and you will not see any dog faeces (note not pooh!) on our pavements.
I, along with many other incensed residents who have read this letter, would like to state that many people travelling through use the Hills and Holes to toilet their dogs, and you can see on a daily basis three cars or more at each point of entry with dogs inside. These people are outsiders and have no respect for the environment. They drop their pets off on a daily basis, either prior to work or after a working day, and even more dogs are brought to walk and do their toilet at the weekend.
I would also like to point out that at the moment there is also a lot of sheep faeces on the Hills and Holes and I wonder if the Creamers actually recognise the difference!
Whilst acknowledging the Creamer’s comments and health concerns, I do think before they point fingers at Barnack residents and become hysterical about closing the amenity, they should spend time in the village speaking to dog owner residents and they will find us very responsible adults who care about our village and environment.
It would also be worthwhile checking cars to see if the visitors to the Hills and Holes actually live in Barnack. I am sure that would make very interesting results for the Creamers.
May I suggest in future, before pointing fingers and making allegations, the Creamers do their homework to avoid, in future ‘egg on their face’.
Dora Hamilton - a very angry resident of Barnack and owner of two dogs.

Reply to Peter Sindall on Dog Fouling
Re: Dog Fouling at Barnack Hills and Holes.
Dear Peter, The Dog Fouling complaint was intended to stir emotion, raise awareness and draw attention to the serious abuse of an important Public Amenity, for which we make no apology.
All responsible Barnack dog owners we trust will be at the fore front of any effort to prevent the Hills and Holes continuing to be the local “doggy pooh toilet”, both Nature England and the Parish Council concede there is a serious issue that has to be addressed and resolved.
Your contention that “other parties are at fault” and should carry the blame is a continuation of the general malaise in Barnack, that its OK to continue to foul the Hills and Holes with dog pooh.  The shear amount of “dog pooh” cannot only be attributed to visitors, when we understand up to 90% complain dog pooh is a serious problem in completed feedback sheets.
Recent observations of local dog walkers (i.e. no car) of all ages noted, dogs are not on leads in the area and not a plastic pooh bag in sight on entering or leaving the Hills and Holes.  Are these responsible local dog walkers?
We trust all Barnack dog owners will fully support the proposed actions of Nature England and the Parish Council to end the Hills and Holes as the local “dog pooh toilet” and become as you Peter, your friends and canine friends, proud responsible dog owners of Barnack. B & A Creamer

Barnack Flower Group.
Festive Evening of Fun with Flowers.
By popular demand, a Christmas flower arrangement will be created by our friend Pat Simmonds.  She is chairperson of Rutland Horticultural Society and a qualified judge in floral art.  Bring your friends and sit back to enjoy her chatter, and be inspired by her work.  Pat has been a co-founder and supporter of our group since its beginning, for which we are very grateful.
As always, the arrangement will be raffled off at the end of the evening and any profits will got to buying new flower arranging equipment for the church.
Of course, yummy refreshments and gluhwein will be served, so see you all on Wednesday 3rd December in Barnack village hall at 7.30pm.  Tickets are £5, in advance or on the door.  It would be a great help to us to know approximate numbers beforehand.
Tickets are available from Petrina (740854), Anne (740121), Joan (740267) and Lynn (740342).
Would anyone who would like to help with Christmas Flowers please speak to Joan Laycock 740267.

The Buttercross Club
The meeting on Wednesday, November 5th was most enjoyable. Beryl Burrows demonstrated how to make poppies from red felt, black buttons and brooch pins. We used templates Beryl had prepared in advance. Everyone succeeded in making one poppy and a few dexterous people made two. Our thanks go to Beryl for her expert tuition and for her help when we were stuck!  It was a very convivial meeting and we rounded off the evening with light refreshments.
Diary Dates
The meeting on Wednesday, December 3rd is beginning earlier than usual at 7pm. We are asking each club member to bring along a small plate of savoury finger food and a small plate of something sweet. There will be entertainment of a seasonal nature to begin with entitled ‘A Christmas Miscellany’. Please bring a wrapped Christmas gift up to the value of £5 for a Secret Santa which will take the place of the usual raffle.
The first Buttercross meeting of 2015 is on Wednesday, February 4th when the AGM will be followed by a talk on the work done by the Street Pastors in Peterborough.

St. Andrew’s Ufford Churchyard
The recent transfer of the church to the Churches Conservation Trust appears to have led to some confusion over the status of the churchyard.
When the church closed in January 2011 the churchyard became the sole responsibility of the Parochial Church Council and remained open for burials and interment of ashes. This is still the case and the remaining burial plots are still available for use as is the recently-extended cremation plot. What has changed is that, in future, the church will be available for funerals.
On a related issue, the Churches Conservation Trust’s architect has informed us that some existing graves will be inaccessible for a time as it is necessary to surround them with boarding as a means of protecting them from damage and ensuring that health and safety regulations are met during roofing work. We apologise for any distress and inconvenience this may cause.
If anyone wishes to discuss any issues relating to the above will you please contact Peter Hudson on 01780-740475.
Keith Lievesley Secretary Ufford with Barnack Parochial Church Council

Royal British Legion
A fine turnout of over 200 villagers attended this year’s Remembrance Services on 9th and 11th November combined. After the church service on Sunday the congregation marched to the War memorial headed by British Legion and Cadet Corps Standards for the traditional ceremony at 11am.
This was conducted by the Rev Dave Maylor - Chaplain to the Branch - and a Guard of Honour was provided by our affiliated contingent from the Stamford Endowed Schools CCF with an immaculate Last Post and Reveille played by Schools Trumpeter - Lawrence Hayes(13) and a poignant Lament by piper Cameron Park - also an ‘Old Stamfordian’.
A simple ceremony at the Memorial on the 11th included the Last Post and Reveille played this time by Stamford Schools cadet trumpeter Rory-Macras-McIlray. WW1 era poems were read in conjunction with accounts of the 54 men from the area who made the Supreme Sacrifice during the conflict and tributes paid to the 72 other village servicemen who enlisted and survived.
It was heart warming to have on parade a smart contingent from Barnack Church of England School who brought their own standard after having studied aspects of the Great War beforehand and produced accompanying writings and drawings which are currently on display at the school.
At time of writing we are looking forward to an illustrated lecture by retired pathologist Dr John Nottingham entitled ‘From Waterloo to Portaloo’ in the village hall at 7.30pm, Monday 24th November. The talk will describe the effect of disease on the outcome of conflicts over the past 200 years compared with battle casualties - often to more devastating effect. Tickets £5 - pay at the door-including glass of wine - all members, friends and villagers most welcome.
We are sad to record the passing of two old friends and members during the past month.
Leonard Barratt of Pilsgate - only 4 days before his 92nd birthday - enlisted under age in the pre-war Territorials and was mobilised into the 4/6th Lincolnshire Regiment in August, 1939. Thereafter he served as an infantry NCO continuously in action in Malta, Greece, Italy and Austria before ending up as part of a detachment guarding Nazi war criminals subsequently sentenced at the Nuremburg Trials. After demobilisation Len worked for some time as a railway signalman and later as Transport Manager of the well known Stamford brickmaking firm - Williamson- Cliff. He was guest of honour at the rededication of their refurbished War memorial in Stamford Cemetery last year. He and his devoted dog Dolly will be sadly missed on their favourite seat at the corner of Pudding Bag Lane - the latter now enjoying a new home with one of Len’s daughters in the Deepings.
Neville Wiles of Pilsgate studied languages during his army service at Bodmin and Germany in the Intelligence Corps and later in the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment(T.A.). Our sincerest condolences go to Sue, their family and large circle of friends. R.I.P.

Barnack WI
After Jerusalem President Beryl Burrows offered good wishes to all members with birthdays in November. We learned that our quiz team had come 4th at the recent County Quiz. Dates for the Book Club, Walking Group and Luncheon Club were noted, and arrangements for the December meeting, also our AGM, were given. The speaker this month was George Waugh, a retired butler. He described how he had become a butler and told us of his first appointment, as butler to a retired army officer. We were much entertained to learn what happened in the country when the colonel’s lady went up to town! George’s last post was at Burghley where he was obviously very happy and much valued by Lady Victoria. When she retired so did he. After questions, some of which mentioned Carson of Downton Abbey fame, he was thanked by Maureen Groom who together with her colleagues provided excellent refreshments. The last meeting of 2014 is our AGM on Tuesday, December 9th . 

The Barnabas Fund
As we prepare for and await Christmas this year we might spare a thought for those of our fellow Christians for whom celebrating Christmas is dangerous, leading to hostility, persecution and even death. Come to 1, Canon Drive, Barnack for coffee and / or a bread and cheese lunch on Wednesday, December 10th, from 10.30am until 2.00pm. All proceeds will be given to the Barnabas Fund which seeks to help Christians who face persecution for their faith. Liz Young. (740347) 

Barnack Community Church
We are looking forward to a very active few weeks as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus and we offer everyone a warm welcome to our Christmas services and events.  On the 14th December in the Community Chapel, Main Street, Barnack at 4pm, is our Christingle Service.  This will be a family friendly service where everyone will be invited to make their own Christingle as we remember the significance of Jesus birth, life, death and resurrection.  At the end we will turn the lights low and light our Christingles, which should look lovely in the beautiful chapel.  Afterwards we will have a tea-time meal together.   On the 21st in the School Hall at 10.30 is our traditional Nativity with the children from Messy Church and the Little Lambs toddlers taking the parts of Mary and Joseph, the angels and the shepherds and their lambs.  With some rather more senior kings!  Come along and join the fun.
On Christmas Day everyone is welcome to our Christmas Celebration in the Community Chapel at 10.30am lasting about 45 minutes.  Everyone has the chance to vote for their favourite carol as they arrive and we sing the top choices during the service.  Children are invited to bring a present to show and to challenge Julie and Sam to follow in Graham’s footsteps and link it to a Bible theme!   Come and celebrate the birthday of Jesus.  We look forward to welcoming you.  

Christmas Charity Concert
We are delighted to announce our 13th (or is it 14th?) annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday 23rd December at 8pm in Barnack Village Hall.    A great line up of seasonal music, songs, stories and poems plus mince pies and mulled wine is being planned.  All rounded off by roof raising community carol singing.   A lovely way to get set for Christmas.   This year all proceeds will be shared between several charities operating in the local area.   Tickets priced at £5 per person can be bought from Janet and Peter at Barnack Post Office from the 1st December.   The Christmas Charity Concert is organised by the Community Church.  To find out more about the Concert please talk to Janet at the Post Office or on 740230.

Messy Church News: 
Christingle and Nativity  with the Community Church
Come along to our Christingle Service on Sunday 14th December at 4pm in the Community Chapel, Main Street, Barnack.   Make your own Christingle at the beginning with glow sticks for the little ones instead of candles!  Family friendly time of songs and carols and finding out why we make Christingles.   Finishing with a shared tea-time meal for everyone to stay and enjoy and maybe some games.   To find out more please ring Julie 749198.
The following Sunday there’ll be a traditional Nativity service in Barnack School Hall at 10.30am which all the Messy Church children are invited to take part in.    Please ring Julie 749123.
The next Messy Church will be on January 18th at 4pm in the School Hall.

Little Lambs
There will be all the usual activities, lots of toys, a craft table, tea, coffee, cakes and children’s snacks, storytime and singing at Little Lambs Toddler Group on the first two Tuesdays of December, from 10am to 12noon at Barnack Village Hall,     A very warm, friendly welcome to Mums and Dads, grandparents and carers with babies and toddlers up to 4 years.  On the following Tuesday 16th December also starting at 10am we are having a Christmas Party!  Then we’ll be taking a break and be back on Tuesday January 6th.
For further details about Little Lambs Toddler Group, which is run by the Community Church, please contact Mel Clarkson 0779266756

Men’s Breakfasts
The next Men’s Breakfast will at the Community Chapel, Main Street, Barnack on Saturday 6th at 8.30am.  As usual a great full English breakfast will be served, then there will be 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.    A donation of £5 is much appreciated for the breakfast.  Organised by the Community Church, to find out more please ring Rob Porter 740663.

The Coffee Stop at the Community Chapel
Every Thursday morning (well not the 25th December or 1st January!) at the Community Chapel, Main street, Barnack 10am to 12.30am, with delicious homemade cakes, scones and toasted teacakes, cafetière coffee or instant if you prefer and a choice of teas.  The Coffee Stop is held in the back room at the chapel which is looking very welcoming with cheerful tablecloths, flowers and a play corner for little customers.  
Our aim is for this to be welcoming place to make new friends and to meet up with old friends, with good quality cakes and beverages at very reasonable prices (just enough to cover the running costs).  We are delighted that the Coffee Stop has been very popular since opening at the beginning of October. It is for everyone in the village communities to enjoy, so do come and give it a try.  The Coffee Stop is run by the Community Church – please ring Tracy Porter 740663 to find out more.

Village  Ladies’  Group
Six regular members had a good lunch at The Bluebell Inn, Helpston on 12th November and took the opportunity to catch up on local news.
Monday, 15th December:  A table has been reserved at the Gallery Restaurant, Stamford College for 12 noon when the students will be serving their Christmas Lunch.  If you have not already put your name down, please ring Joan on 740396 by the end of November to book your place.  Your choice from the three course menu will also be required, along with a deposit of £5.00.
We are a small, friendly group and if any village ladies fancy giving us a try, you would be most welcome.

Christmas Bainton pub night
Start the Christmas festivities off by coming to the next Bainton pub night which is on Friday 12th December, hosted by Chris and Sophie at Bainton House on Tallington road. . 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: 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.